Behind every powerful shonen hero, there is usually an even more powerful mentor responsible for guiding them on their journey.
As a battle-scarred swordsman, the wandering mercenary Guts needs a shonen-style rival to keep his skills sharp.
Bleach's Orihime Inoue is Ichigo Kurosaki's kindest, most responsible friend. There's only one MBTI type to describe a stellar heroine like her.
The thirteen Captains are the strongest Soul Reapers of all, and it's also their job to inspire their subordinates as true leaders.
Itachi is a bloody betrayer, a caring older brother, a prodigy, and a cool villain in the Akatsuki, and a few anime characters can relate to that.
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.
Class 1-A is home to some of the coolest, most memorable student heroes U.A. High has ever seen.
Saitama from One Punch Man can annihilate almost any foe with a single punch, but the powerhouses of anime and comic books are the exception.
Denki Kaminari often falls behind in Class 1-A, but if he must face villains in mortal combat, he'll prove himself as one of U.A.'s best fighters.
Like Princess Leia before her, Nezuko Kamado is a hero's sister who could have fallen to the dark side. But she's better than that.
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.
Numerous anime twins are strong in a fight, regardless of if they have the deepest of relationships or the fiercest of rivalries.
When they're not out fighting crime or taking down their opponents, many anime heroes are lazy or unproductive.
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.
Anime is known for exciting J-rock and J-pop credits music, but the show's lead voice actors will sometimes handle the singing themselves.
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.
Whether audiences feel disappointed by their poor development or because of their questionable actions, these shonen leads sparked widespread debate.
Whether an anime hero's behavior is well-received or not, it's sometimes necessary for them to carry out cruel acts for the greater good.
The pompadour may come in many forms, but these tough and gutsy anime characters rock it with pride.
Anime that focus purely on comedy tend to be underrated, but they still deserve their place in the spotlight. Some of them even need a second season.
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.
These anime characters have managed to master one of the most sophisticated instruments in the world, the piano.
Shota Aizawa seemed disappointing at first as Izuku's heroics teacher. But Eraserhead is actually one of MHA's best teachers of all.
Awesome villains are vital for any anime series, but having too many of them can be a real headache.
Though shojo is a popular subgenre among anime fans, some series have issues viewers can't ignore.
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.
Unfortunately, many fan-favorite characters met brutal, untimely demises in Demon Slayer, and the Hashira certainly weren't an exception.
Fruits Basket is a heartfelt drama series whose main characters suffer grief, guilt, alienation, and much more.
Though the series is centered around one punch, there are plenty of fast attacks in One-Punch Man.
Some anime series are so sad that they are hard enough to watch the first time, making a rewatch next to impossible.
Ino's reckless strategy in her fight against Sakura might not have been worth the cost of her dignity.
Many characters use fire in anime, which means they would translate well into the Pokémon universe and could make formidable Fire-Type Gym Leaders.
Several Attack on Titan characters have showcased impressive special attacks during their high-stakes battles.
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."
Since electricity and lightning are used by many anime characters, they could become successful Electric-Type Pokémon Gym Leaders.