Best Anime Villains

The Top Ten

Frieza - Dragonball Z Freeza (Pronounced "Frieza" in the Funimation dub) is fictional character in the Dragon Ball series by Akira Toriyama as the primary antagonist of the Freeza Saga. He is a galactic tyrant who governs the Planet Trade Organization and is feared by the universe for his sadistic and brutal nature. He is ...read more.

He murdered a whole race, he blew planets up for fun, he was a total sadist, he even said himself that "tortures no fun if I can't hear you scream." He sold some of his planets due to his own greed, not even caring about the race on the planet at all. He stabbed and killed Krillin, even attempting to kill Gohan. He had a fearsome personality which made him a great villain. Usually you'd think that villains don't get scared at all, but he did, which shows he actually did have a personality. He even stated he did care for his family even though he didn't towards others. His goal was even to become to most powerful ever, which he was almost close to achieving. Overall his personality, goals,strife, and being charismatic towards others makes him the TOP villain.

Freeza is the most wicked villain in the DBZ franchise. Flippant murder and decent all done with a cold and calculating smile, Freeza is a truly Machiavellian villain, wine glass and all. Just considering Vegeta for a moment, yes the boy was strong but by the time the Saiyans come to Earth Vegeta is only as strong as Cui. His life would have been nothing off of the cruel emperor's back. There was no reason for Freeza to keep Vegeta alive other than his own amusement. He back stabbed the Saiyans then made their child prince a pet soldier. If that is not pure unadulterated evil, I don't what is.

The one who pushed Goku far enough to finally become a Super Saiyan. Bloodthirsty, calculating, obsessive, everything a good villain should be. Frieza quite literally has nothing to gain from most of the people he kills-he just does it because he enjoys it. Cell, Boo, all the other villains in the Dragon Ball series were great but when it comes to being a cold hearted hate filled psychopath, Frieza shines in every aspect. Everyone seems to be comparing Frieza to Cell or Buu so I will say this:Cell was created with no conscious or feelings and Majin Buu was created in a similar way. Being a freak just comes naturally to Frieza and also, all his power is self earnt. He didn't absorb his powers.
Oh and he made Vegeta cry.

YES. I love Freiza! His attitude is just great. He has just the right amount of sanity and just the right amount of INsanity. Of course, all villains wanna rule the universe, but I still find him rather unique. Freiza is strong enough to actually give goku a good fight, and probably win (except good guys will ALWAYS win sadly...) He was the villain who made Goku turn Super Sayian, yet he still gave a pretty good fight. I think Frieza is the best villain.

Johan Liebert - Monster

Johan has such a sad, morbid existence, one that really just sends chills down the spine. Monster has never been more fitting, because watching and reading about him just made me think, what the #### is he? Even in some shots, and art I've seen, he looks as though he's crying and smiling at the same time. Watching him gives a sense of melancholy, but the kind that drives you insane and free-falling off a roof.

If he was an actor, he'd be burying troves of Oscars in the yard because his house ran out of space. Hands down the best schemer of all times. Mind games are like child's play, and not only does he want to watch the world burn, he wants to burn with it eventually. Like, how unhinged do you have to be to even come up with that concept? It was mind-blowing to watch him work through people that even mercenaries would probably have a hard time touching. The stalker-esque obsession with his twin was a nice touch, but it also really brought out the loneliness of Johan Liebert, ...more

He is a smart villain. The Dragon Ball-Z villains all have only one thing - col abilities and power. It get's boring having to see that in a villain EVERY SINGLE TIME. Liebert was unique and I liked him.

The Complete Monster of all anime. The one who has seen hell in his eyes and never blinked. This isn't just the best anime/manga villain, this is one of the top villains in ANY media. If you can tolerate that one bull assassination, he has the origins as to why he is damn smart and unholy cruel, and he pulls off his actions that doesn't break the suspension of disbelief in a realistic setting as Monster. Lots of people die in the worst way, but Tenma and Nina are very proactive in trying to stop him, saving many more innocent victims. It has to be seen to be believed, and not many people seen Monster. Guess that's why the dumbass that threw away his illusion powers is number one at this time. February 28th 2017.

If you were to look up the definition of monster in a dictionary, you would find a picture of Johan Liebert there. In fact, he is the very definition of the word monster. He convinced a whole room of people to kill each other. I'm not sure if you can get more evil. He's much worse than Aizen- because he's the picture of perfection. Everyone loves him- young children flock to him. It's terrifying to watch how he inserts himself into people's lives and moves them around like puppets. Not just once, but again and again and again. Unlike Aizen, he doesn't need an army to take down the world- and he doesn't have limits to who he controls. If I had to compare him to anyone- he slightly reminds me of Jim Moriarty- if Moriarty talked people into killing themselves- without the help of anything he's done.

Aizen - Bleach

One of the best animes(Bleach)best villain character(Aizen the great). He is immortal but due to some problem (to know the problem kindly watch bleach) he gets defeated . I sincerely rhought that Aizen would again come to figure of villain again and break open the soul society onnce more . But it didn't happen. He is the best villain in the whole Anime industry . Both scary and entertaining one of the kind villain .

If there has to be two of the best villains in manga/anime history it is either Sosuke Aizen from Bleach or Griffith from Berserk. Frieza is a joke honestly, can't believe he's number 1. Johan Liebert, while a good villain, is ultimately a victim of circumstance. He's made to be a psychopath. There can be plenty of psychopaths that exist in this world. Light Yagami is an anti-hero, so can't count as a villain. However, what makes Aizen and Griffith to be the best is that they are Machiavellian villains in that they can differentiate between good and wrong but are willing to achieve their desires suppressing the good within them.

Unlike other villains, Aizen never loses his cool. There are a few times where he did, but the way he just speaks very calm and collected even when one of his men disobeyed him is just badass for me. He's always 5 steps ahead of everyone and his power just screams badass. Just watch the scene where he brings Grimmjow to his knees with JUST HIS SPIRITUAL PRESSURE. Get the god of all villains #1. Frieza good, but Aizen better

The very first comment mentioned that Light Yagami shouldn't even be worth mentioning when talking about great anime villains. But actually, he is considered to be one of the greatest, simply because he started out as a mere high school boy, a simple and ordinary example of a human being. His transcendence into a sickly and twisted killer was so engrossing, because it portrays how the average human being could turn into a beast, even for the sake of good intentions. Everybody is capable of blossoming, or shall I say, withering, into a more base person. And that is what makes him so amazing.

Light - Death Note

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Light Yagami. Arguably the best-written villain in anime history.

Once the death note enters his life, it changes drastically. We witness the evolution of his character and watch him go from an innocent young high school student to a deceiving, manipulative genius and a cold-blooded killer. He's written in such a way where most people reading or watching won't call him evil right away. He somehow convinces himself that he is a God and that those who disagree with his judgment are evil. The entire time, he thinks that what he is doing is good and righteous. The depth of his character is truly incredible. He manipulates others into taking his side or believing in his innocence throughout the entire story. Eventually, everything goes to his head and it becomes apparent that he is losing his mind. Soon, he stops feeling things like empathy, love, and joy. His mind is poisoned with these ideologies and eventually, he discards any other ambitions he ...more

Basically the main character of the whole Death Note series. He used to be a good guy, but as time gradually goes, he becomes a serial killer with no particular goal, though he still wants to be a God.

He's one of the only anime villains who's made me really hate him. Some villains like Frieza or Madara I just sort of forgive 'cause they're so awesome. But Light. No matter how awesome he is I still end up resenting him to death. THIS is what makes a villain great. Having an anger so great towards him. Back to the topic though Light is seriously the epitome of evil. He thought what he was doing was right and literally used everyone to make sure he got what he wanted. And then on top of all that... he (spoiler) killed L. No matter how much I hated him up to the point and that just took my hate for him to a whole new level. And that smile... He decided to relish his victory right in L's face as L was dying. He is pure evil.

Light really, at the beginning, thought he was doing good. But as time went on his heart became a evil soul caught up in killing criminals. Even though he is one of my favorite anime characters, he helped in killing L. I can never forgive him for that. Light really put justice in his own hands. He is smart and that is how he managed to trick L, but he in the end was defeated by Near. Like what the heck!? Light you out smart my third favorite anime character and then you get defeated by the little brat Near! But all in all Lights heart really became evil and stayed that way til he died. That is why he is one of the most evil anime characters ever.

Hisoka - Hunter x Hunter

I adore Hisoka, I do, but the kids need a restraining order. LMAO. Firstly, his waist drives me insane - he wears corsets, you can't convince me otherwise. A foxy, murderous clown, IT's fetching East-Asian anime counterpart.

Jokes aside, Hisoka's really interesting, both design and character-wise. Aesthetically pleasing, unique, kinda cray-cray, but we love a feral fox. This bro's here for a good time, not a long time. His battle-libido is off the charts, honestly, and watching him fawn over kids is a lil alarming at times, but if you know Hisoka you know he's all about the fight. He's not the strongest, and everything about him from looks to his Nen is somewhat underwhelming, but don't let the himbo vibes fool you, this clown has the wit and guts to make it work for him. Have you ever seen someone willingly lose both arms to screw with their opponent's mind? Also, his dramatic flare adds to his quirkiness, and perfectly complements his mysterious, sly nature.

Probably the greatest anime villain of all time. He is pretty much the fear in your mind personified. He is also pretty weak compared to other major shonen villains and yet he's still so terrifying. In his fight with kastro he let kastro cut off both of his arms just to do a few sadistic tricks to mess kastro up mentally.

If you think he's not the greatest ever villain than you probably haven't watched hunter x hunter

Hisoka really deserves to be on the list. He's someone you don't wanna mess with. He's incredibly intelligent, manipulative, fast and can adapt in any situation to defeat his opponents. He's able to tell how strong you are just by sight and dangerously cunning. When it comes to brutality in battle, don't go there because he'll finish opponents off in no time

Hisoka is portrayed as entirely self-interested and does whatever he likes as long as it pleases him in some way. He lusts for the thrill of killing powerful fighters in combat and it is strongly implied that he receives sexual gratification from doing so. He's one of the most unpredictable antagonists in the show.

