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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1,709 829
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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1,274 686
Sōsuke Aizen is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
Sōsuke Aizen Bleach

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1,548 811
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

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1,463 713
Pain is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
Pain Naruto Shippūden

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1,198 646
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
1,326 630
Cell is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
Cell Dragon Ball Z

8
1,124 656
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
916 594
Ulquiorra is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
Ulquiorra Bleach

10
840 386
Father is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
nick-slade added Father Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood

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894 476
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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1,094 639
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

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662 519
Grimmjow Jaggerjack is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time

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851 342
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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797 401
Vegeta is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
ahmed-maklad added Vegeta

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740 562
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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563 317
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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633 366
Zeref is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
Nathaniel Hoyos added Zeref

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528 457
King Piccolo is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time

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623 427
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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654 456
Greed is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
Greed Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood

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535 430
Gin Ichimaru is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
Gin Ichimaru Bleach

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488 349
Johan Liebert is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
Johan Liebert Monster

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359 280
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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489 327
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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396 331
The Major is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
The Major Hellsing

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544 279
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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525 458
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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378 242
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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699 549
Jessie is listed (or ranked) 30 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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584 497
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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385 196
Homunculi of Fullmetal Alchemi... is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time

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352 230
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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432 369
Blackbeard is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
Blackbeard One Piece

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357 176
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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355 258
Vicious is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
Vicious Cowboy Bebop

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402 301
Naraku is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
Naraku Inu Yasha

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320 223
Shogo Makishima is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
HafizeMutlu added Shogo Makishima Psycho-Pass

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367 308
Android 17 is listed (or ranked) 39 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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408 237
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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408 319
Crocodile is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
Crocodile One Piece

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327 176
Pride is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
Ouchmaster5000 added Pride Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood

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335 251
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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468 514
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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300 161
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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296 265
Kabuto Yakushi is listed (or ranked) 46 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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286 153
Dio Brando is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
nick-slade added Dio Brando Jojo's Bizarre Adventure

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276 258
Shishio Makoto is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
Shishio Makoto Rurouni Kenshin

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361 275
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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230 220
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!