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Posted 6/7/13
Honestly i usually prefer the side characters over main characters as they are usually more well done and realistic to an extent rather than a cliche cause its gotta win. Some of the more interesting protagonist are the ones who start off weak and slowly learn there way through things. Like Haru from Accel world.

OR characters like Edward Elric who are extremely rare but they don't always win they dont always lose, there not the best, not the worse either. They seem to grow as a real character rather than stay in that "I WIN CAUSE MAIN CHARACTER" or "Im useless" No hes more of the type that may or may not win and there were characters in the show that would totally destroy him with here experience and such, hes the most realistic one i've seen so far.

Besides those I kinda like the badass guys, i just like watching the main character power through people like it ain't any one's business.

OR at least a character with a freakin purpose, i think my favorite type of all times are characters like Hei from Darker Than Black, Or Kiritsugu, there isn't any faulty in what they want, and they grow greatly as characters as well as there intelligent and badass. Intelligent characters are rarely the mains and i prefer them the most.
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just like maou sama, funny and a bit dumb, but really smart when it counts
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Posted 6/8/13
I like the anti hero type those who are'nt afraid to break the law if they have to and what not but i absolutely hate protagonists like the ones in harem animes where the guy is such a puss it annoys me
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I love this forum. i like the strong ppl type & the idiot protagonist. my second favorite protagonist is emotionless protagonist like shizuka from my little monster....
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Posted 6/9/13 , edited 6/9/13

Arielgirl375 wrote:

I love this forum. i like the strong ppl type & the idiot protagonist. my second favorite protagonist is emotionless protagonist like shizuka from my little monster....


I wouldn't call her emotionless, it's just that she's not able to express her emotions very well. Rei Ayanami from Neon Genesis Evangelion is another great example of this type of character and Yuuki Nagato from The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya is a third.

v Have you seen SNAFU? I think you'd enjoy that.
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For the primary, narrating protagonist, the deadpan snarker's my favourite. Seeing the world through Kyon's inner sarcasm pretty much makes The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya what it is
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Posted 6/9/13

Shrapnel893 wrote:


sjgriffiths wrote:

For the primary, narrating protagonist, the deadpan snarker's my favourite. Seeing the world through Kyon's inner sarcasm pretty much makes The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya what it is

Have you seen SNAFU? I think you'd enjoy that.

And My Little Monster, for that matter.
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Posted 6/9/13
frankly the emotionless type shows more character...
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Posted 6/9/13
gintoki from gintama.
nanoha takamachi from magical girl lyrical nanoha.
Cinque izumi from dog days.
madoka kaname from puella magi madoka magica.
hayate ayasaki from hayate no gotoku!.
all pretty cures from pretty cure.
negi Springfield from negima!.
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I tend to like the sarcastic,dimwitted, and reliable characters , but when they get serious they are complete badasses.
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I like a protagonist that can stand on his/her own two feet, and is NOT wimpy and/or pathetic. They can have issues they need to work out, but when push comes to shove, they always step to the plate. For example Kirito from SAO. Yes, internally he is an emotional train wreck, but he also exudes massive amounts of confidence. An example on the flip side in two anime I watched recently, you have a character like Haru from Accel World or whats his face from Guilty Crown. In both their cases you almost feel like yelling at the screen, "GROW A PAIR!".

Some protagonists that I enjoyed watching (not in any sort of order at all and not a complete list)...

Lelouch - Code Geass
Kira/Light - Death Note
Hei - Darker Than Black
Motoko - GiTS
Kirito - SAO
Asuna - SAO
Zwei - Phantom
Canaan - Canaan
Setsuna - Gundam 00
Heero - Gundam Wing
Okabe - Steins;Gate
Shinya - Psycho-Pass
Reinhard - Legend of Galactic Heroes
Yang - Legend of Galactic Heroes
Spike - Cowboy Bebop
Revy - Black Lagoon
Various strong support characters - Various animes.

All of these characters are confident and strong, but at the same time have their vulnerabilities and weaknesses. But, what they don't do is let their issues absolutely consume them to the point of making them overall weaker than they can be. I want a character to be defined, for the most part, by their strengths, not their weaknesses.

I will have to say now that I think of it, this is more of an issue with male protagonists than female ones. Females characters/mains I have a lot more leniency towards when it comes to their confidence/abilities. Male characters though drive me up a wall if they can't be confident. That probably comes down to the fact that I'm a guy, I guess.




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I like a protagonist that can stand on his/her own two feet, and is NOT wimpy and/or pathetic. They can have issues they need to work out, but when push comes to shove, they always step to the plate. For example Kirito from SAO. Yes, internally he is an emotional train wreck, but he also exudes massive amounts of confidence. An example on the flip side in two anime I watched recently, you have a character like Haru from Accel World or whats his face from Guilty Crown. In both their cases you almost feel like yelling at the screen, "GROW A PAIR!".

Some protagonists that I enjoyed watching (not in any sort of order at all and not a complete list)...

