The most popular anime characters have iconic personalities recognizable to many people across generations and the world. Some characters are known for their overbearing optimism, while others are known for their persistent pessimism. Regardless, fans worldwide love to watch how their favorite character’s personalities affect and are affected by the world they live in.
More recently, there has been an increasing amount of anime characters who are introverted yet still have a sense of humor. Reserved characters are easier to understand and appeal to more introverted viewers. The hijinks some anime characters get into because of their social awkwardness make them all the more lovable to their fans.
10 Houtarou Oreki Just Wants to Be Able To Spend Time By Himself (Hyouka)
Oreki from Hyouka is the standard dark-haired genius type who stares out a window in the back of the class. He has strikingly similar personality traits to Shikamaru from Naruto. Oreki and Shikamaru have laid-back demeanors and describe many activities as too “troublesome” or tiring.
Oreki and Shikamaru actively avoid strenuous activities like club participation and socializing because it drains them too much. Oreki spends most of his screen time attempting to discretely exit social situations, but he eventually gets involved in his friends’ activities.
9 Ledo Rarely Gets The Hint (Gargantia)
Gargantia on The Verdurous Planet’s Ledo had an atypical childhood, which caused him to have difficulty socializing when he met new people. Ledo struggled to change his learned habits at first, but as he made more friends, he also improved his ability to communicate.
Ledo’s initial social disconnect caused him to seem cold and uncaring and made it hard for him to get close to people. Rather than not feeling emotions, he just had a hard time sharing his feelings with those he cared about.
8 Tatsuhiro Sato Spends All Of His Time In His Bedroom (Welcome To The NHK)
Welcome to the NHK’s Tatsuhiro is a college dropout who spends his time in his apartment browsing the internet. He found fewer reasons to want to go outside and began to only find enjoyment in the fantasy worlds he saw in various media.
Tastuhiro’s started to spend more and more time indoors until he lost all desire to leave the house. He only left his home on rare occasions to buy new games, manga, or food. The amount of time he spent alone backfired when he did need to go out and struggled to talk to others because of his lack of practice.
7 Komi Masayoshi Struggles To Communicate With His Daughter (Komi Can’t Communicate)
Komi Masayoshi from Komi Can’t communicate is one of the few examples of a present and decent anime dad. Although he seems very intimidating initially, the series soon reveals that he struggles with talking to people just as much as Komi does.
Masayoshi even tried to take Komi out for lunch, but then he struggled to ask how her school life was going. His extreme hesitance in social situations explains why he talks so little in Komi Can’t communicate. He was silent because he was nervous.
6 Palm Siberia Is An Antisocial Butterfly (Hunter X Hunter)
Hunter x Hunter’s Palm Siberia is one of many anime characters whose simping makes up the bulk of their personality. When she first appears, Palm’s blunt personality causes her to make a strong impression on both the characters in the show and the viewers.
Palm is straightforward to a fault and shares even her darkest thoughts and feelings. However, later in Hunter Hunter, Palm’s personality drastically changed. She gained the ability to share her genuine emotions less severely and got closer to many other characters in the anime.
5 Megumi Ishimaru Loses Sleep Over Manga & Light Novels (Devil’s Line)
In Devil’s Line, Detective Ishimaru made a lasting impression on the main cast because of his vampire-like appearance. His tired eyes and pale skin confused Anzai into thinking he was a devil, too, when he was actually just an avid manga reader.
Ishimaru’s character design perfectly personifies the effects of staying up too late. Ishimaru’s facial features and demeanor ironically hint at the fact that some people watch shows like the one he’s in instead of sleeping and end up tired at work the next day, just like he is.
4 L Lawliet Often Misses Social Cues (Death Note)
L Lawliet from Death Note has a very memorable personality. Many fans find his mannerisms endearing during his interactions with the Task Force. L is known for spending lots of time alone while working on cases, which sometimes makes him struggle to communicate with others and causes disagreements within the force.
L also tends to misread social situations. In Episode 19, Light zoned out while thinking and L, assuming Light was thinking about cake, offered him some. L’s peculiar habits and willingness to share his beloved desserts make him a fan favorite.
3 Shino Aburame Socializes With Himself (Naruto)
In Naruto, Shino’s reserved nature makes it hard for anyone besides Hinata and Kiba to get close to him. Even Naruto failed to recognize him after returning from training.
On a joint mission, Shino asked Naruto to introduce him to Sai. Shino quickly realized Naruto knew nothing about him and decided to share some random facts about himself. Even if Shino is rarely acknowledged by his peers, his fans know that his favorite things are Wild Grass Salad, Winter Melon, the color Moss Green and the Chameleon Flower.
2 Kusuo Saiki Will Go To Extreme Lengths To Avoid Social Situations (The Disastrous Life Of Saiki K.)
The Disastrous Life of Saiki K. has skyrocketed in popularity since its original release. Saiki’s honest personality and meta remarks about his series added a unique comedic element to the anime and made it more entertaining to watch.
Most episodes’ plots revolve around the extent to which Saiki will go to avoid annoying people in his life and, of course, eat his beloved coffee jelly. The Disastrous Life of Saiki K. was a hit because it dramatized the struggles of introverted teens in a funny and engaging way.
1 Tomoko Kuroki Is A Hopeless Weeb (WataMote)
In WataMote, Tomoko is one of the most known anime characters worldwide. Her struggle with socializing, obsession with otome games, and tendency to daydream are painfully easy for some fans to identify with. However, Tomoko also has an abrasive personality that doesn’t make it any easier for her to socialize.
Tomoko’s narcissistic self-righteous view of the world causes her to think everyone else is the problem and prevents her from changing. She is a stereotypical gamer weeb who loves online simulators more than actual people.
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