Best Anime Villains

The Top Ten
1 Frieza - Dragonball Z Freeza (Pronounced "Frieza" in the Funimation dub) is fictional character in the Dragon Ball series by Akira Toriyama as the primary antagonist of the Freeza Saga. He is a galactic tyrant who governs the Planet Trade Organization and is feared by the universe for his sadistic and brutal nature. He is ...read more.

Nothing to think he is absolutely the best villain because he uses only half power of him while fighting goku and that was 60 million and goku was no way to defeat him at that but when he turned into super saiyajin then the best story started. But I don't like him at all

he never gives up. he always comes back even stronger than before. I was really upset that he did not get a chance to fight goku the second time he came with his dad. I was expecting an epic battle. I think his battle with goku was more epic than Goku vs Majin Buu

The one who pushed Goku far enough to finally become a Super Saiyan. Bloodthirsty, calculating, obsessive, everything a good villain should be. Frieza quite literally has nothing to gain from most of the people he kills-he just does it because he enjoys it. Cell, Boo, all the other villains in the Dragon Ball series were great but when it comes to being a cold hearted hate filled psychopath, Frieza shines in every aspect. Everyone seems to be comparing Frieza to Cell or Buu so I will say this:Cell was created with no conscious or feelings and Majin Buu was created in a similar way. Being a freak just comes naturally to Frieza and also, all his power is self earnt. He didn't absorb his powers.
Oh and he made Vegeta cry.

He murdered a whole race, he blew planets up for fun, he was a total sadist, he even said himself that "tortures no fun if I can't hear you scream." He sold some of his planets due to his own greed, not even caring about the race on the planet at all. He stabbed and killed Krillin, even attempting to kill Gohan. He had a fearsome personality which made him a great villain. Usually you'd think that villains don't get scared at all, but he did, which shows he actually did have a personality. He even stated he did care for his family even though he didn't towards others. His goal was even to become to most powerful ever, which he was almost close to achieving. Overall his personality, goals,strife, and being charismatic towards others makes him the TOP villain.

2 Light - Death Note

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.

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.

A guy who believed justice can be proven by erasing criminals with the aid of the death note... suddenly it became a obsession.. he believed he could receive the title of "GOD"... if he went on AND on.. then later, he had to conquer L and his team... in this battle, he succeeded with a devilish smile.. the laughter of his.. then, 3 years later, L's TRUE successors unleashed a counter attack on him.. unfortunately, Light underestimated them and so, in the end... in the VERY end.. he was defeated... he was the true meaning of "JUSTICE", and "EVIL"... both mixed up.. the only thing I dissatisfied with, was, his impure defeat.. but it had to be done.. somebody had to end this maniac's terror.. if you look at all the other anime villains, you see them as "foolishly minded".. but if you look at Light, you can clearly observe that he is intelligent, he knows.. he was the anime main protagonist I was searching for.. as I found him.. I idolized him... as ...more

I think Light actually had a positive way of thinking and his ambition for creating a new and peaceful world was actually good but the flaw lured within Light Yagami himself. His ambition was a very strong and magnificent one, one I would've never thought of, but his way of achieving this ambition was wrong. His way of creating a new world was wrong. Could the world be changed by killing evil doers and criminals? Would peace be accomplished by KILLING evil people? Could it be changed by ERASING sign of life? No. Light might've thought that this was the only way of changing the world, but it wasn't. True peace can be never achieved like that. In addition to that, killing people, no matter how bad they are, is wrong. It's a different story if treated as a punishment but murdering criminals in jail, who were almost cleared and were now being sent back, were legally innocent. Beside that, Light also did not struggle to kill the ones in his way, in fact he didn't even struggle to kill his ...more

3 Johan Liebert - Monster

Johan has such a sad, morbid existence, one that really just sends chills down the spine. Monster has never been more fitting, because watching and reading about him just made me think, what the #### is he? Even in some shots, and art I've seen, he looks as though he's crying and smiling at the same time. Watching him gives a sense of melancholy, but the kind that drives you insane and free-falling off a roof.

