Nobody’s perfect, even major heroes and villains found across the anime spectrum. While some may think they’re doing what’s in everyone’s interest, anime logic has a funny way of turning a character’s moment of triumph and turning it into a trainwreck of epic proportions.
#5: Throwing Sayaka Into Traffic
“Puella Magi Madoka Magica” (2011)
Madoka may be as cute as a button, but she really needs to work on her impulsiveness. While trying to save her friend from throwing her life away as a Magical Girl, Madoka tosses her soul gem into traffic. Unfortunately for them, Kyubey chooses now of all times to elaborate that all magical girls essentially ARE Soul Gems. Should one get too far away or destroyed, then their human façade just shuts down. So basically, Madoka just tossed her best friend onto a freeway. Yikes.
#4: Stabbing Kurisu
If at once you don’t succeed, try and try again. After leaping back in time to prevent Kurisu’s murder, Okabe finds himself within striking distance of taking out the actual killer. There’s just one little issue; Kurisu’s Dad has got some mad reaction skills, leading to the self-proclaimed mad scientist accidentally delivering the killing blow himself. Naturally, the whole thing is somewhat more than he can bare. No worries Okabe, nothing one last time-jump can’t fix.
#3: I Win
“Death Note” (2006-07)
You just couldn’t help yourself, could you Light? As all the players gather for one last battle of wits, the God of the New World believes that he’s on the verge of claiming total victory. With his devoted follower writing down the names of all his enemies just outside the door, it does indeed look like Kira’s about to declare checkmate, and he even lets out a little last-second quip. Alas, it’s all for naught as Near reveals he’s one step ahead of him, exposing him then and there for the serial killer that he is. See what happens when you jinx yourself Light?
#2: Hypnotising Euphemia
“Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion” (2006-07)
You’d be amazed at how much damage a throwaway line can cause. Just take Lelouch over here, he made one dark joke about his sister slaughtering Japanese citizens and what happens? She ends up under the influence of the Geass and starts randomly gunning down every Japanese person she comes across. In the blink of an eye, the pacifistic Princess Euphemia is turned into a psychotic killer, eventually meeting her own bloody end as a result. It’s a tragedy that could have been easily avoided, and yet ended up as one of Lelouch’s greatest failures.
#1: Human Transmutation
“Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood” (2009-10)
Sure, without this particular mistake we wouldn’t have one of the greatest anime series of all time, but still, Ed and Al’s fateful meddling in the ultimate taboo was nonetheless a failure of epic proportions. In a single night, not only do the Elric brothers fail to bring back their mother back from the dead, but Ed ends up losing a couple of limbs, and poor Al loses his entire body. It’s with this shame that the two dedicate themselves to mastering the art of alchemy in hopes of one day reclaiming what was lost.
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