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Examples of Misaimed Fandom in anime and manga.

  • This seems to happen a lot with especially shady characters in Tite Kubo's works.
    • Ranewater Calder in Zombie Powder had many female fans despite him being a complete raving sociopath who liked to cut off innocent people's fingers just so he could get a hold of eternal youth.
    • Grimmjow from his most popular series (Bleach) has a huge fan following. You know, the guy who's basically an Ichigo/Renji hybrid minus any sense of morality.
      • The treatment that people like Gin Ichimaru or Ulquiorra Cifer get from some fans is just as bad. According to them, Gin's decision to stage a very bloody revenge on Aizen for having stolen part of the soul of his Only Friend Rangiku totally justified actions as bloody and cruel as verbally taunting Rukia For the Evulz and causing her an Heroic BSoD with words alone when she was at her lower point, gleefully bifurcating Hiyori Sarugaki or causing the aforementioned Rangiku decades of emotional pain for a revenge that she would've likely been opposed to. Similarly, Ulquiorra's more insane fans like to gloss over how he killed Ichigo twice and horribly maimed Ishida, or how he contributed to Orihime's Break the Cutie process (how much of it was his doing is another matter...and let's leave it at that).
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  • Ah! My Goddess has this in spades. Some fans take Keiichi's laid-back attitude as a sign that he's weak-willed and would be subservient to any of the other members of the main cast, despite the fact that the series wouldn't work if that were true.
  • Attack on Titan: Those who ship Levi/Eren out of the belief that Levi is genuinely a Bastard Boyfriend who kicked Eren at the court trial out of sadism, even though Levi reveals it was an act and apologizes in the very next scene.
  • Chapter 32 of Ao no Flag shows Mami's anger about people conflating Just Friends relationships between boys and girls with ones that have no undertones at all, and that her friendship with guys must be part of some romantic plot to nab a man. Some parts of the fandom think she's projecting and that she needs to be "honest" with herself that she's actually in love with Shingo, or that she can indeed have platonic friendships with boys...just as long as she either falls in love with somebody else or maintains a "best friends plus" relationship with her boyfriend. This also runs directly afoul of her other main gripe: that she'll be considered a threat anyway even if the boy (or she) is spoken for.
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  • Axis Powers Hetalia was intended to parody National Stereotypes. With this in mind, the amount of Misplaced Nationalism in the fandom (especially in regards to characters like America and Poland) looks ridiculous.
  • Bakugan Battle Brawlers has the Doom Card, a symbol of evil that basically sent losing Bakugan to hell and was an implement of the Big Bad and all around made people do nasty, terrible things. The kids LOVE the Doom Card...
  • Berserk: A certain section of the fandom (especially in America) is attracted to the series for being Rated M for Manly and Darker and Edgier borderlining on True Art Is Angsty and bashes modern anime for not being as mature and manly, and especially has a... well, Berserk Button for Moe. The problem? One of the messages of Berserk is that this mindset is a horrible way to treat war and how it can harm one's psyche. In fact ironically, creator Kentaro Miura is an open fan of the very Moe The iDOLM@STER and designed the Vocaloid Kamui Gackpo, both of which are the kind of stuff that part of the fandom hates.
  • Black Butler: Word of God says Ciel and Sebastian are Villain Protagonists who have no affection for each other and should not be pitied (going as far as to call Sebastian "elitist trash" and the both of them "the lowest of the low"). However, a lot of Yaoi Fangirls or fans that do have any pity want them to be Happily Ever After.
    • There's also the fact that most Yaoi Fangirls rather conveniently forget that Grell is transgender (male to female) and not a crossdresser. To be fair, the show makes her seem more like a guy in drag, but everyone calls her by female pronouns and she identifies as female. But of course Het Is Ew, so the yaoi fans ain't having any of that.
  • Considering that Candy Candy is a shoujo manga from The '70s, it had pretty revolutionary 'messages': "Be honest to yourself", "Don't throw away your own beliefs", "Work hard to earn what you get in life", "Romance is important, yes, but not the end and be all to a woman's life". The fandom, however, ignores almost all of them (and specially the last one) only to focus on the romantic part of the plot, and especially on loudly complaining because Candy and Terry didn't end up together. Even older fans in their 30's and 40's, who should know better, fall into this trap.
