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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Light Yagami is listed (or ranked) 1 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

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1,820 1,026
Sōsuke Aizen is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
Sōsuke Aizen Bleach

3
2,198 1,197
Freeza is listed (or ranked) 3 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

4
2,377 1,255
Madara Uchiha is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
Madara Uchiha Naruto Shippūden

5
2,019 1,070
Pain is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
Pain Naruto Shippūden

6
1,661 959
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
1,779 925
Cell is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
Cell Dragon Ball Z

8
1,483 1,029
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
1,209 914
Ulquiorra is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
Ulquiorra Bleach

10
1,315 674
King Bradley is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
King Bradley Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood

11
1,304 526
Hisoka is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
Hackergist added Hisoka Hunter x Hunter

12
1,497 992
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
895 769
Grimmjow Jaggerjack is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time

14
1,212 654
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

15
786 481
Johan Liebert is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
Johan Liebert Monster

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965 865
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

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776 509
Envy is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
Ouchmaster5000 added Envy Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood

18
745 668
King Piccolo is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time

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586 465
The Major is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
The Major Hellsing

20
1,222 591
Father is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
nick-slade added Father Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood

21
550 242
Dio Brando is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
nick-slade added Dio Brando Jojo's Bizarre Adventure

22
538 417
Gilgamesh is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
nick-slade added Gilgamesh Fate/stay night

23
850 609
Zeref is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
Nathaniel Hoyos added Zeref

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840 612
Greed is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
Greed Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood

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490 333
Shogo Makishima is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
HafizeMutlu added Shogo Makishima Psycho-Pass

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529 348
Vicious is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
Vicious Cowboy Bebop

27
692 631
Gin Ichimaru is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
Gin Ichimaru Bleach

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579 374
Zabuza Momochi is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
shaurya-kapoor added Zabuza Momochi Naruto, Naruto Shippūden

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550 253
Griffith is listed (or ranked) 29 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

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619 432
Crocodile is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
Crocodile One Piece

31
773 483
Tobi is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
Owen_Paul_Sloane added Tobi Naruto: Shippuden

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439 341
Shishio Makoto is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
Shishio Makoto Rurouni Kenshin

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680 639
Kisame Hoshigaki is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
Kisame Hoshigaki Naruto, Naruto Shippūden

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686 526
Ryuk is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
Ouchmaster5000 added Ryuk Death Note, Death Note

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553 410
Annie Leonhardt is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
shaurya-kapoor added Annie Leonhardt

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546 312
Homunculi of Fullmetal Alchemi... is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time

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924 791
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

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554 438
Naraku is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
Naraku Inu Yasha

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486 383
Maximillion Pegasus is listed (or ranked) 39 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

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698 690
Jellal Fernandes is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
Jellal Fernandes Fairy Tail

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371 282
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

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456 286
Pride is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
Ouchmaster5000 added Pride Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood

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489 496
Android 17 is listed (or ranked) 43 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

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418 419
Kabuto Yakushi is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
ahmed-maklad added Kabuto Yakushi Naruto, Naruto Shippūden, Naruto Shippuden the Movie: Bonds

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598 268
Meruem is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
shea-mcgraw added Meruem Hunter x Hunter 2011 Chimera Ant King

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586 742
Sasuke Uchiha is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
Sasuke Uchiha Naruto, Naruto Shippūden, Naruto Shippuden the Movie: The Will of Fire

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323 340
Marik Ishtar is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
Marik Ishtar Yu-Gi-Oh Duel Monsters, Yu-Gi-Oh!

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522 447
Gaara is listed (or ranked) 48 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

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244 235
Rob Lucci is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
dhia-madrid added Rob Lucci

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363 384
Asura is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
Asura Asura