Over the decades Batman has assembled the most impressive rouges gallery in all of pop culture. The mere fact that we can do a Top 20 list and still feel like we’re leaving people off speaks to the quality of Gotham’s villains. Any how, this thing is long enough already, so let’s just get started.
1. The Joker – Batman #1 (Spring 1940)
And in a complete and utter shock to absolutely NO-ONE, The Joker tops my list. Sorry for the lack of surprise here gang, but there is a reason he’s the obvious choice. He is, plain and simple, Batman’s nemesis.
5. Poison Ivy – Batman #181 (June 1966)
Pamela Isley grows up wealthy in Seattle, but with emotionally distant parents. She studies advanced botanical biochemistry at a university with Alec Holland (aka Swamp Thing) under Dr. Jason Woodrue.
10. Bane – Batman: Vengeance of Bane #1 (January 1993)
According to his creators, Bane was originally intended as a “dark mirror” of the highly disciplined and multi-skilled pulp hero Doc Savage. Savage was an early influence in the creation of the Dark Knight himself.
15. The Mad Hatter – Batman #49 (October-November 1948)
Jervis made his first appearance, along with Vikki Vale in 1948, and was locked in Arkham not to appear again until 1986. However, during his incarceration, beginning in Detective Comics #230, in April of 1956, another man took up the mantle of ‘The Mad Hatter’ claiming that in fact, HE was Jervis Tetch.