Shonen protagonists take viewers on action-packed journeys to defeat enemies, save lives, and achieve sky-high goals, but they aren't all driven by the same motivation and personality. While the prototypical shonen hero is a brash, courageous person who never gives up, when you dig deeper into the genre, you find more traits than just the conventional ones. What's more, you can link some of those traits to characteristics exhibited by the 12 zodiac signs.
You're the main character of your own exciting life story, but which story, and which protagonist, resonates most with you? Do your personality flaws match your zodiac sign? Are you a Libra like Goku from Dragon Ball Z, so dedicated to balance and fairness that you'll even help out your enemy to repay him for aiding you? Or are you a Cancer like Izuku Midoriya of My Hero Academia, caring so deeply about other people's safety that you put yourself at risk? Just like with Naruto characters based on zodiac signs, you can consult the stars and discover your true shonen anime self.
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With his spiky blond hair and gleaming smile, Naruto Uzumaki looks exactly like what many people picture when they think of the fifth sign of the zodiac, Leo.
There's more to Naruto's Leo-like nature than just his looks. He's also a brave person who will take on any challenge, no matter the risk. Naruto isn't content to defeat an enemy; he also wants to make sure he looks cool while doing it. After all, he's trying to become the leader of his village, and he needs everyone's approval. But the drive to lead goes deeper than just showing off - Naruto truly wants to protect every member of his village from harm, especially his loved ones.
His other goal, rescuing Sasuke Uchiha from a life of destruction and pain, seems impossible, but like any true Leo, Naruto will never give up on his friends.
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From their superior powers of organization to their dapper dress sense, Virgos have many admirable traits. Light Yagami is a pro at all the things that make this Earth sign great, but he also has one of the most prominent negative characteristics Virgos can have. Light is incredibly judgmental, believing he is a god capable of deciding who should live and who should die.
While most Virgos will simply raise an eyebrow at their friend's sloppy nail polish or "incorrect" favorite character from Naruto, Light takes the sign's tendency toward being critical to the extreme.
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Represented by the scales of justice, Libras are deeply concerned with keeping things balanced. This also concerns Goku, the powerful Saiyan who always wants things to be fair even when it doesn't benefit him. If Goku feels like he owes someone a favor, he's going to pay them back no matter what. He even gives his enemy Vegeta a powerful healing senzu bean after he helps save Krillin and Gohan from the Ginyu Force.
Libras are also sincere, honest people, a trait shared by Goku, who always speaks his mind without hesitation. Coupled with a sense of righteousness, this honesty makes many a Libra identify with the Saiyan.
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Most shonen heroes don't fit the Scorpio profile. Represented by the scorpion, this intense sign dips into the darker side of human nature. Scorpios often hide mysterious and complicated pasts, which can affect their behavior negatively. Yusuke Urameshi loves fighting and constantly falls on the wrong side of all the adults in his life due to his defiant nature.
After he dies and becomes a spirit detective, his dedication to the thrill of the fight grows even stronger - but so does his passionate loyalty toward his friends. Whether they're positive or negative, Yusuke's feelings run deep, just as those of most Scorpios.