10 anime heroes who are never taken seriously
Disrespect is a common reality for many anime heroes. It’s true that anime fans can chronically underestimate some anime heroes, but in some cases it’s the story and other characters that disrespect.
Being underestimated can be an advantage, and it’s often a motivation for a hero’s rise to fame. Sometimes, however, this journey from the lower rung is long and winding, and may even have no end at all. These anime heroes just can’t be taken seriously.
ten Nyx’s lack of control – and her status – add to disrespect and abuse (Queen’s Blade)
Nyx didn’t have the best start in life. She is the daughter of a low caste worker and has to endure a lot of abusive behavior from those around her growing up. This is probably where she gets her keen sense of right and wrong. She becomes a wandering magician, but struggles to control her powers, mediocre at best. When she acquires the mysterious living staff Funikura, he tries to control her and she is seduced by the power he bestows on her.
9 Brief Is Everyone’s Geek Boy (Panties and stockings with garter belt)
In short, a lot of Panties and stockings with garter belt like a kind of tagalong child for the main characters. He’s hot, but really awkward, and he’s pretty loose. Again, when he finds the courage to ask Panty for a date, she refuses him. He’s a regular punching bag for a number of other characters like Knuckles, Sakura, and Dad-A-Knight. Everyone calls him a geek boy, and his eyes aren’t even shown throughout the whole anime. Even when his secret bishonen identity is revealed, he is used by the bad guys.
8 Yusaku Godai is constantly enjoying it (Ikkoku House)
Yūsaku Godai doesn’t really help his own case in Ikkoku House. Poor old ronin might be nice to a point, but he’s indecisive and does a lot of thoughtless and ridiculous things that give him a reputation for being out of the question. His roommates in the dilapidated Ikkoku House use his apartment, steal his food and regularly take advantage of him. Until almost the very end of the story, he has to constantly struggle with his reputation as a loser both socially and romantically.
7 Bastion Misawa’s disrespect is written into the plot (Yu-Gi-Oh! GX)
Bastion Misawa is a mathematical genius. He has lined the walls of his bedroom with complicated formulas and essentially believes that it can all be boiled down to numbers. As a duelist, that makes him analytical, and generally, that would enforce him as well. Instead, the gradual and growing neglect of his character is a common joke across the Yu Gi Oh ! GX lively.
He starts out as a friend and rival of Jaden Yuki, but over time other characters pay him less and less attention, and he develops an inferiority complex because of it.
6 Hideki can’t even get the respect of his own lawyer (Nerima Daikon Brothers)
Hideki owns a daikon patch in the Nerima district of Tokyo. This is where he, his brother and their cousin Mako live and perform on a stage they built in the middle of the daikon fields. Their collective dream is to become a world-famous musical group and perform sold out in the concert dome they plan to build to cover their makeshift stage. Of the three struggling musicians, Hideki gets the least respect, especially from his crush Mako, who is also his cousin. He is even misled by his own lawyer.
5 Zenitsu Agatsuma does not recognize his own abilities (Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba)
“I hate myself more than anyone. I always think I need to pull myself together, but I end up curling up, running away, whining. I want to change. I want to be a competent person.” It’s hard for someone else to like him when Zenitsu doesn’t respect himself. Despite his impressive abilities, Zenitsu is lazy and acts cowardly. It gets her very little approval, especially when it comes to the ladies, which is a distinct disadvantage for the aspiring playboy.
4 Everybody despises Kazuya Kinoshita (Rent-A-Girlfriend)
It’s not just Kazuya Kinoshita’s ex-girlfriend who thinks badly of him. Rent-A-Girlfriend – they are his friends and even his family too. They openly talk about what they think he’s a loser, and his self-esteem is so low that he just accepts it.
He lies to make himself look more impressive and then gets into trouble because of it. When his girlfriend dumps him, he installs the Rent-A-Girlfriend app, although of course things don’t go well there either. It’s a long and difficult road to self-respect in this series.
3 Mumen Rider’s lack of ego means he’s easily overlooked (One-Punch Man)
It’s not hard to be overlooked in the world of Man with a fist. Mumen Rider is just a professional Class C hero, but his skills are actually more impressive than that low rank would imply. He doesn’t care about fame or fame. He only wants to do the job: defeat the bad guys. He is more likely to play a supporting role with a more powerful hero than going out on his own. But this lofty lack of ambition means his talents go largely under the radar.
2 Kuroko wants his opponents to take him lightly (Kuroko no Basket)
At first glance, Kuroko isn’t an impressive basketball player – and that’s exactly how he likes it. The fact that his opponents assume he’s weak and pay almost no attention to him on the pitch is something he uses to his advantage. It ends up being the big mistake of each opposing team.
Despite his size and modest stature as a player, Kuroko is smart and strategic. He’s the one who will bide his time and just wait for the right moment to make those unexpected passes and interceptions that will win the game.
1 Satou Tatsuhiro is a Hikikomori classic (Welcome to NHK)
At 22, Satou Tatsuhiro still lives off the allowance his parents give him, and since he’s too lazy to do anything, he seems destined for a future hidden in his apartment room as a hikikomori. After four years, he became convinced of a number of conspiracy theories, among which the Nihon Hikikomori Kyokai (NHK) is responsible for his lower class status. The story is about his battle with evil NHK and a growing relationship that may well come out of his shell.
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