According to the fans at Anime-Planet
The snaggletooth. A single fang almost synonymous with a spunky attitude. Possessed by the poor and the wealth alike, the seem to appear on any character with an excess of energy (although mostly girls?). In no medium does a single smile tell you more about a character than anime.
Love them or hate them they may be one of the most reliable landmarks broadcasting a fiery personality. Our friends over at Anime-Planet spend day and night cataloguing these unique features and leaving it to the fans to vote on the best and worst prominent canines. A note before we again, these are the result of popular votes that I can and will disagree with. Only your democratic will can determine who makes it on this list. With that out of the way, below are the 5 most loved and most hated anime characters with snaggleteeth!
5. Sakura Kyoko - Puella Magi Madoka Magica
Although her fang might be the most understated of this list, Kyoko is most definitely not. She’s got so much attitude I’m honestly surprised she was one of the most liked characters on this list. While she had style, she wasn’t exactly nice at first. In such a well written series, it shouldn’t surprise that she had a satisfying redemption arc and I’m glad that’s what seems to have stuck with most people. Or maybe they just like her awesome fighting style. Or taiyaki.
4. Kousaka Kirino - Oreimo
Perhaps one of the most famous snaggleteeth in anime is possessed by the all-too-relatable Kirino. She’s one of what’s become a fan-favorite archetypes of otaku living double lives as perfect students by day and hopeless anime fans by night. Oreime treating the topic with a bit more weight than most comedies made for a very sympathetic story despite some, er... landmines.
3. Hachikuji Mayoi - Monogatari
Who is this sassy lost child with a snaggletooth? How can you not love Mayoi? She’s got a tragic backstory to make her sympathetic and unique curse that guarantees every time she shows up, Arararagi’s gonna end up going on an adventure. Also a comically oversized backpack that looks like a baby bird. Snail or not, only a monster wouldn’t try to help her find her way to her relative’s house.
2. Takagi Saya - Highschool of the Dead
A powerful addition to the list, Takagi is a triple threat of a fang, glasses, and twin tails. She’s also the smartest person in their group and the type of underappreciated character that keeps everyone alive by taking time for more practical concerns and planning for the future. She even has a younger sister surrogate in Alice that she wants to protect. If she had an ojou-sama laugh she might just unseat Yui.
1. Yui - Angel Beats
One of the standout students of a much more literal highschool of the dead, Yui might have the most personality out of the secondary cast. A chunibyo rhythm guitar player with the ambitious goal of punishing god for letting her life become such a disappointment. It’s hard not to sympathise with a character bouncing off all the walls to make up for a lifetime of lost time she spent in a hospital bed. Also her singing voice is LiSA.
5. Houjou Sakoto - Higurashi When They Cry
There’s a lot of Higurashi material out there but I guess there’s no escaping the fact that Sakoto is a bit of a Damien. Crying wolf and trying to get multiple step-dads arrested isn’t cool even if your mom isn’t paying enough attention and some of her traps go a little beyond an equalizing force given her size and into the realm of unusually creative evil. She’s got some pretty tragic circumstances to back up her attitude but that’s really nothing special in the land of Higurashi.
4. Sarugaki Hiyori - Bleach
Alright, I’ll be the first person to admit Hiyori is a little shit, but how could you hate this angry little monkey? Are you all Hirako fans? I get it, but you have to admit he’s got a punchable face. I don’t make it a habit to defend Bleach but sometimes being hyper violent is a charming trait and that’s absolutely the case with Hiyori. You’re wrong.
3. Kousaka Kirino - Oreimo
I never knew Kirino was such a controversial character. Although she has many charms, levying constant, (mostly) unearned abuse at other characters might have left some viewers with a dimmer opinion of her. I guess not everyone enjoys watching a someone make other people suffer while they’re sorting out their own problems. It could be a wider acceptance of anime has made her plight less relateable… or maybe people have different tastes in video games.
2. Igarashi Tora - Maid Sama!
The only boy to make it to this list is unfortunately well-placed as the 2nd most hated. Adding to our newly emerging pattern of unpleasant wealthy snaggleteeth, Tora is one of those rich character that can’t think of a better use for his money that messing around with other people. It must be rough knowing who your real friends are, but becoming more interested in a girl just because she’s willing to show you how much she hates you? Leave and never return.
1. Takagi Saya - Highschool of the Dead
Alright, she’s smart, beautiful, has three charm points, and a role model for Alice, but Takagi can be a little mean. Constantly reminding people that you’re smarter and more important on them isn’t the best way to earn friends, especially when other characters are pulling their weight while trying to be a bit more humble. I still say her out of combat contributions are underappreciated since she somehow made it to #1, but point taken.
Snaggleteeth seem to be quite the controversial subject with two characters showing up among both the most loved and hated. Girls seem to be the primary focus when it comes to fangs. Also there’s is an honestly pretty disturbing connection between snaggleteeth and death. Almost half the characters on the list are dead at the beginning of the story and over half don’t make it out of the plot alive. Is a snaggletooth bad luck? Is there something I don’t know about Kirino?
Didn’t see your favorite on this list? Want to know where they appear among the most loved and hated on their kind? Head over to Anime-Planet’s list of characters with snaggleteeth to see where they rank or comment below with your most favorite fang. Tune in next week, where the subject will be the anime trademark animal ears.
Peter Fobian is an Associate Features Editor for Crunchyroll, author of Monthly Mangaka Spotlight, writer for Anime Academy, and contributor at Anime Feminist. You can follow him on Twitter @PeterFobian.