25 Deadly Anime Villains Of All Time

You can not appreciate a great hero until you can have a worthy anime villains in the series.

This is the reason the most popular anime have these iconic symbolic hero vs villain scenarios and they both have their amazing movements.

We also some amazing anime villains who are loved by many anime fans.

Let’s begin the list of these 25 deadly anime villains of all time.

25. Satan From Ao no Exorcist

Satan From Ao no Exorcist

Perhaps this anime villains is the most intelligent and charismatic of his kind, the Devil King came from humble origins as a member of a low-class goblin tribe, yet through tireless efforts and a drive to better his people, managed to gain support from others, eventually uniting the warring factions of the Demon World under his rule.

Satan was well-known throughout the lands of Ente Isla as the great overlord of his people, his name synonymous with terror and cruelty, despite being in truth a gentle leader who sought for less destruction and casualties as much as possible.

His true intentions were misunderstood due to the fact that he ordered his generals to conquer the lands of Ente Isla without explaining the meaning of ‘conquer‘, thus leading for each general to conquer in his own way leaving cruel actions and destruction in the Western and Southern Continents, staining his name with bloodshed.

24. Zagred From Black Clover

Zagred From Black Clover

Zagred is a wicked and cruel anime villains. He looks down on both humans and elves, seeing them as his play things and means to an end.

He is shown to be extremely sad**tic as he finds joy in the despair of others, such as laughing at Patolli’s despaired face when Zagred reveals himself as the one who orchestrated the elves’ destruction and has been manipulating Patolli the entire time.

23. Esdeath From Akame ga Kill

Esdeath anime villains

Esdeath was a manipulative and barbarous sad**ist anime villains who lacked empathy for people whom she deemed weak since she lived by her father’s philosophy (“The strong survive and the weak die”).

She enjoyed putting her enemies through great pain, both physically and emotionally.

She had no qualms about killing innocent people to get what she wanted and rationalized her behavior with her father’s old creed.

22. Ladd Russo From Baccano!

Ladd Russo

Ladd is a chatterbox sad**ist anime villains who finds genuine entertainment in killing others, acting on his bloodlust often whenever he pleases and living life however he pleases.

He is always honest about who he is as a person, openly and intentionally reveling in his violent tendencies and forever content to wear his emotions on his sleeve in over-the-top animated fashion.

Whether he is dancing in the blood of his murdered friend, hugging his opponents as thanks for the entertainment, or melodramatically complaining about how he lost fair and square while standing on his head.

21. Tahoumaru From Dororo


He is a headstrong, daring adolescent, anime villains who wanted to be the best for his parents; often doing dangerous acts to get attention.

Although he is still young, he feels confident enough to take over his father’s mantle and fight for his country.

Unlike his father, however, he is level headed and is willing to risk his life for his subjects.

20. Shou Tucker From Fullmetal Alchemist

Shou Tucker

He is a headstrong, daring adolescent, anime villains who wanted to be the best for his parents; often doing dangerous acts to get attention.

Although he is still young, he feels confident enough to take over his father’s mantle and fight for his country.

Unlike his father, however, he is level headed and is willing to risk his life for his subjects.

19. Tsukasa Shishiou From Dr. Stone

Tsukasa Shishiou

He is a headstrong, daring adolescent, anime villains who wanted to be the best for his parents; often doing dangerous acts to get attention.

Although he is still young, he feels confident enough to take over his father’s mantle and fight for his country.

Unlike his father, however, he is level headed and is willing to risk his life for his subjects.

18. Frieza From Dragon Ball Z


At his core, Frieza is an evil anime villains who relishes in pain, death, destruction, fear, and power.

 Though unlike most primary antagonists, Frieza displays a civilized and refined demeanor, talking with a regal and eloquent nature.

In the Japanese versions, he even utilizes the Keigo dialect, which utilizes extremely respectful and formal phraseology.

17. Izaya Orihara From Durarara!!

Izaya Orihara

Izaya claims to love humanity, although his definition of “love” is much different than one would assume.

