2015 Anime Villains Tournament, Round 1, Match 11
For this one we have…
Nobuyuki Sugou/Oberon - Sword Art Online vs. Meruem - Hunter x Hunter
I don't even know who the guy from Hunter x Hunter is, but I'll vote for him anyway, because Oberon is without a doubt one of the single worst, most pathetic anime villains I've ever seen. Bar none. -_-
Hah, I STILL haven't even seen SAO but I can't imagine it (or its villains) can stand up to Hunter x Hunter. Meruem it is.
Are you telling me you paired up the single shittiest villain that almost killed the entire SAO series against the single greatest antagonist in all of Hunter x Hunter, or in my honest opinion, the best Shonen antagonist ever created?
MERUEM IS THE WINNER.
Seriously my favorite anime villain fighting my least favorite anime villain. It's practically destiny.
Seriously, Meruem better win this one.
Meruem gets my vote.
My vote goes to Meruem.
Meruem is just an amazing character and an amazing villain. The sheer amount of destruction that he causes in the show is insane and Oberon pales in comparison.
Sniffing a girl's hair doesn't keep up with creating powerful lifeforms with the capability to destroy the human race.
Guess I got to show that Meruem hype and support right?
Also this kind of goes without saying, BUT SPOILER WARNING:
Meruem's character design is a giant homage to Dragon Ball Z, where Meruem basically looks like a combination of both Freeza and Cell. Meruem is an extremely powerful being upon conception, born to greatness believing that its his destiny to rule and kill as he sees fit. When he first comes into the scene, Meruem is merciless and brutal. His bloodlust unquenchable, and his power terrifying.
Even as the series when he begins to grow into something else, he always retains a sense of badassery and might to him, even when things get out of control. He's a unique character, often conflicted between the lines of impulsive beast and humanity. His connection to his guards as well as a growing curiosity to a blind girl named Komugi, who he challenges to a board game called Gungi in order to pass time in his conquered castle in a Totalitarian country.
The context for this scene is that he keeps facing her in Gungi and continues to lose, thus prompting him to keep playing her to try harder, thus keeping her alive longer than she would have were she not so good in this game. He challenges her resolve that if she loses the next game, she must have her arm cut off, but if she wins she can have any wish granted. To his shock, she shows no earthly desire but to keep playing Gungi, and she tells him instead of cutting off her arm, she would rather bet with what she usually bets on: her own life.
Thus the scene itself follows.
He's a complex and dynamic characters, and he's one of the strongest in all of Hunter x Hunter. A fascinating take on the powerful Shonen villain archetype that even when he develops shows a strong sense of power and might to his entire being. A great character, and a fantastic villain for Hunter x Hunter.
Well I'll go with Nobuyuki Sugou/Oberon here, but since I'm the only one that's voted for him to actually post means that he'd lose even if the match ends up tied.
The fact that he somehow got 5 people to vote for him honestly makes me weep for anime fandom. -_-
People are free to vote for who they want. I get it, you don't like Sword Art Online, but it doesn't mean other people are wrong if they do like it. No one's opinion is 100% absolutely right or wrong. Try to remember that.
My god, I am just super tempted right now to vote for Sugou anyway, purely for tehlulz.
I know he's an absolutely horrible villain, but I just wanna see how far he'll make it, just as a joke.
Plus, I haven't seen HxH, so yeah.