Best Anime Villains: Anime is not just an anime sometime it gives us a life lesson and sometimes it motivates us to do better. While watching anime we also learn a lot of things not only from the Protagonists but also from the Antagonists.
In every anime series, an antagonist is the one who plays a very important role. They are the only reason behind the success of Heroes. No Villains means No Heroes. Sometimes Antagonists are also responsible to bring out the best in Heroes.
Countless anime releases per year but not every anime has great and appreciatable Villans. Here we are going to share the list of the top 16 Best Anime Villains. At some point, these Villans become more important to the story than the protagonists.
Without further delay, let’s start our list.
Table of Contents
- 16 Best Anime Villains Of Anime History
- 16. Satan (Ao no Exorcist)
- 15. Ragyō Kiryūin (Kill La Kill)
- 14. Younger Toguro (Yu Yu Hakusho)
- 13. Sōsuke Aizen (Bleach)
- 12. Griffith (Berserk)
- 11. Zeke Yeager (Attack On Titan)
- 10. Donquixote Doflamingoi (One Piece)
- 9. All For One (My Hero Academia)
- 8. Garou (One Punch Man)
- 7. Shogo Makishima (Psycho-Pass)
- 6. Kaguya Otsutsuki (Naruto)
- 5. John Liebert (Monster)
- 4. Meruem (Hunter X Hunter)
- 3. Lelouch Vi Britannia (Code Geass)
- 2. Light Yagami (Death Note)
- 1. Eren Yeager (Attack On Titan)
16 Best Anime Villains Of Anime History
16. Satan (Ao no Exorcist)
Blue Exorcist (Blue Exorcist) has a power Satanic Dark Lord called Satan. In the anime, we have already seen that he is the father of Eight Demon King and also the father of our main protagonists. Satan rules the demonic world called Gehenna.
Satan’s main goal is to merge the Gehenna (where demons live) and Assiah (where humans live) so that he can rule both worlds and where humans and demons both stick together.
Satan murdered numerous priests and exorcists by possession. Satan possessed an exorcist named Shiro Fujimoto and save a second-class female exorcist named Yuri Egin. Later on, Yuri becomes pregnant by satan and gave birth to Rin and Yukio (the main protagonists) Rin possesses the power of Satan. Satan thinks that by using Rin he can rule the Assiah.
If we talk about his power he is the most powerful demon alive. He can possess over the human body but only for a certain time limit. He can conjure the Gehenna Gate. Satan can also manipulate and control “blue flame” as his sons do.
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15. Ragyō Kiryūin (Kill La Kill)
Ragyo Kiryuin is the main anime villain and perverted businesswoman of the Kill La Kill anime series. She is the mother of Ryūko Matoi (the main protagonist) and Satsuki Kiryūin (the first half antagonist). Ragyo is also the CEO of Revocs Corporation (a heavily influential textile company).
Her main goal is to enthrall the human life form by using Life Fibers and defeat Ryuko. She wanted to dominate the whole world by using the power of Life Fibers. At the end of this anime, her both goals failed. She also used to Rape and Abuse her daughters which clearly shows how cruel she really was.
She commits many crimes like mass murder, brainwashing, sexual harassment, etc. Ragyo also possesses great combat skills, absorption, life fiber manipulation, and regeneration are just a few examples of her true power.
14. Younger Toguro (Yu Yu Hakusho)
Younger Toguro is the final and main villain of Spirit Detective Saga and Dark Tournament Saga from Yu Yu Hakusho. Young Toguro is a Demon and he also has a brother named Elder Toguro who is the main villain of Chapter Black Saga and Dark Tournament Saga.
As we already observed his personality is very mysterious and calm. We can not see any sign of emotions on his face. Toguro is not a demon by birth. At an early age, he and his older brother with Genkai used to work together.
Things were totally changed when an Immortal demon Kairen swallowed and killed many pupils of Toguro and then Demon Kairen forced him to join the dark tournament, Toguro, and his older brother participate in the tournament with Genkai where they killed Demon Kairen and win the tournament. When it comes to choosing the prize, both the brothers have chosen to be a demon, on the other hand, Genkai doesn’t want to involve in this so she refused.
Young Toguro possesses tremendous power and abilities. Percentage Power, Row Power, Finger Flip Bullet, Damaging Aura, Regeneration, Soul Absorption, and Superhuman speed are just a few examples of his true power.
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13. Sōsuke Aizen (Bleach)
Aizen is the main villain of Bleach except in the last arc where he helped Ichigo to stop Yhwach. Aizen is a power-hungry mastermind villain of anime history. Aizen also worked as a captain of the 5th division in Gotei 13. Later he back-stabber the Soul Society with his fellow supporters Gin and Kaname. They killed many members of Central 46.
His main goal is to kill the soul king and recreate the world as he wants. Yhwach is also having the same goal as Aizen.
Aizen is very cold and calm, his polite and knowledgable nature can also be seen on his face. He is manipulative and often brainwashes others. He never took any decision on the basis of his anger. He always makes a proper plan and then works on it.
