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Top 50 Most Manipulative Anime Characters
Kay-Posted July 31, 2023
One of the most entertaining types of characters in all of anime is the one who can manipulate anyone and everyone around them. After all, they have the skill to take care of people and influence their actions which results in some of the most intense situations you can experience in all of anime.
There’s a reason why these characters are held on such a high pedestal. And I know, most of you love to watch more and more anime where you can see such characters perform their magic.
This is why I have created a list of the Top 50 Manipulative Characters in all of anime. So keep your eyes on the prize and don’t be fazed even for a second or else, you might become yet another puppet.
I hope you enjoy it.
50. Medusa (Soul Eater)
Dr Medusa, also known as Medusa Gorgon, is a witch and one of the Gorgon Sisters. Within the DWMA academy, she poses as a nurse while secretly plotting to unleash the Kishin.
With the help of her associates, she succeeds in her sinister plan. Despite her dark intentions, Medusa maintains a caring and supportive demeanour, offering comfort to students like Maka Albarn and providing guidance to others.
Her signature outfit consists of a black body-length suit with a hood. As the story unfolds, her true nature and manipulative actions come to light, adding complexity to her character.
49. Mephisto Pheles (Blue Exorcist)
Samael, also known as Mephisto Pheles, is a formidable Exorcist and one of the Eight Demon Kings, titled The King of Time. Publicly, he adopts the name Johann Faust V and serves as the Principal of True Cross Academy.
Following the demise of Shiro Fujimoto, Mephisto takes it upon himself to admit Rin to the academy. He possesses an imposing presence, with dark purple hair, forest green eyes, and a towering height of 195 cm.
His usual outfit features an elegant white ensemble with a distinctive top hat and jester-style pants. Mephisto's enigmatic demeanour often suggests he holds more knowledge than he reveals, and his strategic approach to situations makes him akin to a skilled chess player who always stays ahead.
48. Orochimaru (Naruto)
Among Konohagakure's legendary Sannin, Orochimaru harbours an ambitious desire to attain immortality and acquire the world's vast knowledge. His thirst for eternal life stems from his determination to accomplish numerous tasks across lifetimes.
Unwilling to face persecution for unethical experiments on fellow citizens, Orochimaru chooses to defect from Konoha and seeks vengeance against the village, showcasing the knowledge he has gained. Throughout his endeavours, he experiences multiple perceived deaths, leading him to reevaluate his approach, influenced by his former associate Kabuto Yakushi and his observations of his former apprentice, Sasuke Uchiha.
47. Kisuke Urahara (Bleach)
Kisuke Urahara, once a captain in the 12th Division and the creator of S. R. D. I., resides in the Human World where he operates a modest convenience store specializing in Shinigami merchandise.
As Ichigo Kurosaki's mentor, he trains him in the ways of the shinigami. Though Urahara's appearance may be untidy and casual, he possesses remarkable insight and cunning. He is quick to perceive potential threats and adeptly responds to them.
With a talent for strategic planning, he makes precise decisions during battles, while skillfully employing deception to outmanoeuvre both friends and foes alike.
46. Sebastian Michaelis (Black Butler)
Sebastian Michaelis is a demon butler, a respected senior staff member in the Phantomhive household, and fiercely loyal to Ciel Phantomhive. His main objective is to execute every one of Ciel's commands efficiently, ensuring the estate's smooth operation.
Devoid of the need for rest, Sebastian dedicates his nights to fulfilling his duties. While he appears critical of Ciel's treatment of the household staff, he actually enjoys the challenges that come with being a butler.
Sebastian's outward conduct is impeccable, addressing Ciel with the utmost respect as "Yes, my lord." Beneath this facade lies a callous and sadistic nature, as he ruthlessly carries out Ciel's orders, even if it means endangering his young master for his own amusement.
45. Father (Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood)
The Father is a character depicted as a homunculus with a relentless ambition to become the new God of the world, regardless of the cost of human lives. His personality is marked by arrogance, self-righteousness, and a lack of compassion, viewing humans as insignificant beings.
He exercises complete control over the other homunculi, whom he refers to as his children, but rather than showing any care for them, he manipulates them as mere pawns in his grand scheme.
Disguised as a benevolent leader, he deceives the entire nation of Amestris, orchestrating wars and heinous acts to construct a colossal transmutation circle. Proficient in alchemy and skilled in deception, he is relentless in his pursuit of an ominous objective—achieving his distorted vision of perfection.
