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I can't think of one that doesn't eventually do something redeeming or cool, but people seem to complain about Yukiteru from Future Diary alot in like every single fucking episode.
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I think everyone's confusing incompetent with annoying or stupid? Here's a definition...

adjective
1.
not possessing the necessary ability, skill, etc to do or carry out a task; incapable

2.
marked by lack of ability, skill, etc
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soulsinferno wrote:

I think everyone's confusing incompetent with annoying or stupid? Here's a definition...

adjective
1.
not possessing the necessary ability, skill, etc to do or carry out a task; incapable

2.
marked by lack of ability, skill, etc


Yeah I added that in my comment earlier.. some people just jumped on the chance they could flame MCs without reading the header... oh well.
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Spike and the gang from Cowboy Bebop:

What good is being a bounty hunter that never manages to get paid?
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soulsinferno wrote:
I think everyone's confusing incompetent with annoying or stupid? Here's a definition...


I stand by my choice. If Usagi did not have the other Sailor Senshi (and the idiot in the cape), she would have died in the first episode.
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that son of a bitch of Kirito.
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rcsatcrunchyroll wrote:


soulsinferno wrote:
I think everyone's confusing incompetent with annoying or stupid? Here's a definition...


I stand by my choice. If Usagi did not have the other Sailor Senshi (and the idiot in the cape), she would have died in the first episode.


I think Luna would probably have saved her...



As for me, unpopular opinion perhaps and while not incompetent, I would say Near is by far one of the worst protagonists in anime. He was a poor substitute and successor to L. and I genuinely had a hard time believing him he was on the same level of intelligence as L. Even Mello while annoying was somehow more charismatic and a better developed character.

So, I'd say Yagami Raito ended up revealing himself more than Near's capability to expose Kira.
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rcsatcrunchyroll wrote:
I stand by my choice. If Usagi did not have the other Sailor Senshi (and the idiot in the cape), she would have died in the first episode.


If not every other episode afterwards. Viewed through a different lens, Sailor Moon is the tale of 4 long suffering friends forever having to save a bipolar mutual 5th friend from her own stupidity while propping up her self esteem. All the while pretending they can all hear her cat talking just to humour her since she won't take her meds.



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As for me, unpopular opinion perhaps and while not incompetent, I would say Near is by far one of the worst protagonists in anime. He was a poor substitute and successor to L. and I genuinely had a hard time believing him he was on the same level of intelligence as L. Even Mello while annoying was somehow more charismatic and a better developed character.


Not sure it'd be unpopular. I'm not aware of anyone who actually liked Mello or Near let alone bought they were anywhere as competent as L. They were piss poor replacements and I never bought that they were L's equals.
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LiefLayer wrote:

that son of a bitch of Kirito.


Read the thread title really carefully.....


Most incompetent main protagonists in anime


Incompetent = useless, not annoying, as in they cannot do anything right without almost killing themselves in the process. In SAO, if you remove "Main Protag" the most useless player would probably be Kayaba, cause you know.... UP UP DOWN DOWN RIGHT LEFT RIGHT LEFT B A or Konami code, infinity life with that invulnerability until episode 12. Who the fuck would want to group with a dude who lacks skills at games but needs a HAXXOR crutch to survive? And Kirito never really lost most fights as far as I saw, but being the main character they are pretty much written to win; most people don't seem to get it.....main characters are -->written<-- as OP AF (or most of them anyway) and pretty sure nobody would want to watch a show about a loser who can never win . If the main character was incredibly pathetic, even by the final episode and still didn't manage to be useful except maybe pulling an Asuna infront of the killing blow , the anime would be crap by even half way because the main character is as ->useless as a background character<-.

Black Clover comes to mind as annoying, all powerful but yells every fucking episode I gave up after 4....friend is still current to the last episode.

As for useless main character, Shinji of Evangelion. He can pilot a robot and save the day, but has the confidence of a teenager who downs anti-depressants like a fat kid at a candy store and runs from battle half the time. Who would want that guy on his team?

And shit, regardless of the thread isn't there already one about annoying main characters somewhere ?
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My thought that Tsukune Aono from Rosario & Vampire is really incompetent till the last episode or so. If not for 2 Vampires, 2 Witches, 1 Succubus and a Snow Woman he'd have died the 1st episode.
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I just can't quite put my finger on one lol Subaru


Unlike most though, he almost always gets a do over.
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Oh, I almost forgot. I'd like to nominate Shirou Emiya from the original Fate/Stay Night. He was seriously too dumb to live for most of the series. If he didn't have Rin and/or Saber's scabbard to save him, he'd be dead many times over.
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Reiter01 wrote:

Read the thread title really carefully.....

Incompetent = useless, not annoying, as in they cannot do anything right without almost killing themselves in the process. In SAO, if you remove "Main Protag" the most useless player would probably be Kayaba, cause you know.... UP UP DOWN DOWN RIGHT LEFT RIGHT LEFT B A or Konami code, infinity life with that invulnerability until episode 12. Who the fuck would want to group with a dude who lacks skills at games but needs a HAXXOR crutch to survive? And Kirito never really lost most fights as far as I saw, but being the main character they are pretty much written to win; most people don't seem to get it.....main characters are -->written<-- as OP AF (or most of them anyway) and pretty sure nobody would want to watch a show about a loser who can never win . If the main character was incredibly pathetic, even by the final episode and still didn't manage to be useful except maybe pulling an Asuna infront of the killing blow , the anime would be crap by even half way because the main character is as ->useless as a background character<-.

Black Clover comes to mind as annoying, all powerful but yells every fucking episode I gave up after 4....friend is still current to the last episode.

As for useless main character, Shinji of Evangelion. He can pilot a robot and save the day, but has the confidence of a teenager who downs anti-depressants like a fat kid at a candy store and runs from battle half the time. Who would want that guy on his team?

And shit, regardless of the thread isn't there already one about annoying main characters somewhere ?



I disagree.
- incompetent != weak. Kirito is incompetent as a human. Asuna is also incompetent as a girl (like every girl in SAO) and as a warrior.
- it's not true that main characters are always OP AF. Many great main characters are weak or at least have limits. The way they overcome their limits it's why you should watch that story. If a main characters is too OP there is no reason to even "try to be good" so why watch it? But that's not everything, Kirito is also really bland.
- I don't like Black Clover. But it's still better than SAO (I'm sure).
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Not sure it'd be unpopular. I'm not aware of anyone who actually liked Mello or Near let alone bought they were anywhere as competent as L. They were piss poor replacements and I never bought that they were L's equals.


It felt like the show ham fistedly attempted to assert that they are. Like "THESE ARE L's REPLACEMENTS AND YOU WILL LOVE THEM AND CHERISH THEM NO MATTER WHAT, OR ELSE"

Let's be honest, L's death while poignant and important was wasted by bringing in two inept replacements, both annoying and awful and hardly a shadow of the brilliance of writing and development that L. had.
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sztrb wrote:
It felt like the show ham fistedly attempted to assert that they are. Like "THESE ARE L's REPLACEMENTS AND YOU WILL LOVE THEM AND CHERISH THEM NO MATTER WHAT, OR ELSE"

Let's be honest, L's death while poignant and important was wasted by bringing in two inept replacements, both annoying and awful and hardly a shadow of the brilliance of writing and development that L. had.


Yes, I was thinking something similar. It felt like the show simply told me they were awesome and I was going to accept it instead of doing much to show me that they were awesome. They came across like dollar store knock offs of L.



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- I don't like Black Clover. But it's still better than SAO (I'm sure).


Maybe with the sound off. >.>
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