Top 10 Most Evil Batman Villains: Ranked

10. Black Mask (Roman Sionis)

Black Mask

  • First appearance: Batman #386 (August 1985)
  • Corruption: Has a sadistic and brutal approach to crime.
  • Deeds: Known for his ruthless torture techniques and control over Gotham’s underworld.
  • Motivation: Driven by a thirst for power and a desire to reclaim and expand his criminal empire.

Roman Sionis, also known as Black Mask, is a well-known enemy of Batman and a major player in Gotham City’s organized crime scene.

Originally part of Gotham’s high society and the head of Janus Cosmetics, Roman made some bad business choices that ruined his reputation.

Feeling embarrassed and angry, he blamed others for his failures, especially Bruce Wayne and his company.

To get back at them, Roman took on the criminal identity of Black Mask and started a group called the False Face Society.

9. Hush (Thomas Elliot)


  • First appearance: Batman #609 in January 2003
  • Corruption: His jealousy and resentment towards Bruce Wayne drive him to commit severe crimes.
  • Deeds: Engages in elaborate plots to destroy Bruce Wayne’s life.
  • Motivation: Envious of Bruce’s fortune and driven by a deep-seated desire for revenge.

Dr. Thomas “Tommy” Elliot was once a close childhood friend of Bruce Wayne.

He later turned into a criminal known as Hush, who cleverly targets both Batman and Bruce Wayne.

The name Hush, coming from a nursery rhyme, suits him because he prefers to manipulate quietly rather than using loud, noticeable methods.

Tommy and Bruce were friends as kids, but Tommy was secretly very different from Bruce.

As a young boy, Tommy tried to kill his parents to get their wealth.

His plan didn’t work, partly because Bruce’s father, Dr. Thomas Wayne, was a skilled surgeon who saved Tommy’s mother.

This made Tommy blame Bruce. When he grew up, Tommy became a very skilled surgeon himself and crafted a complex plan to get back at Bruce. He hid his identity with bandages, calling himself Hush.

In the end, Batman defeated and revealed his true identity.

Hush continues to plan his revenge against Batman, creating intricate and precise schemes.

8. Mr. Freeze (Victor Fries)


  • First appearance: Batman #121 (February 1959)
  • Corruption: His actions are cold and calculated.
  • Deeds: Uses cryogenic technology for crimes, often endangering lives.
  • Motivation: Initially motivated by the desire to save his dying wife, his methods have since become increasingly extreme.

Dr. Victor Fries, also known as Mister Freeze, was a skilled expert in cryogenics. He loved his wife Nora very much, but she was very sick with a deadly disease.

To save her, Dr. Fries put her into a deep freeze while he looked for a cure.

However, the head of GothCorp, Ferris Boyle, stopped funding the project and disconnected Nora’s life support.

This caused an accident that changed Dr. Fries’ body so that he could only survive in extremely cold temperatures; he would die in normal room warmth.

Dr. Fries uses special weapons that create ice and cold, and he wears a protective suit designed for very cold environments.

He continues to look for ways to heal his wife and seeks justice for what happened to her, blaming Batman partly for her condition.

7. The Riddler (Edward Nygma)

The Riddler

  • First appeared: Detective Comics #140 (October 1948)
  • Corruption: Obsessed with proving his intellectual superiority.
  • Deeds: Commits intricate crimes that often put innocent lives at risk.
  • Motivation: Needs to outsmart and humiliate others, especially Batman, to validate his own intelligence.

Edward “Ed” Nygma, also known as The Riddler, used to work as a forensic science technician for the Gotham City Police Department.

He likes to speak in riddles.

Ed turned to crime after he killed Tom Dougherty to stop him from abusing Kristen Kringle.

After he started dating Kristen, he accidentally killed her too when he told her about what he had done.

These events made Ed accept his darker side.

Later on, when Jim Gordon started to investigate Kristen’s death, Ed framed him.

6. Poison Ivy (Pamela Isley)

Poison Ivy

  • First appearance: Batman #181 (June 1966)
  • Corruption: Her alignment with nature often comes at the expense of human lives.
  • Deeds: Uses plant-based toxins to control or kill anyone who threatens her ecological crusades.
  • Motivation: Wants to protect and avenge nature against humanity’s exploitations.

Poison Ivy, whose real name is Dr. Pamela Isley, is an environmental activist with the ability to control plants.

She became a mix of a plant and a human due to a failed experiment.

Poison Ivy often finds herself torn between her human side and her extreme efforts to protect plants at any cost.

