18+ Of The Best Anime Characters Who Support Gender Equality

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Written by Theo J Ellis

Gender equality is a running joke in the anime community when it comes to:

  • Memes.
  • Sarcasm.
  • Jokes.

And everything in between in places like Reddit, Twitter, or otherwise. And they revolve around ONE character called Kazuma.

After his rise in fame once Konosuba aired, his gender equality speech has become a staple in the anime community because of what it means in the current society we live in (western mostly).

But there are tons of characters who support gender equality. Characters who want equal rights and who are open minded.

Let’s talk about all of the best one’s here.

 

Anime characters who yearn for gender equality:

 

1. Touma Kamijou (A Certain Magical Index)

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Touma Kamijou is the main character from A Certain Magical Index. He’s a poor student relative to other characters in Academy city. He’s obsessed with saving money on food because of his financial situation.

As an accident, he ends up becoming a part of Index’s world, a church girl, and as a result discovers the dark underground of religious factions across the world.

He’s also targeted for his power in his right hand which can cancel or destroy anything.

Touma’s not as famous as Kazuma for the gender equality thing, but he’s willing to fight or discipline anyone regardless of their gender. Especially if they’re trying to kill him, as any sane person would.

 

2. Marin Kitagawa (My Dress Up Darling)

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Marin Kitagawa is the female character of the show, and one half of the MC’S. She’s a cosplaying Otaku who loves to dress up as her favorite anime or gaming characters.

After meeting Gojo, a guy who can help her realize her dream, both characters and their romance begins to develop.

Marin doesn’t judge others for their gender relative to their hobbies, interests, or passions. She makes this clear early in the anime, but already did so in the manga long ago.

She’s a modern advocate for gender equality.

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3. Kazuma Satou (Konosuba)

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Kazuma Satou is considered the king when it comes to gender equality and the conversation around it in an anime sense. After dying and being reincarnated, he forms a party of 4.

On one hand Kazuma can be a pervert and shameful about doing anything he wants regardless of consequence. But he’s also a man of morals who’s putting his past behind him.

He calls women out on their bullshit when they try to take advantage of double standards to use in their favor, and he also calls Men out in the same way.

His intentions are genuine and his actions even more so.

 

4. Lubbock (Akame Ga Kill)

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Lubbock is one of the main characters in the Nightraid assassination group of Akame Ga Kill. His style of assassination is different and more discreet.

Instead of being a fighter who fights directly, even though he can, his weapon is better used to catch people off guard, sort of like a spider’s web. Except it kills.

Lubbock doesn’t give special privileges to the people he targets and has to assassinate. Even if it’s a woman (usually one who’s evil) he doesn’t hesitate regardless of how “pretty” they might look.

In other words: gender bias isn’t a part of his mentality. He treats both equally.

 

5. Seiya Ryuuguuin (Cautious Hero)

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Seiya is the MC of Cautious Hero. In fact he’s the one the anime‘s title is named after. He’s overly cautious to the point of insanity and being a nuisance. But it’s always to guarantee victory.

He’s not one to underestimate people despite his own strength.

This is a common joke running throughout the anime, and is part of the comedy.  And of course – he’s not one to play the hypocritical game of double standards either.

 

6. Nobara Kugisaki (Jujutsu Kaisen)

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Nobara Kugisaki is another female advocate for gender equality in the anime world. She doesn’t fall victim to gender biases or the victim mindset that can come with it.

She’s the type of female protagonist who’s confident, self assured, loves herself, and accepts her flaws for what they are. And never uses gender as an excuse for not being able to do something.

She also doesn’t jump to conclusions based on gender either, especially not in a way that’s detrimental or self destructive.

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7. Yuuta Togashi (Love, Chuunibyou, & Other Delusions)

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Yuuta Togashi is the main male character from Chuunibyou, a weird and strange anime in the first 5 episodes. It’s about teenagers who still believe they have superpowers.

Being an ex-chuunibyou Yuuta understands the mindset of these people, one person being Rikka Takanashi in particular.

Though a normal character in the sense that this is not a supernatural series, Yuuta isn’t the type to have a gender bias or play the double standards game.

He see’s people for what they are, as opposed to having prejudices and ways of thinking according to gender.

 

8. Shinra Kusakabe (Fire Force)

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Shinra Kusakabe is the main character in Fire Force. And also the guy who we see in the first 5 episodes fight against Hibana.

“Princess” Hibana as she’s called is a villain at first. She’s sick of life, the past, and goes through a phase of despair. Shinra literally knocks some sense into her after giving her a one bomb to the face.

Though Shinra does have childish ideals of justice and being heroic, he definitely doesn’t let people off the hook just because of their gender.

He’s not the type to play favorites.

 

9. Akuru Akutsu (Aho Girl)

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Aho Girl is a bit of a parody series with some over the top comedy, and it’s almost every episode if not that.

Akuru Akutsu is the male protagonist of this comedy series, where Yoshiko, the female MC is a girl who loves banana’s and is stupid beyond belief.

Not to mention proud of her stupidity.

Akuru, though comedically, is seen punching Yoshiko for her nonsense every now and then. Though more seriously, he’s not a guy who’d tolderate bad behavior just because of gender.

Bad is bad, and we all should treat each other with respect regardless.

