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Top 10 Batman Villains

Posted on July 18, 2012 at 11:37 pm by David "Snackbar" Edmundson

The Dark Knight Rises opens this Friday, and Geek Legacy couldn’t be more excited.  We’ve been looking back at the best that Batman has to offer, and here is the list of Batman’s best baddies.

Honorable Mention – Hush

Hush might not be a household name like a lot of the other members of this countdown, but he was the catalyst for a lot of people (myself included) picking up a Batman comic after many years.  In Batman #608-619 the Hush story line was told.  Now while the first 2/3 of the series were epic, including Poison Ivy whooing Superman into a fight with the Caped Crusader in the Gotham sewers.  A kryptonite ring and an amazing issue later Batman was on the hunt for Hush in earnest.  The last third felt rushed and convoluted, trying to accomplish too much and confusing most readers.  The authors took us on an a fun ride, and that is why Hush gets an honorable mention.

10 – Killer Croc

Killer Croc

Waylon Jones was born with a rare form of Atavism which had addled him with reptilian traits.  In his early incarnations he is a low level thug covered with green scales.  As his disease progressed he grew a tail and developed a more reptilian appearance.  He was the original killer of Jason Todd’s parents, an event that lead to Jason taking up the mantle of Robin.  Killer Croc has super strength, super speed/reflexes (especially underwater), and regenerative powers that grant him healing powers and the ability to regrow limbs.

9 – Scarecrow

Dr. Jonathan Crane was a Professor of Psychology and a Psychologist specializing in fear and patient’s reaction to it.  He was fired when the university learned that he was testing “fear gas” on patients.  After he was let go he turned to a life of crime, using his fear gas on a victim and rendering them frozen with fear he would be able to do whatever he wanted.  Over the years Scarecrow has become more and more delusional and deranged.  The Scarecrow uses a variety of toxins and poisons to bring out your biggest fear, he augments that fear with his mask, and is a master of Psychology.

8- Mr. Freeze

Dr. Victor Fries (pronounced freeze) was a scientist working on an ice gun when it backfired.  From that point on he needed to live in his cybernetic armor to maintain the proper temperature or he would die.  In later incarnations he was a scientist who was the victim of a tragic accident, a doctor looking for a cure, or Arnold Schwarzenegger. He possesses an array of ice themed weapons and his suit augments his strength and stamina.

7 – Two Face








Harvey Dent (originally Harvey Kent) was a district attorney and ally of Batman before half his face was burned when a mob boss threw acid in his face.  From that moment on Harvey was Two Face and became incapable of making his own decisions.  All decisions henceforth were decided by the flip of a coin; a game he learned from his deranged dad who would play a similar game with a young Harvey that always ended in pain.  Over the years many psychiatrists have tried to replace his coin with other objects like dice or tarot cards, but only the coin would suffice for Harvey “Two Face” Dent.

6 – Poison Ivy

Pamela Lillian Isley, a talented botanist was tricked by one of her colleagues into stealing an ancient Egyptian artifact containing sacred herbs.  Fearing that she might incriminate him, he tried to Poison her with the herbs.  Well what doesn’t kill you, makes you stronger.  Never has it been more true than in Ivy’s case, as she developed an immunity to all natural poisons, toxins, and diseases.  She honed her skills in botany and pheromones, creating compounds so strong they have even turned Superman into her lap dog.  She has joined many villain teams, but her most frequent team up is with Joker sidekick Harley Quinn.  She even gave her the gift of an anti-toxin which made her immune to most toxins and diseases.

5 – Penguin

Oswald Chesterfield Cobblepot was the target of bullies in school because of his weight, short stature and pointed nose.  They teased him and nicknamed him “The Penguin.”  His father died at an early age so his mother always made him carry around an umbrella, and that would become his trademark later in life.  Penguin is a lover of birds and often uses them in his heists.  He is an accomplished thief, and overall criminal mastermind.  He uses his superior intellect, vast wealth, henchmen, and the worlds only .45 caliber umbrella to survive on the dangerous streets of Gotham.

4 – Riddler

Edward Nigma is so obsessed with games and puzzles that he is unable to simply kill someone, but instead has to play an elaborate game or set up an intricate trap to do the job.  Often to his peril.  The Riddler’s crimes are very out there, and extremely flamboyant.  His problem solving ability and quick thinking rivals even that of Batman, and in a game of whits they are well matched.  Unfortunately for The Riddler, a game of whits will ofter turn into a war fists, and in that case The Riddler is severely outmatched.

3 – Bane

Many villains have gotten the upper hand on The Caped Crusader, but few can claim to have actually beaten him.  Bane is the primary villain in the “Knightfall” storyline.  Written off as dumb because of his size (and depiction in Batman & Robin) Bane is actually extremely smart and deduced that Batman was in fact Bruce Wayne.  Rather than simply show up at Wayne Manor and end Bruce’s night job Bane planned a more brutal and public demonstration.  Phase 1 was to release all the villains in Arkham, and let Batman tire himself out re-capturing them.  After weeks of no sleep and non-stop fighting with every villain in his rogues gallery Batman was tired and done fighting.  That is when Bane struck.  Arriving unannounced at Wayne Manor, Bane dispatched of Alfred and then had his way with a wary Batman.  As a coup de grace Bane lifted Batman over his head and broke his back.  He left Batman beaten and Broken and made his claim as king of the Gotham underground.

2 – Catwoman

Selina Kyle is the world’s best cat burglar.  She has gone from villain to anti-heroine over the years and loves every second of her ambiguity.  Her weapon of choice is a bull whip, and she uses a variety of gadgets to accomplish her goals.  She is the sometime girlfriend of Bruce Wayne, and in some universes the mother to his child.  In recent years she has been more of a hero than a villain, and she has tried to help reform numerous other villains.  Catwoman was out of the spotlight for over 10 years in the 50’s/60’s because DC was afraid of how her depiction would be viewed in the era of the Comic Book Code.  She has been played by numerous sex symbols including; Julie Numar, Eartha Kitt, Michelle Pfeiffer, Halle Berry, and Anne Hathoway.  Not to mention how she is drawn, as a sexy curvy hottie in skin tight leather.

1 – The Joker


Can’t be any surprise here, The Clown Prince of Crime would probably be #1 on a list of all time villains.  Insane to the core with zero redeeming qualities.  You can’t have Batman without the Joker, and the two have been duking it out since the beginning.  Joker is responsible for the death of the second Robin Jason Todd.  After killing his mother, the Joker than tied up Robin and beat him to death with a crowbar.  It is hard to tell if Joker would even want to kill Batman, having had several opportunities to do so, and not following through with it.  It all seems like a fun game to Joker, and it just wouldn’t be fun without his favorite playmate.  The Joker frequently uses chemical agents to kill his victims, usually leaving them with a smile on their face and he is like a surgeon with an oversized mallet.  His often time accomplice is the lovely Harley Quinn, equally Bat $h*# crazy, and immune to most forms of poison, she is the perfect co-conspirater.


That’s my list… what’s yours?

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