Hey, which red-flag anime character do you kin? This anime quiz exposes your messed-up crush, explaining why you love toxic characters.
Who Is a Red-Flag Anime Character?
In anime, “red flag” refers to a character who fans simp over despite their toxicity, brutality, or psychopathy. Lelouch Lamperouge, currently the most popular anime boy, is an example of a red-flag character that thousands of otakus kin, regardless of his villainous actions.
Here are eight more examples of red- and green-flag anime characters.
What does it mean to kin a red-flag character?
“To kin a red-flag anime character” means you admire, love, or relate to an unconventional or wicked personality. Kinning has become an anime stereotype, and often, the show’s antagonists become more popular than the protagonists. Think Hisoka (Hunter x Hunter), Itachi Uchiha (Naruto), Shogo Makishima (Psycho-Pass).
A Quiz That Reveals Which Red-Flag Anime Character You Kin
Here’s what you learn about yourself by participating:
- Who your red-flag crush is—and why.
- What your kin says about you.
- The type of person you are.
5 Signs You Kin a Messed-Up Character
Some otakus don’t even know if their comfort anime boy or girl is toxic. But generally, your kin is a red flag if they exhibit these traits.
The character you like doesn’t talk too much.
Silence and reticence imply dark thoughts. (At least, that’s how it is in anime shows). So, if you find yourself gravitating towards the quiet ones, the chances are high you’re already kinning a red-flag character.
Example of a reticent red-flag character: Noro (Tokyo Ghoul)
Your anime crush has a dead look in their eyes.
As the saying goes: Eyes tell all. So, if your kin looks at you like a soulless creature, they are probably a red flag. You see nothing but pain, pride, or prejudice in their eyes—no passion, no desire, no nothing.
Example of a red-flag character who is dead inside: Hei (Darker than Black).
You kin overly pale characters.
Weirdly, overly pale skin is one of the signs that distinguish red-flags. So, your crush is probably a brutal psychopath if they have abnormally whitish skin.
Example of a pale-skin red-flag character: Northa (Fresh, Pretty Cure!).
You’d never date the anime character you kin in real life.
The easiest way to find out if your crush is toxic is by thinking about dating them in real life. If it intimidates you, your kin is a red-flag—you probably don’t even need the test.
Example of a character no one would date IRL: Midari Ikishima (Kakegurui)
You fear your anime kin.
It’s all fun and kinky to love a badass, toxic character until you realize they could be brutal to you, too. So, if you low-key fear being alone in a room with your crush, you’re probably kinning the wrong person.
Example of a scary red-flag character: Vicious (Cowboy Bebop).
Which Red-Flag Anime Boys and Girls Do Otakus Often Kin?
You could find dozens of anime villains who are more popular than the heroes. But some are more iconic than others, so iconic that otakus can’t stop kinning them. Here’s a list of four.
#1. Light Yagami
Although super-popular among otakus, you can’t ignore Light’s God Complex. He enjoys killing and purging bad guys. But Death Note’s power corrupts him over time, turning Light into a monster fighting for the greater good.
Lights red flags are:
God complex, manipulation, and cynical disgust.
#2. Lelouch Lamperouge
Hundreds of thousands of anime lovers kin Lelouch. But he is a cold, cruel, and over-confident leader who abuses his power. Lelouch also struggles with Dissociative Identity Disorder, making him prone to impulsive actions.
Lelouch Lamperouge’s red flags are:
DID, arrogance, and indifference.
His name often tops the lists of most psychotic anime characters ever, thanks to his “cocky, boastful, hedonistic, and self-serving personality.” But otakus often ignore his blood-lust and simp over him despite all the warning signs.
Hisoka’s red flags are:
Narcissism, violence, and entitlement.
Probably the most good-looking red-flag anime character, Gojo is an unempathetic, unkind, and irresponsible master. But that doesn’t stop fans from thirsting over his white hair, fit body, and charming voice.
Gojō Satoru’s red flags are:
Apathy, passive-aggressiveness, and remorselessness.
Okay, But Which Anime Shows Have the Most Red-Flags?
Japanese animations fear no controversy. So, you could make a seriously long list of shows or movies centered around f-ed-up, psychopathic characters.
Here’s a list of three anime with the most red-flag personalities.
Imagine a group of teenage kids who create street gangs, fight each other, and engage in all sorts of criminal activities. Obviously, you wouldn’t expect to find any green flags among them. But fans love them regardless; weird kin that puts Tokyo Revengers characters among the most beloved toxic anime personalities.
