There are so many unique characters in Anime. We have come to elevate some of them to the level of a god. While others, we have associated with pure evil and all that comes with it.
Let’s look at some of these characters that we all love to hate and look at those who stand out as the most hated anime characters. I have limited the list to only one character from any anime.
So, here are the choices for the Top 10 Anime Characters We All Love to Hate!
10. Excalibur (Soul Eater)
- Episodes: 51
- Aired: April 2008 – March 2009
Excalibur, the legendary sword of King Arthur, rumored to be one of the most powerful swords of all time. The sword, Excalibur, has made its way into many anime. It was wielded by HolyAngemon in Digimon and was used in Kyoukai Senjou no Horizon.
However, the Excalibur in Soul Eater is one of the most hated characters in the anime, Soul Eater. Excalibur shows up, not as a sword but as a pure white holy sword. One of the most powerful partners a Reaper could have, but no one wields him. The reason is clear once you see him for the first time. He is annoying. I don’t know if I can say much more.
9. Alois Trancy (Black Butler 2/Kuroshitsuji II)
- Episodes: 12
- Aired: July 2010 – September 2010
Black Butler shows us a world of the rich and the spoiled. Its main character, Ciel Dhantomhine, is an evil character. Alois Trancy is not only evil, he is also wicked and cruel, but above all else, he is a whiner.
This icy blue-eyed boy is the Earl of Trancy. He signed a contract with Claude Faustus, a Grim Reaper. Once the contract is over, Claude will devour him and his soul. I can’t wait for that moment to come.
8. Misa Amane (Death Note)
- Episodes: 37
- Aired: October 2006 – June 2007
To own a Death Note, a notebook that has the power to kill anyone, is an honor. The honor should not be wasted on an air headed idol, for that is what Misa Amane is, a stupid idol.
It is said that if it wasn’t for Misa's “help,” Light would have gotten away with his plans and became the god of the new world. Once Misa showed up, Lights plans changed and became flawed. Her help caused L to learn more about the Death Note which he would never have had the chance to learn.
In the end, Misa was one of the only ones left alive, an injustice for all things right in the world.
7. Masao Murasako (Shiki)
- Episodes: 22
- Aired: July 2010 – December 2010*
Masao is a 17 year old high school student, in a small backwater town in Japan. Unannounced to him, his town was turned into the feeding ground to the Shiki, the Japanese Vampire. This would be acceptable if the Shiki just drained him and died. But Masao was one of the lucky ones to be brought back to life after his death.
Masao’s personality is what causes most people to hate him. He is a self-centered attention grabbing mongrel. This attitude of his doesn’t improve with conversion to the living dead. He still tries to get everyone’s attention in his own way throughout the anime. He finally gets what he deserves when he visits his sister.
6. Sakura Haruno (Naruto)
- Episodes: 627+
- Aired: October 2002 – Currently Airing
Naruto is one of the most popular anime currently airing. We have all seen it, and we all have a character that we love. Yet, one of the main characters is also one of the most hated characters in anime, Sakura Haruno.
Okay, Sakura is one of the most powerful characters in Naruto, but most of the time, she is just useless. Even Rock Lee has more impact than Sakura, and he can only use taijutsu.
Throughout the beginning of Naruto, Sakura was seen in the background, crooning over Sasuke Uchiha like a love sick puppy. As the show progresses, Sakura doesn’t really change her base character. She gains more powers and is more helpful, but overall… she is useless.
5. Shou Tucker (Fullmetal Alchemist / Hagane no Renkinjutsushi)
- Episodes: 51
- Aired: October 2003 – October 2004
If you recognize this name, you know why Shou Tucker is hated. He is a man that is dedicated to his work and his nation. He is a great alchemist, one of the most powerful of the day, a proud father and a widower. He is the only one to make a chimera that had the ability to speak and only died because it refused to eat.
