We’ve said it before and we’re saying it again, one of anime’s greatest appeals is just how distinctively creative with how it expresses itself. Anyone can say that about any nation’s entertainment industry, but Japanese anime just dials it to over 9,000. However, there are numerous instances when that creativity just takes it to very bizarre turns and as an extension, has given audiences some of the weirdest characters. Defining what’s weird is very hard to pinpoint at times, but when animation takes the imagination to places that most people never really think of, it just goes all over the place. In the last decade, one such character is Haruhi Suzumiya with how eccentric she presents herself, and the generation prior, we also had Ed from Cowboy Bebop who are mostly weird for creative reasons. So, for today’s anime, we thought it’d be nice to once again re-explore some of the weirdest characters in the world of anime.
10. Hacchi Kita from RobiHachi
- Episodes: 12
- Aired: April 8, 2019 – June 24, 2019
Throughout the duration of RobiHachi, Hacchi, Robby’s semi-reluctant partner, is rather unassuming and that quality is the foundation to his weirdness. At just 18, he has a considerable amount of money to help Robby on their intergalactic journey, and can handle himself in a fight. We really don’t know much about Hacchi for a majority of the series and that mystique adds an element as to why he’s weird. Upon his introduction, the guy is bored with the ordinary because everything is just so predictable. However, once he goes to space with Robby, he finds excitement in everything they face because it’s beyond his expectations. Even getting arrested on Mars excites him! Despite that, he’s still well-educated and is pretty responsible with most things, however, his as to the ultimate reason why the way Hacchi is weird is best saved when you watch the series as a whole.
9. Narancia Ghirga from JoJo’s no Kimyou na Bouken Part 5: Ougon no Kaze (JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure Part 5: Vento Auero)
- Episodes: 39
- Aired: October 6, 2018 – July 28, 2019
The JoJo franchise is full of weird characters and we can understand there are (probably) better characters to choose from. Narancia’s so overly reactive to everything, and he dropped out of school at an early age. The series goes out of its way to perfectly explain why he’s so stupid and aloof. Of course, that’s just being illiterate and uneducated, and it does add some motivations to his weirdness. As to why he qualifies as weird, it is because he instigated the torture dance on a beheaded Zucchero, an enemy they defeated. As his idea of torturing someone while on the boat, he powers on his boombox and it plays a track that is reminiscent of Prince’s Pussy Control and he starts dancing that pays homage to Michael Jackson and Prince, the greatest artists of our times.
There are stories of the US military using rock to torture POWs in Guantanamo and the Middle East, but Narancia takes that notion to a new level since it is accompanied by psychedelic imageries as if you took a package of LSD. The scene is just something you have to witness to see how weird and yet awesome it is, and gives a small and yet impacting percentage as to why JoJo is so awesome.
8. Doyle from Baki
- Episodes: 26
- Aired: June 25, 2018 – December 17, 2018
Doyle is a criminally insane kind of weird since he’s a death row inmate on the run! Considering that he’s from the UK, where the death penalty is banned except for the military, we have to assume that he was an assassin for SAS, the UK’s most elite special forces unit. The man is good at hand-to-hand combat and can defeat a good number of black belts. But where does his weirdness begin? The dude has metal blades attached to his joints and that’s only the tip of the iceberg! If any character embodies the saying of “if you’re not cheating, you’re not trying” coined by the legendary wrestling champion Eddie Guerrero, it is definitely Doyle, but he takes that notion and puts it on steroids. And we’re not talking about any steroids, we’re talking about a cocktail mix of Russian and Mexican steroids (and try to think of other non-American performance enhancers while you’re at it, and maybe mix it it with all of the supplements you can get at your local GNC stores)! The extremes he goes to in most of his fights with how he uses weapons and explosives is a level of weird that you just have to see.
