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Top 10 Anime Characters Beyond Redemption

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I consider myself a gaming enthusiast, from chess and checkers to Yu-Gi-Oh TCG, console gaming, and beyond.

This cycle, right here, every time.

This cycle, right here, every time.

Anime antagonists come in all shapes, sizes, and creeds, but there's one universal duality that remains constant: You either hate them or you love them. Some of these magnificent bastards are so brilliant, so charismatic, we hope they either rise from the hero's shadow and become victorious or they fail in a beautiful blaze-of-glory for the ages. Unfortunately, this list isn't a drooling-session for those guys. This list reflects villains who deeds are so dastardly, so disgusting, so vile that we not only hope the hero defeats them, but buries them under Dante's Ninth Circle of Hell, with a torture chamber topped off with that nail pulling machine from Higurashi, forced viewing sessions of Pupa, and a date with the Eternal Tickle Fairy. Despite these series' writers seeking redemption for a few of these scummy disgraces of 2d-dem, with some successfully making redemption arcs, we all know if there exists names etched in permanent marker in Satan's blackbook of friends, these vixens and bastards are it. So, without further denigration, here are the top ten anime characters beyond redemption.

There are villain reveals here that might spoil some fans.  You've been warned, so proceed no further if you hate spoilers, with special mentions going to Higurashi (When They Cry) and Re: Zero.

There are villain reveals here that might spoil some fans. You've been warned, so proceed no further if you hate spoilers, with special mentions going to Higurashi (When They Cry) and Re: Zero.

10. Kyubey (Puella Magi Madoka Magica)

The fox spirit is a popular monster in Japanese mythology, and has been referenced in several anime from Naruto to Pokemon, but no scrawny-ghost dog draws as much unbridled hatred as the Kyubey from Magical Girl Madoka. Instead of being a natural disaster of pure energy that befriends a loud ninja, the Kyubey overstays its threat-level by giving Beelzebub a run for its money in the evil contract department. What results is a rendition of the wicked used car salesman from hell: agreements guaranteed to turn the user into a mindless witch so that future magical girls can kill said witch and transform her into fox food. Unfortunately for all you simps of Homura and Madako, the Kyubey can't rank higher on this list because, despite him having a heart colder than a freezer, his system guarantees his survival by providing him with a food source. That food source may be the tears of little girls, but, since he hasn't reached Yellow Bastard levels of depravity yet, a 10 is as high as he'll go on this list.

Behold his cuteness!  Embrace the Kawaii, and all ye despair who marvel here!

Behold his cuteness! Embrace the Kawaii, and all ye despair who marvel here!

9. Makishima Shoga (Psycho Pass)

Few villains are as cold and calculating as Makishima Shoga from Psycho Pass. Not only can the guy probably quote Shakespeare since he sports the suaveness of Hannibal Lector, but he can slit throats just as easily as he slices butter on toast. As a matter of fact, this is why he's such a low ranking villain on this list. The same mental condition that makes it so he can't be judged by Psycho Pass's judicial system (Imagine the Salem Witch trials... but with a mathematical formula enforced by body-exploding guns) also makes him nearly emotionless, meaning a CAT scan and some brain surgery may be all that separates him from being a badass anarchist and Mr. Rogers. Still, killing the protagonist's innocent best friend while she watches helplessly, just to prove a point, makes most fans agree that even if he did get that mood-altering surgery, they'd still want him under the barrel of a lethal-eliminator-mode Dominator.

That is the smugness of a man who can beat you to death while combining lines from Baudelaire with excerpts from a B. F. Skinner dissertation, all the while planning his next deep web hack to generate global societal anarchy.

That is the smugness of a man who can beat you to death while combining lines from Baudelaire with excerpts from a B. F. Skinner dissertation, all the while planning his next deep web hack to generate global societal anarchy.

8. Nina Einstein (Code Geass)

A shy but cute high school girl that's also a legit genius after she graduates, I know many of you are wondering how in a Nightmare frame could she rank higher than an alien fox gluttonous for the souls of children and an apathetic serial killer? Did I forget to mention she's a racist, and, in a revenge bid for a murdered princess she has a crush on, created a weapon of mass destruction which, indirectly, gave her a higher kill count than the two previous entries? Oh, and she humps tables, and we had to watch it. Yeah, she's number 8 on this list.

Sure, I can forgive her for creating a WMD that destroyed millions.  Hell, if she takes classes on the implicit bias and cultural awareness, I might be able to look past the racism.  But for getting her groove on with furniture?  Never!

Sure, I can forgive her for creating a WMD that destroyed millions. Hell, if she takes classes on the implicit bias and cultural awareness, I might be able to look past the racism. But for getting her groove on with furniture? Never!

