25+ Anime where MC is the Villain

Anime where MC is the Villain

Oftentimes, we are shocked when we see an MC turn into a villain and destroy everything they see in their path. Watching a show like this gives us a sense of what might happen if the heroes actually went rogue? With that being said, here are the heroes that went to the dark side.

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26. Angels of Death

Evilness Strength Willpower Total
4
5
7
16

This show is a weird one. It does not give us any backstory or anything. It just gives us a girl named Rachel who one day woke up in a basement of a building and she wants to die. On her way to exploring, she met Zack who is also a main character and he is a cold-blooded murderer. Zack wants to get out of this place, that he’s in. So, Rachel and Zack make a deal that Zack would escort her out and murder her as she wishes. But to everyone’s surprise, over the course of time, we see Rachel wanting to live and helping Zack murder people to get out and survive.

25. Black Jack

Black Jack
Evilness Strength Willpower Total
6
6
6
18

Here is a 90s classic show. Black Jack is the story of Hazama Kuroo, who is an unregistered doctor with a mysterious past. The episodes consist of Kuro saving people from almost incurable diseases but whoever he cures has to pay a huge cost. This has cost him his social status and people call him greedy and inhuman. Still, they recognize his skills and know him as the best doctor. The villainy part is that Black Jack does some unconventional experiments that make him somewhat of a psycho scientist.

24. Terror in Resonance

Terror in Resonance
Evilness Strength Willpower Total
6
6
6
18

Another underrated anime that not many people know about. Terror in Resonance is the story about two boys named Twelve and Nine, giving the Japanese police riddles and mysterious tapes telling them about their plan. But it is all encrypted and while the police solve the tapes, these two always seem to get away with their job. If you like mystery, then this one is right up your alley.

23. 91 Days

91 days
Evilness Strength Willpower Total
6
6
7
19

Similar world as Gangsta, 91 days shows us the life of Angelo. His parents and siblings had been mercilessly murdered by the mafia family and now after all these years, Angelo has come back looking for revenge. The plot is self-explanatory but the main reason it’s on this list is because of how beautifully they choreograph and show us Angelo’s revenge. A must-watch show.

22. Monster

Monster
Evilness Strength Willpower Total
5.5
7.5
6
19

If you ever wanted to watch something that gave chills down your spine, then Monster is the anime for you. Monster is an anime that breaks you psychologically and shows you that sometimes doing the wrong thing might come to haunt you years later. Our protagonist, Dr.Kenzou Tenma, is an elite neurosurgeon who is known as the best in the country. He got engaged recently with his hospital director’s daughter.

On his way to promotion, he is faced with a choice. Perform the regular surgery as planned or perform brain surgery on a famous person and give him more priority. You can already assume the doctor chose the 2nd one and his original patient died at that cost. Years later when a similar situation arises, the doctor stood his ground and performed surgery on Liebert instead of the town’s mayor. By doing so the doctor lost his job, respect in society and got arrested. You can feel the doctor slowly losing his mind choosing what’s right and what’s wrong.

21. Guilty Crown

Guilty Crown
Evilness Strength Willpower Total
6
7
7
20

 Known as one of the best sci-fi anime, Guilty Crown shows us Japan in the year 2039. After ten years of the virus outbreak, the proud nation of Japan is now under the rule of GHQ or the military.  Some people opposing this military oppression, made a group called the freedom fighters. Our Protagonist, Shu Ouma during one of these missions, gains the Power of Kings. Power of Kings is an ability that draws out your deepest desires. Shu is now trying to control his power, gets used by his commanders for their dirty work, and loses his humanity, becoming a cold ruthless leader that controls other people. Anything for the restoration of Japan, right? Even if that means becoming a ruthless dictator.

20. Dororo

Dororo
Evilness Strength Willpower Total
5
6
9
20

 Though Dororo gives off a historical vibe to it, it is still more of a supernatural show. Our protagonist, Hyakkimaru, is the first-born son of Lord Daigo Kagemitsu. Daigo at one point of his life faced famine in his land, which was so bad that Daigo became afraid of his land dying and him losing all his power. Desperate enough, Daigo even abandoned the way of Buddha and started praying to the demons, and for some reason, the 12 demons answered Daigo’s wishes but at a cost. Daigo’s firstborn would be someone with no limbs, no nose, no eyes, no ears, and no skin. But even without these features, they will live.