7. Ueno from Ueno-san Wa Bukiyou (How clumsy you are, Miss Ueno)
- Episodes: 12
- Aired: January 7, 2019 – March 25, 2019
At lucky 7 we have the titular Ueno from Ueno-San Wa Bukiyou. As we shared on a previous list, what makes her weird is that she’s a Japanese school version to Steve Urkel. That’s how weird she is in a nutshell. She’s a nerd and yet very clumsy and awkward. And when it comes to expressing her feelings, she can be a little behind on figuring that out in a social sense, but she likes to tease this boy by showing off her bloomers under the pretense that she might be showing off her panties. That should be enough to explain on a foundational sense how weird she is.
6. Rintaro Okabe from Steins;Gate
- Episodes: 24
- Aired: April 6, 2011 – September 14, 2011
When it comes to mad scientists, you don’t get any madder than Rintaro Okabe, who tends to adopt a manic persona under the name Kyouma Hououin. He’s kind of a wannabe Doc Brown from Back to the Future. Despite his claim of being a scientist, he’s barely out of high school and is attending an engineering school in Akihabara. As an extension of his whacky personality of trying to portray himself as a mad scientist, he tends to be conspiracy nut and upon his introduction, Rintaro always pretends he’s talking to someone on the phone that he might be watched under the organization just to give his mad scientist persona some importance, and loves to give people nicknames. With Hashidaru, he just calls him “Daru,” and when he meets Kurisu, he calls her “Christina” since Kurisu is a way of saying “Chris” under Japan’s syllabary/vowel system. And if that wasn’t enough, the basis of his time travel experiments are microwaving bananas, but as for how far it goes, you have to watch to find out!
5. Souichi Tsuji from Itou Junji Collection (The Junji Ito Collection)
- Episodes: 12
- Aired: January 5, 2018 – March 23, 2018
You remember that gross boy you had as a classmate back in elementary school? Souichi is exactly that kid! He’s weird, but he’s the creepy kind of weird since he practices the dark arts, and from there, everything goes crazy. For starters, he likes to chew iron nails as a way of showing that they’re his teeth (when in fact it relates to a lack of iron deficiency)! That’s just nuts! Even though most of his attempts at dark magic is just “for show,” there are instances of when they actually work! There have been instances where his voodoo magic on his classmates somehow came to fruition, but in the end, he does face the consequences of his actions. Unfortunately, he doesn’t learn from them only to attempt to wreak havoc with his amateur use of black magic.
4. The Mermaid Sisters from Carole & Tuesday
- Episodes: 24
- Aired: April 11, 2019 - Ongoing
At unlucky number 4, we have The Mermaid Sisters from Carole & Tuesday, a quartet of four individuals (they claim to be neither men nor women) who wear blue hair and pink dresses (while having mustaches) that sing in Capella style. Beyond their get up, what qualifies them as weird? When they enter Mars’ Brightest, a planetary talent show, they perform their original song, “Galactic Mermaid.” Let’s just say it’s a song that would have made legendary comedian George Carlin proud considering it just repeats swear words over and over (and it makes Offspring’s classic hit, Bad Habits, sound like a Disney tune). Unfortunately, they were disqualified due to the nature of their lyrics, and they are enraged with the results and go bonkers. Their get up, the content of their song, and their triggered reaction to their immediate disqualification (claiming that the lyrics describe who they are) are all a perfect recipe as to why they qualify for this list.
3. Haruko Haruhara from Fooly Cooly (FLCL)
- Episodes: 6
- Aired: April 26, 2000 – March 21, 2001
If we could put any OG on this list, it certainly has to be Haruko from FLCL. Like a good fraction of the characters we’ve listed, putting her into words is just almost next to impossible, but we’ll do the best we can. For starters, she uses a bass guitar as a weapon and rides on a flying Vespa scooter. That should be enough to tell you something. Like a lot of young ladies in anime, she has a distinguishing sense of energy and she just chooses to extort that in a way to tease and contrast Naota’s attempts of wanting to be mature. She’s predictably unpredictable, and it’s reasonable to see why Naota doesn’t like her. A lot of the shenanigans in this series are pretty much all her fault, but she passively takes responsibility for them out of anticipation that things will work out (which they do). However, her wackiness is another quality you have to see to understand and appreciate.
