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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5,133 2,676
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
5,218 2,802
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
4,091 2,505
Sōsuke Aizen is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
Sōsuke Aizen Bleach

4
5,489 2,407
Madara Uchiha is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
Madara Uchiha Naruto Shippūden

5
4,598 2,091
Pain is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
Pain Naruto Shippūden

6
3,749 2,089
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
2,748 1,912
Ulquiorra is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
Ulquiorra Bleach

8
3,423 2,143
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
3,920 1,860
Cell is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
Cell Dragon Ball Z

10
2,067 1,640
Grimmjow Jaggerjack is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time

11
3,367 1,299
King Bradley is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
King Bradley Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood

12
3,255 2,070
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
2,131 1,860
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
1,296 536
Father is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
Father Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood

The Most Hated Anime Characters of All Time

15
1,610 1,561
King Piccolo is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time

16
2,981 1,128
Hisoka is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
Hackergist added Hisoka Hunter x Hunter

17
2,893 1,502
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
1,310 1,080
The Major is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
The Major Hellsing

19
1,875 1,199
Envy is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
Ouchmaster5000 added Envy Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood

20
892 443
Don Quixote is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
Don Quixote One Piece

21
1,398 965
Gilgamesh is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
nick-slade added Gilgamesh Fate/stay night

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22
1,392 1,249
Gin Ichimaru is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
Gin Ichimaru Bleach

23
1,437 1,082
Johan Liebert is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
Johan Liebert Monster

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1,448 1,191
Kisame Hoshigaki is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
Kisame Hoshigaki Naruto, Naruto Shippūden

25
1,040 707
Shishio Makoto is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
Shishio Makoto Rurouni Kenshin

26
1,724 1,198
Zeref is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
Nathaniel Hoyos added Zeref

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1,614 1,161
Greed is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
Greed Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood

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1,256 719
Vicious is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
Vicious Cowboy Bebop

The Saddest Anime Villain Deaths of All Time

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971 725
Shogo Makishima is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
HafizeMutlu added Shogo Makishima Psycho-Pass

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1,452 862
Zabuza Momochi is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
shaurya-kapoor added Zabuza Momochi Naruto, Naruto Shippūden

31
1,286 1,424
Sasuke Uchiha is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
Sasuke Uchiha Naruto, Naruto Shippūden, Naruto Shippuden the Movie: The Will of Fire

32
1,161 951
Android 17 is listed (or ranked) 32 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

33
1,419 1,029
Ryuk is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
Ouchmaster5000 added Ryuk Death Note, Death Note

34
933 574
Younger Toguro is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
nick-slade added Younger Toguro Yu Yu Hakusho

35
2,269 1,036
Father is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
nick-slade added Father Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood

Amazing Real-Life Superhero Gadgets & Powers

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1,099 756
Naraku is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
Naraku Inu Yasha

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1,290 623
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

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1,098 773
Maximillion Pegasus is listed (or ranked) 38 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

39
1,172 864
Crocodile is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
Crocodile One Piece

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726 644
Marik Ishtar is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
Marik Ishtar Yu-Gi-Oh Duel Monsters, Yu-Gi-Oh!

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1,167 803
Annie Leonhardt is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
shaurya-kapoor added Annie Leonhardt

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992 869
Kabuto Yakushi is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
ahmed-maklad added Kabuto Yakushi Naruto, Naruto Shippūden, Naruto Shippuden the Movie: Bonds

12 Anime Villains Who Were Actually Right All Along

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1,706 1,379
Jessie is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
Team Rocket Pokémon The Series: XY, Pokémon: The First Movie, Pokémon Heroes

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352 231
Blackbeard is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
Blackbeard One Piece

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1,148 1,160
Jellal Fernandes is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
Jellal Fernandes Fairy Tail

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718 501
Medusa Gorgon is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
Ouchmaster5000 added Medusa Gorgon

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1,339 571
Griffith is listed (or ranked) 47 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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1,217 578
Homunculi of Fullmetal Alchemi... is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time

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1,281 833
Tobi is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
Owen_Paul_Sloane added Tobi Naruto: Shippuden

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734 619
Asura is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
Asura Asura