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10 Best Anime Uncles, Ranked

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  • Posted on 16th Sep, 2022 18:32 PM
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Like in real life, uncles in anime can be anything from the family oddball to a beloved mentor for their nieces and nephews.

In the world of anime, the main characters' families are often critical for the plot, both in good and bad ways. In anime of any genre, a character's parents, siblings, or even grandparents may make all the difference in their lives. And more rarely, a significant character's aunt or uncle might show up, too.

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Many anime parents are famous or infamous for what they do, but only once in a while will the anime series portray the parents' brothers or sisters. While not many lovable uncles appear in anime, the few who show up are often cuddly, funny, and cool during their adventures with their nieces and nephews.

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In Avatar: The Last Airbender, Iroh is the eldest child of Fire Lord Azulon and the older brother of the fierce Ozai. For a time, Iroh was next in line to become Fire Lord, and he was also the famed Dragon of the West, the great conquerer who came close to capturing Ba Sing Se. But then he had a change of heart.

The death of Iroh's son, Lu Ten, changed him. Now, he is a semi-pacifist, sage-like figure who favors peace, unity, and cooperation over war and conquest, making him exactly the wise uncle Zuko needs him to be. However, Ozai doesn't think so highly of his "disgraced" big brother.

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