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Old 2009-11-18, 22:06   Link #1
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Misunderstood (delinquent) protagonists?

Anyone know of any shows (preferably romance) where the male protagonist is a misunderstood delinquent or similarly plagued character (due to the way they look or something that happened in their past ) who has a change of heart somehow?

Examples of ones I've seen with this sort of trope include:
  • Midori no Hibi (Main Protagonist is delinquent fighter)
  • Chibi Vampire (Main protagonist has scary eyes that make people afraid of him)
  • Yu Yu Hakusho (Main protagonist is a delinquent fighter)
  • Toradora! (Main character has delinquent eyes)
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Old 2009-11-19, 01:18   Link #2
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Souichiro Nagi in Tenjho Tenge
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Casshern in Casshern sins
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Old 2009-11-19, 01:57   Link #3
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Anyone know of any shows (preferably romance) where the male protagonist is a misunderstood delinquent or similarly plagued character (due to the way they look or something that happened in their past ) who has a change of heart somehow?

Examples of ones I've seen with this sort of trope include:
  • Midori no Hibi (Main Protagonist is delinquent fighter)
  • Chibi Vampire (Main protagonist has scary eyes that make people afraid of him)
  • Yu Yu Hakusho (Main protagonist is a delinquent fighter)
  • Toradora! (Main character has delinquent eyes)
I must say, a perfect suggestion I could make for this is Clannad and it's sequel Clannad: After Story but it's hard to imagine that you haven't seen this series yet In case you haven't, Tomoya fits the bill but instead of being misunderstood, he actually is a delinquent who's life dramatically changes after meeting a girl. A must watch series in my opinion.
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Old 2009-11-19, 02:04   Link #4
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As Dex-Kun said, Tomoya of both Clannad seasons personifies this archetype.
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Old 2009-11-19, 08:53   Link #5
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Yup I've seen Clannad (and loved it), as well as all of the ones that full metal coast suggested except Casshern sins and Tenjho Tenge. I'll give them both a look. In any case, it's getting to the point where it's almost irresponsible to assume someone hasn't seen Clannad
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Old 2009-11-19, 08:58   Link #6
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Clannad definitely and my other thought was Bleach (lol?).
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Old 2009-11-19, 09:15   Link #7
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No one's mentioned Harima Kenji from School Rumble yet? He's the first one I thought of when reading the request.
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Old 2009-11-19, 11:05   Link #8
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Yeh School Rumble is on my watch list. Just having trouble finding it in Japanese with english subtitles, so I put it on my netflix and am hoping for the best
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Old 2009-11-19, 11:46   Link #9
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I would recommend you follow Kimi Ni Todoke, except the protagonist in question is actually a girl. Her name is Sawako but everyone calls her Sadako and is afraid of her due to her striking resemblance of the girl in The Ring movie, also called Sadako.

The story revolves around her trying to break the misconceptions surrounding her and making friends, so it's the actual focus of the story, rather than something on the side.
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Old 2009-11-19, 12:01   Link #10
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Already following it but thanks
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Old 2009-11-19, 17:59   Link #11
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What's this? Why is Angel Densetsu not here?
It's the most spot-on recommendation I can think of... but it's a manga.
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Old 2009-11-19, 20:17   Link #12
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I don't necessarily have anything against manga, but I usually find it harder to follow. Anime is simply more accessible for me (usually). Plus, when I read manga, I read it as if the characters are speaking english which I dislike. That's one of the main reasons that I watch all of my shows in Japanese with english subtitles. I still retain the comprehension, but feel like I get more authenticity out of it. Plus there's the fact that dubbing is almost always horrible (to me at least).
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Old 2009-11-19, 23:29   Link #13
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Tomoya from Clannad? really? O_o... I thought he was just lazy... other than his subpar grades... he's never given off the impression to me as someone who's misunderstood as a "bad person"
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Old 2009-11-20, 01:34   Link #14
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I think Ichigo from Bleach fits the bill as well, his classmates aren't exactly scared of him, but he has this delinquent look in which people don't really dare be friendly to him

Zaitsu Misao from Hatsukoi Limited also fits, but hes more like a supporting character
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Old 2009-11-20, 01:59   Link #15
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Ocha Nigosu really fits your title. Masaya Funebashi is a bit naive and misunderstood Well, unfortunately, the series is a manga and not romance* though. Well, you can probably just take a peek. Only the first 16 chapters were translated. You won't get that much attached to this series, but it's not a total waste to read since it has some hints of comedy.

For anime, I can only think of Hanamichi Sakuragi of Slam Dunk this time. The guy is a deliquent, but tried basketball to win over a girl. Though from what I remembered about the series, it's more sports than romance...
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Old 2009-11-20, 03:54   Link #16
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I'd recommend Akane-Iro ni Somaru Saka. The anime has a similar feel to it as Midori Days had. It's (also) about a misunderstood deliquent because of his past. He saves a girl from a couple of guys in the beginning, and romance and awkward moments begin. The endings in both series go a bit "deeper" than most romance/ecchi(/harem) shows.

Yes, I guess Clannad also sort of fits the bill, but most people are simply distant to him, instead of fearing him as a delinquent. Although it's something I really like to recommend you seeing the other shows you liked, it probably won't fit your "misunderstood delinquent" request enough.
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Old 2009-11-21, 01:32   Link #17
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I've seen Akane-Iro ni Somaru Saka as well as Clannad. Thanks though. I don't really see how they're delinquents though. I didn't really like the ending of Akane, and I really liked Clannad (and absolutely loved Clannad: After Story). I actually checked out Hatsukoi Limited... the explanation of the show that they gave on anime planet made me think it would be a lot different than how it is... But I realized that it seems pretty episodic. I'm not really into a "change the protagonist from episode to episode" kind of guy, so I dropped it pretty quick.
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Old 2009-12-01, 02:33   Link #18
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Cheeky angel is one. I forget the Japanese title though. It has a bit of gender bender or whatever you call it but it's not so bad. Kind of weird at first though but strangely satisfying at the end.
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Old 2009-12-01, 03:21   Link #19
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Most of the really obvious ones have already been mentioned.

Great Teacher Onizuka might have what you're looking for. The main character is a former member of a biker gang who decides he wants to become a teacher. So he's basically trying to reform himself. Several of his students are pretty bad too (bullying etc) and he tries to get them to reform as well.
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Old 2009-12-02, 09:04   Link #20
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Alright I might check it out. It seems to me like one of those "teacher with a troubled past comes and fixes students with a troubled past" tropes that every other american actor is making these days.
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