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The 15 Most Shocking Anime Betrayals

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Betrayal is an act that many people find unforgivable. In anime, it always seems to happen in a big way and when you least expect it. It has the ability to bring out the worst in people, and has been known to result in some pretty intense battles and tragic character endings. With that being said, fans can agree that an epic betrayal paves the way for the best revenges in anime. In fact, some of the best shounen anime wouldn't be around without it!

The most epic anime betrayals usually take the form of a hero turning into a villain, or of an innocent character revealing a dark side. Compiled here are some of the craziest betrayals ever witnessed in anime. Be forewarned: there are spoilers ahead! Vote up the most shocking duplicity and deception schemes that took you by surprise. 

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    Rachel Pushes Bam In 'Tower of God'

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    Bam and Rachel have always been each other's best and only friends. In fact, Bam loves Rachel so much that he climbs the Tower of God to chase after her - a dangerous challenge that requires its participants to pass increasingly difficult tests in order to reach the top. He is willing to risk his life to see her again. That's why Rachel's betrayal makes this a particularly unforgivable moment. Before reaching the next stage of the Tower, Rachel shoves Bam off the platform, leaving him to fall to his apparent death. Why does she do this? Because she's immensely jealous that Bam is "special" and sacrifices his life in order to reach the top. 

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    Archer Comes Back To Kill Himself In 'Fate/Stay Night'

    In Fate/Stay Night, it is revealed that Archer’s real identity is an older Shirou Emiya from a parallel universe. Archer is a Counter Guardian, a force that is typically summoned to prevent the world from eminent danger. Archer betrays his younger self by making a contract with the world to enter into a timeline to kill himself to prevent such a disastrous timeline from happening. 

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    Kyubey Tricks Little Girls In 'Puella Magi Madoka Magica'

    Photo: Shaft

    Kyubey is the adorable kitten-like creature in Puella Magi Madoka Magica. It comes to young girls with the promise of granting them their biggest wish. In exchange for the wish, the girls must sign a contract where they enlist as magical girls who must protect the world from witches. It all seems very innocent and almost too good to be true.

    Well, as the anime continues, you find out that this life as a magical girl comes at quite the cost. Once a girl signs one of Kyubey's contracts, they do become magical girls. However, Kyubey doesn't tell them that when a magical girl falls into despair, they turn into witches to be hunted by other young girls. This results in a tragic, never-ending cycle.

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    In Naruto, the village of Konoha was founded as a symbol of peace among the Senju and Uchiha clans. However, as time went on, the Uchiha began to experience isolation, which cultivated a desire to overthrow the heavily Senju-favored Konoha leadership. Itachi, an Uchiha clan member and double agent, was confronted with a decision: allow the Uchiha to start a war that will end with their extinction, or kill the clan to save his brother and himself. In a great act of betrayal to his community, Itachi slaughters the entire Uchiha clan, except for his little brother, Sasuke, and a member who was away at the time (Tobi). 

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