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  • Trigun: Knives, being something of a Psychopathic Manchild, doesn't understand why his twin brother Vash would choose to side with the humans over himself, when the humans (in Knives' eyes) are nothing more than parasites who leech the lives of Plants (from whom Knives and Vash were born).
  • Yu-Gi-Oh! GX:
    • Giese Hunt assumes that the reason why Johan uses the Crystal Beast cards is because he seeks its ace card, Rainbow Dragon, to sell for profit, which is what Giese seeks it for. Johan angrily retorts that the Crystal Beast cards have a bond with and chose him as their master, and even if he found Rainbow Dragon, he would only treat it as another friend.
    • Edo Phoenix is the designated and self-proclaimed Anti-Hero, so he confuses even himself when he makes a Heroic Sacrifice trying to save Ekou, someone he just met who should mean nothing to him.
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  • Yu-Gi-Oh!: During the Death-T arc, when Yugi and his pals are trapped in the Death T-3 room, which involves giant blocks falling and attempting to crush them, Kaiba firmly believes that everyone only cares about themselves most of all and at least one of Yugi's group will betray the others to save themselves. Honda/Tristan proves him wrong when he is pinned by the jacket between two blocks, helping Yugi escape and remaining behind.
  • Fist of the North Star:
    • In general most gangs, thugs and murders legitimately don't understand why Kenshiro gets so angry over them hanging children, capturing women like cattle for sexual slavery, and killing old people. But they're certainly hypocritical enough to beg for mercy when Kenshiro hunts them down like dogs.
    • If Shin really knew and loved Yuria, he really wouldn't be surprised that she was Driven to Suicide by the cruelty and genocide he committed in the name of earning her love. It's revealed in a later episode (though in chronological order in Yuria Den) that he realized she was lost to him, after she survived her fall only to unconsciously call for Ken.
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    • In the case of Raoh, he's so emotionally stunted by his drive to conquer the world that while he still gets brotherly love (hence one of the anime's most touching scenes), romantic love flies right over his head. As a result, he mistook his relationships with Reina and Yuria for ambition (Reina as a comrade in his ambition, Yuria as the source/prize of his ambition) instead of could-have-been-love. The sheer ignorance of Raoh's response, when he's subsequently frightened both by Kenshiro and by Fudou's children, wondering at the source of Kenshiro's power...
    • After Jackal's gang murdered an old lady that was taking care of a bunch of little children, Kenshiro swore that he would track, find, and kill all of them, and began to do just that. After finding a corpse of one of his comrades, a bandit said he didn't understand why Kenshiro was doing something he gained nothing with.
  • Pretty Cure
    • In Futari wa Pretty Cure Splash★Star, Lord Akudaikahn is so utterly unable to understand anything but his own thirst for destruction that he has a Villainous Breakdown and goes completely insane when the Heel–Face Turn-ed Michiru and Kaoru reveal to him that, in fact, he did commit a good deed by giving them life.
    • Hugtto! Pretty Cure: Bicine, one of the employees of the Dark Tomorrow Company, is completely incapable of figuring out why anyone would bother moving forward even when faced with overwhelming despair. Episode 47 has him getting double dosed with this, confused as to why Charalit, Papple, Daigan and Traum would bother fighting for a brighter future despite being adults (where most people would assume that it's too late for them to fix things), before finally reaching the Despair Event Horizon upon seeing Ristoru, whom he considered his only friend ever since Harry defected, undergo a Heel–Face Turn right before his very eyes.
  • In Cyborg 009, 004 was faced with a fully robot duplicate of himself which was not only stronger and faster, but could perfectly predict his actions. Until their battle knocked a bird's nest loose from a tree; the mere act of 004 diving to catch it was so unexpected to the robot that it was effectively a Logic Bomb and caused the robot to malfunction and shut down.
  • The Darkstalkers OVA had Bishamon suffer this when Donovan put himself at risk to save human bystanders during their fight.
