Best Anime Villains


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The Top Ten

Aizen - Bleach
Aizen, former Captain of Squad 5, leader of all Arrancars. Nearly as powerful as Head Captain Yamamoto even during his time in Soul Society, and after his subjagation of the Hogyoku, he literally becomes immortal. Able to take on nearly every Captain, Vizard, and Vice-Captain single handedly. A man who mastered every form of Shinigami combat, is able to plan out war 100 years in advance, and able to deceive nearly everybody in the entire series. Someone who's power is so beyond normal, that he eventually decides to try and destroy the Soul King (God, basically) by himself. With the ability to use Kido that can bend time and space, and a Zanpakutou capable of perfectly controlling all 5 senses of anyone who lays eyes on it even once in their life, he is nearly unstoppable. So please, someone tell me why an overrated pretty boy like Light Yagami whose only ability is to right peoples names down in a book to kill them, could ever surpass the only man who has evolved into a being beyond both Shinigami and Hollows? I can understand Frieza being above Aizen, due to his fame and planet-bursting powers, but what the hell does Light have that makes him the best villain in all of anime? He is pathetically overrated, as is Death Note itself. Poor Bleach and poor Lord Aizen, you deserve so much more. Lastly, unlike Light, Frieza, Naraku, and most other villains, Aizen is literally unkillable. The other three died, while Aizen still lives, waiting, and plotting for the day he shall return. Aizen will forever be the best anime villain. Why, you might ask. Because it's all a part of his never-ending plan.
Aizen is easily one of the most talented villains to ever come to existence. Some may argue that he is overpowered but let's face it; unlike Light Yagami, he's still alive and for all we know he could easily come back considering he didn't exactly look fazed when given his prison sentence. However, it's not like he's an impossible character despite planning everything out for 100 years; even Aizen had to make adjustments here and there. To be honest, it wouldn't be surprising if he returned earlier then expected and as the ever charming villain he always was. A) We have no idea what his bankai is. B) In The Thousand-Year Blood War arc, Yhwach wanted him as 'special war power. ' Does he know something we don't about Aizen? Either way, considering he refused when he could have easily got out must mean he has other plans. C) He planned to be God, and probably still is; do you really think he wouldn't have planned as thoroughly as he did? He considered nearly every possibility, it's likely he has another few backup plans in that deceptive smile of his. And lastly, do I even have to mention how badass he is; I'm pretty sure just his entrance made his the God of Villains.
Aizen is the perfect villain... He stands back and let's others do his dirty work for him and not because he's a coward but he because he believes he has no equal... Unlike most villains that just wanna destroy everything is a game to Aizen.. Like a giant game of chess he allows things to play out because he believes he will come on top every time.. Aizen is the true King of Villains
[Newest]Aizen is a god. Untouchable & Immortal.
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2Light - Death Note
Light Yagami started out as someone who believed he was doing right... But he ended up with the power going to his head. When he finally dies, he isn't even in possession of the death note, technically powerless, putting all his faith in a fan boy. But he managed to trick L to believing that he wasn't kira to the very end. Out of every anime villain, he has the best moments and plans ( definitely the smartest)... I'm not going to mention the potato chip scene...
He's one of the only anime villains who's made me really hate him. Some villains like Frieza or Madara I just sort of forgive 'cause they're so awesome. But Light. No matter how awesome he is I still end up resenting him to death. THIS is what makes a villain great. Having an anger so great towards him. Back to the topic though Light is seriously the epitome of evil. He thought what he was doing was right and literally used everyone to make sure he got what he wanted. And then on top of all that... he (spoiler) killed L. No matter how much I hated him up to the point and that just took my hate for him to a whole new level. And that smile... He decided to relish his victory right in L's face as L was dying. He is pure evil.


Light really, at the beginning, thought he was doing good. But as time went on his heart became a evil soul caught up in killing criminals. Even though he is one of my favorite anime characters, he helped in killing L. I can never forgive him for that. Light really put justice in his own hands. He is smart and that is how he managed to trick L, but he in the end was defeated by Near. Like what the heck!? Light you out smart my third favorite anime character and then you get defeated by the little brat Near! But all in all Lights heart really became evil and stayed that way til he died. That is why he is one of the most evil anime characters ever.
[Newest]A villain, who is the hero as well. You hate him so bad that you can't resist him

3Frieza - Dragonball Z
While I love Light Yagami I gotta admit Frieza is the Definitive Anime Villain He Killed The Main Characters entire Race and Showed No Remorse what so ever He is the type of Guy who would Lead all of the Anime Villains if they ever all came together infact I can imagine that All Of The Anime Villains come back from the Dead and they form an Alliance Led by Frieza while all of the Anime Heros must Join together to Defeat them in an Alliance Led By L (Death Note)
Freeza is the most wicked villain in the DBZ franchise. Flippant murder and decent all done with a cold and calculating smile, Freeza is a truly Machiavellian villain, wine glass and all. Just considering Vegeta for a moment, yes the boy was strong but by the time the Saiyans come to Earth Vegeta is only as strong as Cui. His life would have been nothing off of the cruel emperor's back. There was no reason for Freeza to keep Vegeta alive other than his own amusement. He back stabbed the Saiyans then made their child prince a pet soldier. If that is not pure unadulterated evil, I don't what is.
Frieza might not be the strongest villain in Dragon Ball Z, but he could be favored and hated from the audience. He's a bloodthirsty tyrant who seeks power and absolute control over the universe. Destroying the Saiyan Race and molding Vegeta into a killing machine. Frieza showed no remorse or regret to any life in the universe, trusting only himself, killing a person would be like hitting a fly. Frieza is one of the best villains in Dragon Ball Z, Cell too.
[Newest]He is the best

4Madara - Naruto Shippudden
Madara is just pure hate and bitterness. Even at the prospect of peace with Konoha, his choices are only either to rule it or destroy it. The man even stooped so low as to take Naruto hostage as soon as he was born. And even though he professes to be Sasuke's ally, he even says that he'd be willing to give him up at just the right time.
hundred of times better than frieza which i consider childish villain, and we are not yet 100 percent sure that tobi is madara we will wait till he shows his face
Madara is the best. Not only did he plan how to destroy the future, he comes back and truly demonstrates what true power is. No One is a challenge for him. His truly the best.
[Newest]Madara can only be beaten by Naruto and Goku done.

