Tiger and Bunny is a cool show. It’s not great, with some of the plots being outright stupid at times, but the cast are such an endearing and entertaining bunch that simply watching them muck about makes fine viewing in off itself. At least, almost all of the characters are endearing. So, to illustrate this, let’s rank the heroes in Tiger and Bunny in order of how much I like them. An exercise in pointlessness or a unique approach to reviewing a series through its characters? Let’s go with the second option.
1: Sky High
It’s not just that he’s the best character. Yes, he’s an inherently likeable guy, what with his gormless honesty and goofy catchphrase. Yes he’s likeable despite the show never feeling the need to give him a complicated backstory episode. But what propels him into first place is he was the star of by far the best and most heart-wrenching Tiger and Bunny episode so far. How long do you guys think he sat on that bench for? My heart goes out for him, there’s no way I could give him anywhere other than top spot.
2: Wild Tiger
In a world where having the main character be a generic high school male lead is all the rage, Tiger is a refreshing change. Middle aged man with falling job satisfaction and broken family life. Not too many of them in anime. He’s refreshing, funny yet humanly flawed. His own stupidity does get on my nerves sometimes, but the show does tackle that character trait rather maturely. His own unwillingness to retire or tell Bunny about his diminishing powers, despite it being the right thing to do, is totally in character for him. Yet it’s clear the show does plan to, and has already, punish him for his actions.
3: Blue Rose
I like her relationship with Tiger. Tiger acts like a father figure to her, as though she’s his surrogate daughter. Meanwhile Blue Rose likes him with what can only be described as a high school girls crush. Now I originally didn’t like that they’d taken that route, until the very final scene of the episode where Blue Rose frantically blurts out that she will treasure the towel forever, barely registering with Tiger. It showed the series knew how silly her crush was. Also because, in a series chock full of homolust and bishies, it’s nice to have that ass to ogle every now and then.
4: Rock Bison
Because the poor dude needs more love! He’s a cool guy. I enjoy how the old timers like him, Tiger and Fire Emblem are all buddies, to the point that neither of them are particularly bothered by Fire Emblem’s advances. But he gets overlooked so much in the story. His moment of glory came against Jake, yet what did they do? Skip over his entire fight scene, cutting from him charging to him hanging from the statue. His episode will come, and it will be glorious.
5: Fire Emblem
I should probably dislike his character, considering the painfully stereotypical gay black man archetype. But I can’t bring myself to because he’s got all this little character quirks I like. I already mentioned how the old guard are just used to his advances, but there’s other things too. How his voice goes all deep and harsh when he gets irritated at something. His insistence that he too is one of the girls. Also that hair man. Coolest damn hairdo ever.
6: Origami Cyclone
And here’s where we start to get into the heroes I’m not so fond of. While at the very least his personality is tolerable, whiny little bitch isn’t exactly the most endearing of personality traits, especially when that seems to be his sole trait. But mainly what bugs me is how he became a hero in the first place with that ability, yet he never uses it for Hero TV. Considering how many Nexts there are out there trying to become the next new Hero, surely some of them have abilities with a greater viewing spectacle?
7: Dragon Kid
The tomboyish girl eventually learns to become more feminine. How many times have you heard that damn storyline on kids TV. Hey girls, don’t be athletic. You’ve got to stay indoors and take care of babies while wearing pretty hair ornaments. It’s not like she even has much personality outside of that episode anyway. Bleh, at the very least, she doesn’t take up much screentime in her dullness, unlike a certain other hero…
8: Barnaby Brooks
The most annoying part about Bunny was that he was starting to get interesting. At the start he was a bland, lifeless blob, dragging down what was trying to be an amusing buddy cop anime. But then he finally started to open up to Tiger a bit and express something resembling emotions. I was finally starting to warm up to Bunny. But then along comes the second half of the series, pulling a massive 180 on his character and somehow managing to rob him of all emotion and personality once again. All I can do now is look up genderswapped images of him for entertainment.
So fire away: What are your Tiger and Bunny hero rankings?