Aizen is an immortal and has abilities like Immense Strength, Shunpo Master, Manipulator, and Genius Intellect. Apart from that, he is also a good fighter.
12. Griffith (Berserk)
Griffith is the main villain of Berserk anime and manga. He is the founder of the mercenary army also known by the name the Band of the Falcon. Griffith is the supreme leader of the Midland army. As a villain, Griffith is the Traitorous Dark Messiah.
His main goal is to establish his own kingdom. He does not even hesitate to sacrifice his own army in order to achieve power like a god. Griffith makes a sexual relationship with King’s daughter named Charlotte. When King figures it out, he sends him to jail for a year. There we were tortured and brutally punished.
When Eclipse took place, Griffith with his fellow followers was sent to another dimension where 4 demons exist. He sacrificed his fellow followers in order to achieve his dream and becomes Femto (fifth God Hand). While his crew members and followers were brutally killed by demons.
He possesses great power and skills like Telekinesis, Spatial Manipulation, Causality Manipulation and Perception, Supernatural Charisma, Teleportation, Reality Warping, and Gravity Manipulation.
In the whole manga series, he did really terrible things, It is not wrong to say that he is the best anime villain in anime history.
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11. Zeke Yeager (Attack On Titan)
Zeke Yeager as the Beast Titan is one of the main villains in Attack On Titan. Not only his Beast Titan form but his human form is also very deadly because of his intelligence and combat skills. He was the former war chief of Marley’s Warrior Unit.
As the AOT fans already know, He is the half-brother of Eren Yeager. He was forced to betray Marley and Become a Beast Titan. As a Beast Titan, he also killed several Survey Corps soldiers.
He forced to stop Eldians from reproducing so that the new birth will not face the pain that the adults are facing. He came to know that the only way to stop them from reproducing is the power of the founding titan but Edians refused to follow his idea.
Zeke has the power to transform any people into titan without titan serum that’s what he did to Ragako citizens. He transforms Ragako citizens into titans. Zeke also destroyed the lives and villages of Ragako.
He killed the second strongest soldier Paradis named Mike. He also transforms many of Levi’s Soldiers into the titans.
10. Donquixote Doflamingoi (One Piece)
Donquixote is one of the main antagonists of One Piece. He is not one of the most powerful villains but no doubt he is the most wicked among all the villains of One Piece. He is the former king of Dressrosa. Donquixote killed his brother and father with cruelty.
He is a type of Sadistic Immortality-Seeker villain. He commits crimes like Mass murder, Patricide, Fratricide, Piracy, Slavery, Torture, Mutilation, Incrimination, Trafficking, Mass destruction, Abuse of power, and Conspiracy.
Donquixote main goals are to become immortal, he wants to destroy the world order, kill Luffy and get revenge on Celestial Dragons (a god who created the world) because he rejected him.
Donquixote is not having strong power and abilities but his Very high intelligence makes him a mastermind of the “One Piece” world. Donquixote is also known by the name of Joker, Havenly Demon, Young Master, Doffy, and Mingo.
9. All For One (My Hero Academia)
Shigaraki also known as All For One is the most powerful SS-Rank Villain in My Hero Academia. He is one of the Power-Hungry Mastermind villains in anime history. He is the enemy of All Might and Izuku Midoriya. He is the one who founded the League Of Villians with his disciple Tomura Shigaraki.
All For One has a great ability to give Quirk to anyone. In the same way, he can steal the “quirk” of whomever he wants. Before the anime begins there was the clash between All Mighty and All For One where All-Mighty managed to defeat All For One but the All-Mighty was badly injured from his attacks. The scars are still present on the All Mighty’s body.
All For One managed to survive the United States Of Smash. The whole army of villains turned to dust only man who managed to survive that attack was All For One. Many people also things that Nomu Beasts are created by All For One so that he can defeat Pro Heroes.
All For One possesses great abilities and powers like search, warping, air cannon, forcible quirk activation, impact recoil, airwalk, and possession are some of the powers of All For One.
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8. Garou (One Punch Man)
Garou is the Monstrous Supervillain from One Punch Man. He is one of the main villains of this series. Garou is the top disciple of Silver Fang (S-Rank Hero). In the dojo, Garou assaulted many students which ultimately led him to fire from the dojo.
After getting kicked off from Dojo, he starts working on his plan to become an ultimate monster by defeating the powerful members of the Hero Association and also want to become the God Level threat to this world. Because of his deadly ambitions, Hero Associaton starts calling him a Human Monster.
He has great martial art skills, he also defeated his master Silver Fang. He also possesses many powers like Superhuman strength, superhuman speed, superhuman durability, accelerated growth, regenerative healing factor, etc. For those who don’t know in Japanese Garou means Hungry Wolf.
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7. Shogo Makishima (Psycho-Pass)
Shogo Makishima is the main villain of Psycho-Pass season 1. Shogo is an Anarchistic Mastermind and mysterious villain. Even the Sibyl System also failed to defeat Shogo Makishima. He is the enemy of the main anti-heroic protagonist named Shinya Kogami.
