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When comparing the shonen juggernauts One Piece and Fairy Tail in their portrayal of female characters, which series did them better justice?
While some anime heroes are beyond cool, a good chunk of them are so cringey that they cause second-hand embarrassment.
Some anime characters look cool in black or stylish in red, while others look totally rad in bright green clothes or costumes instead.
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Waifus are the ideal life partner in the imagination of anime fans, and some of them are downright legendary as the best of all time.
Like in real life, uncles in anime can be anything from the family oddball to a beloved mentor for their nieces and nephews.
The One Piece may be difficult to find, but many anime characters could discover it pretty easily.
Whether they're from a romance anime or not, these characters pine after their love interests and have already imagined their happily ever after.
If Naruto Uzumaki wasn't in the picture, then the teenaged Hinata Hyuga could fall for one of these charming anime boys instead.
While some villains are undeniably cool, many others are too embarrassing to watch. Viewers can't help but cringe watching these villains.
While some anime characters are literally older brothers, there are many more who would make a great fit as a big brother for potential siblings.
Some My Hero Academia Quirks are so overpowered that their users would be able to beat almost anyone in the world of Naruto.
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Whether they deserved it or not, some anime villains found peace before they met their end.
Whether their powers are already like stands or their personalities would fit in well, some characters are suited for Jojo's Bizarre Adventure.
The love of Naruto extends well beyond the small screen with the release of some of the coolest figures fans could add to their collections now.
Hairstyles say a lot about anime characters, and some of them choose to sport the classic bowl-cut.
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Many female anime characters are highly debated, consistently dividing fans.
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As one of Konohagakure's founding clans, the Senju clan is responsible for coming up with some truly impressive jutsu in Naruto.
Some anime villains are hundreds or thousands of years old, giving many of them a huge advantage in both planning their evil schemes and in battle.
Many anime couples wouldn't thrive under real-life circumstances.
When they're not out fighting crime or taking down their opponents, many anime heroes are lazy or unproductive.
Anime fans who are intimidated by the length of certain anime can rest assured that some of these long-running series are worth the time investment.
Age is only a number in anime, and some of the genre's greatest characters have made it to triple digits and beyond.
While it's expected that anime heroes should eventually overcome their villainous counterparts, some villains are just too powerful or clever.
Many waifu characters have gotten way overhyped over the years. Adored by fans and placed on a pedestal, they seem far greater than they actually are.
Signature moves are a staple for many anime characters. They're often used as a trump card, but some signature moves aren't very strong at all.
Although Sasuke Uchiha has had a rough past in Naruto, there are still several benefits to being one of the only surviving members of the Uchiha clan.
Though their evil deeds are enough to make fans shiver, an anime villain's laugh can send a chill down their spine.
Many powerful anime characters could easily fit into the world of Avatar: The Last Airbender. They feel more natural in Avatar than their own series.
Anime adaptations of manga often steal the spotlight, leaving live action adaptations in the shadows. Here's some of the best live-action adaptations.
Whether audiences feel disappointed by their poor development or because of their questionable actions, these shonen leads sparked widespread debate.
Throughout Naruto, Kakashi Hatake has aided the protagonist through many hard times.
Shoto Todoroki has endured many hardships, but this talented boy also has plenty to be thankful for in his life.
Naruto contains a plethora of comebacks that turn the tide of conflicts at the most unexpected moments, thereby making the anime exciting to watch.
The bond between an anime father and his child can show fans what they should appreciate about their own fathers.
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Whether for their uncomfortable morality, or cruel intentions, some villains are so utterly detested that fans hate seeing them take screen time.
Some of the most iconic moments in anime are when the heroes finally arrive & step into the scene.
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Franchise-based Lego sets range from Star Wars to LOTR, and anime fans would love to see their favorite series get their own Lego sets.
Even a bad anime can still deliver intense fights with beautiful animation and emotionally gripping music.
Many anime characters have a positive outlook on life, giving everyone around them the hope they need.
Though fans are excited to see their favorite characters and scenes animated, some mangas rival even the best animation.
Naruto had many different sensei over the series' run, and they all imparted uniquely valuable lessons to him.
Awesome villains are vital for any anime series, but having too many of them can be a real headache.
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Using animal companions to fight is common in anime, but only a select few are able to control insects, which proves surprisingly useful in battle.
Whatever their motivations may be, many of Naruto's villains end up surprisingly compelling, even if they've committed unforgivable acts.
Some Naruto characters used questionable means to reach their goals.
Not all anime characters are overpowered shonen heroes, and some prove that powers aren't needed to be a hero by risking their lives anyway.
Many anime characters have shown that they'd be worthy of receiving a Cryo vision.
The Hidden Leaf Village is home to some of the coolest characters not just in Naruto, but in all of shonen anime.
It's always difficult for an anime's ending to please everyone, but some series finales are so controversial that they have gone down in infamy.
From edgy shonen like Akame Ga Kill! to harem anime like Love Hina to the isekai Sword Art Online, these side characters outshine the protagonists.
Most of Naruto's feature-length films aren't canon to the series, but they're still entertaining. IMDb users have weighed in on which are the best.
Not all anime couples are destined to stay together. However, they don't always have to stay on bad terms following a break up, either.
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Ino's reckless strategy in her fight against Sakura might not have been worth the cost of her dignity.
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Subplots are important components of storytelling. If given enough time, subplots can enhance a story, but sometimes they also weigh the story down.
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Plenty of anime series are perfect for a new, popular challenge: the Try Not To Cry Challenge.
Anime may not get as much credit as the original, but sometimes, an English dub finds a voice actor that embodies the character perfectly.
Whether it's through their appearance, personality, or a mix of both, it's hard to deny these charmingly cute Naruto characters.
While most Naruto characters were unsuccessful in preventing the Uchiha massacre, other anime characters would've had better luck.
These anime characters made grand entrances that made a lasting impression on fans.
Fans could make the argument that Mario could take on anime's catalog of strong fighters, though there are just as many who would spell "Game Over."
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Sometimes good things come from terrible situations, and fate had other plans for these anime characters.
Though fans are lovestruck by these beloved characters, they may not deserve their romantic status.
Whether they have a compulsion to lie, are hiding dark secrets, or have perfectly valid reasons, some anime characters just can't stop lying.
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