Tuesday’s Top Ten: DC Villain Edition (updated!)


Each Tuesday, the gang will comprise their own top ten list for whatever the topic is for that week.  In the comments section, we can all compare the lists to see if there were any patterns. Also, feel free to post your own top ten lists.
As it is Villains Month over at DC, we decided to create a top ten list of our favorite DC baddies.  Despite your feelings for DC’s cash grab  strategy, the publisher has some of the greatest villains–maybe of any medium.

Ghostmann’s Top Ten DC Villains

1. The Joker

Come on, do I even need to explain myself?

2. Lex Luthor

In the right hands (Grant Morrison) Lex is the most diabolical and likable villain there is in ALL of comics.

3. Ra’s al Ghul

Clever and conniving, Ra’s attacks from the shadows. You never know he is there until it is too late.

4. Darkseid

Gotta love a villain who is intent on ruling The Earth even when the fucker has his own goddamn planet. Guess one just ain’t enough for ol’ Darkseid.

5. Black Hand 

This Green Lantern villain is fucked the fuck up! Dude sleeps in a freshly dug grave – murdered his whole family – kisses dead chicks at the morgue! Truly evil all the way around.

6. Sinestro

Lately, he’s been more of a hero then villain, but that doesn’t mean he still can’t make our list, I mean he’s got purple skin and yellow eyes – that right there is enough.

7. Talia al Ghul 

She had her own son killed to make a point. Cold blooded.

8. The Saint of Killers (Preacher)

This dude truly gave me the chills while reading Preacher. Hard core.

9. Arcane

You know you are an evil son of bitch when you lust after your niece and possess her husband so you can get busy with her. Arcane belongs in hell – good thing Swamp Thing put him there.

10. The Scarecrow 

I just have a soft spot for a villain who wears a bag on his head.

Ukerupp’s Top Ten DC Villains

1. Sinestro

When I first got back into comics a few years ago, I decided to take on DC’s LONG history one character at a time.  Upon recommendation, I bought all of Johns’ Green Lantern run (just up to before Blackest Night).  From the appearance in Rebirth to the Sinestro Corps War epic and whether Yellow or Green, Sinestro will forever be a force to be reckoned with.

2. Two-Face

My first recollection of Two-Face was in Bruce Timm’s Batman: The Animated Series.  Never had I seen a character, proud and strong, fall so far into evil (this was before Breaking Bad, of course).  The idea frightened me as a child, and, frankly, still does today.

3. Anti-Monitor

Many years ago, I was in Borders with my uncle, and I came across trade which seemed to have every single DC character on the cover.  I could barely wrap my mind around the idea that all of these years could be together in one book!  As I read through the trade, could not believe that there was a villain so powerful as to best all of my favorite superheroes.  That trade was Crisis on Infinite Earths and that villain was the Anti-Monitor.

4. Joker

Sheer insanity.  No reason, simply madness.  He is scary for the fact that no one knows exactly what drives him.  Why does he do what he does?  Hopefully, that mystery will never be solved.  Like Two-Face, my Joker also came from B:TAS.  He will always have Mark Hamill’s terrifying but stunning voice.

5. Reverse Flash

A good villain allows a hero to do what is expected.  A great villain makes a hero do the unexpected.  Eobard Thawne drove Barry Allen to break the rules, shaking his very core beliefs, even for the briefest of moments.  R.F. was the victor even in his death.

6. CSA

Now, I will admit that including an entire group may be cheating, but I don’t care.  The idea of our favorite heroes in the role of villains is fantastic.  Crisis on Infinite Earths first awoke my love of multiple universes, and these guys are a constant reminder of that love.  Also, the reveal of The Grid at the end of Trinity War was mind-blowing.  Now if only Earth-3 Aquaman would have survived; he looked awesome!

7. Lex Luthor

Admittedly, if it weren’t for my awkward crush on Allison Mack’s Chloe, Lex Luthor would have been my favorite character on Smallville.  In the comic world, Lex is at his best when thrown into an intense situation, and he is able to remain calm and collected because he was already figured out the outcome.

8. Ocean Master

Honestly, this one is new for me.  Having recently caught up on Johns’ Aquaman, Orm is a character I simply cannot place.  While he has done some horrible things in the past, his current relationship with Aquaman makes him seem like a man with all the right reason but all the wrong ways.  While many villains are one-trick, Ocean Master feels very round.

9. Superboy-Prime

Who here has not dreamed of being a superhero?  Stuck in life and knowing that there should be something more.  Knowing you could be something more.  Such was the life of Superboy-Prime.  Except in his story, he eventually discovered that he was something more.  However, the power brought loss and trauma.  The child dreaming of soaring through the sky like Superman soon was at odds with his heroes.

10.  Major Force

Okay, I know that this is a weird choice.  But I have good reasoning as to why this over-the-top villain is included.  During college, I was often placed with some terrible roommates.  My escape?  Comics.  I began heavily reading Kyle’s tenure as Green Lantern.  While the run had its highs and lows, Major Force was there to bookend the series.  The brutal murder of Kyle’s girlfriend Alex propelled him into what he would eventually become by the end of the series as he beheads Major Force.  The arc felt complete.

Ithosapien’s Top Ten DC Villains

1. Reverse Flash

Insane. Able to time-travel. A sociopath. Is there a more lethal trifecta?

2. The Joker

What does he want? Nobody knows, not even him! But he does have a long kill count and list of heinous acts.

3. Dr Hurt (The Black Glove)

Gambling on good vs evil, killing heroes without hesitation.

4. The Crime Syndicate

An evil version of the Justice League. Need I go on?

5. Darkseid

Universal domination is his goal, just a notch below wanting to kill everything.

6. Superboy Prime

Is there anyone who doesn’t hate and possibly fear this little shit?

7. Black Manta

Committed to killing Aquaman and every Atlantian. Which is Genocide.

8. Captain Cold

Can’t stop,won’t stop. He’s brought together other Rogues to work together and won’t tolerate anyone else leading them.

9. The Riddler

My favorite Bat-villain, the only one who solely tries to beat Batman mentally.

10. Daughters of the Amazon (Y: The Last Man)

Murderous, man-hating psychos. Every Man’s worst nightmare during the end of the World.