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Betrayal in anime is often painful and brings enormous surprises to the audience. In most cases, these betrayals reveal the characters’ shortcomings and ulterior motives. But some moments of anime betrayals are more surprising and brutal than others.
Today, I will be going over the 10 most shocking anime where the MC is betrayed! So keep on reading if you’re ready to feel betrayed.
10. Satsuki betrays Ragyo
- Anime: Kill la Kill
Satsuki Kiryuin, the president of Honnouji Academy. Also happens to be the daughter of Ragyo Kiryuin, the chairman of Honnouji Academy.
She was an obedient daughter who listened to and executed Ragyo’s orders. But when Ragyo reveals her plans to collect Life Fibers by sacrificing the city, Satsuki turned against her mother and teamed up with her once enemy, Ryuuko. The two finally defeated Ragyo for good.
9. Villetta Nu shoots Kaname Ohgi
- Anime: Code Geass
Villetta Nu was an elite Knightmare pilot within The Holy Britannian Empire.
During her investigation of Zero, she narrowed her search down to Lelouch and was close to arresting him. Unfortunately, Villetta was shot by Shirley and lost her memory as a result of the trauma. Unaware of Villetta’s true identity, Ohgi, the leader of the Eleven, took her in. The two fell in love shortly afterwards with Villetta going as far as telling Ohgi that she doesn’t mind being an Eleven.
But upon regaining her memory, Villetta was disgusted that she had fallen in love with Eleven. In the season one finale, she shot him in the stomach and escaped.
8. Walter betrays Integra
- Anime: Hellsing Ultimate
Walter C. Dornez was the butler of Integra, the head of the Hellsing organization. Although he looks loyal on the surface, he hates Hellsing very much.
In the battle with the British army, Walter was captured by Captain, who conducted a series of experiments to improve his strength and skills. Through his newfound power, Walter decided to confront Alucard in a long and deadly battle.
7. Aizen betrays Soul Society
- Anime: Bleach
Sousuke Aizen was the former Captain of the 5th Division within the Gotei 13, he was shown to be a diligent man, working hard and caring for his underlings. No one would have thought that Aizen was a heartless and unjust man. But soon, he showed his actual color.
To get immense power, Aizen turned his back against the Shinigami, joined the Arrancars and waged a brutal war against Soul Society.
6. Kyubey’s deception
- Anime: Mahou Shoujo Madoka Magica
Kyubey was a mysterious creature who bestowed magical powers upon young girls in return for their assistance in fighting witches. He also promised them to grant their wishes. Whether you want to become a world-class musician, athlete, or the world’s richest man, anything is possible. Of course, for these innocent middle schoolers, Kyubey’s offer was too tempting to refuse.
However, Kyubey’s true goal, which was later revealed, was to create Witches by collecting the emotional energy of magical girls, forcing them to die. Despite not feeling much emotion about his ‘evil’ acts, viewers are often shocked by Kyubey’s inhumane treatment of the magical girls.
5. Moeka kills Mayuri as SERN’s Rounders
- Anime: Steins Gate
Moeka was a shy, anti-social woman who Okabe met on the streets of Akihabara. Like Okabe, she was also searching for the IBM 5100, and the two decided to help one another. Despite finding Moeka annoying, Okabe did not hate her, even going as far as making her Lab Member 005.
However, once Okabe has completed the time machine, everything changes. Revealing herself as SERN’s Rounders, Moeka’s mission was to detain Okabe, Kurisu, and Daru and kill everyone else. Of course, that means killing Mayuri.
4. Reiner and Bertholdt’s betrayal
- Anime: Shingeki no Kyojin
Reiner and Bertholdt were loyal soldiers within The Survey Corps. Reiner was a well-respected Vice-Captain of the Warrior Unit, whereas Bertholdt was a quiet and soft person. To Eren and his friends, the duo were irreplaceable comrades.
However, during an intense battle against the Titans, Reiner and Bertholdt revealed that they were both the Colossal and Armored Titans all along. This comes as a shock and heartbreak to members of the Survey Corps and the viewers alike.
3. Griffith betrays Band of the Hawk
- Anime: Berserk
Griffith was the Band of the Hawk leader, a mercenary group recruited to fight significant battles within the Hundred-Year War.
Unfortunately, due to an affair with the princess, Griffith was imprisoned and tortured through inhumane methods. Without Griffith, the Band of the Hawk was in chaos. As a result, they gathered up and were determined to rescue their leader. But upon reaching Griffith, the mercenaries realized he was no longer the leader they once knew. What’s worse, Griffith even goes as far as to betray the Band of the Hawk, using his Crimson Behelit to sacrifice his underlings so he can be reborn as the God Hand, Femto.
In the end, Griffith’s thirst for power got the better of him.
2. Rachel pushes Baam out of the bubble
- Anime: Kami no Tou
To Baam, Rachel was like a mother figure. He wanted to share everything with her, his dreams, desires, and even his love.
Thus, when Rachel left him to climb the tower, he followed suit, intending to be by her side forever. However, contrary to Baam’s belief, their feelings were not mutual. What Rachel kept hidden from Baam were feelings of envy and hatred.
During the final phase of the test called Deep-Sea Fish Herding, Rachel pushes Baam out of the bubble. We see Baam falling from a great height and survival does not seem likely. However, he survives against all odds.
1. Itachi kills his entire clan
- Anime: Naruto
In Naruto, the Uchiha and the Leaf Village were always on bad terms.
One day, the Uchiha planned a coup against the Third Hokage and overthrew the government. If their plan was successful, a civil war would have broken out, resulting in many deaths and casualties.
Thus, under the order of Danzo, Itachi was forced to make a decision. Whether to let his entire Uchiha clan die or massacre his own family to save himself and his little brother, Sasuke. Of course, Itachi chose the latter and executed his whole clan.
And that concludes 10 of the most shocking anime betrayals that viewers have ever experienced. These moments have caused some viral reactions within the anime community. Resulting in feelings of betrayal, anger, and grief.
It’s hard to see your favorite anime with op main character committing atrocious acts against their kind, and even more so when you fell for their initial innocent act.
So what did you think of this list? Were there any more questionable anime betrayals that made you felt betrayed, angry, and upset? If so, feel free to share your thoughts in the comment section below!
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