Top 10 Worst Anime Characters of All TimeAs great as anime is there have been a fare share of terrible anime characters.
The Top Ten
You know what? Sakura is selfish girl, not only is she selfish, she's a manipulator and a doormat for sasuke! Like seriously this girl does not know when she's been rejected or not wanted by anyone, she's so annoying, she can't stand up to sasuke and she's NOT his equal like shipping morons claim she is! For gods sake! She BEGGED FOR A KISS LIKE A DOG and got DEPRESSED when sasuke didn't give her a kiss! I hate how she uses Naruto to get to sasuke and rejects him! Naruto deserves better as well as ino and Karin! Like she takes her friends and family for granted all for a guy that NEVER cared about her or liked her at all! And then she has the audacity to compare the MASS MURDER of sasuke's CLAN AND FAMILY to her "loneness" of "losing" sasuke! Like no,i'm done! This girl deserves to be ALONE,she doesn't deserve ANYONE, this is what she gets for being so selfish and uncaring for anyone but HERSELF! I will NEVER understand WHY people PRAISE this girl and trash the other girls, like ...more
Sakura is an epic failure of a character and all the hate is completely justified. Personality-wise, she de-evolves into a insipid crying mess at critical points in Team 7's development in both original Naruto and Shippuden, never being able to be there for or help her teammates on any level. She bullied Naruto frequently when they were younger, and repays all of his later kindness to her with harsh physical abuse. She false 'confesses' to Naruto only to respond angrily when rejected, despite putting his heart through the wringer. What use is being a good medic if she worsens Naruto's injuries by beating him or throwing him into a tree after the battle? Despite being praised by everyone for her smarts, her intelligence level drops to that of a gnat's when it comes to dealing with Sasuke's numerous rejections. And romantically pursuing a man who might as well be a psychopath for the way he treats people who care about him...can't even emphasize how stupid that is. She resolved to not ...more - Hybri
To be fair, Sakura beating Naruto is an anime only thing, it changed the personality of a lot of characters, and it's supposed to be comedic moments - even if it's not fun at all. But yeah, Sakura is one of the worst fictional character ever, even without the physical abuse. - evell
She's so annoying! Whenever Sasuke and Naruto come to save her together, she's like 'Sasuke! Sasuke! ' She cries all the time. She doesn't give a damn about Naruto, always Sasuke kun! Always because of her Naruto gets in troubles at their missions, because Sakura gets herself in idiotic troubles, and Naruto has to save her. I've never seen her fight once. She only did fight Sasori, and most of the work was done by Chiyo, and Sasori, despite that, also went easy on Sakura. She acts as if she's even stronger than Naruto and Sasuke! She's nothing like them or Tsunade! She's bthe second most weakest Naruto character, (after Hinata). Sakura never does anything on missions, but cry and fall in troubles so that Naruto would get distracted and he has to come save her! She never understood Naruto or Sasuke, or anyone else. She never has thanked Naruto, after all the times he has saved her worthless life, instead she repays him by giving a punch when he is being himself, childish and adorable?! ...more
I really agree with the point that sakura contributes nothing special to the story. There are so many side characters with a much more interesting and complex background than her who deserved to be showed off more. Rather we wasted time on sakura who literally just copied off of tsunade and heals people and punches rocks really hard. great. Most of the time she was only a burden for her teacher and teammates to rescue. They all had their own unique stories and powers. What was the purpose of sakura really? She was neither important in naruto's journey of connecting with people based on their childhood struggles in the shinobi system Nor was she important in retrieving sasuke and making him see the light. Even chouji and kiba have done more in retrieving sasuke than her. And while being the absolute weakest she is also the biggest wimp in the series. The way she pathetically cries infront of Pain and Obito and Madara. Even temari and hinata who are side characters faced these villians ...more
Tucker may be the worst father in anime history, but that's kind of the point of his character. He's meant to show the horrors of alchemy and the cost of science going too far. He forces us to question whether or not this alchemy thing is moral even in its smaller extremes. I think he succeeds in that task. Thus, I don't think I could really call him a bad character. He's just an evil character. There's nothing inherently wrong with that.
Normally I would agree but he's one those characters who's so evil I can't excuse him - Shadow6461
My number 1 is the pedophile from Boku No Pico, no need to explain.
Not only is he one of the worst anime characters in history he's also the worst father in anime history experimenting on his own daughter for his own selfish reason he deserves a special place hell for that. - egnomac
This man deserves to be on the top. Sacrificed his wife for money and work!? Really? You have a daughter! You're going to let her live her life without her!?
