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If you picture any super villain or evil mastermind, they all have a unique laugh. Be it truly malicious, annoyingly high pitched, completely insane or even a perfectly timed sinister chuckle of amusement, an evil laugh is key to capturing the entire essence of its user and set the scene for things to come.
Out of all the numerous evil laughter in anime, there have stood a select few that can stir the strongest of emotions within us, be it either fear, anger or perhaps, even a bit of our own evil excitement alongside them. Regardless if you wish to see a true villain or just need to help you get your own evil laugh down, we at Honey’s Anime, bring you the Top 10 Evil Laughs in Anime;
10. Diva from Blood+
- Episodes: 50
- Aired: Oct 2005 to Sept 2006
Sinking its fangs into 10th place, we have Blood+. Blood+ revolves around Saya Otonashi an anemic but otherwise ordinary high school girl who one day is attacked by a giant bat-like monster with vampiric tendencies called a chiropteran. After being forced to drink blood from a mysterious, knife-wielding man named Haji, Saya discovers she is the only person on the planet capable of permanently killing the chiropteran, by using her own blood as a weapon. Soon Saya is drawn into a dark and monster filled world that can only be stopped by her. But will she succeed against the legions of monsters and its horrible queen?
The 10th most evil laugh belongs to the childlike but terrifying Diva, queen of the chiropteran. With her young appearance, child-like mentality, a curiosity of the world and love for anything cute, Diva would seem like a questionable choice for having an evil laugh... That is until you actually hear her laughter. Once Diva’s laugh is heard, the viewers understand immediately, that despite her childlike tone, Diva is a deeply unhinged monster who would brutally torture a man as if she were playing a game of hide and seek. What makes her laugh so truly evil is the fact she honestly doesn’t see anything wrong with what she does. Viewers beware... if you hear her sweet and childlike laughter, screams will soon follow.
9. Hidan from Naruto Shippuden
- Episodes: 467+
- Aired: Feb 2007 – Ongoing
Naruto Shippuden is the ongoing sequel to Naruto. Like the first season, Naruto Shippuden follows the story of Naruto Uzumaki, a clumsy yet powerful and charming ninja, who after 2 years of training has returned home to the Hidden Leaf village, in order to protect his friends and find his missing friend Sasuke Uchiha. Unfortunately, Naruto is also being hunted down by the Akatsuki, a group of powerful and very dangerous renegade ninjas. The story mainly follows Naruto’s adventures against the Akatsuki and his attempt to halt their plan to take control of all the “Tailed Beasts” in order to dominate the world, including the one sealed inside Naruto!
At the top of evil laughs in the Naruto Shippuden world, Haden from the Akatsuki takes the trophy. Haden loves nothing more than inflicting pain upon others and reveling in the slaughter of those around him. In fact, Haden is also a masochist, choosing to conduct a curse that allows both him and his victim to feel the same pain they inflict upon each other. It is here, Haden unleashes his torrent of vile and pain filled laughter, as he watches his victims scream in agony while he tortures them slowly. His laugh is truly one that represents someone who revels in evil.
8. Dark Wizard Wagnard from Record of Lodoss War: Chronicles of the Heroic Knight
- Episodes: 27
- Aired: Apr 1998 to Sept 1998
Record of Lodoss War: Chronicles of the Heroic Knight is done in the style of an old school RPG. For the first half of the series, we follow Parn, a “free” knight, who travels the world helping others while in the second half we watch Spark, a knight-in-training, as he gathers comrades in order to protect Neese, the priestess of Marfa, from the evil wizard Wagnard and his evil scheme to destroy the world.
With legions of goblins, ogres, dark elves and undead beings at his command, Wagnard has little need for human companionship or even basic acceptance of life. In fact, Wagnard has such a distaste for all living things, he wishes to see nothing but death in the world, ending all life and laughing maniacally while doing it. Speaking of laughter, Wagnard’s laughter is straight out of the evil requirements handbook. With his patented trademark laugh of the “Mua Ha Ha Ha” variety, he likes to have himself known to his foes before they even lay eyes on him.
Wagnard seems to enjoy saving his laughs until the opportune moment, be it to suddenly appear out of nowhere and kidnap the innocent maiden or laugh evilly as he explains his evil schemes to his rivals. But one thing is for sure, whether you are new to the villainous genre or a bad guy veteran, Wagnard’s laugh will strike you as evil beyond measure.
