Often in media, we see heroes as the quintessential theme to any story about good and bad. The heroes are the characters we root for and want to succeed because ultimately, they stand for what is considered just and good. However, a true enthusiast of any story about heroes will no doubt tell you there’s a very important element that needs to be equally important as the good guy. What is this often-forgotten theme in a story about heroes? Simple folks, villains…the villains can make or break even the best story if not done properly.
Boku no Hero Academia has tons of heroes, but without some of the roster of villains, the show just wouldn’t be the same. We here at Honey’s Anime decided to take the best villains of Boku no Hero Academia—with a focus on the anime adaptation—and rank them from worst to absolutely pure evil. If you want to see who we considered the worst of the worst then join us as we examine the Top 10 Boku no Hero Academia Villains. Who will be crowned the number 1 best of the worst villains? Let’s find out together! Also, side note folks, there will be some minor spoilers to come…proceed with that in mind.
10. Sludge Villain
Introduced in the first episode of Boku no Hero Academia season 1, we see a strange creature that terrorizes the town. Titled the Sludge Villain, this strange goop-like enemy appears before Deku—Izuku Midoriya—and Katsuki Bakugo which in turn sets the series in motion. The Sludge Villain isn’t around for longer than one episode—which makes sense since All Might crushes him—but he makes Deku realize that his future as a hero isn’t just determined by strength or how powerful a Quirk is. We don’t think Sludge Villain will ever be considered the strongest or most popular Boku no Hero Academia villain, but we recognize his importance as a basic villain and how one man—creature in this case—can change a person’s future for the greater.
9. Atsuhiro Sako
The League of Villains is a big element that comes into fruition during the third season of Boku no Hero Academia. These strange—and partially unknown—villains seem to bond together not for just causes but to create terror and fear wherever they go. One of the members of the League of Villains is Atsuhiro Sako whose Quirk is called compress. Sako uses this compress power to capture Bakugo and we see that even the strongest can be captured by his strange Quirk. Sako we know will be feature in more episodes in the future and we only have to wonder how much more damage he can do if he should capture stronger heroes and thus make them incapacitated.
8. Himiko Toga
At first glance, Himiko Toga just looks like a cute high school girl. However, fans of Boku no Hero Academia should realize that behind her cute demeanor and appearance lies a truly terrifying villain who seeks blood from her enemies. From the manga, we do know the true—and scary—power Toga has with her obsession with blood and draining it from her enemies. As of now though, Boku no Hero Academia has kept Toga’s skill in the unknown category and we shall do the same. Just be ready, folks, Toga might be cute and just semi-crazy now but when her true power is revealed in due time…she will show her status as a villain and we may even have to rank her higher on this list.
Continuing with the League of Villains our number 7 spot goes to Dabi. Similar to other fire related heroes like Shoto Todoroki and his father, Endeavor, Dabi’s Quirk seems to be all about fire. Known as Cremation, Dabi can literally cause anything he touches to combust into flame and can even shoot out fire from his hands making him capable of close and distance fighting. As a villain, what makes Dabi worse is that he seems to be cool-headed under pressure and even when his plans during the attack on the training camp go wrong, Dabi just maintains a stoic expression. Dabi isn’t the main leader of the League of Villains, but from how he acts and his level of skill/intelligence, it wouldn’t be hard to see him being a side leader or even taking over if he must.
