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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Light Yagami is listed (or ranked) 1 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

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2
2,019 1,077
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
1,649 937
Sōsuke Aizen is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
Sōsuke Aizen Bleach

4
2,173 1,167
Madara Uchiha is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
Madara Uchiha Naruto Shippūden

5
1,837 976
Pain is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
Pain Naruto Shippūden

6
1,502 881
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
1,654 838
Cell is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
Cell Dragon Ball Z

8
1,384 927
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
1,119 553
Father is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
nick-slade added Father Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood

10
1,115 838
Ulquiorra is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
Ulquiorra Bleach

11
1,179 630
King Bradley is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
King Bradley Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood

12
1,156 480
Hisoka is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
Hackergist added Hisoka Hunter x Hunter

13
1,369 898
Itachi Uchiha is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
GhassenHammas added Itachi Uchiha Naruto Shippūden, Naruto, Ninja World

14
824 709
Grimmjow Jaggerjack is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time

15
1,113 581
Vegeta is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
ahmed-maklad added Vegeta

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681 443
Johan Liebert is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
Johan Liebert Monster

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896 789
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

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704 462
Envy is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
Ouchmaster5000 added Envy Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood

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536 421
The Major is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
The Major Hellsing

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816 542
Don Quixote is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
Don Quixote One Piece

21
666 614
King Piccolo is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time

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779 555
Zeref is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
Nathaniel Hoyos added Zeref

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490 380
Gilgamesh is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
nick-slade added Gilgamesh Fate/stay night

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781 575
Greed is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
Greed Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood

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455 217
Dio Brando is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
nick-slade added Dio Brando Jojo's Bizarre Adventure

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439 310
Shogo Makishima is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
HafizeMutlu added Shogo Makishima Psycho-Pass

27
643 580
Gin Ichimaru is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
Gin Ichimaru Bleach

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575 456
Blackbeard is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
Blackbeard One Piece

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513 244
Meruem is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
shea-mcgraw added Meruem Hunter x Hunter 2011 Chimera Ant King

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477 324
Vicious is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
Vicious Cowboy Bebop

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505 339
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
550 401
Crocodile is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
Crocodile One Piece

33
623 603
Kisame Hoshigaki is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
Kisame Hoshigaki Naruto, Naruto Shippūden

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460 225
Griffith is listed (or ranked) 34 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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616 478
Ryuk is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
Ouchmaster5000 added Ryuk Death Note, Death Note

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385 320
Shishio Makoto is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
Shishio Makoto Rurouni Kenshin

37
693 428
Tobi is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
Owen_Paul_Sloane added Tobi Naruto: Shippuden

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492 367
Annie Leonhardt is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
shaurya-kapoor added Annie Leonhardt

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498 284
Homunculi of Fullmetal Alchemi... is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time

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856 732
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

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510 403
Naraku is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
Naraku Inu Yasha

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670 632
Jellal Fernandes is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
Jellal Fernandes Fairy Tail

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441 346
Maximillion Pegasus is listed (or ranked) 43 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

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414 259
Pride is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
Ouchmaster5000 added Pride Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood

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448 457
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

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318 260
Younger Toguro is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
nick-slade added Younger Toguro Yu Yu Hakusho

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524 380
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

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546 684
Sasuke Uchiha is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
Sasuke Uchiha Naruto, Naruto Shippūden, Naruto Shippuden the Movie: The Will of Fire

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376 384
Kabuto Yakushi is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
ahmed-maklad added Kabuto Yakushi Naruto, Naruto Shippūden, Naruto Shippuden the Movie: Bonds

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475 406
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