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View Poll Results: Favorite Shonen Protagonist
8 3.57%
7 3.13%
16 7.14%
9 4.02%
18 8.04%
4 1.79%
19 8.48%
8 3.57%
14 6.25%
5 2.23%
4 1.79%
7 3.13%
26 11.61%
2 0.89%
4 1.79%
51 22.77%
4 1.79%
2 0.89%
7 3.13%
6 2.68%
2 0.89%
1 0.45%
Voters: 224
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Sep 19, 4:56 PM
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Vote on your favorite Shonen protagonist. I'll include as many as I can think of.
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Sep 19, 5:13 PM

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how could it not be Gintoki

also like how Eren isn't even on the list lol
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Sep 19, 5:28 PM

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Eren, but he's not on the list so no need to vote

Sep 19, 5:41 PM

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Gintoki is destroying the competition. EXCELLENT.
Sep 19, 7:45 PM
I love stuff...

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To be honest, for me it is Tsunayoshi Sawada when he is in his Dying Will Mode.

But on this list, I guess I would go with Toriko.
Sep 19, 7:49 PM

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Naruto - and I'm just watching him now coincidentally as I'm only 25 episodes from the end of Shippuden!
Sep 19, 7:57 PM
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where is Simon and Tanjiro? yes Gurren Lagann is shonen its manga that is (shonen is a manga demographic anyway) and Demon Slayer is popular right now
Sep 19, 8:11 PM
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My fav is Ryo Takatsuki from Project ARMS, sadly no one here knows or gives a crap for that series. So I gave my vote for Yusuke from YYH.
Sep 19, 8:20 PM
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None of these retards. Where's mah boi killua?? The best protagonist of all time. My favorite??
Sep 19, 8:40 PM

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Aww, I'm the only Emma fan so far? Damn.

Sep 19, 9:01 PM

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It's easily Meliodas. I like how even though he has a tragic past he tries to be positive, and not be depressed around his team.
Sep 19, 9:33 PM

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Yabuki Joe
Hanamichi Sakuragi
Kosuke Ueki
Light Yagami
Katsuragi Keima
Sep 19, 9:34 PM
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Edward Elric at this point, but probably Eren in 18 months time if S4 of AoT is adapted well enough. Crazy fucker.
Sep 19, 9:40 PM

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Eren Yeager is the best protag

Sep 19, 9:46 PM
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With the latest chapter of Shingeki no Kyojin, Eren is my favorite character of the series.
Sep 19, 9:47 PM
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Eren yeager, add him in the list please
Sep 19, 10:07 PM

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Aidyr said:
Aww, I'm the only Emma fan so far? Damn.

Not anymore.

But the poll is kinda weird. I think there's a clear difference between "battle shounen", which are all about superpowers and OVER 9000, and more "adventure"-style series like YnN and FMA. It's strange to compare Emma or Edward with Goku or Naruto, idk.
Sep 19, 10:22 PM
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Edward ...because that anime was the first shonen I watched , so I like him more than others in this list. I would also have voted for Eren but seems like he hasn't even made to this list.
Sep 19, 10:26 PM

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Lot of good shounen protagonists aren't in the poll like Eren,Tanjiro,Allen Walker.
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Sep 19, 10:41 PM

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If going by best moments only, this would be a hard poll, but most shounen protagonists have their quirks and moments where they really get on my nerves. Natsu is the only one I have had zero issues with throughout the entirety of his show.
Sep 19, 11:46 PM

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I was about to vote for Gintoki, but soon i realised that he is more like "adult" shounen (not a seinen). So, in term of proper shounen, it would be yusuke, naruto, ippo, or sawamura for me (the last two aren't on the list).

It's a difficult choice, but i would prefer yusuke than the rest, since he is the type of shounen i would love to see in real life. Challenging every single thing he interest with.

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Sep 20, 12:06 AM

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Eren Yeager
Lag Seeing
Hotaru Tachibana
Hinata and Kageyama

*looks at poll*


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Sep 20, 12:14 AM
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Out of these, I have to say Deku. He's the one protagonist out this bunch (and also out of the ones I've actually seen) that I really love and admire.
Sep 20, 12:25 AM

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Favorite shonen protagonist?

Well it depends on what you mean by "shonen"

I picked Deku for a couple of reasons. But there are several protagonists I like better from other shonen anime as well.

Also, Eren and Tanjiro are not here which you should've also put. Also, who tf is Yoh and Ageha?
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Sep 20, 2:50 AM

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From the poll: Surely Emma and Ed.

But in general:
Allen from D.Gray-man is one my favorite characters ever for various reasons and so is Yato from Noragami. They are very different from each other, but I love them both and they have a lot of depth too and are highly likeable to me in addition.

Allen appears as typical shounen protagonist at first glance, but he also seems very natural and realistic to me, he is intelligent, although does many things out of low self-esteem and doubts about himself, still he is very resilient and resourcefull. I could write an essay there lol Rarely has seen a character, who touched me so much. xD
Also he has great dynamics with the other main and some side characters.