  • Code Geass: Lelouch is a prime example of Misaimed Fandom. Lelouch is a pragmatist who keeps his head and makes the best use of any situation, even if it involves killing bystanders/foolish allies or disgracing those that he loves, but he's obviously not happy when his subordinates or friends die, and his end goal is to replace the current system with one that's kinder and not as exclusive. On the one hand, many fans tend to forget this and paint him as a monster who cares for no one but himself, overlooking his more noble qualities which includes becoming the object of the world's hatred and dying in order to create world peace...all for the sake of his baby sister. On the other hand, there are fans who refuse to admit that their baby Lulu isn't above lying, manipulatingnote , or even expending people around him to achieve his goals, and his carelessness has resulted in some pretty nasty consequences for himself and for the people he wants to help (including said baby sister).
  • Some Dear Brother fans see Mariko Shinobu's hatred of men as something to glamourize or cheer for... "forgetting" that it's a sign of the immense trauma coming from her Dark and Troubled Past, so it's supposed to be a sign of how messed up she is over it. Even the single time it's Played for Laughs isn't exactly supposed to show her in the right, but as a proof of immaturity - she's lashing out at two guys, Takehiko and Takeshi, who wouldn't be half as cruel to women as she thinks they'd be.
  • Death Note has a lot of this:
    • There are some fans that root for Light even through his most callous casualties, and perceive him as the god proxy he says he is, as opposed to the insane serial killer he actually is. In Death Note 13, both creators say they consider Light to be evil.note  The infamous "Manga Murder" case — a Belgian man murdered people whose names he wrote in a "Death Note" replica, presumably imitating Light — is an extreme view of this mindset. That said, there are SOME who cheer Light on because he's so brilliantly twisted and evil, which doesn't qualify as misaimed. But for those who actually believe he's The Hero... they definitely qualify.
      • Note that this even extends to the Director of the anime. He's gone on record of saying part of him was pulling for Light to be the victor of the manga, despite his evilness. This is in contrast, however, to the Director of the live action movie adaptations, who has said that one of his goals (particularly in the second film) was to convey Light's evil properly like he felt it was conveyed in the manga. It's also suspected that the reason his downfall at the end of the manga was made so devastating was specifically as a Take That! to the fans rooting for him.
    • Also, in another instance of this there's L, the socially inept, disheveled, insomniac rival to Light, who was admittedly designed to be ugly and unpleasant looking. Some fans massively disagree. Death Note 13's "How to Read" also reveals that Takeshi Obata tried to complicate the morality of the series by purposefully giving L an ugly character design that no one would be attracted to.
      • Acknowledged by the author when, during one of L's rare public appearances, at the opening ceremony for Tokyo University, one young woman is smitten with him despite/because of his disheveled appearance (she and everyone else besides L are wearing suits). The woman's friend wonders what is wrong with her.
  • Fans of Digimon seem to be obsessed with Ruki, from the Tamers season, even coming to claim her to be better than those "lame girly girls" like Sora and Mimi just because she's rude and unemotional at the start of the series. People often accuse the latter part of Tamers of being sexist for having Ruki turn into a soft and caring person...Despite the anime strongly suggesting that that was her TRUE form all along, and that her "Ice Queen" persona she was at the start was just a mask she used to hide her insecurities with.
  • Dragon Ball Z:
    • Many fans like to paint Vegeta as a victim who doesn't cause any trouble, and try to blame other characters for his actions throughout the series, ignoring the fact that he is a selfish asshole who makes his decisions by choice. Even the Funi dub gets on this, by trying to scapegoat Frieza for his actions.
    • Similarly to the above, the perception among Western fans that Vegeta is a badass who fears nobody. In reality, Vegeta is repeatedly shown to be a very hotheaded and impulsive warrior, with his short temper and strong sense of pride repeatedly getting everyone around him in serious trouble. There was once a T-shirt with Vegeta on it, and a caption along the lines of "What's that, did I offend you? Are you really so weak that mere words hurt you?" This ignores that Vegeta's main role in the general bulk of DBZ boils down to him getting offended at others' words and making everything worse as a result.
    • Goku and Vegeta's rivalry. Some people like to cheer for Vegeta since he's becomes the underdog after the events of the Frieza Saga. Others root for Vegeta because they feel he deserves to beat Goku because Vegeta trains more while Goku is given everything. There's also a small subset who say Vegeta should win because he's royalty, and is generally more badass (despite his so-so win record). What these type of fans miss is that Goku trains just as hard as Vegeta, doesn't torture his body, and is more talented despite not being royalty. Goku's flaws are also played up more to the point he is reduced to Dumb Muscle while Vegeta is heralded as a technical genius. In battle, Goku comes up with a number of ingenious plans, and it's the one area where Goku is incredibly smart; most of the time, Vegeta loses his temper and his ability to think straight when his pride is hurt.
