Day 19 of Anime

Lelouch Lamperouge from Code Geass

Day 19 - Best anime villian

By best you mean worst, right? As in, the worst human in the world. Or worst of any species, if the villain doesn’t happen to be human. We’re meant to hate villains, or at least that’s what the series creators usually engineer and propel you towards doing - whether you do or not is up to you.

Naturally, thinking of someone for this post I first thought of Lelouch Vi Brittania, or Lelouch Lamperouge, the anti-hero in Code Geass. He’s a genius and will stop at almost nothing to do what needs to be done to reach his goal, but he’s also a large ham. He sides with people that were marginalised and crushed by him family and yet has the perfect disguise in Ashford Academy. If not the best, Lelouch is definitely one of the smartest… most of the time.

Of course his father, Charles vi Brittania, is the worst kind of villain too (or the best, depending on which way you’re coming from). All powerful and likes watching his subjects dance to his tune. Pretty hammy himself, in terms of how large he is amongst other things.

But wait, there’s more. Probably one of the villains that keeps appearing on all sorts of ‘top villains’ lists is none other than Shishio Makoto from Rurouni Kenshin. He’s Battousai’s successor, and as such had a bone to pick for the way he was treated after the war, but also has his own vision of the way things should be. That doesn’t mean he won’t stoop to any level to get what he wants. I guess he has that in common with other villains - they don’t have a sense of limitation.

Certainly Shishio doesn’t as the way he dies is merely through the way he ignores his limitations and continues fighting despite advice. I don’t necessarily think Shishio is better (or worse) than any other villain, but I guess he was a more ‘real’ one. There was no Geass, no magic, no youkai..

Which brings me to the next two. A quick mention goes to Kyuubey, who while appearing as an ally and has a cute expression actually is evil and cannot understand emotion. This possibly makes it more evil than anyone else on this list.. but I guess it is just the way it was made to be.

So the second of this ‘next two’ is another that keeps appearing on most ‘villain’ lists and this is Naraku from Inuyasha. But of course. To be honest, I’m kind of sick of the ‘villains that can’t be touched because they’re so powerful’, but how and then Inuyasha-tachi manage to catch him off guard and he scuttles off for a while only to come back worse.

I like this quote I found on an io9 list, and agree with it:

Naraku might not be the evilest villain on this list, but he’s possibly the most annoying. While other bad guys will just cut right to the killing and destroying, Naraku will bleed you to death with a million super-obnoxious paper cuts, and make sure to constantly be gone before you can catch him. His whole plan in Inuyasha was to collect the pieces of the demon shard, but he did it it the most dickish, least effective ways possible, as if all he really cared about was making Inuyasha and his friends feel shitty. He tricked Inyasha and his lover Kikyo into hating each other, he had Sango’s brother Kohaku kill their entire family, he set Inuyasha’s brother against him, and he even made multiple clones of himself in order that the Inuyasha gang could fight and defeat him every single episode and be sure to get absolutely nowhere on their obnoxiously long journey. Believe you me, there are plenty of Inuyasha fans who believe Naraku is the biggest asshole on this list.

Naraku is easily the most annoying, most manipulative and destructive bastard, who like the other villains really knows no boundaries. But due to the way the series was written and how long it goes, I feel like it seems to erode him a bit.

Alright, it’s time to make my decision, and while he appeared for only about one or two episodes in the whole of the series rather than having an anime or an arc dedicated to just him, this next person is easily the best (or worst) villain of all time. He also possibly takes the crown for ‘most hated villain in recent anime history’, not to mention perpetrator of the saddest moment in recent anime history.

This is Shou Tucker from Fullmetal Alchemist, whichever version you watched - it’s there. I don’t think I’ll describe it - you’ll know.