Envy - Fullmetal Alchemist

Definitely my favourite anime villain of all time and he is my favourite character from both versions of Fullmetal Alchemist as well. He was such an interesting villain with a lot of depth to his character and despite the fact that he killed Maes Hughes in a really sad way, it somehow makes him a great villain. I love his design as well. It looks really interesting and unique. Envy is awesome.

He’s such a hilarious character, every time he talks I laugh so hard. Sure, he killed Hughes and most people hate him for that, but no matter how much you love a character, everyone even in an anime will grow up and die eventually (except ash from Pokémon apparently) so I don’t see the point in getting so sad. Envy is awesome!

He was much more deep and interesting than Father or Dante. The 2003 version was better than the manga version, but both are amazing villains who should be higher on this list. One thing that made Envy stand out as a villain was that he wasn't an overpowered brute like most villains are. He had insecurities and vulnerabilities, which made him believable. His final battle with Mustang was the biggest mistake Arakawa made. He should've put up more a fight. When he died, I cried like hell which is something I've never done for any other villain. He often gets overlooked due to not being the main villain. My personal favorite villain period.

I agree, Envy is very cold and heartless. In the original FMA I think he was more evil in that series because well he had a bigger role in it as Hohenheim's first son and his jealousy of the Elric bros because Hohenheim never was a father to him. He's the one to start the Ishbalan Civil War, which started this whole mess, killed Maes Hughes, & also kills Edward (in the 1st anime). Even though he wasn't a strong villain, he was a very great character by himself and admits he was jealous of humans. Very well done with this Anime and this character.

Naraku - Inuyasha

Doesn't matter what said the other people about Frieza, Aizen or any other villain, please think before vote, Naraku is the worst ever in the trajectory of anime, why? , he manipulates, he has ambitions, he kills ( with out using even a finger), he lies, is a traitor, he is the real personification of the real evil human mind, in the series is called a monster but his origin is human, some people thinks that anime series are just cartoons, but like novels, movies, books we can see important things about reality, doesn't matter if is fiction or not, anyways, Naraku is the greatest anime villain ever, no matter what others said, is the best definition of evil in anime series.

Naraku makes you hate him so much you love him. You can't help but acknowledge his skill at simply being heinously evil. He touches countless lives directly and indirectly, and seems to revel in being cruel, destructive, feared and loathed. He is calculating, intelligent and sensible enough to pose terrible threat, and has the bloodthirstiness and power to back up his claims most of the time. There is a sense in the series that he is constantly in control, and what happens is going according to his plan. He is ominous, from his theme, to his appearance, to his powers, his voice and even his surroundings. He makes powerful incarnations of himself and discards them when they have outlived their purpose. And even more miraculously, he actually improves as time goes on. He forces the protagonists to keep up with his steady gain of power. Many villains are static characters, besides their back story. Naraku is not. He makes it difficult for everyone and tension builds. He is a wonderfully ...more

Naraku's going to be my favorite villain as he's not here simple for power or glory. He started out as a bandit, and fell in love with a woman (Kikyo). Someone really taking the time to bring food back to an evil man, he clearly was touched by her. Then demons came into the cave to try and talk him into giving up his body. Which he does in order to have the chance to get Kikyo to love him. He then is lied to, and turns into Naraku.

Naraku manipulates and tortures the people he encounters in many crazy ways. From having two lovers hate each other, to having a boy kill his entire family and friends.

I have seen a lot of cartoons. But personally I feel NARAKU is the best because he is a complete professional. Every time you think Inu yasha and rest can destroy him, he somehow escapes and comes up with a better plan and is always better than the protagonist no matter how strong he gets. He is clever and no matter what happens he is always CHILLED OUT. Unlike other villains who only use brute strength to destroy their enemies he play's with their emotions and the weakness of a human. Because he is shown as a half human he knows all the weakness of their enemies. He is the reason why the series was intresting and makes you engrossed to the cartoon. He has a great body language and is always ahead of the curve no matter what! He just won't die!

Cell - Dragonball Z Cell is a fictional character in the Dragon Ball series by Akira Toriyama. He is the main antagonist of the Android Saga, being an android/artificial life form from the future, whose goal is to become "perfect" via absorbing Androids 17 and 18 and becoming the strongest fighter in the universe.

-Creepy and scary in his imperfect form.
-Brute without intelligence, but strong enough.
These two last forms killed thousands or even MILLIONS of people while searching for his perfection.
And then, even without fighting serioulsy, the Z-Fighters wouldn't have done ANYTHING to him.
The Zaishenzuu says that he's exaclty 2000 times more stronger and powerful than Frieza, and Toriyama said that he would have become even more powerful than Majin Buu, even more than Goku in Ssj3.
He was made to be perfect. The perfect villain.