  • Naraku, from InuYasha, privately expresses some confusion when Sango simply will not kill her little brother Kohaku, no matter what he makes him do. While he was played for this trope for most of the series, another particularly despicable instance being when he claims the way the protagonists would just show mercy to a loyal underling whom he just sent on a suicide mission to take them out makes him sick, he is ultimately revealed to be an interesting subversion when Kagome points out that he is part human and couldn't possibly carried out his Manipulative Bastard antics if he didn't understand the meaning of human bonds, which, on the one hand, manages to make him a great deal more terrifying as a villain than he would be if he simply didn't get goodness, since it means that he always knew exactly what his actions would do to the protagonists, but on the other hand revealed that his motivations had to go beyond mere lust for power. It is interesting that he was never really aware that the vestiges of humanity he tried so hard to get rid of were, in fact, as much of an asset to him as they were to the protagonist.
  • Played for tragedy in Black Lagoon when Creepy Child Gretel is so confused by Rock showing her genuine kindness and crying for her that she sexually proposes to Rock as thanks.
  • Similarly to the example from Black Lagoon, in the manga version of Battle Royale, Mitsuko Souma is captured by Tadakatsu, a baseball player, and Yuichiro, an otaku. While Tadakatsu is wary of her, Yuichiro is more sympathetic and makes the effort to talk to her. Having been abused and exploited by men for most of her life, Mitsuko assumes that Yuichiro's just trying to get into her knickers when he offers to untie her hands. However, she's surprised to discover that he's just going to give her a drink and has no ulterior motives, and is even more surprised when he takes a bullet from Tadakatsu to protect her.
  • In Death Note:
    • Mello had kidnapped and traumatized Sayu. Soichiro, Sayu and Light's father, had managed to get the Shinigami Eyes and got back the notebook. Light was expecting his father to write out Mello's name as soon as he saw his face but Soichiro simply threatened Mello, preferring to arrest him. Light couldn't understand why Soichiro would do that.
    • Used again with Mello and Light later on, after Mello kidnaps Takada. Mello is killed in ensuing events. Light, whose first loyalty is to his own survival, cannot conceive that someone like Mello would sacrifice himself for any reason and walks right into the trap convinced that Mello was just an idiot. Although not exactly hero and villain, this is clearly a case of selfishness cannot comprehend loyalty. It's worth noting that with other characters that are more clearly good guys, Light tends to have better success predicting their behavior—Near is an example—but, perhaps because Mello demonstrates a kindred disregard for human life early on, Light simply assumes that the other is driven by greed rather than revenge.
    • During the finale of the series, when Light has been outed as Kira, he expects Matsuda to side with him and demands he help and shoot the other members of the Task Force. While Matsuda did sympathize with Kira at first, he's more furious that Light not only led his own father, who Matsuda idolized, to his death at Mello's hands, but had the gall to disrespect his memory and call him a fool, and shoots Light five times in a rage.
  • The Antispiral's speech to Nia in the final episode of Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann would indicate that it doesn't understand why humanity continues to fight against the impossible odds it faces: "Your actions are baffling, Irregular. Why do you resist us so?" After it asserts that it could permanently suppress humanity if it knew what the source of their determination was, Nia then lampshades the trope, stating that the Anti-Spiral cannot possibly understand and that it should stop trying. Unfazed, the Anti-Spiral states that it doesn't need to understand, it just needs to know.
  • Magnificent Bastard Yokoya from Liar Game scoffs and mocks Nao's ideal of saving everyone in the game, including himself.
  • In Rurouni Kenshin, Kanryu Takeda does not understand why the heroes are trying to rescue Megumi even though there is no reward waiting for them. He is even more bewildered that they refuse to take his bribes.
    • A more tragic example with Seta Soujiro, though it's more a case of willful denial—he was only able to deal with killing by completely entrenching himself in Shishio's philosophy. The mere idea of Kenshin's opposing philosophy to protect the weak enrages him, eventually driving him into a full-on breakdown.
  • Black Cat: Creed is the living embodiment of this, although it verges on "Insanity Cannot Comprehend Sanity" at times. Literally every problem in series was triggered by Creed's inability to process, or even understand, ordinary human feelings. Creed honestly can't understand why his murder of Saya would prevent Train from wanting to join him. Similarly, it leaves him unable to understand why his Bad Boss tendencies will lead to poor morale among his subordinates. Creed seems to see people as existing apart from one another and, as such, social cause and effect has almost no meaning for him, which only fuels his issues.