7. Sae Kashiwaga (Peach Girl)

Many of us have never dealt with evil emperors, demons, super villains, or wicked geniuses with plans for genocide/world domination/insert-dark-villain-endgame-here, but the majority of us have dealt with a bully. No elaborate tricks, no grand schemes, just a nasty human being that loves to make someone else's life miserable. Enter Sae Kashiwaga, the poster child for innocent-looking-girl-rotten-to-the-core. Out of pure jealousy, she does everything she can to ruin Momo, the naive yet well-meaning protagonist's, life by spreading rumors and lies, all the while acting like she's innocent and her friend. Sure, Sae goes through her own mid-school crisis and makes an attempt to become a better person, but, considering we all have someone in our lives like her we wish we could place in front of a moving train for all the misery they caused at our job/home/school/club/whatever, we're all destined to displace our hate onto poor Sae for representing the Mean Girls we hated to hate.

For every sick monster out there, there's probably a bully that pushed him/her to the brink of insanity.  No wonder Sae has so much to answer for in the fandom.

For every sick monster out there, there's probably a bully that pushed him/her to the brink of insanity. No wonder Sae has so much to answer for in the fandom.

6. Sasuke Uchiha (Naruto)

Sasuke has come a long way from Naruto to Burato, and will always be remembered as the edgy-Lancer who flirted with the darkside until he became the Shadow-Hokage of Konoha. What I'm here to remind you of is he did a bit more than "flirt" with the darkside, more like took it out to dinner, had chandelier-swinging, ninja-style sex with it, then married it with a perpetual boner in Naruto Shippuden (which could be taken literally for you Sasuke x Orochimaru fans out there 0_0). During his darker days, this purple-bow-obsessed avenger tried to kill his best friend, his future wife, stabbed through the chest a girl who tried to sacrifice her life for him, and slaughtered many bodyguards during his invasion of the ninja world's version of a UN summit, with the intent to massacre all the leaders. And this is the guy our "hero" had a panic attack for when his friends decided he was beyond saving... Even if Naruto's Talk-no-Jutsu worked in the end, many fans argue it would have been better if Sasuke paid for his sins, and, despite his radical turn-around, it's enough of a point to place him on the cusp of the worst.

Off the record?  Sasuke was just cooler as a villain.  Can you imagine if HE was the final adversary instead the mummy-god ninja or that alien, overbearing mother?

Off the record? Sasuke was just cooler as a villain. Can you imagine if HE was the final adversary instead the mummy-god ninja or that alien, overbearing mother?

5. Roswaal L. Mathers (Re: Zero)

We have now graduated from some rotten, foul smelling eggs to absolute top-layer scum. Roswaal appears as the best benefactor one could have backing you: The man has a castle of Oni-maids and demi-human helpers fawning over his every move, a powerful, cute spirit guarding a library of vast knowledge, and is the most powerful human mage in the world of Re:Zero, all the while granting his support to a girl wanting to rule a kingdom for the noblest of reasons. Unfortunately, no human being, or demon in human skin, better symbolizes the phrase, "If the ends justifies the means." All the while smiling and speaking like Michael Jackson's goofy, mentally-challenged cousin, this mad clown will sacrifice anyone, and I mean anyone to reach his goal. In this world's many alternate realities, the man has been willing to threaten his own subjects with massacres, insanity, and permanent imprisonment to reach the desired end he wants, and that's just the tip of the knife. Roswaal is so untrustworthy, so vile, the only way the writer could give him a face-turn is by placing a curse on his character so if he betrays the heroes he will die. Of course, those who have endured the Saw-torture-trip that is Re: Zero (Not because the show is bad, but because of the suffering it uses in place of plot) still fear IT's more methodical cousin might find a way out of his own fail-safe, proving how much of a threat Roswaal is to the people he dreams of "helping."

Can someone please tell me what's the deal with anime and evil clowns?  I mean, I thought the Joker and It were the exception, not the rule.

Can someone please tell me what's the deal with anime and evil clowns? I mean, I thought the Joker and It were the exception, not the rule.

4. Shinji Matou (Fate/Stay Night: Heaven's Feel)

Nearly every show worth its salt has one: A villain so inept he serves as secondary comic relief when the primary needs to readjust his clown make-up. Every now and then, a bold writer attempts to make their inept villain more capable to remind us they earned their evil plaque that time they stole candy from a crying baby (See Team Rocket, most villain-protagonists, etc), but what adrenaline-fuel was Fate sniffing when they created Shinji Matou? LOL, it's hilarious when the hero curb stomped him after his dramatic villain monologue... after he abused his kind, timid sister. Oh, look, he lost in a single attack during his brag-a-thon on how overpowered he is! Hold on... is he trying to rape his sister now? My point being is Shinji was already a bully with such an inflated ego it was hilarious to see him fail, but when Fate decided to graduate his antics from high-school-mean to puppy-eating-sick, he became so eDgY it lost its comedic value, making the worst of the Matou-clan one of the most hated characters in anime. Some of the Fate routes try to belittle his damage by giving him as much character development as a cardboard cut-out, yet the damage is already so ingrained most fans will only be pacified once that cardboard is set ablaze.

