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
JeffreyJiang added Light Yagami Death Note, Death Note: Re-light: L's Successors, Death Note

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1,686 821
Madara Uchiha is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
Madara Uchiha Naruto Shippūden

3
1,262 681
Sōsuke Aizen is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
Sōsuke Aizen Bleach

4
1,536 800
Freeza is listed (or ranked) 4 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

5
1,450 707
Pain is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
Pain Naruto Shippūden

6
1,185 640
Orochimaru is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
Orochimaru Naruto, Naruto Shippūden, Naruto Shippuden the Movie: Bonds

7
1,317 622
Cell is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
Cell Dragon Ball Z

8
1,117 649
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

9
912 589
Ulquiorra is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
Ulquiorra Bleach

10
832 383
Father is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
nick-slade added Father Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood

11
888 472
King Bradley is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
King Bradley Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood

12
1,077 635
Itachi Uchiha is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
GhassenHammas added Itachi Uchiha Naruto Shippūden, Naruto, Ninja World

13
659 515
Grimmjow Jaggerjack is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time

14
840 340
Hisoka is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
Hackergist added Hisoka Hunter x Hunter

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790 396
Vegeta is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
ahmed-maklad added Vegeta

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736 558
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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559 312
Envy is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
Ouchmaster5000 added Envy Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood

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627 362
Zeref is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
Nathaniel Hoyos added Zeref

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527 452
King Piccolo is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time

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619 424
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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650 453
Greed is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
Greed Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood

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533 426
Gin Ichimaru is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
Gin Ichimaru Bleach

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481 345
Johan Liebert is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
Johan Liebert Monster

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354 278
Gilgamesh is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
nick-slade added Gilgamesh Fate/stay night

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483 321
Ryuk is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
Ouchmaster5000 added Ryuk Death Note, Death Note

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394 328
The Major is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
The Major Hellsing

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533 274
Tobi is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
Owen_Paul_Sloane added Tobi Naruto: Shippuden

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521 453
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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372 235
Annie Leonhardt is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
shaurya-kapoor added Annie Leonhardt

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581 491
Jellal Fernandes is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
Jellal Fernandes Fairy Tail

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691 543
Jessie is listed (or ranked) 31 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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381 194
Homunculi of Fullmetal Alchemi... is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time

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345 224
Zabuza Momochi is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
shaurya-kapoor added Zabuza Momochi Naruto, Naruto Shippūden

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429 365
Blackbeard is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
Blackbeard One Piece

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354 174
Meruem is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
shea-mcgraw added Meruem Hunter x Hunter 2011 Chimera Ant King

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353 255
Vicious is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
Vicious Cowboy Bebop

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402 297
Naraku is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
Naraku Inu Yasha

38
366 303
Android 17 is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
Son Goku added Android 17 Dragon Ball Z, Dragon Ball Z: Super Android 13, Dragon Ball Z: The History of Trunks

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316 221
Shogo Makishima is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
HafizeMutlu added Shogo Makishima Psycho-Pass

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403 232
Goku Black is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
ahmed-maklad added Goku Black Dragon Ball Super

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324 174
Pride is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
Ouchmaster5000 added Pride Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood

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403 317
Crocodile is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
Crocodile One Piece

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331 247
Maximillion Pegasus is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
ahmed-maklad added 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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463 510
Sasuke Uchiha is listed (or ranked) 44 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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296 158
Griffith is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
nick-slade added Griffith Berserk Golden Age Arc I: The Egg of the King, Berserk Golden Age Arc II: The Battle for Doldrey

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276 255
Shishio Makoto is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
Shishio Makoto Rurouni Kenshin

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292 261
Kabuto Yakushi is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
ahmed-maklad added Kabuto Yakushi Naruto, Naruto Shippūden, Naruto Shippuden the Movie: Bonds

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280 152
Dio Brando is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
nick-slade added Dio Brando Jojo's Bizarre Adventure

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359 269
Gaara is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
ahmed-maklad added Gaara Naruto, Naruto Shippūden, Naruto the Movie: Legend of the Stone of Gelel

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230 217
Marik Ishtar is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
Marik Ishtar Yu-Gi-Oh Duel Monsters, Yu-Gi-Oh!