Why is Zero Two So Popular?

Are you curious why Zero 002 is so popular?

I’m here to explain why Zero Two blew up almost instantly and caused everyone to fall in love with her when Darling in the Franxx first aired in 2018.

After one year passed, she is still the most requested waifu in Discord’s Waifubot and I’m seeing her frequently on Twitter, Instagram, and Pinterest.

To answer this question absolutely boldly: Zero Two is popular because she is the ultimate waifu bait character. That means that she was intended to be waifu material in the first place! To clarify that further, all waifu baits are at least baseline attractive and have traits that appeal to various kinds of people.

Zero 002 is constructed to appeal in a romantic and sexual way to anime viewers. Her character was reduced to waifu bait midway through the show even though there were hints that it was waifu bait from the start. She transformed from a wild girl to a tame pet quite quickly, to be honest.

Let’s analyze what really makes her so popular to understand this topic better.


Darling in the Franxxx is ranked #101 when it comes to popularity and has 567,212 members on MAL. The main girl of this anime is naturally destined to be popular.

As of 2022, there are ~35k people who chose Zero Two as their favorite character on MAL. While that might not seem like a lot, she is actually the 7th most popular female in the database!


Zero Two has pink hair, horns, pale skin, and cute makeup which makes her outshine other girls. She is basically a hot dino girl. 


Now, this is where it gets really interesting. She was written to be the superior main girl of Darling in the Franxx. As a result, all the other girls in the anime appear max-average compared to her.

Apart from saying darling in an UwU voice she actually has a solid backstory that makes you feel sympathy for her but I feel like that’s not what made her so popular.

She has many traits that are actually attractive to shut-in otakus and gamers (the primary audience of anime).

Anime lovers are usually more introverted and shy people in general so that would mean that she is a perfect match for them.

Some other reasons why Zero 002 is a perfect match for the majority of anime lovers

She is being inaccessible to everyone except the main male character, taking initiative on her own (not waiting for the boy), she is also bold and the whole anime is based on the progress of showing Zero Two as wild and playful when she messes with Hiro at the beginning which changes later when she starts developing feelings for Hiro and falls in love with him, resulting into sharing her most intimate feelings and creating a powerful intimate bond.

Is Zero Two also your favorite anime girl? 🙂


Hi, my name is Mia, and I am the founder of 9 Tailed Kitsune. I am a big fan of esports, games, and anime. When I was around 7 years old, Phantom Thief Jeanne sparked my fascination for anime, and it has never faded!

12 thoughts on “Why is Zero Two So Popular?

  • July 24, 2020 at 11:06 pm

    It is the wild girl I like. When they domesticate her, I lose interest..That scene where she’s swimming/fishing in the pond defines everything good about her. She is dangerous. She is magnificent!

    A lot of people thought the anime started out great and lost its way, only to turn out to be a mediocre mishmash of ideas from other anime. I think the domestication of Zero 2 contributed to it. She needed to stay a wild thing, perhaps with just her sharper corners filed down a bit so she could coexist with humans without destroying them.The rest of the team needed to learn a bit of wildness from her.

    It didn’t happen that way. “The Taming of the Shrew” is dated and inappropriate to the character. They took a brilliant wolf and turned her into a compliant Labrador retriever. That’s simply wrong on so many levels.

    • July 28, 2020 at 3:52 pm

      Yeah, she had so much potential … and it got wasted. I really loved the wild side of her at the beginning of the anime :-(.

      She was supposed to be more than a tame pet for the MC, but apparently the mangaka wanted it the other way.

  • October 6, 2020 at 7:07 pm

    You got IG Mia? 😏😏😏 Mine is simpp_0

  • March 25, 2021 at 4:00 pm

    I’M IN LOVE OF ZERO TWO! she is so cute when she is little and i like the darling in the franxx show plus I’ve been thinking about zero two. She is my favorite character and i pretty sure she is a popular girl who ever made zero two I LOVE THEM!

    • March 25, 2021 at 4:17 pm

      sorry my name not zero two at all i’m yetnam look on the other comment i sent and you’ll see

  • March 25, 2021 at 4:02 pm

    plus my name is not zero two i love this name but my real name is yetnam kankouryome

  • March 25, 2021 at 4:14 pm

    I’M IN LOVE OF ZERO TWO!!! she is the best girl in my life! I’ve been thinking about her ever since i discovered anime and darling in the franxx. i have gifs plus some are very funny! it’s the kicking out the towel of her darling’s hips (a boy i don’t know the name) and when she catch a fish with her mouth (my brother thought it was funny but i think it’s funny and discusting) yeah and also i love the way she shows off her hair (not sure if it was show of or just being pretty) plus i’m going to use one of the zero two gif or pictures tomorrow on the coner profile. i will also learn how to draw zero two during spring break! i love you zero two! whoever made zero two i will love him/her!

  • March 31, 2021 at 8:17 pm

    and we all know that shes mine

  • October 5, 2021 at 8:00 am

    Demon girl with horn is the best waifu. And then Power-chan will be another Zero Two.


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