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16 Times Anime Enemies Fell Deeply In Love

Updated January 27, 2021 32.8k votes 9.6k voters 348.9k views16 items

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In most anime, enemies stay enemies. After all, anime villains are capable of some amazingly terrible things, and it would look pretty questionable if the heroes let them off the hook. However, occasionally characters who initially despised each other move past their feelings of hate, and start trying to form new loving connections. Whether the spat was caused by a mutual feeling of annoyance, or by straight up death match, romances that grow out of hatred can be surprisingly heartwarming. 

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    Gajeel & Levy - 'Fairy Tail'

    Photo: Satelight, A-1 Pictures

    This couple's first meeting was anything but romantic. As a member of Fairy Tail's enemy guild, Gajeel outright attacks Levy and her guildmates. He even brands the Phantom Lord's symbol onto Levy's stomach. Eventually, Gajeel becomes an official member of Fairy Tail and Levy learns to forgive him. The two grow closer together and fall in love, becoming one of the series' best couples. 

    Is this a surprising change of heart?
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    Maou & Yuusha — 'Maoyuu Maou Yuusha'

    The protagonists of Maoyuu Maou Yuusha are the Demon King and the Hero, also known as Maou and Yuusha. At first, Yuusha wants to kill Maou, but when he actually meets her, he's struck by her beauty and intelligence.

    He gives up on the idea of slaying the Demon King when she persuades him to help enact a plan to unite demons and humans, which will end the war that has threatened them both.

    Is this a surprising change of heart?
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    Shikamaru & Temari - 'Naruto'

    Photo: Naruto / Studio Pierrot

    Although Temari and her siblings eventually become allies of Konoha, they were seen as ruthless villains during the Chunin Exams. Shikamaru and Temari are opponents when they first meet each other. They battle it out in the final rounds of the Chunin Exams. And even though Shikamaru is close to winning, he forfeits the fight. Many fans believe this is the moment that sparked their romance. They meet again and become friends when Temari saves Shikamaru from being killed by Tayuya. Eventually, the two become closer and end up getting married by the end of the series. 

    Is this a surprising change of heart?
  • Photo: Berserk / OLM

    When Casca and Guts of Berserk first meet, Casca doesn't trust Guts as far as she can throw him. Her allegiance is to Griffith, another member of the Band of the Hawk, who she loves and deeply respects. She resents Guts because he's a danger to Griffith, but also she's jealous of the friendship the two share. She'll only help Guts if Griffith orders her to.

    As the two fight together, they begin to respect each other. After Guts returns to the Band of the Hawk, the two get physical, and confess their mutual love. Their relationship eventually takes a tragic turn, but one thing is clear: Guts and Casca would do anything for one another. 

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