10 Anime Villains Who Defied Orders (And Regretted It)

10 Anime Villains Who Defied Orders (And Regretted It)

Anime villains usually don’t have a high probability of success. Very few shonen villains succeed in their plan, at least not for long. Often, a protagonist will thwart their plan using a combination of plot armor, deus ex machina, and last-minute power-ups. There can be an even stronger sense of poetic justice when a villain’s own actions lead to their downfall.

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Many villains are faced with the impossible choice of defying and following orders: in the case of most shonen anime, they are doomed either way. These villains chose to defy direct orders or missions and found out the hard way that sometimes it’s better to be a follower and not a leader.

10/10 Team Rocket’s obsession with Pikachu causes them to miss out


Team Rocket blasts off again in Pokemon.

Pokemons Team Rocket is one of the most iconic groups of villains in anime history. Team Rocket is also the perfect example of an incompetent villain. Especially in Pokemons earliest episodes, Jessie, James, and Meowth couldn’t complete a villainous plan if their lives depended on it.

Their orders were originally to capture strong and valuable Pokémon, which led to Team Rocket hatching some pretty ingenious plans. Their problem was that they were so intent on catching Pikachu and chasing Ash around with almost reckless abandon that they missed many opportunities to catch some pretty powerful and valuable Pokémon.

9/10 Solf J. Kimblee moved into the field of deficient violence

Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood

Kimblee holds his hat in Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood.

Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood featured the villain Solf J. Kimblee, aka the Crimson Lotus Alchemist. Kimblee’s thirst for violence made him a force on the battlefield and allowed him to commit heinous atrocities during the Ishvalan War of Extinction.

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Ultimately, Kimblee is defeated, betrayed, and consumed by the homunculus Pride. Kimblee is able to maintain consciousness and help thwart Pride’s plans from the inside. While he may not have regretted betraying the Pride and ending his own existence, he may have regretted not following the code and ethics established by the State Alchemists and aligning himself with such a hypocritical group in the first place.

8/10 Majin Buu had power but no direction

Dragon Ball Z

Majin Buu (Babidi Absorbed) from Dragon Ball Heroes.

Dragon Ball Z’s Majin Buu is a force of nature as old as the universe (possibly older). With Majin Buu’s multitude of powers, transformations, and invulnerability to most attacks, he was a foe to be reckoned with.

If Buu had been loyal to Babidi, things could have been drastically different. Buu was one of Dragon Ball Z’s most powerful antagonists, but one thing he was terrible at was planning. Unfortunately for both Babidi and Buu, Buu’s betrayal and killing of Babidi meant that Buu was without a strong strategist, and he was eventually defeated by Goku and the Z Fighters.

7/10 Black Zetsu should have shown more loyalty to Madara

Naruto Shippuden

Madara betrayed by Black Zetsu in Naruto Shippuden.

Naruto Shippuden’s Black Zetsu was one of the more mysterious and ugly characters towards the end of the series. Ultimately, his changing role made Black Zetsu a different villain, especially his betrayal of Madara.

Madara had proven to be virtually unstoppable to the combined Shinobi forces. And yet Black Zetsu decided to go against Madara’s plan and betray him to revive Kaguya Otsutsuki. If Black Zetsu had found a way to use Obito instead of Madara, he would have been a much more formidable complement to Kaguya and the allied forces would have had very little chance.

6/10 Gabi angered the entire Survey Corps

Attack on Titan

Gabi Braun in Attack On Titan.

Attack on Titans Gabi Braun is an Eldian who lived in Liberio’s detention zone and was eager to prove her loyalty to Marley and become a soldier. This desire leads her to disobey orders, sneak onto an Eldean airship in pursuit of the Survey Corps, and in a moment of supposed peace, fatally shoot Corps member Sasha Braus. Sasha’s death fuels the Survey Corps and drives characters like Connie and Jean to hold strong grudges.

