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
7,985 4,428
Light Yagami is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
JeffreyJiang added Death Note, Death Note: Re-light: L's Successors, Death Note

2
8,710 3,604
Madara Uchiha is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
Naruto Shippūden

3
7,205 2,972
Pain is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
Naruto Shippūden

4
7,697 3,775
Frieza is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
Dragon Ball Z, Dragon Ball Z: Fusion Reborn, Plan to Destroy the Saiya-jin

5
5,782 3,308
Sōsuke Aizen is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
Bleach

6
5,562 3,033
Orochimaru is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
Naruto, Naruto Shippūden, Naruto Shippuden the Movie: Bonds

7
4,080 2,732
Ulquiorra is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
Bleach

8
4,939 3,075
Majin Buu is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
Dragon Ball Z, Dragon Ball: Yo! Son Goku and His Friends Return!!, Dragon Ball

9
5,816 2,585
Cell is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
Dragon Ball Z

10
5,014 3,131
Itachi Uchiha is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
GhassenHammas added Naruto Shippūden, Naruto, Ninja World

11
3,009 2,374
Grimmjow Jaggerjack is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time

12
5,031 1,809
King Bradley is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood

13
3,389 2,654
Broly is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
Dragon Ball Z: Broly – The Legendary Super Saiyan

14
2,677 1,043
Father is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
Father Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood

15
4,552 1,587
Hisoka is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
Hackergist added Hunter x Hunter

16
2,317 2,405
King Piccolo is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time

17
4,213 2,159
Vegeta is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
ahmed-maklad added Dragon Ball Z Kai, Dragon Ball Z, Dragon Ball Z: Fusion Reborn

18
1,881 1,565
The Major is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
Hellsing

19
2,776 1,715
Envy is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
Ouchmaster5000 added Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood

20
1,849 929
Don Quixote is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
Don Quixote One Piece

21
2,084 1,384
Gilgamesh is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
nick-slade added Fate/stay night

22
2,083 1,458
Johan Liebert is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
Monster

23
1,987 1,800
Gin Ichimaru is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
Bleach

24
1,047 705
Marshall
shaurya-kapoor added One Piece

25
2,398 1,319
Zabuza Momochi is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
shaurya-kapoor added Naruto, Naruto Shippūden