5Naraku - Inuyasha
Naraku makes you hate him so much you love him. You can't help but acknowledge his skill at simply being heinously evil. He touches countless lives directly and indirectly, and seems to revel in being cruel, destructive, feared and loathed. He is calculating, intelligent and sensible enough to pose terrible threat, and has the bloodthirstiness and power to back up his claims most of the time. There is a sense in the series that he is constantly in control, and what happens is going according to his plan. He is ominous, from his theme, to his appearance, to his powers, his voice and even his surroundings. He makes powerful incarnations of himself and discards them when they have outlived their purpose. And even more miraculously, he actually improves as time goes on. He forces the protagonists to keep up with his steady gain of power. Many villains are static characters, besides their back story. Naraku is not. He makes it difficult for everyone and tension builds. He is a wonderfully terrible charachter.
Doesn't matter what said the other people about Frieza, Aizen or any other villain, please think before vote, Naraku is the worst ever in the trajectory of anime, why? , he manipulates, he has ambitions, he kills ( with out using even a finger), he lies, is a traitor, he is the real personification of the real evil human mind, in the series is called a monster but his origin is human, some people thinks that anime series are just cartoons, but like novels, movies, books we can see important things about reality, doesn't matter if is fiction or not, anyways, Naraku is the greatest anime villain ever, no matter what others said, is the best definition of evil in anime series.
Naraku's going to be my favorite villain as he's not here simple for power or glory. He started out as a bandit, and fell in love with a woman (Kikyo). Someone really taking the time to bring food back to an evil man, he clearly was touched by her. Then demons came into the cave to try and talk him into giving up his body. Which he does in order to have the chance to get Kikyo to love him. He then is lied to, and turns into Naraku.

Naraku manipulates and tortures the people he encounters in many crazy ways. From having two lovers hate each other, to having a boy kill his entire family and friends.
[Newest]He like Iago of the play "Othello" a mastermind in doing evil and is a well created character.

6Cell - Dragonball Z
The only one that killed Goku, the perfect lifeform, with cells of all the best martial arts fighters of the Universe, and he can become stronger and powerful after any regeneration.
The one who was a scary insect man, a brute without intelligence, and the one who would have beaten the Z-Fighters if he wanted to.
That makes Cell, exactly 2000 times more powerful than Frieza, the perfect anime villain.
Actually, Piccolo (Junior) killed Goku in the Saiyan saga, in the fight with Raditz, and in Dragon ball (pre DBZ) Piccolo was a villain so Cell was not the only character or villain (kind of) to kill Goku.
This guy should be higher than Frieza. He even beat Goku and made all the Z fighters even Frieza look like scum. Instead of killing everyone on earth, he STRUCK fear into everyone when he announced the Cell Games, making everyone flee.


He's cruel I like that and tough but why didn't he destroy the whole world when he had the chance instead of having that dumb cell games tournament!

7Orochimaru - Naruto
As far as antagonists go, Orochimaru was persistent, powerful and so very typical. You would be nothing but a pile of flesh to him. He gives no regard to any pain. He killed women, men and children alike. He is the only truly evil character in the series. His name was always muttered with hatred and fear upon it. He is the anime version of Voldemort (giant snakes). Orochimaru was very creepy, yet the most charming character in the series. He didn't walk, he staggered. He didn't speak, he teased. Everything about him was inhuman. Immortal, in a sense. Orochimaru's main wish was to destroy the protagonist's home village. He killed the village leader (Hokage). He took Sasuke away. He kidnapped other characters and genetically augmented them for his own taboo experiments. Everybody else was a pawn in his plans. He was no genius like Light Yagami (Death Note), but he was one hell of a mad scientist with no moral grounding or real concern for any form of life. He was cold and heartless. All he craved was immortality and greater knowledge. I watched the series just to see him. Even when he perished, his evil, his name and his essence remained. He is the perfect form of villain. Pure evil if you could define it.
Orochimaru would speak in a way that made to want to fight him, but then when you did, you would lose and he'd laugh in your face. The way he spoke about the people he used as 'temporary bodies' was inhuman. It was as if they were just pieces of clothing. Orochimaru is an evil villain if there ever was one.
Orochimaru is a villain through and through. He's one of the most powerful characters in the series (not to mention HOT). The way he died was so stupid. Hopefully he will come back and have the couple episode battle he deserves.
[Newest]He is a badass but very sexy!

8Johan Liebert - Monster
Johan is quite simply a monster. He's the most terrifying character I've ever witnessed in fiction.
He is a mystery.

Why has he emotionlessly murdered an uncountable number of people by his own hands or otherwise?
Why has he driven everyone he's ever met to either death or mental scarring for life?
Why does the viewer of the show freeze up whenever his name is even mentioned by the end of the series?

The first question is difficult to answer as the answer doesn't make much sense in itself. It would require an
Understanding of Johan to answer. This understanding is never developed.

The second and third questions are easy to answer by comparison. Johan is a terrifying monster, barely human. He is an emotionless murderer with seemingly endless contacts and resources. But despite this, he doesn't exist to the public or event law enforcement. His murderous orchestrations are weaved perfectly in such a way that anyone he wants dead will die. His physical appearance (when he shows up, not controlling things from behind the scenes) in the series almost ensures "fun times" (death, terror, among other unpleasant things) for every named character in the vicinity.

In the last arc of the series, Johan tries to commit the perfect suicide by massacring an entire small mountain town through paranoia and a small squad of hitman (along with himself, of course).
Over the course of a single day, all but a couple dozen (at the most) people survive out of what must be hundreds.
Keep in mind that this is for his suicide...

