Whether someone has a seemingly average job or puts their life on the line every day to save the world, it’s important that they really enjoy what they do. A character’s passion for their work is part of what makes their story so immersive and entertaining.
Even though viewers can’t identify with their goal, they can’t help but become rooted in the character as they pursue him. Their passion and dedication to their duties transcends the screen and resonates with audiences. Some characters want to become great heroes, while others want worldwide recognition for their skills.
ten Luffy is passionate about leading the Straw Hat Pirates (One Piece)
A playMonkey D. Luffy is one of the most idealistic shonen protagonists. His journey to becoming the Pirate King has truly been inspirational. He is a natural leader and is passionate about his role as captain of the Straw Hat Pirates.
Luffy is willing to risk his life to protect his comrades. He never backs down from a challenge and faces adversity with a smile. Unlike the other shonen protagonists, Luffy does not consider himself a hero. Instead, Luffy follows his own moral code and doesn’t let anyone get in his way.
9 Yatora is passionate about art (blue period)
At the beginning of Blue period, Yatora was a rude delinquent who didn’t know what he wanted to do after graduating from high school. Then he stumbled into his school’s art room and fell in love with someone else’s painting. He decided he wanted to make art that would evoke the same emotions in others.
Yatora started practicing all the time and decided to enter Tokyo University of the Arts. He realized that doing what he loves isn’t always easy. Creativity takes a lot of stamina and it started to have an impact on his health. However, he kept pushing forward and was accepted into the art school of his dreams.
8 Erza Scarlet takes her job very seriously (Fairy Tail)
Erza Scarlet is an S-class mage in Fairy tale. She is one of the strongest and most respected members of the Guild. She takes her job very seriously and criticizes the behavior of other members which can have a negative impact on the image of the Guild. Erza takes great pride in her work and completes her tasks with passion.
Erza may seem overly reserved and strict, but that’s simply because she doesn’t want to compromise her job or the rest of the Guild. She is always the first to take responsibility for her own shortcomings and those of other members. She even blamed herself for unfortunate events that happened to other Guild members.
seven Deku wants to become a hero who saves everyone with a smile (My Hero Academia)
Deku’s my hero academia always dreamed of becoming the world’s greatest hero. Even when he didn’t have a Quirk, he still studied his favorite pro-heroes and had a vast mental encyclopedia of anecdotes about them.
After getting a Quirk from his idol, All Might, Deku became more passionate about chasing his dreams. He wanted to surpass All Might, but he also wanted to become a hero strong enough that no one ever had to worry about him. By extension, Deku intends to become a hero who saves everyone with a smile.
6 Keishin Ukai is passionate about training Karasuno (Haikyuu!)
In Haikyu!, Coach Ukai initially wanted nothing to do with Karasuno until he saw Kageyama and Hinata’s fast duo attack. He was later sold and was thrilled to become their coach. He even changed his work schedule to accommodate the team.
Coach Ukai played for Karasuno as a setter in high school. He is also Ikkei’s grandson and he was the team’s original coach. He is very dedicated to seeing the team improve and is always there to support the members. Whether it’s giving them practical advice on their diet or teaching them valuable life lessons, Coach Ukai is always by their side.
5 Ayame likes to design costumes (fruit basket)
Ayame of Fruit basket is one of the flashiest anime characters viewers have ever seen. Ayame Sohma is one of the series’ most unforgettable characters thanks to his boundless flamboyance, unwavering self-confidence, and astonishing ability to do it all on his own.
He owns a boutique where he sells custom-made “romantic clothes” for clients with his assistant, Mine. He gave his name to the shop. Ayame believes that clothes are an important aspect of romance and that someone’s fashion can make or break their appeal. He sells everything from maid costumes to sailor outfits. Ayame and Mine even helped Tohru’s class by making costumes for their play.
4 Soma Yukihara is always happy to serve (Food Wars!)
Soma Yukihara from Food wars! is very passionate about cooking. As its slogan suggests, it is always happy to serve its customers. He constantly pushes the boundaries with his new recipes and is never afraid to try something new.
Soma is always up for a good cooking contest and isn’t afraid to take risks, even if it would jeopardize his cooking career if things go wrong. Soma knows he’s an exceptional cook, but he’s never pushy about it. When he wins a contest, he enjoys helping his contestants figure out what was wrong with their food and giving them tips on how to become better chefs.
3 Erwin Smith was the respected commander of the Survey Corps (Attack On Titan)
The attack of the Titans‘s Erwin Smith was the respected commander of the Survey Corps. He truly believed in the organization’s cause and fought to the end for humanity’s victory over the Titans. Erwin had a knack for influencing people with his passionate speeches about the Corps’ goals and aspirations.
Fans often debate whether or not Erwin was a good leader. He’s not a perfect guy and he’s certainly made some regrettable choices. However, Erwin always kept the prosperity of mankind in mind with every decision. Ultimately, Erwin dedicated himself to leading the Corps because he wanted to see if his father’s theory about the outside world was true.
2 Kunikida takes pride in his work at the Armed Detective Agency (Bungo Stray Dogs)
Kunikida of Bungo Stray Dogs takes his job at the Armed Detective Agency a bit too seriously. He takes pride in his career and fulfills all of his assignments diligently. In his mind, preserving the reputation of the agency is the most important thing. Without Kunikida’s organizational skills and thoroughness during investigations, the agency would likely collapse.
Working at the agency is not easy. This forces detectives to come face to face with death. Kunikida always strives to save the innocent people of Yokohama before they get caught in the crossfire of criminal organizations. He doesn’t even want to kill his enemies because he knows there can be a non-violent way to solve the problem.
1 Yato wants to become a god of fortune and give up his old reputation (Noragami)
yato from Noragami, despite his best efforts, is a pretty irrelevant god. He doesn’t even have a single shrine in his honor, let alone worshipers. In the past, the was the feared god of Calamity. However, he wants to clean up his reputation and become a god of fortune.
To do this, he took odd jobs from customers and did them a favor. By completing each of their favors without leaving out, Yato enhances his reputation and makes a name for himself as a helpful god.
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