  • In Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D's, Jose doesn't understand why Crow would lose on purpose just to give Yusei a fighting chance in their tag-team duel.
  • Berserk: Happens often thanks to the massive amount of human sadists and hellspawn.
    • Early on when the Snake Baron is begging for mercy, Guts points out what a disgusting hypocrite he's being asking the baron (while torturing him) if he ever listened to cries of his victims or stopped when they begged for mercy.
    • The God Hand are so disconnected from morals that they were surprised and intrigued that Guts would cut off his hand to save Casca from being raped by Griffith, and shocked that a mere mortal would have the sheer willpower to get close enough to attack one of them without dying.
    • Griffith, plays with this trope towards the end of the Golden Age and after his resurrection; he is completely baffled as to why Guts would want to leave him and is even more confused at himself for throwing everything away for the loss of this "one soldier". In the Conviction Arc where he returned to the mortal plane, Griffith is concerned that his heart is beating when it comes to Guts and Casca, saying it "should be frozen over" note .
    • Rosine completely believes (with some good reason) that all adults are evil and children must saved and protected (i.e turning them into demonic insect fairies) but Rosine also believes their society invites violence and has no issue with the turned-children killing each other and others. Rosine also misunderstands her beloved friend Jill and Guts, assumes Jill (not without reason) must be romantically/sexually attracted to Guts, fails to understand a father figure likely due to her own abusive step-father and seeks to kill Guts over it. Despite Guts having no attraction to Jill beyond fatherly care, when Guts was relentlessly attacking Rosine she broke out the What the Hell Are You? and asked why he hated her so much; Guts just alluded to the fact that she's one of the Apostles that butchered all his friends (The Band Of Hawk) before and during the Eclipse. Though Guts claimed she wouldn't remember, but it's possible Rosine does realize at that moment since she has an Oh, Crap! look on her face, though it's probably more the thought of a human causing pain for an "elf".
    • Farnese (before her Heel–Face Turn) and Mozgus in the Conviction Arc are legitimately confused about Guts's desperate efforts to save Casca. Farnese, when interrogated by him, is baffled as to why Guts came to save the "Witch"; Mozgus is even worse, believing Casca must die to save the land from plague, and questions why Guts is stopping any and all attempts to have Casca burned at the stake. Both fail to understand that Guts might just care about the woman in question. Luca, for comparison, immediately picked up that Guts really loved Casca the moment he asked about her.
    • Emperor Ganishka automatically assumes upon meeting Guts that he must be an apostle leading to this glorious response.
    Guts: Screw you, I'm human right down to the bone marrow, don't lump me in with you freaks.
    • However's Guts own subconscious is just as callous and inhuman as the foes Guts faces, The Beast (as it's called) doesn't see why Guts has True Companions, seeing them as petty and frail distractions from it's conscious mind/host's path of vengeance against Griffith. The Beast especially urges Guts to murder Casca, as she is no longer what she once was but not before ravishing her, The Beast incapable of acknowledging Guts' love for Casca and mistaking it for lust. The mysterious Moonlight Child is able to cower the Beast by recalling Guts's care for her, signifying a weakness for pure emotions.
      • But The Beast later conversely tells Guts to "nurture" his friends as it only make Gut's rage stronger when they die.
  • Bleach:
    • As a part of his Villain Decay down to Smug Snake, Sosuke Aizen gets hit with this by the end of his character arc. When Ichigo first confronts him, Aizen attempts to mess with his head by claiming Ichigo has no reason to hate him and is only fighting out of duty, even though he and Ichigo both know Aizen will murder everyone Ichigo knows and loves if he's not stopped. Later on, when Ichigo reappears, clearly looking like he Took a Level in Badass, Aizen assumes the new form is no threat at all because Ichigo changed in a way he hadn't predicted. It hits Aizen much harder in relation to Urahara, however; Aizen appears to be genuinely bewildered and outraged that Urahara, the only man he considers his intellectual equal, is not only content to sit idle rather than try to control the afterlife, but is also opposed to Aizen's attempts to do so.
