Plenty of Japanese anime protagonists are warm, caring characters who love and admire the people around them, which in turn makes those characters more likable, with Tohru Honda and Izuku Midoriya being two examples. They have a lot of love to give. Other anime characters, often antiheroes or side characters, are the total opposite.
These anime characters dislike almost everyone around them, and they might even be misanthropes who dislike all other people by default. These characters don’t always feel true hatred for the people around them, but at the very least, these sour anime characters rarely like anyone around them and will often have a bad attitude. They also might look down on their associates for some reason or other.
10/10 Junpei Yoshino Gave Up On Society
The high schooler Junpei Yoshini could have had an ordinary and comfortable life, but it was never meant to be. Junpei was constantly bullied and tormented at school or elsewhere, and he got used to everyone having hostile intent toward him. His resentment and loathing kept growing as a result.
Eventually, all this led Junpei to accept the curse Mahito as an ally, but it was all a trick. Mahito took advantage of Junpei’s loathing toward society and morphed him into a monster, to the point Junpei even clashed with Yuji Itadori for a short time.
9/10 As A Teen, Kyoko Honda Had No One
As a delinquent teen, Kyoko Honda, then Kyoko Katsunuma, simply couldn’t stand the world or anyone else in it. She had cold, uncaring parents and no friends at all, and Kyoko vented her frustration as a violent punk who belonged to a street gang. She was known as the infamous Red Butterfly back then.
Kyoko acted tough and showed hostility and dislike toward everyone around her, but deep down, she just needed love and acceptance. She tried to reject everyone as losers who didn’t understand her, but all that changed when she met Katsuya Honda.
8/10 Chisame Hasegawa Doesn’t Like Her Classmates Much
Mahou Sensei Negima!
The cosplaying tsundere Chisame Hasegawa doesn’t truly hate anyone; she’s not that dark a person. But she does “hate” her classmates in a casual sort of way. Chisame doesn’t have any enemies at the Mahora school, but she also lacks friends.
Chisame generally dislikes all her classmates, finding all kinds of faults in them and rarely praising them or admiring them for any reason. Given the choice, Chisame would rather be a remote student and hole up in her bedroom all day long on her PC, where her goofy classmates can’t bother her.
7/10 Thorfinn Karlsefni Sees Enemies Everywhere
The blond Viking warrior Thorfinn is noted for several things, from his agile knife-based combat style to his intense love for his father Thors to his bitter quest to avenge Thors’ death. Askeladd and his men are to blame for that, and against all odds, Thorfinn is now a member of Askeladd’s band, too.
Understandably, Thorfinn detests Askeladd and everyone in his group, so Thorfinn has to spend his days surrounded by people he’d love to see dead, which is sure to be stressful. Thorfinn also didn’t really like prince Canut and Canute’s bodyguard, Ragnar, but at least he didn’t want them dead.
6/10 Power Lives Only For Herself And Meowy
The horned fiend girl known only as Power is a total outcast. She has no friends aside from her pet cat Meowy, and she doesn’t fit in anywhere, certainly not mainstream human society or the devilish underworld. So, Power has learned to be a selfish and aggressive person, fighting anyone and everyone to defend what little she has.
Power has no particular love for anyone around her, not even Denji himself, and she actually holds humans in contempt. Power has no friends, nor does she want any, and she’d rather go around making mental notes to herself about how lousy and weak all these humans are.
5/10 Katsuki Bakugo Has A Serious Attitude
My Hero Academia
Katsuki Bakugo sort of sees Eijiro Kirishima as a friend, but aside from that, this ill-tempered blonde boy actively dislikes all his classmates, most of all the upstart Izuku Midoriya, who he believes acts like a bigshot despite initially being Quirkless. Bakugo’s childhood friend is now enemy #1.
Bakugo thinks poorly of his class 1-A peers, despite them being the cream of the crop, just like him. Bakugo’s dislike for his classmates is obvious anytime he snaps at them or calls them rude names. In fact, he rarely remembers their real names, thinking it’s not worth the effort.
4/10 Leon Bartfort Knows He Has No Friends
Trapped In A Dating Sim
The isekai antihero Leon Bartfort knows he was reborn as a third-rate nobody, and there is little he can do to change society’s views on him. Leon had no friends at first in the local school, and his classmates disliked him by default. So, Leon had fun disliking them all right back.
Leon embraced his lowly position and went wild making enemies, knowing that he had very little to lose. He had utter contempt for the pompous prince Julius and his friends, for example, and he also disliked his own reincarnated sister, Marie. Only later did Leon find two people to like, those being Olivia and Angelica Redgrave.
3/10 Sawa Nakamura Sees Human Bugs Everywhere
The Flowers Of Evil
The Flowers of Evil is a psychological drama/horror anime series with experimental animation, while the source manga has high-quality artwork from author Shuzo Oshimi. In either case, though, it’s clear that the antagonistic Sawa Nakamura thinks very badly of everyone around her: her father, classmates, fellow townsfolk, and the rest.
Sawa uses crude language to describe everyone as lowly bugs, and she generally feels despair and contempt about human society as a whole. Due to her bitterly dark outlook, Sawa hates everyone around her by nature, and she only pretended to be the protagonist’s friend to torment him. She has no friends.
2/10 Naofumi Iwatani Resented Everyone In The Melromarc Kingdom
The Rising Of The Shield Hero
For a few days or weeks, protagonist Naofumi Iwatani had a truly terrible time as an isekai hero in the kingdom of Melromarc. He was framed for a terrible crime and was widely hated across the kingdom, meaning he had no friends or allies at all. Naofumi soon internalized it all.
Naofumi knew he was hated, so he intensely disliked everyone right back, bitter that they never even tried to give him a chance or hear his side of the story. Over time, all that changed, and Naofumi’s attitude about everyone became more neutral after all.
1/10 Tatsumaki Speaks Ill Of Her Fellow Heroes
The green-haired hero Tatsumaki, also known as the Tornado of Terror, is the #2 hero in the Hero Association. She is immensely proud of her own abilities and likes having something to do with her time, but aside from that, Tatsumaki is a pretty negative person.
Tatsumaki has a low opinion of most other pro heroes, aside from Blast himself, and she isn’t afraid to show it, either. She doesn’t hate those heroes, but she also doesn’t like them, and will treat them accordingly. Tatsumaki has no real friends, but it seems she is just fine with that.
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