Most menacing villain?

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Moonstone

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I'd say Mistress 9, with her ghost arms coming out of Hotaru, legions of bloody demons at her beck and call, black lightning, and impersonating Hotaru to manipulate her father and Usagi into giving up the Grail. She felt very eerie compared to a lot of villains.
 

Rika-Chicchi

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Moonstone said:
I'd say Mistress 9, with her ghost arms coming out of Hotaru, legions of bloody demons at her beck and call, black lightning, and impersonating Hotaru to manipulate her father and Usagi into giving up the Grail. She felt very eerie compared to a lot of villains.
And her tentacle hair, too. :cthulhu:
 

lord Martiya

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In the anime, Jadeite in his last appearance by virtue of finding out Sailor Mars' identity and what Moon and Mercury looked like as civilians. Had Beryl listened to him, he could have murdered them in their sleep.
 

lord Martiya

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Death Metal Papillon said:
Never underestimate Queen Beryl's tentacle hair either. :cthulhu:
That scene was ruined for me by the manga version, with Venus messily killing her.
 
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And what about Diamond the rapefugee from Black Moon? I'm surprised no one mentioned him!

Mio was very scary. She's basically the classic psychopath-narcissist.
 

Maetch

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Kind of hard to top Queen Beryl, since she's always the first and foremost of SM villains. She willingly sold herself to Metaria out of hate for Serenity and lust for Endymion, and she effectively destroyed everything the Princess knew in her old life. To me, Usagi deserved to kill her more than Venus ever did. Eye for an eye, and all that.

And in the manga, it's implied that Beryl desires to destroy Metaria and rule the entire Earth herself, so she's not just some blind follower of her patron deity. No matter how you slice it, Beryl is dangerous and can never be left unchecked.
 

lord Martiya

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Maetch said:
To me, Usagi deserved to kill her more than Venus ever did. Eye for an eye, and all that.
That's probably why Venus killed her: Sailor Moon is the hero and the ruler, Sailor Venus is her bodyguard and sword. Doing the dirty work is her job description.
 

Maetch

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lord Martiya said:
Maetch said:
To me, Usagi deserved to kill her more than Venus ever did. Eye for an eye, and all that.
That's probably why Venus killed her: Sailor Moon is the hero and the ruler, Sailor Venus is her bodyguard and sword. Doing the dirty work is her job description.
A proper hero knows when it's time to do what must be done, and Usagi did it in the anime to admirable effect. Sailor Moon may be all about forgiveness and purity, but Beryl deserved and wanted none of it, so Usagi knew that there was only one other way to end her and avenge her fallen kingdom.

To me, it's much more fitting an end than Venus stabbing Beryl in an anticlimatic fashion.
 
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Wiseman, Queen Beryl, Metallia, Pharaoh 90 and Chaos.

Pretty much all of the dark lords are probably the worst and most menacing.
 

lord Martiya

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Maetch said:
A proper hero knows when it's time to do what must be done, and Usagi did it in the anime to admirable effect. Sailor Moon may be all about forgiveness and purity, but Beryl deserved and wanted none of it, so Usagi knew that there was only one other way to end her and avenge her fallen kingdom.

To me, it's much more fitting an end than Venus stabbing Beryl in an anticlimatic fashion.
One problem with that: at the time Sailor Venus was the only proper hero, narratively speaking. She had already concluded her hero's journey and returned as a mentor, while Sailor Moon was still on her Road of Trials.
A brief explanation on this story pattern and how it applies to Usagi and Minako in the manga:

The Hero's Journey
Spoiler: show
  1. Birth in miracolous/unusual circumstances.
  2. Start in the hometown. The Hero of the Story may be dissatisfied with their life.
  3. The Herald, that could also be the Mentor, brings the Call to the adventure.
  4. The Hero answers the Call or refuses it. In the latter case, something happens and the Hero has no choice.
  5. The Hero receives their weapon. Could be a normal weapon, a magical item or some secret knowledge, and could come from the Herald or their past, it doesn't matter.
  6. Crossing the First Threshold: the Hero takes the conscious decision of leaving their old life behind. To do so they may have to defeat a Threshold Guardian, a non necessarily adversarial figure or event that tests their resolve.
  7. The Land of Adventure, in which the Hero hones their skills and may meet their Hero Partners and/or Mentor (if they aren't the Herald or someone who stayed in the Hometown).
  8. The Belly of the Whale: the Hero is symbolically defeated and killed, to be reborn as a new person. This is usually when the Mentor dies or is otherwise lost. May happen right before the end, but no matter when it happens this is when the Hero of the Story truly becomes The Hero.
  9. The Road of Trials: the path out of the Belly, or simply the tests the Hero needs to overcome to become stronger.
  10. Night Sea Voyage: the Hero must sneak in the enemy base and recover something or someone.
  11. Timeout: a moment of rest before the final battle.
  12. Apotheosis: The Hero has emerged from the Belly with a new and different view of the world and the ability to win.
  13. The Final Battle: in which The Hero fights and defeats the Big Bad.
  14. Ultimate Boon: The Hero's reward.
  15. The Return: The Hero decides to return home, or to stay where they are. Often they may have to fight the remnants of the Big Bad's forces (and will have to use all their skills), or may have to face the forces of the normal world (in this case they'll need help from their normal allies).
  16. Freedom to Live: The Hero grants the Boon to their people.
  17. Celebration

