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
2,729 1,444
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
2,903 1,473
Madara Uchiha is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
Madara Uchiha Naruto Shippūden

3
2,221 1,245
Sōsuke Aizen is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
Sōsuke Aizen Bleach

4
3,046 1,642
Light Yagami is listed (or ranked) 4 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

5
2,469 1,270
Pain is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
Pain Naruto Shippūden

6
2,017 1,162
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
2,187 1,106
Cell is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
Cell Dragon Ball Z

8
1,819 1,244
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
1,457 1,098
Ulquiorra is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
Ulquiorra Bleach

10
1,698 792
King Bradley is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
King Bradley Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood

11
1,626 654
Hisoka is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
Hackergist added Hisoka Hunter x Hunter

12
1,816 1,180
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
1,094 929
Grimmjow Jaggerjack is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time

14
1,551 835
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

The Longest Hollywood Marriages

15
934 600
Johan Liebert is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
Johan Liebert Monster

16
991 628
Envy is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
Ouchmaster5000 added Envy Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood

17
1,170 1,049
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
1,509 666
Father is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
nick-slade added Father Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood

19
737 580
The Major is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
The Major Hellsing

20
902 819
King Piccolo is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time

21
704 510
Gilgamesh is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
nick-slade added Gilgamesh Fate/stay night

The Top 10+ Naruto Villains of All Time

22
714 334
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
1,020 709
Zeref is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
Nathaniel Hoyos added Zeref

24
999 714
Greed is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
Greed Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood

25
691 415
Vicious is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
Vicious Cowboy Bebop

26
740 323
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
598 417
Shogo Makishima is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
HafizeMutlu added Shogo Makishima Psycho-Pass

28
753 479
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 R-Rated Anime Movies

29
750 508
Crocodile is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
Crocodile One Piece

30
821 737
Gin Ichimaru is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
Gin Ichimaru Bleach

31
161 68
Father is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
Father Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood

32
543 413
Shishio Makoto is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
Shishio Makoto Rurouni Kenshin

33
816 739
Kisame Hoshigaki is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
Kisame Hoshigaki Naruto, Naruto Shippūden

34
847 631
Ryuk is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
Ouchmaster5000 added Ryuk Death Note, Death Note

35
899 573
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 MTV Original Shows

36
691 381
Homunculi of Fullmetal Alchemi... is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time

37
1,096 912
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
663 515
Naraku is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
Naraku Inu Yasha

39
670 512
Annie Leonhardt is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
shaurya-kapoor added Annie Leonhardt

40
590 345
Pride is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
Ouchmaster5000 added Pride Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood

41
476 349
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
599 478
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

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43
117 64
Don Quixote is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
Don Quixote One Piece

44
789 786
Jellal Fernandes is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
Jellal Fernandes Fairy Tail

45
614 586
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
735 322
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
511 522
Kabuto Yakushi is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
ahmed-maklad added Kabuto Yakushi Naruto, Naruto Shippūden, Naruto Shippuden the Movie: Bonds

48
697 874
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

49
333 283
Medusa Gorgon is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
Ouchmaster5000 added Medusa Gorgon

50
646 549
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