Best Comic Book Super Villains

The Top Ten
1 The 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, while acknowledging Finger's writing contribution. Although the Joker was planned to be killed off during his initial appearance, he was spared by editorial intervention, allowing the character to endure as the archenemy of the superhero Batman. The Joker has also been included in many other platforms such as the Arkham game series, the DC animated universe, Young Justice, graphic novels, and more.

When looking at the Joker, you would have to say he is the most complicated villain of comics. Looking at his past, he apparently was an average man who had just one bad day. His past is never truly explained, nor his identity. Even in The Dark Knight, he changes his story numerous times. He has an even more complex relationship with the Batman. While it is mainly a yin yan relationship, it has blurred lines throughout comics and mass media. There is even a romantic side to that conflict.
His motives are what drive him out of the park. He is Anarchy, chaos, order less, and most of all psychotic. He has no rules, he kills just to kill, he creates chaos just to create chaos. And there is no bounds to what he can do. He's killed the 2nd Robin, paralyzed Barbara Gordon, and has tortured and killed various more. On top of which, he has endured pain and supposedly died many times before, arguably even more powerful than darkseid, doomsday, and others.
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The Joker is the best character ever! It was also portrayed by the best actor ever! Ledger gave the character its character and I'm pretty confident that no other actor could enact the role as greatly and as amazing as Heath Ledger did. Usually, every villainous character has a dark past or some other incident that turned the character into the devious figure that he his. In the case of the Joker, his past isn't described in any of the movies. Neither has his psychotic character explained nor his obsession with causing chaos and trouble everywhere he goes. I've never loved a better villain.

He's very terrifying. What I like about villains are uncovering their sad backstory but Joker doesn't even have one and prefers it to be multiple choice! He killed Batman's sidekick, well umm... I'm just gonna say he has killed a lot more than a thousand people and didn't even feel but for it! (Except when he's sane) He's laugh is just so perfect and somehow creeps me out in a way knowing that a normal human doesn't laugh like that. He didn't even accept the Batman's offer to forget the past and he even says that it's too late. I love how when sometimes murdering somehow he makes a joke which somehow makes it more funny than sad. Joker is one of the best villains I have ever seen and even laughs when he is near death or is dying!

I think one of the reasons he's so utterly terrifying is because of just how realistic (the TDK joker) is.
Most comic book villians have super powers or are aliens from another planet, but the joker is just a man with nothing.
I like to think that he was driven to madness by tragedy, a "little push" if you will. And sadly, there is tragedy everywhere in real life. To think that there are people who are actually suffering so much they lose there sanity and become something like the joker is truly terrifying and depressing.
To think that their are jokers in real life is actually very scary.
When watching great fictional villains like Darth Vader or Lord Voldemort they are scary, but you know that they can never be real.
But anybody can become the Joker.

"Madness, as you know, is like gravity, all it takes is a little push! "

2 Venom Venom, or the Venom Symbiote, is an alias used by several fictional characters appearing in American comic books published by Marvel Comics, commonly in association with Spider-Man.

Time and time again, Venom has taken everything from Spider-Man, knows his secrets, doesn't set off his spider senses and has an alien ' costume. He may have sucked when Marvel tried to sell him out with the mullet and cheesy-lines, but we all know... He's just plain cool... And I hell of a lot better then Carnage could ever be (and Carnage is dead now so haw haw)

Very difficult decision as there are loads of great villains. However, Venom is definitely cooler. He has all of Spider-Man's powers, is stronger, a Klyntar (best aliens ever) and can cancel out Spidey's spider-sense. As Agent Venom he became even cooler.

A villain who is two separate beings. One loves Spidey, the other hates him. The symbiote still wants to join with Peter while Eddie hates Peter. All the while Venom operates under some twisted code of honor. Love it!

Venom has a symboite and it can attach to anyone exept super beings who have the will power to over come the symboite. It also has awesome powers that can KILL anyone.

3 Magneto Magneto is a fictional character appearing in American comic books published by Marvel Comics, commonly in association with the X-Men.

Magneto is very strong and a deadly foe to any hero indeed, but what makes him really amazing is his motive. Magneto is trying to give Mutants a world where they won't be persecuted and hunted down. That's something a good guy would do! What makes him evil is how he is willing to slaughter humans to give mutants the world they need. So its not his motives that make him evil, its his way of carrying out that motive. Truly, there are few villains as sympathetic, likable, and downright awesome as Magneto.

Venom over Magneto? What a joke. Magneto is such a good villain in that you can understand what he does, even though what he does is horrible. Venom is just Spider-Man but evil.

