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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5,891 3,158
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
6,245 2,661
Madara Uchiha is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
Madara Uchiha Naruto Shippūden

3
4,463 2,676
Sōsuke Aizen is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
Sōsuke Aizen Bleach

4
5,250 2,317
Pain is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
Pain Naruto Shippūden

5
5,676 2,954
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
4,203 2,295
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
3,053 2,098
Ulquiorra is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
Ulquiorra Bleach

8
3,728 2,367
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
4,307 2,031
Cell is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
Cell Dragon Ball Z

10
3,652 2,317
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

11
2,263 1,796
Grimmjow Jaggerjack is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time

12
3,714 1,403
King Bradley is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
King Bradley Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood

13
2,373 2,032
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
1,583 649
Father is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
Father Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood

15
3,360 1,221
Hisoka is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
Hackergist added Hisoka Hunter x Hunter

16
1,747 1,736
King Piccolo is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time

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1,436 1,158
The Major is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
The Major Hellsing

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3,148 1,641
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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1,099 530
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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2,064 1,301
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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1,569 1,050
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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1,523 1,366
Gin Ichimaru is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
Gin Ichimaru Bleach

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1,575 1,151
Johan Liebert is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
Johan Liebert Monster

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1,653 956
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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1,608 1,301
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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1,456 1,629
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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1,141 767
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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1,896 1,309
Zeref is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
Nathaniel Hoyos added Zeref

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1,744 1,253
Greed is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
Greed Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood

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1,359 772
Vicious is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
Vicious Cowboy Bebop

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1,057 784
Shogo Makishima is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
HafizeMutlu added Shogo Makishima Psycho-Pass

32
1,463 663
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

33
1,267 1,046
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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1,576 1,124
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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1,025 620
Younger Toguro is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
nick-slade added Younger Toguro Yu Yu Hakusho

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1,191 805
Naraku is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
Naraku Inu Yasha

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2,358 1,076
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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1,194 823
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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795 685
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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1,102 940
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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1,285 877
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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432 271
Blackbeard is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
Blackbeard One Piece

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1,241 924
Crocodile is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
Crocodile One Piece

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1,857 1,475
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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801 544
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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1,233 1,231
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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1,469 603
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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1,319 610
Homunculi of Fullmetal Alchemi... is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time

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798 655
Asura is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
Asura Asura

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745 336
Goku Black is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
Goku Black Dragon Ball Super