The Best Anti-Villain Anime Characters With Heroic Goals:
Anti-Villain Anime Characters are the opposite of an anti-hero.
They are villains with heroic goals, personality traits, and/or virtues.
Their desired ends are mostly good, but their means of getting there are evil.
Alternatively, their desired ends are evil, but they are far more ethical or moral than most villains and they thus use fairly benign means to achieve it, and can be heroic on occasion.
They could also be someone or something whose desired ends or means are not necessarily “evil” at all, but their actions simply conflict with that of whoever seems to be the protagonist.
Lets Countdown our Anti-Villain Anime Characters:
10. Android 16 (Dragon Ball Z)
“You two made too much noise. You scared the birds away.”
In Dragon Ball Z’s defense, 16 was quite a unique and interesting character that many forget when remembering the great ones.
Unlike the other cyborgs… I mean “androids”, 16 is 100% mechanical and has no human blood or DNA inside him.
His personality is almost like a ruthless learning child who only has one goal and will stop at nothing to achieve it: kills Son Goku!
What makes this character interesting though isn’t how he changes his goal as time goes on, but what he discovers himself during the journey to find Goku.
9. Harumi Kiyama (A Certain Scientific Railgun)
“You don’t understand! I won’t let them repeat that tragedy ever again. And in order to ensure that, I’ll do whatever it takes.”
She is the primary antagonist of the first story-line and becomes a supporting character in the second story-line of the anime adaptation.
Although she is kind and considerate in people in general, she is fiercely loyal to her students, willing to make Academy City her enemy, make use of weak, as well as will cause destructive Poltergeist phenomena for their sake.
8. Greed (Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood)
“The name’s Greed, and I want to be your friend.”
Whilst Kiyama is the main antagonist of the first story arc, she’s one of the only ones in the series that has a genuinely noble goal, and she takes great care in trying to cause as little harm as possible to the victims of the Level Upper.
After being defeated by Mikoto and taken to jail, she comes back in the anime-exclusive Poltergeist arc, where her pupils are freed from their comas and she finally gets her happy ending in one of the most heartwarming moments in the show.