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10 Anime Characters Who Overstayed Their Welcome

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In the realm of Japanese anime, even the most popular or interesting characters should only remain in the story for as long as they’re relevant, and that goes double for less-interesting characters. A highly compelling protagonist or rival should stick around to the very end, but other characters might overstay their welcome.

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Some anime characters overstay their welcome because they’re still in the story even after their character arc is long since over, or they never had an arc to begin with. Other characters become so annoying or unpleasant that anime fans want them to go away, but those characters will stay in the story anyway. In many cases, an anime series would be better off writing out these characters entirely.

10/10 Ren Yamai Never Stopped Being Creepy Toward Komi

Komi Can’t Communicate

Ren Yamai with a suspicious face in Komi Can't Communicate.

Komi Can’t Communicate is a wholesome and charming slice-of-life anime that pokes gentle fun at certain character archetypes, such as the chunibyo Nakanaka Omoharu or even the yandere Ren Yamai. But most fans agree that Ren Yamai’s continued inclusion in the story is a problem.

Ren is sometimes funny, but more often, she keeps creeping out everyone with her stalker tendencies, which is troubling. She holds back her most extreme impulses, like kidnapping, but otherwise, Ren Yamai quickly wore out her appeal as a mild yandere satire.

9/10 Marika Tachibana’s Character Arc Soon Stalled Out


Marika Tachibana in Nisekoi.

Nisekoi is a fairly entertaining harem anime set in high school, but the plot soon became circular, and the entire premise started to overstay its welcome, let alone the characters. The tsundere Chitoge and the dandere Kosaki had enduring appeal, but Marika Tachibana did not.

Marika was a total deredere who was fixated on Raku Ichijo, which was pretty much her entire personality in the anime. She had little else to say or do, so she became a repetitive gimmick of calling out “Raku, darling!” and trying to get him all to herself.

8/10 Keigo Asano Soon Became Unbearable


Keigo Asano in Bleach.

Bleach juggles a huge cast of characters and regularly rotates through them, so relatively few characters truly overstay their welcome. Then there’s the goofy party boy Keigo Asano, who was nothing but cheap comic relief from the very start, much like Kon.

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Keigo contributed nothing to the story except being the token skirt chaser who keeps laughing, shouting, or crying at everything. He’s not a truly horrible person, but Keigo is still highly annoying and soon felt pointless as Bleach moved on to bigger and better things.

7/10 Orochimaru Just Wouldn’t Stay Dead


Orochimaru from Naruto.

Even powerful, memorable villains like Orochimaru the Sannin might overstay their welcome if they don’t know when to quit. Orochimaru established his immortality and scientist theme fairly early in Naruto, so fans expected him to cheat death at least once to keep fighting for his dark dreams.

Even then, Orochimaru stuck around for too long and started to feel more like a nuisance. He had long since stopped being a relevant villain, but through Kabuto, he managed to cling on anyway. He even returned as a redeemed character in Boruto, which is downright weird in many fans’ eyes.

6/10 Marie Soon Ran Out Of Things To Do

Trapped In A Dating Sim

Marie annoyed in Trapped In A Dating Sim.

In the short, humorous isekai anime Trapped in a Dating Sim, the antihero Leon Bartfort realizes that the dandere game character Marie is actually his real-life little sister, and she was up to no good. Marie cozied up to prince Julius and his friends to take Leon down, but she was foiled.

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Marie had already run out of options, but she kept appearing in Dating Sim regardless. She wasn’t even a real threat to Leon any longer, yet the anime seemed oddly reluctant to write her out of the story, so she made cameos right to the end out of sheer obligation.

5/10 Hiro Segawa Wasn’t Worth It After A Point

A Couple Of Cuckoos

Hiro Segawa unhappy in A Couple Of Cuckoos.

In A Couple of Cuckoos, the hapless protagonist Nagi Umino is engaged to the lovely Erika Amano, but he already has his heart set on his violet-haired classmate, Hiro Segawa, the top-ranked student in their entire school. At first, Hiro seemed like a great girl, but then her appeal wore thin.

Hiro didn’t develop very much, though she did become snide, manipulative, and self-centered to a degree. It soon became tough to see why Nagi liked her so much when the genuinely sweet and kind Erika was right there under the same roof as him.

4/10 Yuji Had Absolutely Nothing Worthwhile To Do

My Isekai Life

Yuji in My Isekai Life.

My Isekai Life was rather bland and formulaic, even by isekai’s generous standards. Somehow, the protagonist himself overstayed his welcome even though the story couldn’t proceed without him. Yuji was reborn with immense magical power and animal companions, and little more.

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There was nothing compelling about Yuji aside from a few scenes where he combined his powers in creative ways. He had no personality, no worthwhile goals, and not even any meaningful friendships. My Isekai Life was a total snooze, not just because it was lazily generic, but because of Yuji himself.

3/10 Lilia Rainworth Was Such A Petty Hassle

I’m The Villainess, So I’m Taming The Final Boss

Lilia pleading in I'm The Villainess, So I'm Taming The Final Boss.

I’m the Villainess, So I’m Taming the Final Boss engaged isekai fans with its charming shojo-style otome game world and its gutsy protagonist Aileen Rainworth, along with her cool kuudere fiance, Claude. Then Aileen faced her worst enemy, the game character-turned-isekai antihero Lilia Rainworth.

Lilia’s sole goal was to manipulate all the game characters around her to challenge Aileen and see what would happen. That was an interesting meta-comment on isekai the first time, but then Lilia kept doing it and had no real developments beyond that.

2/10 Minoru Mineta Was Exhausting From The Moment Fans Met Him

My Hero Academia

Minoru Mineta running in battle with his quirk in My Hero Academia.

My Hero Academia is packed with compelling and exciting characters, ranging from awesome Pro Heroes to oddly sympathetic villains and underdog student heroes like Izuku Midoriya. Then Minoru Mineta came along, acting like a bad parody of mega-pervert anime characters from decades past.

Minoru was a real chore to watch from the very start as a shameless pervert who had no boundaries or respect for others whatsoever. He had his moments as a creative and quick-thinking hero, but MHA fans rightly despised Minoru within minutes of seeing what he was really like.

1/10 Demon Lord Clayman Is A Moustache-Twirling Villain

That Time I Got Reincarnated As A Slime

Clayman is frustrated in That Time I Got Reincarnated As A Slime.

Every isekai action story needs a demon lord, but those characters still can and should be more than a mustache-twirling bad guy living in a magic castle. Most of That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime’s characters are a delight to watch, but Clayman is neither compelling nor scary on-screen.

Clayman soon overstayed his welcome as a brutal but generic demon lord who hated Rimuru simply so the heroes could have someone to fight. It took quite some time for Rimuru to finally defeat all of Clayman’s minions, confront him during Walpurgis, and take him down for good.

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