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  • Digimon Adventure had some fun with this one.
    Izzy: Hello, mom and dad, the fate of the world, remember? My grades can wait!
  • In JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: Diamond is Unbreakable, Rohan attempts to find out how Josuke is cheating during a dice game until Tamami points outs that Rohan accidentally set his own house on fire without realizing it. Despite the warnings, Rohan shouts that he doesn't care if his house burns down as long he finds out how Josuke is cheating.
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  • The Wolkenritter in Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha A's sure got their priorities straight. When told that the Arc En Ciel, a weapon that distorts time and space for hundreds of kilometers to disintegrate everything in its range, is going to be used near Uminari City to get rid of the Eldritch Abomination, their only worry is, of course, how it would affect their master Hayate's house.
    Shamal: I don't really want Hayate-chan's house to get obliterated either...
    Chrono: We're not talking about damage on such a small scale...
  • In Blend-S, when Kaho's mother blasts at her for performing poorly at an exam and threatens to ban her from gaming if she doesn't score at least an average mark in the make-up test, she nevertheless makes the most of what little gaming time she has remaining.
  • One Piece:
    • In the Thriller Bark arc, Luffy puts recovering the Straw Hats' stolen food on the same level as rescuing Nami and getting his, Zoro and Sanji's shadows back (without which, they will be vaporized by the sunlight). This is in keeping with his personality, as he is at one point unsure whether he wants the legendary One Piece or a Hercules beetle more.
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    • In earlier episodes, he said a bard was more important to the crew than a medic.
    • Both he and Carrot show it here; both seem far more concerned with their dinner than the dozen or so Marines out for their heads, pausing fight them only between mouthfuls. Of course, the same can be said for the Marines; one is more concerned that there'll be none of the curry left for them, while another seems to prioritize finding Nami to hit on her.
  • There's a chapter of the Sayonara, Zetsubou-Sensei manga all about this. For instance, one character who is a hardcore otaku, runs into his burning home to rescue various moe merchandise he owns, but neglects his sister, who is still trapped inside. He promptly gets smacked by his mom when the sister is rescued by firefighters in the interim.
  • The computer society president in the Haruhi Suzumiya anime shows this briefly when challenging Haruhi to a game to get his computer back:
    "I'm even willing to overlook the mental trauma you inflicted upon me when you stole my computer!"
    • Completely overlooked is the fact she blackmailed it out of him by threatening to frame him and his clubmates for gang-rape. Though it is possible that he was referring to the entire incident and not just the taking-the-computer part, though he is vague.
  • A Certain Magical Index:
    • When Ouma Yamisaka blows up the restaurant Touma and Index were eating at, Touma yells at the guy for shredding his homework in the process.
    • During the Hyouka Kazakiri arc, everyone in the mall is informed there is a terrorist attack going on and urged to evacuate. Mikoto and Index waste time arguing about the fact they are rivals for Touma's affections, and ignore Touma, Kuroko, and Hyouka asking them to get moving, until Kuroko gets fed up and teleports them away.
    • When Touma gets pissed off at the villain of the Daihasei Festival arc, Oriana Thompson, who is involved in a plot to brainwash the city, it's not the possibility of mass mind control that really upsets him, it's that her actions are interfering with the festival that's going on. This is because Touma tends to care more about the individuals than the long term consequences, but it still comes across as rather bizarre.
    • When Ollerus tries to tell him what he knows about Imagine Breaker, Touma blows him off, saying he needs to finish his shopping before the store closes.
  • Bleach:
    • In the Fake Karakura Town arc, Hachi and Soi Fon are facing Baraggan, a Nigh Invulnerable Walking Wasteland. Hachi tells Soi Fon that they have to work together and combine their powers, or Baraggan will kill them. Soi Fon coldly declares that she will never work with a comrade of Urahara, whom she hates. She says this while Baraggan is advancing on them. Keep in mind that Baraggan has already disintegrated her arm. In the nick of time, Hachi promises to trap Urahara in a forcefield for a month, and Soi Fon finally agrees.
    • Pesche and Dondochakka often get distracted talking about inane topics during battles.
