Top Ten Batman Villains

Batman has supplied us with some of the best comic book villains of all time, pick which one of them is your favorite.

The Top Ten

1 Joker The Joker is a fictional super villain created by Bill Finger, Bob Kane, and Jerry Robinson who first appeared in the debut issue of the comic book Batman (April 25, 1940) published by DC Comics. Credit for the Joker's creation is disputed; Kane and Robinson claimed responsibility for the Joker's design, ...read more.

Oprah Winfrey: Oh, no. Uh, folks. We have a guest right here on the show right now. After an embarrassing stunt, ladies and gentlemen. He is back. Joker.
(Cheers and boos)
Joker: How about another joke, Oprah?
Oprah Winfrey: No I think I've had enough of your jokes.
Joker: What do you get when a guy like me and a bunch of other friends do at your house?
(Light laughter)
Oprah Winfrey: Please stop.
Joker: Observe!
(Joker turns on the TV with the remote)
(TV shows Oprah Winfrey's house is a mess)
(Laughter and applause)
Oprah Winfrey: You're kidding.
(Laughter)
Joker: We had a huge party.
Oprah Winfrey: And you decided to come into my mansion unannounced? Who came with you?
Joker: Um.
(Laughter)
Oprah Winfrey: Are these beer bottles? Did you order pizza? What happened to the carpet?
(Laughter)
Joker: Oh, one my buddies vomited.
( Laughter and groans)
Oprah Winfrey: Is that my car?!
(Audience Laughter)
Joker: Obviously, ...more

Oprah Winfrey: Ladies and gentlemen, Joker.
(Applause)
Joker: Thank you.
Oprah Winfrey: You're welcome. Let me ask you something.
Joker: Yes?
Oprah Winfrey: Were there really riots and murders that you initiated? Did you kill those people?
Joker: It was just a joke. I didn't kill them.
(Light laughter)
Joker: Do you want a high five?
Oprah Winfrey: Actually, I wanted to get to know...
(Joker uses joy buzzer on Oprah's hand)
(Oprah gets electrocuted)
(Audience Laughter)
Joker: Hahahahahahahahahahahahaha!
Oprah: Somebody get security!
Joker: Wait, I have a surprise for you.
(Joker pulls the rope and a bucket of brown mud from the ceiling pours on Oprah)
(Laughter continues)
(Cheers and applause)
Oprah: Get out!
(Security guards pull Joker out of the studio)

Joker: You get what you deserve!
(Throws cupcake at Jerry Springer)
(Laughter and cheering)
Jerry Springer: Oh, Justice League.
Superman: Did somebody call for help?
(Audience cheering and applause)
(Audience chanting "Jerry! Jerry!")
Aquaman: Game over, bud.
Flash: No more fooling around.
Green Lantern: Stop it with your foolish pranks.
Wonder Woman: Quit messing around.
Batman: I got this.
Martian Manhunter. Playtime is over.
Jerry Springer: I had no idea where you came from.
Joker: Um, anybody want to see me juggle ball like it's a circus?
(Audience Laughter)
Justice League: Get him!
Joker: Knock knock.
(Justice League and Jerry Springer chase Joker)
(Cheering and applause)
(Cheering and applause stop)
Steve Wilkos: Well that's all folks. No I'm just kidding. So, without further ado I am your host. Steve Wilkos. We have a great show tonight.

Joker: Knock knock.
Jimmy Kimmel: Did you google these jokes off the internet?
(Laughter and applause)
Joker: Well, we've always got to improvise.
Jimmy Kimmel: Take your time, we've got all day.
Joker: Ahem. Alright. Knock knock.
Jimmy Kimmel: Who's there?
(Audience chuckles)
Joker: Pie in the face!
(Joker throws pie at Jimmy Kimmel's face)
(Audience laughing)
(Howling with laughter)
(Cheers and applause)
Jimmy Kimmel: I bet ABC network execs from Disney will be laughing so hard.
(Laughter)
Joker: Ha ha!
Jimmy Kimmel: Guillermo, please get him off the stage. We'll take a commercial break. We'll be right back with our next guest, folks.
(Cheers and applause)

2 Bane Bane is a fictional supervillain appearing in American comic books published by DC Comics, commonly as an adversary of the superhero Batman.

Oh! Yes for sure A Number is a great spot for this Giant who did the impossible. "He Broke The Batman! "

In knightfall he destroyed not just Batman he also destroyed killer croc one of the most powerful and most resilient villains in the batman universe. He is only beat by The Joker, and The Riddler in intelligence. And he isn't just some brute without followers he is a crime boss in batman so he isn't alone like clay face and killer croc. He also doesn't have to rely on his followers to do the fighting for him like the Joker, Riddler, and The Penguin.

