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
13,333 11,084
L is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Very Best Anime Characters
Death Note

2
16,130 7,962
Naruto Uzumaki is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Very Best Anime Characters
Naruto, Naruto Shippūden, Naruto the Movie: Blood Prison

3
15,695 7,101
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
15,557 6,710
Itachi Uchiha is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Very Best Anime Characters
ahmadabdeljaber added Naruto Shippūden, Naruto, Ninja World

5
9,339 8,815
Light Yagami is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Very Best Anime Characters
Death Note

6
12,482 6,152
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
11,523 7,475
Goku is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Very Best Anime Characters
Dragon Ball Z Kai, Dragon Ball Z, Dragon Ball

8
11,325 5,310
Edward Elric is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Very Best Anime Characters
FullMetal Alchemist, Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood, Fullmetal Alchemist

9
8,386 6,536
Lelouch Lamperouge is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Very Best Anime Characters
InshirahImamZaman added Code Geass

10
10,150 7,013
Natsu Dragneel is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Very Best Anime Characters
subzero15121981 added Fairy Tail

11
8,061 5,477
Roy Mustang is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Very Best Anime Characters
Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood, FullMetal Alchemist, Fullmetal Alchemist

12
9,763 5,737
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
8,668 4,891
Minato Namikaze is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Very Best Anime Characters
ahmadabdeljaber added Naruto Shippūden, Naruto

14
8,502 3,717
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
4,981 5,641
InuYasha is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Very Best Anime Characters
Inu Yasha, InuYasha the Movie: Affections Touching Across Time

16
7,727 4,998
Sasuke Uchiha is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Very Best Anime Characters
Naruto, Naruto Shippūden, Naruto Shippuden the Movie: The Will of Fire

17
7,774 3,601
Shikamaru Nara is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Very Best Anime Characters
Naruto, Naruto Shippuden the Movie, Naruto Shippuden the Movie: Bonds

18
8,005 3,889
Erza Scarlet is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Very Best Anime Characters
irenne-silverleaf added

19
5,870 3,745
Gray Fullbuster is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Very Best Anime Characters
Fairy Tail

20
6,548 2,832
Killua Zaoldyeck is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Very Best Anime Characters
Hunter x Hunter

21
4,504 1,844
Mikasa Ackerman is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Very Best Anime Characters

22
5,697 4,148
Pikachu is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Very Best Anime Characters
Pokémon The Series: XY, Pokémon 4Ever, Pokémon: Mewtwo Returns

23
5,975 4,356
Roronoa Zoro is listed (or ranked) 23 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

24
4,268 3,199
Death the Kid is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Very Best Anime Characters
ChristianD.Mulkey added Soul Eater

25
6,577 2,417
Jiraiya is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Very Best Anime Characters
Naruto Shippūden, Naruto, Naruto Shippuden the Movie: Bonds