That’s where our protagonist, Hyakkimaru comes in. Hyakkimaru, being saved by a doctor and given a second chance at life with his prosthetic limbs, now looks for revenge. Not trying to understand the logic of his father saving countless people, even if the reason was for power, Hyakkimaru kills anyone and everyone that comes between him and his revenge. Killing each demon gives him back one of his lost features.

19. Future Diary

The Future Diary
Evilness Strength Willpower Total
7
5
8
20

 Unless you have been living under a rock, you have definitely heard of Future Diary or have heard of the name Yuno Gasai. This show is so disturbing and so gory that this show made the genre Yandere popular today.

Our MC, Yuki Amano is a lonely high school student who has the habit of writing a diary on his phone. Being granted power from God, Yuki receives a special diary that shows him the future. Suddenly, Yuki gets dragged into a death match against 11 other diary holders. That’s where Yuki meets Yuno, a psychotic murderer that would kill anyone to be alone with Yuki. Things turn out so bad that eventually Yuki loses his humanity and becomes somewhat like Yuno. Future Diary taught us one thing: never trust a woman with pink hair.

18. Zettai Karen Children

zettai karen children
Evilness Strength Willpower Total
5
8
8
21

 It has been seen time and time again, that people with higher power will use people under them. That’s also the case here in Zettai Karen Children. Our world is in the future, where people with ESP powers are increasing at an irregular rate. This leads to many corrupted people trying to use these ESP users for their criminal work. Our protagonist, Hyoubu Kyousuke is also a rat in this lab project and has ESP powers of his own. After facing many difficulties from these evil people and being looked at differently by his friends and family, Kyousuke started to save these ESP users and protect them from this harsh society. Doing so also made Kyousuke make some questionable life decisions that portray him as a villain.

17. Blast of Tempest

Blast of Tempest
Evilness Strength Willpower Total
8
5
8
21

 How do I keep this short? It’s a shit show basically. Yoshino, our MC, has been secretly dating his best friend’s sister. One day, the sister disappears and Oni-Chan takes an oath to find the killer. That’s when the story of lies starts. Yoshino desperately tries to lie and backstab anyone to keep his name clean.

16. The Rising of Shield Hero

Rising of the shield hero
Evilness Strength Willpower Total
3
8
10
21

This entry on the list is a bit different. The Rising of Shield Hero is a show where the MC is not actually evil, but the world portrays him as evil. After being summoned to save the world, a group of heroes are named, spear hero, sword hero, bow hero, and shield hero. Having the worst luck, our MC, Naofumi, received the power of the shield and he cannot attack or let alone equip a weapon to do damage. If things weren’t bad enough, Naofumi also gets accused of assault. After escaping and getting a few companions, Naofumi, now filled with rage, wants to get his revenge and he will go to any length just to get this revenge. The only one capable of Naofumi’s anger is Raphtallia, Naofumi’s partner. She is the only reason the MC never completely turns to a villain. The show gathered us all to hate on one single anime character and provided us with some amazing memes.

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15. Talentless Nana

Evilness Strength Willpower Total
6
6
10
22

 Talentless Nana is a show that shows us how an ordinary human can murder superheroes. If the plot sounds confusing, let me explain further. 50 years ago, humans and supers had a big war and somehow the humans won. That’s when this crazy lab experiment started where they would send any human with superpowers to the island for “Training”. The island was in reality a place to mass murder any superchild that might pose as a threat in the future. Nana, our protagonist of the show, is in a class filled with super children. She claims her powers are mind-reading and basically uses her training as a spy to read their face. Most of the time Nana’s mind-reading guesses turn out to be right, but when it’s wrong Nana swiftly plans a murder and eliminates that superchild before anyone notices. The problem arises when Nana realizes some of these kids are not bad, and yet she has to kill them.

