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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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

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2
2,102 1,095
Light Yagami is listed (or ranked) 2 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

3
1,973 976
Madara Uchiha is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
Madara Uchiha Naruto Shippūden

4
1,481 814
Sōsuke Aizen is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
Sōsuke Aizen Bleach

5
1,681 845
Pain is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
Pain Naruto Shippūden

6
1,514 726
Cell is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
Cell Dragon Ball Z

7
1,364 782
Orochimaru is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
Orochimaru Naruto, Naruto Shippūden, Naruto Shippuden the Movie: Bonds

8
1,278 787
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
1,034 709
Ulquiorra is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
Ulquiorra Bleach

10
971 492
Father is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
nick-slade added Father Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood

11
1,020 584
King Bradley is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
King Bradley Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood

12
1,257 781
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
744 632
Grimmjow Jaggerjack is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time

14
974 492
Vegeta is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
ahmed-maklad added Vegeta

15
992 437
Hisoka is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
Hackergist added Hisoka Hunter x Hunter

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16
830 669
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

17
642 395
Envy is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
Ouchmaster5000 added Envy Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood

18
714 445
Zeref is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
Nathaniel Hoyos added Zeref

19
563 411
Johan Liebert is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
Johan Liebert Monster

20
591 552
King Piccolo is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time

21
462 387
The Major is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
The Major Hellsing

22
699 504
Don Quixote is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
Don Quixote One Piece

23
721 530
Greed is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
Greed Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood

24
430 341
Gilgamesh is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
nick-slade added Gilgamesh Fate/stay night

25
596 504
Gin Ichimaru is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
Gin Ichimaru Bleach

26
571 405
Ryuk is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
Ouchmaster5000 added Ryuk Death Note, Death Note

27
373 275
Shogo Makishima is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
HafizeMutlu added Shogo Makishima Psycho-Pass

28
580 535
Kisame Hoshigaki is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
Kisame Hoshigaki Naruto, Naruto Shippūden

29
635 357
Tobi is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
Owen_Paul_Sloane added Tobi Naruto: Shippuden

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452 305
Annie Leonhardt is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
shaurya-kapoor added Annie Leonhardt

31
456 237
Homunculi of Fullmetal Alchemi... is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time

32
642 558
Jellal Fernandes is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
Jellal Fernandes Fairy Tail

33
496 422
Blackbeard is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
Blackbeard One Piece

34
428 293
Zabuza Momochi is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
shaurya-kapoor added Zabuza Momochi Naruto, Naruto Shippūden

35
420 303
Vicious is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
Vicious Cowboy Bebop

36
472 347
Naraku is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
Naraku Inu Yasha

37
360 199
Dio Brando is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
nick-slade added Dio Brando Jojo's Bizarre Adventure

38
795 652
Jessie is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
Team Rocket Pokémon The Series: XY, Pokémon: The First Movie, Pokémon Heroes

39
477 364
Crocodile is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
Crocodile One Piece

40
411 227
Meruem is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
shea-mcgraw added Meruem Hunter x Hunter 2011 Chimera Ant King

41
391 305
Maximillion Pegasus is listed (or ranked) 41 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

42
521 597
Sasuke Uchiha is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
Sasuke Uchiha Naruto, Naruto Shippūden, Naruto Shippuden the Movie: The Will of Fire

43
360 206
Griffith is listed (or ranked) 43 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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370 227
Pride is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
Ouchmaster5000 added Pride Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood

45
411 395
Android 17 is listed (or ranked) 45 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

46
315 302
Shishio Makoto is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
Shishio Makoto Rurouni Kenshin

47
475 319
Goku Black is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
ahmed-maklad added Goku Black Dragon Ball Super

48
344 327
Kabuto Yakushi is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
ahmed-maklad added Kabuto Yakushi Naruto, Naruto Shippūden, Naruto Shippuden the Movie: Bonds

49
426 349
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

50
264 269
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!