- Characters who, despite having many people crushing on them, they have no interest in romance or love at all.
People often say that Shounen protags are asexual and I'm always eh... I don't think so, they mostly just don't show that side of them because it's a shounen.
Luffy though? Luffy ACTUALLY gives no fuck about fucking. The dude cares so little about fucking that he's immune to sex rays.
And it honestly feels like that's how Oda intends to write the character because he goes out of his way to justify initial horniness when the characterization was still being solidified that he wasn't having the hornies. He was just imitating his friends.ID: gq5r9lm
Someone on this sub likened shounen protagonists to pop idols in regards to relationships. I haven't been able to unsee it since.
I wouldn't call them asexual, because most of them are implied to be heterosexual, but relationships are bad for business due to them possibly alienating their target audience, so it's rare that you see it.ID: gq5l23f
I haven’t heard that one about Shonen protagonists being asexual and I can think of quite a few off the top of my head that have clear interest in women or get married or something at the end so I don’t know where that came from unless they looked at like 3 characters and stopped.
Also do many people even crush on Luffy besides Hancock?ID: gq5rwgc
It's weird, I've seen plenty of shonen characters who ignore/don't recognise people's feelings for them. But apart from Luffy, I don't think I've ever seen one who outright rejects romantic advances. It really can't get more explicit than Luffy telling Hancock "I'm not gonna marry you," I can't think of any other examples of this, at least in shonen.
Honestly, having the lead character of the world's most popular comic be an ace rep fucking rocks!
Also, I kinda did a presentation about all this at uni, lol.ID: gq63skm
I agree that he doesn't care, but I disagree that he was copying his friends.
Oda: "Wow, I got a lot of questions about this. Is this what you guys are paying attention to? Don't just read manga all day, go study some more!! Okay? Well, I say that, but I do nothing but draw manga. I noticed this when we were drawing it, but if Luffy had a nosebleed when he saw Hancock's body, I think you would all be like "Ehh!?". That's not the Luffy we know. I believe that Luffy reacted to Nami's naked body twice, in volumes 18 and 23, and both times it happened, Usopp was with him! He's the suspicious one! In other words, when Luffy is alone, his reaction is what it was with Hancock. *He's interested*, but he's not entranced by her. But when he's with Usopp, who's the same age, it's like a kid on a school trip: his bad side comes out!! Yeah, both sides of Luffy feel right to me, so the culprit is definitely Usopp!!"
No matter how ridiculously thirsty Sakura (or anyone else) is gonna get, Ryu probably isnt even gonna consider it given that even while he has been shown to have some aspects to his personality outside of fighting (such as his friendship with Ken), romance certainly doesn't seem to be one of them.ID: gq5w0z7
Honestly, good for Sakura. I like it much more when she’s seeking out life for herself.
Luffy's only love in life is adventure on the high seas and to find the One Piece duhID: gq5mn07
Don't forget food.
Adol Christin from the ”Ys” series.
Adol does two things. He causes the boats that he rides to crash upon the shores of a distant land, and he then causes the women of said land to pine for him before getting on another boat so that he may crash on the shores of another distant land.
I’m just waiting for the ”Ys” game where all of the women finally catch up to him and give him a piece of their...mind.ID: gq5qovc
You forgot the part in-between where Adol kills that distant land's resident god of evil.ID: gq76cii
Maybe Adol is just waiting until he finally crashes upon the shores of a distant land where the men of said land will pine for him
Batman can at times be written like this, depending on interpretation Scott Snyder specifically writes him as 'Gothamsexual'ID: gq5v3fl
“I want to fuck this city, Alfred. I don’t think you understand how bad it gets. I’ve busted nuts on rooftops so many times that from the top down Gotham looks like a toaster strudel. I’ve carved designated holes into every significant landmark from the manor to the bay. If I had the power to fuse the very essence of this city down into a single being, I would rawdog it nightly for as long as I still breathed. Now I have to go, it’s City Hall’s turn this evening.”ID: gq5s7hy
there's a few versions of Bruce I could see unironically saying that he's in a relationship... with justice.ID: gq68nkn
Oh man, do you remember Animated Series Batman/Bruce? He was so horny that I'm pretty sure he was getting dizzy from all the blood leaving his brain.
Aloy from Horizon.
Both men and women have the hots for her, even a king, but she's similar to Luffy in that she just shoots them down and doesn't seem to have any real romantic interest in anyone.ID: gq74772
There is this one guy from the tribe she might have feelings. Forgot his name but he's one of the scouts you meet later on.
Senku from doctor stone, science is his one and only loveID: gq6hbuz
So much so that when he did get a wife he divorced her immediately
It's actually cool Luffy is canonical asexual, most asexual charters tend to be robotic vessels incapable of emotion or weird snobbish elitest. Luffy though? Luffy is a super fun adventure-driven guy.
The only thing Adol Christian lets into bed is adventureID: gq5uz8f
And the only thing Adol lets on his boats is water.
Adol the Red from the Ys series.
That motherfucker only wants to fuck more adventure. Multiple literal goddesses love him, girls of every background, body shape, and personality have loved him, but he bounces as soon as he saves the world, loses all his legendary weapons he gained on that adventure, and starts all over with his buddy Dogi. And Dogi is gay for smashing walls only.ID: gq76vqq
Adol's dad taught him how to use a sword but he left home before he got "the talk".
if Luffy ever hooked up with someone I think I would be Nami, and It would less be about love and more about Nami making sure Luffy doesn't accidentally eat poison or drowning himselfID: gq5mzg0
She's already failed on both accounts, so maybe she's not the one for him.ID: gq5nydy
I'm more of a Boa & Margaret kinda guy myself.
Boa especially cause she'll literally die of a broken heart if she isn't with Luffy (I'm not bullshiting)
Dante is cheating.
"You don't want to fall for me, I'm nothing but trouble" - Ultraman ZeroID: gq6tnfq
Doesn't Zero have a kid now though?
Todd from Bojack Horseman, in the sense that he’s actually asexual
Jotaro, maybe? Like, he has a kid, but I don't think he knows why.ID: gq6m8it
Star Platinum: ZA WARUDO shenanigans were involved in Jolyne's birth.
I think it’s interesting that in some series Alfred Pennyworth has almost been in relationships but has felt his duty to Bruce Wayne was more important than love.
Sinbad from Magi - Labyrinth of Magic.
My asexual pal who handles his harem with the awareness of a mid 2000’s anime protagonist.
I want to say kiryu but I haven’t played enough of the games to know if I’d be right.ID: gq5t00y
Kiryu had love interests in Yakuza 1 and 2, they just ended badly enough that, alongside all the other shit he has going on at all times, he kinda checks out of romance after that.ID: gq68ccy
You’d be super wrong
It's weird, because Luffy used to react to stuff like thatthough it could be argued that maybe it was the ability overall and not so much Nami's body.
I couldn't really imagine any of the straw hats having a romance or relationship or any kind of arc like that, it's never been even remotely hinted at, sanji and brook are pervs and lady's men so maybe give them a romantic interests at some point but one piece really isn't the type to care about that stuff especially when compared to other anime like naruto, yu yu hakusho or bleach where the romance elements were always there