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Almost every anime has that one character that makes you want to punch them in the face or stop watching altogether. They could drive you nuts with a single catch phrase, an extremely annoying personality, or just the way they talk. Of the anime that I have seen so far, this is my top 5, plus 1 runner up.
Runner Up: Naruto Uzumaki
The title character of the anime, Naruto, he starts off as a 12 year old mischievous boy on the verge of failing out of ninja school. He was basically a dumb kid with crazy ambitions and a catch phrase that would make any die hard anime fanatic want to shoot themselves. If it hadn’t been for Japanese subbed episodes, I would not have made it through the first arc. “-ttebayo” is FAR more tolerable than the english half-translation of “BELIEVE IT!” after every sentence.
When he finally masters a move, the shadow clone jutsu, it’s exciting. And then he uses it, over, and over, and over, and over, and over, and over, and over…. and, he’s still incompetent. And it repeats; every new move he learns, he uses it over and over.
The reason Naruto is runner up is because, after the two and a half year time jump into Naruto Shippuden, Naruto redeems every annoyance of his. He has a variety of moves, actually strategizes his attacks, and has an intelligence when he fights that he did not have before. He progresses to the level of Sanin, can finally control the kyubii inside of him, has a huge emotional growth and gains a level of maturity to that of a superior ninja. His morals and motivation have been said to be on a higher level than most Jounins (highest ranking ninjas).
#5: Uryuu Ishida
Through the first arc of the amine Bleach, Uryuu was a fascinating character and my favorite one at that. Then the Bount arc that followed brought out a side of Uryuu that made me absolutely cringe. He became a total defenseless emo sap.
Uryuu is one of two Quincys that still remain, the other being his father. The Quincys are a race of humans who have a spiritual awareness and utilize bows instead of swords like soul reapers. They also pull spirit particles from their surroundings to power their weapons, while soul reapers use their own spiritual energy. Quincys have a pride for themselves and their power and see themselves as superior to soul reapers.
By the end of the Soul Society arc, and into the Bount arc, Uryuu has lost his powers. He then gets himself entangled with a Bount (vampire like humanoid), who, shortly after, is sacrificed. He goes into this unwitting depression that seems completely out of character for him. He is a freakin Quincy! He has a pride above any soul reaper, and he mopes about powerless and miserable for an entire arc.
Thankfully, he finally snaps out of it, thanks to the help of Nemu and Mayuri giving him a Quincy artifact that restores some of his powers.
#4: Light Yagami
From the series Death Note, Light is an extremely bright student and the son of the police chief. He comes across the Death Note and decides to use it to purge the world of evil. Eventually his mind warps to the point where he thinks he’s a god and that he’s going to be the god of the new world.
His most annoying attribute? His ridiculous schemes in which he has to cover his tracks, manipulate people, and kill people who don’t deserve it. He uses any and all loop-holes to his advantage and concocts complicated and downright crazy plans to keep the police off of his trail. He plants the Death Note on unsuspecting people, killing them after they get themselves captured, uses Misa’s love to his advantage by getting her involved, and even kills the most awesome character in the entire show, L.
Light wasted his brilliance in trying to cleanse the world and hide his identity as Kira, and the best part of the anime was when he kicked the bucket, in my opinion.
#3: Rosette Christopher
It’s been years since I’ve seen Chrono Crusade, so bear with me as I recall the details of the show with a little help from Wiki. I do, however, remember why this main protagonist drove me absolutely insane.
Rosette is a 16 year old exorcist in the Order of Magdalene. Her partner, Chrono, is a demon whom she has a contract with, that, in turn for his power, shortens her life. Because of her shortened lifespan, she constantly lives in the moment. Through the anime, Rosette is searching for her missing brother Joshua.
She has the most annoying voice in the entire world. No offense to her voice actress, Hilary Haag, because I’ve seen other works of hers, like Riku from DNAngel, and it didn’t bother me at all. Its been four years since I’ve seen the anime, and the only thing I can remember is “JOSHUA!” “JOSHUA!” UGH! It makes my ears bleed.
#2: Black Star
Episode 2 of Soul Eater introduces the second of three sets of main protagonists, Black Star and Tsubaki. Black Star claims he’s an assassin, but the episode, and most of the series, proves otherwise. He’s brash, loud, immature, and horribly arrogant. He also has a few catchphrases including, “YAHOO!” and “I’m going to surpass god!” Somehow, his weapon partner, Tsubaki, puts up with him when she should just strangle him with her chain and get it over with.
He always thinks he’s on a stage, in a spotlight, and that everyone wants to see him and hear what he as to say. His arrogance gets himself into trouble in battle. He recites the steps to being an assassin as he attacks, but 80% of the time his pride gets the best of him and starts announcing himself. He’s also constantly picking fights, being uncooperative and short tempered in team battles, and doing stupid things, like stealing Stein’s test and subsequently getting nailed to the chalkboard (literally). It’s not until the last stretch in the anime, and three battles with ace samurai Mifune, does Black Star start to have a nobleness behind his arrogance. But I still want to strangle him.
I almost stopped watching Soul Eater at episode 2. Luckily, the rest of the cast and the story rock to the point that it masks his unbearable selfishness.
#1: Aisha Clanclan
As a member of the Ctarl Ctarl race in the anime Outlaw Star, Aisha is a humanoid with tiger attributes and the ability to turn into a beast depending on the strength of the moon. She has a run in with the main protagonists when their ships almost collide. She makes it her personal mission to find them and make them pay.
I stopped watching Outlaw Star for almost two years after she joins the main crew, halfway into the anime, just because I couldn’t bear to hear one more “Ctarl Ctarl” out of her mouth. She says those words far more than Naruto says “Believe it!” and that’s really saying somehting.
Coupled with her massive ego, either because of her racial pride or just plain arrogance, she talks almost constantly once she gets going and tends to be way overzealous. Her voice isn’t easy on the ears either, and she pretty much sounds like a cat being strangled, which wouldn’t be a bad idea for this tiger descendant.