Great horror protagonists excel at survival and adapt to stressful situations. These anime characters are perfect candidates for the job. Horror protagonists find their lives threatened by unexpected circumstances and fight to restore their previous lifestyles. Whether the forces against them are supernatural or human, the successful horror protagonist uses whatever means necessary to survive their predicament.
Anime characters that are accustomed to danger are well suited for the role of a horror protagonist. Certain anime abilities and personalities are perfect for survival in the horror genre. An anime character doesn't have to originate from horror to meet the expectations of horror's main characters.
10 Jotaro Kujo's Vast Experience Prepares Him For Trouble
A good horror protagonist possesses deduction skills that outsmart the killer and enable survival against all odds. Jotaro's experience fighting Dio's Stand User army makes him adept at handling unexpected situations. Upon encountering jump scares, Jotaro's Star Platinum can stop time and allow him to attack before the killer does.
As a JoJo's Bizarre Adventure character, Jotaro has muscles capable of severely injuring any killer with a physical body. If antagonists are supernatural, Jotaro can cleverly outsmart them, as he successfully traps Kira Hoshihiro's ghost in Diamond Is Unbreakable. Like many horror protagonists, Jotaro is sure to survive in the end.
9 Killua Zoldyck Is As Deadly As The Killer
Killua Zoldyck of Hunter X Hunter has multiple methods of fighting back against horror antagonists. As a Zoldyck assassin, Killa can morph his hands into claws that can kill with a single strike. Killua challenges the horror dynamic of killer versus victim by being as deadly to the killer as the killer is to protagonists. Horror fans would witness the rare occasion of the killer being intimidated or murdered by their target.
If Killua's assassination skills ever proved ineffective, his Godspeed ability ensures that no killer or monster will be able to catch him. Killua models a competent horror protagonist who confidently counters every action the killer takes.
8 Deku's Intelligence And Maneuverability Can Counter Any Killer
My Hero Academia's Deku is a genius strategist who can memorize an opponent's abilities in detail. Deku's solutions to problems are unconventionally clever, which would prove essential for defeating seemingly immortal killers in horror franchises. No matter how a killer attacks, Deku will always have a counter plan to survive when it counts.
Deku's Shoot Style gives him advanced maneuverability and multiple escape routes in the common horror event of being cornered by the killer. As Deku vies to protect people in trouble, he is likely to save minor characters who would otherwise be doomed.
7 Inosuke Hashibira's Aggression Would Take Killers By Surprise
Demon Slayer's Inosuke Hashibira is an adept swordsman with a love of confrontation. Inosuke is hot-tempered and won't hesitate to charge any killer that passes by. His reaction to enemies is a fresh take on the usual horror protagonist reaction to danger, as most protagonists avoid their pursuers when possible.
Characters like Inosuke are challenging to predict as the last thing a killer expects is for the protagonist to attack them first. A surprised killer is easier to gain the advantage over, so Inosuke stands a fair chance of survival as a horror protagonist.
6 Sniper Mask Is Already A Survival Expert
Sniper Mask from High Rise Invasion is an imposing anti-hero with advanced sharpshooting skills. Sniper Mask is accustomed to fighting, as he participates in a game where players battle masked assailants to survive. The danger his world poses turns surviving against a killer as a horror protagonist into a mundane task.
Due to his experience, Sniper Mask isn't an easy target for a killer to defeat and models an ideal horror protagonist's resilience in moments of stress. Sniper Mask's rifle would give him the added advantage of firing upon any horror killer who enjoys stalking from a distance.
5 Eraser Head's Fighting Style Is Perfect Against Zombies
Pro Hero Eraser Head from My Hero Academia is an expert at ensnaring opponents with his scarf. Eraser Head effectively fights large groups of enemies, as shown when he overpowered dozens of villains during the U.S.J. incident. His ability to evade attacks from multiple directions makes Eraser Head perfect for dispatching zombie hordes as a survival horror protagonist.
Eraser Head's pain tolerance allows him to act when injured, as he saved Tsuyu Asui from Shigaraki despite being grievously wounded. His strong resolve would make him a reliable horror protagonist when facing killers who require personal sacrifice to defeat.
4 Kurapika's Thirst For Revenge Is A Powerful Weapon
Kurapika from Hunter X Hunter does anything for revenge, as he bets his life for power to defeat the Phantom Troupe that massacred his clan. He refuses to be intimidated by the power of his sworn enemies. If a killer or monster dared to harm Kurapika's clan or friends, Kurapika would have enough motive as a horror protagonist to destroy them at all costs.
Kurapika's combat skills and intelligence as a Hunter are exceptional. He can easily outmaneuver a killer's attacks and wait for ideal opportunities to fight. Kurapika is guaranteed to be a horror protagonist who gets things done.
3 Rengoku Can't Be Discouraged By His Enemies
The Hashira Rengoku from Demon Slayer is a powerful flame-based swordsman with considerable enthusiasm. Rengoku stays committed to his goals when overwhelmed, as he continues fighting the demon Akaza after suffering fatal injuries. His determination ensures Rengoku would be a horror protagonist who never surrenders and remains focused on defeating the killer.
Rengoku's supernatural reflexes would allow him to evade a killer's movements and shield himself from sneak attacks that commonly kill off minor horror characters. Successful horror protagonists excel at fending for themselves when the people around them perish, something a high-ranking Demon Slayer like Rengoku is accustomed to.
2 Momo Yaoyorozu's Versatility Is A Useful Survival Tool
My Hero Academia's Momo Yaoyorozu is among the smartest UA students and a class leader. Her ability to transform her body's lipids into non-living materials allows her to create useful tools spontaneously. As a horror protagonist, Momo would be highly versatile at creating weapons that support her survival that can't normally be found nearby.
Momo is a tricky potential horror protagonist to counter, as any time a killer is distracted is an opportunity for Momo to create something for self-defense. In a horror scenario, Momo's power ensures that everything necessary for carrying out her clever plans is available.
1 Saitama Has A Guaranteed Chance Of Winning
One-Punch Man's Saitama is infamously able to defeat nearly everything with one punch. Saitama is effectively invincible and is guaranteed to win against any horror monster or killer the genre throws at him. His presence as a horror protagonist would prove the ultimate savior of any region plagued by evil.
Saitama is capable of taking horror in unique directions, as his power makes him unfazed by threats. Horror killers expect their victims to be afraid, and delight in fear, but Saitama never gives anyone the satisfaction. With Saitama as a protagonist, the killer wouldn't know the right way to react.