Originally revenge or betrayal series do not belong to any specific genre but the theme of these series is usually super dark and filled with many brutal action sequences. Sometimes the plot drives the hero to become a villain or even a mass murderer.
This kind of narrative originally makes the audience feel different kinds of emotions at the same time like rage, hatred, sadness, etc.
Revenge or betrayal anime series is much more popular these days. After watching a lot of the same types of anime this might give you just the break you need.
Here is our top pick for the Best revenge anime with an exceptionally well-written plotline that will always keep you on your toes.
10. Arifureta: From Commonplace to World’s Strongest
- AUTHOR: Ryo Shirakome
- GENRE: Action, Adventure, Fantasy, Isekai, Harem
- EPISODES: 12 + 2 OVAs (Season 2 Ongoing)
A dark Isekai with the plot of revenge and betrayal. As a fan what more do you want. Still, it’s not all for the story, our main character also has the power to oppose and kill the gods by himself. With the ambition of returning home, he kills ruthlessly everywhere he went.
SYNOPSIS: Unlike typical Isekai a whole group of students was transported to another world. But our main character was the weakest with the ability of synergists. After being insulted, ridiculed, and humiliated for his lack of powers, he gets betrayed by a classmate.
He was thrown into the darkest hell of a labyrinth. There using his brain and his ability he kills monsters and eats them. But after eating them he was mutated into a human-monster hybrid. After clearing the labyrinth he became stronger and came to realize his true enemies.
Now he has the power to kill gods. Hajime Nagumo is massively overpowered and he doesn’t hold back when he sees his enemies, destroying them from organ to organ.
- AUTHOR: Norihiro Yagi
- GENRE: Action, Dark Fantasy,
- EPISODES: 26
In the revenge genre, Claymore is a trademark. Though the fans prefer the manga more I think the anime has its own plus points. A story that beautifully depicts its character’s mental fortitude. A girl who has lost everything to Yoma now is hell-bent on getting revenge.
SYNOPSIS: A world where monsters feed on humans and also blend in with society by changing appearance. The monsters are known as Yoma. But there are people known as Claymore who exists only to kill Yoma’s for a fee. The story depicts such a claymore known as Clare.
In her childhood, she lost her parents to Yoma and was tortured by them. Until Teressa saves her but the reality is harsh. Teressa was also killed by a Yoma. Now with hatred and resentment, Clare sets on a journey of revenge to destroy the Yoma and protect everyone from losing their loved ones.
- AUTHOR: Osamu Tezuka
- GENRE: Action, Adventure, Supernatural, Dark Fantasy
- EPISODES: 24(2019)
A unique series with a lot of darkness, combined with brutal murder and gore.The journey of a child betrayed by his father the moment he was born. A baby who should not be alive and an orphan’s journey to find the meaning of existence. A solid plot with a lot of character development. A series animated by MAPPA which has an excellent fanbase also. Try it if you are a fan of revenge plots.
SYNOPSIS: A feudal samurai lord has his newborn son’s organs and limbs sacrificed to forty-eight demons in exchange for dominance on the battlefield. The abandoned baby was found by a doctor who specializes in giving people prosthetic limbs.
Doctor Jukai saves him by giving him prosthetic limbs and weapons. When the child grows up he develops the ability to see the silhouette of demons and was also able to fight back. After defeating the first demon, he got his feeling of pain back and Doctor Jukai names him Hyakkimaru.
Hyakkimaru leaves on a journey to regain everything he lost. Along the way, Hyakkimaru meets an orphan child who decides to follow him. The child’s name was Dororo. Now the two children set out to take revenge against the demons and all those who wronged them.
7. 91 Days
- AUTHOR: Taku Kishimoto
- GENRE: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
- EPISODES: 12+1 OVA
An intriguing and exciting story that keeps its audience enraptured. What could be a better circumstance for a revenge plot than the Mafia? The plot of this story is very interesting but if you are a fan of violence then this might be your favorite one. It has tons of actions and grotesque scenes.
