How much of a monopoly on evil do you believe Skeleton, the Joker, Megatron, and Lex Luthor hold on your mind now? That’s not quite right. Manga and anime have their fair share of villains, and they’re no slouches when it comes to murder and depravity. You don’t want to meet these 11 anime and manga villains in a dark alley… or even a well-lit one, for that matter.
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1) Light, Death Note
Until he discovered the Death Note, a mystical journal that would kill anyone whose name he put in it, young Light Yagami had no intention of helping the world. When offenders avoided prosecution or were in the midst of their plots, he utilized it to kill them. After that, he went on a murdering spree, even though the perpetrators were already in prison. Afterwards, he shot and killed a detective who had uncovered his plot, claiming that it was in the best interest of the greater good to do so. After that, he would go on a murdering spree, regardless of the law, killing everybody he considered a criminal and anyone who stepped in his way. Thousands of people had been killed by the time he was apprehended.
2) Father, Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood
Though Van Hohenheim is the father of the characters of Fullmetal Alchemist manga and anime Brotherhood, he is a completely separate character. Aside from the fact that he’s a ruthless killer, he’s also a very effective one, killing millions. The flask he was stuck in is understandable, but the country sacrifice was a feat as arrogant as it was evil, and it’s fairly evil. In order to fulfill his goals, he’s willing to slaughter his own progeny, the Homunculi. In fact, he’s only one of the many terrible fathers that FMA has, as you’ll see….
3) Johan Liebert, Monster
There’s a good possibility you’ll be something exceptional if you’re the evil guy in a manga series called Monster. When it comes to Johan Liebert, Hannibal Lector would look at him and remark, “Wow.” Even in Germany, he was able to persuade pupils and instructors at a top-secret military training school to murder each other after he murdered his adoptive parents and the surgeon who saved his life. Then, following the procedure, he went on a murderous rampage. When it came to Europe’s serial killers, he was something of a figurehead. They followed his orders even as he occasionally murdered them (which, to be fair, kind of goes with the job description). A Neo-Nazi party attempted to make him the new Adolf Hitler, but it wasn’t Johan’s style, so he slaughtered the majority of them to persuade them to leave him alone. You know you’re a nasty person when people ask you to be Hitler 2.0.
4) Majin Buu, Dragonball Z
Not one of those villains with a dark spirit, or a background that has led him to develop an evil scheme for his own progress or revenge, Majin Buu is not one of those villains. When he kills the entire globe with a single martial arts move, he’s nothing more than a powerful pink jerk. “Human Extinction Attack” is performed, and all seven billion people on Earth are exterminated. No genuine benefit can be derived from this. To be a scumbag.
5) Griffith, Berserk
When a coworker and a buddy part ways, it can be difficult to deal with. Guts’ departure from the Band of the Hawk had a negative effect on Griffith. How severe is the situation? In the end, Guts sacrificed the rest of his Band to become a powerful demon known as the God Hand, and the first thing he did was to rape Guts’ pregnant lover Casca directly in front of him, so horrifyingly that the infant was damaged. There isn’t a lot of evil in Griffith’s films, but when there is, it is utterly pitiful.
6) Diva, Blood+
Blood+ protagonist Saya’s Chiropteran Queen sister Diva came so close to killing her adopted brother Riku that Saya was forced to make him her Chevalier, which is a nice version of turning him into a Thrall (not the worst fate in the world, but something you wouldn’t wish on a family member), which is what Diva is. It was soon after that Diva kidnapped and sexually assaulted Riku before murdering him. Saya was adopted and reared by a loving family, whereas Diva was imprisoned in a tower and subjected to psychological torture. After killing many more people, many of them Saya’s friends, Diva attempted to transform the entire planet into her Chiropteran monster pawns through an opera performance (don’t ask)
7) Naraku, Inuyasha
Even if Naraku isn’t the most terrible enemy in the game, he’s certainly the most obnoxious. In contrast to previous baddies, Naraku will bleed you to death with a million super-obnoxious paper cuts, then flee before you can catch up to him. All he wanted to do in Inuyasha was to humiliate Inuyasha and his pals by collecting the demon shard fragments in the most disgusting and ineffective ways possible. His plan was to make the Inuyasha gang fight and defeat him every episode and ensure that they would get nowhere on their irritating quest. He manipulated Inuyasha and his beloved Kikyo into loathing each other, had Sango’s brother Kohaku kill their entire family, and turned Inuyasha’s brother against him. If you ask me, a lot of Inuyasha fans think Naraku is the top jerk on this list. I can assure you that.
8) Medusa, Soul Eater
Medusa, the anime version of “Mommy Dearest,” used her child Crona as a guinea pig. And when I say study subject, I mean she researched how to make him nuts and turn him into a crazed killer, and then tortured him in order to do this.. In actuality, Crona kills Medusa for torturing her son to the point of death after the experiment is complete… In the end, she got him to murder everything he had ever cared about, which is when she gets all giddy with pride. Here’s the saddest part: she actually enjoys her son a lot. The rest of the world, she’s not so polite to
9) Makoto Shishio, Rurouni Kenshin
As a former government assassin who was double-crossed and put on fire but survived, Makoto appears to be a typical villain—a bandaged bandit who vows to destroy the nation’s administration. That’s a familiar refrain. The towns of Kyoto and Tokyo, as well as Kenshin’s comrades at the Aoi-Ya dojo, are all on his list of possible targets. Even though he is terrible, this is typical villain behavior, right? Shishio is on this list for two reasons: his final duel with Kenshin and the fact that he won: Kenshin is stabbed through Yumi when Shishio’s lover intervenes in the battle to stop Kenshin from delivering the lethal blow. As a last resort, Shishio’s hatred for Kenshin compelled him to fight until his blood dried up. It’s time to honor this with some sort of twisted homage.
10) The Major, Hellsing
Is the Major a Nazi? It really doesn’t matter. The worst of the worst are the Nazis. The Major, on the other hand, is a villain even among Nazis due to his extreme preparedness. It took the Major 50 years of plotting and gathering an army of vampires, monsters, and war-zeppelins after escaping Germany at the end of World War II to finally exact his retribution on England. Not only is he an expert at war, but he enjoys it so much that he planned to start a new 1,00-year Reich and continue at war the entire time. He slaughtered three million people purely for the thrill of it, and then sucked up London’s blood to destroy Alucard. That’s quite an accomplishment. And wicked.
11) Shou Tucker, Fullmetal Alchemist
Unlike many alchemists, Shou Tucker was a non-killer. What’s the deal with him? It was necessary for him to continue researching chimeras in order to keep his alchemical grant money flowing, so he morphed his own adorable daughter Nina and her equally adorable dog into one hideous monster, merging the two into what remains one of the saddest and most traumatic anime moments ever. He may not have killed anyone, but Fullmetal Alchemist has left a lasting impression on everyone who has seen it.