The only one to have broken the batman

He is way more dangerous than the Joker. He is as smart and skilled as Batman, super strong, surprisingly quick and agile, a master tactician, and crime boss, all WITHOUT Titan and Venom. He defeated every villain in Arkham Asylum, AT ONCE! Bane is only matched by Deathstroke threat wise.

3 Riddler The Riddler is a fictional supervillain appearing in American comic books published by DC Comics, commonly as an adversary of the superhero Batman.

How is he not #1?! He is hilarious and has superior intelligence. He still manages to remain not that violent, which I like. He also has a cool presence throughout the book/game - I.E. , question marks written all over the walls on every house in the Arkham City game. He was ruined in Batman Forever; I wish Nolan stuck to using Leo di Caprio as the Riddler in TDKR. Riddler is the most clever and entertaining and he is the best. I hope he gets more recognition and surpasses Joker, Bane, and Scarecrow in the next 10-20 years. He deserves it!

The Riddler is the best villain with his puzzles, traps, riddles and other gadgets. I think he should be in batman 4. He would really bring out the true detective style in batman.

Riddler should definitely be in top 3 (no, number 4 is not good enough hehe). He's a cool villain that takes it slowly and doesn't rush in like a fool. Riddling is an original idea which Riddler handles very well, and I just think he's a well made likable character.

If you would take all the stereotypes of a mad villain and blend them with a handful good ideas, you would get Joker (my opinion). Riddler just isn't as blank and even though he is quite a cheesy character, that's what makes him so fun.

The T.V.-series Gotham also gave the Riddler a better image, so you should really check out that show.

The riddler is a far more interesting and cooler character than Two-face he has the best costume better story arcs, more interesting personality, Two-face flips a coin and shoots at batman and doesn't even hit him. Riddler just tries to best batman. Joker tries and sometimes succeeds in besting batman and he's just the best villain that there is.

4 Scarecrow The Scarecrow is a fictional supervillain appearing in American comic books published by DC Comics, commonly as an adversary of the superhero Batman.

no one poses a bigger threat to gotham.. he can have the entire city under his control just by being their worst nightmare

Quite possibly one of the scariest and most intriguing Batman villains right beside Joker and Two-Face. The story of how an abused, bullied outcast eventually came to dominate others with fear chemicals makes him one of my favorites.

To find out more about him, take a look at Arkham Asylum's version of Scarecrow. Really hope he is in Arkham Origins!

Scarecrow needs a staring role in a batman film, sure he was in the recent films but he never played the main villain. He is an original villain and Scarecrows are way more scary than a clown, a burnt man and a man who wears green licra with question marks all over

5 Two-Face Two-Face/Harvey Dent is a fictional villain from DC Comics. Harvey Dent was one of Gotham's most trusted citizens until he had acid poured on his face making him go insane and become a criminal by the name Two-Face. In film, he has been portrayed by Billy Dee Williams in Batman, Tommy Lee Jones in Batman ...read more.

Best villain from the DC universe for his psychological torment and the great schizophrenic struggle endured by his own duality and the conundrum of his existence. By far the deepest and best designed villain as well due to the scarred visage playing a dynamic role in his elegant and handsome side being a clever camouflage to his grisly and deadly side. Also, a powerhouse of a character due to the epitome of the madman within, a white knight who turned to a wicked persona worse than those he locked up, and the pure definition of justice with the toss of a coin... Fair, and without a shred of emotion. Best hands down.

Yeah I know he's my favorite villain number 1 and I am a Two Face Fan the best villain who is still a Gotham City citizen would be a true trusted and special person that was an accident who threw acid on his left face The greatest and iconic villain who was a true hero hands down he's the best villain ever better than Spiderman's villains.

I love Two-Face and he is the best villain for Batman because he is somewhat reminiscent to the way Bruce Wayne lost his parents. Harvey Dent used to be a friend and ally to Batman but since that one uneventful day Batman's friend was lost forever only to haunt Batman as one of his greatest foes. No other villain has this much emotional impact on Batman.

Aaron Eckhart stole the spotlight in the dark knight (in my opinion). Even as far as being the last villain against batman in the movie (not the joker). The greatest villain is someone who use to be a hero who has a tragic fate.
"you either die a hero or you live long enough to see yourself become the villain. "

The deepest and most interesting character by far and he just got a sad story that few villains has. Everyone saw Harvey Dent as fresh air in Gotham and he had such a good Life in front of him. It is super interesting to see how tourmented his Life really is and few acknowledges it like Dent. He knows that the coin is bad yet he must have it.