When pressed to make another speaking chimera, he does the only thing he knows how to. Bending his knees for his work, he sacrifices the only thing left that made him human, his daughter. If that didn’t automatically make you loath him, his further participation in the war effort would. The state finds out about his methods and supplies Shou with prisoners to expand his alchemy.
4. Suzaku Kururugi (Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion / Hangyaku no Lelouch)
- Episodes: 25
- Aired: October 2006 – July 2007
There is a special place in the hells for betrayers, and Suzaku Kururugi has earned his place for his actions in Code Geass. At the beginning of Code Geass, he had already betrayed and killed his father, Genbu Kururugi. So what made people think that he could be a likable guy, is beyond me. However, throughout the anime he is constantly conflicted with himself and his loyalties. He spends most of the first season trying to stop Lelouch’s rebellion, only to finally join him in the second season.
Now, that wouldn’t make him so hated if he joined Lelouch, because he knew Lelouch was right. No, he joined him just so he can be the one to finally kill him in the end. He lives on, while the true hero of the anime is dead and gone.
3. Vicious (Cowboy Bebop)
- Episodes: 26
- Aired: April 1998 – April 1999
Just the name Vicious is enough to make you wary of this guy. Vicious was Spike Spiegel’s partner and friend when he was part of the Red Dragon Syndicate. When Spike started to giving attention to Vicious’ girlfriend, Julia, Vicious’ feathers started to get ruffled. Vicious gets Julia to kill Spike, and it would have worked if not for Spikes uncanny ability to live through almost anything.
Through most of Cowboy Bebop, we are only given a small glimpse of Vicious, but when the show finally approaches its climax, we are given the best reasons to hate Vicious.
2. Slaine Troyard (Aldnoah.Zero)
- Episodes: 24+
- Aired: July 2014 – Currently Airing
You might not have heard of the next person in this list. The anime is still new, but I am sure you’ll hate Slaine Troyard just as I do when you finish the first season.
(Stop reading here, for there be spoilers ahead.)
Slaine Troyard was a Tarren saved and raised by the Royal Family of Mars. Throughout his life he was treated as a dirty Tarren and an outsider. He was dedicated to Asseylum Allusia, the Princess of the Vers Empire, and would do anything for her. After her assassination, Slaine digs down and vows vengeance against the Terren forces, only to find out that those who tried to killed her were part of the Vers Empire.
Slaine sets out to join his princess, only to have her shot in front of him by the man who originally set out to assassinate her. He picks up a gun and, instead of shooting the man who shot her, he shoots the one who was trying to protect the princess, Inaho Kaizuka. After that happens, his personality does a complete turnaround.
1. Teach Marshall D. (One Piece)
- Episodes: 687+
- Aired: October 1999 – Currently Airing
Most of you won’t recognize this man by his name, Marshall D. Teach. The name you’ll recognize him as is Blackbeard, a former member of the Whitebeard Pirates second division. One of Portgas D. Ace’s underlings, his first appearance in One Piece was not really memorable. He was arguing with Luffy over some food in a restaurant. We were not told his name at that time or we would have recognized it as a betrayer’s name.
Luffy’s brother, Ace, told him about Blackbeard and how he betrayed the Whitebeard Pirates, and that he was searching for Blackbeard. The meeting was followed by Blackbeard trying to capture Luffy for his bounty. Luffy was able to escape and continue his adventure.
Next we heard of Blackbeard, he had captured Ace and joined the government. Luffy broke into Impel Down to get his brother back. Upon his failure to do so, he rushes to save his brother from the executioners block. Luffy manages to make it just in time to save Ace from the axe, only to have Akainu punch a hole through Ace’s back, killing off one of the most loved characters and leaving Blackbeard as the most hated characters in anime.
Anime is full of many characters, both loved and hated. There is not always a reason behind the hatred people hold towards these anime characters. Some of the most remembered characters are those who are hated.
But, as Ace said, “We have to live a life of no regrets.” Don’t let those characters you hate ruin the anime that you love.