What he specifically loves about humanity is the unpredictability of human nature, and he greatly enjoys putting people in enjoyable or chaotic situations in order to observe their reactions.

With a thorough understanding of human behavior and tendencies, he is able to determine people’s thoughts and predict their reactions with high accuracy.

16. Hisoka Morow From Hunter x Hunter

Hisoka Morow

Hisoka is portrayed as entirely self-serving, self-absorbed, and selfish; he does whatever he likes as long as it pleases him in some way.

This anime villains is insatiable love for spilling the blood of powerful fighters in combat and his enjoyment of extreme pain while doing so fuels his seemingly sadomasochistic desires.

In order for them to grow to their full potential (so as to improve the pleasure of killing them later), Hisoka allows the main protagonists to live in situations wherein he is easily able to kill them.

15. Dio Brando From JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure

Dio Brando

Dio is consistently manipulative and violently domineering, anime villains and has repeatedly shown a lack of conscience and empathy.

Dio’s most recognizable characteristics are his boundless ambition and his love of power.

Abused by his father, being underpriviledged and having lived in the most miserable living conditions, Dio set for himself the goal of becoming the richest, then the most powerful being on Earth.

To do so, Dio used anything or anyone that he could in order to further his goals, disregarding any kind of morality that would restrain the range of actions available to him.

14. Muzan Kibutsuji From Demon Slayer

Muzan Kibutsuji

Muzan is cold-hearted, ruthless and exceptionally intelligent anime villains. He sees no value in any humans he has encountered and shows little value in his own subordinates.

Rarely ever visually upset or happy, he appears completely monotone and detached on most occasions, even when he callously murders his own subordinates.

The only times he ever shows emotion are when his vision of perfection is moving forward or when he has subordinates completely submit to his will.

13. Toichiro Suzuki From Mob Psycho 100

Toichiro Suzuki

Being one of the most powerful individuals in the series, Toichiro is naturally a very arrogant, pretentious, egotistic and unfeeling anime villains.

Throughout his life, as he learned of his psychic powers and how exceptional he was in comparison to even other espers, he began to see himself as the absolute being of Earth who deserved to rule it.

This is also because throughout his 20 years of exploring the world, he never encountered an esper more powerful than himself.

12. Nagato From Naruto: Shippuden


Nagato was a sensitive anime villains, prone to crying over the sufferings of himself and others.

When he met Yahiko he tried to break this habit by following Yahiko’s philosophy that crying wouldn’t change anything, but the attempt was unsuccessful. 

Jiraiya later pointed out to him that his sensitivity was actually a strength, as it allowed him to understand pain better and, in turn, be kinder to others.

11. Petelgeuse Romanée-Conti From Re: Zero

Petelgeuse Romanée-Conti

Petelgeuse preferred to talk while in weird positions, such as tilting his head or bending his waist and also liked to engage in self harming activities such as crushing his own fingers, pulling his hair out, smashing his head onto nearby walls of the cave he was situated in etc.

The principles of this anime villains is living consist of diligence and love, his reason for living to prove that.

His love for Satella was the largest among the Sin Archbishops. He diligently followed orders, always acting first in various situations, causing his name to be well known.

10. Tomura Shigaraki From Boku no Hero Academia

Tomura Shigaraki

Tomura has a malevolent and warped anime villains. He doesn’t care for his or almost anyone else’s life, having no qualms about performing evil deeds like murdering innocents. 

Tomura was initially perceived to be a “man-child”: arrogant, selfish, dependent and demanding, becoming angry if things didn’t go his way and likening reality to some sort of video game.

Much like a child, Tomura seemed unable to cope with his own feelings, instead lashing out and abusing both others or himself, tearing at his own neck when he becomes frustrated.

9. Kenny Ackerman From Attack on Titan

Kenny Ackerman

This anime villains wanted power, and his personality was molded around this goal.

He was a ruthless individual who did not hesitate to do anything to get the job done, including murdering children or betraying his allies.