2. Ayame Souma from Fruits Basket 1st Season (2019)
- Episodes: 25
- Aired: April 6, 2019 - Ongoing
Ayame, the older brother of Yuki, is quite the oddball to the point that he qualifies as a considerable second. Despite how open he is with his perversions when he uses his snake form to hide inside Tooru’s clothes, there’s more to it and how he likes to brag. His high school back story alone is enough to explain why he’s weird, yet it gives him a strange sense of charisma. As president of the student council, he was able to help some classmates not get expelled after visiting a red light district and as to how he was able to pull that off, you have to watch the anime yourself to get yourself a kick out of it (trust us, it’s better that you watch it. Explaining it won’t do it justice). Lastly, did we mention that it is suggested that he runs a sexy costume store? Yeah, that should be enough to explaining he qualifies for this list.
1. Puri-Puri Prisoner from One Punch Man 2nd Season
- Episodes: 12
- Aired: April 10, 2019 – July 3, 2019
At number one, we have to put in Puri-Puri Prisoner from the second season of One Punch Man. Despite his gimmick of being a prisoner, he’s actually a hero! And that’s not the reason that makes him weird! You know those stories that there’s Bubba, that one guy you don’t want to be locked in a cell with? Well, Puri-Puri Prisoner is that guy but on God knows whatever drugs he’s on. While he’s nowhere near as strong as Saitama, he can still hold himself in a fight and he’s still strong enough to break through the strongest of steel, is amazingly fast (with his Angel Dash), and is capable of taking damage. As to what makes him weird, it is when he can increase his muscles to the point that it rips through his clothes and he fights naked, which he calls his Angel Style. We can’t explain anymore than this, you just have to see this series to understand this quality and see why we put him at number one.
Lastly, we’d like to make some honorable mentions to Eikichi Onizuka from GTO, Masaru Hananakajima from Sexy Commando Gaiden, Daigouji Gai from Martian Successor Nadesico, and Excel from Excel Saga. We’ll admit with how wide the world of anime is, this list was difficult to come up with. When it comes to weird characters, we admit that it’s hard to put these characters into words. You just have to see them at times just to get a first hand idea as to how they’re weird. If you don’t agree with our list, we get it. We encourage (civil) disagreement. We can agree to disagree! Just feel free to add who some of your favorite weird characters from the world of anime that we have likely missed.
Anime is loved by many for several reasons. Sometimes it's the action; sometimes it's the story. Perhaps the most memorable thing from anime are the characters. Just like the real world, anime has a variety of characters with their own personal and defining features. Some are the super cool heroes; some, the beautiful girl. And then there are the weirdos.
You know the ones: the guys that just seem extremely out of place. Now, don't get us wrong, there's nothing wrong with being weird, so let's take a look at the Top 10 Weirdest Anime Characters.
10. Takehito "Gakuto" Morokuzu from Prison School
- Episodes: 13
- Aired: July 2015 - September 2015
Allowing five boys entry to a prestigious all-girls private school; what's the worst that can happen? Well, if they're the five boys from Prison School: everything! Gakuto's weirdness isn't defined by his lechery, however. Gakuto's weirdness is rooted in his otaku nature and obsession with the Three Kingdoms. He shows an absurdly in-depth knowledge of the Three Kingdoms, often finding some parallel between it and the group of boys' situation. His weirdest trait, of course, is his speech pattern, opting to speak in a very antiquated style of speech, ending his sentences with the old Japanese "degozaru." Gakuto even uses "gozaru" as interjections and outcries.
His weirdness truly shines after their seemingly final plan to clear their name fails, and he completely loses it. In this crazed state, we can see the weirdness that harbors within Gakuto's mind. During this time, he made ridiculous escape plans and insisted on a meal of fried grasshoppers and rice. This meal, of course, reverted him to his original state, the cunning and intelligent mastermind of the group. So committed to their escape was Gakuto, that he had a voluntary bowel movement during class, which of course didn't help with his image of being a weirdo in school, but definitely, helps him earn a spot on this list.
9. Eiji Niizuma from Bakuman.
- Episodes: 25
- Aired: October 2010 – April 2011
Generally, mangaka are known to be slightly strange. Staying cooped up drawing endlessly can do that to you, but in the case of Eiji Niizuma, it's a special kind of weird. The tamest of his characteristic quirks is his abnormal sleeping habit. Because Eiji hates sleeping, he spends lots his time awake, resulting in him sleeping for preposterous lengths of time when it comes time for him to sleep: usually 20 hours.
We all know a thing or two about weird sleep patterns, so that's not really what makes him weird. Eiji does have weird tendencies, however, like making noises and sound effects while working on his manga. In addition to these noises, he's constantly making strange poses.
Don't think we forgot about the feathers that are a necessary part of his outfit. So necessary that despite knowing how to act normal when required, he couldn’t remove them from his outfit, much like he was unable to control his quirk of making weird poses.
8. Touko Fukawa from Danganronpa: The Animation (Danganronpa: Kibou no Gakuen to Zetsubou no Koukousei The Animation)
- Episodes: 13
- Aired: July 2013 - September 2013
Touko Fukawa is a shy and socially inept girl who feels that everyone is constantly judging her and thinking bad things about her. Despite this constant fear that people are secretly judging and criticizing her, she has no problem vocalizing her own judgements of other people.
The weirdest part about Toko, of course, isn't her views on judging people; it's Genocide Jack. Genocide Jack is Toko's psychopathic murderous split personality. While Toko is quiet and antsy around others, Genocide Jack is very loud and open with others. She is so open with others, that she has no problem expressing her and Toko's lewd thoughts. The strangest thing about Toko and Genocide Jack is the fact that she only kills guys that she finds attractive. Toko and Genocide Jack are the two sides to the same crazy coin.
7. Mai Minakami from My Everyday Life (Nichijou)
- Episodes: 13
- Aired: April 2011 – September 2011
Despite its name, there's nothing normal about the happenings in Nichijou, and that's due to its myriad of strange characters, including Mai. Part of Mai's weird charm is her love of pranks combined with her emotionless expression. Her love of pranks, expressionless face, and random behavior makes her very hard to understand by her friends and viewers alike.
Mai plays pranks on almost anyone at any time, in a variety of manners. And when we say anyone, we mean anyone: her friends, her dogs, and even herself.
6. L from Death Note
- Episodes: 37
- Aired: October 2006 – July 2007
Perhaps the first truly strange character many manga and anime lovers encounter, L makes this list not only due to his reputation but, of course, because of his behaviors. Just by his appearance alone, L makes it clear that he is not your normal detective. L wears only a plain white T-shirt, blue jeans and prefers to walk around barefoot most of the time.
L is most famous for the weird squatting position he prefers to sit in, claiming it improves his brain's efficacy. Additionally, he's often surrounded by mounds of sweets, which serves as his primary food source. As if his low social skills, attire, and demeanor weren't strange enough, L holds things using his thumb and index finger, a small but noticeable quirk that also makes him stand out for his strangeness.
5. Shuu Tsukiyama from Tokyo Ghoul
- Episodes: 12
- Aired: July 2014 – September 2014
Shuu is a fairly normal looking, some would even say attractive, ghoul. The weirdest thing about him on the outside is perhaps only his sense of style and his eccentric mannerisms. Shuu's outward personality is, of course, all a ruse to lure his prey back to the ghoul restaurant. Sometimes, this care in exhibiting a refined personality reveals a bit of his eccentrics, such as using English, French, and Italian phrases when talking. His façade also slipped at times in the form of tantrums due to seemingly small problems.
In addition to his few weird tendencies when masquerading as a human, Shuu also has his quirks related to the true ghoul of his nature. For example, Shuu attempts to befriend Kaneki as a means to dine on him, because he was drawn to his scent.