44. Ren Gyokuen (Magi: The Labyrinth Of Magic)
Gyokuen Ren became a vessel for Arba, an ancient evil mage intent on resurrecting the dark god, Ill Ilah. Displaying cruelty, ruthlessness, and an unyielding thirst for power, she deemed everyone expendable for her grand plan.
By marrying two Emperors of the Kou Empire and eliminating them, along with her own sons, she gained control over the nation. Gyokuen also corrupted Judar, a young Magi, coercing him into serving her.
She orchestrated wars worldwide, inflicting suffering to create a massive magic circle, demanding countless lives as sacrifices. With her adept manipulation and formidable magic skills, she fearlessly obliterated any opposition.
43. Edmond Dantes (Gankutsuou: The Count of Monte Cristo)
Edmond Dantes faced treachery from his supposed friends, leading to his wrongful imprisonment. His salvation came through the mysterious entity known as Gankutsuou, which granted him power and wealth, enabling his escape.
Embracing the persona of the Count of Monte Cristo, he became an enigmatic and influential noble with an unyielding thirst for vengeance against his enemies. Employing his charisma, intellect, and vast resources, he orchestrated elaborate schemes to ruin their lives.
One of his calculated moves involved befriending Albert de Morcerf, the son of one of his betrayers, using him as a pawn to infiltrate high society in Paris. Manipulating the secrets and weaknesses of his targets, the cold and ruthless Count masterfully orchestrated their downfall, showing little regard for anyone but himself.
42. Donquixote Doflamingo (One Piece)
Donquixote Doflamingo, a former World Noble turned pirate and king, possesses a sadistic ambition and magnetic charisma. He exploits his authority to gain an edge in dealing with arms, slaves, and artificial Devil Fruits.
Through his Devil Fruit ability, he manipulates Dressrosa, erasing the memory of their true ruler. Proficient in the art of manipulation, he ensnares Trafalgar Law, Bellamy, and Riku Doldo III in his elaborate schemes to disrupt the world order.
Deceptive and fearsome, Doflamingo takes pleasure in causing torment and suffering to those who oppose him.
41. Kyubey (Puella Magi Madoka Magica)
Kyubey, a cat-like alien, grants wishes to young girls in exchange for their transformation into magical girls who combat witches. As an emotionless and amoral Incubator, he views humans solely as expendable resources.
Concealing the full truth of the contract, he exploits them by extracting their souls into soul gems, concealing their eventual transformation into witches. Manipulating events to provoke despair, he harvests the emotional energy of these magical girls to stave off the universe's heat death.
Kyubey's cold and indifferent demeanour leaves no room for compassion; he remains focused solely on fulfilling his mission.
40. Naraku (Inuyasha)
Naraku, a half-demon born from Onigumo and other demons, obsesses over the Shikon Jewel, a wish-granting artefact. He holds an unhealthy infatuation with Kikyō, the jewel's guardian, deceiving Inuyasha by framing him for her murder.
A master of deception and manipulation, he skillfully employs illusions and shapeshifting to betray those around him. Crafting incarnations from his own body, he treats them as mere pawns, disposable at his whim.
Exploiting the weaknesses and desires of his adversaries, Naraku revels in causing pain and suffering. Cruel and sadistic, he lacks any hint of remorse or compassion.
39. Makima (Chainsaw Man)
Makima stands as the primary antagonist in Chainsaw Man Part 1: Public Safety. She is a Devil embodying the fear of control and conquest, wielding her powers to manipulate anyone, including the protagonist Denji.
Portraying herself as kind and caring, Makima offers Denji the chance for a normal life as a Devil Hunter, while secretly plotting to use him as a tool to realize her ideal world.
She exploits Denji's romantic feelings, forcing him to kill both friends and foes, all while attempting to crush his spirit and will. Makima proves to be a ruthless and cunning mastermind, stopping at nothing to achieve her goals, regardless of the toll on others' lives.
38. Moguro (The Laughing Salesman)
Moguro is an enigmatic salesman who claims to fill the void in his clients' souls by offering them better lives. However, there's always a catch; clients must adhere strictly to his advice or conditions, or else he will cruelly punish them in ironic ways.
