Anime is loved by many for several reasons. Sometimes it's the action; sometimes it's the story. Perhaps the most memorable thing from anime are the characters. Just like the real world, anime has a variety of characters with their own personal and defining features. Some are the super cool heroes; some, the beautiful girl. And then there are the weirdos.
You know the ones: the guys that just seem extremely out of place. Now, don't get us wrong, there's nothing wrong with being weird, so let's take a look at the Top 10 Weirdest Anime Characters.
10. Takehito "Gakuto" Morokuzu from Prison School
- Episodes: 13
- Aired: July 2015 - September 2015
Allowing five boys entry to a prestigious all-girls private school; what's the worst that can happen? Well, if they're the five boys from Prison School: everything! Gakuto's weirdness isn't defined by his lechery, however. Gakuto's weirdness is rooted in his otaku nature and obsession with the Three Kingdoms. He shows an absurdly in-depth knowledge of the Three Kingdoms, often finding some parallel between it and the group of boys' situation. His weirdest trait, of course, is his speech pattern, opting to speak in a very antiquated style of speech, ending his sentences with the old Japanese "degozaru." Gakuto even uses "gozaru" as interjections and outcries.
His weirdness truly shines after their seemingly final plan to clear their name fails, and he completely loses it. In this crazed state, we can see the weirdness that harbors within Gakuto's mind. During this time, he made ridiculous escape plans and insisted on a meal of fried grasshoppers and rice. This meal, of course, reverted him to his original state, the cunning and intelligent mastermind of the group. So committed to their escape was Gakuto, that he had a voluntary bowel movement during class, which of course didn't help with his image of being a weirdo in school, but definitely, helps him earn a spot on this list.
9. Eiji Niizuma from Bakuman.
- Episodes: 25
- Aired: October 2010 – April 2011
Generally, mangaka are known to be slightly strange. Staying cooped up drawing endlessly can do that to you, but in the case of Eiji Niizuma, it's a special kind of weird. The tamest of his characteristic quirks is his abnormal sleeping habit. Because Eiji hates sleeping, he spends lots his time awake, resulting in him sleeping for preposterous lengths of time when it comes time for him to sleep: usually 20 hours.
We all know a thing or two about weird sleep patterns, so that's not really what makes him weird. Eiji does have weird tendencies, however, like making noises and sound effects while working on his manga. In addition to these noises, he's constantly making strange poses.
Don't think we forgot about the feathers that are a necessary part of his outfit. So necessary that despite knowing how to act normal when required, he couldn’t remove them from his outfit, much like he was unable to control his quirk of making weird poses.
8. Touko Fukawa from Danganronpa: The Animation (Danganronpa: Kibou no Gakuen to Zetsubou no Koukousei The Animation)
- Episodes: 13
- Aired: July 2013 - September 2013
Touko Fukawa is a shy and socially inept girl who feels that everyone is constantly judging her and thinking bad things about her. Despite this constant fear that people are secretly judging and criticizing her, she has no problem vocalizing her own judgements of other people.
The weirdest part about Toko, of course, isn't her views on judging people; it's Genocide Jack. Genocide Jack is Toko's psychopathic murderous split personality. While Toko is quiet and antsy around others, Genocide Jack is very loud and open with others. She is so open with others, that she has no problem expressing her and Toko's lewd thoughts. The strangest thing about Toko and Genocide Jack is the fact that she only kills guys that she finds attractive. Toko and Genocide Jack are the two sides to the same crazy coin.
7. Mai Minakami from My Everyday Life (Nichijou)
- Episodes: 13
- Aired: April 2011 – September 2011
Despite its name, there's nothing normal about the happenings in Nichijou, and that's due to its myriad of strange characters, including Mai. Part of Mai's weird charm is her love of pranks combined with her emotionless expression. Her love of pranks, expressionless face, and random behavior makes her very hard to understand by her friends and viewers alike.
Mai plays pranks on almost anyone at any time, in a variety of manners. And when we say anyone, we mean anyone: her friends, her dogs, and even herself.
6. L from Death Note
- Episodes: 37
- Aired: October 2006 – July 2007
Perhaps the first truly strange character many manga and anime lovers encounter, L makes this list not only due to his reputation but, of course, because of his behaviors. Just by his appearance alone, L makes it clear that he is not your normal detective. L wears only a plain white T-shirt, blue jeans and prefers to walk around barefoot most of the time.
L is most famous for the weird squatting position he prefers to sit in, claiming it improves his brain's efficacy. Additionally, he's often surrounded by mounds of sweets, which serves as his primary food source. As if his low social skills, attire, and demeanor weren't strange enough, L holds things using his thumb and index finger, a small but noticeable quirk that also makes him stand out for his strangeness.
