Because of the wide range of human anatomy, certain anime characters will undoubtedly have an advantage in terms of height while others will not. Equally, several characters in different shows are barely about a foot tall. Their height might be a humorous punchline in various situations. Sometimes a person’s height is irrelevant to who they are as a person.
Therefore, in today’s listicle, we’ll look at eight such amazing anime characters whose height has been capped at 5’6″ or below. Please note that this list does not take into account any powers that cause a character to appear taller or shorter than their canonical height. This list will include non-human anime characters, such as aliens and individuals from other dimensions.
1) Vegeta (Dragon Ball Z)
Vegeta, the Prince of all the Saiyans, is the first major player to be mentioned. Before continuing, it’s important to note that most of the characters in Dragon Ball Z are on the shorter side. Goku, who is barely 175 cm tall (about 5’9″ in American measurement systems), is hardly a towering figure. While this is true, Vegeta is even shorter.
The Saiyan Prince stands at a scant 164 centimetres, or around 5 feet, 4 inches. Because in the Dragon Ball universe, Vegeta can destroy planets and catch up to Goku in terms of fighting prowess, proving that size isn’t an issue. Even if there are other characters in the anime who are shorter, Vegeta is the most obvious pick.
2) Hiei (YuYu Hakusho)
There is some discrepancy in Hiei’s height, with estimates ranging from 4 feet 10 inches to 5 feet 3 inches. Like Vegeta, he is an exceptionally skilled fighter in his own reality. Hiei, from Team Urameshi, regularly puts on the best shows, as shown in his bouts against Seiryu, Zeru, Makintoro, and Bui, among others.
When he and Kuwabara get into an argument, he often makes amusingly cutting remarks. In addition, Hiei has always been the anime’s most well-known character, even more so than the show’s protagonist.
3) Rukia Kuchiki (Bleach)
When compared to Ichigo, the main character of the Bleach anime, Rukia is noticeably shorter. Her height in the canon is 4 feet and 834 inches. Ichigo, on the other hand, towers over her by nearly an entire foot. There is a great connection between them, so many viewers were dismayed when they didn’t end up getting married.
As an added bonus, Rukia’s status as a Shinigami is what qualifies Ichigo as a Substitute Shinigami. Without her, Ichigo wouldn’t have had any motive to get involved with the Shinigami’s business, which means the primary plot of Bleach would have been quite different.
4) Shōyō Hinata (Haikyu!!)
Hinata faced a significant challenge in Haikyu!! due to her height disadvantage on the volleyball court. Despite the fact that all of his colleagues are nearly 6 feet tall, he maintains his height of 5 feet, 4 inches throughout the anime. Hinata, despite his diminutive frame, developed into one of the show’s top volleyball players.
His exceptional quickness makes up for his lack of size in the game. Further, his stature makes him an ideal decoy. Though his lack of technique held him down early on, fans of this Shonen anime could be assured that he would improve as the series went on.
5) Levi Ackerman (Attack on Titan)
The Attack on Titan universe is full of characters of all heights, but Levi Ackerman has regularly been voted the show’s fan favourite. He’s almost 5’3″, but he’s still one of the most popular anime heroes. Not only that, but Levi’s little stature never stopped him from being honoured as the strongest soldier in human history.
He fights with remarkable composure and skill. Even more so considering the titans’ well-earned reputation for lethality, the fact that someone so diminutive was able to bring them down is remarkable. In contrast, most other anime feature giants who pose no real danger and exist solely to be defeated by a tiny hero.
6) Medama-oyaji (GeGeGe no Kitarō)
Even if they are familiar with anime, most modern viewers have never heard of Medama-oyaji. He was a pivotal figure in a manga series from the ’60s, and the anime adaptations of those episodes have aired on and off throughout the years. The major reason he’s here is that he won a 2013 Japanese Goo Ranking survey for short male characters and was voted the most popular, even surpassing characters like Levi Ackerman.
Medama-Oyaji was one of the Ykai that this show helped popularise. After dying of an unknown illness, he was given a second chance at life as the bizarre creature that has since become familiar to the public. The official tales don’t specify his height, but it’s safe to assume he’s short enough to fit in the palm of an average person’s hand.
7) Edward Elric (Fullmetal Alchemist)
The protagonist of Fullmetal Alchemist fits the bill perfectly because of his Napoleonic Inferiority Complex. He is just 4 feet 8 inches tall in the canon, but with his elevator shoes, he can reach about 5 feet 5 inches. It’s also reasonable to infer that he wears his hair in a high ponytail to provide the illusion of greater height.
He’s a very good guy otherwise, though obstinate to a fault. The audience readily admires his efforts to step up and lead the Elric family in their parent’s absence. On top of that, his brashness is a nice change of pace for a Shonen anime main character.
8) Pikachu (Pokemon)
Pikachu is just 1 foot and 4 inches tall in the canon. Compared to the preceding characters, this one is noticeably shorter, but nobody’s favourite electric rodent is exactly stocky, either. Pikachu is still a household name, though.
It is Ash’s signature Pokemon and the most well-known Pokemon of all time. It has been featured prominently in the most popular media franchises and has been seen in almost every episode of the anime.
Still, Ash’s Pikachu is a fantastic protagonist because it has distinguishing characteristics that elevate it above the status of a monster. Once Ash got past the first shock of its defiance, it proved to be one of his most dependable friends. Apart from that, its demeanour is strikingly identical to that of his master. In addition, he has a few endearing idiosyncrasies that fans and anime enthusiasts adore, such as altering its face to seem like other Pokemon.
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