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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8,952 6,797
L is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Very Best Anime Characters
L Death Note, Death Note, Death Note: The Last Name

2
9,708 4,697
Itachi Uchiha is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Very Best Anime Characters
ahmadabdeljaber added Itachi Uchiha Naruto Shippūden, Naruto, Ninja World

3
9,395 5,164
Naruto Uzumaki is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Very Best Anime Characters
Naruto Uzumaki Naruto, Naruto Shippūden, Naruto the Movie: Blood Prison

4
9,704 4,979
Kakashi Hatake is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Very Best Anime Characters
Kakashi Hatake Naruto, Naruto Shippūden, Naruto the Movie: Guardians of the Crescent Moon Kingdom

5
6,244 5,739
Light Yagami is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Very Best Anime Characters
Light Yagami Death Note, Death Note: Re-light: L's Successors, Death Note

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7,290 5,292
Son Goku is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Very Best Anime Characters
Son Goku Dragon Ball Z Kai, Dragon Ball Z, Dragon Ball

7
7,533 4,244
Monkey D. Luffy is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Very Best Anime Characters
Monkey D. Luffy One Piece (JP), Dream Soccer King!, One Piece Movie: The Desert Princess and the Pirates: Adventures in Alabasta

8
5,895 4,096
Lelouch Lamperouge is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Very Best Anime Characters
InshirahImamZaman added Lelouch Vi Britannia Code Geass

9
7,339 3,569
Edward Elric is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Very Best Anime Characters
Edward Elric FullMetal Alchemist, Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood, Fullmetal Alchemist

10
6,607 4,873
Natsu Dragneel is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Very Best Anime Characters
subzero15121981 added Natsu Fairy Tail

11
6,527 3,732
Vegeta is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Very Best Anime Characters
Vegeta Dragon Ball Z Kai, Dragon Ball Z, Dragon Ball Z: Fusion Reborn

12
5,177 3,625
Roy Mustang is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Very Best Anime Characters
Roy Mustang Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood, FullMetal Alchemist, Fullmetal Alchemist

13
5,273 2,582
Ichigo Kurosaki is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Very Best Anime Characters
Ichigo Kurosaki Bleach, Bleach: Vol. 17: The Bount, Bleach: Vol. 1: The Substitute

14
3,374 3,720
InuYasha is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Very Best Anime Characters
InuYasha Inu Yasha, InuYasha the Movie: Affections Touching Across Time

The Best Re-Casting of Famous TV Roles

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5,470 3,160
Minato Namikaze is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Very Best Anime Characters
ahmadabdeljaber added Minato Namikaze Naruto Shippūden, Naruto

16
5,234 2,783
Erza Scarlet is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Very Best Anime Characters
irenne-silverleaf added Erza Scarlet

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3,817 2,470
Gray Fullbuster is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Very Best Anime Characters
Gray Fullbuster Fairy Tail

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4,870 3,377
Sasuke Uchiha is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Very Best Anime Characters
Sasuke Uchiha Naruto, Naruto Shippūden, Naruto Shippuden the Movie: The Will of Fire

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4,831 2,216
Shikamaru Nara is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Very Best Anime Characters
Shikamaru Nara Naruto, Naruto Shippuden the Movie, Naruto Shippuden the Movie: Bonds

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3,867 1,958
Killua Zaoldyeck is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Very Best Anime Characters
Killua Zaoldyeck Hunter x Hunter

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2,914 2,162
Death the Kid is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Very Best Anime Characters
ChristianD.Mulkey added Death the Kid Soul Eater

The Best Men's Magazines (U.S.)

