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The 15 Most Heroic Moments In Anime History 

Anna Lindwasser
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Anime is full of heroic moments, but some of them stand out above the rest.

Some of the most heroic anime moments are huge, sweeping events where the hero saves a vast quantity of people at once - that's what happens when Saitama blasts a meteor to bits in One Punch Man, and when All Might defeats All For One in a grand final stand. Others are more interpersonal, like when Zenitsu protects a box that he knows contains a potentially dangerous demon for Tanjiro's sake in Demon Slayer, or when Tohru Honda goes after Kyo in his monster form in Fruits Basket.

Whether they're helping one person or many, these heroes are truly impressive. Which moments are your favorites?

All Might Has His Final Battle In 'My Hero Academia'
All Might Has His Final ... is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The 15 Most Heroic Moments In Anime History
Photo:  Studio Bones

My Hero Academia is literally a series about heroes in training, so just about every climactic scene involves a heroic moment or two. That being said, lets zero in on one of the most memorable ones of the series - All Might's last stand against his nemesis All For One.

With the last embers of his quirk about to go out, he faces down the person who once nearly destroyed him, and who has an arsenal of stockpiled quirks on his side. He gathers his strength and uses his signature attack, United States of Smash. This is his last act as a professional hero, but it's among his greatest feats. 

Was this heroic?
Ichigo Interrupts Rukia's Execution In 'Bleach'
Ichigo Interrupts Rukia'... is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The 15 Most Heroic Moments In Anime History
Photo:  Studio Pierrot

For the high crime of transferring her Shinigami powers to Ichigo without permission, Rukia faces execution. Understandably, Ichigo considers this wildly unfair, and makes it his mission to save her. He shows up at zero hour, lays waste to the Gotei 13, and ultimately finds himself locked in combat with Rukia's brother Byakuya. In this epic scene, Ichigo proves that he was worth Rukia taking a risk on. 

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Armin Has A Moment Of Glory In 'Attack On Titan'
Armin Has A Moment Of Gl... is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The 15 Most Heroic Moments In Anime History
Photo:  Wit Studio

Why is Episode 54 of Attack on Titan called 'Hero'? Because it features an unprecedented act of heroism on the part of Armin Arlelt. Throughout the series, Armin has been more cautious than his friends Mikasa and Eren. This is partially due to anxiety and partially due to his skills in planning ahead. In this episode, Armin puts himself at the center of his most ambitious and dangerous plan yet. 

In order buy buy Eren time to plug up the hole in the wall with his hardened Titan form and rip Bertholdt out of the Colossal Titan, Armin directly challenges Bertholdt. Just as he predicted, this results in his being burned alive by the Colossal Titan's steam, but the distraction is entirely effective. Who knew that Armin was capable of so much.

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Vegeta Sacrifices Himself In 'Dragon Ball Z'
Vegeta Sacrifices Himsel... is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The 15 Most Heroic Moments In Anime History
Photo: Toei Animation

Vegeta begins the series as a villain rather than a hero, which is what makes his eventual sacrifice so heroic. In the past, he never would have been willing to give up his personal interests or safety for someone else's sake. But when he's up against a seemingly unstoppable Kid Buu, he decides to use Final Explosion, a huge burst of energy that destroys Kid Buu's body and turns Vegeta into lifeless stone. 

Sadly, his sacrifice is in vain, because Buu is able to regenerate himself fairly quickly. But that doesn't take away from the fact that he prioritized the safety of his friends, his children, and the planet Earth over himself, for the first time.

Was this heroic?