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New Poll - Protagonist
This week's fun little poll is from our member 13Darko. Not an exhaustive list of choices, but oh well!

You can submit poll ideas here (and try to keep them manga/anime-related)
http://www.mangaupdates.com/showtopic.php?tid=3903

Previous Poll Results:
Question: How do you usually read your manga?
Choices:
From magazines - votes: 40 (0.3%)
From the actual volumes - votes: 792 (5.8%)
On a laptop - votes: 6114 (44.8%)
On a desktop computer - votes: 4549 (33.3%)
On a small portable device (tablet, phone, etc) - votes: 2167 (15.9%)
There were 13662 total votes.
The poll ended: June 29th 2013

Hmm, the votes for portable is a bit higher than I expected...
Posted by lambchopsil on June 29th 7:11pm Comments ( 20 )  [ View ]  [ Add ]
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» deadphoenix on June 29th, 2013, 12:23pm

Is next week the opposite poll? What protagonist do you hate the most? (lol)

It is a good chose of a poll biggrin

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» Kiks on June 29th, 2013, 1:02pm

For a site with manga and novel updates it sure has an unnecessary number of anime polls XD

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» Sapphiresky on June 29th, 2013, 1:14pm

Quote from Kiks
For a site with manga and novel updates it sure has an unnecessary number of anime polls XD

I think in a situation like this, anime and manga can be used interchangeably.


It's a hard call for me, but I ended up with vulnerability. I guess more than the others, it leans more toward having a personality, and not just a cookie cutter hero. I don't mean vulnerability as in an Achilles heel, but more like he's able to react and interact more.

I dunno, it's a hard call for me.

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» That3rdGuy on June 29th, 2013, 2:52pm

This is the first decent poll I've seen in a long time.
I prefer an anti-hero mostly, for example Desert Punk. I always like a devious reason to laugh. The first five choices define most protagonists and I've grown tired of that kind of generic character.

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» Harimau on June 29th, 2013, 5:20pm

Why isn't there the cunning/clever option?
My favourite characters are always the smart ones.
Eumenes of Cardia Historie
Lelouch Lamperouge Code Geass
Light Death Note
Dirk Provin The Second Sons (not a manga or anime)
and several others I can't quite bring to mind.

Let's make a list. Add who else you think fits this mould, in the replies.

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» CuthienSilmeriel on June 29th, 2013, 5:53pm

Me too! I love Light and Lelouch as well. Here are some more of my favs.

Ash in Banana Fish
Yakumo in Shinrei Tantei Yakumo
Sei in Yasha
Akabara in Vampire Juujikai
Tatsuya in Mahouka koukou no rettousei
Edward in Full Metal Alchemist
Ayumu in Spiral: suiri no kizuna

And they're just the ones from manga!

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» quark1020 on July 3rd, 2013, 5:24pm

Keep going, i could always use more manga suggestions biggrin

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» Lynkz on July 4th, 2013, 5:17am

I agree, it's pretty sad that so many manga-ka use ignorance/stupidity as a plot device that brain power isn't even an option in a fan poll of protagonist personality traits... cry

My list is for the intelligent if not quite cunning:

Kagami Junichirou from Denpa Kyoushi
Nana from Nana to Kaoru
Tanaka Manabu from Yandere Kanojo

I COULD go on, but that's as far as memory alone will get me, and I'm too lazy to scan over my reading/complete lists to dredge up some others.

I guess I'd go with principled if it didn't have ethical there. My favorite protagonist is, hands down, Shou from Akumetsu. In my opinion i guess he'd be an anti-hero, but my favorite trait in him is his willpower to never sacrifice his principles for an easier route. (He also falls into the Intelligent/cunning list)

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» CuthienSilmeriel on June 29th, 2013, 5:26pm

I chose anti-hero even though it doesn't exactly fit because I like my protagonists a little dark, a little jaded, and a little angsty, but not down right evil, even if they do evil things. I'm a huge fan of the grey area, and having multi-faceted deep characters, so honestly I don't like my antagonists to be evil either. I like everyone to be a shade of grey.

I think angst attracts me, I seem to love a lot of tortured-soul type characters. My favourite character in manga is Ash from Banana Fish, in anime it is Lelouch from Code Geass, just to give you an idea.

I detest the "If I believe it I can do anything!" types so typical to shounen. I used to not mind characters like this, but as I have gotten older I have moved from indifference to irritated in my opinion of them.

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» AliceinAmestris on June 29th, 2013, 7:12pm

I am so conflicted with this poll! I choose Calm in the face of danger but i also love Strong willpower, Anti-Heroism and Ruthless Killer....

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» cmertb on June 29th, 2013, 10:08pm

Either make a list that includes every reasonable option or add "none of the above".

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» strixflash on June 30th, 2013, 1:07am

Calm in the face of danger, Anti-Heroism and Ruthless killer. I hate protagonists who are wimpy, or say they will not kill enemies... or the one who sprouts nakama bullshit ~_~ So those of opposite nature are my liking.

The only protagonists I ever liked are Rai and Frankenstein from Noblesse.

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» ink junkie on June 30th, 2013, 1:09am

There should be a "funny" option.

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» Damnedman on June 30th, 2013, 2:41am

Quote from ink junkie
There should be a "funny" option.

I second this. As much as I love dark, cynical protagonists (usually anti-heroes), one that can make me laugh is even better.

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» sarah-eats-cupcakes on June 30th, 2013, 11:55am

5.9 percent of votes went to "undying love for their friends" lol??

i prefer protagonists who are both vulnerable and anti-heroic
as long as the main character is not immune to tragedy/misfortune and has a raskolnikov-esque personality i wouldn't hesitate to read the book/manga

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» psycho-shocker on July 1st, 2013, 8:54pm

Hey, can you add "mentally unstable" choice? Well, that's not exactly the word, just like Kumagawa Misogi from Medaka Box or Koudai Kamiuchi from Hakomari even Yuno Gasai from Mirai Nikki.

Basically a character who is strong, often fooling around, act nice, casually and friendly, but we don't know what in his mind or what he will do seconds later, like bomb that can explode anytime without warning, and because of his strength, he give a massive sensation of fear and pressure around them. That's cool right? biggrin Unfortunately character like are very rare. sad

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» rexytheking on July 1st, 2013, 9:26pm

I like the Ruthless Killer. Someone like Acherit from Ubel Blatt. Preferably with a little comedy. Acherit makes it a little too dark though it's awesome. Hey, sasuke works too!

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» Transdude1996 on July 1st, 2013, 9:59pm

I don't really know what to choose. I've seen all of those elements done very well sometimes, and other times, they completely screw it up.

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» Dionaea on July 4th, 2013, 8:03am

I'd like to see at least some degree of intelligence. I hate idiotic protagonists. I didn't vote, since I don't have a preference for one of the options listed really o.o

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» kuroihikari on July 4th, 2013, 9:02am

This one's very hard... I chose ruthless killer but actually it's because it's the closest... It's more because he's often scheming something evil, well, what I had in mind was a tsundere gril too... but

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