Top 10 Anime Villain Husbandos

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Different anime fans will have different definitions of what makes a good anime husbando. They are fan-favorite anime characters who would make excellent husband material, but those criteria can be highly subjective. The mass appeal of the villainous love interest dates back to (and beyond) the popularity of the “bodice ripper,” which is a specific sub-genre of historical romance novel where the heroine falls for the villain of the story.

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A hero like Spiderman would let the love of his life die to save others — an act of sacrifice for the greater good, which is the heroic ideal. But a villain would watch the world burn to save the one they truly love, and there is a certain appeal to that kind of devotion in a safe space like fictional works.

10 Eren Yeager Had Heroic Qualities

Attack On Titan

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It could be realistically argued that Attack On Titan‘s fallen protagonist, Eren Yeager, is a terrible prospective partner, especially in light of the way he dealt with Mikasa in the end. But there can be no doubt about his better qualities as a person.

Eren does become a monster, but before that, he shows time and again that he’s willing to go to extreme ends to protect those who need help. He’s stoic and knows when to say thank you after others have looked out for him. Though he committed many unforgivable transgressions in his fall from grace, his final decision was one based on his core sense of altruism.

9 Itachi Uchiha Considers The Bigger Picture


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Itachi Uchiha is a villain, a criminal wanted for slaying his clan in Naruto. He didn’t commit the crime in cold blood, but rather to stop greater harm. He didn’t kill his little brother because he loved him so much; nearly every significant thing Itachi did was for love, which is his most admirable quality.

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Though he’s incredibly powerful, Itachi is calm and thoughtful about his abilities, never erring toward an arrogant nature. That combination of traits makes him as intriguing as it does dangerous.

8 Sosuke Aizen Perfects The Elegantly Disheveled Look


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Bleach‘s Sosuke Aizen is cool and collected and displays leadership qualities along with dashing good looks and a perfect tendril of hair draped over his eye. Even before his villainous glow-up, he wears his glasses and floppy haircut well.

There’s nothing like a villain who is incredibly intelligent, polite, and soft-spoken. Sosuke is like Clark Kent’s photo negative. When he wears his glasses, he has a scholarly air with handsome but understated features, but once he removes the glasses and turns full villain, he’s a devil-may-care force to be reckoned with.

7 Shogo Makishima Is Bookish & Handsome


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Shogo Makishima of Psycho-Pass does not have much propensity for compassion and cares little for the pain of others. He has a vision for what humanity needs, but it’s incredibly misguided. Shogo is a highly cerebral person who can be persuasive when he wants to be.

Shogo is extremely well-read and often likes to examine and contextualize literature, from classic plays to religious texts. It’s hard to resist the allure of a well-read, pensive villain with the birdlike eyes and snowy white hair of a fallen seraph.

6 Biba’s Pink Hair & Military Prowess Are Unmatched

Kabaneri Of The Iron Fortress

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No man pulls off pink hair like Biba does in Kabaneri of the Iron Fortress. Women around him call him beautiful, and they are correct. Biba is like a bubblegum Kylo Ren in looks and style with his messy coif, high-collared cloak, and longsword strapped to his side.

Biba’s personality is somewhat of a mystery; he’s an aloof antagonist with nebulous motives which have yet to be entirely untangled. What is known about him aside from his good looks are his talent for strategy, his gift for politics, and his fox-like intelligence.

5 Ling Yao Exemplifies The Dark Prince Trope

Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood

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Ling Yao, the twelfth crown prince of Xing in Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood, shares some of the same desires as the homunculus, Greed. Ling develops some formidable powers when he fuses with Greed and lets him control his body.

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Ling Yao steps fully into the role of dark prince when he assimilates with the homunculus, wearing a new getup that’s as dashing as it is gothic. The once cheerful, dutiful prince succumbs to his avarice, descending into the meaner parts of his character, but at least he does it with style.

4 Hisoka Is A Beautiful Clown

Hunter x Hunter

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Hisoka, an antagonist of Hunter x Hunter, manages to balance being absolutely terrifying and unmistakably handsome with his fine features, beautifully applied makeup, and joker aesthetic. Hisoka wears his evil nature openly on his pastel sleeves and revels in tearing down any promising rival combatant.

Interestingly, Hisoka is a powerful fighter who will leave someone alone if they’re not enough of a challenge for him. Though he can morph his expression into something horrifying, by and large, his clownish aspect somehow adds to his appeal, not unlike Batman‘s Joker and the vigilante Eric Draven of The Crow.

3 Silver Mask Has A Byronic Grace

The Heroic Legend Of Arslan

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Silver Mask, or Hilmes, the antagonist of The Heroic Legend of Arslan, could be the doppelganger for Erik of The Phantom of the Opera. Though, despite being a cruel and ruthless villain in many ways, Hilmes is probably more likely to rescue a princess rather than kidnap one as Erik would.

Even his villainous moniker, the Silver Mask, is pretty and would make an excellent title for a historical romance novel. The Silver Mask takes a liking to Princess Irina, which softens and complicates his character, showing a side of him that can care deeply for someone and have a sincere wish to uplift them.

2 Zuko Has The Best Redemption Arc

Avatar: The Last Airbender

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Zuko, Prince of the Fire Nation in Avatar: The Last Airbender, has one of the more beloved villain redemption arcs. Watching a villain struggle with their inner turmoil and then grow to become a better person and make amends for their misdeeds is one of the best watch experiences.

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There is something truly wonderful about a person who has seen the darkest parts of themselves and then actively chooses over and over to do better. Zuko becomes a good leader and husband after much growth. There’s not much more fans can ask for from a former villain.

1 Prince Demande Belongs In A Historical Romance Novel

Sailor Moon

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Prince Demande of the Black Moon is one of the most gorgeous villains in any Sailor Moon arc. He wears a regal white suit with filigreed blue embroidery, spatted dress shoes, and a long blue cloak. His pale shag-cut hair slightly obscures his pretty face.

Prince Demande fell in obsessive love the first time Usagi’s future self, Neo-Queen Serenity, gazed at him with disgust and loathing in her eyes. And when he tries to kiss Sailor Moon, she understandably pushes him away. In another instance, Demande bridal carries her when she faints. Prince Demande might as well have strutted right out of a romance novel.

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