7. The Golden Witch, Beatrice from Umineko no Naku Koro ni (Umineko When They Cry)
- Episodes: 26
- Aired: Jul 2009 to Dec 2009
Umineko no Naku Koro ni is the story of a group of rich (and fairly snobbish) family members who meet together for their annual reunion. The head of the family, Kinzo Ushiromiya, is nearing death and the rest of the family have come to see who shall gain all his inheritance. Unfortunately, a mysterious letter appears, which claims that the people of the island must find the secret treasure of the Golden Witch, or else they will all die. Soon, people begin to disappear, one by one, only to later be found brutally murdered inside inaccessible rooms. But who is killing everyone? Is it really Beatrice, the fabled Golden Witch? Or is it just crazy superstition?
The Golden Witch, Beatrice is an interesting villain. While watching the show, the viewers are unsure if she is truly a witch or a normal lady, or perhaps if she is even real, to begin with. Regardless of which is true, she can still give goosebumps, with her sinister giggles which slowly cascades into a full-blown cackling laughter. In her laughter, the viewers can see how much she truly enjoys toying with others and feels nothing but delight in their sufferings. Because of this, her iconic “witch” laugh lands her on the list.
6. Gaara of the Sand from Naruto
- Episodes: 220
- Aired: Oct 2002 to Feb 2007
Kicking sand into the eyes of Hidan from # 9 of this list, we have Gaara of the Sand placing at sixth. Naruto is the story of an outcast ninja named Naruto Uzumaki, who lacks the agility, talent and even intelligence to become a full-fledged ninja. Hated by his entire town, Naruto pledges to become the strongest ninja, with one day becoming the Hokage (leader) of his village. Throughout the series, we watch Naruto grow not only as a ninja but as a person, making friends through each obstacle and slowly growing accepted by a world that once hated him.
Hated by everyone, Gaara of the Sand decided to hate the world back, choosing to love only himself, and view the rest of the world as pests that should be killed. Through years of fear and being alone, along with the inherited curse of being unable to sleep, Gaara slowly begins to drift towards insanity, finding that the only way to prove he exists is by harming others, and being feared. It is later in this insanity, do we witness Gaara’s first evil laugh; loud, high pitched, psychotic and full of bitter feelings. When Gaara laughs, the viewers instantly understand Gaara’s feelings and know that only evil lies in the laughter of this insane child.
5. "Hollow" Ichigo from Bleach
- Episodes: 366
- Aired: Oct 2004 to Mar 2012
Slicing its way into number 5 on the list, we have "Hollow" Ichigo from Bleach. Bleach tells the story of Ichigo Kurosaki, a high school student with the abilities to see and talk to ghosts. As fate would have it, Ichigo becomes a shinigami and is charged with protecting his town from Hollows, evil spirits that devour souls, That is until Ichigo is drawn deeper into the shinigami’s world, being taken on the adventure of a lifetime.
When it comes to chaos, there are very few who rock it as much as “Hollow” Ichigo. Whether he is wearing his half-mask in the real world or appearing as a black and white version of Ichigo, his character is instantly seen as one of madness and chaos. With his high pitched and shrilled laughter, anyone can see that Hollow Ichigo truly cares for nothing more than causing carnage and seeing his enemies cower in fear over massive and chaotic power. When viewers hear his telltale laugh, they know they are in for a good time.
4. Alucard from Hellsing Ultimate
- Episodes: 10
- Aired: Feb 2006 to Dec 2012
Hellsing Ultimate revolves around two members of the Hellsing organization, Seras Victoria, an ex-police officer who has become a fledgling vampire and Alucard, a powerful, nearly immortal, master vampire. Hellsing Ultimate follows the two as they travel around the UK, killing evil monsters and enemy factions that threaten both Queen and Country, usually dispatching their foes in the most horrendous, blood splattering and truly epic ways.
Alucard is perhaps most famous for being a true anti-hero in the anime world. While he generally “fights for the better good”, viewers have no illusions about his true dark nature. Sadistic, chaotic, and a true lover of battle, Alucard loves nothing more than utterly crushing his foes, breaking both their bodies and their spirits. Almost always wearing his ruby red duster style coat, large fedora hat, and orange tinted glasses with goggle sided framing, Alucard also loves wearing his most sinister smile on his face, no matter the occasion. But all of this fails in comparison to his flourish of menacing and truly psychotic laughter. With each dark laugh forced from his dead lungs, Alucard tells the world that he is truly enjoying himself, and all the chaos that he brings with him.
