Anime villains are usually depicted with some sort of redeeming quality that makes them relatively human. Whether driven by love or even revenge, they have at least one aspect making them relatable or at least sympathetic to the audience. However, there are a handful of anime antagonists who did not hesitate to throw away their humanity.
They gleefully sacrificed everything in pursuit of their goals, making them morally reprehensible, albeit extremely powerful threats to behold. To them, nothing is sacred and life is worthless. These heartless anime villains allow fans to understand what happens to those who forget their human roots.
10 Naraku Surrendered Himself To Demons (Inuyasha)
Inuyasha‘s Naraku was once a lonely man who longed for Kikyo. After being rejected time and again, he deliberately gave himself to demons and became a nightmarish aberration. By the beginning of the main story, Naraku had already merged with hundreds of minor monsters.
It’s implied that although the demons guide his actions, Naraku’s human half is within his husk somewhere. Unfortunately for the heroes, Naraku’s true consciousness doesn’t matter since it’s almost as evil as the beasts contained within his flesh.
9 Orochimaru Sacrificed Everything For His Studies (Naruto)
Shaken by the horrors of war, Naruto‘s Orochimaru sought to enrich his life with a variety of forbidden jutsu. However, since the Leaf limited his ambitions, he went behind their back and even abducted innocent people to become unwilling participants in his experiments.
Able to turn any part of his body into a snake, the “human” aspect of Orochimaru died a long time ago. Although there are glimpses of his compassion in the way he treates his son, Orochimaru cannot be given full credit since he’s driven by his interest more than his humanity or paternal instincts.
8 Blackbeard Betrayed Those Who Took Him In (One Piece)
Blackbeard’s soul is as dark as his Devil Fruit. Although being taken in by Whitebeard as a child, he betrayed him by murdering Thatch and fleeing the ship. This already makes him one of the most irredeemable villains in One Piece since he never cared for anyone except himself.
Additionally, Blackbeard had no reservations about attacking the marines, the Worst Generation, or even the former members of the Whitebeard pirates amidst his seafaring career. Given that his crew now consists of Impel Down’s worst inmates, Blackbeard cares little for his comrades’ atrocities so long as they listen to him.
7 Barragan Was The Despotic Former Leader Of Las Noches (Bleach)
As an Espada, Bleach‘s Barragan is already monstrous by nature. However, he proved even more evil than expected through his actions as the leader of Las Noches. For instance, when overcome by boredom, he considered forcing his subjects into civil war just to entertain himself.
He was equally cruel when fighting members of the Soul Society, as his senescence made them either cut off their own limbs or be disintegrated entirely. In the end, Barragan’s evil is eclipsed only by Aizen’s, and the two villains deserve each other.
6 Illumi Used His Own Family (Hunter X Hunter)
Hunter X Hunter‘s Illumi Zoldyck was just as terrible of an older brother as he was a person. At the end of the Hunter Exam, he forced Killua to kill his opponent to disqualify himself. This was in order to eliminate his chances of living independently, which forced him back into the house.
Additionally, Illumi attempted to use Alluka as a human weapon to fulfill his own ends. Alluka lived like a slave for most of their childhood, only being rescued due to Killua’s heroism and need to restore Gon.
5 Giovanni Was One Of The White Clad’s Most Insidious Agents (Fire Force)
Giovanni made a deliberate point of throwing away his humanity in Fire Force. The White-Clad cultist modified his body so thoroughly that he much closer resembled an insect than a person. As a result, he covered himself at all times until it was safe to reveal himself.
The villain’s personality proved equally monstrous. He used Lisa to get to Vulcan and steal his blueprints, caring little for the relationship either may have formed over that time. When she showed reluctance, Giovanni intimidated her into following him back to base.
4 Estarossa Forgot His Humanity Due To Gowther (Seven Deadly Sins)
Seven Deadly Sins‘ Estarossa is particularly interesting since he forgot his humanity rather than abandoning it. Gowther altered his memories before death, effectively rewriting him from an archangel to a member of the Ten Commandments. The spell was so potent that it even worked on the Demon King.
For years, Estarossa terrorized Britannia as the Demon King’s third “son” and Commandment of Love. It wasn’t until near the end of the war that he realized his true identity as Mael, the Sunshine Angel.
3 The Major Replaced Himself With A Robot (Hellsing)
As a Nazi, Hellsing‘s Major did not have much humanity to begin with. However, whatever might have existed was completely lost when the Millennium Organization launched its attack decades in the future.
When Integra Hellsing breached the Major’s zeppelin and defeated him, it was revealed that he’d been replaced by a robot version of himself. The “real” Major died in World War II, with his robot serving as a last-ditch effort to bring down the rest of the world. Therefore, the villain seen throughout the series was the mere shadow of an already dead monster.
2 Queen Tormented His Own Crew For Fun (One Piece)
Queen’s barbarism eclipsed even Kaido’s. A scientific genius, he used plague rounds to suppress prisoners at Udon and prevented them from helping one another. His gleeful willingness to commit war crimes is even more heinous given what he’s done to his own men.
During the attack on Onigashima, Queen turned an entire theater of combatants into ice oni in order to defeat his stronger opponents. He refused to share the antidote with any of his crew and made Scratchman Apoo run for his life.
1 DIO Explicitly Discarded His Humanity (JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure)
Shortly after revealing his role in George Joestar’s death, Dio put on the Stone Mask. When doing so, he openly admitted to abandoning his humanity, something that he thoroughly proved in the later Parts of JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure.
To DIO, nothing is sacred. He is willing to defy the laws of men, time, and even heaven itself in order to indulge in the greatest that the universe has to offer. Ruthlessly individualistic, DIO will sometimes even call upon his henchmen to kill themselves in order to prove their loyalty to him.
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