Imagination and loyalty are the true hallmark of a Cancer. They are admired for their persuasiveness and tenacity. However, on the flip side they can be moody and manipulative. Family is very important to Cancers and they will defend them to the death. They also typically enjoy art, food and enjoy helping others. There are many individuals that portray the different aspects of the Cancer and they can be both heroes and villains depending on which side of them they choose to act on. The Cancer can be a commendable sign to be born under if you choose the proper traits to act upon and are aware of your weaknesses. By doing this, not only under Cancer, but also under any other sign, you are able to promote the best version of yourself.
There are characters in anime that exhibit these traits as well. The characters who we have listed below exhibit the traits of the Cancer strongly, although this can be in a positive or negative way. By analyzing the characters, we are able to determine the amount of thought that was put into them by their creators and admire them for the work of art that they are. The characters below portray all aspects of the Cancer sign and are ranked accordingly.
10. Weevil Underwood from Yu-Gi-Oh!
- Episodes: 27
- Air Date: April 1998 - October 1998
Weevil Underwood is the epitome of the negative traits of a Cancer. While he is not strictly pessimistic, he imagines a world that is full of the evil that he has created. Weevil is manipulative as demonstrated with his interactions with Yugi. He is suspicious of everyone and is driven by evil deeds. Weevil is an underhanded villain that represents the worst traits of a Cancer and because of this he has earned himself a spot at the bottom of our list.
9. America from Hetalia Axis Powers
- Episodes: 52
- Air Date: January 2009 - March 2010
America is an interesting character in Hetalia. He is shown to be somewhat dimwitted for a majority of the time and dreams of heroes and justice. He is very nosy and loves to eavesdrop on others and make gossip out of their problems. This can cause him to have somewhat strained relationships with the other countries. America is loyal when it suits him and is shown to be occasionally persuasive. His tenacity is unmatched by the other countries as he is extremely upbeat and social. However, when needed he can also be studious and helpful. This combination of traits allows America a spot on our list of top Cancers.
8. Kotetsu Segawa from Hayate no Gotoku! (Hayate the Combat Butler)
- Episodes: 52
- Air Date: April 2007 - March 2008
Kotetsu is an extremely shallow male when it comes to love. His past luck with women has left him with a sour taste in his mouth and entirely unsatisfied. Just when he was going to give up any luck with love, Kotetsu meets Hayate. This bro-mance turns into a lesson that will change Kotetsu for the better. He is loyal to Hayate and loves to listen to his guidance. He proves to be insecure when dealing with anything related to love and is extremely suspicious of women. His character is all over the board when it comes to his personality which lets him exhibit many of both the positive and negative traits of a Cancer.
7. Haruka Nanase from Free! (Free! Iwatobi Swim Club)
- Episodes: 12
- Air Date: July 2013 - September 2013
Haruka chooses to live his life dedicated to swimming. While he is loyal to his few friends, he prefers seclusion and takes great pride in his swimming ability. He can be pessimistic but when his friends need him, he is always there. Haruka Nanase is not a suspicious individual and is very easy to see through. He is loyal and there is not much that he is hiding. Haruka is a true and loyal friend when it counts and harbors no hidden agendas. These traits make him an admirable Cancer.
6. Izuku Midoriya from Boku no Hero Academia (My Hero Academia)
- Episodes: 13
- Air Date: April 2016 - June 2016
Izuku is initially a quiet boy who is very reserved. While he seeks to be a hero, he misses the vital Quirk. However, in order to overcome this, he develops exceptional leadership skills which leads him to have many of the positive traits of the Cancer. Izuku is loyal and soon learns to express his emotions. He is also extremely sympathetic to those in need regardless of their past behavior towards him. Izuku represents many of the positive aspects of a Cancer and is an admirable character among all signs.
5. Aoi Hyoudou from Kaichou wa Maid-sama! (Maid Sama!)
- Episodes: 26
- Air Date: April 2010 - September 2010
Aoi likes to dress up as a girl and has a large social media following. Because of his wish though, he is highly criticized by his own family. While Aoi is extremely moody and temperamental, he is also loyal to his friends when they need him. Although he does it in a way to make him seem like they owe him for his help. He loves beautiful and cute things and is sympathetic to those in need. This imaginative male embodies many of the traits of a Cancer.
4. Ichigo Kurosaki from Bleach
- Episodes: 366
- Air Date: October 2004 - March 2012
Ichigo’s personality varies a lot as he passes through the different stages of his life. He was a mama’s boy when he was younger and he kept this familial loyalty throughout his life. However, in his teenage years Ichigo grew impulsive and temperamental. This moodiness is characteristic of a Cancer. However, he showed little emotion as he grew and the scowl that he is known for became a permanent feature. Despite his cold appearance, he is sympathetic and compassionate towards others. His loyalty and compassion allow him a spot on our list.
3. Tsukune Aono from Rosario to Vampire (Rosario + Vampire)
- Episodes: 13
- Air Date: January 2008 - March 2008
When Tsukune ends up at a monster school, he, as a human, is in over his head. Only with the help of his harem of friends can he stay alive. This also helps to bring out his innate nature. While he may seem wimpy and weak, Tsukune is extremely loyal and emotional. He is insecure but will fight to defend his friends. He enjoys helping his friends even though he knows there is not much that he can do to defend them. Tsukune is the glue that holds his group together and they are all stronger because of him. These traits make Tsukune an excellent Cancer.
2. Spike Spiegel from Cowboy Bebop
- Episodes: 26
- Air Date: April 1998 - April 1999
Spike Spiegel may seem like an outlaw who only loosely follows the law but he resembles a Cancer very well. He has few friends but treats them as though they are his family and will defend them against anyone. He puts up a hard exterior while being sympathetic to others when they deserve it. He is also very persuasive and this allows for him to succeed in situations where there are prisoners before resorting to violence. Spike can be extremely moody but his loyalty is unmatched. These traits put him towards the top of our list of Cancers.
1. Akira Hayama from Shokugeki no Souma (Food Wars! Shokugeki no Soma)
- Episodes: 24
- Air Date: April 2015 - September 2015
Akira’s loyalty towards Jun is second to none. After she rescued him off the streets, she became a mother figure to him and his entire drive is for her sake. His instinctive sense of smell allows him to be exceptionally creative with his creations. He has been shown to be manipulative when he is trying to achieve a better life for himself and Jun but it always leads back to his unwavering loyalty. He is inherently moody which is another strong aspect of a Cancer as seen by him easily losing his temper. He tops our list of Cancers because he exhibits both the positive and negative aspects of a typical Cancer.
There are many characters in anime that are born under the Cancer sign. It is our job to narrow them down to the characters that represent the traits the best and analyze them accordingly. Cancer has a great many positive as well as negative traits and by learning the weaknesses of them you are able to build yourself into the best person that you can possibly be. It is inherent in all signs to be occasionally moody and resort to bad behaviors but by realizing this and overcoming it can lead to a splendid individual.
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