Worst Protagonist Anime Characters

Ever liked an anime so much but there was just that one lead character you couldn't stand? Well, now you can give your honest opinion about it. Please remember these are Protagonists and not side characters. We're talking about characters who are the central part of the narrative. Examples: Misaki Ayuzawa, Lelouch, Kiba (Wolf's Ran) etc.

The Top Ten

1 Makoto Itou Makoto Itou

Hmm...what can I say about the boy who literally gets THE GIRL OF HIS DREAMS and then IMMEDIATELY proceeds to cheat on her with damn near EVERY OTHER GIRL he can find for NO REASON! Seriously, he deserved to be killed.

Yikes, this guy. What could you expect from a character that was in an anime that was dubbed: One of The Worsts Animes of All Time? If only he didn't sleep around so much, maybe then he wouldn't be so unlikable. - RoseRedFlower

I'm glad Makoto and Pico are on top. I actually like Kirito and I don't really hate Ash Ketchum that much. But I respect your opinions on them if you don't like them. - ModernSpongeBobSucks

You're welcome. Even if I don't have the same opinions as others, it's better to respect them than to bash them. - ModernSpongeBobSucks

This guy deserves death

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2 Pico (Boku No Pico) Pico (Boku No Pico) Pico is from the anime "Boku No Pico". Pico was produced by Natural High. Pico (ぴこ Piko) is a blonde boy who works part-time at Tamotsu's grandfather's bar in the summer. He's often shown swimming, usually naked or in a blue Speedo. He has worn girls' clothing ever since Tamotsu gave some to him ...read more.

This boy is disgusting and disturbing. He'll haunt you for life! For the sake of your own mental well-being, don't watch this show! - Goku02

Little boy that wants to have sex. Underage is the key word in all of this - RoseRedFlower

That little guy is nasty

Ed or Roy should murder him! - TheDarkOne_221b

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3 Yukiteru Amano Yukiteru Amano

He is one of the reasons why I don't like Future Diary. At the start I got bored with this character. Then, I got so annoyed. What does Yuno even see in him. I was hoping he would get some good character development. But NOPE. I just hated him more. SPOILER ALERT! He in Yuno banged. They are 14 years old. MAJOR SPOILER ALERT! Yuno killed herself then Yuki won. He became a god. He didn't even do anything. He just cry's and relys on Yuno to save his ass or kill people for him.

Whiny, cry-baby, undependable and over all, very annoying. - RoseRedFlower

He always relies on Yuno. Never does anything on his own. - Goku02

Only thing is a dart just wish he could at least been given something else overtime. Still he becomes likeable to me. I feel like somebody should have this spot.

4 Kirito Kirito Kazuto Kirigaya is a fictional character who appears in the Sword Art Online series of light novels by Reki Kawahara.

Should be way higher. At least both Shinji Ikari and Ash Ketchum have to cope with the consequences of their actions. Kirito is just a special little snowflake who has NO obstacles to overcome. He just wins with no explanation. Looking at his picture irritates the crap out of me. He looks like such a girl! Such OBVIOUS otaku wish fulfillment. I can't stand this character. Worst protagonist EVER.

Just very dull to me. Never really liked him and wasn't concerned with whether or not he would live. - RoseRedFlower

A overpowered broken character that doesn't deserve 10 minutes of screen time let alone 2 - PrinceOfFire

Even the "Abridged" version of Kirito is better than the "original" Kirito itself.

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5 Ash Ketchum Ash Ketchum Ash Ketchum, known as Satoshi in Japan, is a fictional character in the Pokémon franchise owned by Nintendo. Ash is training to be a Pokemon Master, with his buddy Pikachu. Ash tries to stop the evil Team Rocket from stealing his Pikachu.

Failure thy name is Ash.

Ash the eternal loser...

He's terrible...and the way he leaves his pokemon at home after they fail to win a league...

