There are many characters that go over the top with their emotions in anime. While some are quiet and reserved, others are loud and boisterous. Just like all you wonderful readers, each anime character has their own individual personality unique to their character. However, there are some that are entirely dramatic and define the title of “Drama Queen.” This term is not solely focused on female characters, but rather an encompassment of all anime characters regardless of gender.
The following characters go over the top in their emotions and actions which makes them not exactly relatable, but more an example of how we would act if we gave into every whim that we had. This is why the title of the top drama queens in anime is so important. It is not just a character going over the top, but rather an extension into the human psyche that we find absurdly relatable. Maybe a part of us wishes that we could be these characters and be able to act as they do without so many inhibitions. Or perhaps it is the exact opposite and we just despise them; whatever the reason they are without a doubt entertaining and an essential part of anime.
10. Kokoa Shuzen from Rosario to Vampire (Rosario + Vampire)
- Episodes: 13
- Aired: January 2008- March 2008
Rosario to Vampire is a harem anime that takes place at a school for monsters called Yokai Academy. However, the main character, Tsukune, is the farthest possible creature from the terrifying beasts he witnesses at school. A mistake is made and he unwillingly becomes a student at this school and has to keep his identity a secret. As we follow Tsukune along his journey, we see him encounter many terrifying and erotic monster girls with varying emotions regarding him.
Kokoa Shuzen is the sister of, Moka, one of the main characters. However, she does not share the same likability for Tsukune that her sister does and is often seen stomping around in a bad temper. This is later attributed to jealousy about her sister liking him. There are many encounters where Kokoa goes over the top in her hatred for Tsukune. Kokoa is rarely seen in a positive light or having any other emotions other than anger. She is dramatic both in her love for her sister and in her hatred for Tsukune, which powers all her other emotions making her quite a dramatic character.
9. Nobara Yukinokouji from Inu x Boku SS (Inu X Boku Secret Service)
- Episodes: 12
- Aired: January 2012- March 2012
Inu X Boku SS is an anime about a young wealthy girl, Ririchiyo Shirakiin, who has gone to live at a home for other people who are half-yokai called Maison de Ayakashi. While Ririchiyo has a talent for using improper communication, she is able to practice with her ever so patient bodyguard. While this is a love story between the two of them, much emphasis is put on relationships between other people in the house and their relationships with each other. The anime follows Ririchiyo and her housemates along their journeys with terrifying yokai and interesting acquaintances.
Nobara Yukinokouji is a bodyguard that lives in Maison de Ayakashi. This busty character is not the quiet type but has a boisterous and outwardly affectionate personality. She makes it known to those she dislikes by spouting rude and blatant comments, and drowning those she finds adorable with love and smothering affection. There is little left to the imagination when it comes to Nobara’s motives as she is portrayed as predictable as the magazines that she is constantly flipping through. Always around and never without an opinion, Nobara stands tall amongst the drama queens of anime.
8. Tatsumaki from One Punch Man
- Episodes: 12
- Aired: October 2015- December 2015
One Punch Man follows the adventures of Saitama who has the ability to defeat any monster with only one punch. However, with this ability, Saitama soon grows bored of how easily he can win every battle and strives for a better and more difficult fight. He joins the Hero Association in order to get access to more difficult monsters but is dismayed to find out he landed in one of the lowest classes of heroes despite his impressive strength. His student, Genos, is saddened as well and the pair strives to become the best of the best.
Tatsumaki, otherwise known as the Terrible Tornado, is the second highest ranked individual in the Hero Association. Tatsumaki is a powerful esper and even after seeing how powerful Saitama is, she still refuses to believe that he has an impressive ability and remains aloof and sarcastic. While she is almost worshipped by her group members, this seems to have given her a complex that puts her above all others. This arrogant attitude is maintained throughout her time in the show and does not change no matter how many extraordinary events she witnesses Saitama performing.
7. France from Hetalia: Axis Powers
- Episodes: 52
- Aired: January 2009- March 2010
Hetalia is an anime that portrays the nations of the world in the entertaining life of one specific character. While it may be seen as racist, most of the characters are fundamentally a portrayal of the nations in the most stereotypical way. This is an educational and entertaining show that displays the nations of the world acting out their history in a more personalized manner. Aptly named, this anime focuses on the Axis Powers and their roles during World War I and World War II.
France, like in many stereotypes, is very prideful. He enjoys many things including eating and going to museums. He also refuses to learn English because he sees French as being above it. While France is like family with many of the countries, he quarrels often and France has a sort of prissy reaction to everything.
6. Kazuma Satou from Kono Subarashii Sekai ni Shukufuku wo! (KonoSuba: God’s Blessing on This Wonderful World!)
- Episodes: 10
- Aired: January 2016- March 2016
Kono Subarashii Sekai ni Shukufuku wo! is an anime about a boy named Kazuma Satou who dies after rescuing a girl from a tractor accident, then is transferred to another world with a goddess. Kazuma then believes that he is destined to become a hero and starts to recruit members to help him defeat the Demon King. The only set back is that each of the people he recruits, he believes to be completely hopeless.
Kazuma is a difficult character because he is so narcissistic. He believes himself to be above other people because he was a gamer in his first life so he thinks that he then knows everything about his current world. This mindset makes it difficult for him to overcome obstacles where he has to think differently. This also makes it difficult when interacting with members of his own party because he is constantly complaining about their lack of skill when he is, in fact, the lowest level adventurer. Kazuma is overly dramatic in his interactions and lacks support because of his constant misgivings.
