Anti-heroes are characters (not just within anime) that aspire to do good things … just not in a good way. These sorts of characters tend to be my favourite.
- Itachi Uchiha – Naruto/ Naruto Shippuden
Itachi is a pacifist, but will do anything to defend and protect Konoha – including wiping out his whole family (except Sasuke) to prevent a war from happening. He joins the Akatsuki, an evil organisation, as a secret spy for Konoha. When he’s resurrected through the reanimation jutsu, he ends up saving everyone. He’s my top favourite anti-hero due to the fact that he gave up everything, including his own morals, to protect the village he loves.
2- Lelouch Lamperouge/ Vi Britannia – Code Geass
Lelouch is a very interesting character. He’s doing a good thing by starting a rebellion, but this just causes several people to die. He even goes as far as killing his siblings to achieve his goal. He becomes this evil person and ends up being hated by everyone… but ends up bringing the world peace by doing so.
3- Alucard Hellsing – Hellsing
The protagonist of the Hellsing series is a very questionable character, gleefully following the orders of Integra Hellsing to hunt Vampires. Killing his own kind with a loathsome manner, including himself upon his disgust but doesn’t hate the idea immortality (Alucard sees immortality as something that must be earned despite his position with it). He has a large affinity for mortals especially praising the braver one’s such Seras whom he happily awards immortality for facing monsters at her own demise. Despite his distant and psychotic personality Alucard can also show affection, as he does for Integra and Seras throughout the series.
4. Light Yagami – Death Note
Light Yagami, a bored 17-year-old, discovers a Death Note one day… what does he decide to do? Kill all the criminals in the world. While overall this is a good thing to do, but it’s not exactly executed in the best way possible. Why not just leave the criminals up to the police to catch? Light isn’t exactly a villain, but he’s not exactly a hero. Whether you see him as good or bad really depends what side you pick, Team L or Team Kira? Either side shines his character in a different light (pun not intended… I think)
5. Lucy – Elfen Lied
Her character doesn’t exactly scream evil does it? Especially when she’s Nyu, a very innocent version of herself. She’s not exactly killing for fun, and has a reason behind it. Like when she escapes in the first episode.
6. Greed/Ling Yao – Fullmetal Alchemist Brotherhood
Technically Greed is bad, but in the end he ends up doing the right thing by turning his back on Father. This version of Greed is my favourite, mainly because he’s a hotter version of Ling (I don’t know why) and he’s a lot more awesome compared to the first Greed who only had a small fraction of screen time.
7. Hei – Darker Than Black
I say he’s my Itachi 3.0, does this explain enough? He’s a contractor and kills a few people along the way. Working for the syndicate he works to keep the normal humans as oblivious to the treachery as he can, what seperates him from the rest? He isn’t a mindless assassin doing it for the money. Hei actually has an affinity for his comrades especially the renowned Doll Yin, who supports his team. Hei only kills where he sees fit in some regards despite his ruthless tactics on the job. No one else would kill and destroy a secret organisation not only to find his sister but to protect innocent people too.
8. Monkey D. Luffy – One Piece
The always hungry and over eccentric pirate, Luffy, leaves everyone (yes even the viewers) shocked and startled by his disregard for safety going so far as to test death by looking it in the eyes and laughing along the way. Generally seen as the good guy, he’s still bad enough to be wanted by the navy for huge sums of increasing money every time he escapes them, “stretching” the lines between good and bad.
9. Ken Kaneki – Tokyo Ghoul
Kaneki is very innocent in the beginning, refusing to eat humans to live. This all changes when he’s tortured and that’s when he turns into less of a hero. He eats his own kind, and eats humans without a second thought. He joins Aogiri and ditches Anteiku with one objective; to get stronger so he can protect his friends.
10. Akuto Sai – Demon King Daimao
An unfortunate orphan raised as a Christian wants to become high priest to do good by everyone, but finds himself as the new demon king. He insists on pacifism and helping everyone but when it comes down to it he accepts his title and performs questionable morals to achieve the good he’s so set on.
What are some of your top favourite anti-heroes? Are there any I missed out? Leave a comment below!