From the best shonen anime to the best fantasy anime, everything is taken to its natural extreme and organized crime is no exception. Different anime have shown all kinds of organized crime syndicates doing all kinds of evil deeds. Evil anime organizations are known for wreaking havoc on the protagonists and innocent civilians of their respective series. Some of these evil organizations in anime are played for laughs, allowing viewers to feel empathy for the villains. Others are made up of individuals who are pure evil and make fans feel nothing but disgust for them.
Still, some organizations are more nuanced crime circles that are broken down during a series to provide windows into the goals and backstories of antagonists. The very best evil organizations in anime have been gathered here on this list. These are organizations that are known for being ruthlessly sinister, heinous, or nefarious. Check them out below and vote up the best evil anime organizations that you find fascinating and engaging.
Akatsuki - Naruto
Naruto spawned perhaps one of the most visibly recognizable evil organizations of all time. The Akatsuki are known for their black robes linked in red. There are red cloud symbols adorned on their robes as well. They are a crime organization of shinobi who pursue their own version of justice and peace, and the members are mostly heinous criminals who are on the run. They serve as the main antagonists in the latter part of Naruto.
The Phantom Troupe - Hunter X Hunter
The Phantom Troupe is made up of renowned thieves and it has the title of an A-Class Bounties organization. They're main villains during the Yorknew City arc and are villains for most of the series. All 13 members of the organization have the ability to use Nen and are very good at it. The only way to join is to kill a current member and take their place (which the others are totally cool with) or wait for someone to die and for Chrollo Lucilfer to pick you. The Phantom Troupe has committed murder and robbery without a second thought, and has even wiped out entire populaces for the right price.
The Espada - Bleach
The Espada are the main villains during the Arrancar arc in Bleach. The word "espada" means sword in Spanish. The main rule of the Espada is that strength is the important thing when it comes to establishing rank and working with others. Throughout the arc, they are formidable enemies for Ichigo and the rest of the cast.
Aogiri Tree - Tokyo Ghoul
Tokyo Ghoul is a dark anime with an even darker criminal organization. Called Aogiri Tree, the organization fights directly with the CCG, killing a lot of their members. They have a notorious reputation among ghouls and are generally not very nice.