10 Anime Heroes Who Can’t Handle Criticism

Maine from Cyberpunk, Jean from AOT, and Endeavor from MHA split image

Criticism is not always a bad thing. It may be perceived as an opportunity for growth and to correct mistakes that have been holding one back from their true potential. If done correctly, criticism can even be the most productive way to interact with another person.

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However, there are many anime heroes who feel as though they are beyond reproach. To them, they have performed so flawlessly that any advice is enough to send them spiraling out of control. These characters’ belligerent attitudes make them difficult to interact with and sometimes even dangerous to have around.

10 Endeavor Broke Down From Dabi’s Criticism

My Hero Academia

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My Hero Academia‘s Endeavor proved less capable of criticism than his predecessor, All Might. His attempt at atonement forced other people to reevaluate what they thought of him, and some didn’t like that he lost his edginess.

Endeavor has a difficult time taking criticism from his family since they frequently mention how he abused and neglected them. When Dabi revealed himself as Endeavor’s lost son, it was enough to stop him dead in his tracks and make him freeze on the battlefield for several full minutes.

9 Maine Didn’t Like Having His Stability Challenged

Cyberpunk: Edgerunners

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Maine was the group’s leader in Cyberpunk: Edgerunners. Although stable at first, his augmentations clearly took a mental toll that exacerbated as the series progressed. At one point, Maine began threatening his allies, which compelled them to think he was undergoing cyberpsychosis.

Needless to say, Maine was less than thrilled with this accusation. It took him losing what humanity he had left to finally acknowledge his misbehavior to David. By that point it was too late for him. Rather than lashing out at his former friends, he died in a blaze of glory against their pursuers.

Deltora Quest

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Jasmine had a significantly different life from the other characters of Deltora Quest. Rather than suffering under the Shadow Lord’s thumb, she survived in the forest well after her parents’ deaths. This gave her an increased affinity with nature, but a lack of human interaction left her maligned.

As a result, Lief and others needed to tread carefully around her, especially since she did not view her childhood as being any “less than” those of her peers. To her credit, it provided skills that were invaluable for the heroes’ survival.

7 Kurapika Resented Gon & Killuas’ Advice

Hunter X Hunter

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Given the rapport established between Kurapika and the main protagonists of Hunter X Hunter, he was willing to consider their criticism and spare Chrollo. His mercy came under the condition that the Phantom Troupe was dissolved so that they would never hurt an innocent person again.

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As time elapsed, Kurapika grew viscerally dissatisfied with this decision, and it’s implied he partially blamed Gon for it. This was seen through the fact that he did not visit him in the hospital. Instead, Kurapika sat alone and obsessed over the villains that he let get away.

6 Jean & Eren Constantly Critiqued Each Other

Attack On Titan

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Jean and Eren were the most underrated rivalry in Attack On Titan. Even in their training days, they constantly criticized each other’s performance to such an extent that they got in a physical brawl. When Eren became a titan, their criticisms only evolved to take different shapes.

It gave Jean grounds to attribute all of Eren’s accomplishments to his enhanced form while giving Eren license to accuse his rival of being useless. Even before the battle to reclaim Shiganshina, both men were ready to beat each other senseless.

5 Lelouch Expected Blind Obedience

Code Geass

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Whether as Lelouch or Zero, Code Geass‘ main protagonist hated being challenged or criticized. When the nascent Black Knights questioned any of his orders, he never actually explained them. Instead, Lelouch simply reminded them to do as they were told.

Those who repeatedly challenged Lelouch were punished. Tamaki, one of the man’s most ardent critics, coveted a rank of prestige for his “hard work.” Given his previous complaining, Lelouch appointed him as the Black Knights’ “chief custodian.” Luckily, Tamaki wasn’t smart enough to realize this was an insult.

4 Bakugo Wouldn’t Even Let Pros Criticize Him

My Hero Academia

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Due to Bakugo’s performance at the Sports Festival, he was apprenticed by Best Jeanist. As the third best pro at the time, Jeanist expected Bakugo’s respect, cooperation, and reverence for his prestige of his agency.

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However, the second Bakugo’s appearance and mannerisms came under attack, the situation devolved. Bakugo refused the new image that Jeanist attempted to craft for him, making the time they shared largely unproductive. It would take a bloody street fight with Deku for Bakugo to finally change anything about his hyper confrontational personality.

3 Maki Quickly Proved Her Detractors Wrong

Fire Force

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Maki was one of the most heavily criticized heroes in Fire Force. Whether certain members of Company Eight criticizing her on account of her gender or her own family assuming she couldn’t keep herself safe, Maki constantly had to prove herself.

Despite Maki’s annoyance, she passed every challenge issued with flying colors. In addition to being among her unit’s most powerful members, she survived a perilous encounter within the White-Clad’s underground lair. In the end, Maki’s family realized and was forced to respect her desire for independence.

2 Inuyasha Bickered With Kagome & Allies For Criticizing Him


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The titular protagonist of Inuyasha constantly saw the need to defend himself from criticism. Whether bickering with Kagome about alleged recklessness or fighting with Shippo over practical jokes, Inuyasha argued with the other heroes more than the villains themselves.

Nonetheless, the series’ antagonists also criticized Inuyasha. Many lesser demons attacked his heritage, and even his own brother felt as though he was unworthy of the Tessaiga. Ironically, Naraku was perhaps the least critical of Inuyasha even though he was the main antagonist of the entire story.

1 Toph Viewed Criticism As Personal Attacks

Avatar: The Last Airbender

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Toph’s quest for independence was her main goal in Avatar: The Last Airbender. Therefore, she saw any criticism as a personal attack on her character and lashed out accordingly. This immediately made her standoffish with Katara, who tried to assume a “motherly” role among her friends.

Toph also ran away from home since she knew her parents would be too critical of her lifestyle to accept it. It was one of the best decisions she ever made since it ultimately helped Aang free Ba Sing Se from the Fire Nation’s clutches.

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