In a few words, Johan deserve to be #1 on this list because he is an emotionless and terrifying monster of a person who manages to become a symbol of horror and death to the viewer over the course of 74 episodes.
Johan is the BEST VILLAIN OF ALL TIME! No doubt!
He is so incredibly- well written and unique :) not like some typical villains out there.
(Watch Monster, You will know what I mean)
The only fictional character that truly terrifies me. He even gives me nightmares!

What's best about Johan is he didn't need ANY special powers to be so scary and evil. A gun is his weapon of choice but the REAL deal is his INCREDIBLE manipulation. The way he breaks people psychologically to commit suicide is too HORRIBLE. If he want to, he can make any people to do his dirty works for him WITHOUT even lifting a finger, using his charisma, intelligence and words. His presence can make others fear him and... at the same time you are drawn to this person. He is calm, collected
Extremely handsome, intelligent, charismatic and manipulative.

Often compared to Light Yagami... both are handsome, intelligent and manipulative people but seriously Johan's manipulative skills are far more inferior.

Because the settings of Monster can happen in real life. A person like Johan can possibly exist. Yeah he is not too flashy, We can see someone like him lurking on the streets. That's why he is so scary.

I'm very sad. Johan Liebert is REALLY UNPOPULAR/UNDERRATED and also the series itself. Seriously NO.8? Maybe the anime is too hard to understand/complicated.. ? Yes... I think. Or it is not too flashy? Or.. they only knew mainstream shounen villain... Or is it too old? Or the graphics are not typical anime style? Or the targeted audience is 18+(It's a seinen anime. I admit that :)) I really wish everyone knew how great villain Johan is.

He should be on #1 or in TOP 5 of any person's list. I will definitely placed him #1 spot.
I doubt Johan will ever get to top 10, seeing how most people are just looking for shallow characters with badass powers.

Johan is the best manifestation of the word "monster" in a human skin. He doesn't need laser beam or any other kind of power to be scary. He is emotionless, a walking terror, and yet charming when he wants to.
[Newest]There are only two words that can adequately describe him - "Monster" and "Johan".
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9Izaya Orihara - Durarara!!
Izaya is perhaps one of the most interesting villains in anime. He claims to love the entire human race, but he manipulates people and uses them as pawns. Is it for power? To show how bad-ass he is? No, it's for his own amusement. Izaya thinks of the world as a game and he likes to change the rules a lot. For example, if there was a woman running away from a robber and he could tell that she was going to outrun him, he might trip her or put an obstacle in her way to make things more interesting. What makes him even more awesome is the fact that he doesn't possess any kind of supernatural power and can still be this awesome.
Izaya=Troll God. He holds that entire city and those people's lives in his hands. He can screw with people just for the hell of it. I believe why I chose him as greatest villain in anime over people like Aizen, Light, Obito, etc. Is because Izaya used his mind to throw everything into chaos and force people to become his pawns (willingly or unwillingly). And thinks so far in advance, in such a short amount of time. Then for him to just have this childish and jovial aura while he's creating chaos makes him more villainous and psychotic than everyone else in anime. It's like he was born without a sliver of guilt or a conscience.
A cunning and intelligent information broker that sees all from the shadows the city, the ultimate troll, loves humans for all the wrong reasons, NOT to mention, manipulates everyone in the city as guinea pigs for psychological experiments, his personal gains, on a whim, or all three.
[Newest]LOLL IZAYA. I really love him. He is so awesome.

10Envy - Fullmetal Alchemist
While I agree with a lot of the other villains (Aizen, Naraku etc) Envy deserves to be in the top 10! He was hated by literally everyone in the series for killing the man with the wife and daughter (don't wanna spoil) and for killing the main character in the end! Envy definitely deserves to be rated higher as a villain.
One reason he is the greatest villain in turns of villainy. He killed Mae Hughes. A do like villains that I can relate to and or like. But it actually takes more work to make a villain you can really hate and call him/her a villain. And Envy did that. I so cheered when Roy Mustang was burning him up (interesting fact, Roy actually gave Envy time to regenerate between blast so it would feel the pain of each one). Overall a true villain.
In both the first and second Envy is a strong and formidable opponent he can talk his way out of situations with his silver tongue and changes into the forms of loved ones to his advantage. Envy basically caused the massacre of the Ishvalan people while doing it with a smile. Also who isn't a little freaked out by the moving souls that create his unleashed form?

The Contenders

11Uchiha Obito - Naruto Shippuden
He is a genius. He was able to trick others into thinking he was Madara Uchiha. He was also able to manage the Akatsuki while maintaining the persona, Tobi. Although I do think that his motive for destroying the world is stupid, he is able to cause the main character trouble even at the beginning of his life and is also the cause of the Fourth Great Ninja War.
The actual 6 paths tobi should be in the top 5
Someone who was used to be innocent, then turned to be a heartless, soul less villain! Indeed a demonic villain!

12Shishio - Rurouni Kenshin
He's incredibly strong, and is probably the only person who could kill kenshin, minus seijuro hiko of course (but he's lazy). He only actually died because he lit himself on fire, and not even from amakakeru ryu no hirameki - if it wasn't for that... Then kenshin would have died
Shishio should be number one. He is way beter than most of the villains on this list. He was so powerful that his own body couldn't contain all of his power. Light is more of an anti-hero than a villain by the way
There are villians in this list that make me laugh, only light and shishio deserves the top spot, always fighting for what they believe and trying to make a new world, both original and with deep personalities. Their effort had a meaning and they were both great at what they did, that's powerful. I guess the mayority. Of people in this list are kids...
[Newest]Shishio is great because he is a villain but a real one, real villains are only villains because we look at them from the heroes point of view, he is a murder yes, he manipulates yes, but who could say that if he had won Japan wouldn't became the greatest superpower in the world? He was a man of vision, and very true to his values, you can surely disagree with him but you can't tell for sure that he was wrong.

