These Are The Best And Most Iconic Supervillains Of All Time

To celebrate the release of Justice League Dark: Apokolips War, we have put together a roundup of some of the best and most iconic supervillains appearing in cinema, books and on TV.

These villains have become legendary representations of evil, darkness and madness.

Justice League Dark: Apokolips War will be available on DVD, Blu-RayTM, Blu-RayTM Steelbook & Blu-RayTM Minifig on May 18th and is available on digital download NOW.


Darkseid in Justice League Dark: Apokolips War

Darkseid in Justice League Dark: Apokolips War – Credit: Warner Bros.

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“Bow before me.” (Justice League Dark: Apokolips War, 2020)

Appearing in the new Justice League Dark: Apokolips War is Darkseid, the Dark Lord of the hellish world of Apokolips.

Darkseid is a sadistic, aggressive tyrant seeking to control all sentient life throughout the universe and beyond.

In his quest for ultimate power, Darkseid seeks out the Anti- Life Equation, a mysterious formula that would allow him to remove all free will from every sentient life form in the known universe and replace with his own will.

With an army of mindless Parademons who obey his every order, Darkseid can be weakened, but never truly destroyed making him a pretty good supervillain!

Darth Vader

Darth Vader's is one of the best supervillains of all time

Darth Vader’s is one of the best supervillains of all time – Credit: Lucasfilm

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“No… I am your father…” (The Empire Strikes Back, 1980)

One of the most iconic villains of all time is Darth Vader, aka Anakin Skywalker, the main antagonist from the Star Wars franchise.

Originally a slave on Tatooine, Darth Vader is a Jedi prophesied to bring balance to the Force.

Eventually, he is lured to the dark side of the Force and becomes a Sith Lord.

After being scarred in a lightsaber battle with his former mentor Obi-Wan Kenobi, Vader dressed himself in the iconic headwear viewers have come to know over the years.

He then serves the Galactic Empire as its chief enforcer and tragically redeems himself by saving his son, Luke Skywalker, sacrificing his own life in the process.

Poison Ivy


Um Thurman as Poison Ivy in Batman & Robin – Credit: Warner Bros. Pictures

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“So many people to kill…So little time.” (Batman & Robin, 1997)

Poison Ivy, aka Dr Pamela Lillian Isley, serves as one of DCEU’s most captivating, intriguing supervillain, who has a twisted love-hate relationship with Batman.

Evil has never been so attractive as it is through the character of Poison Ivy who is Gotham City’s ecoterrorist on a mission to control the world.

Poison Ivy makes use of plant toxins and mind-controlling pheromones against anyone who gets in her way.

Whilst it could be debated that Poison Ivy is now an anti-heroine, she has a reputable history of a villainous nature who will do anything to achieve her goals.


Cate Blanchett Hela Bestr Supervillain ever

Cate Blanchett as Hela in Thor: Ragnarok – Credit: Marvel Studios

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“Asgard is dead and it will be reborn in my image.”(Thor: Ragnarok, 2017)

Hela Odinsdottir, the Asgardian Goddess of Death, is well known for unleashing fury and chaos within the Asgardian kingdom.

The eldest daughter of Odin was once banished to Hel due to her ambitious plans and formidable powers.

After the death of her father, Hela returns to Asgard with full vengeance, taking back full control and fulfilling her mission of creating an Asgardian empire.

When the Asgardian kingdom refuses to bow to her hellish and fearful leadership, Hela orders a massacre and enslavement of the Asgardian people.

Fortunately, she is stopped in her path of destruction by her younger brother Thor, but at the cost of destroying Asgard.

Lord Voldemort

Lord Voldemort is the best supervillain

Lord Voldemort is a badass supervillain – Credit: Warner Bros. Pictures

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“There is no good and evil, there is only power, and those too weak to seek it” (Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, 2001)

No list would be complete without a mention of one of the most powerful and dangerous Dark Wizards of all time.

Born as Tom Riddle, Voldemort is a half-blood orphan with an obsession for blood purity.

Voldemort’s main aim in the Harry Potter franchise is to eradicate the Wizarding World of Muggle (non-magical) heritage and to achieve pure-blood dominance.

Lord Voldemort is the archenemy and nemesis of Harry Potter, who holds the power to vanquish him of all his power.


Heath Ledger as the Joker in The Dark Knight

Heath Ledger as the Joker in The Dark Knight – Credit: Warner Bros. Pictures

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“Why So Serious?” (The Dark Knight, 2008)

If you start any conversation about the best and most iconic supervillains ever, then the name that will come to almost everybody’s lips is “The Joker”.

The Joker is easily one of pop culture’s most notorious and infamous bad guys.

He’s appeared in countless comic books, video games, TV shows and films.

The character’s been played by a lot of actors, however, the two most famous portrayals probably have to be Heath Ledger’s in The Dark Knight and Joaquin Phoenix in Joker.

They both won Oscars for their performances and the character has gone down in history as one of the best villains ever.

His madness, cruelty and love of destruction and anarchy in unmatched and his battles against Batman are the stuff of legend.


Thanos in Avengers: Infinity War

Thanos in Avengers: Infinity War – Credit: Marvel Studios

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“You should have gone for the head” (Avengers: Infinity War, 2018)

Thanos is a bit of a tricky one because watching Avenger: Infinity War, you can’t help but think that he might have a point.

His whole schtick is that he wants to rid the entire universe of half its inhabitants.

He says that the universe is overpopulated and causing too much of a strain on resources, and he’s certainly the one supervillain in this list who’s point could be understood by a large number of people.

However, he’s utterly insane. He’s called The Mad Titan for a reason.

It’s because he’s utterly nuts, and that side of him really comes out in Avengers: Endgame.

His motives in the comics are a little more “normal bad guy stuff” let’s say.

He’s trying to impress Death because he has a major crush on her.

Justice League Dark: Apokolips War is available on digital download NOW and on DVD, Blu-RayTM, Blu-RayTM Steelbook & Blu-RayTM Minifig on May 18th.

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