If he was an actor, he'd be burying troves of Oscars in the yard because his house ran out of space. Hands down the best schemer of all times. Mind games are like child's play, and not only does he want to watch the world burn, he wants to burn with it eventually. Like, how unhinged do you have to be to even come up with that concept? It was mind-blowing to watch him work through people that even mercenaries would probably have a hard time touching. The stalker-esque obsession with his twin was a nice touch, but it also really brought out the loneliness of Johan Liebert, ...more

The Complete Monster of all anime. The one who has seen hell in his eyes and never blinked. This isn't just the best anime/manga villain, this is one of the top villains in ANY media. If you can tolerate that one bull assassination, he has the origins as to why he is damn smart and unholy cruel, and he pulls off his actions that doesn't break the suspension of disbelief in a realistic setting as Monster. Lots of people die in the worst way, but Tenma and Nina are very proactive in trying to stop him, saving many more innocent victims. It has to be seen to be believed, and not many people seen Monster. Guess that's why the dumbass that threw away his illusion powers is number one at this time. February 28th 2017.

If you were to look up the definition of monster in a dictionary, you would find a picture of Johan Liebert there. In fact, he is the very definition of the word monster. He convinced a whole room of people to kill each other. I'm not sure if you can get more evil. He's much worse than Aizen- because he's the picture of perfection. Everyone loves him- young children flock to him. It's terrifying to watch how he inserts himself into people's lives and moves them around like puppets. Not just once, but again and again and again. Unlike Aizen, he doesn't need an army to take down the world- and he doesn't have limits to who he controls. If I had to compare him to anyone- he slightly reminds me of Jim Moriarty- if Moriarty talked people into killing themselves- without the help of anything he's done.

Johan was incredibly well-written. He didn't need superpowers to be threatening, and he certainly didn't need them to be frightening. He has powers of his own, namely his incredible skills in terms of manipulation. He doesn't have to do anything because he can easily make other people work for him, and he can just as easily make a person break. He doesn't need a knife or a gun. He just needs his own mind.

The best part about his character is probably the fact that he's realistic. Somewhere out there, there is a real Johan Liebert, and that is an undeniable fact.

4 Aizen - Bleach

Main villain of entire anime series
Every time he made fool out of everyone (foes & friends also).
His main power - hypnosis & magic...so he can even deceive and kill GOD & perhaps without moving his fingers.

The very first comment mentioned that Light Yagami shouldn't even be worth mentioning when talking about great anime villains. But actually, he is considered to be one of the greatest, simply because he started out as a mere high school boy, a simple and ordinary example of a human being. His transcendence into a sickly and twisted killer was so engrossing, because it portrays how the average human being could turn into a beast, even for the sake of good intentions. Everybody is capable of blossoming, or shall I say, withering, into a more base person. And that is what makes him so amazing.

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 ...more

Best villain. What makes Aizen number 1 is:
-His betrayal. I you have watched the bleach series you definitely wouldn't have seen it coming. He pretended to be a harmless, kind and warm captain. He's betrayal is possibly the best (or should I say worst) in anime history.

-His intellect. Planning things way in advance. Always 5 Steps ahead.

-His look. Simply his physical appearance. He is someone people want to become.

-His character. Although he believes he has no equal, he is still polite (He still address his former comrades as Captains) and doesn't lose his cool (At least until the end).

-His JAW DROPPING POWER. Aizen was powerful. Single handedly Taking Captains and Vizards.

Sousuke Aizen was awesome. He definitely deserves top spot

5 Hisoka - Hunter x Hunter

I adore Hisoka, I do, but the kids need a restraining order. LMAO. Firstly, his waist drives me insane - he wears corsets, you can't convince me otherwise. A foxy, murderous clown, IT's fetching East-Asian anime counterpart.

Jokes aside, Hisoka's really interesting, both design and character-wise. Aesthetically pleasing, unique, kinda cray-cray, but we love a feral fox. This bro's here for a good time, not a long time. His battle-libido is off the charts, honestly, and watching him fawn over kids is a lil alarming at times, but if you know Hisoka you know he's all about the fight. He's not the strongest, and everything about him from looks to his Nen is somewhat underwhelming, but don't let the himbo vibes fool you, this clown has the wit and guts to make it work for him. Have you ever seen someone willingly lose both arms to screw with their opponent's mind? Also, his dramatic flare adds to his quirkiness, and perfectly complements his mysterious, sly nature.

Even though he may be a pedo, you gotta admit he’s amazing.

