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The recipe for an amazing anime always includes a great cast of characters. However, some anime series still include awful characters, either for plot development or just to make viewers mad.
You probably have some characters come to mind when you think of the ones you absolutely loathe. Although you might not agree with all the hated anime characters on this list, there’s a huge cloud of animosity surrounding them for many different reasons.
1. Shou Tucker
Behind the smiling face of Shou Tucker is something much more sinister. He may be a minor character in Full Metal Alchemist, but he’s hands-down the most hated character in all of anime.
Why is this? Well, if you’ve never seen Full Metal Alchemist and don’t want spoilers, then stop reading here. Shou Tucker, also known as the Sewing-Life Alchemist, performs an experiment that combines two living beings into a disgusting chimera—his dog and his daughter. To make matters worse, Shou Tucker has done the same to his wife, and claims that she simply up and left the family years ago.
2. Minoru Mineta
You can just tell that Mineta’s annoying just by looking at him. His obnoxious lumpy mohawk compliments his equally obnoxious personality. Mineta (unfortunately) stars in My Hero Academia, and successfully tarnishes the show with his useless antics.
It’s not Mineta’s lame, ball-producing Quirk that makes him a hated character, it’s his lewd comments, childish personality, and outspokenness that make him hateable. My Hero Academia would be way better off without him.
You might consider Kirito from Sword Art Online one of the most heroic anime characters, and that’s absolutely correct. Kirito is heroic in the blandest way possible. In other words, he’s a Gary Stu, a character who’s perfect in every way.
In Sword Art Online‘s first story arc, Kirito doesn’t lose. He always manages to beat his enemies and get the girl. Kirito is just a generic hero, which shows poor character development and writing.
4. Nina Einstein
The entire Code Geass fanbase can agree that Nina Einstein is a horrible character. Not only does Nina harbor racist views against the “Elevens,” or Japanese people, but she becomes unhealthily obsessed with Princess Euphemia. While there’s nothing wrong with admiring a princess, Nina takes it way too far—she loves Euphemia so much that she develops a deadly weapon for her sake.
There’s no doubt about it: Kyubey is adorable. His cat/rabbit-like features will draw you in immediately. When his malevolent role in Madoka Magica gets revealed, most viewers don’t expect it.
Kyubey promises to grant the wishes of young girls, but there’s a catch—the girls must become “magical girls” with the responsibility of fighting witches. This sounds like an amazing opportunity, but the manipulative Kyubey has a secret goal that will make these girls suffer.
Griffith begins Berserk as a respectable, even admirable character. He leads a powerful mercenary group alongside Guts and Casca. However, he ends up letting down his allies and assaulting one of them. In this way, he doesn’t just betray the trust of his so-called “teammates,” but he also betrays the viewers.
7. Miki Kawai
A Silent Voice follows Shoya Ishida, a former elementary school bully. Now that he’s in high school, he tries to make amends with one of his victims, a deaf girl named Shoko Nishimiya. Despite the fact that Ishida was an actual bully, Miki Kawai stands out as one of the biggest villains in the movie.
In elementary school, Kawai never attempted to stop Nishiyima from getting bullied, and instead giggled on the sidelines. Throughout the film, she proceeds to act narcissistic and never admits any wrongdoing.
8. Itou Makoto
Itou Makoto of School Days might look like a typical high school boy, but he’s actually a manipulative womanizer. Once you watch School Days, you’ll probably want to give up on the entire anime industry and its horrible tropes. Let’s just say that Makoto’s calculated and disgusting actions will just make you want to punch him in the face.
Sakura could’ve been a great character. Instead, she’s reduced to an annoying girl with an overblown ego and sassy personality. Sakura mainly relies on Naruto and Sasuke during fights, as she’s usually not powerful enough to contribute. The Naruto series simply let Sakura down by not developing her into a decent character.
10. Shinji Ikari
When a character is overpowered (like Kirito), they become bland—but when a character is too weak, they’re painful to watch. Shinji Ikari from Neon Genesis Evangelion is the prime example of one of those weak characters.
Shinji doesn’t make you excited to keep watching Neon Genesis Evangelion. His lack of confidence and overall wimpiness defines him, making him boring to watch.
Which Anime Character Do You Hate the Most?
One downright horrible character is enough to ruin an anime entire series. Unfortunately, annoying anime characters are unavoidable—you’ll come across at least one in every show.
Sometimes, your hatred for a character will end up making you like them. In fact, you probably love to hate these anime villains!