    • Some fans may see Nappa as misunderstood for teaming up with Vegeta, ignoring the fact that he is at least 20 years older than Vegeta, is old enough to resist peer pressure, and he often takes glee in hurting people for fun.
    • The Saiyan race as a whole, specifically in the West. Saiyans are seen as sympathetic, cool Blood Knights who were viciously murdered by their boss after they served him loyally for years. Although Frieza's actions in killing the Saiyans are indeed terrible, the Saiyans were still a bunch of space pirates who would be just as bad as Frieza if they did manage to overthrow him. In many ways, Frieza did the universe a favor driving them close to extinction.
    • For a non-human example, we have Power Levels. Fans love using them to compare fighters to see who would win, and are perpetually trying to figure out Power Levels for characters introduced after the concept was abandoned. In reality, Toriyama was mocking the idea of Power Levels, showing that fighting ability isn't something one can quantify with numbers.
    • There's a subset of Japanese hyper nationalist who praise the series as a brilliant satire of Japan's national enemies. According to them the Red Ribbon Army represents the USSR/Russia, Frieza represents China (because he's obsessed with real estate), and Majin Buu represents the United States (because he's fat and stupid, but is inexplicably powerful). This all falls apart when you look at any of the author’s statements. China is the easiest to debunk because Akira Toriyama says Frieza is based on Japanese real estate speculators, and the setting itself is inspired by ancient China (which is less evident as time has passed, but it's still there). There is nothing communist or Russian about the Red Ribbon Army; it’s likely that the name is a bad pun (which Toriyama is fond of). Majin Buu being a parody for America is downright goofy; not only does Fat Buu become a good guy, but Akira Toriyama has said time and time again that he loves American cinema, which is evident in the series. note 
  • An Eyeshield 21 fan basically has to introduce him/herself first as either a fan of the football games, or a fan of the boys, before talking at all about the series.
  • Believe it or not, fans of Franken Fran, but Fran isn't evil. Nor is her sister Veronica supposed to be good. If you truly pay attention, then you'll notice that they are both intended to be neutral. It's especially apparent with the OVAs, where no violence happens and it's slapstick fun. Fans just can't let the kids live normally. Fran may be kinda sorta well-intentioned, but her intervention in people's lives makes her more amoral than neutral, assuming she's even on the same moral plane as the others.
  • Fullmetal Alchemist offers an example that beats the readers/viewers in the head with its message, but it's still missed by a good portion of the fandom. Roy Mustang destroying Envy in the most painful way possible isn't supposed to be enjoyed by the audience. Envy is a psychopath who had it coming for killing Hughes, and other characters like Riza and Edward do agree that Envy deserves to die. But the audience is supposed to be worrying for Mustang's sanity, since he's coming dangerously close to Jumping Off the Slippery Slope and becoming what he hates. Killing Envy to avenge Hughes would completely destroy Roy's lifelong dream to purify the country/military and atone for the sins of the Ishvalan War. As such, the intended message of Roy's assault on Envy was that Vengeance Feels Empty. However, a few fans either A) missed the point of the scene, or B) got the point but didn't care. The Brotherhood anime clears this up a bit with the way the voices sound: Roy's tone is that of a savage madman who has completely lost his mind, and Envy sounds like a terrified ten-year-old child while Mustang burns them alive. Despite all of the above, some fans still insist that this is a badass moment, cheering at the nightmare of circumstances which led to it, and getting angry at people who point out how terrible the whole situation became. Even to this day, the argument still goes on. The source for this very page now includes a request to not make any more justifying edits, since we're tired of all the arguing, and we're not looking to start any more fights.
  • Grave of the Fireflies has been hijacked by some Japanese nationalists to fuel talk of how cruel America was to Japan in World War II. Meanwhile, detractors have accused it of feeding into this rose-tinted view of Imperial Japan as the innocent victims forced to go into war. The film's fame comes from being praised for portraying how war is absolutely terrible and horrific for anyone caught in it, whichever side they may be on. Ironically, none of these factors are what the director intended. In an interview with Animage in 1988, Isao Takahata stated that there is no anti-war message at all in the film. Other people claim it's an attempt to shame rebellious (by Japanese standards) youth into conformity by showing them what their predecessors suffered through, when Isao Takahata hates this interpretation, being a critic of Japan's conformist nature.