5. Shuu Tsukiyama from Tokyo Ghoul
- Episodes: 12
- Aired: July 2014 – September 2014
Shuu is a fairly normal looking, some would even say attractive, ghoul. The weirdest thing about him on the outside is perhaps only his sense of style and his eccentric mannerisms. Shuu's outward personality is, of course, all a ruse to lure his prey back to the ghoul restaurant. Sometimes, this care in exhibiting a refined personality reveals a bit of his eccentrics, such as using English, French, and Italian phrases when talking. His façade also slipped at times in the form of tantrums due to seemingly small problems.
In addition to his few weird tendencies when masquerading as a human, Shuu also has his quirks related to the true ghoul of his nature. For example, Shuu attempts to befriend Kaneki as a means to dine on him, because he was drawn to his scent.
4. Mayuri Kurotsuchi from Bleach
- Episodes: 366
- Aired: October 2004 – March 2012
Generally, intellectuals are fairly normal. Potentially viewed as an outcast... an outsider, but still normal. That is unless your intellectual is a mad scientist, and Mayuri is definitely a mad scientist. I mean, just look at him! Nothing about his appearance is normal, in fact, there's not even a normal or standard look to Mayuri, as every time he appears in the show he has a completely new and even stranger design to his look.
Of course, it's not fair to judge a book by a cover, and Mayuri's definitely a book worth reading to truly understand how weird he is. Mayuri embodies the idea of a mad scientist, seeking to push his limit and understanding of the world at any cost necessary. He views everyone as a possible test subject and has even experimented on himself on numerous occasions. Despite, and due to, this desire to know everything, Mayuri doesn't believe in perfection and even hates the idea of it. This disbelief in perfection means Mayuri sees no end or completion to his research, which is a truly scary thought to think of.
3. Petelgeuse Romanee-Conti from Re:ZERO –Starting Life in Another World- (Re: Zero kara Hajimeru Iseikai Seikatsu)
- Episodes: 25
- Aired: April 2016 – September 2016
Sometimes, there's no excuse for weird behavior other than pure madness. This applies best to the Sloth Sin Archbishop, Petelgeuse. Before going mad, he was a normal guy; after that, however, it's a completely different story. In addition to his personality, Petelgeuse also has a quite strange appearance to him, due to both his mannerisms and attire. Like a few strange characters before him, Petelgeuse has an abnormal speech pattern, often emphasizing and delaying the 'desu' at the end of his sentences.
Petelgeuse often speaks while contorting himself into strange and unnatural poses. Petelgeuse also has a tendency of injuring himself. Petelgeuse managed to live for 400 years by possessing people by turning them into his fingers, which is a very strange way to possess people.
2. Don Patch from Bobobo-bo Bo-bobo
- Episodes: 76
- Aired: November 2003 – September 2005
Don Patch, like many other characters of the show, subscribes to a "hajike" way of life, which is to do something weird at any given moment. Don Patch's ability to do random and bizarre things at any moment had earned him the title of King of Hajikelist for 50 years in a row, before he stopped participating in the competition.
Several of Don Patch's ridiculous hijinx include his desire to be the heroine of the show, despite being a male, of course. To achieve this end, he has created a female persona, Patches, in addition to several other alternate identities. At one point, he even thought he was a hat. A very capable fighter, Don Patch is also capable of fighting with several different weapons that he carries around... all of which are really just green onions.
In a show where being weird and bizarre is a common feature, it takes a special level of weird to stand out from the crowd. Don Patch, with his over the top antics, and his uncanny resemblance to Sonic's offspring with an orange, definitely earns his spot as one of anime's weirdest characters.
1. Tomoko Kuroki from Watamote: No Matter How I Look At It, It's You Guys' Fault I'm Unpopular! (Watashi ga Motenai no wa Dou Kangaete mo Omaera ga Warui!)
- Episodes: 12
- Aired: July 2013 – September 2013
It's almost unfair for Tomoko to have the number 1 spot on this list. Tomoko has a severe case of social anxiety and, as a result, is unable to function normally in just about any situation. Sure, the cause of her extremely strange behavior is her social anxiety, but weird is weird no matter how you slice it.
The great thing about Watamote is that not only do we get to experience Tomoko's weird behavior, but we also get to experience her thought process during her interactions, which is often just as weird if not weirder: whether it's thinking she's popular due to common middle school interactions, or imagining that she's being molested by sports equipment on the train, or even assuming boys were starting to find her attractive despite her increasingly disgusting appearance. Tomoko's inability to socialize causes her much grief, but it's this same inability coupled with her overactive imagination that makes her such a weird character.
Anime has its own unique way of showcasing its weirdness in its characters, notably a particular way of talking and mannerism. And while that stereotypical weirdness is found in a few characters on the list, most of them are uniquely weird, making them stand out in a sea of weird.
Remember: there's nothing wrong with being weird, which is why anime is filled with so many lovable weirdos. Let us know your favorite weirdo that you think should've made the list in the comments below!