Anime characters are placed in many unpleasant and even dangerous situations where success is not guaranteed. They handle conflict differently, especially when they can’t get what they want. Instead of owning up to their actions, many individuals use excuses to absolve themselves of any wrongdoing.
Sometimes they are very successful given their alibi or even the validity of the complaint. However, less prolific liars are quickly exposed for the charlatans they are, making them look significantly worse than if they had just accepted the responsibility in the first place. Finally, characters like these illustrate why it’s best to come clean.
10/10 Neito chafed under Class 1-A constantly
My Hero Academia
Neito was the most insecure character in My Hero Academia. As a result, he kept coming up with excuses as to why Class 1-B failed to defeat Class 1-A during the head-to-head trial. Whether he blames it on better stressors, unfair matches, or sheer chance, Neito refused to accept that his classmates were defeated fairly.
He occasionally burst into fits of manic laughter after his fragile worldview was questioned. When it became clear that the results would not be reconsidered, Neito excused 1-A’s success as a fluke. In the end he proved impossible to reason with.
9/10 Lys made excuses for his worst crimes
As Death noteLight Yagami, the most notorious serial killer, had an excuse every time he was held responsible. When he was accused of murder, he had Misa Amane carry out murders in his absence. When she was also under investigation, he handed over the notebook to the Yotsuba organization with a list of targets he intended to assassinate.
Accordingly, Light’s excuses made it extremely difficult for L to prosecute him. It allowed him to kill the detective in front of the other investigators, with no one being the wiser as to his true strategies or identity.
8/10 Iroh shirked his duties in pursuing Aang
Avatar: The Last Airbender
Iroh debuted as a secondary antagonist in Avatar: The Last Airbender. Although he accompanied Zuko in his quest to capture Aang, he was rarely useful. In most cases, he made excuses for his inactivity, being too slow or simply absent from the most important parts of the conflict.
In reality, Iroh wasn’t actually lazy. He simply realized that the Avatar was the only person who could restore balance to the nations and hoped that his nephew would come to the same conclusion. Fortunately, his patience paid off.
7/10 Lelouch made dozens of apologies to his classmates
Code GeassLelouch made excuses to almost everyone. He lied about being busy to avoid school festivities, even hiring a Black Knight to serve as a body double when he needed to be in two places at once.
Similarly, Lelouch tried to convince the Black Knights to capture Nunnally because of her “political importance” when in reality he just wanted his sister back. When they questioned orders, Lelouch lost his cool and began making aggressive demands that cost the respect of his followers.
6/10 Fraudrin used Dreyfus to excuse his own humanity
Seven Deadly Sins
When Seven Deadly Sins‘ Fraudrin attacked Liones along with the Demon Clan, he cornered Griamoire. However, he hesitated to kill the young boy due to the time he spent in Dreyfus’ body. The demon argued that their personalities may have ebbed into each other during that time, causing him to hesitate.
In reality, Fraudrin most likely experienced humanity. Since Dreyfus did not take on any of Fraudrin’s evil traits, the demon could only treat his compassion as a result of magic. Regardless, that didn’t stop Meliodas from killing him.
5/10 Zeo lied about having the upper hand
Zeo was a member of One Piecehis new Fish-Man Pirates. Even more arrogant than Hody Jones, he constantly made excuses whenever an opponent gained the upper hand in a fight. For example, he stated that Brook fell for the “stepping on my face” trap when he knocked him down in their duel.
Zeo’s invisibility may have made him stronger than most antagonists, though his ridiculous blasters destroyed what credibility he had. In the end, not even energy steroids could make him a threat worthy of the Straw Hats.
4/10 Yoshikage Kira used excuses to hide his murders
JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure
Yoshikage Kira’s apologies guaranteed his survival through most of the JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure act four. He told Shigechi that they had accidentally switched lunches, only dropping the charade when the boy saw what was inside in person.
After being forced to change his identity, Kira made excuses to appease his new “wife”, Shinobu. When his lies lost their effect on Hayato, he developed the ability “Bites The Dust” so that anyone who learned of his true nature would die. Kira used killing when words weren’t enough.
3/10 Varrick used sentiment to hide his true motives
The Legend of Korra
The Legend of Korra‘s Varrick was as much a manipulator as he was an inventor. For example, he produced dramatized films in hopes of swaying Republic City’s opinion of the Northern Water Tribe so he could sell them weapons of war.
True, he justified Unalaq as a legitimate threat, although he never sought an alternative means of de-escalation.
Varrick also excused his own work under Kuvira with the notion that she only wanted to reunite the Earth Kingdom. But when her plans included Republic City, he knew he had a moral obligation to defect.
2/10 Eren used his own pain to excuse hurting others
Attack on Titan
Attack on TitanEren Yeager suffered a brutal and traumatic childhood. After witnessing the horrors of war, he inflicted similar atrocities on Marley at the first opportunity.
In a conversation with Reiner, Eren explained that he understood the attack on Shiganshina and that his lifelong enemy was only doing what was necessary. However, Reiner deeply regretted what he had done, while Eren used the villain’s actions as an excuse to enable his own atrocities. The Yeagerists were ultimately as vicious as their enemies across the sea.
1/10 Buggy The Clown Coasts On Luck
Ever since Orange Town, Buggy has benefited from improbable luck that made him successful. From taking credit for the Impel Down escape to allying with Whitebeard, Buggy was respected as one of the most powerful individuals on the high seas.
The only problem was that it was all a lie. As a result, Buggy constantly had to make excuses for why he didn’t fight enemies, such as that they weren’t worthy of his time. Although he maintained his uneasiness, he took every opportunity he could to avoid conflict.
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