Some anime characters never crumble under pressure or let their emotions get the better of them. They’re rational individuals who always try their best to see things objectively. Many anime characters tend to let their emotions get the better of them, like My Hero Academias Katsuki Bakugo, whose rage is volatile, or Demon Slayer’s Zenitsu Agatsuma, who runs away screaming and crying at the first sight of danger.
However, there are many rational characters throughout the medium who lead their more emotional peers to a conducive resolution for their issues. They never allow any personal feelings to cloud their judgment.
Full Metal Panic!’s Sousuke Sagara grew up in war-torn countries, so it’s pretty hard to faze him. He’s been surrounded by calamity and turmoil his entire life and, as a result, has a very militaristic way of approaching life. He pays attention to small details that others wouldn’t even notice and is generally suspicious of everything.
Before being assigned to Chidori, Sousuke was out of touch with his emotions and barely understood how they functioned. Since meeting her, he’s had more “normal” experiences for someone his age and learned how to form meaningful relationships with others.
9 Erwin Smith Makes Tough Decisions (Attack On Titan)
Attack On Titan is full of moral dilemmas, and it seems like Erwin Smith is at the forefront of most of them. He had to make tough decisions throughout the series that resulted in countless soldiers dying and widespread destruction for humanity’s victory against the Titans.
When one plan failed, he was quick on his feet and instantly thought of a new backup. Fighting Titans led the Scout Regiment into unpredictable situations, and Erwin always stayed level-headed enough that it never caught him off guard.
8 L’s Deductive Reasoning Skills Are Unmatched (Death Note)
L from Death Note always stays a few steps ahead of his target. With unmatched deductive reasoning skills and an eery calmness during interrogations, it’s no question why L is the world’s best detective.
L chased Light into a corner and had nearly enough evidence to indict him in the Kira case. He’s a brilliant detective who’s mastered the art of using strategic misinformation to draw the truth out of someone. He’ll go to drastic measures to prove his point, even if others try to stop him.
7 Giyu Tomioka Is Pragmatic & Decisive (Demon Slayer)
Giyu is the Water Hashira in Demon Slayer. He was one of the first characters introduced in the series and quickly became Tanjiro’s ally. Even though he’s a Hashira, he disobeyed the Corps’ code and allowed Nezuko to live after seeing that she didn’t want to kill him.
He’s pragmatic and decisive. He never lets his hatred for demons cloud his judgment. It’s hard to get a good read on what Giyu thinks at any given point since he always has a blank stare and doesn’t talk much.
6 Kurapika Is Knowledgeable & Level-Headed (Hunter X Hunter)
Hunter X Hunter’s Kurapika is the most rational member of the series’ main four. He’s knowledgeable about a variety of subjects and always tries to keep a level head, especially at the beginning of the series.
He acknowledges that he’s driven by his rage and relies on his friends to help him calm down. Kurapika is also highly intuitive and can always tell when something more is happening behind the scenes. It’s why he could get such a good read on Leorio’s character from the jump.
5 Nanami Treats Jujutsu Sorcery Like The Average 9-To-5 Job (Jujutsu Kaisen)
Jujutsu Kaisen’s Nanami treats jujutsu sorcery like the average 9-to-5 job. He attended Tokyo Jujutsu High, became an office worker, realized that he hated it, and went back to sorcery. Nanami believes that jujutsu sorcery is slightly less idiotic than toiling away in a cubicle worrying about money for eight hours a day.
While Nanami doesn’t have any passion for the work he’s doing, he’s at least glad that fighting cursed spirits is something that positively impacts the world and helps to protect innocent people.
4 Houtaro Is A Bright Student Who Never Overexerts Himself (Hyouka)
Houtaro from Hyouka is a bright student, but he never overexerts himself and his grades are just average. Though this could be perceived as laziness, it’s just that he doesn’t want to exert more energy than what’s necessary.
In fact, the most effort he puts into anything is doing the absolute most to conserve his energy. Despite this, Hyouka’s intelligence truly shines when he shows off his deductive reasoning skills and problem-solving abilities. He’s an impressive guy, but he just doesn’t feel the need to show off as much as other intelligent anime characters.
3 Kiyotaka Ayanokoji Weaponizes People’s Emotions (Classroom Of The Elite)
Kiyotaka purposely tries to make himself as inconspicuous as possible in Classroom Of The Elite. He maintains perfectly average grades and seemingly keeps to himself most of the time. However, he’s an eerily rational guy who weaponizes people’s emotions.
Kiyotaka can gauge other people’s feelings with surprising accuracy. Once he estimates how they’re feeling, he’ll decide if he wants to break them down or help them out of a rough patch. Kiyotaka may not apply himself academically, but his dangerous understanding of the human psyche proves he’s wickedly intelligent.
2 Sir Nighteye Was A Business-Like Pro-Hero (My Hero Academia)
Sir Nighteye was My Hero Academias business-like pro-hero who many considered to be the mastermind behind All Might’s flashiness. He put up an intimidating persona for the public, but he was much different behind closed doors. He had a great sense of humor and actually required people to make him laugh before he continued talking to them.
Nighteye was initially skeptical of Izuku becoming All Might’s successor. He didn’t see much value in a quirkless, impulsive, and emotional boy. Despite Izuku’s enthusiasm and hard work, Nighteye had the pragmatic mindset that someone with innate strength should have inherited One for All.
1 Kakashi Hatake Is Perceptive & Apathetic (Naruto)
Kakashi is the ultimate cool guy in Naruto. He was an outstanding, perceptive mentor for Team 7 and always imparted the importance of teamwork to them. He may be one of the strongest ninjas in the village, but he understands the importance of working alongside others.
Kakashi has a perpetually bored disposition and seems unfazed by virtually everything. It takes a lot to make Kakashi upset. He’s apathetic and aloof most of the time. He doesn’t care about censoring himself to avoid hurting someone else’s feelings, and many people admire Kakashi’s blunt honesty.
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