We have chosen 50 best supervillains of all time. This list not only includes greatest super villains of Marvel and DC comics but also powerful female supervillains and super villains of other comic books.
A Hero is a Hero only when there is a villain. Villain completes Hero. To make a super powerful hero you need a super powerful villain. So who are the most powerful and greatest super villains in the comic book world? Here we have chosen 50 greatest super villains of all time:
Greatest Super villains All Time
Marvel’s Super villain Mephisto is a demon like villain. With his supernatural powers and abilities he is a serious threat to many superheroes in Marvel Universe including Ghost Rider, X-Men, Guardians of Galaxy and Fantastic Four.
49. Sebastin Shaw
Sebastin Shaw has the ability to absorb any kind of energy and use it as physical energy. He is archenemy of X-Men. He was played by Kevin Bacon in 2011 film X-Men First Class.
Foot Clan’s leader Shredder often plans to rule the world and destroy his archenemies The Ninja Turtles. Even though Ninja Turtles has lost its charm over time but one of the main reason of success of Ninja Turtle in 90s was Shredder.
47. Baron Helmut Zemo
If you have seen Captain America Civil War, then you know how clever Baron Zemo is. He is a mastermind and very intelligent scientist.
46. Vandal Savage
Vandal Savage provides a unique angle to DC comics. He is immortal and has seen a lot in his life time. This makes his story line interesting and as he is immortal thus he cause a serious threat to the whole Justice league. This was shown in Justice League Doom where with the help of Batman plans he was able to overcome all the superheroes and was even able to kill (nearly) Superman.
Sandman is able to shape his body using earth’s rock and sand particles. This enables him to pose a serious threat in hand to hand combat. He is archenemy of Spider-Man.
Magic is one of the most used themes in Marvel Universe. Mysterio is a super magician and is expert in creating illusions and hypnotising. He is arch enemy of Spider-Man.
43. Gorilla Grodd
Is he just Gorilla? No grodd is much more than just being a great ape. He is expert in telekinesis and telepathy. I don’t know how the idea of making a gorilla archenemy of The Flash came to the minds of writers. But it worked out really well.
42. Cyborg Superman
Superman undefeated streak was getting unpopular among fans. Superman is so powerful that almost all villains were dwarfed under his persona. This was the time when cyborg Superman was introduced in DC universe and he came out to be a serious threat.
41. Captain Cold
Captain Cold has a superhero name but make no mistake this cold heart killer was the one who killed fourth Flash. He has no superpower but he poses Cold Guns that can kill anyone.
40. Kid Marvel Man
Don’t go by the name. He was introduced as the side kick of Marvelman but soon became his archenemy. He later was redesigned as an anti-hero but his stint as super villain was more loved by fans.
Bizzaro was at first introduced as another super villain with Superman’s power and abilities. But it was his character development that made him fan favourite. He has several reverse abilities of superman such as instead of heat vision he has freeze vision.
38. Poison Ivy
Batman has probably the most interesting and vast rogue gallery. From Joker to Bane he has the most intriguing super villains. Poison Ivy is one such super villainess. She is immune to all kind of poison and her touch can kill her enemy due to poison in her blood stream.
These mutant hunting robots has defeated X-men several times. They were the main villains of X-Men in 2014 film Days of Future Past.
Bullseye is probably the finest super assassin. He can use almost any weapon/object at ease. He is archenemy of Daredevil and was portrayed by Collin Farrell in 2004 film.
Thanks to Danny De-vito for bringing Penguin live on screen in 1992 film Batman returns. He actually increased the fan following of Penguin. Penguin has no super power but a genius mind that he use to manipulate others.
As the name suggest, Brainiac is a super intelligent Humanoid. Brainiac is so intelligent that he can calculate compact equations with-in seconds. Brainiac is also expert of various alien technologies and with the help of these technologies he is able to defeat many of his archenemies including superman.
Sinestro was actually Green Lantern who misused his powers. As a result his was discharged and this made him archenemy of Green Lantern.
Scarecrow is a unique villain who is expert in psychology. He is expert in creating fear and phobias among his archenemies. He was portrayed by Cillian Murphy in Christopher Nolan’s Batman trilogy.
Riddler is expert spy just like Batman. He is very fond of deducing puzzles and riddles. He like riddles so much thathe often ask riddles from his victims before killing them.
Doctor Curt Connors was a good scientist who helped spider-man on various occasions. However, due to the negative effect of Lizard formula, he turned into a monstrous Lizard and became arch enemy of Spider man.
Deadshot is an expert assassin. He is expert in using military weapons. Deadshot was portrayed by Will Smith in 2016 film Suicide Squad.
28. Harley Quinn
Harley Quinn was an attempt to create the female version of Joker. Even though she did not touched the heights of popularity like Joker but still she became one of the most famous super villainess in Comic book world.
