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.
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10. Shinji Ikari (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 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.
9. Sakura (Naruto)
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.
8. 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.
7. 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.
6. 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.
5. Kyubey (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.
4. Nina Einstein (Code Geass)
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.
3. 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.
2. Minoru Mineta (My Hero Academia)
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.
1. Shou Tucker (Fullmetal Alchemist)
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 did the the same to his wife while claiming that she simply up and left the family years ago.
Anime Villains We Love to Hate
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.
But when a character is fleshed out and well written, you may end up liking them even while you hate them.
Japanese Anime & Manga Genres, Explained
We all know what fantasy, sci-fi, horror, and thriller mean. But anime and manga go beyond that, and there are all kinds of Japanese genre names that might perplex you.
Maybe you already understand what shonen and shoujo are all about. But what about isekai? What exactly does slice of life entail? What's the difference between ecchi and hentai? We've broken it down for you!
Understanding the Japanese genre names can be helpful when you want to find more anime to watch and manga to read. Download the printable PDF below and pin it on your wall so you always have a handy reference at hand: