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The 16 Most Unsettling Antagonists In Anime

Updated April 9, 2020 31.1k votes 8.5k voters 207.4k views16 items

List RulesVote up the anime antagonists that make you feel... unsettled.

There's more to being an anime villain than just doing bad things. The most truly disturbing anime villains are the ones that just creep you out. These unsettling antagonists in anime can be unsettling for myriad reasons. Sometimes, that creepy villain panache involves vomiting up snakes, which vomit up clones of yourself, which vomit up more snakes, which vomit up swords, like Orochimaru from Naruto

Sometimes, it involves becoming so obsessed with how another person smells, you kidnap him and try to eat his flesh in a gladiator arena, like Shuu Tsukiyama from Tokyo Ghoul. Sometimes, it just involves being a teenager who makes other teenager's bike racing experiences less fun. That might sound petty, but if you're a truly weird anime villain, like Akira Midousuji from Yowamushi Pedal, you can be every bit as unsettling as any fictitious mass murderer. Check out these chilling villains in anime and try not to shudder too hard.

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    Shou Tucker From Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood

    If you've heard of Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood, you probably know what's coming (certainly, there has been no shortage of memes on the topic). Shou Tucker is a state alchemist who won his position by creating chimeras that can talk. Or pretending to, anyway. Actually, he created them using alchemy to fuse his wife and his daughter with dogs, permanently destroying every being involved. 

    So, why is he more unsettling than, say Solf J. Kimblee, who dresses like a slave owner? Because Solf J. Kimblee knows he's evil - he just doesn't care. Meanwhile, Shou Tucker actually thinks what he did to his wife, his dog, and his daughter was morally justified. Few things are more frightening than evil that doesn't recognize itself. 

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  • Caster is the servant of a serial killer named Ryuunosuke Uryuu in Fate/Zero. Not only is he inclined to do his master's horrifying bidding, he also has truly unsettling motives of his own. In his previous life, he was devoted to Joan of Arc, a character based on the actual historical figure. When she was executed as a heretic, Caster gave up on trying to be a decent person.

    He quickly went from small sins like squandering his money to catastrophic sins like torture and murder. As the servant of a serial killer, Caster delights in giving his marks glimpses of hope that they might be saved, before slaying them in the most vicious ways imaginable. 

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    Betelgeuse From 'Re:Zero'

    Subaru Natsuki is a normal boy who has been transported to the magical world of Re:Zero. He discovers that end of life results in a reset, unless he finds a way to keep a certain girl alive. It is very clear that Subaru does not want to experience dying any more than he has to, as it is painful and terrifying for him. 

    The main antagonist of Season 1 is Betelgeuse, a cult leader with a jarringly flexible body. He has a very disturbing flair for the dramatic and mercilessly spills blood without warning. Betelgeuse will send chills down your spine because he genuinely seems insane. He shows no remorse as he torments a poor girl named Rem, constantly staring and smiling in his creepy way. 

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  • Hisoka Morow of Hunter x Hunter is an amoral clown-man. Hisoka finds taking people's lives supremely entertaining, but only if his opponent is worth his time.

    This means he'll viciously slay strong opponents, but it also means he'll hang around kids like Gon and Killua, occasionally helping them out because he thinks they might be fun to take them out one day. Hisoka's not really intimidating as long as you don't get in his way.

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