3. Shion Sonozaki from Higurashi no Naku Koro ni (When They Cry)
- Episodes: 26
- Aired: Apr 2006 to Sept 2006
After ripping our nails out here at Honey’s Anime, we have finally chosen a number 3 for our list of Top Evil Laughs In Anime. Higurashi no Naku Koro ni is the story of several middles school friends; Keiichi Maebara ,Rena Ryuugu, Mion & Shion Sonozaki, Satoko Hojo, and Rika Furude. In each “Story”, a murder or other crime are committed, with one character acting as the main lead for the viewers. Through each segment, the viewer gets to see the bigger picture, discovering what is truly happening in the silent little town of Hinamizawa, eventually discovering that each strange and completely different scene is actually connected to one another, resulting in a truly epic story.
Shion Sonozaki is beautiful, rich , intelligent, and a complete sweet young girl at the start of the series. That is until we learn her true nature. Shion is quite insane. “Grade A crazy” insane. Whether she is either laughing at the misfortune of others caused by her own nefarious planning or finding herself only capable of laughing as a coping mechanism to some of the most brutal and disturbing deaths in anime history, one thing is for sure, Shion’s psychotic and evil laughter will haunt its viewers for years to come.
2. Light Yagami from Death Note
- Episodes: 37
- Aired: Oct 2006 to Jun 2007
Death Note writes itself into number 2 of our list. Death Note tells the story of Light Yagami, a genius young man, who has his entire life planned out, until one day, he comes across the Death Note, a magical but ordinary looking notebook that will kill anyone who’s real name is written in it, while the writer pictures the victim’s face. Upon acquiring the Death Note, Light Yagami makes it his personal quest to kill all criminals and anyone else he views as a hindrance to society or his own goals. Now insane with power, it falls onto the mysterious world-renowned detective “L” to stop him. But which of the two geniuses will emerge victorious in a game where death awaits the loser?
Light Yagami comes in second on our list due to his unique nature. Throughout the series, we watch Light as he uses strategy and reason to justify his methods, allowing the viewers to at least understand, if not sympathize with Light’s methods and point of view. As the story progresses, we get to view tiny bits of laughter from Light Yagami, with each laughter afterward becoming more frantic and diabolical. Eventually, we get to watch as Light begins chuckling to himself only to soon erupt into a frenzy of pure maniacal laughter. This laughter still sends chills down the spines of those who listen to it, and perhaps even a little fear of having their name, somewhere at some time, written into a tiny black notebook.
1. Asura the Kishin from Soul Eater
- Episodes: 51
- Aired: Apr 2008 to Mar 2009
Soul Eater tells the story of 7 students ; Soul Eater Evans, Maka Albarn, Black Star, Tsubaki Nakatsukasa, Liz and Patty Thompson and Death the Kid, who attend Death’s Weapon Meister Academy. The role of the students is to train as either meisters (weapon users) or as weapons (humans capable of taking the form of a weapon) , whose goal is to gather the souls of 99 evil humans and the soul of 1 witch. Aside from collecting souls, students also act in a somewhat military capacity, hunting down evil souls that become monsters, and generally protecting the world from those who follow the path of madness. Can our heroes unite and stop their plans? Or will they succumb to the madness?
Asura the Kishin is the embodiment of evil and madness in the world of Soul Eater. Asura chose to devour the souls of innocent humans, attempting to become a god, so he would have nothing to fear (as he is the personification of fear). Instead of becoming a god, he instead becomes a Kishin, a demon of madness. And it is here, that his evil unleashes upon the world. No longer able to feel anything except insanity and fear, Ashura chooses to embrace madness and spreads it to others with just his mere presence, making all those who encounter him mindless and utterly insane.
To help capture the essence of Asura the Kishin, the viewers have the pleasure of hearing his nonsensical, high shrilled, maniacal laughter that is utterly devoid of any rational or thought. Asura ranks at number 1, because his laughter tells all who hears it, that either death or madness is coming for you. There is no stopping it. It is both a tsunami of fear and a hurricane of insanity. It is a natural disaster that infects the deepest parts of your mind, filling you with madness. As Asura once said, "The root of all fear is imagination." Let his evil and madness fill you. For then, you have nothing to fear.
So what do you think of our list? Be it the seemingly innocent person with a hidden dark nature, the stereotypical villain from classic fairy tales, or even the villain with the “not really such a bad guy” back story, we at Honey’s Anime hope we gave everyone a little bit of something they enjoyed when picturing the evil laugh of their favorite villain.
Every villain needs a good evil laugh, so be sure to tell us yours! Please share our list and be sure to comment on which evil laugh is your favorite or which laugh you think should be included in this list and why! We look forward to hearing from you soon. And keep working on those laughs, my nefarious friends!