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    Motoyasu Kitamura
    This is what happens when you make a character that's so dumb, so delusional and acts like a sore loser every time. He puts all the heroes in shame.
    Gender: Male
    Type: Arrogant Pervert
    Dumb Blond
    Age: Unknown
    Species: Human
    Portrayed by: Makoto Takahashi (Japanese)
    Xander Mobus (English)
    Status: Alive
    Media of origin: The Rising of the Shield Hero

    Motoyasu Kitamura is a supporting character from The Rising of the Shield Hero franchise. After dying in his home dimension, Motoyasu was summoned to Kingdom of Melromarc alongside Naofumi Iwatani, Ren Amaki and Itsuki Kawasumi. Together, the quartet became the Cardinal Heroes, legendary figures meant to protect this new world from a cataclysmic event called the Waves of Calamity.

    Why He's the Dumbest Hero to ever exist

    1. He is shown to be an arrogant, hypocritical, brash, impulsive, extremely naïve and gullible person. Convinced that he is always in the right, her has demonstrated on multiple occasions that he has selective perception and will only see things as he wants to see them. He will only recognize the truth when it is spelt out to him, usually by the villains themselves.
    2. Like Itsuki and Ren, Motoyasu doesn't need to strive for recognition because he is the chosen Hero of the Spear. His sheer idiocy, on top of his gullibility and ego, makes him more of a hindrance than a hero.
    3. He has a rather distorted view of women; he thinks they are perfect angels incapable of doing anything bad or evil. As such, he believes everything a woman tells him without thinking twice about whether or not it's true, which made him a perfect target for Malty's manipulations.
    4. After finding out Naofumi has a slave, he challenges him to a duel for Raphtalia's freedom. However, he received a slap instead of a hug after he "freed" her from slavery and was called out for his hypocrisy, he defended himself desperately claiming that Naofumi must have brainwashed her, but she condemns him for his false chivalry and positing that if he truly wanted to free slaves, he'd have some freed men in his party.
    5. He has an unhealthy and creepy obsession with Filo and tries to get her to leave Naofumi's party because he's in love with her. However, Filo feels nothing but disdain and annoyance for him and always kicks him in the air every time she sees him.
    6. He always blindly trusted Malty and takes what she says at face value without confirmation of any proof. He then goes on to take this as an irrefutable fact and refuses to back down when given evidence to the contrary.
      • When he's shown proof beyond a reasonable doubt that Malty's accusations regarding Naofumi are completely false, and she was plotting to kill her own sister, he becomes in denial and still believes Malty is an innocent victim and her punishment, though unbelievably lenient, is undeserved.
    7. He cured a famine by unsealing a seed that produces all manner of fruit at an absurd rate, which was the correct solution to that "quest" in the game he played. Unfortunately, the real world doesn't mirror the game perfectly, and the seed turns out to have been sealed because it grows uncontrollably and spawns plant demons.
    8. He absolutely refuses to admit when he's made a mistake or is in the wrong about something. It takes a complete and total breakdown, driving him to irreversible insanity to overcome this, and even then, he still struggles with it from time to time.
    9. He constantly antagonizes Naofumi over every little thing whenever they cross paths, and repeatedly challenges him to duels and races. He is also unable to accept that he would have lost the duel if it were not for Malty's interference.
    10. He, alongside the Three Heroes, attempt to capture Naofumi and his companions while trying to get back Melty, but was under a façade and under manipulation to them.
    11. He lets himself believe that Naofumi killed Ren and Itsuki, despite this being physically impossible, refusing to listen to what Naofumi has to say to him, even when getting his ass kicked by him. It takes Pope Balamus himself admitting that he lied about the Shield Hero's actions to get him to see sense.
    12. His party abandons him to the Spirit Tortoise with the expectation he'll die, he's captured by Kyo and used to power the tortoise, comes out of a coma weeks later to find the country now resents him as a failure who made the tortoise disaster worse than it already was, and spends weeks trying to maintain a low profile while searching for his party during which people threw stones at him.
      • However, one of his traveling women is revealed to have been mooching off from him the entire time and then Malty betrays him the same way she did Naofumi, ditching him for Ren in front of his face.
      • After the Spirt Tortoise arc, he ends up in the exact same situation Naofumi was at the beginning of the story; falsely accused of rape by Malty, alone and abandoned by his party, and publicly shamed as a terrible hero.

    Redeeming Qualities

    1. As bad as he can be, he surprisingly make a point that Naofumi purchasing slaves looks very bad for someone supposed to be a hero, even if Naofumi doesn't care. Naofumi even later agrees that he has a point; in their world slavery was morally wrong, and that it does look pretty bad on his part.
    2. Seeing him getting his ass beat by Naofumi, get kicked him in the groin by Flio and getting curb stomped by Glass along with the other heroes, can be satisfying to watch for those that hate his character.
    3. Strange enough, after Motoyasu was betrayed by Myne and went through his curse series, he gained better qualities and can no longer be manipulated by Myne, despite still having some of his bad traits.


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