Enjoying the suffering of his clients, Moguro preys on the unhappy, lonely, greedy, and dissatisfied, exploiting their weaknesses and desires. He masks his true identity and motives, appearing at will and manipulating others with ease through his words and expressions.
At the conclusion of his deals, he always revels in laughter. Moguro serves as an unrelenting force of karma.
37. Nakago (Fushigi Yuugi)
Nakago, the main antagonist of Fushigi Yuugi and leader of the Seiryuu Seven, possesses formidable psychic abilities, manipulating chi, conjuring energy blasts, force fields, and even controlling minds. A skilled strategist and ruthless general of the Kutou army, Nakago expertly wields charm, intelligence, and beauty to influence others and achieve his objectives.
He employs lies, deception, and betrayal against allies and foes alike, including the Emperor of Kutou, Yui Hongo, and Miaka Yuuki. Nakago preys on the emotions and weaknesses of his fellow Seiryuu warriors, particularly Soi and Tomo, exploiting their love for him.
Cold-hearted and vengeful, he seeks to reshape the world in his image.
36. Akio (Revolutionary Girl Utena)
Akio Ohtori, the primary antagonist in Revolutionary Girl Utena and chairman of Ohtori Academy, is the brother of Anthy Himemiya, the Rose Bride, and the fallen prince Dios, corrupted by human desires.
Using his charm, charisma, and sexuality, Akio manipulates and controls others to serve his purposes. Engaging in affairs with both men and women, including his sister and fiancee Kanae, he orchestrates duels for the Rose Bride, seeking to reclaim the power to revolutionize the world for himself.
Akio's selfish and callous nature shows no concern for anyone's feelings or well-being beyond his own desires. As the embodiment of the world's end, he represents a fallen prince.
35. Eriol Hiiragizawa (Cardcaptor Sakura)
Eriol Hiiragizawa, a transfer student hailing from England, is the reincarnation of the mighty magician, Clow Reed, the creator of the Clow Cards. Possessing all of Clow's memories and magical prowess, he orchestrates various magical calamities, compelling Sakura Kinomoto to transform the Clow Cards into Sakura Cards.
His purpose is to aid Sakura in becoming the new master of the cards while dividing his own power with Fujitaka Kinomoto, Sakura's father and Clow's other reincarnation. Displaying a composed and mature demeanour, Eriol appears friendly and helpful to Sakura and her friends.
However, he harbours a mischievous side, enjoying playing pranks on them. Veiled in secrecy and mystery, he often conceals his true intentions and motives. Eriol's manipulative and cunning nature leads him to test Sakura's abilities and resolve.
34. Nami (One Piece)
Nami, a former thief and now a navigator, joins the Straw Hat Pirates after escaping the oppressive rule of Fishman Arlong. Possessing sharp intelligence and resourcefulness, she is fixated on money and treasures.
Employing her charm, wit, and skills, she adeptly manipulates others for her personal gain and amusement. Whether through lies, deception, theft, or negotiation, Nami can navigate her way out of any predicament and doesn't hesitate to use her friends as pawns when necessary.
Frequently teasing and taunting her crewmates, particularly Zoro and Sanji, she wields a greedy and stingy demeanour, charging her friends for favours and services. Nami's cleverness allows her to devise impromptu plans and strategies.
33. Wiseman (Sailor Moon)
Wiseman, a malevolent phantom, was once a human possessing dark powers that sowed chaos and rebellion in Crystal Tokyo. Banished to the 10th planet, Nemesis, he merged his spirit with the planet to become its embodiment.
Seeking vengeance on Neo-Queen Serenity and the Silver Crystal, Wiseman manipulated the Black Moon Clan to attack Crystal Tokyo and travel to the past with the intent of obliterating the crystal.
He ensnared Chibiusa, brainwashing her into becoming his servant, Black Lady, and tried to harness her power to unleash the destructive force known as the Death Phantom. Cruel and deceitful, Wiseman cares only for himself, resorting to lies, betrayal, and murder against both allies and enemies.
A master of dark magic and illusions, he wields control over the Evil Black Crystal.
32. Drosselmeyer (Princess Tutu)
Drosselmeyer, a deceased author, possessed the extraordinary ability to alter reality through his written stories. The tale he penned, "The Prince and the Raven," manifested into reality, affecting the town of Gold Crown.
