While there's something to be said for a sympathetic anime villain, sometimes you just want to see the good guys go up against a truly black-hearted bad guy. Whether it's the joy of watching them finally get what's coming to them or the excitement that comes with seeing what malicious depths they'll sink to next, these characters can be a ton of fun.
The most evil anime villains include villains from shonen hits like Naruto, Bleach, and Dragon Ball Z, but they also appear in shorter series like Banana Fish, Hellsing, and Made In Abyss. While these villains have different motives and are guilty of different crimes, one thing they all share is an utter disregard for the needs and safety of anyone other than themselves, and a willingness to use others to further their nefarious ends?
Which ones do you love to hate the most?
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Part of what makes Griffith so cruel is that he didn't just attack unsuspecting victims - he betrayed his comrades. The Band of the Hawk was a group of mercenaries who considered Griffith an important friend and ally, and in fact once rescued him from captivity despite the great personal risk they incurred by doing so. Griffith's lust for power was so consuming that when he got the opportunity to become a god called Femto, he willingly sacrificed the lives of just about all of his former friends in the process. Oh, and he assaulted Casca, forcing her lover Guts to watch.
Why does he do all this? Because he desperately wants to create and rule his own kingdom - likely as a reaction to a childhood marred by extreme poverty.Love to hate them?
Father - 'Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood'Photo: Studio Bones
While Shou Tucker is a strong contender for "most evil anime character," in terms of sheer body count, the award has to go to Father. Father is a homunculus who tricked the city of Xerxes into creating the conditions needed for him to acquire godlike powers, wiping out nearly the entire civilization in the process.
Later, he tries to do a similar thing again, this time with the help of his homunculus children, so that he can become a so-called "perfect being." He sees those around him - even his own children - as expendable tools to help him achieve that end, and has no sense of guilt or remorse for any of the lives he's taken.Love to hate them?
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It's probably not a surprise that Shou Tucker is on this list. After all, he's one of the most hated characters in the anime community - and for good reason. Desperate to produce another speaking chimera for his research, he sacrifices his own daughter, Nina, by fusing her with the family dog. It is also revealed that he did the same thing to his wife two years prior. He committed these atrocious crimes against his own family just so he could keep his State Alchemist certification and research privileges.Love to hate them?
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It's kind of hard to get worse than a villain who was hand-picked by Adolph Hitler for the SS, which is part of why the Major is an absolute must for this list. Aside from standard Nazi wrongdoings which in Hellsing are largely focused on Vampirism, the Major adores war. His gleeful grin whenever he sees other people suffering from the horrific torment he orchestrates for them is all the proof anyone needs to that this man is straight up evil.Love to hate them?