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16 Times Anime Enemies Fell Deeply In Love

Updated January 27, 2021 35.6k votes 10.3k voters 378.1k 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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    Shouko Nishimiya & Shouya Ishida — 'A Silent Voice'

    Photo: A Silent Voice / Kyoto Animation

    When Shouko Nishimiya and Shouya Ishida of A Silent Voice were in elementary school, Shouya bullied Shouko relentlessly because she was deaf. Though Shouko tried to build a friendly relationship, her efforts failed, and the two parted as enemies. When they meet again as teenagers, Shouya feels terrible about how he treated Shouko.

    Slowly, the two begin to develop a more positive, romantic relationship with no bullying involved.

    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?
  • For many Dragon Ball Z fans, Vegeta and Bulma seem like a supremely unlikely pair. The alien Vegeta starts off the series hating humans, and wants nothing more than to defeat his fellow Saiyan Goku. After being forced to work with Goku and his friends to defeat Frieza, his personality begins to soften, and he starts to develop relationships with humans, including Bulma. 

    Bulma isn't taking any of Vegeta's sh*t, but once he stops being so villainous, she's able to see the good in him. The two eventually get married and have two children, Bra and Trunks. 

    Is this a surprising change of heart?

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