Bungou Stray Dogs
Not only do fans want to know which Bungou Stray Dogs character they are, but they also kin most of them despite their messed-up actions. The show is home to brutal personalities and crazy friendships. But it’s also one of the most popular series in recent years.
A show about the mafia, hoodlums, prostitutes, and dirty cops, Gangsta tops the list of anime shows with red-flag characters. It portrays messed-up—but unbelievably handsome—handymen who don’t mind crossing the lines of law and ethics for money. But, as you guessed, otakus can’t get enough of them.
The Why Behind Otakus’ Love for Toxic Characters
There are three reasons why anime fans are color blinded when it comes to specific villains. They close their eye to the toxicity of certain personalities because their kin is good-looking, relatable, or realistic.
The #1 reason otakus fall in love with red-flags is their undeniable charm. Think Dazai, Aizen, Vicious, or Itachi. In other words, their attractiveness undermines their immorality.
Unlike purely innocent protagonists in most anime shows, antagonists and villains often have relatable backstories, allowing an empathetic bond with fans despite their cruel actions.
It’s challenging to kin a perfect hero who’s never stepping down from being overly righteous. Contrarily, it’s easier to love specific red-flags, thanks to their realistic views and inevitable mistakes.
Prepare Yourself for Brutal Results
The question is innocent: Which red flag anime character do you kin? But you might not like the results. We have created a database of the most outrageous personalities that would probably ruin your life had you been kinning them in real life.
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How to Play?
Playing personality quizzes is straightforward: Choose the option that’s true about you—or you relate to—and select “Next.” Unlike trivia quizzes, personality tests have no right or wrong answers. But the questions are in forced-choice format. The point is to push you to choose an option that makes the most sense, not the one that’s 100% true. For the most accurate results, don’t overthink your responses. Go with options that you “feel” are the best.
Questions of the quiz
- 1Which one is NOT a wake-up call? (You have to pick one).
- 2What kind of anime personality is your favorite?
Cute and shy
Hot and confident
Intelligent and righteous
Serious and determined
Cold-blooded and reliable
Scary and dark
- 3What kind of characters do you despise?
Emotionless and indifferent
Insecure and weak
Stupid and reckless
Ordinary and predictable
Obedient and coward
Kind and caring
- 4What can turn a hero into a red-flag character?
- 5How would you feel about dating an anime villain in real life?
- 6Fill in the blank. Your kin loves _____________.
Battles (or none of the above)
- 7Should your anime kin form a gang, would you join them? Why?
No, it sounds intimidating
No, it sounds boring
No, it's a stupid idea
Yes, I'd like to become a gang leader
Yes, I can't let my kin down
Yes, it sounds like a fun idea
- 8What makes a manga character overly attractive and irresistible?
Backstory and social status
Intentions and goals
- 9Why do you think some villains are more popular than the actual heroes?
They are relatable
They are super-hot
They are smarter than heroes
They are prestigious
Most of them are actually good people inside
They are powerful
- 10How would you react if you found out your anime best friend is in love with you?
I'd like to know why that is
I'd flirt with them and see how it goes
I'd remind them of our friendship and reject them
I'd cut my ties with them
I'd ignore their emotions and remain friends with them
I'd ask them to spend a night with me so I can decide if I like them
- 11What would you do to your enemies if they surrendered?
I'd forgive them
I'd humiliate them
I'd exile them
I'd imprison them
I'd kill them
I'd torture them
- 12What distinguishes an antagonist from a protagonist?
- 13How easy is it for you to spot red flags? (10 means it's nearly impossible).
- 14What do you think is an overrated GREEN FLAG? (Which one doesn't impress you that much?)
All of them
- 15What is a red line, a no-no, that should never be crossed?
Cheating on your lover
Becoming submissive to someone
Caring about worthless people
Forgetting your past
Leaving a friend behind
Showing mercy to enemies
- 16What kind of anime shows are your favorite?
Dark or scary
- 17What type of romantic partner would you wish to have if you lived in an anime universe?
- 18Which of these characteristics is sensual?
Attention to details
- 19How do you define love?
The most precious feeling in the world
The most boring thing ever
A useless and time-consuming experience
An interesting emotion that no one deserves
A dangerous emotion that should be avoided
The greatest scam of all time.
- 20Final question; are the characters you kin younger or older than you?
I like characters who're older than me
I like younger ones
I like those the same age as me
I like all of them.
I don't know. It depends.
None of them. I'm a loner.