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New Poll - Worst Lover Traits
This week's poll was also suggested by Nyxsha. Now it's about lovers! I did take some of the options from the previous poll. You can decide whether lovers refers to the main character or a side character. Or maybe it's someone in your own life?

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Previous Poll Results:
Question: Worst character trait of protagonist?
Arrogant / Proud - votes: 280 (9.9%)
Cold - votes: 39 (1.4%)
Dense / Dumb - votes: 1043 (36.9%)
Violent - votes: 132 (4.7%)
Genki - votes: 41 (1.4%)
Childish - votes: 241 (8.5%)
Cute - votes: 44 (1.6%)
Egotistic - votes: 225 (8%)
Pessimistic - votes: 96 (3.4%)
Emotionless / Expressionless - votes: 165 (5.8%)
Lazy - votes: 63 (2.2%)
Simple-minded - votes: 163 (5.8%)
Yandere - votes: 298 (10.5%)
There were 2830 total votes.
The poll ended: December 30th, 2023 10:58am PST

Dumb and still able to get things done somehow
Posted by lambchopsil on 
December 30th 11:13am
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» Trimutius on December 30th, 2023, 11:49am

Violent is the worst... Yandere can be violent but at least not always


» Ruruskadoo on December 30th, 2023, 12:51pm

I feel like yandere irl translates to violent+, because irl people don't act like manga characters, so that level of obsession is sure to transition eventually into abuse and controlling every aspect of your life.

Like if someone destroys things and hits you when they're upset that's already horrible, but if someone chains you in the basement and cuts off all of your contact with the outside world because they didn't like how often you talked with your coworker, that's probably even worse?

I love yanderes, but there are no irl "yanderes", just stalkers and abusers, it's a trait that's only attractive because it's fictional.


» berubetto on December 30th, 2023, 3:39pm

I never comment, and I always quickly do the poll, but this poll has way too much crossover! You have dumb and simple minded; violent and yandere (I can't believe Google dictation utility understood yandere—TWICE!); spoiled, childish and, to some extent, jealous and yandere yet again....

I'm not going to go on, though I could. However, if I had to choose the best out of all of these, it would probably be perverted, if slightly, or tsundere, if just slightly tsuntsun: like a tsuntsun spice.


» hkanz on December 30th, 2023, 4:06pm

I'd say that my least favourite manga trope is 'you raped/assaulted me but it's okay because you're the ML and I love you or will love you at some future point in time'. So it's a violent/perverted combination, but I chose violent.


» blackluna on December 30th, 2023, 10:38pm

Why do both these polls equate being dense and being stupid? They're not even similar!


» LazyReviewer on December 31st, 2023, 2:42am

Because despite all the IRL differences, in manga, the density tends to be such that the person has to be dumb to be that dense.


» blackluna on December 31st, 2023, 9:48am

However, isn't this poll about real life? (Well, the question doesn't specify. )


» Aremon on December 31st, 2023, 10:11am

Quote from lambchopsil
You can decide whether lovers refers to the main character or a side character. Or maybe it's someone in your own life?


» LazyReviewer on January 2nd, 2024, 4:02am

That's a good question. I took it to be about fiction, since "yandere" was included and this is a website about manga. Most people murdered in IRL relationships are murdered for other reasons than their boyfriend/girlfriend is an obsessive psychopath with no moral compass.


» hkanz on December 31st, 2023, 12:55pm

It's possibly a difference between British English and American English and the common usage of the word in different countries. You can see that the Cambridge dictionary simply describes it as a synonym for stupid, and then Merriam-Webster has the more nuanced 'slow to understand'.

Not sure I've ever heard anyone here use the word 'dense' except as a synonym for 'stupid'... we might use a word like 'oblivious' (more slangy) or 'imperceptive' (more formal) to describe the romantically dense type of character who shows up in manga.


» LazyReviewer on December 31st, 2023, 2:47am

Yandere, a fictional creature of such intense jealousy and paranoia that violence is the logical outcome and murder is just another option.

Yeah, there are a lot of bad things here, but Yandere is extreme even for those.

If this was about real life—and considering Yandere was included, I don't think this is about real life—then arrogance/pride is probably what has ended the most relationships.

But murder with a side of "stay with me forever and forget ever doing anything but working and being with me" just takes the cake.


» Bunny-chan on January 1st, 2024, 4:59am

we all know the real answer here is “incest”.


» Sugarshark on January 1st, 2024, 11:05pm

Emotionless seems really bad

I think it says more about me, it makes me the worst lover;
on several levels


» Erratic-Hopper on January 2nd, 2024, 5:12pm

Ahh I couldn't vote 🙁 because the poll is treating me as though I voted already.

I really dislike cold lovers. I've read a few romances where one lover treats the other coldly, spends no time together, never shows their love. Those are the worst ones. I can't even appreciate the story because I feel so annoyed when reading about these characters. I want to cry for the other lover and the happy ending is unsatisfying as I feel it's undeserved. Meanwhile yandere stories are something of a guilty pleasure, and I find them quite interesting.

P.S. The above refers to my tastes in fiction only.