Sailor Venus' Journey
Spoiler: show
  1. Unusual Birth: she's called "Beautiful Child of Love" and her first name can be read "Venus", I'd say it's unusual enough.
  2. The Hometown: Minako at school. She's dissatisfied with her school and love life.
  3. The Call: Artemis comes to her right after the shower and tells her how she can become the Goddess of Beauty.
  4. Refusal of the Call: Minako, being naked, throws Artemis out of the bathroom, and doesn't believe him. She later has to face that her first love is actually a youma, and strikes him down.
  5. Before the discovery of her first love's real identity, Artemis gave her the Transformation Pen she uses to become Sailor V and strike the youma down.
  6. Crossing the Threshold: Minako esitates for a while, staying on it against Pandora and Petite Pandora, and only decides to fight when she first talks to Boss.
  7. Land of Adventure: Sailor V has multiple battles with the Dark Agency youma.
  8. The Belly of the Whale: faced with her diminishing popularity and still existing laziness, Minako decides to not be Sailor V anymore.
  9. The Road of Trials: after deciding to be Sailor V after all, Minako faces youma more connected to her dreams and future, and enters an idol contest.
  10. Night Sea Voyage: the idol contest above, that was actually an infiltration mission against the Dark Agency that moves to Beijing.
  11. Timeout: a literal night of sleep.
  12. Apotheosis: Minako remembers her past life and Awakens as Sailor Venus.
  13. The Final Battle: Adonis wouldn't stand down...
  14. Ultimate Boon: the knowledge of Sailor Venus and her true mission. And that she has allies.
  15. The Return: in which she needs to face the Chinese police about the events of the final battle, and then has to enroll the Japanese police to pay for the plane ticket.
  16. Freedom to Live: she tracks down the others, and start training them through the Sailor V Game.
  17. Celebration: no time for that...

Sailor Moon's Journey
Spoiler: show
  1. Unusual Birth: "Moon Rabbit" anyone?
  2. The Hometown: Usagi and her poor grades, with which she's dissatisfied.
  3. The Call: Luna comes to her home and tells her she's Sailor Moon.
  4. Refusal of the Call: Usagi believes it's some strange prank until she's tricked into transforming.
  5. Crossing the Threshold: the battle against Morga.
  6. The Land of Adventure: her many battles, in which she encounters Sailor Mercury, Mars, and Jupiter and Tuxedo Kamen, and starts receiving covert lessons from Sailor Venus, who later reveals herself. This ends with the first part of her Apotheosis when she discovers that SHE is the Moon Princess.
  7. The Road of Trials: her Land of Adventure doubles as this, and continues through the Belly of the Whale.
  8. The Belly of the Whale: Tuxedo Kamen dies and is resurrected as an enemy, Beryl attacks the Secret Base and is killed by Venus, and then Usagi kills Tuxedo and herself.
  9. Night Sea Voyage: Metallia swallows her and Tuxedo believing them dead, and has an enemy inside.
  10. Timeout: she's sleeping during the Voyage...
  11. Apotheosis (second part): she accepts her destiny as Sailor Moon and Princess Serenity.
  12. The Final Battle: Sailor Moon kills Metallia from inside.
  13. Ultimate Boon: the ability to restore Earth, the Crystal Star and the Cutie Moon Rod.
  14. Freedom to Live: she restores Earth.
  15. The Return: she teleports home.
  16. Celebration: a good celebration of victory. And Sailor Venus FINALLY celebrates.

As can be evinced from the above, when she faced Beryl in the manga Sailor Moon wasn't a proper hero yet, while Venus not only was but had already completed her Journey and became a Mentor. That's why it was appropriate that Sailor Venus killed Beryl in the manga: it was the Mentor helping the Hero in a situation the Hero wasn't ready to face yet. Plus, Beryl was only a pawn of the Big Bad... That Sailor Moon killed.
In the anime, on the other hand, Beryl fuses with Metallia right as Sailor Moon is having her Apotheosis, so it's narratively appropriate that Beryl dies at Sailor Moon's hand.