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13 Anime Villains Who Try Way Too Hard To Be Evil

Updated January 7, 2021 2.2k votes 456 voters 22.4k views13 items

Ever get the feeling that an anime character is doing way too much? Whether they're endlessly plugging away at an impossible goal like Team Rocket and Emperor Pilaf or they're so unconscionably evil that they should have been stopped a long time ago like Hody Jones or Dino Golzine, these characters take villainy past the point of no return.

Sometimes, it's fun to watch them anime villains who try too hard, but sometimes it's just plain frustrating. Love 'em or hate 'em, vote up the villains who are going as full throttle as they possibly can. 

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    Oberon - Sword Art Online

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    It's bad enough that Nobuyuki Sugou got engaged to a comatose teenager by asking her father instead of waiting for her to wake up so that he could ask her - he knew that the answer was no. How? Because Asuna Yuuki's digital self is trapped in a gilded cage created by Sugou's online alter-ego, Oberon. In-game, it's quite obvious that Asuna has no interest in this creep, but that doesn't stop him from holding her hostage, stopping by every once in a while to grope her and lick her face. 

    Once her boyfriend Kirito shows up to save the day, Oberon proves that not only is he a total slimebag, he also can't take real pain. When Kirito changes the settings on his Nerve Gear and makes the fight actually hurt, he starts sobbing like a baby. Clearly, Oberon wasn't prepared to face the consequences of his actions.

    Trying too hard?
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    Myne - The Rising Of The Shield Hero

    It wasn't enough for Myne to accuse Naofumi of an assault he didn't commit and persuade everybody in the country to start shunning him for no reason. No, she had to keep popping up at every possible moment to ruin his life, whether that's making her lackeys cheat during a race or trying to annihilate her own sister for not being fully on board with her schemes. While she's clearly making Naofumi upset, at a certain point she becomes less of a threat and more of a nuisance.

    Why do all that? Because a weird cult told her to, that's why! It'd be nice if further seasons go into more detail about that, but it'd also be nice if she just went away. 

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    Seryu Ubiquitous - Akame ga KILL!

    Photo: White Fox

    There's nothing wrong with caring about justice, but Seryu Ubiquitous takes it way too far. Once she decides that somebody is evil, she feels fully empowered to destroy them in the most sadistic way possible. Those she considers evil include vigilante assassins like Night Raid, as well as minor shoplifters and people who disagree with her. While some of her allies are happy to have her wreak havoc, others are pretty taken aback by her extreme violence. 

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  • Emperor Pilaf fancies himself a powerful villain like Frieza or Cell, but rather than scare people he mostly just annoys them or makes them laugh. Depending on where he appears in the series, he either wants to rule the entire world or get rich - either way, he wants power for power's sake. His plans are typically pretty boneheaded, but he still managed to destroy the entire world on two occasions - not bad for a villain, but not exactly what he's aiming for, either. He's also the reason Goku spends much of GT in child form. Basically, Pilaf can be funny, but he really could stand to take up a better hobby then finding Dragon Balls and making mistakes with them.  

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