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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5,845 3,137
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

2
6,202 2,648
Madara Uchiha is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
Madara Uchiha Naruto Shippūden

3
5,214 2,304
Pain is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
Pain Naruto Shippūden

4
4,441 2,666
Sōsuke Aizen is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
Sōsuke Aizen Bleach

5
5,639 2,943
Freeza is listed (or ranked) 5 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

6
4,171 2,286
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
3,033 2,087
Ulquiorra is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
Ulquiorra Bleach

8
3,704 2,354
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
4,276 2,020
Cell is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
Cell Dragon Ball Z

10
3,621 2,304
Itachi Uchiha is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
GhassenHammas added Itachi Uchiha Naruto Shippūden, Naruto, Ninja World

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2,249 1,788
Grimmjow Jaggerjack is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time

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3,688 1,397
King Bradley is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
King Bradley Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood

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2,350 2,023
Broly is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
Broly Dragon Ball Z: Broly – The Legendary Super Saiyan

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1,566 644
Father is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
Father Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood

15
3,332 1,216
Hisoka is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
Hackergist added Hisoka Hunter x Hunter

16
1,736 1,724
King Piccolo is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time

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1,426 1,155
The Major is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
The Major Hellsing

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3,122 1,633
Vegeta is listed (or ranked) 18 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

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1,086 524
Don Quixote is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
Don Quixote One Piece

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2,051 1,295
Envy is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
Ouchmaster5000 added Envy Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood

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1,559 1,046
Gilgamesh is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
nick-slade added Gilgamesh Fate/stay night

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1,516 1,359
Gin Ichimaru is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
Gin Ichimaru Bleach

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1,568 1,148
Johan Liebert is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
Johan Liebert Monster

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1,637 948
Zabuza Momochi is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
shaurya-kapoor added Zabuza Momochi Naruto, Naruto Shippūden

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1,598 1,288
Kisame Hoshigaki is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
Kisame Hoshigaki Naruto, Naruto Shippūden

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1,442 1,612
Sasuke Uchiha is listed (or ranked) 26 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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1,135 763
Shishio Makoto is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
Shishio Makoto Rurouni Kenshin

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1,886 1,301
Zeref is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
Nathaniel Hoyos added Zeref

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1,735 1,248
Greed is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
Greed Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood

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1,351 769
Vicious is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
Vicious Cowboy Bebop

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1,048 781
Shogo Makishima is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
HafizeMutlu added Shogo Makishima Psycho-Pass

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1,448 660
Dio Brando is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
nick-slade added Dio Brando Jojo's Bizarre Adventure

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1,255 1,040
Android 17 is listed (or ranked) 33 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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1,022 617
Younger Toguro is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
nick-slade added Younger Toguro Yu Yu Hakusho

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1,565 1,117
Ryuk is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
Ouchmaster5000 added Ryuk Death Note, Death Note

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1,181 802
Naraku is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
Naraku Inu Yasha

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2,353 1,073
Father is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
nick-slade added Father Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood

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1,184 818
Maximillion Pegasus is listed (or ranked) 38 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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788 681
Marik Ishtar is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
Marik Ishtar Yu-Gi-Oh Duel Monsters, Yu-Gi-Oh!

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1,092 935
Kabuto Yakushi is listed (or ranked) 40 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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1,279 870
Annie Leonhardt is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
shaurya-kapoor added Annie Leonhardt

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427 267
Blackbeard is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
Blackbeard One Piece

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1,238 919
Crocodile is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
Crocodile One Piece

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1,842 1,467
Jessie is listed (or ranked) 44 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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792 540
Medusa Gorgon is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
Ouchmaster5000 added Medusa Gorgon

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1,222 1,225
Jellal Fernandes is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
Jellal Fernandes Fairy Tail

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1,462 600
Griffith is listed (or ranked) 47 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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1,313 608
Homunculi of Fullmetal Alchemi... is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time

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796 651
Asura is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
Asura Asura

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734 332
Goku Black is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
Goku Black Dragon Ball Super