Today I wanted to briefly chat about popular shōnen characters that I really don’t like. I have been hesitant in sharing this list because I didn’t want to get bombarded with hate, but then I realised that these are just my own, personal opinions and in no way, shape, or form reflect the masses. I should be able to openly talk about whatever I’d like on my personal space. So… viola, here we are.
I will confess that most of my reasons for not liking these characters are closer to being silly and superficial rather than something grand and intelligent. But then again my reasons for loving some of the people that I do are also quite similar. For example, my initial reason for loving Sesshomaru is because he is a super handsome badass warrior dude. His long, lustrous hair and aloof persona make me weak at the knees. So why can’t I loathe characters for the same reasons? Good logic, right? No? Sorta? Eh, we’ll run with it. Check out my most disliked shōnen dudes and bros down below!
05. Leorio Paladiknight
I don’t actually hate Leorio, by far. I just find him to be mildly annoying and slightly displaced in the series, Hunter x Hunter, when compared to the rest of the cast. I think my biggest peeve when it comes to Leorio is how obnoxiously narrow-minded he can be. He’s also loud and yells and freaks out way too easily. But underneath it all, he’s got one hell of a compassionate heart, so because of that I will never truly hate him or loathe him. That’s why he’s the low guy on the list.
04. Seijūrō Akashi
I know two friends who shall immediately recognise this guy from Kuroko’s Basketball. Akashi fucking creeps me out! Also, he can be unbelievably infuriating with his superiority complex. Normally, I love characters that encapsulate the essence of assholery, but this guy? Hell no. I want to take the basketballs and hit him in the shin with it more often than not. Or in the arse. That could work too.
03. Son Gohan
I know… he’s the most powerful Saiyan in Dragon Ball Z, blah blah blah. BUT HE’S THE GODDAMN SAIYAMAN!!! Are you fricking kidding me? The Saiyaman makes me want to bang my head against the wall… I also find it hilarious that Gohan is a bit of a pacifist, however, whenever he’s forced to fight, usually to protect his loved ones, his ego gets bigger than the entire universe. It can give the Prince of Saiyans a run for his money!
02. Monkey D. Luffy
Okay… now we’re getting into the controversial part of the post. Luffy from One Piece freaks me out with his stretchiness! I don’t know why. I have tried to decipher why the stretchiness specifically makes my skin crawl. The reason still eludes me. It just does. Whenever I see him stretch his arm back or other parts of his body into odd shapes, I can feel my own skin get weird chills and the heebie-jeebies.
01. Naruto Uzumaki
He is one of the most annoying characters ever. Now… I would like to say that I never finished reading the Naruto manga series (I’ve never seen the anime), so there is a chance that I will like Naruto as an adult versus a kid and a teenager. I am very open-minded to that possibility because, hey, kids grow up and become less irritating. But as it stands, I can’t stand this dude. He is so loud and obnoxious and rambunctiously energetic. Also, his incessant need to compete with everyone, specifically Sasuke Uchiha over some dumbass girl, drives me baddy. I totally understand the inferiority complexes that drive him, and to be frank, I appreciate the part it plays in the narrative and his growth as an individual. Nonetheless, it’s exasperating as all hell.
Who are some popular shōnen characters that you don’t particularly care for? Is there anyone on this list that you feel is redeemable? I love to learn why people like the characters they do! So, please chat with me down below.