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Top 10 Most Evil Anime Villains

VO: Ashley Bowman WRITTEN BY: Alex Crilly-Mckean
They can’t be that bad…can they? Welcome to and today we are counting down our picks for the Top 10 Most Evil Anime Villains. For this list, we’ll be looking at the anime antagonists who loved being evil way too much. Considering we’re going into detail as to just HOW evil they are, you’d better prepare yourself for a spoiler alert down the line.

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Top 10 Most Evil Anime Villains
They can’t be that bad…can they? Welcome to and today we are counting down our picks for the Top 10 Most Evil Anime Villains.
For this list, we’ll be looking at the anime antagonists who loved being evil way too much. Considering we’re going into detail as to just HOW evil they are, you’d better prepare yourself for a spoiler alert down the line.

#10: All for One

“My Hero Academia” (2016-)
You don’t get to be the boss of the League of Villains without being a little ruthless. With zero empathy and an unholy desire to destroy his nemesis All Might, All for One worked behind the scenes as a criminal mastermind seeking to overthrow a society that had embraced costumed crusaders like celebrities. Of course, his greatest achievement in the world of supervillainy was forcing the Symbol of Peace into retirement, all the while haunting him with the fact he managed to take the grandchild of his mentor and turn him to the dark side. That’s cold, man.

#9: The Chairman

“Kaiji” series (2007-2011)
Perverse doesn’t even begin to cover it. Turns out old age has soured this millionaire, to the point where the only things that brings him pleasure are seeing desperate souls nearly kill themselves for money. Luckily, there seems to be a never-ending supply of fools just waiting to entertain him with their misery, including our boy Kaiji. It doesn’t matter if they end up drowning in debt, falling to their deaths, losing their limbs or getting their brains literally screwed, it’s all mindless fun as far as the Chairman is concerned.

#8: Doflamingo Donquixote

“One Piece” (1999-)
It shouldn’t be shocking that an infamous pirate has pulled some shady shit in his life, but Doflamingo takes it to a whole other level. We can certainly sympathise with his childhood, what with his whole family nearly being lynched, but his actions in regard to the Kingdom of Dressrosa are beyond deplorable. Using his Devil Fruit to force the King to attack his own citizens, getting his enemies turned into sentient toys, spreading chaos and discord while proclaiming himself the hero, all the while serving as the New World’s very own blackmarket broker and dealer. Doflamingo is fifty shades of asshole.

#7: Junko Enoshima

“Danganronpa: The Animation” (2013)
She’s all about that sweet, sweet despair. As the creator of the mutual killing games, it’s fair to say that Junko isn’t all that right in the head. After all she was happy to pose as a psychotic teddy bear and force a bunch of teens to try and murder each other in exchange for their freedom and even kill her own twin sister. If that’s not crazy enough, after finally being exposed for the lunatic that she is, Junko decided to go balls to the wall and execute herself in the most insane way imaginable. Why is it always the cute ones?

#6: Griffith

“Berserk” franchise (1997-)
Once a charismatic and ambitious leader of a mercenary band, Griffith found himself tumbling into a string of terrible decisions, to the point where he was left as nothing more than a mute cripple. With his dreams seemingly dashed, Griffith was given a chance of reclaiming the glory when the God Hand offered him a chance to join their demonic ranks. All he had to do was sacrifice his humanity…and all of his comrades. As if that wasn’t bad enough, after assuming his new role of Femto, the first thing he did was violate Gut’s beloved right in front him out of pure spite. Wow.

#5: Ainz Ooal Gown

“Overlord” (2015-18)
There’s no denying it now; Bone Daddy Ainz has fully embraced his role as the ultimate fantasy villain, and boy oh boy is making the most of it. It might have started with a little deception here and there, but the Ruler of Nazarick has made it pretty clear that he’s not above torture and genocide. Leading hapless adventurers to their doom, subjugating an entire kingdom and making it his personal playground, slaughtering 70,000 soldiers in an instant in order to summon Lovecraftian goat tentacle demons. Sorry guys, looks like Ainz is operating out of the Lawful Evil alignment these days.

#4: The Major

“Hellsing Ultimate” (2006-12)
Granted, the fact that this guy is a high-ranking Nazi pretty much guarantees his villain status. However, what separates the Major from your average remnant of the Third Reich is just how much he likes war. Scratch that, he LOVES war. To the point where his single greatest goal in life is to create the greatest conflict in history, even if it means he gets killed in the process. You would have thought such a disturbed individual wouldn’t be able to attract much of a following…that is, at least until you hear him make one of his signature speeches. You will feel part of your soul die, but you won’t be able to stop listening…

#3: Dio Brando

“JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure” (2012-)
You thought someone else would take this position, but it was actually him – Dio! From the moment this guy arrived on scene, he took every opportunity to display just how much of a bastard he was. Nearly stealing the Joestar fortune, forcing himself on Jonathan’s girl, turning into a vampire, slaughtering hundreds of innocents, killing Jonathan – the list goes on. And all this before he got himself a Stand, resurrected himself, and started the whole cycle of violence again a century later. Honestly, trying to dismiss Dio’s villainous impact is MUDA.

#2: Father

“Fullmetal Alchemist Brotherhood” (2009-10)
Even when he was nothing more than a dwarf in a flash, this insidious being still found a way to wipe out an entire civilization. In search of immortality, what later come to be known as the Father of the Homunculi was willing to sacrifice as many lives as it took to secure its place as the ultimate creation. It may have manifested each of its sins as a way to remain pure, but right up to the end Father remained both petulant and selfish, and as a result nearly managed to throw the entire world into total collapse, purely for its own wants.

#1: Frieza

“Dragon Ball” Franchise (1989-96)
When you can measure your kill count by the amount of planets you’ve destroyed, then there’s no competition. Well before he was representing Universe 7 in the Tournament of Power, this alien tyrant was only interesting in acquiring immortality, enslaving races, and wiping out anyone who dared get in his way. He’s responsible for wiping out the majority of the Saiyan Race, slaughtered the Namekian population, not to mention killed off quite a number of Goku’s allies. DBZ has seen a multitude of villains, but none can compare to the self-proclaimed ruler of the cosmos.

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