#1 Edited by Jack Donaghy (828 posts) - - Show Bio

When it comes to comic books the most famous characters are mostly heroes obviously but who are the villains who even non comic book fans could recognize? I think the list would include:

The Joker (clearly the most popular villain in all of comic books)

Lex Luthor (I'd say he's not quite as famous as Joker but very close after all he is Superman's number 1 villain)

Catwoman

Magneto

Venom

Others: The Penguin, Riddler, Dr. Doom, Doc Ock, Green Goblin.

#2 Posted by JediXMan (27925 posts) - - Show Bio

Joker
Lex Luthor
 
Everyone else just comes second. Those are the two who are real household names that most people know who don't read comics.

#3 Posted by RazzaTazz (9350 posts) - - Show Bio

Poet is making a pretty comprehensive list on this at the moment with the help of the community

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#4 Posted by joshmightbe (24101 posts) - - Show Bio

Lex Luthor, Joker, Dr. Doom

#5 Posted by cloudzackvincent (1022 posts) - - Show Bio

and joe chill(although not popular by name) and the dude who shot ben parker.. if they count as villains.....anyone who has heared of batman and spider will knw abt them.... i might say joe chill is as well known as the joker

#6 Posted by Daveyo520 (2447 posts) - - Show Bio

Joker, Lex Luthor, The Green Goblin.

#7 Posted by jhazzroucher (13936 posts) - - Show Bio

Magneto

Shadow King

Apocalypse

Sentinels

Doom

Superboy Prime

Larfleeze

#8 Posted by FadeToBlackBolt (23334 posts) - - Show Bio
@jhazzroucher said:

Magneto

Shadow King

Apocalypse

Sentinels

Doom

Superboy Prime

Larfleeze

No.
#9 Posted by HBKTimHBK (5210 posts) - - Show Bio

The Joker

Lex Luthor

Doctor Doom

Green Goblin

#10 Posted by The Stegman (20733 posts) - - Show Bio
@JediXMan:  
 
 

Joker 
Lex Luthor 
 
Everyone else just comes second. Those are the two who are real household names that most people know who don't read comics.

 
 
^this, although i might add Catwoman to the list too
#11 Posted by Skyfire (629 posts) - - Show Bio

Joker

Magneto

Dr Doom

#12 Posted by Billy Batson (56906 posts) - - Show Bio

Lex Luthor
the Joker
Catwoman (if she counts)
BB

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#13 Posted by haydenclaireheroes (8753 posts) - - Show Bio

@RazzaTazz: Yep the list should be really good

#14 Posted by YoggSaron (812 posts) - - Show Bio

@Billy Batson said:

Lex Luthor
the Joker
Catwoman (if she counts)
BB

This. Although Catwoman hasn't really been a villain in a long time, the general populace probably still sees her as such.

#15 Posted by RedOwl_1 (1664 posts) - - Show Bio

I can tell u the ones that my classmates know: (and they don't read even a magazine)

Green Globin, Venom, Joker, Catwoman, Magneto (but they know he but not his name)

And for the ones who have a great memory: Doctor Octopus, Two Face, Penguin, Riddler, Bane, Poison Ivy, Doctor Doom

Someone who knows about comics can tell u other things

#16 Posted by Afro_Warrior (1120 posts) - - Show Bio

Luthor and Joker and Catwoman if she counts.

If you've never watched one of the 90's animated cartoons or justice league or B:TAS you'd still probably have heard of those three if you live in the UK/US or Canada.

Also you may remember Venom, Green Goblin or Magneto if you watched Marvel's 90's animated shows. But none of them are on the same level as Lex and Joker.

#17 Posted by LeeSensei (385 posts) - - Show Bio

A lot of the Legion of Doom members are recognizable. Specifically Lex. Joker, Penguin, Catwoman, Mr. Freeze and some other Batman villains. Magneto, Doctor Doom, Green Goblin, and maybe Loki after the Avengers.

#18 Posted by Jnr6Lil (7622 posts) - - Show Bio

@JediXMan said:

Joker Lex Luthor Everyone else just comes second. Those are the two who are real household names that most people know who don't read comics.

