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.
With a body made of clay that can transform into whatever he wishes, Clayface proves time and again he’s a terrifying force to reckon with. Originally named Basil Karlo, he was an actor who went on a murder spree after finding out his movie was being remade. Along with malleability, he has super strength and can become quite durable.
As a psychologist, Hugo Strange has evaluated the Batman for some time and becomes obsessed with him. One of the few villains to know his secret identity, Strange used genetics and mind control to hatch a plot to take Batman’s place. His overall intelligence makes him a difficult and worthy adversary.
Dr. Thomas Elliot and Bruce Wayne were once childhood friends and dark reflections of each other. In order to get his inheritance, Elliot tried to kill his parents but the plot failed due to Wayne’s father. Elliot blamed Wayne ever after and used his skills as a surgeon to hatch nefarious schemes against him under the villain name “Hush.”
Known as “The man who broke the bat,” Bane is a supervillain from South America. His strength derives from a drug called “Venom” that he pumps into his veins. He’s also known to be incredibly intelligent and a skilled assassin.
Talia al Ghul
With a high intelligence, skill in business, and stellar combat skills, Talia al Ghul has been both a lover and villain of Bruce Wayne and Batman. Oh, and did we mention she has an unusually long life due to her father’s Lazarus pit?