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
14,724 12,325
L is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Very Best Anime Characters
Death Note

2
18,276 8,755
Naruto Uzumaki is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Very Best Anime Characters
Naruto, Naruto Shippūden, Naruto the Movie: Blood Prison

3
17,451 7,749
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
17,286 7,293
Itachi Uchiha is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Very Best Anime Characters
ahmadabdeljaber added Naruto Shippūden, Naruto, Ninja World

5
14,098 6,767
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
10,384 9,688
Light Yagami is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Very Best Anime Characters
Death Note

7
12,520 5,943
Edward Elric is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Very Best Anime Characters
FullMetal Alchemist, Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood, Fullmetal Alchemist

8
12,961 8,129
Goku is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Very Best Anime Characters
Dragon Ball Z Kai, Dragon Ball Z, Dragon Ball

9
11,305 7,718
Natsu Dragneel is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Very Best Anime Characters
subzero15121981 added Fairy Tail

10
8,923 6,172
Roy Mustang is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Very Best Anime Characters
Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood, FullMetal Alchemist, Fullmetal Alchemist

11
9,186 7,286
Lelouch Lamperouge is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Very Best Anime Characters
InshirahImamZaman added Code Geass

12
9,685 5,559
Minato Namikaze is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Very Best Anime Characters
ahmadabdeljaber added Naruto Shippūden, Naruto

13
9,595 4,103
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
10,646 6,439
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
7,607 3,253
Killua Zaoldyeck is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Very Best Anime Characters
Hunter x Hunter

16
5,455 6,181
InuYasha is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Very Best Anime Characters
Inu Yasha, InuYasha the Movie: Affections Touching Across Time

17
8,749 5,529
Sasuke Uchiha is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Very Best Anime Characters
Naruto, Naruto Shippūden, Naruto Shippuden the Movie: The Will of Fire

18
6,701 4,769
Roronoa Zoro is listed (or ranked) 18 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

19
8,737 4,051
Shikamaru Nara is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Very Best Anime Characters
Naruto, Naruto Shippuden the Movie, Naruto Shippuden the Movie: Bonds

20
8,882 4,254
Erza Scarlet is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Very Best Anime Characters
irenne-silverleaf added

21
6,504 4,172
Gray Fullbuster is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Very Best Anime Characters
Fairy Tail

22
7,473 2,706
Jiraiya is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Very Best Anime Characters
Naruto Shippūden, Naruto, Naruto Shippuden the Movie: Bonds

23
7,140 2,654
Gaara is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Very Best Anime Characters
Naruto, Naruto Shippūden, Naruto the Movie: Legend of the Stone of Gelel

24
4,689 3,535
Death the Kid is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Very Best Anime Characters
ChristianD.Mulkey added Soul Eater

25
6,213 2,697
Sanji is listed (or ranked) 25 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