As much as anime heroes thrive, villains give them all a run for their money. Of the various genres fans enjoy in anime, each genre has unique villains with specific goals and modus operandi. While some villains look as menacing as they are, some are more innocent-looking, each of them hell-bent on destroying their enemies.
However, fans are yet to witness some ongoing manga arcs in anime. The villains of subsequent arcs in these manga are more horrendous and powerful than their predecessors. Manga readers know what’s coming, but anime-only fans need to pull up their socks and brace themselves for some of the most enthralling villains animation is yet to witness.
This article contains manga spoilers for all entries.
10 Yhwach Cannot Stand Liars And Lies (Bleach)
Bleach is one of the Big Three anime. Fans have been hanging on to the edge of their seats, waiting for the Thousand-Year Blood War arc. The main villain of this arc is Yhwach, son of the Soul King and father to the Quincy.
Yhwach is an intimidating villain who hates lies and liars. While he is not a fan of concepts like honor and justice, Yhwach dislikes wars and conflicts. He doesn’t promote blind loyalty despite his many values and a specific way of life. Yhwach’s villainy does justice to the anime’s incredible battle music.
9 Kokushibo Is The Upper Rank One (Demon Slayer)
Fans witnessed Ufotable’s animation prowess in Koyoharu Gotouge’s Demon Slayer. Kokushibo is a former Demon Slayer active in the Sengoku era. Now a part of Muzan’s Twelve Demon Moons, Kokushibo is the Upper Rank One and the strongest demon under Muzan Kibutsuji.
Despite the stunning character design of the villains so far, Kokushibo takes the cake with his three sets of eyes, long hair tied in a ponytail, and a dignified Hashira-like look. Along with his appearance, Kokushibo’s powers surpass those of the best Demon Slayers and demons.
8 Lucifero Is One Of The Three Rulers Of The Underworld (Black Clover)
Asta’s journey to becoming the Wizard King is not without its obstacles. From his rival, Yuno, to the Eye of the Midnight Sun, a villain organization with a vengeance, Asta has faced some of the more powerful villains in anime. However, he is yet to face his most potent foe.
Lucifero is one of the three kings of the underworld, controlling the bottom-most level. Active contracts with a member of the Spade Kingdom’s Dark Triad and the scholar influencing the king of the Diamond Kingdom make Lucifero a force to be reckoned with in Black Clover.
7 Izana Kurokawa Is The Leader Of Tenjiku (Tokyo Revengers)
Tokyo Revengers deals with street gangs who fight each other for power using brutal violence and dirty politics. Takemichi travels back in time to prevent the events that lead to his first love’s death and joins the Tokyo Manji Gang.
Of the rival gangs he witnesses and faces, Takemichi is yet to meet the leader of the Tenjiku gang. Izana Kurokawa is the leader of the Tenjiku gang, with skills that rival those of Mikey. Although the two share history, Izana’s loneliness turned him into a ruthless and power-hungry guy.
6 Toji Fushiguro Is The Sorcerer Killer (Jujutsu Kaisen)
Of some of the most popular recent shonen anime, fans have been most excited about Jujutsu Kaisen. Along with the charming protagonists, the well-designed villains also have a steady fan following. As manga readers already know, of the upcoming villains in the series, none is as fascinating as Toji Fushiguro.
Toji is a non-curse user known as the sorcerer killer for using his excellent skills and lack of cursed energy to his advantage. He is the main villain for the arc dealing with Satoru Gojo’s past. A good-looking villain never fails to stir fans’ hearts.
5 Eida Makes Everyone Fall For Her (Boruto)
After the success of Naruto and Naruto Shippuden, the franchise continues, expanding the universe in Boruto: Naruto Next Generations. As Boruto begins his journey of becoming a successful shinobi worthy of filling his father’s shoes someday, he and his friends face all kinds of foes.
Eida is a cryogenically frozen cyborg that Amado altered and brought to life using Scientific Ninja Tools. Apart from her blood relatives and Otsutsuki, Eida can make anyone infatuated with her so much as to never harm a single hair on her head.
4 Funny Valentine Can Travel To Parallel Universes (JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure)
JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure features a variety of characters, from cool-headed villains to hotheaded heroes. Of the many flamboyant villains featured in the series, Part 7’s Funny Valentine is one of the most influential ones. The chief antagonist for Steel Ball Run, Funny Valentine is the 23rd President of the USA.
Valentine is an overpowered Stand User who wields Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap, whose dimensional abilities allow him to travel to parallel universes. He can swap bodies with any of his counterparts at any point in time, making him pseudo-immortal.
3 Lady Nagant Is A Former Pro Hero Who Escaped From Tartarus (My Hero Academia)
My Hero Academia has a plethora of unique heroes and villains. While fans are disappointed with the progression of this series, they are still looking forward to the upcoming arcs, especially the Tartarus Escapees arc. Lady Nagant is one of the main villains in this arc.
A former pro hero trained to assassinate villains and corrupt heroes, Lady Nagant’s conscience couldn’t keep up with her superiors’ unethical and immoral ways. She evolved into a ruthless villain, maintaining her assassin skills. Lady Nagant wishes to expose the Hero Commission’s hypocritical peace.
2 Makima Is The Control Devil (Chainsaw Man)
Fans are excited about the Chainsaw Man anime releasing in October this year. Makima, a member of the Public Safety Bureau, finds Denji and puts him to use fighting devils and protecting civilians. However, Makima is not without ulterior motives.
Denji’s Chainsaw Man is the most feared devil, even among devils. Unaware of the power he holds, Makima controls Denji until the very end. Makima’s revelation as the Control Devil is one of the biggest plot twists that nobody saw coming. Power-hungry and selfish, Makima does whatever it takes and more to get what she wants.
1 Antares Was Created To Destroy All That Exists (Solo Leveling)
Solo Leveling makes for one of the most riveting isekai tales in modern anime. Anime fans are looking forward to the anime adaptation, which features humans, spirits, and everything in between, despite the source being a manhwa rather than a manga.
Antares is the final villain that Jinwoo faces. The Monarch of Destruction and the King of Dragons, Antares, rejoiced in the destruction he caused, freely expressing his hatred for puny humans. Cunning and powerful, Antares is the most overpowered enemy that Jinwoo has ever faced.
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