    • In the Thousand Year Blood War arc, a new villain by the name of Ivan invades Ichigo's bedroom. Ichigo promptly kicks him out and then prepares to go after him. Ishida, Orihime and Chad decide it's more important for them to stay behind and eat up the bread that Orihime brought than go out to help him.
      • Just before that, Ichigo doesn't really seem to mind the fact that Ivan broke into his house and seems more annoyed that he's standing on his bed.
    • After Ichigo effortlessly knocks four female Sternritters through buildings, three of them regroup and marvel at his strength, wondering what they should do. Suddenly, the fourth, Candice Catnipp, goes completely berserk, ranting that Ichigo will die for getting her covered in dust. The other three comment, "That's what you're concerned about?"
  • Sailor Moon:
    • In The '90s anime dub, when Serena finds her fellow Sailor Scouts all chained up in a room from the Monster of the Week. Raye lampshades this by angrily ordering her to help them.
    Serena: Hey, Mercury, I thought you were in computer school.
    Amy: Class finished early.
    • Usagi in general (in the anime at least). In the earlier episodes, she cares more about being a normal girl than being the protector of the universe. This led to a Beware the Nice Ones moment with Luna when she threatens to claw Usagi's face when she doesn't feel like helping stop the Monster of the Week and looks scary doing it.
    • Usagi and Rei argue over which one of them is prettier when they're in the middle of a fight against Jadeite.
  • Devil Hunter Yohko: When Sayoko Mano was given the choice between dating and sex, or carrying on her family's legacy by becoming the 108th Devil Hunter, she chose sex. Which is how she became pregnant with her daughter, Yohko, at only 15. And now that Yohko's old enough to make the same choice, Sayoko actively encourages her to do the same.
    Sayoko: [to Yohko] Life's too short to waste on being a Devil Hunter. A cute girl your age should get out more and date lots of young men. Here.
    [Sayoko tosses Yohko a pack of condoms]
  • Dragon Ball:
    • Goku and Piccolo fight in the final match of the 23rd World Martial Arts Tournament. Piccolo announces that he plans to kill Goku and take over the world, even nearly killing the audience with stray energy blasts. When Goku's friends attempt to assist him, he orders them back, saying that if they help him, he will get disqualified. They incredulously ask, "You're still thinking about the match!?" and try to point out that Piccolo obviously doesn't care about the match (you get disqualified if you kill your opponent), but to no avail.
    • In later episodes, Goku and Chi-Chi tried to get Annin to put out the fire in the Ox-King's castle, and Annin only cared about her noodles. Goku, understandably, is angry about it, even though it didn't excuse his rude behavior.
  • Dragon Ball Z:
    • Chi-Chi thinks Gohan's studies are more important than saving the world. It's to the extent that, in the movie "Super Android 13!", Gohan outright asks her if his studies really matter more to her than Goku's life, which shocks Chi-Chi enough to let him go help.
    • Vegeta in the Buu Saga has this when he only cared about gaining power and being better than Goku than the fate of the universe, by allowing Babidi to turn him into Majin Vegeta and causing Majin Buu to be released.
    • Played for laughs in the Namek Saga, where Dr. Briefs considers Goku's rebuilt spaceship unfit for takeoff—because he hasn't found the right spot for the stereo speakers.
    • Goku believes that fair fights are more important than saving the world. Because of this, he has let his most powerful enemies transform to their strongest level of power. Also, he gave Cell a senzu bean and tried to get Gohan to fight him, because he felt it wouldn't be "fair" if Gohan beat Cell at his weakest.
    • Gotenks is an arrogant blowhard who cares more about showing off than actually saving the world. During his fight with Super Buu, he deliberately drags out the fight for the sake of drama and fakes being too weak to fight... which leads to him and Piccolo getting trapped in the Hyperbolic Time Chamber and Super Buu escaping and killing everyone outside.
  • Dragon Ball Super:
    • Goku asks Vegeta to train with him. While normally, Vegeta is just as obsessed with fighting as he is, he declines because his daughter is about to be born and he wants to be there. Goku gets confused and thinks Vegeta is being weird, wondering why something like a birth would be more important than training. This implies Goku wasn't there when his son Gohan was born.
    • Beerus is a God of Destruction whose attitude towards a planet is largely dependent on its cuisine. He is shown blowing half of a planet to pieces because the food he was offered was subpar, and nearly destroyed the earth when Majin Buu refused to share pudding with him. Thankfully, after his fight with Goku, it has been the other foods he sampled that has spared the planet from his wrath.
    • Zen'O holds the Tournament of Power, where the losers get their home universe erased from existence. While everyone else understandably freaks out when they learn about the stakes, Goku cares more about the fact he has a chance to fight the strongest opponents in several universes.
    • When Goku goes to recruit Android 17 for the Tournament of Power, he initially refuses because he was more concerned with protecting the nature preserve he worked at from poachers, even after being told that the fate of the universe was at stake. His reasoning was that everything being destroyed was preferable to just the innocent suffering, despite having a wife and children at home. Android 18 was even worse in that regard, as she threatened to quit the team after finding out there was no cash reward even after being told all of their lives were on the line.
  • Fairy Tail:
    • In the Fantasia arc, Laxus and his crew turn the girls to stone and threaten to shatter them unless the guys search the town for and defeat them. Traps laid by one of Laxus's teammates force the guys to fight each other in order to advance, all desperate to save the girls. Natsu is trapped in a forcefield and struggles to escape, not to save the girls, but because he wants to fight the others and prove that he's the strongest. Makarov angrily calls him out on this, but Natsu explains that Laxus is obviously bluffing about shattering the girls. It turns out that he was correct. Laxus didn't truly have the heart to kill anybody.
    • Played for Drama in the Sirius Island arc. In the middle of the guild's S-Class Exam, in which the wizards compete for the chance to become one of the guild's elite, the dark guild Grimoire Heart attacks, forcing them to cancel the exam. Most of the wizards immediately get what's going on and go out to fight Grimoire Heart, but Cana is so desperate to become an S-Class wizard so that she can reveal herself to her father Gildarts that she uses a magic card to put Lucy(who, as Cana's partner, is helping her without standing to gain anything) to sleep and goes off to finish the exam by herself. Luckily, though, she realizes what she's done and comes to Lucy's rescue.
  • In High School D×D, when Issei is mortally wounded in the first episode, his first thoughts are regretting that he's about to die without getting laid and getting a harem. He immediately lampshades how selfish this is. At other times, he'll think about perverted things during serious moments. His priorities remain rather skewed after he's revived as a devil. For instance very few things besides his friends' lives can trump breasts. In one major battle against an enemy who can cause anything to become half its size and/or power. Issei is struggling immensely in this battle, when someone mentions that the attack could halve the size of his crush's breasts. Almost immediately Issei exhibits an explosion of near-infinite, pure, unbridled fury. You can destroy his school, you can threaten his hometown, but don't you dare threaten his club president's boobs.
  • Bookworm Lucy (etc.) Yamagami from Servant × Service has a tendency to allocate an absurdly large portion of her salary on books, to the point of practically starving herself. For example, in episode 11, Yutaka saw her eating...bread crust for lunch. This is also a trait that Yutaka exploits a little; he keeps asking her out to eat because he knows she'll say yes because she'll be hungry.
  • From Kill la Kill, Mako is very ditzy. In the first episode, she is kidnapped and hung upside down ready for execution, and she's more concerned that everyone can see her panties. When her captors say they will dunk her in boiling oil, she's more concerned that the oil will make her clothes transparent. Her captors comments that she's either very carefree or very stupid.
  • Puella Magi Kazumi Magica. Kazumi's Establishing Character Moment is asking for food toward the house owner when she wakes up. Yes, she did punch the owner when she realizes she's naked, but when her stomach growls, it implied that all is forgotten. Even the fact that said owner planned a terrorist attack didn't bother her much than, say, the chance that the food might be poisoned.
  • Played for Drama in GARO The Animation. When Lara's house is attacked by the Monster of the Week, Leon advises her and her family to run away to a certain tree where a barrier against monsters is. However, Lara's grandfather disobeys the orders and runs into his burning home to rescue his harvest. This only suceeds in getting Lara and all her family killed.
  • In Magical Girl Apocalypse, when Akuta gets his arm blown off, his only complaint is that it will now be more difficult for him to masturbate.
