I bet the reason why we know the seven deadly sins is not because we were pious and attended Sunday church to really know more about them. It’s thanks to anime! Not even common sense. Having characters based on those seven cardinal sins are in fact more fun than basing those off the seven heavenly virtues in which, by the way, can you even name them? So for today’s blog, I am listing down anime that uses this trope in their characters:

Anime: Fullmetal Alchemist & Fullmetal Alchemist Brotherhood.
Group name: Homunculi.
Members: Sloth (big dim-witted guy in Brotherhood but Juliet Douglas in the original), Greed, Envy, Gluttony, Lust, Pride and Bradley (Wrath).
Trademark: Ouroboros mark on their body.
Leader: Father (creator for most Homunculi), Dante (only in original series).
Role: They serve as the main group of antagonists in both series.
Status: All died except for Pride who was stripped of all homunculus powers and rendered ‘useless’.
Thoughts: This is the very first anime I watched using this theme but ironically didn’t exactly watch the entire original series and skipped the rebooted version. The overall series wasn’t really my cup of tea so apologies for any inaccuracies.

Anime: Nanatsu No Taizai.
Group name: Nanatsu No Taizai (obviously).
Members: Melodias (Wrath), Ban (Greed), Diane (Lust), King (Sloth), Gowther (Sloth), Merlin (Gluttony) and Esconar (Pride).
Trademark: Animal mark on their body.
8th member: Elizabeth Liones and Hawk.
Role: Originally accused and blamed for trying to overthrow the kingdom, they are now being recalled as ‘heroes’ to defeat the corrupted Holy Knights who once saved the kingdom. In the second season, they have to thwart the revival of the Ten Commandments (powerful elite demons serving under the Demon King – ironically the laws of God are made up of really bad demons).
Status: Currently rising up as Britannia and possible the world’s greatest and most powerful band of heroes… Stay tuned.
Thoughts: Perhaps currently the most famous anime using this theme as it is the most recent and epic one (unless you’re a hardcore fan of the Fullmetal Alchemist series). This is one of the few series that encompasses the seven deadly sins as the good guys and you can’t help support and cheer for them.

Anime: Umineko No Naku Koro Ni.
Group name: The Seven Stakes/Sisters of Purgatory.
Members: Asmodeus (Lust), Satan (Wrath), Lucifer (Pride), Leviathan (Envy), Belphegor (Sloth), Mammon (Greed) and Beelzebub (Gluttony).
Trademark: Ability to turn into stakes and use sword of light.
Leader: Beatrice.
Role: They serve as Beatrice’s weapon in battles.
Status: Despite the ambiguous ending in the anime, their fate is not known as they are tied closely to Beatrice’s fate. I read that in one of the game chapters when Beatrice is defeated, they become furniture. That’s putting stakes to good use…
Thoughts: Not really central to the anime. I thought they’re needed just to showcase Beatrice’s power as well as to add more spice and variety (sometimes complication) to the deaths and mystery of the arc. Not that powerful or united because sometimes they lose and at certain points, fought against each other.

Anime: 11eyes.
Group name: The Black Knights.
Members: Superbia (Pride), Avaritia (Greed), Ira (Wrath), Invidia, Acedia (Sloth), Gula (Greed) and Luxuria (Lust).
Formerly: Part of the Punishment Squad under Index.
Leader: Liselotte who is actually Luxuria.
Role: To eliminate the protagonists of the series whom they calls as Fragments.
Status: All died except for Superbia.
Thoughts: Saw this anime such a long time ago and can’t remember much. Only remembered them because of their creepy voodoo Halloween-like armour that was enough to give nightmares. At least for me.

Anime: Kateikyou Hitman Reborn.
Group name: The Varia.
Members: Xanxus (Wrath), Superbi Squalo (Pride), Leviathan (Envy), Belphegor (Sloth), Mammon (Greed), Lussuria (Lust) and Gola Mosca (Gluttony).
Other member: Flan (replacing Mammon in future arc).
Privately owned: Mansion and private jet.
Role: As the Vongola’s elite assassination squad, they temporarily become the antagonist against Tsuna’s Vongola family to test their worth for the ownership of the Vongola Rings.
Status: Now serving (although it feels like reluctantly) under Tsuna’s reign.
Thoughts: It was nice having to watch each member facing off against Tsuna’s side. One of my favourite arcs and battles in the series. This group is one of the few using this theme to be completely all male.

