Shop Mobile More Submit  Join Login
Johan Liebert by Smirtouille Johan Liebert by Smirtouille
Best villain ever.

from Naoki Urasawa - Monster

Newer art:
Number of The Beast - Johann Liebert by Smirtouille
Add a Comment:
PCamenzind Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2015   Writer
Very good! Quite looks like him!
gordhanx Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2015
Great job on the details, shading, lighting, colouring and expression.
fantasEteen Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
he's SO much like the Hannibal Lecter from Hannibal Rising

nice job :)
Tro-heol Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2013
Definitely true
MoPotter Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I absolutely love your style!! Fantastic work!
book2wolf Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
One word to describe this: beautiful
darkgirl-ceci Featured By Owner May 26, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I like it!! I like it!! Good work!
Viobliterator Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
omg this is so incredible! I love the lighting in his hair and the droplets going down his face. You've made him look so handsome but menacing, as his character!
Circus-Doll Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2012
Indeed he is.
BisqueFille Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2012
this is one of the best and realistic depictions of Johan ever
Porecomesis Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2011
Johan is... an odd villain, if I say so myself. He's by no means ineffective; whenever he appears, I am just SHOUTING to the characters "RUN AWAY! He's gonna kill you! Or worse!" and he is very diabolical. Of course, there are times when I think he's a bit out of place in the manga. His ability to figure out the nature and intentions of any person he briefly gazes upon and instantly find a way to turn them against the person is taken so far that it's better for my sanity that I assume he's psychic and run with it. Also, he seems to have this ability to actually exude an aura of fear and dread in people like a Bleach Shinigami. As this is used to set him up as a frightening monster, I feel this is cheating, not to mention he doesn't exactly live up to it when most of the bad things he does only actually happen because the people around him stop his incredibly elaborate schemes from failing (I'm actually more scared of Roberto than Johan, for instance).

And then there are his intentions. Anyone who's seen the ending will inevitably be royally cheesed (I was, no doubt about that) and will know what I'm talking about. Still, I get the impression that Johan doesn't do what he does for kicks. I'm not saying what he does is for necessities, but I get the impression that he's trying to learn something. He's obviously trying to enforce into Tenma that the world sucks, but I think it's the "seed" of things he's looking for. What makes a human? What makes a monster? With all these questions I imagine running through his head, his young age of 19 is surprisingly fitting.
dragoeniex Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2014
Actually, he's 20 - 22 over the two years that most of the series (after the time skip) covers. Still really young, though. :P

He is an odd villain. He has mentioned doing extensive research though (apparently questioned possible witnesses before verbally destroying Richard Braun) and has a large network of people willing to do his bidding. I chalk up his knowledge to doing his homework and/or assigning it to others. He's also good at reading people and guessing what they'll do, though he isn't 100% accurate.

His ability to exude dread does seem overblown... The series spends a lot of time trying to make the watcher guess whether he was the literal antichrist or not.  Jury's still out on that one.

I will say I think he does live up to all the hype. I wish characters wouldn't talk about/hype him so much, because it starts feeling cheesy... but he backs it up. Convinces the children in a city to knowingly play death games on roofs, talks or nearly talks a couple of people to death, persuades serial killers to be his fanboys/lackeys, actually creates at least one serial killer (the taxi driver), hides in plain sight, and shoots several people himself. His aim is good. >_o

I wasn't cheesed, actually. Confused for a while, sure. But one of the things that is interesting about Johan is how he switches his end goals a couple of times during the series. He admits that, yes, he was going to do something, but now he's seen/remembered something bigger/darker still and knows the "true" ending.

Sometimes I wonder if he /had/ an ultimate goal before he settled on the one in the finale. Being the last person on the earth seems like an evil child's goal. Once he grew up, he may have settled for creating as much true fear as he could. 
hobiruke Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
My goodness! This is amazing :O
MewZakuro123 Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2011  Student General Artist
Cool! :D Realistic Johan Liebert! I love this... :heart:
Silverspetz Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2011
Really awesome pic. Would you mind if I used it as an avatar on a different site?
Smirtouille Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
I'm ok with that.
Kermitthefrog223456 Featured By Owner May 15, 2011
Tercenya Featured By Owner May 12, 2011
yeah, he is best
LukeCalkins Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2011  Student General Artist
awesome job
ayuICHI Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow, so sexy, eek *A*
mikaFrei Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
oh wow! i agree, and he looks amazing!!!:D
0xyn Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2010
Johan Rules ! Tu gères ! ;)
Aniya14 Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2010
Yes, he's the best villain; one of the most mysterious, yet exciting characters in anime and manga. I love your painting, very well done.
asti-chan Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2010
Oh my god, I love this anime so, so much! And your artwork is amazing! :heart:
Absolutely stunning.
Ilmarinenn Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
oh yes, great, i love the highlights and its rough, sketchy look :)
AI-100100101 Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2010
Out of all the Original Villains in Anime/Manga, how would you rate Johan Liebert from 0 to 10 for being the best villain in your opinion and where would you place him in the top twenty villians of Manga/Anime?
xnitratexcandiesx Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2010
Mmm. He totally is the best villain ever, no doubt about that. <3 And you definitely did the guy justice here. Wonderful job.
sabriiel Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
gorgeous :glomp:
wynnter89 Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2010
amazing piece !
XavierLardy Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2010
Le plus difficile à rendre, c'est la neutralité souriante mais diabolique de son expression (comparativement à sa soeur)
Smirtouille Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Oui, le sourire qu'il a est vraiment difficile à définir. C'est ce côté neutre et poli qui fait froid dans le dos, mais il y a un tas de choses différentes qui passent sur son visage sans s'y imprimer.
lupainthewolf Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2010
Every time I see something of your I become completely enamored by it.I love monster as well.It reminds me of one of my favorite books crime and punishment.John reminds me a lot of Raskolnikov in the way John thinks he can get away with every thing because he thinks he's a nazie superman but, deep down feels guilt for his actions.Thank you for painting this.
Smirtouille Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
A good story features deep characters. "Crime and Punishment" caught my attention for that reason, as with Tolstoy and Makanine.
Robert Merle is one of my most adored writer in the matter, with "Death Is My Trade" and "Malevil".
lupainthewolf Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2010
Ahhh Malevil a tale nuclear Holocaust,one of my faves as well.if you liked that I highly recommend "I have no mouth and I must scream" By a MR Harlan Eillsion[link] It's to die for.I would also check out a Mr. chuck palanuck. [link] there hidden gems I a sure you.
Puddum Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Oh wow, that's beautiful. Great job!
algenpfleger Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Oh dude best villain indeed!
SomberTownJournal Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2010
oh god, that guy.
aGrimVale Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2010
Fuck I loved that series. At first I saw an awesome painting in the thumbnail, and was going to just pass over it, but it somehow caught my eye, and then I saw the name. Awesome stuff.
catiniata Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2010
this is awesome.
HAFpower Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2010
I am in Love <3
Parady Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2010
sans aucun doute !
demonsaya Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2010
I find I can't disagree.
CupSmou Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2010
Add a Comment:


Submitted on
August 11, 2010
Image Size
40.6 KB


8,538 (1 today)
343 (who?)