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The Most Iconic Quote From Every Major Shonen Villain

Updated July 13, 2020 7.5k votes 1.1k voters 41.9k views25 items

One of the things that can make an anime villain interesting is the things that they say. Through their words, viewers can learn about their motivation for being villains, their views on the world as a whole, and their personalities. Whether these quotes make us love them or hate them, they're a great way to get insight into what makes them tick.

This list will be showcasing some of shonen anime villain quotes from major shows like My Hero Academia, Hunter x Hunter, Naruto, One Piece, DBZ, Black Clover, and more. Be sure to vote up whichever quotes speak to you the most.

  • "Love is the reason why there is pain. When we lose someone precious to us, hate is born. Vengeance is the product of that hate and so death follows. But in death there is only more death. This will give rise to more pains. In this cursed world we live in, it is a cycle of hatred that will not cease. You and I seek the same thing that Jiraiya-sensei wanted. Let me ask you this: How will you confront this hatred in order to create peace?"

    Pain was once an orphan in a war torn nation. As a result of his repeated horrifying experiences, he decided to show the world the true meaning of pain in the hopes that this would inspire them to end war altogether. That's why when Naruto actually hears his motviation, he can't completely hate him, even if he can't condone his attack on Konoha. 

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  • "In this world, wherever there is light - there are also shadows. As long as the concept of winners exists, there must also be losers. The selfish desire of wanting to maintain peace causes wars, and hatred is born to protect love."

    After a tragic life in which he lost almost everything that mattered to him, Madara comes to the conclusion that the only way to achieve peace is to brainwash the planet into eternal sleep. He doesn't think that more peaceful means have a chance of working - all those attempts will only make things worse.

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  • "Any betrayal you can see is trivial, what is truly frightening and much more lethal, is the betrayal you cannot see."

    Aizen's betrayal of Soul Society is one of the most spectacular acts of treachery in anime history. That's because he thoroughly tricked his colleagues into thinking he was on their side, essentially becoming the 'betrayal you cannot see.'

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  • "Maybe, just maybe, there is no purpose in life... but if you linger a while longer in this world, you might discover something of value in it. Like how you discovered that flower. Or, how I discovered you one fateful night"

    The reason that Orochimaru commits so many atrocious acts of human experimentation is that he wants to live forever. He wants to live forever so that he can learn every jutsu that exists in the world. He doesn't see any meaning in ordinary life, but he's hoping to find its value by prolonging it. He imparts this wisdom to Kimimaro, who he hopes will find purpose in giving up his body to Orochimaru's quest for immortality.

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