8 Anime Antagonists That We Secretly Like

8 Anime Antagonists That We Secretly Like

Sometimes you just have to embrace your darker side.

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I see your Milliardo Peacecraft (who may be the most interesting person in Gundam Wing, but that doesn't say a lot), and raise you the delightfully crazy and extremely dangerous Haman Karn from Zeta Gundam and Double Zeta Gundam. The most powerful female pilot in Gundam history... all of them. Scary enough that when battle-hardened commander Bright Noa sees her suit appear in Double Zeta he goes catatonic with fear. She took on Char Aznable... and won. That alone tells everything you need to know.

Also, another vote for my avy, Inquisitorial General Esdeath Partas. Hard to really like cheering for a pattern sadist, but she's definitely the most fun character in the show.

>Anime Antagonists We Secretly Like

>No Dio Brando

...Yare Yare Daze

Wow, "Zechs Merquise" over Char, really?

Really?

Reeeaaaaallllllyyyy?

I think even you know that was the wrong choice. I'm not mad, just disappointed.

Can you watch Soul Eater and not like Medusa?

Is...is this serious? You're not serious, right?

I don't think there has EVER been a character that I hated more than Medusa (and hated "in a good way", as in hated her because of her character and her actions and not because she's a badly written character or something like that).

In fact, I made a thread BECAUSE of her.

http://www.escapistmagazine.com/forums/read/18.326154-An-antagonist-that-you-absolutely-loathe

This thread is five freaking years old now and I STILL remember it strictly because of that bitch. How in the hell could anyone watch that show and go "You know, I like you Medusa" is beyond me...

Oh come on, Ramba Ral's way cooler than Char OR Zechs: his ass predicts romance.
Honorable mention to Buggy the Clown, because something something Pirate King we deserve, something something Pirate King we need. Also Team Rocket, for being the only characters in that show that actually overcome hardship and undergo character development.

I personally, think Heero is the most likable of the antagonists.

Sure, he's basically a prettier Bin Lawd-in, but towards the end he really does show his willingness to do the right thing...even if it's for the wrong reasons.

Lunncal:
Wow, "Zechs Merquise" over Char, really?

Really?

Reeeaaaaallllllyyyy?

I think even you know that was the wrong choice. I'm not mad, just disappointed.

How about Haman over them both? Haman stomped Char (something no one else had ever done) and even in her dying battle she held back half of her funnels in a 3-year old outclassed suit versus a demi god of a suit just so the fight against Judau would be FAIR. She scared Bright, and spent 2 whole series being a magnificent bastard.

tippy2k2:

Can you watch Soul Eater and not like Medusa?

Is...is this serious? You're not serious, right?

I don't think there has EVER been a character that I hated more than Medusa (and hated "in a good way", as in hated her because of her character and her actions and not because she's a badly written character or something like that).

In fact, I made a thread BECAUSE of her.

http://www.escapistmagazine.com/forums/read/18.326154-An-antagonist-that-you-absolutely-loathe

This thread is five freaking years old now and I STILL remember it strictly because of that bitch. How in the hell could anyone watch that show and go "You know, I like you Medusa" is beyond me...

I agree with you to an extent. There is something dangerously alluring about Medusa and the way she plays with her victims and is always one step ahead of the best, and three steps ahead of everyone else. That said, she gave birth to a child for the sole purpose of experimenting and torturing it. She is a world class narcissistic sociopath.

She has the ability to make the audience focus on her because of how interesting she is, a trait normally reserved for heroes. So I can see both sides.

monkeymangler:

Lunncal:
-snip-

How about Haman over them both? Haman stomped Char (something no one else had ever done) and even in her dying battle she held back half of her funnels in a 3-year old outclassed suit versus a demi god of a suit just so the fight against Judau would be FAIR. She scared Bright, and spent 2 whole series being a magnificent bastard.

Haman is undeniably badass, sure, she would have made a much better entry. Personally I'd still pick Char over her, but yeah, I can totally see where you're coming from. There's certainly a debate to be had there, at least.[1]

Honestly there's lots of reasonable characters he could have picked. There's Char Aznable, obviously, but also other acceptable greats like Edward Mass, Quattro Bajeena or even Casval Rem Deikun. The list is endless.

"Zechs Merquise", however, is just silly.

It's like if someone said their favourite cereal was "Cruncheos", an off-brand Cheerios knock off.

I can't respect that.

It must have felt wrong even to type.

[1] The only real issue I have with her is the Qubely, that was one ugly looking mobile suit.

Lunncal:

monkeymangler:

Lunncal:
-snip-

How about Haman over them both? Haman stomped Char (something no one else had ever done) and even in her dying battle she held back half of her funnels in a 3-year old outclassed suit versus a demi god of a suit just so the fight against Judau would be FAIR. She scared Bright, and spent 2 whole series being a magnificent bastard.

