Non-Anime fans who haven’t watched a single Anime believe characters are cute like this:
But in reality, there are Anime shows (and characters) who are dark, gruesome and scary like this:
These are the types of Scary Anime characters who aren’t just scary-looking, but they’re:
And every word you can use to describe what makes an Anime character terrifying.
So, let’s get straight to it then shall we?
11 Scary Anime Characters:
1. Barragan Luisenbarn (Bleach)
At first sight he doesn’t seem that bad, right?
I mean, he’s just an old man waving around a big axe with a smug look on his face.
That’s true, but what you don’t know is – Barragan has the ability of Senescence. Which means he’s able to age anything he touches.
An example – if his hand touched your arm in his first form, your arm would age, grow old and break.
Imagine what that would do if he touched your eyes or your throat!
And the scariest part about Barragan is his ultimate form….
In this form, anything Barragan touches will rot and disappear in a matter of seconds. Making him a scary opponent to face in the world of Anime.
And his new ability – Respira, known as “the breath of death” rots anything it touches until there’s nothing left.
2. Caster (Fate Zero)
Caster is one of the 7 servant classes from Fate Zero.
Not only does he look creepy (see image above), his master is also creepy.
And they both get a kick out of killing, torturing, and murdering people. As if it’s a hobby (which by the way, it is)
Caster by himself is one of the reasons Fate Zero is such a dark/twisted Anime series in a lot of ways.
He’s not someone you’d want to accidentally run into, that’s for sure.
3. Shion Sonozaki (Higurashi)
At first, Shion Sonozaki seems normal, fun, energetic and happy when she’s first introduced.
But then as you start to learn some truths about Shion, things start to get really ugly. And she reveals a terrifying side of her that’s just beyond belief
Without giving you any spoilers, we’ll leave it there for you. But she’s deserving of this list.
You’ll realize that after watching Higurashi: When They Cry.
4. Medusa The Witch (Soul Eater)
Medusa The Witch, real name: Medusa Gorgon is one of the most evil characters from Soul Eater.
And one of the scary things about her is not necessarily how she looks. Or what she says.
But more her personality, characteristics and especially her intelligence.
She uses her high intelligence to her advantage in ways that are both wicked and disheartening.
And on top of that – Medusa doesn’t seem to be scared of anything. Not even death itself.
5. Ryner Lute
Seems like a normal guy, right? With maybe a goofy personality, laid back and chilled….
That’s how he is when Ryner is normal. But he has a dark-side. A curse even. They call it an Alpha Stigma.
When he’s like this, describing Ryner as a demon would be too cute of a word to use.
When his cursed eyes open, he erases everything in his path. Not even a single shred of hair, clothes or body parts are left when he’s finished.
Ryner is easily one of the most powerful Anime characters in his Alpha Stigma form. On top of the most scary.
6. The Millennium Earl (D. Gray Man)
“I am the creator of the Akuma, the Earl of the Millennium! I am the one who will exorcise the filthy “gods”, and with the Akuma lead the world to its end!” – The Earl Of Millennium
The Millennium Earl is the creator of Akuma. A demon-type of creature that possesses humans and then goes about killing other human beings.
In any and every possible. As often as possible.
This is scary for that exact reason. On top of other reasons you’ll witness by watching the Anime: D.Gray Man.
7. Ophelia (Claymore)
Ophelia is ranked 4th out of 50 known Claymore’s from the action Anime with the same name.
She happens to be one of the scariest characters on this list.
Why? Because she enjoys murdering, killing, maiming, torturing and teasing those she kills. Before she kills them.
Imagine Yuno Gasai as a trained warrior with a sword and supernatural abilities.
Well, that’s exactly what Ophelia is like. Except even worse because of her sadistic and wild personality.
8. Diva (Blood+)
The thing with Diva is – she’s pretty, good looking and charming. But that’s what makes Diva such a dangerous, unpredictable and frightening Anime character.
She was raised and treated poorly in a similar way to how Shion Sonozaki was raised.
And that’s what drove Diva to be such an evil character in the Blood+ Anime series.
She’s quite intelligent to top it off as well.
9. Balalaika (Black Lagoon)
Balalaika is a Russian gangster from the gritty action Anime series – Black Lagoon. And a former military soldier.
Everyone calls her fry-face because of the burn marks she has from her face down to her chest.
She’s taller than the average man, and strikes fear into the eyes of those who attempt to challenge her.
The scariest thing about Balalaika is she has no sympathy, empathy or feelings for anyone she dislikes.
And won’t hesitate to destroy a person (along with their family) just to prove her point or let others know she’s not one to mess with.
Even characters like Revy Rebecca are a little on edge when in Balalaika’s presence.
10. Seryu Ubiquitous (Akame Ga Kill)
One minute Seryu Ubiquitous is a happy, jolly, caring girl like the picture above.
And then she’s like this…..
The thing with Seryu Ubiquitous is – she’s only young. In her mid 20’s.
And yet she’s one of the most corrupted Anime characters on this list.
Or even one of the most corrupted characters ever created in Anime.
The empire in Akame Ga Kill brainwashed her and twisted her sense of justice. And throughout the Anime show she’s seen killing people for some of the smallest things.
And what’s worse is – she has no shred of sympathy, empathy, or “anything” for wrong she does.
And that’s what makes Seryu so frightening and worthy of this list.
11. Zanku (Akame Ga Kill)
Zanku is an executioner who’s gone mad and lost his mind. To the point where he claims he’s able to hear the voices of everyone he’s murdered.
And he kills helpless victims for the fun of it.He’s even nicknamed “head hunter Zanku” for good reason.
You have to watch the Anime – Akame Ga Kill to fully understand the craziness behind this character.
And why Zanku deserves to be featured in this list of terrifying Anime characters.
Who would you add to this list?
You might want to read this: 20 Of The Most Dark Anime Series That Will Shock You
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