Let’s be honest, the majority of stories will conclude with good defeating evil. There may be some losses along the way and the ending might be bittersweet, but at least the good guys win.
Not with these series. Like life, sometimes evil wins. And since this is about evil, there will be spoilers!
So go on, get out of here if you don’t want some story endings spoiled. Your fault for not reading the manga (j/k fam, I love you).
1. JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure: Stone Ocean
What happens: An ambiguously gay priest fulfills Dio’s long-term plan of attaining heaven, then kills every character except for Emporio, and resets the entire universe. The characters who died do return with their same body and soul, but it doesn’t matter since Dio’s goal was achieved (even though he died decades before).
2. Silent Möbius
What happens: So, evil doesn’t win per say, but there is a pivotal moment during the last arc. Katsumi Liqueur and Robert DeVice finally enter a relationship and totally sleep with each other. While Katsumi is showering the next morning, the villain Ganossa Maximillian sneaks into the apartment, slaughters Robert, sneaks out, then witnesses Katsumi becoming overwhelmed with grief before vaporizing her apartment complex.
Being a true bastard, Maximillian breaks the 4th wall and bows to the audience.
3. Berserk (1997)
What happens: Griffith triggers the eclipse and sacrifices his former squad to flesh-eating demons while raping a pregnant Casca in front of Guts. Casca then gives birth to an abomination, goes clinically insane, and Guts loses one arm and one eye. Griffith prances away to become a dimension altering demon.
4. Yu Yu Hakusho
What happens: Shinobu Sensui wants to open the portal to Demon World and let all the demons run wild since he wants to be killed by a demon stronger than him. Yusuke Urameshi, who is revived as a demon, kills Sensui. The portal to Demon World is left open, but humans and demons get along just fine. Even though Sensui dies, Yusuke admits that Sensui is the true winner.
5. Chrono Crusade
What happens: The villain simply kills all of the heroes in the anime, while the manga ends differently.
6. Speed Grapher
What happens: Suitengu manages to gather all of the money in Japan in a skyscraper, burns the skyscraper to plunge Japan into an economic crisis, kills everyone in a fetish club, and witnesses his rival losing his eyesight.
7. Hellsing: Ultimate
What happens: The Major gets to see his great war. It doesn’t matter who wins or if he dies, The Major just wants the world to burn.
8. Neon Genesis Evangelion
What happens: Seele successfully triggers the Human Instrumentality Project, which turns everyone into Tang.
What happens: A naked Gilgamesh and a stone-faced Kotomine skip into the sunset after the city of Fuyuki is destroyed. Their goal was to prevent Kiritsugu from winning the Holy Grail and they succeeded.
What happens: The Tendoshu is a powerful group that controls virtually everything in the Gintama universe, and they showed this during the Shogun Assassination Arc. The Tendoshu showed their power by distracting the major factions by having them fight each other while they assassinated the current Shogun.
11. Puella Magi Madoka Magica
What happens: Kyubey achieves his goal of making a contract with Madoka. Kyubey doesn’t care that the contract is on Madoka’s terms, it’s the fact that she made the contract that matters.
What is your favorite anime that ends on an evil note?