Haman is undeniably badass, sure, she would have made a much better entry. Personally I'd still pick Char over her, but yeah, I can totally see where you're coming from. There's certainly a debate to be had there, at least.[1]

Honestly there's lots of reasonable characters he could have picked. There's Char Aznable, obviously, but also other acceptable greats like Edward Mass, Quattro Bajeena or even Casval Rem Deikun. The list is endless.

"Zechs Merquise", however, is just silly.

It's like if someone said their favourite cereal was "Cruncheos", an off-brand Cheerios knock off.

I can't respect that.

It must have felt wrong even to type.

How would you feel about Full Frontal? Or Graham Aker?

[1] The only real issue I have with her is the Qubely, that was one ugly looking mobile suit.

Again with Cowboy Bebop!? The fuck heads name is Vicious. VICIOUS!! It's so stupid and there isn't anything to the guy.
I much prefer that weird immortal assassin thing compared to that tosser.

And as usual with anime topics, I don't agree with the rest. Actually, I liked the first Cell form because he was a creepy bug monster looking thing, instead your basic alien humanoid jerk, but that's about it.

From the original Hunter X Hunter I had a different interest in Hisoka, Tompa, Killua's whole family, The Spiders (mainly Lucifer) and The Bomber.

In Naruto (original and manga) I really like the Akatsuki for their differing personalities and because they have some of the most unique abilities I've seen out of all anime. Same goes for Orochimaru.

In FMA (not Brotherhood) I reckon the homunculus are very effective enemy's that always felt like they were on the move, as well as their master. And Scar, even though going in and out, left you asking which parts he did right.

Time to point out what's wrong with the List of 8! Woo-hoo! I always enjoy doing this...

And while a number of obvious errors have already been pointed out, I'll go ahead and point out that Kid Buu was the best villain from DBZ (assuming the cut-off for the series is prior to Battle of the Gods).

Cell was a pompous, unlikable prick. Too much Frieza in him, as it made him way too overconfident and braggadocios. No one likes such an egotistical dingus.

Kid Buu, on the other hand, is like honey badger: he gives no fucks. He fights with the uncontrollable, ultimate power of ADHD! Knowing full well that Goku and Vegeta can't do anything to stop him, he just takes a nap in the middle of the fight. He tanks all your best shots then beats the piss out of you, all while laughing his ass off at how futile your attempts to fight back are.

Not to mention that Kid Buu is the only villain that the heroes had to cheat in order to defeat...using the Dragon Balls mid-fight to give Goku a full-life heal. Without that, Kid Buu would have stuffed that Spirit Bomb right back down Goku's throat. :P

Nazulu:
Again with Cowboy Bebop!? The fuck heads name is Vicious. VICIOUS!! It's so stupid and there isn't anything to the guy.
I much prefer that weird immortal assassin thing compared to that tosser.

Indeed, Pierrot le Fou was the best villain from that series.

With such a diverse pool to choose only 8 from, disputes are inevitable as the sun rising. Sadly, not everyone has watched all the Gundam series' ever and would not be familiar with all the Char expies in the history of man.

Still a Cell fan though. If he hadn't turned his bid for universal domination into a televised tournament, we would never have been introduced to the character of Hercule 'Mark' Satan. And that would have been a pity.

Lunncal:
Wow, "Zechs Merquise" over Char, really?

Really?

Reeeaaaaallllllyyyy?

I think even you know that was the wrong choice. I'm not mad, just disappointed.

Kinda funny when you consider Zechs, on a basic level, is MSG Char, Quatro, and CCA Char condensed into one series.

Lunncal:
Wow, "Zechs Merquise" over Char, really?

Really?

Reeeaaaaallllllyyyy?

I think even you know that was the wrong choice. I'm not mad, just disappointed.

While I wouldn't have picked Zechs when there are plenty of other choices from Gundam (even from Wing I'd rather pick Treize, that classy bastard), but Char has never interested me that much. Maybe because Zeta was the first UC series I watched and Char was just... around... not doing much. I'd almost say Full Frontal makes a better Char than Char.

Also, Zechs has Brian Drummond ("FOOOOOOOLS!"). And Tallgeese & Epyon > anything Char ever piloted.

The only ones on this list I agree with are Cell and King Bradley/Wrath.

GundamSentinel:

Lunncal:
Wow, "Zechs Merquise" over Char, really?

Really?

Reeeaaaaallllllyyyy?

I think even you know that was the wrong choice. I'm not mad, just disappointed.

While I wouldn't have picked Zechs when there are plenty of other choices from Gundam (even from Wing I'd rather pick Treize, that classy bastard), but Char has never interested me that much. Maybe because Zeta was the first UC series I watched and Char was just... around... not doing much. I'd almost say Full Frontal makes a better Char than Char.

Also, Zechs has Brian Drummond ("FOOOOOOOLS!"). And Tallgeese & Epyon > anything Char ever piloted.

One: Haman Karn. Know her. Fear her.

