Most anime characters get what they want and become their ideal selves. However, there are also cases where they become what they didn’t want thanks to a cruel twist of fate. In today’s article, we are going to be talking about ten such anime characters that became what they hated.
This list will contain both main characters and side characters from popular shonen anime series. In case I’ve missed any of your favorite characters who would be a perfect fit for this list, let me know in the comment section below!
With that said, let’s jump into the listing!
Top 10 Anime Characters That Turned Into What They Hated
- Vegeta became Goku’s ally.
- Roronoa Zoro became a pirate.
- Mikaela Hyakuya became a vampire.
- Angelo Lagusa became a mafia goon.
- Shigaraki Tomura became a villain.
- Kaneki became a cruel ghoul.
- Acnologia became a dragon.
- Obito Uchiha became a villain.
- Light Yagami became a criminal.
- Eren Yeager became a villain.
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10. Vegeta became Goku’s ally
anime: Dragon Ball Series
Alright, let’s start off the list with something far less serious than the rest of this list.
Vegeta is one of the first characters that comes to mind when we are talking about anime characters who became what they hated.
He is the rival character who is always talking about his Saiyan pride. He is the prince of the Saiyan race, and his pride has always mattered to him.
Which is why Vegeta could never stand the fact that a mere commoner’s son, Goku, was stronger than him. He hated Goku and tried to fight and kill him countless times.
However, as the series progressed, we saw Vegeta becoming more mature, putting aside his hatred, and allying himself with Goku.
Although he claims that he’s only hanging around so that he could train himself and defeat Goku one day, we all know he really sees Goku as his ally at this point.
His old self would’ve been dismayed to see him become something he hated the most, Son Goku’s friend.
9. Roronoa Zoro became a pirate
anime: One Piece
Roronoa Zoro was a renowned pirate hunter who took pride in hunting pirates and enforcing justice.
However, during the time he was betrayed and left for dead at the Navy base, Luffy came to his rescue. In return for saving his life, Zoro pledges to join Luffy and become a pirate.
To this day, true to his words, Zoro has been the right-hand man of the Straw Hat Pirates’ captain, Monkey D. Luffy.
Another instance where Zoro did the thing he hated the most was when he trained with Mihawk.
Zoro’s goal was to become the world’s strongest swordsman by defeating Mihawk. But since his pirate crew was on the brink of extinction, Zoro had no choice but to ask for Mihawk’s help in order to get stronger.
He bowed his head to his ultimate enemy, even though he hated it to the bone, and became Mihawk’s apprentice.
8. Mikaela Hyakuya became a vampire
anime: Seraph of the End
Mikaela is an anime character who was forced into becoming what he hated the most.
In a world where vampires were treating humans like livestock, Mikaela and his childhood friends were plotting to escape.
They tried to fool the vampires and make a run for it. However, they were caught in the action. Only Mikaela’s friend made it out, and the others were stuck with the vampires, probably dead.
However, years later, Mikaela reappears in front of his friend as a vampire. But in his case, his heart is still as kind as when he was a human.
7. Angelo Lagusa became a mafia goon
anime: 91 Days
Next up on this list of anime characters that became what they hated is Angelo, the main character of the 99 Days series. His parents were brutally killed by the mafia, and he has hated them ever since.
However, his thirst for revenge meant that Angelo had to become a mafia member himself and kill the family responsible for his parents’ deaths.
So he joins the mafia and does their dirty work, all in order to get close to the leaders of the family.
While he ends up succeeding in getting his revenge, he had to harm a ton of innocent people in the process.
6. Shigaraki Tomura became a villain
anime: My Hero Academia
With the recent season of MHA, we got to see the long-awaited flashback of Tomura. We saw him as a hopeful child who was aspiring to be a hero.
Therefore, we can assume that he hated villains because he sided with the heroes. His relationship with his abusive father was really bad, and his love for his family was slowly fading.
At such a time, his quirk got activated, and he involuntarily killed all of his family. He prayed for a hero to come and save them, but nobody did. Shigaraki saw the truth: no hero would come to save him, and he had to do things himself.
So he became the villain that he hated the most and started terrorizing people to teach them this lesson.
5. Kaneki became a cruel ghoul
anime: Tokyo Ghoul
Kaneki is one of the popular anime characters that turned into what he hated the most.
He used to be a kind and sweet young boy who had done nothing wrong in his life. The one mistake he made was going on a date with a beautiful girl who turned out to be a ghoul.
One thing leads to another, and Kaneki ends up becoming a ghoul. But this is not the part where this character becomes what he hates.
As a ghoul, he still tried to be nice and kind. However, his enemies beat him senseless and broke him to the point where his personality flipped.
He became a tyrannical ghoul who resolved all his problems by killing and overpowering his opponents.
4. Acnologia became a dragon
anime: Coda di fata
Acnologia was the name of a wise old dragon who had a human friend who was a doctor. They had a good bond, despite the growing tension between humans and dragons in other parts of the world.
However, this all changed when the dragons had enough of the humans and slaughtered them. Acnologia was no different, and he betrayed the doctor.
Luckily, the doctor manages to survive, but his hatred burns so bright that he desprately trains to be a dragon slayer. He then eliminates the entirety of the dragon race and ends up becoming a dragon in the process.
Now, he plagues the world, threatening humans as the mightiest creature in existence and calling himself the one thing he hates the most, Acnologia.
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3. Obito Uchiha became a villain
anime: Naruto Shippuden
Number 3 on our list of anime characters who became what they hated is none other than Naruto’s Obito.
Obito used to be a sweet guy who was a good friend and a nice person. But after getting crushed during a fight and left for dead, he changed.
The adorable boy became a war monger who started believing in evil ways.
His twisted fate changed him badly and made him join the villain gang, where he found his new life purpose.
His once-dear friend Kakashi is nothing more than a nuisance now, and he is determined to cause a lot of pain and suffering in the ninja world.
2. Light Yagami became a criminal
anime: Death Note
Light Yagami from Death Note is a very good example of a good soul being corrupted by power.
Initially, after attaining the death note, Light’s aim was to rid the world of evil. He started off by erasing only those criminals who deserved a death sentence.
However, as time went on, Light started killing anyone and everyone who got in his way. His ideals were broken, and he started murdering people like a criminal himself.
At the end, the world only saw him as a criminal and ended his life like one.
1. Eren Yeager became a villain
anime: Attack on Titan
Let’s be honest. If there is any anime MC who would be the perfect fit for this list of anime characters who became what they hated, Eren is the one.
When Eren was younger, he hated titans the most. Not only because they eat humans, but also because they take away their freedom.
People had to live like cattle in order to protect themselves, and Eren disliked that very much.
However, as the show progresses, he gets the ability to transform into a titan himself. As the series progresses even further, we will find Eren using his powers to crush other humans outside his island.
Not only did Eren transform into the titan that he despised so much, he also became a murderer who killed innocent people.
That’s it for this post. These are the ten most popular anime characters that turned into what they hated the most.