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

Gosh, he is ugly!

This guy deserves death

Even the most generic ones are superb compared to him. For some reason, I know this even if I haven't seen a single episode of this anime. - listotaku17

Worse than generic protagonists. - listotaku17

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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.

Pico is cute, he's fine. - fairlady785

Ed or Roy should murder him! - TheDarkOne_221b

That little guy is nasty

This guy is nasty.

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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.

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

There is nothing that makes him stand out from the other characters, he could be a background character with the amount of backstory he's gotten.

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

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.

Rip off of guts

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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.

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

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

Ash the eternal loser...

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6 Yuma Tsukumo Yuma Tsukumo

Worthless as a Protagonist, especially for this series

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

Ughhh...all except Yuma. I watched all other shows,from DM to Vrains,all protagonists are great,but Yuma..no way. He's so awful that only his name can describe him accurately


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 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.


He always wanted things to go on his way. Also Natsu always think that he is tough and strong. He is very annoying to me. Natsu has no manners.

The protagonist is supposed to develop as a character, overcome obstacles, and make progress in reaching their goals. natsu does none of these things, simple as that

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

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8 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.

Talk about WHINEY! I literally can't stand him every time he's onscreen.

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


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

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9 Yui Komori Yui Komori

I can't stand her

She's useless - Fujoshi-chan

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

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

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10 Shinji Ikari Shinji Ikari

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

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.

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

Get in the damn robot

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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 Subaru Natsuki Subaru Natsuki

I didn't even watched the anime and don't know nothing about him, but just looking at his face makes me wanna puke, just looking at his face I knew he was going to be a bad character - fairlady785

I know they are trying to go for the whole "I'm a plain normal guy" protagonist, but it just doesn't work for him.

Why the hell is he here... He should be on the top characters list... Re zero works because of him not that rem...

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

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13 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!

14 Yuki Cross Yuki Cross

Not picking Zero, need I say more?

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

Worst than Bella Swan.

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

Sakura should die


Sakura is very weak emotionally

I thought Naruto was the protagonist?

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.."

People die if they are killed!

18 Boruto's Dad

Believe it when I say that boruto's dad sucks

I'm crying here.

Believe it.

19 Shu Ouma Shu Ouma
20 Kaneki Ken Kaneki Ken
21 Izuku Midoriya Izuku Midoriya

SHUT UP HATER! I LOVE DEKU, IF IT WASN'T FOR HIM, BAKUGO WOULD BE BORING! Sorry, lemme cool down a bit... okay. I'm just mad 'cause he's ON this list! I mean, he's selfless and funny! (and kinda hot, ya know what I mean! ) Deku can be very emotional at times, but he is a great dude!

I like him, he is a solid character.

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

A boring character.

22 Rito Yuuki Rito Yuuki

Worst ecchi protagonist, why!? WHY?! - fairlady785

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

23 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...

24 Hyakuya Yuuichirou Hyakuya Yuuichirou

How is he bad?

How? - TwilightKitsune

25 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.

26 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.)

27 Valt Aoi - Beyblade Burst

He was a first character that I actually cringed at.

28 Ganta (Deadman Wonderland) Ganta (Deadman Wonderland)
29 Haruhi Suzumiya Haruhi Suzumiya Haruhi Suzumiya is the title character and female protagonist of the Haruhi Suzumiya series created by Nagaru Tanigawa.
30 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.

He supposed to be the greatest hero in anime of all.He is not strong because he only have his right hand as his power.Yet, he managed to do plenty of amazing things for normal guy,.Unlike others shonen characters,touma fight because he want to save everyone even if they are his enemy.All of his character development are so massive and easily surpass most of anime MC nowadys like goku,saitama,deku and goku

31 Gingka Hagane (Beyblade Metal Saga)
32 Momo Belia Deviluke Momo Belia Deviluke
33 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

34 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.

Orochimaru was very good the first times he appeared, then he had just gotten worse and worse until he was kinda lame, but still like him. - fairlady785

35 Koyomi Araragi (Bakemonogatari)
36 Hiro (Darling in the Franxx)
37 Sora Aoi Sora Aoi
38 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

39 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".

40 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

41 Max (Pokémon)

He is the most cringeworthy Pokémon character ever. He’s a know-it-all, he’s a spoiled brat and he does nothing but annoy the crap out of his sister, throw temper tantrums when he doesn't get what he wants and he acts like he knows everything, but he doesn't. He is so stupid! I hope the anime writers kill him off. He deserves it. He’s the main reason why I hated the Advance Generation series. So yeah. Screw Max and his cringeworthy voice. Another reason why I hate him is because after Ash defeated Norman, he took the badge and locked himself in the greenhouse. I will never ever like him because he is an annoying little brat. And here are the main reasons why I hate him:
1. He criticized Ash’s battle style throughout the entire series.
2. He annoys the crap out of May and always gets her in trouble.
3. He copies Misty by pulling Brock away from girls.
4. He cried like a sore loser when Ash defeated Norman.
5. He acts like a know-it-all.
6. He badly injured a ...more

42 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.

43 Tomoki Sakurai Tomoki Sakurai
44 Tyson Granger - Beyblade Tyson Granger - Beyblade
45 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.

46 Katagiri Kanade Katagiri Kanade
47 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.

48 Kouta (Elfen Lied)

Just an boring character - fairlady785

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

49 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

50 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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