The seven deadly sins.
And no…I’m not talking about the anime series. I am talking about the seven deadly sins, also known as the cardinal sins, which are the grouping/classification of vices within Christian teachings. These sins are Pride, Greed, Lust, Envy, Gluttony, Wrath, and Sloth. All seven of these sins are often thought to be abuse or excessive versions of one’s natural faculties or passions.
As my lovely friends over on Wikipedia write, “While the seven deadly sins as we know them did not originate with the Greeks or Romans, there were ancient precedents for them. Aristotle’s Nicomachean Ethics lists several positive, healthy human qualities, excellencies, or virtues. Aristotle argues that for each positive quality there are two negative vices that are found on each extreme of the virtue. Courage, for example, is the human excellence or virtue in facing fear and risk. Excessive courage makes one rash, while a deficiency of courage makes one cowardly. This principle of virtue found in the middle or “mean” between excess and deficiency is Aristotle’s notion of the golden mean. Aristotle lists virtues like courage, temperance or self-control, generosity, “greatness of soul,” proper response to anger, friendliness, and wit or charm.”
If you want more of a history lesson on the seven deadly sins you can head on over to Wikipedia to read more or check out this website dedicated to all of the sins: http://www.deadlysins.com/. Or if you are feeling extra lazy and don’t want a complete history in regard to this subject you can check out the anime Nanatsu no Taizai (The Seven Deadly Sins) for a more entertaining form of education based around these sins. Ooorrr if you are looking for something more entertaining with some fan service you can check out the anime Sin: Nanatsu no Taizai (Seven Mortal Sins) for a sexified version of these sins 😉
But I am here to bring you guys a collab, not a history lesson. Today’s collab is with none other than Alexie the Great! Yes, that’s right my pandas. Alexie and I are back at it again. We are here to discuss which anime characters would embody each sin if given the opportunity. Down below you will find an explanation of each sin, Alexie’s character choice for said sin, and my character choice right below his. So…let’s get to sinning! (P.S. all of the explanations of each sin will be from Wikipedia cause I’m a lazy asshole today and don’t want to summarize each one in my own words XD)
Lust: Lust, or lechery, is intense longing. It is usually thought of as intense or unbridled sexual desire, which leads to fornication, adultery, rape, bestiality, and other immoral sexual acts. However, lust could also mean simply desire in general; thus, lust for money, power, and other things are sinful. Lust, if not managed properly, can subvert propriety.
Alexie’s Choice: I almost went with Sanji from One Piece here, but that seems too easy a pick to be honest. So, who else could be considered Lust in anime? Perhaps Jiraiya could be considered lustful? He’s also an easy pick for lust, but seriously, both of these characters are lustful for women. Maybe they need to battle. Who wins? You decide!
Ayano’s Choice: I had a tough time on how I wanted to categorize my choice for this sin. In all retrospect, Elsa from Re:Zero could also be placed under Gluttony and Greed, but I went with Lust because, not only is Elsa ungodly sexy, but she is also lustful for disemboweling her enemies. Elsa personality and character traits scream all three of these sins, but Lust seems to have more of an edge when it comes to her. Elsa is also a battle maniac in the series, and does not hesitate to injure herself when she is fighting opponents. I feel like she has a lust for battle and her persistence on cleaving through the abdominal region with the intent of tearing out her target’s bowels seems pretty lustful to me.
Gluttony: Gluttony is the overindulgence and over-consumption of anything to the point of waste. The word derives from the Latin gluttire, meaning to gulp down or swallow. In Christianity, it is considered a sin if the excessive desire for food causes it to be withheld from the needy. Because of these scripts, gluttony can be interpreted as selfishness; essentially placing concern with one’s own impulses or interests above the well-being or interests of others.
Alexie’s Choice: Monkey D. Luffy from One Piece. Okay, while Luffy’s gluttony might not be a sin, I literally couldn’t think of anyone else for this one. Luffy is a glutton for sure, he’ll eat and eat and eat, and hates not eating…so there’s that. Oh, except for this scene here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lB0aJokDc7Q Want to be sad? Watch that. Or you know…if you don’t understand Luffy’s gluttony.
