Murdoch Swan has Anya Forger crying in Spy X Family Episode 4: Is he the best anime villain of 2022?

Anya cries in episode 4 of Spy X Family.
Anya Forger cries as she remembers her dead mother. Pic credit: Cloverworks

Anya Forger has won the hearts of the anime community who are dubbing her “best daughter”. Anya, formerly known as Test Subject 007, is a telepath or “esper” whose abilities were created in an experiment conducted by an evil organization.

Due to Anya’s young age she is very impressionable. There are moments when she starts to act very strangely due to the fact that she’s reading Loid’s and Yor’s minds. It’s these funny reactions to the thoughts of her adoptive parents that have made her so likable to anime fans.

At first, Anya wanted to go wherever Loid went in order to see spy things happening like in her favorite show. After the mess she inadvertently caused in episode 1, she has stopped messing around with Loid’s spy gear. Anya helps Loid out as best she can, even nudging Loid and Yor to get together for real.

Anya Forger’s cuteness knows no bounds

In Spy X Family Episode 4, the Forgers successfully managed to make it to the admissions interview at Eden Academy despite several bizarre obstacles. While Anya, Loid, and Yor are waiting to get called in Anya gets nervous when she reads Loid’s thoughts.

It’s adorable when Anya forgets one of the answers to her question and says Loid’s thoughts by mistake. Loid smoothly covers for her. When the interviewers ask Anya to give a score to her parents, Anya answers with 100 points!

It’s little moments like that that have endeared Anya to the anime community. She can truly be just so cute! Unfortunately, the housemaster of dorm 2, Murdoch Swan is jealous of all happy families since his wife recently filed for divorce and he lost custody of his child.

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Murdoch maliciously decides to ask Anya if she prefers her old mother or her new mother. When Anya thinks about her deceased mother she starts crying and calling for her mother.

This was the moment that the anime community exploded. Anime otaku could really relate to how Yor and Loid acted and how they felt when Murdoch made Anya cry.

Loid gets angry on Anya's behalf.
Loid gets angry on Anya’s behalf. Pic credit: Cloverworks.
Yor gets angry on Anya's behalf.
Yor gets angry on Anya’s behalf. Pic credit: Cloverworks.

Anime Community enraged by Murdoch Swan

One of the most memorable comments in regards to this moment from last night is, “That bastard seriously wasn’t elegant at all and that interviewer making Anya cry – especially after her hopeful and loving ‘wanting to be together forever’ declaration. Loved how Yor immediately rushed to Anya when she started crying though.”

Artist @hunnymzdraws/Twitter already made a drawing of Yor and Loid getting very angry for Anya’s sake.

Yor and Loid get angry on Anya's behalf.
Yor and Loid get angry on Anya’s behalf. Pic credit: @hunnymzdraws/Twitter

Another memorable comment was, “Henry Henderson is the MVP on this episode for the Elegant Punch on that bastard.”

Henry Henderson punches Murdoch Swan.
Henry Henderson punches Murdoch Swan. Pic credit: Cloverworks
Unconscious Murdoch Swan.
Murdoch Swan gets what he deserves. Pic credit: Cloverworks

@kacchanscape tweeted, “pov: you talked shit about anya and eri” and went on to compare Yor to Bakugo and Loid and Deku from My Hero Academia.

Yor and Bakugo and Loid and Deku are compared in their reactions to Anya crying.
Yor is compared to Bakugo while Loid is compared to Deku from My Hero Academia in the way they reacted to Anya crying. Pic credit: @kacchanscape/Twitter

Other memorable comments from the anime community in regards to Anya crying:

  • “We have established the rule. Make Anya cry, you receive punishment.”
  • “Death won’t bring satisfaction. He needs endless torture and suffering.”
  • “He got lucky Yor didn’t react before Loid did.”
  • “Scumbag housemaster, husband and father most likely.”
  • “Thank God he lost custody of the daughter. His poor mom though, it must’ve hurt to take a crap the size of a man child.”
  • “Nah, man the MVP is that mosquito who sacrificed his life otherwise Loid would kill everyone and jeopardize the mission.”
  • “All Hail Random Mosquito-sama.”
  • “He won’t be forgotten. He died elegantly.”
  • “How dare he make Anya cry.”
  • “Swan more like Swine. Must be one of the those on the loose lol.”
  • “Yeah a torture would be better.”
  • “Mess with his daughter and there will be a slaughter.”
  • “Henry Henderson – the forgets are a family of true elegance.”
  • “Agreed with Henry the MVP. Hope we can get more of that in the future episodes.”
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In Spy x Family Episode 4, we also got one of our favorite moments where Anya is being savage. When Loid decided to pay his respects to the statue of the former headmaster while thinking, “I’ll act as the ideal person”, Yor thinks, “I’ll follow what Loid is doing”, and Anya thinks, “Old Baldy.” Anya is as savage as ever!

Do you agree that Murdoch Swan is the best villain of 2022? If there’s anything we’ve learned it’s you don’t mess with Anya Forger unless you want a spy, an assassin, and the entire anime community to start wishing you dead.

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Sam Chatman
4 months ago

Anya is truly the heart and soul of the show. I think everyone who watched Anya cry wanted to deck that guy.

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