14.Elfen Lied

Elfen lied
Evilness Strength Willpower Total
8
9
5
22

 What would you do if you one day got to know that your family was murdered by the girl you love? Elfen lied is the story of Lucy and other special power users that were victims of lab experiments. After their mind broke, Lucy one day broke free using her powers and massacred everyone in the lab. The story shows us how Lucy is trying to live a normal life but time after time her past traumas come to haunt her and she loses control of her powers. Lucy has a crush on Kouta. She is somewhat possessive towards Kouta. She does not let anyone come near Kouta and has also harmed people who she thought possessed a threat to her and Kouta’s relationship. The show is pretty gory and dark. Oh, did I forget to mention, if things weren’t complicated enough, she also has a personality disorder.

13. Tokyo Ghoul

Tokyo Ghoul
Evilness Strength Willpower Total
4
9
9
22

 Tokyo has somehow become a place where zombie-like creatures but with weird abilities called ghouls are appearing, and every day many people are disappearing. Having lived in a place like this, Ken Kaneki, a normal human, once met one of the most gorgeous women in anime history, named Rize. Getting the courage to ask her on a date Kaneki, spends his last day as a human with the woman he loved. Without spoiling the major plot, Kaneki found himself in a hospital with ghoul organs inside him. Now Kaneki craves human meat and shows every sign of being a ghoul. In an instant, just like that, Kaneki became the monster that he most hated. The show is about Kaneki coexisting with humans, but there are times when Kaneki unleashes his rage and people die because of it.

12. Vinland Saga

Vinland Saga
Evilness Strength Willpower Total
6
6
10
22

 One of the most underrated shows and one of the best revenge stories ever made is Vinland Saga. Our protagonist, Thorfinn, after seeing his family being murdered, grows up with hate to find and take revenge for his family. He completely goes the opposite way than other revenge animes we have seen. He works alone, so, no Nakama power here. He murders random innocent people to get himself stronger so that he can assassinate the murderer. A great show you must watch.

11. Hellsing Ultimate

Hellsing
Evilness Strength Willpower Total
9
8
6
23

 Up till now, you guys must have watched at least one anime based on a plot revolving around vampires. But let me assure you that none of those vampires even come close to the power level of Alucard. Alucard is a vampire that works as a trump card for the Hellsing organization, an organization that specializes in exterminating the supernatural. Though Alucard has his sense of justice and is overall a likable character in the show, he will never think twice before killing anyone if his organization orders it. Alucard is the most badass killing machine you will ever see. A powerful weapon, just in the hands of an organization that wants to take over the world. Also, no this vampire does not shine like diamonds, girls, stop watching twilight.

10. Gangsta

gangsta
Evilness Strength Willpower Total
7
7
9
23

 Gangsta is an anime based on a world where Mafia gangs control all power and Our protagonists, Nicholas Brown and Worick Arcangelo are two of the best mercenaries in the area. They are known for taking jobs that no one else would do for any amount of money. During one of these jobs, both our protagonists bump into a female prostitute named Alex Benedetto, and they decide to protect her. But since she was on the spot during the job, she is also a target now and other mercenaries are now coming for her head.

A wise man once said, “All fights between MEN are caused by a Woman.” Imagine a girl being the reason for Mafia groups to target our protagonists and since they are skilled assassins, they start chopping down everyone that comes in their way. This causes a shift in power and starts causing a war.

9. Akame Ga Kill

Akame Ga Kill
Evilness Strength Willpower Total
5
8
10
23

 The story of Akame Ga Kill is not something new in particular. We have been shown multiple times in anime about how kings and lords take advantage of the poor and torture them for their own pleasure. Our protagonist, Tatsumi, arrived at the capital from a remote town, looking for a job to live a better life. But what he faced was how lords tortured his village people by whipping them and torturing them in a cage. Seeing all this, Tatsumi stumbled upon a gang called Night Raid. They call themselves a revolutionary force but in reality, the empire sees them as terrorists. So, basically, the MC joins a terrorist gang to free the empire from the king’s tyranny.

8. Darker Than Black

Darker than black
Evilness Strength Willpower Total
7
9
7
23

 Darker Than Black is a story of a contract killer codenamed Hei AKA “Black Reaper”. In this fictional world, 10 years ago two gates opened up, heaven’s gate and hell’s gate. Japan obtained the hell’s gate. Within these gates came contractors who, at the cost of their humanity, earned the power of mass murder. Hei is the mercenary that can manipulate electricity. He is using his power by exterminating other contractors who are posing a threat to Japan. Hei is a cold-blooded, merciless killer. So, it is best to say, he is not exactly hero material.

