Top Ten Most Memorable Anime Plot Twists

Should I even say Spoiler Alert? Anyways, we all had that one moment in anime when we were so taken aback by the plot twist. Now not all plot twists are good. Some can mislead the show down a whole other direction and others can make the show better. Which one was more jaw dropping?

The Top Ten

1 L Dies (Death Note) L Dies (Death Note)

L's death was one of the saddest and unexpected deaths of any anime/manga. I just loved his Sherlock Holmes type of weird character so much and truly believed he was the hero of the story and he would persevere! And in a way I guess he did through his disciples..but the thought of him truly dying hadn't hit me until it happened. I kept thinking L was just pretending but nope. He was gone for real. I think Death Note was one of the first mangas I ever read where I wasnt rooting for the main guy's side to triumph. Because it was all twisted around. The main character was the evil one and the guy chasing him was the good guy. Now there are plenty of mangas where I don't like the main character but it was nothing like how Death Note was. To be honest I lost a lot of interest once L was gone. I read through the rest but I felt like the story never recovered from the fatal blow of losing L. I was happy with Light getting what he deserved but it felt bitter sweet that L wasn't the one to do ...more - NerdBunny

L is my life I was so sad when he died I was almost not gonna continue death note but I continued for L for light to meet his fate DEATH because he made his bed now he has to lay in it he chose this psychotic plan and killed his best friend L trusted light And light killed him

This one was shocking and sad, indeed! I never expected him to die. The second half of Death Note felt so empty without him. - Kana79


2 Itachi's Reason (Naruto) Itachi's Reason (Naruto)

When you find out the truth about Itachi it totally makes you rethink his whole character, Konaha, and the Uchiha clan all at once. I knew that there had to have been more to Itachi's story but I was not expecting everything that was revealed. Initially I was wearing rose colored glasses when looking at the village of Konaha. I mistakenly placed them morally higher than they were and forgot the cunning of shinobis. And we as the viewers had no prior knowledge to the Uchiha clan's plan and thought they were murdered for sport. But then BOOM! Itachi throws us for a loop. A true and loyal shinobi to the bitter end. It was especially heart wrenching when Sasuke finds all this out AFTER Itachi dies. In my opinion Itachi's character/story arc is one of the most riveting and well crafted of the entire Naruto-verse. If only every arc/character held up as well. - NerdBunny

Was not expecting that. There's a couple of little twists in Naruto but this one caught me by the throat. Itachi's real reason for destroying the clan made my sympathize with the character and grew to kind of like him. It's a shame he died. - RoseRedFlower

I just wanna hug itachi after all he's been through. He grew up wanting to stop wars, and in the end sacrificed everything he loved to do it. All he left was his little brother who he loved too much.

It made me go crazy when his parents called him a truely kind child right before he killed them.

3 Lelouch Dies (Code Geass) Lelouch Dies (Code Geass)

I was recommend Code Geass by a friend 5 years ago, and I have to say if I had watch this when he originally recommended it to me I might have never taken a hiatus from watching anime. This show is 50% Gundam and 50% Moriarty from Sherlock Holmes.

This is one of the saddest anime deaths in history and one of the biggest plot twists of the series. Just when it seemed like Lelouch was at the top and nothing could break him down, he is killed by Zero. Then it turns out Zero is Suzaku and that Lelouch planned this from the beginning. This is one of the most unforgettable anime scenes in history and I'll never forget it. - RoseRedFlower

My jaw dropped to the earth's core when I saw this. I couldn't believe what I saw.

4 Yuno's Plan (Future Diary) Yuno's Plan (Future Diary)

People dying - not surprising. People doing the things Yuno did for the reasons she did - thoroughly shocking and entertaining.

Yuno's real plan was a twist for me. I knew she was hiding something but I couldn't tell what it was. Then the episode reveals the truth and I can just hear M. Night squealing 'What A Twist! '. Plus who Yuno really was and her entire goal this time was the last thing I expected to happen. - RoseRedFlower

One thing I know about this guy is that he is hiding some thing but I can't tell you what but this film is very great that is why I have to vote and I think it deserves to be 2nd place rather than that film!

5 Kamina (Gurren Lagann) Kamina (Gurren Lagann) Kamina is a fictional character in the anime series Gurren Lagann, known in Japan as Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann, animated by Gainax and co-produced by Aniplex and Konami. It was also directed by Hiroyuki Imaishi and written by veteran playwright Kazuki Nakashima.

Like Mami's death, I knew about Kamina's death way before I watched all of Gurren Lagann. Regardless, I was still shocked and saddened by his untimely but bittersweet death when he first died, but then pulled himself back up with his fighting spirit to help Simon in their last fight together against Lordgenome's forces. To see him die again even after a mighty turning point made his death one of the saddest anime deaths I've ever witnessed. - ModernSpongeBobSucks

It was only episode 8... - RoseRedFlower

6 Mami Dies (Puella Magi Modoka Magica) Mami Dies (Puella Magi Modoka Magica)

Episode 3, guys. EPISODE. THREE.
She was my favorite character, though. RIP - Synchronocity

Raise your hand if you saw this coming. Now lower it because I know you're lying.

