The 10 Worst Anime Villains That Could Exist In Real Life
Typically, anime villains are enjoyed for their theatrical powers, overly malicious goals, and insidious monologues, especially in popular shonen anime and manga. It helps to distinguish them as fictional entities and not ones that the audience sadly has to constantly deal with in their own lives.
However, there are a number of anime antagonists whose
Procedures and skills are so down-to-earth that they could reasonably exist in the real world. Their practical uses of evil separate the fantastical villains from those who might be lurking just a block away.
10 Sugou was an evil tech mogul (Sword Art Online)
Sugou was an evil tech mogul who bought the digital blueprints for Aincrad after it shut down. It allowed him to create an entirely new game called Alfaheim Online with the same engine and the continuation of Sword Art Online Story.
Despite Sugou’s harmless and mild-mannered appearance, he is one of the most despicable people in anime history. He took advantage of Asuna’s coma and did terrible things to her under the cover of the digital world. Worse, he intended to use alfheim to discreetly modify the brains of its players.
9 Tonpa tried to exclude other hunters from trials (Hunter X Hunter)
Though not by far the strongest villain in Hunter X Hunter, Tonpa was smarter than many other antagonists. Somehow he found his way to numerous exams, but actually he didn’t intend to pass any of them. Instead, his only goal was to eliminate newcomers, to see the desperation on their faces and for his own amusement.
There were many ways Tonpa would approach this. He would either talk her into drinking a juice box full of laxatives or join her team, and then purposely sabotage her chances of winning.
8th Gato was a local crimelord (Naruto)
Gato was one of the first Naruto Villains representing the criminal element of the series. He paid Zabuza to sabotage the bridge and kill their builders. When that didn’t work, the man sent an army of mercenaries to finish the job.
What makes Gato so scary is that despite the fact that he doesn’t have a jutsu, he was ready to face off against Team Seven and one of the legendary ninja swordsmen. However, Gato’s overconfidence ultimately proved to be his downfall and he died at the end of the arc.
7 Charloss was a corrupt celestial dragon (One Piece)
Charloss is widely known as one of the most notorious villains in the world One piece. Spoiled, obnoxious, and devoid of any moral compass, he treats every place he goes as his personal playground, using the admirals to back him up when needed.
What makes Charloss particularly angry is that while he sees himself as a god, he is weaker than average. The villain has no devil fruit, no haki, or even basic training to defend himself. He is so confident in his own privilege that he feels such precautions are unnecessary.
6 Willy Tybur has spoken out against Eldia (Attack on Titan).
Willy Tybur was perhaps the most realistic attack on Titan villain for several reasons. For example, he didn’t rely on super strength or inhuman speed to win fights. Instead, he was a politician who wooed audiences and convinced nations to fight in wars.
This made Willy much closer to modern influencers than typical anime antagonists. It also meant his inevitable death, as villains without skills had no chance of surviving Eren’s wrath. Willy may have proved his point on Paradis, although his warnings came too late.
5 Leaky-Eye Luca Was an Ordinary Thug (JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure)
Leaky-Eye Luca was the least theatrical villain of the JoJo’s bizarre adventure Series. Despite being a loyal servant of Diavolo, he had no Stand or Hamon to invoke. This made him the most realistic character in fact as he was essentially a thug with a shovel.
Despite Luca’s lack of skills, he played an important role in the story. If Giorno hadn’t killed him, he would never have met Bucciarati and started his journey to become Italy’s next crime boss.
4 Amon almost never uses Bending (Legend of Korra)
Amon led an anti-bender coalition Legend of Korra. Though his bloodbending might make him an unrealistic villain, he used it so seldom that he could easily do without it. With enough reflexes to dodge lightning, Amon’s top physique allows him to remain a real threat to Korra and her friends.
He is particularly realistic in considering the nature of his movement and its demands for “equality”, whether they may appear rational or otherwise. Ultimately, Amon is the result of what happens when there are two classes of people with unequal social opportunities.
3 Dorian was a skilled fighter (Baki)
As a baki Villain, Dorian doesn’t rely on superpowers. Instead, he relies solely on the strength of his own body and his natural creativity. What makes Dorian impressive is that unlike other villains from his series, he doesn’t use brute force.
Instead, the man uses the environment to his advantage. Capable of weaponizing everything from alcohol to roller coasters, Dorian’s victory is assured anytime he can set the terms of a battle. He even massacred an entire mob determined to take his head.
2 General Magath was a brutal military leader (Attack on Titan)
After the Liberio massacre, Magath was promoted to general. Hardened by his experience and jaded by the Eldians, Magath relied on his military knowledge and warriors to dominate the battlefield. What makes Magath realistic is that he’s impressive even without a Titan shifter.
During a battle against a foreign nation, he agreed to have Gabi jump out of the trenches to capture an enemy bunker. Rightly anticipating that his opponents would not shoot a child, Gabi’s explosives provided just what the Eldians needed to turn the tide of battle.
1 Kyosuke Higuchi Was a Powerful Businessman (Death Note)
The Yotsuba Group was a coalition of powerful businessmen in the death notice Universe. Although they were successful themselves, they battled competitors and looked for a way to remove them. When Kira offered Kyosuke his notebook in exchange for his cooperation, the man was more than happy to agree.
He performed Kira’s kills while incarcerated and added a few kills of his own to lessen the competition. However, Kyosuke was ultimately just a pawn in Kira’s scheme and was caught early in his criminal career.
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