Stupid, useless, unable to train Pokémon, freeing the best ones for no reason... I simply hate him

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6 Yuma Tsukumo Yuma Tsukumo

Yeah, he's pretty annoying. He's like that annoying neighbor kid who thinks he's the best but is just a loser. - RoseRedFlower

Worthless as a Protagonist, especially for this series

How dare u this show is the only yu-gi-oh show I love,but the first one is still the best he might be annoying to some people but he is hilarious to me and goofy and becomes a badass character later

7 Shinji Ikari Shinji Ikari

Whining complainer that I personally can't stand. Your daddy issues don't frighten me. - RoseRedFlower

Coward and crybaby of the highest order. Also the single most irritating character in the show, the back of your hands itch wanting to hit him.

Yeah, I'm sure that if you were a traumatised 14 yo you would have no problem to drive a deadly weapon to fight some kind of monster right? - TopiTaupe

Shinji Ikari is actually one of the most well-written characters in all of fiction. This is also a terrible website, so please take the whole thing down now.

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8 Natsu Dragneel Natsu Dragneel Natsu Dragneel is a Mage of the Fairy Tail Guild.Natsu is carefree and reckless in nature, and, despite his consistent brawls with the other members of Fairy Tail, he is a fiercely loyal and protective friend. He is willing to go down fighting for his friends, regardless of how futile it might seem. ...read more.

No offense to Natsu's fan, but I just hate him! He's so annoying and boring. He never achieves his powers on his own, always relying on Power of Friendship, and is just terrible in every way. - Goku02

The definition of cliche - PrinceOfFire

So if we hate PLOTSU means we have no friends,no it just means we have more common sense and good taste in choosing a favorite character and to all natsu wankers out there no matter how hard u try he will always remain one of the worst and most broken, KIRITO IS WAY BETTER.
Bring your gate fairytards

You're all just mad cuse natsu has friends and you don't,How could you hate natsu any way? Fairy tail and Natsu teaches important life lessons.People that hate fairy tail make me cry,actually,i hated anime until I started watching it,so I started to watch it on Netflix,and when I finished the first season on Netflix,there were no more seasons on Netflix even though there are 7 seasons,i actually started to cry cause I loved fairy tail so much,so I did everything I could,and I eventually found were I could watc it for free.And people that hate Lucy are the worst,every time Lucy cries it makes me cry,and when she broke aquariuses key,i burst out into tears,and when Natsu was going to die,she said''Please bring Natsu back,i'm begging you.''And she started to cry and that made me cry cause I didn't know if natsu was going to die or not,and when Lucy risked her life by rewriting the book of END so that natsu might live,that was love,but you people don't understand that fairy tail is number ...more

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9 Yui Komori Yui Komori

She just allows all the vampires to treat her like a walking soft drink and let's them verbally/physically abuse her. She basically has no personality or will of her own. No wonder the vamps think they own her and can do whatever they want. I think of her as more of a prop than a character. - NerdBunny

I hated Bella from Twilight. This is a Bella double with an annoying voice and no sense of capability. - RoseRedFlower

Not even the worst because she can't fight. The worst because she can't think for herself, she's not even traumatised after have been severely assaulted, she treat her abuser like they're friends or something with no explanation of a Syndrome of Stockholm or anything... she just exist to be a punching ball! - TopiTaupe

Absolutely zero personality, and a total idiot. Dropped this anime after 3 episodes because she annoyed me.

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10 Eren Yeager Eren Yeager Eren Yeager, spelled Eren Jaeger in the Funimation dub, is a fictional character appearing as the protagonist from the manga series Attack on Titan by Hajime Isayama.

I'm gonna kill all the titans! Oops I killed my friends

Just hope he doesn't get his hands on the death note.

Not half as interesting as Mikasa or Armin.


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The Contenders

11 Louise de la Vallière Louise de la Vallière

You just want to smack her in the face and say shut up. To quote Light Yagami: This is the first time in my life, that I've been provoked to hit a woman. - RoseRedFlower

Should be number 1 I know all these people are terrible but she is a spoiled little rich girl she is more spoiled than milk itself when she first encounters Saito she immediately chains him, starves him, and beats him like there's no tomorrow and she gets what she wants at the end how can Saito love her ( Stockholm syndrome) and we're supposed to route for her what?

12 Chris Thorndyke Chris Thorndyke Chris Thorndyke is a fictional character and the main human protagonist of the Anime series based on the Sonic the Hedgehog series created by Sega, Sonic X.