Truly the most complex villain due to his relatable viewpoints on mutantkind coexisting with humans. All he wants is to make sure his brothers and sisters don't have to worry about being slaughtered

How can you beat this guy... please tell me how. He's too good! His powers are utterly insane. He is the single reason professor x is in a wheel chair.. he's TOO GOOD

4 Dr. Doom Doctor Doom is a Marvel comic book supervillain. His first appearance was in The Fantastic Four #5 (July 1962).

Should be #1 on everyone's list. He killed the love of his life to gain her power!

Magic, technology and science. He is the ultimate would-be world dominator.

Joker being overrated as always. How is Venom, magneto, and carnage above him? Defaq? He is easily the evilest and most badas@. No one messes with Doom

Doom is already on this list! Boo to duplication.

5 Carnage Carnage (Cletus Kassidy) is a fictional supervillain appearing in American comic books published by Marvel Comics, usually as an enemy of Spider-Man. He appeared for the first time in The Amazing Spider-Man #361.

Best villain for various reasons. First and foremost, because he's an actual villain and not an anti-hero. Additionally, he holds no sentimental attachments but rather, a strong feral mind-scape and philosophy of spreading chaos and brutality. His sheer ferocious behavior coupled with his mental psychological warfare make him the Joker of the Spider-Man universe. Furthermore, he's more sinister and cunning than meets the eye. When a psycho-analysis of his mind is attempted in "Mind Bomb," he portrays how he sees the world, a sight of grisly yet honest reality. And this perception kills the examiner. By far the most powerfully compelling and dramatically captivating villain. If all that isn't enough, he's got a fundamentally awesome design and fighting maneuvers.

The most powerful psychopath in comics, stronger than spiderman and venom together, responsible of uncountable deaths, all of them by his own hands, nothing more to say, he is the one who you wouldn't like to see face to face.

Well honestly he came from someone who already was a murder unlike venom who was just reporter so he's amazing. And when he's in his full form: Maximum Carnage, he can reanimate the people who he killed and get then to fight for him, carnage zombies

Carnage is cooler and more badass than venom, but venom is still a better villain, because carnage is too insane to be reasoned with, so his stories are too similar. They shouldn't have killed him off, though.

6 Lex Luthor Alexander "Lex" Luthor is a fictional supervillain appearing in American comic books published by DC Comics.

The most important part about Lex is that he doesn't recognize himself as a bad guy and assumes he is protecting his planet from "The Evil Vigilantes". This characterstics make him the most enjoyable member of any rouges gallery

He fights the strongest superhero ever with only intellect and evilosity.

It's a bird! It's a plane! It's a man in tights SUPER MAN.
Lex is probley thinking that's a real challenge

He's a criminal mastermind. What else can I say?

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

Any man who can break Batman's spine is definitely one you would not want to meet in an alley. With an astounding intellect and the strength to break through walls and throw cars, Bane combines the intelligence of a genius with the brute force of the Hulk. Bane lives with pain his entire life while living in a Santa Priscan prison and use his knowledge of pain to defeat his enemies both psychologically and physically. A master strategist, Bane has the potential to run criminal empires and create plans for mass destruction.

Bane is overrated. Sure, he defeated Bats once, but after that Batman knew his strengths and weaknesses and defeated Bane quite easily every other time they met. Let's face it, Bane can't beat Bats without releasing a bunch of inmates out of Arkham. He's still awesome, but not as awesome as people say he is. But should definitely be higher than Penguin (even though I like Penguin).

Bane is arguably even smarter than the Joker, but he's still so AWESOME! In the Dark Knight Rises, he broke Batman's nody AND soul! He is my favorite supervillain of all time, though Joker and Riddler are close.

As crazy as the Joker is, getting into the Batcave is way better than just stabbing Batman like everyone else does.

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

Riddler is my favorite Batman villain! Batman is favorite superhero, and Riddler is the perfect match! He may not have been great in the movies, but a true masterpiece in comics he is! His intelligence I admire, and his funny comments make him a perfect enemy, and ally when needed! He couldn't be a better character if he tried. He could beat any character in Marvel any day of the week! One of the best comic characters ever!...MeoMeo

The least violent out of all the villans in Batman which is a catch-22. Most villans are pretty violent and have no purpose. The Riddler uses his superior intelligence to commit crime. Probably the most 'sane' villan, but, his obessive compulsion for leaving clues and riddles after his crimes and not being able to commit crimes without them it was drives him over the edge.

I don't know why I like the Riddler so much, but his been my favourite villain every since I first saw him.

Are you kidding me? Green Goblin, Darkseid, Braniac, Dr. Doom, Loki, and more don't make the list, but this cheesy character does?