Ayano’s Choice: Honestly, Ban from the Seven Deadly Sins is known as the Fox sin of Greed, but I would take him more so as a glutton for punishment. To me, he is more gluttonous than anything. His selfish ornate desire to bring back Elaine is what drives him throughout the series. Sure he has shown us some aspects of greed, but his selfish desire is reckless and impulsive. While Ban loves all the members of his party, especially Melidos, his interest for raising Elaine from the dead comes before anyone else’s well-being or interest. That is literally the definition of Gluttony.
Greed: Also known as avarice, cupidity, or covetousness, is, like lust and gluttony, a sin of desire. However, greed (as seen by the Church) is applied to an artificial, rapacious desire and pursuit of material possessions. Hoarding of materials or objects, theft and robbery, especially by means of violence, trickery, or manipulation of authority are all actions that may be inspired by greed.
Alexie’s Choice: Naofumi. Yep, I’m going with the controversial Shield Hero here. In my eyes, he is greedy. Sure, he was treated like shit as soon as he arrived and he made matters worse with his reactions to the king of whatever-the-fuck-country-it-is (I don’t remember the name, obviously), but what happened after that? He doesn’t like people and extorts, or extorted, them for as much money as he could. He did what he had to in order to survive as the “Devil of the Shield,” but come on! He was all “This is my money, I deserve to be treated like X and given Y,” or whatever it was. Now, he has grown in the 30+ episodes we have, but Greed was something that Naofumi embodied in the early stages of the show. I’m sure someone can add more to this, or even refute it, but I still see Naofumi as a greedy POS.
Ayano’s Choice: I definitely think of Charioce from Rage of Bahamut: Virgin Soul when I think of the sin Greed. Charioce was revered as a powerful and influential King over his kingdom. Hell…his own people even feared him. Charioce will also do anything to eliminate his enemies who stand in his way. We also see how stoic he is throughout the series, only truly showing his more gentler side when he is with Nina. I had a love/hate relationship with Charioce throughout the whole season of Virgin Soul. He was one King you didn’t want to piss off!
Sloth: Refers to a peculiar jumble of notions, dating from antiquity and including mental, spiritual, pathological, and physical states. It may be defined as absence of interest or habitual disinclination to exertion. Sloth has also been defined as a failure to do things that one should do. By this definition, evil exists when “good” people fail to act.
Alexie’s Choice: Nezumi (The Rat) from Juni Taisen. Okay, here’s the Rat for you: “I sleep about sixteen hours a day and only do what I need to do in order to survive.” Okay, okay…there was more to his sleepiness than what I’ve said here, but…Sloth. That’s it. He’s totally Sloth.
Ayano’s Choice: How could I not choose Houtarou from Hyouka for Sloth? The kid lives by the motto of “conserving energy.” He’s calm, passive, and never likes to exert effort on anything unless it is absolutely necessary. While most of the time he can be perceived as lazy or unmotivated, Houtarou is surprisingly smart and clever. I find it kind of funny that no matter how hard Houtarou tries to conserve his energy, he always manages to waste more throughout the anime.
Wrath: Can be defined as uncontrolled feelings of anger, rage, and even hatred. Wrath often reveals itself in the wish to seek vengeance. In its purest form, wrath presents with injury, violence, and hate that may provoke feuds that can go on for centuries. Wrath may persist long after the person who did another a grievous wrong is dead. Feelings of wrath can manifest in different ways, including impatience, hateful misanthropy, revenge, and self-destructive behavior, such as drug abuse or suicide.
Alexie’s Choice: Laughing Coffin Guild in Sword Art Online. Okay…I know this isn’t a single character, but come on! In a game where if you get killed you die in real life these guys decided to become a PK (player-killer) guild. You could literally be a shop owner, or be training to become part of the front lines, or whatever you wanted if it was viable within Aincrad and these guys think, “Yeah, let’s murder people.” If killing isn’t wrathful I don’t know what is. Sure there are better choices for this, but Laughing Coffin came to my mind for some reason and I think they fit.