6 Ra's Al Ghul Ra's al Ghul is a fictional supervillain appearing in American comic books published by DC Comics, commonly as an adversary of the superhero Batman.

Ra's al Ghul is my personal fave rather than the Joker because in Batman Begins, my favorite video from the Dark Knight Trilogy, he teaches Bruce Wayne how to defend himself but later reveals the League of Shadows' plan to destroy Gotham, which it regards as a decadent and corrupt city polluted with crime. At the same time, he tries to clean up the world like Bruce, but via means of sparing the lives of many people. He nearly loses his life near the middle of the video and is saved by Bruce. However he later betrays him when he discloses his involvement with the Scarecrow and Carmine Falcone to use a blue flower hallucinogen in order to vaporize Gotham's water supply. In the climax, Ra's has the best head-on-head battle with Bruce out of the three main villains from the Trilogy, and his death is the most gruesome when he is killed in a train crash that later bombs itself with the device used to vaporize the water supply.

Joker's my favorite, but Ra's al Ghul NEEDS to be higher on the list! Ra's wants to actually protect the world and make it better, which is a goal that Batman shares with him. However, "The Demon's Head's" methods involving wiping out much of humanity. Batman realizes he can accomplish a lot by joining Ra's' but he turns away that opportunity for the greater good. Plus, he's the equal of Batman in physical combat.

Got to know him from the Arkham City video game.. One of the most powerful and strongest persona in the batman universe!

Despite what many people have said and stereotyped about him, the Joker is actually only the second deadliest Batman enemy. If you look at all the real comics and even the movies, you'll notice the strength, intelligence, and stealth of Ra's al Ghul are superior to any other Batman villain, and even matches Batman's own.

7 Penguin The Penguin is a fictional supervillain appearing in American comic books published by DC Comics, commonly as an adversary of the superhero Batman.

He has two thumbs and wants a Christopher Nolan version of penguin? This guy!

Clearly the greatest of all Batman villains. He's got class, killer umbrellas, hot girlfriends (impressive when you look like that) and complete control over the Gotham City underworld. He's not insane, psychotic or anything - he's just a criminal, plain & simple. For
That, he deserves the number one spot. Burgess Meredith was great,
Nolan North in the Arkham games is absolutely brilliant (DeVito in
Batman Returns isn't great, but still) and all the T.V. series are
Really good as well. The Penguin, a clear winner.

Never can forget Burgess Meredith's penguin, still the best portrayal and the best villain of the 1960's Batman. Also like the new Penguin in the Arkham games, with the British accent and as the ultimate crime boss.

Cool villain, Danny DeVito is the best Penguin, Burgess Meredith is terrible as the Penguin, & for such a good actor Burgess is, Penguin should be at 2nd place.

8 Catwoman Catwoman is a fictional character appearing in American comic books published by DC Comics, commonly in association with the superhero Batman. ...read more.

What happened to Catwoman fans? I remember the time where she was the most popular and influential batman villain. I still think she's the best. Joker is ok but Catwoman is much cooler and not so annoying

She have many in common with the Joker. She loves Gotham. She loves to play with Batman. But she is not obsessed with him. She is the most independent villain of Batman's foes. The only time when she is not independent is when she must do good things because in her inner side she is a good perosn
And she is also the biggest Love interest for Batman (maybe that's arguable). So there are plenty of options to let her shine. But sadly it doesn't happen very often in the last time I think.

Catwoman deserves top 5 not 9th! She is a professional thief and is easily in need of love here! Yeah, she may be a sort of anti-hero but she is better known as one of he greatest Batman villains of all TIME!

Catwoman is my favorite villain. Technically, in the New 52 series she becomes good, but I still think she is an excellent villain. She is the only one who comes close to Batman's heart.

9 Mr. Freeze Mr. Freeze, real name Victor Fries, is a fictional supervillain appearing in American comic books published by DC Comics, commonly as an adversary of the superhero Batman.

Favorite villain and much deeper than given credit. My favorites are freeze crow and joker. I don't know if I could pick a favorite but any of the 3. If I see killer croc and penguin ahead of either of the 3 again ill cry.

This is my favorite character in batman he is a cool character

You beg? In my nightmares I see my Nora behind the glass, begging to me with frozen eyes. How I've longed to see that look frozen on you.

