No list of the greatest anime villains of all time is complete without the notorious Sousuke Aizen of Bleach. Once a seemingly harmless member of Soul Society who acted like everybody's nerdy, calligraphy-loving big brother, he ended up betraying his supposed comrades when he stages a coup and reveals his true intentions: to destroy Soul Society once and for all.
While Aizen stands out in the anime zeitgeist, there are other anime characters like Aizen out there. One example is Father of Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood, a supremely powerful homunculus whose goal is to gain the power of a god. There's also Griffith from Berserk, whose betrayal of the Band of the Hawk was just as shocking as Aizen's.
If you love Aizen and want to find other characters like him, this list might help you find a new favorite show.
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Madara and Aizen are both frequently cited as the best villains from shonen anime, so that's one thing they have in common. But there's more that connects these two than just their popularity.
Both of them are power-hungry badasses who concoct elaborate schemes to put themselves in a position of control. Both have major issues with how their respective societies are run, and want to fix those problems through violent revolution. Both are capable of manipulating others into becoming their allies - Aizen demonstrates that by secretly amassing an army, while Madara does the same by getting the potentially powerful Obito on his side. Finally, both boast terrifying levels of both brute strength and magical prowess that make them damn-near impossible to beat.12212Is this character similar?
Father - 'Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood'Photo: Studio Bones
If you're looking for another villain who is attempting to destroy everything in his path for a chance at ultimate power, look no further than Father.
Once a seemingly insignificant dwarf in a flask, Father has spent the past several centuries amassing power. That power is his main preoccupation. As the original homunculus who has access to more knowledge about the world than almost anyone else, he firmly believes in his godlike superiority and is willing to sacrifice anyone or anything that stands in his way. To help with his goals, he created the seven homunculi who serve as the series' primary villains. But despite calling them his children, he's ultimately willing to destroy them if it furthers his goals.
Despite having more knowledge, Father doesn't have the same strategic brilliance that Aizen has, and he's more likely to be ruled by his emotions. Still, their priorities and roles in their respective series are basically the same.9518Is this character similar?
All For One - 'My Hero Academia'Photo: Studio Bones
All For One's full influence over the My Hero Academia storyline is not yet known, but just like Aizen, he's the mastermind behind most of the chaos that ensues over the course of the series. All For One wants to take down Hero Society and have his protege Tomura Shigaraki rule the world as a villain.
While he's made it pretty clear to the good guys that he stands on the side of evil, he's just as capable of betrayal as Aizen is - he's keeping some devastating secrets from Shigaraki and has no qualms about using him and the other members of the League of Villains to achieve his ends.7521Is this character similar?
Muzan Kibutsuji - 'Demon Slayer'Photo: ufotable
Muzan Kibutsuji is one of the more recent additions to the world of anime villains, and he's turning out to be one of the most cunning and manipulative. Muzan is able to blend seamlessly into normal society, even creating an identity as a husband and father. But beneath his placid surface lies a ruthless killer who couldn't care less who he has to destroy to accomplish his goals.
Sounds like Aizen, right? Aizen also created a false identity to make himself seem kindhearted and gentle - actually, his identity was even more deeply rooted than Muzan's was. He also has the skills to manipulate others into compliance and loyalty, and the same carnivorous desires for ultimate power.548Is this character similar?