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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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

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2
2,142 1,114
Light Yagami is listed (or ranked) 2 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

3
2,011 993
Madara Uchiha is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
Madara Uchiha Naruto Shippūden

4
1,515 833
Sōsuke Aizen is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
Sōsuke Aizen Bleach

5
1,712 863
Pain is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
Pain Naruto Shippūden

6
1,561 732
Cell is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
Cell Dragon Ball Z

7
1,385 799
Orochimaru is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
Orochimaru Naruto, Naruto Shippūden, Naruto Shippuden the Movie: Bonds

8
1,306 802
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
1,054 722
Ulquiorra is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
Ulquiorra Bleach

10
998 502
Father is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
nick-slade added Father Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood

11
1,051 591
King Bradley is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
King Bradley Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood

12
1,280 798
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
1,011 502
Vegeta is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
ahmed-maklad added Vegeta

14
759 640
Grimmjow Jaggerjack is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time

15
1,018 444
Hisoka is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
Hackergist added Hisoka Hunter x Hunter

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853 681
Broly is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
Broly Dragon Ball Z: Broly – The Legendary Super Saiyan

17
657 403
Envy is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
Ouchmaster5000 added Envy Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood

18
731 455
Zeref is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
Nathaniel Hoyos added Zeref

19
608 563
King Piccolo is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time

20
573 422
Johan Liebert is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
Johan Liebert Monster

21
475 394
The Major is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
The Major Hellsing

22
714 513
Don Quixote is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
Don Quixote One Piece

23
733 535
Greed is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
Greed Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood

24
444 347
Gilgamesh is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
nick-slade added Gilgamesh Fate/stay night

25
607 513
Gin Ichimaru is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
Gin Ichimaru Bleach

26
583 417
Ryuk is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
Ouchmaster5000 added Ryuk Death Note, Death Note

27
381 284
Shogo Makishima is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
HafizeMutlu added Shogo Makishima Psycho-Pass

28
591 545
Kisame Hoshigaki is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
Kisame Hoshigaki Naruto, Naruto Shippūden

29
650 364
Tobi is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
Owen_Paul_Sloane added Tobi Naruto: Shippuden

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464 312
Annie Leonhardt is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
shaurya-kapoor added Annie Leonhardt

31
469 239
Homunculi of Fullmetal Alchemi... is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time

32
487 349
Naraku is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
Naraku Inu Yasha

33
432 307
Vicious is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
Vicious Cowboy Bebop

34
441 299
Zabuza Momochi is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
shaurya-kapoor added Zabuza Momochi Naruto, Naruto Shippūden

35
650 564
Jellal Fernandes is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
Jellal Fernandes Fairy Tail

36
504 430
Blackbeard is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
Blackbeard One Piece

37
369 204
Dio Brando is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
nick-slade added Dio Brando Jojo's Bizarre Adventure

38
809 660
Jessie is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
Team Rocket Pokémon The Series: XY, Pokémon: The First Movie, Pokémon Heroes

39
487 371
Crocodile is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
Crocodile One Piece

40
407 307
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

41
417 232
Meruem is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
shea-mcgraw added Meruem Hunter x Hunter 2011 Chimera Ant King

42
379 229
Pride is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
Ouchmaster5000 added Pride Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood

43
493 325
Goku Black is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
ahmed-maklad added Goku Black Dragon Ball Super

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370 211
Griffith is listed (or ranked) 44 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

45
422 402
Android 17 is listed (or ranked) 45 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

46
323 305
Shishio Makoto is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
Shishio Makoto Rurouni Kenshin

47
526 612
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
351 335
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
271 273
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!

50
433 360
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