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
6,529 3,560
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
6,989 2,931
Madara Uchiha is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
Naruto Shippūden

3
6,244 3,173
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
4,863 2,878
Sōsuke Aizen is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
Bleach

5
5,816 2,527
Pain is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
Naruto Shippūden

6
4,616 2,525
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
3,330 2,289
Ulquiorra is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
Bleach

8
4,061 2,574
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
4,753 2,193
Cell is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
Dragon Ball Z

10
4,034 2,575
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
2,458 1,968
Grimmjow Jaggerjack is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time

12
4,106 1,517
King Bradley is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood

13
2,655 2,209
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
1,900 764
Father is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
Father Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood

15
1,923 1,922
King Piccolo is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time

16
3,676 1,336
Hisoka is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
Hackergist added Hunter x Hunter

17
1,560 1,273
The Major is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
Hellsing

18
3,440 1,791
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
1,289 642
Don Quixote is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
Don Quixote One Piece

20
2,258 1,429
Envy is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
Ouchmaster5000 added Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood

21
1,718 1,153
Gilgamesh is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
nick-slade added Fate/stay night

22
1,647 1,485
Gin Ichimaru is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
Bleach

23
1,728 1,230
Johan Liebert is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
Monster

24
1,880 1,076
Zabuza Momochi is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
shaurya-kapoor added Naruto, Naruto Shippūden

25
1,794 1,419
Kisame Hoshigaki is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
Naruto, Naruto Shippūden

26
1,618 1,850
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
1,254 851
Shishio Makoto is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
Rurouni Kenshin

28
2,060 1,410
Zeref is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
Nathaniel Hoyos added

29
1,886 1,341
Greed is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood

30
1,471 838
Vicious is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
Cowboy Bebop

31
1,147 860
Shogo Makishima is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
HafizeMutlu added Psycho-Pass

32
1,647 740
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
1,402 1,154
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
1,742 1,243
Ryuk is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
Ouchmaster5000 added Death Note, Death Note

35
1,292 875
Naraku is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
Inu Yasha

36
1,326 891
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
889 754
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
1,112 686
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
1,225 1,049
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
521 338
Blackbeard is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
Blackbeard One Piece

41
2,020 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
2,434 1,142
Father is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
nick-slade added Father Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood

43
1,393 960
Annie Leonhardt is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
shaurya-kapoor added

44
1,297 999
Crocodile is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
One Piece

45
881 598
Medusa Gorgon is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
Ouchmaster5000 added

46
1,311 1,314
Jellal Fernandes is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
Fairy Tail

47
1,598 650
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
1,426 653
Homunculi of Fullmetal Alchemi... is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time

49
903 396
Goku Black is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
Goku Black Dragon Ball Super

50
849 709
Asura is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
Asura