The Golden Age of Batman Villains
This is a list of Golden Age Batman Villains. It covers Batman's enemies from 1939-1956. The sources used were Batman, Detective Comics and World's finest.
Originally I decided to create a list of all Batman's villains but I wanted to do a numbered list and the site limits those to 100 characters. So I've decided to break them up by the ages. The list is chronological, based on when Batman first encounters the character as a villain. The focus is on Bat-villains, so if the character is from someone else's rogues gallery (like Weather Wizard) they won't make it in but if the character is a general villain (like Solomon Grundy) they will. I also don't include villains that Batman only encounters when he's part of a team.
I've tried to focus on the characters that are villains rather than just criminals but I've yet to come up with a perfect formula to explain why I exclude someone like Mr. X or Carmine "the Roman" Falcon but include Dr. Death or Hugo Strange. Mobsters and generic criminals generally don't make it into the list and neither do one shot aliens or monsters that don't seem to have any significant impact. Unfortunately, Batman encountered a lot of oddly dressed one shot antagonists with aliases so it may seem like the list is not definitive (and hey, it's not). Arguments could probably be made for some inclusions and exclusions.