Bestowing Duck with a pendant, enabling her to become Princess Tutu, a character from his story, he observes events from his afterlife within a giant clockwork mechanism, intervening to make them more tragic and captivating.
Sadistic and twisted, Drosselmeyer revels in the suffering of his characters, indifferent to their happiness or free will. With cunning and deception, he manipulates others using his words and magic.
A master of storytelling and fate, Drosselmeyer seeks to craft the most extraordinary narrative ever told.
31. Shougo Makishima (Psycho-Pass)
Shougo Makishima is a criminally asymptomatic individual who rebels against the Sibyl System, a futuristic society judging people's mental state and potential criminality. Opposing the system's suppression of free will and individuality, he aims to dismantle it, creating a world where people can express themselves freely.
Charismatic and highly intelligent, Makishima acts as a leader, recruiting and manipulating various criminals, including terrorists, hackers, murderers, and cultists, to execute his plans. He shares a personal connection with Shinya Kogami, a former detective who shares his hatred for the system.
Cold and ruthless, Makishima disregards the lives and emotions of others, deriving pleasure from witnessing or causing their suffering. A master of psychology and philosophy, he skillfully influences others with his words and ideals.
30. Hitoshi Shinso (My Hero Academia)
Hitoshi Shinso, a student in My Hero Academia, possesses the Quirk Brainwashing, granting him control over anyone who verbally responds to him. Often facing discrimination and fear due to his perceived villainous Quirk, Shinso aims to prove himself as a hero deserving of respect.
Employing cunning and strategic manoeuvres, he utilizes his Quirk to manipulate opponents during combat. To obscure his identity, he employs the Artificial Vocal Cords, a device altering his voice and making recognition difficult.
Sometimes provoking or insulting his targets, Shinso coaxes them into responding, or he assumes a friendly or helpless guise to lower their guard. Despite his confidence in his abilities, he acknowledges his own limitations and weaknesses.
29. Angelo Lagusa (91 Days)
Angelo Lagusa, also known as Avilio Bruno, seeks vengeance for his family's murder by the Vanetti mafia family. Infiltrating the Vanettis, he befriends Nero, one of the killers and the boss's son, using intelligence, charisma, and skills to gain Nero's trust while secretly plotting his and his associates' demise.
Manipulating other mafia families like Orco and Galassia, he incites conflicts and chaos among them. Calm and composed, Angelo rarely reveals his emotions or true intentions. Determined and ruthless, he hesitates not to kill or betray those obstructing his path.
A master of deception and vengeance, he follows a letter that unveils his enemies' identities.
28. Joseph Joestar (Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure)
Joseph Joestar, a young man and grandson of Jonathan Joestar, the first JoJo, possesses Ripple and later becomes a Stand user, wielding the psychic photographic Stand, Hermit Purple. Employing wit, intelligence, and rebellious nature, Joseph strategically outmanoeuvres opponents.
Able to predict enemy responses, he uses taunts and confusion to his advantage. Additionally, he utilizes various weapons like clackers, grenades, or cameras during battles. With charisma and persuasiveness, he skillfully manipulates others with words and actions.
Enjoying humour and adventure, Joseph often engages in playful pranks with friends and foes alike. A master of improvisation and deception, he follows his own set of rules.
27. Naruto Uzumaki (Naruto)
Naruto Uzumaki, a cheerful and determined ninja, aspires to become the Hokage, the village's leader. As the jinchūriki of the Nine-Tails, he wields immense power sealed inside him since infancy.
Charismatic and courageous, Naruto influences others with kindness and unwavering determination, never abandoning his goals or friends. Manipulating his chakra, he creates diverse techniques like clones, transformations, and illusions, employing them to deceive enemies or allies.
He skillfully uses tactics such as pretending to be someone else, causing distractions, or concealing true intentions. Cunning and resourceful, Naruto devises clever strategies on the spot.
26. Merlin (Seven Deadly Sins)
Merlin, the Boar's Sin of Gluttony and a mysterious mage is part of the Seven Deadly Sins. As the mentor to Arthur Pendragon, Camelot's king, she possesses a vast knowledge of magic and secrets, wielding Infinity to manipulate spells and abilities.
Utilizing magic items like the Sacred Treasure Aldan, the Goddess Amber, or the Incantation Orbs, Merlin is confident and composed, yearning to learn everything, even through ethically dubious or dangerous means.