The clown vibes are IMMACULATE! His personality is just beautiful *chefs kiss*

Probably the greatest anime villain of all time. He is pretty much the fear in your mind personified. He is also pretty weak compared to other major shonen villains and yet he's still so terrifying. In his fight with kastro he let kastro cut off both of his arms just to do a few sadistic tricks to mess kastro up mentally.

If you think he's not the greatest ever villain than you probably haven't watched hunter x hunter

Hisoka really deserves to be on the list. He's someone you don't wanna mess with. He's incredibly intelligent, manipulative, fast and can adapt in any situation to defeat his opponents. He's able to tell how strong you are just by sight and dangerously cunning. When it comes to brutality in battle, don't go there because he'll finish opponents off in no time

6 Dio Brando - Jojo's Bizarre Adventure Dio Brando is a fictional character from the JoJo's Bizarre Adventure manga series created by Hirohiko Araki. His name was inspired by musician Ronnie James Dio and movie star Marlon Brando.

Dio's probably gonna be a VIP in hell. Maybe even next in line for the throne, or at the very least definitely slated for a general position.

This man literally has the devil's luck, and a heart-sized hole in his soul to match. Taking the vampire game to a whole new level, Dio is the pinnacle of bastardly villains. The satisfaction I got whenever something didn't work out for him was euphoric. At the same time, I had no problem looking at him. Couldn't take my eyes off, in fact! A commanding, sexy villain to boot, even with his gross flesh bud brainwashing tentacles. Heck, you know a villain's BAD bad when they kick a dog (poor Danny) and throw them-you-know-where to you-know-what.

JoJo's creator knows what he's doing most characters are well written Dio is no exception he's a great villain in the series, and one of the greatest villains in fiction.

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.

Dio deserves to be in the top 3. He is just the perfect villain.

-Smart would be an understatement. He is a genius.
-Arrogant but also makes up for it in strength.
-Cautious of his enemies.
-He is like a ball of charisma.
-His subordinates both fear and admire him.
-He seriously is one of the few villains that aren't blinded by their arrogance.

For the love of god put any other character against him other than the Joestars and you have a dead hero and a dominated world in your hands.

7 Envy - Fullmetal Alchemist

Definitely my favourite anime villain of all time and he is my favourite character from both versions of Fullmetal Alchemist as well. He was such an interesting villain with a lot of depth to his character and despite the fact that he killed Maes Hughes in a really sad way, it somehow makes him a great villain. I love his design as well. It looks really interesting and unique. Envy is awesome.

He was much more deep and interesting than Father or Dante. The 2003 version was better than the manga version, but both are amazing villains who should be higher on this list. One thing that made Envy stand out as a villain was that he wasn't an overpowered brute like most villains are. He had insecurities and vulnerabilities, which made him believable. His final battle with Mustang was the biggest mistake Arakawa made. He should've put up more a fight. When he died, I cried like hell which is something I've never done for any other villain. He often gets overlooked due to not being the main villain. My personal favorite villain period.

He’s such a hilarious character, every time he talks I laugh so hard. Sure, he killed Hughes and most people hate him for that, but no matter how much you love a character, everyone even in an anime will grow up and die eventually (except ash from Pokémon apparently) so I don’t see the point in getting so sad. Envy is awesome!

I agree, Envy is very cold and heartless. In the original FMA I think he was more evil in that series because well he had a bigger role in it as Hohenheim's first son and his jealousy of the Elric bros because Hohenheim never was a father to him. He's the one to start the Ishbalan Civil War, which started this whole mess, killed Maes Hughes, & also kills Edward (in the 1st anime). Even though he wasn't a strong villain, he was a very great character by himself and admits he was jealous of humans. Very well done with this Anime and this character.

8 Naraku - Inuyasha

Naraku is not only the most evil villain but he is really powerful too.
One of Naraku's strength is the amount of poison attacks that Naraku has. It's so strong that it can melt stone.
If one is to fight Naraku, they either have to be completely immune to poison or come super prepared like Sango who always has a mask to protect her from Narakus poison attacks.
Another one of Narakus strengths is that he is seemingly invincible. Sure Naraku can get hurt but its almost impossible to do he could get his arm cut off, but that's like a scratch to Naraku. Only certain things can hurt Naraku like Inuyasha's Tessaiga or Kagomes spiritual arrows.
Let's not forget that Naraku has an army of poisonous insects at his disposal.

