Anime Villains That The Best For You

images-11What makes a bad guy do bad things? Most anime don’t go too far beyond classic themes like world domination, personal vendetta, power, greed, or just plain being evil. But when anime don’t gloss over the motivations for some of these villains, you might get a sympathetic villain; one you can’t help but root for.

Sometimes they’re misguided and truly believe they’re doing what’s right. Other times their reasons are just so depressingly sad. And then there are those villains who are just too awesome to hate. Whatever the reason, having a sympathetic anime villain makes it bittersweet when the hero “saves the day.” These anime villains will make you question the motivation behind your favorite anime hero — and remind you that “winning” often comes at someone else’s expense.

Note: Don’t expect to find characters like Light or Lelouch on this list — villains who are also protagonists are called anti-heroes, and we have an entire list of them here.

We’ve come to realize that there three distinct types of anime villains that we love to root for:

Villains who are a product of their past

Bad people aren’t always bad. Some bad people are victims of circumstance, who turn into villains after life throws them a few too many negative moments than they can handle. You can’t help but feel bad for these “bad guys,” even when some of the things they’ve done are appalling. It might be due to the knowledge that they had little control over the hand their life dealt them. “He has a tragic past” is an overused trope for any character, but we’re suckers for it, and the feels we get for these anime villains proves it.

At first glance, Johan is a monster. He is, after all, the titular monster of the anime. But nothing is black and white in the series, and as it progresses, we learn more about this “monster.” The more we discover, the more sympathetic Johan becomes, and while we probably never outright root for him, we do begin to feel more for him, and understand why he is the way he is. Is evil born, or made?

As an Earthling on Mars, Slaine has to deal with hardships right off the bat. He is picked on for his origin, and later develops an obsession over the Martian princess. After a certain event transpires, he completely snaps and turns into a villain. Having seen where Slaine came from though, it’s easy to understand how he turned out the way he did.

The slick fighter Chloe may come across as cold and distant, but a peek into her past reveals very good reasons for this. She is a remarkable fighter, and would make a powerful villain if it weren’t for one thing: her feelings. Whereas other villains bury their emotions, Chloe is driven by hers — a trait that may very well cause her trouble. Meanwhile, the true baddie Altena is the kind of villain who has good intentions but poor judgement on how to carry them out… but more on that type of villain later.