  • Gundam:
    • Mobile Suit Gundam SEED Destiny fans who think either Blue Cosmos/LOGOS or Well-Intentioned Extremist Durandal were right. Word of God is that Durandal thought what he was doing was right, which some fans have exaggerated into claiming that it outright states that Dullindal/Durandal/whatever translation you use was right in the first place. but he was going to use a weapon of mass destruction against the countries who were against his Destiny Plan! This is one of those cases where fan claims about Word of God must be taken with a grain of salt. Also, in Char's Counterattack, there are quite a few fans who maintain that Char was the hero. Despite, you know, his trying to drop an asteroid on Earth. Char himself considers this act Necessarily Evil, but evil nonetheless.
    • If you want an example of Misaimed Fandom for the series, look no further than the Principality of Zeon from the Universal Century. Later series play up the space Nazi aspect so much that the only difference between Zeon battle flags and Nazi ones is the replacement of the swastika. But Zeon has a truly staggering fan following, both in Japan and in the Western world, who admire Zeon soldiers as the pinnacle of manliness and loyalty. While Gundam is all about Gray-and-Gray Morality, and it's the leaders who are the greedy scumbags while the common soldiers run the gamut, it doesn't change the fact that Zeon's default response to anything was to throw a WMD at it, whether it's a Colony Drop (original series, 0083), biological weapon (Rise from the Ashes), or nuclear missiles (0080). This isn't helped by the fact that several stories like 0083 and 0081 focus on the interactions of close-knit groups of Zeon soldiers and try to gloss over the fact that they want to (and did) kill millions of innocent civilians in the name of independence.
      • The fact Zeon is still labeled as having fought the OYW over "spacenoid independence" shows how misaimed the Gundam fandom really is on the subject. Gundam backstory has long established that Zeon, specifically Side 3, had gained independence from the Federation long before the One Year War took place (how could Zeon Zum Daikun form the Republic of Zeon without it?), while Zeon's method of "liberating" the other colonies from the Federation was either to gas or nuke them out of existence; only Side 6, which chose to remain neutral (though secretly supporting the Federation), and Side 7 (which was on the other side of the planet) remained untouched by Zeon's genocidal onslaught. Basically, Zeon fought for spacenoid independence the same way Nazi Germany fought for European freedom and liberty, yet it's still seen in the same light as the American Minutemen by a large contingent of Gundam fans.
    • Gundam also has viewers who didn't get the memo and missed the fact that one of the franchise's key points is War Is Hell; these people can usually be identified as the ones who say things like "The giant robots are great, but I wish they'd shut up with all that talky philosophy bullshit and just fight each other!"
    • The end result of fans wanting a ruthless hero who does the job clean and clear is the very existence of Mikazuki Augus, a Sociopathic Hero who always go for the most violent option in every situation, his status as an Invincible Hero was meant to be a deconstruction of a ruthless hero since he killed several sympathetic enemies whole disregarding their reasons and he inadvertently started a Cycle of Revenge between Tekkadan and Gjallarhorn, yet the audiences rarely questioned his behaviour and rooted for him when he was killing Crank in cold blooded and especially dismembering Carta in his vendetta instead of going for a quick kill as usual regardless if it was right or not.
    • Gundam Build Divers has had viewers rooting for Big Bad Tsukasa Shiba because they felt he was trying to bring back the style of fighting made popular by its Spiritual Predecessors Gundam Build Fighters and Gundam Build Fighters Try. Never mind the fact that he was a a selfish prick who hated the Gunpla Battle Nexus Online game that everyone else loved because he considered their kind of Gunpla Battle fake because they weren't devoting time, money and energy battling their Gunpla with the old Gunpla Duel game. Never mind the fact that he was essentially a criminal by selling devices that literally hacked into the Main Programming into the game to boost other players' stats and causing the game to be riddled with ravaging bugs that eventually threatened to destroy the entire game.
  • Gunslinger Girl was taken by many to be a deconstruction of lolicon. Turns out, not so much...
  • Higurashi: When They Cry:
    • A lot of fans seem to dislike whenever nothing "scary" or gory happens. They're completely missing the point of the series. We're supposed to be happy that there is nothing wrong and that everyone can just go on with their lives. In fact, the authors of the Higurashi visual novels were heavily influenced by Key's Visual Novels such as Kanon, which work by contrasting simple, happy scenes which build up to plot twists and extremely emotional sad scenes, and were very effective at bringing players to tears. Higurashi's authors adopted a similar pattern of happy scenes and horror scenes to give the horror more impact: hence, the happy parts are integral to the overall horror effect.
