Many anime series are legendary not only because of the heroic deeds of the protagonist, such as Naruto Uzumaki or Son Goku, but also because of the powerful, terrifying and compelling villains who oppose the hero at all times. Often times, mega-villains like Freiza, Sosuke Aizen, or All For One are defeated at the hands of a hero, but other villains lose to their own kind.

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Why would a villain attack and defeat another villain? The reasons are many, such as if a villain has gone rogue and must be killed to tie a loose end, or if a villain betrays another and kills him for some profit, or perhaps for revenge or to resolve a grudge. Some villains never had a chance to beat the heroes, because they faced defeat at the hands of a stronger villain.

10 Magne, who lost to review (My Hero Academia)

The League of Villains accepts a wide variety of criminals, thugs, and outcasts in their ranks, and that includes the powerful villain known as Magne. This villain had the ability to attract people or repel them based on magnetism, and Magne fought the Mandalay of the Wild, Wild Pussycats before the League withdrew.

Magne never had a chance to fight any more heroes, because once Overhaul, the yakuza boss appeared, he confronted Magne and dealt a killing blow out of spite and to set an example for the League. Later, the League cooperated with Overhaul, despite this loss.

9 Luppi Antenor, Who Lost To Grimmjow Jaegerjaques (Bleach)

Sosuke Aizen had many Arrancars (unmasked Hollows) at his command, and the ten Swords were the strongest of them. Grimmjow broke the rules and was expelled, and an Arrancar named Luppi took his place as the sixth Espada for a short time.

Luppi faced Captain Toshiro Hitsugaya and narrowly lost, but survived and retired to Las Noches. There, he faced his final defeat at the hands of Grimmjow, who reduced him to dust with a zero blast to regain his rank.

8 Deidara, who lost to Sasuke Uchiha (Naruto)

Deidara in Naruto Shippuden

One of the most outlandish members of the Akatsuki organization was Deidara, who insisted that his blast-based jutsu was the supreme art, and once intended to kill Orochimaru himself. Later, he found out that Sasuke Uchiha had beaten him, so Deidara and his partner Tobi (actually Obito) went after Sasuke.

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What followed was an exciting and explosive battle of ninjutsu, complete with summoning of jutsu by Sasuke. Deidara gave it his all, but Sasuke was too strong, and even Deidara’s self-destruct move didn’t win the battle. Sasuke escaped with the help of Manda the Serpent, and Deidara disappeared in a fireball of his own making (until he was revived with Edo Tensei, that is).

7 Greed, Who Lost To Wrath (Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood)

anger vs greed

The villainous Greed started out as an antagonist to Edward Elric, although he later became an ally of Ed once he was revived in the body of Prince Ling Yao. In the city of Dublith, Greed confronted Ed and Izumi Curtis until Wrath, posing as King Bradley, arrived to fix things.

Wrath, as the name suggests, is ruthless and cruel on the battlefield and never plays with his opponents. Greed took him too lightly, and it paid dearly when Wrath defeated him and dragged him back to Father’s underground lair below Central. Then greed melted back into a philosopher’s stone.

6 Monspeet, Who Lost To Estarossa (The Seven Deadly Sins)

Monspeet was one of the Ten Commandments, the most powerful beings who fight on behalf of the demon king. However, Monspeet had a sense of honor and also had a soft spot for his fellow Commandment, Derieri. He would give anything for her, and his devotion to her was soon put to the test.

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Estarossa soon emerged as a powerful new villain, and he was collecting all the powers of the Commandment one by one. Monspeet and Derieri were unable to defeat him, so Monspeet ensured that Derieri escaped with his life before surrendering his to face Estarossa in an explosive battle. How noble of him.

5 Queen Hou-Ting, who lost to Zaheer (The Legend of Korra)

Korra Hou Ting

Queen Hou-Ting was not as friendly to the Avatar as her father, King Kuei, had been. Hou-Ting was the image of a vain and power-hungry despot, and he tried to use Avatar Korra as a pawn and was outraged when Korra resisted. Hou-Ting was even angrier when Korra and Tenzin rescued the apprentice Airbenders in Ba Sing Se.

Hou-Ting wanted her to take care of Korra, and she had formed an alliance with the Red Lotus to that end. However, Zaheer the Airbender despised kings and queens, and he soon turned against Hou-Ting and committed regicide with murderous airbending. The Earth Kingdom soon fell into chaos, just as Zaheer intended.

4 Tier Halibel, who lost to Sosuke Aizen and Yhwach (Bleach)

Various villains in the history of Bleach suffered defeat or death at the hands of other villains, and Luppi Antenor was just the beginning. Later, Sosuke Aizen lost patience with the Espada and decided to fight the Soul Reapers himself, and tied up some loose ends.

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Despite her loyalty, Tier Halibel was eliminated, and she was rightly shocked and outraged that Aizen threw her like this. She fell to earth but survived, and later, became the queen of Hueco Mundo, only to suffer defeat at the hands of Yhwach, King Quincy.

3 Zabuza Momochi, who lost to Gato and his men (Naruto)

Strictly speaking, this villain versus villain battle ended in a draw, as both sides fell while Team 7 survived. Still, it’s fair to say that Zabuza Momochi was defeated at the hands of another villain; in this case, his cold-blooded employer, Gato.

Zabuza experienced Naruto’s “conversation jutsu” firsthand, and realized that Gato was the real enemy, not Team 7. Naruto was shocked when Zabuza turned on Gato and his assembled thugs and was enraged, and Zabuza and Gato fell. Zabuza had one last chance to say kind words to Haku before he died, at least.

two Gluttony, Who Lost To Pride (Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood)

Once again, the homunculi turn against each other, this time for more practical reasons. Wrath turned against Greed as the latter had long been rebellious, but Pride, the homunculus, defeated Gluttony simply because he needed more power.

Gluttony had a powerful nose, and Pride needed it to track down its cunning enemies in the dark. So, Pride used its shadow mouths to devour Gluttony, and Gluttony, tearful and scared, died in an ironic way to reluctantly grant Pride her strong sense of smell. Pride felt no regrets; The way he saw it, the seven homunculi are extensions of the same being, so he’s not actually “killing” anyone.

1 God Serena, who lost to Acnologia (Fairy Tail)

God Serena, Fairy Tail

There are countless colorful villains in the Fairy tale series, although not all are willing to get along or even share the same goals. In fact, some villains, like Minerva Orland, turn good and fight other villains. And what about God Serena, a powerful member of the Spriggan 12 group?

God Serena boasted that he could defeat absolutely anyone with his magic, and he even took on the mighty dragon Acnologia near the end of the series. However, Acnologia was on a completely different level and killed God Serena with apparent ease. At least that saved the Fairy Tail members the trouble of defeating God Serena.

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