13Marik - Yugioh
I really think rating of some of the villains has been completely arbitrary. If general power was a factor, then just about every DBZ villain would be a "best" villain. No, what's really important is the power they possessed in their own realms and the twisted ideology they used to abuse others and the world around them.

Yami Mark, the "evil" version of Marik fits this description. Born from the mental disturbance of Marik Ishtar, Yami Mark was a force of hate, madness, paranoia, fear, pain, insanity and evil. In all of the senses, he was created from despair and no less a true monster.

Although the anime features around card games, which of course is pretty comical his evil (especially in the Japanese version) is very disturbing. At his first appearance, he kills his parents: skinning his father. In his next major appearance, when Marik loses control he tortures and intimidates everyone around him. His very method of battle consists of torture methods that prolong the fight and the suffering of the victim. To achieve his goals of fighting his main adversary, Yugi, he attacks hid friends in extremely disturbing ways.

He is insane, evil, demented and also extremely powerful. He was never technically defeated in a duel and in fact pushed aside the other villains in the series like rag dolls. Even though I've grown older, he is still one of my favorite villains in terms of insanity but also the sheer amount of power his character possessed.
Marik is one of the most disturbing and needlessly violent human villain's. Even though he does the main brunt of his brutality using a trading card game he uses it to inflict pain and prey on the weakness of his enemies until he ultimately finishes them off. He is very remorseless and merciless human being and just wants to cause destruction
I think Marik has the most craziest Yami. And his Yami has a very evil grin._.

14Marshall D. Teach - One Piece
Blackbeard is by far the perfect villian, he'll do whatever it takes to reach his goals, he betrayed and killed his fellow crewmate, he delivered Ace to the marines to become a shishibukai only to betray them as well later to fulfill his plans, not to mention he took advantage of almost every chance possible, killing Thatch immediately to get the devil fruit of his dreams right after Thatch found it, he wanted to catch luffy to be in good terms with the marines simply because he had the biggest nearest bounty on his head, he used the outbreak on Impel Down to release the sixth level's prisoners, and when he met luffy he gave him the most sinister smile ever to the fact that his brother'll be executed because of him, and he even killed whitebeard, and absorbed the gura gura no mi of his corpse, and now he's sailing the New World looking for devil fruit users to absorb their powers with his evil carefree personality, this guy is the definition of a villian


He is the villain version of Luffy. Both aspire to become the Pirate King, both have very small crews compared to other pirates, and both have the Will of D. Not to mention that Teach would do anything to accomplish his goals, eg: using the Marines and World Gov't by becoming a Shichibukai to go into Impel Down and set free some of the most vicious criminals in history.

15Father - Full Metal Alchemist: Brotherhood
Father is most powerful villians of all time

16Lieselotte Werckmeister - 11eyes
The only villain I know that kills off not one, but multiple main characters. Or at least whose actions led to the death of more than half of the main characters. Also the villain that came closest to succeeding in her evil plan. A lot of people could argue that she doesn't seem that self centered enough. This does make sense because her evil plan was the dying wish of her husband. But in my opinion, the best villains are the ones whose emotions overtake them. Later in the show, her husband spoke to her in some kind of spirit form, telling her to keep the world alive or "terminate the mission". After that, she goes berserk andout of control...


17Sensui - Yu Yu Hakusho
This dude is SICK! He wants to kill humans because he was traumatized, allowed a little boy to be killed without the little boy's knowledge, and timed the ending credits of a movie with the 'end of the world'. Come on, he is awesome. I mean, how can he be behind MADARA of all people? Madara hasn't even DONE anything yet!


One of if not my favorite villains of anything ever. He has a justifiable reason why he wishes to destroy humanity, but at the same time wishes to preserve the world itself. He is honestly more fair in a lot ways than most of the protagonist in Yu Yu Hakusho he is without a doubt a total badass.
One of the most complex villains in any anime I've ever seen, Sensui is awesome, he's genius, stronger than the main character, and is a little insane.

18Nagi Dai Artai - My-Otome
Anyone who saw My-HiME at all should have known that Nagi was going to be the villain for My-Otome. The main reason he is here is thatnot only did he foul the audience into thinking he was a good guy, but everyone also thought that Midori and the Aswad were the bad guys. Also, it's revealed that he has no problem with killing his own men to help him with his plan. And if all he does isn't enough, just is voice is enough to make you ask yourself whether or not to take this guy seriously. These are only a handful of reasons why Nagi Dai Artai is, in my opinion, one of the greatest villains in anime history.


This is one of the smartest villains I know. This guy has about ten back-up plans at his disposal. "The school was taken back? Ok, just shoot and blow up the school. Woops, the Valkyrie unit was destroyed? Well, let's destroy the city. What, The enemies are already comming? Ok, send out the slaves. Darnet, The slaves are all destroyed? Ok, let's use the Harmonium and destroy the city. , The Harmonium is going out of control? Ok, let's just all die together. Oops, Everyone's still alive? Time to run." Not many villains are that smart enough to think that far ahead.


19Lucemon - Digimon Fusion
If digimon wasn't for kids, Lucemon would have easily made the top 10. His acts of innocence and kindness were so deceiving, he even fooled the fusion fighters, and me. When he became president of the sky zone, he only did that to gain access to the code crown. His digivolutions were insane not to mention creepy.

20Vicious - Cowboy Beebop
What we as humans fear is people with power. Not just power of the money. Power in general. Vicious is the human personification of the lust for power we so cleave for. To him however, he wishes nothing but the absolute control of the Red Dragon Syndicate. Anyone who so much as gets in his ways dies. This is not an understatement. He killed every single person who dared to stand up against him and even sent some of his friends to their own deaths, with no qualms. When not murdering people, he's abducting them to lure stronger others to their death. Friends, enemies, innocent bystanders, it does not matter. In the end, you will die by his hand
No regard for human life and lives only for destruction
"When Angels are forced out from Heaven, they have no choice but to become a Devils. Don't you agree, Spike? " What else you need?

