There are many characters in anime that are incapable of being bold and outspoken. These characters often possess strong abilities and have charming personalities. Unfortunately, these impressive traits aren’t enough to make these characters feel secure. They’ve rendered themselves quiet and withdrawn despite the fact that they are typically admired by their peers and superiors.
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Shows like Naruto and My Hero Academia have placed the shy characters they’ve created in unavoidable social settings. In these moments, fans are able to see the extent of their timidity. As adorable as this bashfulness is, these characters maintain qualities that should grant them higher self-esteem. The physical prowess, kindness, or intellect they’ve acquired would only advance with an increase of confidence.
10 The Promised Neverland: Gilda’s Gentle Personality Prevents Her From Being As Vocal As Her Siblings
Gilda is a highly intelligent child who recently escaped with her siblings from the Grace Field House orphanage after discovering the truth behind its purpose. Unlike Emma, Gilda isn’t as bold and outspoken. While it’s obvious that some of the other children allow their intellect to grant them a high level of confidence, Gilda prefers to remain reserved.
She is generally quiet and is a natural nurturer. Gilda is one of the older children in the group and takes on a motherly leadership role. Despite this, Gilda is still coy and seems uncomfortable when asserting herself.
9 Tokyo Ghoul: Hinami Never Outgrew Her Quiet Nature
When Hinami Fueguchi made her first appearance, she was a timid young girl that spoke nervously and physically hid behind her mother whenever possible. After her mother’s murder, Hinami becomes even more introverted. While most ghouls only receive power from one parent, Hinami obtained both the Rinaku and Koukaku Kagune from her parents, making her very powerful.
Her strength and abilities caused her to fight alongside her surrogate siblings Touka Kirishima and Ken Kaneki, helping them create a world where ghouls and humans can coexist peacefully. As Hinami matured, she grew in strength but remained reclusive.
8 Jujutsu Kaisen: Junpei Missed Out On The Opportunity To Develop His Friendship With Yuji
Junpei was severely bullied in school. The constant emotional and physical abuse he suffered turned him into a cynical and withdrawn individual. It is for this reason that he was easily manipulated by Mahito. He was drawn to Mahito because he saw an opportunity to seek revenge and gain power.
After meeting Yuji, Junpei established his first genuine friendship. Yuji brought out the good in Junpei. Unfortunately, he withdrew further into darkness after his mother’s death and was tragically turned into one of Mahito’s transfigurations. Junpei’s bullies caused him to be depressed and pessimistic. His friendship with Yuji would’ve given him the confidence he needed to not only stand up for himself but enjoy his life.
7 Domestic Girlfriend: Rui’s Cold Personality Was Only A Defense Mechanism
Rui started the series as a guarded and distant young woman. As the series progressed, it became apparent that Rui’s cold personality was a front to cover up her fear of rejection and lack of self-confidence. In actuality, Rui is a kind, selfless, and supportive person.
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Even though she has a difficult time expressing her feelings, she does everything she can to encourage the people she loves. Rui is beautiful, intelligent, genuine, and an incredible chef. Though she gradually let her guard down throughout the series, Rui has yet to allow herself to receive the happiness she deserves.
6 One Piece: Princess Shirahoshi’s Sensitivity Prompts Her To Cry Uncontrollably
Princess Shirahoshi is a character that exemplifies never judging a book by its cover. She is a giant mermaid described as 17 meters tall and is a renowned member of the Neptune Royal Family. Despite her size, beauty, and famous status, Princess Shirahoshi is a very sensitive and shy individual. She is easily frightened and cries often.
Though she’s kind, Shirahoshi is also very spoiled by her family which contributes to her sensitive nature. Shirahoshi comes from a generous family that cares about their people. She illustrated that she adopted the benevolent qualities of her mother when she was willing to hide Luffy when he was in danger. Shirahoshi should be proud of the fact that she uses her influence to help others.
5 My Hero Academia: Koji’s Quirk Works Against His Fear Of Speech
Koji Koda’s ability has given him quite the conundrum. His Quirk, Anivoice, allows him to command any animal he speaks to. This is ironic, given that Koji prefers to use hand signals rather than speak. Initially, his classmates believed him to be mute. Koji’s quiet nature holds him back from realizing his full potential.
His Quirk can’t take effect if his commands aren’t heard. His tendency to whisper, and desire to remain unseen prevents him from increasing his vocal range and limits the number of animals he’s able to control. Koji is well-liked by his peers and has shown that he’s capable of executing skilled strategic attacks when using his Quirk. He’d be able to accomplish more if he could develop a more outgoing personality.
4 Fairy Tail: Aries’ Past Trauma Has Permanently Affected Her Identity
Aries is a Celestial Spirit, and one of the 12 Golden Zodiac Keys owned by Lucy Heartfilia. Not all spirits are made the same. While some zodiacs like Taurus, Aquarius, and Leo are hot-headed and rampant, Aries is extremely skittish. Due to the harsh treatment of her previous owners, Aries is very hard on herself.
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She constantly apologizes when she’s summoned, accepting fault for anything that goes wrong. Aries fights to the best of her ability when engaged in battle, she’s helped Lucy on many occasions and should give herself more credit.
3 Kimi Ni Todoke: Sawako Was Heavily Bullied & Is Very Awkward In Social Settings
It’s difficult for fans to witness the mistreatment of Sawako Kuronuma by her classmates. They’ve cruelly stated that she resembles Sadako, the creepy ghost from the horror film The Grudge. She is continuously bullied and ostracized, as a result, she has become socially inept. Still, Sawako remains positive, compassionate, and hardworking.
She’s a beautiful and selfless individual that shouldn’t allow others to define her. Though she’s progressed with the help of her friends, Sawako still sometimes struggles with communicating and hasn’t completely shed her awkward dispositions.
2 Naruto: Hinata’s Clan Status & Infatuation With Naruto Contributed To Her Shy Persona
Hinata Hyuga spent most of her life blushing and whispering. She’s a kind-hearted kunoichi with a powerful Kekkei Genkai, yet she was extremely shy and insecure throughout her youth. Though she didn’t deserve it, she was perceived as weak and useless early on in her life by her clan. As a result, she was unable to speak confidently and often fainted around her crush, Naruto Uzumaki.
Today, Hinata is still soft-spoken, but is happily married to Naruto and is the mother of Boruto and Himawai Uzumaki. However, if Hinata had been confident in herself and her abilities throughout her youth, she’d be playing a more influential role in Konohagakure today.
1 My Hero Academia: Tamaki’s Fear Of Public Speaking Immobilizes Him In Public Settings
Tamaki Amajiki is one-third of U.A. High’s “Big 3.” The Big 3 are the strongest students at U. A. High School, and are recognized as the strongest students with the most potential in the Pro Hero world. Though he’s admired by many, Tamaki isn’t as extroverted as the other members of The Big 3.
He’s generally an anxious person and is uncomfortable speaking in front of people. He typically faces a wall to hide his face in order to cope with his nerves. Tamaki has worked hard to strengthen his Quirk, he’s reached a level of strength that rivals some of the highest ranking Pro Heroes. His exceptional skill level and virtuous mentality should lead him to take pride in who he is.
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