What does Baka mean?

Baka equals Fool

Baka is a term borrowed from Japanese, translating to “idiot” or “fool” in English. It can be used both as a noun and an adjective, describing someone or something as “stupid” or “foolish”.

Outside its home country, it is mainly used by fans of anime and manga. These fans have adopted the term from their favorite Japanese series, where characters often call each other baka, especially in heated moments.

While technically classified as a swear word in Japanese, it is considered a mild insult that some might not even view as a swear word. The global usage of baka by anime and manga fans has also lessened its severity.

Example for using ‘Baka’ in a conversation

Hey, did you see that new anime episode?

Yeah, it was awesome! I can’t believe the main character defeated the villain.

Haha, true. That villain was such a baka.

I know, right? He kept underestimating the hero’s power.