21Kurata - Digimon Savers
Kurata is pratically one of the most ruthless villains. He got rid of digimon just because they scared him. He wanted to become king of both human worlds and digital worlds, so he started destroying digimon to create his own digimon, make the bio-hybrids, and awaken belphemon to fulfill his wishes. But killing merukimon Was TOTALLY OUT OF ORDER!
Kurata has to be one of the most paranoid characters in digimon history, next to Frieza. He's so evil, he's just like Myotismon. Good god if they both joined forces, both digital world and real world would be totally screwed. He was so focused on destroying Suguru and Masaru and taking over both worlds, he never saw where he was going and ended tripping up on his own feet and getting himself killed.

And I'm wondering why he isn't top 10...


This guy is paranoid, evil and mad.

22Miyu Greer - My-HiME

23Toguro - Yu Yu Hakusho
Toguro from Yu Yu Hakusho was extremely powerful. I even think a fight between him at 100% and Goku from Dragon Ball Z would be good. And if you can last against Goku, you can last against anyone that has ever been thought of in existance.
Very likable and deep character with an interesting honor code.

24Myotismon - Digimon
If Digimon wasn't a kids' show Myotismon could easily be top 10 stuff. He was ruthless, feared by all and powerful enough to battle 6 Ultimate-level Digimon companions AT THE SAME TIME. We also loved to hate him so much they decided to bring him back for another round in season two.
But his most unforgettable act was, of course, killing Wizardmon. I'll never forgive him that.

25Wrath - Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood
Such an awesome villains, he should have been the main antagonist.

26Lelouch Vi Brittania - Code Geass
Why is lelouch a villain? He was a hero so why is he the bad guy? GO LELOUCH RULE THE WORLD FOREVER!
He was technically a hero. But also a villain, a villain for justice. If you want to include him in this list he should be in top three. He killed his own brother and used his powers on his sister. He also tried to kill his best friend. I don't understand why he isn't in a higher position.
Lelouch technically wasn't a villain but if you're going to count him as one, then he needs to be at the top. He was smarter than Light and Geass is more powerful than the Death Note. And he ultimately achieved his goal of making the world a safe place for Nunnally whereas Light's plan was ruined by Mikami messing up and he died knowing everything he had done was in vain.

27Zeref - Fairy Tail
No offense to the Fairy Tail fandom, as I am one of you, but Zeref is way too high on this list... for now. He literally has done nothing ON-SCREEN. He did create a bunch of demons that destroyed many villages like Deliora and turned Acnologia into a dragon, but that was off screen. The only things he has done on screen is kill 2 villains, a bunch of wolves and gets decked by Natsu.

I'm sure he'll be higher on this list some day since the series isn't completed, but right now, other villains in Fairy Tail should be ranked higher than him until he actually does something.
Zeref has the coolest character here... Without revealing his full power he killed hades. looking forward to see his full powers
He is an emo psychopath.. Totally an emo psycopath. I like when he can't control his power if he still remember to value the life but can control his power when he forgot the value of the life.
[Newest]Fairy tail zeref can kill anyone even madara, light, and Frieza

28Majin Buu - Dragon Ball Z
He's got to be the most evil anime character ever

29Heathcliff - Sword Art Online

30Creed Diskenth - Black Cat

31Juha Bach - Bleach
This guy made aizen looked like a kid who dropped his ice cream.
This guy... no words for him, he is best
He destroy soul society

32Ryuga - Beyblade
He wants all the powers for himself

33Hisoka - Hunter x Hunter
Hisoka is portrayed as entirely self-interested and does whatever he likes as long as it pleases him in some way. He lusts for the thrill of killing powerful fighters in combat and it is strongly implied that he receives sexual gratification from doing so. He's one of the most unpredictable antagonists in the show.
He's intriguing... He's seeking for his own entertainment through the thrill he gets from facing a strong opponent. He's constantly challenging himself to seize his strength... He's original. And really scary in a (good) way.
Hisoka lives for one reason killing, his logic is simple if he met someone strong he kill him if he saw someone weak he pushs hme to be stronger that's how he enjoys killing him later
[Newest]Another stupid choice! HIsoka should be on the top 3!

34Hao Asakura - Shaman King
He's like the most powerful villain ever. Seriously. Even in the manga, nobody can stop him. He's like a god himself. Aside from that, he can do whatever he wants without even stressing himself. He's always so calm and badass. So why is he even in this 34th place? Come on guys. You should watch this anime and see for yourself how he really is very strong.
Hao became a god... how many villains not only beat down the main characters but achieve their goal? This guy needs to be higher up.
He is the DAMN GOD After All!

35Kyubey - Puella Magi Madoka Magica
Kyubey should definitely be in the top 10 as not only is he emotionless and cute, he also is an extremely intelligent manipulator, tricking people without lying. He could've prevented the deaths of most of the main characters, but let them sacrifice themselves just so that the "Universe gets more energy."
Evil in the form of cuteness

36Gilgamesh - Fate/Stay Night
He is a villain with class and style he has no one to compare with to him. He belongs among the heavens.

37Kishin Asura - Soul Eater
The best villain in any anime I've ever seen. He has in my opinion one of the greatest philosophy's of all time and is truly a genius oh yeah and he eats people and was sealed in a bag of his own skin. He's smart and completely apathetic to human lives.

38Lust - Full Metal Alchemist
beautiful n evil! one of my fav villain in fullmetal alchemist..


You forget she was killed by the new kid homunculus.

39Hyochuka - Kamen No Maid Guy

40Sailor Galaxia - Sailor Moon
She destroyed all galaxy killed all people in the world with 1 move but Sailor Moon, she has no emotions. Chaos so Sailor Galaxia is the best anime villain. What has she to do to be the number one? Destroy the whole space, hell and heaven? Laugh out loud. She is as strong as Galactus who is know as the best villain of all times of, Marvel. So in anime worls, Galaxia should be the umber 1!

