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

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

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

2 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!

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

He is boring. He doesn't have any interesting characteristics and is too over powered.

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.

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.

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

5 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...

Still trying to become a Pokémon Master? It's been almost twenty years, maybe it's time to find another hobby. - RoseRedFlower

6 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

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


7 Shinji Ikari

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

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.

Get in the damn robot

8 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?

9 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

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

The definition of cliche - PrinceOfFire

10 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

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.

The Contenders

11 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

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

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.

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

12 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.

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.

13 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?

14 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

15 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 should die

Sakura is very weak emotionally


16 Shirou Emiya (Fate/Stay Night)

He is a selfish irresponsible person and makes things worse by trying to save everyone instead of making rational decisions

People die if they are killed!

"People die if they are killed.."

17 Boruto's Dad

Believe it.

I'm crying here.

Believe it when I say that boruto's dad sucks

18 Shu Ouma
19 Kaneki Ken

How can you possibly need 70 manga episodes to make him somewhat interesting? (that's more than a year with this wimpy ass kid) Manga lost me at 50 because I can't stand how crybaby he is

20 Izuku Midoriya Izuku "Deku" Midoriya is a fictional character and the protagonist of My Hero Academia, a manga series written by Kohei Horikoshi.

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!

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

I like him, he is a solid character.

A boring character.

21 Rito Yuuki

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

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

22 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.

23 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!

24 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...

25 Hyakuya Yuuichirou

How? - TwilightKitsune

How is he bad?

26 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.

27 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.)

28 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 Ganta (Deadman Wonderland)
30 Valt Aoi - Beyblade Burst

He was a first character that I actually cringed at.

31 Haruhi Suzumiya Haruhi Suzumiya is the title character and female protagonist of the Haruhi Suzumiya series created by Nagaru Tanigawa.
32 Hiro (Darling in the Franxx)
33 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

34 Gingka Hagane (Beyblade Metal Saga)
35 Momo Belia Deviluke
36 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

37 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

38 Koyomi Araragi (Bakemonogatari)
39 Sora Aoi
40 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

41 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".

42 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

Just an boring character - fairlady785

43 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

44 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

45 Tomoki Sakurai
46 Tyson Granger - Beyblade
47 Katagiri Kanade
48 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.

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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