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Top 5 Moments In Anime That Backfired Horribly

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Everybody trips up now and again, it happens to the best of us. However, in the case of these anime heroes, villains and bystanders – they ended up messing things up so badly that their single action caused no end of devastation to both themselves and their loved ones. Whoops.

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#5: Shinji Tries to be a Hero
“Evangelion 2.0” (2009) & “Evangelion 3.0” (2012)

Poor, poor Shinji. Even when he’s trying to do the right thing, he seems to just make things worse for everyone else. To his credit, the universe does seem set against him by this point. After finally manning up Shinji goes beyond his capabilities to save his friend-lover-mother figure Rei. All good right? Well you’d be wrong as all of this ends up causing an apocalypse that almost wipes out all of humanity, and causes him to become ostracised by all his loved ones in the process. You’d think life would throw Shinji a bone by now, but until the release of the next movie, it looks like he’s stuck on the shit train indefinitely. 

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#4: Reiner Reveals His True Identity
“Attack on Titan” (2013-)

You would have thought that after all the effort he put into infiltrating the Survey Corp, carrying out his mission, posing as the big brother figure that everyone loved, Reiner wouldn’t have blown his over out of the blue. Guess even Titan Shifters aren’t immune to lapses in judgment. This little mental breakdown may have resulted in one of the series’ best twists, but it certainly didn’t make life easier for Reiner and Bertholdt. After completely blowing their cover the pair panic and kidnap Eren, only to lose him not soon after. Something tells me this was not part of the plan.

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#3: Letting Cell Achieve His Perfect Form
“Dragon Ball Z” (1989-96)

We all remember where we were when the Ultimate Android managed to absorb Android 18 and achieve its so-called perfection. It was terrifying, heart-breaking, mesmerising…and it was all Vegeta’s fault. Why? Because he let Cell level up for the express purpose of a bigger challenge, and we all know how well that turned out. Sure, it wasn’t the Prince of Saiyans’ finest moment, but we’re pretty sure he realized how much he had stepped in it when Perfect Cell casually shattered his spine. Truth hurts. 

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#2: Kidnapping Bakugo
“My Hero Academia” (2016-)

Don’t get us wrong, if this little firecracker hadn’t gotten himself snatched up by the League of Villains, we wouldn’t have been given the godly viewing experience that was All Might vs All for One. It can’t be denied though, things turned out really horribly for the so-called next generation of supervillains. Their attempt to turn Bakugo to the dark side backfired when the Pro-Heroes raided their hideout, leading to them being temporarily captured. This also resulted in their glorious leader being defeated and locked up for good after saving their sorry asses. Definitely not a good day at the office.

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#1: Miki Makes the Worst Instagram Post of All Time
“Devilman Crybaby” (2018)

You would have thought that in this day and age, a heartfelt message pleading for humanity to find the good inside themselves would have gone down pretty well. After all, Miki’s message was nothing short of touching, yet another example of how pure a soul she truly was. Unfortunately, in the apocalypse-age, the general public doesn’t take kindly to anything that doesn’t involve depravity and prejudice, and so decided the best thing to do would be go over and butcher her. And they did. And it was horrible. And now I need to go cry in the corner again. Damn you social media!

Be sure to check out the video below to see our picks for the Top 10 Anime Betrayals Part 2.