ByBen Hawkes, writer at
Ben Hawkes

There are so many great villains from both DC and Marvel, so I thought I would create a list of my top 10 favorite villains. Bear in mind, that this is my opinion for the villains.

10. Lex Luthor - Superman (DC Comics)

Lex Luthor
Lex Luthor

Luthor is primarily a villain of Superman, however has come into conflict with Batman and other heroes in the DC universe. Luthor is a wealthy, power mad businessman who is the head of LexCorp. Most of Luthor's plans revolve around killing Superman, through use of Kryptonite and his powerful exoskeleton. He has also been the President of the United States of America in some of the comics and animations.

First Appearance - Action Comics #23 (April 1940)
Portrayed By - Gene Hackman, Michael Rosenbaum, Kevin Spacey, John Shea, Lyle Talbot, Scott James Wells, Jessie Eisenberg

9. Deathstroke - Teen Titans (DC Comics)

Deathstroke, also known as Slade Wilson, was originally a villain of the Teen Titans, however, has been a pain to other DC heroes, including Batman and Green Arrow. Deathstroke is an assassin/mercenary who has been chemically enhanced to abilities such as healing factor, the strength of 10 men and heightened stamina and agility. Deathstroke is also a tactical genius as he has the ability to use 90% of his brain.

First Appearance - The New Teen Titans (vol. 1) #2 (1980)
Portrayed By - Manu Bennett, Antonia Sabato Jr, Michael Hogan

8. Red Skull - Captain America (Marvel Comics)

Red Skull is the arch nemesis of Captain America, and he is portrayed as a Nazi agent during World War II. While Red Skull doesn't have any powers as such, he has been injected with a version of the Super Soldier Serum that was used on Steve Rogers. Red Skull physical abilities succeed that of any Olympic athlete, and while he has been able to compete with Captain America in hand to hand combat, he has never been on par.

First Appearance - Captain America Comics #1 (March 1941)
Portrayed By - Scott Paulin, Hugo Weaving

7. Doomsday - Superman (DC Comics)

Doomsday is a deadly monster that was born in the depths of ancient Krypton, with no emotions. Doomsday is widely known as being the only person to have ever killed the Man of Steel, which was in the Death of Superman storyline. Doomsday warrants a place on any list of great villains due to the fact that he is the only person to have succeeded in doing what so many people haven't been able to, which was killing Superman.

First Apearance - Superman: The Man of Steel #18 (December 1992)
Portrayed By - Dario Delacio, Sam Witwer, Michael Jai White (voice)

6. Loki - Thor (Marvel Comics)

Loki is Thor's adoptive brother, and arch nemesis, and has also been a major villain for the Avengers. Loki has extensive training in magic, and has enhanced strength, stamina, speed and durability, as well as genius level intellect. Loki is based off of the Norse god of the same name, and in recent pop culture, he was brilliantly portrayed by Tom Hiddleston in Thor, Thor 2 and the Avengers.

First Appearance - Venus No. 6 (August 1949)
Portrayed By - Tom Hiddleston, Troy Baker (voice)

5. Magneto - X-Men (Marvel Comics)

Magneto aka. Erik Lehnsherr/Max Eisenhardt
Magneto aka. Erik Lehnsherr/Max Eisenhardt

Magneto is a Grade 4 mutant who has the abilities to control electromagnetic fields, to varying affects. Magneto grew up as being friends with Charles Xavier, however they have differing views on human/mutant relations, with Charles wanting the two to co-exist peacefully together, while Magneto wants a world with mutants as the dominant race, with human kind being wiped out.

First Appearance - The X-Men #1 (September 1963)
Portrayed By - Sir Ian McKellen, Michael Fassbender

4. Darksied - Superman (DC Comics)


Darkseid is the ruler of Apokolips, and villain of Superman, however has also come into conlfict with the Justice League, as he has attempted invade Earth a few times. Darkseid's power can only be challenged by the likes of Superman and Doomsday, however, he doesn't fight much himself and he sends his minions to do it, he saves himself for the big fights such as Superman. Darkseid is as close to pure evil as you can get.

First Appearance - Superman's Pal Jimmy Olsen #134 (November 1970)
Portrayed By - Michael Daingerfield, Steve Byers, John Glover, Michael Ironside (voice), Frank Welker (voice)

3. Riddler - Batman (DC Comics)

The Riddler isn't your typical bad guy, and he tests the World's Greatest Detective on an intellectual level. While he might not have any powers, Riddler employs weapons exploiting his gimmick, and he has extreme originality in decoding and formulating puzzles. Like most of Batman's villains, Riddler is insane, and he has an obsessive compulsive disorder which means he leave clues to his crimes in the form of riddles.

First Appearance - Detective Comics #140 (1948)
Portrayed By - Frank Gorshin, Jim Carrey, Cory Michael Smith, John Glover (voice), Robert Englund (voice), Wally Wingert (voice)

2. Venom - Spiderman (Marvel Comics)

  Venom aka. Eddie Brock
Venom aka. Eddie Brock

Venom is a symbiote, that originally attached itself to Peter Parker, however, is most well known as being attached to Eddie Brock. Venom has been used to create the character Carnage as well. Venom's abilities include, shape shifting, invisibility (through the shape shifting), and telepathic abilities. Venom also has immunity to some of the powers of other heroes and villains, such as Spiderman and Ghost Rider. Eddie Brock blames Spider Man for what he is.

First Appearance - The Amazing Spider Man #252 (May 1984)
Portrayed By - Topher Grace, Hank Azaria (voice), Benjamin Diskin (voice), Steven Weber (voice)

1. Joker - Batman (DC Comics)

Of course number one is the Joker, the Clown Prince of Crime, and Batman's greatest nemesis. Joker is insane, and he knows it and loves it, and has even turned Dr. Harleen Quinzell insane, which then created Harley Quinn. He has no fears and is completely unpredictable, and has total disregard for human life. The Joker has been a part of crucial Batman storylines, including the death of Jason Todd and the paralysis of Barbara Gordon.

First Appearance - Batman #1 (Spring 1940)
Portrayed By - Ceasar Romano, Jack Nicholson, Heath Ledger, Mark Hamill (voice), Troy Baker (voice), Kevin Michael Richardson (voice)

What villains do you think should be on this list and, what are your favorite comic book villains?


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