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
4,412 2,284
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
4,508 2,370
Light Yagami is listed (or ranked) 2 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

3
3,586 2,141
Sōsuke Aizen is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
Sōsuke Aizen Bleach

4
4,753 2,188
Madara Uchiha is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
Madara Uchiha Naruto Shippūden

5
3,990 1,839
Pain is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
Pain Naruto Shippūden

6
3,258 1,778
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
2,412 1,643
Ulquiorra is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
Ulquiorra Bleach

8
2,939 1,898
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
3,445 1,644
Cell is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
Cell Dragon Ball Z

10
1,806 1,418
Grimmjow Jaggerjack is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time

11
2,904 1,153
King Bradley is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
King Bradley Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood

12
2,842 1,794
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
1,799 1,637
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
1,396 1,321
King Piccolo is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time

The Greatest Animated Disney Villains

15
905 376
Father is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
Father Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood

16
2,615 991
Hisoka is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
Hackergist added Hisoka Hunter x Hunter

17
1,153 926
The Major is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
The Major Hellsing

18
2,504 1,310
Vegeta is listed (or ranked) 18 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

19
1,627 1,039
Envy is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
Ouchmaster5000 added Envy Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood

20
1,214 1,057
Gin Ichimaru is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
Gin Ichimaru Bleach

21
1,202 818
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 Car TV Shows

22
652 303
Don Quixote is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
Don Quixote One Piece

23
1,298 938
Johan Liebert is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
Johan Liebert Monster

24
1,252 1,022
Kisame Hoshigaki is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
Kisame Hoshigaki Naruto, Naruto Shippūden

25
883 603
Shishio Makoto is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
Shishio Makoto Rurouni Kenshin

26
1,491 1,043
Zeref is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
Nathaniel Hoyos added Zeref

27
1,430 1,019
Greed is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
Greed Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood

28
1,107 617
Vicious is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
Vicious Cowboy Bebop

The Most Hated Anime Characters of All Time

29
855 614
Shogo Makishima is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
HafizeMutlu added Shogo Makishima Psycho-Pass

30
1,251 734
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
2,168 930
Father is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
nick-slade added Father Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood

32
993 816
Android 17 is listed (or ranked) 32 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

33
1,072 1,225
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
1,085 739
Crocodile is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
Crocodile One Piece

35
1,133 535
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

50 Incredible Pictures That Might Teach You Something

36
1,224 904
Ryuk is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
Ouchmaster5000 added Ryuk Death Note, Death Note

37
791 494
Younger Toguro is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
nick-slade added Younger Toguro Yu Yu Hakusho

38
955 669
Naraku is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
Naraku Inu Yasha

39
941 668
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
846 743
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
1,506 1,227
Jessie is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
Team Rocket Pokémon The Series: XY, Pokémon: The First Movie, Pokémon Heroes

42
1,000 712
Annie Leonhardt is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
shaurya-kapoor added Annie Leonhardt

The Best One Piece Villains of All Time

43
613 561
Marik Ishtar is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
Marik Ishtar Yu-Gi-Oh Duel Monsters, Yu-Gi-Oh!

44
1,019 1,041
Jellal Fernandes is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
Jellal Fernandes Fairy Tail

45
1,199 495
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
597 429
Medusa Gorgon is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
Ouchmaster5000 added Medusa Gorgon

47
244 154
Blackbeard is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
Blackbeard One Piece

48
1,052 517
Homunculi of Fullmetal Alchemi... is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time

49
1,173 756
Tobi is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
Owen_Paul_Sloane added Tobi Naruto: Shippuden

50
469 420
Rob Lucci is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
dhia-madrid added Rob Lucci