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15 Anime Characters With Super Low Self-Esteem

Updated 25 Sep 2018 3.4k votes 901 voters 21.1k views15 items

List RulesVote up the characters with the worst self-confidence.

Anime characters often portray real-world character traits, which means some of them have low self-esteem and lack confidence in their abilities or inherent worth. Don't we all, at some point in time or another?

Some anime characters with low self-esteem make it obvious. Ritsu Sohma spends a full episode of Fruits Basket screaming apologies for her slightest mistakes, and Yuuri Katsuki's inner monologue in Yuri!!! on Ice is filled with self-recrimination. Others are more subtle -  Naruto's Kakashi Hatake might be a powerful ninja who is sure of his strength, but he's wracked with guilt over a turbulent past, and views himself as trash. 

Characters who are unsure of themselves can add a touch of realism to the series in which they exist, and even if they do eventually gain confidence, their initial lack can be the starting point for a great character arc. 

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