Screw this guy. His voice was so annoying, and he did next to nothing the entire show. I'm pretty sure Sonic and the others could've got back home without him

Chris is awesome!

13 Subaru Natsuki Subaru Natsuki

The worst anime protagonist of 2016! In almost all action anime, the protagonist are capable of fighting with their amazing powers. Subaru on the other hand, literally is powerless! - SelfDestruct

Look I don't like RE:Zero but Subaru having no powers is the point to his character. - Rue

He's an idiot who cannot think rationally.

The biggest retard I have ever seen he should die painfully a million times over for not choosing Rem alone

Should've chose Rem.. then I might of liked him

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14 Yuki Cross Yuki Cross

Is only there to make the two love interests enjoyable and not be her own character at all. - RoseRedFlower

Worst than Bella Swan.

Not picking Zero, need I say more?

15 Sakura Haruno Sakura Haruno Sakura Haruno is a fictional character in the Naruto manga and anime series created by Masashi Kishimoto.

I thought Naruto was the protagonist?

Sakura is very weak emotionally


Sakura should die

16 Serena Tsukino Serena Tsukino

Worst among the sailor scouts. When her friends were dying, the only thing on her mind was how warm Tuxedo Kamen's hands are. Whiny, dependable, and she would have died long ago without the other sailors. Jupiter is tough and strong, Venus is charismatic, Mars is kind with spiritual powers, Mercury is intelligent,... and what does Moon have? She is so undeserving of all her powers, she didn't do anything to achieve them. - Goku02

Very whiny at points. Just couldn't stand her, the other Sailor Scouts are better in my opinion. - RoseRedFlower

17 Shirou Emiya (Fate/Stay Night)

People die if they are killed!

18 Boruto's Dad

I'm crying here.

Believe it.

19 Shu Ouma Shu Ouma
20 Kaneki Ken Kaneki Ken
21 Rito Yuuki Rito Yuuki

He's way too indecisive and annoying (in terms of both his personality and his voice).

22 Ichika Orimura Ichika Orimura

Denser than the universe itself

You just wanna beat this guy up for being dense. Oh, and for you people that says that in the light novels he DOES know, the anime gives us no indication that he’s aware of the girls feelings. Every time I see this bastard...

23 Aiga Akaba (Beyblade: Burst Super Z)

Easily The Worst Beyblade Protagonist in my Opinion
(i don't understand everyone hate Tyson, yet I think Tyson is a pretty good protagonist in my opinion even though I didn't watch the original beyblade anime, Gingka is decent protagonist but I can't stand his english voice,Valt Aoi who actually grew on me on #2 season and him I'd rather not explain why I hate him but his little sister Naru is a really cute character and has a pretty adorable voice,i wished that Tomy would have created Naru as the only child of the Akaba family.)

24 Makoto Naegi Makoto Naegi Makoto Naei is the protagonist of the 2010/2014 game Danganronpa: Trigger Happy Havoc. He is the Ultimate Lucky Student, a student randomly picked by Hope's Peak Academy to join the school. As a student of Class 78, he is forced to participate in the Killing School Life, a killing game orchestrated ...read more.

While I don’t entirely hate his character, compared to the other protagonists from future games/anime he seems very plain. If it weren’t for Kirigiri he wouldn’t have been able to solve any of the trials. He’s the over used “nice boy” character who only wants to befriend the other characters and fails to see when one of them is guilty. Once he’s grown up he’s a little better but he really wasn’t a great protagonist when his class was stuck in the killing game since instead of making ways to prevent fights from breaking out he just wanted everybody to be friends.

25 Hyakuya Yuuichirou Hyakuya Yuuichirou

How? - TwilightKitsune

How is he bad?

26 Ganta (Deadman Wonderland) Ganta (Deadman Wonderland)
27 Valt Aoi - Beyblade Burst

He was a first character that I actually cringed at.

28 Gingka Hagane (Beyblade Metal Saga)
29 Ema Hinata (Brothers Conflict) Ema Hinata (Brothers Conflict)

This girl is just a generic bland harem girl. She's boring and is so stupid. She acts so oblivious and can't make her stand clear. I don't know what those boys see in her she's boring and there's nothing special about her.

