And the best award goes to these despicable yet charismatic antagonists.
1) ESDEATH (AKAME GA KILL)
This high-ranking Empire officer’s stunning beauty and strong determination in eliminating every Revolutionary Army as part of the order are more than just irresistible. I adore her as much as Akame and seeing them fight altogether in the final episode shattered my heart to pieces.
“The strong survive and the weak die.” Well said Esdeath!!
2) YUNO GASAI (MIRAI NIKKI)
The sweetest yet the deadliest. I admit being unable to resist to her yandere violent moves especially to those who would go near her beloved Yukiteru explaining her rank as one of the most evil protagonists or rather anti-heroes in anime.
3) KUROME (AKAME GA KILL)
This gentle-looking girl is not to be mistaken as a professional killer after being trained by the Jaegers (the Empire’s army) where she ended being part. It is one of the reasons why I cannot bear seeing her fight with her older sister Akame and the latter mourning at her younger sister’s grave that makes my heart break.
4) LIGHT YAGAMI (DEATH NOTE)
His evil ways in predicting a person’s death and defining justice are definitely add-ons to his villainous charisma. Although he is dubbed as the protagonist, one cannot help being appealed by his rationality, smart and wicked moves in escaping from the detectives by siding with them in tracking Kira and helping them in their investigation (all of which indeed make him more cunning).
5) NUI HARIME (KILL LA KILL)
Seeing her candy-like personality paired with her invincible murderous soul is more than just pleasurable. She is just as sweet <insert poisonous> as candy.
6) RAGYO (KILL LA KILL)
More than just an anime version of Cruela-de-Vil, her glamorous, materialistic, status-obsessed, and fatal nature turns her into one of the top evil picks.
7) KURUMI A.K.A THE NIGHTMARE (DATE A LIVE)
It is unsurprising how she is dubbed as the nightmare due to her creepy, cunning, yet striking feature that indeed turns her into a beautiful nightmare (what an oxymoron! lol). She may not be known as the villain but she gives so much flavor to the anime having broken a monotonous series of Shido’s dating cycle, and inserted ‘horror’ into Date A Live’s comedy scenes (which indeed makes her an interesting and wicked character).
8, 9, & 10) TIGER, LUCHS, & PANTHER A.K.A THE SABER DOLLS (SABER MARIONETTE J)
Never thought how much I would love these seductive dolls as much as the marionettes (especially Lime and Cherry), the latter of which I loved during my childhood. They are just as strong as they are attractive.
11) GELHARDT VON FAUST (SABER MARIONETTE J)
Like the Saber Dolls, I have grown to adore their master. He is just as empowering as the previously mentioned three on the list.
12) FEI WONG REED (TSUBASA RESERVOIR CHRONICLES)
I simply have passion for his antagonistic, cruel, yet ambitious and mighty charisma. My admiration towards him is more than words can explain.
13) SEBASTIAN MICHAELIS (BLACK BUTLER)
Again, he may be known more as a protagonist. But his antagonistic nature turns him into a character with an evil charisma and not forgetting to mention that he is also as attractive.
14) COLOSSAL TITAN (ATTACK ON TITAN)
Hands down to those who pick titan-related memes over Levi’s. Although I am also a big fan of Levi, I still find the titan’s more entertaining.
And don’t worry. I do not just appreciate them for the memes.
15) SOI (FUSHIGI YUUGI)
Her undeniable beauty makes her an unforgettable villain the mentioned anime. She also looks better with Nakago and I ship them a lot.
16) TOMO (FUSHIGI YUUGI)
His theatrical costume and his power to hypnotize others into created illusions make him intriguing and distinctively appealing.
17) ENVY (FULL METAL ALCHEMIST)
His jolly and witty nature, aside from his malevolent moves, makes him more tuning to.
18) GLUTONNY (FULL METAL ALCHEMIST)
Also my favorite homunculus aside from Envy. I adore him simply for his hilarity.
19) REIRAN (FLAME OF RECCA)
She may just be the minor character in the anime but I am undeniably struck by her doll-like allure and her sweet yet deadly personality.
20) NEON (FLAME OF RECCA)
Evil at first, but kind-hearted in the end. She would do that much for Kurei that makes some of the audience assume her cynical romantic feelings towards him. The two would indeed make a perfect couple. I sometimes wish that Kurei would pick her after his beloved Kurenai’s death (yet he does not seem to get over Kurenai).
I merely admire Neon for her charisma and loyalty, despite the fact I am not a big fan of her flute and sound madogu (ie. known ninja weapon in the anime).
21) KUREI (FLAME OF RECCA)
He is a kindhearted man behind his evil nature similar to Neon. Although I like his noble side more, I also adore him for his dark personality and there are times when I would feel more sorry for him (especially for his terrible past when his mother and him got rejected, molested even, in the ninja clan) than hate him.
22) KAWORU NAGISA (EVANGELION)
He is not the main antagonist in the anime alongside other Angels (although he is an Eva pilot who is an Angel in disguise). However, I do find him totally appealing and he still has that cunning attitude.
23) TAMAHOME (FUSHIGI YUUGI)
He is indeed not an antagonist of the story. But there is a certain scene where he turns into a villain after being fed by Yui’s bewitching spell and he looks perfect in it.
24) GENDOU IKARI (EVANGELION)
The best representation of nowadays’ high rank officials in real-life (not trying to debate about politics here yet still). While he claims that the Angels are outsiders set to attack the planet, it is revealed later that his constructed Eva robots turn into Angels in time (and many souls are salvaged to give life to Eva robots).
Evil, yet ambitious. Also an anime father cult figure.
25) NAKAGO (FUSHIGI YUUGI)
The most charming and favored villain on the list. He has everything I yearn in a typical antagonist that includes undeniable charm and handsomeness, merciless nature, cruelty, ambitiousness, strong determination to pursue his goals (to conquer the Four Kingdoms and become God), power, and even his deep voice that well defines all of these characteristics. He is indeed an unforgettable character. There are times when I would understand and sympathize with him more than feel disgusted, given his appalling past.
Villains are easy to hate. But in the world of Japanese animation, they are more than often hard to resist. Both their appeal and their personality widen the fandom’s attraction towards them that the fans tend to forget how mischievous they are and would prefer to ride with their evil ways. So far, the mentioned characters are my picks. What about you?
More villains to come in the next sets of top lists..