Oh crap... He did the same thing to her and the family dog with a big smile on his face, knowing that he'll be rewarded once again.
CORRECTION : He's the BEST anime character.
Can't believe how many idiots like this guy. He's so selfish. Always leaving his family behind without a second thought. Barely ever there until his kids are grown. And people think he fights to save the world? Ha. No dummies. He fights cause he likes it. That's why he always let the villians. Worst father and husband.
What is this? He's the best anime character ever!
Everyone always told me Goku is the worst and I kept defending him as THE BEST ANIME CHARACTER of all time. But than I watched Super and I finally started to see/realize that he really actually is THE WORST ANIME CHARACTER EVER!
I did love when Kirito sliced his hand and body in half, along with puncturing his sword into Sugou's eye. That was a well-deserving beatdown, indeed. At least it was worth watching all the way to the end of the Fairy Dance arc just to see this filthy man get his just desserts. - ModernSpongeBobSucks
How the heck do people on Reddit love Sugou? They say dumb things like he has a good heart and that Kirito is a villain. IT SHOULD BE THE OPPOSITE! BURN IN HELL FOREVER, YOU SUGOU FANS WHO WORSHIP A PERVERTED SHOU TUCKER! - ModernSpongeBobSucks
Perverted SHou Tucker? Nah, at least Tucker had a reason to exist and wasn't as bad as this so called villain
Kirito is only overpowered and has a harem, but still a likeable character. Sugou, on the other hand, RUINED AN ENTIRE ARC! The people on Reddit make me want to punch them in the face for even loving this sadist!
He is a bad character, not because of his actions but how uninteresting of a villian - Kuro
The worst ladies man in history. Hey, lets mess up two girl's minds to their breaking point cause you know, I get to have sex with them, who cares how they feel? Who care if their hearts are broken by me?
Oh... Sex Buddy #1 snapped... she's stabbing me a dozen times. I am now in the afterlife, let's see what's going on at Earth? Oh? Sex buddy #2? She killed Sex Buddy #1? At least she got revenge for me and finally can move on with life. What the hell is going on? She chopped my head off and put it in the bag? Now she's giving #1 who is pregnant with my child to see... that there wasn't a child after all!? Now she's cradling my head on a boat with lifeless eyes...
Oh yeah, I toyed with her emotions too.
Just how do people even say Kirito is the worst character in the history of anime when Makoto Ito is clearly worse? Okay, Kirito may be overpowered, have a harem, have little to no character development, and be a bit stupid sometimes, but he is not a bad person like this guy! At least Kirito doesn't try to make girls go insane and break their hearts unlike Makoto! Makoto has no heart at all unlike Kirito who has a good heart and tries to protect those he loves and it pains me that Kirito gets more hate when Makoto is clearly the worst character in the history of anime and not Kirito. Seriously, Makoto is more like Sugou manifested into a Kirito lookalike, only Makoto has no heart at all.
Think again if you think Kirito is the worst character in the history of anime. Because Makoto is clearly a more villainous version of Kirito. Makoto just abuses his harem unlike Kirito. Kirito may be a Gary Stu character, but people would be insane to call Makoto a better character! If anyone likes Makoto, I'm punching them in the face!
The only reason people hate Shou Tucker and Sakura more than Makoto is simply because they never watched School Days. Oh, and if people are trash talking about Kirito about being a Gary Stu harem lead, wait till they see Makoto. Yep, you heard me right Sword Art Online haters. Hate on this sick harem lead instead. - ModernSpongeBobSucks
Those people who thinks that Naruto is dumb and fool then I think that you did not see Naruto shippuden.
What? Naruto is an awesome character. He teaches us so many things about life and how we should always work hard and never give up no matter what struggle comes our way. He wanted to bring sasuke back because he had a fated brothers type bond with him and understood his hardships so he didn't want him to go through the pain he does.
Naruto cares about others a lot. Whether it is gaara or obito or hinata or sasuke he understands their struggles and does what he can to help them. Because in the world while we cannot live in a world where pain does not exist we can bond and share each others pain as shinobi and life will be ok. that's what naruto wants. He wants people to understand that and bring peace.
Also he is such a kind and cheerful and goofy and positive character.
