Most anime protagonists are decent folks. Maybe they make some mistakes or bad decisions, but they mean well. While these kinds of main characters are common, they're not universal. Some main characters are cold-hearted, cruel villains.
Anime with villain protagonists allow viewers to adopt a perspective outside the norm. These anime ask viewers to empathize with characters who torment and seek to ruin others. This can be a disconcerting experience, but it can also be a great mental exercise. Maybe the character is hellbent on world domination, maybe they're seeking revenge, or maybe they just don't know how to handle a failed relationship. No matter what, they're doing something wrong, and it's the antagonist's job to try and stop them. Sometimes, these evil protagonists can even make for the best villains of all time.
Vote up the villainous main character who's compelling enough to get you rooting for them... or at least invested in their story.
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Alucard of Hellsing Ultimate is a vampire whose job involves hunting his own kind. In another series, a character like this could easily be an anti-hero or even just a hero, but that's not the case for Alucard. Alucard didn't become a vampire hunter for anything resembling moral reasons – he does it because he thoroughly enjoys ending lives.
Not only does he viciously slaughter vampires, he also kills humans. He shows no mercy and delights in ending lives. He softens up a little as the show progresses, but he's still very much a villainous protagonist.7,7371,296Is this a compelling character?
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91 Days is a mafia revenge story that takes place during Prohibition. The villainous protagonist is Angelo Lagusa, who swore revenge on the powerful Vanetti family after they killed his parents and his younger brother.
What makes Angelo a villain is the fact that he doesn't just want to revenge, he wants to inflict as much suffering as humanly possible on anyone who is even tangentially related his family's death.3,353837Is this a compelling character?
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Elfen Lied's Lucy has a good reason for her villainy. She's a special breed of human called a Diclonius, and her status opens her up not only to severe interpersonal and societal discrimination but also to being experimented on and tortured by the government.
Traumatized by her experiences, Lucy starts destroying others with abandon. Not only does she kill the government officials holding her captive, she kills her childhood friend's father and sister out of jealousy, and racks up other random kills.
While she does eventually begin to feel remorse, her merciless killing and her tendency to torture her victims do paint the grim and bloody picture of a villain.5,3421,410Is this a compelling character?
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Terror in Resonance tells the story of two teenage boys, Nine and Twelve, who form a terrorist cell known as Sphinx. Nine and Twelve grew up in the Settlement, an experimental institution for gifted children. As you might have guessed, the Settlement doesn't have the children's best interest in mind. Instead, they were there to be used as tools for whatever purposes the Japanese government desired. Most of the children died through drugging and experimentation, but Nine and Twelve escaped.
As Sphinx, their goal is to steal an atomic bomb from the Settlement and use it to wipe out everyone involved in the experiment. Terror in Resonance provides an interesting look into what might drive a person to commit undeniably villainous acts of terrorism, though it does occasionally lose its focus, making the ultimate message less... resonant.3,536927Is this a compelling character?