41Broly - Dragon Ball Z
He's the most powerful villain in all anime history. He's power grows every second- can become invicible!
How is he not higher then this? His power level is insane, only bills is stronger. He is unpredictable due to how unstable he is. The only reason he lost is cause Goku can never lose. Lets be honest, he single handedly crushed the z fighters all at the same time. No long 1v1 battles.
[Newest]Broly is insane in so many ways. No one wants to mess with him

42The Millennium Earl - D.Gray-man

43Pride - Fullmetal Alchemist / Brotherhood
There are no mere words to describe how great of a villain he is. Pride controlled pretty much every aspect of the FMA universe and was a sadistic and cold-hearted killer. He should've definitely been the main villain of the series because Pride fooled the audience and characters into thinking he was a innocent and happy child when he was really a monster. My spine tingles just looking at him.


Easily the most sadistic villian in FMA. He devoured his own allies for fun and he has a long and interesting history. What makes things worse is that Pride looks like a child.
Probably not number 1 but an amazing villain with an interesting backstory. He is over 300 years old but looks like a child and has shadows which stab and devour people.

44Byakuran - Katekyo Hitman Reborn
I can't believe he hasn't made top ten!
The cruelest thing about this villain is how he keeps control of his subordinates through kindness and trust (not fear), then goes and has them killed solely because they fail to entertain him! He always wears that secretive smile, which gives him a whole new layer of scary. One of those villains you want to see punched in the face, but you still feel a bit... Sad? To see go.
Definitely my favorite villain out of any anime, movie, cartoon, whatever!
Well... I dunno how this epic character isn't in the top 10!
He so cool, awesome, & cute!
And his personality is just... KAWAII!
He loves sweets! Laugh out loud!
And he's just so adorable!
But someday this super EPIC character is gonna be in the top 10!
Never really shows signs of doubt, as no villain should. He always has some creepy smile on that kinda makes you fear him. He's just amazing. Enough' said.

45Itachi Uchiha - Naruto
Become a villain for some reason died as a hero
He was a hero who chose to be a villain
He should not included here!.

46Takasugi Shinsuke - Gintama
"I'm fine with being a beast, I neither want nor need anything to protect. I just want to destroy everything, until the beast stops whining."
One of the best quote ever.. he's pure evil..
Wants to destroy the whole world and see it burn through his own eyes and even betray his former comrades by siding with the enemy
Appears only every 100 episodes yet still manages to leave a huge impact on the viewer. His psychopathic smile and calm nature makes him the perfect villain. A villain should never be defined on their strength but the effect they leave on the viewer/reader. This is why he will be my greatest Anime Antagonist of all time alongside Kamui (Also Gintama).

47Vegeta - Dragon Ball Z
Vegeta was the first one to crack goku's bone. He completely annihilate goku when he transform in to the great ape form. He never quit even when krillin throws the spirit bomb at him.
I thought vegeta would be first how 36?


He is cool when being Goku's friend
[Newest]Come on! He's not a villain.

48Evil Lord Dartz - Yugioh
There is no anime villain more evil and sinister than Dartz. This guy became crazy and killed his wife. He then threatened to kill his father and daughter. His new found God granted him dark magic and immortality. A vicious battle erupted with Dartz and his God and demons vs his father's new army of monsters. The battle was a tie and Dartz's God was severely injured. It told Dartz to gather powerful souls and to feed it and kill anyone in the way. Dartz then for thousands of years collected the energy necessary. He is responsible for murdering his followers families, killing millions of people, destroying families and murdering millions of innocent people. He also finally succeeds in killing his father and daughter. If this isn't psycho enough look at where he lives. His temple is a terrifying sight. The thing that makes Dartz so awesome is that most of his plan succeeds. In his eyes a human life is just another obstacle in his way and won't hesitate to kill. He kills almost every main character. Lord Dartz= Murderer!


Dartz deserves the number 1 spot on this list. He is often forgotten by many people and was a heavily criticized character because people claimed he was a satanist. He and his army killed every character besides Yami. He was an average man until his father allowed him to succeed him as king of Atlantis. Shortly later an evil God revealed itself to him and he joined forces with it. It granted him an army and shortly later he killed his wife who had transformed into a hideous beast. He attempted to kill his father and daughter but they escaped. A war erupted between father and son which led to a draw. In modern day Dartz is attempting to resurrect his God by feeding human souls to it. He kills the rest of his family with a lightning storm and murders the families of his henchman so they will join him. He is immortal and is capable of dark magic thanks to his God. He and his revived God are finally defeated. If you think he isn't evil still, look at where he lives.


This guy should be #1 on this list what SERIOUSLY

49Niwe - Utawarerumono

50Kagato - Tenchi Muyo!
Voiced by Michael Scott Ryan (credited as Weston Peese), OVA Kagato only appeared in a couple of episodes, but left a massive impact on me. Taking the debonair villain motiff to its logical conclusions, he was a genuinely intimidating. Snide, calculating, manipulative and sadistic, he may not be the most powerful or evil villain but the presentation more than makes up for it.

51The Homunculi - Fullmetal Alchemist

52Nene - Blue Dragon

53The Major - Hellsing
He spent most of his life looking for war, and when he found one he sacrfised everything: his army, his right hand man, his life, just to make it "a good war". Also he caused 3 million deaths waging war on a vampire
I know he gets a lot of hate, for one reason mostly. People consider him a Nazi. This is not true. Anyway, this villain is the most soft spoken, gentle, bad ass villain in my opinion. How is he noot number one? If there is one villain I will follow, it is Herr Major SS-Sturmbannführer Montana Max! Heil Major! Sturmbannführer! Battalion commander! Major! Sturmbannführer! Battalion commander!
As you can tell... I'm pro Millennium!