He may look like he doesn't know much but naruto has amazing skills in the battlefield and makes many cool strategies. Street smart is more important than book smarts. And as an orphan naruto didn't understand ...more
He doesn't deserve to be called the best. I hate him and his stupid voice!
Now, I don't vote him... He isn't the worst, I mean, think about Makoto! (if you're even old enough to watch School Days) I actually liked how stupid Naruto was. It made his character, and anyways, most main characters are VERY smart, so this was a new concept back in the time that it released in 2002. (Kirito Kirigaya, Ciel Phantomhive, etc. are all pretty much masterminds.)
It also appealed to people that aren't abnormally intelligent in any ways.
But Naruto Shippuden/Season 4 of the original kind of ruined that factor in my opinion. Suddenly, he becomes...wise? This is pretty uncharacteristic of the guy. And one thing that I hated about this character in general was HIS STUPID VOICE.
The voice is that of an adolescent that's having a really rough time UP TO WHEN HE'S 15! (Shippuden) This is very possible, yes, but would you really be going through your incredibly-squeaky-voice phase as well as having a girlish high pitch for up until you're 15?
I feel ...more
Sasuke changes his mind more frequently than girls change their clothes and make up
I kinda feel bad for Itachi because he has the worst brother ever. Seriously after everything that he has done to SAsuke and the village, all Sasuke can do is whining forever and ever and he is just selfish. He keeps thinking that only his life is the worst and he only cares about him. He was like ok before joining Orochimaru, but after that he is just a bastard. Can't believe he is alive and that he was accepted back by everyone after all the stupid and harmful things that he has done
You put it so well, I'm impressed. Everyone ridiculously forgives Sasuke, as if he's above the law. Itachi loves Sasuke, because Itachi is such a good brother, not because Sasuke is deserving of love. Sasuke is sorely lacking in merits.
I don't vote for him. Why? There was a small moment- I think it was between the Chunin exams and the beginning of season 3 that he was a good character: still slightly arrogant and quite cold, however he still wasn't annoying. Past that, though, he was incredibly annoying. At least he had a bit of personality and comedy factor in the first season, and seemed like he had depression more than just being an utter brat, and it's later revealed that he's probably PTSD or something.
PLOT TWIST: the bite of Orochimaru also makes you an annoying and cheesy character, all with the same thing: "i've WENT THROUGH SO MUCH AND NOW I WANT POWER AND REVENGE" like Mizuki.
But eventually, he had such a effect from seeing his brother that he tries to take his brothers advice(killing his best friend) THE BROTHER WHO IS ULTIMATELY BETTER IN THE END BUT TRIED TO KILL HIM, that he hasn't even seen in weeks and that was ONE TIME in an epic fight.
Now, if I were in a situation where my ...more
Sasuke does kind of suck. Even as one of the strongest characters in the series (thus far, I'm far from finished with it) he got practically all of his power from Itachi, and it wasn't really earned, it was given to him. Itachi never could've killed his younger brother, but Sasuke murders him without a second thought. Then (spoiler) takes his eyes. Just another thing a selfless older brother gives to a selfish brat, I guess.
Thanks for ruining my life you idiot
Pico is the WORST thing that has ever been created. She rose from the pits of hell and forced Natural High (studio) to make her money! So they made Pico her own show and she is now rich. she tortures people by making them watch her show. the hideous demon can't be stopped now!
There is nothing wrong with being gay but this GUY totally ruined my live
Thanks for ruining ice cream for me, man...
A disgrace to women everywhere, Misa Amane is nothing more than a doll used by the other characters to further their own ends. She's designed solely to be a fetish object for the show's male fans to ogle. Just disgusting.
Death Note would not be fulfilled without Misa, sure, but we could've at least picked a better romantic interest for Light instead of this annoying chick. I'll admit she's not the worst one on the list but I think the show could've dealt without. I do, however prefer her instead of that other chick Light went out with. She was always stupid to me. Misa just seemed way too attached to Light sometimes and her style creeped me out sometimes. Misa isn't the worst on this list, but I don't think the anime would've suffered without her.
In my opinion, Misa was on of the most useless characters in the show. Not only that, but she was super annoying as well. She constantly pointed out the obvious!
While everyone else around here is very three dimensional, Misa devolves into a very one dimensional character who's only purpose is to milk cuteness out of what is supposed to be a very dark story, she doesn't belong.
She's just really annoying and over all lame. Who tells their son to study while Earth is being attacked?!