I read Mr. Freezes comics and I watched Batman and Robin with Mr. Freeze in it. I like the way Mr. Freeze looks and talks. I also liked the cartoon sub zero with Mr. Freeze.

10 Harley Quinn Harley Quinn is a fictional character appearing in American comic books published by DC Comics, commonly as a sidekick of the Joker.

Shes the best ever! Should have bought her in a long time ago. Love her cheeky personality and the way she plays dumb. She an awesome fighter and shes just so so funny should be # 1

She hot, Shes creepy, Shes Cool, shes loving, Shes Harley Quinn! Woo-Hoo! She should be number 1!

The complicated one. Joker’s girlfriend. Psychopath. Margaret Robbie. Overall, a good villain.

People think that Harley is a stupid villain and should not have existed BUT don't underestimate her. She came closer to killing Batman than Joker on her FIRST try! She is crazy and wild. She will kill you if you mess with her but she is also very kind. She is funny, wild, kind, crazy and will kill you. She is a complete mix of craziness and seriously how can one not love her? She should be #1

The Contenders

11 Poison Ivy Poison Ivy is a fictional supervillain appearing in American comic books published by DC Comics, commonly as an adversary of the superhero Batman.

Poison Ivy definitely deserves top 10. Apart from being sexy to most people,she is probably the most powerful batman villain, being one of so little batman villains actually possessing powers. She can make any man, including superman, love her and do what ever she wants them to. Also, if she kisses any man she will kill them. So all those people who want to have sex with her it is probably only a good idea if you want to die in love or if you are immune to poison. She controls plants but usually just wants to save all plants, the way she does this is by killing humans because we kill plants. Now do you really want to have sex with a woman who can do that?

I am a girl so no sex for me, but why the heck is she so low? She’s amazing and deserves more credit!

Poison Ivy would be pissed if she knew she was this low on the list. She'd be more highly regarded if she had been put in a better film. Maybe someday she'll return to the big screen (Please DC, bring Ivy back)

How is she not in the top 10? She's 1 of the most dangerous, powerful yet sympathetic Batman villains. Way better than Catwoman in my opinion.

12 Killer Croc Killer Croc is a fictional supervillain appearing in American comic books published by DC Comics, commonly as an adversary of the superhero Batman.

What we could do with this guy- a deranged person with tough skin, I love the possibilities!

A sad childhood and powerful abilities, I think Killer Croc is still as good as the other villains in the Batman universe. He's also as strong as Bane and funny in the show.
"I threw A rock at him"

The monster croc. Should be in top ten in my opinion. Great story, been around for ages, just needs a film.

Killer croc is a personal favorite of mine and it would be awesome to see him in a future movie, especially if he ha his arkham asylum look

13 Deathstroke Deathstroke is a fictional supervillain appearing in American comic books published by DC Comics. The character was created by Marv Wolfman and George Perez. He is a mercenary and assassin who first appeared in The New Teen Titans #2.

Not really known for being a major batman villain but is stronger, faster and as intelligent as batman himself. Slade is the biggest physical threat to batman on this list without a doubt so should be higher in the list. And he's a BADASS

Yes, Deathstroke may not be a primary batman villain, but their is no way he is number 11. Yes, he may not be able to beat the bat like the joker can, but he's gotta be at least number 2. Deathstroke is the only one that has the same body build as him and can pretty much match him in anything.

He's an awesome antagonist. I would love to see a film where he and Batman battle it out.

I know he's not exactly a Batman villain, but he has faced Bats before and kicked his ass a few times as well! Anyone who can kick the ass of the mighty Batman at least deserves an honorable mention.

14 Red Hood The Red Hood is an alias used by multiple fictional characters and a criminal organization appearing in American comic books published by DC Comics.

Everyone knows of Batman and his sidekick, Robin. But what happens when Robin Is murdered by the Joker, brought back to life and swears revenge? You get the villain / anti-hero Red Hood.

If he does not make it to top ten, I will cry. 16?! People voted for the joker which I get but what about his creation, the misunderstood Jason Todd Back from the grave to ask batman if he loves him?

After getting killed by Joker, Jason Todd came back from the dead and become the Red Hood, looking for revenge. He's now also an enemy of Batman.

He's NOT an enemy of Batman lol. Have you not read Red Hood & Arsenal?

Red hood is one of Batman's coolest villains. What other Batman villain cam back from the dead?

15 Clayface Clayface is an alias used by several fictional supervillains appearing in American comic books published by DC Comics.

