Best Anime Villains


The Top Ten

1 Frieza - Dragonball Z 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 more.

Should be lower, its just your typical 90's villain who want to rule the universe and kill people.

YES. I love Freiza! His attitude is just great. He has just the right amount of sanity and just the right amount of INsanity. Of course, all villains wanna rule the universe, but I still find him rather unique. Freiza is strong enough to actually give goku a good fight, and probably win (except good guys will ALWAYS win sadly...) He was the villain who made Goku turn Super Sayian, yet he still gave a pretty good fight. I think Frieza is the best villain.

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.

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)

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2 Johan Liebert - Monster Johan Liebert - Monster

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 ...more

The character I dreamed in my childhood.

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.

die frieza

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3 Light - Death Note Light - Death Note

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

He was someone who tried to erase evil becoming evil himself. What he alone thinks is justice. In other words, he was just a human trying to play God.

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...

A main character turned evil.

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4 Aizen - Bleach 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 ...more

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

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

If there has to be two of the best villains in manga/anime history it is either Sosuke Aizen from Bleach or Griffith from Berserk. Frieza is a joke honestly, can't believe he's number 1. Johan Liebert, while a good villain, is ultimately a victim of circumstance. He's made to be a psychopath. There can be plenty of psychopaths that exist in this world. Light Yagami is an anti-hero, so can't count as a villain. However, what makes Aizen and Griffith to be the best is that they are Machiavellian villains in that they can differentiate between good and wrong but are willing to achieve their desires suppressing the good within them.

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5 Hisoka - Hunter x Hunter Hisoka - Hunter x Hunter

Fancy moves

Dang it! It was hard to choose between Hisoka and Light but Hisoka is way more interesting than Light and it's just super fun when he's around.

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.

Hisoka is literally thw ultimate assassin, draws you in with his strange personality, and then he kills you mercilessly. He's an intriguing and awesome character, and he even kills most of the Phantom Troupe in the manga. Soon he'll have the final showdown with Gon and Killua

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6 Envy - Fullmetal Alchemist

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.

Not the strongest out of all the Homunculus but definitely the worst one when it came to his actions. In the end though, you can't help but feel bad for him.

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.

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7 Naraku - Inuyasha

I've watched a lot of anime in my short 15 years of life, and I will say now that Naraku is one of the most devious little SOB's I have ever come across. He is, quite literally, a master manipulator, and basically has everyone, from his incarnations to the anti-hero Sesshomaru, dancing upon the palm of his hand. And he's not just a villan who made the hero angry and such. No, he made EVERYONE MAD. He cursed Miroku, resurrected Kohaku against Sango, kidnapped Rin against Sesshomaru, pitted Kikyo and Inuyasha against each other, and even tried to make history repeat itself by pitting Kagome against Inuyasha as well.

When Kanna refused to attack Kagome and crew because she had a change of heart, what does he do? Crushs her heart even though she served him loyally from BEGINNING TO END. He basically tortured Kagura throughout the entire series by dangling her heart in her face and finally, FINALLY, when she gets it back, what does he do? Poison's her so that her few minutes of gosh ...more

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

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.

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8 Cell - Dragonball Z 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.

Could you name one more respectful villan.

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

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.

Top 3 the best

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9 Legato Bluesummers - Trigun

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

One of the few villains out there to actualy win

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. - Elric-san

10 Shishio Makoto - Rurouni Kenshin 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.

He survived his own death

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

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

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...

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The Newcomers

? Nappa - Dragon Ball Nappa - Dragon Ball
? Galvatron - Transformers

The Contenders

11 The Major - Hellsing The Major - Hellsing

The Major's speech made him an epic villain and one of the best villains in anime

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

He is the literal definition of Some Men Just Want to Watch the World Burn

After watching hellsing ultimate how can this guy not be top 10 he had 3 million people killed in one tonight bested an almost immortal vampire then I remembered that the anime community base thing on power level and not how well a character is written

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12 Father - Full Metal Alchemist: Brotherhood


Father is most powerful villians of all time

Creator of alchemy killed more than ten thousand for power

Powerful must be higher

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13 Dio Brando - Jojo's Bizarre Adventure 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.

Imagine someone breaking into your house through the front door. Attempt to steal your rightful inheritance by manipulating your father, while also putting higher dosages of poison into his food to slowly kill him. That's just the surface of the mad lad known as Dio Brando has done to our protagonist JOJO

He murdered a dog, and caused the death of a baby, and killed so many more, but most importantly THE DOG.