She's constantly screeching to the point where I want to shove an apple down her throat to shut her up! Honesty WHY did Toriyama choose this harpy to be Goku's wife? Why not someone who would embrace his differences, the fact that he's NOT human and accept him for who he is. Instead of woman who just yells at him all the time and forces him to become a radish farmer. I wish he would have married Bulma instead, yeah she can be whiny sometimes but she'd never belittle Goku for wanting to train or their kids, she lets Trunks train with Vegeta.
I don't wanna make anyone mad, but Goku should've married Suno, the girl from Jingle Village. She admired Goku, and Goku wouldn't even be alive if it weren't for her. plus, she wouldn't turn her child into a nerd
Don't worry, no-one cares about Chi-Chi anyway. They won't be mad seeing her be mistreated. - Goku02
Remember when Chi-Chi was a cute, lovable, and sometimes badass character...in the original Dragon Ball? Z and Super totally ruined Chi Chi and I now hate her with a burning passion. One episode that really made me despise her was the one after Goku vs Beerus. Didn't Goku tell her to save that 100 million yen and not spend it all in one place?! Plus, she has the stupidest excuses for Goku and his sons to not save the world. THE WORLD IS IN DANGER WOMAN, THIS IS NO TIME FOR WORK AND SCHOOL, WE'RE ALL GONNA DIE!
Homura is the worst magical girl, not the worst character. Homura sucks will agree - Magical
Shouldn't even be here.
A bit rude dude and nasty in many ways! Yeah! But why the worst! She's not that bad you fools! Curse yourselves!
Why isn't she number one?! Pan has to be the most annoying stupidest brat in anime history!
She is so... Ugh! She runs around crying like she owns the town which is false! - Puppytart
Where do I even begin with her. She uses her looks and flirts to get her way with guys (which really annoys me). And in case nobody else has noticed she's extremely judgmental of anyone regardless if they're a friend or a complete stranger. Not only that but she's constantly hiding behind other people and doesn't use a lot of her spirits to their full potential.
The series would be so much better if someone like Erza or Mira took Lucy's place as the main female protagonist. Lucy doesn't need to be in the series at all. Lucy needs Fairy Tail to survive, but Fairy Tail doesn't in any way, shape, or form, need Lucy to survive lol. Lucy is such an awful character and if you honestly like her then...I'm not sure what to say to you lmao.
Lucy Heartfilia is a strong character! Everyone always calls her weak and useless and say that she relies on her celestial spirits. Do you idiots not realize that a celestial spirit is only as powerful as their mage? If Lucy was weak, her celestial spirits would be too! She's strong willed and fights alongside her spirits and her Nakama! She can summon up to three spirits at a time. SHE WAS THE ONE THAT BROUGHT THE GUILD BACK WHEN FIGHTING JACOB LESSIO! (chapters 477-478) SHE WAS THE ONE THAT FOUGHT TO BRING BACK THE GUILD IN THE TARTARUS ARC WHEN THEY WERE TRAPPED THE THAT damn RED WALL/STONE! (chapters 382-385) GOING BACK EVEN FURTHER, SHE DEFEATED AN ENTIRE GROUP OF BANDITS BY HERSELF, SAVING A GUILD IN THE PROCESS, BECAUSE SHE THOUGHT HER FATHER WAS IN TROUBLE (chapter 129-130). SHE ALMOST STABBED BRANDISH WITH A PAIR OF SCISSORS! (chapters 456-457) SHE NEVER GAVE UP ON THE MEMBERS! SHE HAD A MAP OF THE MEMBERS WHEREABOUTS AFTER THE GUILD HAD DISBANDED AND WENT THEIR SEPARATE ...more
She's involved in so many things and I just don't understand why. She's the worst character in the anime and she's not even likable.
Why would you hate her? Because is not strong and heroic like Natsu and the others? Come on! She is has the most wonderful heart ever, she stands with her spirits and fights with them! She is one of the best female characters ever.
Her fans always try to justify her annoying attitude by "She's strong! ". Yes, but you can be strong and still be annoying. I actually don't mind her weakness in battles, I find it better than winning just for plot like Erza's battles or Natsu's. I don't hate Lucy, I just find her annoying when she always judges others and thinks she's better than anyone else, when she uses her clock spirit to walk for her then says it's bad to treat them like tools, or when she makes Natsu's departure all about HER and HER own pain. But there are worse characters in Fairy Tail though. - Liinde
He's a pervert. I can't stand this guy.