54Shogo Makishima - Psycho-Pass
Shogo Makishima is the perfect antagonist, a sadistic man of unparalleled genius who sees life as a mere game. Even though his mind is his greatest weapon, he can still fight better than anybody in that universe, and traps the hero in an unwinnable game of his own. Even when presented with a chance to essentially become God he declines, continuing the game of life as a player rather than a referee. His twisted mentality allows for one of the greatest anime plots ever to unfold.
Shogo Makishima is without doubt one of the greatest anime villains of all time. He is everything a well-made villain should be: intelligent and good at strategy, stronger than most men, enjoys to kill and likes to quote famous plays and books. He is also an exeptional man whose mental state can't be judged by the sybil system (from the series).
Rare case of villain who changes constantly. Begins as an observer of human nature, ends as sci-fi Che Guevara. With many stages between. As of other traits: Johan Liebert just found a friend

55Robert Haydn - Law of Ueki
This guy's paranoid
He's bad.
A real pain ion the ass

56Dio Brando - Jojo's Bizarre Adventure
You know your villain is pure evil when the first thing he does in the series is kick the main character's dog. Dio is cruel, narcissistic, and megalomaniacal. Ever since he discovered the true power behind the stone mask, he developed an unquenchable thirst for power and world domination. First developing his hate for mankind when his father Dario worked his mother to death, and for that, Dio slowly poisoned him to death over the length of 12 years. Oh yeah, did I mention he was a vampire? So, he's also immortal.
Why Dio isn't at the top of this list baffles me.
He is literally the most suave and conniving character I've ever watching in Part 1, only to then become one of the most insane megalomaniac in Part 3 using his powers to mess with the main cast only then to eliminate them one by one.
How come Dio isn't on the top 10!?

He was totally despicable!


[Newest]He should be in the 1#!

57Ulquiorra Cifer - Bleach
Far better than aizen
Yep. Ruthless. Very stable minded. Left an impression in everone's "hearts"

58Kagura - Inuyasha
Honestly? Kagura has never been 'evil' in my eyes, so I'm surprised she's above 50 on this list. I mean, yeah she attacked, but I never felt she was evil at heart. She was just manipulated by Naraku.

59The Baby - Monster

60Nagato (Pain) - Naruto Shippuden
The hidden leaf village is one of the most powerful ninja villages out there. This guy walks into their village, KILLS everyone, and destroys the entire village, by himself. He kills jiraya easily. With the almighty rinnegan as his eyes, he has the power to control six bodies at once, the six paths of pain. He has the power basically over gravity, to push and pull whatever he wants, making the ultimate attack and defense. His ultimate attack is called planetary devastation, where he creates a giant moon by sucking in the rock and earth around him with a center of gravity that seals or crushes whoever is caught in it. He is so powerful he beat the eight tails naruto soundly, when orochimaru could barely take on 4 tails, and naruto was only able to escape planetary devastation because he went full nine tails for a split second. Lastly he has power over life and death, and is able to revive anyone from death within a certain time frame, which he generously did for the leaf village before dying.
Pain inspired me more than any manga/anime character before. His artwork/techniques are awesome but what makes him the BEST? The philosophy behind him and his actions make him what he is. He's a villain and hero at the same time, his story touched me. Only minus point: nagatos reanimation was poor. As if a guy like him could lose. Even if all the reanimated people were limited in their powers: shinda tensei stronger than any sudanoo or ridiculous amaterasu!
Come on, he is as powerful as hell. Could there be any better villain? Don't think so.
[Newest]Come on! He should be on the Top 5!

61Kabuto Yakushi - Naruto

Kabuto Yakushi is unlike any of the major characters in Naruto. His back story has always been a mystery since his introduction in the first Naruto series. Orphaned as a child due to the war (no doubt the Ninja Wars), he was a complete nobody that joined up with Orochimaru and began integrating the born traits of other lab subjects in Orochimaru's stead. He wasn't born with a bloodline limit and a significant heredity like Sasuke nor was he given the essence of a kyuubi like Naruto. Like Sakura he had to pave his path on his own but has achieved many jutsu such as the reincarnation jutsu and has gained a Sage mode similar to Naruto's but in the fashion of a snake that not even Orochimaru achieved.

He has played a big part in the war that Madara instigating. I can't imagine how Madara would have managed without having Kabuto's reincarnated nin to fight.

62The Knights - Serial Experiments Lain

63Crocodile - One Piece
Crocodile has the honour of being the first to completely own Luffy. Twice. Yet he lost their third battle due the technicality of sand's agglutination in presence of most liquids. He isn't even the best villain to have a sand theme in anime (I would have to go with Naruto's very emo Gaara for that). But the air of his sheer balefully powerful presence as well as his very devious, calculating mind is enough to cement him as one of the most iconic antagonists in the One Piece universe. Being able to engineer a civil war while working in the shadows and posing as benevolent vigilante and angling to replace a monarch by his lackey in order to gain access to the holiest of holies, a weapon of mass destruction require some severely heavy brass balls to even attempt. Despite his failure at almost all of his endeavors until participating in a mass breakout from a nigh impregnable fortress, he is one of the most memorable villains in One Piece. Looking forward to his post-timeskip antics.
Oh come on! Crocodile is the KING of badasses.

64Medusa Gorgon - Soul Eater
She turned her own child into an experiment and literally researched which includeds torture to drive him insane to turn him into a crazed killer
Manipulative, original and cool powers, very evil and hard to kill

65Raoh - Fist of the North Star
This man is true power, no cheap tricks or additional support from anything or anyone. He goes as far as giving his opponents an advantage by allowing them to come at him anyway they while he stays on his horse. Talk about a boss, there's none greater!.
The man to conquer the world, known as the Ruler of the End century. He is referred as strongest by the entire character roster in the anime and also called the "Ken-oh: Fist King". He thought Kenshiro to fight. He doesn't even need to dismount off his horse to fight anyone.
Without a doubt one of the most badass and manly villains to grace the anime world
[Newest]Most badass and manly character ever

66Akainu - One Piece
Easily hated by everyone but that's what makes him a good villain.

67Donquixote Doflamingo - One Piece
Undoubtedly the most evil, twisted villain from the One Piece series (which is saying something, since One Piece has A LOT of vile villains), the recent (and ongoing) Dressrosa arc has revealed the extent of this man's cruelty. Doflamingo's a machiavellian mastermind, being the most influential person in the New World, even above the Yonko, and has even the World Nobles under his thumb. He's easily on par with Frieza as far as villainy and cruelty goes. There's not much more crueler than forcing a near-dead man to attack his friend or controlling a king and forcing him to cut down his loving subjects.