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As Gabi spends more time outside of Marley with other elders and begins to understand the complex relationship between the two countries, she becomes less concerned with her prejudices. However, her actions cannot be undone at this point, and she must live with the guilt of being responsible for the death of one of the Survey Corps’ more beloved and outgoing members.

5/10 Sensui should have continued down the Spirit Detective Path

Yu Yu Hakusho

Sensui Seven in Yu Yu Hakusho.

Yu Yu Hakusho’s Shinobu Sensui is Yusuke’s predecessor and a former spirit detective who operated with a strong sense of justice. He believed in a black and white moral code where humans were good and demons were bad. Witnessing a group of people torturing demons challenges his understanding of the world and causes him to turn and slaughter all the people involved. His inability to cope with this shift in worldview and his own sins cause his personality to splinter.

Ultimately, if Sensui had continued as a spirit detective and not acted rashly, he might have been able to seek mental health services or form a more nuanced opinion of good and evil. Sensui’s journey to find justice for demons has misguided but noble intentions. Yet his ultimate thwarting at the hands of the part-demon Yusuke Urameshi serves as a counter-evidence to his staunch ideals.

4/10 Mifune should have killed Black Star when he had the chance

Soul Eater

Mifune in Soul Eater.

Soul Eater’s The “God of the Sword”, Mifune, is not necessarily evil. Mifune’s primary goal throughout is to guard the young witch Angela, and bring him to the side of Arachne and the villains.

In one of Mifune’s altercations with Black Star, Mifune has the opportunity to kill him and is ordered by the villainous Mosquito. Nevertheless, he chooses to spare him because he admires the young warrior. In turn, Black Star trains harder, and in their final battle, Blackstar finally defeats Mifune. In the anime, Mifune survives and is allowed to become a teacher at the academy. But in the manga, Mifune is mortally wounded and dies. Viewers can’t help but think that Mifune may have regretted letting the young upstart survive in their previous encounters.

3/10 Rolo could have killed Lelouch and avoided the bloodshed to come

Code Geass

Rolo realizes that he means nothing to Lelouch in Code Geass.

Code Geass’ Rolo Lamperouge was a trained assassin who was ordered to pretend to be a memory-wiped Lelouch Lamperouge’s younger brother. Although he was ordered to kill Lelouch if he ever recovered his memories, Rolo began to revere Lelouch.

In the end, Rolo sides with Lelouch and becomes a fierce protector of his false brother. Rolo’s death could have been avoided if he had just killed Lelouch as instructed. Instead, by letting Lelouch live, he seals his own fate and the fate of many others who would perish in Lelouch’s conquest to change the world.

2/10 Mikami should have stuck to his orders and routines

Death note

Mikami writes in Death Note in Death Note.

Death note is a unique anime in that the villain of the series is the protagonist Light Yagami. Light eventually enlists more people to help him carry out his plan. Unfortunately for him, one of these followers, Teru Mikami, deviates from Lights orders at a crucial moment.

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When Mikami deviates from her rigid routine to kill their ally, Kiyomi, before she can give away their secrets, this allows Mello and Near to find the death note and replace it with a fake copy. This becomes crucial in the final episodes of the series, as Light and Mikami mistakenly use the fake copy in an attempt to execute Near and the rest of their enemies and inadvertently reveal their identities, thus ending Kira’s reign.

1/10 Gin should never have betrayed Soul Society


Gin Ichimaru in Bleach.

Bleach’s Gin Ichimaru serves as the right hand of the powerful enemy and former Soul Society captain Aizen. When Gin betrays Soul Society and joins Aizen’s faction, Bleach viewers assume Gin is evil. Little did many in Soul Society know that Gin had planned to betray his leader to get revenge for his childhood friend, Rangiku.

Gin had ample opportunity to communicate his intentions with those in Soul Society before leaving with Aizen. He might have been more successful if he had coordinated his betrayal with a larger operation instead of attempting to defeat Aizen alone. Ultimately, by betraying both Soul Society and Aizen and operating on his own, he was killed without achieving his goal.

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