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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5,781 2,508
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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5,341 2,812
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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4,853 2,175
Pain is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
Pain Naruto Shippūden

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4,243 2,581
Sōsuke Aizen is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
Sōsuke Aizen Bleach

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3,935 2,169
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

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2,868 1,979
Ulquiorra is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
Ulquiorra Bleach

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3,548 2,235
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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4,070 1,928
Cell is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
Cell Dragon Ball Z

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3,407 2,173
Itachi Uchiha is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
GhassenHammas added Itachi Uchiha Naruto Shippūden, Naruto, Ninja World

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2,149 1,711
Grimmjow Jaggerjack is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time

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3,509 1,341
King Bradley is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
King Bradley Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood

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2,230 1,934
Broly is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
Broly Dragon Ball Z: Broly – The Legendary Super Saiyan

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1,408 590
Father is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
Father Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood

The Most Hated Anime Characters of All Time

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1,664 1,642
King Piccolo is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time

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3,115 1,167
Hisoka is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
Hackergist added Hisoka Hunter x Hunter

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2,993 1,562
Vegeta is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
ahmed-maklad added Vegeta Dragon Ball Z Kai, Dragon Ball Z, Dragon Ball Z: Fusion Reborn

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1,358 1,114
The Major is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
The Major Hellsing

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1,955 1,243
Envy is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
Ouchmaster5000 added Envy Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood

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972 474
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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1,456 1,003
Gilgamesh is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
nick-slade added Gilgamesh Fate/stay night

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1,447 1,301
Gin Ichimaru is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
Gin Ichimaru Bleach

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1,494 1,116
Johan Liebert is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
Johan Liebert Monster

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1,535 892
Zabuza Momochi is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
shaurya-kapoor added Zabuza Momochi Naruto, Naruto Shippūden

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1,518 1,229
Kisame Hoshigaki is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
Kisame Hoshigaki Naruto, Naruto Shippūden

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1,354 1,500
Sasuke Uchiha is listed (or ranked) 26 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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1,085 735
Shishio Makoto is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
Shishio Makoto Rurouni Kenshin

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1,793 1,245
Zeref is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
Nathaniel Hoyos added Zeref

The Saddest Anime Villain Deaths of All Time

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1,662 1,209
Greed is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
Greed Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood

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1,297 742
Vicious is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
Vicious Cowboy Bebop

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1,002 750
Shogo Makishima is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
HafizeMutlu added Shogo Makishima Psycho-Pass

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1,203 994
Android 17 is listed (or ranked) 32 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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1,321 862
Tobi is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
Owen_Paul_Sloane added Tobi Naruto: Shippuden

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1,354 639
Dio Brando is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
nick-slade added Dio Brando Jojo's Bizarre Adventure

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979 595
Younger Toguro is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
nick-slade added Younger Toguro Yu Yu Hakusho

Amazing Real-Life Superhero Gadgets & Powers

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1,480 1,069
Ryuk is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
Ouchmaster5000 added Ryuk Death Note, Death Note

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1,135 776
Naraku is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
Naraku Inu Yasha

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2,299 1,054
Father is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
nick-slade added Father Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood

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1,133 793
Maximillion Pegasus is listed (or ranked) 39 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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757 658
Marik Ishtar is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
Marik Ishtar Yu-Gi-Oh Duel Monsters, Yu-Gi-Oh!

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1,038 887
Kabuto Yakushi is listed (or ranked) 41 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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1,215 829
Annie Leonhardt is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
shaurya-kapoor added Annie Leonhardt

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1,203 886
Crocodile is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
Crocodile One Piece

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1,763 1,419
Jessie is listed (or ranked) 44 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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385 245
Blackbeard is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
Blackbeard One Piece

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1,186 1,186
Jellal Fernandes is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
Jellal Fernandes Fairy Tail

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756 517
Medusa Gorgon is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
Ouchmaster5000 added Medusa Gorgon

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1,389 580
Griffith is listed (or ranked) 48 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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1,258 592
Homunculi of Fullmetal Alchemi... is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time

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Asura is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
Asura Asura