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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1
4,110 2,094
Freeza is listed (or ranked) 1 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

2
3,310 1,938
Sōsuke Aizen is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
Sōsuke Aizen Bleach

3
4,178 2,221
Light Yagami is listed (or ranked) 3 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

4
4,409 2,089
Madara Uchiha is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
Madara Uchiha Naruto Shippūden

5
3,694 1,733
Pain is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
Pain Naruto Shippūden

6
3,031 1,660
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
2,227 1,527
Ulquiorra is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
Ulquiorra Bleach

8
2,744 1,757
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
3,223 1,543
Cell is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
Cell Dragon Ball Z

10
2,683 1,076
King Bradley is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
King Bradley Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood

11
1,677 1,312
Grimmjow Jaggerjack is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time

12
2,625 1,673
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
1,692 1,515
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

14
1,303 1,211
King Piccolo is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time

The Greatest Animated Disney Villains

15
1,076 856
The Major is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
The Major Hellsing

16
2,356 1,214
Vegeta is listed (or ranked) 16 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

17
735 302
Father is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
Father Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood

18
2,431 934
Hisoka is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
Hackergist added Hisoka Hunter x Hunter

19
1,510 969
Envy is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
Ouchmaster5000 added Envy Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood

20
1,113 751
Gilgamesh is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
nick-slade added Gilgamesh Fate/stay night

21
551 252
Don Quixote is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
Don Quixote One Piece

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22
1,226 882
Johan Liebert is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
Johan Liebert Monster

23
1,165 957
Kisame Hoshigaki is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
Kisame Hoshigaki Naruto, Naruto Shippūden

24
1,122 980
Gin Ichimaru is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
Gin Ichimaru Bleach

25
827 559
Shishio Makoto is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
Shishio Makoto Rurouni Kenshin

26
1,347 959
Greed is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
Greed Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood

27
1,388 981
Zeref is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
Nathaniel Hoyos added Zeref

28
1,044 585
Vicious is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
Vicious Cowboy Bebop

The Most Hated Anime Characters of All Time

29
809 577
Shogo Makishima is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
HafizeMutlu added Shogo Makishima Psycho-Pass

30
2,107 893
Father is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
nick-slade added Father Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood

31
1,148 689
Zabuza Momochi is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
shaurya-kapoor added Zabuza Momochi Naruto, Naruto Shippūden

32
1,040 699
Crocodile is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
Crocodile One Piece

33
923 759
Android 17 is listed (or ranked) 33 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

34
986 1,144
Sasuke Uchiha is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
Sasuke Uchiha Naruto, Naruto Shippūden, Naruto Shippuden the Movie: The Will of Fire

35
1,062 514
Dio Brando is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
nick-slade added Dio Brando Jojo's Bizarre Adventure

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36
1,148 852
Ryuk is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
Ouchmaster5000 added Ryuk Death Note, Death Note

37
907 636
Naraku is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
Naraku Inu Yasha

38
738 466
Younger Toguro is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
nick-slade added Younger Toguro Yu Yu Hakusho

39
887 620
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

40
789 697
Kabuto Yakushi is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
ahmed-maklad added Kabuto Yakushi Naruto, Naruto Shippūden, Naruto Shippuden the Movie: Bonds

41
1,430 1,162
Jessie is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
Team Rocket Pokémon The Series: XY, Pokémon: The First Movie, Pokémon Heroes

42
580 529
Marik Ishtar is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
Marik Ishtar Yu-Gi-Oh Duel Monsters, Yu-Gi-Oh!

The Best One Piece Villains of All Time

43
941 669
Annie Leonhardt is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
shaurya-kapoor added Annie Leonhardt

44
972 988
Jellal Fernandes is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
Jellal Fernandes Fairy Tail

45
1,132 474
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

46
553 403
Medusa Gorgon is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
Ouchmaster5000 added Medusa Gorgon

47
1,132 722
Tobi is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
Owen_Paul_Sloane added Tobi Naruto: Shippuden

48
202 130
Blackbeard is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
Blackbeard One Piece

49
995 491
Homunculi of Fullmetal Alchemi... is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time

50
438 398
Rob Lucci is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
dhia-madrid added Rob Lucci