In a fictional universe, there are often 3 categories of characters: heroes (or good guys), anti-heroes and antagonists (or bad guys). In general, the heroes are also the main characters in the work. However, the line becomes blurred when these heroes adopt behaviors worthy of the greatest antagonists there are. Focus on some animes where the protagonists are very far from being angels …
Kiritsugu Emiya (Fate / Zero)
Protagonist of Fate / Zero (the prequel to Fate / stay night), Kiritsugu is one of the Seven Great Mages appointed for the Fourth Great Holy Grail War. They can summon seven mythical spirits (Servants) to wage a bitter struggle until only one remains. The winner will thus see the possibility of granting his dearest wish.
Known to be a notorious killer of mages, Kiritsugu will do anything to get the Grail. His wish: to ensure world peace. However, this pragmatic and cynical protagonist will do anything to get what he wants. Thus, he does not hesitate to kill, sacrifice and exploit the weaknesses of all his opponents without any emotion. Kiritsugu does not seem to care about the consequences of his actions. Believing himself in his right, he has little consideration for people who accidentally perish at his hand, seeing them as sacrifices necessary for his vision of justice.
Ainz Ooal Gown (Overlord)
Formerly known as Momonga, Ainz is the protagonist of the anime. Overlord. Originally, he was a simple human who spent his days in Yggdrasil, an online virtual role-playing game having been a real success, but on the verge of closing definitively after 12 years of existence. Completely disconnected from reality, he is the leader of one of the 10 best guilds in the game: the Ainz Ooal Gown guild. Despite disconnecting from the game, Momonga decides to stay submerged there.
Despite his very frightening-looking avatar, the character strives to act like a worthy ruler by kindly and loyally leading his NPCs who have sworn loyalty to him. However, since he now lives forever in Ainz’s skin, his emotions like pity and sadness will become more and more limited. All this means that he can be very cold, and even ruthless with his opponents. Some of his decisions can be very hard.
Light Yagami (Death Note)
Heroes of the cult work Death Note, Light Yagami is a gifted high school student, but cold and lonely. Indeed, he is a utopian individual who only feels disgust for a world he finds rotten and boring. His existence is forever turned upside down the day he accidentally picks up the Death Note, a notebook that has the power to kill anyone whose name is written on it. He then decides to use it to rid the world of all criminals and thus create a perfect world.
Adopting the nickname of “Kira”, the initially “noble” goal of Light gives way to an extreme megalomania since he estimates very quickly to be a God who decides who deserves to live and who deserves to die. Extremely intelligent and assertive, he has his own sense of justice and becomes over the course of the series, manipulative and totally immoral.
The vampireHellsing is one of the first of its kind to have existed. Its mission is to eradicate the vampires which are in strong upsurge. However, Alucard does not do this out of justice or nobility. He leads all these missions by pure challenge and desire to shed as much blood as possible.
Ferocious, even sadistic in his fights, Alucard is extremely cruel, attacking more to humiliate his victim than to kill him. Possessing a cynicism and a disproportionate ego, he feels superior to everyone, because of his undeniable power. He also has no feelings for his fellows and that he considers to be even more useless waste than humans.
Tanya von Degurechaff (Youjo Senki: Saga of Tanya the Evil)
Female protagonist of the anime Yōjo Senki: Saga of Tanya the Evil, Tanya von Degurechaff is the reincarnation of an arrogant Japanese worker and condemned to be reborn in another universe similar to the Europe of the 1910s, in an empire torn by countless wars with all its neighboring countries. Despite her 9 years, she is an extremely powerful second lieutenant in the Imperial Army, possessing mage powers that allow him to fly and shoot explosive bullets.
Ruthless, aggressive and cruel, she always makes sure not to risk her life stupidly, not hesitating to sacrifice the lives of those whom she considers inferior to her.
Eren jager (The attack of the Titans)
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