Top 10 Anime with Worst Dressed Characters

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Most anime characters look awesome, let’s admit it. With their colorful hair styles, their fashionable clothes and their badass attitudes they capture everyone’s attention. Unfortunately, that’s not true for all characters.

Today we are going to highlight the shows with the worst dressed characters. Prepare yourself for the biggest fashion victims and greatest wardrobe malfunctions. A little disclaimer before we begin: We are not judging the quality of the shows themselves but are strictly talking about the fashion sense of the characters.

This being said let us begin. Enjoy!

10. Mobile Suit Gundam

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  • Episodes: 43
  • Aired: April1979 - January 1980

First up is Mobile Suit Gundam or rather the whole Gundam series. This show made me believe the producers put most of their energy into the designs of the robots rather than the human characters. That at least would explain the fashion crimes committed in this show.

Mobile Suit Gundam aired at the beginning of the 80s so most of the characters may be forgiven. Still, since the clothes of the protagonists are obviously not the main focus of the show their outfits didn’t improve much over time. Most of the heroes wear ill-fitting uniforms with unnecessary accessories and weird designs. Overall it just looks like the producers tried to design a futuristic look but didn’t care about it enough to think it through until the end.

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9. Amnesia

  • Episodes: 12
  • Aired: January 2013 - March 2013

I admit that Amnesia has a great style when it comes to uniqueness. The producers also had a clear concept in their mind that they kept going for every single character. The only problem here is that they went a little bit overboard.

Just look at the four male leads that are all wearing just one color palette that also corresponds with their crazy hair colors. Also, them representing different card suits was a nice eye-catcher but in the end didn’t have any significance for the story. And don’t get me started on fairy Orion. I don’t know about you, but if I woke up from a coma and the first thing I saw was a flying boy with Aladdin pants, pointy shoes and a cape with stars dangling from it I would go right back to sleep.

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8. Cardcaptor Sakura

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  • Episodes: 70
  • Aired: April 1998 - March 2000

The outfits of magical Girls are supposed to be cute, pink and original. But sometimes producers try to do all of these things at once and combine too many elements in one outfit. Cardcaptor Sakura is a perfect example.

Protagonist Sakura is supposed to warm our hearts and capture the viewer’s attention but I can only pity her for being stuck inside this white and pink nightmare of a dress. A character that is already so young and innocent looking doesn’t need such a girly dress on top of it. But she’s not the only one. Her friend Tomoyo as well became a victim to the producer’s constant pursuit of making the girls look as innocent and cute as they could.

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7. Highschool of the Dead

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  • Episodes: 12
  • Aired: July 2010 - September 2010

Next up is Highschool of the Dead, a show that might be less of a fashion victim than a fanservice victim.

I fully understand that producers want to show a little bit more of their female characters in order to make the viewers happy, but at least keep it believable. No high school would ever allow their female students to wear such short skirts and such tight blouses, especially not in Japan. The male characters on the other hand are stuck in simple black and most importantly believable school uniforms. These two extremes just don’t look good together.

Highschool of the Dead is of course not the only show committing this crime. There are more than enough anime out there that need to understand that skirts are supposed to cover more than just the bare necessities.

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6. Kaze no Stigma

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  • Episodes: 24
  • Aired: April 2007 - September 2007

Kaze no Stigma is the first anime on this list showing bad fashion sense of the 90s. Too bad though that this show started airing in 2007 and is set in modern days.

The characters of this show are not as bad as some others on this list, but their outfits are still far away from perfect. Female lead Ayano is stuck in a turquoise school uniform that at best makes her look like an old librarian. But not only Ayano, also hero Kazuma wears clothes that would better suit his father or an old uncle than himself. Kaze no Stigma just made me wish that both characters would have gotten an outfit that better reflects their amazing fighting skills instead of making them look like an old couple.

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5. Black Cat

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  • Episodes: 23
  • Aired: October 2005 - March 2006

Here we have another main character with questionable fashion sense. This Shounen anime involves a lot of action and gun fights but the characters look like they are playing dress-up at a costume rental.

Protagonist Train’s blue jacket is a great example. I understand that he’s supposed to look like a relatable and fun character with his spiky hair and that quirky smile, but that jacket is just a little bit too blue and a little bit too short for me to take him serious. I know some of you might disagree with me but I am also not a fan of Creed’s Goth look. The white hair, the evil eyes, and the big and spiky collar – it looks like the producers were trying too hard to make Black Cat’s characters look cool.

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4. Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon

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  • Episodes: 46
  • Aired: March 1992 - February 1993

I actually cannot judge Sailor Moon for committing major fashion crimes since unlike Kaze no Stigma it’s actually a rather old show. Still, it is one of the best representations when it comes to questionable fashion trends of the 90s.

While the outfits of the Sailor Soldiers are the dream of every young girl, the clothes the characters wear in their free time are just cringeworthy. I am talking about baggy clothes, turtlenecks and color clashes on almost every single one of them. There are already numerous blog posts and threads dedicated to male character Mamoru Chiba’s worst fashion choices throughout the show and he’s not an exception. Sailor Moon brings its viewers back to a time that can be considered fashion hell.

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3. Naruto

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  • Episodes: 220
  • Aired: October 2002 – February 2007

Next up is a show that most of the time does a great job at creating fitting outfits. No one can tell me that characters like Kakashi or Itachi don’t look awesome in every single fight. But sometimes you wonder what the producers were thinking, especially when it comes to Naruto’s brightly orange overall.

Then we also have characters like Rock Lee and Gai that just make me shake my head in disbelieve. Even eye-candy and all-time badass Sasuke offends viewers with his fashion sense once he unbuttons his shirt all the way down to his pants. Sometimes I wonder whether someone ever told those characters that ninjas are supposed to stay undetected and that orange isn’t the best color to wear inside a dark forest.

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2. Buso Renkin

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  • Episodes: 26
  • Aired: October 2006 – March 2007

Buso Renkin easily deserves a spot on our list. Even though most characters show a pretty common fashion sense we have one major exception: Papillon.

Those of you that have seen this show will understand what I’m talking about. Papillon is known as one of the worst dressed characters in anime history. Not only his name but his whole appearance is the opposite of an evil villain. It’s hard to forget his purple butterfly mask that barely covers his eyes or his black bondage uniform, no matter how hard you try. There are other characters as well that do not show the best fashion sense, but next to Papillon they still manage to look like fashion models.

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1. One Piece

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  • Episodes: 665
  • Aired: October 1999 – ongoing

One Piece is hands down one of my favorite shows and just like Naruto a majority of its characters look awesome. But I am the first one to admit that some of them have a rather unique fashion sense.

Those fashion victims are of course fun to look at but can you really take a person like Doflamingo serious? No matter how strong he is his clothes still look like a flamingo exploded in front of him. Together with his tight pink pants and the blond hair he could be a member of a 90s boyband. But he’s only one of One Piece’s numerous fashion offenders. Mr. 2, Ivankov and many more are at least as bad if not even worse. One Piece is truly talented when it comes to creating weird characters.

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Producers constantly have to compete against each other in order to make their show more unique and more memorable. That might be the reason why some of them go overboard and create outfits that just distract from the main story and don’t present the characters in the best way possible. However, bad publicity is still publicity, so these characters might at least have helped their shows to gain some recognition.

Do you agree with our choices or do you want to include other shows? Do you notice how your favorite characters are dressed or do you not care? As always, your input is more than welcome so leave a comment down below.

Cornelia Wagner


Author: Cornelia Wagner

Coffee enthusiast, world traveler and writer at heart. Left Europe to live and study in the insanity called Tokyo.

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