There’s nothing more dramatic than anime heroes turning villains. Viewers accompany the virtuous characters throughout the hero’s journey, seeing them grow stronger and stronger, so it’s all the more unsettling when they decide to use that power. to serve more nefarious purposes.
These heroes may have been at odds with other characters, realizing that being nice no longer pays off, or their definition of “good” has become different from that of others. Either way, a good person has gone bad, often replete with a flashy new look and inconveniently cooler powers, and now they’re everyone’s problem. It was up to their old friends to turn them back to the heroes’ side or destroy them.
10 Hakuryuu Ren – Magi: Magic Labyrinth
Magi’s anime changed the source material to give Alibaba a short corruption arc, but he has nothing on Hakuryuu. Although the climax of his villain arc is only found in the manga, the seeds were sown in the anime, which ended with his partnership and the dark Magi Judal being revealed as a the break. Staying with friends won’t give him the strength he needs, so he cuts ties with them.
Hakuryuu’s brother and father were murdered by his mother, and he has dedicated his life to revenge. However, he and Judal have no intention of stopping with her. They usurp the Kou Empire and unleash their pain and hatred on the whole world, from Hakuryuu’s cousin and rival for control of Kou, to Alibaba and Aladdin when they refuse to follow their worldview. .
9. Eren Jaeger – Attack on Titan
If Eren Jaeger of the first episode of Attack on Titan had met Eren of the last episode, neither of them would have recognized each other. He begins the series determined to save humanity from the giant Titans, even before losing his home and mother to them. His Titan power was something he tried his best to use to protect others.
However, discovering too many secrets and truths about his world ruined him. The end Eren’s definition of “humanity must be protected at all costs” has shrunk dramatically, to the horror of the once-loved friends he’s parted from. His connections with others who have inherited Titan powers lead him to use his command over the Titans in actions that would make his childhood self sick.
8 Shinobu Sensui – Yu Yu Hakusho
Yusuke Urameshi was familiar with human cruelty, though not the extremes of Chapter Black. He is also willing to accept that demons have better abilities, as seen in his friendship with Kurama and Hiei. His lack of flexibility compared to his predecessor Sensui led to his catastrophic downfall.
Sensui is placed with the belief that all humans are good and protected, and all demons are evil and destroyed. Faced with humans mercilessly torturing demons for entertainment, he broke down completely. Still unable to accept anything other than absolutes, Sensui plots to destroy humanity along with his new minions, including Itsuki, his other half in one of the best villain pairs. best anime.
7 Jaden Yuki – Yu-Gi-Oh! GX
Even the fun-go-lucky doofball has the potential to become the ultimate villain. For most of the series, Jaden is a shining orb that roams around Duel Academy. He is always happy to make new friends, and will only get seriously angry and ready to fight if someone threatens his friends.
Unfortunately, it was that exact protection that allowed his past self, the cruel and merciless Supreme King, to take over from him when he lost those friends. As the Supreme King, Jaden no longer cared about anything but winning duels, no matter who had to sacrifice for it. He is cold, has little humor and can be terrifying with just one look.
6 Crona – Soul Eater
In the anime, Crona is able to overcome one of the most tragic stories in anime, escaping their evil mother, Medusa, and joining the heroes forever. In the manga, not so much. When pressured to return to Medusa’s side, not only did they not return, but they sank into an irrevocable Madness.
Medusa’s admission of love to Crona, a calculated move intended to push them to their knees knowing they would be unable to bear after a lifetime of abuse, causes them to grab her and kill her. Unlike in the anime, her death does not free them but only spurs them to carry out her plan. Although they sealed Asura for Maka’s sake, they lost the ability to care about what happened to the rest of the world.
5 Suguru Geto – Jujutsu Kaisen
Those who only watched the anime are now witnessing the youth tragedy of Gojo and Geto in full play. As a student at Jujutsu High School, Geto was actually the more heroic and idealistic of the couple. Believing that jujutsu sorcerers intend to protect the weak, he scolds Gojo for laughing at the idea and instead praises his own superiority.
Losing Riko Amanai severely shakes Geto’s faith in the world of jujutsu, and soon that trust is completely shattered. Taking two young jujutsu sorcerers abused by helpless people as the first members of his cult, Geto turns rogue and plans to kill all non-witches. Following Geto’s turn forces Gojo to grow up and accept the ideals he knew as an adult, knowing that he must one day kill his old friend.
4 Gauche Suede – Tegami Bachi: The wasp
Young LagSee, one of Miyuki Sawashiro’s best characters, was inspired to become the Thu Ong after being safely “mailed” by Gauche through the dangerous world of Amberground. By the time he finally joins the elite force, Gauche has mysteriously gone missing, and Lag goes on a mission to find him. But when he did, he was shocked at what he saw.
The amnesiac Gauche is now Noir, a mercenary for the shadowy organization Reverse. Noir betrays every ideal Gauche known as the Ong, steals everyone’s precious letters for money, and attacks innocent people, including Lag. With the “heart” he and the other Marauders obtained from the letters, they continue Reverse’s efforts to permanently erase Amberground’s artificial sun.
3 Mikado Ryuugamine – Durarara!!
At first, newcomer Mikado appears to be an ordinary spectator, representing everyone involved in all the absurd and supernatural happenings in Ikebukuro. But he’s obviously a lot more suitable than even his closest friends realize. In fact, he may be scarier than the serial killers and harbingers of death that roam the streets of the county.
True to his name, Mikado is the leader of the Dollars gang. The deeper he sinks into Tokyo’s criminal underworld, the lower his will to contend for power. He went from willingly disbanding the Dollars to ending a violent gang war, forming two other gangs against the Dollars to make his group stronger, between stabbing new allies to let them in See who is the boss and shoot his best friend dead.
2 Homura Akemi – Movie: Rebel
Despite the happy ending Madoka tries to bring to all the magical girls in the film’s finale, Homura is the only one still suffering. For two years, all fans had to go on was one of the most shocking post-production scenes in the anime to speculate on what happened to her. Rebellion’s turn reveals Homura’s true intentions.
If Madoka was determined to be the savior of all magical girls, Homura in her pain and love turned into a demon that tore her from the divine realm. After enduring a time loop that spans countless years to save Madoka’s life, Homura captures and traps her in an alternate reality with false memories to finally keep her safe with him, knowing that Madoka will treat her as an enemy if she escapes.
1 Uchiha Sasuke – Naruto (2002 – 2017)
The Uchiha clan provides some of the most shocking episodes in Naruto. It was Obito’s existence that turned the plot upside down, Itachi turning himself into a monster forever to protect the village, but it was Sasuke’s entire journey that had the biggest impact on the story. In Part One, the entire movie revolves around Sasuke’s escape.
Each time he appears on screen in Shippuden, Sasuke sinks deeper and deeper into crime. Killing his brother only made things worse: the truth about Itachi and the Uchiha clan’s betrayal was revealed only later, and Sasuke transferred his vengeful feelings to Konoha, ready to destroy it. all for the ruin of his family. He has to hit rock bottom to be ready to listen to what Naruto spends the entire series trying to tell him and get back to his friends forever.
An anime hero can become a villain for many reasons. Whether they believe they’re doing the right thing or simply enjoy being evil, they’re one of the hardest villains to face among the rest of the heroes, making this one of the best games out there. The most fun in the anime.