The main ingredient of any amazing anime is a great cast of characters. However, even the best anime series can have a few awful characters mixed in, whether for plot development or just to make you mad.
You probably have several names that come to mind when you think of anime characters you absolutely loathe. We also have plenty of our own names that really tick us off!
Here are our picks for the most hated anime characters who are despicable, repulsive, or just really annoying!
16. Shinji Ikari (Neon Genesis Evangelion)
When a character is overpowered, they become bland and boring—but when a character is too weak, they're just painful to watch. Shinji Ikari from Neon Genesis Evangelion is a 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.
15. Sakura Haruno (Naruto)
Sakura Haruno 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.
14. Itou Makoto (School Days)
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.
13. Miki Kawai (A Silent Voice)
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.
12. Griffith (Berserk)
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.
11. Kyubey (Puella Magi Madoka Magica)
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.
10. Nina Einstein (Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion)
The entire Code Geass fanbase can agree that Nina Einstein is a horrible character. Not only does Nina harbor racist views against the "Elevens" (aka 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.
9. Kirito (Sword Art Online)
You might consider Kirito from Sword Art Online one of the most heroic anime characters—and while that's absolutely correct, Kirito is heroic in the blandest way possible.
He's what's known as a Gary Stu: a character who's perfect in every way, free of weaknesses, and basically loved by everyone he runs into even when they have no reason to.
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 with no character development.
8. Pariston Hill (Hunter X Hunter)
In Hunter X Hunter, Pariston Hill is a high-ranking Hunter and a Zodiac by the name of "Rat." He hasn't really done anything wrong, so why does everyone hate him so much?
Well, during the 13th Hunter Chairman Election Arc, it's revealed that he's been playing with everyone and manipulating them, using every opportunity he can to his own advantage.
He's mysteriously cunning as if there's always something bad brewing in his mind. And on top of that, he's even more detestable for that gentlemanly facade that hides his malicious intent. Just seeing him smile is annoying and makes him that much more hateful.
7. Mahito (Jujutsu Kaisen)
Mahito is the embodiment of evil. In Jujutsu Kaisen, he's a special-grade Cursed Spirit born of human hatred towards each other.
As a villain, he's pretty cool and loaded with powerful abilities—but as a person, he's despicable and deserves to be hated.
At best, Mahito is a manipulative individual who can easily sway any normal human toward his own dark desires. He controls and exploits people on a whim without a single care for human beings.
The way he toyed with the innocent Junpei is notably harsh. From killing his mother to turning him against a friend, Mahito is hateful.
6. Saint Charlos (One Piece)
There are several so-called Tenryubito (or Celestial Dragons) in the One Piece anime series, but Saint Charlos received all the hate on behalf of them—for many valid reasons.
As a character, he's done several terrible things that not only angered Luffy and his crew but seriously ticked off fans.
He's immensely proud and looks down on everyone, strutting around and feeling almighty as he urges everyone to get out of his way. The path he walks is exclusively for him. Only he's deserving of it.
But that's really all this snotty-nosed old man has to his name: political power that's granted to world nobles and elites, which is the only reason why he's anywhere near the top of the hierarchy.
The moment Luffy sent him flying with a single punch? So satisfying!
5. Gabi Braun (Attack on Titan)
In the latter seasons of Attack on Titan, Gabi Braun is introduced as one of the most ambitious Warrior candidates in the nation of Marley, and she has proven herself worthy of her title and her praise.
When she's first introduced, she's just a kid but already she's a competent soldier who can outperform those who are older.
But she's on this list because she committed an unspeakable deed for fans of the show: she killed Sasha.
No matter how skilled and capable she is, this grievous act made her so unforgivable that she became the most hated anime character among the Attack on Titan fandom.
4. Minoru Mineta (My Hero Academia)
You can tell that Minoru Mineta is 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.
3. Malty Melromarc (The Rising of the Shield Hero)
Malty Melromarc is one of the most cunning characters in anime, who was able to bring the downfall of the main character in The Rising of the Shield Hero. She's pretty—and she exploits that for her evil schemes.
Given all the things she's done throughout the series, it's no surprise that fans agree that death is too good for her. Instead, she should be stripped of her royalty and left to suffer as a nobody.
In the end, she's given a new name—one that's actually quite degrading and rude—and it totally serves her right.
2. Shou Tucker (Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood)
Behind the smiling face of Shou Tucker is a sinister secret. He may be a minor character in Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood, but he's one of the most hated characters in all of anime.
Why is this? Well, if you've never seen Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood 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 did the same to his wife while claiming that she simply up and left the family years ago.
1. Boruto (Boruto: Naruto Next Generations)
For so many years, we watched Naruto develop as a character from the lonely abandoned boy to the most powerful ninja of his time. It was a story full of ups and downs and memorable moments.
And then the sequel came along. At first, Boruto: Naruto Next Generations promised more of the same ninja-centric world with excellently developed characters—but it failed to deliver.
Many fans of Naruto hate the character of Boruto. We love the idea of Naruto having a kid who continues his lineage, but Boruto is just a spoiled brat who's basically the opposite of his father.
And it's not just Boruto's personality that makes him the worst. It's the fact that he retroactively ruined Naruto's reputation, which took him years to build and cost him blood, sweat, and tears.
Sure, Boruto has his own path of development that he needs to take, and it'd be boring if it was the same path that Naruto took. However, the amount of damage he's caused on top of his grating personality makes you wonder whether his character's journey is worthwhile at all.