    • Ulquiorra is a much straighter example. He outright states that he doesn't understand why Ichigo fights him, even though he's hopelessly outclassed.
    • Yhwach unbalances Ichigo by revealing he is Ichigo's ancestor. Later, the Quincy blood Ichigo inherited from him causes Ichigo to instinctively attack the Soul King. Yhwach says it doesn't make sense that Ichigo still wants to oppose him.
  • Gaara from Naruto, back when he was an Ax-Crazy Serial Killer who honestly though his purpose in life was to kill people. When Guy stopped him from killing a beaten and defenceless Lee, he had no idea why Guy protected someone who "failed". We actually saw his world-view (represented by images of his childhood) shattering. Nor did he understand how Naruto could keep pushing himself so hard in their final fight, hard enough that even when both of them were utterly exhausted, Gaara was flat on his back but Naruto was crawling on his chest to fight him, because that was the only way to save Sakura and his friends. He only quit when Sasuke showed up and told him Sakura was safe. Naruto got Gaara just fine, though; he knew exactly what Gaara had been through and explained to him that it was finding friends like them that saved him from the dark, angry place Gaara was in himself. Worth noting is that Gaara takes this to heart and while he never quite loses the creepy vibe he gives off, he proves to be just as loyal to his friends and family as Naruto himself.
    • As Sasuke falls deeper into darkness, he admits a couple times that he has no clue why his old teammates are still going to such lengths to get him back on their side. Whether it's out of his obsession-born apathy or a low opinion of himself depends on which point in the story we're talking about.
  • In Slayers:
    • This is the reason that Dark Star merges with his mortal enemy Vorfeed to become an entity to destroy all universes and then rebuild them into a world where the two of them would not need to fight each other anymore.
    • In the manga, Knight of the Aqua Lord, the Big Bad of that season took the power of a god and went insane.
  • Tao En/Yuan in Shaman King, who refuses to believe that you can trust anyone due to the way his ancestors were persecuted for their shaman powers. This is crucial to his defeat—he's more powerful than any of the main characters at that point, but watching The Power of Friendship trump self-preservation destroys his focus.
  • Over the years Gundam has shown a few examples of this:
    • In Mobile Suit Gundam, Gihren doesn't seem to understand why his sister Kycilia would be upset that he killed their father. He assumes she's joking when she pulls a gun on him and his final expression is one of pure shock, as he never predicted that she would kill him to avenge their father.
    • Katejina Loos from Mobile Suit Victory Gundam literally got sick since she couldn't comprehend Shakti's thoughts of ending the battle and preserving life.
    • Haman Khan from Mobile Suit Gundam ZZ descended into cynicism and nihilism well before the series began, which is why she can't understand why Judau refuses to join her. She tries several separate approaches to manipulate and seduce him to her side, but all fail.
    • Ultimately, Char Aznable at the end of Mobile Suit Gundam: Char's Counterattack shows that he can't understand why Amuro keeps fighting to preserve Earth and the Federation noting that even the best of them has the potential to destroy everyone anyway. Amuro agrees that Humans Are Flawed, but that humans also have the potential to save people too, and his hope in people is what ultimately wins out in the end—his determination to save the people of Earth is so powerful that it reverses the effects of Earth's gravity outright on the remains of Axis.
  • This happens to the homunculus Envy in Fullmetal Alchemist. He (well, Envy's genderless) gets baffled and frustrated by how so many former enemies are setting aside their differences and teaming up to defeat Father's forces. He unsuccessfully tries to remind them of how much they should hate each other. When Envy realizes that he envied humans' kindness and decency all along, he takes his own life out of humiliation.
  • My Hero Academia:
    • All For One. Chapter 193 delves into his backstory, revealing that he didn't understand why his younger brother continued to defy him despite being sickly and powerless. So gave him a Quirk in the hopes that he would finally submit to him, a mistake that would lead to the creation of One For All and to his eventual downfall. Also, during his second battle against All Might, he believed that exposing the latter's true form would go towards breaking people's faith in All Might. It didn't, people still cheered him on regardless of wht he looked like, resulting in his Heroic Second Wind and defeating All For One.
    • His protegé Tomura Shigaraki had a plan to kidnap Bakugou and try and recruit him for the League of Villains, thinking that his Jerkass attitude made him better suited as a villain than a hero. He fails to realize that, for all his temper and violent tendencies, Bakugou is very much clear that he wants to be a hero like All Might, and he pretty much spells the trope word for word afterwards.
    • Endeavor is a Nominal Hero rather than a villain, but he definitely has a hard time understanding some of the big picture parts of being a hero. It's shown that he doesn't really get why All Might was the Symbol of Peace or why people loved him for it. When All Might strains himself after a battle that cost him his powers to reassure the civilian onlookers, Endeavor looks thoroughly confused, though this could be more at the sudden transformation regarding All Might's true form, especially given he looked up to him. Even after he comes to appreciate the importance of providing peace of mind to the people, he admits to All Might he has no idea how to do that.
  • Pokémon:
    • In the Diamond and Pearl arc this is the reason why Paul could not raise Chimchar to his full potential; as he thought making friends with his Pokémon was a waste of time. This came back to bite him in the ass when Ash raised said Chimchar into an Infernape and beat him in the Pokémon league.
    • An earlier example was with Damien in the early Kanto saga. Even though he treated his Charmander like crap and left it to die in the rain, he still expected it to wait for him to come get it and welcome him back with open arms. Cue Charmander defecting to Ash and roasting Damien.
    • In Best Wishes 2 Episode N's Grand Finale, Colress and Ghetsis are astonished at the fact that Ash's Pikachu and Reshiram freed themselves from the Pokémon Control Machine under their own power, and don't understand how they could. They are so awestruck at how their plans failed that it sends them both into a Villainous Breakdown.
  • Serves as a pivotal point in Puella Magi Madoka Magica. Kyubey can't understand why there's such an emotional impact of losing one person when there are seven billion people. Although Kyuubey isn't evil per se, he just has a goal that the main cast disagrees with when they learn the truth. Ironically, he is beaten when Madoka uses her wish as a Heroic Sacrifice to save all other magical girls from his scheme; Kyubey doesn't see this coming because he thought humans were too selfish and focused on individuals to do such a thing.
  • Kenichi: The Mightiest Disciple:
    • Natsu Tanimoto came across as this after he was first revealed to be Hermit, the Fifth Fist of Ragnarok; he refused to believe that Kenichi's sense of right and justice was anything more than a facade. This was eventually justified by his Freudian Excuse (his adopted father was killed by his wife who pretended to love him just to get close to him for his money, and later Natsu himself was betrayed by an associate of the senior Tanimoto who pretended to be trustworthy just for the chance to off Natsu and get his fortune for himself), but after he realized that Kenichi really did believe in his own ideals, he pulled a sort-of Heel–Face Turn and is currently a Jerk with a Heart of Gold.
    • Played straighter with Silcardo Junazard, the "Demon Fist" of YAMI's One Shadow Nine Fists, much later on. He was bewildered that the kidnapped Miu, even in a state of brainwashed bloodlust that he'd previously implanted in her, tried to treat his fatal wound instead of pulling a sneak attack on Akira Hongo, the man who inflicted said wound, as Junazard had expected her to do.
  • Rosario + Vampire:
    • When Tsukune, about to be executed, asks that he spare the other members of the Newspaper Club, Kuyou is genuinely surprised that he would make such a selfless request despite facing execution. In general, Kuyou openly derides the very idea of human/monster co-existence as ridiculous at best and sickening at worst.
    • Kiria is completely taken aback when Kurumu chooses to save Moka's life despite the two being rivals for Tsukune's love, as he genuinely believed that Kurumu would just let Moka die; as Kurumu points out to him, just because she's competing with Moka for Tsukune does not mean that she hates Moka or wants her dead.
  • Minerva of Fairy Tail is so dangerous partially because of how she inverts this. She fully recognizes how some fighters become more dangerous when motivated by The Power of Friendship, and plans to use it to devastating effect with Sting in the Grand Magic Tournament.
    • When Byro tries to kill Coco for treason, Lucy steps in to defend her. Byro asks why she would care about her, especially since Coco was from the enemy's side. Lucy replies, "I have to care about her, because you don't."