Being cunning, shape-shifting, terrifying monster who has both wits and brutal strength, Clayface deserves to be among Batman's classic villains. Besides, he was based on the Phantom of the Opera, like the Joker was based on Gwynplaine and Two-Face on Jekyll/Hyde.

Clayface is BY FAR the most tragic character in Batman. Imagine being a giant pile of mud for your whole entire life? That would be far worse than Mr. Freeze because of the fact that Victor could still get someone to love him. Clayface, on the other hand, cannot.

Clay face is cooler than everyone else and he could probably defeat doomsday.

Clayface should be way higher on the list.

16 Hush

Definitely needs to be higher on the list. A psychotic and tormented version of Bruce Wayne, tormented to hate his drunken abusive father and obsessed controlling mother who literally spent his entire life comparing him to her ideal image of Bruce. One of the reasons that I like Hush as a great Batman villain is the fact he is a master of psychology, attacking Batman and Bruce Wayne with his greatest failures and weaknesses (the Jason Tod trick and his supposed death at the hands of the joker being key examples) and his relentless drive to destroy Batman/Bruce's identity. His use of Psychological attacks to destroy Batman rather than pits of acid and bullets, and his precise knowledge of just how to use Bruce's psychology to hurt him is only eclipsed by the Joker. The icing on the cake is the twisted way in which he both hates Bruce and at the same time wants to be like him, at his core Hush is driven by this envy for the life Bruce Wayne had which makes him one of Batman's most ...more

This man is driven by revenge to takedown Bruce Wayne/Batman and will do any possible way to make his life miserable. A good marksman and high intelligence and could be Batman's equal, his darker version like Venom is to Spider-Man

Just a perfect character, could give The Joker a run for his money.

I want him to be in a batman movie! Now!

17 Mad Hatter

I agree with everyone here. Jervis was great. Did anyone know people are putting him and scarecrow together as a couple?

The Mad Hatter is one of the few people who knows batman's secret identity. That has to count for something.

One of the most original villains to ever be created! Hella can't wait to see him appear in Gotham!

This man is amazing, how is he so low?

18 Black Mask

Black Mask tortured Catwoman's brother in law to death with construction tools and forced pieces of him down the throat of Catwoman's sister. Even the Joker has never done something so incredibly sadistic.

Black mask at one time was better than joker had crippled Gotham and nearly killed Batman and robin he's earned a top ten spot if you ask me.

He's one of Batman's best villains. He should be the main villain of the nest Batman film.

He is one of Batman's first DEADLY villain, he also is a rich man that owns a business.

19 Hugo Strange Hugo Strange is a fictional supervillain appearing in American comic books published by DC Comics, commonly as an adversary of the superhero Batman.

Hugo Strange is a very underrated villain. While not a physical threat, he's one of the most compelling villains, when it comes to being a mental threat. Plus he was once voiced Frank "60s Riddler" Gorshin.

He should be in the top ten. Being the ultimate enemy who took on Batman's identity once.

He should at least be in the top 15, maybe the top 10.

Doesn't this guy know that Batman is Bruce Wayne?

20 Deadshot Deadshot is a fictional character who appears in American comic books published by DC Comics, commonly as an adversary of Batman . He has traditionally been portrayed as a supervillain, but has more recently taken the role of an antihero .

Love Deadshot! He is highly under-appreciated. I mean who else is that AMAZING with any gun? I like how he is dressed in Arkham City (Video Game). Deadshot (Floyd Wilson is his real name by the way) is just plain cool!

Why are all the assassins last name Wilson Slade Wilson Floyd Wilson Wade Wilson

Yep he is #6 in my list. And when I say he, I mean deadshot!

Why all assassins last name Wilson

21 Man-Bat

Man-bat is like the opposite of batman and a great villain. He should be higher on the list. I can't wait for a movie.

He should be higher. I'm surprised why we haven't seen him yet.

They could have made him better in arkham knight

Get it batman manbat. I like manbat

22 Baby Doll

I'm glad she's high up on the list for a minor villain. I hope that she comes back.

Baby Doll is a villain from Batman: The Animated Series!

Lol I don't even know who this guy is

The best villain from any film or show!

23 Ventriloquist The Ventriloquist is the name of several fictional characters who are enemies of Batman in the DC Comics Universe.

What it's scarface not the best that goes to my man joker but definitely in the top

24 Great White Shark
25 Phantasm

For those of you who have seen Batman:Mask of the Phantasm, you know why I think this villain should be mentioned. Phantasm is just so cool.

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