10 Anime Characters Who Keep Picking Battles They Can’t Win

10 Anime Characters Who Keep Picking Battles They Can’t Win

Just because someone wants to fight doesn’t mean they necessarily should. Some anime characters make bold promises in the heat of the moment to fight their enemies and win the war. Unfortunately, some of them couldn’t even win the match if they tried.


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In anime, there are some heroes and villains who always pick fights with their worst matches. Many of them overestimate themselves and take on the strongest characters in the series, resulting in humiliation and brutal beatings. Others take fights to show off their strength, but it never goes in their favor.

10/10 Rock Lee may have had good intentions, but he never had a chance

Naruto

Rock Lee was injured after his fight with Gaara in the Chunin Exams arc of Naruto.

Naruto’s Rock Lee has an inspiring, down-to-earth story that had many fans rooting for him. Despite his best efforts, Rock Lee definitely never stood a chance against some of the show’s most powerful villains. During the preliminaries for the Chunin Exams, Rock Lee suffered a brutal defeat at the hands of Gaara.

He later endured several losses after trying too hard to be a hero without thinking about the long-term consequences of his actions. Rock Lee is a great ninja and an admirable person, but he always gets in over his own head.

9/10 Koyomi makes things worse every time he gets into a fight

Bakemonogatari

Koyomi Araragi from Bakemonogatari.

Bakemonogatari’s Koyomi Araragi believes that violence is always the answer, but he is always proven wrong. He can’t solve every single problem by fighting, but he still tries. Koyomi always loses, but that never stops him from picking one fight after another.

He probably believes that next time will be different, even if his history shows otherwise. Some would even say that Koyomi’s failed attempt at heroism only makes things worse. Although he wants to help, Koyomi’s involvement only exacerbates existing problems.

8/10 Takemichi is just not a fighter

Tokyo Revengers

Takemichi is known as the crybaby hero

Takemichi from Tokyo Revengers may act like there was a fire in him after time traveling, but that doesn’t change the fact that he’s not a fighter. He may use romanticized words and spout semi-inspirational quotes like no tomorrow, but that means nothing in the violent world of street gangs.

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Takemichi may try his best, but he is no fighter at all. That’s not a bad thing, as not every anime hero needs to be a battle-crazed warrior. However, it gets old after a while since viewers want to root for him but just can’t because of his terrible decisions.

7/10 Yamcha is a perpetual loser

Dragon Ball Z

Yamcha prepares to meet a Saibaman in DBZ

Yamcha from Dragon Ball Z always tries his best but never succeeds. Yamcha’s constant mistakes have become a meme in Dragon Ball fandom. He boldly goes into battle, but always regrets it afterwards. His never-ending streak of hilarious bad luck should have seen him quit while ahead several times.

Perhaps his chronic losses are endearing, as it’s a stark reminder that humans are no match for the Saiyans, Androids, and Gods. Yamcha was basically doomed to fail, but maybe if he made better choices about his life, things wouldn’t have gone so badly.

6/10 Eren’s impulsiveness gets him into trouble

Attack on Titan

Eren Yeager from Attack on Titan screams in the season 4 part 2 opening.

Eren has always been impulsive, which earned him some pretty quick defeats early on Attack on Titan. Although he’s gotten significantly stronger and uses his experience to push him through fights, that wasn’t always the case for this complicated slimming hero.

Eren used to make bold declarations and then go headfirst into battle without thinking, such as when he said he wanted to exterminate every Titan. Even after unlocking his Titan power, Eren lacked the battle experience and IQ to experience victory, resulting in several defeats.

5/10 Hol Horse never stood a chance

Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure: Stardust Crusaders

Hol Horse from Stardust Crusaders

Hol Horse was one of the most entertaining villains in Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure. Donning a typical western cowboy aesthetic and armed with a handgun rack, Hol Horse caused a lot of stress for the Joestar group. Despite their best efforts, Hol Horse never stood a chance against them.

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Hol Horse devised a few schemes to get one over on the group, but they always fell through. Hol Horse was incredibly myopic and jumped before he saw, landing him in guaranteed loss situations. He even put up a fight with DIO and was humiliated shortly after.

4/10 Konohamaru used to be a total troublemaker

Naruto

Team Konohamaru, from Naruto

When he debuted in Naruto, Konohamaru was always picking fights with everyone else. Even as a child, Konohamaru never took “no” for an answer and refused to let others stand in his way.

Konohamaru boldly declared that he had become Hokage, picking a fight with everyone from Naruto to his own grandfather. After losing to Naruto, Konohamaru ate a slice of humble pie and came to know the budding shinobi as a role model. Since then, the once proud Konohamaru has tirelessly followed in Naruto’s footsteps.

3/10 Inosuke is too proud

Demon Slaughter

Inosuke Hashibira looks over his shoulder

Demon Slayer’s Inosuke Hashibara was raised among wild boars, so he struggled to get used to interacting with other people. As a result, Inosuke literally acted like a wild boar during his first encounters with Tanjiro and Zenitsu.

Always attacking first, Inosuke tried to get the other two to fight, quickly realizing that maybe that kind of adrenaline rush isn’t all there is to life. However, Inosuke remains proud and lives for the thrill of battle. He has mellowed since his debut, but he still jokes around with Tanjiro and declares himself to be the strongest in any situation, even though he is not.

2/10 Monoma can serve it but can’t take it

My Hero Academia

Neito Monoma from My Hero Academia.

My Hero Academia’s Neito Monoma always takes the opportunity to brag about his strength, claiming that Class 1-B will ultimately triumph over Class 1-A. There was never any real competition between the two classes in the first place, but Monoma makes it seem like they’ve been rivals forever.

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Monoma may talk a good fight, but he is always humiliated in the end. Also, he always dishes up, but he can never take it. Monoma’s constant boasting and subsequent mistakes make the entire Class 1-B look bad.

1/10 Jogo always fights against the strongest characters

Jujutsu Kaisen

Mahito and Hanami play football/soccer with Jogo's severed head in Jujutsu Kaisen.

One of the funniest running gags out there Jujutsu Kaisen is that, despite being a cursed spirit of special character, Jogo looks hilariously weak compared to Gojo and Sukuna. He’s definitely not weak, but defeating him was no big deal for the King of Curses and the world’s strongest jujutsu wizard.

First, he vowed to defeat Gojo. Unfortunately for Jogo, he suffered a brutal defeat and was humiliated in the process. He later charged headfirst into a battle against Sukuna not realizing that a pitiful special character like himself was no match for the most notorious cursed spirit.

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