In general, anime lies are presented as shocking twists that throw audiences for a loop. They are supposed to embody narrative turning points that may even throw the trajectory of an arc into an entirely different direction. However, there have been instances where an anime liar is only capable of shocking those around them.
The audience is well aware of their machinations by the time they unfold, making it somewhat less groundbreaking when the big revelation finally comes to light. Through identifying such instances, it becomes easier to determine if prior knowledge of the liar’s plot made their claims any less impactful.
10 Armin Song About The Military Police Torturing Annie (Attack On Titan)
When Armin and the Scouts were chasing down Bertholdt, he tried to set him off through any means necessary.
Understanding how important Annie was to the Warriors, Armin told them that she was being tortured by the Military Police.
Obviously, the audience knew that this wasn’t true. Not only was interrogation out of Armin’s character, the protective shell surrounding Annie made it impossible for anyone to reach her.
9 Only A Select Few Knew Of Light’s Intentions (Death Note)
The Death Note was introduced in the first act of the series, quickly falling into the hands of Light Yagami. Enthralled by its power, he used it to kill petty criminals and those he felt were misjudged by the courts.
It wasn’t long before L began investigating these murders, and in an effort to keep an eye on his enemies, Light joined the Japanese Task Force. Aside from Misa, the only person aware of Light’s true intentions was L. Everyone else was completely oblivious and even suspected that L may have been misjudging him.
8 Usopp Lied To The Tontattas About His Lineage (One Piece)
The Tontattas were a miniscule and gullible people who once captured Usopp and Robin. Believing them to be members of the Donquixote family, they prepared to deal with them accordingly. However, Usopp saw that they revered Noland and claimed to be his direct descendant.
Given their vague similarities, the Tontattas agreed immediately, released them, and apologized for their behavior. Usopp’s claims were fictitious, however, as he’s actually the descendant of Yasopp of the Red-Hair pirates. Nevertheless, the Tontattas made for excellent allies.
7 There Were Cues Of The Sand’s Betrayal Well Before The Attack (Naruto)
The Orochimaru led invasion on the Leaf was supposed to be a huge surprise, and to the people of Konoha, it certainly was. However, the audience had a number of clues that made the reveal much less thrilling.
For example, Gaara was so bloodthirsty that he killed random shinobi unaffiliated with the Chunin Exams. More compellingly yet, Baki assassinated Hayate Gekko after he overheard him scheming with Kabuto. By the time the second day of fights began, it was not a matter of if the Sand would attack; it was only a matter of when.
To the people of Amestris, Bradley was a kind and patriotic leader that valued the safety of his citizens. However, the man’s eloquent mannerisms belied his sinister true nature as Father’s strongest homunculus.
Having personally captured and retrieved Greed for his master’s sake, it wasn’t long before the audience knew of Bradley’s real allegiance. However, many state alchemists were so convinced of his loyalty that they ignored the Northern Brigade’s attempts to reason with them.
5 Only A Select Few Knew Of All Might’s True Weakness (My Hero Academia)
All Might kept his weakness a secret in order to inspire a generation of heroes and discouraged villains. The only people who knew the extent of his injuries were Midoriya, a handful of professional heroes, and All For One.
However, that changed after the battle of Kamino. With his body pushed past its breaking point, All Might’s true fragility was exposed for the entire world to see. It was even worse when considering that he lost the remainder of his power on the same day.
4 Sango Was Foolish To Trust Naraku (Inuyasha)
After enslaving her brother, Naraku offered Sango a simple deal. Should she manage to steal the Tessaiga, he’d allow both of them to go free. The demon huntress obliged, stealing Inuyasha’s prized weapon in the middle of the night and giving it to the villain.
His betrayal was swift and brutal, prompting Inuyasha to enter the fray on her behalf despite how she wronged him. Considering that Naraku is an aggregate of hundreds of demons, most audiences did not believe he would honor his word in the first place.
3 Black Maria Song To Sanji About Letting Him Go (One Piece)
Black Maria was one of Kaido’s Tobi Roppo. Given Sanji’s refusal to hit women, she quickly captured and tortured him into summoning Nico Robin with the promise he’d be released once she arrived. In theory, she was more interested in the poneglyph user than a petty combatant.
Considering that the Beast pirates have never honored their word (as seen through Kaido’s two deals with Oden and Queen’s rigged game), the audience did not believe Maria. Certainly enough, she attempted to keep Sanji ensnared once Robin arrived and cursed him when he escaped anyway.
2 Spike Song To Faye About Coming Back (Cowboy Bebop)
After Julia’s death, Spike prepared to avenge her. However, he was intercepted by Faye Valentine, who held him at gunpoint and demanded him to abandon his mission. Spike reassured her that he “wasn’t going there to die” and only wanted to find out if he was actually alive.
Although it was enough to calm Faye down, he really meant that getting revenge was more important than his own life. Based on the way his battle with Vicious turned out, his last words to her were poetic.
1 Minister Honest Was Cartoonishly Evil (Akame Ga Kill!)
Minister Honest was the Emperor’s advisor and a blatantly evil man. Aware of his liege’s kind nature, he exploited his gullibility by fabricating what happened outside the castle walls. He alleged that any reports to the contrary were treasonous lies meant to sow discord in the capital itself.
However, the kingdom’s corruption was evident almost immediately after the story began, where a noble family felt entitled to torture and kill Tatsumi. As a result, there was never a point where Honest was the least bit convincing to anyone other than the child-king.
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