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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1,842 941
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
1,984 982
Madara Uchiha is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
Madara Uchiha Naruto Shippūden

4
1,486 820
Sōsuke Aizen is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
Sōsuke Aizen Bleach

5
1,690 851
Pain is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
Pain Naruto Shippūden

6
1,523 728
Cell is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
Cell Dragon Ball Z

7
1,367 787
Orochimaru is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
Orochimaru Naruto, Naruto Shippūden, Naruto Shippuden the Movie: Bonds

8
1,285 791
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
1,040 713
Ulquiorra is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
Ulquiorra Bleach

10
977 495
Father is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
nick-slade added Father Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood

11
1,027 586
King Bradley is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
King Bradley Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood

12
1,264 788
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
749 634
Grimmjow Jaggerjack is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time

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980 495
Vegeta is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
ahmed-maklad added Vegeta

15
1,001 440
Hisoka is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
Hackergist added Hisoka Hunter x Hunter

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834 673
Broly is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
Broly Dragon Ball Z: Broly – The Legendary Super Saiyan

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647 396
Envy is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
Ouchmaster5000 added Envy Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood

18
719 448
Zeref is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
Nathaniel Hoyos added Zeref

19
596 554
King Piccolo is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time

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567 414
Johan Liebert is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
Johan Liebert Monster

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465 388
The Major is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
The Major Hellsing

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701 508
Don Quixote is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
Don Quixote One Piece

23
723 533
Greed is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
Greed Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood

24
435 343
Gilgamesh is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
nick-slade added Gilgamesh Fate/stay night

25
601 506
Gin Ichimaru is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
Gin Ichimaru Bleach

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575 409
Ryuk is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
Ouchmaster5000 added Ryuk Death Note, Death Note

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374 279
Shogo Makishima is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
HafizeMutlu added Shogo Makishima Psycho-Pass

28
583 539
Kisame Hoshigaki is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
Kisame Hoshigaki Naruto, Naruto Shippūden

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639 360
Tobi is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
Owen_Paul_Sloane added Tobi Naruto: Shippuden

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455 307
Annie Leonhardt is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
shaurya-kapoor added Annie Leonhardt

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459 237
Homunculi of Fullmetal Alchemi... is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time

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500 422
Blackbeard is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
Blackbeard One Piece

33
644 560
Jellal Fernandes is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
Jellal Fernandes Fairy Tail

34
431 295
Zabuza Momochi is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
shaurya-kapoor added Zabuza Momochi Naruto, Naruto Shippūden

35
364 200
Dio Brando is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
nick-slade added Dio Brando Jojo's Bizarre Adventure

36
421 304
Vicious is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
Vicious Cowboy Bebop

37
474 348
Naraku is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
Naraku Inu Yasha

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798 653
Jessie is listed (or ranked) 38 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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479 365
Crocodile is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
Crocodile One Piece

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413 228
Meruem is listed (or ranked) 40 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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394 305
Maximillion Pegasus is listed (or ranked) 41 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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372 227
Pride is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
Ouchmaster5000 added Pride Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood

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523 599
Sasuke Uchiha is listed (or ranked) 43 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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362 207
Griffith is listed (or ranked) 44 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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414 396
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
317 302
Shishio Makoto is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
Shishio Makoto Rurouni Kenshin

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478 319
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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345 329
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

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428 352
Gaara is listed (or ranked) 49 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

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267 269
Marik Ishtar is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
Marik Ishtar Yu-Gi-Oh Duel Monsters, Yu-Gi-Oh!