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16 Times Anime Heroes Were Guilty Of Awful Things

List RulesVote up the characters whose terrible behavior was the most upsetting.

For a genre often associated with beloved heroes like Sailor Moon or Goku, anime often makes their protagonists commit horrible atrocities. Unlike anime that follow villains, anime with complicated heroes do not necessarily set out to create sympathetic characters; some of these "heroes" are just not great people. 

Some anime heroes who did something bad have one or two minor transgressions on their rap sheet. Joey Wheeler of Yu-Gi-Oh! tormented Yugi for about two episodes, but he gets his act together and becomes a good friend. Other morally ambiguous anime good guys commit more serious misdeeds, ones that can be hard to overlook. Guts of Berserk slays hundreds of people, eventually betraying a person he loves in one of the most egregious ways possible.

Anime protagonists who do terrible things can sometimes be hard to root for, but sometimes their actions serve to tell something larger about the storyline. However, that only provides justification for a few of these immoral anime heroes.

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