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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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Light Yagami is listed (or ranked) 1 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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Sōsuke Aizen is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
Bleach
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Pain is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
Naruto Shippūden
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Madara Uchiha is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
Naruto Shippūden
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Frieza is listed (or ranked) 5 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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Orochimaru is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
Naruto, Naruto Shippūden, Naruto Shippuden the Movie: Bonds
7
Hisoka is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
Hackergist added Hunter x Hunter
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Ulquiorra is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
Bleach
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King Bradley is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood
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Cell is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
Dragon Ball Z
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Itachi Uchiha is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
GhassenHammas added Naruto Shippūden, Naruto, Ninja World
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Majin Buu is listed (or ranked) 12 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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Grimmjow Jaggerjack is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
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Johan Liebert is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
Monster
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Don Quixote is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
Don Quixote One Piece
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Broly is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
Dragon Ball Z: Broly – The Legendary Super Saiyan
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Zabuza Momochi is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
shaurya-kapoor added Naruto, Naruto Shippūden
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Dio Brando is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
nick-slade added Jojo's Bizarre Adventure
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Gilgamesh is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
nick-slade added Fate/stay night
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Gin Ichimaru is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
Bleach
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Vegeta is listed (or ranked) 21 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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Shogo Makishima is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
HafizeMutlu added Psycho-Pass
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Envy is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
Ouchmaster5000 added Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood
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King Piccolo is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
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The Major is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
Hellsing