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
2,687 1,419
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
2,185 1,222
Sōsuke Aizen is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
Sōsuke Aizen Bleach

3
3,015 1,615
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
2,856 1,453
Madara Uchiha is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
Madara Uchiha Naruto Shippūden

5
2,430 1,252
Pain is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
Pain Naruto Shippūden

6
1,985 1,145
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
2,150 1,089
Cell is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
Cell Dragon Ball Z

8
1,783 1,226
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
1,437 1,082
Ulquiorra is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
Ulquiorra Bleach

10
1,658 783
King Bradley is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
King Bradley Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood

11
1,603 640
Hisoka is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
Hackergist added Hisoka Hunter x Hunter

12
1,786 1,162
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
1,076 917
Grimmjow Jaggerjack is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time

14
1,520 823
Vegeta is listed (or ranked) 14 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

Old Celebrities You Didn't Realize Are Still Alive

15
927 589
Johan Liebert is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
Johan Liebert Monster

16
974 617
Envy is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
Ouchmaster5000 added Envy Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood

17
1,144 1,033
Broly is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
Broly Dragon Ball Z: Broly – The Legendary Super Saiyan

18
1,485 658
Father is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
nick-slade added Father Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood

19
729 569
The Major is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
The Major Hellsing

20
887 806
King Piccolo is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time

21
683 503
Gilgamesh is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
nick-slade added Gilgamesh Fate/stay night

The Best Ecchi Anime of All Time

22
705 325
Dio Brando is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
nick-slade added Dio Brando Jojo's Bizarre Adventure

23
1,003 703
Zeref is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
Nathaniel Hoyos added Zeref

24
986 707
Greed is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
Greed Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood

25
679 410
Vicious is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
Vicious Cowboy Bebop

26
726 316
Griffith is listed (or ranked) 26 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

27
593 411
Shogo Makishima is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
HafizeMutlu added Shogo Makishima Psycho-Pass

28
738 473
Zabuza Momochi is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
shaurya-kapoor added Zabuza Momochi Naruto, Naruto Shippūden

The Best One Piece Villains of All Time

29
811 728
Gin Ichimaru is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
Gin Ichimaru Bleach

30
737 505
Crocodile is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
Crocodile One Piece

31
533 408
Shishio Makoto is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
Shishio Makoto Rurouni Kenshin

32
801 734
Kisame Hoshigaki is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
Kisame Hoshigaki Naruto, Naruto Shippūden

33
147 63
Father is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
Father Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood

34
835 622
Ryuk is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
Ouchmaster5000 added Ryuk Death Note, Death Note

35
887 568
Tobi is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
Owen_Paul_Sloane added Tobi Naruto: Shippuden

The Best Scottish Actresses of All Time

36
680 376
Homunculi of Fullmetal Alchemi... is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time

37
1,090 895
Jessie is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
Team Rocket Pokémon The Series: XY, Pokémon: The First Movie, Pokémon Heroes

38
662 504
Annie Leonhardt is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
shaurya-kapoor added Annie Leonhardt

39
653 511
Naraku is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
Naraku Inu Yasha

40
578 339
Pride is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
Ouchmaster5000 added Pride Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood

41
466 343
Younger Toguro is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
nick-slade added Younger Toguro Yu Yu Hakusho

42
586 472
Maximillion Pegasus is listed (or ranked) 42 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

What The Heck Happened To Limp Bizkit?

43
109 60
Don Quixote is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
Don Quixote One Piece

44
777 781
Jellal Fernandes is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
Jellal Fernandes Fairy Tail

45
598 580
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
723 318
Meruem is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
shea-mcgraw added Meruem Hunter x Hunter 2011 Chimera Ant King

47
687 860
Sasuke Uchiha is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
Sasuke Uchiha Naruto, Naruto Shippūden, Naruto Shippuden the Movie: The Will of Fire

48
500 515
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
326 277
Medusa Gorgon is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
Ouchmaster5000 added Medusa Gorgon

50
633 541
Gaara is listed (or ranked) 50 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