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 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 ...more

I have seen a lot of cartoons. But personally I feel NARAKU is the best because he is a complete professional. Every time you think Inu yasha and rest can destroy him, he somehow escapes and comes up with a better plan and is always better than the protagonist no matter how strong he gets. He is clever and no matter what happens he is always CHILLED OUT. Unlike other villains who only use brute strength to destroy their enemies he play's with their emotions and the weakness of a human. Because he is shown as a half human he knows all the weakness of their enemies. He is the reason why the series was intresting and makes you engrossed to the cartoon. He has a great body language and is always ahead of the curve no matter what! He just won't die!

9 Cell - Dragonball Z Cell is a fictional character in the Dragon Ball series by Akira Toriyama. He is the main antagonist of the Android Saga, being an android/artificial life form from the future, whose goal is to become "perfect" via absorbing Androids 17 and 18 and becoming the strongest fighter in the universe.

-Creepy and scary in his imperfect form.
-Brute without intelligence, but strong enough.
These two last forms killed thousands or even MILLIONS of people while searching for his perfection.
And then, even without fighting serioulsy, the Z-Fighters wouldn't have done ANYTHING to him.
The Zaishenzuu says that he's exaclty 2000 times more stronger and powerful than Frieza, and Toriyama said that he would have become even more powerful than Majin Buu, even more than Goku in Ssj3.
He was made to be perfect. The perfect villain.

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.

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 may be top ten best bad guy, but he is one of the only ones that goku didn't bite in the dragon ball Z(that I have read so far). goku only bites real threats

10 Yoshikage Kira - Jojo's Bizarre Adventure Yoshikage Kira is the main antagonist from the manga JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: Diamond is Unbreakable written by Araki Hirohiko.

All the people saying "This villain is super evil and wants to take over the world so they're the best." need to rethink what makes a good villain. Kira doesn't have any super evil and megalomaniacal ambitions, he just wants to live a peaceful, quiet life (while being able to satisfy his murderous urges). He just doesn't want to be noticed. Even during his childhood, he went out of his way to only get 3rd place in his competitions so that he wouldn't stand out. He even made sure to stand off-center in photos so that he wouldn't be as noticeable. See, a villain doesn't need to want to take over the world or something like that to be good. They need to be written well to be good. and hot damn, Kira is written well. Araki (the author of Jojo's Bizarre Adventure) wrote Diamond is Unbreakable (the part Kira is featured in) to make you feel like you're riding along with the group, experiencing what they're experiencing, and tracking stand users with them. Because of that, Kira feels real. ...more

Creepy. Creeeepy creepy creepy. Kira is insane, way up there with the likes of Hisoka, Griffith, Izaya, Johan Liebert. Kira's archetype would usually be some sort of fodder villain, side weirdo, the kind that appears and disturbs us briefly before getting wasted somehow. The amount of crazy in putting "I want to live a normal life" with "Seeing Mona Lisa's sexy hands gave me a fetish, but I only want the hands, not the person attached" makes me scream internally every time. What a freaky, fun villain! He's absolutely gorgeous in design, and his personality is so suave and charismatic that it really almost convinces you that he's right, he's normal, he's just trying to live in peace. Like, what's wrong with wanting hands to keep him company? The women he's met are awful anyways, right?

I felt especially confused about my take on him further into the season, after seeing him interact with the feral kitty-plant and his 'family'. His poor 'wife', tho... Anyways, it's not called ...more

He's terrifying due to how insanely relatable he is. To just want to live a quiet life is such a common mindset, and you feel like you may know many who think like him, and perhaps fear that there are people like him out there.

My name is Yoshikage Kira. I'm 33 years old. My house is in the northeast section of Morioh, where all the villas are, and I am not married. I work as an employee for the Kame Yu department stores, and I get home every day by 8 PM at the latest. I don't smoke, but I occasionally drink. I'm in bed by 11 PM, and make sure I get eight hours of sleep, no matter what. After having a glass of warm milk and doing about twenty minutes of stretches before going to bed, I usually have no problems sleeping until morning. Just like a baby, I wake up without any fatigue or stress in the morning. I was told there were no issues at my last check-up. I'm trying to explain that I'm a person who wishes to live a very quiet life. I take care not to trouble myself with any enemies, like winning and losing, that would cause me to lose sleep at night. That is how I deal with society, and I know that is what brings me happiness. Although, if I were to fight I wouldn't lose to anyone.