SYNOPSIS: Angelo witnessed the murder of his family when he was a little child. In the town of lawlessness, Illinois the Vanetti mafia family killed them in a mafia dispute. After losing everything, he leaves the town and goes into hiding for years.
After seven years in hiding in the Midwest, Angelo receives an unknown letter from a friend of his father’s. The letter was about his return to the city of Illinois and taking revenge on his parent’s murderers. Under the name of Avilio Bruno, Angelo begins to infiltrate the Vanetti clan.
However, revenge breeds revenge, and killing brings more killing. Now, what will happen in these 91 days? What tragedy awaits these men involved in killing and murder?
6. Black Butler
- AUTHOR: Yana Toboso
- GENRE: Action, Comedy, Dark Fantasy, Supernatural, Thriller
- EPISODES: 46+7 OVAs
In the world of anime, this duo is one of the fan favorites. A story of holding many dark plots and society’s most disgusting politics. A child’s revenge after almost being tortured to death. A demon who is all-powerful but is serving a child. What does the future hold for this duo?
SYNOPSIS: In London lives a twelve-year-old earl named Ciel Phantomhive. He becomes the earl after some incidents on his tenth birthday. December 14, 1885, the Phantomhive manor was attacked by unknown enemies and Ciel lost his parents along with the family dog, Sebastian. On that night he was captured by the attackers and sold into slavery.
At that small age, Ciel Phantomhive’s life becomes a living hell. But Ciel endures endless physical and mental torture at the hands of a demonic cult. Hellbent on taking revenge on the people that destroyed his family, he exchanges his soul with a demon and makes a pact. Afterward, Ciel names the demon Sebastian Michaelis.
Now, this mesmerizing duo returns to bring forth revenge for those who made Ciel’s life hell.
5. Vinland Saga
- AUTHOR: Makoto Yukimura
- GENRE: Action, Adventure, Historical, Mature, Seinen
- EPISODES: 24
Coming in at number 5, we have Vinland Saga. A story of the Viking filled with revenge, vengeance, and betrayal. Thorfinn read about the utopian world of Vinland where there’s nothing but peace. But his fantasy world shattered one day when he lost his father in the hands of some mercenaries. Now he sets out to get revenge for that event.
SYNOPSIS: Fifteen years ago the Thors Snorresson, abandons a sea battle and starts to live a peaceful life in Iceland with his wife Helga. Their son Thorfinn dreams about going to Vinland, a place that is very peaceful. But soon his world shattered when he learns that his father was killed in a mercenary raid.
From that very moment, Thorfinn decides to take revenge on the mercenary leader. He then joins the Viking group who killed his father to get revenge from their leader Askeladd.
- AUTHOR: Kentaro Miura
- GENRE: Action, Horror, Drama, Dark Fantasy
- EPISODES: 25(1997-98)/ 24(2016-17)
If this was a manga list this series might have hit the top of this list. Though the 1997 anime series was not that bad the 2016 series received a lot of criticism from the fanbase. Still, Kentaro Miura’s magnum opus Berserk is the literal depiction of what a revenge story looks like. The plot of this series is awesome and full of bloody battles. Every fan must give it a try once in their life.
SYNOPSIS: Guts is the protagonist of the legendary series Berserk. He is a mercenary who travels from between different companies in search of work. But everything changes after Guts meets Griffith. Griffith defeats Guts in a battle and makes him join Band of the Hawk. The vigorous and tempestuous relationship between Guts and Griffith is the primary plotline of the anime. After the events of the Eclipse, during which he loses his left forearm and right eye, Guts seeks revenge on Griffith.
Follow our berserker Guts in his journey of revenge and betrayal filled with demons who can kill him anywhere anytime.