    • For how much of a scumbag Teppei is, it can be easily missed that you're not supposed to enjoy the scenes where he gets killed by one of the kids. You're supposed to be worried for the killer's sanity. Regardless of that, because he's just that despicable and irredeemable, many fans see Keiichi, then Rena killing Teppei as a straight up heroic act, even though whenever a character decides to take justice into their own hands it never ends well for any of them.
  • Initial D has caused a huge fandom for the Toyota Corolla AE86, despite the whole point being Takumi is an amazing driver who can win despite his old outdated car, as opposed to because of it. There's a huge amount of dialogue about how the 86 is outdated and not all that fast, but Takumi's superior driving skills are what makes him win.
  • While Sora Naegino from Kaleido Star did go through quite the Break the Cutie at times, her boss Kalos Eidos was a Stern Teacher at most and her second season May Wong got to befriend her after being subjected to quite the Break the Haughty. To the fandom, however, Kalos and May are abusive and monsters who masturbate to the possibility of Sora failing, and Sora should be spoon-fed success and stardom even when she has to re-shape her Wide-Eyed Idealist ways into a somewhat more mature stance, so she can both keep believing in the best of people and not crush under the pressure of being the star of the Kaleido Stage. Sora is a deconstruction of the Purity Sue archetype... but the Kaleido Star fandom actually seems to actively want her to be a straight example.
  • Kujibiki Unbalance was a Show Within a Show in the anime Genshiken made to parody nearly every romance anime by following all of the tropes. Kujibiki Unbalance was too spot on; it became a highly successful spinoff, while Genshiken itself almost didn't get a second season. (It was delayed almost a year.)
  • Some parts of the Loveless fandom actively ship pairings that are canonically stated to be abusive (eg- Seimei/Soubi), either ignoring or fetishizing the fact that they aren't healthy. Also applying Draco in Leather Pants to Seimei and Nisei.
  • The ending of the Mermaid Melody Pichi Pichi Pitch manga was supposed to insinuate that love wasn't as important as personal fulfillment: Hanon and Rina know they will eventually have to choose to rule their kingdoms instead of staying on the surface. (This is analogous to the original "The Little Mermaid" story, except Lucia gets to keep Kaito.) Fans generally ignore this and give them future children with Nagisa and Hamasaki (Masahiro).
  • Naruto:
    • Many fans wanted to see Naruto kill Pain/Nagato just for the sake of revenge. The entire point of the arc (and most of the series) is that revenge is a form of cheap satisfaction that never solves anything, which just leads to more revenge, and that some problems are best solved without violence (and if Naruto killed him he would have proved his belief that people are incapable of overcoming their hatred or showing mercy to those that have hurt them to be completely right). Oddly enough, these fans also seem surprised by his tragic backstory, even though it had already been mentioned, and even though Naruto never accepted Freudian Excuses as justifications for misdeeds, often criticizing the logic behind them.
    • Another example is that whilst many Naruto fans see Sasuke as a Smug Snake who eats babies and enjoys kicking puppies, others see him as a badass with absolutely no flaws, who is not emotionally unstable in the least and who simply does bad things because he's "cool" and "badass" and "evil". Both sets of fans are wrong, as it's pretty clear that while he's supposed to be sympathetic, or to have been sympathetic once before he crossed the Moral Event Horizon, most of his life choices are shown in quite a negative light.
      • In an interview, Kishimoto finally weighed in on what he thinks of Sasuke's Misaimed Fandom; While he denies Sasuke being an actual villain, he also slammed anyone who tried to rationalize his actions and said they were not justifiable.
  • Neon Genesis Evangelion: Since NGE was basically created by committee with no clear goal at the start, it is one series where these claims of specific deep and meaningful "authors intent" definitely needs to be taken with a grain of salt.
    • Kaworu was also supposed to be creepy and somewhat disturbing, but as a Bishōnen who seemed to have chemistry with Shinji, he didn't have a chance against the Yaoi Fangirls. Anno, the author, remarked that he had failed with Kaworu, and that he just comes off as a strange guy.
    • There is also an astonishing number of people who walk away thinking that piloting an EVA would be the coolest thing in the world. This is despite the fact that the show repeatedly beats you over the head with the idea that EVA pilots are basically Child Soldiers, and that no sane person would ever want to live that life.
