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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1
9,292 5,057
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
2
6,571 3,731
Sōsuke Aizen is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
Bleach
3
10,120 4,151
Madara Uchiha is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
Naruto Shippūden
4
8,416 3,416
Pain is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
Naruto Shippūden
5
8,779 4,207
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
6
6,332 3,460
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
4,571 3,120
Ulquiorra is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
Bleach
8
5,693 2,062
King Bradley is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood
9
6,601 2,971
Cell is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
Dragon Ball Z
10
5,560 3,511
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
11
5,792 3,593
Itachi Uchiha is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
GhassenHammas added Naruto Shippūden, Naruto, Ninja World
12
3,373 2,710
Grimmjow Jaggerjack is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
13
5,420 1,791
Hisoka is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
Hackergist added Hunter x Hunter
14
3,912 3,010
Broly is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
Dragon Ball Z: Broly – The Legendary Super Saiyan
15
2,320 1,132
Don Quixote is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
Don Quixote One Piece
16
2,367 1,578
Gilgamesh is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
nick-slade added Fate/stay night
17
2,405 1,624
Johan Liebert is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
Monster
18
2,268 2,094
Gin Ichimaru is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
Bleach
19
2,804 1,609
Zabuza Momochi is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
shaurya-kapoor added Naruto, Naruto Shippūden
20
4,807 2,443
Vegeta is listed (or ranked) 20 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
21
3,167 1,933
Envy is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
Ouchmaster5000 added Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood
22
2,604 2,694
King Piccolo is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
23
2,705 1,013
Dio Brando is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
nick-slade added Jojo's Bizarre Adventure
24
2,078 1,753
The Major is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
Hellsing
25
1,667 1,158
Shishio Makoto is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
Rurouni Kenshin