3. Code Geass Lelouch of the Rebellion
- AUTHOR: Ichiro Okouchi
- GENRE: Action, Drama, Thriller, Mecha, Sci-fi
- EPISODES: 50
A revenge-themed anime with a lot of politics. Any list of revenge anime can’t be fulfilled without Code Geass. A kid betrayed by his father and losing his mother sets on to destroy the kingdom his father rules. In the fandom, this anime is considered one of the masterpieces. With a lot of character development and deep-rooted political moves this anime beautifully describes the revenge-betrayal them.
What do you do when there is an evil you cannot defeat by just means? Do you stain your hands with evil to destroy evil? Or do you remain steadfastly just and righteous even if it means surrendering to evil?― Lelouch Vi Britannia
Lelouch, the prince of Britannia and an incredible genius, was exiled from the kingdom. In the year 2010, Lelouch’s mother Marianne was brutally murdered. Nunnally, Lelouch’s sister watched this happen and the trauma made her blind and unable to walk. Then Lelouch and Nunnally were exiled to Japan as political pawns. Lelouch decides to destroy his father. As he thinks his father failed his mother by turning a blind eye to the murder. So while living in Japan (Area 11) he starts planning his revenge.
If you haven’t watched this series you must watch it right now.
2. Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba
- AUTHOR: Koyoharu Gotouge
- GENRE: Action, Adventure, Supernatural, Dark Fantasy
- EPISODES: 44+1 MOVIE
In the second position of our list in Gotouge’s best seller and fan favorite Demon Slayer. A normal boy Tanjiro’s hellish journey of revenge. There is a group of people who slay demons called Demon Slayers. This anime has awesome animation quality with lots of loveable characters. Not only beautiful action but also the heartwrenching story keeps the audience spellbound.
“Feel The Rage. The Powerful, Pure Rage Of Not Being Able To Forgive Will Become Your Unswerving Drive To Take Action.”— Giyu Tomioka
The Demon Slayer Corps were waging a secret war against demons for centuries. The demons are people who in exchange for power sold their souls. Now after losing humanity they eat humans. Demons can only be killed if they’re decapitated or exposed to sunlight. But the Demon Slayers are entirely human.
They train in a specific breathing style which grants them inhuman strength and some resistance to protect themselves. Tanjiro the protagonist is a very kindhearted boy living in the mountains. After his father’s death, he became the family’s only food provider. But one day everything changed.
After returning from work he found his whole family has been slaughtered by a Demon and his sister Nezuko is the sole survivor. But Nezuko turned into a Demon. Now Tanjiro to kill the demon and to help Nezuko started walking on the hellish path of revenge.
1. Attack on Titan
- AUTHOR: Hajime Isayama
- GENRE: Action, Thriller, Drama, Mature, Dark Fantasy, Fiction,
- EPISODES: 77+8 OVAs
At the top of our list is the fan-favorite series Isayama’s Attack on Titan. A series depicting a war between humans and titans. This series is full of lots of grotesque murder and bloody action scenes. This anime has reached people out of the anime-only fanbase. The theme of this anime is totally based on revenge and betrayal. You will also love the character growth and the in-depth plotline with a lot of twists and turns.
“I’m Gonna Destroy Them! Every Last One Of Those Animals That’s On This Earth!”— Eren Yaeger
The series depicts a civilization living inside 3 walls. Almost a century ago humanity was annihilated by human-eating giants called Titans. Now humans are creating high-tech military equipment to fight those monsters. But in the year 845, two titans breached one of the outer walls which protects humans. Eren Yaeger is a boy who lives inside the outer wall, a town called Shiganshina.
In this titan attack, Eren’s mother was eaten alive by a titan while Eren escapes. So he decides to kill all of them to get his revenge. He with his two friends- Mikasa and Armin join the Military to fight them. What does fate hold for Eren in the future?
With this, our list of the Top 10 best anime of all time with the plot of revenge/betrayal comes to an end. Which one out of this is your favorite revenge anime? If you haven’t watched all of these go watch it right now. And also tell us which one is your favorite among these in our comment box.
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