These are the 10 best villains in the DC animated film universe, ranked

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While missing at the box office with the DCEU, DC’s Animated Movie Universe is doing something few thought possible: beat Marvel’s. In 2013, on the heels of what Marvel was doing in the live-action format, DC kicked off its animated universe which is full of great original films with villains that are just as captivating, and in some cases even better than Marvel’s. The universe was even able to accomplish this without the excessive use of colloquial names like The Joker, who, spoiler alert, is not on this list.

Produced by Warner Bros. Animation, DCAU is a shared universe of animated series and DC superhero films. It started with Batman: The Animated Series in 1992 and with Unlimited Justice League in 2006. By extension, the DC Animated Movie Universe (DCAMU), a sort of “restart” of the DCAU, began in 2013 with Justice League: The Litigation Paradox and lasted until 2020, where it ended with Justice League Dark: Apokolips War. Here’s a look at some of the best villains in DCMAU.

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ten Ocean Master – Justice League: Throne of Atlantis


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Orm, or Ocean Master, poses a mediocre threat in the comics and other media such as Young justice but in Justice League: Throne of Atlantis it is a little amplified. Although he is able to contain the league, almost beating them, it is his own words that ultimately cause his defeat. He needed help in the form of the Black Manta to help orchestrate the attacks on Atlantis which he blamed on humans but was recorded by Cyborg saying he was the culprit. A massive plan that would have resulted in Atlantis in charge was ultimately quashed by his own arrogance and deceit.


9 Nergal – Constantine: city of demons


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Nergal really puts John Constantine to the test Constantine: city of demons. John’s longtime friend Chas Chandler finds his daughter Trish kidnapped by an entity who is later revealed to be the villainous Nergal. All he wants to do is force John to help him start a new branch of Hell. That doesn’t seem like a big deal, does it? Well, this notion penetrates John’s skin and he proceeds to unveil a double-edged curse to destroy the omnipotent being. Nergal’s plan to only stop once his cosmic goal has been achieved is a bit under the shifting realities, but still dangerous.

8 Hank Henshaw – The Death of Superman


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Hank is an unusual villain for the roster because he starts off as a hopeful human. In Superman’s death, Henshaw believes Superman will save him and his crew, as they race towards the sun, only to be saved by Darksied instead. Darksied “reformats” Hank into a dangerous version of his formal ideal, Superman. He plays the role of the hero, but becomes more and more unstable. When the Justice League goes missing, Hank recruits volunteers to join his Cyber ​​Corps, which is sadly made up of ordinary humans who are transformed like him. After Superman returns, he has no choice but to stab Henshaw in the head with the Crystal Eradicator, which helped power the Eradicator Superman. This action eradicates Henshaw who had to be arrested, but it also kills the volunteers he enlisted.


seven Destiny – Justice League Dark


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If an entity can destroy the House of Mystery of Constantine, it deserves to be on this list. This is precisely what happened at the hands of Fate in Dark Justice League. Fate was defeated by Jason Blood with the help of his medieval-era-bound demon Etrigan, but not before he clung to the Dreamstone. By the time the darker Justice League catches up with him, he’s already had them fight Felix Faust, who had no involvement in the ploy. Fate destroys the House of Mystery, then turns the original Justice League against each other. Constantine is ultimately able to trick Destiny into letting his guard down, but not before Jason Blood is killed, leaving Etrigan as his own entity instead of having a ship shared with Blood. Batman destroys the Dreamstone, but at great expense.

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6 Hush – Batman: Hush


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Batman: Shhh Rewrites the origins of one of the most dangerous members of Batman’s famous rogue gallery, Hush has traditionally been Dr Thomas Elliot, a childhood friend of Bruce. In the film, however, audiences are tricked into believing it could be Elliot, but the abuser turns out to be Edward Nygma. This is a case where the rewritten origin improved the villain over the source material. This version of Hush was created because of The Riddler’s disrespect as a villain. However, the Riddler improves his game and even kidnaps the Joker, of all people, and even accuses the Joker of a murder he doesn’t commit. Batman savagely defeats the Joker, who in fact pleads with the Caped Crusader that he is innocent. Bruce deduces that Hush knows his identity, which leads to the realization that The Lazurus Pit has revealed to The Riddler Bruce the identity of Dark Knight.