9 Green Goblin The Green Goblin is the alias of several fictional supervillains appearing in American comic books published by Marvel Comics, mostly those starring Spider-Man. The character first appeared in The Amazing Spider-Man #14, and since then he has become one of the characters most famous villains. He was the main antagonist in the 2002 movie Spider-Man, in which he was portrayed by William Dafoe.

Two words, Green Goblin. Many issues of Amazing Spider-Man has passed, and the fans have met hundreds of evil people but none of them were as dark-hearted as this guy. Maybe Joker from Batman can come close to him or Carnage can oppose him with the infamous New York Carnage that we read in Maximum Carnage issues but GG gets the trophy for being the sickest person that we witnessed in any comic book ever released.

The movie version is stupid and the ultimate universe version is basically Hulk who throws fire but this guy is the REAL DEAL. Spider-Man's greatest foe ever besides Venom in my opinion. GG > Doctor Doom. GG > Doctor Octopus. GG > Carnage. This one will get a lot of hate but: GG > Joker.

He is like a combination of Lex Luthor and The Joker.
Definitely Top 3.

Please just tell me one person that can't recognize his iconic outfit I mean it's really a classic

10 Loki Loki Laufeyson, or Loki Odinson, is a fictional character appearing in the American comic books published by Marvel Comics. He is the adoptive brother and archenemy of Thor, and is known as the "God of Mischief". In the Marvel Cinematic Universe, the character has been portrayed by Tom Hiddleston.

The coolest thing about Loki is how unpredictable he is.

You don't know if he is gonna help his brother to get him in trouble.
He can be a great ally but a very dangerous enemy

Ok, this is all just for spider man fans and the dark knight trilogy fan here and there. This is the first actually good villain not from either franchise

I love Loki. He might not be that scary but it's always intriguing guessing if he will act as a villain or hero.

Like literally he is the god of mischief... what do you expect?

The Contenders
11 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 the most dangerous villain. He has lived for over 700 years. He tries to kill most of the beings in the world by making diseases weapons and spreading them all over. He is a master at martial arts, he has hundreds of assassins he has trained himself. Most of the master assassins in the dc universe have been trained by him, such as Deathstroke. Batman has been the only person to beat him, Ra's is a powerful immortal villain!

Joker is correctly placed at no. 1 but ra's al ghul on 9 is unacceptable. For the people who would know about dc universe they know that this guy is not only better than a lot of them above him in "this" list but is a nightmare for any superhero! So kindly vote for him... Still Joker is the best!

he put sword through oliver ( green arrow ) chest and push him off the mountain. but he survive but he kinda bit like brainwashed oliver and took over his body and also he trained batman and he has the ENTIRE leauge of asassins who are his like unmastered version...

12 Darkseid Darkseid is a fictional character appearing in American comic books published by DC Comics. Created by writer-artist Jack Kirby, the character made a cameo appearance in Superman's Pal Jimmy Olsen #134 before making his full first appearance in Forever People #1. He is the father of Orion, Kalibak, Grayven and Grail.

Lex Luthor ain't the only most dangerous villain of Superman, Darkseid is because he has super strength, a powerful omega beam through his eyes and he knows how he can manipulate people and do his biddings. As for Superman, he can still whup Darkseid's butt.

If you want to see how evil Darkseid really is then read Final Crisis. In that series Darkseid managed to take over the minds of 3 billion humans and kill Batman. Few villains have accomplished what Darkseid has.

Thanos... pf a rip-off of Uxas, Darkseid is the best villain, the writers never show his full potencial 'enough said.

He has more power the the first greatest mightiest hero ever (superman)

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.

Slade Wilson is a highly paid mercenary. He can use 90% of his brain at once and that makes him a genius as well. Even batman needed night wing and robin to defeat him.

What the joker is so overrated! Slade beat most of the Justice League by himself! Deathstroke also beat Batman.

One of the best. Participated in a failed U. S Military experiment

He beat the bat

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

Guys, Scarecrow, AKA Johnathan Crane, should probably be around number two or three, mainly because I like his clever use of a fear inducing hallucinogenic venom, and his mask looks badass. Have any of you guys played batman Arkham asylum and batman Arkhan knight?

15 Doomsday Doomsday is a fictional supervillain appearing in American comic books published by DC Comics, usually depicted as an adversary of Superman.

I do like Doomsday, but he is SO overrated! Okay, so he killed Superman. But is this an interesting character? No. All he wants to do is destroy everything. Think about Squirrel Girl. She defeated Doctor Doom and Thanos. Great. But she's an awful character. That was supposed to be an ironic joke. It was not meant to be taken seriously.