Engaging in self-experimentation, she occasionally conceals or reveals information for personal purposes. Loyal to friends, particularly Meliodas, whom she harbours feelings for, she remains enigmatic, following her own agenda.
25. Hikigaya Hachiman (Oregairu)
Hikigaya Hachiman is a cynical and pessimistic loner who views youth as a lie and believes others are fake. Employing a twisted sense of justice, he resorts to self-sacrificial and underhanded methods to solve problems.
Using his sharp tongue, knowledge of human psychology, and willingness to assume the role of a villain, Hachiman manipulates others. Unconcerned with his reputation or well-being, his primary focus is achieving desired outcomes.
Denying his own feelings and desires, especially his need for genuine relationships, he remains distrustful of others, pushing them away, even those seeking friendship or help. A master of self-deception and rationalization, he avoids confronting the truth.
24. Lucifer (The Devil is a Part-Timer!)
Lucifer, a fallen angel and one of the Demon Lord Satan's generals, rebelled against Heaven. After being defeated by Hero Emilia, he found himself in modern-day Tokyo, allying with rogue priest Olba to kill Satan.
However, Olba betrayed him, and Lucifer ended up living with Satan and Alsiel, Satan's loyal general. Lazy and arrogant, he spends his time playing video games and hacking computers. With cunning and deception, he wields magic to create illusions, manipulate electricity, and control minds.
Prone to lies, cheating, and stealing, Lucifer harbours resentment for Satan and Alsiel due to past conflicts. A master of technology and mischief, he follows his whims.
23. Reigen Arataka (Mob Psycho 100)
Reigen Arataka runs a fake psychic business, preying on clients' fears and superstitions. As Mob's mentor and boss, he exploits Mob's powerful esper abilities for personal gain, be it exorcising spirits, performing massages, or completing chores.
He lies to Mob about his own powers and gives dubious advice regarding emotions and social issues. Indifferent to Mob's well-being, he treats him poorly, putting him in danger without regard.
Selfish and greedy, Reigen's concern for Mob only arises when he faces the risk of losing him or realizes his own mistakes.
22. Malty Melromarc (The Rising of the Shield Hero)
Malty Melromarc, the former first princess of Melromarc, serves as the main antagonist in The Rising of the Shield Hero. Deceitful and treacherous, she falsely accuses Naofumi Iwatani, the Shield Hero, of rape, and stealing his money and equipment.
Conspiring against her younger sister Melty, the rightful heir to the throne, Malty tries to kill her and frame Naofumi. Manipulating the other three heroes, especially the infatuated Spear Hero Motoyasu Kitamura, she abuses her power to oppress and enslave demi-humans, who revere the Shield Hero.
Greedy and corrupt, she prioritizes her luxurious lifestyle at the expense of others. A master of lies and schemes, she follows her own selfish desires.
21. Illumi Zoldyck (Hunter x Hunter)
Illumi Zoldyck, a major antagonist in Hunter x Hunter, stands as the eldest son of the infamous Zoldyck family of assassins. Armed with Nen needles, he manipulates people's minds and actions.
Highly skilled in combat and strategy, Illumi easily passes the Hunter Exam, joining the Phantom Troupe. Cold and ruthless, he cares solely for himself and his family, particularly displaying a twisted love for his younger brother, Killua.
Trained and brainwashed to be a perfect assassin, Killua remains under Illumi's control. Additionally, Illumi desires to control his other brother, Alluka, whose powerful ability can grant any wish. A master of deception and coercion, Illumi relentlessly pursues his ambitions.
20. Takumi Ichinose (Nana)
Takumi Ichinose, a central male character in Nana and bassist of the popular band Trapnest, exudes handsome charisma with a reputation as a playboy. He proves to be a cold, controlling workaholic, prioritizing his career over relationships.
Previously involved with Reira, Trapnest's singer, whom he grew up with, Takumi is now married to Nana Komatsu after an unintended one-night stand resulted in her pregnancy. Despite his commitment, he engages in infidelity, including with Reira, displaying a disregard for Nana's feelings and wishes.
Manipulative words and actions make Nana feel insecure and dependent on him, revealing his masterful seduction and deceit while driven by personal ambitions.