The only one that killed Goku, the perfect lifeform, with cells of all the best martial arts fighters of the Universe, and he can become stronger and powerful after any regeneration.
The one who was a scary insect man, a brute without intelligence, and the one who would have beaten the Z-Fighters if he wanted to.
That makes Cell, exactly 2000 times more powerful than Frieza, the perfect anime villain.

Actually, Piccolo (Junior) killed Goku in the Saiyan saga, in the fight with Raditz, and in Dragon ball (pre DBZ) Piccolo was a villain so Cell was not the only character or villain (kind of) to kill Goku.

This guy should be higher than Frieza. He even beat Goku and made all the Z fighters even Frieza look like scum. Instead of killing everyone on earth, he STRUCK fear into everyone when he announced the Cell Games, making everyone flee.

He may be top ten best bad guy, but he is one of the only ones that goku didn't bite in the dragon ball Z(that I have read so far). goku only bites real threats

Legato Bluesummers - Trigun

Legato is the one of the few side villains in anime that is greater than the main villain, Knives had nothing on Legato

He's so manipulative and can always think of how to torture Vash. Watch Episode 24 and you will see just how far he can go.

One of the few villains out there to actualy win

Dio Brando - Jojo's Bizarre Adventure Dio Brando is a fictional character from the JoJo's Bizarre Adventure manga series created by Hirohiko Araki. His name was inspired by musician Ronnie James Dio and movie star Marlon Brando.

Dio's probably gonna be a VIP in hell. Maybe even next in line for the throne, or at the very least definitely slated for a general position.

This man literally has the devil's luck, and a heart-sized hole in his soul to match. Taking the vampire game to a whole new level, Dio is the pinnacle of bastardly villains. The satisfaction I got whenever something didn't work out for him was euphoric. At the same time, I had no problem looking at him. Couldn't take my eyes off, in fact! A commanding, sexy villain to boot, even with his gross flesh bud brainwashing tentacles. Heck, you know a villain's BAD bad when they kick a dog (poor Danny) and throw them-you-know-where to you-know-what.

You know your villain is pure evil when the first thing he does in the series is kick the main character's dog. Dio is cruel, narcissistic, and megalomaniacal. Ever since he discovered the true power behind the stone mask, he developed an unquenchable thirst for power and world domination. First developing his hate for mankind when his father Dario worked his mother to death, and for that, Dio slowly poisoned him to death over the length of 12 years. Oh yeah, did I mention he was a vampire? So, he's also immortal.

Dio deserves to be in the top 3. He is just the perfect villain.

-Smart would be an understatement. He is a genius.
-Arrogant but also makes up for it in strength.
-Cautious of his enemies.
-He is like a ball of charisma.
-His subordinates both fear and admire him.
-He seriously is one of the few villains that aren't blinded by their arrogance.

For the love of god put any other character against him other than the Joestars and you have a dead hero and a dominated world in your hands.

Imagine someone breaking into your house through the front door. Attempt to steal your rightful inheritance by manipulating your father, while also putting higher doses of poison into his food to slowly kill him. That's just the surface of the mad lad known as Dio Brando has done to our protagonist JOJO.

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Shishio Makoto - Rurouni Kenshin Shishio Makoto, known in the English anime in Western order as Makoto Shishio, is a fictional character from the Rurouni Kenshin manga series created by Nobuhiro Watsuki.

Warning spoilers ahead! Don't read if you don't wish to know.

A villain that for once was NOT defeated by the hero, but by himself like one of the other comments explains. And then he dies becouse of that and instead of that being the end of it like most villains, he Is just like..meh oh well, it was fun while it lasted, hey here is an idea. Let's take over hell! And sure he just goes marching with his people (in hell) with the plan to take over hell. That alone makes him worthy of being in the top 10. How many villains do you know that don't stop when they die but just change target. Everything else is just badass extra.

The Strong Lives and the Weak Dies. He viewed people who were weaker than him as food to make him stronger. He used the Juppongatana to weaken his foes, so he would have an easier fight with them. The Meiji government even tried killing him because he was a blood thirsty monster. If that's not evident enough to his sinister thought process, he took over a village. In that village, his mindset and beliefs were carried out there. The villagers feared for their lives, so much so that they won't even save their own people and not even bury them.

Makoto Shishio is a frightening villain who was messed up till his last breath, other villains in this list actually have some redeemable factors. even Frieza agreed to gelp Goku although begrudgingly. Makoto Shishio, this man went from being a pawn of the Japanese Government to someone who has a plan to take over the nation, his information network was scary, he has spies like everywhere, his secret hideout was gard to find and when your inside, it's like a labrynth. He experienced several set backs but knows how to put his plans in order again. He was gonna burn Japan literally. he knows how the system works.

