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Top 10 Anime Villains

VO: Rebecca
Script written by Craig Butler. They’re pure evil - and that’s just the way we like them. Anime series and films are known for their expansive stories and unique style. However, if there's one thing we like best about them it's their incredibly original and menacing bad guys who give the heroes a true run for their money. These range from demons to mad ninjas and vile creatures. Join and today we’re counting down the top 10 Anime Villains.

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Top 10 Anime Villains

They’re pure evil - and that’s just the way we like them. Welcome to and today we’re counting down the top 10 Anime Villains.

#10- Sephiroth “Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children/Last Order: Final Fantasy VII” (2005)

How do you fight someone who has the genes and the power of an alien that almost wiped out the Earth? How about with everything you’ve got! Final Fantasy’s Sephiroth wants nothing more than to finish what his alien “mother” started – and with control of a multitude of copies of himself, he almost succeeds. Oh, and that seven–foot long sword of his? Fatally cool.

#9- Johan Liebert “Monster” (2004-2005)

When we think of monsters, hunks are not the first thing that come to mind. That’s what makes Johan so insidious and memorable, he looks normal, but inside he oozes malice. His one goal is to be the only one left when the world ends. And he’s happy to maim, kill and torture to achieve this end. Sure, there’s a little monster in all of us – but not as like Johan.

#8- Sir Crocodile “One Piece” (1999-)

Here’s a tip about Sir Crocodile: Don’t trust anyone with a Frankenstein scar running across his face and the power to control sand. Oh, and also especially don’t trust him if he happens to run a secret organization of spies and killers and wants nothing less than – well, pretty much everything. Fortunately, Monkey D. Luffy has the perfect plan to stop him.

#7- Shinobu Sensui “Yu Yu Hakusho” A.K.A “Ghost Files” (1993-2006)

It’s hard to believe, but Sensui, the Black Angel of Yu Yu Hakusho, was once a powerful protector of humans against a race of demons. That was before he saw that some humans act far worse than the demons, and kind of went off the deep end. The result was a demon with split personality that knows humanity better than it knows itself – and will use that knowledge to destroy it.

#6- Vicious “Cowboy Bebop” (1998-)

Villains are most memorable when they are bloodthirsty and power hungry. So meet Vicious, yes that’s his actual name. He’s a mean mother whose skill with a katana is legendary. Former friend of protagonist Spike, a girl came between them spurring a deadly blood feud. Memorably, Vicious has a creepy crow for a pet that rests o his shoulder, which definitely ups the badass quotient.

#5- Naraku “Inuyasha” (2000 – 2005)

Even half-demons are dangerous things to be reckoned with, especially when they have a mission. Naraku’s quest for the pieces of a jewel that can bestow tremendous power is what keeps Inuyasha and everyone else in the series up at night. That’s especially since Naraku can already create multiple versions of himself with new powers, meaning that he’s virtually unstoppable – or so it seems.

#4- Orochimaru “Naruto” (2002-2007)

“Twisted” is the word for Orochimaru, a legendary ninja with a mad thirst for immortality. Arrogant and cruel, he’s not only a fearsome fighter but has fantastic powers: he can bring back the dead, disguise himself so his own mother wouldn’t know him, and stretch body parts like they’re snakes. Want to mess with him? Think again, friend.

#3- Light “Death Note” (2006 – 2008)

What do you get when the protagonist of a series is also a killer? An absolutely awesome series! Light isn’t your typical villain- he’s been given the power to kill anyone simply by writing their name in a book. Of course, absolute power corrupts absolutely and Light becomes more and more godlike – and not always a beneficent god.

#2- Aizen “Bleach” (2004-2013)

Aizen of Bleach is the worst kind of villain. Rather than bluster and yell, Aizen is usually quiet and soft-spoken; he’s the kind of person that will lull you into a false sense of security before treating you to an excruciating death. A master manipulator who can predict the moves of his enemies with infuriating precision, he just wants what so many villains want: total control of his world.

#1- Frieza “Dragonball Z” (1989- 2003)

What can you say about a villain who was inspired by the unscrupulous financial speculators of the real world? Now, that’s scary! A soul-less and almost indescribable creature, he has countless different personas. They all have one thing in common: death and destruction. Even worse, Frieza is regularly re-formed from the genes of the worst villains in the Dragonball series, making him nigh un-killable.

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