Some anime characters have a "loose" relationship with the truth. This is a polite way of saying that some characters lie as naturally as they breathe. These anime liars will bend the truth so that they can manipulate others for personal gain, keep dangerous secrets, or appease a deep-seated emotional need. No matter what their reasoning is, anime characters who lie regularly can add much-needed tension to an otherwise commonplace story.
When a particularly untrustworthy character steps on-screen, viewers are left to wonder how and when the liar will get caught, and what the wide-reaching effects of the deception will be. Depending on the situation, one might end up loving the character for their crooked ingenuity, or one might just want to throw them out a window for being so terrible. Either way, these characters add spice to the story.
Death Note is full of liars, but the biggest by far is Light Yagami. Light doubles as the mass murderer publicly known as Kira, and uses a magical notebook to end the lives of criminals. Originally, Light's goal is to create a safe and just world, but his drive quickly morphs into a megalomaniacal desire to become a god.
In order to achieve his villainous ends, Light has to lie constantly to avoid being caught. Whether he's claiming to be vehemently against Kira's actions, making up alibis to cover his tracks, or telling his mother that he's studying when he's actually on a snack-fueled murder spree, just about everything that comes out of this guy's mouth is a lie.
School Days is notorious for being one of the most disturbing anime ever. Seriously, the show ends with Makoto Itou getting his head chopped off by his enraged ex-girlfriend, Sekai. What could possibly motivate Sekai to carry out such a brash action? For starters, Makoto acted dishonestly throughout the whole of their relationship.
Makoto claims to love Sekai — even though he clearly does not — just so she'll sleep with him. After dumping Sekai for Kotonoha, Makoto pretends like his relationship with Kotonoha has ended (even though they're still very much together), just so he can have another shot with Sekai. Makoto doesn't have the guts to honestly discuss his feelings, so he opts instead to lie manipulatively.
Akane Minegawa — Scum's Wish
Few of the characters in Scum's Wish are honest, but Akane Minegawa takes lying to an extreme. Akane puts great effort into cultivating a sugary and angelic persona, which makes her come off as incredibly attractive. However, Akane's true nature is quite different, and she has to lie constantly to keep anyone from finding out. The character's antithetical personality leads her to seduce men, only to quickly discard them when she gets bored. She extends this treatment to her underage student, Mugi; an act of coercion that is anything but angelic.
Yuu Otosaka — Charlotte
Yuu Otosaka, the protagonist of Charlotte, has an uneasy relationship with the concept of truth. Otosaka has the power to take over another person's body for brief periods of time, and in the beginning, he uses this ability to cheat on exams. Later, when Nao Tomori forces him to enroll in Hoshinoumi Academy — a school for students with supernatural abilities — he's no longer able to inflate his grades this way. Even so, he's forced to continue lying, as he has to keep his power a secret for his own safety.
Since he doesn't really care about other people, Otosaka's lies are usually for personal gain. That said, he also lies to spare his little sister's feelings; he pretends that the food she cooks is delicious, even though she puts pizza sauce on literally everything.