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
5,111 2,655
Freeza is listed (or ranked) 1 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

2
5,186 2,790
Light Yagami is listed (or ranked) 2 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

3
4,069 2,496
Sōsuke Aizen is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
Sōsuke Aizen Bleach

4
5,461 2,395
Madara Uchiha is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
Madara Uchiha Naruto Shippūden

5
4,576 2,075
Pain is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
Pain Naruto Shippūden

6
3,727 2,080
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
2,739 1,902
Ulquiorra is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
Ulquiorra Bleach

8
3,411 2,135
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
3,905 1,854
Cell is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
Cell Dragon Ball Z

10
2,063 1,633
Grimmjow Jaggerjack is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time

11
3,356 1,291
King Bradley is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
King Bradley Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood

12
3,236 2,057
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
2,114 1,855
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
1,290 525
Father is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
Father Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood

The 12 Most Extreme Actor Transformations

15
1,604 1,551
King Piccolo is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time

16
2,962 1,123
Hisoka is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
Hackergist added Hisoka Hunter x Hunter

17
2,883 1,495
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
1,306 1,073
The Major is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
The Major Hellsing

19
1,866 1,190
Envy is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
Ouchmaster5000 added Envy Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood

20
886 435
Don Quixote is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
Don Quixote One Piece

21
1,391 958
Gilgamesh is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
nick-slade added Gilgamesh Fate/stay night

The 16 Smartest Anime Villains Of All Time

22
1,387 1,242
Gin Ichimaru is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
Gin Ichimaru Bleach

23
1,434 1,075
Johan Liebert is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
Johan Liebert Monster

24
1,438 1,182
Kisame Hoshigaki is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
Kisame Hoshigaki Naruto, Naruto Shippūden

25
1,036 701
Shishio Makoto is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
Shishio Makoto Rurouni Kenshin

26
1,712 1,194
Zeref is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
Nathaniel Hoyos added Zeref

27
1,608 1,153
Greed is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
Greed Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood

28
1,253 713
Vicious is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
Vicious Cowboy Bebop

The 18 Greatest Shonen Anime Villains Of All Time

29
967 718
Shogo Makishima is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
HafizeMutlu added Shogo Makishima Psycho-Pass

30
1,438 855
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
1,275 1,416
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
1,154 943
Android 17 is listed (or ranked) 32 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

33
928 567
Younger Toguro is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
nick-slade added Younger Toguro Yu Yu Hakusho

34
1,411 1,020
Ryuk is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
Ouchmaster5000 added Ryuk Death Note, Death Note

35
1,095 747
Naraku is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
Naraku Inu Yasha

The Best Reasons to Get Married

36
2,266 1,028
Father is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
nick-slade added Father Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood

37
1,281 616
Dio Brando is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
nick-slade added Dio Brando Jojo's Bizarre Adventure

38
1,092 767
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
1,169 858
Crocodile is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
Crocodile One Piece

40
1,161 796
Annie Leonhardt is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
shaurya-kapoor added Annie Leonhardt

41
720 638
Marik Ishtar is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
Marik Ishtar Yu-Gi-Oh Duel Monsters, Yu-Gi-Oh!

42
988 860
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

Signs You Might Be A Psychic

43
1,699 1,369
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
348 225
Blackbeard is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
Blackbeard One Piece

45
1,139 1,155
Jellal Fernandes is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
Jellal Fernandes Fairy Tail

46
714 494
Medusa Gorgon is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
Ouchmaster5000 added Medusa Gorgon

47
1,334 564
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

48
1,211 572
Homunculi of Fullmetal Alchemi... is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time

49
1,276 827
Tobi is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
Owen_Paul_Sloane added Tobi Naruto: Shippuden

50
730 613
Asura is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time
Asura Asura