The 20 Best Running Gags In Shonen Anime, Ranked

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Vote up the funniest running jokes in shonen anime.

What's the best thing about shonen anime? Is it the epic fights? The great character development? The complex plots? Or is it the humor? While all of those elements are important, there's nothing like a good laugh, so let's spotlight some of the best running gags in shonen anime.

If you're a One Piece fan, you're probably aware of some great One Piece running gags that keep viewers laughing throughout the series. But great anime running jokes appear in all kinds of series, from old-school shows like Yu Yu Hakusho to modern classics like Demon Slayer and Jujutsu Kaisen. Let's remember some of the funniest parts of our favorite shonen anime!


  • 1
    294 VOTES

    Yami Values His Toilet Time - 'Black Clover'

    Yami Values His Toilet Time - 'Black Clover'
    Photo: Black Clover / Studio Pierrot

    The captain of the Black Bulls can often be seen on the toilet. He does his best thinking there, and he doesn't like to be bothered while he's concentrating. Anyone who fails to refill the toilet paper is taking their life in their hands. Barge in without permission? Forget about it. 

    We can appreciate the value of some time alone on the throne, but maybe he needs a little bit more fiber in his diet? 

    294 votes
  • 2
    256 VOTES

    Koro-sensei's Terrible Disguises - 'Assassination Classroom'

    Koro-sensei's Terrible Disguises - 'Assassination Classroom'
    Photo: Assassination Classroom / Lerche

    It's hard to choose the funniest thing that Koro-sensei does in Assassination Classroom, but for now we're going to highlight his not-at-all-convincing disguises. 

    As a tentacle monster who went on television and told the world he planned to blow it up, he's pretty conspicuous, but that doesn't stop him from dressing up like a woman or a baseball player in order to load up on free tissues. And what does he do with those tissues? Fries them and eats them of course! 

    256 votes
  • 3
    334 VOTES

    Ed's Height - 'Fullmetal Alchemist'

    Ed's Height - 'Fullmetal Alchemist'
    Photo: Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood / Bones

    Throughout most of FMA, Ed is shorter than most of the other characters. He's not exactly pleased about it, but he isn't going to take what others think is the obvious solution - drinking more milk. 

    Milk, as far as Ed is concerned, is beyond gross. 

    334 votes
  • 4
    268 VOTES

    Rukia's Art Skills - 'Bleach'

     Rukia's Art Skills - 'Bleach'
    Photo: Bleach / Studio Pierrot

    It's a good thing Rukia is a Shinigami and not a character in Blue Period, because her art skills are lacking. 

    Sure, the bunnies and bears she draws are actually kind of cute, but they don't exactly help when explaining important concepts about what Shinigami do. 

    268 votes
  • 5
    312 VOTES

    Inosuke's Memory Fails - 'Demon Slayer'

    Inosuke's Memory Fails - 'Demon Slayer'
    Photo: Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba / ufotable

    Don't ask Inosuke to remember your name, because he's not going to do it - at least, not if he doesn't want to. 

    He has about 20 different names for Tanjiro, including Kamaboko Gonpachiro, Monjiro, Santaro, Tontaro, and many others. If he actually gets it right, that's the exception, not the rule. 

    312 votes
  • Todo Wants To Know Your Type - 'Jujutsu Kaisen'
    Photo: Jujutsu Kaisen / MAPPA

    Whenever Aoi Todo meets a new male friend, the first thing he wants to know is their type in women. While it's a little presumptive to assume that every guy is into women or wants to share that info, it's such an unexpected question for shonen anime that it ends up being hilarious - especially since he and Itadori are able to bond over their respective types. 

    Itadori is into ladies who look like Jennifer Lawrence, and Todo approves.

    234 votes