This conflict makes her one of Batman’s opponents in Gotham City.

5. Bane


  • First appearance: Batman: on Vengeance of Bane #1 (January 1993)
  • Corruption: Extremely violent and determined, with a deep-seated grudge against Batman.
  • Deeds: Known for breaking Batman’s back and unleashing chaos in Gotham.
  • Motivation: Driven by a desire to overcome his brutal past and prove himself as the dominant force in Gotham.

Bane was a close friend and protector of Talia al Ghul and led the League of Shadows on the field.

He was very strong and smart in both planning and fighting.

Bane managed to defeat Batman and used his excellent speaking skills to influence the people of Gotham City until Batman came back and recovered.

He often showed his emotions through his eyes. Bane wore a mask that helped reduce the severe pain he felt, making it more tolerable.

4. Ra’s al Ghul

Ra's al Ghul

  • First appearance: Batman #232 (June 1971)
  • Corruption: Has a warped sense of justice and a god complex.
  • Deeds: Leads the League of Assassins to commit global acts of terrorism.
  • Motivation: Seeks to cleanse the world of corruption through drastic and often violent means.

Ra’s al Ghul is a supervillain and one of Batman’s enemies.

He was once a healer but later became known as “Head of the Demon,” leading the criminal group called the League of Assassins.

In many stories, Ra’s al Ghul wants to protect the Earth from environmental damage.

However, his methods involve harming many people, either by reducing the population or trying to control the world.

He is very smart and good at planning. Ra’s al Ghul’s most powerful tool is the Lazarus Pits, which let him live for hundreds of years and come back to life after dying.

3. Scarecrow (Jonathan Crane)


  • First appearance: World’s Finest Comics #3 (Fall 1941)
  • Corruption: A sadistic psychologist who delights in inducing fear.
  • Deeds: Uses fear toxins to terrorize Gotham’s citizens and manipulate their emotions.
  • Motivation: Fascinated with the nature of fear and using it to break down the human psyche.

Scarecrow is a former psychology professor who is very obsessed and unbalanced.

He uses different drugs and psychological methods to play on the fears and phobias of his enemies.

He doesn’t commit crimes to get rich, but rather as a kind of “research” to learn more about how fear affects people.

Later, he continues his actions to fulfill his own twisted desires, treating the people of Gotham like test subjects without their consent.

2. Two-Face (Harvey Dent)

Two Face

  • First appearance: Detective Comics #66 (August, 1942)
  • Corruption: Struggles with a split personality, leading to unpredictable behavior.
  • Deeds: Has committed numerous crimes, including murder, under the influence of his darker half.
  • Motivation: Acts are often a result of his internal conflict and obsession with duality and fate.

Two-Face used to be a kind and polite man named Harvey Dent, who worked as the District Attorney of Gotham City.

He was one of Batman’s good friends and helped him try to clean up the city.

But everything changed for Harvey when an accident during a court trial left him badly scarred.

This event caused him to lose his sanity and he turned into one of the city’s most feared criminals, known as Two-Face.

He became obsessed with ideas of duality, fate, and chance, often making decisions based on the flip of a scarred double-headed coin.

Two-Face is different from other villains because he sometimes follows a set of rules, which he decides with his coin.

In recent stories, he is shown to have Dissociative Identity Disorder, with his “Harvey Dent” side trying to do good, while his “Two-Face” side acts out of self-interest.

Over the years, there have been many efforts to help Harvey recover and live a normal life again, but very few have been successful.

1. The Joker


  • First appearance: Batman #1 (Spring 1940)
  • Corruption: Completely psychopathic and unpredictable.
  • Deeds: Responsible for countless murders and chaos across Gotham.
  • Motivation: Driven by a desire to create chaos and challenge Batman’s moral compass.

The Joker, Batman’s main enemy, first appeared in Batman #1 in Spring 1940.

Initially, he was a clever villain with a wicked sense of humor, meant only for a single appearance.

However, his immediate popularity made him a regular opponent of Batman and Robin.

Over the decades, his character evolved from a simple prankster to a significant threat in Gotham City, embodying pure evil and enjoying the chaos he creates for Batman.

The Joker is infamous for causing great suffering in Batman’s life, including paralyzing Barbara Gordon and killing Jason Todd, the second Robin.

Over time, he has become a key figure in DC Comics, known for his chaotic crimes and clashes with other heroes like Superman and Wonder Woman.

Today, the Joker is not only a central figure in Batman stories but also a cultural icon across various media.

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