Ayano’s Choice: I was going to go with Bakugo from My Hero Academia on this one, but Bakugo doesn’t have the same hatred that Tomura has in the series. Tomura’s personality is sinister and has warped into something I can only imagine. The dude literally doesn’t even care about his own life. He has no qualms about killing any of the students throughout the show, as he hates everything that breaths. He is arrogant, demanding, and angry at the world. I guess that’s why everyone calls him a “man-child” because he likes to throw tantrums like a child. We all know how much Tomura wants revenge on the Pro Heroes Association and All Might. He is the perfect character for the sin of Wrath.
Envy: Like greed and lust, is characterized by an insatiable desire. It can be described as a sad or resentful covetousness towards the traits or possessions of someone else. It arises from vainglory, and severs a man from his neighbor. Malicious envy is similar to jealousy in that they both feel discontent towards someone’s traits, status, abilities, or rewards. A difference is that the envious also desire the entity and covet it. Envy can be directly related to the Ten Commandments, specifically, “Neither shall you covet … anything that belongs to your neighbor”—a statement that may also be related to greed.
Alexie’s Choice: Darcia from Wolf’s Rain. Yep, what was his main goal again? Oh, right! His goal was to have what the wolves Kiba; Tsume; Hige; Blue; and Toboe have and control Cheza. Darcia hated not having his own way of reaching the so-called Paradise that the lunar flowers lead to—if you could fucking smell the things—and did everything he could to have what our protagonists had. He wanted Paradise, and eventually there was a point where he knew that the wolves and Cheza’s reaction to them were the only way he was going to reach that Paradise if he could.
Ayano’s Choice: I mean…is there a more obvious choice other than Yuno Gasai for this sin? Yuno is the envious of all envious when it comes to Yuki. The bitch murders people who get too close to Yuki and no one can stop her. SHE MURDERS HER OWN DAMN SELF so she can be with Yuki in another alternate timeline. That is some sick, twisted, and envious shit if you ask me. Yuno is definitely the sin of Envy and no…you can’t change my mind.
Pride: Pride is considered, on almost every list, the original and most serious of the seven deadly sins: the perversion of the faculties that make humans more like God—dignity and holiness. It is also thought to be the source of the other capital sins. Also known as hubris (from ancient Greek ὕβρις), or futility, it is identified as dangerously corrupt selfishness, the putting of one’s own desires, urges, wants, and whims before the welfare of other people. In even more destructive cases, it is irrationally believing that one is essentially and necessarily better, superior, or more important than others, failing to acknowledge the accomplishments of others, and excessive admiration of the personal image or self (especially forgetting one’s own lack of divinity, and refusing to acknowledge one’s own limits, faults, or wrongs as a human being).
Alexie’s Choice: Ino (The Boar) from Juuni Taisen. Queue “my father won the last Juuni Taisen twelve years ago so fuck you…I’m going to win this entire contest like he did.” The Boar of Juuni Taisen was simply pride incarnate; she was so sure of herself and her no-reload dual machine guns that the thought of losing didn’t even cross her mind. She was going to win and that was that, end of story. Remind me of how well that worked out again?
Ayano’s Choice: Satsuki in Kill la Kill is prideful to say the least. She is intelligent, calculating, unwavering and iron-fisted. I guess you have to be if you want to have the whole school wrapped around your finger. In order to rule the school Satsuki believes that the weak and foolish must be kept under ordinance. Satsuki is pragmatic and determined, but she is not heartless. She is willing to cast her pride aside when the occasion arises in order to secure victory over others, even if that instance threatens her life. Satsuki believes that great causes are born from personal desires. It was great to see Satsuki evolve and change throughout the series. Her pride turned into something more soft and palatable. Great character development on studio Triggers part.
We made it to the end of the list! What is your favorite sin out of the seven deadly sins? Do you agree with some of the choices mentioned above? Who would you place under each sin? Let me know all your thoughts, opinions, and comments down below in the comments section! A big thank you to Alexie for joining me on this collab. It is always a pleasure to work with you. I hope we get to continue to collab together in the future! That is going to do it for me today. I will catch you guys in my next post. Remember to always stay kawaii and cuddly my pandas! MUAH! XOXO
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