Even more scary Makoto Shishio when he died, he was gonna take over Hell itself and his words still haunts Kenshin even later on. the man was a monster

Well, this guy was never a good guy to begin with. He was government paid assassin who was burned alive, then gone even more insane. Generic. But all that is nothing special till you get to see his last fight with 3/5 most powerful characters in the anime. His actions during that fight make him the best villain ever. Shishio was a normal human, with no magic, immortality or hax power, yet he never lost and stayed in character till the end. Villain like that makes Aizens and Madaras funny in comparison.

The Major - Hellsing

The Major is one of the best, if not the best villain. Why he did what he did, just because he hated the protagonist. He didn't like Alucard for he was a demon that stole humanity and played with them as his masks. But that wasn't the point, he just wanted war- was happy to dish it out as an excuse. The fact that he knows that humans create monsters, and exploit it is amazing. His speech and actions made him in likes of Hitler. In all honesty, I don't know why he is placed so low on this list. The character was amazing
executed

The Major is the walking embodiment of evil. He made a war just for the sake of war, taking out more than 3 million civilians in one night. He does everything with cold and frightening precision. Everything was part of his master plan. The fact that he understands the darkness of the human will like that, he deserves a higher spot

Are you kidding me?! This fat little mustard is evilL! He is a Nazi Cyborg who commands Nazi Vampires, Nazi Werewolves and a Nazi catboy who is one of the most immortal character ever! Not to mention the butch Nazi Vampire who uses awesome Illusions!

He is one of the villains I would call Villain and Mad Genius without any second thought!

After watching hellsing ultimate how can this guy not be top 10 he had 3 million people killed in one tonight bested an almost immortal vampire then I remembered that the anime community base thing on power level and not how well a character is written

Father - Full Metal Alchemist: Brotherhood

He is the most powerful one here. Using alchemy he can disintegrate anyone, absorb energy (philosopher's stone, energy attack* etc)
I turned the citizen of an entire country to a stone.
Planned to do the same again and to enable him to absorb God.
He would have won if it wasn't for his arrogance, thinking that he cannot be killed.
In the last fight, all he did was stand still and let the heros attack him. If he had just create a bomb using alchemist and make it explode or create a small sun and burned everyone before his power run dry he would have won

Father, father, tell me where have you been? It's been hell not having you here, I've been missing you so bad, but you don't seem to care. :'( #SadSonForever

I hate this guy, but you have to admit he was ambitious if nothing else.

Creator of alchemy killed more than ten thousand for power

Yami Bakura - Yugioh

This guy is the definition of evil. He's been a villain since season one, of course an underrated villain, who nobody suspected was manipulating the tables of events to his favor til the last episode! He almost destroyed the world. He defeated the Egyptian God cards in their individual form. Should be at least above Marik!

Okay... He is my favorite villain. Even it's sad when he died I liked him he's my favorite villain if all time!

So epic. Should have been higher, like, can you say hot and evil?

I always said when I first watching Yugioh, one day a season comes about him
and I was right, Bakura is awesome

Tsukishima - Bleach

Probably one of the biggest trolls in bleach. Shocked at how he wasn't on this list. He even made ichigo cry.

King Bradley - Fullmetal Alchemist/Brotherhood King Bradley is a fictional character from the Fullmetal Alchemist manga series and its adaptations created by Hiromu Arakawa.

He was absolutely amazing in brotherhood, being both a huge badass and also really tragic

The Deathstroke of anime, has no healing abilities like the other Homucculi but easily the most skilled.

The best FMA villain by far

Donquixote Doflamingo - One Piece Donquixote Doflamingo is a fictional character of the One Piece manga franchise created by Eiichiro Oda. Doflamingo was the captain of the Donquixote Pirates, a former Shichibukai with a frozen bounty of 340,000,000 Beli, the most influential underworld broker under the codename "Joker", and is a former ...read more.

Doflamingo is one of the most well-written characters in any anime I've seen. At first he seems to be evil just for the sake of being evil, with his only goal being that he wants to destroy the world, but after learning about his backstory you start to understand where he is coming from. He had everything taken from him and was only left with a deep-seethed hatred for everything. But even so, he is never portrayed as anything else than pure evil. While the show wants to make you feel bad for him, it never justifies his actions. Another thing is the parallels he has with Law. Law, too, had everything taken from him and was left with nothing but hatred and without Corazon's intervention, he would have essentially become Doflamingo 2.0. It kind of makes you wonder if Doflamingo would have still become the monster he is today if he hadn't met Trebol. As much as I hate him as a person, he is a fascinating character that I wish we'll see more of and that's why he's my favorite anime villain

Undoubtedly the most evil, twisted villain from the One Piece series (which is saying something, since One Piece has A LOT of vile villains), the recent (and ongoing) Dressrosa arc has revealed the extent of this man's cruelty. Doflamingo's a machiavellian mastermind, being the most influential person in the New World, even above the Yonko, and has even the World Nobles under his thumb. He's easily on par with Frieza as far as villainy and cruelty goes. There's not much more crueler than forcing a near-dead man to attack his friend or controlling a king and forcing him to cut down his loving subjects.

