The best villains reflect the opposite of a hero’s ideals and attributes. With Batman being one of the most iconic superheroes around, it makes sense his villains would be equally iconic. From the Joker to Mr. Freeze, every Batman villain challenges his physical strength, his intellect, and his values as a superhero. Because of such stellar writing over the past decades, Batman villains only continue to become more well-rounded and multi-dimensional. But which villains push the Dark Knight to his limits? Here are 25 Best Batman Villains Of All Time.
Victor Zsasz is a serial killer with a penchant for using a knife. After he kills his victims, he leaves a tally mark on his body. Due to his unpredictability and physical strength, Batman struggles to combat the villain both mentally and physically. Zsasz is technically not insane and says he kills people only because he chooses to.
Scarecrow, also known as Dr. Johnathan Crane, uses psychedelic drugs to inhibit phobias and fears into his victims. He plays a significant role in the overall Batman mythos, appearing in comics, cartoons, and films.
The Mad Hatter is a mass murderer and supervillain obsessed with Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland. With a wide array of hats, he uses mind control on his victims and desperately wishes to acquire Batman’s cowl above all else.
In the Batman comics, Red Hood has had several identities. It first started with The Joker before Joker allowed a man named Jack to take on the identity. In the second iteration of the Red Hood, Jason Todd, one of the Robins, was murdered by The Joker. When Jason Todd was resurrected, he was infuriated Batman didn’t avenge him and took the mantle of Red Hood to fight crime. But his idea of fighting crime involved controlling mobs and gangs, clashing with Batman. Batman eventually figured out that Red Hood was, indeed, Jason Todd.
A prominent eco-terrorist, Poison Ivy is obsessed with the environment and doing anything to protect it. She uses toxins, love potions, and her ability to control vines and plants to commit her crimes. Anytime Batman comes around, she’s known to seduce him and his allies. Once in a while, she might also team up with Harley Quinn.