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A character’s better qualities are often revealed in moments of anger, as far as character development is concerned. When the “quiet character” or “cool character” explodes in rage or violence, the scene can be shocking—and unforgettable.
People can empathize with a character better when they experience sudden surges of emotion (and power) as a result of events such as deaths or betrayals. With high-quality animation, there is no greater combination.
Here are some of our favorite anime fury moments in which typically calm and controlled characters burst into a fit of rage.
10. Illumi Zoldyck (Hunter X Hunter)
Illumi Zoldyck, an assassin from a dynasty of hired killers and professional assassins, is one of anime’s calmest villains. Hisoka asks whether he can murder Killua in the 141st episode of Hunter X Hunter, one of the best scenes in the series.
Even though Illumi’s wrath mode isn’t as lively as other sequences, his will to kill is clearly visible in that frame. It’s safe to assume that he’ll carry out his threat to murder Hisoka, assuming Hisoka doesn’t see it as a joke and accepts it as a challenge.
9. Masataka Takayanagi (Tenjou Tenge)
In most cases, a skilled martial artist would prevail over a complete newcomer in a fight like Tenjou Tenge.
As a result of the handicap agreement, Souichiro was officially declared the winner, but Takayanagi nevertheless defeated the freshmen, making him unable to continue fighting.
The prospect of Aya and Souichiro getting married sparked Takayanagi’s fury, but it erupted when he learned of the filthy trick the other girls had played on him. As soon as he was knocked out, he charged and attacked like he was trying to kill Maya and Aya, but they were unable to stop him.
8. Hyakkimaru (Dororo)
Mio and her companions are brutally slaughtered by soldiers in a devastating scene from Dororo.
When Hyakkimaru learns that the individuals who cared for him have perished, the anguish and pain he felt at the time evolves into a bloody rage that drives him to kill every soldier he comes across.
With each slash and decapitation, his humanity was perverted by anger, leaving only himself and Dororo in the scene.
7. Shigeo Kageyama (Mob Psycho 100)
It’s hard to tell how powerful Shigeo Kageyama is from the way he acts and behaves. Do not, however, undervalue him, as he is unstoppable when his rage reaches a boiling point.
Known as Mob, Shigeo Kageyama has powers that are directly linked to his emotions, which is why he maintains a calm demeanor. When his brother Ritsu was kidnapped, for example, he went into a rage and burst into tears.
We know he’s ready to unleash a hidden power as the scene goes black and his eyes blaze red and his hair stands straight up.
6. Levi Ackerman (Attack on Titan)
We’ve always known Captain Levi was a quiet person. Like his captain Erwin Smith, he’s a scrawny young man who towers over his fellow soldiers and recruits despite his diminutive stature.
But despite his diminutive stature, he possesses unsurpassed lethality. For him, killing the Titan wasn’t enough to ease the pain of losing his buddies to the Titan, and thus, in this moment of anguish, even killing the Titan wasn’t enough to satisfy him.
Then there’s the battle with the Beast Titan, where a disproportionate number of soldiers were slaughtered in order to conceal Levi’s whereabouts and presence. Every slice from Levi’s wrists to his feet and up to Zeke’s nape carries the weight of his rage.
5. Megumi Fushiguro (Jujutsu Kaisen)
The Chimera Shadow Garden of Megumi Fushiguro is one of Jujutsu Kaisen’s most terrifying moments. In spite of his claim that the technique is still unfinished, he succeeds to kill a special-grade cursed spirit in possession of Sukuna’s finger.
In the midst of loss, Megumi manages to flip the battle’s momentum in his favor. His sinister chuckle during the Chimera Shadow Garden expansion is telling, as he clearly plans to put the afflicted spirit to justice himself.
4. Rin Okumura (Blue Exorcist)
Although Rin Okumura is the Devil’s son, he has a kind and caring attitude in the Blue Exorcist television series. It is only when he removes his sword from the scabbard that his actual identity is revealed.
However, when Amaimon shows there, disrupts their camp, kidnaps Shiemei, and harms Rin’s pals, he draws his sword and fights back.
The best part of this furious moment is when he charges into Mephisto’s cuckoo box and cuts the demon in half, along with the cuckoo box.
3. Ken Kaneki (Tokyo Ghoul)
Ken Kaneki, the protagonist of Tokyo Ghoul’s first season, is a cool guy with a laid-back and introverted demeanor. It’s as though he’s lost all sense of self-control after being tortured by Yakumo Oomori (“Jason”).
Embracing his Ghoul side is what he does in this scene. He goes wild and pushes himself to the limit, destroying Yakumo in the same way he was tortured by him thanks to the memory of Rize lingering in his head.
During the raid on Akihiro Kanou’s residence, a badass and wilder Ken can be seen with his centipede-like kagune.
2. Chopper (One Piece)
When the Straw Hat Pirates go into battle, Chopper is one of their best close-combat warriors and also their doctor. An animal with the potential to take on man-like characteristics, he is a reindeer with the Hito Hito no Mi Human Model.
The CP9 fight against Kumadori is an excellent example of a “badass” fight. To save his buddies, he resorts to using the Rumble Ball technique, which turns him into an uncontrollable monster.
Once Chopper has mastered the control of his Monster Point, he will be able to use this ability on a regular basis.
1. Gon Freecs (Hunter X Hunter)
Hunter X Hunter’s Gon vs. Pitou fight is a classic example of anime wrath at its finest. Gon, unlike the other characters on this list, is known for his boisterous demeanor and sense of humor.
What occurs when he achieves enormous power is what puts him at the top of this list. His manner shifts to one of utter calm, with the only purpose of exacting revenge on the person who hurt him.
For once, Gon’s hatred does not spiral out of control once it has been expressed, yet we can still sense his rage and loneliness in this scene, since all he can do is beat Pitou down again.