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13 Poorly Written Anime Characters Who Could've Been Better

Updated 25 Jul 2020 9.9k votes 2.8k voters 74.3k views13 items

What does bad writing actually mean? It's not the same thing as an unlikeable character - even the most detestable character can still have good writing behind them, and even the most beloved can be badly written. A poorly written character is one whose motives and personality don't make sense or are inconsistent, whose potential isn't capitalized on, who relies on lazy stereotypes, isn't fully developed, or who creates plot holes and continuity errors in the rest of the series.

Who are some of the most poorly written anime characters out there? One commonly cited example is Sakura Haruno from Naruto. Some viewers find her annoying while others think she's awesome, but the real bad writing is the way the series mishandles her role. There's also Kirito from Sword Art Online, who experiences little character development and is so OP that it's hard to take him seriously. 

Which of these characters do you think are badly written? Vote up the characters you think deserved better writing, and vote down the ones you think deserved more credit.

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