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08-12-11, 9:50 PM

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so as the title says im am tired of "save the world" crap, i am looking for something with evil protagonist. he doesn't necessarily need to be "evil" just evil from the point of view of the rest of the world would be enough like Death Note( where main kills bad guys and later needs to kill good guys to protect himself form getting caught). i guess animes like Angel Densetsu would count too(the mains good intending actions gets misjudged as evil because of how he looks). DON'T recommend me based on my list, i want to compile a list for anyone looking for something similar.

Introducing Evil-O-Meeter(EOM for short) on a scale of 1 to 10
1 - having good intentions with bad outcome
3 - evil actions here and there
5 - generally evil
10 - super duper end of the world evil



ANIME:
TriGun (EOM 1)
Death Note (EOM 9)
Phantom: Requiem for the Phantom (EOM 9)
Angel Densetsu (EOM 1)
Demon King Daimao (EOM 1)
Akagi (EOM 3)
One Outs(EOM 2 )
Hellsing Ultimate (EOM 6)
Rurouni Kenshin (EOM 2)
Samurai Champloo (EOM 3)
Code geass (EOM 9)
Sands of Destruction (EOM 8)
the magical witch punie (EOM 8)
Desert Punk (EOM 7)
Gankutsuou (EOM 2)
Afro Samurai (EOM 3)
Yondemasu yo, Azazel-san (EOM 4)
Level E (EOM 5)
Umineko no Naku Koro ni (EOM 8)
Cossette no Shouzou (EOM 5)
Shigurui: Death Frenzy (EOM 6)
Golgo 13 (EOM 8)
Ichi the Killer: Episode 0 (EOM 7)
Basilisk (EOM 4)
Higurashi no Naku Koro ni (EOM 9)
Detroit Metal City (EOM 1)
Beelzebub (EOM 3)

MANGA:
Hajimete no Aku (EOM 6)
Code: Breaker (EOM 5)d
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08-12-11, 9:56 PM

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I'm confused on adding Trigun there. He's the very definition of "super good guy".
If you mean how everyone think's he's bad, sure.

You can just throw in Rurouni Kenshin too if that's the case. Especially Trust and Betrayal.

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08-12-11, 9:59 PM

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notsureifsrs said:
I'm confused on adding Trigun there. He's the very definition of "super good guy".
If you mean how everyone think's he's bad, sure.

You can just throw in Rurouni Kenshin too if that's the case. Especially Trust and Betrayal.

Akagi
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Hellsing Ultimate
Samurai Champloo
i dont know kenshin is only the anti hero in trust and betrayal, He kills a few innocent people but he does relise all the crap he has done as being wrong, qhwn i think evil i think of light from death note where he thinks what hes doing is right but in reality hes just a sick and twisted individual,
 
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08-12-11, 10:09 PM

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i know you want anime but Hajimete no Aku manga fits perfect.
the main character Jiro Akuno is an evil scientist working for an organization bent on global domination.
the best way to describe it is like power rangers from the bad guys perspective

also it has the best start of any manga
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08-12-11, 10:21 PM

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longshoremanX said:
notsureifsrs said:
I'm confused on adding Trigun there. He's the very definition of "super good guy".
If you mean how everyone think's he's bad, sure.

You can just throw in Rurouni Kenshin too if that's the case. Especially Trust and Betrayal.

Akagi
One Outs
Hellsing Ultimate
Samurai Champloo
i dont know kenshin is only the anti hero in trust and betrayal, He kills a few innocent people but he does relise all the crap he has done as being wrong, qhwn i think evil i think of light from death note where he thinks what hes doing is right but in reality hes just a sick and twisted individual,

animes like death note is preferred but the anime world is dominated by good guys we will take what ever evil we can scrape up.
 
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08-12-11, 10:26 PM

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ras869 said:
longshoremanX said:
notsureifsrs said:
I'm confused on adding Trigun there. He's the very definition of "super good guy".
If you mean how everyone think's he's bad, sure.

You can just throw in Rurouni Kenshin too if that's the case. Especially Trust and Betrayal.

