For one reason or another, every anime has its most popular characters, but more often than not, the fan favourites are the protagonists who bear the brunt of the drama. The popularity of Chainsaw Man and Jujutsu Kaisen's leads is surpassed by their supporting allies Power and Satoru Gojo. This is not because these two are the most powerful – though Gojo's fighting skills help him stand out. Rather, it's due to the fact that neither character acts like any other hero before them.
Anime has some of the most intense characters, with serious personalities and powerful fighting moves, but Power and Gojo are not like that. Despite fighting alongside Denji and the Public Safety Devil Hunters, Chainsaw Man's Power is more of a chaotic anti-hero, whereas JJK's Gojo vacillates between the titles of great mentor and neglectful father figure as he trains the next generation of Jujutsu Sorcerers. The plot may be centred on the leads, Denji and Yuji, but due to their atypical characteristics, Power and Gojo stand out more and steal the spotlight.
Chainsaw Man's Power Ignores All the Rules of Being a Hero
As a fiend -- a sort of cross between human and devil -- Chainsaw Man's Power has little understanding of human beings and often mocks them for their needs and weaknesses, traits that are normally reserved for villains rather than a hero. While this makes her apathetic in character, Power has emotions of her own but doesn't show them unless she is in the direst straits.
Because Power feels she is above human beings and thinks highly of her own skills, she boasts about herself often -- which comes across as hilarious given her ideas are so ridiculous and outlandish. In her more serious moments, which are rare, she has a silent way of showing her mild emotional intelligence through scenes of compassion for her pet cat and a select few allies. With more of a playful and aggressive nature, Power becomes the highlight of any scene as she's the most fun to watch. In fact, it's her playful and aggressive side that helped her rise to popularity.
Jujutsu Kaisen's Gojo Adds Chaos to the Battlefield
In Satoru Gojo's case, his praise as the most powerful Jujutsu Sorcerer isn't just for show, but it is to some degree unexpected with how laid back he is even in the face of a powerful enemy. The great contrast between his playful humor and his tenacious fighting abilities makes him such an interesting character to watch throughout Jujutsu Kaisen.
The most powerful anime character is typically either the most stuck-up or the most perverted one in the story. These types are either power-hungry or incredibly noble in most endeavors, but with a drastic change to the formula, Gojo is so aloof in his daily life and rarely makes a serious fuss about anything.
His brash arrogance is the one aspect of his character that stands out the most. Despite the fact that arrogance is an unlikable trait, Gojo's boasts are justified due to his undeniable skills – as well as his surprisingly uplifting character traits. Though he appears immature on the surface, Gojo-supportive sensei's side and noble idealism make him a versatile and unique character.
Unpredictability Is Strength, and Gojo's Source of Fame
Both Chainsaw Man's Power and Jujutsu Kaisen's Gojo are easygoing, playful characters driven by their inflated egos. However, beneath the surface, they are both individuals with good intentions and a serious side that they rarely share. Though Power is the secondary female lead and Gojo is the inspirational mentor, neither one fits into their roles as well as others before them. More importantly, they do not take their responsibilities as seriously as they should.
They each have their own distinct and somewhat chaotic way of life. Because of how chaotic these two can be, their words and actions become unpredictable, which is what makes them such endearing characters. Power and Gojo's popularity stems from their ability to keep the audience on the edge of their seats and consistently capture their attention.
It's even more entertaining because they aren't behaving so erratically just to grab attention -- they couldn't care less about attention from others. This is purely their personality at work. There's nothing wrong with having an outspoken and confident character who's loud in action and dialogue because they are insecure, but Power and Gojo's approach to living life out loud is refreshing. It makes a statement that sometimes an engaging character doesn't need a tragic backstory or to take life so seriously. Because Chainsaw Man's Power and JJK's Gojo don't fit into any archetype seen before, they are original and entertaining, and their scenes become highlights of their respective series.