18 Sympathetic Anime Villains You Can't Help But Feel For

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Vote up the anime villains your heart goes out to.

Warning: this list contains spoilers. 

Among the best anime villains are a few characters who pull at your heartstrings. Sometimes, despite how evil some anime villains may be, you can't help but sympathize with them. Maybe they had a bad childhood, where they lost their parents or suffered from abuse. Maybe they lost a loved one, so their vengeance is understandable. Or maybe, they're simply really hot. Whatever the case, there is no shortage of sympathetic anime villains.

Compiled here are villains who were driven by their cruel fate to fulfill their vile roles in their story. You'll see the common traits that leads to the path of villainy, such as spirits broken by war, suffering inflicted by someone they trusted, a sudden loss of a loved one, and losing all hope for the future. Their actions may not be easily forgiven at the end of the series, but because you got a glimpse of their heartbreaking backstories, you'll understand why they took that grim turn in their lives.

Without further delay, here are the most sympathetic anime villains you can't help but feel sorry for. Which anime villain is the most deserving of sympathy? Which ones would you not shed a tear for? Vote up the antagonist characters you just can't hate, no matter how many awful things they've done.