Doomsday was the only one to kill Superman and he was the only one that took Darkseid's Omega Beam and left w/ little damage. Still... Joker deserves first place. He really can't technically be killed either he adapts to virtually anything.

When I first heard doomsday : ha this is a joke haha! When I heard he killed superman:.__. Things got real...

Doomsday #19?! Screw this list! He killed the greatest superhero in history and he's #19?!

16 Catwoman

Dude, read the comics. She's just a woman wearing a cat mask that steals money and wants to make love with batman. Worst villain.

This list is terrible! Cat woman isn't a villain anymore! You really don't know your villains dude.

Very fast, jumps high, had so many chances of killing batman but lets him live.

I love cat woman. She flexible and shes great at stealing stuff. If I ever become a bad guy (which I won't) she is my idol

17 Thanos Thanos is a fictional supervillain appearing in American comic books published by Marvel Comics. The character was created by Jim Starlin and Mike Friedrich. The character first appeared in Iron Man #55 and has been portrayed by actors Damion Poitier and Josh Brolin in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

Um ok? Why the heck is Thanos no. 20? Like what? Thanos can KILL everyone above with just the snap of his fingers. Joker? *snaps* DEAD! Venom? *snaps* DEAD! And some of you freaks might think that "Oh Thanos is only powerful because of his gauntlet. And he didn't even make it! " PEOPLE! Before his gauntlet, he was able to MAKE an ARMY, INVADE PLANETS, and KILL half of the POPULATION! Ya, Joker's cool and all and has accomplished a lot and has done a lot of damage as a villain, but come on, deep down, I know we all HATE Thanos, but he is a great villain. But I do like Joker a little more, but Thanos deserves #1. Or at least top 3 or 5.

Even a noob can say that Thanos should be higher. Other than Joker, Thanos is the only villain to have won due to being smart only( in movies ). He is powerful, but is really a calm villain, and in the comics he is as well. Thanos was also a difficult villain to defeat, needing 2 movies in order to be defeated. This man is one of a kind, and is unique just as joker is.

Thanos is insanely powerful and scary. He has taken on the avengers and won, killed all of his illegitimate children to please death (who he worships and is in love with), wielded the Infinity gauntlet, essentially becoming an omnipotent being, gone toe to toe with Odin, and once killed half of all life in existence.

Thanos is on a whole different level than most villains.

The ultimate Marvel villain. Thanos is very different from other villains because his true goal is to be loved by Death. What's interesting about Thanos is that unlike other villain he has actually tried to make up for his past actions and be a hero but he always events up returning to being a villain.

18 Doctor Octopus Doctor Octopus, also known as Doc Ock, Doc Octopus, and the Superior Spider-Man, is a fictional character, a supervillain appearing in American comic books published by Marvel Comics. The character first appeared in The Amazing Spider-Man #3. In Spider-Man 2 and Spider-Man: No Way Home, he was portrayed by Alfred Molina.
19 Galactus Galactus is a fictional character appearing in American comic books published by Marvel Comics. Formerly a mortal man, Galactus is a cosmic entity who originally consumed planets to sustain his life force, and serves a functional role in the upkeep of the primary Marvel continuity.

Not a villain. Galactus is neither good nor evil. He exists to bring cosmic balance to the universe.

Plus, he eats entire planets as an appetizer.

He should be number one...he is uundisputely the best and the most powerful

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

Although the movie version is annoyingly popular she is still a great character.

She's so overrated and has a boring character.

Why do people hate on her?

21 Brainiac Brainiac is a fictional supervillain appearing in American comic books published by DC Comics, commonly as an adversary of Superman.

Even though brainiac is a green bastard with a big head, he still is one of the justice league's greatest foes. Just saying.

22 Mystique Mystique is a fictional character appearing in American comic books published by Marvel Comics, commonly in association with the X-Men.

She can completely copy people that is just awesome.

She is so cool #Jennifer

23 Ultron Ultron is a fictional supervillain appearing in American comic books published by Marvel Comics. He is most recognized as a foe of the Avengers, and has a quasi-familial relationship with several of their members, especially his creator Hank Pym. In the Marvel Cinematic Universe, he is portrayed by James Spader.
24 Sinestro Thaal Sinestro is a fictional supervillain appearing in American comic books published by DC Comics. The character was created by John Broome and Gil Kane, and first appeared in Green Lantern (vol.

He's like Hitler with a power ring. Plus he has a cool mustache and is bad ass

25 Shredder Oroku "The Shredder" Saki is a fictional character in the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles comics and all of its related media.

How is Shredder not higher he is the coolest and most awesome comic book villain. There I said it.

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