19. Misaki Nakahara (Welcome to the NHK)
Misaki Nakahara, a young girl in Welcome to the NHK, takes on the task of helping Tatsuhiro Satou, a hikikomori (shut-in), escape his reclusive life. Convincing him to sign a contract, she involves him in her "big project," nightly lectures based on psychology books, claiming it will cure him.
However, she harbours ulterior motives and possesses a warped worldview. Misaki, feeling lonely and depressed, suffers from low self-esteem and suicidal tendencies. She targets Satou due to her belief in his inferiority, seeking to make him rely on her to validate her own worth.
Lies about her past and family, along with manipulative actions, reveal her mastery of self-deception and desperation.
18. Natsuki Subaru (Re: Zero)
Natsuki Subaru, the protagonist of Re: Zero, gains the power of "Return by Death," allowing him to rewind time after each death in a new world he is transported to.
Employing this ability, he manipulates events and people around him for both selfish and misguided reasons. As he strives to play the hero and save everyone, Subaru resorts to lies, deceit, and betrayal to achieve his objectives.
Obsessed with Emilia, a silver-haired girl he falls in love with, he disregards her feelings and wishes in an effort to protect her. He exploits the trust and loyalty of friends like Rem and Otto, often leading them to sacrifice themselves or suffer for his sake.
17. Ougi Oshino (Monogatari Series)
Ougi Oshino, the primary antagonist of the Monogatari series, emerges as an aberration created by Koyomi Araragi. Presenting herself as Meme Oshino's niece, she masquerades as the "Darkness," criticizing all of Araragi's actions and achievements.
With a mysterious and enigmatic persona, Ougi's appearance alternates between a boy and a girl, donning short black hair, black eyes, and pale white skin. Her intelligence and curiosity lead her to ask questions that sow doubt or unveil secrets within others.
Skillfully manipulating events and people, she orchestrates conflicts and tragedies, such as influencing Nadeko Sengoku to become a god or transforming Tsubasa Hanekawa into Black Hanekawa. Ruthless and self-centred, Ougi seeks to destroy Araragi and his relationships, following her own hidden agenda.
16. Yoshino Takigawa (Blast of Tempest)
Yoshino Takigawa, the protagonist of Blast of Tempest, is the best friend of Mahiro Fuwa, seeking revenge for his sister Aika's murder, who was also Yoshino's secret girlfriend. Typically calm and composed, Yoshino serves as the voice of reason for Mahiro, but he can be deceitful and manipulative when necessary.
Often concealing information or lying to others, like his relationship with Aika or involvement with the Tree of Genesis, he employs intelligence and wit to devise strategies aiding Mahiro and powerful mage Hakaze Kusaribe.
Loyal and caring towards his friends, Yoshino can display ruthlessness and cold-heartedness towards enemies, guided by his own sense of logic.
15. Clayman (That Time I Got Reincarnated As A Slime)
Clayman, a former Demon Lord and member of the Moderate Harlequin Alliance met his end at the hands of protagonist Rimuru Tempest in That Time I Got Reincarnated As A Slime.
Dubbed the Marionette Master and Crazed Clown, Clayman proves cunning and treacherous, adept at manipulating subordinates and allies for his gain. Utilizing his magic to control minds, and emotions, or create illusions and disasters, he lies, deceives, and betrays others, all to serve his personal interests or amusement.
Arrogant and ambitious, Clayman seeks greater power and influence, aiming to overthrow other Demon Lords and exploit their weaknesses. He is a master of deception and coercion, resolutely following his ambitions.
14. Laurent Thierry (Great Pretender)
Laurent Thierry, a master con artist in Great Pretender, captivates and deceives with charisma and cunning. Proficient in multiple languages, psychology, and acting, he crafts elaborate schemes targeting corrupt and wealthy individuals.
Recruiting others into his cons, whether by persuasion or blackmail, he skillfully manipulates them to execute his plans. Consequences matter little to Laurent, as long as he achieves revenge or personal satisfaction.
Additionally, he's flirtatious and bisexual, occasionally leveraging his sexuality to seduce or distract marks and allies. Laurent Thierry excels in pretence, fooling even himself.
13. Izaya Orihara (Durarara!!)
Izaya Orihara, the cunning and charismatic information broker in Durarara!!, takes pleasure in manipulating people's lives for amusement. While claiming to love humanity, he shows little regard for their feelings or well-being.
