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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2,904 1,540
Light Yagami is listed (or ranked) 1 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

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2
2,089 1,165
Sōsuke Aizen is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
Sōsuke Aizen Bleach

3
2,556 1,348
Freeza is listed (or ranked) 3 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

4
2,733 1,412
Madara Uchiha is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
Madara Uchiha Naruto Shippūden

5
2,313 1,210
Pain is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
Pain Naruto Shippūden

6
1,894 1,095
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
2,045 1,053
Cell is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
Cell Dragon Ball Z

8
1,690 1,179
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
1,375 1,034
Ulquiorra is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
Ulquiorra Bleach

10
1,542 757
King Bradley is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
King Bradley Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood

11
1,526 608
Hisoka is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
Hackergist added Hisoka Hunter x Hunter

12
1,720 1,113
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
1,026 883
Grimmjow Jaggerjack is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time

14
1,429 787
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

15
902 560
Johan Liebert is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
Johan Liebert Monster

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16
910 592
Envy is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
Ouchmaster5000 added Envy Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood

17
1,089 992
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
687 542
The Major is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
The Major Hellsing

19
1,405 642
Father is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
nick-slade added Father Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood

20
847 777
King Piccolo is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time

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645 483
Gilgamesh is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
nick-slade added Gilgamesh Fate/stay night

22
667 308
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
961 687
Zeref is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
Nathaniel Hoyos added Zeref

24
942 689
Greed is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
Greed Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood

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571 392
Shogo Makishima is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
HafizeMutlu added Shogo Makishima Psycho-Pass

26
632 397
Vicious is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
Vicious Cowboy Bebop

27
682 305
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
781 710
Gin Ichimaru is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
Gin Ichimaru Bleach

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700 458
Zabuza Momochi is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
shaurya-kapoor added Zabuza Momochi Naruto, Naruto Shippūden

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706 487
Crocodile is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
Crocodile One Piece

31
504 394
Shishio Makoto is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
Shishio Makoto Rurouni Kenshin

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767 719
Kisame Hoshigaki is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
Kisame Hoshigaki Naruto, Naruto Shippūden

33
802 600
Ryuk is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
Ouchmaster5000 added Ryuk Death Note, Death Note

34
860 556
Tobi is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
Owen_Paul_Sloane added Tobi Naruto: Shippuden

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645 366
Homunculi of Fullmetal Alchemi... is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time

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1,054 879
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

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635 487
Annie Leonhardt is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
shaurya-kapoor added Annie Leonhardt

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116 53
Father is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
Father Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood

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624 497
Naraku is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
Naraku Inu Yasha

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562 457
Maximillion Pegasus is listed (or ranked) 40 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

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545 330
Pride is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
Ouchmaster5000 added Pride Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood

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436 331
Younger Toguro is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
nick-slade added Younger Toguro Yu Yu Hakusho

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751 768
Jellal Fernandes is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
Jellal Fernandes Fairy Tail

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574 565
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

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693 308
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

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669 837
Sasuke Uchiha is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
Sasuke Uchiha Naruto, Naruto Shippūden, Naruto Shippuden the Movie: The Will of Fire

47
481 496
Kabuto Yakushi is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
ahmed-maklad added Kabuto Yakushi Naruto, Naruto Shippūden, Naruto Shippuden the Movie: Bonds

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601 528
Gaara is listed (or ranked) 48 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

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363 395
Marik Ishtar is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
Marik Ishtar Yu-Gi-Oh Duel Monsters, Yu-Gi-Oh!

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288 288
Rob Lucci is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
dhia-madrid added Rob Lucci