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Who Is The #1 Comic Villian of All Time? Battle of The Marvel And DC Comic Villians!

Updated on April 20, 2012

With the huge amount of comic book villains out there, there's no doubt that everyone has their favorites. These comic villains have led our favorite superheroes and us on a variety of wild adventures.

After all, without a great villain, we wouldn't have a great hero. Who else can test the true heroic character of a hero other than a great protagonist?

No other comic book companies have produced a wide array of interesting villains other than Marvel Comics and DC Comics. To be truthful, these two giants have created some of the most memorable and iconic comic villains ever.

In two of previous hubs, I've had fans vote on who's the best Marvel and DC comic villain ever. The results of those two polls are what we are now going to find out on this hub.

In the Marvel category, Dr. Doom is currently ranked the #1 greatest Marvel villain of all time, beating out Venom, Sabretooth, Magneto, Loki and the Green Goblin. Yes, I have to admit that Doom being number one was a surprise to me.

If you want to vote on your favorite Marvel villain, just visit the link below if you disagree with this outcome or want to solidify Dr. Doom's position at the top of all Marvel Comic villains.

Who Are The Top Marvel Villains? Vote For Your Favorite Marvel Villain!

Of course, my other hub, the greatest DC Comic villain of all time, fans voted on their favorite DC Comic villain to see just who was the supreme baddest of the bad of all super villains in the DC universe.

I'm not surprised to say that Batman's arch rival and nemesis The Joker is not only the "Clown Prince of Crime," but the "King of Villainy" in DC's comic book realm. If you want to see what that's all about and cast your vote for the greatest DC Comic villain of all time, just visit the link below:

Who Is The Greatest DC Comics Super Villain of All Time? Vote for Your Favorite DC Comic Villain!

From the results of those two polls, we now have a new challenge that breaks down the barriers between Marvel and DC Comics. In this bout, we're going to find out who is the 1 Comic Villain of all time - Dr. Doom or The Joker!

Keep in mind that this is NOT a who would win in a fight. This is about voting who's character is more villainous, scarier, has put their rivals through the most torment and truly tested their metal consistently. Yes, it's about which villain from these two separate universes that you like better.

Let's get it on!


Making his first appearance in Fantastic Four #5 (July 1962), Victor Von Doom, aka Dr. Doom, has been a long time nemesis of Reed Richards (Mr. Fantastic) and the Fantastic Four with his diabolical exploits for power and world domination.

Created by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby, Jack Kirby modeled Dr. Doom after Death, a hooded menace that was without mercy. His skeletal armor replaced human flesh to make the character seem even more merciless, cold, and mechanical.

Doom has not only held sway against the Fantastic Four, but he has also menaced and gone toe-to-toe with other mighty superhero teams, such as The Avengers and The X-Men. He has continually caused havoc and mayhem in the Marvel Universe countless times.

A super genius of extraordinary intelligence, Victor Von Doom is a polymath scientific genius and can create extraordinary devices to cause havoc upon the world and his foes. Such devices are his famous Doom Bots, a time machine, and even his armor.

Doom's armor enhances his strength to super human levels, can generate a defensive force field, as well as discharge lethal electric shocks. However, like The Joker, his intelligence is his main weapon.

In the Marvel Universe, he is regarded as the most intelligent mind on the planet next to Reed Richards, and in some cases, even more intelligent. His extreme arrogance often fuels the evil he unleashes.

He is the ruler of Latveria, and his ultimate pursuit is that of power and to prove that he is the superior mind on the planet and the universe. There is no question that Dr. Doom is one of the most popular of Marvel villains and legendary in the world of comic books for obvious reasons!


Chaos incarnate with no rules, no morals, and a deep devotion to pure anarchy and insanity, The Joker is one of the scariest comic villains ever created. Created by Jerry Robinson, Bill Finger and Bob Kane, the crazed lunacy and diabolical mayhem of the Joker has entrenched itself in comic book legend and lore as well as pop culture.

The Joker started out as a straight up homicidal maniac in Batman #1 (1940), and was suppose to be killed in his second appearance. However, The Joker was too much of a badass that editor Whitney Ellsworth kept the character to continue to cause more mischief.

In the silver age of comics, he was depicted as more of a dorky prankster because of the Comic Code Authority. The Joker's original homicidal personality was not depicted during this era in comics.

However, when the character was revised during the bronze age of comics by Dennis O'Neil and legendary comic artist Neal Adams, The Joker returned to his roots as a psychopathic killer and homicidal lunatic.

That's all she wrote. The Joker has gotten darker and darker with each comic era, and his mischief and villainy continue to push the barriers of just what this DC Comic villain is capable and willing to do.

The Joker has been one of the few villains to consistently harm those closest to Bruce Wayne and Batman. In The Killing Joke, he paralyzed Barbara Gordon (Batgirl), and killed Jason Todd (the replacement Robin for Dick Grayson) in the story arc A Death In The Family.

The Joker gets off on tormenting Batman, and this fuels his constant desire to battle wits with the Dark Knight. Although The Joker is definitely insane and psychopathic, he is highly intelligent.

Skilled in the fields of chemistry and engineering, The Joker is also an expert with explosives. He may utilize comedic weapons such as flower squirter that shoots acid, or a lethally charged joy buzzer, but his mind and insanity are, indeed, no joke!


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    • rabbit75 profile image

      rabbit75 5 years ago

      red skull 7777, you make some very good points about Doctor Doom and the Joker. Thanks for the comment and thanks for voting and joining the conversation.

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      red skull 7777 5 years ago

      doctor victor von doom is way cooler then the joker doom is also way more evil he's also way cooler and tougher not to mention he actually has fought way more heroes while the joker has only fought batman and has lost every time while doctor doom has actually won a few times not to mention what about the green goblin he's also way cooler then the joker he has powers better weapons and he's way more insane not to mention he comes closer to killing spiderman then joker does with batman not to mention green goblin actually found out his identity where the joker still doesn't know who batman is.

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      rabbit75 5 years ago

      Wow, finally a vote for Doctor Doom. I thought the Joker was going to sweep this one. Thanks to all who are voting!

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      rabbit75 5 years ago

      LOL Ironman, I figured that might be the case...I voted for the Joker as well. I found it strange that Dr. Doom had the highest votes on my Top Marvel Villains hub. I was expecting more like Venom to be the top one (though he isn't far behind).

      I agree with Steve. Doom is a pretty badass villain, but the Joker just has this intrigue and mystery that still surrounds him after all these years.

      Definitely one of my favorite comic villains of all time. However, who knows...I've been surprised before with my polls...maybe Dr. Doom will make an unexpected comeback with this one.

      Thanks for commenting and voting guys!

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      Steve Lensman 5 years ago from London, England

      I voted for the Joker. But from the comics I've read Dr. Doom is the more bad-ass since he regularly threatened the world while the Joker is more of a Batman-botherer stationed in Gotham City.

      In my opinion the Joker is a more memorable villain thanks to his rictus grin and devilish behaviour, and the actors who have portrayed him have all been excellent. :)

      Voted Up.

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      Ironman1992 5 years ago

      Everyone is voting for the Joker.