Anime as a medium is jampacked with shows of different genres, often times sharing a lot of clichés between them. While this itself is not bad, there are some shows that decide to do something different and let us view such stories from a villain’s point of view.
Now while said characters might be considered villainous, that in no way means that they are actually evil. Well… some are
Lelouch vi Britannia(Code Geass)
Zero himself. The main protagonist and villain to the code Geass Series. Lelouch’s status is more similar to that of an anti-hero then an actual villain as he does indeed have a righteous desire for the world as a whole making his acts of terrorism somewhat justifiable.
However, that is only on the surface level and the plans he formulates and executes using both his power and intellect push him far away from the path of being a true “good guy”.
Sadao Maou (The Devil is a Part-Timer)
Hey Look, it’s the version of Satan that works at McDonald’s. Quite a funny scenario if I do say so myself.
Now while it may seem a bit funny to most, you’d best not forget what this guy can, and does in the series. While he may be living as a part time in human society it directly change the fact that he is the king of demons, and the most evil and powerful of them.
I mean, imagine he got tired of it all and got up one morning like “F*** the world, I’m destroying it”. That’d be the end of the world
Kumoko (So I’m a Spider, So What?)
As a show that just finished airing not too long ago, it’s a bit surprising that it ended up on this list. Well, to put it shorty, our mc is reincarnated as a spider monster and has to fight other more powerful monsters everyday in order to survive.
Whilst she may seem kind-hearted and innocent at the beginning of the series, she slowly transforms into a powerful apathetic monster who cares little to nothing about the lives of humans. Well ,she doesn’t actually become a true “Villain” until later in the series, but she does have commit certain acts in some small scuffles which essentially take her name out of the “good” camp much earlier.
Tanya von Degurechaff (Saga Of Tanya The Evil)
Well, if you got into this series, you pretty much kew what you were getting into. The title pretty much gives it all away.
Tanya, our protagonist, is thrust into a new world of magical warfare. While this may all be be just a “punishment” from “Being X”, she doesn’t seem to take it to heart and has an easy time getting into the military and obtaining a high rank. Praised as a genius of the modern age, she enjoys killing just as much as any other girl her age would love dolls. Whether it be enemy or ally, if one crosses her it is very likely that they may not have much time left on the planet.
Tanya’s dream is simple: to live a happy, trouble-free life and die a normal, peaceful death, and she’ll go to any length to accomplish it. One word of advice: avoid her at all cost and whatever you do, don’t let her get pissed at you.
He is ALUCARD!!
Do I really need to add anything else?
He is a gun slinging, bloodthirsty, sadistic freak of nature that fights Nazis. I don’t think I could add anything that’s make you think of him as a good guy. He comes off as “I’m WAY more evil I look” which in quite accurate, all things considered.
Ainz Ooal Gown (Overlord)
Momonga sacrifices more than just his regular human life as he gets stuck in the augmented reality game Yggdrasil. He embraces his new identity as Ainz Ooal Gown while trapped in his avatar form. However, as a result of his character’s in-game tendencies, he continues to drift away from civilization while constantly losing his humanity and murdering countless civilians. He’s pretty much abandoned pursuing the anti-hero path.
Although he does have moments of compassion, he often persists in dubious conduct. It also doesn’t help that his avatar seems to be really evil. As he’s thoroughly embraced his villainous position, and in order to restore the Great Tomb of Nazarick to glory, he has committed unspeakable atrocities and deceived people who might have otherwise seen him as a reliable ally.
Light Yagami (Death Note)
Light as a protagonist is someone that was quite intriguing to watch. Regardless of whether or not you support the actions he takes throughout the duration of the series you cannot deny that there was always a thrill in seeing him outsmart his opponents and lay down complex plans in order to accomplish his goal. His use of the death note and the rules that accompany it are quite the sight to behold.
As a protagonist, he is very fun to watch and very easy to either like or hate but there’s no doubt that he is in fact a cold-hearted villain.
Eren Yeager (Attack on Titan)
Regardless of when or not you’re enjoying season 4 of attack on Titan or not, there’s basically no denying the fact that we’re all thinking about Eren’s current view on morality.
While the mass murder and acts of terrorism he committed in Marley at the beginning of the final season were somewhat justified, the show did not hold back in showing us just how much Eren had changed in between seasons three and four.
Transforming from the talkative brat who couldn’t do anything at first to a cold, calculating freedom fighter, having gone from “I’ll liberate humanity from the Threat of the titans” to “I’ll destroy humans with the power of the Titans”. His character has gone through quite a journey.
We’d know of course; we were with him the whole time.