You know Doomsday.. Don’t you? He is the villain who Killed Superman. His portrayal in 2016 Batman Vs Superman Film may not be liked by Fans but he is one of the most loved super villain in DC comics.
Teen Titans Hates Deathstroke and he is probably the most famous super villain in Teen Titan universe.
25. Professor Zoom
Like Reverse Superman (Bizarro) and Reverse Spider-Man (Venom), Flash too has a reverse super villain named Professor Zoom aka Reverse Flash. Reverse Flash has all the powers similar to Flash and above it he is a genius.
If Doomsday is infamous as the super villain who killed Superman then Bane is infamous as the super villain who broke Batman. Remember ‘Broke’ not ‘Killed’. Because no one can Kill batman. You Know why? Because he is Bruce Wayne …errr… Batman.
Juggernaut is a super villain who trusts more on his physical energy instead of his mind. He is archemeny of X-Men.
Just like Magneto, Mystique has a layered personality. She can’t be called as super villain with evil heart but she do prefers mutant over Humans making him a villain.
Ozymandias was a retired superhero in the events of Watchmen but he soon turned to the dark side.
20. Mr Sinister
Mr Sinister has many superpowers including Telekinesis, telepathy, shape shifting, regeneration and energy projection. He is archenemy of X-Men.
19. General Zod
General Zod is Kryptonian just like Superman. He poses all the powers like Superman. His plan to kill superman and rule intergalactic planets made his archenemy of Superman.
18. Ras Al Ghul
Ras Al Ghul was introduced as the man who taught Bruce Wayne Martial arts in Nolan’s Batman trilogy. However the character has many different origin stories.
Probably the most hyped villain of 2010s decade is Thanos. The big Purple head is shown as the main villain of The Avengers in Marvel Cinematic Universe and they will go head to head with Thanos in 2018 film Infinity Wars.
16. Doctor Octopus
Doctor Octopus is incarnation of that Mad Scientist who often attracts viewers and is constant admiration of writers. Doctor Octopus has four powerful arms. He is archenemy of Spiderman.
There are very few super villains who are so bad that they are actually good. Loki is one such super villain who gained a huge fan following after the release of The Avengers. Thanks to Tom Hiddleston.
Darkseid is considered as the biggest archenemy of Justice League. He is also one of the most powerful being in DC universe.
13. Red Skull
Red Skull along with Magneto, Venom and Doctor Doom is considered as the biggest threat to humanity. He is archenemy of Captain America and was portrayed by Hugo Weaving in Marvel Cinematic Universe.
Ultron is probably the most loved archenemy of Avengers. After Thanos he is the biggest threat to the Avengers. Sadly his movie adaptation didn’t lived up to the hype of the character.
Sadly Apocalypse’movie adaptation was not liked by fans. The reason was that Apocalypse is such powerful super villain that he can destroy the whole X-men universe but in the movie he was shown much weaker.
There are many super Villains who have reverse powers as compared to the Superhero. Venom is reverse of Spiderman. He has all the powers of spiderman on enhanced level plus he poses additional powers to shape shift. Venom needs a host and his first host was Spiderman himself.
9. Black Adam
Black Adam has similar history like Captain Marvel. He lived in ancient Egypt before coming to life in modern times. The character was a hit among fans and he was so much admired that writers were forced to convert Black Adam into an Anti-Hero.
8. King Pin
KingPin was Marvels answer to DC’s Lex Luthor. He was introduced as adversary of Spider-Man but he has been archenemy of Daredevil and Captain America.
7. Two Face
Harvey Dent aka Two Face is another decorated super villain in Batman rogue gallery. He was a honest district attorney before converting to the dark side and becoming archenemy of Batman.
6. Norman Osborn
Norman Osborn is such intriguing character that he has been in three different roles – Green Goblin Iron Patriot and Super Adaptoid and all his incarnations were loved by fans.
5. Doctor Doom
To say that it was doctor Doom that popularized the Fantastic Four comics won’t be exaggeration. He is often called as the most intelligent person in Marvel Universe.
Would you not be scared of a Galactic being who eat Planets to sustain his life force? Galactus is probably the most powerful being ever introduced in the comic books. One day probably he would make movie debut as well.
3. Lex Luthor
Lex Luthor poses no superpower like Superman yet he is considered the greatest archenemy of superman. His manipulation ability, use of power and money plus his strategist mind made him a serious threat to superman.
Magneto has many layers in his personality and this is why his presence is always admired by comic lovers. On the outside magneto is a super powerful and ruthless mutant. But on the inside Magneto has shown several feelings that made the character lovable.
Could you imagine anyone else to be the greatest Super Villain? The character of Joker is established as a parameter for other villains. He completes Batman. Heath Ledger’s portrayal of Joker in 2008 film made the character even more famous.
Who do you think is the greatest super villain of all time (after Joker)?