    • Asuka is a huge Ensemble Dark Horse in the West with many going as far as to say she's the only good character in the show because "she's not a whiny emo like the rest of the cast". However, they seem to forget that later on in the series she has a mental breakdown including the Trope Namer for Mind Rape showing she's secretly Not So Different than Shinji and is just as psychologically damaged as the rest of the cast.
    • Ayanami Rei was meant to fall into Uncanny Valley and be unsettling, but a combination of Generic Cuteness plus Blank Slate meant that people could project absolutely everything and anything onto her.
    • Shinji as well, he was supposed to be seen as a realistic kid who was way over his head and whose angst was justified for his age and the horrible shit he goes through, but instead he's seen by many especially in America as a dirty coward and unsympathetic creep.
  • In One Piece, Marines are often played as evil by the fandom; the Marines are run by corrupt Jerk Asses and Smug Supers, while the pirates are romanticized as freedom-loving people who want to live life to the fullest outside the law. For the most part, the Marines are portrayed as morally questionable, and several good pirate crews are seen (such as the Straw Hats). However, it is made clear that crews like the Straw Hats are exceptions. Several pirates are evil, cruel, and murderous, many of them infinitely worse than the Marines. For the most part, the Marines are at least trying to do the right thing, and want to protect people from pirates and other criminals. The dynamic between pirates and Marines is more a case of Grey-and-Grey Morality, while fans tend to simplify it to pure Black and White.
  • Ouran High School Host Club was intended to make fun of the school romance / bishounen harem genre. It includes many common character and plot tropes; however, many fans don't seem to realize or care that the tropes are not being played straight. Other fans are capable of self-deprecation. Still others see it as the best of both worlds, with the cuteness of a romantic comedy and the funnier humor of an Affectionate Parody. note 
  • Please Tell Me! Galko-chan spends a lot of time debunking myths surrounding women's bodies, ultimately pointing out that you shouldn't judge people by their appearances. This is heavily underlined through Galko, whose entire class assumes she is sexually frivolous because she has a large chest and a flashy wardrobe, but the show takes pains to show that not only is that nowhere near the case, the implication of such might actually hurt Galko herself. So of course, the merchandise and fan-oriented works all focus on how hot Galko is!
  • Pokémon
    • The rival of each series induces one of these. While they're normally a jerk to Ash instead of a friendly competitor, a lot of people cheer them on for this, saying that they're much cooler than Ash and better trainers.
      • Paul, the Sinnoh rival, gets this quite a bit. People still cheered for Paul when he abused his Pokemon in order to make them stronger. This is because Paul's methods are quite similar to the methods the competitive video game players use to obtain their Pokémon, making him an instant foil to Ash's friendship-and-love approach and a Take That! to those players. Instead, Paul became an Audience Surrogate for some of these players and an anchor point to the normally unwatchable-for-them anime.
      • Gary Oak, the Small Name, Big Ego rival in the original series, gets this almost as much as Paul does. Yes, Gary was two steps ahead of Ash for most of the season, but he also suffered crucial failures as well. Adding salt to the wound, Ash succeeded in some of the scenarios where Gary failed. In the Indigo League, Gary lost in the preliminaries that Ash got through. Gary got owned by Giovanni's Mewtwo, whereas Ash encountered Mewtwo twice and won both times. (True, it wasn't by physical prowess that Ash won these encounters, but it's a lot further than Gary ever got.) Gary even lost to Ash himself during the Johto Tournament. Gary has only beaten Ash once in a Pokemon battle: an informal one-on-one between Ash's Pikachu and Gary's Eevee. And yet, to some fans, he's still "Gary Motherfuckin' Oak" who could beat anyone at any time, and could do no wrong.
    • In a cross-media example, there's the Ash vs. Red debate. Yes, the side for Red brings up some good points... But they completely ignore Ash's accomplishments and qualities while playing up Red's. It sort of makes Red's fans look like a bunch of hypocrites, honestly.