Akagi
One Outs
Hellsing Ultimate
Samurai Champloo
i dont know kenshin is only the anti hero in trust and betrayal, He kills a few innocent people but he does relise all the crap he has done as being wrong, qhwn i think evil i think of light from death note where he thinks what hes doing is right but in reality hes just a sick and twisted individual,

animes like death note is preferred but the anime world is dominated by good guys we will take what ever evil we can scrape up.
oh well no matter how many times fanboys try to defend it code geass's main charecter is not a good guy, he let sinnocents die and he uses people emotions or just straight up uses them to get his way only to stab them in the back, hes the villain pretty much, theres even a good hero guy in the story that try's to stop him all the time
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08-12-11, 10:39 PM

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Introducing Evil-O-Meeter(EOM for short) on a scale of 1 to 10
1 - having good intentions with bad outcome
3 - evil actions here and there
5 - generally evil
10 - super duper end of the world evil
 
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08-12-11, 10:53 PM

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Hajimete no Aku - i would give a 7 on evil meter cause they just want to rule the world not destroy it

Sands of Destruction- the main character Morte Asherah wants to destroy the world
so ill give it a 8 on the evil meter
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08-13-11, 7:31 AM

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the magical witch punie
At first she looks like a sweet inocent highschool girl but that changes quick.
I's give her an 8
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08-13-11, 10:40 AM

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VintagsRocks said:
the magical witch punie
At first she looks like a sweet inocent highschool girl but that changes quick.
I's give her an 8


with a name like that i wouldn't have ever watched but since you gave it a EOM of 8 i had to check it out, you were right on the mark...lol thank you for the hidden gem
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08-13-11, 1:25 PM

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Sunabouzu
the main is that is kinda mean/evil
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08-13-11, 1:32 PM

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Detroit Metal City might fit the bill with Krauser III
Gankutsuou, if you consider Dantes' level of revenge to be evil.
 
08-13-11, 1:39 PM

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those i saw when i skimmed my list:
Sunabouzu = 4
Higurashi no Naku Koro ni = 6
Afro Samurai = 3
Hellsing = 5
Dai Mahou Touge = 7
Yondemasu yo, Azazel-san = 4
Level E = 5
Umineko no Naku Koro ni = 8
Cossette no Shouzou = 5-6
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08-13-11, 1:58 PM

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Basilisk: Not that it's main characters are any evil, it's just that their only interest lies in killing one another. Certainly though, it is an anime that has none of the "save the world" crap.

Golgo 13: Now this is a must. Golgo 13 is not evil but he's definitely not good either. He's strictly a professional. No sensitivity, no emotions, no drama, no morals, no mercy either. He gets the job done and that's all there is to it.

Ichi the Killer: Episode 0: You might be familiar with it already from the movie. However if you're not... Ichi is one sick, perverted motherfucker. I would not consider him evil either, just insane and sick and on his insanity he doesn't tell innocent from guilty.

Shigurui: If there's one thing I can say for certain about this anime, is that there's not even one shred of goodness in it. All of its characters are bordering evil mentalities if they're not evil outright.
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08-13-11, 2:58 PM

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Desert Punk (EOM 4)
Gankutsuou (EOM 2)
Afro Samurai (EOM 3)
Dai Mahou Touge (EOM 7)
Yondemasu yo, Azazel-san (EOM 4)
Level E (EOM 5)
Umineko no Naku Koro ni (EOM 8)
Cossette no Shouzou (EOM 5)
Shigurui: Death Frenzy (EOM 6)
Golgo 13 (EOM 8)
Ichi the Killer: Episode 0 (EOM 8)
Basilisk (EOM 4)
Higurashi no Naku Koro ni (EOM 9) (this shit made me pee my pants!! EVIL i tell you EVIL!! you cant spell evil with out Higurashi no Naku Koro ni)

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08-14-11, 3:31 PM

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Manga Code: Breaker 5
 
08-14-11, 6:52 PM

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Golgo 13 is my favorite
Also:
Gankutsuou
Shigurui

Cossette is pretty nasty too.

