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
3,216 1,839
Sōsuke Aizen is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
Sōsuke Aizen Bleach

2
3,973 2,032
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
4,064 2,159
Light Yagami is listed (or ranked) 3 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

4
4,260 2,055
Madara Uchiha is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
Madara Uchiha Naruto Shippūden

5
3,571 1,694
Pain is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
Pain Naruto Shippūden

6
2,927 1,619
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
2,159 1,472
Ulquiorra is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
Ulquiorra Bleach

8
2,655 1,702
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
3,125 1,504
Cell is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
Cell Dragon Ball Z

10
2,583 1,044
King Bradley is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
King Bradley Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood

11
1,628 1,272
Grimmjow Jaggerjack is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time

12
2,536 1,626
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
1,633 1,465
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
1,264 1,162
King Piccolo is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time

The Greatest Animated Disney Villains

15
1,035 818
The Major is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
The Major Hellsing

16
2,277 1,187
Vegeta is listed (or ranked) 16 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

17
2,363 908
Hisoka is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
Hackergist added Hisoka Hunter x Hunter

18
664 271
Father is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
Father Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood

19
1,468 935
Envy is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
Ouchmaster5000 added Envy Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood

20
1,076 718
Gilgamesh is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
nick-slade added Gilgamesh Fate/stay night

21
1,197 853
Johan Liebert is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
Johan Liebert Monster

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22
495 229
Don Quixote is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
Don Quixote One Piece

23
1,089 946
Gin Ichimaru is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
Gin Ichimaru Bleach

24
1,119 934
Kisame Hoshigaki is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
Kisame Hoshigaki Naruto, Naruto Shippūden

25
795 535
Shishio Makoto is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
Shishio Makoto Rurouni Kenshin

26
1,317 927
Greed is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
Greed Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood

27
1,357 949
Zeref is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
Nathaniel Hoyos added Zeref

28
1,014 565
Vicious is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
Vicious Cowboy Bebop

The Most Hated Anime Characters of All Time

29
777 558
Shogo Makishima is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
HafizeMutlu added Shogo Makishima Psycho-Pass

30
2,070 871
Father is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
nick-slade added Father Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood

31
1,020 668
Crocodile is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
Crocodile One Piece

32
1,114 671
Zabuza Momochi is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
shaurya-kapoor added Zabuza Momochi Naruto, Naruto Shippūden

33
887 734
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
952 1,100
Sasuke Uchiha is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
Sasuke Uchiha Naruto, Naruto Shippūden, Naruto Shippuden the Movie: The Will of Fire

35
1,124 822
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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36
1,026 494
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
884 619
Naraku is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
Naraku Inu Yasha

38
861 605
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

39
711 452
Younger Toguro is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
nick-slade added Younger Toguro Yu Yu Hakusho

40
1,396 1,130
Jessie is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
Team Rocket Pokémon The Series: XY, Pokémon: The First Movie, Pokémon Heroes

41
919 651
Annie Leonhardt is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
shaurya-kapoor added Annie Leonhardt

42
754 680
Kabuto Yakushi is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
ahmed-maklad added Kabuto Yakushi Naruto, Naruto Shippūden, Naruto Shippuden the Movie: Bonds

The Top 10+ Naruto Villains of All Time

43
556 514
Marik Ishtar is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
Marik Ishtar Yu-Gi-Oh Duel Monsters, Yu-Gi-Oh!

44
949 970
Jellal Fernandes is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
Jellal Fernandes Fairy Tail

45
1,104 459
Griffith is listed (or ranked) 45 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

46
533 388
Medusa Gorgon is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
Ouchmaster5000 added Medusa Gorgon

47
1,102 713
Tobi is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
Owen_Paul_Sloane added Tobi Naruto: Shippuden

48
965 477
Homunculi of Fullmetal Alchemi... is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time

49
422 386
Rob Lucci is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
dhia-madrid added Rob Lucci

50
179 118
Blackbeard is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
Blackbeard One Piece