Anime villains are generally thought of as masterminds who work behind the scenes to manipulate everyone around them, both heroes and villains alike. In other cases, the villain is so powerful no one ever challenges them even though they're always looking for a fight.
But some anime villains aren't masterminds manipulating the world through their massive armies; they're just lazy. These villains don't want to roll up their sleeves and put in the work until the heroes have their back against the wall. Some villains avoid doing any work they don't have to, especially if that work is outside the scope of their initial mission.
10 Majin Buu Would Rather Take A Nap Than Do Evil Deeds (Dragon Ball Z)
Sealed away for millions of years, the first thing Majin Buu wanted to do when he got free was eat some food. With the Kai inside of him, much of the evil that drove him to cause destruction didn't exist anymore. In true Dragon Ball Z fashion e still loves fighting and has a terrible temper, and he'll turn people into candy without a second thought.
However, a big part of how Hercule was able to get Majin Buu on his side was just how lazy the character was from the beginning. If Babidi had indulged in that a bit more, he might still have him under his control.
9 Saizuchi Relied On Someone Else To Do All The Work For Him (Rurouni Kenshin)
Saizuchi was one of the most worthless members of Shisio's Juppongatana in Rurouni Kenshin. He didn't know how to fight, and didn't seem to show interest in learning how either. He had control over the giant Fuji who he ordered to fight for him instead.
Once Hiko arrived to rescue the group from Fuji, there's no further threat. Saizuchi doesn't even have a back-up plan in case Fuji turns on him, his only plan was to assume a literal giant would follow his commands forever.
8 Lotus Whomalt Only Does What's Strictly Asked Of Him (Black Clover)
Black Cover's Lotus Whomalt is a devoted soldier of the Diamond Kingdom, a group who isn't afraid to get their hands dirty if it means gaining more power than the neighboring kingdoms. While most of them are twisted and evil, Lotus is a punch-clock villain.
He's not interested in inflicting additional cruelty, and he's not even interested in fighting at all if he can avoid it. He cares a lot more about being able to go back home to his wife and kid, and he's constantly taking the easiest method to finishing his mission. He's lazy, but no one can say he's not smart.
7 Kumagawa Misogi Refuses To Take Anything Seriously Since He Always Loses (Medaka Box)
Kumagawa is a Minus with absurd powers, even for Medaka Box. He can make anything in reality cease to exist with his skill "All Fiction" if he wants. He's supremely talented at everything and gifted with superhuman strength and reflexes, but he hates to put effort into anything.
He's believes that anything he does will inevitably fail and sees himself as the weakest person in the world. So despite his capabilities, he never tries to win at whatever he's doing, but only lose in a manner that's satisfactory to him.
6 Sloth Doesn't Even Want To Think If He Doesn't Have To (Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood)
Unsurprisingly, a being that embodies Sloth is lazy. He's so incredibly lazy he doesn't even want to think if he doesn't have to, and would prefer doing nothing most of the time. It's not that he can't do anything, he's one of the strongest people in Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood, though he's not invincible.
He's also diligent, as when ordered to by Father he spent decades building a tunnel underneath an entire country. But that's only when ordered, and he mostly follows those orders because it's easier to let someone think for him than do the thinking himself. Eventually, he decides even the act of living was too much for him.
5 Frieza Let Vegeta And The Z Warriors Wipe Out His Entire Army Before Doing Something (Dragon Ball Z)
Frieza's actions on Namek only make sense in that he's a spoiled child who never had to work. While searching for the Dragon Balls, Frieza refused to ever do anything. Even as Vegeta was killing his assistants one by one, his answer wasn't to take the field himself. Instead, his answer was to call more people to fight his battles for him, summoning the Ginyu Force.
Once all of his aces were dead, he took the field, but it's much too late by then. And if that isn't bad enough, Frieza only lost because he was naturally strong and never trained before. His rage at being killed caused him to actually try, but he was still not diligent enough to master his new Golden Form first.
4 Raia Doesn't Want To Work Unless He Has To (Black Clover)
Raia is the master of Copy Magic, which means he can copy the spells of anyone he's fighting. That works out for him because he doesn't actually like to put work into learning anything new. When he gets into a battle with Mereleona of the Crimson Lions, he still doesn't like trying.
He pulls out different spells he's copied from his spellbook to fight her, and when she seems like she can deal with one he moves on to the next one without putting in further effort. Because he masters the spells of any grimoire he touches, he can be as lazy as he wants and only tries in mandatory situations.
3 Admiral Aokiji Is Usually Found Somewhere Sleeping (One Piece)
One Piece's master of the self-described "Lazy Justice," Aokij, has a standard position of either laying or sitting down. Even the people around him don't think he should be able to achieve the position he has because he seems to abhor doing work so much.
That's not to say he isn't powerful, he was able to defeat all the Straw Hats without any help. He also fought Akainu for several days because he didn't want Akainu becoming head of the Marines. But despite that level of devotion, once he lost he chose to just quit the Marines entirely than continue working for such a ruthless person.
2 Brandish Prefers Sight-Seeing And Traveling Than Fighting (Fairy Tail)
Supposedly, Brandish is one of the most powerful members of the Spriggan 12. She has the ability to grow and shrink anything she uses her magic on, with no limit on the size of whatever she's targeting. The Fairy Tail group didn't have an answer for her powers, but they didn't need one.
Brandish doesn't care about fighting, and barely wants to be part of the Spriggan 12. She prefers long bubble baths, sightseeing in places she's never been before, and trying out famous sweets over doing any work. She stops fighting Fairy Tail before the war even begins.
1 Coyote Starrk Is So Lazy He Tried To Pretend Fight Someone (Bleach)
With Bleach's Coyote Starrk, the laziness is the point. Despite being #1 Espada, the ranking has no meaning to him. For him, strength has only ever been a burden, and he would prefer not to use it at all. For so long, his power was great enough that even being near him killed weaker Hollows.
Though his strength should make him the leader of the Espada, he was all too happy to hand the role off to Barraggan, who wanted to rule more than he did. Starrk's laziness is so great that when Kyoryaku challenged him to a fight, he offered for them to just "pretend" to fight to keep them from having to do any work.
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