Having watched a lot of anime, you have probably come across at least one of the “top” villains. They are usually very memorable and leave their mark on your heart forever. Ever wondered what makes them so good at being bad?
Well then this article might just be for you! One of my favorite things to do is try to find out all that is great about a character and then write an article about it. Of course, since there are so many of them to go through, I will only be doing the top anime villains. Keep reading: Nanatsu No Taizai Characters
Top anime villains
Sakata Gintoki (Gintama)
The first choice on this list has got to be Gintoki Sakata. He is not only the main character but also the best friend of Shinpachi Shimura. They run a small shop called Yorozuya and aren’t the most successful, to say the least. However, Gintoki does have a bit of an evil past that haunts him through this series. Before he was just an average Otaku, but after a weird alien invasion and some serious destruction going on around him he had no choice but to become strong and take life by the horns!
Gilgamesh (Fate/Stay Night Unlimited Blade Works)
The next character is a rather recent addition to the world of anime, but he sure is a force to be reckoned with! Gilgamesh has been around since Fate/Stay Night and now even also in Fate/Zero. He was first summoned by Rin Tohsaka as her Servant, but after the two of them got fairly familiar with one another he betrayed her without a moment’s thought. He even does this later to Shirou Emiya, the main protagonist.
Kain Hikaru (Beyblade)
There were a lot of great villains in anime before Gintoki and Gilgamesh, but Kain Hikaru is a more recent one. He was first introduced as a kind person that only wanted to help the people of Earth, but after some time he revealed his true face and became an evil tyrant from space. Kain joined up with some other aliens to take over the world using his powers as a Beyblade master. However, this plan will always fail because of one certain four-eyed kid…
Sakata Gintoki (Gintama)
So here is the main character again, but that’s only because he deserves it. This time I decided to share two pics that show him in different stages of his life. I didn’t want to just pick one and have you guys think I was only interested in his present state, so there you go.
The next character is an older one that is still very popular today. Gaara is the youngest of the six siblings that all became ninja to serve their village of Sunagakure. He has some special powers that make him very interesting and is also pretty bad-ass when it comes to fighting. However, his main motive for becoming so strong was actually not to fight against other people but rather himself and the demons that live inside him.
Rin Okumura (Blue Exorcist)
I couldn’t do a top anime villains list without including Rin Okumura. He is the son of Satan and a pretty emotional character throughout Blue Exorcist. This can be both a good and a bad thing, but for this list I think his bad qualities outweigh the good ones. Despite being half-demon he really just wants to live a normal life, but all the horrible stuff that happens around him forces him to become stronger and stronger.
Ichinose Juugo (Juubee Ninpuuchou)
At number six we have a character from an older anime, which has been redone in recent years. Ichinose Juugo is also known as the “phantom ninja” and his past is kept pretty mysterious until later on in the show. He’s not your average ninja and this can be seen through his slightly different moves in battle. I don’t know if I should consider him to be an anti-hero or just a plain old villain, but either way, he is definitely one of the best characters in anime!
Alucard (Hellsing Ultimate)
The next character on the list is also very old but has had multiple action figures and statues made of him. Hellsing Ultimate actually did a great job on re-imagining him because he looked amazing in that version of the show! Before his full reveal, Alucard keeps something under wraps while traveling around with the main character Seras Victoria. This keeps some of the suspense going, but it’s still fairly obvious that there is something fishy about him.
Sosuke Aizen (Bleach)
Aizen has been around in the world of Bleach for a very long time. He’s always kept his cards close to his chest and this makes him one of the best villains in the show. Even when he’s been beaten down and captured by the Soul Society, he still manages to escape just in time for a comeback. It looks like he has a pretty decent strategical mind so I’m curious to know if Ichigo will ever be able to take him out!
Sasuke Uchiha (Naruto)
At number ten we have another Uchiha, but this time it’s Sasuke. Like his older brother before him he got tired of living in the shadow of his family so he decided to become strong on his own. Even though he was ready to fight against everyone who wanted him to stay home, Naruto never thought that Sasuke would be capable of doing something like wiping out an entire village. That’s what makes him such a good villain and that’s why he is on my list!
Alucard (Hellsing Ultimate)
The next character on the list is also very old, but has had multiple action figures and statues made of him. Hellsing Ultimate actually did a great job on re-imagining him because he looked amazing in that version of the show! Before his full reveal Alucard keeps something under wraps while traveling around with the main character Seras Victoria. This keeps some of the suspense going, but it’s still fairly obvious that there is something fishy about him.
Lelouch Lamperouge (Code Geass: Hangyaku no Lelouch)
Did anyone expect this character to be on my list? Maybe some of you did, but I’m sure that most people will be surprised at his number three spot. He starts the series as a pretty average student who just wants to get revenge for his mother’s death. This isn’t your typical villain motivation and watching him grow into something more than just an average student. He definitely deserved the number three spot on my list because he is one of a kind!
Togusa (Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex)
I’ve always been a huge fan of Togusa and I consider him to be one of best characters from Ghost in the Shell. He starts the show as one of the lowest-ranked members of Section 9, but he manages to make up for this with his intelligence and dedication. I don’t think that he could ever be considered an anti-hero because he really does want to make the world a better place. There’s also something about him using heavy weaponry against criminals that really makes him stand out in the crowd.
Rin Tohsaka (Fate/stay night)
The next character on my list is someone who I’ve always had a problem with, but she definitely deserved to be on this list because of her tenacity. There was never a good time when she wasn’t trying to convince Shirou to work with her, but she did a lot of good for the people in the neighborhood. There were other characters from Fate/stay night that I thought could have been on this list, but I had to go with Rin because she is the best girl on the show.
What do you think of my list? Was there a certain character that I should have put on here instead of another one? This is by no means the end-all list for anime villains, but it’s an excellent starting point. Let me know what your favorite anime villain is in the comment section below!