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.
Ra's al Ghul
Arabic for “Demon’s Head,” Ra’s al Ghul is an arch-enemy and supervillain of Batman with the ability of incredible long life and immortality. Besides that, he’s also an intelligent tactician and martial artist.
Originally named Dr. Harleen Frances Quinzel, Harley Quinn is a villain of Batman and love interest of The Joker. While she doesn’t have any super powers, she sometimes uses a giant mallet or bat to fight. Otherwise, she works as The Joker’s right hand, carrying out all his evil deeds. She is totally and utterly devoted to the Joker.
Originally, Catwoman, also named Selina Kyle, was a thief and villain to Batman. Her abilities include acrobatics and an expert knowledge of martial arts. While she was always a classic foil to Batman, over time she became an anti-hero, fighting crime as well, sometimes alongside Batman.
An expert marksman, Deadshot never misses his target and of all the assassins in Gotham City, he ranks as number two just behind Deathstroke. He uses a helmet and suit to improve his abilities and utilizes wrist mounted guns to kill his targets. He’s also one of the leading members of the Suicide Squad.
Gaining enhanced abilities on almost every level due to a military procedure, Deathstroke is the ultimate assassin in the DC comics universe. Usually, he’s a foil for Nightwing; however, he also has a rivalry with Batman. He’s got an enhanced mind, and the ability to strategize, problem solve, and remember things at a fast rate.