The Dark Knight is widely hailed as having the most iconic rogues gallery. In fact, most people read the books just because of Batman’s “un”usual suspects.
Over the course of 10 separate articles, Geek Battle Royale is making a list of the top 50 villains that hang their hats in the dystopic Gotham city.
Come on, you saw this coming right? This place will always be reserved for the Clown Prince of Crime!
The Joker’s most iconic moments are his most insane moments. How can a villain be so dastardly and well-liked at the same time. He paralyzed Barbara Gordon/Batgirl, beat Robin II to death, and purposefully had his own face cutoff. Is there anything this villain won’t do?
The other best part, is that his past remains a mystery. In some stories, he was an engineer that helped the Red Hood Gang rob his work, a chemical plant, to help start a new life for his family. Other origin stories depict him as a villain named the “Red Hood,” that fell into a chemical vat while robbing a chemical plant. The origin variations go on and on and on. As shown in Heath Ledger’s incarnation of the Joker nobody, including the Joker himself, knows how he got those scars. The joker could not of said it better himself when he said “If I’m going to have a past, I prefer it to be multiple choice!”
If you don’t agree with Joker taking the number one spot, I have to ask, “why so serious?”
For those who think that Bane shouldn’t take the number two spot because he is a mindless freak with a ‘roid rage should go back to watching Joel Schumacher movies.
Bane did something that no other villain has. He broke the bat. He broke him physically and mentally. Bane is a brilliant tactician hidden behind a luchador mask. When Bane was introduced in the Knightfall story arc, he busted all out all of Arkham’s inmates to run havoc on the city. It was not until Batman pushed himself to the limit by putting all of the escapees back behind bars that Bane confronted him. In Wayne Manor no less. Because Batman was already mentally and physically exhausted, the battle with Bane was not a battle at all; it was a massacre. Bane paralyzed Bruce Wayne, effectively putting him out of commission forcing him to pass the mantle of the bat over to Jean Paul Valley (AKA Azrael). This was temporary, as Bruce Wayne came back with a vengeance and royally kicked his ass.
3. MR. FREEZE
Mr. Freeze is different than Batman’s other villains. Mainly because Victor Fries isn’t a nut job like the rest of them. His soul purpose for villainy is to get enough money to fund his research to save his wife, Nora Fries. For this reason, Mr. Freeze never really played well with other villains. You kind of feel for the guy. What wouldn’t a husband do for his wife?
Other than the emotional sob story aspect, Mr. Freeze always had the coolest (pun intended) gear.
4. RED HOOD
In the 80s, Jason Todd took Dick Grayson’s place as the new Robin.This new Robin never went over well with the Batman fan-base. DC put Todd’s fate in the hands of its adoring readership. To their horror, the fan response called for Todd’s death. Henceforth, the Joker beat Robin II with a crowbar and left him to die in an explosion.
Fairly recently, a resurrected Jason Todd resurfaced as the “Red Hood.” A masked vigilante hell-bent on revenge. In an act of karma, he beat the shit out of the Joker with a Crowbar. He took over several of Gotham’s gangs and waged war against the Black Mask. He cleaned up Gotham in an effort to show up the Batman by doling out Punisher-style judgement.
The Scarecrow ranks high on the list because he is the only villain that has given Batman a taste of his own medicine. The Scarecrow is a master of fear; wait-a-dag-gon-minute, isn’t that Batman’s shtick?! Batman is supposed to strike fear in the heart of criminals, not the other way around.
Dr. Jonathan Crane (A.K.A., the Scarecrow) is a master of terror. He uses a fear gas that exploits a person’s unique phobia, pretty much creating your own personal hell. If Freddy Kruger was a Batman villain, he would be the Scarecrow.
Welcome to the number 5 spot Dr. Crane.