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
7,179 5,180
L is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Very Best Anime Characters
L

2
7,582 4,143
Kakashi Hatake is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Very Best Anime Characters

3
7,558 3,739
Itachi Uchiha is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Very Best Anime Characters
ahmadabdeljaber added Itachi Uchiha 106

4
7,337 4,207
Naruto Uzumaki is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Very Best Anime Characters

5
5,773 4,382
Son Goku is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Very Best Anime Characters

6
5,033 4,550
Light Yagami is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Very Best Anime Characters

7
5,280 3,962
Natsu is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Very Best Anime Characters
subzero15121981 added Natsu

8
5,763 2,928
Edward Elric is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Very Best Anime Characters

9
5,255 2,983
Vegeta is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Very Best Anime Characters

10
5,908 3,525
Monkey D. Luffy is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Very Best Anime Characters

11
4,101 2,923
Roy Mustang is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Very Best Anime Characters

12
4,720 3,073
Lelouch Vi Britannia is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Very Best Anime Characters
Lelouch Vi Britannia

The Best Ecchi Anime of All Time

13
2,719 2,944
InuYasha is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Very Best Anime Characters

14
4,086 2,089
Ichigo Kurosaki is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Very Best Anime Characters

15
4,298 2,554
Minato Namikaze is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Very Best Anime Characters
ahmadabdeljaber added Minato Namikaze

16
4,191 2,242
Erza Scarlet is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Very Best Anime Characters
irenne-silverleaf added Erza Scarlet 145

17
2,995 2,004
Gray Fullbuster is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Very Best Anime Characters

The Best Current Adventure TV Series

18
3,762 1,831
Shikamaru Nara is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Very Best Anime Characters

19
3,878 2,825
Sasuke Uchiha is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Very Best Anime Characters

20
3,037 1,636
Killua Zaoldyeck is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Very Best Anime Characters

21
2,320 1,747
Death the Kid is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Very Best Anime Characters
ChristianD.Mulkey added Death the Kid 84

22
3,311 2,300
Pikachu is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Very Best Anime Characters
Pikachu 17

The Best Adventure Anime of All Time

23
2,567 1,515
Kisuke Urahara is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Very Best Anime Characters

24
3,117 1,241
Gaara is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Very Best Anime Characters
Gaara 89

25
2,339 1,300
Jellal Fernandes is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Very Best Anime Characters

26
2,091 1,618
Laxus Dreyar is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Very Best Anime Characters
keoasuno added Laxus Dreyar 45

27
3,261 2,912
Roronoa Zoro is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Very Best Anime Characters

18 Things You Won't Be Able to See if You are Color-Blind

28
2,887 1,205
Jiraiya is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Very Best Anime Characters
Jiraiya 47

29
2,292 1,270
Pain is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Very Best Anime Characters

30
1,770 1,511
Himura Kenshin is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Very Best Anime Characters

31
1,878 2,189
Piccolo is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Very Best Anime Characters
Piccolo 18

32
2,049 1,756
Spike Spiegel is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Very Best Anime Characters

The Best Adult Anime of All Time

33
2,761 1,322
Sanji is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Very Best Anime Characters
Sanji 47

34
1,730 1,880
Gohan is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Very Best Anime Characters

35
2,238 1,075
Saitama is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Very Best Anime Characters
bola-nagy-boutros added Saitama

36
1,129 1,398
Yusuke Urameshi is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Very Best Anime Characters

37
1,800 1,454
Gon Freecss is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Very Best Anime Characters

Stupid Things Couples Fight About

38
2,079 2,129
Asuna Yuki is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Very Best Anime Characters
Reilcan Jones added Asuna Yuki

39
1,560 1,391
Gajeel Redfox is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Very Best Anime Characters
jessica-wells added Gajeel Redfox 63

40
3,924 1,797
Mikasa is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Very Best Anime Characters
Mikasa

41
1,382 1,679
Kurapika is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Very Best Anime Characters

42
1,180 1,237
Sesshomaru is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Very Best Anime Characters

The Greatest Anime Characters With Tattoos

43
1,359 1,593
Sinon is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Very Best Anime Characters
halogamer1128 added Sinon

44
1,770 1,737
Lucy Heartfilia is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Very Best Anime Characters
abby-buzbee added Lucy Heartfilia 115

45
1,623 1,295
Kenpachi Zaraki is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Very Best Anime Characters

46
1,551 833
Trunks is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Very Best Anime Characters
Trunks 6

47
1,182 1,143
Hisoka is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Very Best Anime Characters

48
1,690 1,224
Yoruichi Shihouin is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Very Best Anime Characters

49
1,150 1,060
Gintoki Sakata is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Very Best Anime Characters
MoriMori added Gintoki Sakata 25

50
1,427 1,057
Mirajane Strauss is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Very Best Anime Characters