Some of the most memorable villains in Anime are noted for their over-the-top nature. Among these are a few of the most potent.
With so many different shows to choose from, it’s no surprise that most stories follow a hero’s journey that finishes (and perhaps even begins) with the villain. It’s not uncommon for big issues in a story to be resolved when the protagonist takes a stand against the enemy.
Anime villains can be seen as the foundations of their stories, which explains why so many of them have powers that are beyond the hero’s wildest dreams (at least until the end.) While some are capable of leveling entire cities, others are capable of destroying entire universes.
10. All For One — My Hero Academia
Once he has recovered from his last battle, All For One appears as the enemy and opponent to All Might. In the process, he manages to wipe out a number of Pro Heroes, including the incredible Best Jeanist, and forces All Might to squeeze every last drop of One For All from his tank.
Even after the United States of Smash defeats All For One, he continues to manipulate events from his prison cell in Tartarus, an impenetrable castle.
9. Ragyo Kiryuin — Kill La Kill
A long-lost mother is finally reunited with her long-lost daughter in Ragyo Kiryuin, but Ryuko Matoi is only emboldened by the revelation. Unfortunately, Ryuko Kiryuin and Satsuki Kiryuin’s combined efforts fall short of their mother’s hypnotic martial arts prowess.
The fact that Ragyo’s last garment, Shinra Koketsu, transforms her into a huge entity floating in outer space isn’t surprising, given that Kill la Kill is a satire of the shonen genre.
8. Shinobu Sensui — Yu Yu Hakusho
As part of his preparation for the Dark Tournament, Yusuke Uramashi devotes countless hours to training and improving the offensive power of his Spirit Gun.
Shinobu Sensui’s Sacred Energy completely overpowers the Spirit Gun, thus he’s thrust into a new arc with a considerably more formidable enemy. Sensui is too powerful for even Kuwabara, Hiei, and Kurama to overcome, even with the freshly activated Mazoku Yusuke.
7. Eren Yeager — Attack On Titan
First, Eren Yeager is a distraught child, making a vow of revenge against the Titans that sounds hollow (mainly on behalf of his dead mother, Carla.) Until the end of the manga, when Eren is transformed from protagonist to antagonist, Grisha, Eren’s father, secretly imbueshim with two of the Nine Titans: The Attack Titan and the Founding Titan.
He manages to persuade Ymir Fritz to unleash the full potential of the Founding Titan, transforming him into the show’s most monstrous villain yet. Despite Eren’s enormous stature, he has the power to summon all of the Nine Titans’ former users to his side for the duration of a conflict.
6. Father — Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood
A Homunculus dwarf, Father leads Van Hohenheim into nearly killing the 1 million inhabitants of his realm, so he and his “partner” might gain near-eternal life and the power of alchemy without retribution.
To access telekinesis at the molecular level, Father must absorb “God” or the “Truth,” which significantly increases Father’s abilities. As a result of Hohenheim’s centuries-long labor to build the Umbral Circle, Father has returned to his normal form.
5. Meruem — Hunter X Hunter
Because his mother consumes thousands of Nen-aura during her pregnancy, the Chimera Ant King is born with an unfathomable supply of life aura. Unlike most Hunters, he is able to demonstrate his skills at Gyo, Ko and Ren in just a few minutes.
The initial power of Meruem’s Royal Guards, Youpi and Pouf, is dramatically increased after they “feed” the king bits of their own bodies during his battle with Netero (through a convoluted deception involving poisoned nukes).
4. Boros — One-Punch Man
In One-Punch Man, only Boros’ command of the Dark Matter Thieves can be matched by any other villain. Even still, Saitama doesn’t utilize his entire might to annihilate him because there are no obstacles in his way.
Saitama’s multiple direct attacks on him are proof of his strength, but he’s still got a long way to go. Fortunately, Saitama prevents the stratosphere from being completely ripped apart by Boros’s Hosei Hokoho.
3. Kaguya Otsutsuki — Naruto
Even if she doesn’t act like a deity, Kaguya Otsutsuki is a deity in many other ways. Psionic feats, healing from considerable damage, and the ability to turn her own skeleton into the all-killing All-Killing Ash Bones method are just a few of her abilities.
In addition, the God Tree generates the Expansive Truth-Seeking Ball. An enormous amount of effort, talent, and luck is required to defeat Kaguya
2. Yhwach — Bleach
Before he even becomes a Soul King, Bleach’s Yhwach is more powerful than any other character in the series. Yamamoto Genryusai, a guy whose bankai might evaporate Soul Society, can be killed with a single reishi sword-arrow.
It becomes imperative for the heroes to devise non-brutal methods of defeating Yhwach after the Soul King is assimilated into his physiology. After Uryu’s Still Silver arrow deactivates Yhwach’s immortality, Ichigo Kurosaki defeats (?) him.
1. Beerus — Dragon Ball Super
As a result of his immense power, the God of Destruction is no slouch. It’s possible for him to go into his “Fury” condition, where he is enveloped by a shroud of energy. Beerus can wipe out half of the universe with a single tap of his fingernail, proving that his longevity matches his offensive and defensive capabilities.