4. Mayuri Kurotsuchi from Bleach
- Episodes: 366
- Aired: October 2004 – March 2012
Generally, intellectuals are fairly normal. Potentially viewed as an outcast... an outsider, but still normal. That is unless your intellectual is a mad scientist, and Mayuri is definitely a mad scientist. I mean, just look at him! Nothing about his appearance is normal, in fact, there's not even a normal or standard look to Mayuri, as every time he appears in the show he has a completely new and even stranger design to his look.
Of course, it's not fair to judge a book by a cover, and Mayuri's definitely a book worth reading to truly understand how weird he is. Mayuri embodies the idea of a mad scientist, seeking to push his limit and understanding of the world at any cost necessary. He views everyone as a possible test subject and has even experimented on himself on numerous occasions. Despite, and due to, this desire to know everything, Mayuri doesn't believe in perfection and even hates the idea of it. This disbelief in perfection means Mayuri sees no end or completion to his research, which is a truly scary thought to think of.
3. Petelgeuse Romanee-Conti from Re:ZERO –Starting Life in Another World- (Re: Zero kara Hajimeru Iseikai Seikatsu)
- Episodes: 25
- Aired: April 2016 – September 2016
Sometimes, there's no excuse for weird behavior other than pure madness. This applies best to the Sloth Sin Archbishop, Petelgeuse. Before going mad, he was a normal guy; after that, however, it's a completely different story. In addition to his personality, Petelgeuse also has a quite strange appearance to him, due to both his mannerisms and attire. Like a few strange characters before him, Petelgeuse has an abnormal speech pattern, often emphasizing and delaying the 'desu' at the end of his sentences.
Petelgeuse often speaks while contorting himself into strange and unnatural poses. Petelgeuse also has a tendency of injuring himself. Petelgeuse managed to live for 400 years by possessing people by turning them into his fingers, which is a very strange way to possess people.
2. Don Patch from Bobobo-bo Bo-bobo
- Episodes: 76
- Aired: November 2003 – September 2005
Don Patch, like many other characters of the show, subscribes to a "hajike" way of life, which is to do something weird at any given moment. Don Patch's ability to do random and bizarre things at any moment had earned him the title of King of Hajikelist for 50 years in a row, before he stopped participating in the competition.
Several of Don Patch's ridiculous hijinx include his desire to be the heroine of the show, despite being a male, of course. To achieve this end, he has created a female persona, Patches, in addition to several other alternate identities. At one point, he even thought he was a hat. A very capable fighter, Don Patch is also capable of fighting with several different weapons that he carries around... all of which are really just green onions.
In a show where being weird and bizarre is a common feature, it takes a special level of weird to stand out from the crowd. Don Patch, with his over the top antics, and his uncanny resemblance to Sonic's offspring with an orange, definitely earns his spot as one of anime's weirdest characters.
1. Tomoko Kuroki from Watamote: No Matter How I Look At It, It's You Guys' Fault I'm Unpopular! (Watashi ga Motenai no wa Dou Kangaete mo Omaera ga Warui!)
- Episodes: 12
- Aired: July 2013 – September 2013
It's almost unfair for Tomoko to have the number 1 spot on this list. Tomoko has a severe case of social anxiety and, as a result, is unable to function normally in just about any situation. Sure, the cause of her extremely strange behavior is her social anxiety, but weird is weird no matter how you slice it.
The great thing about Watamote is that not only do we get to experience Tomoko's weird behavior, but we also get to experience her thought process during her interactions, which is often just as weird if not weirder: whether it's thinking she's popular due to common middle school interactions, or imagining that she's being molested by sports equipment on the train, or even assuming boys were starting to find her attractive despite her increasingly disgusting appearance. Tomoko's inability to socialize causes her much grief, but it's this same inability coupled with her overactive imagination that makes her such a weird character.
Anime has its own unique way of showcasing its weirdness in its characters, notably a particular way of talking and mannerism. And while that stereotypical weirdness is found in a few characters on the list, most of them are uniquely weird, making them stand out in a sea of weird.
Remember: there's nothing wrong with being weird, which is why anime is filled with so many lovable weirdos. Let us know your favorite weirdo that you think should've made the list in the comments below!