This man is just pure evil and so smart. The reason he is so powerful is because of his intelligence and knowledge to use his devil fruit abilities

Seriously a twisted background. From a main cause, his father choosing a life without thinking it through and going to an altogether terrible location, which he basically killed his wife.

And like any kid who loves his kind mother, wanted her to always be well. He didn't care for anything much but his mother, though he did wish for status, he decided to forget it for her.

After his mother's death he wants his father dead. Because, he had gotten them into hell, from all the former actions of their tenryuubito brethren, which in turn killed his mother.

As per his father's foolish decision, decided to follow through on his desire [to become a tenryuubito] and of which draws the attention of greedy minded people.

Yoshikage Kira - Jojo's Bizarre Adventure Yoshikage Kira is the main antagonist from the manga JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: Diamond is Unbreakable written by Araki Hirohiko.

Creepy. Creeeepy creepy creepy. Kira is insane, way up there with the likes of Hisoka, Griffith, Izaya, Johan Liebert. Kira's archetype would usually be some sort of fodder villain, side weirdo, the kind that appears and disturbs us briefly before getting wasted somehow. The amount of crazy in putting "I want to live a normal life" with "Seeing Mona Lisa's sexy hands gave me a fetish, but I only want the hands, not the person attached" makes me scream internally every time. What a freaky, fun villain! He's absolutely gorgeous in design, and his personality is so suave and charismatic that it really almost convinces you that he's right, he's normal, he's just trying to live in peace. Like, what's wrong with wanting hands to keep him company? The women he's met are awful anyways, right?

I felt especially confused about my take on him further into the season, after seeing him interact with the feral kitty-plant and his 'family'. His poor 'wife', tho... Anyways, it's not called ...more

My name is Yoshikage Kira. I'm 33 years old. My house is in the northeast section of Morioh, where all the villas are, and I am not married. I work as an employee for the Kame Yu department stores, and I get home every day by 8 PM at the latest. I don't smoke, but I occasionally drink. I'm in bed by 11 PM, and make sure I get eight hours of sleep, no matter what. After having a glass of warm milk and doing about twenty minutes of stretches before going to bed, I usually have no problems sleeping until morning. Just like a baby, I wake up without any fatigue or stress in the morning. I was told there were no issues at my last check-up. I'm trying to explain that I'm a person who wishes to live a very quiet life. I take care not to trouble myself with any enemies, like winning and losing, that would cause me to lose sleep at night. That is how I deal with society, and I know that is what brings me happiness. Although, if I were to fight I wouldn't lose to anyone.

One of the greatest ever villains.
Kira justs wants to live a quiet life yets he is a serial killer who takes womens hands. He is not overpowered nor by no means a genius. The truly terrifying thing about kira is that he is meticulous in his actions of staying undetected.
Also he pretty much becomes the protagonist of the last third of part 4

Kira is an absolutely original and pleasant villain. He doesn't want to dominate the world or become the strongest of all, he just wants a quiet life. his calm, laid-back, refined personality (in turn insensitive and ruthless) make him a complex, interesting, disturbing and realistic character.

Lelouch Vi Brittania - Code Geass Lelouch Lamperouge, whose real name is Lelouch vi Britannia, is the title character and protagonist of the Sunrise anime series Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion.

Kinda torn between slapping him and then crying for him. He might've saved the world and done it for peace and his sister, whatever, but the means were absolutely diabolical. Dude practically played god, and it's scary because he barely batted an eye at the innocent lives he gave up. Even if he did, we know he's not sorry for doing all that because he wasn't, until the very end. Also, he legitimately could not be. Every death, if not most, was calculated and made to serve his cause. There is no ignorance in his decisions - every person he gave up, he weighed the value of their lives against his goal, and chose. However noble the cause, Lelouch was def not kind at heart, at least not anymore once he waged his war. I understand why he did what he did, the logic and philosophy behind his decisions and actions, and I do really sympathise to an extent. That's what really brings out his charm, I think - the fact that he could do such heinous, insane, cutthroat, genocidal-dictator level acts ...more

Lelouch isn't really a villain. I mean he scarified his everything to dave the world. He changed from a revenge seeking villain to a hero

He easily classifies as a "villain protagonist." The empire (and Charles V. Brittania) is WORSE than him, but that is like saying "well, he isn't as bad as Hitler). Before Geass, he was just an angry youth who liked beating (other) nobles at chess just for the satisfaction of humiliating them. Then he becomes a terrorist, not for justice, but to get revenge on his father (daddy issues). He thinks nothing of collateral damage and sacrificing allies (then lying about it) for his own agenda. Remember when he was supposed to save a fellow resistance leader and his crew (on their ship), but instead blows up his ALLY to kill off the enemies sent to do that very job. He then lies and claims the man committed suicide to take the enemy with him, and urges his fellows to take this opportunity to "avenge" their allies on the now exposed enemy forces. He has no notion of loyalty, and simply uses EVERYONE around him like a pawn to discard on a whim. At the end of season one he even abandons his ...more

Lelouch technically wasn't a villain but if you're going to count him as one, then he needs to be at the top. He was smarter than Light and Geass is more powerful than the Death Note. And he ultimately achieved his goal of making the world a safe place for Nunnally whereas Light's plan was ruined by Mikami messing up and he died knowing everything he had done was in vain.

