This is one I’ve actually been sitting on for a while now. Originally it was gonna be a video, and also it was gonna be contained to anime only, but I eventually decided to change it to include all forms of animation. I guess I just really like evil women as villains in my stories, and of course like to see them in my cartoons too. So let’s go ahead and look at five of my all-time favourites, and keep in mind that these are limited to one entry per franchise.
I always felt like Pokémon needed a villain like Pokémon Hunter J: A villain who is ruthless, takes no nonsense, and because we don’t know her backstory or her motivations, she’s someone that cannot be reasoned with and is therefore more frightening. Now, I know a lot of people would likely say Jessie or Cassidy or Domino is the best villainess from Pokémon, but for me, it’s J. And why? BECAUSE SHE ACTUALLY TRIES TO KILL ASH! Everyone else just tries to get Ash out of the way, kidnap him, or at worst knock him out. J has actually fired Hyper Beams at him, had Drapion try to crush him, and dropped him out the back of her aircraft from super high up. In other words, she is thus guilty of not only poaching like most villains on the show, but also attempted murder…Not that it would matter though, since Ash would just regenerate. Hee-hee, never gets old.
Yes, I watched this show, I admit it. I’ll also admit that on the odd occasion that I get nostalgic for it, I have a couple of seasons of the dub. And in the initial season of the show, the big bad was Queen Beryl. Now the thing about Beryl was that she demonstrated a number of times that she had more than enough power to destroy Sailor Moon and the Sailor Scouts…at least if she’d done so early on. Sadly, as is the case with many evil rulers, she let her generals take care of her dirty work for her, punished them horrifically when they failed, and ultimately allowed her enemies to grow strong enough to take her down in the end. So yeah, not the sharpest tool in the shed, but she was powerful and wicked, and very sadistic to her enemies and to her underlings that fell out of her favour.
Now, I should note that as a kid, Beryl was not my favourite villainess from Sailor Moon. So why am I not counting them now? Well…because it was Zoisite. As you’ve probably noticed from the way I described Beryl, my main exposure to this show was the original English dub, and thus is the main form of it in my mind. This kinda messes with me as not only was Zoisite my favourite villain on the show, I actually had a crush on her…then I found out that Zoisite was really a dude and that they changed him to a girl in the dub because of his romantic affiliation with Malachite…Yeah, I was messed up for a while ‘cuz of that…
Before you say anything, let me just point out that I’m referring strictly to the version from Batman: The Animated Series, though I’m partial to pretty much any version of her. Hell, even the one from the Batman & Robin movie, despite the sheer amounts of cheese involved. But anyway, what can I say about Poison Ivy? Well, for starters, HUMINA HUMINA HUMINA! That said, do not sleep with this woman, it will NEVER stop itching. Once a brilliant botanist, Pamela Isley turned to a life of crime and became one of Batman’s greatest enemies. And considering she can grow massive man-eating plant monsters, it’s not all that hard to understand why. She also occasionally formed a tag team with Harley Quinn, a major fan favourite who got her start in that show. Though personally, Ivy just edges out over her in my opinion.
Yeah okay, I just wanted a villainess from Digimon, and…well, Arukenimon is the one that got the most screen time. Okay, I think maybe Lilithmon might’ve gotten as much in Xros Wars, but I haven’t seen much of that, so I can’t count it. I will give Arukenimon this much: She was cunning (for the most part) and had the power to turn Control Spires into evil Digimon with no hearts with just a single one of her hairs for each Spire used. In addition, SHE CREATED BLACKWARGREYMON. However, the truth is she really wasn’t all THAT great a villainess. Now who could’ve been much better if they’d gotten the same amount of screen time? LadyDevimon, of course. I mean she was evil to the core, tried to murder helpless civilians, and best of all, regularly got into cat fights with Angewomon. Now who wouldn’t love to have someone like that as a regular antagonist on a children’s show?!…Wait…
Now, I know what you’re thinking: Is that really the best you can do when it comes to animated villainesses? Well, no. No it isn’t. Because this last one trumps them all in my opinion…
The victim of a horrific incident as a teenager that led to the creation of arguably the most evil woman walking the Earth, Reika Kitami is LITERALLY a servant to Satan and is imbued with his dark powers, twisting her mind into a sadist, a masochist, and just completely insane in her every goal. I don’t know if there exists someone worse…and honestly, if there is, I don’t think I wanna know. But most horrifying of all is that she has the ability to draw you in, wrap you around her finger, and once she’s got you, not only will she never let go, but a part of you won’t want her to. Now I can’t officially recommend people check this series out, and I won’t be adding links to it. Why? Well, with good reason: It’s pornography, and honestly, it can be morally sick. But because it’s still animated, there is no reason to leave her out of this list, and frankly every reason to include her, as she is quite simply the most evil of all animated villainesses.
So those are my 5 Favourite Animated Villainesses. Hope you enjoyed, and hey, here’s hoping we get to see more great animated villainesses in the future! Ja né!
The final chapter of my analysis on this movie, what went wrong, as well as some things I need to say in its VERY small defence, it’s the Turbo Review Part 05!
Intro theme is ‘Roar’ by Treat, as always. Images and clips and whatnot are from Super Sentai, Power Rangers, Metal Gear Solid, The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya, Final Fantasy VII, and Inception.
Special thanks go to Staledogg for doing voice over for this video:http://blip.tv/asianfilmreviews Also, the following footage was created by FierceDeityXeroX and used with his permission: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3FIsTorcvG8
Finally, coming up in the next episode of my Favourite 5 series, I take a look at the bad girls you love to hate (or for some people, hate to love).
Music is from Chicago. Images are from Pokémon, Dragonball Z, Sailor Moon, Digimon, Full Metal Alchemist, and Bible Black. And finally, the title card is done by GracefulWitch: http://gracefulwitch.deviantart.com/