I've heard long about Mami dying in Puella Magi Madoka Magica way before deciding to watch the entire anime series. What shocked me was not only her death itself, but how sudden and unpredictable it was when out of the blue, her head just got bit off as if it were an ice cream cone. Under all that rainbow and sunshine lollipops lies a dwelling core of darkness and grief, folks. - ModernSpongeBobSucks

I thought it was a regular magical girl anime and this moment made it dark afterwards.

7 The Last Episode of School Days The Last Episode of School Days

I don't like School Days but I would be lying if I said I wasn't mind blown a few times. From Makoto's Death, to Sekai's Death and Makoto's head being loved by Kotonoha. The best part was when Makoto died and the anime ended. - RoseRedFlower

That ending was so satisfying for a god awful anime. I wanted to see the bastard die and he shockingly did. - Rue

Saw it coming. Such a twisted guy is bound to die sooner or later. - Goku02


8 Kanade's Heart Was Otonashi's (Angel Beats) Kanade's Heart Was Otonashi's (Angel Beats)

Kanade has Otonashi's heart? Huh? It was confusing and very surprising when that happened. I've heard theories that Otonashi was the original creator and that the system he created crashed so he ended up back here again. He was given another chance to love again and then Kanade moved on...dang it. - RoseRedFlower

9 Ace's Death (One Piece) Ace's Death (One Piece)

The series spent over 100 episodes dedicated to saving ace from his execution. Luffy even sacrificed 20 years of his live to get to to the war deciding his fate. So many important characters died, and ace was even set free, but in the last moments of the escape he ended up dying anyway. there hadn't even bee many important character deaths before this, So a death as important as Ace's was definitely a shock, and definitely a plot twist.

This death was a huge impact on Luffy. Plus it started a new era of pirates. However I was astonished to see this death play out and realize that Ace was truly going to die. - RoseRedFlower

Definitely the saddest anime death in my opinion. - HeavyDonkeyKong

Its ok

10 Haruno's car is Natsume (Bungou Stray Dogs)

The Contenders

11 Naruto Kills Everyone (Naruto)

I was so shocked.

Such a twist. Did not see it coming. Never thought boruto's dad would do that.

God this plot twist made me so angry and excited at the same time. I couldn’t believe what I was seeing.

12 The Eclipse (Berserk) The Eclipse (Berserk)

16...? Excuse me while I contemplate the anime community.

13 The Timeline (Higurashi No Naku Koro Ni) The Timeline (Higurashi No Naku Koro Ni)

Every arc in this anime is usually pretty eye popping and disturbing. The second season's revelation at the start was what took me off guard. All of the arcs are connected and Rika has been experiencing the same tragic event and keeps being reborn into another one. Then it ends the same horrible way as before. I felt sorry for Rika... - RoseRedFlower

14 Aizen's Betrayal (Bleach) Aizen's Betrayal (Bleach)

Shocked me as a 12 year old. - ItsDaWorldOfSNuGGLEZ

No one saw it coming

15 Heathcliff Was the Creator of Sao (Sword Art Online)
16 Archer was Emiya (Fate/Stay Night UBW) Archer was Emiya (Fate/Stay Night UBW)

Thank God I never ran into spoilers before watching the Unlimited Blade Works anime adaptation. It would have really ruined the fascinatingly shocking experience that I had when I learned that the very person who had been against Shirou's ideals and dream of becoming a hero of justice was indeed a future version of Shirou himself from an alternate timeline as a result of his ideals betraying him. - ModernSpongeBobSucks

This one is undebatably the best plot in anime history. Imagine, your full of regret future self went back to kill urself, just to see how u never regreted it in the first place. U just got lost in one point of your own dream. Amazing.

17 Natsu is END (Fairy Tail) Natsu is END (Fairy Tail)

That was insane when I read about it in the manga

18 Zeref kills Larcade (Fairy Tail)
19 Stocking Kills Panty and Reveals That's She is Actually a Demon (Panty and Stocking with Garterbelt) Stocking Kills Panty and Reveals That's She is Actually a Demon (Panty and Stocking with Garterbelt)

Gainax, if you're reading this, I know you've probably seen this millions of times but WE NEED SEASON 2! How can you end a beautiful series... like that?

Need season two!


