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

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

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.

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

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

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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

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 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...

The worst protagonist ever. look at other trainers and look back at ash~loses every damn league~gets a damn reboot after XY ~ then what? misty and brock advances and ash gets shorter and regress as time passes?


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5 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

Disgusting and horrible character I'm a embaressed that he's a main character every girl likes him SPOILER ALERT his sister/cousin is even fell in love in him SAO is just a wasted HUGE POTENTIAL ANIME he's overpowered more powerful than goku and saitama or even superman cause he always wins always he needs to be forgotten and die And probably PROBABLY One of the WORST ANIME PROTAGONIST

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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

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.

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

Gray stu to be honest kirito is more better

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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8 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

The worst sort of character: one with no personality. She exists just for the viewer to project themselves onto since it was a dating game before being an anime.

Should be higher on list she is acts so clueless and fragile and she litterly let's the vampires harass her and she was givin a wepon to protect herself with but she did NOTHING

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9 Shinji Ikari Shinji Ikari

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

Get in the damn robot

Hey, why is here here?
He is an excellent character!
If you want a terrible evangelion character, then take Asuka Langley, and not Shinji.

10 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?

The Newcomers

? Haruhi Suzumiya Haruhi Suzumiya Haruhi Suzumiya is the title character and female protagonist of the Haruhi Suzumiya series created by Nagaru Tanigawa.

The Contenders

11 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.

Bland as heck

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

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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 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.

Not half as interesting as Mikasa or Armin.

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.

15 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

16 Rito Yuuki Rito Yuuki

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

17 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?

18 Shirou Emiya (Fate/Stay Night)
19 Ichika Orimura Ichika Orimura
20 Sora Aoi Sora Aoi
21 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

22 Hyakuya Yuuichirou Hyakuya Yuuichirou
23 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".

24 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.
25 Koyomi Araragi (Bakemonogatari)
26 Ganta (Deadman Wonderland) Ganta (Deadman Wonderland)
27 Momo Belia Deviluke Momo Belia Deviluke
28 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.

29 Tomoki Sakurai Tomoki Sakurai
30 Tyson Granger - Beyblade Tyson Granger - Beyblade
31 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.

32 Katagiri Kanade Katagiri Kanade
33 Yona Yona

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.

34 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.

35 Makoto Naegi Makoto Naegi
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Top Remixes (4)

1. Makoto Itou
2. Pico (Boku No Pico)
3. Chris Thorndyke
1. Makoto Itou
2. Louise de la Vallière
3. Kirito
1. Makoto Itou
2. Pico (Boku No Pico)
3. Yuma Tsukumo

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