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
7,962 4,418
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
8,688 3,600
Madara Uchiha is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
Naruto Shippūden

3
7,683 3,768
Frieza 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
7,188 2,967
Pain is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
Naruto Shippūden

5
5,772 3,304
Sōsuke Aizen is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
Bleach

6
5,548 3,028
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
4,075 2,724
Ulquiorra is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
Bleach

8
4,936 3,069
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
5,812 2,579
Cell is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
Dragon Ball Z

10
5,002 3,124
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
3,004 2,367
Grimmjow Jaggerjack is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time

12
5,023 1,804
King Bradley is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood

13
3,385 2,648
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
2,671 1,038
Father is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
Father Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood

15
4,539 1,585
Hisoka is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
Hackergist added Hunter x Hunter

16
2,315 2,398
King Piccolo is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time

17
4,206 2,153
Vegeta is listed (or ranked) 17 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

18
1,879 1,558
The Major is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
Hellsing

19
2,772 1,710
Envy is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
Ouchmaster5000 added Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood

20
1,843 924
Don Quixote is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
Don Quixote One Piece

21
2,081 1,378
Gilgamesh is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
nick-slade added Fate/stay night

22
2,076 1,454
Johan Liebert is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
Monster

23
1,983 1,795
Gin Ichimaru is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
Bleach

24
1,044 703
Marshall
shaurya-kapoor added One Piece

25
2,391 1,316
Zabuza Momochi is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
shaurya-kapoor added Naruto, Naruto Shippūden