Have to agree, and if you want to narrow it down to one I would go with Joker

#19 Posted by staphin (193 posts) - - Show Bio

joker is the biggest bad

#20 Posted by mrdecepticonleader (16861 posts) - - Show Bio

@jhazzroucher said:

Magneto

Shadow King

Apocalypse

Sentinels

Doom

Superboy Prime

Larfleeze

I don't know who Larleeze is so I doubt everyday people who aren't into comics know who they are

Anyway

Most famous

Joker

Lex Luthor

Dr Doom

Darth Vader (not a comic one but still)

Green Goblin (and other some other Spiderman villains)

Penguin,Catwoman Riddler and maybe some other main Batman rouges.

That is all I can think of right now.

#21 Posted by JamesKM716 (1992 posts) - - Show Bio

Luthor, Doom, Joker, Green Goblin, Venom

#22 Posted by DaAwesome2 (266 posts) - - Show Bio

@jhazzroucher said:

Magneto

Shadow King

Apocalypse

Sentinels

Doom

Superboy Prime

Larfleeze

@jhazzroucher

People who have never picked up a comic book wouldn't know who any of those people were outside of Magneto and possibly Doom.

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#23 Posted by Moonchilde (1601 posts) - - Show Bio

Tier 1: Villains well known due to being the main antagonist in a movie that made a billion dollars (or close to) and/or have managed to become iconic due to years of media exposure.

Joker, Lex Luthor, Penguin, Catwoman, Riddler, Bane, Two-Face, Magneto, Doom, Loki, Green Goblin, Venom, Dr. Octopus.

Tier 2: Villains that have also been in successful movies (just not billion dollar ones), and/or have had a number of successful appearances in video games.

Mystique, Sabretooth, Juggernaut, Apocalypse, Sandman, Lizard, Thanos, Darkseid, Deathstroke, Galactus, General Zod, Brainiac, Sinestro, Mr Freeze, Poison Ivy, Harley Quinn, Ra's Al Ghul, Scarecrow, Red Skull, Mandarin (not yet here, but IM3 will likely propel this guy up to at least this level)

#24 Posted by entropy_aegis (13611 posts) - - Show Bio

Luthor

Joker

Penguin

Riddler

Mr Freeze

Catwoman

Magneto

The Green Goblin

Zod

Venom

Dr Octopus

Maybe Doom,Darkseid and certain other assorted Batman/Spider-man villains(Carnage,Bane,etc).I'd say Loki as well possibly.

#25 Edited by salamatsabi (216 posts) - - Show Bio
Darkseid
Deadpool
Thanos
#26 Posted by Reignmaker (2224 posts) - - Show Bio

There's the Joker and Doctor Doom and then everyone else.

#27 Posted by SNascimento (436 posts) - - Show Bio

The Joker and Lex Luthor are a step above the others. I guess Magneto comes in third.

#28 Posted by TheCannon (16069 posts) - - Show Bio

Lex Luthor

Joker

Catwoman (if she counts)

Loki (after the Avengers movie)

#29 Posted by gravitypress (2069 posts) - - Show Bio

Joker

Magneto

Doom

Galactus

Loki

Riddler

#30 Posted by Captain_Yesterday (807 posts) - - Show Bio

If were talking about non comic book readers then..

Joker

Lex Luthor

Green Goblin

Two Face

Riddler They may have sucked but a lot of people saw these Batman movies and would remember them based on the big stars that played them.

Mr. Freeze

Poisen Ivy

Magneto

Catwomen

Venom

You could also add a few like Sabertooth, Emma Frost, Mystique, Penguin, Doc Oct

#31 Posted by leonkarlen123 (2387 posts) - - Show Bio

Joker, Bane, Magneto, Venom, Deathstroke, Lex luthor, Brainiac and Sandman maybe??

#32 Posted by hart7668 (2115 posts) - - Show Bio

@jedixman said:

Joker

Lex Luthor

Everyone else just comes second. Those are the two who are real household names that most people know who don't read comics.

#33 Posted by leonkarlen123 (2387 posts) - - Show Bio

1. Joker

2. Lex luthor

3. Magneto

4. Doom

5. Sinestro

6. Goblin