Which anime has the best villains? This is a question with no real answer, since everyone has a different opinion. However, there are plenty of anime that are well-known for having a robust cast of villains that are appreciated by many.
This list is focused on groups of villains rather than individuals. That's why no matter how awesome, interesting, or otherwise noteworthy certain independent villains might be, the ones that appear on this list are the ones who have allies. Not to worry though, many of the anime with the best villains feature groups.
Do you love the Akatsuki from Naruto? What about the League of Villains from My Hero Academia? The Twelve Demon Moons From Demon Slayer? Whichever your favorites are, show them some love by voting them up!
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Though not every villain in the world of Naruto is a member of the Akatsuki, this group has their fingers in nearly every conflict that occurs. Easily recognizable by their cloud-covered coats and headbands with a slash through the symbol of their home villages. The organization has had many purposes over the course of its long existence, ranging from attempts at peace keeping to serving as a front to revive Kaguya. Whatever the group's larger goal is, the individuals involved all have their own reasons for participating: Kakuzu's desire to accumulate wealth differs wildly from Deidara's desire to make art. It's an expansive, terrifying group filled with characters that are both easy to love and easy to hate.Are these villains awesome?
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As a long-running series with multiple arcs, Hunter X Hunter has its share of villainous groups - and many of them are fascinating. Two of the best-known examples are the Phantom Troupe and the Chimera Ants.
The Phantom Troupe is led by Chrollo Lucifer. Its purpose is to steal everything that isn't nailed down. While the members have no qualms about annihilating anyone who gets in their way, they're fiercely loyal to one another - which is why they swear revenge on both Hisoka and Kurapika, who each took out members of the group. The Chimera Ants are a species of ant who can take on the traits of other animals. Their goal is to reproduce as much as possible, while ultimately annihilating humans. Some of them are actually evil, but others redeem themselves over the course of the series.Are these villains awesome?
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Bleach has Sousuke Aizen, which means that regardless of what else it has going on, it has to be on this list. Aizen leads a group called the Espada, which consists of the most powerful Arrancar in his army. The members are Shinigami-Hollow hybrids. Each member has a numerical rank, which is tattooed on their body. They have the authority to command Aizen's lower ranking forces. The higher ranking members are loyal to Aizen and use their authority to help him rise to power, but the lower ranking ones often have their own ideas in mind that have nothing to do with Sousuke. All those clashing personalities make for a seriously interesting group.Are these villains awesome?
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In the world of Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood, the primary villains that the heroes must contend with are the homunculi created by Father, a being who intends to use alchemy to turn himself into a god. Each homunculus is represented by one of the Seven Deadly Sins. Aside from Lust, who inspires lust in others, each of them have personalities that are informed by those sins. Sometimes, this is dramatic and entertaining, like when Greed screams about wanting everything in the world for himself, but at other times it's devastating, like when Envy's true feelings come to the fore. Viewers want Edward Elric and his allies to win, but they don't exactly hate the bad guys either, because they're compelling and complex.Are these villains awesome?