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Top 10 Useless Characters in Anime

Updated on July 9, 2016

When dealing with a large issue as a group, one tends to notice there will always be people that do not pull their weight or actually seem to be dragging the whole team down. This does not make them a bad or annoying person. It just helps you realize that you really don't want to depend on them when a serious moment comes.

This is not only seen in group projects for school but also in anime. There will always be characters that may be there for comic relief or as a plot device but they don't seem to do that much or accomplish anything major in the story, at times disappearing completely throughout half of the series. Despite this, they brag constantly, show up only to sit around while everyone is fighting or struggling and don't care much about what is really going on. I have made a list of the people, animals and living things from anime that I thought were absolutely useless in battle and would never count on when in a pinch. They are not ranked in any specific order and I have only chosen one per series. So here they are, the top ten most useless characters in anime:

Hercule from Dragon Ball Z:

Supposedly the ultimate champion of the World Tournaments, it is really easy to see through the lies this fighter has. As soon as there is any real trouble, Hercule runs away cowering in fear or uses a stupid tactic to confuse the enemy for a second. This does provide for great humor and entertaining scenes but I hate the fact that he still steals credit from defeating the enemy after Goku and his friends do all the work. I am pretty sure I would never count on him for anything though, funny as he is and all.

Excalibur from Soul Eater:

I only have one problem with this hilarious character. He has immense power as a weapon, yet decides to be so high maintenance he becomes utterly useless and annoying. Nobody wants to have to deal with all his requests and rules so he ultimately just sits idly by the side of some of the biggest fights while he could be doing some amazing, heavenly damage. I do understand that he is the best weapon and that can get to anyone's head easily but gosh, try helping once in a while, even more so if the world is in danger.

Shippo from Inuyasha:

Yes he is adorable and yes I'm happy he was a part of the series and shared moments with the rest of the lovable cast but there is no denying he cannot do anything in battle. There are some moments where it seems as if he is about to shine and do something worthwhile for the team but then breaks apart and tries to hide behind Kagome. To be fair, he is a kid trying to deal with many things attempting to kill him and his friends but he should've had some more development and sense of bravery throughout the whole series.

Kon from Bleach:

I think this is one of the funniest characters for me in Bleach right alongside Urahara and Ichigo's dad but I wish they had used him to do more than just be a puppet that takes care of Ichigo's body. He had courage and a somewhat strong sense of justice but fell apart for any woman, especially Rukia. I don't know what I was expecting from him in the series but I know I wanted more action or useful information coming from him.

Yukki from Mirai Nikki:

It is definitely hard to deal with a lot of unknown enemies coming to kill you but I had hoped that this kid would grow up and face his situation after some time. His naive personality and weak body don't really let him go very far, usually becoming a burden for the strong and amazing stalker we love, Gasai Yuno. He did learn from his mistakes and strived to do better at the end of the series but there were far too many moments that he could have done something only to fall short and leave everyone disappointed.

Shido, the Third Shinigami from Death Note:

There are many strong and intelligent characters in Death Note that have extensive mind battles that completely astonish the viewer. Then, there's this guy. I know he just wanted to get his Death Note back but he was just too annoying and useless for me. I knew there was potential for him to be something great and he certainly looked terrifying when he first appeared too. Yet, other than that he achieved nothing else but to be a bothersome character we just wanted to see disappear.

Hide from Tokyo Ghoul:

I loved most of the cast from Tokyo Ghoul for their philosophical views of the world and how the humans and ghouls should live and interact. I thought from the very beginning that Hide was going to become an amazing and interesting character that would create an interesting plot twist that would leave everyone stunned. Yet, all that he did was collect information until he finally saw his friend and just sort of... died. I wanted so much from this character and he was so mysterious to me but then he was just gone. It felt like a terrible letdown.

Nina from Code Geass:

I can somewhat understand Nina. She loved Euphemia and suffered severely after her loss. That does not or rather should not become an excuse to how low she had gone and how she had put everyone else in danger. She did not quite understand the things that were going on around her and felt too much like a burdened to be a character to empathize with. All I have to say for her is that she could have acted much better with the people around her.

Sakura from Naruto Shippuden:

I know many may argue that Sakura is unbelievably strong and should not be on this list but let's really think about this. Her love for Sasuke stops her from acting correctly around him; she is only seen fighting or doing something noteworthy in fairly rare occasions and feels too annoying to really be considered useful. Those are of course, just my thoughts on her and I do realize there were moments where she was essential to the plot but she could have been much better as a character and teammate.

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Tsukune from Rosario+Vampire:

I do recognize that Skune was a human in a school filled with monsters but his attitude towards it all and how he relied on everyone made him feel pretty useless to me. Enough said? I think so.

These people were in no way terrible people or simple cowards. They had to deal with different scenarios and occasions that not many of us can understand or will ever experience. Yet, I can't help but feel that they could have done a bit better with their decisions and not have been such a load on the characters actively trying to get things done and save the day. They may serve some small purpose for comedy or explanation but are completely and utterly useless as allies in the battlefield.

Article by: Steven Gutiérrez

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      Milady González 2 years ago

      I agree RachaelLefler, Sakura was the one that seemed to grow the most and realize what it was like to take more responsibilities and things into her own hands, showing absolute power and confidence when the series started and they were trying to save Gaara. Yet, I still wished I would have seen her in action more

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      Rachael Lefler 2 years ago from Illinois

      One thing I like about Shippuden is that Sakura becomes more mature and competent.

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      Milady González 2 years ago

      Hey RachaelLefler! I definitely considered having Yahiko in this list because of what you stated but Sakura won out because she does have strength and power to fight but never actually gets anything done, at least not without the help of others.

      Thank you for your comment!

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      Rachael Lefler 2 years ago from Illinois

      Good list. Some of mine I'd consider for such a list:

      Keiko from YYH

      Mokuba from Yu-Gi-Oh!

      Togusa from Ghost in the Shell (he occasionally does something good but it's usually Matoko or Batou who save the day in the end)

      Ami from Sailor Moon (I like her personality but she has a lame power and is not much of a fighter)

      Yahiko in Rurouni Kenshin (kind of similar to Shippo, you think he's going to learn to fight over time but he usually has to be helped by Kenshin or Kaoru)

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      Milady González 2 years ago

      Thank you peachpurple! I try to always understand and know the characters as much as possible before speaking about them.

      Thank you again for your comment!

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      peachy 2 years ago from Home Sweet Home

      wow, you do review your anime character very well