Lelouch - Code Geass
Kira/Light - Death Note
Hei - Darker Than Black
Motoko - GiTS
Kirito - SAO
Asuna - SAO
Zwei - Phantom
Canaan - Canaan
Setsuna - Gundam 00
Heero - Gundam Wing
Okabe - Steins;Gate
Shinya - Psycho-Pass
Reinhard - Legend of Galactic Heroes
Yang - Legend of Galactic Heroes
Spike - Cowboy Bebop
Revy - Black Lagoon
Various strong support characters - Various animes.

All of these characters are confident and strong, but at the same time have their vulnerabilities and weaknesses. But, what they don't do is let their issues absolutely consume them to the point of making them overall weaker than they can be. I want a character to be defined, for the most part, by their strengths, not their weaknesses.

I will have to say now that I think of it, this is more of an issue with male protagonists than female ones. Females characters/mains I have a lot more leniency towards when it comes to their confidence/abilities. Male characters though drive me up a wall if they can't be confident. That probably comes down to the fact that I'm a guy, I guess.



Balsa from Moribito, Shiki from Garden Of Sinners, Alphard from Canaan, Lizzy from Phantom Requiem for the Phantom, etc etc...

Personally, I think yelling "Grow a pair!" at your screen because you dislike a character's actions/personality/etc. is a little much. You don't know all the stuff they went through to be what they are presently (and even if you did, the results of those experiences affect people differently). Look what Revy's past did to shape her into or Spike's with his. There's more to it, but lengthy discussions aren't usually my thing.



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Posted 6/9/13 , edited 6/9/13

KingOfHeroess wrote:

Or maybe you like them bishies


Your thoughts


You got me at bishies.




But honestly, I've always been drawn to the dark/loner type of protagonists... more examples: Squall (FF8), Lightning (FF13), Haruhi Suzumiya... Light Yagami.
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Shrapnel893 wrote:


Stewker wrote:

I like a protagonist that can stand on his/her own two feet, and is NOT wimpy and/or pathetic. They can have issues they need to work out, but when push comes to shove, they always step to the plate. For example Kirito from SAO. Yes, internally he is an emotional train wreck, but he also exudes massive amounts of confidence. An example on the flip side in two anime I watched recently, you have a character like Haru from Accel World or whats his face from Guilty Crown. In both their cases you almost feel like yelling at the screen, "GROW A PAIR!".

Some protagonists that I enjoyed watching (not in any sort of order at all and not a complete list)...

Lelouch - Code Geass
Kira/Light - Death Note
Hei - Darker Than Black
Motoko - GiTS
Kirito - SAO
Asuna - SAO
Zwei - Phantom
Canaan - Canaan
Setsuna - Gundam 00
Heero - Gundam Wing
Okabe - Steins;Gate
Shinya - Psycho-Pass
Reinhard - Legend of Galactic Heroes
Yang - Legend of Galactic Heroes
Spike - Cowboy Bebop
Revy - Black Lagoon
Various strong support characters - Various animes.

All of these characters are confident and strong, but at the same time have their vulnerabilities and weaknesses. But, what they don't do is let their issues absolutely consume them to the point of making them overall weaker than they can be. I want a character to be defined, for the most part, by their strengths, not their weaknesses.

I will have to say now that I think of it, this is more of an issue with male protagonists than female ones. Females characters/mains I have a lot more leniency towards when it comes to their confidence/abilities. Male characters though drive me up a wall if they can't be confident. That probably comes down to the fact that I'm a guy, I guess.



Balsa from Moribito, Shiki from Garden Of Sinners, Alphard from Canaan, Lizzy from Phantom Requiem for the Phantom, etc etc...

Personally, I think yelling "Grow a pair!" at your screen because you dislike a character's actions/personality/etc. is a little much. You don't know all the stuff they went through to be what they are presently (and even if you did, the results of those experiences affect people differently). Look what Revy's past did to shape her into or Spike's with his. There's more to it, but lengthy discussions aren't usually my thing.





I agree, yelling at your screen is a bit much. Which is why I don't do it but like I said though, at times I certainly am thinking it. When you have scenes where a character is so wishy-washy, so weak willed, so indecisive, that the other characters around him or her get hurt emotionally or physically.

I don't like characters like that. The anime that I like to watch are about inspiring the viewer. I've never been the kind of person that can relate to a weak willed character, which admittedly is what a lot of these characters are aimed at doing. Relating to a viewer base that to a large degree, also lacks confidence and decisiveness. When it comes to many of these scenes where they totally lack the will to do what is "right", that bothers me. While it can be entertaining to a certain point, getting bothered by something isn't always bad, I would rather watch something else.

In regard to not knowing or understanding what a character experienced leading up to their current situation, most anime are pretty good about explaining that, at least by the end. But just cause they explain how such and such a character was traumatized or whatever, doesn't mean I have to agree with how said character is using that as a crutch for their current actions.
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But honestly, I've always been drawn to the dark/loner type of protagonists...Haruhi Suzumiya...


This made me lol for a good minute but Haruhi as a dark loner??! I think me and you have been watching two completely different Haruhis!
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