Yato appears more superficial on the surface than he is. He has some interesting opinions about various stuff and problems letting the past with Nora and Father go to begin a new life. All in all he is a very fun character to watch and interesting.
He also has these great relationships to Hiyori, Yukine and others, which make him likeable to watch.

Oz from Pandora Hearts - very likeable, intelligent, has depth and also a psychology you could get behind. His family history and all is sad and I loved him for that and his character, also his relationships to others like Alice, Gil or Echo etc.

Tanjirou from Kimetsu no Yaiba - I love people, who care a lot and have empathy and I think he is believable, interesting and very likeable. He is fun to watch and I love his dynamics to Nezuko and the others.

Yuu from Owari no Seraph - I know some might disagree here, but I think he's very interesting. He has such a low opinion about himself that he "wants" to be used by others and in general, his mind is not ... healthy (uhm none of them is, but especially him). And I'm quite fond of him.
Also Guren in his novels counts, I guess. He is somehow less likeable in the typical sense of being likeable, but in his novels, he is more likeable than later in the series. He's actually very interesting as person and Shounen protagonist.

Lag from Tegamibachi - Such a sweet kid, you want to protect him haha Very likeable, resilient and so. He is interesting to watch, because he still appears as a kid in some ways, but he manages to go through that.

All three kids from the Promised Neverland - Same. I like all of them. They are intelligent, I love their dymamics and personalities.
At first I wasn't sure about Ray, but still it was quite obvious from the begin and I really like Ray too.
Emma is my favorite of them tho and that has "egoistic" reasons. I was like her a lot in the core (besides the athletic part lol), when I was her age and... well.
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Sep 20, 2:56 AM

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Yusuke Urameshi and Jotaro are my favorite but I usually don't like the main characters of shounens much
Sep 20, 3:11 AM
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Psajdak said:
To be honest, for me it is Tsunayoshi Sawada when he is in his Dying Will Mode.

But on this list, I guess I would go with Toriko.
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Sep 20, 3:16 AM

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And from my top 5 there is only Natsu in the poll...
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Sep 20, 3:16 AM
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TheKawaiiToon said:
Also, who tf is Yoh and Ageha?

No idea who Ageha is, but Yoh is the main character from Shaman King. A bit of an odd pick considering all the non-present protagonists
Sep 20, 3:17 AM
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Gintoki for sure. He's probably the only one that's actually fun to watch almost every time

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Sep 20, 3:22 AM

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Eren so far but he don't exist here so Gintoki.
Sep 20, 5:50 AM
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Eren Jaegar easily. Season 4 is going to be crazy.
Sep 20, 7:16 AM
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Gintoki, Gon, Luffy, Deku. But I don't really count Gintoki since Gintama isn't a full-on battle shounen like the rest of the list, so I voted for Gon.

Also missing Osamu from Worlf Trigger he, he'd probably be the one to round up my top 5.

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Sep 20, 7:22 AM

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I would say Naruto Uzumaki and Gon Freeccs.

Gintoki is cool but I don't consider him much a "Shonen protagonist" as those 2 lol.
Sep 20, 7:27 AM

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I voted for Yusuke, but Gon is also an excellent protagonist. As of lately I've been liking Asta a lot too.
Sep 20, 8:20 AM

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where is muh boi satoshi, my favorite is probably Joe from Ashita no Joe.

From the ones on the list the only ones i like more than hate are Gintoki,Gon , Kenshin and jOjO.

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Sep 20, 8:26 AM
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Kenshin, followed closely by Yusuke.
Sep 20, 8:38 AM

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You really needed Eren Jaeger on this list
Sep 20, 8:45 AM

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Yusuke gang rise up we innit

Lol Eren fans getting cucked
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Sep 20, 8:54 AM

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Of course Seiya, the one I would have voted for, was not going to be among the options...
Sep 20, 8:57 AM

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This poll is a joke, where is Joe Yabuki.
Sep 20, 9:00 AM

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Yusuke. Love the growth he goes through~

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Sep 20, 9:02 AM

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My favorite is Luffy, and he is also my all time favorite character. Didn't even need to break a sweat thinking about this one
Sep 20, 9:04 AM
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Natsu and Gintoki(although I haven't finished the series yet). Love both of their personalities
Sep 20, 9:05 AM
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Its Natsu for me..
see just how many times hes been in a freaking ecchi situation .. yet he doesnt give a damn shit about it... he only have "it fired me up" thing in his head
Sep 20, 9:09 AM
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I chose asta but why wasn't tsunayoshi sawada on the fuckin list
Sep 20, 9:11 AM
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Really happy to see Gintoki on top, this poll is shitting facts
Sep 20, 10:09 AM
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You remembered tanjiro but where the homie senku at
Sep 20, 12:02 PM

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Luffy, Goku and Natsu for me. But Luffy is probably my most favorite of them all.
Sep 20, 12:10 PM
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From the recent manga events

I can honestly say that Eren Yeager is better than Edward Elric as a protagonist.
Haven’t watched Gintama so can't make comments on that.
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