Masterminding complex schemes, Izaya endangers and conflicts with others, observing their reactions with sadistic delight. He particularly enjoys provoking his archenemy, Shizuo Heiwajima, whom he despises. Skilled in lying, deceiving, and exploiting weaknesses, he possesses a twisted sense of humour and sadistic tendencies.
Viewing himself as superior, Izaya considers others mere "pawns" or "toys."
12. Zetsu (Naruto)
Zetsu, the enigmatic and sinister being serving as the will of Kaguya Ōtsutsuki in Naruto, comprises two halves: White Zetsu, a mutated human created from the Infinite Tsukuyomi, and Black Zetsu, a manifestation of Kaguya's chakra.
A master of deception and infiltration, Zetsu effortlessly blends into his surroundings, spying on anyone. Behind the scenes, he orchestrates significant events in shinobi history, such as the Uchiha clan's downfall, the formation of Akatsuki, and the Fourth Shinobi World War.
Manipulating people like Indra Ōtsutsuki, Madara Uchiha, and Obito Uchiha, he strives to revive Kaguya and enslave humanity, showing loyalty only to her, with no care for others.
11. Ryo Asuka (Devilman Crybaby)
Ryo Asuka, a brilliant and charismatic young man in Devilman Crybaby, conceals a dark secret: he is Satan, the fallen angel who rebelled against God. Utilizing his friend Akira Fudou as a pawn, Ryo seeks to destroy humanity and unleash demons.
Manipulating Akira into becoming a Devilman, a human-demon hybrid, Ryo exposes the existence of demons to the world, causing mass panic and chaos. Deceiving Akira about his true identity and motives, he pretends to be an ally while plotting against him.
Ruthless and indifferent to the suffering he causes, Ryo's twisted love for Akira manifests in a destructive manner.
10. Askeladd (Vinland Saga)
Askeladd, a cunning and ruthless Viking leader, employs deception, betrayal, and violence as a means to achieve his goals. He displays a willingness to eliminate anyone who obstructs his path, even his own comrades, capitalizing on the vulnerabilities of both foes and allies.
Loyalty is a virtue he reserves solely for himself and his homeland, Wales, which he covertly aims to protect from Viking invasions. Skilful manipulation draws Thorfinn, the son of his slain adversary, into becoming a loyal warrior by enticing him with promised duels he never intends to lose.
Moreover, he orchestrates a scheme to dethrone King Sweyn and install Prince Canute on the throne, aspiring to forge a world free from needless warfare.
9. Mahito (Jujutsu Kaisen)
Mahito, a malevolent and immature Cursed Spirit, derives pleasure from toying with human emotions and souls. Believing he emerged from human hatred, he views humans as inferior beings deserving of extermination or transformation into Cursed Spirits.
Utterly indifferent to human lives or feelings, he callously inflicts harm or death for his own amusement or experiments. Masterful in manipulation, he preys on vulnerable or resentful individuals, as demonstrated by his befriending of Junpei Yoshino, a bullied student, and coercing him to become a curse user and despise jujutsu sorcerers.
In a heinous act, he murdered Junpei's mother and framed another student for the crime, inciting Junpei's thirst for vengeance.
8. Kiyotaka Ayanokoji (Classroom Of The Elite)
Kiyotaka, a prodigious student, adeptly conceals his true abilities and demeanour from the world. Exhibiting a cold and detached disposition toward most individuals, he reserves warmth for only a select few he deems friends.
Employing his intellect, charm, and keen observational skills, he deftly manipulates others to accomplish his objectives. Exploiting the vulnerabilities, emotions, and aspirations of his peers, instructors, and adversaries, he manoeuvres them to align with his well-crafted plans.
His mastery of deception allows him to convincingly fabricate falsehoods and veil his sentiments and intentions. He remains unbothered by the repercussions of his actions, prioritizing victory above all else.
7. Griffith (Berserk)
Griffith, a magnetic and ambitious leader, relentlessly pursues his dream of establishing his own kingdom, irrespective of the cost. His adeptness at utilizing charm, intelligence, and skills grants him influence over others, be they allies, adversaries, or potential benefactors.
Exploiting the loyalty, admiration, and affection of his followers, particularly the members of the Band of the Hawk, he manipulates them to selflessly sacrifice for his cause. Additionally, he displays no hesitation in deceiving and betraying friends like Guts and Casca, employing them as mere pawns for personal gain.
