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The 15 Most Feared Anime Characters of All Time, Ranked

August 17, 2020 14.4k votes 2.7k voters 90.6k views15 items

In many anime, you'll find characters that are unsettling, threatening, or otherwise worthy of wariness. But not every anime has a character that strikes fear into the hearts of all of the other characters in the show. 

Many of the most feared anime characters are powerful warriors who use their strength for evil ends. Characters like Madara from Naruto and Frieza from DBZ are great examples of this particular trope. But other characters are widely feared for different reasons - King from One Punch Man is renowned for his heroic strength, but his reputation is built on a lie. Then there's Akito Sohma from Fruits Basket, who may not be a fighter, but whose psychological control over the Sohma family is as scary as any battle. 

All of these terrifying characters scare the people in their worlds... but do they scare you? 

  • Madara is a legend in the world of Naruto, and for good reason. He was one of the founders of Konoha, and one of the most powerful ninja in its history. His mangekyo sharingan is an exquisitely powerful tool that allows him to perform a wide range of ninjutsu and genjutsu, but it's not just his family heirloom that makes him strong - it's also his ability to throw down in a physical fight. Overall, he's considered a great for a reason.

    That's why when it's discovered that he managed to be revived at full strength, people start freaking out. And when Madara rips through the battle field like a hurricane, defeating hundreds of members of the Shinobi Alliance with barely any effort, they're even more afraid. 

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  • Yujiro Hanma - 'Baki The Grappler'
    Photo: Group TAC

    Yujiro Hanma is considered the most powerful man in the world. He's an elite mercenary and a brutal fighter, strong enough to defeat just about anyone who dares to challenge him. His son Baki wants desperately to surpass him, but he knows that he has a long road ahead of him. The reason he wants to surpass him isn't just because his dad is impressive, though - it's also because his dad is a frighteningly brutal man who took his own wife's life when she tried to protect Baki from Yujiro's wrath. Baki's feelings about his dad range from awe and respect to hatred and terror. While the rest of the world may not feel quite so personally bound to him, Baki is far from the only person who sees Yujiro that way.

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  • Alucard - 'Hellsing'
    Photo: Gonzo

    Alucard is a vampire who hunts his fellow vampires with help from an organization called Hellsing. Why would someone like him want to get rid of vampires? Because it gives him the opportunity to take as many lives as he wants, that's why. He's one of the most powerful vampires in existence, and he knows it. He flaunts his power in battle, often seeking to humiliate and weaken his opponents before finally destroying them. He's practically immortal, has telepathic powers, super strength, blood manipulation powers, and more, making him virtually impossible to anyone, even another vampire, to defeat. If Sir Integra Hellsing weren't there to rein him in at least a little, there's no telling what he'd do. 

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    Meruem & The Royal Guards - 'Hunter x Hunter'

    Meruem & The Royal Guards - 'Hunter x Hunter'
    Photo: Madhouse

    Not everyone in the world of Hunter x Hunter has actually heard of Meruem and the Royal Guards, but everyone who has is straight-up terrified. In fact, the mere presence of one of the Guard's En (aura extending long distances from their body) is enough to trigger a total nervous breakdown in an elite Hunter named Knov.

    They're so powerful that the only way to defeat any of them is through incredible feats like using up all of your future strength for a single transformation and ending the fight as a withered husk (Gon vs. Pitou) or self-destructing by setting off a poisonous bomb (Netero vs. Meruem). Scary doesn't even begin to describe them. 

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