Yeah, once DBZ came along, he didn't really do that much, did he? Except, maybe act perverted. - UltraSaiyan419
The dragonball version of jiraiya
Funny old man he makes the women made quite often
Opposes the protagonist? Check
Attempts to blow up everyone for no reason? Check
Creates a last minute trump card? Check
Kills millions of innocents? Check
How is it possible not to hate this chick? I feel like the writers were trying to create the worst possible character, and they succeeded. She's an obsessive, creepy-looking, hypocritical stalker who does nothing important but blow up a city and be racist at all the wrong times.
I found her character interesting and just because a character does things you don't like doesn't mean that their a bad character - Kuro
Me before table scene: Nina? Sounds like a good normal person that everybody likes! I wonder what the table scene is.. Maybe her breaking a table?
Me after table scene: everything I said was wrong.. Poor table-kun!
She is terrible in every sense of the word; she is close-minded, racist, a creep, a stalker, has a victim complex the size of Jupiter, a murderer, a traitor to all her friends and family, and still has the audacity to act like she is the morally right one.The creepy table scene aside, she is a very hateful person that gets away with everything and is liked by everyone. I have never wanted a character to die a painful a death so much.
Am I the only one who likes him
He may suck at the beginning but he later changes plus his roasts are legendary and he's the only person in the entire show to call out sakura for manipulating Naruto
He's supposed to replace Sasuke, why wouldn't he be annoying? It's like if Naruto got replaced by Konohamaru. - SunGoku
If Sai replaced Sasuke, and Sai is annoying, then it was a case of replacing an irritant with an irritant. But Sasuke has the greater irritancy.
Hey! This guys awesome! - Coreylordo
The mans cool you racist
This guy's amazing. Why on earth would he be on this list?
He is clearly the worst character in Naruto...he clearly sucks...he us the most weirdest and useless character ever.
He's a coward who only helped when it suited him and insulted Goku; also he sees all the suffering the Z-fighters go through and he has the gall to suggest everything they're seeing is a trick and acts so retarded you just want to shoot him. Then the ass has the stones to make an entire world do his bidding by claiming he beat Cell when he did nothing but cower while the rest of the Z-fighters fought. He's a prick and it's not like Videl and Pan are any better.
Let's say you work really hard on a work project in hopes to get that raise, bonus, promotion and recognition you earned. Now with this, you can have all the praise and glory you deserved.
Then this bastard will take credit for it, he gets all the things you wanted and will not only praise the work he stole from you, but also belittle you, making sure no one will find the truth.
That's Mr. Satan for you, the name fits him.
Hercule is the definition of why are you here, he thinks he's hot and the most powerful in the universe, and gets his ass handed to him by Cell, he is so fake, and also he made a movie on how he beat Cell, he told everyone that the Super Saiyan transformation the ultimate power up that is basically legendary was a "CHEAP TRICK! " And do you wanna no what's worse, PEOPLE ACTUALLY BELIEVED HIM!
To be honest I don't really like him. In my opinion, I think he is annoying and weak but it's only my opinion.
Danzo is trump
Danzo is beyond redemption
Itachi had to kill his clan, because of HIM!
I liked the part when his fight with Sasuke came to a conclusion - Criz
Completely, utterly useless, more than Sakura or Karin or Akane
She's a terrible role model. Pathetic, useless, stupid, selfish, obsessive about Ash...see worst Pokemon characters page. I don't have enough energy right now to write the five-page essay that would explain all the things wrong with this character. She has nothing going for her.
She's even worse now that she got her stupid haircut. And why does she look so much like Patty Thompson from Soul Eater now? Curse her haircut! Not to mention I heard she threw a tantrum against Ash! Does this girl have any control whatsoever?! - ModernSpongeBobSucks
Okay I get it, she is supposed to be the shy/cute anime girl and I don't have a problem with these kind of characters (Sometimes) But the only problem is that compare to all the other pokegirls she is so useless and annoying. She just seems like the type of girl that would force ash on becoming her boyfriend and also she is sooo weak. All the other anime girls have at least battled ash once and all of them did pretty well except for serena she got absolutely annihilated, she didn't even stand a chance against him! May tied with ash, Misty is a gym leader which makes her pretty strong and Iris's dragonite is a monster. But what does serena have? Nothing. Completely weak and annoying.
She liks huzaifa gills DICK!