    • Invel chains Gray and Juvia together and forces them to fight to the death. He does not anticipate the two killing themselves so they won't harm the other. Juvia on the other hand did plan for this and created a spell that would save Gray by transferring her blood into him (from her POV it's a win-win: her beloved is safe and she gets to "live on" inside him). Fortunately for Juvia Wendy arrives just in time to heal her.
  • Being a deconstruction of the Fighting Series Played for Laughs, Muteki Kanban Musume deconstructs this rope with Megumi: given her self-hatred, she considers herself as a Card-Carrying Villain, but she is only a School Yard Bully All Grown Up who cannot understand why she has to help anyone or why anyone would want to be her friend… because her definition of friend is Someone who I can manipulate to defeat The Rival Miki. She cannot understand why Kayahara Sensei would want to be her friend, nor that Idiot Hero Kankuro would want to help her in her quest.
  • Soul Eater: Spoiler example: In the anime, Asura is defeated because he can't understand why Maka keeps fighting despite being clearly outmatched. His inability to understand the concept of bravery and dedication confuses him, allowing Maka to land a fatal blow.
    • Stein has a relevant line when witch Medusa confesses her love for him:
      Medusa: I love you, you know. A man after my own heart.
      Stein: Don't be stupid. At your core, Medusa, you're just like me. You couldn't possibly understand a concept like love.
  • Holyland: This is one of King's flaws as mentioned in chapter 172.
  • A Certain Magical Index:
    • Shizuri Mugino gets attacked by an unnamed assailant who uses a Shape Shifter Guilt Trip against her. He says Love Is a Weakness and that her love for Shiage Hamazura and her guilt over killing Frenda Seivelun will weaken her enough for him to crush her. Instead, she massacres him. The assailant is shocked and asks how. Mugino says The Power of Love has made her stronger than ever before, and the assailant is baffled.
    • Leivinia Birdway can easily enter the mindset of politicians and master schemers like Aleister Crowley to predict their actions and motivations. However, Touma Kamijou's drive to help and protect others without expecting any reward or having any ulterior motives makes absolutely no sense to her. She eventually concludes that he is insane.
  • A lot of Eclipse infectees really irked with Thoma's merciful behavior in Magical Record Lyrical Nanoha Force.
  • Sword Art Online: Sugou Nobuyuki, the Big Bad of the Fairy Dance arc, thinks that Kirito will be too afraid to enter Alfheim Online to attempt a rescue of his kidnapped wife and and gloats about this to said wife in order to demoralize her. Not only is Kirito more than strong enough to dive headfirst into the game on the off chance he can save Asuna, she is well aware of that, and hearing that Kirito knows she's in danger is enough to keep her going for a little while longer. She herself lampshades this, saying that if Sugou had any understanding of love, he would he have lied and said Kirito was dead.
  • Kam from the Medabots anime refuses to recognise Medabots as sentient A.I.s, preferring to see them as machines for combat, and, by extension, fails to grasp that the Medaforce draws power from the bond that a Medabot forms with its owner.
  • Rain: When Reygul asks Rain why he fights, Rain says it's to protect the people he wants to protect. Reygul explicitly says he cannot comprehend that; specifically, he can't understand why someone as powerful as Rain doesn't have more ambitious goals. Made more ironic when Reygul's brother chastises him for abandoning his duties as the guardian of their homeland in favor of world conquest. Reygul is supposed to be doing what Rain is doing.
  • Akame ga Kill!: This trope is why Esdeath is unable to make Tatsumi love her. Tatsumi tries to convince her to join the revolution because he doesn't like innocent people dying needlessly in war, but she rebukes this. She doesn't understand why this upsets him due to her own Social Darwinist beliefs, saying that the weak deserve to die and the strong are the ones who survive. Needless to say, Tatsumi makes it clear he will never love a woman who enjoys killing and would even start a new war to continue.
  • One Piece:
    • Crocodile is completely confused and pissed about how and why Luffy is still fighting him despite being poisoned though the shoulder, wanting to know where Luffy is drawing his strength from.