Junko Enoshima - Dangan Ronpa Junko Enoshima (江ノ島 盾子 Enoshima Junko), is a student in Hope's Peak Academy's Class 78th, and a participant of the Killing School Life featured in Danganronpa: Trigger Happy Havoc. Her title is Ultimate Fashionista/True Ultimate Despair

Most evillest anime in all of fiction if you ask me. Both in terms of anime AND gaming. This one high school supermodel got bored of her own life and literally stabbed the boy she loved to death, force the earth to go into an apocalypse, cause the Tragedy at Hope's Peak which killed all of the reserve course students except Hajime, erase the memories of her close friends and classmates inside the shelter of the school made to protect everyone from HER mess, force all her friends to kill each other after losing their two years of memories and best friendships, betray her own sister by impaling her with multiple spears for her own despair, adopt five young children who were treated terribly and have them start a ranpage with an entire army if Monokumas thanks to Monaca and have them kill adults and their own parents in such brutal ways, execute the killers of her killing game in the most brutal ways possible, trick the 77th class of Hope's Peak into going crazy, kill her so called ...more

This little psycho is the definitely the most sadistic anime villain of all time. She murdered her boyfriend, impaled her own sister with dozens of spears for the sheer purpose of making an example, erased her friends' memories of the past two years, trapped them in a bunker they had made to survive the apocalypse that SHE CREATED, & manipulated them into murdering what they forgot were some of their closest friends, which were followed up with personalized, overly-brutal executions of the murderers (also designed by her). But why did she do all this? Did she have a score to settle or a title to claim? Nope. Just to satisfy her disturbing, fetish-like obsession of despair, whether it be from others or even herself. She even subjected herself to every prior execution from the killing game since she knew the despair of her life's work being ruined & dying a horrific series of deaths would bring such a massive quantity of despair upon her, enjoying every second of her ...more

I mean she's a little psychotic and just mean to mytori by the "aw look at him tremble He's gonna burst a blood vessel cause I dissed his wifues "

Junko Enoshima is probably one of the best villains I've ever encountered in anime history. She's sadistic, intelligent and sexy. She's killed thousands, including her own sister and boyfriend for one reason. To feel despair. She willingly killed herself to feel despair. She has no reason for being a villain, no tragic backstory. She just wants to make everyone in the world for the worst kind of hopeless despair.

Marik - Yugioh

I really think rating of some of the villains has been completely arbitrary. If general power was a factor, then just about every DBZ villain would be a "best" villain. No, what's really important is the power they possessed in their own realms and the twisted ideology they used to abuse others and the world around them.

Yami Mark, the "evil" version of Marik fits this description. Born from the mental disturbance of Marik Ishtar, Yami Mark was a force of hate, madness, paranoia, fear, pain, insanity and evil. In all of the senses, he was created from despair and no less a true monster.

Although the anime features around card games, which of course is pretty comical his evil (especially in the Japanese version) is very disturbing. At his first appearance, he kills his parents: skinning his father. In his next major appearance, when Marik loses control he tortures and intimidates everyone around him. His very method of battle consists of torture ...more

While this list has some interesting and messed up villains, Yami Marik is by far the worst. He is not even human, as he was created from the "normal" Marik's pain and despair. He has no feelings or emotions, and his only goals are to cause pain and suffering and to kill as many people as possible. For example, in the manga, he used a card game to send one of the characters (who didn't even know about the over-arcing mysteries and supernatural forces that were driving the story) into a coma; she would undergo mental torture while her brain was eaten away by bugs, and after 24 hours, she would die and essentially be trapped in hell. This heartless psychopathy had no real reason to do the things he did, as opposed to the normal Marik, and is actually partly responsible for why Marik became so messed up. Yami Marik possessed Marik and skinned his father alive. The main reason Marik became cold, uncaring, and mentally unstable was because of his dark side's actions. The only ...more

Marik is one of the most disturbing and needlessly violent human villain's. Even though he does the main brunt of his brutality using a trading card game he uses it to inflict pain and prey on the weakness of his enemies until he ultimately finishes them off. He is very remorseless and merciless human being and just wants to cause destruction

Marik devised several plans, had a bunch of rare hunters at his disposal, and devised elaborate schemes that would shock the Riddler.

This guy is a genius.

Izaya Orihara - Durarara!!

Izaya=Troll God. He holds that entire city and those people's lives in his hands. He can screw with people just for the hell of it. I believe why I chose him as greatest villain in anime over people like Aizen, Light, Obito, etc. Is because Izaya used his mind to throw everything into chaos and force people to become his pawns (willingly or unwillingly). And thinks so far in advance, in such a short amount of time. Then for him to just have this childish and jovial aura while he's creating chaos makes him more villainous and psychotic than everyone else in anime. It's like he was born without a sliver of guilt or a conscience.