The girl get confessed and she literally don't care. Wow. Same when she's kissed or almost raped. - TopiTaupe

30 Orochimaru Orochimaru Orochimaru is a fictional character from the Naruto universe created by Masashi Kishimoto and developed into a media franchise, which consists of a series of manga, anime, soundtracks, OVAs, movies, video games, and other collectibles.
31 Koyomi Araragi (Bakemonogatari)
32 Hiro (Darling in the Franxx)
33 Sora Aoi Sora Aoi
34 Momo Belia Deviluke Momo Belia Deviluke
35 Ryuko (Kill la Kill) Ryuko (Kill la Kill) Ryuko Matoi is the main protagonist of Japanese anime series 'Kill La Kill' produced by Studio Trigger. Ryuko Matoi is a highschool student who attends Honnouji Academy to find her father's murderer.

Ryuko is actually a really good protagonist in my opinion. - HoneyClover

Just a boring, emo male shonen lead with tits

36 Angelise Ikaruga Misurugi Angelise Ikaruga Misurugi

Starting with the most disgustingly bigoted, spoilt, nasty brat of a character who repeatedly gets people killed through acting first entitled then self-destructively psychotic then turning her into a Mary Sue does not qualify as "character development".

37 Haruhi Suzumiya Haruhi Suzumiya Haruhi Suzumiya is the title character and female protagonist of the Haruhi Suzumiya series created by Nagaru Tanigawa.
38 Kamijou Touma

All he does is complain about his powerlessness and his rotten luck

Misunderstood character. His luck is major to his backstory which heavily contributed to his ideals. His memory wipe changed his motives and his luck almost got him killed. He is likeable, relatable, and he feels like a human.

39 Nobita Nobi Nobita Nobi

He is more like the antagonist in many episodes.He creates havoc with Doraemon's gadgets and he is such a lazy bummer. - Hellohi

40 Izuku Midoriya Izuku Midoriya

Classic weak protagonist who dreams of being strong, annoying, dumb, generic, crybaby and overhated

A boring character.

41 Misaki Ayuzawa Misaki Ayuzawa

She maybe generic tsundere and a bit misandrist but I like her determination and diligence so she's not the worst female lead but not the best female lead either

She's one of the best written tsundere's I've ever seen.

42 Tomoki Sakurai Tomoki Sakurai
43 Tyson Granger - Beyblade Tyson Granger - Beyblade
44 Asuka Langley Asuka Langley

The worst Neon Genesis character ever!
Whiny, selfish, self-centered, horrible, and stupid.
I don't understand why people like her.
I don't understand why people dislike Shinji.
Shinji is a good character!
If Asuka is good, then Shinji is GOD.

45 Katagiri Kanade Katagiri Kanade
46 Yona Yona Yona (ヨナ, Yona) is the titular protagonist of the manga and anime series, Akatsuki no Yona. She is the princess of the Kouka Kingdom, the only heir of Emperor Il, and the reincarnation of the Red Dragon King Hiryuu. On her 16th birthday, she was forced to flee Hiryuu Castle after her father was ...read more.

Generic mary sue with a harem.

Loved by everyone, specially sexy guys with no personality? Check.
Unusual, beautiful and exotic hair? Check
The Chosen One-like? Check.
Tragic family life? Check.
Perfect in almost everything she does? Check.

47 Kouta (Elfen Lied)

Is there any normal human being who would literally "adopt" a amnesiac girl? Here we are. Oh don't mind he also adopt two other little girl. It's totally normal, after all, it's because he's kind! He's so spineless...one second he kiss his cousin, the other he's after Lucy's ass. Even when he get strangled by her he's not shocked. He's worth nothing. - TopiTaupe

48 Heroine (Amnesia)

Hey think about Re Zero : no matter if you hated it or not, you gotta agree that the hero had a personality right? A reaction when he was literally KILLED and forced to live again? Well Heroine doesn't. She doesn't care about anything, not even herself. Why should I be invested in her then? Well I can't. - TopiTaupe

49 Futaba Yoshioka (Ao Haru Ride)

You know using a guy to make another one jealous and being nosy doesn't make of you a good heroine right - TopiTaupe

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2. Makoto Itou
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2. Pico (Boku No Pico)
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