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
6,779 3,737
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
7,299 3,047
Madara Uchiha is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
Naruto Shippūden

3
6,533 3,295
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
5,015 2,963
Sōsuke Aizen is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
Bleach

5
6,068 2,611
Pain is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
Naruto Shippūden

6
4,787 2,625
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
3,445 2,376
Ulquiorra is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
Bleach

8
4,257 2,671
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
4,972 2,272
Cell is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
Dragon Ball Z

10
4,206 2,676
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
2,536 2,045
Grimmjow Jaggerjack is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time

12
4,255 1,580
King Bradley is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood

13
2,802 2,296
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
2,010 818
Father is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
Father Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood

15
2,016 2,012
King Piccolo is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time

16
3,815 1,388
Hisoka is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
Hackergist added Hunter x Hunter

17
1,610 1,323
The Major is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
Hellsing

18
3,597 1,866
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
1,389 695
Don Quixote is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
Don Quixote One Piece

20
2,340 1,488
Envy is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
Ouchmaster5000 added Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood

21
1,773 1,202
Gilgamesh is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
nick-slade added Fate/stay night

22
1,713 1,529
Gin Ichimaru is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
Bleach

23
1,777 1,277
Johan Liebert is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
Monster

24
1,976 1,116
Zabuza Momochi is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
shaurya-kapoor added Naruto, Naruto Shippūden

25
1,862 1,464
Kisame Hoshigaki is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
Naruto, Naruto Shippūden

26
1,698 1,932
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
2,136 1,459
Zeref is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
Nathaniel Hoyos added

28
1,295 891
Shishio Makoto is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
Rurouni Kenshin

29
1,965 1,376
Greed is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood

30
1,511 873
Vicious is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
Cowboy Bebop

31
1,186 897
Shogo Makishima is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
HafizeMutlu added Psycho-Pass

32
1,738 774
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
1,477 1,202
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
1,820 1,279
Ryuk is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
Ouchmaster5000 added Death Note, Death Note

35
1,390 926
Maximillion Pegasus is listed (or ranked) 35 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

36
932 784
Marik Ishtar is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
Yu-Gi-Oh Duel Monsters, Yu-Gi-Oh!

37
1,320 904
Naraku is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
Inu Yasha

38
1,146 719
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
565 367
Blackbeard is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
Blackbeard One Piece

40
1,278 1,100
Kabuto Yakushi is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
ahmed-maklad added Naruto, Naruto Shippūden, Naruto Shippuden the Movie: Bonds

41
2,090 1,644
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
1,439 996
Annie Leonhardt is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
shaurya-kapoor added

43
2,470 1,172
Father is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
nick-slade added Father Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood

44
1,348 1,031
Crocodile is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
One Piece

45
1,355 1,356
Jellal Fernandes is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
Fairy Tail

46
905 628
Medusa Gorgon is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
Ouchmaster5000 added

47
1,643 674
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
1,470 679
Homunculi of Fullmetal Alchemi... is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time

49
977 427
Goku Black is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
Goku Black Dragon Ball Super

50
879 737
Asura is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
Asura