He operated with utter professionalism, hiding his emotions behind a fixed expression and showing neither remorse nor pleasure in his mission. He also showed a strong impulse to kill Uri Reiss when they first met.

8. Anti-Spirals From Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann


The Anti-Spiral typically talks in a very detached, cold, emotionless fashion, as fitting for someone who claims to have transcended emotion.

However, in the midst of battle, that can change dramatically, and the entity can quickly fly into righteous and murderous rages, constantly erupting into long rambling speeches about its motives.

The Anti-Spiral is very arrogant. It sees itself as superior to Spirals because it has transcended evolution and emotion.

7. Askeladd From Vinland Saga


Although Askeladd sometimes wants to give the impression of being weak, old, or not in control of his troops to his enemies, he is the exact opposite.

He uses deception to give his foes a false sense of overconfidence. He then takes advantage of their lowered guard to secure an easy victory.

Witnessing how his mother and her people were mistreated by the Norse and the English, Askeladd despises his Scandinavian heritage and embraces the Romano-Celtic heritage of his mother, although, he is nevertheless a believer in the Norse gods.

6. Envy From Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood


After their brother Pride, Envy is by far the cruelest Homunculus, joking around and delighting in human misery.

This anime villains will kill without hesitation, usually playing on their target’s emotions to have a psychological advantage, with no remorse for what they have done.

They even take pride in the suffering they inflict, going so far as to boast about starting the Ishvalan War and ruining the reputations, lives, and souls of thousands with only a single, effortless move. Envy’s only personal intention is to make humans fight each other and suffer.

5. Griffith From Berserk


Griffith has always carried himself in a well-mannered, exemplary fashion almost indistinguishable from that of nobility; his mannerisms, coupled with his keen intellect, often leave people astounded at his humble origins.

Self-assuredly unique from others, Griffith’s presence has always been undeniable; those who meet him end up viewing him with either good will or animosity, with the former growing into trust or fellowship, and the latter into awe or even dread.

Those who choose to follow Griffith typically are overcome with emotions upon their first encounter with him, either entranced by the thought of splendor and grandeur at his side, or reeled in by his strong sense of ambition and conviction.

4. Donquixote Doflamingo From One Piece

Donquixote Doflamingo

In most of his appearances this anime villains, Doflamingo is shown to be carefree and laid-back. Unlike most members of the seven warlords, he is initially shown to not take anything too seriously and is shown to be excited by most things around him.

Doflamingo is also shown in many of his appearances to always smile or to grin. In many cases, laugh and smile in situations where the level of danger is high such as Whitebeard leveling Marineford with his devil fruit ability.

He also have a glamorous and extravagant personality, demonstrated by how he moves when he is orating or by how he sometimes walks like a flamingo

3. Shougo Makishima From Psycho-Pass

Shougo Makishima

Shogo was a humanist on the dark side, who was hopelessly in love with cruelty, savagery, and all the worst aspects of human nature and had no qualms about witnessing other people’s suffering.

He displayed great philosophical and scientific insight and enjoyed reading the works of notable philosophers throughout history, but sometimes would quote the rare Gulliver’s Travels sentence to keep things interesting.

He also did the same thing to other less mind-provoking forms of literature such as the bible.

2. Sōsuke Aizen From Bleach

Sōsuke Aizen

Aizen is a polite, soft-spoken intellectual, often addressing his subordinates by their given names.

He rarely shows any sign of alarm or distress, and often has entire situations planned out well in advance.

Whenever confronted, Aizen is casual and uncaring, attempting to draw out a conversation and make small talk, which often infuriates those he is talking to.

1. Isabella From The Promised Neverland


During her childhood, Isabella was shown to be an optimistic, out-spoken, free-spirited, and fun-loving little girl, who was very attached to her friend Leslie.

She had a comedic nature during her childhood, which was displayed when she scared Leslie by popping out of the tree.

But ever since she lost Leslie and realized the true motive behind the orphanage’s purpose of raising them; to raise them as livestock for the demons, Isabella’s personality went through a drastic change.

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Garima Singh

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