Anime Underground The Very Best Anime Characters  

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Who are the best anime characters ever? This list includes the top favorites in manga, possibly of all time. These are the classics, the most beloved characters, including anime and manga protagonists like Son Goku, the fictional protagonist of the Dragon Ball manga series, and "L," the fictional detective in the manga series Death Note. Be sure to vote for your own personal favorites, add any characters that might be missing and, of course, rerank this list of greatest anime characters in any order you want.

Not surprisingly, many of the best and most memorable anime characters, like L and Son Goku, are the stars of some of the best anime series of all time. Be sure to head over to that list and cast your votes, if you haven't already. And not all of the great anime characters listed here are among the so-called "good guys" - some are among the worst and most notorious anime villains as well.

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1
10,416 8,591
L is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Very Best Anime Characters
Death Note, Death Note, Death Note: The Last Name

2
11,955 6,243
Naruto Uzumaki is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Very Best Anime Characters
Naruto, Naruto Shippūden, Naruto the Movie: Blood Prison

3
11,992 5,794
Kakashi Hatake is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Very Best Anime Characters
Naruto, Naruto Shippūden, Naruto the Movie: Guardians of the Crescent Moon Kingdom

4
11,863 5,468
Itachi Uchiha is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Very Best Anime Characters
ahmadabdeljaber added Naruto Shippūden, Naruto, Ninja World

5
7,224 6,981
Light Yagami is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Very Best Anime Characters
Death Note, Death Note: Re-light: L's Successors, Death Note

6
8,903 6,151
Son Goku is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Very Best Anime Characters
Dragon Ball Z Kai, Dragon Ball Z, Dragon Ball

7
6,819 5,091
Lelouch Lamperouge is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Very Best Anime Characters
InshirahImamZaman added Code Geass

8
9,012 4,159
Edward Elric is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Very Best Anime Characters
FullMetal Alchemist, Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood, Fullmetal Alchemist

9
9,065 4,923
Monkey D. Luffy is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Very Best Anime Characters
One Piece (JP), Dream Soccer King!, One Piece Movie: The Desert Princess and the Pirates: Adventures in Alabasta

10
7,972 5,647
Natsu Dragneel is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Very Best Anime Characters
subzero15121981 added Fairy Tail

11
6,367 4,234
Roy Mustang is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Very Best Anime Characters
Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood, FullMetal Alchemist, Fullmetal Alchemist

12
7,923 4,424
Vegeta is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Very Best Anime Characters
Dragon Ball Z Kai, Dragon Ball Z, Dragon Ball Z: Fusion Reborn

13
6,542 3,016
Ichigo Kurosaki is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Very Best Anime Characters
Bleach, Bleach: Vol. 17: The Bount, Bleach: Vol. 1: The Substitute

14
4,101 4,426
InuYasha is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Very Best Anime Characters
Inu Yasha, InuYasha the Movie: Affections Touching Across Time

15
6,651 3,739
Minato Namikaze is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Very Best Anime Characters
ahmadabdeljaber added Naruto Shippūden, Naruto

16
5,968 2,650
Shikamaru Nara is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Very Best Anime Characters
Naruto, Naruto Shippuden the Movie, Naruto Shippuden the Movie: Bonds

17
5,915 4,039
Sasuke Uchiha is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Very Best Anime Characters
Naruto, Naruto Shippūden, Naruto Shippuden the Movie: The Will of Fire

18
6,286 3,213
Erza Scarlet is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Very Best Anime Characters
irenne-silverleaf added

19
4,590 2,884
Gray Fullbuster is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Very Best Anime Characters
Fairy Tail

20
4,748 2,310
Killua Zaoldyeck is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Very Best Anime Characters
Hunter x Hunter

21
3,457 2,572
Death the Kid is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Very Best Anime Characters
ChristianD.Mulkey added Soul Eater

22
2,874 1,123
Mikasa Ackerman is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Very Best Anime Characters

23
4,943 1,832
Jiraiya is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Very Best Anime Characters
Naruto Shippūden, Naruto, Naruto Shippuden the Movie: Bonds

24
2,997 2,429
Laxus Dreyar is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Very Best Anime Characters
keoasuno added Fairy Tail

25
3,842 2,146
Kisuke Urahara is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Very Best Anime Characters
Bleach, Bleach: Fade to Black, Bleach: The DiamondDust Rebellion

26
4,585 3,365
Pikachu is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Very Best Anime Characters
Pokémon The Series: XY, Pokémon 4Ever, Pokémon: Mewtwo Returns

27
4,664 3,710
Roronoa Zoro is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Very Best Anime Characters
One Piece (JP), Dream Soccer King!, One Piece Movie: The Desert Princess and the Pirates: Adventures in Alabasta

28
4,903 1,893
Gaara is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Very Best Anime Characters
Naruto, Naruto Shippūden, Naruto the Movie: Legend of the Stone of Gelel

29
4,095 1,941
Sanji is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Very Best Anime Characters
One Piece (JP), Dream Soccer King!, One Piece Movie: The Desert Princess and the Pirates: Adventures in Alabasta

30
3,522 953
Levi Ackerman is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Very Best Anime Characters
hooliganouk added Singeki no kyojin

31
3,813 1,982
Pain is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Very Best Anime Characters
Naruto Shippūden

32
3,343 2,046
Jellal Fernandes is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Very Best Anime Characters

33
4,170 1,638
Saitama is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Very Best Anime Characters
bola-nagy-boutros added

34
2,812 2,915
Piccolo is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Very Best Anime Characters
Dragon Ball Z Kai, Dragon Ball, Dragon Ball Z (US)

35
3,144 2,306
Spike Spiegel is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Very Best Anime Characters
Cowboy Bebop, Cowboy Bebop: The Movie

36
2,560 2,098
Himura Kenshin is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Very Best Anime Characters
Rurouni Kenshin

37
2,283 1,344
Madara Uchiha is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Very Best Anime Characters
Naruto Shippūden

38
1,859 1,928
Yusuke Urameshi is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Very Best Anime Characters
Yu Yu Hakusho

39
2,923 1,932
Gon Freecss is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Very Best Anime Characters
Hunter x Hunter

40
2,844 1,492
Aang is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Very Best Anime Characters
Avatar: The Last Airbender, Avatar: The Last Airbender

41
2,559 2,603
Gohan is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Very Best Anime Characters
Dragon Ball Z Kai, Dragon Ball Z, Dragon Ball Z: Dead Zone

42
2,342 1,694
Kenpachi Zaraki is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Very Best Anime Characters
Bleach, Bleach: The DiamondDust Rebellion, Bleach: Fade to Black

43
2,300 1,885
Gajeel Redfox is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Very Best Anime Characters
jessica-wells added

44
1,916 1,548
Hisoka is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Very Best Anime Characters
Hunter x Hunter

45
1,743 1,681
Sesshomaru is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Very Best Anime Characters
Inu Yasha, InuYasha the Movie: Affections Touching Across Time

46
1,986 2,158
Sinon is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Very Best Anime Characters
halogamer1128 added Sword Art Online

47
2,239 977
Neji Hyuga is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Very Best Anime Characters
Naruto, Naruto Shippūden, Naruto Shippuden the Movie: The Will of Fire

48
2,007 2,195
Kurapika is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Very Best Anime Characters
Hunter x Hunter

49
1,979 957
Meliodas is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Very Best Anime Characters
shegold-mendoza added Meliodas The Seven Deadly Sins

50
2,153 1,460
Mirajane Strauss is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Very Best Anime Characters