Anime Underground 13 Anime Heroes Who Almost Always Lose  

Anna Lindwasser
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List Rules Vote up the anime hero that has no hope of winning anything, ever.

Just because a character technically falls on the side of good does not mean good fortune always follows them. In fact, heroes who always lose are practically their own anime cliche. Sometimes, characters who virtually never achieve their goals get pretty annoying - after all, who wants to watch someone fail over and over again?

That would be depressing, but thankfully, all these unlucky anime characters come with charismatic personalities that see them through the thick of things. Anime characters who rarely win serve as comic relief - laughing at Yamcha's misery is an important part of the DBZ experience.

On the flip side, these characters can display genuine growth as they struggle to achieve a goal that seems impossible. Winning isn't everything, and these unfortunate anime characters show how losing is something important in and of itself.


Yamcha is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list 13 Anime Heroes Who Almost Always Lose
Photo:  Dragon Ball Z/Toei Animation

Yamcha might be jacked AF, those muscles are clearly just for show. In Dragon Ball Z, everyone is jacked AF. You need to be more than just buff if you want to win a fight. Yamcha loses so often that fans created a meme where he gets owned by a Magikarp. It almost seems like his only purpose is making Goku and Vegeta look stronger by comparison.

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#82 on The Best Anime Characters With Black Hair

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Ash Ketchum is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list 13 Anime Heroes Who Almost Always Lose
Photo:  Pokémon/OLM

Despite catching and training Pokémon for two full decades, Ash Ketchum still loses battles more often than he wins them, at least the important ones. Seriously, he failed to defeat the Pokémon League five times - a feat easily accomplished by any 10-year-old playing the video game.

For some viewers of Pokémon, this makes Ash a failure as a character - but for others, his stats remain beside the point. If Ash truly capitalized on his experience and defeated his opponents, the show would quickly become boring and unrelatable for the show's target audience: children.

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#91 on The Most Hated Anime Characters of All Time

#20 on The Weakest Anime Characters of All Time

#34 on The Best Anime Characters With Black Hair

#45 on The Nerdiest Anime Characters of All Time

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Genos Can't Catch A Break In 'One Punch Man'


Genos Can't Catch A Break ... is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list 13 Anime Heroes Who Almost Always Lose
Photo:  One Punch Man/Madhouse

One Punch Man revolves around a guy who defeats any and all opponents with a single punch, so it stands to reason the other characters aren't going to win very often. Genos, a crazy powerful cyborg, would trounce his opponents in any other series, but here that glory goes to Saitama. Poor Genos usually just gets thrown into a wall or something. 

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Denki Kaminari Of 'My Hero Academia' Can't Control His Electric Powers


Denki Kaminari Of 'My Hero... is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list 13 Anime Heroes Who Almost Always Lose
Photo:  My Hero Academia/Studio Bones

Poor Denki Kaminari. Blessed with the ability to create his own electricity, Denki unfortunately is not blessed with the ability to control it. During nearly every battle in My Hero Academia, Denki ends up overusing his powers and electrocuting himself, leaving him temporarily too out of it to fight.

Not only does he make no headway in battle, but Kaminari never exactly rocks the academic world either - despite his efforts, he remains one of the worst students in his class.

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