Izaya is perhaps one of the most interesting villains in anime. He claims to love the entire human race, but he manipulates people and uses them as pawns. Is it for power? To show how bad-ass he is? No, it's for his own amusement. Izaya thinks of the world as a game and he likes to change the rules a lot. For example, if there was a woman running away from a robber and he could tell that she was going to outrun him, he might trip her or put an obstacle in her way to make things more interesting. What makes him even more awesome is the fact that he doesn't possess any kind of supernatural power and can still be this awesome.

Izaya manipulates is probably the joker of anime for the very fact that he does it all for the lulz. Ikebukuro is filled with lots if dangerous people ranging from supernatural beings, superstrong humans and very dangerous gangs and yet he still manages to make everyone dance into the plam of his hands without any supernatural powers. Unlike other villains he doesn't do it for power, revenge or anything, he does it so that he doesn't get bored. Even his plan to awaken celty's head still leads up to that if you think about it. Even though he is one of the strongest guys in ikebukuro he still prefers to use his mind instead. He's a very dangerous individual. He's whole "i love humans" really shows just how messed up his mind is.

Izaya also isn't the leasy bothered even though everyone clearly hates him, he knows clearly what he is and he loves it.

Izaya is probably my favourite character in the series. In the beginning, durarara was very boring because it had no thrill, but when this guy came along it was like-ooh nice! He makes you love him then hate him then puts you in a whirlpool of emotion. Unlike most anime villains who use sheer force,izaya gathers intel on people and uses it to his advantage, that puts a huge twist o things!

Griffith (Berserk)

I'm surprised he isn't higher up on the list, considering the amount of scheming, manipulating and actual physical and mental harm he's done. What makes it crazier is that practically the whole world is tricked into believing he's some sort of godsend. A beautiful man whose interior is so foul that it disgusts and amazes me how intricately complex and well done his character is. However much he's suffered, whatever his ideals, he is the sort that really cannot be left unchecked. His convictions and ideals are terrifying, coupled with the fact that this man literally gets things DONE. On a genocidal level and then some, Griffith is evil, and it'll take way way WAY more than just a change of heart and hundreds of lifetimes' worth of goodwill to redeem him.

Griffith is probably the mist evil dude in manga.
The contrast between guts and griffith is so good because they are absolute opposites in every way. Guts is someone who doesn't lie and sees no point in being deceitful whereas griffith got to where he is now by tricking pretty much the whole world into believing he us their savior. And whats more interesting is he is the savior from the worlds perspective. We only see him as evil because we know aboyt the events of the eclipse and what he did to guts.
Probably the greatest manga villain of all time.
Please read berserk

Gotta be one of the highest on the list for the worst wrongs done to the protagonist, how is he so low? This guy is pretty much one of the nastiest pieces of work out of all of them. Won't list what he did for spoilers, but for those in the know, all I have to say is that even villains have standards low as they are, and this guy crossed the line on a beyond ridiculous scale. I seriously don't think there is any other villain on this list who committed a more heinously evil offense than Griffoth did against their respective story protagonists (not counting all the other guys, they got off nice and light compared to Guts and Casca. It's pretty bad when death by mutilation, ripped apart and eaten by demons can be considered getting off lightly, but I think anyone who has seen the series would agree).

Griffith has to be one of the most sinister anime/manga villains of all time. What he did is something that people can never ever recover from. I feel the only reason Griffith is so low on this list is because Berserk is, despite its notoriety, a fairly unpopular series. If more people read it, I'm sure they'd see the horrors of what Griffith has done and he'd skyrocket. (I wish he'd actually be strapped to a rocket and shot off)

Vicious - Cowboy Beebop

What we as humans fear is people with power. Not just power of the money. Power in general. Vicious is the human personification of the lust for power we so cleave for. To him however, he wishes nothing but the absolute control of the Red Dragon Syndicate. Anyone who so much as gets in his ways dies. This is not an understatement. He killed every single person who dared to stand up against him and even sent some of his friends to their own deaths, with no qualms. When not murdering people, he's abducting them to lure stronger others to their death. Friends, enemies, innocent bystanders, it does not matter. In the end, you will die by his hand

"When Angels are forced out from Heaven, they have no choice but to become a Devils. Don't you agree, Spike? " What else you need?

A ravenous beast, the same blood runs through both of us, the blood of a beast who wanders hunting for the blood of others, I’ve bled all that kind of blood away, THEN WHY ARE YOU STILL ALIVE?

No regard for human life and lives only for destruction

Kiryuin Ragyo - Kill La Kill

"She is a mother that used her daughter as a experiment and because it doesn't work throw her in the garbage. Used to violate her other two daughters by telling them she was going to purified them and finally she tried to take over the world with CLOTHES! "

This bitch needs to be a lot higher on the list, I mean, she used both of her daughters as test subjects for life fibers, without any regard of their welfare, even one of them dies in her eyes and she gives 0 cares. Then she proceeds to sexually abuse the surviving one for years, and of course she plans to destroy all life and planet earth itself.

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