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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9,623 7,432
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
10,384 5,630
Naruto Uzumaki is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Very Best Anime Characters
Naruto Uzumaki Naruto, Naruto Shippūden, Naruto the Movie: Blood Prison

3
10,627 5,311
Kakashi Hatake is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Very Best Anime Characters
Kakashi Hatake Naruto, Naruto Shippūden, Naruto the Movie: Guardians of the Crescent Moon Kingdom

4
10,587 4,992
Itachi Uchiha is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Very Best Anime Characters
ahmadabdeljaber added Itachi Uchiha Naruto Shippūden, Naruto, Ninja World

5
6,652 6,206
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

6
7,911 5,639
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
6,261 4,469
Lelouch Lamperouge is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Very Best Anime Characters
InshirahImamZaman added Lelouch Vi Britannia Code Geass

8
7,924 3,811
Edward Elric is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Very Best Anime Characters
Edward Elric FullMetal Alchemist, Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood, Fullmetal Alchemist

9
8,142 4,503
Monkey D. Luffy is listed (or ranked) 9 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

10
7,116 5,190
Natsu Dragneel is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Very Best Anime Characters
subzero15121981 added Natsu Fairy Tail

11
5,588 3,881
Roy Mustang is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Very Best Anime Characters
Roy Mustang Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood, FullMetal Alchemist, Fullmetal Alchemist

12
7,071 4,021
Vegeta is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Very Best Anime Characters
Vegeta Dragon Ball Z Kai, Dragon Ball Z, Dragon Ball Z: Fusion Reborn

13
5,721 2,754
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
3,602 4,038
InuYasha is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Very Best Anime Characters
InuYasha Inu Yasha, InuYasha the Movie: Affections Touching Across Time

15
5,925 3,400
Minato Namikaze is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Very Best Anime Characters
ahmadabdeljaber added Minato Namikaze Naruto Shippūden, Naruto

16
5,284 3,640
Sasuke Uchiha is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Very Best Anime Characters
Sasuke Uchiha Naruto, Naruto Shippūden, Naruto Shippuden the Movie: The Will of Fire

17
5,643 2,952
Erza Scarlet is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Very Best Anime Characters
irenne-silverleaf added Erza Scarlet

18
5,261 2,384
Shikamaru Nara is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Very Best Anime Characters
Shikamaru Nara Naruto, Naruto Shippuden the Movie, Naruto Shippuden the Movie: Bonds

19
4,118 2,628
Gray Fullbuster is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Very Best Anime Characters
Gray Fullbuster Fairy Tail

20
4,199 2,090
Killua Zaoldyeck is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Very Best Anime Characters
Killua Zaoldyeck Hunter x Hunter

21
2,225 902
Mikasa Ackerman is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Very Best Anime Characters

22
3,124 2,320
Death the Kid is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Very Best Anime Characters
ChristianD.Mulkey added Death the Kid Soul Eater

23
4,233 3,050
Pikachu is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Very Best Anime Characters
Pikachu Pokémon The Series: XY, Pokémon 4Ever, Pokémon: Mewtwo Returns

24
2,741 2,174
Laxus Dreyar is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Very Best Anime Characters
keoasuno added Laxus Dreyar Fairy Tail

25
3,379 1,979
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

26
4,261 3,454
Roronoa Zoro is listed (or ranked) 26 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

27
4,279 1,641
Jiraiya is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Very Best Anime Characters
Jiraiya Naruto Shippūden, Naruto, Naruto Shippuden the Movie: Bonds

28
4,329 1,710
Gaara is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Very Best Anime Characters
Gaara Naruto, Naruto Shippūden, Naruto the Movie: Legend of the Stone of Gelel

29
3,639 1,746
Sanji is listed (or ranked) 29 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

30
3,379 1,780
Pain is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Very Best Anime Characters
Pain Naruto Shippūden

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3,082 1,835
Jellal Fernandes is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Very Best Anime Characters

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3,584 1,482
Saitama is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Very Best Anime Characters
bola-nagy-boutros added Saitama

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2,924 796
Levi Ackerman is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Very Best Anime Characters
hooliganouk added Levi Ackerman Singeki no kyojin

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2,514 2,735
Piccolo is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Very Best Anime Characters
Piccolo Dragon Ball Z Kai, Dragon Ball, Dragon Ball Z (US)

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2,309 1,956
Himura Kenshin is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Very Best Anime Characters
Himura Kenshin Rurouni Kenshin

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2,793 2,179
Spike Spiegel is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Very Best Anime Characters
Spike Spiegel Cowboy Bebop, Cowboy Bebop: The Movie

37
1,599 1,797
Yusuke Urameshi is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Very Best Anime Characters
Yusuke Urameshi Yu Yu Hakusho

38
2,320 2,434
Gohan is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Very Best Anime Characters
Gohan Dragon Ball Z Kai, Dragon Ball Z, Dragon Ball Z: Dead Zone

39
2,574 1,802
Gon Freecss is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Very Best Anime Characters
Gon Freecss Hunter x Hunter

40
1,956 1,189
Madara Uchiha is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Very Best Anime Characters
Madara Uchiha Naruto Shippūden

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2,098 1,755
Gajeel Redfox is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Very Best Anime Characters
jessica-wells added Gajeel Redfox

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2,071 1,581
Kenpachi Zaraki is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Very Best Anime Characters
Kenpachi Zaraki Bleach, Bleach: The DiamondDust Rebellion, Bleach: Fade to Black

43
4,347 2,134
Mikasa is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Very Best Anime Characters
Mikasa

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1,808 2,001
Sinon is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Very Best Anime Characters
halogamer1128 added Sinon Sword Art Online

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2,109 1,114
Trunks is listed (or ranked) 45 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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1,683 1,420
Hisoka is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Very Best Anime Characters
Hisoka Hunter x Hunter

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2,508 1,361
Aang is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Very Best Anime Characters
Aang Avatar: The Last Airbender, Avatar: The Last Airbender

48
1,549 1,561
Sesshomaru is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Very Best Anime Characters
Sesshomaru Inu Yasha, InuYasha the Movie: Affections Touching Across Time

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1,839 2,063
Kurapika is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Very Best Anime Characters
Kurapika Hunter x Hunter

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1,935 1,343
Mirajane Strauss is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Very Best Anime Characters