Having appeared in comic books for nearly 100 years, Batman has amassed one of the most impressive rogues galleries in fiction. Some are ordinary mobsters, some are thieves, some are mentally deranged, some are superpowered, some are mass murderers — some are all of the above! But the best of them are incredibly iconic, having jumped from the comic pages to television, movies, video games and more. Now the Great Pop Culture Debate wants to determine the Best Batman Villain — and we need your votes to do it!
Below find a list of just about every significant Batman villain we could think of. Some of them are unquestionably Batman rogues. Some of them are more general DC Universe villains, but have had significant run-ins with the Dark Knight Detective. Note that we did not include groups of villains here, just individuals (so, no Court of Owls).
Select your favorites below; you can choose as many as you like. If you’re taking this on a mobile device, we recommend clicking here for ease of use. Did we miss your favorite Batman baddie? Add it to the form in the space below and we may discuss it in the episode.
This poll will close on November 24, 2023. Make sure to get your votes in by then!
The 32 top vote-getters will be discussed on Season 9 of the Great Pop Culture Debate podcast, debuting in Spring 2024. Find out more at greatpopculturedebate.com.