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17 Horrifically Violent Anime Scenes That Came Out Of Nowhere

Updated December 6, 2020 22.7k votes 6.3k voters 373.3k views17 items

List RulesVote up the blood-soaked scenes you didn't see coming.

CAUTION: This list may contain GRAPHIC CONTENT and anime spoilers. 

You're excitedly watching a new anime series, which has a great story and an adorable cast of characters. Then, suddenly, blood explodes all over your screen, and you're left in shock as a character is offed right before your eyes. You're left screaming, "No way! Did that just happen?" Sorry for your loss. It's always hard when you watch a well-loved or favorite anime character encounter a horrifying and unexpected slaying. 

The majority of disturbing scenes are found in horror and gore anime, which prepares a viewer for the rain of blood. Still, this doesn't mean that surprisingly violent anime scenes can't be found in other genres. There are various anime that will make you nauseated from the unexpected guts and gore, even in the slice of life and school drama genres. In fact, many series have anime violence you didn't expect to see - even the cute Mahou Shoujo (magical girl) type! 

Vote up the most shocking anime scenes you probably weren't expecting.

  • 1

    When Mami Is Decapitated In 'Puella Magi Madoka Magica'

    Photo: Shaft

    Madoka and Sayaka go out on another witch-hunting mission. With the experienced, gun-slinging Mami Tomoe to help them get the job done, what would possibly go wrong? Apparently, everything! Mami makes witch hunting look easy as she quickly takes down the witch named Charlotte, using only a few blasts from her weapons. However, before everyone can celebrate the victory, Charlotte reanimates and transforms into a huge caterpillar monster.

    Suddenly, before Mami can fight or even run, the monster grabs her by the head and lifts her up into the air. Mami's struggling body quickly goes limp and is seen dangling in the witch’s jaws. In an instant, the monstrous witch bites off Mami's head and throws Mami's decapitated body up into the air before she devours it. In fact, you can hear the sound of the witch crunching on Mami's bones. Yeah, this is not your typical magical girl anime.

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  • 2

    Lucy's Puppy In 'Elfen Lied'

    Photo: Arms

    Lucy becomes close to a stray puppy she found. She keeps the pup a secret from everyone, so that the bullies at the orphanage don't take the pup away from her. However, Lucy eventually tells a friend about the pup. Her friend accidently lets it slip to Tomu, the ringleader of Lucy's tormentors. Tomu quickly detains the puppy and makes Lucy watch in horror as he and his lackeys kick, toss, and brutally beat the dog until it was no longer breathing.

    However, they don’t get the last laugh, as Lucy uses her telekinetic abilities to destroy the bullies where they stand, splattering large volumes of blood all over the room.

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  • 3

    When A Woman Is Hammered Until Slain In 'Psycho Pass'

    The scene takes place in the middle of a busy city with various people making their way through the streets. A random woman in a long trench coat becomes the main focus of the scene. She is steadily making her way through the crowd, busy with her agenda. Suddenly, a man in a helmet and red cloak brutally accosts her, hitting her repeatedly in the face and on the body with a hammer.

    He then rips her clothing off and continues his sickening assault, right in front a Psycho-Pass scanner drone and in the middle of a large crowd of bystanders. What's even more terrifying is that the crowd is practically desensitized to the attack, casually watching and recording the horror that is unfolding before them.

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  • 4

    Yukari's Umbrella Incident In 'Another'

    Photo: P.A. Works

    When Yukari learns that her mother has passed in a car wreck, she believes it's due to a curse. The news makes her distraught and she frantically dashes through the school halls. However, she unexpectedly comes across Mei Misaki, whom she believes is associated with the curse. Fearing she may be the next victim affected by the curse, she grabs her umbrella and makes a frantic dash down the stairs to get away from Mei.

    In a cruel twist of fate, she suddenly trips and tumbles down the stairs. But before she even reaches the bottom, her umbrella pops open in front of her as she falls head first toward the umbrella’s sharp end. In a flash, Yukari is impaled through the neck by the sharp point of the umbrella and slowly perishes. When she is discovered, there is a pool of blood surrounding her body.

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