The more the merrier, the more we say. Animated is no stranger to having large sets filled with rich characters with their own stories, ideals, and goals that can complement or contrast the protagonists. When done right, the many supporting characters can make the series and the world feel more energetic and lively, though that can be a difficult feat to pull off.
While there are plenty of anime supporting casts that are great, not all of them tend to have a big impact on the main plot, and in some cases they’re just plain useless. There’s something to be said for quality over quantity when it comes to these secondary characters.
10/10 Rin Okumura’s Supporting Cast Isn’t As Large As In The Manga
After Rin Okumura discovers that he is the devil’s son, he decides to become an exorcist who will defeat his demonic father. This leads him to the True Cross Academy where he meets a colorful class of budding exorcists who will become his most trusted allies and friends, though the anime version of these characters is much less complex.
Because blue exorcistonly had two seasons – one of which chose an original anime ending – the majority of its supporting characters end up contributing far less than their manga counterparts. Many character arcs have never been adapted, making them much less relevant to the plot and even sometimes ineffective.
9/10 The afterlife is far too bloated to remember everyone
The angel beats!
When The angel beats! begins, Yuzuru Otonashi, along with the audience, are surrounded by the various eccentric members of the Afterlife Battlefront trying to stay in the afterlife rather than disappear. However, fans could be forgiven if they had a hard time keeping up with all of these characters, their names, and their personalities, as it’s a rather bloated supporting cast.
With only 13 episodes to flesh out the anime’s story and characters, there wouldn’t have been enough time to satisfactorily develop every member of the Battlefront. Only a few of them were really important and despite the fact that they were all armed to the teeth, they tended to get beaten quite easily at every opportunity.
8/10 The more characters are introduced, the less important the old ones become
There is no doubt that narutoThe great cast of is memorable and still highly regarded to this day, and for good reason as many of them are not only likable, but have time to shine at one point or another. Unfortunately, as the anime progressed, more secondary characters were introduced, to the point that the older ones were all but forgotten.
Sure, a lot of filler episodes and story arcs gave secondary characters more time to do more, but many secondary characters that were relevant were left behind during the main plot of the anime. Some even spent the entire series contributing nothing. It is a problem that persists even in Boruto time of this franchise.
7/10 No one can do anything without Kirito
Sword Art Online
Whereas Sword Art Onlineit is Kirito may have spent a lot of time alone, slowly but surely building up a band of friends and allies he would do anything to protect. That being said, it seems that they and pretty much any non-enemy that crosses paths with Kirito are pretty much incompetent without him; even Asuna was put in this box at least one time.
Kirito being overpowered to the point where almost all of the supporting characters become useless would be one thing, but it also seems like supporting characters who even manage to get attention only grow to a point. From there, most of them just wait for Kirito to save the day.
6/10 Many Dragon Ball actors languished for years
Dragon Ball Franchise
Over the years, dragonball has had plenty of characters to make up its supporting cast, seemingly getting bigger and bigger with each new series. Unfortunately, not all of them are useful forever, and even some of those who are able to fight end up being sidelined, easily defeated, or simply forgotten.
Non-combat characters have always been more comical anyway, but others have languished for years, becoming more and more useless over time. While some like Gohan and Piccolo will eventually be able to get justice for each otherothers like Chaotzu and Yamcha haven’t done anything of note since the Saiyan Saga.
5/10 Even with their training, everyone at the IS Academy is unable
Ichika Orimura arrives at IS Academy as the only known male capable of piloting IS robotic units, so of course he would lag behind his comrades who trained years before him. Strangely, even with that in mind, just about every secondary character surrounding Ichika is just as useless as he is.
Infinite Stratos has a habit of starring one character for a bit before other characters are introduced, overshadowing previous ones and rendering them irrelevant. They are mostly there to flatter Ichika and when they don’t they are either defeated or sidelined for the rest of the season.
4/10 Most people around Kazuma are useless, and that’s okay
Whether he got it or not, Kazuma has the worst luck even in another world. Though he’s become an adventurer and started his own party straight out of a fantasy RPG, he’s stuck with the most frustrating allies, including a useless goddess, a mage with one spell a day, and a paladin. masochistic – not exactly the ideal adventurer crew.
As expected, Kono Subasees this group of misfits unable to do anything right, their “quirks” often making the situation worse. However, the pointlessness that surrounds Kazuma (and even contributes to it) is part of this anime’s charm and humor.
3/10 Despite the potential, the other cast members of Shinra end up not doing much
fire forceit is Company 8 has all the hallmarks of a pretty well-rounded supporting cast for Shinra, at least on the surface. From the thick-headed Arthur to the tough-as-nails Captain Obi, they definitely had potential. Unfortunately, this potential was wasted by the crew not doing much or being of much use in the main plot outside of Shinra himself.
Some of these characters have bows, and even some of the characters Company 8 encounters along the way have bows as well. Some who seem rather important at first do next to nothing, are reduced to comedy relief, or are completely helpless in a real fight, making them appear like secondary actors in their own story.
2/10 Charlotte’s Supporting Characters End Up Being Eclipsed As They Go
The first series of episodes of Charlotte sees a reluctant Yuu Otosaka join Hoshinoumi Academy’s student council to prevent others from abusing their special powers as he abused his ability to possess people’s bodies. However, as the series progresses and more is revealed about Yuu, the student council becomes less and less important to the story.
As Yuu’s development as a character becomes the central focus, the colorful cast of characters becomes unnecessary, and even new ones introduced to the story end up becoming a footnote themselves. With only 13 episodes to work with, this anime’s secondary characters are sadly underdeveloped.
1/10 Removing Diablo party members wouldn’t change anything.
How not to summon a demon lord
The Isekai anime may already be quite guilty of having the main protagonist be so overpowered as the rest of the characters become overshadowed, but the supporting cast of How not to summon a demon lord is mostly quite useless. Diablo being strong from the start and everyone else being so far behind his power level means he can solo anything, and he pretty much does.
It would be one thing if the rest of the people around Diablo were at least capable in dangerous situations, but they aren’t, and they have to be rescued by him at every turn. Most of these characters could be removed from the story and the plot wouldn’t change much.
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