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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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Madara Uchiha is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
Naruto Shippūden
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Pain is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
Naruto Shippūden
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Hisoka is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
Hackergist added Hunter x Hunter
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Frieza 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
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King Bradley is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood
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Cell is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
Dragon Ball Z
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Light Yagami is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
JeffreyJiang added Death Note, Death Note: Re-light: L's Successors, Death Note
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Orochimaru is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
Naruto, Naruto Shippūden, Naruto Shippuden the Movie: Bonds
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Sōsuke Aizen is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
Bleach
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Majin Buu is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
Dragon Ball Z, Dragon Ball: Yo! Son Goku and His Friends Return!!, Dragon Ball
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Vegeta is listed (or ranked) 11 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
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Itachi Uchiha is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
GhassenHammas added Naruto Shippūden, Naruto, Ninja World
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Dio Brando is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
nick-slade added Jojo's Bizarre Adventure
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Envy is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
Ouchmaster5000 added Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood
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Homunculi of Fullmetal A... is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
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Ulquiorra is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
Bleach
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Pride is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
Ouchmaster5000 added Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood
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Katakuri is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
Arianne added One Piece
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Zabuza Momochi is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
shaurya-kapoor added Naruto, Naruto Shippūden
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Greed is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood
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Vicious is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
Cowboy Bebop
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Ryuk is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
Ouchmaster5000 added Death Note, Death Note
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Zeref is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
Nathaniel Hoyos added
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Crocodile is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
One Piece
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Griffith is listed (or ranked) 25 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