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
3,668 2,196
Sōsuke Aizen is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
Sōsuke Aizen Bleach

2
4,508 2,342
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
4,590 2,421
Light Yagami is listed (or ranked) 3 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

4
4,856 2,226
Madara Uchiha is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
Madara Uchiha Naruto Shippūden

5
4,075 1,882
Pain is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
Pain Naruto Shippūden

6
3,321 1,830
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
2,473 1,683
Ulquiorra is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
Ulquiorra Bleach

8
3,010 1,930
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
3,516 1,679
Cell is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
Cell Dragon Ball Z

10
1,857 1,454
Grimmjow Jaggerjack is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time

11
2,984 1,177
King Bradley is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
King Bradley Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood

12
2,904 1,845
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
1,846 1,670
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
1,432 1,356
King Piccolo is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time

Child Actors Who Tragically Died Young

15
970 394
Father is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
Father Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood

16
2,679 1,007
Hisoka is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
Hackergist added Hisoka Hunter x Hunter

17
2,573 1,333
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
1,175 950
The Major is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
The Major Hellsing

19
1,252 1,082
Gin Ichimaru is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
Gin Ichimaru Bleach

20
1,664 1,061
Envy is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
Ouchmaster5000 added Envy Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood

21
1,237 836
Gilgamesh is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
nick-slade added Gilgamesh Fate/stay night

The Best Ecchi Anime of All Time

22
688 321
Don Quixote is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
Don Quixote One Piece

23
1,314 963
Johan Liebert is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
Johan Liebert Monster

24
1,277 1,049
Kisame Hoshigaki is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
Kisame Hoshigaki Naruto, Naruto Shippūden

25
913 619
Shishio Makoto is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
Shishio Makoto Rurouni Kenshin

26
1,526 1,062
Zeref is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
Nathaniel Hoyos added Zeref

27
1,461 1,039
Greed is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
Greed Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood

28
1,133 629
Vicious is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
Vicious Cowboy Bebop

The Top 10+ Naruto Villains of All Time

29
876 632
Shogo Makishima is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
HafizeMutlu added Shogo Makishima Psycho-Pass

30
1,279 754
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
1,018 830
Android 17 is listed (or ranked) 31 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

32
2,183 947
Father is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
nick-slade added Father Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood

33
1,098 1,258
Sasuke Uchiha is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
Sasuke Uchiha Naruto, Naruto Shippūden, Naruto Shippuden the Movie: The Will of Fire

34
1,104 756
Crocodile is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
Crocodile One Piece

35
1,152 547
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

The Best Bollywood Movies on Netflix

36
819 504
Younger Toguro is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
nick-slade added Younger Toguro Yu Yu Hakusho

37
983 680
Naraku is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
Naraku Inu Yasha

38
1,254 923
Ryuk is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
Ouchmaster5000 added Ryuk Death Note, Death Note

39
962 687
Maximillion Pegasus is listed (or ranked) 39 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

40
864 764
Kabuto Yakushi is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
ahmed-maklad added Kabuto Yakushi Naruto, Naruto Shippūden, Naruto Shippuden the Movie: Bonds

41
630 574
Marik Ishtar is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
Marik Ishtar Yu-Gi-Oh Duel Monsters, Yu-Gi-Oh!

42
1,019 723
Annie Leonhardt is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
shaurya-kapoor added Annie Leonhardt

The Chiquita Banana Company Operates Almost Exactly Like A Terrorist Cell - Murder, Drugs, And ...

43
1,526 1,252
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

44
1,032 1,056
Jellal Fernandes is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
Jellal Fernandes Fairy Tail

45
1,221 503
Griffith is listed (or ranked) 45 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

46
618 438
Medusa Gorgon is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
Ouchmaster5000 added Medusa Gorgon

47
259 163
Blackbeard is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
Blackbeard One Piece

48
1,074 528
Homunculi of Fullmetal Alchemi... is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time

49
480 431
Rob Lucci is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
dhia-madrid added Rob Lucci

50
1,185 767
Tobi is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
Owen_Paul_Sloane added Tobi Naruto: Shippuden