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
16,894 14,001
L is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Very Best Anime Characters
Death Note
2
21,505 9,856
Naruto Uzumaki is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Very Best Anime Characters
Naruto, Naruto Shippūden, Naruto the Movie: Blood Prison
3
19,982 8,045
Itachi Uchiha is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Very Best Anime Characters
ahmadabdeljaber added Naruto Shippūden, Naruto, Ninja World
4
20,068 8,543
Kakashi Hatake is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Very Best Anime Characters
Naruto, Naruto Shippūden, Naruto the Movie: Guardians of the Crescent Moon Kingdom
5
11,953 10,855
Light Yagami is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Very Best Anime Characters
Death Note
6
16,145 7,685
Monkey D. Luffy is listed (or ranked) 6 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
7
14,981 9,053
Goku is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Very Best Anime Characters
Dragon Ball Z Kai, Dragon Ball Z, Dragon Ball
8
14,005 6,899
Edward Elric is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Very Best Anime Characters
FullMetal Alchemist, Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood, Fullmetal Alchemist
9
13,131 8,548
Natsu Dragneel is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Very Best Anime Characters
subzero15121981 added Fairy Tail
10
10,311 8,491
Lelouch Lamperouge is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Very Best Anime Characters
InshirahImamZaman added Code Geass
11
10,036 7,333
Roy Mustang is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Very Best Anime Characters
Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood, FullMetal Alchemist, Fullmetal Alchemist
12
11,283 6,622
Minato Namikaze is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Very Best Anime Characters
ahmadabdeljaber added Naruto Shippūden, Naruto
13
9,046 4,091
Killua Zaoldyeck is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Very Best Anime Characters
Hunter x Hunter
14
11,171 4,587
Ichigo Kurosaki is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Very Best Anime Characters
Bleach, Bleach: Vol. 17: The Bount, Bleach: Vol. 1: The Substitute
15
10,196 6,360
Sasuke Uchiha is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Very Best Anime Characters
Naruto, Naruto Shippūden, Naruto Shippuden the Movie: The Will of Fire
16
11,803 7,182
Vegeta is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Very Best Anime Characters
Dragon Ball Z Kai, Dragon Ball Z, Dragon Ball Z: Fusion Reborn
17
8,848 3,212
Jiraiya is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Very Best Anime Characters
Naruto Shippūden, Naruto, Naruto Shippuden the Movie: Bonds
18
10,102 4,628
Shikamaru Nara is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Very Best Anime Characters
Naruto, Naruto Shippuden the Movie, Naruto Shippuden the Movie: Bonds
19
7,660 5,359
Roronoa Zoro is listed (or ranked) 19 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
20
9,940 4,770
Erza Scarlet is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Very Best Anime Characters
irenne-silverleaf added
21
6,117 6,802
InuYasha is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Very Best Anime Characters
Inu Yasha, InuYasha the Movie: Affections Touching Across Time
22
8,377 3,094
Gaara is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Very Best Anime Characters
Naruto, Naruto Shippūden, Naruto the Movie: Legend of the Stone of Gelel
23
7,349 4,638
Gray Fullbuster is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Very Best Anime Characters
Fairy Tail
24
8,496 2,694
Saitama is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Very Best Anime Characters
bola-nagy-boutros added
25
6,382 2,693
Mikasa Ackerman is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Very Best Anime Characters