Yeah, we get it already, Shinji is the Patron Saint of Haters.  We don't need him stomping puppies while drinking the blood of orphans to remind us.  Thanx.

Yeah, we get it already, Shinji is the Patron Saint of Haters. We don't need him stomping puppies while drinking the blood of orphans to remind us. Thanx.

3. Ryuunosuke Uryuu (Fate Zero)

Sorry to dive again into the realm where legendary knights are either gender-swapped or traps, but Fate's lack of redeemable characters make it harder to pass than a Garbage burger. I don't need to delve hard into this once, since Ryuunosuke is simply a serial killer who loves what he does. However, the greatest sin of Ryuunosuke is the show tries to give him a charismatic personality by making him a chill "dude" with a philosophy behind his killings and a love for his servant the other masters lack. To the discerning fans of the series (and there are many), this doesn't dim their disgust for the glee he experiences when murdering families and sacrificing frightened children. He's just a rotten, depraved human being high off his own sense of COOL, yet no one's sipping the kool-aid.

Remember those villains you fall in the love with because of how well they treat their subordinates?  Yeah...  This guy isn't one of them.  Nice try though.

Remember those villains you fall in the love with because of how well they treat their subordinates? Yeah... This guy isn't one of them. Nice try though.

2. Shou Tucker (Full Metal Alchemist)

Oh my God... who could forget the most infamous man in anime history, who has a chair beside Hitler and Pol Pot in hell? In case you've forgotten, or have not been graced with masterpiece that is Full Metal Alchemist, in a world where humans transform each other into philosopher stones, witches weaponize babies into inter-dimensional portals, and a man can burn you to death with a snap of his finger, one alchemist had a simple dream: To submit acceptable research to the state so he could financially care for his family. He became ingrained in everyone's memories deeper than the people committing the aforementioned atrocities, unfortunately, when his resolve made him fuse his innocent daughter with their family dog to create a talking chimera that is always in pain, still remembers its friends, and that still loves its dad. If you didn't tear up after witnessing such a scene, you're not human, and, many would argue, if you have a shred of sympathy for Shou Tucker after such a scene, then you don't have a heart.

What. A. Scumbag.  Can you imagine a comedy/parody created where Shou Tucker is treated as a funny character, like what they did to the villains in Isekai Quartet?  I could never, nor would I forgive if it was done.

What. A. Scumbag. Can you imagine a comedy/parody created where Shou Tucker is treated as a funny character, like what they did to the villains in Isekai Quartet? I could never, nor would I forgive if it was done.

1. Takano Miyo (Higurashi)

What's worse than sacrificing your daughter for science's sake? How about genociding an entire village for science's sake? Takano, the seemingly innocent nurse from Hinamizawa's sole clinic, is so beyond redemption not even Captain Religion's power rings from Buddha, Shiva, L. Ron Hubbard, and Jesus could redeem her brimstone-bound soul. In a bid to save her grandfather's research from ridicule, Takano takes up residency as a nurse and researcher in a small country town where its residents are infected with a brain parasite that makes Toxoplasmosis look like the common cold. Her research is well meaning enough, until her lack of results makes her benefactors threaten to cut her funding. So, in mad-rebel-without-a-cause-scientist-style, she finds a new benefactor that considers her research as worthless as dirt, but who are willing to fund her as long as her research's end aligns with their political gains. This progresses, naturally, with Hello Nurse! going off the deep end, her final "screw you" to everyone the gutting of the Queen Carrier (an 11 year old girl) so that everyone infected by the parasite goes into a mad orgy of bloodlust, paranoia, and murder, and this is after she killed the little girl's loving parents so she could monopolize her life. Considering how the victims consist of well-crafted, tragic characters with lives, hopes, and dreams explored through Higurashi's many episode arcs, and one can see how hatred towards Takano can stack to unscalable heights. To add salt to the evulsion, the writers actually redeemed Takano with its OG Return-by-Death shenanigans. Nevertheless, to many champions of Rika and her mentally unstable friends, the only true ending is the one where her bodyguards betray her, consecutively forcing her to commit suicide and take the blame for her benefactors' crimes.

Once upon a time, someone mentioned to me how, despite most of the cast going insane, Takano never does.  This is the same expression she has during the entire anime.  It was creepy, and an interesting tell.

Once upon a time, someone mentioned to me how, despite most of the cast going insane, Takano never does. This is the same expression she has during the entire anime. It was creepy, and an interesting tell.

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