The main character, also known as the protagonist, is the center of the series. The entire plot revolves around them. Yes, they start out as subpar at best, but at the end of the series, they become unrivaled in their professions. They experience the most growth in the story both character-wise and strength-wise (in case of an action anime). They are loved by most of the characters in their respective series, loved by the fans and loved by the plot-armor, they are always the coolest. Or are they?
In some unique cases, however, the main character isn’t always the fans’ first choice. Some supporting characters outdo the main character in certain or multiple categories and win the fans favor, be it their character build is more complex or they are just more likable. Here are 10 supporting characters that are more famous than the main character of their respective series.
10 The Fate Series: Saber
As the representing figure of the Fate franchise and one of its famous characters, if not the most famous, Saber deserves a solid spot on this list. Saber appeared in several Fate shows including Fate stay and Fate stay/night. She also served multiple masters during her journey including Rin Tohsaka and the father/son duo of Kiritsugu Emiya and Shirou Emiya.
She also participated in several wars such as the fourth holy grail war and the fifth holy grail war. In short, her record is a perfect one, fully deserving of the fans’ love she receives.
9 The Future Diary: Yuno Gasai
The future diary is a massive hit anime that aired in Japan between October 2011 and April 2012. It’s a mystery/ psychological thriller that features the adventures of Yukiteru Amano as he gets thrown in a complex murder mystery game.
But when one mentions “the future diary” the average fan immediately thinks of, not Yukiteru Amano, but the female protagonist of the story, Yuno Gasai. Yuno Gasai was elected to be the series’ most famous character by the show’s loyal fanbase. At some point, even people who have never heard of The future diary knew of the yandere Yuno meme.
8 Darling And The Franxx: Zero Two
Airing in the winter of 2018, The darling and franxx is a romantic action/mecha series that rose to prominence in a meta where the mecha genre was most unpopular. The show follows the story of the lead character, Hiro, and the first female protagonist, Zero two, on a journey to fend off invading aliens known as klaxosaurs and ultimately save humanity.
Even though the main character is cool and all, he isn’t the actual fan favorite. The majority of the series’ fanbase prefers the richer in character Zero two.
7 Attack on Titan: Mikasa Ackerman
Season 3 of The attack on Titan, both part one and part two, which aired in summer of 2018 and spring of 2019 respectively, drove the fans in an absolute rollercoaster of entertainment, and was arguably the best Attack on Titan season to date, especially the 2nd part.
In this latest season, the fans had the chance to yet again observe Mikasa Ackerman. Titled as Attack on Titan‘s best girl, Mikasa is hands down, one of humanity’s finest soldiers and the fandom’s idol. Her place on this list is definitely well deserved.
6 Re: Zero: Rem
As revealed by the official Re: Zero website, the new and second season of the hit anime Re:Zero: Starting Life in another world is expected to debut in April of this year. The series’ loyal fanbase had to wait a whopping four years to watch the sequel.
The highly anticipated sequel is going to be starring the original main cast from the first season, including the main protagonist Subaru, the half-elf Emilia and of course, the fandom’s number one waifu, Rem. Even though the first season was a blunder for the blue-haired oni, fans are hoping for things to turn for the better this season.
5 Naruto: Kakashi Hatake
Kakashi Hatake is a living legend to the citizens of the village hidden in the leaf. His genius was unrivaled. Even those of Sasuke Uchiha and his older brother Itachi Uchiha, fell short compared to Kakashi when it came to being a child genius.
At only the tender age of six, Kakashi got his first promotion to a chunin, and at the age of 10, he became a Jonin, which took the average Ninja decades to reach that milestone. He even joined the elite unit of the hidden leaf, the Anbu black ops at 13. Which was an achievement that only Itachi Uchiha has achieved!
4 My Hero Academia: Shoto Todoroki
Anime My Hero Academia achieved massive success during recent periods becoming one of shounen’s top A-list anime, almost reaching the prestige of the big three. And with the 4th season coming to conclusion and a 5th season soon airing, the fans are ultra hyped.
Shoto Todoroki has achieved major developments both character-wise and strength-wise Since the start of the series. Arc after arc and season after season, he never disappointed the loyal fanbase. He is arguably the strongest amongst his class 1-A counterparts with only Midoriya and Bakugo who could put up a match against him.
3 Hunter x Hunter: Killua Zoldyck
Anime Hunter x Hunter 2011 aired in the first half of the previous decade. And although it has been a few years since it’s ending, the fanbase never went dormant.
Killua Zoldyck is a young assassin/Hunter and the best friend of the protagonist, Gon Freecs. Although the two share the same age, Killua is better than Gon at virtually everything. That can majorly be attributed to each of the boys’ experience. While Gon lived a fairly “normal” childhood, Killua’s childhood can only be described as abnormal. To be a professional assassin at 11, one would require more than just hard training.
2 Attack on Titan: Levi
If Mikasa was the best girl of Attack on Titan, then Levi is the show’s best boy. Levi is undoubtedly humanity’s strongest soldier. He makes the cutting of those fearsome-looking titans look as easy as cutting vegetables.
Levi is a captain of the scouting legion division. His personality is very military-like, he is strict and disciplined and expects everyone else under him to follow his example. Levi’s name brings terror to both men and titans alike. But when he is not busy utterly destroying giants, he is seen being a hygiene freak.
1 Death Note: L
L Lawliet or just ‘L’ is the second protagonist of the hit anime Death note. He is an enigmatic youth/ world-renowned private detective that every dedicated death note fan is head over heels over. The show-off between L and Kira, namely Light Yagami, was a masterpiece. An intellectual exchange between two young men that left the fans completely dazzled.
Despite being the second protagonist, his fame isn’t less than that of the main protagonist, Light Yagami. In fact, it’s likely that L had already exceeded Light Yagami in the fans’ hearts.
The main character is supposed to be the protagonist of the anime. But sometimes, it just so happens that supporting characters become more popular.