10 Anime Characters Who Always Try To Impress Others

Considering all the trials and tribulations most anime characters have to go through, impressing other people is usually at the bottom of their priority list. Even characters with low self-esteem remain self-assured when it comes to the things they care about most, but that isn’t the case for all anime characters.

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Some characters get a little too preoccupied with their self-image. They can’t just be good at something, they have to be the best at it. In the most extreme cases, these characters want to be worshipped. For a lucky few characters, concerning themselves with the thoughts of others is just a phase they go through, but that isn’t the case for everyone.

10/10 Ichigo Has An Image To Protect


Ichigo from Bleach doesn’t seem like the type who cares what people think. He refuses to dye his hair to fit in, and he values ​​having good grades over looking cool. However, there is a part of him that cares deeply for his reputation, especially his reputation at school.

When the mod soul Kon hits on his female classmates while in Ichigo’s body, Ichigo is incredibly distraught by this. He even says in a panic that the image he’s been building is completely ruined by Kon’s actions. Ichigo may not act like he cares, but deep down, it seems that he wants to impress people with his bad-boy image.

9/10 Bakugo Wants The Love Of The People

My Hero Academia

Bakugo from My Hero Academia may loudly proclaim he’s the best and everyone else are just extras, but it’s obvious he’s a lot less sure of himself on the inside. His entire fight with Midoriya after Kamino Ward happens because Bakugo wants All Might to acknowledge him as a hero.

He also aims to be the number one hero, the most loved and celebrated hero in his country. Wanting fame means wanting approval, and in Bakugo’s case, he wants the entire world to approve of him.

8/10 Light Wants The World To See Him As A God

Death Note

At the beginning of Death Note, Light is already loved by everyone around him. He’s the smartest kid in his school, his parents are incredibly proud of his achievements, and even the girls in his class flock to him. He’s humble about all this love and adoration at first, but that changes once he receives the Death Note.

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As the vigilante Kira, Light sees himself as someone who’s improving the world, and he wants everyone around him to acknowledge that fact. However, it’s his need to impress people that actually gets him caught in the end. When confronting Near at the warehouse, he explains his plans to his enemies to prove how he’s tricked them. Ironically, he doesn’t realize that he’s the one who’s been tricked.

Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood

As the youngest state alchemist and a genius, Ed has a lot to be proud of in Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood. He also loves showing off his alchemy skills to people who can’t perform alchemy, like the time he repaired a woman’s broken railing by replacing it with an incredibly intricate railing made of metal and gold.

Unfortunately for Ed, no one seems to believe a short kid like him could possibly be the Fullmetal Alchemist, especially when his brother is in a full suit of armor. Ed spends just as much time trying to get people to acknowledge him as the Fullmetal Alchemist as he does fighting the Homunculi.

6/10 Naruto Wants To Be The Most Loved


As the most hated person in his village, Naruto’s entire life goal involves impressing the people around him. He wants to be Hokage because it is the most respected position in the village.

He even says in the original series that he wants people to love him and look up to him. Luckily, he eventually gets his wish, but it takes a lot of hard work and heartache. He may have started out as an underdog, but by the end of Naruto Shippudenhe’s able to impress everyone around him without even trying.

5/10 Kaguya Wants To Know Miyuki’s True Feelings

Kaguya-Sama: Love Is War

Kaguya from Kaguya-Sama: Love is War may act prim and proper, but deep down, her only concern is to impress the one she loves most. Kaguya and Student Council President Miyuki are constantly battling to get each other to confess their true feelings.

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Kaguya may want Miyuki to confess to her first, but that doesn’t stop her from trying to impress him. During one notable episode, she tries to cook him an amazing meal, and on a separate occasion, she makes a three-tiered cake for his birthday. In fact, her main plan seems to be to make him so impressed with her that he can’t help but confess his love.

4/10 Usopp Lies To Impress Others

One Piece

Usopp is the weakest member of the straw hat crew in One Piece and often the most cowardly. He’ll be there for his friends when they really need him, but on more than one occasion, he’s made up several tall tales in order to make himself look better and deter people from wanting to fight him.

Usopp tends to see himself as the least valuable member of the crew, so it makes sense that he’d inflate his sense of importance in order to impress the people around him. He even refers to himself as a pirate captain with hundreds of men on his side when disguised as the vigilante Sniper King.

3/10 Tamaki Dresses To Impress

Ouran High School Host Club

As one of the most beautiful boys in his school and the leader of the host club, Tamaki has a hoard of girls constantly vying for his attention. It’s basically his job to impress the people who visit the host club.

This is why he creates elaborate setups where the members are able to dress up like knights, princess, and even famous samurai. The only one who never seems to be impressed by Tamaki’s elaborate costumes is Haruhi, but even she falls victim to his charms by the end of Ouran High School Host Club.

2/10 Yahiko Proves That He’s Strong

Rurouni Kenshin

Yahiko from Rurouni Kenshin is a proud son of a samurai who dreams of following in his father’s footsteps. His hot-blooded temper gets him in a lot of trouble, but his need to prove that he’s strong is what nearly gets him killed.

When a girl working at Akabeko is harassed by thugs, Yahiko takes them on and refuses help from Kenshin and Kaoru. To Yahiko, the fight wasn’t just about protecting someone, it was a matter of pride. Not only did he want to prove to himself that he could win, but he also wanted to impress Kaoru and show her that her training wasn’t going to waste.

1/10 Victor Impresses People For A Living

Yuri On Ice

As one of the best ice skaters in the world, it’s Victor’s job to impress people. He needs to come up with the best routines time and time again, which is probably why he’s completely burnt out by the time Yuri on Ice states.

Victor nearly gives up on skating altogether because the pressure of impressing people becomes too much for him. However, things change when he comes across a video of Yuri skating his routine. Not only does Victor fall in love with skating again, but he’s also able to teach Yuri how to impress people just as well as he can.

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