10 Best Anime Heroes With The Worst Reputation

Anime heroes are typically revered in their societies. However, there is an increasing number of heroes whose bad reputation precedes them. These anime heroes can be taunted for many reasons. While some of these characters warrant negative reactions from the public, most are simply victims of unfortunate circumstances.


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For some, their attitude and personality irritates people, while others are despised for what they represent. In addition, some of these characters are only hated by their families and peers, while others draw the ire of the public. Whatever the reason, these anime characters are some of the least loved in their own universe.

10 Satoru Gojo’s stubbornness gets on people’s nerves (Jujutsu Kaisen)

Satoru Gojo is the most gifted wizard in Jujutsu Kaisen. Unfortunately, he has the self-interest and stubbornness to match his great strength. While many characters in the world recognize Gojo’s prowess, they are also tired of his constant antics.

Many people would argue that self-confidence is a good thing, but Gojo takes it to the next level. He feels so secure in his abilities that he considers all others inferior. Gojo may have immense power, but there’s no reason for him not to have humility.

9 Shinji Ikari annoys others with his whining (Neon Genesis: Evangelion)

Although Shinji Ikari is one of only three active humans who can control Evas, Neon Genesis EvangelionHis lack of courage and persistent complaining get on everyone’s nerves. While it’s always acceptable to be scared, Shinji takes it to a whole new level with every mission he, Rei, and Asuka undertake.

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Shinji’s attitude is so bad that the exasperated sentence, “Get in the robot, Shinji!” has become a famous internet meme. The characters in the anime are aware that Shinji is not the bravest. Still, his constant embarrassment deserves more than the wrath of his peers.

8 Arthur Boyle’s Time as a Knight Grows Old (Fire Force)

Arthur Boyle is one of the newest members of Company 8 in firepower. Despite his combat skills and third-generation pyrokinetic powers, Arthur isn’t the brightest lamp in the drawer. His ignorance is the cause of constant struggle for his colleagues. But one of his most reviled traits is his belief that he is a true knight.

Although Shinra and others have constantly told him that he is not a knight, Arthur refuses to believe them. To add to the annoyance, Arthur can only reach his full potential if he treats himself and the situation as if he were a real knight. People, both on the show and in real life, are getting tired of Arthur’s knight character.

7 Ryuji Takasu has a terrifying face (Toradora!)

Ryuji Takasu is an average high school boy, except he has a terrifying face. Though he never met him, Ryuji is haunted by his father’s legacy as his father engaged in criminal activity. Therefore, many of his peers assume that Ryuji succeeds his father based on his face alone in the show, Toradora!

However, Ryuji’s personality couldn’t be further from his father’s. Ryuji is kind and responsible. He would do anything for his friends and his deepest wish is to fall in love. Ryuji is an example of a character who doesn’t deserve the fear and disgust he accumulates.

6 Kenji Harima is mistaken for a delinquent (School Rumble)

Kenji Harima was never known for his good deeds in school rumble. But when he saves the girl he likes from a gang of villains, he never expected to be more despised for his actions. Despite rescuing Tenma Tsukamoto, she instead mistakes him for an attacker, further tarnishing his reputation and ruining his chances of being with her.

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Even with this setback, Harima does everything she can to show Tenma how much he cares for her, even if her affections are otherwise seized. While he may not have been the best student, Harima is a good guy who just doesn’t seem to take a break.

5 Naofumi Iwatani Was Wrongly Accused (The Rising Of The Shield Hero)

When Naofumi Iwatani is summoned as a hero in The Rise of the Shield Hero, he is initially excited. That is until he is falsely accused of a crime by Malty S Malromarc. Despite his claims of innocence, Naofumi is shunned by society, destitute and alone.

Although he later manages to reclaim his innocence and rejoin the community, Naofumi has a hard time trusting people. The betrayal left a mark not only on his reputation, but also on his psyche.

4 Katsuki Bakugo’s bad attitude damages his heroic image (My Hero Academia)

Katsuki Bakugo has always been good at almost everything he does in My Hero Academia. Because of this, he develops an overly arrogant attitude and has little patience for those who are not as talented as he is. Unfortunately, Bakugo’s bad attitude spills over into his hero work and cost him his first attempt at getting a hero license.

While many have tried to intervene on Bakugo’s behalf, All Might is the only one who seems to get through to him. His comment to both Bakugo and Izuku Midoriya about saving others to win begins to change Bakugo’s mindset for the better. There’s no argument that he’s a great hero, but Bakugo’s bad attitude makes him unbearable to be around.

3 Shoya Ishida was a bully in his youth (A Silent Voice)

In A silent voiceShoya Ishida’s problems started when he was in elementary school. Shoko Nishimiya is a new student in Shoya’s class. However, she is deaf and communicates through a notebook in which she asks the other students to write. This, for whatever reason, annoys Shoya, and he and many others begin to tease Shoko endlessly.

At one point, Shoya even breaks Shoko’s hearing aid several times. In the end, she is forced to change schools. However, once Shoko leaves, everyone turns on Shoya and blames him for most of the bullying. Shoya becomes an outcast among his peers until he encounters Shoko again when they are teenagers.

2 Kyo Sohma is cursed with the cat’s leash (fruit basket)

Kyo Sohma is the most banned member of the Sohma family in fruit basket. Although he is one of the thirteen Sohmas with a curse, he is the Cat, the most hated of the zodiac. He is despised by almost everyone in his family, but especially by his father and his cousin Yuki.

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Throughout his life, the only people who were kind to him were his martial arts master, Kyoko Honda, and eventually Tohru Honda. This makes Kyo feel incredibly lonely and unworthy of love. Fortunately, that changes when he meets Tohru, who helps him realize his self-esteem. Although it’s a long road, Kyo learns to accept love from others, as well as from herself.

1 Naruto Uzumaki harbors the nine-tailed beast (Naruto)

When the titular Naruto Uzumaki is born in Naruto, he is almost immediately despised when it is discovered that the Nine-Tailed Beast, Kurama, was sealed within him. The elders of the Leaf Village are especially concerned because they know the destructive power that the Nine-Tailed Beast possesses.

This disdain negatively affects Naruto as he grows up. Despite everyone’s fear, Naruto hopes to be Hokage one day and works hard to achieve his goal. Though he faces many obstacles, Naruto overcomes everyone’s negative perceptions about him to become a truly great Shinobi.

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