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Top 10 Moments In Anime That Backfired Horribly

VO: Todd Haberkorn WRITTEN BY: Alex Crilly-Mckean
Well, that couldn’t have gone worse. Welcome to WatchMojo and today we are counting down our picks for the Top 10 Moments In Anime That Backfired Horribly. For this list, we’ll be looking at the times in anime where a character made a decision that ended up blowing up in their face. And by blow up we mean the nuclear kind. Get ready for immediate regret and plenty of spoilers down the line.
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Top 10 Moments In Anime That Backfired Horribly
Well, that couldn’t have gone worse. Welcome to WatchMojo and today we are counting down our picks for the Top 10 Moments In Anime That Backfired Horribly.


For this list, we’ll be looking at the times in anime where a character made a decision that ended up blowing up in their face. And by blow up we mean the nuclear kind. Get ready for immediate regret and plenty of spoilers down the line.

#10: Chio’s Bridge Stunt

“Chio’s School Road” (2018)
Look, we’ve all had moments where we wish we were Solid Snake, but that doesn’t mean we dress up in camo and start hiding in boxes. Alas, as expected of Chio, she’s never one to let go of an opportunity to make her video game fantasies a reality, and if she happened to scare the bejesus out of Manana along the way, so be it. Only problem is, Chio grossly overestimated her upper body strength, leaving her dangling off the side of the bridge. Thankfully her bestie is there for her to---oh nevermind she’s helpless too.
How’s it hanging, Girls?

#9: Forcing Guilmon to Digivolve

“Digimon Tamers” (2001-02)
Watching your close friend’s digital partner be brutally deleted is bound to put anyone in a foul mood, but Takoto really overstepped the boundary on this one. In his desperation to get revenge on Beelzemon, the googles-wearing Digidestined forces his own partner to achieve his Mega form. However, his demands end up twisting the adorable Guilmon into an uncontrollable monster with a seriously bad temper. You know you’ve messed up when you take one of Steve Blum’s iconic characters and turn it into a creature whose mere existence caused the Digital World to decay!

#8: Let’s Summon an Angel!

“The Seven Deadly Sins” (2014-18)
Not going to lie guys, this was a terrible idea. To the point where you should have probably lost the war against the demons on principle because it was so terrible. Cornered by two of the Ten Commandments, the King’s brother decides to play his trump card. By turning himself into a vessel, he summons a member of the legendary Goddess race, one of the few creatures supposedly capable of standing up to the demon elite. Just one problem – the angel in question turns out to be an asshole, immediately fleeing the battlefield before one of the Commandment one shots them for the hell of it. Whelp, that was pointless.

#7: Evil Groudon

“Pokémon: Jirachi Wish Maker” (2003)
Not sure why someone would even want to be a member of Team Magma (have you seen their dental plan?) but Butler sure did, at least until they shot him down. Feeling somewhat dejected, this would-be mad scientist decided the best thing to do would be to use a legendary Pokemon in order to capture another legendary Pokemon! Because that’ll show those Magma meanies. This works out as well as you’d expect, leading to the creation of a hellish being that’s more akin to a bootleg Groudon than anything else. Way to go Butler, you sure showed them. Have fun looking for new employment.

#6: Plotting Against Griffith

“Berserk” (1997-98)
While his ultimate betrayal often overshadows the rest of his deeds, one can’t forget that the White Hawk was still a merciless manipulator during his time as a “good guy.” Case and point, that time where he managed to take out all of his political opponents at once…by means of trapping them in a burning building and condemning them to a fiery grave. This not only included a variety of greedy nobles but even the Queen herself. It’s one of the purest examples of Griffith’s ruthlessness, and something of a painful reminder that those that get in way of his dream are liable to find themselves on borrowed time.

#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.

#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.

#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.

#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.

#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!

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