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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4,811 2,540
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
4,687 2,457
Freeza is listed (or ranked) 2 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

3
3,814 2,305
Sōsuke Aizen is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
Sōsuke Aizen Bleach

4
5,070 2,287
Madara Uchiha is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
Madara Uchiha Naruto Shippūden

5
4,260 1,947
Pain is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
Pain Naruto Shippūden

6
3,463 1,921
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
2,573 1,750
Ulquiorra is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
Ulquiorra Bleach

8
3,115 2,009
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
3,631 1,744
Cell is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
Cell Dragon Ball Z

10
1,937 1,511
Grimmjow Jaggerjack is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time

11
3,122 1,205
King Bradley is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
King Bradley Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood

12
3,024 1,912
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
1,918 1,737
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

14
1,076 440
Father is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
Father Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood

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15
1,484 1,423
King Piccolo is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time

16
2,791 1,041
Hisoka is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
Hackergist added Hisoka Hunter x Hunter

17
2,662 1,396
Vegeta is listed (or ranked) 17 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

18
1,213 994
The Major is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
The Major Hellsing

19
1,731 1,107
Envy is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
Ouchmaster5000 added Envy Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood

20
1,300 874
Gilgamesh is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
nick-slade added Gilgamesh Fate/stay night

21
1,299 1,144
Gin Ichimaru is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
Gin Ichimaru Bleach

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22
756 360
Don Quixote is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
Don Quixote One Piece

23
1,359 995
Johan Liebert is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
Johan Liebert Monster

24
1,336 1,091
Kisame Hoshigaki is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
Kisame Hoshigaki Naruto, Naruto Shippūden

25
955 641
Shishio Makoto is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
Shishio Makoto Rurouni Kenshin

26
1,593 1,106
Zeref is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
Nathaniel Hoyos added Zeref

27
1,511 1,076
Greed is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
Greed Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood

28
1,172 652
Vicious is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
Vicious Cowboy Bebop

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29
910 652
Shogo Makishima is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
HafizeMutlu added Shogo Makishima Psycho-Pass

30
1,340 782
Zabuza Momochi is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
shaurya-kapoor added Zabuza Momochi Naruto, Naruto Shippūden

31
1,154 1,305
Sasuke Uchiha is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
Sasuke Uchiha Naruto, Naruto Shippūden, Naruto Shippuden the Movie: The Will of Fire

32
2,211 967
Father is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
nick-slade added Father Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood

33
1,047 865
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

34
860 518
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

35
1,135 788
Crocodile is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
Crocodile One Piece

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36
1,198 563
Dio Brando is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
nick-slade added Dio Brando Jojo's Bizarre Adventure

37
1,019 697
Naraku is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
Naraku Inu Yasha

38
1,297 955
Ryuk is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
Ouchmaster5000 added Ryuk Death Note, Death Note

39
1,000 714
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

40
907 795
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

41
1,066 749
Annie Leonhardt is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
shaurya-kapoor added Annie Leonhardt

42
656 596
Marik Ishtar is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
Marik Ishtar Yu-Gi-Oh Duel Monsters, Yu-Gi-Oh!

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43
1,586 1,293
Jessie is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
Team Rocket Pokémon The Series: XY, Pokémon: The First Movie, Pokémon Heroes

44
657 451
Medusa Gorgon is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
Ouchmaster5000 added Medusa Gorgon

45
1,062 1,089
Jellal Fernandes is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
Jellal Fernandes Fairy Tail

46
1,262 518
Griffith is listed (or ranked) 46 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

47
285 183
Blackbeard is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
Blackbeard One Piece

48
1,119 542
Homunculi of Fullmetal Alchemi... is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time

49
1,216 783
Tobi is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
Owen_Paul_Sloane added Tobi Naruto: Shippuden

50
498 449
Rob Lucci is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
dhia-madrid added Rob Lucci