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
3,277 1,905
Sōsuke Aizen is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
Sōsuke Aizen Bleach

2
4,068 2,071
Freeza is listed (or ranked) 2 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

3
4,137 2,202
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
4,356 2,079
Madara Uchiha is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
Madara Uchiha Naruto Shippūden

5
3,650 1,715
Pain is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
Pain Naruto Shippūden

6
2,992 1,644
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
2,206 1,503
Ulquiorra is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
Ulquiorra Bleach

8
2,720 1,732
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
3,190 1,527
Cell is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
Cell Dragon Ball Z

10
2,642 1,064
King Bradley is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
King Bradley Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood

11
1,657 1,295
Grimmjow Jaggerjack is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time

12
2,597 1,652
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
1,670 1,495
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
1,289 1,192
King Piccolo is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time

Celebrities With Heterochromia Iridis

15
1,059 837
The Major is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
The Major Hellsing

16
704 285
Father is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
Father Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood

17
2,328 1,202
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

18
2,409 921
Hisoka is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
Hackergist added Hisoka Hunter x Hunter

19
1,491 952
Envy is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
Ouchmaster5000 added Envy Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood

20
1,101 735
Gilgamesh is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
nick-slade added Gilgamesh Fate/stay night

21
530 238
Don Quixote is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
Don Quixote One Piece

The Top 10+ Naruto Villains of All Time

22
1,213 869
Johan Liebert is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
Johan Liebert Monster

23
1,145 947
Kisame Hoshigaki is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
Kisame Hoshigaki Naruto, Naruto Shippūden

24
1,110 964
Gin Ichimaru is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
Gin Ichimaru Bleach

25
809 549
Shishio Makoto is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
Shishio Makoto Rurouni Kenshin

26
1,332 943
Greed is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
Greed Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood

27
1,374 969
Zeref is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
Nathaniel Hoyos added Zeref

28
1,033 576
Vicious is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
Vicious Cowboy Bebop

The Best R-Rated Anime Movies

29
798 570
Shogo Makishima is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
HafizeMutlu added Shogo Makishima Psycho-Pass

30
2,088 881
Father is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
nick-slade added Father Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood

31
1,136 680
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
1,034 680
Crocodile is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
Crocodile One Piece

33
909 750
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
971 1,127
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
1,049 503
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

The Greatest Vloggers of All Time

36
1,137 841
Ryuk is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
Ouchmaster5000 added Ryuk Death Note, Death Note

37
893 630
Naraku is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
Naraku Inu Yasha

38
726 460
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
874 617
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
1,419 1,149
Jessie is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
Team Rocket Pokémon The Series: XY, Pokémon: The First Movie, Pokémon Heroes

41
775 692
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

42
932 662
Annie Leonhardt is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
shaurya-kapoor added Annie Leonhardt

Which Justice League Member Are You Based On Your Zodiac?

43
570 524
Marik Ishtar is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
Marik Ishtar Yu-Gi-Oh Duel Monsters, Yu-Gi-Oh!

44
960 981
Jellal Fernandes is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
Jellal Fernandes Fairy Tail

45
1,122 468
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
543 397
Medusa Gorgon is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
Ouchmaster5000 added Medusa Gorgon

47
1,121 717
Tobi is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
Owen_Paul_Sloane added Tobi Naruto: Shippuden

48
979 485
Homunculi of Fullmetal Alchemi... is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time

49
434 392
Rob Lucci is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
dhia-madrid added Rob Lucci

50
192 124
Blackbeard is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
Blackbeard One Piece