Anime Underground The 25+ Most Useless Side Characters In Anime History  

Crystal Brackett
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List Rules Vote up the anime side characters who served no purpose and were just along for the ride.

Far too many anime series have useless side characters that fans hate and protagonists begrudgingly put with. Many people complain about how they're weak, how they harm the protagonists, or just, you know, serve no purpose at all. These usless sidekicks in anime, at their best, don't really do anything. 

People can make some really great arguments as to why these characters served some purpose to the plot. What one person thinks is a useless trait or quality might not be seen as useless to another... but seriously, some of these tangential characters could truly get under your skin with their pathetic existence. The side characters listed below are the ones that get the absolute worst complaints, and frankly, most of them deserve it. 

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2,020 783
Yamcha is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The 25+ Most Useless Side Characters In Anime History

2
1,575 596
Yajirobe is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The 25+ Most Useless Side Characters In Anime History

3
1,689 718
Mr. Satan is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The 25+ Most Useless Side Characters In Anime History

4
1,238 703
Kon is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The 25+ Most Useless Side Characters In Anime History
Kon

5
548 268
Helmeppo is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The 25+ Most Useless Side Characters In Anime History
Helmeppo

6
288 111
Nina Einstein is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The 25+ Most Useless Side Characters In Anime History
Marco Bonanno added Nina Einstein

7
231 71
Excalibur is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The 25+ Most Useless Side Characters In Anime History
exott added Excalibur

8
453 244
Hitomi Shizuki is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The 25+ Most Useless Side Characters In Anime History

9
354 179
Magikarp is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The 25+ Most Useless Side Characters In Anime History
Kevin Immers added Magikarp

10
304 157
Mitsurugi Hanagata is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The 25+ Most Useless Side Characters In Anime History
Mitsurugi Hanagata

11
327 176
Matagu Shido is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The 25+ Most Useless Side Characters In Anime History

12
456 304
Relena Darlian is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The 25+ Most Useless Side Characters In Anime History

13
269 173
Kazumi Yoshida is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The 25+ Most Useless Side Characters In Anime History
Kazumi Yoshida

14
1,701 1,487
Sakura Haruno is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The 25+ Most Useless Side Characters In Anime History

14 Anime Side Characters Who Are More Compelling Than The Protagonist

15
353 264
Ishidoro (Berserk) is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The 25+ Most Useless Side Characters In Anime History
Ishidoro (Berserk)

16
946 824
Gary Oak is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The 25+ Most Useless Side Characters In Anime History

17
799 692
Lisanna Strauss is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The 25+ Most Useless Side Characters In Anime History

18
301 220
Lisa Mishima is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The 25+ Most Useless Side Characters In Anime History
Lisa Mishima

19
1,238 1,137
Kikyo is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The 25+ Most Useless Side Characters In Anime History

20
380 318
Mihoshi Kuramitsu is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The 25+ Most Useless Side Characters In Anime History

21
758 710
Misa Amane is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The 25+ Most Useless Side Characters In Anime History

28 Creepy Photos Inspired by Children's Nightmares

22
1,004 967
Tenten is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The 25+ Most Useless Side Characters In Anime History

23
964 967
Shippo is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The 25+ Most Useless Side Characters In Anime History

24
450 468
Nunnally Lamperouge is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The 25+ Most Useless Side Characters In Anime History

25
1,214 1,444
Orihime Inoue is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The 25+ Most Useless Side Characters In Anime History

26
53 28
Minoru Mineta is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The 25+ Most Useless Side Characters In Anime History
K_frANcIs_E added Minoru Mineta

27
49 28
Minoru Mineta is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The 25+ Most Useless Side Characters In Anime History
K_frANcIs_E added Minoru Mineta

28
377 501
Shiemi Moriyama is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The 25+ Most Useless Side Characters In Anime History

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29
154 189
Coby is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The 25+ Most Useless Side Characters In Anime History

30
38 29
Taizou Hasegawa is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The 25+ Most Useless Side Characters In Anime History
Krzysztof Krakowiak added Taizou Hasegawa

31
826 1,206
Yui is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The 25+ Most Useless Side Characters In Anime History
Yui

32
29 37
Miaka Yuki is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The 25+ Most Useless Side Characters In Anime History
HisokaTheMagician added Miaka Yuki

33
2 0
Minoru Mineta is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The 25+ Most Useless Side Characters In Anime History
owen.lee added Minoru Mineta

34
43 102
Lucy Heartfilia is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The 25+ Most Useless Side Characters In Anime History
Jameel Adrian added Lucy Heartfilia

35
370 817
Sailor Saturn is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The 25+ Most Useless Side Characters In Anime History

36
78 397
Genos is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The 25+ Most Useless Side Characters In Anime History
Phen Laiz added Genos

37
227 942
Kamina is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The 25+ Most Useless Side Characters In Anime History

38
370 1,911
Winry Rockbell is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The 25+ Most Useless Side Characters In Anime History

39
94 642
Hinata Hyuga is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The 25+ Most Useless Side Characters In Anime History
JustRandall666 added Hinata Hyuga