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
9,449 3,911
Madara Uchiha is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
Naruto Shippūden
2
8,692 4,743
Light Yagami is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
JeffreyJiang added Death Note, Death Note: Re-light: L's Successors, Death Note
3
7,865 3,218
Pain is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
Naruto Shippūden
4
6,196 3,505
Sōsuke Aizen is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
Bleach
5
8,273 4,010
Frieza is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
Dragon Ball Z, Dragon Ball Z: Fusion Reborn, Plan to Destroy the Saiya-jin
6
5,976 3,258
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
4,350 2,941
Ulquiorra is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
Bleach
8
6,232 2,791
Cell is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
Dragon Ball Z
9
5,266 3,308
Majin Buu is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
Dragon Ball Z, Dragon Ball: Yo! Son Goku and His Friends Return!!, Dragon Ball
10
5,425 3,373
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
3,206 2,554
Grimmjow Jaggerjack is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
12
5,380 1,945
King Bradley is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood
13
5,032 1,695
Hisoka is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
Hackergist added Hunter x Hunter
14
3,656 2,849
Broly is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
Dragon Ball Z: Broly – The Legendary Super Saiyan
15
2,943 1,178
Father is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
Father Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood
16
2,146 1,968
Gin Ichimaru is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
Bleach
17
2,617 1,486
Zabuza Momochi is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
shaurya-kapoor added Naruto, Naruto Shippūden
18
2,099 1,032
Don Quixote is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
Don Quixote One Piece
19
4,532 2,322
Vegeta is listed (or ranked) 19 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
20
2,981 1,836
Envy is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
Ouchmaster5000 added Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood
21
2,474 2,565
King Piccolo is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
22
2,237 1,480
Gilgamesh is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
nick-slade added Fate/stay night
23
1,990 1,674
The Major is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
Hellsing
24
2,252 1,541
Johan Liebert is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
Monster
25
2,335 1,781
Kisame Hoshigaki is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
Naruto, Naruto Shippūden