The Newcomers

? Super Buu - Dragon Ball Z Super Buu is an anime fictional character from the anime series, Dragon Ball Z, created by Akira Toriyama.
? Zamasu - Dragon Ball Super Zamasu is a fictional character in the Dragon Ball series by Akira Toriyama, Although a Supreme Kai from Universe 10, he is the true main antagonist and the catalyst of the Future Trunks Saga in Dragon Ball Super, being responsible for Goku Black's existence, working alongside him to restore "justice" ...read more.
The Contenders
11 Legato Bluesummers - Trigun

He's so manipulative and can always think of how to torture Vash. Watch Episode 24 and you will see just how far he can go.

One of the few villains out there to actualy win

Legato is the one of the few side villains in anime that is greater than the main villain, Knives had nothing on Legato

12 Shishio Makoto - Rurouni Kenshin Shishio Makoto, known in the English anime in Western order as Makoto Shishio, is a fictional character from the Rurouni Kenshin manga series created by Nobuhiro Watsuki.

Warning spoilers ahead! Don't read if you don't wish to know.

A villain that for once was NOT defeated by the hero, but by himself like one of the other comments explains. And then he dies becouse of that and instead of that being the end of it like most villains, he Is just like..meh oh well, it was fun while it lasted, hey here is an idea. Let's take over hell! And sure he just goes marching with his people (in hell) with the plan to take over hell. That alone makes him worthy of being in the top 10. How many villains do you know that don't stop when they die but just change target. Everything else is just badass extra.

The Strong Lives and the Weak Dies. He viewed people who were weaker than him as food to make him stronger. He used the Juppongatana to weaken his foes, so he would have an easier fight with them. The Meiji government even tried killing him because he was a blood thirsty monster. If that's not evident enough to his sinister thought process, he took over a village. In that village, his mindset and beliefs were carried out there. The villagers feared for their lives, so much so that they won't even save their own people and not even bury them.

Makoto Shishio is a frightening villain who was messed up till his last breath, other villains in this list actually have some redeemable factors. even Frieza agreed to gelp Goku although begrudgingly. Makoto Shishio, this man went from being a pawn of the Japanese Government to someone who has a plan to take over the nation, his information network was scary, he has spies like everywhere, his secret hideout was gard to find and when your inside, it's like a labrynth. He experienced several set backs but knows how to put his plans in order again. He was gonna burn Japan literally. he knows how the system works.

Even more scary Makoto Shishio when he died, he was gonna take over Hell itself and his words still haunts Kenshin even later on. the man was a monster

Well, this guy was never a good guy to begin with. He was government paid assassin who was burned alive, then gone even more insane. Generic. But all that is nothing special till you get to see his last fight with 3/5 most powerful characters in the anime. His actions during that fight make him the best villain ever. Shishio was a normal human, with no magic, immortality or hax power, yet he never lost and stayed in character till the end. Villain like that makes Aizens and Madaras funny in comparison.

13 The Major - Hellsing

The Major is one of the best, if not the best villain. Why he did what he did, just because he hated the protagonist. He didn't like Alucard for he was a demon that stole humanity and played with them as his masks. But that wasn't the point, he just wanted war- was happy to dish it out as an excuse. The fact that he knows that humans create monsters, and exploit it is amazing. His speech and actions made him in likes of Hitler. In all honesty, I don't know why he is placed so low on this list. The character was amazing
executed

The Major is the walking embodiment of evil. He made a war just for the sake of war, taking out more than 3 million civilians in one night. He does everything with cold and frightening precision. Everything was part of his master plan. The fact that he understands the darkness of the human will like that, he deserves a higher spot

Are you kidding me?! This fat little mustard is evilL! He is a Nazi Cyborg who commands Nazi Vampires, Nazi Werewolves and a Nazi catboy who is one of the most immortal character ever! Not to mention the butch Nazi Vampire who uses awesome Illusions!

He is one of the villains I would call Villain and Mad Genius without any second thought!

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

14 Madara - Naruto Shippudden Madara Uchiha is a fictional manga and anime character in the Naruto series created by Masashi Kishimoto. He appears for the first time in "Part II" of the manga and the Shippuden anime adaptation, as a major villain.

