View Full Version : "Even villains have moral standards" moments in anime
05-11-2011, 03:52 AM
I'm making a listing of this memorable scenario in anime:
A villain has been knowingly commiting villainous acts. However, there's a scene where the villain encounters someone else who does something that's so evil and cruel that he/she is appalled by it because no matter how villainous he/she is, he/she would never go that far.
05-11-2011, 03:56 AM
This is fairly standard.
Most villains get at least something like this, unless there is a point being made that they really are a Complete Monster (no, I'm not linking to TVTropes, you can damn well look it up yourself)
05-11-2011, 02:24 PM
Actually, I can't think of that many moments like that.
Code Geass R2 - like most sane people, Cornelia definitely did not approve of Schniezel's plan for worldwide annihilation
Gundam Seed - not really a "villain", but a random henchman vocally opposes Patrick Zala's plan to wipe out all the forces, even though they've already clearly won and doing so will cause casualties on their side as well. Zala shoots the man, but then the man recovers and fatally shoots Zala in an awesome moment
Naruto - Madara shows contempt for Kabuto's methods of forcing dead people to fight their loved ones
05-11-2011, 07:38 PM
This happens a lot to Team Rocket, especially in the movies when there is an even bigger problem that stealing Pokemon is the furthest thing from their minds.
05-11-2011, 08:31 PM
In Yu-Gi-Oh! (whenever I talk about it, I'm talking about the manga really), Seto Kaiba forced Yugi and his friends to play life-threatening games including lethal laser tag against military commandos, solve a puzzle within the time limit or have your hand severed by a guillotine, and escape from a locked room while handcuffed to a chainsaw wielding maniac. But when he realizes Malik has forced Yugi and Jounouchi into a game where the winner will have to watch their best friend be dragged to the bottom of the ocean handcuffed to an anchor he says something along the lines of, "Even at my worst I never would have done this!"
05-16-2011, 03:47 AM
The first one that leaps to mind is Sesshomaru, from Inuyasha. Despite being a casual killer (one willing to kill even his own brother), he has a code of ethics, too. Slaughtering your own subordinates (a la the great cat demon) outrages him, nor can he stand by and let someone fall to corruption/madness (such as when Tetsaigga broke, and Inuyasha was consumed by his demonic rage)
05-16-2011, 03:09 PM
Look no further than Nanoha for the standard of villains with a conscience...eventually helping the hero and siding with them. You can look at most, key word is most, and within 5 episodes know if they had redeeming value in them. Ofcourse I like it most when it's like Linebarrels of Iron.... ;) Or check out Ga Rei Zero for something recent.
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