Unburdened by remorse or guilt, he firmly believes that all his actions are justified in pursuit of his dream.
6. Sosuke Aizen (Bleach)
Aizen, a brilliant strategist, harbours a centuries-long scheme to attain his ultimate objective of surpassing both Soul Reapers and Hollows. His adeptness at deception and manipulation, coupled with intelligence, charisma, and illusionary prowess, grants him control over allies, adversaries, and even the entire Soul Society.
He crafts intricate plans, anticipating every potential outcome and reaction. Exploiting the emotions, loyalties, and aspirations of his subordinates, including Momo Hinamori, Gin Ichimaru, and Kaname Tosen, he cunningly employs them as pawns or instruments for his experiments.
Devoid of remorse or empathy, he perceives his every action as justified by his unyielding ambition.
5. Dio Brando (Jojo’s Bizarre Adventures)
Dio, an unrelenting and ambitious antagonist, craves world domination and the obliteration of the Joestar family. Employing charm, charisma, and cunning, he adeptly manipulates and deceives all those around him, be they allies, foes, or potential victims.
He shamelessly exploits the emotions, loyalties, and desires of his followers, Enrico Pucci, Vanilla Ice, and N'Doul, bending them to his will. Dio betrays and slays even his friends, Wang Chan, George Joestar, and Jonathan Joestar, harnessing their bodies and abilities for his personal gain.
Unburdened by remorse or empathy, he perceives himself as the pinnacle of existence, viewing all others as inferior.
4. Eren Yeager (Attack On Titan)
Eren, an unyielding and determined protagonist, is on a relentless quest to liberate his people from the clutches of oppression by both the world and the Titans. Possessing a keen intellect, charismatic presence, and indomitable willpower, he skillfully manipulates and influences those around him, be they allies, adversaries, or potential recruits.
Eren deftly leverages the emotions, loyalties, and aspirations of his closest friends, Armin Arlert, Mikasa Ackerman, and Historia Reiss, rallying them to support his plans and safeguard his secrets. Even at the cost of deceiving and betraying comrades, such as the Survey Corps, the Eldian Restorationists, and the Marleyan Warriors, he harnesses their abilities and resources to further his cause.
3. Lelouch Lamperouge (Code Geass)
Lelouch, a brilliant and charismatic protagonist, harbours a fervent ambition to topple the oppressive Britannian Empire and build a world of tranquillity for his beloved sister. With his exceptional intellect, strategic acumen, and the power of Geass, he artfully manipulates and beguiles others, be they comrades, foes, or potential allies.
Lelouch adeptly exploits the emotions, loyalties, and yearnings of those closest to him, such as Suzaku Kururugi, Kallen Kozuki, and C. C., compelling them to follow his directives and safeguard his secrets.
Boldly, he is willing to betray and even eliminate his adversaries, such as Charles zi Britannia, Schneizel el Britannia, and Euphemia li Britannia, leveraging their power and influence for his own gain.
2. Light Yagami (Death Note)
Light, a brilliant yet arrogant protagonist, is driven to forge a utopian world, rid of crime and malevolence, through the use of the Death Note—a supernatural notebook capable of ending the lives of those whose names and faces are known.
With a profound mastery of intellect, charm, and deceit, he adeptly manipulates and sways others, be they comrades, adversaries, or potential victims. Light shrewdly capitalizes on the emotions, loyalties, and aspirations of his allies—such as Misa Amane, Teru Mikami, and Kiyomi Takada—compelling them to follow his commands and safeguard his secrets.
He exhibits no qualms in betraying and eliminating his foes—like L, Near, and Mello—harnessing their power and influence to his advantage.
1. Johan Liebert (Monster)
Johan is a ruthless and psychopathic antagonist with two contrasting objectives: to instigate the collapse of human civilization, become the last survivor, or orchestrate the perfect suicide and erase himself from existence.
His intellect, charisma, and duplicity make him highly adept at manipulating and corrupting others, be they allies, foes, or potential victims. Johan cunningly exploits the emotions, loyalties, and desires of his acquaintances—such as Franz Bonaparta, Hans Georg Schuwald, and Roberto—enabling him to control their actions and safeguard his secrets.
He is also unhesitant in betraying and eliminating adversaries—like Kenzo Tenma, Nina Fortner, and Lunge—leveraging their influence and power for his own gain.
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