10 Anime Heroes Who Don’t Wear Costumes

The anime world is famous for featuring hundreds of protagonists with colorful, even dazzling visual designs. Most of these shonen and shojo protagonists wear stunning costumes, such as Sailor Moon’s uniform or Saitama’s custom hero outfit. However, other anime heroes forgo unique costumes or clothing in favor of regular streetwear.

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Some protagonists simply lack the money or interest in a cool costume like Goku’s im outfit or Ichigo’s bankai costume, so they wear perfectly ordinary clothes, from T-shirts and hoodies to business suits, school uniforms, and more. Maybe flashy superhero costumes are overrated after all; clothes from ordinary retail stores can be perfect for a heroic adventure.

ten Josuke Higashikata wears a school uniform (JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure)

The Third and Fourth Joestar Heroes wear high school uniforms to give them a more modern look compared to Victorian Hero Jonathan Joestar and the Fight Tendency protagonist, Joseph Joestar. In 1999, Josuke Higashikata took over as Joestar’s newest hero, and he didn’t feel the need to dress up for the role.

Josuke is almost always seen in his high school uniform, and aside from cool features like that golden anchor, he’s a pretty ordinary school uniform after all. Josuke’s idea of ​​a hero costume is his cool hair, which he will vigorously defend if insulted.

9 Light Yagami also wears a school uniform (Death Note)

Genius antihero Light Yagami doesn’t like fancy costumes or outfits that make him look like a runway model. Light would prefer to blend in with mainstream Japanese society in order to avoid L and the Japanese police, though he can dress up at least a little for weekend dates.

Light initially wore his high school uniform, and once he started going to college, he switched to slightly fashionable but otherwise ordinary clothes while battling L. Still later, in in his twenties, Light usually wore business suits or casual attire.

8 Takemichi Hanagaki tries to blend in (Tokyo Revengers)

Shonen protagonist Takemichi Hanagaki was a punk kid in the mid-2000s or so, and as of 2017, he was nobody as a part-time convenience store employee. Then he had the chance to travel back in time to revisit his delinquent days and prevent the tragic death of Hinata, his dear friend.

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Takemichi does what he can to blend in, wearing fairly ordinary clothes for the era and not standing out in the process. He will also wear school uniforms and even Toman’s own uniform to impress everyone, but it’s more of a uniform than a costume. It’s not exactly a capped superhero.

seven Killua Zoldyck wears ordinary duds (Hunter X Hunter)

Many characters in Hunter X Hunter wear cool outfits that are considered costumes, like Hisoka Morrow’s jester outfit or some of Chrollo Lucifer’s fanciest outfits. In contrast, electric protagonist Killya Zoldyck sees no need to impress anyone with a flashy costume of any kind.

Killua wears fairly ordinary clothing during his adventures, including white t-shirts and tank tops, basketball shorts, sneakers, and more. He places little importance on his appearance as he prefers to let his actions do the talking. It’s convenient that way.

6 Nezuko Kamado prefers her pink kimonos (Demon Slayer)

Most Demon Slayers wear uniforms, while it’s the independent-minded Demons who tend to wear unique outfits or villain costumes, Akaza the Upper Moon 3 being a notable example. Then there’s Nezuko Kamado, who doesn’t wear a suit or uniform.

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Nezuko has always loved pink kimonos, both as a human and as a demon, and it’s a good look for this character. Nezuko has no trouble running and jumping in her outfit, and she rarely gets torn or dirty either. She is always at her best.

5 Nobara Kugisaki has no costume per se (Jujutsu Kaisen)

Most heroes of Jujutsu Kaisen are sorcerer’s apprentices who wear their school uniforms, which include dark blue jackets, pants, and knee-length skirts. Some adult wizards like Kento Nanami have more unique outfits that almost look like costumes, but not Yuji and his friends.

Nobara Kugisaki, for example, almost always appears dressed in his school uniform, especially during training exercises or missions. She might wear ordinary street clothes and dream of wearing fancy outfits, but not costumes for her. She would find it rather silly anyway.

4 Orihime Inoue prefers her everyday clothes (Bleach)

Most of the characters in Bleach wear uniforms, such as the Soul Reaper uniform or those of the Wandenreich. A few characters wear unique costumes, such as Don Kanonji, but this is an exception. Ichigo’s good friend Orihime Inoue, for example, would much rather not wear a goofy costume.

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Orihime greatly prefers to wear her regular street clothes, from sweatpants to pink shirts to sundresses, and she only wears a Soul Reaper uniform for stealth purposes in Soul Society. Later, when she was kidnapped by Ulquiorra, she had to don an Arrancar-style uniform in Las Noches, but she would never wear such a thing on her own.

3 Leon Bartfort prefers his school uniform and combat gear (trapped in a dating simulator)

Some isekai heroes wear cool outfits or costumes, like Rimuru Tempest’s various outfits or Azusa Aizawa’s elegant witch outfit. Then there’s otome game protagonist Leon Bartfort, the third son of a minor noble family. He doesn’t have time for dazzling costumes or trendy accessories.

Instead, Leon is almost always seen in his school’s rather drab uniform, and that suits him. And when it’s time for battle, Leon will don a dark gray combat outfit to comfortably pilot his giant robot, his Armor. Leon’s outfits all say, “I don’t want to stand out.”

2 Rokuro Okajima/Rock wears what remains of his costume (Black Lagoon)

The hardcore seinen thriller black lagoon features Rokuro Okajima, a salaryman-turned-outlaw who now runs with the Black Lagoon mercenary gang. Rokuro never ended up getting a cool villain costume or something, instead wearing what was left of his costume, like the shirt and tie.

In crime-ridden Roanapur, where poverty and desperation are common, casual business is almost like a suit. But by other standards, Rock’s attire is perfectly ordinary and far from proper costume. Even Benny’s red Hawaiian shirt looks more like a costume than what Rock is wearing.

1 Mikasa Ackerman prefers his scout uniform (Attack On Titan)

Eren Yeager eventually started wearing a variety of outfits and disguises that looked a bit like uniforms per The attack of the Titans‘s own standards, but that’s not so true for his old friend, Mikasa Ackerman. She almost always wears her scout uniform and feels most comfortable when dressed for battle. She doesn’t consider herself a model.

Mikasa’s only unique accessory is her red scarf, which symbolizes her childhood bond with Eren. She almost always wears it on her uniform, but following Eren’s descent into villainy, the symbolism of this scarf wasn’t quite the same.

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