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
6,538 3,570
Light Yagami is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
JeffreyJiang added Death Note, Death Note: Re-light: L's Successors, Death Note

2
7,005 2,939
Madara Uchiha is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
Naruto Shippūden

3
6,255 3,181
Freeza is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
Dragon Ball Z, Dragon Ball Z: Fusion Reborn, Plan to Destroy the Saiya-jin

4
4,873 2,882
Sōsuke Aizen is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
Bleach

5
5,832 2,530
Pain is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
Naruto Shippūden

6
4,626 2,530
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
3,340 2,295
Ulquiorra is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
Bleach

8
4,068 2,580
Majin Buu is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
Dragon Ball Z, Dragon Ball: Yo! Son Goku and His Friends Return!!, Dragon Ball

9
4,763 2,197
Cell is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
Dragon Ball Z

10
4,043 2,580
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
2,462 1,974
Grimmjow Jaggerjack is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time

12
4,116 1,521
King Bradley is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood

13
2,658 2,213
Broly is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
Dragon Ball Z: Broly – The Legendary Super Saiyan

14
1,906 767
Father is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
Father Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood

15
1,927 1,930
King Piccolo is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time

16
3,681 1,341
Hisoka is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
Hackergist added Hunter x Hunter

17
1,561 1,278
The Major is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
Hellsing

18
3,447 1,795
Vegeta is listed (or ranked) 18 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

19
1,293 645
Don Quixote is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
Don Quixote One Piece

20
2,262 1,433
Envy is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
Ouchmaster5000 added Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood

21
1,719 1,156
Gilgamesh is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
nick-slade added Fate/stay night

22
1,650 1,486
Gin Ichimaru is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
Bleach

23
1,728 1,235
Johan Liebert is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
Monster

24
1,887 1,078
Zabuza Momochi is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
shaurya-kapoor added Naruto, Naruto Shippūden

25
1,796 1,422
Kisame Hoshigaki is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
Naruto, Naruto Shippūden

26
1,621 1,853
Sasuke Uchiha is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
Naruto, Naruto Shippūden, Naruto Shippuden the Movie: The Will of Fire

27
1,255 854
Shishio Makoto is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
Rurouni Kenshin

28
2,061 1,413
Zeref is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
Nathaniel Hoyos added

29
1,891 1,342
Greed is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood

30
1,473 839
Vicious is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
Cowboy Bebop

31
1,149 862
Shogo Makishima is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
HafizeMutlu added Psycho-Pass

32
1,650 743
Dio Brando is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
nick-slade added Jojo's Bizarre Adventure

33
1,403 1,155
Android 17 is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
Son Goku added Dragon Ball Z, Dragon Ball Z: Super Android 13, Dragon Ball Z: The History of Trunks

34
1,743 1,246
Ryuk is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
Ouchmaster5000 added Death Note, Death Note

35
1,293 877
Naraku is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
Inu Yasha

36
1,327 893
Maximillion Pegasus is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
ahmed-maklad added Yu-Gi-Oh Duel Monsters, Yu-Gi-Oh! The Movie: Pyramid of Light, Yu-Gi-Oh!: Bonds Beyond Time

37
890 755
Marik Ishtar is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
Yu-Gi-Oh Duel Monsters, Yu-Gi-Oh!

38
1,112 687
Younger Toguro is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
nick-slade added Younger Toguro Yu Yu Hakusho

39
1,226 1,052
Kabuto Yakushi is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
ahmed-maklad added Naruto, Naruto Shippūden, Naruto Shippuden the Movie: Bonds

40
523 339
Blackbeard is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
Blackbeard One Piece

41
2,022 1,588
Jessie is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
Pokémon The Series: XY, Pokémon: The First Movie, Pokémon Heroes

42
2,436 1,143
Father is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
nick-slade added Father Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood

43
1,395 961
Annie Leonhardt is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
shaurya-kapoor added

44
1,299 1,001
Crocodile is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
One Piece

45
883 600
Medusa Gorgon is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
Ouchmaster5000 added

46
1,312 1,316
Jellal Fernandes is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
Fairy Tail

47
1,599 651
Griffith is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
nick-slade added Berserk Golden Age Arc I: The Egg of the King, Berserk Golden Age Arc II: The Battle for Doldrey

48
1,428 653
Homunculi of Fullmetal Alchemi... is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time

49
903 399
Goku Black is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
Goku Black Dragon Ball Super

50
850 710
Asura is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
Asura