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15 Times Anime Characters Completely Toyed With Their Opponent

June 16, 2020 5.0k votes 903 voters 58.9k views15 items

Some anime characters take their fights seriously - others are just messing around. Anime characters who toyed with their opponent can have a wide range of reasons for doing so. Some, like Frieza from DBZ, are so convinced of their own power that actually pursuing a serious fight feels like a waste of time. Others, like Mirio Togata from My Hero Academia, are wasting weaker opponents in an attempt to educate them - while also totally showing off. 

Which of these moments stuck with you the most? 

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    Muzan Kibutsuji Shows Off In 'Demon Slayer'

    Muzan Kibutsuji Shows Off In 'Demon Slayer'
    Photo: ufotable

    As the progenitor of all demons, Muzan Kibutsuji is convinced of his superiority to just about everyone else. That means that for much of the series, he barely has to lift a finger to fight his enemies, and he has no qualms about showing off.

    When Tanjiro first encounters Muzan, he casually displays that strength by transforming a random passerby into a demon. In this moment, he shows off his might to someone he thinks is totally inconsequential. 

    Blatant showboating?
  • Saitama's Opponents Don't Stand A Chance In 'One Punch Man'
    Photo: Madhouse

    When you know that a fight is going to be over the moment you take it seriously and land a hit, it's hard not to mess with your opponents a little bit. All Saitama really wants is to have an entertaining fight before he inevitably wins, which means that he'll delay the final hit for as long as he can - assuming, of course, that his opponent isn't someone who needs to be stopped immediately for the sake of public safety. This tendency is why people like Sonic feel so humiliated by him and are so desperate to beat him. 

    Blatant showboating?
  • Toguro Only Uses A Small Percentage Of His Power In 'Yu Yu Hakusho'
    Photo: Sunrise

    Younger Toguro won't go all out unless he absolutely has to, and he makes sure his opponents know it. When he first shows up, he pretends to lose a battle so that his employer can win a bet. He quickly shows that he's much stronger than anyone thought he was by calling Yusuke out to a parking lot in the middle of the night and then dropping it on him. He claims to be using only a small percentage of his power to do that. He's only going to bother going all out when he thinks that Yusuke is worthy of the effort.

    Blatant showboating?
  • Frieza is one of the most powerful beings in the known universe - seriously, he's so strong that he doesn't even have to train to do things like blow up entire planets. As such, he seems to get his kicks less from actually putting in the effort in a challenging battle and more from making fun of people as he toys with them. Throughout most of the series, he uses only a small percentage of his powers.

    This actually puts him at a huge disadvantage when he fights Super Saiyan Goku. Because he has no practice dealing with anyone who is even close to being as strong as he is, Frieza loses the fight.

    Blatant showboating?