  • In The Prince of Tennis, people who think that An Tachibana has a Moment of Awesome in the anime-only Senbatsu arc are missing the point of said sub-plot and the consequences it brought for the characters involved. In the Senbatsu arc, An confronted Kirihara for having injured her older brother. An's actions were not supposed to be seen as commendable, as she was consumed by rage and had tried to attack Kirihara some days before, but was restrained. Also, her second attack on Kirihara finished with him taking a Staircase Tumble that could have been fatal. Then, Akira Kamio was wrongfully accused for said fall and almost got kicked out of the Senbatsu for something that he didn't do, while Kirihara himself decided to not tell who attacked him as he was scared of the consequences and didn't want any more problems. However, some fans praise An and say she's badass for what she did, missing how her supposed Revenge was simply not worth it and only caused lots of pain for everyone involved, to the point that An breaks down in tears and apologizes for the consequences!
  • Despite the fact that the entire latter half of the anime was supposed to showcase how awful being a Magical Girl can be, there are still quite a few people who walk away from Puella Magi Madoka Magica thinking it would be the coolest thing in the world and wanting nothing more than to make a contract with Kyubey.
  • There is a huge percentage of Ranma ½ fanfiction that portrays Ranma as eventually coming to enjoy his Gender Bender status, or even to outright prefer his female form to his male one. Many of these go so far as to show "her" acting more conventionally feminine by preference, sometimes even to the extent of falling in love with men and bearing children. This seems to stem from a combination of Most Fanfic Writers Are Girls and transgirls latching onto Ranma as a wish-fulfillment character, completely ignoring that, in canon, Ranma absolutely hates his Gender Bender status, wants nothing more than to be all male again, and the idea of physically and/or mentally changing permanently into a girl absolutely terrifies him. He has a particular hatred of guys trying to flirt with him, being vehemently straight. The fact Ranma has more innate domestic skills than Akane Tendo is supposed to be part of the comedy. Ditto his tendency to engage in feminine roles to achieve something he wants; that's just Hypocritical Humor, given his professed distaste for acting that way. On the other side, the male fanbase wants to see him stay female because he's cuter that way; they can get all the fun of a Ladette character, but none of the drawbacks of the boorishness of "natural" males and shallowness and emotions of "natural" females (making him the perfect girl to pair up). Again, this ignores that Ranma delibreately plays up these traits for his own ends, and that the Three Laws of Gender-Bending don't apply to him (and he doesn't want them to) as often as most would like.
  • Revolutionary Girl Utena has this in a bunch of different flavors, which was sort of bound to happen. A big part of this is either focused on whether Anthy is a villain or The Woobie, whether Utena should be a prince or a princess, the Prince and Princess Tropes in themselves (since both concepts are deconstucted and shown as unrealistic, but fans insist it's better to be a "gallant prince" than a "stupid princess") and shipping wars. Oh, the shipping wars...The ironic part is that the show makes a large part of deconstructing these arguments and pointing out that no person would have such flat motivations. But it wouldn't be a Misaimed Fandom if they listened.
  • Many Robotech fans completely ignore the point that Robotech, due to its origins as a Cut-and-Paste Translation, is supposed to be a multigenerational epic, with characters coming along and leaving (either through death or simply time passing) when their stories are finished. Instead, a large number of them are obsessed with Rick Hunter as though he were the central main character of the Robotech universe. When he appeared briefly in the 2007 followup film Robotech: The Shadow Chronicles as a barely-recognizable, aged, white-haired version of himself (actually, he looked far older than what he was supposed to be), this naturally upset fans who wanted to see Rick, Max, and the others flying their Veritechs and kicking serious alien ass like in the original "Macross Saga" despite the fact that Shadow Chronicles takes place about 35 years later.
    • That said, the studio behind Robotech, Harmony Gold, have actually been quite willing to deliver the further adventures of Rick, Max, Lisa & co. They even tried to produce a Robotech II: The Sentinels TV series back in the 1980s which would have detailed what the Macross characters got up to during seasons 2 and 3. This just didn't work out, and later on Harmony Gold lost the licensing rights to the Macross materials due to court challenges from the Japanese creators. Currently, they only have the licensing rights to Genesis Climber MOSPEADA (aka "The New Generation"), so all further Robotech works only reference visual designs from Mospeada. It's likely that Harmony Gold would have already spewn out 10,000 episodes of "Rick Hunter Adventures" if they (legally) could.
  • Rurouni Kenshin fans who complain how much it sucks that Kenshin doesn't kill anyone, despite this being a major, plot-critical character trait. Some fans have intelligent criticism of the series' simplistic take on morality and violence—but many do seem to think it'd be cooler if Kenshin would kill people, or don't care. The author included an in-universe example of this viewpoint: Saitou Hajime not only thinks it'd be better if Kenshin reverted to his old ways, but is also continually trying to force him to do so. When Kenshin finally resolves his last issue with his past, Saitou rejects his challenge because he was searching for something that Kenshin can no longer provide.
