21+ Anime Where Supporting/Side Characters Are More Popular (Recommendations)

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Main characters are almost always the centre of attention, however, there are some side characters that outshine the main protagonist and it’s always amazing!

Let’s deep dive into the anime world of supporting characters and awaken your inner weeb!

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22. Esdeath (from Akame ga Kill)

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Popularity Compared to the MC Looks/Beauty Total
9/20
9/10
18/30

Starting off the list is Esdeath, a high-ranking general in the Empire of Akame ga Kill. This is one of the rare times where an antagonist of the story is arguably the most popular character in the show. The catch? Her interaction with the main character, Tatsumi.

The surprising fact here is that Esdeath is the antagonist and at the same time, she has fallen in love and became obsessed with the protagonist. This is the reason why she has become popular despite being a villain.

For some fans, she is a breath of fresh air. Like, how many more popular anime features an antagonist who’s fell head over heels in love with the protagonist?

21. Genos (from One Punch Man)

Popularity Compared to the MC Looks/Beauty Total
10/20
8/10
18/30

One Punch Man features a lot of interesting and unique characters, and no exception to those is the charismatic cyborg, Genos.

He is introduced as the serious cyborg, who upon interacting with the main character of the story, Saitama, requested for him to be his disciple.  Fans of OPM love him because of his dedication and strong will that portrays the saying “Stronger than Yesterday.”

Genos also brings occasional laughs to the viewers through his hilarious personality of taking everything that Saitama says seriously. He even takes notes! What a quirky cyborg prince.

20. Milim Nava (from That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime)

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Popularity Compared to the MC Looks/Beauty Total
12/20
8/10
20/30

Demon lords are usually portrayed as violent, aggressive, and terrifying beings. However, anime has been breaking this stigma by introducing demon lords in the form of lovable characters, and this is exactly what Milim Nava is.

Milim is the so-called “Bestie” of the main character, Rimuru. She is literally a cute incarnate and you can expect the fans to be awed whenever she takes up the scene. Her “kawaii factor” definitely makes her occasionally take the fan-favorite trophy from the lead protagonist. Don’t be fooled though! She possessed the title of the “Destroyer.”

19. Yuuki Asuna (from Sword Art Online)

Popularity Compared to the MC Looks/Beauty Total
13/20
7/10
20/30

For the entirety of the series, Sword Art Online has released a lot of waifu characters. SAO has been loyal to the ‘harem’ genre and it’s done this by introducing new lovable waifus every season. However, despite the continuous wave of potential love interest for the lead character, Kirito. Yuuki Asuna will always be the original waifu of the series.

Asuna is the ultimate waifu. That’s how most Asuna fans describe her when she is asked and we think most of us can agree with that. She’s a great cook, smart, and strong on the battlefield, and she also has enough character to make things interesting.

She can literally be branded as a ‘housewaifu.’ Asuna is someone that every boy wants to be together with, and we envy Kirito for that.

18. Yuma Kuga (from World Trigger)

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Popularity Compared to the MC Looks/Beauty Total
14/20
7/10
21/30

World Trigger has been one of the underdogs of shonen anime. Despite this, the series is full of well-written characters and one of those is the second protagonist, Yuma Kuga.

Yuma is a neighbor that was found by a Border agent and the MC, Osamu. After a series of events, Yuma was shown to be a really strong, yet good guy at heart. He later applied to be a Border agent and was accepted, along with his years of experience on the battlefield.

Now it’s obvious why the people prefer Yuma over the MC. Even though the lead is also a well-written character, Yuma is just richer in character, and… he’s pretty badass. His skills and wits in battle make the fans feel thrilled and excited whenever he takes up the stage.

17. Hitagi Senjougahara (from the Monogatari series)

Popularity Compared to the MC Looks/Beauty Total
12/20
9/10
21/30

The Monogatari series is one of the most underground series out there and it is that way for a reason. The series contains some of the deepest metaphors and can be branded as a “creative genius” of the anime world.

Hitagi Senjougahara is one of the characters in the Monogatari universe and her selling points for the fans can be described in two separate words: a tsundere and a yandere.

On the one hand, is a caring and loyal tsundere who will fulfill your waifu needs for you and on the other hand, is a yandere who will chase you at the end of the earth in case you decided to be unfaithful to her. Now that’s the character’s uniqueness if you’ve ever seen one!

16. Chika Fujiwara (from Kaguya-sama: Love is War)

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Popularity Compared to the MC Looks/Beauty Total
13/20
8/10
21/30

If there’s a character that can truly awaken our inner weeb, that’s probably Chika Fujiwara from Kaguya-sama: Love is War. She is an adorable, funny, and even waifu-able girl for some.

Her popularity peaked during the Chika dance, an ending dance animation for episode 3 of the series that features cute, entertaining, and fluid animation. If you haven’t seen the dance, then you’re definitely missing out.

