Anime Underground The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time  

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At long last, here's our list of the greatest anime villains of all time, including villains from every genre and demographic of anime out there. What would anime be without a great enemy for the heroes to fight with? Villains in anime can really make or break a series, as they are essentially the sole source of tension and conflict in any show. The protagonists of Dragon Ball Z are all amazing and loveable, but is Freeza not equally as crucial to the show's sucess and popularity? What would Fullmetal Alchemist be like without the Homonculi, or Inuyasha without Naraku? Yes, a great anime villain is equally as important as a show's hero, and the enemies below are a testament to that. Vote for the bad guy that you think deserves the title of the best anime villain of all time, no matter how powerful or strong they are. Sometimes a great villain can be a normal human being, like Gendo Ikari from Neon Genesis or Johan Liebert from Monster.
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Light Yagami is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
Light Yagami Death Note, Death Note: Re-light: L's Successors, Death Note

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Madara Uchiha is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
Madara Uchiha Naruto Shippūden

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Freeza is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
Freeza Dragon Ball Z, Dragon Ball Z: Fusion Reborn, Plan to Destroy the Saiya-jin

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Sōsuke Aizen is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
Sōsuke Aizen Bleach

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Pain is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
Pain Naruto Shippūden

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Cell is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
Cell Dragon Ball Z

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Orochimaru is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
Orochimaru Naruto, Naruto Shippūden, Naruto Shippuden the Movie: Bonds

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Majin Buu is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
Majin Buu Dragon Ball Z, Dragon Ball: Yo! Son Goku and His Friends Return!!, Dragon Ball

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Ulquiorra is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
Ulquiorra Bleach

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Father is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
Father Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood

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King Bradley is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
King Bradley Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood

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Itachi Uchiha is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
Itachi Uchiha Naruto Shippūden, Naruto, Ninja World

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Grimmjow Jaggerjack is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time

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Hisoka is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
Hisoka Hunter x Hunter

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Vegeta is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time

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Broly is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
Broly Dragon Ball Z: Broly – The Legendary Super Saiyan

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Envy is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
Envy Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood

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Zeref is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time

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King Piccolo is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time

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Don Quixote is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
Don Quixote One Piece

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Greed is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
Greed Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood

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Gin Ichimaru is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
Gin Ichimaru Bleach

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Ryuk is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
Ryuk Death Note, Death Note

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Johan Liebert is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
Johan Liebert Monster

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Gilgamesh is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
Gilgamesh Fate/stay night

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Tobi is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
Tobi Naruto: Shippuden

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The Major is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
The Major Hellsing

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Kisame Hoshigaki is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
Kisame Hoshigaki Naruto, Naruto Shippūden

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Annie Leonhardt is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time

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Homunculi of Fullmetal Alchemi... is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time

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Jellal Fernandes is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
Jellal Fernandes Fairy Tail

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Zabuza Momochi is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
Zabuza Momochi Naruto, Naruto Shippūden

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Jessie is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
Team Rocket Pokémon The Series: XY, Pokémon: The First Movie, Pokémon Heroes

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Goku Black is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
Goku Black Dragon Ball Super

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Vicious is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
Vicious Cowboy Bebop

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Blackbeard is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
Blackbeard One Piece

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Android 17 is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
Android 17 Dragon Ball Z, Dragon Ball Z: Super Android 13, Dragon Ball Z: The History of Trunks

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Naraku is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
Naraku Inu Yasha

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Maximillion Pegasus is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
Maximillion Pegasus Yu-Gi-Oh Duel Monsters, Yu-Gi-Oh! The Movie: Pyramid of Light, Yu-Gi-Oh!: Bonds Beyond Time

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Meruem is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
Meruem Hunter x Hunter 2011 Chimera Ant King

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Crocodile is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
Crocodile One Piece

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Pride is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
Pride Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood

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Shogo Makishima is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
Shogo Makishima Psycho-Pass

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Shishio Makoto is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
Shishio Makoto Rurouni Kenshin

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Kabuto Yakushi is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
Kabuto Yakushi Naruto, Naruto Shippūden, Naruto Shippuden the Movie: Bonds

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Sasuke Uchiha is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
Sasuke Uchiha Naruto, Naruto Shippūden, Naruto Shippuden the Movie: The Will of Fire

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Griffith is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
Griffith Berserk Golden Age Arc I: The Egg of the King, Berserk Golden Age Arc II: The Battle for Doldrey

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Marik Ishtar is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
Marik Ishtar Yu-Gi-Oh Duel Monsters, Yu-Gi-Oh!

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Gaara is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
Gaara Naruto, Naruto Shippūden, Naruto the Movie: Legend of the Stone of Gelel

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Dio Brando is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
Dio Brando Jojo's Bizarre Adventure