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The 25 Greatest Modern Anime Villains, Ranked

September 15, 2020 18.6k votes 2.5k voters 53.6k views25 items

Every season, new anime comes out, and new anime villains are introduced. Some of them are just okay, but others are fantastic. For this list, we're going to take a look at the best modern anime villains: that is, the best villains who have appeared in anime that came out between 2010 - 2020. 

Among them are characters who appeared at the beginning of the decade like Kyuubey from Madoka Magica and Izaya Orihara from Durarara! There are also more recent entries into the anime canon, like Garou from One Punch Man and Muzan Kibutsuji from Demon Slayer.

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    Unlike some villains who have tragic backstories or pure motivations, Hisoka Morow just wants to destroy strong opponents. Sometimes, this means that he slides out of the villain role to help the protagonists, but sometimes this means that he's the toughest obstacle they have to face. 

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    Meruem - 'Hunter x Hunter'

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    Born to be the king of the chimera ants, Meruem is supposed to be spending his time preparing to dominate those around him and amassing strength. Although he's strong as hell, he's more concerned with his true purpose in life. That's how he ends up building a powerful and unexpected connection with a human girl named Komugi. 

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    Muzan Kibutsuji - 'Demon Slayer'

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    After becoming a demon in order to save himself from a fatal illness, Muzan Kibutsuji becomes obsessed with becoming a 'perfect being' and with transforming as many people as possible into demons. He's the one who massacred Tanjiro's family and turned Nezuko into a demon, so he's the one they must defeat.

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  • JoJo's Bizarre Adventure has a lot of great villains, but for now we're sticking with the classics. Dio is a super-powerful vampire who can stop time with his Stand. His primary goal is nothing short of world domination.

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