In Which I Rank the Villain Groups of the DC Universe
In the World of DC Comics, the villains are often as interesting and charismatic as the heroes.
And each superhero seems to attract his own varied brand of nemesis. But who has the best (or
worst, depending on your view) rogues gallery?
It really comes down to four heroes. These four, Flash, Batman, Superman and Green Lantern, have
attracted a more diverse and deadly group of villains than any other superhero in the DC Universe.
So who has the biggest challenge?
Let's start at the bottom and work our way to the top. In fourth place: Hal Jordan, the Green Lantern.
Hal's rogues include such luminaries as Killer Shark, Dr. Light, Dr. Polaris, Eclipso, Evil Star,
Hector Hammond, Major Disaster, Sonar, Star Sapphire and the Tattooed Man. But the only one that
really stands out as a major, kick-butt villain is his arch-nemesis Sinestro. Sure, the others have
caused GL major headaches and attempted to kill him, but Sinestro is definitely more powerful than
Green Lantern, and if he wasn't so blinded by vengeance would probably have killed him by now...
a good group of rogues, but not in our top three today.
In third place: Superman, the Man of Steel.
Superman's Rogues Gallery contains some of the most powerful baddies in the DC Universe, such as
Darkseid, Doomsday, Parasite, Metallo, Zod, Titano, and other more subtle, but
no-less-dangerous-types such as Mxyztplk, Brainiac, Toyman, the Prankster and Lex Luthor. One
villain, Doomsday, even managed to kill Superman on one occasion. And Luthor became President of
the United States. While the challenge of defeating these villains might be insurmountable for
most heroes, Superman has done it time and time again.
This brings us to the top two: Flash and Batman. It is a hard decision as to who has the honor of
having the best Rogues Gallery. Both are incredibly strong, featuring villains running the gamut
of powers from magic to strength to speed to brains and even insanity. Wally West himself said it
best speaking to Batman in Flash #217: "Do you think the Rogues here are simple? Do you think just
because they aren't mentally screwed to the hilt that I have an easy time? Your guys are different,
Bruce. They work on a completely cerebral level. They leave clues. They like to kill. My guys?
They're organized. They may have goofy names and wear bright colors, but that doesn't mean they're
However, only one can win, so here goes.
In a very close race, second place goes to: The Flash.
The Flash's gallery has one deadly factor none of the other superhero rogues have….organization.
The Flash's Rogues have formed their own "villains club," featuring Captain Cold, Dr. Alchemy,
Mirror Master, The Top, Heat Wave, Trickster and more. They meet regularly, assist each other in
breaking out of jail, and trade secrets on their nemesis. This alone makes them fearsome, but
when you add in the independents such as Zoom, Grodd, Cicada, the Turtle and Abra Kadabra, you
see the deadliness of this gallery of villains. Luckily, the Flash is the fastest man alive.
Otherwise, he surely couldn't keep up with all of these villains' activities.
And although the leader of this little organization, Captain Cold, isn't necessarily a cold-blooded
(no pun intended) killer, the real strong-arm of the group is Mirror Master. He is intelligent,
controls some number of alternate dimensions, can kill you from anywhere, uses mirrors to scry the
future and his foes, and then carries out his plans with a a large degree of precision and
But although the Flash has some truly fearsome, organized foes, first place today goes to The Batman.
For sheer determination, downright devilry, and pure atrocity, you can't top Batman's rogues.
Let's run down the list, shall we?
We have the Joker, who shot Barbara Gordon, then photographed the whole thing; we have Bane, who
broke the Batman's back; we have the Scarecrow who kills people through psychotropic-drug-induced
visions. And need we mention Catwoman, Riddler, Penguin, Poison Ivy, Mr. Freeze, Clayface, The Red
Hood, Two-Face, Mad Hatter, Killer Croc and Mr. J's favorite Harley Quinn?
But the one villain that put Batman over the top in our little list here is probably the most
sinister and deadly of all: Ra's Al Ghul. What puts Ra's above all the other villains in all the
other Rogues Galleries? If he dies, he can come back. He gains experience and intelligence with
each failure, to be reborn in the Lazarus Pit and put his new-found knowledge into fruition. He
knows Batman is Bruce Wayne, and he knows the hero's weaknesses. Ra's knows it's only a matter
of time until he wins….and time is the one factor that is on his side.
There you have it: my opinion on the rogues of the DC Universe. I had a tough time debating between
Flash and Batman, as Flash's rogues are personal favorites of mine. I'd love to hear your opinions
on this as well. We don't have to agree on an order, just on the fact that there are some great
villains in DC comics!
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