    • Rurouni Kenshin as a whole was supposed to be a deconstruction of the Jidaigeki fiction, showing the bitter consequences of being a samurai in the Meiji Era — the times when samurai totally lost their influence in Japanese society. Seems some people definitely missed that message.
  • With Serial Experiments Lain, producer Yasuyuki Ueda hoped to stir a "cultural war" (seriously) between traditional Japanese and American values, due to the latter's perceived negative influence on post-WWII Japan. His hope with Lain was to create a story that would be interpreted differently in the East and West and spark discussions on their cultural differences and perspectives. American fans interpreted the plot the same way as Japanese fans, which suggests that either Lain wasn't enough of a Mind Screw for his purposes, or Americans and Japanese are not that different at all... Misaimed Creator?
    • Perhaps it didn't work because the current generation lives on the Internet, and are far more connected than any previous generation.
  • There's quite a few edgy internet tough guys that say offensive things for the hell of it with "badass" looking pictures of Vash the Stampede from Trigun as their social media icon, presumably just because he looks cool, completely ignoring that the character's defining traits are his empathy for all life, sensitivity, and kindness. It's likely they've never even watched or read the series.
  • The Wandering Son fandom can be this at times. A lot of the fandom seems to be under the impression that either, or both, of the protagonists are just gay despite the fact that the manga explicitly states several times that they are Transgender, and even has a post-op trans woman like Yuki who they compare to (Nitori has mostly shown attraction to girls as well). Similarly, many Otokonoko Genre fans are drawn to the series. Other fans think it's a romance shojo where Platonic Life-Partners Takatsuki and Nitori are going to end up in the end, despite it being marketed as seinen instead. They have Ship Tease (though nothing becomes of it), however, it is a Coming-of-Age Story instead of a romance.
  • Welcome to the N.H.K.: Believe it or not, many people want to become hikikomori after watching it. Yeah. The implication that a cute girl will show up to help you out is probably the main reason, even though the girl in the show is even more mentally messed-up than the protagonist. This continued even after the author wrote in the afterword of the original novel that the point of the story was how horrible this lifestyle was for him. Most importantly, this is ignoring the fact that two hikkikomori nearly died because their support got cut off. They even had an aesop saying one has to work if they want to live.
  • Hatoko's rant in episode 7 of When Supernatural Battles Became Commonplace has been interpreted as a criticism of Evil Is Cool. It's often cited out-of-context, accusing someone who likes "dark and egdy" stuff of being a Know-Nothing Know-It-All, or poking fun at pseudo-intellectuals who "read things on the Internet" and use them to sound smart without knowing what they really mean. Actually, Hatoko was ranting at Andou because she genuinely didn't understand the things he was talking about, and was trying to connect with him but failing.
  • Wolf's Rain fans who sympathize too much with the wolves, claiming that "They don't really want to hurt anyone," even though many killings happen on-screen. The only one who shows any remorse is Toboe. Kiba, the human-intolerant leader, gets squeed over as well—but even if he were human, he would still be a messed-up, violent, bad-tempered misanthrope. It's not that he's bad—his issues are extremely understandable and he does grow to genuinely care about the others—it's just unlikely that The Power of Love alone could cure his issues. Especially if she's human. But as their human-looking forms are all Bishounen, it's completely understandable. Wolf's Rain also happens to be a social and religious allegory. Some fans ignore this in favor of fawning over how pretty the wolves are.
  • Yu-Gi-Oh!: Over the course of the anime/manga, there are fans who still view Seto Kaiba as The Woobie, even though he's long since become self reliant, and that Yugi and his friends are jerks who don't understand what he's been through, or fawn over Kaiba's badass traits so much that they will overlook or pardon his Jerkass moments. Even the Toei staff working on the anime seems to feel this way. In the manga though, it should be clear that outside his few redemptive moments, Kaiba's behavior should not be idolized or emulated and that, while you are supposed to sympathize with Kaiba's troubles, you're not supposed to think that excuses the crap he pulls.
  • Despite Yuureitou making it extremely clear that Tetsuo/ Reiko is a transgender man, many fans view him as a Sweet Polly Oliver. Even after Taichi himself makes this mistake and Tetsuo tells him otherwise, many fans thought Tetsuo would stop "crossdressing" by the end and end up with Taichi. They are the Official Couple but Tetsuo is still living as a man.


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