    • In Luffy's backstory, the nobility of Goa Kingdom concoct a plan to impress the Celestial Dragons, the highest world nobility, by removing all the trash piled just outside the city walls and cleaning the place up. They plan to do this by setting the trash on fire, with no regard whatsoever for the hundreds of poor and impoverished who make that area their home. Upon discovering this, a noble boy, Sabo, is shocked and horrified. This is made worse when he realizes that not only did the majority of his fellow nobles know what is happening, but they do not see why he would be so horrified by it.note 
    • CP9 don't understand why the crew went so far to rescue Robin from them and World Government and label them as "crazy". Jabra and Kaku claim it's stupid to for Sanji and Zoro respectively to care so much about a "doomed woman" pushing both their Berserk Button(s) and turning the previously difficult fights into cake walks. Spandam especially is so deranged that he believes that bringing in a innocent woman (Robin) to Marine Head Quarters, to have her tortured for secrets of the ancient weapons and then killed will make him a "hero". Spandam even yells gleefully mutiple times that he is hero as he drags Robin towards the Gate Of Justice before an actual hero like Usopp shoots him down.
    • Shiryu doesn't see the problem in butchering prisoners (or as he puts it "human trash") whenever he likes.
    • Caesar Clown has no morality when it comes to developing weapons of mass destruction despite the pleas of his fellow scientists, claiming there will always be buyers like Akainu who would be appreciate his work.
    • The Vinsmoke family, Sanji's father and siblings, are the rulers of the organization and mobile nation Germa 66. They view their status as their birthright and anybody below them exists to serve them to the point of expecting their soldiers to serve as willing human shields at their command. This leaves them perplexed when the White Sheep of their family is a man who would gladly cook for commoners or even animals and treats their servants like human beings (i.e not beating the shit of innocent women because she made some food they didn't like). Yet even Reiju, the eldest child and the only one among them who shows anything like empathy or concern that isn't Moral Myopia, is confused at her brother's loyalty to the father figure who showed him genuine compassion.
    • Later, when Sanji rescues him from Big Mom, Judge is flabbergasted as to why he'd do so. Sanji coldly tells him that his mentor Zeff (who has far more right to be called his father than Judge does) would never forgive someone who left his blood kin to die (as part of a larger “The Reason You Suck” Speech.)
      • Pudding also has a major Freak Out! when Sanji compliments her third eye as not a single person had ever said anything nice about it and she learned to hate it along with herself. Pudding assumes during the wedding battle Sanji is tricking her like she did to him, but Sanji just states she is deluding herself.
      • Judge also asks Luffy why he would go so far for someone like Sanji, reiterating what he believes makes said individual a failure, as mentioned above. Luffy isn't offended, saying that those are Sanji's best qualities.
  • An example where "Evil Misinterprets The Concept Of Good" occurs in Digimon Adventure, where Puppetmon is a Psychopathic Manchild who thinks having friends means having living toys. That friends can be thrown out or killed whenever they fail you, annoy you, just for fun, or when you simply lose interest in them. Before he was killed by MetalGarurumon, Matt, who's the holder of the Crest of Friendship tells him point-blank that Puppetmon doesn't understand what having friends means.
  • Dragon Ball:
    • During the 22nd World Martial Arts Tournament of the original Dragon Ball, no member of the Crane School gets why Jackie Chun, AKA a disguised Master Roshi, suddenly throws the tournament match with Tien. While the Crane Hermit attributes it to fear of a superior opponent, Tien at least understands there's more to it, and it's his desperate attempt to understand why Roshi did it that ultimately sparks his Heel–Face Turn.
    • In the Namek Saga, Goku offers to spare Captain Ginyu and Jeice despite outclassing both of them put together. This show of mercy confuses Ginyu both on principle, and because he thinks Goku is already a Super Saiyan and should therefore be completely ferocious.
    • Great example in the fifth movie Cooler's Revenge. The titular villain after giving Goku a No-Holds-Barred Beatdown decides to destroy the planet as he believes like his younger brother (Frieza) that since he so powerful he gets to decide who lives and who dies and whose entire philosophy is shattered by Goku after he turns Super Saiyan leading to this delightful exchange.
