Top 10 Anime Villains with Most Heartbreaking Backstories

Anime has various types of characters, some of them easy to love while some you just can’t help but hate. However, humans are not immune to sympathizing with tragedies. Even the worst villains are sometimes just the product of their past suffering, and finding out the reason behind their evil proves that they were just victims of the same.

Here is a list of the top ten villains with the most tragic villain origin stories ever:

SPOILERS AHEAD! This page contains spoilers from Manga.

10. Isabella (The Promised Neverland)

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Isabella | Source: Fandom

Isabella has gone to frightening lengths to stop the Grace Field children from escaping, going as far as to break an eleven-year-old’s leg.

However, despite coming across as a horrible person, it is revealed that Isabella’s childhood suffered the same fate as the children she is raising. The only way she could survive was to become a “mother” and make sure the children could not escape.

9. Sohma Akito (Fruits Basket)

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Akito is a subject of fear for the entire Sohma family and has abused them mentally and physically, going as far as to attempt murder on multiple occasions.

Forced to grow up as a boy because her mother hated the idea of another female being loved by her father, Akito’s concept of love has been warped and twisted into something grotesque because of all the abuse she suffered at the hands of people who were supposed to love her.

8. Yuno Gasai (Future Diary)

Yuno Gasai | Source: Fandom

The staple yandere, Yuno Gasai’s behavior, is a product of the history of severe abuse as a child. Facing financial issues, her parents locked her away in a cage and starved her.

Yuno finally broke and locked her parents away. However, she forgot to feed them, which led to their death. Yuno kept pretending they were alive, and her desperate circumstances led to her obsession with Yukiteru.

7. Johan Liebert (Monster)

Johan Liebert | Source: IMDb

Serial killer Johan Liebert and his sister were the products of eugenics experiments, which is already the start of a tragedy. However, his mother gave up his sister to suffer further experimentation.

Liebert was haunted by this moment as he didn’t know if her mother intended it to be him or his sister. Things could’ve turned out differently if the doctors hadn’t treated Johan like a lab rat.

6. Keyaru (Redo of the Healer)

Keyaru | Source: Fandom

Brace yourself for the worst kind of past that will lead anyone down the path of villainy. After being betrayed, drugged, enslaved, tortured, beaten, and assaulted by multiple people and losing his loved ones, Keyaru lost all of his humanity.

He turned vindictive and manipulative and became a misanthropic assaulter and a cold-blooded psychopath. He did whatever it took to achieve vengeance on anyone who had done him wrong.

5. Koro-Sensei (Assassination Classroom)

Koro-Sensei | Source: Fandom

When he was a human, Koro-sensei learned that there were only three things you could really count on skill, money, and death, so he became an assassin.

He took in an apprentice, but he was betrayed and captured to be experimented on, where he met Aguri and befriended her. The first person he cared for died trying to save him from getting killed, and he ended up becoming a monster anyway.

4. Zeref Dragneel (Fairy Tail)

Zeref Dragneel | Source: Fandom

Zeref, the wielder of Black Magic, is considered the most evil mage of Fairy Tail. Every misfortune in the world is traced back to his existence, but when we finally see him, he seems more sad than evil.

Zeref learned all he could about magic to bring his little brother, Natsu, back to life. However, he ended up getting cursed. The curse made him the harbinger of death and destruction everywhere he went, against his will.

3. Gyutaro and Daki (Demon Slayer)

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Gyutaro and Daki | Source: Fandom

Gyutaro and Daki were abandoned by their mother and grew up in poverty. Others constantly harassed and bullied Gyutaro for his appearance and lack of hygiene, which was out of his control.

With no roof over their head or food to stay alive, Gyutaro had to resort to any means necessary to keep himself and his sister alive. However, Gyutaro found Daki burnt to death and lost himself to the darkness, taking her with him.

2. Uchiha Obito (Naruto)

Uchiha Obito | Source: Fandom

When half of Obito’s body gets crushed under a rock during a mission, he is rescued by Madara, who devises a horrifying plan to turn Obito to his side. Implanting a tailed beast in Rin, Madara makes it seem like she gets killed by Kakashi.

However, Obito doesn’t realize Madara manipulated the situation. He witnesses the death of the girl he liked at the hands of his best friend, which shatters Obito’s idealism, leading him to hold reality itself in bitter contempt, playing right into Madara’s hand.

1. Shigaraki Tomura (My Hero Academia)

Shigaraki Tomura | Source: Fandom

Shigaraki’s life has just been a series of deliberately orchestrated tragic events to make him a vessel fueled with pure hatred. Shigaraki’s relationship with his father was a strained one, where he was subjected to physical abuse and contempt.

However, his trauma stems from accidentally murdering his entire family because of a quirk that was forced on him without his knowledge. The ability to destroy everything he touches isolates him and forces him into villainy.

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