I didn't like Ichi the Killer but he certainly qualifies
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08-24-11, 9:14 PM

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done watching them all, more recommendations are appreciated
 
07-18-12, 11:29 AM

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Bastard! it has only 6 episodes but its a decent anime the main character can aslo be deemed evil/misunderstood

Aiki (manga)
the main character is a bastard in the purest sense of the word i dont know if he is really evil but just check it out and decide for your self
 
07-18-12, 11:34 AM

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Tentai Senshi Sunred

The main character is super sentai member but with anti-hero attitude.
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07-18-12, 3:39 PM

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Spoilers for Code Geass and Death Note below...




Guts is the main protagonist, but Griffith is definitely a main character and another protagonist. So, I'll suggest Berserk be added. Plus, Guts is no Choir Boy himself.

I'd say Guts (3), Griffith (10) for Berserk
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07-18-12, 6:03 PM

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Black Lagoon- A series taking place in the criminal underworld, so trust me when I say they'll be no saving of the world here. It deals with evil in a much more realistic light than in most other anime. As a plus..you get to see a certain character's slow progression into darkness.
 
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No way is Lelouch from CG in any way evil... he is more just misunderstood. I loved Code Geass and Lelouch is the definition of anti-hero and he makes the best decisions possible with the sole exception of ignoring everything else when his idiotic, twisted evil sister Nunally gets in the way, though he does redeem himself of that towards the end. He only ever does things that make sense and never does anything remotely "evil" throughout the entire series. He's a dark hero. I really don't think Lelouch belongs anywhere on this list, though he certainly isn't a conventional hero, which I really like. Conventional heroes make foolish decisions that make no sense and are often incredibly stupid or annoying, especially where anime is concerned. I also dislike Light Yagam from Death Notei because unlike Lelouch, who never intentionally kills innocent people for his own cause, Light seems to delight in murdering people who simply disagree with him. Lelouch actually has a conscience. Light is definitely more of an evil protagonist than anything else I've ever seen. I never finished the anime though since he simply turned out to be too crazy for me so perhaps something is made clear later that changes things, I wouldn't know.
 
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longshoremanX said:
ras869 said:
longshoremanX said:
notsureifsrs said:
I'm confused on adding Trigun there. He's the very definition of "super good guy".
If you mean how everyone think's he's bad, sure.

You can just throw in Rurouni Kenshin too if that's the case. Especially Trust and Betrayal.

Akagi
One Outs
Hellsing Ultimate
Samurai Champloo
i dont know kenshin is only the anti hero in trust and betrayal, He kills a few innocent people but he does relise all the crap he has done as being wrong, qhwn i think evil i think of light from death note where he thinks what hes doing is right but in reality hes just a sick and twisted individual,

animes like death note is preferred but the anime world is dominated by good guys we will take what ever evil we can scrape up.
oh well no matter how many times fanboys try to defend it code geass's main charecter is not a good guy, he let sinnocents die and he uses people emotions or just straight up uses them to get his way only to stab them in the back, hes the villain pretty much, theres even a good hero guy in the story that try's to stop him all the time


Definitely not. Suzaku works for Brittania and makes all sorts of terrible, even evil decisions despite his "heroic" exterior. He is the prime example of what people think a hero ought to be but definitely is not. He even kills millions with the flaya warhead. Though it was not intentional it was his own fault for agreeing to be involved in such a thing and the evil empire that created it. Lelouch makes only good, truly heroic (even if somewhat dark) decisions that make perfect sense and never kills or hurts anybody innocent intentionally. The standard hero like Suzaku is the embodiment of the fake hero that modern stories idolize because he never makes any real moral decisions; he only does things that appear good and avoids doing things that seem evil. He has no purpose but to serve. If you considered Suzaku a hero you did not pay attention. He is the one who truly does all sorts of villainous, foolish things. All Lelouch does is start a necessary war against a tyrant nation that has killed far more innocents than Lelouch could even be capable of. I challenge anybody to point out a situation where Lelouch actually made a moral mistake, with the sole exception of fawning over his idiot, twisted evil sister, Nunally, which was a huge mistake but something he later redeems himself for. I can probably refute it. There is always a good reason for everything Lelouch does, and his deception is necessary. Suzaku even realizes his folly later on, when he joins Lelouch to save the world with deception. Suzaku is the clear anti-villain who attempts to redeem himself later, to anybody who actually pays attention to the show.
 
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