68Hunter J - Pokemon
It's sad that we can't have more villians like Hunter J in pokémon. She was ' ruthless, I tell you. Like how Ghetsis don't give a crap about killing people, J never seemed to care who she attacked. She just attacked to get what she wanted, then moved out of the way to sell the pokémon. Plus she tried to kill Ash, and heaven forbid if Team Rocket every tried that.
She's here, because she actually tried to kill Ash! Too bad she only appeared in a few episodes, though.
"Hunter J. J stands for Jerk"

Damn right you are, Jessie

69Alois Trancy - Black Butler

70Maleficent - Kingdom of Hearts
Maleficent Is So Evil And Vicious That He Had All Things Planned Against SOra and His Friends. When You Play A Kingdom Hearts Maybe Except Kingdom Hearts 358/2 Days, You'll Know She Is So Vicious! Especially When She Transform Into A Dragon In Kingdom Hearts Birth By Sleep.

71Miyo Takano - Higurashi No Naku Koro Ni

72Brago - Zatch Bell

73Lucy - Elfen Lied
Lucy may be slightly sympathetic, the fact is that she is a complete and utter psychopath who butchers people without pity or remorse. She is so bad that she brutally murdered the little sister and father of the only person that had shown her kindness, that is evil
Although her other side (Nyu) may be innocent, but Lucy herself is so evil to the point where she hardly cares whether people suffers and kills people without any kind of remorse at all.

74Jellal Fernandes - Fairy Tail
Well, in the beggining he certainly had some ill intentions towards pretty much everything BUT it wasn't his fault. Really, his is closer to an anti-heroe than an antagonist... Jellal x Erza forever...
Was once one of the Ten Wizard Saints in Fiore (10 strongest wizards) and personality wise is very similar to Voldemort.
Ambitious, sly, cunning, manipulative and damn hot!

75Griffith (Berserk)
Griffith is without a doubt one of the most amazing villains. How can you watch him as Guts' partner, witness him becoming a Godhand - and not feel one of the most powerful emotions ever? You hope he will somehow do Guts and the Band right, then when he doesn't it's a total blow. Should be higher honestly, went through the list looking for him.
Betrays the people closest to him in the worst possible way.

76Satan - Blue Exorcist

77Monokuma - Dangan Ronpa

78Yami Bakura - Yugioh
This guy is the definition of evil. He's been a villain since season one, of course an underrated villain, who nobody suspected was manipulating the tables of events to his favor til the last episode! He almost destroyed the world. He defeated the Egyptian God cards in their individual form. Should be at least above Marik!
Okay... He is my favorite villian. Even it's sad when he died I liked him he's my favorite villian if all time!
So epic should of been higher like can you say hot and evil

79Midnight - Fairy Tail

80Kisshu - Tokyo Mew Mew
He's such a bad boy I adore him

81BlackWarGreymon - Digimon

82Segai - Guilty Crown

83Beatrice - Umineko no Naku Koro ni
Yes, she is a sadistic witch who repeatedly murdered the Ushriyomiya family just for the sheer sake of it, but due to her being too likeable to hate, and her hamminess, she makes it at number two.
Oh garsh! When I saw her here I was like Beatrice! Ever since I watched the anime, I couldn't sleep with the lights off! I think she's pretty though..
I LOVE BEATICE SO MUCH, (sadly she kills the Ushiromiya Family. )

84Hoshina Utau - Shugo Chara

85Road Kamelot - D.Gray-man

86Sasori of the Red Sand - Naruto Shippuden
Sasori was so evil, that he tried to kill the woman who raised him, enough said
I love Sasori! He only turned evil because he lost his parents at a very young age. And despite having no heart, he still displays good qualities. He's also an excellent fighter and very clever. When Sasori is resurrected by Kabuto using the Edo Tensei, he is killed a second time by kankuro, who tells him that it was his soul he put into his puppets that immortalized him and he accepts this. Then his soul is set free and dies again.R.I.P. Sasori. You definitely made Naruto worth watching.

87D-Reaper - Digimon Tamers

88Tenzen Yakushiji - Basilisk
This guy is pure evil, he is basically responsible for all conflicts for about three hundred years. He is also a rapist... No one of this list can even say they accomplished that. He's despicable to the core

89Omega Shenron - Dragon Ball
Ultimate shadow dragon and most powerful villain I'm dragonball franchize

90Tsunenaga Tamaki - Deadman Wonderland

91Kaname Kuran - Vampire Knight

92Kneesocks - Panty & Stocking with Garterbelt

93Gendo Ikari - Neon Genesis: Evangelion
More complicated than any character on this list! The guy is a master manipulator who wants to become god for his own selfish reasons. He is cold and calculating but you can't help but understand his motives. A character like man in this series is more than he appears to be, more complex and realistic than any character in fiction.

94Hades (Purehito) - Fairy Tail

95Acnologia - Fairy Tail
Acnologia has the ability to destroy a planet with his warm up strike

96Mariko - Elfen Lied
Mariko is insane. She brutally kills her own mother and tortures her victims to death. She is terrifying, scary, feared by all and a total psychopath.


Mariko is by far the most ruthless and sadistically evil Diclonius. Vicious in her own brutality she think thinks of killing like a game. Like tearing the wings off a inccect. She toys with her victims torchering them thinking it's fun and funny. She is cold, terrifying, and truly freighting and is born to wreak carnage upon others. "a monster of her own kind"

97Byakuran - Reborn
Why has no one else voted for Byakuran? He's seriously epic.

98Suitengu - Speed Grapher
He is just incredibly deep. Everything he does is for a purpose and reason, and it's not power, it's a message. You don't get a villain like him very often.

99Sonozaki Shion - Higurashi No Naku Koro Ni

100Dante - Fullmetal Alchemist

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