- The most powerful, skilled and experienced villain in the series. He has no match.
- He is the definition of badass villain.
- His name alone is power.
- He has wide knowledge of the world around him.
- He perfected every technique there is to learn.
- Great backstory, he was once a little innocent child who loves his brothers,clan members and friends, and after losing everything, he became a heartless man who would stop at nothing to reach his goal.
- A villain who is only doing bad things for the greater good.
- Made a plan that get him revived after more than 80 years of his assumed death.

My number 1 favorite character in Naruto both actually 3 Anime, Manga, and Game. He is the definition of badass and best villain in my opinion.

Madara planned things a 100 or so years in advance. He obtained the greatest power possible in the series and even died and manipulated others IN DEATH to bring him BACK TO LIFE. He came back from the dead simply because he manipulated other people's lives to fail and have them serve him because they no longer had any other purpose. He represents pure hatred, power, and ambition. He did all of this out of the fact that his brother died to a rival clan member. He wanted the power to change the world and create peace in his own way AND EARNED IT. He lived through a fight against the EIGHT GATES which is said to surpass ALL KAGE. He even fought 5 Kage for the fun of it and WON. Aien and Madara may not be comparable in strength, but by god are they similar in ambition and power. If anything, Aizen failed to achieve his entire goal whereas Madara didn't. He finished Tsukiyomi and was killed off by plot simply because the author couldn't think of a way in how the protagonists would ...more

He represents the true prospect pf power, an omnipotent foe without equal. That is of course, he had to lose in order for plot to proceed. But in the end, his ambitions were far greater than any man alive. Cunning and living up to his name, he truly was a powerful man with an intellect that far surpassed Itachis. He should've been number 1. Putting Aizen in #1 kust proved how underrated Madara Uchiha is and how biased people base their statements simply because of how his power is constantly shown on Bleach, same goes for any other villain. Madara is the incarnation of Power and Hate, ultimately making him leagues higher than Aizen. Most people just go on looks and say how beautiful they are, but what truly matter are the villains ambitions, which everybody who didn't vote for Madara Uchiha fails to fathom.

15 Donquixote Doflamingo - One Piece Donquixote Doflamingo is a fictional character of the One Piece manga franchise created by Eiichiro Oda. Doflamingo was the captain of the Donquixote Pirates, a former Shichibukai with a frozen bounty of 340,000,000 Beli, the most influential underworld broker under the codename "Joker", and is a former ...read more.

Doflamingo is one of the most well-written characters in any anime I've seen. At first he seems to be evil just for the sake of being evil, with his only goal being that he wants to destroy the world, but after learning about his backstory you start to understand where he is coming from. He had everything taken from him and was only left with a deep-seethed hatred for everything. But even so, he is never portrayed as anything else than pure evil. While the show wants to make you feel bad for him, it never justifies his actions. Another thing is the parallels he has with Law. Law, too, had everything taken from him and was left with nothing but hatred and without Corazon's intervention, he would have essentially become Doflamingo 2.0. It kind of makes you wonder if Doflamingo would have still become the monster he is today if he hadn't met Trebol. As much as I hate him as a person, he is a fascinating character that I wish we'll see more of and that's why he's my favorite anime villain

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.

From what I've seen. Frieza and Cell is on top ten just because Dragonball Z is popular. Also a lot of Full Metal Alchemist and Naruto Villains seems to take the top charts. However, HAVE YOU SEEN DOFLAMINGO. You seem to not realize how much of a clever and different Villain he is. He has the most badass sinister feel and has badass powers which manipulates very well. Doflamingo also is very clever, I don't know how he is #29 he seriously needs to be in the top ten.

Seriously a twisted background. From a main cause, his father choosing a life without thinking it through and going to an altogether terrible location, which he basically killed his wife.

And like any kid who loves his kind mother, wanted her to always be well. He didn't care for anything much but his mother, though he did wish for status, he decided to forget it for her.

After his mother's death he wants his father dead. Because, he had gotten them into hell, from all the former actions of their tenryuubito brethren, which in turn killed his mother.

As per his father's foolish decision, decided to follow through on his desire [to become a tenryuubito] and of which draws the attention of greedy minded people.