  • Gate: When the gate of the other world shows up in the first episode, Japanese citizens are attacked by an unknown hostile enemy force dead set on invading the land beyond the Gate. Though he does his part as a JSDF soldier, Youji was much more worried about the fact that he wouldn't be able to buy any Doujinshi due to the attack, rather than the fact that a hostile army came out of nowhere and was killing people.
  • In Yu-Gi-Oh! GX, there's this dialogue between Bonaparte and Crowler when Chancellor Shepard returns from his sabbatical:
    Bonaparte: [panicked, running into office] Crowler! Crowler! Something terrible has happened!
    Crowler: Don't tell me! The faculty kitchen is out of fondue?
    Bonaparte: It's worse than that! Actually, it's more like a toss-up. Chancellor Sheppard is back and he's headed this way!
  • What would you do if you were bound by tentacles and were getting the life slowly sucked out of you? If you're Neptune from Hyperdimension Neptunia the Animation, you'd worry about your unfinished video games, of course!
  • One-Punch Man: Due to the fact that he's basically an Invincible Hero, Saitama is prone to thinking about something like his groceries or rent, even when in the middle of a fight.
  • So, I Can't Play H!: You'd think Mina would at least be a little upset that Quelle invaded her home by mind controlling her parents. Except Mina doesn't mind it at all. When Ryosuke asks her about it, she tells him she's happy now that she's part of a provisional contract, like him.
  • Near the end of the City Hunter story arc involving Miyuki Kobayashi, when armed criminals pursue Kaori and Miyuki in a Car Chase into a narrow alleyway and the girls, trying to flee from said criminals, find more of them in a car ahead of them, Kaori, not wishing to take the risk of waiting too long for Ryo to catch up to rescue them, suggests that they just ram the car ahead in hope of escaping on foot afterwards. Miyuki, seeing no other way, agrees, but adds that Kaori and Ryo would have to pay for the cost for the car repair. Kaori understandably calls her out on it.
  • In Chapter 6 of Miss Koizumi Loves Ramen Noodles, Koizumi reveals that she handed in her test paper completely blank because the day before the exam, she impulsively went to Touhoku to eat some Natto Kimchi Cream Cheese Ramen.
  • In Fullmetal Alchemist, towards the end, the sacrifices have been gathered for the Big Bad's bid for ultimate power, and the fate of the world is at stake. Said Big Bad has just finished his Evil Gloating about how anyone who attempts human transmutation is punished for their hubris in cruelly ironic ways. Ed's response isn't to start running or attempt to fight, at least not yet; it's to start yelling because one of the people present, Roy Mustang, didn't even attempt human transmutation and only ended up in the Gate of Truth because the villains deliberately put him there. He's not even yelling about the morality of putting Roy in that situation; he's yelling because the fact of how Roy got there means the Big Bad's conclusion doesn't make any sense, which while certainly an accurate summation is still pretty far from the biggest problem here.
  • In Claymore, the reborn Teresa is less concerned about the Awakened Being of pure hatred and malice in front of them than she is about the possibility of Raki taking her adoptive daughter Clare's virginity.
  • Goblin Slayer only cares about exterminating goblins. If anyone asks him to help out against other threats, like a demon lord who is trying to take over the world, he'll ignore it because the threat is not a goblin. He flat out says he doesn't care about saving the world, only about killing goblins.
  • New Game!:
    • When Aoba stays late to work, Rin asks her if her parents are worried about her staying out this late, and Aoba says yes. Of course, it's not because it's dangerous to be out late at night, or even because of how hard Aoba's working, but because staying up too late is bad for Aoba's skin.
    • The day before the beta version of Fairies' Story 3 is released, Nene eats Ko's pudding by mistake, not seeing Ko's name written on the side until it's too late. In response, Rin, who doesn't know who's responsible, sends a company-waide email asking for the culprit to come forward, even though the pudding only cost 100 yen and Ko insists that it's not a big deal. That said, Rin has an understandable reason for wanting to resolve the issue, saying that since they're at a critical point in the development, they need to work together smoothly and can't afford small problems that might affect teamwork.
  • Fate/stay night: Heaven's Feel: In the second movie, Lost Butterfly, when Sakura chops off Gilgamesh's leg, he gets pissed, not because of the injury, but because the action almost made him kneel before her.

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