Chainsaw Man is a bloody, twisted shonen action series where the heroes are total shitbags, and the villains are somehow even worse. Protagonists like Denji, Aki, and Power have their good sides, but they’re also defined by their immaturity, petty selfishness, reckless behavior, and more. Full of Chainsaw Man bad guys are like that too, always looking for number one.
Acting selfish helps Chainsaw Man the characters survive because friendships and alliances often break down and betrayal is common. Many humans, demons and demons in Chainsaw Man are clearly selfish, and they will say or do whatever they must to pursue their own selfish agenda.
This article contains spoilers for the Chainsaw Man manga.
10/10 Quanxi enjoys her own private harem
The Chinese devil hunter Quanxi is mainly defined by her very practical and results-oriented mindset. She is generally not mean-spirited, immature, or easily distracted, though she tends to put herself and her own mission first. Quanxi will not help anyone who asks unless there is a pragmatic reason for it.
It’s a passively selfish attitude to have, and Quanxi is a harem queen in her private life. Quanxi indulgently surrounds herself with several female lovers for her own pleasure, and while she treats these girls quite well, she still feels rather self-absorbed. Even though she has a team, Quanxi tends to put herself forward.
9/10 Asa Mitaka actually aims to be more selfish
In the new Chainsaw Man story arc, heroine Asa Mitaka is an oppressed high school student who openly declares her intention to live more selfishly. Despite these words, Asa still has his noble and selfless side, but there must also be some truth in his statement to be more selfish.
Asa is tired of being teased and bullied at school. For her own good, Asa wishes to gain power so she can fight back, and she mostly has her own survival in mind. Also, she wants to keep the war devil, Yoru, restrained so her messy life doesn’t get even more chaotic. To survive, Asa puts himself forward.
8/10 Denji keeps his small goals in mind
The protagonist himself, Denji, is an odd mix of selfish, helpful, noble, and mean-spirited. On the one hand, Denji is sincerely grateful for everything Makima has done for him and wishes to return the favor. Then again, Denji can’t help but act like a self-absorbed teenager with shady interests at his age.
Denji has small but definite dreams in his head, and he will do almost anything to make them come true for his own pleasure. Denji went into battle against bat and leech demons to save Meowy the cat, all so he could touch Power in R-rated fashion. Later in the manga, Denji becomes even more selfish, greedy for steaks, fame, and multiple girlfriends.
7/10 Katana Man only cares about his own revenge
Even by Chainsaw Man standards, the sword-themed Katana Man is cruel and ruthless. He’s crossed blades several times with Denji, and he doesn’t fight to protect a friend or pet. Katana Man seeks revenge, all to ease the grief in his heart.
Fighting for the dead may seem noble and selfless, but Katana Man isn’t so wholesome. He fights for the satisfaction of revenge, and he will hurt, use, or kill anyone who gets in his way. He was also one of Denji’s most powerful enemies, claiming that much-desired revenge almost more than once.
6/10 Power fights for pleasure, freedom and meow
The horned demon Power is only compassionate when it comes to his pet cat, Meowy, and even then Power often acts selfishly. Originally, Power wanted to fatten up Meowy before eating him, only to change his mind and keep him as a pet.
Power will selfishly trick and betray anyone, even Denji, to get her cat back, all so she can continue to enjoy Meowy’s presence. Power also presents itself as a superior being, selfishly dominating it over all others. She also stubbornly refuses to change her dirty lifestyle to accommodate Aki and Denji.
5/10 Yoru the War Devil is focused on his own mission
The War Devil, nicknamed Yoru by Asa, is quite selfish by most human and evil standards. She is one of the Four Horsemen of the Devil, aiming to get revenge on the original Chainsaw Devil however she can. Yoru now lives in Asa’s body, and she acts much more selfishly than Asa.
Yoru will gladly use, trick, or hurt anyone to get what she wants and further her self-centered mission. She is also intensely focused on self-preservation, threatening to kill anyone, even Asa, to keep her presence a secret. Yoru, being a devil, isn’t too likely to change his ways either.
4/10 The unnamed debt collector sacrificed Denji for money
Little is known about the hat-wearing mafia debt collector who appeared in Chainsaw Man first episode, not even his name. Still, Chainsaw Man fans have clearly seen how brutal, selfish, and greedy he is, based on the extent to which he pushed Denji to collect that unpaid debt.
The debt collector was not an adoptive father figure for Denji. He only cares about getting that money by any means necessary, and he even strikes an interested bargain with the zombie devil. This led to his final showdown with Denji, the Zombie Powers vs. Chainsaw Man, to wrap up Episode 1.
3/10 The leech devil was selfishly toying with Denji and Power
The Devil Leech’s only act of compassion was to spare Denji’s life, all because she thought Denji was a cute little boy worth keeping as a pet. The leech devil wasn’t interested in real romance or a fair relationship, other than the slain bat devil.
The leech devil indulged in tormenting Denji and Power, selfishly relishing his superiority on the battlefield until tsundere Aki Hayawa intervened. The leech devil also shared the bat devil’s voracious desire to consume all of humanity, all for his own pleasure.
2/10 The bat devil did it all on his own
The monstrous bat devil is a deeply selfish and cruel being, even by devil standards, and he made Power and Denji pay the price for that. At one point, Demon Hunters cut off his arm, prompting the Bat Demon to go into hiding and make an interested deal with Power.
The Devil Bat took Meowy hostage, demanding that Power bring him a human to feast on. The Devil Bat tried to eat Denji to regenerate his arm, only to realize that Denji was no ordinary human. Then the Devil Bat turned on Power to pursue his own goals.
1/10 Makima initiated these programs for its own benefit
The redhead Makima introduced herself as Denji’s savior and found her family, but it’s all just a self-serving lie. Makima is the devil of control, an ambitious and manipulative monster who will use, betray and deceive anyone to achieve his goals.
Makima longs for a real family with Pochita and Denji, an otherwise sympathetic goal turned into something monstrous and selfish. Makima also uses and throws people to reshape the world in his image. She aspires to create a world without death or bad movies, no matter what other people think.
NEXT: 10 Strongest Demons In Chainsaw Man, Ranked