Pride is an emotion many anime characters seem to embody wholeheartedly. Their pride leads them to boast about what they consider to be their best quality. Some go as far as claiming to be the epitome of humanity. More often than not, these characters are a good source of comedy for viewers, though some become annoying over time.
However, there are a few prideful anime characters who can back their claims with actual results, making them fan favorites. These characters flaunt their talents in the faces of everyone they encounter, and their claims are either annoying, hilarious, or impressive.
10/10 Sonic Is Too Proud To Know His Limits
Sonic from One-Punch Man is the type of person who loves hearing himself talk. He takes so much pride in the skills he spent years cultivating as a ninja. He often fails to recognize or appreciate his opponent’s strength, and his pride often leads to his downfall.
Sonic takes pleasure in letting everyone know what he is capable of. Despite losing to Saitama, he still believes that with a bit of practice, he will surpass someone capable of destroying planets with a single punch. For whatever reason, Sonic refuses to accept that there are those who are stronger than he is.
9/10 Arthur Boyle Takes Pride In His Delusions
In Fire Force, Arthur has claimed to be a true Knight of Camelot, despite having very humble beginnings. He has successfully deluded himself into believing that he’s a Knight King, and he insists on being addressed as such.
Despite being an airhead, Arthur’s delusions of grandeur are the secret behind his incredible power. Once he sinks deep into his fantasy realm, he’s able to summon ridiculous firepower and fight with an indomitable spirit. His comrades usually decide to play along with his fantasies, especially when he becomes the linchpin in their strategy.
8/10 Ozai Thought Himself To Be The King Of The World
Avatar: The Last Airbender
In Avatar: The Last Airbender, Fire Lord Ozai was foolhardy enough to believe that even he could defeat the Avatar in a one-on-one battle. His courage stemmed from pure arrogance, as he had no idea that he was in over his head. He claimed to have all the power in the world, even in the face of the one who truly did.
Ozai was undoubtedly a powerful bender, among the best in the world, but he failed to recognize true power when it was right in front of him. He put up a good fight, but he was defeated spectacularly by Avatar Aang. Ozai was a textbook case of “pride goes before a fall.”
7/10 Veldora Takes Pride In His Destruction
That Time I Got Reincarnated As A Slime
Veldora from That Time I Got Reincarnated As A Slime is a proud dragon that revels in destruction. He is such a legend that the mere mention of his name is seen as a bad omen. He even lets people know how honored they should be to speak with him and live to tell the tale.
Veldora refers to some of the most powerful beings in the world as mere insects not worthy of his attention. Despite being a loudmouth, his power is truly something to behold. He is by far one of the most powerful beings in the world. Veldora can boast to an enemy’s face only to thoroughly crush them a second later.
6/10 Mereoleona Revels In Her Fire Power
Even though Mereoleona was introduced much later in Black Clover, she quickly became a favorite character for many fans because of her strength and pride. She isn’t afraid to let anyone know how strong she is. She boasts about her strength both boldly and subtly, and no one has the nerve to question it, not even some of Black Clover’s most powerful characters.
Mereoleona is not afraid to boast, even when the odds are clearly stacked against her. She isn’t interested in battling weak opponents and is only interested in truly strong individuals who can give her a good fight.
5/10 Pride Always Belittled Humans
Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood
The homunculi in Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood each represented one of the seven deadly sins. The homunculus known as Pride was the most arrogant of them all, a true testament to his name. He believed that humans and the rest of the homunculi were inferior to him. He was more annoying than anything else. He saw humans as repulsive creatures and didn’t want anything to do with them.
Pride was always going on about how the other homunculi were beneath his level, and most of his comments were downright condescending. He may have been strong, but his pride overshadowed everything else.
4/10 Inosuke Isn’t Afraid To Challenge The Best Fighters
Demon Slayer’s Inosuke grew up in the mountains where might is right. He only joined the Demon Slayer Corps for the thrill of life-or-death battles. It was only after meeting Tanjiro that Inosuke started becoming considerate toward others, even though he considered everyone to be his minions.
Inosuke brags about his skills to people who aren’t even listening. He was arrogant enough to challenge a Hashira who was at least twenty times more skilled than he was, right after watching said Hashira bring down an opponent that nearly killed him. He was fearless enough to brag in the face of an Upper-Rank demon.
3/10 No One Tells Bakugo What To Do
My Hero Academia
Bakugo from My Hero Academia is a loudmouth who prefers yelling to talking. Bakugo is one of anime’s loudest characters. Bakugo enjoys displaying his strength for all the world to see and acknowledge that he is the best. He believes he can take on any challenge, regardless of how overwhelming a problem it might be.
That said, Bakugo is a truly powerful hero student and one of the smartest in his class. He even has better grades than Izuku Midoriya, the main protagonist of My Hero Academia. Besides being an annoying character with a funny twist, Bakugo is really talented.
2/10 Gilgamesh Believes He Is The Ruler Of Everything
As far as boasting goes, Gilgamesh from Fate/Zero is in a class of his own. Though he is a heroic spirit summoned as a servant, Gilgamesh was able to become his master’s master simply because he cannot be told what to do. He forbids people from looking upon his “glorious visage” and condemns any who dares to do so.
One would have expected Gilgamesh’s strength to be mediocre, but he turned out to be the most powerful of the heroic spirits. He single-handedly won the Holy Grail War with barely any real effort. Gilgamesh has the power to back up his claims.
1/10 Escanor Is The Embodiment Of Pride
The Seven Deadly Sins
Escanor from The Seven Deadly Sins is better known as the Lion’s Sin Of Pride. Though a coward at night, Escanor becomes unbelievably powerful once the sun rises. Escanor believes that all creation is beneath him, and as such, he believes no one is worthy of being in his presence.
Escanor’s pride knows no bounds, and he definitely makes certain to do justice to his title with his bold claims. Despite bragging about his might, Escanor is truly powerful. He has earned the right to boast as he pleases, as very few even come close to matching his might.
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