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14 Anime Sacrifices That Were Done In Vain

Updated July 27, 2020 13.2k votes 3.6k voters 171.4k views14 items

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Anime can be pretty melodramatic, so when the going gets tough, characters are often willing to lay down their lives for what they believe is right. However, good intentions don't always lead to desired outcomes, and some sacrifices feel utterly unnecessary. 

Some pointless anime sacrifices are morbidly funny. It's hard not to smirk after Deidara of Naruto gets frustrated and blows himself up because Sasuke doesn't appreciate his art. However, they can also be devastating, like when Magical Girl Raising Project's Weiss Winterprison sacrifices her life to help her girlfriend Nana escape a bad situation. Weiss succeeds, but Nana is so devastated that she eventually commits suicide.  

Dying for a noble cause take courage, but effective planning and a heavy dose of good luck are also pretty important. 

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    Denzel Liones Summons A Goddess Who Doesn't Help Him In 'The Seven Deadly Sins'

    Desperate to defeat the demons of the Ten Commandments, Denzel Liones sacrifices all his life energy to summon a goddess named Nerobasta, who he hopes will carry on the fight in his place.

    Unfortunately, Nerobasta doesn't care about humans, and immediately tries to bail when confronted with demons. The creatures quickly kill Nerobasta, making Denzel's final sacrifice amount to nothing. 

    Is this sacrifice pointless?
  • While in the heat of battle, it's usually a bad idea to base decisions on pride, and Deidara learns this the hard way when he squares off against Sasuke Uchiha.

    While Deidara thinks of his explosive attacks as an art form, Sasuke doesn't feel the same way. To prove the hero wrong, Deidara unleashes his most powerful attack, which turns his body into a massive bomb. He dies when it detonates, but he hopes to take Sasuke out with him.

    Even though Sasuke is exhausted, he still manages to survive the blast by summoning the giant snake Manda to serve as a shield. After this, Sasuke teleports to safety, making Deidara's final sacrifice utterly fruitless. 

    Is this sacrifice pointless?

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    Kazuma Saves A Girl From A Slow-Moving Tractor In 'KonoSuba'

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    This sacrifice takes the cake for being the most humiliating and pointless death ever. While walking outside, Kazuma mistakenly thinks a truck is going to run over a girl on the street. But in the next scene, it is revealed that the girl was never in danger since the "truck" was actually a slow-moving tractor that was going to stop anyway. Instead of dying because he heroically pushed a girl out of harm's way, Kazuma died out of pure shock and fear. Apparently, he even wet his pants. Poor Kazuma.

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    The Tsumegeri Guards Take A Fatal Power-Up In 'One Piece'

    Hero Water is the perfect ingredient for anyone looking to become a human sacrifice. This dangerous substance gives users superhuman strength, but also kills them within five minutes of consumption.

    While this sounds like a terrible trade-off, the Tsumegeri Guards seem to disagree, as they happily drink Hero Water in an attempt to take down the all-powerful Crocodile.

    Their plan might have worked if Crocodile was actually willing to take them on, but instead, he simply avoids their attacks. After five minutes passed, all the guards drop dead, and Crocodile continues on his merry way. 

    Is this sacrifice pointless?