VOICE OVER: Ashley Bowman
WRITTEN BY: Alex Crilly-Mckean
These guys know how to intimidate! Join Ashley as he counts down our picks for the times that villains in anime dominated the main character, as seen in series such as "Dragon Ball Z", "Dr Stone", "Yu Yu Hakusho", and more!
Script written by Alex Crilly-Mckean
Top 10 Times Anime Villains Flexed On The Hero
Welcome to WatchMojo, and today we are counting down our picks for the Top 10 Times Anime Villains Flexed On The Hero.
For this list, we’ll be looking at the scenes where anime villains got to show the heroes exactly what they were made of. Which villainous flex gave you the biggest chills? Let us know in the comments!
#10: Dio Controls the Stairs
“JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure: Stardust Crusaders” (2014-15)
It’s no secret that the Joestar nemesis has an endless ego, never missing out on a chance to demonstrate his superiority to anyone he views as inferior to him. So, basically everyone. He’s had a few shining moments, but nothing compares to his reveal as a Stand User. Confronting Polnareff, he gives the Frenchman the option of either ascending the stairs to face him or descend and submit to his will. Despite Polnareff’s determination, Dio manipulates time again and again to make it seem like Polnareff is walking down the stairs in fear. Trolling at its finest.
#9: Yujiro Makes an Entrance
“Baki the Grappler” (2001)
The world’s most dangerous man isn’t exactly known for his subtlety. After all, Yujiro spends his days punching out earthquakes and taking on whole militias just to pass the time. So naturally leaping from a helicopter without a parachute and grappling his way into a high rise building just to show up his son is just another day at the office for him. Defying gravity every step of the way, the Ogre arrives just in time to show Baki and Hanayama what it means to challenge a true monster of martial arts.
#8: Tsukasa Makes a Bridge
“Dr. Stone” (2019-)
By this point, we were so blown away by Senku crafting a tank out of seemingly nothing that it slipped our mind that Tsukasa, among other things, is ridiculously strong. Captured by the anti-science brigade, Chrome decides to take the plunge rather than be a prisoner, making the leap towards a certain doom. Tsukasa, deciding it would be better to take him alive, creates an impromptu bridge to save his life…which he makes by ripping a tree out by its roots and tossing it with the speed of a bullet. What even is he?!
#7: Muzan Creates a Demon
“Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba” (2019-)
When you need to make a statement and cause a distraction at the same time – nothing beats Muzan’s insta-demon! Confronted by Tanjiro, the master of demons is caught unaware for the first time, and as such causes a sudden commotion so he and his human family can make a quick exit. How so? By slicing a bystander on the neck at lightning speed, causing him to suddenly convert into a monster. Nothing screams boss quite like being able to conjure new minions on the fly.
#6: Announcing the Cell Games
“Dragon Ball Z” (1989-96)
Any good villain can just go out and slaughter their enemies – it takes class to set up an entire tournament, declare it to the world, and wait for your victims to come to you. After achieving his Perfect form, the ultimate android sets about making a stage for him to take on Goku and anyone else who wants to try their luck. Given how this would lead to arguably Dragon Ball’s greatest arc, we have to hand it to Cell for setting things up so cleanly!
#5: Hideyoshi Punches the Sea
“Sengoku Basara: Samurai Kings” (2009-10)
He may have been a titan of history, but did you know Toyotomi Hideyoshi was also able to split the seas with just a punch? Portrayed as a giant of a man with dreams of conquest, the strength of this man is off the scale, especially when he takes on whole samurai armies by his lonesome. It may be inaccurate as could be, but there’s no denying just how epic it is to see this beast wipe out a whole fleet…by punching the ocean so hard that it dries up!
#4: Madara Asks a Question
“Naruto: Shippuden” (2007-17)
There’s a reason why this shinobi is considered the greatest villain the franchise ever produced. This just happens to be one of them. Between taking down a whole army by himself and summoning a meteor, Madara asks the gathered Kage’s this little quip. The implication that he can use the Sharingan’s greatest ability multiple times, and on clones no less, is somehow the most low-key yet savage display of power in the entire Fourth Great Ninja War. After all, he’s not a man known for bluffing.
#3: Meruem Walks
“Hunter x Hunter” (2011-14)
Something so simple, and yet speaks volumes. Far from the unempathetic beast he once was, the King of the Chimera Ants shows how much he has changed with his decision to do whatever it takes to save Komugi’s life. And as for the two veteran hunters standing by ready to throw down? Meruem just casually walks past them without a shred of fear. So confident in his abilities that he pays them no mind, something that leaves powerhouses like Netero and Zeno flabbergasted.
#2: Father Creates a Mini-Sun
“Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood” (2009-10)
There are certainly worse ways to demonstrate the fact you just swallowed God. As an immortal being now at the pinnacle of all things, the Father of the Homunculus proceeds to show the Elric Family just how far he’s come since his time as the Dwarf in the Flask. Disabling their alchemy with just a flick of his finger was already next level, but then he goes and summons a miniature sun in the palm of his hand – all in the most casual way possible!
#1: Toguro Destroys the Parking Lot
“Yu Yu Hakusho” (1992-94)
Serving as both a reintroduction to the character and a clarification that he was far from the henchmen everyone thought he was, Toguro’s return was a monumental moment for the series. Not only had he survived his supposed death, but was acting as an envoy for the Dark Tournament, setting the stage for him and Yusuke to have their long-sought rematch. Oh, and he was also far stronger than anyone had given him credit for, evident as he decimated an entire parking lot with just a few punches.