7 .Overlord

overlord
Evilness Strength Willpower Total
6.5
9
9
24.5

 Though it was obvious that I would put the great Ainz Ooal Gown in this list, let me just say this, Ainz was not a villain from the start. This is how Ainz’s story goes. During the server closing of Yggdrasil the game, Ainz did not log out as he wanted to spend his last moments in the game that he enjoyed so much and admiring what he had accomplished during his playthrough. But even after the servers were closed, Ainz seemed to be inside the game and could not log out. Being isekaied in a fantasy gaming world, Ainz is now the most powerful being in the game with some of the most powerful NPCs by his side. So, like any normal person, Ainz should try to find a way to get back to his world, right? Instead, Ainz decided to conquer this world and during his journey, we see Ainz do some questionable things that definitely portray Ainz as a demon lord who kills for fun. Did I forget to mention Ainz also has a subordinate named Albedo who just wants to bang him?

6. Attack on Titan

Attack on titan
Evilness Strength Willpower Total
7
8
10
25

 Attack on Titan is a masterpiece that kept us held to our seats as the story unfolded. What started as Eren wanting to kill every titan and make a better, safer world for humans, ended up with Eren being in pain and agony that he became the Titan that would destroy everything to make his ideal world. Eren became the thing he most hated.

5. Redo of Healer

Redo of Healer
Evilness Strength Willpower Total
10
7
9
26

 Another day, another isekai. Redo of healer follows the same route as The Rising Shield Hero with just one twist, It’s very dark and not child-friendly at all. Our protagonist, Keyaru, was a boy who was just living his normal life. After acquiring his powers as a healer, he was escorted to meet the king and party up with other heroes to go on a journey. Keyaru one day acquired the power to reset this world that gave him nothing but pain. He went back in time and started his revenge plot. Murdering everyone that ever did him wrong and taking everything that rightfully belonged to him. DO NOT WATCH THIS SHOW WITH KIDS AROUND!!!

4. Death Note

Death Note
Evilness Strength Willpower Total
9
8
10
27

 Similar to Code Geass, the story follows Light Yagami, a boy who was bestowed upon the power to kill anyone if he had a name and a face in his mind. Only because the grim reaper was feeling bored, Light was given such a powerful weapon and Light did an excellent job in entertaining Ryuk the reaper. He slowly murdered every criminal he saw on TV and made his own world filled with his ideology and screwed up justice. In the end, Light was also overwhelmed with his power so much that he could not trust anyone and became the villain or rather just a murderer.

3. Saga of Tanya the Evil

Saga of Tanya The Evil
Evilness Strength Willpower Total
10
8
10
28

 One of the best isekai shows I have ever watched; Tanya is our MC and she or he was a salesperson in his original life. After dying, he heard the voice of God and was transported to another world as a short girl. Being mad at God, Tanya used his or her (this is complicated) past knowledge to rise to the military ranks and conquer this world.

2. Code Geass

Code Geass
Evilness Strength Willpower Total
9
9
10
28

 What would you do if you had the power to control everyone in the world? You would probably do whatever the MC, Lelouch did. Conquer the empire of Britania. Lelouch was a kid of royal blood. Being bestowed upon the power of controlling anyone 1 time if the conditions met, Lelouch started his 4D chess game to conquer Britania with the help of rebel forces. At mid-season Lelouch becomes egoistic and overwhelmed with power, making him the villain that he hated.

1. Berserk

Berserk
Evilness Strength Willpower Total
10
10
10
30

 One of the most bone-chilling backstabs of the century is obviously Griffith from Berserk. Guts and Griffith are two brothers in arms. They went on multiple adventures and had countless wins under their belt. But when it came to political power Griffith backstabbed Guts like he was a pawn for him to use. If that wasn’t enough Griffith also made a pact with the demons and sacrificed his humanity. The anime does not do this show justice. It’s so good that I urge you to read the manga.  

Conclusion

Light yagami Category

Finally, the shows on this list are each filled with their own dark past and reason to become the villain. Plus, this genre is not that popular. So, we don’t get to see this type of show anymore.  Maybe it is because Japan is too busy making too many damn isekais now. 

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