10 Creepiest Anime Villains, Ranked

Sugou Nobuyuki (Sword Art Online), Hisoka Morow (Hunter X Hunter), Ougi Oshino (Monogatari Series)

Brilliant in their multifaceted approaches to wickedness, anime villains range from goofy and endearingly incompetent to utterly irredeemable and disquieting. No good conflict can exist without a villain who emits a sense of palpable danger. And the most effective antagonists embody that terror not through strength or mindless violence but through blood-curdling eeriness that permeates their being.

RELATED:10 Terrifying Anime Villains Even Scarier Than My Hero Academia’s All For One

These villains are disturbing to the point of losing their humanity, their vile actions alarming viewers and heroes alike. Fear and unease render even the most courageous characters powerless before them. Personifying the most unsettling brand of evil, these are the creepiest antagonists in anime.

This article contains mention of sexual harassment.



10 Ougi Oshino (The Monogatari Series)

<!–[if IE 9]> <![endif]–>

From the moment Ougi Oshino made her enigmatic debut in Kabukimonogatari, everything about her seemed off. She never broke her mask of ghostly, eerie emotionlessness, and her condescending attitude suggested a sinister depth to Ougi’s character she refused to make public.

Even before Ougi’s true identity as the materialization of Araragi’s inner darkness was revealed, she represented a hidden danger that followed the protagonist from the shadows. In a show jammed full of cryptic monsters and obscure characters, Ougi was creepier than all of the aforementioned oddities combined.

9 Sugou Nobuyuki (Sword Art Online)

<!–[if IE 9]> <![endif]–>Oberon crying in Sword Art Online.

On top of kickstarting the isekai boom of the early 2010s, Sword Art Online is responsible for creating one of the vilest villains in the entire genre. Sugou Nobuyuki, known as Fairy King Oberon in ALfheim Online, is an amoral and disturbing monster both in the game and the real world.

RELATED:The 14 Most Powerful Villains In Sword Art Online, Ranked

Blinded by his god complex, Nobuyuki manipulated and exploited countless people without remorse. Yet, his creepiest side comes to light in Nobuyuki’s interactions with Asuna, his teenage fiance, whom he violated and sexually harassed on numerous occasions.

8 Mad Pierrot (Cowboy Bebop)

<!–[if IE 9]> <![endif]–>The Mad Pierrot attacks Spike in Cowboy Bebop.

Fans of Cowboy Bebop never stop singing praises to the show’s multifacetedness. A rare series can organically mix episodes of pure comedic delight with the most disturbing noir horror plots in anime history. Despite appearing in a single episode, Mad Pierrot made a tremendous impression on fans with his eerie design and chaotic, vile personality.

RELATED:10 Anime Characters Who Are As Evil As They Look

A subject of human experiments, he went on a mindless killing spree after escaping. Tales of the creepy villain haunted the city, as no one who met Mad Pierrot lived long enough to unravel his disquieting mystery.

7 Makima (Chainsaw Man)

<!–[if IE 9]> <![endif]–>Makima is looking at the viewer in Chainsaw Man.

At the beginning of Chainsaw Man‘s storyline, Makima’s eeriness gets lost behind the more conventionally terrifying facades of the Public Safety Hunters’ disturbing foes. Seemingly good-natured and reliable, Makima only hints at her devious nature, planting the seeds of suspicion in the audience’s mind.

The more she reveals her true motives, the less viewers trust her, petrified by Makima’s ruthlessness and lack of remorse. No atrocious, blood-thirsty devil is as creepy as a manipulative evil entity that tricks vulnerable people around her into obeying her foul commands.

6 Gauna (Knights Of Sidonia)

<!–[if IE 9]> <![endif]–>Gauna's body by a bridge in Knights Of Sidonia.

Despite their vile natures, most anime villains are still undoubtedly human, plagued by the same passions and ambitions as the heroes they oppose. On the other end of the spectrum lie the cosmic horror antagonists, who embody blood-chilling terror beyond human comprehension.

The lack of any rationality or human-like emotions makes Gauna from Knights of Sidonia infinitely creepy, as the only certain thing about these deformed alien giants is their hatred for humankind. Their hostility is devoid of reason and, paired with her eerie, vaguely humanoid appearance, makes Gauna nightmarish.

5 Hisoka Morow (Hunter X Hunter)

<!–[if IE 9]> <![endif]–>Hisoka makes a scary face in HxH.

Hisoka Morow is the exact opposite of Hunter x Hunter‘s happy-go-lucky protagonists, which only fuels his disturbing obsession with the pair of kid adventurers. Seemingly unamused by anything that doesn’t include human suffering or little boys, Hisoka is an extremely proficient fighter whose only motivation is to seek out worthy opponents.

Once he locates a target that entertains him, Hisoka becomes an obsessive creep, pursuing his subjects with extreme conviction. Hisoka is a man one should be wary of as an enemy and as an ally.

4 Lil’ Slugger (Paranoia Agent)

<!–[if IE 9]> <![endif]–>Lil' Slugger getting ready to attack in Paranoia Agent.

Despite existing as an almost unfathomable entity of myths for most of Paranoia Agent, Lil’ Slugger became one of anime’s creepiest villains by masterfully exploiting people’s primal fears. An enigmatic shadow of a child killer armed with a golden bat, Lil’ Slugger feeds off his victims’ paranoia.

Lil’ Slugger’s disquieting image effectively infects the minds of his potential victims, as well as creeps out the viewers while they watch him outside of harm’s way. What Lil’ Slugger represents is much creepier than anyone who he could actually be.

3 Caster (Fate/Zero)

<!–[if IE 9]> <![endif]–>Caster, known in life as Gilles de Rais, from Fate/Zero with eyes going in different directions.

Fate/Zero is a morally complex tale that refuses to separate its characters into heroes and villains. Yet, even such a story features a man who can be described as an irredeemable monster. Caster, known in life as Gilles de Rais, is a man devoid of any morality.

Grotesquely appalling and vile, Caster loves to torture defenseless people, feeling ecstatic delight from causing them suffering. The Holy Grail War paired him with an equally wicked serial killer, Uryu Ryuunosuke, making up the series’ most disturbing duo.

2 Muchisute Tokkuriji (Midori)

<!–[if IE 9]> <![endif]–>Muchisute Tokkuriji from Midori with bandages over face.

The infamous classic of ero guro horror, the 1992 movie Midori, is rightfully considered one of the most disturbing anime films. And no character embodies Midori’s unsettling and offensive aspects quite like Muchisute Tokkuriji, the vilest member of Mr. Arashi’s Amazing Freak Show.

An armless man with a face covered in dirty bandages, Muchisute is the first to rob the movie’s orphaned and traumatized heroine of her innocence. Muchisute is responsible for the most physical and mental abuse Midori undergoes, which the creepy man never regrets.

1 Johan Liebert (Monster)

<!–[if IE 9]> <![endif]–>Johan Liebert points toward his forehead with his index finger in Monster.

No matter how many disgusting, grotesque monsters anime introduces, no evil will ever be as chilling as one committed by a human indistinguishable from the rest. Monster‘s iconic antagonist Johan Liebert looks and behaves like an upstanding, charming gentleman.

Yet, once that likable facade shatters, the monster lurking beneath it could take any life in cold blood. Johan sees no point or value in people’s existence. And his ability to hide that sinister lack of empathy beneath a faultless mask makes him anime’s creepiest villain.

NEXT:10 Most Disturbing Seinen Anime


#Creepiest #Anime #Villains #Ranked

Funimation India

Learn More →