 

10. Byakuya Kuchiki (Bleach)

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Byakuya Kuchiki is one of the few Soul Reaper captains who wouldn’t hesitate to kill, fight, fend off, or take care of anyone regardless of their gender.

He’s a man of the law, sometimes a little too much as proven in the Soul Society arc of Bleach. But he is an upstanding character who takes his role seriously being the most powerful noble in his clan.

Byakuya looks at a person’s character, and determines his actions based on that. Never letting fickle or things such as gender get in the way of what’s most important.

He treats people as they are.

 

11. Sasuke Uchiha (Naruto)

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Sasuke Uchiha never cared for gender roles and the biases and double standards that can come with that. He’s always been selfishly focused on his goals and nothing else.

In the early stages it was his desire for revenge against Itachi, his brother. That’s what drove him to become stronger.

Later on after Naruto and Shippuden, he’s still the kind of guy who doesn’t think in fickle or superficial ways. And treats others as they deserve to be treated.

 

12. Keyaruga (Redo Of Healer)

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Keyaruga (or Keyaru) is a male protagonist who’s been through hell too many times to count. He’s abused in ways no teenager should have to deal with (or person in general).

This is what sets the stage for his revenge in the anime‘ which is the main plot. And he has a lot of targets who played a role in ruining his life, and taking away his inner peace.

Seeing as his main oppressor is a woman, Keyaru see’s people for what they are on both ends of the gender spectrum. Because he knows men and women are both capable of the same evils and actions.

Humans do bad things regardless after all.

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13. Vegeta (Dragon Ball Z)

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Vegeta hasn’t really spoke much about this topic throughout the dragon ball franchise, but his actions speak louder than words ever could.

He’s the one who fought against Android 18 without any hesitation in his heart whatsoever. Where as characters like Krillin didn’t have it in them to fight her because of biases.

Vegeta respects people as they are, and will fight or destroy anyone who threatens him or his family regardless of what they look like or what their anatomy is made up of.

He see’s what matters, and doesn’t worry or get lost in the nonsensical details.

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14. Rudeus Greyrat (Mushoku Tensei)

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Rudeus Greyrat is the main character of Mushoku Tensei, a controversial Isekai anime that’s responsible in part for the Isekai genre (as far as light novels).

The anime is controversial because in his past life, Rudeus is a pedophile (his mentality) and a lolicon who literally sits in a dark room. And is in his 30’s to top it all off.

Severe bullying and trauma is responsible for the choices he makes later in life.

After dying and being reincarnated, and still feeling disgusted with his past self, he starts to make amends in the new body he’s in. But not successfully at first.

This “new” person who’s turned a new leaf is a guy who supports gender equality.

 

15. Accelerator (A Certain Scientific Accelerator)

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Accelerator is the main character of this series, a spin off from the original Railgun and Index series where he’s also featured as a villain.

From childhood he’s had a messed up life because of his ability to control vectors, making him an impossible opponent to fight because everything is controlled by vectors (movement, heat, speed, electric, etc).

People have always wanted to use him for his strength, and nothing more. Making him hate the world and become the angry, cold, and aloof person he is.

This unique perspective is why he doesn’t give a shit about gender as far as biases and double standards. He see’s a person for who they are, and looks directly into their soul and judges them based off that.

He’s not one to be fooled or to be swayed by outside appearances.

 

16. Morgiana (Labyrinth Of Magic)

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Morgiana, an ex-slave is a girl from the Fanalis race. Her upbringing and where it’s based is actually modeled from Africans, including the dark continent where she grew up.

Her upbringings, similar to Accelerator, is why she see’s the world for what is. And isn’t swayed or fooled by outside appearances relating to gender.

A woman can be just as bad as a man, and vice versa, because the world is full of vultures, opportunists, and evil people. She knows the complete opposite is also true in spite of gender.

Morgiana is open minded and see’s people for what they are.

 

17. Naofumi Iwatani (The Rising Of The Shield Hero)

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Naofumi starts out as a victim to a false r*pe accusation. It’s the worst thing a man can experience given that it’s not just false, but a claim most people carelessly believe regardless of there being no evidence.

It’s a dangerous double standard many are conditioned to believe and accept.

As a result we see Naofumi go through a lot in the beginning of Shield Hero, now that the world has been orchestrated to hate the guy.

He takes solace and comfort in Raphtalia, a girl he saves from slavery. The two become necessities who help each other heal from trauma.

Naofumi see’s the world for what it is because of his experiences, and now treats both genders as they deserve to be treated regardless of outside appearances.

 

18. Bakugo Katsuki (My Hero Academia)

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Bakugo Katsuki from My Hero Academia is a hated character by some, and an annoyance to many. But most never saw the potential in him and overlooked his qualities.

It’s no secret that he’s a bully, or at least he started that way to his so called friend Deku. But beyond that Bakugo is a man who doesn’t give anyone leeway for reasons like gender and social conditioning relating to it.

We see this when he fights Ochako Uraraka. In the end some people (with gender bias) shout for Bakugo to stop fighting. But Bakugo continues and doesn’t hold back.

He knows Ochako is more than just a woman. She’s a person. And one who knows how to fight and shouldn’t be underestimated.

Bakugo gives her the respect she deserves as his opponent, and doesn’t fall to the pressure of gender double standards.

Ochako also learns a valuable lesson as a result, and the two come to respect each other as well as come to a new understanding.

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