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13 Characters Who Are The Katsuki Bakugo of Their Anime

February 27, 2020 3.3k votes 732 voters 12.6k views13 items

Katsuki Bakugo is a hot-headed hero-in-training who thinks that he's the best and defies anybody who says otherwise. With his powerful Explosion quirk, he's certainly talented, but his quick temper and refusal to cooperate with others makes it almost impossible for him to form meaningful bonds with others, and to improve his own skills. Part of his behavior is due to a massively inflated ego and a major sense of entitlement, and part of it is due to the trauma of facing real life villains and feeling powerless to protect himself and the people around him. He directs a lot of those feelings onto Izuku Midoriya, a childhood acquaintance who he always assumed would remain beneath him, but who is rising up with the help of the number one hero, All Might. 

Are there other anime characters like Katsuki Bakugo out there? Of course there are! Yuri Plisetsky from Yuri on Ice shares nearly all of his traits - he's just acting out in the world of skating instead of the world of superheroes. Others are slightly looser fits - Sasuke Uchiha of Naruto is every bit as arrogant and quick to anger, but his behavior is driven less by entitlement than it is by massive childhood trauma. Whether they share everything with Bakugo or just a few traits, these characters all resemble him in some way. 

If you like Katsuki Bakugo and don't know these other characters, you might want to look them up, because there's a good chance that you'll like them too.

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    Inosuke Hashibira - 'Demon Slayer'

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    It's hard to imagine Bakugo running around with a pig's head mask, but it's not hard to imagine him shirtless and waving a sword around while screaming. Inosuke Hashibira is a Demon Slayer who does all of these things and more. He's an extremely proud person who is constantly challenging other people to see who is the best fighter. It's hard to talk to him rationally about anything because he's more so hot-tempered - when he first meets Tanjiro he immediately starts trying to fight him without slowing down to listen to him. Just about the only thing he will listen to is praise, but he wants to earn that through battle.

    This is pretty much the same outlook that Bakugo has - the main difference is that Bakugo is less easily distracted by praise than Inosuke is. And, again, the pig head mask thing. That's a pretty major difference too.

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    Yuri Plisetsky - 'Yuri On Ice'

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    Just like Bakugo, Yuri Plisetsky is a wildly talented kid who has always been praised for his innate skills - the difference is that Bakugo's skills are superpower-related, whereas Yuri is a professional figure skater. Just as Bakugo bullies Deku because he thinks he's beneath him and feels threatened when their idol All Might takes an interest in him, Yuri P. screams at Yuri K. for failing at skating but taking up their idol Victor Nikiforov's valuable time. Basically, throw a pair of ice skates on Bakugo and make him Russian, and you have Yuri Plisetsky. 

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    Karma Akabane - 'Assassination Classroom'

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    If you're looking for another character who thinks that being talented entitles him to treat other people like they're beneath him, look no further than Karma Akabane. Karma's arc is actually pretty similar to Bakugo's. Though he's in class 3-E for poor behavior, he's actually one of the smartest kids in his entire middle school. Because he's so smart, he expects other people to cater to him, and uses his intelligence to attack others out of boredom. But because he isn't used to putting in effort and trying to better himself, he falters when he's faced with something truly difficult, and has a poor emotional reaction to failure.

    His teacher Koro-sensei is trying to help him learn to use his intellect to truly better himself instead of lording over his classmates. That's the exact same thing that Bakugo's teachers want him to do, but they have a lot of work to do if they want him to reach the level that Karma does by the end of the show.

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  • Vegeta is one of the most powerful beings in the known universe, and that strength is a huge part of his identity. That's why when he can't defeat Goku no matter how hard he tries, it's emotionally devastating for him. Being strong is crucial for him, so if there's anybody out there who's stronger, he can't stand it. It's especially infuriating when that person doesn't have the same pedigree that he does - Goku isn't a Saiyan Prince, so what business does he have being stronger than Vegeta?

    While Bakugo's anger isn't as anchored in trauma as Vegeta's is, he still sees himself as inherently superior to most people around him. When someone he has classed as inferior shows signs of actually being better than him in some ways, he's apoplectic.

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