    Goku: When will you wake up? You're hurting people, what have they done to you? I can't allow to take your unhappiness out on other people anymore.
    Cooler: What are you talking about? I kill when I want. The weak die and strong survive!
    Goku: Fine, we'll play by your rules now Cooler... LET'S GOOOOOO!!! (punches him).
    • Vegeta showed two examples of this during the Android Saga: Following the near-fatal capsule explosion, Vegeta couldn't fathom why Bulma had chosen to stay by his side while he was recovering. Later, just before his battle with #18, he scoffed at the thought of the other Z Fighters coming to his aid, even asking why they'd want to help him.
    • Android 13 in the movie of the same name, has interesting subversion of this in the dub as when Trunks calls 13 out on following the orders (kill Goku) of a computer calling him a slave, claiming he has no free will. 13 in relation points out the hypocrisy calling Trunks a "typical human" and elaborates by saying humans use their "free will" to cause war, segregation and hatred.
      • Since the humans do actually nuke themselves to oblivion in Universe 6, 13 (though a heartless machine) has point when it comes to people lecturing Androids over morality. There's also the fact Dr Gero an evil human built most of the Androids in the first place.
    • When Gohan takes the attack that Cell meant for Vegeta, Cell openly wonders why Gohan would do so.
    Cell: Why would Gohan sacrifice himself to save Vegeta? Hm...I will never understand the ways of these Saiyans.
    • Frieza's personal hell as seen in Resurrection 'F' is a peaceful meadow filled with fairies, angels, and living stuffed animals parading around and wanting nothing but to give him joy and happiness, but Frieza, being a amoral Sadist, finds it disgusting and infuriating.
      • In the same movie Frezia mistakes Vegeta stopping Goku fighting him as signs of loyalty towards him says he's glad that Vegeta still knows "who holds leash". But Freiza also dumbstruck when Vegeta refuses the chance to kill a wounded Goku when offered, and Vegeta has to remind the Emperor that he has the most beef with Frieza for destroying his planet/kingdom, leading to Freiza having a massive tantrum and Rage Quitting when Vegeta kicks his ass.
    • Zamasu of Dragon Ball Super is firmly convinced that all mortal life is Always Chaotic Evil and must be eradicated for the good of the universe. While he does make several good points about how the gods' no-intervention policy allows evil mortals to get away with all manner of atrocities, Zamasu's Fatal Flaw is that he's incapable of understanding that while the mortals are flawed, they can still learn and grow from their mistakes, and that the gods themselves can be just as fallible.
    • While not evil, Jiren can't understand why Vegeta continues to keep fighting him despite knowing full well he can't win. Later, he doesn't understand why Team Universe 7 puts so much faith in Goku. Having been abandoned by his fellow students, Jiren feels that trust is meaningless. Even later when Toppo thanks Jiren for his efforts, despite losing, Jiren can't help but ask why he's thanking him, considering he treated them all like trash throughout the entire tournament.
  • Of all the bullies who bullied the deaf girl Nishimiya in A Silent Voice, only Kawai the Class Representative doesn't understand why the others felt remorse for bullying her, nor does she understand why she should feel remorse herself.
  • In season 2 of The Seven Deadly Sins, Gowther seems unable to understand the concept of humilitynote ; he tries to shock Escanor into a Heroic BSoD by making him relive every event in his past he feels guilty about, but Escanor is unfazed, because he's already accepted the truth of what he did and so Gowther showed him nothing he didn't already know. This miscalculation leads to Gowther losing the battle...and being further surprised when Escanor shows him mercy.
  • Tweeny Witches: Sigma pulls a Batman Gambit against Arusu and her group to bring Grande the True Book of Spells, manipulating them into believing that Arusu and Sheila are going to die of "deadly grey" in 24 hours unless Eva makes an "antidote" with a flower at the end of the cave and a spell on the book. He thinks that Eva's incompetence means that she'd give up trying to reach the end of the cave through warlock soldiers, only for Sheila to point out that her courage and kindness keeps her going no matter what. While he knows saving Eva would earn Sheila's trust, his belief that Sheila still believes in herself alone much like him leaves him bewildered when she throws herself alongside Arusu trying to save Eva from falling over the end of the cave.

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