Anime is filled with villainous personalities that use all kinds of sinister methods to hurt the people around them. The best villains in anime come in different shapes and sizes. Some characters refuse to hold back, making sure to leave a trail of death and destruction in their wake. Other anime antagonists are unsettling, using manipulation and indirect methods to fulfill their evil agenda.
Either way, one of the best feelings you can ever experience while watching anime is when your favorite protagonist finally exacts their sweet revenge on a villain. Below, you’ll find a list of some of the best anime retributions of all time. Be warned: there are spoilers ahead. Vote up the most amazing anime moments of righteous vengeance!
In Full Metal Alchemist, Roy Mustang plays a big role in the battle against the Homunculi. Each of these creatures represents one of the seven deadly sins. Envy, in particular, strikes a strong chord of vengeance in Roy's heart. In the anime, it’s revealed that Envy is solely responsible for the death of Roy Mustang's closest friend, Maes Hughes.
When the two cross paths, an epic revenge fight breaks out and Roy doesn't hold back. He eventually crushes Envy, humiliating it and diminishing it to its most basic form. As Roy tortures Envy, Edward, Riza, and Scar hold him back from becoming a murderer. When Envy realizes that Roy isn't going to stoop to an inhuman level to kill it, it commits suicide by crushing its own stone.
In Naruto Shippuden, Hidan is an immortal shinobi with the ability to curse his opponents and use them as voodoo dolls. This power, combined with his love for killing, makes him a very sinister opponent. Using his voodoo curse, he eventually kills Asuma, leader of Team 10. Shikamaru, a student of Asuma, is devastated and seeks revenge.
When they eventually face off, Shikamaru leads Hidan into a clever trap and uses his shadow jutsu to wrap Hidan up in explosive tags. In one of the best anime acts of revenge, Shikamaru opens up a deep pit below his trapped opponent and then flicks Asuma’s lighter towards him, blowing Hidan up into pieces and leaving his remains trapped under a pile of rubble.
In Cowboy Bebop, the rivalry between Spike and Vicious starts when they become comrades in the Red Dragon Crime Syndicate. They both fall for the same woman, Julia, who decides to leave them both. Spike later learns that Julia, under the threat of death, had been ordered by Vicious to kill him. Instead of having to murder Spike, she chooses to disappear. For years, she survives while on the run, but is eventually killed by assassins of the syndicate. This serves as the catalyst for Spike's decision to finally face Vicious.
In the finale of Cowboy Bebop, Spike infiltrates the Red Dragon base to take on Vicious. Although Spike is critically wounded during the encounter, he manages to finish off Vicious with a shot to the chest, resulting in the best revenge in the entire series.
Androids 17 and 18 cause lots of devastation throughout the Dragon Ball Z series. In the timeline that Future Trunks originates from, the two Androids transform the Earth into a hellish place after killing all of the Z Fighters. Future Trunks returns to this timeline after training intensely in a device called the Hyperbolic Time Chamber to find that Future Android 17 and 18 are on a destructive spree in the city.
When Trunks arrives to put a stop to their antics, the Androids smile in amusement, unaware of his newfound strength. The three engage in a battle, but the Androids are simply no match for the powered-up Super Saiyan. In one of the best revenge scenes anime has ever seen, Future Trunks finally destroys the two Androids with an epic, “This is for Gohan!”