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Translations: Gintama 507 (2)
Akainu (One Piece)
Hisoka (Hunter X Hunter)
Johan Liebert (Monster)
Light Yagami (Death Note)
Akainu here! Not to forget the big scar he made on the protagonist, none of the others did that!
Since when is most hated villain=best villain?Correct me if I'm wrong,but that would be pretty plain and simple writing.
Giving a villain likeable traits and still making him work as such.That is a challenge and makes for an interesting character.Moreover,a villain is still a human being,so making him pure evil would not make sense.A villain has to make you think about his goals and the protagnoist's goals.There's never only one single truth and a good villain has to trigger some kind of conflict,which is the only way to learn.Thus,it's not only whom you hate the most,but who developes the story,influences the characters and is even believable as a character.Only because you have evil aims does not mean you can't be funny,adorable,perverted or charismatic.
As for Akainu.From his point of view,everything he did was in the name of justice.In his eyes,he killed one of the strongest criminals and erased a bunch of rebels who endangered peace.For me,that sounds perfectly reasonable.However,as we read this manga from a pirat's point of view and we grew attached to the characters,we doom him a villain,even though he might just be a good antagonist.That's why I said that we have to know a little more about him in order to judge him fairly.
What is the definition of villain?
From a different point of view, Light would be the good guy, since he achieved, with questionable means, an enourmous feat:
he was able to make his world a better place, where criminality diminuished by ( if I remember correctly ) 90%. He didn't kill for his own gain, he killed for a better world. He became corrupted by his absolute power, and that was his downfall, yet one can sympathise with him, since he shouldered a responsibility so great all alone. No wonder he went mad.
Hisoka is imho not even a villain, he isn't evil, he doesn't want to destroy the world or such, he only wants to fight and kill the ones that catch his eye, at the point where he helps them if they're on a bind, like with Kuroro, and now with Gon. He is a bad guy, but by no means a great villain simply because imho he isn't even conceived as one:
he is a wild card, and does as he pleases.
Akainu on the other hand is ruthless on a level that his justice can't justify him:
he killed Ace, and that is were his justice ends. He didn't had any problem killing marines because they didn't want to die, you don't see Kizaru or Aokiji killing marines randomly, they fight against pirates because that's their job. Akainu on the other hand simply killed anyone that stood in his way of thinking. You don't see ppl hating Aokiji even if he almost killed all the crew, as well as many pirates in the war. Nor one hates Kizaru, when he did pretty much the same.
Akainu is here because of Ace really. I'd say the bigger villain in the One Piece world is Blackbeard. So Akainu doesn't get my vote.
Johan I have no idea about him.
Light is a good choice.
Hisoka not so much because he hasn't really been villainlike to Gon and Co in a while.
Tobi is another good choice since he is the major cause of grief in Naruto.
I'll vote for Light since he is a tragic Villain but evil where it counted.
I think Tobi is the worst choice, he already got owned by more than one character and is really pathetic... The only one I think doesn't deserves to be there.
Yup, Akainu is, based on what we know this far, quite simple. Nothing compared to likes of Griffith and Johan. Or even Light.
but why is light yagami a villain? he was the main character,although he killed people... as villain I'd say L,mello or near,but light wasn't really bad,he had his idea of justice.
In this case the lead character was the villain himself. I really honestly can't force myself tp think L or Near as villains. Mello maybe if I try really hard. If we go down that road, then that'd make Matsuda a villain too, and a horrible backstabber on top of that. The term villain includes a certain degree of evilness. The term antagonist describes L and Co. better. He just represents opposition against Lights goals.
Light was evil, and thus villain. Maybe not at first, but he certainly developed into one. He took justice in his own hands. And then got drunk of his power, and started to use Death Note solely for his own goals. As I have said before, being a villain still doesn't mean that the character would be hateable and unlikeable by default.
Edit: I'm so slow. Google was faster.
Agreed. In front of Griffith, almost every villain of every manga is an inoffensive, cute bunny.
And is true that Akainu is quite linear as a character, and that makes him a good villain, simply because I can consider him as one, while I don't consider not Light nor Hisoka villains. Tobi is a joke, and having never read Monster its not like I can judge a chara on his name
Last edited by Uchiha_Blood; January 15, 2012 at 05:20 PM.
And I also agree about Griffith.
Griffith is easily the best villain out there, but out of these choices Light is certainly the best in terms of his ideals and psychotic development, his cunning ways of executing his plans, his evil aura as a person, the facial expressions, the psychological aspect and the suffering and pain that he caused so many, not to mention mass killings fit perfectly for a villain.