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Two: Sazabi would royally screw Epyon. In today's lesson, we learn why lacking a ranged weapon is truly unfortunate in the Gundam universe. Zero System and Newtype cancel each other out.

I nominate Attack on Titan's least explored but best antagonist,:

tippy2k2:
his thread is five freaking years old now and I STILL remember it strictly because of that bitch. How in the hell could anyone watch that show and go "You know, I like you Medusa" is beyond me...

That's easy, with a knife ready behind her back just before adding "but you're kind of a shithead".

monkeymangler:

One: Haman Karn. Know her. Fear her.

Agreed, except she wasn't really likeable to me as a character, which I think was the point of the article.

Two: Sazabi would royally screw Epyon. In today's lesson, we learn why lacking a ranged weapon is truly unfortunate in the Gundam universe. Zero System and Newtype cancel each other out.

Pfft, Epyon was pretty good at proving the exact opposite. Can't kill what you can't hit. And from what evidence the animation gives, it seems gundanium can take a lot more punishment than gundarium. The Gundams are pretty much indestructible. Not to mention having wayyyy better plot armor.

But I was talking more design-wise than fighting capability. I don't like designs with the same disease SEED Destiny had: add more guns everywhere, cuz cool. I liked the simpler designs of Wing and I'm glad Unicorn went back back to that.

GundamSentinel:

Lunncal:
Wow, "Zechs Merquise" over Char, really?

Really?

Reeeaaaaallllllyyyy?

I think even you know that was the wrong choice. I'm not mad, just disappointed.

While I wouldn't have picked Zechs when there are plenty of other choices from Gundam (even from Wing I'd rather pick Treize, that classy bastard), but Char has never interested me that much. Maybe because Zeta was the first UC series I watched and Char was just... around... not doing much. I'd almost say Full Frontal makes a better Char than Char.

Also, Zechs has Brian Drummond ("FOOOOOOOLS!"). And Tallgeese & Epyon > anything Char ever piloted.

Treize would 100% be my choice, knowing the exact number of people who have died in combat, being a skilled fencer and designing some of the strongest suits in the series, he is always so polite and well meaning as well.

monkeymangler:
I agree with you to an extent. There is something dangerously alluring about Medusa and the way she plays with her victims and is always one step ahead of the best, and three steps ahead of everyone else. That said, she gave birth to a child for the sole purpose of experimenting and torturing it. She is a world class narcissistic sociopath.

She has the ability to make the audience focus on her because of how interesting she is, a trait normally reserved for heroes. So I can see both sides.

Pretty much agreed. I find it hard to classify Medusa as anything but an absolute monster. Certainly no "but she's got a nice side really".

Also I also find it hard to believe that literally NONE of the antagonist Jaegers of Akame Ga Kill are in this. The entire focus of the series is that all of the characters involved very much have multiple sides to them and its not all black and white morality. Lets review:

- Bols. An enormous and truly terrifying man to behold. Also incredibly shy, a wonderful family man with a wife and a young daughter; both of whom he loves very much. Kind and caring to his allies. Good cook. Goes around incinerating entire villages with his flamethrower on the order of the government; for which he is absolutely wracked with guilt over burning alive people whom he thinks are innocent but does it anyway for the sake of his family.

- Kurome. Quite childish. Likes snacks. Her abilities let her effectively bind and summon up the dead as corpse puppets. Displays quite a bit of affection to her puppets and her allies (to the point of binding her allies when they die so they can be together forever). Ruthless in battle. Child soldier brought up in an extremely vicious environment whereby she'd have been killed if she'd fallen behind her fellow assassin trainees.

- Run. Polite and gentle. Caring and protective of allies. Vicious against enemies. Subversive and manipulative, good at intelligence work.

- Seryu. Incredibly strong sense of justice and right; which manifests itself as an absolute belief in black and white morality. Fanatical patriot. Violent, possibly psychopathic. Convinced that any means justify the ends of destroying evil. Extremely eager to help out friends and people in need, selflessly putting herself out to help "good" people. Essentially very immature.

- Wave. Fairly easy-going and personable. Sympathetic to other people. Noble, protective, dutiful to his country. Frankly is almost a direct parallel to the main protagonist (going so far as to have practically the same special ability later on); albeit on the other side. Pretty sure this was a deliberate decision.

- Dr. Stylish. Perhaps the only true "monster" in the Jaegers. Utterly remorseless, self-serving scientist; obsessed with his human experimentation. Cares absolutely nothing for the pain and suffering he inflicts in the course of his work.

- Esdeath. Sadist who has zero qualms about killing innocents or slaughtering prisoners. Bloodthirsty, violent and vicious as a result of her upbringing and her father's philosophy that the weak should die and the strong should live. Also greatly cares for her subordinates and those who submit to her authority. Has great respect for opponents that can match her. Incredibly charismatic and inspiring and a good, intelligent leader; unwilling to waste lives. Also something of a hopeless romantic.

 

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