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
2,642 1,388
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
2,150 1,200
Sōsuke Aizen is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
Sōsuke Aizen Bleach

3
2,971 1,593
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
2,808 1,437
Madara Uchiha is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
Madara Uchiha Naruto Shippūden

5
2,384 1,240
Pain is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
Pain Naruto Shippūden

6
1,949 1,126
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
2,116 1,071
Cell is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
Cell Dragon Ball Z

8
1,753 1,207
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
1,412 1,063
Ulquiorra is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
Ulquiorra Bleach

10
1,617 771
King Bradley is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
King Bradley Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood

11
1,572 627
Hisoka is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
Hackergist added Hisoka Hunter x Hunter

12
1,760 1,145
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
1,059 903
Grimmjow Jaggerjack is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time

14
1,489 805
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

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15
917 579
Johan Liebert is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
Johan Liebert Monster

16
948 609
Envy is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
Ouchmaster5000 added Envy Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood

17
1,126 1,015
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
1,449 653
Father is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
nick-slade added Father Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood

19
870 794
King Piccolo is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time

20
706 561
The Major is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
The Major Hellsing

21
671 494
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
690 320
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
990 694
Zeref is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
Nathaniel Hoyos added Zeref

24
969 702
Greed is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
Greed Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood

25
658 406
Vicious is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
Vicious Cowboy Bebop

26
589 403
Shogo Makishima is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
HafizeMutlu added Shogo Makishima Psycho-Pass

27
709 313
Griffith is listed (or ranked) 27 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

28
726 467
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 One Piece Villains of All Time

29
802 721
Gin Ichimaru is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
Gin Ichimaru Bleach

30
729 496
Crocodile is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
Crocodile One Piece

31
520 402
Shishio Makoto is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
Shishio Makoto Rurouni Kenshin

32
786 728
Kisame Hoshigaki is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
Kisame Hoshigaki Naruto, Naruto Shippūden

33
824 615
Ryuk is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
Ouchmaster5000 added Ryuk Death Note, Death Note

34
875 564
Tobi is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
Owen_Paul_Sloane added Tobi Naruto: Shippuden

35
663 374
Homunculi of Fullmetal Alchemi... is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time

The Best Scottish Actresses of All Time

36
1,081 886
Jessie is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
Team Rocket Pokémon The Series: XY, Pokémon: The First Movie, Pokémon Heroes

37
131 61
Father is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
Father Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood

38
653 498
Annie Leonhardt is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
shaurya-kapoor added Annie Leonhardt

39
642 503
Naraku is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
Naraku Inu Yasha

40
566 334
Pride is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
Ouchmaster5000 added Pride Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood

41
454 337
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
573 465
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

What The Heck Happened To Limp Bizkit?

43
768 776
Jellal Fernandes is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
Jellal Fernandes Fairy Tail

44
592 573
Android 17 is listed (or ranked) 44 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

45
710 315
Meruem is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
shea-mcgraw added Meruem Hunter x Hunter 2011 Chimera Ant King

46
92 57
Don Quixote is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
Don Quixote One Piece

47
683 850
Sasuke Uchiha is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
Sasuke Uchiha Naruto, Naruto Shippūden, Naruto Shippuden the Movie: The Will of Fire

48
493 507
Kabuto Yakushi is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
ahmed-maklad added Kabuto Yakushi Naruto, Naruto Shippūden, Naruto Shippuden the Movie: Bonds

49
623 534
Gaara is listed (or ranked) 49 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

50
317 273
Medusa Gorgon is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
Ouchmaster5000 added Medusa Gorgon