12 Anime Characters Who Betrayed Their Families

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Betrayal is one of the common themes in anime or any story. There are heroes who betrayed their comrades and there are those who were betrayed by their friends. In fact, it even happens to villains when things get rough or there is a difference in terms of perspectives.

What is interesting about betrayal is that it always leaves a shock to the viewers. The act is a make it or break it for fans that would lead to their feelings toward a certain character. We have noticed that there are actually 12 anime characters who betrayed their families. It could be because of a greater benefit for their family or a selfish reason to survive their harsh reality.

1. The Eccentric Family’s Soun

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Soun is Soichiro’s brother who handed him to the Friday Fellows. Soichiro loves his brother so much that anyone would wish their brother has deep feelings for them like that. Sadly, Soun does not feel the same way towards his brother. His heart was filled with jealousy because Soichiro is marrying Tousen, the woman who Soun loves. He was also jealous of Soichiro’s social and political influence which led him to help the Friday Fellows to capture Soichiro.

2. Avatar: The Last Airbender’s Zuko

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Earlier, we mentioned that there are characters who betrayed their family with good intentions. Firelord, his father, wanted to take over the world. Zuko was once on their team but when he realized the intentions of his father, he changed his mind and decided to betray his family. In Avatar: The Last Airbender, his father hated him, and he became an outcast. In the end, his sacrifice was not in vain.

3. The Promised Neverland’s Ray

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Ray’s role in The Promised Neverland might be confusing for some as he was a double and eventually a triple agent. He started as a spy for his mother but towards the middle of the series, it was revealed that his intentions were in favor of his friends. He distracted his mother while the other kids find a way to escape. Unlike Zuko, Ray’s mom discovered his betrayal and tricked him in the end.

4. Naruto’s Hiruzen Sarutobi

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The third Hokage was known to be a great man and was the longest leader of the village. But as the journey of Naruto continued, it was revealed that he was not a good Hokage after all. The fourth Hokage, who treated Hiruzen as a family to the point that he would leave his son to the Third Hokage, wanted Naruto to have an image of a hero as he became the new Jinchuriki. It was not what happened, unfortunately. Naruto was treated as an outcast which can be considered as a huge betrayal.

5. Death Note’s Light Yagami

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Light was known to be a loving and kind person. He did not get into trouble and has good grades. But what his family did not know is that he was obsessed with killing criminals and had wanted to be God. After acquiring the Death Note, Light can kill anyone whose name was written down in the notebook. He was able to kill hundreds of people and even lied to his dad during the process.

6. Kill La Kill’s Satsuki Kiryuin

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Satsuki’s relationship with her mother is a complicated one. Her mother was the one who experimented on her and exposed her to the Life Fibers. She was also sexually abused by her own mother. With everything Satsuki experienced with her mom, it was not surprising that she betrayed the woman by stabbing her in the back, literally.

7. Ouran High School Host Club’s Tamaki Suoh

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In the series, Tamaki Suoh was a happy-go-lucky person who will never betray anyone. He is the type who would want everyone to be happy even to the point that he would be engaged to the women he does not even like. With Haruhi’s interference, Tomaki followed what his heart truly desired and betrayed his family.

8. Fruits Basket’s Ren Sohma

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Although it was not upfront, Ren’s betrayal had a huge impact on her daughter, Akito. She manipulated her and had a harsh attitude which led to Akito’s toxic personality. She expected to be treated like a God since she’s the mother of Akito but when this did not happen, she treated Akito so badly that it appeared that she betrayed her daughter all her life.

9. My Hero Academia’s All For One

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As fans expected, All For One was born to be a villain. He does not care if he had to betray his comrades as well as his own brother. He forced his brother a quirk to make him follow All For One. His brother tried to resist at first but he was defenseless and the brother eventually had One For All, the only quirk that can stop All For One.

10. Naruto’s Itachi Uchiha

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One of the iconic betrayals in Naruto was the one done by Itachi Uchiha. He made the decision to kill all the members of his clan, except for his brother Sasuke. He then became a rogue Shinobi and made his survivor brother hate him to the point that Sasuke grew up wanting to kill his older brother. Itachi’s action has a good purpose but it is still a betrayal.

11. Fullmetal Alchemist’s Shou Tucker

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Behind Shou’s good image as a scientist and father, he was actually a monster who was addicted to his research. He killed his wife and turned her into a Chimera and did other experiments on the family dog and daughter. His betrayal of his family made him one of the worst characters in the anime industry.

12. My Hero Academia’s Rei Todoroki

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Fans of My Hero Academia know how toxic the Todoroki household is. It was no surprise why Shoto’s personality was cold towards his classmates. It all started with his manipulative father who triggered Rei Todoroki to treat her own son, Shoto, badly. She would give her the worst treatment to the point that she would splash boiling water to his eyes which led to the scar found on his face.

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