Shogo’s only goal is to make this world free from the Sibyl System. It is an organization that wants to control Japanese culture, society, and its people. Sibyl System was controlled by Japanese and MWPSB Leaders.
Shogo commits many crimes like Multiple murders, Terrorism, Attempted sabotage, Psychological torture, Forgery, Abuse, Conspiracy Theft, and many more.
Shogo Makishima has a genius-level mind, he is a master in manipulation, great combat skills, etc. All these ability and power with his fabulous role in anime is enough to make him the best anime villain of all time.
6. Kaguya Otsutsuki (Naruto)
She is the final villain of Naruto: Shippuden. She is the Enigmatic Goddess and mother of all Ninjutsu. In the whole anime and manga series, Kaguya is the most powerful and immortal villain in the Naruto series.
She possesses divine power, she has the power to control her body and physical abilities. She can absorb ninjutsu and has full control of her chakra, she can use her hair as a weapon, she can also read the minds of others as well as perform body manipulation.
Because of her tremendous power and unbeatable abilities she can be the best anime villain in anime history.
5. John Liebert (Monster)
John Liebert is the main villain of the Monster anime series. He is a Nihilistic Psychopath and a serial killer. When he was a child his life is being saved by Kenzo Tenma, who is the main protagonist of this anime series.
John is the twin brother of Nina Fortner. Unlike John, she is a very sweet and kind-hearted young girl. John is pure evil and loves to kill people without leaving any evidence on the crime scene.
John commits crimes like Mass murder, Mass corruption, Attempted omnicide, Psychological torture, Suicide inducement, Arson, Conspiracy, Incrimination, Stalking, Impersonation, Vandalism, Sabotage, Identity theft, Money laundering.
After counting his crimes it is clear that this Criminal mastermind is one of the best anime villains in anime history.
4. Meruem (Hunter X Hunter)
Meruem is one of the most lovable villains of all time. He is the main antagonist from the Chimera Ant Arc. Meruem has so much power even Chairman Netero faced struggles to defeat him in the fight.
His main goal was to rule the world, win Gungi against Komugi, and defeat Chairman Isaac Netero in one to one fight. When Meruem first introduced his behavior indicates that he was full of pride, purely evil, cruel, and violent but after playing Gungi with Komugi, he slowly started thinking like a human.
He cares for Komugi. After meeting with Komugi, a fight begins inside of Meruem the fight between half-human and half insect.
Meruem was die only 40 days after his birth, he was so young and so powerful at this young age. Meruem was born with a Specialization Nen ability for him it is not required to unlock the Nen ability like other characters.
3. Lelouch Vi Britannia (Code Geass)
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Lelouch is the Prince of the Britannian Empire, He is also the main protagonist of the anime series. He is the anti-heroic protagonist Honorable Manipulator and Great Mastermind. He becomes the rich geass user which definitely doesn’t look heroic.
He killed his Half-Brother Clovis. At first starting, he wanted to make this world better for living beings but the tremendous power of Geass made him a slave of his power result turning him into the main antagonist of the Code Geass.
Lelouch’s main goal was to destroy the empire of Britannia and reveal the truth behind his mother’s death, he wanted to take revenge on his father (Charles Zi Britannia). With C.C. he traveled around the world and killed Geass users. He also planned his own death and let Suzaku kill him so that the world can be free again.
Those who watched this anime already know that Lelouch is a better hero and a great mastermind villain. No doubt he is one of the best anime villains of anime history.
2. Light Yagami (Death Note)
Light Yagami was the main protagonist of Death Note. Later his ambitions to become the god of the living world made him the best anime villain in anime history. At the start of the anime, his main goal was to make this world free from crime and do whatever was necessary in order to make this world a better place.
He was a true genius and one of the most intelligent guys in the world, even the L also admired his genius brain. His true potential was destroyed by the Death Note. After he found the death note his life entire life started ruined day after day. He had no idea whether what he was doing was right or wrong.
His main goal was to kill the L which he is succeed in, he also killed Mello but failed in killing Near. In the possession of the death note, he commits Mass murder, Conspiracy, Incrimination, Vigilantism, Treason, and Abuse. Lelouch Vi Britannia and Light share the same mindset but in my opinion, Lelouch is smarter than Light.
1. Eren Yeager (Attack On Titan)
Eren Yeager is the main protagonist of Attack On Titan and later becomes the antagonist of the series. He also worked in Survey Corps and was the inheritor of Attack Titan, War Hammer Titan, later revealed as Founding Titan.
As a villain, he killed many innocent people including children, he is a war criminal who spread terrorism, and he abuses his power and authority. If we talk about power, he has the power of nine titans. Eren has superhuman strength, superhuman speed, superhuman endurance, regeneration, etc.
Grisha Yeager and he itself is the only two-person who can shift titans among the power of nine titans. Eren Yeager is one of the best anime villains in anime history and there’s no doubt about it.
Guys here we are ending our list of 16 Best Anime Villains Of Anime History. I have included not only the villains but also those who were protagonists and later tern into the main antagonists. If you found that there must be more name or your favorite anime villains is not present in this list so let me know by commenting below I will definitely add them to our list.
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