The Most Iconic Quote From Every Major Shonen Protagonist

One of the best ways to get to know an anime character is through the words that they say - particularly through their memorable quotes.

Today we're going to be looking at some of the most iconic shonen protagonist quotes from characters like Naruto Uzumaki, Izuku Midoriya, Tanjiro Kamado, Goku, and more. Some of these quotes are inspiring, while others reveal an aspect of the protagonists' personalities. Either way, they make an impact. Vote up the quotes that stick with you!

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  • Koro-sensei Imparts Wisdom In 'Assassination Classroom'
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    "The difference between the novice and the master is that the master has failed more times than the novice has tried."

    Super powered tentacle monster or master teacher? Koro-sensei is both. While he teaches the students of class 3-E the fine art of assassination, he also teaches them how to be the best possible versions of themselves. That includes key life lessons like the one above. 

    1,694 votes
  • "A lesson without pain is meaningless. That's because no one can gain without sacrificing something. But by enduring that pain and overcoming it, he shall obtain a powerful, unmatched heart... A Fullmetal Heart."

    The core message of Fullmetal Alchemist is that you can't gain anything without sacrificing something of equal value. That said, those sacrifices can be deeply painful - something Edward knows from his personal experience.

    1,392 votes
  • "Don't break anyone's heart, they only have one. Break their bones, they have 206."

    Ichigo Kurosaki is a Shinigami working for Soul Society who frequently finds himself in physical conflict with others. Despite all the violence he routinely experiences, he also cares about preserving people's feelings.

    1,314 votes
  • Natsu Dragneel Won't Ever Give Up In 'Fairy Tail'
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    "The minute you think of giving up, think of the reason why you held on so long."

    Whether he's fighting those who challenge his guild or dealing with deep trauma from his personal history, Natsu Dragneel leads a life of constant struggle. He often encounters situations that would lead most people to throw up their ends in frustration, but he keeps going. 

    1,232 votes
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    Yato Urges You To Appreciate Life In 'Noragami'  

    "Even if things are painful and tough, people should appreciate what it means to be alive.”

    Yato is a god who forms contracts with the souls of departed humans. While the main point of the contracts is to fight ayakashi together, personal bonds are also a big part of the equation. As a result, Yato interacts with many people who have lost their lives, and believes that those who still have theirs should be grateful. 

    713 votes
  • Gon Freecss Has Friendship Advice In 'Hunter x Hunter'
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    “If you want to get to know someone, find out what makes them angry.”

    Gon has an offbeat way of looking at the world, and this quote is an example of that. He wants to get to know people on a deeper level than most people do - for example, he feels like he understands Kurapika better when his reaction to anything involving spiders is revealed. 

    870 votes