15. Toshiro Hitsugaya (from Bleach)

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Popularity Compared to the MC Looks/Beauty Total
12/20
9/10
21/30

When it comes to OG shows, Bleach is an anime that can easily be remembered. And even though Bleach has a great main character, Ichigo. He’s not always the only one shining.

Toshiro Hitsugaya is debatably the most popular character in the series. Toshiro’s use of his ice-abilities and his frequent release of bankais are always astounding to watch. His serious demeanor and his interactions with Rangiku make him a husbando for the girls.

And also, he’s … cool.

14. Shanks (from One Piece)

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Popularity Compared to the MC Looks/Beauty Total
12/20
9/10
21/30

Shanks is one of those characters who gets less screen time but is still crazy popular. He inspired the main character, Luffy, to be a pirate and was the one who gave him his straw hat.

This red-haired dude is not always the most popular, but when he gets some screen time, he occasionally takes up the spotlight and OP fans love to see it.

For better or for worse though, fans have yet to see more of him which definitely fuels the excitement behind him and his crew.

13. Osamu Dazai (from Bungo Stray Dogs)

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Popularity Compared to the MC Looks/Beauty Total
13/20
9/10
22/30

Have you ever seen a character both loved by boys and girls alike? Yes, it’s Osamu Dazai. This walking waste of bandages is the most popular and arguably the best character in the show, and he lives up to it.

At first glance, this husbando might be a simple character bestowed with a unique power. However, upon further look, Dazai is one of the most intriguing characters not just in the series, but in the entirety of anime culture.

He embodies a real-life author that goes with the same name and from that, a whole lot more underlying meanings can be uncovered within him. In any case, everybody loves a mysterious man.

12. Erza Scarlet (from Fairy Tail)

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Popularity Compared to the MC Looks/Beauty Total
13/20
9/10
22/30

As for every long series, Fairy Tail has had its fair share of waifu characters. When people talk about Fairy Tail waifus, it’s very hard to miss an opportunity to hear “Erza Scarlet” being brought up.

This S-Class Mage of the Fairy Tail guild is respected by many as the strong and independent woman of the guild. She is arguably even more popular than the main character, Natsu. Erza is also the onee-san type with an overall balance of body, looks, personality, and strength. Fairy Tail fans would probably be happy even for a simple Ara~Ara.”

So, with her red bangs, fierce look, and an endless arsenal of female knight suits, she is easily branded as the best girl by Fairy Tail fans.

11. Rem (from Re:Zero)

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Popularity Compared to the MC Looks/Beauty Total
15/20
8/10
23/30

Re:Zero is one of those anime that contains an endless supply of waifus. Over the years of its release, the waifu wars in Re:Zero have been going on since the showcase of the particular supporting character, Rem.

Even popularity polls can’t keep up with the number of Rem simps, and that’s for a reason. Rem is one of the most loyal waifu you could ever have. She will lift you up during your darkest times, she will always be there for you, and she’s just a sweetheart.

Like, what more could you ask for on this adorable oni-girl?

10. Katsuki Bakugo (from My Hero Academia)

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Popularity Compared to the MC Looks/Beauty Total
15/20
8/10
23/30

This entry to the list can cause huge debate among MHA fans. The other side is turned off due to his aggressiveness, while the other side is turned on due to his character development.

One thing we think both sides agree with is that Katsuki Bakugo is one of the interesting characters in the series. Sure, he was a bully and he certainly was the antagonist at the beginning of the story.

However, he became a lot more popular due to his relatively richer character development and the realizations he learned along his journey. Bakugo’s change was a welcome development that made his fans grow larger and larger in size.

9. Zenitsu Agatsuma (from Demon Slayer)

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Popularity Compared to the MC Looks/Beauty Total
15/20
8/10
23/30

Demon Slayer has been one of the hottest anime since its release in 2019. Since then, the series has been showered with praise from its fans, especially on its animation. However, it certainly does not lack very unique characters such as Zenitsu Agatsuma.

Zenitsu is the most popular of all the characters in the series for two reasons: his personality and his character design. His character trait of being unawarely strong and being cowardly at the same time presents a rather interesting and unique combination.

Also, that ‘french fries’ hair definitely makes up for some hilarious Demon Slayer memes.

8. Zero Two (from Darling and The Franxx)

Popularity Compared to the MC Looks/Beauty Total
14/20
10/10
24/30

Upon its release in 2018, Darling and The Franxx became immediately one of the hottest mecha anime out there. The big surprise was the unconventional popularity of its mecha genre. The reason? The cute mecha waifu, Zero Two.

The main character of the show is Hiro and despite being the lead, the fans’ attention is mainly focused on the lovability of the main female protagonist, Zero Two. Combined with her unique looks and quirks, she can easily be placed as one of the best girls of 2018.

