Alter egos can add an interesting twist to a character and make them more dynamic. In anime, the concept of evil alter egos is particularly intriguing. These alter egos can serve as villains or create chaos in an otherwise heroic character’s life. Here are some of the best evil alter egos in anime.
10. Hakuba – One Piece
Cavendish, a pirate known for his narcissistic and handsome personality, has a secret. When he falls asleep, he transforms into his alter ego, Hakuba. Hakuba is a completely different personality, attacking anyone he encounters without any reason. Cavendish despises this alter ego but has no control over it.
9. ??? – Mob Psycho 100
Shigeo Kageyama, also known as Mob, is a powerful esper who must control his psychic powers to avoid causing harm to his loved ones. However, when Mob goes unconscious, his alter ego, ???, emerges. ??? is destructive and wreaks havoc whenever he appears, although he is not explicitly evil.
8. Agito & Lind Wanijima – Air Gear
Akito Wanijima has a secret – he hides a second personality called Agito Wanijima. Agito is an abrasive and foul-mouthed young man who protects Akito when his strength as the Fang King is needed. While Agito is aggressive, he is not evil. However, the third hidden personality within Akito, Lind, is ruthless and sadistic.
7. Hallelujah Haptism – Mobile Suit Gundam 00
Allelujah Haptism is a Gundam Meister in Celestial Being and aims to end all wars on Earth. Due to traumatic experiences, Allelujah developed a split personality known as Hallelujah. Unlike his quiet and gentle self, Hallelujah is sadistic and willing to kill to survive. Allelujah relies on him during battles.
6. SkullGreymon – Digimon Adventure
SkullGreymon is an evil alternate version of Agumon, the partner of Tai in Digimon Adventure. Due to pressure from Tai, Agumon evolves recklessly into SkullGreymon. This dark Digimon rampages and hurts friends and foes alike.
5. Diavolo – JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure: Golden Wind
Diavolo is the boss of the mafia organization Passione and the main antagonist of JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure Part 5. Diavolo keeps his true identity a secret and even attempts to kill his own daughter to protect it. He shares a body with Vinegar Doppio, his underboss, without Doppio’s knowledge.
4. Hollow Ichigo – Bleach
Ichigo, a Shinigami, gains strength through risky methods and almost turns into a Hollow. Although he manages to fight his way back, he acknowledges the existence of his hollow self. Hollow Ichigo is ruthless and violent, often coming into conflict with Ichigo but also providing him with power.
3. Saber Alter – Fate/Stay Night: Heaven’s Feel
Saber Alter is an altered version of the character Saber in the Fate series. She becomes Saber Alter after being consumed and blackened by mud from the Shadow. Saber Alter is a cold-hearted killing machine but still retains her sense of honor and dignity. She opposes her former master without hesitation or regret.
2. Dark Schneider – Bastard!!
Lucien Renlen is a seemingly naive and spineless boy protected by his friend Tia Noto Yoko. However, Lucien is also the sealed reincarnation of Dark Schneider, an evil wizard who once nearly sealed away the world. With a kiss, Lucien transforms into Dark Schneider and becomes a powerful but slightly more heroic wizard.
1. Yami Marik – Yu-Gi-Oh!
Marik, the main antagonist of the Battle City arc in Yu-Gi-Oh!, has an evil alter ego named Yami Marik. Born out of trauma and hatred, Yami Marik seeks revenge and has no redeeming qualities. Dispelling Yami Marik becomes the main goal for Yugi and the pharaoh in the arc.
Evil alter egos bring excitement and complexity to anime characters. Whether they are completely villainous or have shades of gray, these alter egos add depth to the stories they appear in.