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
15,365 12,823
L is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Very Best Anime Characters
Death Note
2
19,202 9,076
Naruto Uzumaki is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Very Best Anime Characters
Naruto, Naruto Shippūden, Naruto the Movie: Blood Prison
3
18,196 7,993
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
18,010 7,523
Itachi Uchiha is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Very Best Anime Characters
ahmadabdeljaber added Naruto Shippūden, Naruto, Ninja World
5
14,726 7,019
Monkey D. Luffy is listed (or ranked) 5 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
6
10,858 9,993
Light Yagami is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Very Best Anime Characters
Death Note
7
13,557 8,383
Goku is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Very Best Anime Characters
Dragon Ball Z Kai, Dragon Ball Z, Dragon Ball
8
12,936 6,199
Edward Elric is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Very Best Anime Characters
FullMetal Alchemist, Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood, Fullmetal Alchemist
9
11,845 7,945
Natsu Dragneel is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Very Best Anime Characters
subzero15121981 added Fairy Tail
10
9,227 6,482
Roy Mustang is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Very Best Anime Characters
Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood, FullMetal Alchemist, Fullmetal Alchemist
11
9,522 7,616
Lelouch Lamperouge is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Very Best Anime Characters
InshirahImamZaman added Code Geass
12
10,132 5,865
Minato Namikaze is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Very Best Anime Characters
ahmadabdeljaber added Naruto Shippūden, Naruto
13
10,047 4,242
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
11,006 6,642
Vegeta is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Very Best Anime Characters
Dragon Ball Z Kai, Dragon Ball Z, Dragon Ball Z: Fusion Reborn
15
8,021 3,408
Killua Zaoldyeck is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Very Best Anime Characters
Hunter x Hunter
16
9,198 5,721
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
9,154 4,202
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
5,670 6,374
InuYasha is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Very Best Anime Characters
Inu Yasha, InuYasha the Movie: Affections Touching Across Time
19
6,977 4,930
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
9,189 4,390
Erza Scarlet is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Very Best Anime Characters
irenne-silverleaf added
21
6,785 4,304
Gray Fullbuster is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Very Best Anime Characters
Fairy Tail
22
7,848 2,807
Jiraiya is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Very Best Anime Characters
Naruto Shippūden, Naruto, Naruto Shippuden the Movie: Bonds
23
7,357 2,400
Saitama is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Very Best Anime Characters
bola-nagy-boutros added
24
7,516 2,791
Gaara is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Very Best Anime Characters
Naruto, Naruto Shippūden, Naruto the Movie: Legend of the Stone of Gelel
25
4,840 3,716
Death the Kid is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Very Best Anime Characters
ChristianD.Mulkey added Soul Eater