Character development and personality are the most important ingredients for creating a good anime character, but their costume is what really helps them stand out. A well-thought-out costume is immediately recognizable. A good example of this is Tanjiro’s checkered jacket in Demon butcher.
However, it is also important that a costume is functional and makes sense for the universe the character exists in, something many anime tend to fail at. A costume can look good and can be fun for fans to cosplay, but if it reflects the character poorly, lacks common sense, or is just boring, it can not really be called a good costume.
10 Koga does not stand out (Inuyasha)
Inuyasha has tons of amazing outfits that reflect the time period the anime takes place. Some outfits are incredibly elaborate, while others are simple yet interesting. Not to mention, the diversity of costumes does a good job of indicating the wealth gaps between communities.
With all these great costumes, it’s a shame that Koga has become so boring. It makes some sense for him to have a simple outfit, but since everyone in his clan dresses just like him, he ends up getting lost in the crowd. Something that reflects his superior status would suit him well and do a better job of showcasing his character.
9 Yugi tries too hard (Yu-Gi-Oh!)
Yugis costume i Yu-Gi-Oh! may have worked well aesthetically in the early 2000s, but looking at it now, it has definitely not aged well. The flared jacket, several belts and the giant choker look comical when he is surrounded by normally dressed people.
It’s great for a character to stand out, but Yugi’s mood does not really fit well with everyone else, so he ends up looking like a rock star surrounded by middle school students. When Yugi swaps places with Yami, the outfit works a little better, but that’s mainly because Yami is actually an adult, while Yugi looks like a small child trying to cosplay for the first time.
8 Prohibit values fashion over function (The Seven Deadly Sins)
Low pants and a crop-top are not necessarily a bad outfit combination – unless they were made entirely of leather. Ban’s outfit may look good on him, especially with the red, but anyone who has tried to wear leather knows how narrowed it can be.
Tight leather pants are not really a good move if Ban wants to fight someone. He would probably spend more time trying to lift his legs. The other costumes in The seven deadly sins is not much better, but everyone else seems to at least have the sense to wear something functional. In Ban’s case, he seems to care more about fashion than function, leaving him with one of the worst costumes.
7 It is a bad choice to use white in the desert (Trigun)
Trigun is an older series with a fantastic cowboy / steampunk aesthetic. Vash the Stampede’s costume is particularly iconic and makes him appear far more threatening than he actually is. While most of the costumes look good and work well, one stands out in particular. Meryl’s costume does not look too bad except for the fact that it is almost completely white.
For someone who constantly travels through miles of desert, it seems quite impractical to wear something that gets so easily dirty. Not to mention, even the tiniest stain of blood could ruin her outfit. The costume may look good on Meryl, but with all the cleaning she has to do, it may not be worth it.
6 Orange is a bad choice for a ninja (Naruto)
Naruto’s outfit from the original Naruto the series is iconic. Even someone who has never seen the series can easily recognize it due to its bright colors and simple design. However, the bright orange color is exactly what is wrong with the costume. It seems quite counterintuitive for a ninja who excels in sneaking to wear something so loud and flashy.
Naruto may want to stand out, but it’s a pretty bad move for him to wear something that can be so easily spotted by his enemies. Naruto improves his costume once Shippudden comes around by adding a little black. Still, it doesn’t really help much.
5 Erza should never fight without a torso (Fairy Tail)
Erza from Fairytale has dozens of different costumes, each of which varies in style. One of her worst costumes in terms of function and defense has to be her Requip Clear Heart. This “armor” consists of red hakama, which is a traditional Japanese trousers-like garment, and bandages wrapped around her chest.
Not only does this costume have zero protection, but there is no way the bandages can support or protect her breast. Despite the cool look of the costume, when it comes to usefulness, it is one of the worst Requips Erza has ever used.
4 Yaoyorozu should not fight in heels (My Hero Academia)
There are tons of different costumes in My Hero Academia, but when it comes to usefulness, the female characters tend to get the short end of the stick. This is especially true for Yaoyorozu, which requires her skin to be exposed when using Creation Quirk. But instead of wearing something that exposes her back and stomach, she wears a costume with a plunging neckline.
Not only does this costume provide zero support, but it doesn’t really make sense considering she needs so much skin exposure. In addition, her entire back is covered, and she is also wearing a pair of boot heels, which may not be comfortable to fight in. Given how amazing some of the boy’s outfits are, fans can only ask for Yaoyorozu to get an upgrade.
3 Best jeans win for ugliest hero costume (My Hero Academia)
As one of the most serious heroes in My Hero Academia, it’s pretty weird that Best Jeanist would end up with the dumbest costume. Wearing denim from head to toe may make it easier for him to wear Quirk, which allows him to control clothing fibers, but the belt around his face is definitely not necessary.
Just like leather, denim can be incredibly limiting, and it gets hot in the warmer months. Given that he is one of the top heroes and one of the most intelligent, it does not make sense for him to make such a bad costume choice. Then again, he tends to get stuck in his ways, so he may know how weird his costume is and just refuse to change it.
2 Gohan had an embarrassing stay as a superhero (Dragon Ball Z)
Most fans of the original Dragon Ball Z have probably forgotten Gohan’s Saiyaman suit – or they have chosen to forget it. The lime green gin is bad enough, but the sunglasses and bandana make the whole outfit ten times worse.
The long floating hood and the giant wrestling belt also do an incredible job of making Gohan look as stupid as possible. He may think he looks cool when he runs around in this costume in his teens, but there is a good chance he will look back on that costume in his later years of embarrassment.
1 Franky Needs To Cover Up (One Piece)
The grades in One Piece is not particularly known for wearing super-functional outfits. Luffy wears flip-flops for every match, and Nami tends to wear super-short skirts. However, these costumes pale in comparison to what Franky wears on a daily basis, which is a Hawaiian shirt with racing panties.
Franky also tends to walk without shoes, which may not be as comfortable or safe considering the unknown places the straw hats tend to be in. Franky may be a partial robot, but considering the fact that he is still a human being, it would make more sense for him to use something that actually covers and protects him.