It's great to be confident, but there are some anime characters who speed straight past confident and become full-blown anime narcissists. While there are characters of all types who are totally in love with themselves, this article is focused on the ones who also engage in battle. Their self-love often connects with their fighting abilities, but more often than none it's about their appearance.
They think they're the most gorgeous thing on the planet, and can sometimes get so distracted by their own beauty that they're worse fighters than they otherwise might be - like Dragon Ball Z's Zarbon, a character who refuses to use a power-up on the ground that it will make him ugly. In some cases, as with Deidara of Naruto, the focus is less on their own appearance and more on just aesthetics in general - but if you don't agree with their aesthetic vision, you're wrong.
But anime characters who are narcissists aren't all bad - some of them are actually extremely charming. Yuga Aoyama's self-appreciation in My Hero Academia might be silly, but since he's well-meaning and kind, it's also adorable. These characters are different from typically warriors who focus entirely on strength, so they can feel like a breath of fresh air. Which ones are your favorites?
Yumichika Ayasegawa is a loyal and dedicated member of the Gotei 13 - but he's also really, really into himself, and to aesthetics in general. Once, he couldn't bring himself to fight his own evil clone because the idea of attacking someone so gorgeous was too painful to consider.
Depending on which part of Bleach he appears in, Yumichika can appear to be a more complex character whose arrogance covers up deeper insecurities - but at other times, he's there as comic relief.
Yuga Aoyama looks like he was taken out of a '90s shojo anime and plopped into a modern shonen. His quirk allows him to shoot glittery lasers out of his navel, which isn't exactly glamorous considering the fact that the ability can make him seriously sick to his stomach.
But Yuga's attitude makes up for it. He makes references to his own good looks on the regular, uses roses to emphasize his points, and sprinkles random French into his speech for the sake of 'elegance.'
Is he adorable? Yes. Is he a lot? Also yes.
Zarbon is one of Frieza's two top-ranking generals, but he's more focused on his appearance than his career. Not only does he see himself as one of the most beautiful people in the galaxy, he avoids transforming into a far more powerful version of himself because he doesn't think his transformation looks good. He could be worse, though - at least Zarbon isn't so vain that he won't use the transformation when his life depends on it.
Unlike some of the other characters on this list, Deidara isn't obsessed with his own appearance - but he is vain as heck when it comes to his art. Said art consists primarily of clay structures which explode in ways that he finds both aesthetically pleasing and tactically useful.
Catch him arguing with Sasori about their differing art styles, bragging to his opponents about how much more creatively intelligent he is than they are, or shutting his mouth for the first time ever when he sees Itachi, the only being in the world he thinks is more beautiful than his artwork.