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13 Anime Villains Who Try Way Too Hard To Be Evil

Updated January 7, 2021 3k votes 636 voters 34.3k 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

    Photo: A-1 Pictures

    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. 

    Trying too hard?
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    Clementine - Overlord

    Photo: Madhouse

    Nothing is more fun for Clementine physically and mentally tormenting others. While some try to excuse her vicious behavior by assuming that she has a tragic past to explain it, Clementine is clear: hurting other people rules, and she's always felt that way regardless of her personal experiences. In her mind, everybody else is a tool for her convenience, and she feels little to no remorse for anything she's done unless she faces personal consequences for it. That's why she excels in Black Scripture, and it's also why it's hard to get too broken up about it when Ainz puts an end to her antics, even if the method was distressingly brutal. 

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