10 Characters Who Would Make Better Protagonists Than Naofumi
The Rise of the Shield Hero follows Naofumi Iwatani, a character whose fans excuse his bad behavior because he was dealt “a bad hand”. In the first season, Naofumi is transported to a world where he is meant to be a hero. Unfortunately, he is almost immediately wrongly accused of sexual assault.
Although his sentence is hardly appropriate for the crime, he must accept a pay cut. This made Naofumi so angry that he bought a slave out of rage. Some fans wonder if another anime character would be better suited to be shield herois the protagonist.
ten Meliodas Handles Anger Better (The Seven Deadly Sins)
Meliodas of Seven capital sins literally represents Wrath, so he knows what it’s like to be angry. And yet, he doesn’t let that anger motivate him every day. Even when Meliodas and the rest of the Seven Deadly Sins are falsely accused of traitors, he doesn’t let it ruin his life. Instead, he opens a pub.
Of course, Meliodas is not very respectful of women. He cares for Elizabeth, and given her lack of memories, it’s both rude and unfair. But the two have technically been in love forever, so it’s a bit of a gray area. If Meliodas had landed in Naofumi’s place, he would have handled it much more gracefully.
9 Tsukasa Jinguuji is less dumb (Life with an ordinary guy who was reincarnated as a total fantasy knockout)
Tsukasa of Life with an ordinary guy who got reincarnated in a total Fantasy Knockout is an isekai character who, like Naofumi, had no say in being reincarnated in a fantasy world. Also, his best friend Tachibana Hinata has been turned into a beautiful girl – and Tsukasa really doesn’t like women.
But while Tsukasa and Naofumi have this in common, that doesn’t mean that Tsukasa also acts like a jerk. Although Tsukasa hopes to defeat the Demon King so he can return his beloved Tachibana to normal, he doesn’t feel the need to mistreat people as a result. It’s just not that melodramatic.
8 Rimuru Focuses on What Matters (That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime)
Rimuru’s This time I got reincarnated as a slime was murdered by a knife-wielding maniac, then reincarnated as a slime. Must be a little worse than an unexpected pay cut. And yet, Rimuru doesn’t let that stop him from making the best of his situation.
It’s easy to imagine Rimuru scared, frustrated, and even a little angry if he found himself in Naofumi’s situation. But somehow, we can also see how he would overcome that and quickly start focusing on the future, both short and long term. With or without a slime body, Rimuru knows how to focus on what matters.
7 Towa adapts to bad situations (Yashahime: Princess Half Demon)
Towa of Yashahime: half-demon princess would make a better protagonist than Naofumi because she’s actually tough. After being separated from her sister and finding herself in the modern world, she managed to survive. Towa isn’t afraid to face problems head-on, even returning to her original time with her sister despite all the dangers that await her there.
Towa may have been frustrated with many things in life, but she continues to work hard and keep a cool head. While she would have fought the injustice of a false accusation if she was the shield hero, she wouldn’t have let it ruin her.
6 Saiki K. is way more interesting and funny (The Disastrous Life of Saiki K.)
Saiki’s The disastrous life of Saiki K isn’t exactly a better person than Naofumi, but he would have made a more interesting protagonist in The Rise of the Shield Hero be certain. After all, he is psychic. Saiki would have known what was going to happen and he would have avoided it, which could have been a really interesting twist.
Most isekai heroes cannot handle the magical elements of their new worlds. But Saiki’s ability to avoid political intrigue, defeat his enemies, and conduct humorous internal dialogue noting some of the less sensitive aspects of his new world would be far more amusing than Naofumi’s terrible behavior.
5 Ryo Saeba wouldn’t have had any problems in the first place (City Hunter)
Ryo’s city hunter would have been a really fun protagonist in The Rise of the Shield Hero. Given his status as a pervert, he’s almost too obvious a choice for an accusation. But Ryo has an almost supernatural intuition about this stuff and he would be good at ridiculing his accuser.
Ryo also rarely stays mad at a woman. He’s the type to move on quickly and get goofy again whenever he gets the chance. And he would never treat a woman badly just because he’s mad at another. Even as a total pervert, Ryo sees women as individuals.
4 Haruhi Fujioka allegedly lawyer (Ouran Highschool Host Club)
Haruhi from Ouran High School Host Club would have made a great protagonist in The Rise of the Shield Hero. Even when bullied, she was not one to sour and instead faced her bully with great calm. Haruhi probably would have won over those who judged her, just as her late lawyer might have.
Haruhi also knew how to live on a budget. Instead of getting angry, she would have just learned to live without fancy tuna and get on with the job of being a good shield hero. Getting a pay cut would have disgusted her, but it wouldn’t have turned her into a monster.
3 Natsu Dragneel would have been too busy fighting (Fairy Tail)
Natsu’s Fairy tale probably would have avoided being charged in the first place, as he has an alibi built into his best friend, Happy. And if Happy wasn’t enough, Natsu probably would have had an alibi in the other summoned heroes as well, because there’s no way he hadn’t already challenged them to a fight by then.
Natsu’s kindness and desire to protect his friends also extends to his female friends, and Natsu wouldn’t care whether the world was matriarchal or patriarchal as long as they could all be happy and safe. He would make a much better protagonist than Naofumi.
2 Catarina Claes’ Brain Crew Would Have Known What To Do Next (My Next Life as a Villainess)
Katherine of My Next Life as a Villainess: All Roads Lead to Death gets the short stick since she was born bad. Luckily, she remembers her past life in time to change her fate. But given that she never knows if she really avoided the end of her video game, every day is an exercise in making sure she’s ready to be banished or die.
Impressively, Catarina doesn’t let the fact that she’s a villain bother her. Despite everything that’s happened to her, she kindly deals with it and works on a solution. The Council of Catarinas in his brain could also have found a way to handle Naofumi’s situation.
1 Asta would never keep a slave, especially not when he could make a friend (black clover)
Asta of black clover is a great protagonist for many reasons, but some of them become really clear when you think about dropping him in The rising of the shield hero. Asta knows what it’s like to be falsely accused of a crime, even one that could result in a death sentence.
But given the chance of having his own slave in a situation where he literally has to go out of his way to make sure he doesn’t end up with one, Asta does the right thing. Asta chooses to have a friend instead.
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