ITS SNOWING KON KON KON IT'S SNOWING KON KON KON... SHUT UP KID JESUS CHRIST
Karin is much better than Sakura. I hated her at first, but learned to like her the more we learned about her. She did fall in love with Sasuke when he saved her and with his chakra, which is an infinitely better reason than Sakura's "He's the popular guy in school! " And when you see what happened in her past, it's easy to understand why she latched onto Sasuke, who was one of the first ones to show her kindness after that. When she realized Sasuke didn't love her, she moved on. It is hinted that she still likes him, but she let go, because she wants Sasuke to be happy even if she is unhappy, she doesn't center her feelings around herself, but around him, which is what true love should be about. This is why she's infinitely better than Sakura.
The only part I still hate about Karin is how she always abuses Suigetsu. But, at least, she has likable aspects to compensate that, something Sakura will never have. - Liinde
She's nasty, unfair, unlovely, and her gushing over Sasuke is obnoxious.
More useless than Sakura.
She constantly crushes on Sasuke knowing that she doesn't have a chance with him she is loud and annoying and she has no regard for anyone else basically she is just a Sakura but a uzumaki.
He's a terrible character. I would take any of the other Yu-Gi-Oh protagonists any day over him. He is constantly saying how he wants to be the best duelist in the world and he can't duel by himself. He say's that if you fail, you don't learn. Guess what? You'll never succeed unless you try. Astral helps you duel, helps you learn how to duel with your brain and not constantly just keep attacking but all you do is complain about him. If it wasn't for Astral, you would have been dead long ago. Why does he have a harem? I hate it when the lead has a harem and the lead is annoying like Makoto from School Days. Tori likes him just because, Cathy likes him just because and Anna likes him just because. Yuma is the sole reason this show can get as bad as it can and I hate him for it. - RoseRedFlower
This kid is EXTREMELY annoying, easily the worst protagonist in Yugioh. In the first few episodes of Zexal, Yuma acts very disrespectful towards Astral, who's only trying to help him and should be the true protagonist. He's just annoying all-around. He wins all the time. In the entire show, he only lost THREE TIMES. He would've lost every one of those battles if it wasn't for Astral. And what does he do? Disrespect Astral some more. He never thanked Astral. - xMagnoblade
No why is Yuma on this list he should swap places with Ash Ketchum because Yuma is awesome and Ash sucks.
How dare you put Yuma on this list.
She's not that bad. Is there other reasons to hate her than a simple catchphrase? She's never been mean to Ash, Cilan, her Pokemon or anyone else, nor abused them, unlike Misty or Serena. - Liinde
She calls everyone "a little kid," Including adults
She doesn't realize she is 'a little kid' herself, which is very annoying.
She acts like she is better than everyone, and she is a lot like a hypocrite calling everyone "a little kid." She has got to stop insulting people
He's a terrible character, not because he has any hateable traits, it's that he COULD have been a good character.
We are told that he's antisocial, but after episode 2, he acts social around everyone. He has no definitive personality, he just is who the story wants him to be at any given time. One episode he will be an anti social loner and the next he will be joking with a stranger who he just defeated in a VRMMORPG.
But it was all there. He had an opportunity to be a good character. We're told that he develops as a character, but we never SEE that development. They just say he's antisocial at the start and told that he's social and outgoing at the end. However, he never acts like either.
He had potential, but he just ended up like a generic Gary Stu. Sorta like how SAO could have been good, but it just ended up as a bad wish-fullfillment fantasy.
The ultimate anime Gary Stu. I cringe every time I see that dumb face of his, probably facing a girl he'd seduce despite being in a relationship. Kirito is ridiculously overpowered and bland, and it is sad that he is the main character. I'd preferably watch a spin off with just the girls or even following Klein, as long as Kirito isn't tarnishing the decent animation and story of this anime. The other comments are suggesting that he isn't a bad character... Because he cries? He only cried a few times because the writers were trying to make the audience feel sympathy for this dull character. His fans likely consist of teenage otakus mindlessly falling in love with him.
Why isn't he at the top? He's the worst character ever. At first, he's an ass to everyone except for Asuna, then he's an ass to everyone including Asuna! All the girls exist to fall in love with him and all the guys exist to be inferior to him. He should've died in my opinion, but no one cares about my opinion so I'll just end it at this.
Ridiculously OP Gary Stu who all the girls fall in love with and get added to his Harem. Why should he be able to accomplish feats considered impossible by the system? Because he's KIRITO.
"Better Gary Stu than Loser", yeah but I like my characters to be realistic and flawed thank you very much. - Kuro