5 Deathstroke – Teen Titans: The Judas Contract


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Deathstroke is the so-called secondary villain of Teen Titans: Judas Contract which may call into question his inclusion on the list, but he fully deserves to be here. Brother Blood enlists Slade Wilson, Deathstroke, to collect six Teen Titans to power his machine. Deathstroke plants a Judas among the team in the form of Terra, whom he later betrays when he is unable to obtain a sixth Titan. The Bloods machine works by giving him great power, but he is ultimately sent by Raven. The real threat here is arguably Slade who actually betrays Terra who deals with him. The fact remains that Blood couldn’t put the team together himself which makes Deathstroke all the more dangerous.

4 Doomsday – The Death of Superman


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The Living Killing Machine makes its animated film debut in Superman’s death which is adapted from the comic book of the same name. This beast really does not need to be introduced, recently adapted in Batman vs. Superman, Doomsday is known as the creature that ultimately “kills” Superman. In the film, the monster has no goal or purpose other than killing anything in its path, starting with reconnaissance expeditions from Atlantis and a private crew sent by Lex Luthor. The Ultimate Weapon then easily sends the Justice League out until Superman shows up. Superman matches the villain blow for blow until he threatens Lois Lane. That’s when Supererman has had enough and breaks the creature’s neck, impaling himself in the process and knocking him out until he returns in the next episode. The reign of the supermen.


3 Trigon – Justice League vs. Teen Titans


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Trigon ends up on the list for several reasons. First and foremost, his actions to turn the Justice League against the Teen Titans in the animated film Justice League vs. Teen Titans. The god takes over almost the entire enture league, minus Batman, in order to persuade his daughter Raven to join him. Damian Wayne as Robin is one of the key elements that led to Trigon’s ultimate defeat here, freeing Superman, but Trigon’s threat is never rushed here. Instead, he’s trapped in a crystal that Raven keeps attached to her. Trigon also has a big impact in a duel with Darkseid in Justice League Dark: Apokolips War. The fight is a literal clash between two of DC’s most powerful beings, the one Darkseid himself fights with.

2 Thawne – Justice League: The Litigation Paradox


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Thawne is a critical villain in the animated film universe and, like Trigon, appears in installments. Thawne launches the new universe that DC would establish from Justice League: The Paradox of the contentious area. He intimidates Flash so much and gets into his head to have the hero run in time to save his mother, thus creating a terrifying new reality where war has broken out between all factions: meta humans, Atlanteans, Amazons, etc. Thawne proceeds to hunt down The Flash throughout This Reality before Thomas Wayne, Batman of That Reality (Bruce was killed on the night of the play instead of his parents, and his mother became the Joker) shoots him. in the head. This stops Thawne for now, enough for The Flash to reset the timeline when Captain Atom blew up, an action that would have destroyed the world. Thawne reappears in Suicide Squad: Hell to Pay As the main villain in search of the free Get Out of Hell map, a map that has only one use and allows the possessor to bypass Hell and gain access to Heaven, Thawne reveals that he used the Speed Force to stay alive, an action he can’t sustain and wants the card to get to Heaven before he passes.


1 Darkseid – Justice League Dark: Apokolips War


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Established as the ultimate threat to the DC animated film universe, Darkseid appears directly and indirectly across multiple episodes of the franchise until its end with Justice League Dark: Apokolips War. The New God is a constant threat. Although it is shipped quite easily with Justice League: War , he goes on, giving his powers to Hank Henshaw, providing Intergang, sending Doomsday and more. Superman ultimately decides for some reason that attacking Darkseid head-on would be the best idea. He was wrong and really wrong. Darkseid’s new parademons mixed with Doomsday genetics created a more formidable force than the League faced before they let Constantine clean up the mess. The League was transformed into Darkseids gladiators, an action Batman planned that helped him use Zatanna to persuade John Constantine to take action. After a formidable fight with Trigon as Superman and Trigon as himself, the villain is slowed down enough that Constantine convinces Flash to set the timeline back one last time.


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