According to Wikipedia, “Dead Inside” is a state that one can experience when feeling emotionally numb, hopeless, depressed, or not willing to live anymore.
However, from my POV, it’s basically when you get to the point where you don’t give a sh*t anymore and nothing affects you and you just continue living your life. You are completely emotionally detached.
I know that some people love these types of characters so I decided to make a list of the best anime characters who are dead inside!
10. Katsuhira Agata (Kiznaiver)
No matter what emotions he feels, Katsuhira almost always acts indifferently. Even though he is constantly bullied, he doesn’t feel the pain.
He is emotionless which causes troubles in building bonds with others and shows no interest in himself or others even though he would like to form connections, he is simply unable to do so.
Despite all that, Katsuhira has risked his life multiple times for the other Kiznaivers.
8. Inaho Kaizuka (Aldnoah.Zero)
An adept pilot, Inaho is highly intelligent but he has troubles relating to others and expressing himself. He appears emotionless but his sister Yuki claims that she can see his emotions.
While he is not gifted in the social intelligence area, he is an insanely good tactician and the only character who has defeated a Martian Kataphrakt.
7. Shinei Nouzen (86)
Shinei is one of the freshest characters on this list since 86 1st season aired in 2021.
Shin is known as the Reaper of the Eastern front, a practical legend among the Eighty-Six.
He has a cold demeanor, appears expressionless, and has no aspirations for his future except for collecting the tags of his fallen comrades that he will take to his final destination. Contrary to this detached attitude, Shinei is kind-hearted and selfless, willing to sacrifice himself for the sake of others without a thought. While he is seemingly unable to express his emotions verbally or mimically, his actions do that for him.
Shinei himself calls himself “a ghost” and compares himself to the Legion, which is an AI army.
6. Tanaka (Tanaka-kun Is Always Listless)
Tanaka is as apathetic as it gets. If I could name one character who fits perfectly into the dead inside category, I would probably use him as a prime example.
It seems like he is a master at conserving energy but even with all that effort he still dozes off and acts exhausted when awake. He is extremely emotionally detached and indifferent and genuinely desires an uneventful, peaceful life.
5. Keima Katsuragi (The World God Only Knows)
A hardcore gamer, Keima is a genius who can master any game with ease, whether it’s a dating game or a role-playing game.
He even gets away with playing video games at school because he somehow manages to pay attention to the classes and ace every test.
Keima is, however, entirely emotionally detached, stating that he hates everything real, even himself. His cold and aloof demeanor makes it hard to befriend him and to top it off he even hates physical contact!
4. Shiba Tatsuya (The Irregular at Magic High Schoo)
Tatsuya might be one of the coolest anime characters you come across.
He is an unconventional genius, often called “Godsuya” because of how overpowered he is. Tatsuya is a prodigy who revolutionizes the entire concept of magic in his universe and the most skilled magic-based combatant whose true abilities can’t be measured by the tools available in their world, hence the nickname “Irregular”.
Tatsuya is pretty much emotionless and stoic although there are many signs that he cares about others and is also generally kind towards them. He also loves his little sister deeply and is beyond overprotective of her.
3. Hei (Darker than Black)
Hei is a human who gained Contractor powers. He possesses the ability to generate and discharge electricity through conductive media, and can efficiently kill even grown adults.
As a member of an organization that operates behind the scenes at many levels, he is often spotted wearing a mask and taking on false identities and personas for his missions and day-to-day life.
Hei could be described as a calculating assassin with a huge appetite. Although he seems rather carefully distant, he still has normal human emotions, such as love for his missing sister.
3. Kiyotaka Ayanokōji (Classroom of the Elite)
A second-year student of Advanced Nurturing High School, Kiyotaka doesn’t really stand out much. He even scored exactly 50 points in every subject on the entrance exam on purpose!
Although he appears rather bored and lazy, he is, in fact, incredibly intelligent and flexes his intellectual prowess from the shadows.
Kiyotaka is aloof, cunning, and apathetic and because of his emotionless attitude, it’s really difficult for him to bond with others.
2. Houtarou Oreki (Hyouka)
I mean, just look at him. You can tell already.
Houtarou’s personality matches his looks—he is indifferent, calm, and cynical. He talks only when necessary and appears emotionless and unfazed at all times. Also, a true expert at conserving energy!
Nevertheless, he has a talent for solving mysteries and joins the school’s Classics club where he makes friends!
1. Hachiman Hikigaya (OreGairu)
Hachiman is an apathetic high school student with narcissistic and semi-nihilistic tendencies.
He starts off as a cynic, stoic, and loner who hates relying on others. This changes quite a bit later in the series, but he is shown to be terrible at expressing any feelings, resorting to the usage of logic and facts in his conversations with others.
To enrich his introverted life, he has some single-person hobbies, such as watching TV or sleeping.
Hi, I’m Mia, the founder of 9 Tailed Kitsune. An avid anime fan, gamer, and esports enthusiast dedicated to helping you find anime content exactly to your liking.