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
6,811 3,760
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
7,334 3,068
Madara Uchiha is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
Naruto Shippūden

3
6,571 3,308
Freeza is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
Dragon Ball Z, Dragon Ball Z: Fusion Reborn, Plan to Destroy the Saiya-jin

4
5,032 2,974
Sōsuke Aizen is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
Bleach

5
6,093 2,625
Pain is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
Naruto Shippūden

6
4,805 2,642
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
3,459 2,391
Ulquiorra is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
Bleach

8
4,276 2,687
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
4,998 2,281
Cell is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
Dragon Ball Z

10
4,225 2,688
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
2,548 2,056
Grimmjow Jaggerjack is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time

12
4,280 1,587
King Bradley is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood

13
2,820 2,307
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
2,034 823
Father is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
Father Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood

15
2,026 2,027
King Piccolo is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time

16
3,830 1,396
Hisoka is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
Hackergist added Hunter x Hunter

17
1,619 1,331
The Major is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
Hellsing

18
3,615 1,873
Vegeta is listed (or ranked) 18 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

19
1,404 698
Don Quixote is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
Don Quixote One Piece

20
2,351 1,491
Envy is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
Ouchmaster5000 added Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood

21
1,780 1,205
Gilgamesh is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
nick-slade added Fate/stay night

22
1,716 1,532
Gin Ichimaru is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
Bleach

23
1,784 1,279
Johan Liebert is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
Monster

24
1,986 1,118
Zabuza Momochi is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
shaurya-kapoor added Naruto, Naruto Shippūden

25
1,867 1,469
Kisame Hoshigaki is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
Naruto, Naruto Shippūden

26
1,704 1,947
Sasuke Uchiha is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
Naruto, Naruto Shippūden, Naruto Shippuden the Movie: The Will of Fire

27
1,301 891
Shishio Makoto is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
Rurouni Kenshin

28
2,143 1,463
Zeref is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
Nathaniel Hoyos added

29
1,972 1,378
Greed is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood

30
1,515 874
Vicious is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
Cowboy Bebop

31
1,194 899
Shogo Makishima is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
HafizeMutlu added Psycho-Pass

32
1,744 776
Dio Brando is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
nick-slade added Jojo's Bizarre Adventure

33
1,481 1,206
Android 17 is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
Son Goku added Dragon Ball Z, Dragon Ball Z: Super Android 13, Dragon Ball Z: The History of Trunks

34
1,829 1,288
Ryuk is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
Ouchmaster5000 added Death Note, Death Note

35
1,397 927
Maximillion Pegasus is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
ahmed-maklad added Yu-Gi-Oh Duel Monsters, Yu-Gi-Oh! The Movie: Pyramid of Light, Yu-Gi-Oh!: Bonds Beyond Time

36
938 786
Marik Ishtar is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
Yu-Gi-Oh Duel Monsters, Yu-Gi-Oh!

37
1,324 904
Naraku is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
Inu Yasha

38
1,153 720
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
572 368
Blackbeard is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
Blackbeard One Piece

40
1,282 1,104
Kabuto Yakushi is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
ahmed-maklad added Naruto, Naruto Shippūden, Naruto Shippuden the Movie: Bonds

41
2,099 1,648
Jessie is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
Pokémon The Series: XY, Pokémon: The First Movie, Pokémon Heroes

42
1,445 999
Annie Leonhardt is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
shaurya-kapoor added

43
2,475 1,172
Father is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
nick-slade added Father Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood

44
1,356 1,031
Crocodile is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
One Piece

45
1,359 1,360
Jellal Fernandes is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
Fairy Tail

46
906 629
Medusa Gorgon is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
Ouchmaster5000 added

47
1,653 675
Griffith is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
nick-slade added Berserk Golden Age Arc I: The Egg of the King, Berserk Golden Age Arc II: The Battle for Doldrey

48
1,479 680
Homunculi of Fullmetal Alchemi... is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time

49
983 431
Goku Black is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
Goku Black Dragon Ball Super

50
885 738
Asura is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
Asura