Top Popular Anime with the Weakest Main Characters.
People tend to love anime for varying reasons. Some like them because they’re a great escape from reality. Others, because they’re jam-packed with lessons to be learnt. Another reason why some like anime, and in turn, the characters, is because they’re relatable. We all have that one character whom we always think of as being strikingly similar to ourselves. Maybe because they are super-smart, or very popular, or even because they are weaker than the rest. Sometimes, being weak can be quite endearing, especially when the weakling strives for change. Hence, in today’s course, we’ll be exploring popular anime with the weakest main characters.
My Hero Academia is a relatively simple story, although very engaging. It is “ the story of how a young, weak boy became the greatest hero”. My Hero Academia is centred around Midoriya, a boy born with no superpower in a world where superpowers are commonplace. He is an honest boy with a heart of gold and is very endearing. He looks up to the greatest hero, All Might, and continues to hope for the day a miracle will happen, and he too can be a hero to help others. All Might, after witnessing one of Midoriya’s heroic deeds, scouts him and decides to pass his superpower onto him. From this point on, we watch as he faces the trials and tribulations of evil and the many nuances of so-called “evil”.
Midoriya sure does start off weak, but in the long run, it becomes a force to be reckoned with. As far as anime with the weakest main characters go, everyone can acknowledge that his beginnings truly reflected weakness. His superpower was so strong for him that even using it harmed his body, and could even kill him. One thing so fascinating about this case, however, is that it gives viewers hope that if they too put in the work, and add just a bit of miracle sprinkles in their lives, they may grow in the same way Midoriya did. He serves as an inspiration to many.
4. Dr. Stone (Senku Ishigami).
Dr. Stone is an anime with quite an interesting premise. The series follows Senku, a high-schooler in his quest to rebuild civilisation with the power of science. The story starts off with the world being enveloped by a flash of green light, which ends up petrifying close to all life forms. After 3,700 years, Senku awakes, breaking out of his petrification to a world in which all traces of advancement have eroded over time. He then begins to work on finding the cause of this event, and a cure for the petrification. In the long run, after a couple of his friends are awake, he takes on the goal to rebuild civilisation from scratch, all through science.
Contrary to many anime protagonists, Senku isn’t particularly strong. In fact, his weakness can sometimes be embarrassing. As much as he tries, compared to the rest in this almost barbaric world he lives in, he’s only a midget. His sole saving grace is his incredible intellect. With that alone, he can craft tools and plots that enable him to face deadly foes. Although this technically compensates for his lack of strength, it still earns him a spot among anime with the weakest main characters. (Sorry Senku!) As a side note, Dr. Stone is equally an educational anime where you could learn lots of science-orientated things!
3. KoNoSuBa! (Kazuma Satou)
Similar to Dr. Stone, our hero, Kazuma, also wakes up in a world. This time, it’s in a different world from his own, which makes it an isekai anime, which are popular these days. Kazuma, a shut-in gamer NEET, goes to his local convenience store to get supplies to stash himself away again. Little did he know, he would meet his end right there. Following his embarrassing death, he meets a goddess; Aqua, who proposes to reincarnate him in a parallel world. Being a gamer, he obviously jumps at the opportunity. He is also given a chance to pick one thing to take along to this world, so he chooses Aqua to accompany him. Once in the new world, Kazuma is tasked with taking out the Devil King and his army, restoring peace to the world.
Kazuma is objectively a big goofball. Despite being the big clown in his circus, he shows great intelligence when push comes to shove. As for physical aptitude, you really can’t expect much from a shut-in, and he proves us right 100%. All of his flaws aside, where Kazuma really scores an S-rank is that he has a very high Luck stat.This enables him, despite all other bad stats to really reel it in against all the odds, and makes him a somewhat reliable protagonist. That luck, however, isn’t saving him from being ranked in our list of anime with the weakest main characters.
2. Re: Zero-Starting Life in Another World (Subaru Natsuki).
Much like KoNoSuBa, this is an isekai. Subaru, a NEET and hikikomori gamer, is “summoned” to another world after his late-night snack run to a corner shop. He gains consciousness in the Kingdom of Lugunica and eventually meets the lady whom he thinks summoned him; a half-elf named Emilia. She is a candidate to become the next ruler of the kingdom. In this world, Subaru is endowed with power (or curse) which enables him to turn back time through death. Everyone and everything that happened before the time travel is forgotten by everyone except him, each time. With this power, he devotes himself to the service of Emilia (mostly because he loves her) and to his friends in the kingdom.
Subaru, other than his infamous return by death power, doesn’t have much that raises him over the other characters. With remarkable fighters like Ram, and magicians like Beatrice, Subaru seems more like a fish out of water. Coupled with his ability is the fact that he always has to go through excruciating pain. Death isn’t usually very smooth in a fantasy world, so unlike other abilities, his comes at a pricey cost.
Tokyo Revengers follows the trail of Takemichi, a 26-year-old freeter, living a rather uneventful life. While watching the news one day, he learns that his girlfriend and her brother were killed in a Tokyo Manji Gang conflict. This is a tragic moment in the anime which leaves him chronically depressed as he goes about his day. Later on, while boarding a train at Shinjuku station (now of the real life location in the anime), he gets pushed onto the train tracks and just upon impact, he leaps 12 years into his past. He gains consciousness in his middle school body. With this newfound power (or stroke of luck) Takemichi decides to alter events to improve his life and the lives of others and prevent terrible happenings.
Takemichi earns the top spot in popular anime with the weakest main characters. While going on his adventures, he meets individuals of all sorts. Such include members of other tough gangs, who of course, are ready to rumble. He absolutely doesn’t have the strength to help him in such interactions, but he makes up for his lack of willpower and resilience. Fun fact, Takemichi roughly translates to “strong in temperament and will” in English. This is a nice reminder that although he’s a weak crybaby, he will do whatever it takes to make things right as they should be. As an aside, who would’ve guessed that Takemichi’s voice actor equally voiced Natsuo Todoroki from My Hero Academia?
The anime recently wrapped up its second season and is planning a third one. Tokyo Revengers was nominated in many categories of the 6th Crunchyroll Anime Awardsedition. It equally received manylive-action movies and many mobile games you could either download on App Store or Play Store.
And there you have it. Popular anime with the weakest main characters is at your service. Just remember, weak doesn’t always mean ‘lacks strength’. We evaluated these characters’ weakness purely based on the sort of anime they are from. Did we do well? Is there any other character you think deserves a slice of this cake? Speaking of strengths, Intelligence should count as one, right? Check out our list of Smartest My Hero Academia Villains.