It’s one of the most irritating anime tropes: a buff hero with mediocre powers who exists solely for the sake of the audience.
When anime celebrated its centennial in 2017, it brought us some of the best storylines and characters ever depicted (or hate). For all its stylistic merits, though, there is no shortage of cliches in Japanese animated productions of all kinds.
The inclusion of at least one female character with excessively large breasts in relation to the rest of her body is one of the most typical anime clichés. The character’s sex appeal is enhanced by this stereotype, which is frequently employed for comedic purposes (which is really nasty, given that a number of these characters are teenagers). Now that I think about it, this is no longer hilarious; it’s becoming a nuisance because we wind up with a bunch of characters that do nothing in their series but look beautiful and fawn over the male protagonist.
Anime has produced some of fiction’s most formidable heroes, but you won’t find any of them in this collection. Instead, you’ll find a slew of folks who aren’t particularly useful, but are merely there for the entertainment value.
1. Lucoa (Miss Kobayashi’s Dragon Maid)
Once upon a time, Lucoa was a dragon deity. When she got intoxicated and had an affair with her sister (wait, what?!), she gave away all of her power. Lucoa is the anime counterpart of someone being fired for drinking on the job or being denied a job because of an alcohol-related record.
However, Lucoa should have known better than to ingest whatever strange liquid was provided to her, whether or not it had been cursed or not.
In her current state, all she does is laze about the house with Shouta, whom she constantly teases and humiliates purely for laughs. Despite this, Miss Kobayashi’s Dragon Maid followers still love her character. We all know why it happened.
2. Hestia (Is it Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon?)
The fact that she goes by the moniker “Loli Big-boobs” should be enough of a clue, but we’ll go on.
In spite of her hard work, Hestia has a lazy streak, and she stayed with Hephaestus until she was kicked out. In spite of that, it took her a long time to locate a new job. When she couldn’t get anyone to join her family, it showed a lack of charisma and leadership abilities.
It’s more disturbing that she’s younger than adolescence because her huge chest makes her look older than she actually is. Is it impolite to approach women in a dungeon and make advances? While it may be possible in some circumstances to find common ground with someone, this is clearly the case here.
3. Anzu Mazaki/Téa Gardner (Yu-Gi-Oh!)
Yugi’s school classmate (and sort of crush) Anzu always goes along for the ride on his dueling exploits. Friendship speeches fill the air as she commands the crowd’s attention. Though it’s not the most prominent feature of her persona, it’s still there. In the original series, she was the most irritating character, but that’s not the only reason.
She occasionally engages in combat, but she always ends up on the losing end of the match. Because she does nothing but explain and remark on the plot, she detracts from the exciting conflict between the two characters. There are more interesting characters in the show’s supporting cast than she is, but they don’t return after season 4. She occupies a disproportionate amount of screen time in Yu-Gi-Oh!, which might have been accomplished without her.
4. Ukraine (Hetalia)
There were sound effects added to Ukraine’s movement in order to accentuate her size. Ukraine, on the other hand, is by no means a sexual character; her huge chest is a sign of Ukraine’s importance as an agricultural powerhouse (complete with “vast tracts of land” and such).
Motherly Ukraine cares for her siblings, Russia and Belarus, and is a good person (or country). Though she cries a lot, she doesn’t really do anything. Actually, she normally lets her siblings get away with everything they want and is dragged along for the ride with them whenever they get into mischief.
As a result, Ukraine is one of the more forgettable countries in Hetalia, and her family’s lack of screen time is not helping.
5. Nico Robin (One Piece)
The Straw Hat Pirates’ archaeologist is Nico, who previously fought them as an adversary. She ingested the Paramecia-type Devil Fruit Hana Hana no Mi, which permits her to make replicas of her bodily parts.
This is one of those occasions in anime where a huge chest is incompatible with a thin body, making her appear ill. After One Piece’s time skip, her breasts increased by many sizes, even though they weren’t that big before. In Japan, she’s known as a J-cup.
It doesn’t matter that Nico is a smart and athletic character; she just isn’t as powerful as her fellow pirates. At the very least, she isn’t solely reliant on her sexual allure to get by.
6. Leafa (Sword Art Online)
Leafa is Kirito’s half-sister and half-cousin. She was adopted when she was a baby. She is one of a half-dozen girls in his unofficial harem, and her blood links to Kirito make her adoration for him cringeworthy at best and frightening at worst. She’s the only one of the gals that needs to take a hint.
Sword Art Online’s Leafa was useful in the beginning of the Alfheim arc, but after the gang comes together, she becomes just another one of Kirito’s female buddies. There’s no denying that Leafa has one of the more enviable physiques of the group, but the animators go too far with the close-ups to emphasize that.
Unlike other SAO heroes, Leafa is unable to use any of her magic or special skills outside of the game. Not to mention, half of her team is better than her at what they do.
7. Jynx (Pokémon)
There is no male counterpart to Jynx, a psychic and ice-type Pokémon from Generation I. Her hallmark maneuver, the Lovely Kiss, is a sleep-inducing kiss performed with her pouty lips and busty shape.
As a Pokémon character, Jynx is well-known for her overly loving nature, which often scares the men in the game (Brock almost kissed a Jynx owned by Nurse Joy in a banned episode). Despite her rarity, Jynx isn’t the most strong Pokémon in the game.
She is more often than not seen as a joke Pokémon that appears for the amusement of the heroes from time to time and isn’t taken too seriously by the trainers or the fans.
8. Stephanie Dola (No Game No Life)
King Imanity’s granddaughter, Stephanie, was exiled from the kingdom after losing in a tournament to choose the country’s next monarch. Sora and Shiro (also known as Team Blank), the champions of the competition, now employ her to handle Imanity’s state affairs and cover for her less-than-motivated bosses.
Team Blank consistently beats Stephanie in games, and as a result, she frequently finds herself humiliated, stripped of both her clothes and her dignity, and treated like a dog (or, as they mockingly refer to her, a “Steph”). As naive and sensitive as she is, she frequently causes mischief, much to Sora’s delight. Because of having to deal with Team Blank, she’s definitely going berserk.
9. Orihime Inoue (Bleach)
This character, Orihime, is another another unpleasant female character that is there only to fawn over the male lead, whom she is infatuated with. Clingy and desperate, she always relies on Ichigo to save her. How strange that she is able to detect his fragrance as well as feel his Spiritual Pressure. She plays it off as if they have this mystical bond, but she’s just a stalker who has no other intentions than to harass and harass.
With all the filler in Bleach, there’s plenty of area for her to try. She’s pointless and doesn’t add anything exceptional. Fans don’t even like her because of her enviable bust — they find her obnoxious and too preoccupied with Ichigo instead.
10. Shizuka Marikawa (Highschool of the Dead)
Shizuka is the lone adult in the group when the zombie outbreak occurs at Fujimi High School. She continues to act as a nurse and a driver for the pupils, taking care of their needs.
This character is a typical blonde, clumsy and naive, and her unusually large chest is frequently utilized as a humorous technique. Moreover, she is frequently seen with a tired expression on her face and a lack of maturity in compared to her peers.
She has a lot of medical information in her brain, but she doesn’t put it to use. A lot of attention is paid to her breasts in Highschool of the Deadstill.