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The 14 Most Underrated Anime Villains Who Don't Get Enough Credit

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Vote up the great villains in anime who don't get enough love.

Over the years, various anime shows have provided viewers with many of the best anime villains. With so many bad guys, it's hard to give each cold-hearted monster their due. Anime baddies like Frieza, Orochimaru, and Light Yagami are in no danger of being forgotten. However, the best anime villains aren't always found in popular Shonen Jump anime series. Sometimes, the most despicable villains are found where you least expect them to be. 

There's a little something for everyone in this listing of great underrated villains. The anime villains presented here each bring something unique to the table. Whether it's possessing immense power, stupendous wealth, or a strong desire to kill, all these anime villains know what they want and will stop at nothing to get it. Some of them look like the stuff of nightmares, while others mirror the harshness of reality. Some are loyal and prideful, while others are paranoid and vengeful. Without further ado, here are the most underrated anime baddies. Vote up the bad guys in anime who don't get enough credit for how great they are at being a villain. 

  • The intimidating demon known as Toguro gave Yusuke Urameshi and the gang from Yu Yu Hakusho a memorable arc. After faking his death during one of Yusuke's missions, Toguro reappears and gives the spirit detective an ultimatum: sign up for one of the deadliest tournaments in the world or everyone you ever loved will die.

    With no choice, Yusuke agrees. Throughout the tournament, Toguro humiliates and pushes Yusuke in hopes of bringing out the best in him. Toguro wants to die at the hands of a worthy opponent, and he believes Yusuke is that person. What makes Toguro a great villain is that he used to be human. The tension between his demonic desires and his human soul manifests throughout his encounters with Yusuke. His unstable, violent nature makes him comparable to famous comic villains like Bane and Doomsday. 

  • Legato Bluesummers - Trigun
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    Legato Bluesummers is an underling of the lead antagonist in the sci-fi western anime, Trigun. Through the course of the series, protagonist Vash the Stampede swore to never kill anyone. What is frightening about Legato is how he successfully corners Vash into a no-win situation.

    He puts Vash in a place where he must fire point-blank at Legato's skull, or else Legato will use his telekinetic powers to make a group of armed villagers eliminate Vash's friends, Meryl and Milly. His ruthless pursuit of breaking Vash's spirit, to the point of giving his life, is chilling and unsettling. 

  • While Makoto Shishio might be the first villain to come to mind when remembering Rurouni Kenshin, there is another sinister swordsman who is just as worthy of praise (or detest). Drawing visual inspiration from the X-Men mutant Gambit, Udo Jin-e was the first major threat to Kenshin Himura and his quest for a peaceful life.

    After being disappointed by his initial fight with Kenshin, the blood-thirsty Jin-e kidnaps Kamiya Kasshinryuu to force Kenshin to unleash the infamous "Battosai the Man-Slayer" hiding within. Despite Jin'e taking his own life, his successful ploy installs self-doubt in Kenshin that he'll never be able to put his bloody past behind him. 

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    Griffith - Berserk
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    Griffith may look like a gentlemen, but he's actually nothing more than a wicked beast in the anime series, Berserk. Guts and Griffith aren't really friends when the former is under the servitude of the latter. However, Griffith has great affection for Guts, so when Guts leaves his mercenary band, Griffith is devastated. This sets off a chain of events that leads to Griffith sacrificing his own men to become a powerful God. 

    What makes Griffith heinous is his complete disregard for the lives of others in the pursuit of his dreams. He not only betrays all of his men, who adore him, but he also rapes Guts's pregnant lover, Casca. This results in the baby's deformation, who is born as the Demon Child