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3,983 2,850
Pikachu is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Very Best Anime Characters
Pikachu Pokémon The Series: XY, Pokémon 4Ever, Pokémon: Mewtwo Returns

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2,571 2,012
Laxus Dreyar is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Very Best Anime Characters
keoasuno added Laxus Dreyar Fairy Tail

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1,838 766
Mikasa Ackerman is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Very Best Anime Characters

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3,153 1,853
Kisuke Urahara is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Very Best Anime Characters
Kisuke Urahara Bleach, Bleach: Fade to Black, Bleach: The DiamondDust Rebellion

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4,005 1,571
Gaara is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Very Best Anime Characters
Gaara Naruto, Naruto Shippūden, Naruto the Movie: Legend of the Stone of Gelel

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3,993 3,317
Roronoa Zoro is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Very Best Anime Characters
Roronoa Zoro One Piece (JP), Dream Soccer King!, One Piece Movie: The Desert Princess and the Pirates: Adventures in Alabasta

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3,919 1,500
Jiraiya is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Very Best Anime Characters
Jiraiya Naruto Shippūden, Naruto, Naruto Shippuden the Movie: Bonds

The 15 Lamest Superhero Origin Stories

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2,890 1,707
Jellal Fernandes is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Very Best Anime Characters

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3,094 1,637
Pain is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Very Best Anime Characters
Pain Naruto Shippūden

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3,368 1,627
Sanji is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Very Best Anime Characters
Sanji One Piece (JP), Dream Soccer King!, One Piece Movie: The Desert Princess and the Pirates: Adventures in Alabasta

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2,319 2,609
Piccolo is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Very Best Anime Characters
Piccolo Dragon Ball Z Kai, Dragon Ball, Dragon Ball Z (US)

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2,166 1,866
Himura Kenshin is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Very Best Anime Characters
Himura Kenshin Rurouni Kenshin

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3,215 1,383
Saitama is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Very Best Anime Characters
bola-nagy-boutros added Saitama

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2,585 2,097
Spike Spiegel is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Very Best Anime Characters
Spike Spiegel Cowboy Bebop, Cowboy Bebop: The Movie

16 Movie "In Jokes" You Probably Didn't Notice

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2,532 710
Levi Ackerman is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Very Best Anime Characters
hooliganouk added Levi Ackerman Singeki no kyojin

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2,156 2,314
Gohan is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Very Best Anime Characters
Gohan Dragon Ball Z Kai, Dragon Ball Z, Dragon Ball Z: Dead Zone

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2,367 1,699
Gon Freecss is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Very Best Anime Characters
Gon Freecss Hunter x Hunter

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4,271 2,045
Mikasa is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Very Best Anime Characters
Mikasa

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1,462 1,695
Yusuke Urameshi is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Very Best Anime Characters
Yusuke Urameshi Yu Yu Hakusho

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1,730 1,971
Kurapika is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Very Best Anime Characters
Kurapika Hunter x Hunter

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1,961 1,667
Gajeel Redfox is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Very Best Anime Characters
jessica-wells added Gajeel Redfox

The Best Flying Pokemon of All Time

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1,933 1,033
Trunks is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Very Best Anime Characters
Trunks Dragon Ball Z, Dragon Ball Z: Fusion Reborn, Dragon Ball Z: Broly – The Legendary Super Saiyan

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2,297 1,253
Aang is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Very Best Anime Characters
Aang Avatar: The Last Airbender, Avatar: The Last Airbender

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2,489 2,472
Asuna is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Very Best Anime Characters
Reilcan Jones added Asuna Yuki SAO, Sword Art Online

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1,673 1,891
Sinon is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Very Best Anime Characters
halogamer1128 added Sinon Sword Art Online

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1,459 1,479
Sesshomaru is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Very Best Anime Characters
Sesshomaru Inu Yasha, InuYasha the Movie: Affections Touching Across Time

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1,550 1,343
Hisoka is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Very Best Anime Characters
Hisoka Hunter x Hunter

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2,223 2,108
Lucy Heartfilia is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Very Best Anime Characters
abby-buzbee added Lucy Heartfilia Fairy Tail

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1,945 1,493
Kenpachi Zaraki is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Very Best Anime Characters
Kenpachi Zaraki Bleach, Bleach: The DiamondDust Rebellion, Bleach: Fade to Black