7. Megumin (from KonoSuba)

megumin
Popularity Compared to the MC Looks/Beauty Total
15/20
9/10
24/30

“Waga na wa Megumin! … EXPLOSION!!!”

KonoSuba has some of the best girls out there and Megumin is no exception. This crimson demon takes the step up when it comes to popularity polls and her introduction clearly speaks the reason for that.

This chuunibyou’s explosions are some of the best comedic scenes of the series. It’s always hilarious just to see her interaction with Kazuma whenever she is about to unleash her explosion. And what can we say? She’s just a cute little character with a more fleshed-out personality, and her scenes are really exciting to watch.

Just make sure not to ask her about her parent’s names…

6. Kakashi Hatake (from Naruto)

Popularity Compared to the MC Looks/Beauty Total
15/20
9/10
24/30

Naruto is one of the OG anime that was ever released and It gave birth to really recognizable characters such as the main lead, Naruto. However, when it comes to popularity, he isn’t always the one at the top.

Kakashi Hatake is probably one of the most iconic sensei in the otaku world. This copy ninja is so popular with the fans due to his badass and his attitude is just on a whole nother level.

He takes up the trait of being a cool and handsome sensei, while also being respected as one of the strongest ninjas in the series. Overall, his iconic looks and character undoubtedly justify his title of being the fan-favorite.

5. Saber (from the Fate series)

Popularity Compared to the MC Looks/Beauty Total
16/20
10/10
26/30

The Fate series is a very popular series that is known for its many installments and spin-offs. The Fate fans even go as far as saying that this is the most complex and complicated series when it comes to understanding the franchise as a whole.

Saber is arguably the most popular character in the Fate series primarily because of her very well-written character. She is indeed waifu material but outside of this is a character who is elegant, noble, and smart.

Behind her are interesting backstories and lore that made Fate fans be invested in her character and the Fate franchise as a whole.

4. Satoru Gojo (from Jujutsu Kaisen)

satoru gojo
Popularity Compared to the MC Looks/Beauty Total
16/20
10/10
26/30

Jujutsu Kaisen has been a recent hype of the anime community. Whenever people talk about Shonen, they can never go wrong when speaking about Jujutsu Kaisen. One of the reasons? The cool and badass, Satoru Gojo.

Gojo-sensei has a very shonen-esque personality: one who claims to be the strongest and is actually the strongest. Since his debut in the show, JK’s hype grew further as this overpowered ass mops the floor with the cursed spirits.

He is more popular than Itadori due to not just his OP abilities but his hilarious personality as a laid-back, yet serious sensei as well.

3. L (from Death Note)

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Popularity Compared to the MC Looks/Beauty Total
20/20
8/10
28/30

L from Death Note is probably the most iconic character in this list. Almost everyone who deemed themselves as “otaku” definitely heard of him.

He is a more popular character than the lead protagonist, Light, due to his mysterious persona that was maintained all throughout the series. L’s strange character and unique quirk even gave birth to the “L sit,” that many otakus have tried to copy at least once.

Overall, he portrays the meaning of a really well-written smart character. That’s why L and his showdown with Light have always been considered a masterpiece when it comes to face-offs in anime.

And also, L loves puns.

2. Killua Zoldyck (from Hunter x Hunter)

killua
Popularity Compared to the MC Looks/Beauty Total
19/20
10/10
29/30

Hunter x Hunter is one of the best shonen anime in existence. Even after a decade after the release of the 2011 adaptation, the HxH community is still alive as ever.

Killua Zoldyck is an assassin from the Zoldyck family and despite the misleading title of “assassin,” he is a soft boy at heart who only wants to have friends even if he doesn’t show it on the outside.

Upon meeting Gon, they became best friends and their journey began. He is arguably the more popular character due to the depth of his character and his background. Moreover, his character development in later episodes made him worthy of being the best-loved.

1. Levi Ackerman (from Attack on Titan)

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Popularity Compared to the MC Looks/Beauty Total
20/20
10/10
28/30

This wouldn’t be a list of popular supporting characters if Levi Ackerman wasn’t in it. He is known as humanity’s strongest soldier and he lives up to it. Not just that, his handsome looks and cool attitude is eye-candy for the Levi fans.

Levi is more popular than the main character, Eren, since he maintains the character of a ruthless and OP character while also maintaining a humanitarian outlook as one of the captains of the Survey Corps.

The fans love him because he brings fear not just to men, but to titans as well. As they say, the walls were made to protect the titans from Levi and his ODM gear.

Conclusion

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LOOK INTO MY EYES AND COMMENT!

That’s it for the supporting side characters who are more popular. Each of these side characters has such a likeable personality (I’m not talking about Levi) that they instantly get more hype than the MC!

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