For every love story or romance-based story, there is at least one character in an anime who fears love. Whether it’s gynophobia (the fear of women), androphobia (the fear of men), or just that the person hates PDA or love of any kind, there are many reasons why someone would not fall into typical romantic love.
Often, especially in anime, this is used as a comedic trope. It can sometimes be fun to see a character be tongue-tied or literally deathly allergic to love. Sometimes it isn’t, and there are plenty of examples to draw from all types of anime.
This list will highlight 10 examples of these types of anime characters, from those with literal allergies to those afraid of love and commitment.
Disclaimer: The following article contains major spoilers for all anime involved. These are the author’s opinions only. Content warnings for discussions about r*pe and other traumatic events and phobias.
10 anime characters who are allergic to, or deathly afraid of, love
1) Junta Momonari (DNA²)
Starting off the list with a light-hearted example is Junta Momonari from the comedy anime DNA². Junta is a typical high school student with a strange destiny and powers. He can seduce literally some woman he comes across, and his fate is to be told 100 children. This leads to an overpopulation problem that Karin Aoi must solve.
So why is the Junta here? Junta has an allergy to women that makes him vomit whenever he sees naked girls who are not his mother. It puts a damper on future plans, or it would have if Aoi hadn’t shot him with a bullet that caused his powers to wake up prematurely. The entire anime and manga plot is trying to correct this grave mistake and prevent the future from happening.
2) Daisuke Niwa (DAngel)
Daisuke Niwa is a protagonist with a darker half, a winged demon and a legendary phantom thief named Dark. Darkness is triggered and takes over when Daisuke experiences feelings of love due to a “genetic condition”. Just like any darker half story, DAngel focuses on Daisuke’s attempts to deal with Dark and Dark’s mission to cleanse cursed artworks.
The problem is that this tends to happen a lot. Both of these characters who have to learn to live with each other are the driving force of the story which eventually develops into an older sibling dynamic, with Dark being the older sibling.
3) Xellos The Priest (Slayers: NEXT/TRY)
A villainous example, and more simply, Xellos the Priest is what is known as a mazoku i Drapes. They live on the astral plane, are technically genderless, and are fed and sustained by negative emotions. Xelloss is otherwise known as the “Trickster Priest, as he lies, misleads and cheats to achieve whatever his goal is. To be fair, he had a respectful relationship with the main character Lina Inverse.
He prefers manipulation and subtlety to outright violence, but is not afraid to get his hands dirty when he sees fit. This often means that he cannot stand people with positive emotions, or at least overtly positive emotions.
This often means that when faced with people like Amelia Wil Tesla Sailune, a sheltered white mage with a tendency to give speeches about the beauty of existence, he becomes weak and sick.
4) Nodoka Miyazaki (Negima! Magister of Negi Magic)
An example of androphobia is Nodoka Miyazaki. In the first Negima anime, she couldn’t stand being around men, even physically recoiling at the sight of a Boys’ Love manga.
This is not exactly good considering that it is a girls’ school she attends, and half the world is male. She might fall in love with the main character Negi after a while, but she did everything she could to avoid it.
While she is starting to get over this fear, it was crippling at first. It helped that she learned to read minds, and is incredibly smart as a bookworm. Of course, the fear was eased by Negi being a literal child and getting used to him as well.
5) Ami Mizuno/Sailor Mercury (Sailor Moon/Crystal)
This is another comical example of love aversion from the magical girl anime Sailor Moon. Ami Mizuno, the mastermind of the Inner Senshi, is usually seen with her nose in a book or demanding that others study. If she ever received any kind of love letter, she would usually break out in hives or sweat profusely and scream at the top of her lungs.
Now the hives moment only happens as a side story in manga and anime. But the screaming and the sweat are prominent in Crystal. Ami has had several suitors, none of which have worked out for one reason or another. Paralyzing shyness and extreme intelligence definitely mix with her.
6) Guts (Beserk)
Guts from Berserk is a much more serious example of being afraid of love, as being sexually assaulted as a child really traumatized him. Guts was used by one of his father’s own companions and sold into slavery by said father as well, developing massive trust issues as a result. When he started opening up for Casca, Griffith and the Band of the Hawk? The eclipse happened and tore his friends and loved ones away.
Naturally, this is not suitable for long-term relationships. Guts has been rooted in war, slaughter and death so much that he sucks at socialization. However, this changes as the story continues. Casca becomes his girlfriend and he forms his own mercenary band that is more of a family.
7) Boa Hancock (One Piece)
Boa Hancock’s strain on the Amazon Lily i One Piece is an all-female tribe. Several empresses of the Kuja tribe indeed died by contracting ‘Love Sickness’ from falling in love with a man and dying from a condition known as ‘Love Burn’. They die from being unable to pursue the object of their devotion since men are forbidden on the island.
Boa was himself a slave to the world’s nobles, and consequently had more than a few problems with emotions growing up. This meant, among other things, being marked. Her love-love fruit can similarly turn anyone who is attracted to her into stone. So it’s a good thing she falls for Monkey D. Luffy has no the concept of attraction, and she overcame lovesickness after helping Luffy attempt to save Ace.
8) Lloyd and Your forger (Spy X Family)
To be as precise as possible, both Yor and Loid from Spy X family can fit perfectly into this. Yor is a professional killer who has neither time nor real experience in the art of romance. Loid, on the other hand, threw away the idea of marriage or romance after becoming a spy.
They are both ignorant of the ways of love. While Loid has faked love and seduced many women, then dumped them once the mission was accomplished, Yor was genuinely considered strange for not having a significant other.
It helps that they both still have no idea about each other’s jobs, and are doing it to get by. As the anime and manga have shown, they fall for each other and Anya helps!
9) Yukinari Sasaki (girls bravo)
Yukinari is a random harem protagonist who gets hives every time he comes into contact with other girls. It mostly comes from being intimidated, bullied and pushed around all your life. It’s also an extremely allergic reaction, and unfortunately he’s also bullied by quite a few of the women in the anime.
He was transported to an alien world where men made up less than 10% of the population and followed home by one of them named Miharu. The just the reason he falls for her is because she doesn’t trigger his allergies. Apart from that, he suffers quite a few misfortunes at the hands of the girls in his unwanted harem.
10) Shinji Ikari (Neon Genesis Evangelion)
Shinji Ikari is another traumatized person from the brutally deconstructive mecha anime Neon Genesis Evangelion. While he is not terrified of love, he is afraid to open up to anyone for fear of continued ostracism and abuse. It seems that the universe sees fit to treat him this way as well, as even his colleagues seem to treat him as little more than a world savior and less of a human being.
Shinji goes from person to person only samples to find some kind of love and care, and if he can’t then escape the problems he is going through. But at the end of the day, either on a beach with Asuka in The end of Evangelion or feel free to run inside with Mari Rebuild of Evangelion 3.0+1.0: Thrice Upon a Time, he faces his problems and gets better.
Which of these anime characters do you think is the most allergic to love? Let us know in the comments below.