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20 Underutilized Anime Characters Who Could Have Been So Much More

Updated 9 Jun 2020 15.7k votes 3.2k voters 100.2k views19 items

One of the most frustrating experiences an anime fan can have is to come across good anime characters that were wasted. These characters might have amazing powers that are never utilized, have unique relationships with the protagonists that could open up new plotlines and backstories, or might be singularly fascinating in their own right, but the series they appear in never capitalizes on their potential. 

Who are some of the anime characters who were underutilized? This is pretty subjective since one person's underrated fave is another person's irrelevant waste of time. Some people wish Karin Uzumaki would just go away, but maybe they wouldn't feel that way if her connection to the Uzumaki family were ever explored, or if she got the opportunity to do anything besides fawn over Sasuke. Another example is Naomi Misora, who was so good at detective work that she was written out of the series to avoid plot holes. 

Which characters do you think got the short end of the stick? 

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