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Top 10 Times Anime Heroes Were Underestimated (ft. Billy Kametz)

VO: Billy Kametz WRITTEN BY: Alex Crilly-Mckean
And this is why you never bet against an underdog. Welcome to WatchMojo and today we are counting down our picks for the Top 10 Times Anime Heroes Were Underestimated. For this list, we’re looking at the times people bit off more than they could chew by selling the protagonist a little short. From petty squabbles to life or death situations, these miscalculations cost a few fellas big time!
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Top 10 Times Anime Heroes Were Underestimated
And this is why you never bet against an underdog. Welcome to WatchMojo and today we are counting down our picks for the Top 10 Times Anime Heroes Were Underestimated.

For this list, we’re looking at the times people bit off more than they could chew by selling the protagonist a little short. From petty squabbles to life or death situations, these miscalculations cost a few fellas big time!

#10: Varanium Solves Everything

“Black Bullet” (2014)
Making an enemy of a creepy yet seemingly invincible nutjob like Kagetane would normally mean the end for most people. Then again, Satomi isn’t most people, mainly due the fact he’s got himself a set of augmented ligaments made from the nigh-indestructible alloy, Varanium. Despite his knack for blowing up organs, Kagetane is woefully unprepared for Satomi’s ace-in-the-hole, which proves strong enough to break his face in.
It just…really begs the question why it took him four episodes to finally bust this out…

#9: Size Doesn’t Matter

“Hinomaru Sumo” (2018)
This national treasure may have been told he’s too small for sumo, but after his beast of an entrance, it was pretty clear that what he lacked in height he made up for with balls of brass! In order to teach a group of juveniles a lesson, Hinomaru utterly shatters their leader’s spirit by taking non-stop punches for ten minutes without budging an inch. If that wasn’t badass enough, after the ten minutes runs out, he takes out Yuma with but a single strike, sumo style. The experience proved to be so humbling that its no wonder Yuma switched alignments…

#8: NEVER Insult Josuke’s Awesome Hair

“JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure: Diamond is Unbreakable” (2016)
If you don’t have a death wish, then you’d be wise to never talk about this JoJo’s iconic doo! I mean, why would you? It’s beautiful! (Ahem) Anyway, Jotaro obviously didn’t get the memo. After it’s insinuated that his glorious hairstyle is somewhat less than perfect, Josuke snaps, and in doing so unleashes the power of Crazy Diamond. If not for Star Platinum’s rapid reactions, its obvious that Jotaro’s face would have ended up just as mangled as his hat.

#7: Going Gearless

“Megalo Box” (2018)
Not sure where the bravery ends and the insanity begins when you decide to forgo mechanical enhancements in a boxing tournament filled with fighters… who all have mechanical enhancements! That’s Joe for you. And yet, he managed to take what appeared to be a glaring weakness and turned into something special. Relying on his natural talents along with some expert coaching, Joe showed the world exactly what he was made of when he KO’d the man known as Shark Samejima, who, lest we forget, was armoured up like Robo-Jaws.

#6: Heart in Hand

“Hunter x Hunter” (2011-14)
For those of you that still believed someone as unassuming as Killua wasn’t from a family of master assassins, let us present exhibit A. In order to get through the latter stage of the Hunter Exam, our favourite foursome are tasked with defeating a series of criminals, including a mass murderer named Johness. How does Killua fair against a guy who essentially has excavators for hands? Oh you know, he casually slips by him, snatches out his heart and wraps it in a doggy bag before anyone can blink.

#5: The Power of an Idiot

“Black Clover” (2017-)
There’s trash-talking, and then there’s Sekke. This would-be Magic Knight is cocky to the nth degree, leading him to often undermine those he sees as worthless. No surprise that Asta ended up on his radar. Fully convinced his Bronze Magic was unbreakable, he wasted no time degrading Asta for his lack of wealth and zero aptitude for magic. Needless to say, watching the future Wizard King smash him to pieces made for a delightful viewing experience. And thus began Sekke’s new role as the series’ number one punching bag.

#4: Everyone Underestimates Diablo…Even Diablo

“How Not to Summon a Demon Lord” (2018)
You almost have to feel sorry for Galluk. Out of the thousands of souls he could’ve picked a fight with, he happened to choose the Level 150 Demon Lord from another world. Even with a giant fire-breathing salamander at his command, the prideful magic user got a harsh dose of reality when Diablo effortlessly one-shot him, burning everything else to ash while he was at it. The only person more surprised at the sudden display of power is Diablo himself, who for all his Overpoweredness, is still an anxiety-ridden gaming nerd at heart.

#3: Rookie Crushing Gone Wrong

“One Punch Man” (2015)
This is what you get for hazing the new guy, especially one that can punch through meteors like it’s going out of fashion. Taking advantage of Saitama’s lower ranking, A-Class hero Snek figured he could take out some potential competition to his standing by launching a sneak attack. If he had picked any other caped crusader, then maybe this tactic would have worked. Alas, he chose the one guy who can decimate landscapes with a love tap. Not surprising to see that Snek got a superpowered knuckle sandwich for his troubles.

#2: Who Decided That?

“The Seven Deadly Sins” (2014-15; 2018)
Turns out that even the upper echelons of the Demon race have something to fear, and his name is Escanor. The Lion Sin of Pride isn’t only unmatched in arrogance and moustache-grooming, but also in raw strength. Of course, due to their own hellish pride, the Ten Commandments made the mistake of denouncing Escanor as just another human. As you might have guessed, not even Galand’s bloodthirst or Estarossa’s endless list of abilities is enough to bring down the Master of the Sun.

#1: Shield Hero > Spear Hero

“The Rising of the Shield Hero” (2019)
It’s the isekai that riled us up with how much it made us hate about ninety five percent of its occupants. That being said, this little scuffle made up for having to watch our boy Naofumi go through such torment. Forced to battle against the insufferably moronic Motoyasu, Shield Bro managed defy all expectation and earn some much-needed payback. Honestly, watching him wreck ‘Chad Spearman’ with underhanded tactics and legitimate strategy was as cathartic as watching Raphtalia fangirl. Now if only Myne didn’t interfere…

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