Because he's Dio...


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14 Tsukishima - Bleach

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

15 Yami Bakura - Yugioh 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 villian. Even it's sad when he died I liked him he's my favorite villian if all time!

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16 King Bradley - Fullmetal Alchemist/Brotherhood King Bradley - Fullmetal Alchemist/Brotherhood

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

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

The best FMA villain by far

17 Izaya Orihara - Durarara!! Izaya 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.

Cunning, manipulative, and creepily charismatic, for a lot of people Izaya is what really made Durarara shine. He's essentially the MCU's Loki, except in hot anime boy form!

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.

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18 Lelouch Vi Brittania - Code Geass Lelouch Vi Brittania - Code Geass Lelouch Lamperouge, whose real name is Lelouch vi Britannia, is the title character and protagonist of the Sunrise anime series Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion.

He easily classifies as a "villain protagonist." The empire (and Charles V. Brittania) is WORSE than him, but that is like saying "well, he isn't as bad as Hitler). Before Geass, he was just an angry youth who liked beating (other) nobles at chess just for the satisfaction of humiliating them. Then he becomes a terrorist, not for justice, but to get revenge on his father (daddy issues). He thinks nothing of collateral damage and sacrificing allies (then lying about it) for his own agenda. Remember when he was supposed to save a fellow resistance leader and his crew (on their ship), but instead blows up his ALLY to kill off the enemies sent to do that very job. He then lies and claims the man committed suicide to take the enemy with him, and urges his fellows to take this opportunity to "avenge" their allies on the now exposed enemy forces. He has no notion of loyalty, and simply uses EVERYONE around him like a pawn to discard on a whim. At the end of season one he even abandons his ...more

OFC Lelouch is in here, what do I expect from him.

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.

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19 Vicious - 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

"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?

No regard for human life and lives only for destruction

A ravenous beast, the same blood runs through both of us, the blood of a beast who wanders hunting for the blood of others, I’ve bled all that kind of blood away, THEN WHY ARE YOU STILL ALIVE?

20 Junko Enoshima - Dangan Ronpa Junko Enoshima - Dangan Ronpa

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

Just read the other comments, I don't feel like explaining.

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

Best girl and best villain

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21 Griffith (Berserk) Griffith (Berserk)

Depends on your definition of villain, I think most people in his situation might have done the same.

Very compelling villain.

The Villain seinen fans deserve and need

While Aizen is the best for shonen, Griffith is not only the best for seinen but the best in anime/manga history.

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22 Byakuran - Katekyo Hitman Reborn Byakuran - 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!

The way Byakuran uses his own subordinates to build up ghost (which is basically power for himself) is shocking. They had such bad lives, Byakuran made them feel better, only to use them and put them out of their misery. He destroyed the future acrobaleno and manipulated one of them. Not only is he cute, he's the Japanese version of the Joker. - ItsDaWorldOfSNuGGLEZ

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.

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

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

Evil kitty... He is so manipulative, and he let all of the characters die because they signed contracts with him.

The best villains are the ones disguised as friends.

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24 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 methods that prolong the ...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 ...more - fabcats1

He is a twisted guy for sure - RustyNail

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

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25 Medusa Gorgon - Soul Eater Medusa Gorgon - Soul Eater

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

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

How is she not in the top ten? medusa ily - nao

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26 Orochimaru - Naruto 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.

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

Orochimaru is the most unique and well written villain I've ever seen. He is the only one who surpassed my second all time favorite villain in any media - The Joker. Orochimaru's aim in life was to become immortal and to know everything there is. To achieve his aim he would go to lengths no one would even dream of.

Is he reformed or just biding his time until Naruto (Mr.Kurama-no-kick-your-ass of a Hokage) steps down/dies?

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.

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27 Donquixote Doflamingo - One Piece Donquixote Doflamingo - One Piece

After the buildup of his past and what this person has gone through, it is clear that he has left a mark on us the viewers,as one of the most unique villains in one piece.

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. - Dragonsuper619

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.

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28 Pride - 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. - bishop.moore07

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.

The Evilest homunculus of all, he embodies a feeling or deep pleasure or satisfaction derived from one's own achievements, the achievements of those with whom one is closely associated, or from qualities or possessions that are widely admired.
Not to mention eating his teammates in order to survive.
It also really fits in with the plot on how prideful he is and how his "mother" called him her pride gives the plot a little twist.

