There is undoubtedly a hierarchy of animated a$$holes, even in the finest anime series, which has amazing villains. Who is the most adept at being bad? In order to determine who we believe to be the 5 finest anime villains, we looked through all of our favorite animated shows, including Dragon Ball, One-Punch Man, Demon Slayer, and more.
The major antagonist in Fullmetal Alchemist is not Shou Tucker. Heck, he doesn’t even pose a significant physical risk to the Elric brothers. But what he really is is a scoundrel who, in one of Fullmetal Alchemist’s most horrifying sequences, admits to having fused his daughter with a dog in order to keep his privileged status as a State Alchemist.
Few anime characters are as cruel and wicked as Shou, a man who is prepared to sacrifice his own innocent flesh and blood for fame and wealth, even if the villains on this list have killed countless people and devastated whole worlds. It’s not only us that despises Shou. He is the only character and villain in any of the Fullmetal Alchemist ‘In Memoriam’ operas identified as going to hell rather than heaven, demonstrating the writer Hiromu Arakawa’s obvious hatred for him.
All for One
Some anime villains act evilly not because they have a lofty goal that pits them against our heroes, but rather because it makes them feel good. This kind of villain is All for One from My Hero Academia, a bad guy whose schemes are directly influenced by the grandiose villainy of comic book baddies.
As a result, he is a hedonist with no loyalty to any cause other than his own whims, making him similar to The Joker and other well-known villains in that he cannot be reasoned with or persuaded to change. Because our favorite My Hero Academia characters are more unselfish and morally upright, All For One serves as the ideal counterpoint to them.
There are some villains on this list because they are immensely detestable (we’re looking at you, Major), but there are also some villains on this list because, for want of a better term, they are really awesome. One such bad guy is Pain, the head of the Akatsuki in the Naruto anime series.
Pain, or Nagato to use his official name, is essentially a teenager’s concept of what a badass looks like with his distinctive rippling eyes, numerous body piercings, and black cloak, thus it makes sense that he is one of the most popular Naruto characters.
He is incredibly strong, depicted in the anime as a shinobi god who employs a special combat technique involving five different bodies, each of which has its own special skills and talents. Is Pain the most complex villain in anime?
Sure, he wants to harm the people who wounded him like a petulant teenager, but he provided us one of the finest battles in the series, and the mystery surrounding his origin makes up for his little childish outlook.
Few anime villains strive as hard as poor Garou, but everyone appreciates a tryer. Martial artist Garou is driven to surpass all other monsters in power in order to unify mankind against him. The only issue is that he is a comedic anime character who only exists to be savaged by the different pro-heroes in the One-Punch Man universe.
Nonetheless, he will never give up on his objective due to his unwavering spirit and enormous ego (even if Sitama barely knows he exists). Watch the third season of One Punch Man if you like Garou in season 2. We assure you that Garou should see “cosmic” expansion in the next series.
Without intending to be disrespectful to heroes, everyone is aware that villains possess the finest swagger, and few villains can match Muzan Kibutsuji’s. Simply have a peek at him.
He is a vicious demon king who wields his limbs as deadly flesh whips while dressing in a shirt and tie. Why not adore it? We want to see more of him in Season 3 of Demon Slayer.