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
6,242 3,377
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
6,630 2,830
Madara Uchiha is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
Naruto Shippūden

3
4,696 2,790
Sōsuke Aizen is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
Bleach

4
5,948 3,075
Freeza is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
Dragon Ball Z, Dragon Ball Z: Fusion Reborn, Plan to Destroy the Saiya-jin

5
5,549 2,446
Pain is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
Naruto Shippūden

6
4,420 2,424
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
3,200 2,204
Ulquiorra is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
Bleach

8
3,879 2,476
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
4,512 2,117
Cell is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
Dragon Ball Z

10
3,852 2,452
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
2,367 1,886
Grimmjow Jaggerjack is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time

12
3,950 1,465
King Bradley is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood

13
2,500 2,128
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
1,764 708
Father is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
Father Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood

15
1,831 1,826
King Piccolo is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time

16
3,534 1,282
Hisoka is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
Hackergist added Hunter x Hunter

17
1,501 1,217
The Major is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
Hellsing

18
3,290 1,717
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
2,182 1,365
Envy is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
Ouchmaster5000 added Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood

20
1,654 1,095
Gilgamesh is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
nick-slade added Fate/stay night

21
1,200 590
Don Quixote is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
Don Quixote One Piece

22
1,590 1,426
Gin Ichimaru is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
Bleach

23
1,662 1,192
Johan Liebert is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
Monster

24
1,774 1,022
Zabuza Momochi is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
shaurya-kapoor added Naruto, Naruto Shippūden

25
1,708 1,362
Kisame Hoshigaki is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
Naruto, Naruto Shippūden

26
1,543 1,743
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
1,201 811
Shishio Makoto is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
Rurouni Kenshin

28
1,985 1,362
Zeref is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
Nathaniel Hoyos added

29
1,827 1,304
Greed is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood

30
1,419 809
Vicious is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
Cowboy Bebop

31
1,105 823
Shogo Makishima is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
HafizeMutlu added Psycho-Pass

32
1,333 1,098
Android 17 is listed (or ranked) 32 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

33
1,554 703
Dio Brando is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
nick-slade added Jojo's Bizarre Adventure

34
1,260 840
Naraku is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
Inu Yasha

35
1,076 653
Younger Toguro is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
nick-slade added Younger Toguro Yu Yu Hakusho

36
1,656 1,196
Ryuk is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
Ouchmaster5000 added Death Note, Death Note

37
1,269 857
Maximillion Pegasus is listed (or ranked) 37 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

38
839 720
Marik Ishtar is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
Yu-Gi-Oh Duel Monsters, Yu-Gi-Oh!

39
1,162 992
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
2,405 1,111
Father is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
nick-slade added Father Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood

41
1,947 1,521
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
1,347 920
Annie Leonhardt is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
shaurya-kapoor added

43
476 305
Blackbeard is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
Blackbeard One Piece

44
851 565
Medusa Gorgon is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
Ouchmaster5000 added

45
1,264 963
Crocodile is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
One Piece

46
1,277 1,274
Jellal Fernandes is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
Fairy Tail

47
1,540 623
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
1,389 630
Homunculi of Fullmetal Alchemi... is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time

49
825 678
Asura is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
Asura

50
805 367
Goku Black is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
Goku Black Dragon Ball Super