When Kurogiri was first introduced in Boku no Hero Academia, we didn’t really know what to think of the sharp dressed walking fog villain. Yet, it didn’t take long for us here at Honey’s Anime to realize that Kurogiri was more than brawn and might like the other League of Villain members. Acting as guard for another villain—Tomura Shigaraki—Kurogiri seems to be the one who is most willing to adjust when things go astray thanks to his quick escape Quirk called warp gate. Kurogiri is the perfect example of a villain with more than strong powers. A villain willing to assist even the most deranged allies—in this case we mean Tomura—is a scary threat in of itself. The heroes better watch out for Kurogiri, as calculating as they can be, Kurogiri can always use his warp gate to destroy even the best laid out plans…
Strangely enough in Boku no Hero Academia, we often only see villains as cruel individuals who ironically only cause mayhem but often are trounced before they can kill innocents. Then you have Muscular of the League of Villains and you realize that there are indeed some dark/evil villains in the Boku no Hero Academia series. Muscular is a well-known villain for killing several heroes—two of which were the parents of Kota who Deku saves during the summer camp incident—and not showing an ounce of regret or remorse. Even when Muscular runs into Kota, he doesn’t feel bad for ruining a child’s life forever but revels in the fact that he can end the whole family’s life after defeating Deku. Luckily, Deku rises to the challenge and wins against Muscular, but it shows that in Boku no Hero Academia there are some truly horrible villains who are far from walking jokes…
4. The Nomus
At number 4 on our list of the Top 10 Boku no Hero Academia Villains, we actually kind of cheated slightly. At the end of the first season of Boku no Hero Academia, we see Nomu, a biologically created villain with powers that give All Might a run for his money. In season 2 and 3, we learn that there isn’t just one Nomu but several dozen all with different powers, skills and altercations. Thus, we give the number 4 slot to all of the Nomus so far introduced in Boku no Hero Academia. Sure, these creatures aren’t super smart and they can be bested by enough brute force. However, we do see that multiple Nomus are a threat to most heroes and we can only bet they will be back in greater numbers later in the series. Maybe that foreshadowing image in episode 1 of Boku no Hero Academia is an army of Nomus against a stronger Deku? We will have to wait and see.
3. Tomura Shigaraki
Every powerful group needs a strong leader and the League of Villains has one of the strongest in the form of Tomura Shigaraki. Tomura is an odd villain covered with hands on his appendages and on his face but his true oddness comes in the reality of his Quirk, decay. With decay, Tomura can cause anything he touches—with his entity of his hand—to literally decay and wither. While this doesn’t make Tomura a good long-range combatant, it makes him a fearful foe if he should get even semi-close to his enemy. Though, the real fear factor to Tomura Shigaraki is the fact that out of all of the characters in Boku no Hero Academia he is by far the most deranged and cynical. Raise by All Might’s nemesis—All For One—Tomura lacks empathy and just wishes for heroes to be completely eradicated from the planet. Tomura has already shown to be a powerful enemy in Boku no Hero Academia and we know that when he reappears later things will not be good for our heroes…
2. Chizome Akaguro AKA Stain
When the anime adaptation of season 2 of Boku no Hero Academia was airing, manga fans kept shaking in anticipation of a villain that would appear near the end. We didn’t quite understand the hype behind one character when Boku no Hero Academia is filled with amazing heroes/villains, but we soon realized the gravity of our mistake. Known as the hero killer Stain—full name Chizome Akaguro—this sword wielding villain made for some of the best moments of season 2 without a doubt in our minds. Stain and his Quirk bloodcurdle, allowed for the blood of his cut victims to be paralyzed for up to several minutes making him a strong villain in every sense of the word. If it wasn’t for the intervention by Deku and Shoto against Stain when Tenya Iida sought revenge for his brother—a hero named Ingenium—Tenya may have suffered a similar fate. Stain went down after a long battle that required the boys to utilize the best of their skills but Stain went down with a bloodcurdling scream and aura that showed the true nature of killers in the world of villains. One could almost wonder who would topple Stain on our list of the Top 10 Boku no Hero Academia Villains but there is one that we haven’t fully mentioned yet.
1. All For One
That’s right folks, coming in at number 1 is the infamous nemesis of All Might known as All For One! While every villain and hero in Boku no Hero Academia has one and only one Quirk, All For One has an exception to that rule with his Quirk titled after himself. All For One can absorb other Quirks and use those powers for himself which makes him the ultimate villain for All Might. Season 3—which is still currently airing as of this article—had the grand climax of All Might versus All For One and the end results were All Might winning but equally facing a grand consequence of the battle. We won’t spoil that moment as it’s a battle that NEEDS to be seen, but we will say that All For One is perhaps the scariest villain in all of the Boku no Hero Academia. What’s worse is that All For One isn’t dead—despite damages that should have killed him in a previous battle against All Might—so we may one day see him return and face off against Deku. Though we won’t lie, folks, that is a battle we hope to see in Boku no Hero Academia.
While we don’t root for the bad guys, we do love when a good villain goes up against a good hero. When a creator makes an enemy that has drive, power and a reason for being bad it just creates the ultimate setting for a hero versus villain scenario. Do you guys and girls agree with us? Tell us what your thoughts are about villains and also mention what you thought of our Top 10 Boku no Hero Academia Villains list in the comment section below. For more articles like this one be sure to also keep checking out our hive daily here at Honey’s Anime.