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
2,660 1,401
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
2,167 1,207
Sōsuke Aizen is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
Sōsuke Aizen Bleach

3
2,989 1,602
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
2,828 1,441
Madara Uchiha is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
Madara Uchiha Naruto Shippūden

5
2,403 1,242
Pain is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
Pain Naruto Shippūden

6
1,964 1,129
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
2,129 1,077
Cell is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
Cell Dragon Ball Z

8
1,767 1,213
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
1,422 1,069
Ulquiorra is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
Ulquiorra Bleach

10
1,634 773
King Bradley is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
King Bradley Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood

11
1,583 631
Hisoka is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
Hackergist added Hisoka Hunter x Hunter

12
1,770 1,151
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
1,067 907
Grimmjow Jaggerjack is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time

14
1,500 812
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

The Greatest Animated Disney Villains

15
920 582
Johan Liebert is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
Johan Liebert Monster

16
958 613
Envy is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
Ouchmaster5000 added Envy Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood

17
1,130 1,024
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
1,462 655
Father is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
nick-slade added Father Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood

19
712 564
The Major is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
The Major Hellsing

20
876 798
King Piccolo is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time

21
676 496
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 Gay Movies on Netflix

22
695 322
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
996 697
Zeref is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
Nathaniel Hoyos added Zeref

24
974 705
Greed is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
Greed Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood

25
666 408
Vicious is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
Vicious Cowboy Bebop

26
591 405
Shogo Makishima is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
HafizeMutlu added Shogo Makishima Psycho-Pass

27
716 313
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
807 722
Gin Ichimaru is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
Gin Ichimaru Bleach

The Most Hated Anime Characters of All Time

29
730 469
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

30
735 497
Crocodile is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
Crocodile One Piece

31
524 404
Shishio Makoto is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
Shishio Makoto Rurouni Kenshin

32
788 731
Kisame Hoshigaki is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
Kisame Hoshigaki Naruto, Naruto Shippūden

33
829 615
Ryuk is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
Ouchmaster5000 added Ryuk Death Note, Death Note

34
879 565
Tobi is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
Owen_Paul_Sloane added Tobi Naruto: Shippuden

35
136 62
Father is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
Father Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood

Mythical Creatures That Were Found in Real Life

36
669 375
Homunculi of Fullmetal Alchemi... is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time

37
1,084 889
Jessie is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
Team Rocket Pokémon The Series: XY, Pokémon: The First Movie, Pokémon Heroes

38
659 499
Annie Leonhardt is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
shaurya-kapoor added Annie Leonhardt

39
648 506
Naraku is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
Naraku Inu Yasha

40
571 335
Pride is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
Ouchmaster5000 added Pride Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood

41
459 338
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
579 467
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

The Top 10+ Naruto Villains of All Time

43
771 777
Jellal Fernandes is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
Jellal Fernandes Fairy Tail

44
593 576
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
99 57
Don Quixote is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
Don Quixote One Piece

46
713 316
Meruem is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
shea-mcgraw added Meruem Hunter x Hunter 2011 Chimera Ant King

47
683 853
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
496 508
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
320 274
Medusa Gorgon is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
Ouchmaster5000 added Medusa Gorgon

50
625 536
Gaara is listed (or ranked) 50 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