20 Sanji is Revealed to Be a Prince of the Vinsmoke Family and is Set to Marry Big Mom's Daughter - One Piece

Oh yeah I was so shocked. Like what is going on? lol

21 Eren Dies (Attack On Titan)

Ahem... A more accurate way to describe this plot twist would be Eren getting eaten by a Titan and then suddenly transforming into one himself as he emerges out of it. - ModernSpongeBobSucks

He's still alive... - Goku02

22 Light Yagami's Death (Death Note) Light Yagami's Death (Death Note)

We all knew it would come someday

23 The Pope is Revealed as the Gemini Saint (Saint Seiya)
24 Jyugo is sent into a coma (Nanbaka) Jyugo is sent into a coma (Nanbaka)

After the incident, Hajime is suspended for 3 days by the Warden, and the other supervisors and inmates were pissed at Hajime's harsh way of handling Jyugo.

This was supposed to be a comedy. One of the guards nearly kills him and he is sent into critical condition for three days.

25 Pyrrha Dies (RWBY) Pyrrha Dies (RWBY)

So sad ;_;

26 Roman is Eaten Alive by a Grimm (RWBY) Roman is Eaten Alive by a Grimm (RWBY)
27 Finn worked for the Devil all along (Kamikaze Kaitou Jeanne) Finn worked for the Devil all along (Kamikaze Kaitou Jeanne)

The best thing about this twist is it makes you reconsider the entire series entirely. There are several clues given but we just didn't follow them.
Also: even though she's been a silly, innocent and fun supporting character, she has been depicted as strong enough not to be suspicious. - Martin_Canine

28 Hide's Death (Tokyo Ghoul)

Since there are a lot of spoilers in this list, let's spoil the fun a little more.

Well, the anime has to be remade and if it goes according to the manga then it's even more surprising. KANEKI EATS HIDE.
There's even more in :re but I'll stop at that. - Undistinguished

29 Raven Was the Spring Maiden All Along (Rwby)
30 Karasuno vs Aoba Josai (First Season) - Haikyuu!! Karasuno vs Aoba Josai (First Season) - Haikyuu!!


31 Hohenheim's Plan (Fullmetal Alchemist Brotherhood)
32 Pudding Was Deceiving the Straw Hats All Along - One Piece
33 Spike Dies (Cowboy Bebop) Spike Dies (Cowboy Bebop)

Well, you can't really say he died, since it was never confirmed.

34 King Bradley is actually a Homunculus (Fullmetal Alchemist series) King Bradley is actually a Homunculus (Fullmetal Alchemist series)

Actually in Brotherhood, it's very obvious. But if you read the manga or the 2003 adaptation first, then it's an actual plot twist. - Rue

Brotherhood has manga plot so how can it be a plot twist in the manga and not in Brotherhood? - Tia-Harribel

35 Pyrrha vs Penny (RWBY) Pyrrha vs Penny (RWBY)
36 Zeref is Natsu’s Brother (Pandora Hearts)
37 Oz is B (Rabbit - Pandora Hearts)
38 The True Purpose of the Liar Game (Liar Game)
39 Shirogane Takeshi is Killed (Golion)

Definitely. I was literally screaming. - RebeccaDarking

40 Milia marries Maximillian (Super Dimension Fortress Macross) Milia marries Maximillian (Super Dimension Fortress Macross)
41 The Gray King (K Return of Kings)
42 Sailors Jupiter, Mercury, Venus and Mars Die (Sailor Moon) Sailors Jupiter, Mercury, Venus and Mars Die (Sailor Moon)
43 Main ingredient to the Philosopher's Stone is human life (Fullmetal Alchemist series) Main ingredient to the Philosopher's Stone is human life (Fullmetal Alchemist series)
44 Ouri is part Shikabane (Corpse Princess) Ouri is part Shikabane (Corpse Princess)
45 Homura overpowers Madokami and becomes the Devil (Madoka Magica Rebellion) Homura overpowers Madokami and becomes the Devil (Madoka Magica Rebellion)

It may be a movie, but I feel it counts because Rebellion serves as a sequel to the anime series. - Rue

46 Touko Ichinose Dies (Taboo Tattoo)

I totally did not see that coming, considering she was the childhood friend of the main protagonist, Justice "Seigi" Akatsuka. Usually, in anime, childhood friends survive to the end. However, that is not the case here as she gets eaten up to death. And when that happened, it truly was saddening and actually made me shed a tear. - SelfDestruct

47 Griffith betrays the Band of the Hawk (Berserk)
48 Pudding Breaks Into Tears When Sanji Compliments Her Eye and Refuses to Kill Him - One Piece
49 The 10-year Time Skip (Pandora Hearts)
50 Raven is Gilbert (Pandora Hearts)
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1. Itachi's Reason (Naruto)
2. L Dies (Death Note)
3. Haruno's car is Natsume (Bungou Stray Dogs)
1. Lelouch Dies (Code Geass)
2. Kamina (Gurren Lagann)
3. L Dies (Death Note)
1. L Dies (Death Note)
2. Mami Dies (Puella Magi Modoka Magica)
3. Main ingredient to the Philosopher's Stone is human life (Fullmetal Alchemist series)

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