29 God Hand (Berserk)
30 Vegeta - Dragon Ball Z Vegeta - Dragon Ball Z Vegeta is an anime fictional character from the anime series, Dragon Ball Z, created by Akira Toriyama.

Apart from frieza Vegeta has killed the most amount of people out of anyone on this list, probably more than all of then put together. The man has destroyed hundreds maybe thousands of planets, destroyed millions of races and killed trillions of people. Come on

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? - zaz

Vegeta is good now, but he was a bad guy when he first appears.

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31 Kiryuin Ragyo - Kill La Kill

"She is a mother that used her daughter as a experiment and because it doesn't work throw her in the garbage. Used to violate her other two daughters by telling them she was going to purified them and finally she tried to take over the world with CLOTHES! "

This bitch needs to be a lot higher on the list, I mean, she used both of her daughters as test subjects for life fibers, without any regard of their welfare, even one of them dies in her eyes and she gives 0 cares. Then she proceeds to sexually abuse the surviving one for years, and of course she plans to destroy all life and planet earth itself.

32 Kagato - Tenchi Muyo!

Okay so there are undoubtedly some incredible anime villains, but for me Kagato Araki of Tenchi Muyo OVA should be at the top of this list. Many parallels can be drawn between the evil of Kagato and the evil that exists within religion! On his spaceship Soja he has a large Organ which he plays after he nearly kills Tenchi and refers to his spaceship as his "chapel" with two snakes guarding Washu Hakubi locked inside a crystal in the mirror world on board. He considers himself superior thinking of human life and emotion as "worth nothing more than dust" and will not hesitate to kill anyone who gets in his way and/or especially if in his eyes it fulfils a greater purpose! The scary thing is he is not only power hungry, but he is also a genius being the result of an assimilation between his or in this case her base clone Naja Akara (the original possibly being Jurian and unquestionably Washu Hakubi's scientific equal and best friend) and a male prototype of Ryoko Hakubi. The sad thing is ...more

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.

33 Sensui - Yu Yu Hakusho

A villain that can makes you identify with them and ask yourself some of the same questions that he wondered about humanity, questions I ask myself every day about what people do and say. I don't think he should even be considered a villain at all at this point, I remember watching this as a child and then seeing it later as an adult and having a totally different perspective of him, I couldn't realize how much of a good character he was until I was an adult and watched this again, I can't think of a villain on this list that even comes close to him, he has all the attributes of humanity down to it's flaws and good points. Basically he represents mankind and it's "fall" and then it's redeeming qualities.

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! - Velilana

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.

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34 Kurata - Digimon Savers

Oh, as someone who likes Digimon Data Squad, I was expecting him to appear here..
Not to forget that Thomas also was working for him, but gladly Thomas turned into a good guy later.
When Kurata fused with Belphemon, it looked like a horrible abomination between a human and Digimon, but at least Marcus with help of his epicness killed him.
I think he is interesting, but even if he is a coward, he is pretty good as a villain. I don't see many human villains in Digimon.

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!

This guy is paranoid, evil and mad.

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... - ItsDaWorldOfSNuGGLEZ

35 Balalaika - Black Lagoon Balalaika - Black Lagoon
36 Itachi Uchiha - Naruto Itachi Uchiha - Naruto Itachi Uchiha is a fictional character in the Naruto manga and anime series created by Masashi Kishimoto.

This guy should be higher up even though he was not really a villain he killed his ENTIRE clan except his brother Sasuke but HE SHOULD BE HIGHER

HE IS definitely the "BEST" brother just like Illumi from Hunter X Hunter

Itachi Uchiha is 'the' most powerful character in Naruto anime series. His sacrifice is like no one's. He is shown as a wicked person, but in reality is an elegant person. Kishimoto had one said that, if Itachi was not killed, he could easily defeat Madara.

Become a villain for some reason died as a hero

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37 Tetsuo Shima - Akira Tetsuo Shima - Akira

Truly not enough respect for this guy as a villain. Especially with his influence on other great characters like

For a villain that can murder anything in sight, Tetsuo is a very relatable character. - Not_A_Weeaboo

38 Crocodile - 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.

Crocodile is amazing. he deserves a better rating

By far the best villain-at least in one piece. Ever since he first appears, he shows some amazing bad ass moves, being the first enemy to deliver a complete and utter defeat to luffy. Then, when he appears in Impel Down, he shows impressive determination to take whitebeard's head. In the war at marineford, he stops the first attempt at ace's execution and attacks akainu just at the right moment. He is by far the best villain in my opinion!

