Not every anime villain is the embodiment of pure evil. Some of them were justified in their actions, and if they were less extreme in pursuing their goals, could have ended up as heroes.
While these characters wear the shoes of the villains, their deeds actually had a point.
The following post will have spoilers since some of the villains’ motivations come late in their respective series.
1Shogo Makishima – Psycho-Pass
Shogo Makishima slit a few throats but his terror campaign had a relatable reason at heart. He believed that people should have freedom and not be controlled by an unseen judge like the Sibyl System. In some ways, Shogo was a patriot of democracy who believed firmly in the right to be judged by a jury of your peers and people should live according to their will.
2Every antagonist – Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann
Every single antagonist in Gurren Lagann was justified in their actions, which only escalated as the series progressed.
The Giha chief was correct that living underground keeps humans safe. The Adai chief is right that they don’t have enough food to bring in more people, so he was protecting the lives of his villagers. Lordgenome was right that suppressing humanity would keep them safe from the Anti-Spirals. The Anti-Spirals were justified in their actions because the entire universe is at risk of destruction.
Maybe Kamina, Simon, and crew aren’t all that good?
3Char Aznable – Mobile Suit Gundam
Char is very extreme in his actions, but he does have a point that Earth is no longer habitable and that the Earth Federation is not right in exploiting the space colonies.
Maybe dropping a colony to usher in a nuclear winter to force humanity to flee to space isn’t the proper way to do things, but neither is a drawn out war over resources.
4Satou – Ajin: Demi-Human
Satou is a grayish antagonist. ‘Ajin’ are people with shadow powers and immortality, and regular humans have lived in fear of them. It’s gotten to the point where Ajin are brutally experimented on and are “killed” repeatedly in the name of science.
Satou just wants to use his Ajin powers for fun…which involves waging a war with Japan. However, he uses his bloodlust to push for Ajin rights and humanitarian treatment of the species.
5Caster – Fate/stay night: Unlimited Blade Works
In a world filled with despair, Caster seems like a kitten. She just wanted to spend time with Kazuki, who saved her body from dissipating. In fact, Caster uses a Rule Breaker to kill her first master (her only victim) who was planning on sacrificing children.
Sacrificing as much as possible to spend time with a loved one can double as nobel and selfish (if you are yandere enough).
6Kyubey – Puella Magi Madoka Magica
While the science behind Kyubey’s methods is dubious at best, his kind believes in sacrificing the lives of a handful of girls to prevent the demise of the Earth.
7Gendo Ikari – Neon Genesis Evangelion
Gendo Ikari is crazy, but not 100% evil. While people question if he loves his son Shinji, there is no doubt that Gendo was trying to bring out the Human Instrumentality Project because he thinks it’s humanity’s best chance at survival.
Even though Gendo’s motivation is to reunite with his deceased wife, he still defends Tokyo-3 from attacks.
8Vaccine Man – One Punch Man
He just wanted humans to stop polluting the world, dude. Did they listen? Of course not!
9Yoshikage Kira – JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure: Diamond is Unbreakable
The man just wanted to live a happy life with his hand fetish.
Which anime villains do you think were justified in their actions?