Anime: Trinity Seven.
Group name: Trinity Seven (duh).
Members: Lilith Asami (Lust), Levi Kazama (Envy), Mira Yamana (Pride), Akio Fudou (Gluttony), Arin Kannazuki (Wrath), Yui Kurata (Greed) and Lieselotte Sherlock (Sloth).
8th member: Selina (Lieselotte’s younger twin sister).
Trademark: Research themes called Thema.
Master: Arata Kasuga.
Role: As the top mages in their respective field of Royal Biblia Academy, their goal is to help Arata become a powerful mage so he can rescue his cousin, Hijiri.
Status: Harem already in hand, when can harem activities begin?
Thoughts: Ironically this is perhaps the only anime that uses this theme for its characters that has their traits far off from their assigned sin. Simple because “the Thema is supposed to be the thing that is farthest from yourself, hence your true magic”. Don’t really understand…

Anime: Fairy Tail.
Group name: Seven Kin of Purgatory.
Guild: Grimoire Hearts.
Members: Ultear Milkovich (Envy), Meldy (Lust), Zancrow (Wrath), Rusty Rose (Sloth), Azuma (Pride), Kain Hikaru (Gluttony) and Caprico/Zoldeo (Greed).
Leader: Hades (guild leader).
Role: To find Zeref’s seal and to resurrect him for their ideal World of Great Magic. Also, during the Tenroujima arc, to defeat all Fairy Tail members.
Status: Failed group. Mission not completed. With deaths and defections as well as the fall of the guild itself, only Rusty Rose and Hikaru remain ‘active’ but they’re hardly any threat to anything. Why do they still exist?
Thoughts: I guess when you have a long running epic anime, you need to have a bunch of varied enemies or groups for our many heroes to fight, power up and drive forward the plot. Yeah, despite being failures I suppose they did good in their part for our heroes.

Anime: Sin – Nanatsu No Taizai.
Group name: The Mortal Sins.
Members: Lucifer (Pride), Leviathan (Envy), Satan (Wrath), Mammon (Greed), Asmodeus (Lust), Beelzebub (Gluttony) and Belphegor (Sloth).
8th member: Maria Totsuka (normal girl serving Lucifer).
Former members: Belial (Vanity – former leader) and Astaroth (Melancholy).
Role: Lucifer who was formerly God’s archangel became a fallen angel and vowed to seek revenge against Michael who betrayed her. Hence the other Mortal Sins were tasked to stop her from taking over hell.
Status: Lucifer kicked everyone’s ass and became their new leader. Time to prepare their fight against heaven…
Thoughts: The series’ name itself is already almost confused with a well-known one, making some to think this is a much sexier version of it although it has no relation whatsoever. Demons so hot and sexy is no wonder why people keep losing faith in God and turn to the dark side… I guess committing the sin is worth the price. They have their Seven Heavenly Virtues counterpart but they are appalling and far less attractive than the devilishly sinful ones…

Anime: Inu Yasha.
Group name: Band of Seven AKA Shichintai.
Members: Bankotsu (Pride), Jakotsu (Envy), Renkotsu (Greed), Suikotsu (Sloth), Ginkotsu (Wrath), Mukotsu (Lust) and Kyoutkotsu (Gluttony).
Trademark: Unique facial tattoos.
History: Merciless mercenaries who loved to kill and were finally beheaded by the feudal lords but brought back to life later by Naraku’s Shikon Jewel shards.
Role: As antagonist in their arc, they serve as distraction for our heroes while Naraku heals himself.
Status: All killed. Again for the second time…
Thoughts: While watching this arc in this series, this group never occurred to me as using this theme and only much later. Don’t remember much in detail but they’re one of the deadliest groups Inuyasha has fought aside Naraku’s groupies.

Anime: Re: Zero Kara Hajimaru Isekai Seikatsu.
Group name: Witch Cult’s Sin Archbishops.
Trademarks: Part of their names are taken after the constellation.
Thoughts: Oh hell, they are only mentioned in the anime and haven’t made their appearances yet, though many of its members appeared in the novel already. Only Betelgeuse Romanee Conti who represented Sloth made his appearance but he got killed. If Betelgeuse was already a crazy maniac, imagine what the others would be like…

Let Those Without Sin Cast The First Stone
This list isn’t meant to be exclusive as there are many more out there that I have missed. For example, Angel Sanctuary. I did not see that show but this manga was only adapted into an OVA with a few episodes. There are characters representing the seven deadly sins in this manga but did not appear in the OVA. Then there is Digimon (which I mostly didn’t see either) whose seven deadly sins aren’t all in one series but I read each one of them is represented through each spinoffs. It clearly shows that as long as we are humans, we are all susceptible to one or many of the aforementioned sins. Because being human, to do evil and have desires are so much fun than being virtuously clean, good and innocent. Who else is to blame for our crumbling faith that would eventually destroy our existence? Probably it is all worth the risk and sin. That’s what makes us so human. Not God or angels, Satan or demons. Just humans.