Oh come on! Crocodile is the KING of badasses.

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39 Marshall D. Teach - One Piece

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.

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 - Luminous

Not only is Blackbeard cunning he also insanely strong. With such feats as defeating Fire Fist Ace, going blow for blow with former Fleet Admiral Sengoku, annihilating Marco the Phoenix and the remnants of Whitebeard's crew, and becoming a member of the four emporers. He is also the perfect villain for Luffy.

He's the evilest and strongest villain because he can add more devil fruit if he wants because of his yami yami nomi fuit

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40 Gasai Yuno - Mirai Nikki

One of the most scary characters of all time. Starting like an innocent girl and turning into something so unimaginable

Yuno Gasai could be one of the most manipulative, cruel villain in anime.

Can't believe she wasn't named yet, ok it's debateable if she can be considered a villain or not, to me she absolutely is, she's ruthless, violent, a stalker and a total psychopath

41 Myotismon - 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.

42 Gendo Ikari - Neon Genesis: Evangelion Gendo Ikari - Neon Genesis: Evangelion Gendo Ikari is a fictional character in the Neon Genesis Evangelion franchise. He is the commander of NERV.

Why isn't he higher lol

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.

He is interesting charterers and one of my favorite characters in the series


43 Toguro - Yu Yu Hakusho

Ridiculous, Toguro should be much much higher. Toguro is the main villain of one of the best arc in anime history. he might look like a killing machine or a gun for hire assasin, or a pawn. but Toguro is actually pretty smart. he set things up so Yusuke and his team have no choice but to participate in the Tournament and the others in the Dark Tournament were used by Toguro to strengthen Yusuke and his team, all for the sake of their fight, JUST THEIR FIGHT. Toguro went through all the systematic plan from making sure the Dark Tournament improves Yusuke, that He and Sakyo gets rid of the corrupt gamblers so that the whole tournament goes smoothly according to their plan, JUST BECAUSE TOGURO WANTS TO DIE.

And he set things up so that Yusuke would end the curse of the Dark Tournament, by making a selfless wish, unlike him who wish for immortality. By killing Genkai, Toguro saved Yusuke. Toguro lost to Yusuke but he won against the Dark Tournament, not only did he free himself, he ...more

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.

Had such an amazing story and character arc. One of the best villains in any anime ever. Should be much higher up on the list.

Very likable and deep character with an interesting honor code.

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44 Hyochuka - Kamen No Maid Guy
45 Nagato (Pain) - Naruto Shippuden Nagato (Pain) - Naruto Shippuden Nagato (Also known by his alias "Pain") is a fictional character from the manga and anime franchise Naruto, created by Masashi Kishimoto.

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 ...more

Shinra Tensei

Should easily be in top ten

Do you hate me now?

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46 Darcia - Wolf's Rain
47 Kagami Mikage - Ceres, Celestial Legend
48 Sailor 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!

She should be higher - ParkerFang

49 Giovanni - Pokemon

I couldn't find jessie and james so I choose giovani - -Pikachu-

He truly is the most epic boss in the history of bosses. He wants to capture Pokemon so that he could rule the world. Plus, he might possibly be immortal.

Damn, this far down on the list! He runs a mafia for Arceus's sake!

He is a bad ass.

50 The Homunculi - Fullmetal Alchemist

Each of the homunculi had a unique personality, and a backstory and such. (this is all based off of the 2003 anime, since I haven't seen Brotherhood)

Lust is my favorite of the homunculi. She wants to be human, and is willing to question Dante's orders. She is the most rounded and fleshed out of the homunculi. Her death was the saddest of the homunculi's for me.

Gluttony is devoted to Lust. He sort of thinks of her as a mother figure, and it was heartbreaking when he couldn't find Lust because she was dead, and Dante had to take away his mind.

I know that this is an unpopular opinion, but Envy is my least favorite homunculus. They're honestly a really good character, and I just... hate them. They hit Wrath, and enjoy killing, and I can't stand it. They're honestly a lot like Princess Azula, who I really like, but I hate Envy for some reason.

Honestly, Greed didn't last long enough for me to really form an opinion on him yet, but based off of what little ...more

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