Not every anime villains is the embodiment of pure evil. Some of them were justified in their actions, and if they were less extreme in pursuing their goals, could have ended up as heroes.
While these characters wear the shoes of the anime villains, their deeds actually had a point.
The following post will have spoilers since some of the Anime villains motivations come late in their respective series.
9. Yoshikage Kira – JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure: Diamond is Unbreakable
The man just wanted to live a happy life with his hand fetish.
Yoshikage Kira is the main antagonist of JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure: Diamond Is Unbreakable. He is a serial killer who is obsessed with women’s hands and who wants to live a quiet life with no repercussions for his killings
8. Vaccine Man – One Punch Man
He just wanted humans to stop polluting the world, dude. Did they listen? Of course not!
Vaccine Man (ワクチンマン, Wakuchin Man) was a Mysterious Being supposedly born from the release of excessive pollution and waste generated by the industries made by human beings.
He claimed he was created as an incarnation of nature’s wrath and was tasked to wipe out humanity and thus effectively “vaccinate” the earth against future “infections.” He was killed by Saitama
7. Gendo Ikari – Neon Genesis Evangelion
Gendo Ikari is crazy, but not 100% evil. While people question if he loves his son Shinji, there is no doubt that Gendo was trying to bring out the Human Instrumentality Project because he thinks it’s humanity’s best chance at survival.
Even though Gendo’s motivation is to reunite with his deceased wife, he still defends Tokyo-3 from attacks.
Gendo Ikari is a fictional character in the Neon Genesis Evangelion franchise. He is the commander of NERV, a fictional research-and-development and paramilitary organization under the command of the United Nations.
6. Kyubey – Puella Magi Madoka Magica
While the science behind Kyubey’s methods is dubious at best, his kind believes in sacrificing the lives of a handful of girls to prevent the demise of the Earth.
Kyubey is the main antagonist of the 2011 anime series Puella Magi Madoka Magica and its 2013 sequel The Rebellion Story. He is a messenger of magic that can grant any wish to a certain girl, on the condition that she become a magical girl and fight against witches.
5. Caster – Fate/stay night: Unlimited Blade Works
In a world filled with despair, Caster seems like a kitten. She just wanted to spend time with Kazuki, who saved her body from dissipating. In fact, Caster uses a Rule Breaker to kill her first master (her only victim) who was planning on sacrificing children.
Sacrificing as much as possible to spend time with a loved one can double as nobel and selfish (if you are yandere enough).
Caster’s True Name is Medea, an unfortunate princess who was labeled as a witch in Greek mythology. She was the princess of Colchis who possessed the Golden Fleece.
Her father, King Aeëtes of Colchis, excelled at magic, and as his daughter, she was also practiced in such ways
4. Satou – Ajin: Demi-Human
Satou is a grayish antagonist. ‘Ajin’ are people with shadow powers and immortality, and regular humans have lived in fear of them. It’s gotten to the point where Ajin are brutally experimented on and are “killed” repeatedly in the name of science.
Satou just wants to use his Ajin powers for fun…which involves waging a war anime with Japan. However, he uses his bloodlust to push for Ajin rights and humanitarian treatment of the species.
Satō has short, grey hair from age, narrow eyes and thick, roundish brows. He’s relatively old and it shows on his face. He is almost always wearing a scally cap. While Satō’s father is British and his mother is Chinese, he himself is from the United States of America.
3. Char Aznable – Mobile Suit Gundam
Char is very extreme in his actions, but he does have a point that Earth is no longer habitable and that the Earth Federation is not right in exploiting the space colonies.
Maybe dropping a colony to usher in a nuclear winter to force humanity to flee to space isn’t the proper way to do things, but neither is a drawn out war over resources.
Char Aznable, born Casval Rem Deikun and also gone by the name Édouard Mass, is a fictional character from the Gundam franchise.
2. Every antagonist – Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann
Every single antagonist in Gurren Lagann was justified in their actions, which only escalated as the series progressed.
The Giha chief was correct that living underground keeps humans safe. The Adai chief is right that they don’t have enough food to bring in more people, so he was protecting the lives of his villagers.
Lordgenome was right that suppressing humanity would keep them safe from the Anti-Spirals. The Anti-Spirals were justified in their actions because the entire universe is at risk of destruction.
Maybe Kamina, Simon, and crew aren’t all that good?
1. Shogo Makishima – Psycho-Pass
Shogo Makishima slit a few throats but his terror campaign had a relatable reason at heart. He believed that people should have freedom and not be controlled by an unseen judge like the Sibyl System.
In some ways, Shogo was a patriot of democracy who believed firmly in the right to be judged by a jury of your peers and people should live according to their will.