Compared to useless males, there are way more useless females to exist in the world of anime. They range from the ditzy idiot who can do nothing but cause trouble, the righteous indignation female who just ends up looking really stupid when they realise that they were raging about nothing or the completely detrimental females who end up screwing over everyone.
This is really a shame because in real life, there are plenty of famous female figures that have done much to contribute to the world. While they have their differences, male and females are equally valuable to the world. Just think back. Has any female contributed to your life in a major way? Your mother might be one of them.
So here at Honey’s, join us as we count down the Top 10 Useless Female Characters in Anime and shout together “But girls don’t even do that!”
10. Ubukata Chikako (Days)
- Episodes: 24
- Aired: Jul 2016 - Dec 2016
Ubukata is the manager of the soccer team that Jin and Tsukishi reside in for the anime Days. Of the duo, Tsukishi is considered to the talentless one compared to the genius playstyles of Jin. Hence, he receives much criticism from the majority of people around him at the start because there are many who think that Tsukishi shouldn’t even bother playing on the same field as Jin as he would only hamper him.
Instead of supporting him like a good manager should, Ubukata joins in on the berating and tells him to his face that he should quit as well. This is all due to her insecurities from her past. She had tried to write a novel at some point but decided to quit completely because she received criticism just like Tsukishi. Thus, she spends most of the season picking on the one guy who won’t fold at criticism like her. Even when she finally lightens up, she can’t even do her job properly and gets the names of players wrong.
9. Takamiya Naho (Orange)
- Episodes: 13
- Aired: Jul 2016 - Sep 2016
Naho is the main character of the anime Orange. Which just makes it a thousand times more depressing to place her on this list. But if she’s useless, she’s useless. Have you ever regretted anything? Now don’t go full macho and state that you don’t know what regrets are. Just be real for a moment. Have you ever wanted to change anything in your past? If you had the opportunity to tell your past self-something like “Don’t go for that girl because she’ll break your heart.” Would you?
Naho has that very opportunity. And she does use it. The problem lies not in that she’s stupid enough not to take the opportunity. Even though it’s proven that the letter is completely legit and she should totally follow her own bloody advice, Naho acts like a dumb shit who never does what she is told to by her future self even if it’ll erase her regrets and possibly save the life of the boy she loves!
If you ever get this same opportunity, remember to ask yourself if you were just that stupid in the past. Communicating with the past you might cause more problems than solve them.
8. Lalatina Dustiness Ford aka Darkness (Kono Subarashii Sekai ni Shukufuku wo!)
- Episodes: 10
- Aired: Jan 2016 - Mar 2016
Darkness is one of the companions that accompany Kazuma on his dubious quest to slay the demon king and save the world. She boasts one of the stronger classes obtainable; that of the crusader. A crusader is able to hit hard and take many hits with their body.
That's where everything goes wrong.
Darkness is an extreme masochist who enjoys getting hit by strong attacks. Because of this, she invests all her points on endurance and refuses to raise her accuracy. Thus, she misses every single time she attacks, even at point blank range. It's debatable whether she or “one-shot” Megumin is more useless, but at least Megumin is accurate.
Darkness is so bad that the Internet has dubbed her as “critical miss!" to denote the magnitude of her uselessness in the series. At least she's funny and not frustrating to watch right?
7. Tea Gardner (Yu-Gi-Oh!)
- Episodes: 27
- Aired: Apr 1998 - Oct 1998
The world of YGO is filled with countless duelists who pit their hand crafted decks against each other in a battle to see who is the best. The duelist that the series follows most of the time is Yugi Moto, the secretly reborn Pharaoh who can duel like nobody’s business. On the side, he has his childhood friend Tea Gardner, another supposed duelist.
Why supposed? She’s participated in maybe 1 or 2 duels even though the series has stretched on for a couple of seasons. Instead of being a driving force like Yugi or Kaiba, she ends up being the infomercial for the audience in explaining what the cards do. The very cards that have been explained a thousand times to us. As if we didn’t play the game already. If she explains what Pot of Greed does one more time, somebody’s gonna get a hurt real bad.
6. Amane Misa (Death Note)
- Episodes: 37
- Aired: Oct 2006 - June 2007
Death Note is about the death game between super detective L and super megalomaniac Light Yagami. So how does Misa fit into this? Well for one, she’s super in love with Light. And she’ll do anything for him like completely because he’s hot and stuff. Yes, they made the only female who got her very own Death Note a literal ditzy blonde bimbo who can’t think beyond her infatuation for a boy.
While Misa isn’t completely useless, as she makes a great tool for Light, she’s simply wasted potential. The first female Death Note user could’ve pretended she was a ditzy blonde idiot in love with Light but actually stabs him in the back later and takes his Death Note away from him, introducing a third player in the game. Instead, she becomes the only survivor of the game purely through her sheer stupidity.
