25 Best Batman Villains Of All Time

Posted by , Updated on November 8, 2017


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.


The Penguin

penguinSource: http://batman.wikia.com/wiki/The_Penguin

The Penguin is a criminal mastermind with a genius intellect obsessed with all types of birds. Besides his sharp wits, he utilizes different kinds of umbrellas as his main form of weaponry against the Batman. As criminals go, the Penguin is more of a mobster, leading his men to perform various heists or takeovers.


Mr. Freeze

mister freezeSource: http://batman.wikia.com/wiki/Mr._Freeze

Dr. Victor Fries, also known as Mr. Freeze, was a gimmick until Batman: The Animated Series resurrected him and made him into a major villain. Because the backstory into the villain was so well done, it quickly became canon and was even introduced into the movie Batman and Robin. With the ability to freeze people and objects as well as his advanced intellect, Mr. Freeze is a cold, calculating menace for Batman.


The Riddler

The_RiddlerSource: http://batman.wikia.com/wiki/The_Riddler

The Riddler is an intelligent puzzle master and escape artist who loves to play mind games with Batman. He’s been portrayed in various forms over the years, from a silly trickster to a cold and calculating egoist. In most cases, he loves to throw Batman into labyrinths and mazes, forcing him to solve riddles and make impossible choices.



two faceSource: http://batman.wikia.com/wiki/Two-Face

Harvey Dent, also known as Two-Face, was a former lawyer who had acid thrown into his face by Sal Maroni. Afterward, he lost his mind, becoming a schizoid criminal who flips a coin to make all his decisions. Batman tries to reform his former ally, but Two-Face becomes too obsessed with crime.


The Joker

the jokerSource: http://batman.wikia.com/wiki/The_Joker

Of all the villains in the Batman universe, The Joker has probably been the most frequently explored and the most admired. While he doesn’t have any superpowers, it’s his intellect, lunacy, and vicious schemes always putting Batman on his toes. Many have considered him the perfect villain.

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