16 Father - Full Metal Alchemist: Brotherhood

He is the most powerful one here. Using alchemy he can disintegrate anyone, absorb energy (philosopher's stone, energy attack* etc)
I turned the citizen of an entire country to a stone.
Planned to do the same again and to enable him to absorb God.
He would have won if it wasn't for his arrogance, thinking that he cannot be killed.
In the last fight, all he did was stand still and let the heros attack him. If he had just create a bomb using alchemist and make it explode or create a small sun and burned everyone before his power run dry he would have won

Father, father, tell me where have you been? It's been hell not having you here, I've been missing you so bad, but you don't seem to care. :'( #SadSonForever

I hate this guy, but you have to admit he was ambitious if nothing else.

Creator of alchemy killed more than ten thousand for power

17 Orochimaru - Naruto Orochimaru is a fictional character from the Naruto universe created by Masashi Kishimoto and developed into a media franchise, which consists of a series of manga, anime, soundtracks, OVAs, movies, video games, and other collectibles.

The 3 legendary Sannin.
Lady Tsunade: A drinking gambler.
Master Jiraiya: A pervert aka Pervy Sage
And Lord Orochimau...some snakey boi

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 ...more

He is the best anime villain because you never know what he's up to. He killed both kages of the sand village and the leaf village. He took the horn of a jinchuriki's to use its dna to help his experiments. He recreated yamato's to have the first hokages wood release element, without that yamato wouldn't be who he is now. He fooled the both the leaf and the sand village into thinking he was the was the kazekage. He was the first one to fight Naruto in kyubbi mode. And he's the only villain left still living in Shippuden. He has his own village. His goal isn't to takeover the world, but to know and have all of the abilities in the ninja world. Plus he has anko.

He is strong and brilliant form of a antagonist. He only cared for himself even those close to him we're mere entertainment and just a new 'Vessel' for him to use. He's cold and knows how to apply his brains to a fight. Even when you think you beat him you won't he is most likely toying with you, almost teasing you before he steals your body or kills you off. A true villain

18 King Bradley - Fullmetal Alchemist/Brotherhood King Bradley is a fictional character from the Fullmetal Alchemist manga series and its adaptations created by Hiromu Arakawa.

He was absolutely amazing in brotherhood, being both a huge badass and also really tragic

The Deathstroke of anime, has no healing abilities like the other Homucculi but easily the most skilled.

The best FMA villain by far

19 Yami 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 villain. Even it's sad when he died I liked him he's my favorite villain if all time!

So epic. Should have been higher, like, can you say hot and evil?

He is my favorite and top number one favorite villain!

20 Tsukishima - Bleach

Probably one of the biggest trolls in bleach. Shocked at how he wasn't on this list. He even made ichigo cry.

21 Griffith (Berserk)

I'm surprised he isn't higher up on the list, considering the amount of scheming, manipulating and actual physical and mental harm he's done. What makes it crazier is that practically the whole world is tricked into believing he's some sort of godsend. A beautiful man whose interior is so foul that it disgusts and amazes me how intricately complex and well done his character is. However much he's suffered, whatever his ideals, he is the sort that really cannot be left unchecked. His convictions and ideals are terrifying, coupled with the fact that this man literally gets things DONE. On a genocidal level and then some, Griffith is evil, and it'll take way way WAY more than just a change of heart and hundreds of lifetimes' worth of goodwill to redeem him.

Griffith is probably the mist evil dude in manga.
The contrast between guts and griffith is so good because they are absolute opposites in every way. Guts is someone who doesn't lie and sees no point in being deceitful whereas griffith got to where he is now by tricking pretty much the whole world into believing he us their savior. And whats more interesting is he is the savior from the worlds perspective. We only see him as evil because we know aboyt the events of the eclipse and what he did to guts.
Probably the greatest manga villain of all time.
Please read berserk

Gotta be one of the highest on the list for the worst wrongs done to the protagonist, how is he so low? This guy is pretty much one of the nastiest pieces of work out of all of them. Won't list what he did for spoilers, but for those in the know, all I have to say is that even villains have standards low as they are, and this guy crossed the line on a beyond ridiculous scale. I seriously don't think there is any other villain on this list who committed a more heinously evil offense than Griffoth did against their respective story protagonists (not counting all the other guys, they got off nice and light compared to Guts and Casca. It's pretty bad when death by mutilation, ripped apart and eaten by demons can be considered getting off lightly, but I think anyone who has seen the series would agree).