5. Kuran Yuuki (Vampire Knight)
- Episodes: 13
- Aired: Apr 2008 - Jul 2008
Remember that one shoujo anime that everyone was really hyped about maybe 10 years ago? That’s either Vampire Knight or Skip Beat. Vampire Knight is about a vampire couple giving birth to a girl because their son needs someone to marry. You got that right. A girl was birthed to become the betrothed wife of her own brother. So that’s screwed up and all, but what makes her so useless?
She goes along with it.
Any other person would feel completely indignant or at least stop to question when presented with a story about their past like this, not go along with the flow! Not only that, she ends up following so many of the shoujo tropes by over relying on her man beefcake to take care of her throughout the series. She’s definitely one of the typical shoujo damsels.
4. Sayaka Miki (Puella Magi Madoka Magica)
- Episodes: 12
- Aired: Jan 2011 - Apr 2011
Madoka is the stunning and gritty take on Mahou Shoujos by the esteemed Shaft studio. In it, magical girls are made like every product on the conveyor belts as sacrifices to the demons that they battle. First off, the girls are given a wish that they can use to transform them into magical girls. It can be any wish, and the stronger their desire for this wish, the more powerful they are as magical girls.
So with such a wish, what does Sayaka do with it? Does she wish for unlimited wealth or unparalleled beauty? No she wishes for the boy that she has a crush on, not one that she has a relationship with or any guaranteed future, to recover from his injuries. She had one wish, and she squandered it on someone who probably won’t even appreciate it at all. All because she suffered from boy fever.
Come on guys, girls don’t do that. Not all they think about is boys you know?
3. Henrietta de Tristain (Zero no Tsukaima)
- Episodes: 13
- Aired: Jul 2006 - Sep 2006
Zero no Tsukaima revolves around Louise, the zero of a mage who can’t cast any spells properly and her human summon, Saito. The two try their best to get along and discover why she sucks so much as a mage while getting into trouble all the time. Henrietta is the princess and later queen of Tristain, the country the Louise resides in. She also happens to be the childhood friend of Louise, and as such relies on her.
But maybe she relies on her a bit too much.
As the crowned ruler of a sovereign nation, you’d think she would have a bit more latitude to carry out her will or that of the people. Instead, we get arc after arc where the basic premise is “Henrietta has a problem so she asks her friend Louise, who can’t cast any spells, to go fix them.” There was even that little bit where she sides with her undead boyfriend controlled by the enemy and attacks Louise. You know? Louise? The one who was cleaning up her mess constantly?
2. Orihime Inoue (Bleach)
- Episodes: 366
- Aired: Oct 2004 - Mar 2012
Hoo boy. We’ve arrived at one of the most worthless females to ever exist in the Bleach series. Earlier in the series, she’s useless in the sense that all she can really do to contribute is heal the cast. That’s not the worst thing in the world, even though there’s an entire division in Soul Society dedicated to healing already. At least she’s being a support character.
But in the later part of the series, she gets threatened by Aizen. Either she goes with them or Aizen attacks her friends. Instead of realizing that he would’ve have attacked them anyway, she panics and leaves with Aizen, causing Ichigo and gang to go stir crazy and attack Aizen’s base to rescue her, nullifying the reason she went with them in the first place.
So okay, her amazing healing power isn’t just healing but the reversal of time itself. But is this godly ability used for good? No, she helps Aizen activate the goddamn Hogyoku, the damn thing that will help him kill her friends faster.
1. Nunnally vi Britannia (Code Geass)
- Episodes: 25
- Aired: Oct 2006 - Jul 2007
Anyone who has watched Code Geass to the end can tell you what the basic story is about. Lelouch, though angry at the Britannian Empire, is only fighting against the oppressors of the world because he wants to make a beautiful peaceful world for his sister, whom he loves dearly. To that end, he even makes the world fear him as the demon emperor so that they will be united against a symbol. At the conclusion of the series, it seems he has succeeded because Nunnally is the new ruler of Britannia and she is opening peace talks with other countries.
But everyone forgets the Fleija arc, and what she did during that arc. Remember that awesome brother who would do anything for her? Well she didn’t. When the cunning Schneizel approaches her with the “Your brother is evil please halp” proposition, she just goes “Yeah sure”. She then proceeds to take whole of the Fleija trigger, which is the equivalent of holding a few hundred nuclear missiles in your hand. And they are all poised to destroy her beloved brother.
All in all, it’s just a damn shame. The anime industry often holds females at a much lower regard than guys most of the time (though that’s another article for another day), despite them being equal as human beings. There is much potential that is simply squandered. It is so easy to think up strong female characters that have never been done, simply because there are so few.
We could do with more than the paltry sum we have right now. But that’s all we got at the moment. Got any other useless females that make you rage? Share with us in the comments below!