5. Yamada from B-gata H-kei (Yamada’s First Time: B-gata H-kei)
- Episodes: 12
- Aired: April 2010- June 2010
B-gata H-kei focuses on a young high school girl named Yamada who is obsessed with sex. She wants to have sex with 100 guys and believes that it is a sort of entry into adulthood. However, she has no idea how to go about it since she is a virgin. This anime is about how Yamada finds the man she wants to have sex with and about how sex and love are much more complicated than she could have ever imagined.
Yamada is very full of herself. While she is a beautiful young high school student, she believes that she can seduce anyone. When it comes to the actual interaction, Yamada comes up short and blames everyone else for her misgivings. Later, she will explode in a fit of rage about how she is unable to interact perfectly. She is inexperienced, frustrated and throws fits about the learning part of the process. The lack of instant gratification makes her an immediate drama queen because of how much importance she places on such an insignificant part of her life, up until then.
4. Elizabeth Midford from Kuroshitsuji (Black Butler)
- Episodes: 24
- Aired: October 2008- March 2009
Black Butler follows the life of Ciel Phantomhive after he has given his soul to a demon known by the name of Sebastian. As a member of a prominent British family, he strives to uphold the queen’s favor by acting as her dog by maintaining peace in the streets of London. Ciel, however, has his own personal goal. He seeks to bring justice to those who did him and his family wrong. Most often his duties coincide with this goal and as he goes deeper and deeper into the London underworld, he discovers secrets that are far beyond what he imagines.
Elizabeth Midford is Ciel’s intended. She comes from a prominent family much like him but they could not be any more different. Elizabeth prefers everything to be cute and to have parties all the time, whereas, Ciel prefers his house to be quiet and collected. Whenever Elizabeth appears, she disrupts this trend and brings an element of childishness to the story that Ciel cannot help but find slightly charming but almost entirely irksome. Elizabeth is defined by her ability to give into her childish whims and cannot seem to find any sense in Ciel’s inability to go with her whenever and wherever she pleases. Elizabeth often throws tantrums and cries if her ideas are not realized.
3. Musashi (Jessie) from Pokemon
- Episodes: 276
- Aired: April 1997- November 2002
Pokemon are around almost every corner and often engage in battle with those they come across. Pokemon trainers endeavor to catch them in pokeballs in order to take control over them and use them to battle other Pokemon in duels. Satoshi dreams of becoming a Pokemon trainer and starts out his adventure with a young Pikachu. Satoshi must collect Pokemon on his journey through his world and avoid Team Rocket who are constantly trying to obtain high level and rare Pokemon. Together, Satoshi and his friends will evade Team Rocket and try to become the ultimate Pokemon Master.
Musashi (Jessie) is part of Team Rocket and is constantly trying to think up different ways to get her hands on powerful Pokemon. While she is easily angered, it makes for an entertaining addition to Team Rocket and loves to be the center of attention. Musashi strives to be above all others, although, her short term goal is to obtain Satoshi’s Pikachu. Musashi is very rude and arrogant and she often abuses her Pokemon and is tempermental.
2. Tamaki Suoh from Ouran Koukou Host Club (Ouran High School Host Club)
- Episodes: 26
- Aired: April 2006- September 2006
Ouran High School Host Club is a reverse harem anime in which a young, but smart girl named Haruhi, gains a scholarship to one of the most elite high schools in Japan. Since she is not as wealthy as the other students, she was not able to afford a uniform and is mistaken for unintentionally dressing as a boy on her first day of school. After breaking a very expensive vase that was supposed to be used in the upcoming auction, she has to pay back the owners who happen to be the Ouran High School Host Club by being their errand boy. As the episodes continue, she becomes a full-fledged member of the host club and her identity must be kept secret from the rest of the school.
Tamaki Suoh is the head of Ouran High School Host Club and has many girls that fawn over him on a daily basis. This has in turn given him a very inflated ego. Tamaki is great in all his proclamations, as well as, in simple things such as making coffee. He gets over-excited about new things and is often compared to a loyal golden retriever because of his upbeat attitude when it comes to any plan that he has thought up. Much of the host club needs to keep him grounded by discouraging his elaborate and expensive plans that will often not go the way that he imagines.
1. Serena from Bishoujo Senshi Sailor Moon (Sailor Moon)
- Episodes: 46
- Aired: March 1992- February 1993
Serena is your typical student who often scores below average in her studies. However, Serena’s life is forever changed when a cat shows up in her life and begins to talk. Much to Serena’s chagrin, the cat tells her that she is actually a princess and is destined to save the world from the evil Queen Beryl. With the help of her sailor sisters, they will save the world from evil and perhaps even find love amidst it all.
While Serena seems as though she would jump at an opportunity to be a princess in disguise it is much more than she bargained for and her complaints from her original and ordinary life follow into her extraordinary one. With the troubles of adolescence following her every step of the way, it is difficult not to find humor in her crybaby approach to life. Serena tops this list at #1 because of her inability to keep her temper and comments to herself, even at the most inopportune moments. Serena is a prime example of drama queens in anime.
There are many forms of drama queens in anime. Some are more subtle and, quite honestly, a downer while others are more upbeat and in your face. It can be difficult to tolerate them or they could be very relatable. It is important to keep an open mind when facing new characters because their backstories can make them into a very real and understandable individual.
While this is by no means a comprehensive list, there are many drama queens in anime. I hope that you have enjoyed this article and if you have any suggestions of drama queens that should be included or subtracted in this list, we would love to hear them in the comments below.