Griffith has to be one of the most sinister anime/manga villains of all time. What he did is something that people can never ever recover from. I feel the only reason Griffith is so low on this list is because Berserk is, despite its notoriety, a fairly unpopular series. If more people read it, I'm sure they'd see the horrors of what Griffith has done and he'd skyrocket. (I wish he'd actually be strapped to a rocket and shot off)

22 Medusa Gorgon - Soul Eater

She’s isn’t easily top ten, and a true villain. She is not a villain that has had some kind of tragedy shape her into and evil character. She is evil for the fun of it. She wants chaos for the sake of it. That is a true field. Most of the other feelings on this lift have some kind of tragic motivation for their dental filling

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

I feel like she should be a little higher on this list. She turned her CHILD into a weapon. And she is far more evil in the manga

Manipulative, original and cool powers, very evil and hard to kill

23 Kyubey - Puella Magi Madoka Magica Kyubey is a fictional character from the 2011 anime series Puella Magi Madoka Magica and its related media.

A cute cat setting up girls to murder each other to prevent the heat death of the universe. What more could you possibly want?

Okay me and my friend drew fanart of him and we were just thinking about how he asks for your soul and just uses you as his puppet

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

24 Junko Enoshima - Dangan Ronpa Junko Enoshima (江ノ島 盾子 Enoshima Junko), is a student in Hope's Peak Academy's Class 78th, and a participant of the Killing School Life featured in Danganronpa: Trigger Happy Havoc. Her title is Ultimate Fashionista/True Ultimate Despair

This little psycho is the definitely the most sadistic anime villain of all time. She murdered her boyfriend, impaled her own sister with dozens of spears for the sheer purpose of making an example, erased her friends' memories of the past two years, trapped them in a bunker they had made to survive the apocalypse that SHE CREATED, & manipulated them into murdering what they forgot were some of their closest friends, which were followed up with personalized, overly-brutal executions of the murderers (also designed by her). But why did she do all this? Did she have a score to settle or a title to claim? Nope. Just to satisfy her disturbing, fetish-like obsession of despair, whether it be from others or even herself. She even subjected herself to every prior execution from the killing game since she knew the despair of her life's work being ruined & dying a horrific series of deaths would bring such a massive quantity of despair upon her, enjoying every second of her ...more

Most evillest anime in all of fiction if you ask me. Both in terms of anime AND gaming. This one high school supermodel got bored of her own life and literally stabbed the boy she loved to death, force the earth to go into an apocalypse, cause the Tragedy at Hope's Peak which killed all of the reserve course students except Hajime, erase the memories of her close friends and classmates inside the shelter of the school made to protect everyone from HER mess, force all her friends to kill each other after losing their two years of memories and best friendships, betray her own sister by impaling her with multiple spears for her own despair, adopt five young children who were treated terribly and have them start a ranpage with an entire army if Monokumas thanks to Monaca and have them kill adults and their own parents in such brutal ways, execute the killers of her killing game in the most brutal ways possible, trick the 77th class of Hope's Peak into going crazy, kill her so called ...more

Junko Enoshima is probably one of the best villains I've ever encountered in anime history. She's sadistic, intelligent and sexy. She's killed thousands, including her own sister and boyfriend for one reason. To feel despair. She willingly killed herself to feel despair. She has no reason for being a villain, no tragic backstory. She just wants to make everyone in the world for the worst kind of hopeless despair.

she murdered her sister killed her friends started a tragedy made a execution for her self we all agree this isn't a very nice person

25 Marik - 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 ...more

While this list has some interesting and messed up villains, Yami Marik is by far the worst. He is not even human, as he was created from the "normal" Marik's pain and despair. He has no feelings or emotions, and his only goals are to cause pain and suffering and to kill as many people as possible. For example, in the manga, he used a card game to send one of the characters (who didn't even know about the over-arcing mysteries and supernatural forces that were driving the story) into a coma; she would undergo mental torture while her brain was eaten away by bugs, and after 24 hours, she would die and essentially be trapped in hell. This heartless psychopathy had no real reason to do the things he did, as opposed to the normal Marik, and is actually partly responsible for why Marik became so messed up. Yami Marik possessed Marik and skinned his father alive. The main reason Marik became cold, uncaring, and mentally unstable was because of his dark side's actions. The only reason he ...more

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

Marik devised several plans, had a bunch of rare hunters at his disposal, and devised elaborate schemes that would shock the Riddler.

This guy is a genius.

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