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
11,009 9,103
L is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Very Best Anime Characters
Death Note

2
12,868 6,568
Naruto Uzumaki is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Very Best Anime Characters
Naruto, Naruto Shippūden, Naruto the Movie: Blood Prison

3
12,633 5,716
Itachi Uchiha is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Very Best Anime Characters
ahmadabdeljaber added Naruto Shippūden, Naruto, Ninja World

4
12,752 6,030
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
7,633 7,341
Light Yagami is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Very Best Anime Characters
Death Note

6
9,887 5,177
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
9,412 6,450
Son Goku is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Very Best Anime Characters
Dragon Ball Z Kai, Dragon Ball Z, Dragon Ball

8
7,135 5,420
Lelouch Lamperouge is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Very Best Anime Characters
InshirahImamZaman added Code Geass

9
9,452 4,407
Edward Elric is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Very Best Anime Characters
FullMetal Alchemist, Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood, Fullmetal Alchemist

10
8,427 5,941
Natsu Dragneel is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Very Best Anime Characters
subzero15121981 added Fairy Tail

11
6,689 4,498
Roy Mustang is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Very Best Anime Characters
Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood, FullMetal Alchemist, Fullmetal Alchemist

12
8,295 4,707
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
6,950 3,180
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
7,089 3,952
Minato Namikaze is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Very Best Anime Characters
ahmadabdeljaber added Naruto Shippūden, Naruto

15
4,255 4,686
InuYasha is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Very Best Anime Characters
Inu Yasha, InuYasha the Movie: Affections Touching Across Time

16
6,339 2,824
Shikamaru Nara is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Very Best Anime Characters
Naruto, Naruto Shippuden the Movie, Naruto Shippuden the Movie: Bonds

17
6,283 4,230
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
6,600 3,356
Erza Scarlet is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Very Best Anime Characters
irenne-silverleaf added

19
5,091 2,417
Killua Zaoldyeck is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Very Best Anime Characters
Hunter x Hunter

20
4,848 3,037
Gray Fullbuster is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Very Best Anime Characters
Fairy Tail

21
3,197 1,275
Mikasa Ackerman is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Very Best Anime Characters

22
5,292 1,953
Jiraiya is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Very Best Anime Characters
Naruto Shippūden, Naruto, Naruto Shippuden the Movie: Bonds

23
4,906 3,820
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
3,621 2,706
Death the Kid is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Very Best Anime Characters
ChristianD.Mulkey added Soul Eater

25
4,817 3,523
Pikachu is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Very Best Anime Characters
Pokémon The Series: XY, Pokémon 4Ever, Pokémon: Mewtwo Returns

26
3,139 2,558
Laxus Dreyar is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Very Best Anime Characters
keoasuno added Fairy Tail

27
4,020 2,267
Kisuke Urahara is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Very Best Anime Characters
Bleach, Bleach: Fade to Black, Bleach: The DiamondDust Rebellion

28
5,199 2,014
Gaara is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Very Best Anime Characters
Naruto, Naruto Shippūden, Naruto the Movie: Legend of the Stone of Gelel

29
3,920 1,058
Levi Ackerman is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Very Best Anime Characters
hooliganouk added Singeki no kyojin

30
4,354 2,052
Sanji is listed (or ranked) 30 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

31
4,076 2,107
Pain is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Very Best Anime Characters
Naruto Shippūden

32
2,664 2,195
Himura Kenshin is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Very Best Anime Characters
Rurouni Kenshin

33
4,508 1,719
Saitama is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Very Best Anime Characters
bola-nagy-boutros added

34
3,496 2,167
Jellal Fernandes is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Very Best Anime Characters

35
3,293 2,389
Spike Spiegel is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Very Best Anime Characters
Cowboy Bebop, Cowboy Bebop: The Movie

36
2,494 1,446
Madara Uchiha is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Very Best Anime Characters
Naruto Shippūden

37
2,919 3,045
Piccolo is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Very Best Anime Characters
Dragon Ball Z Kai, Dragon Ball, Dragon Ball Z (US)

38
2,087 1,626
Hisoka is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Very Best Anime Characters
Hunter x Hunter

39
3,022 1,605
Aang is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Very Best Anime Characters
Avatar: The Last Airbender, Avatar: The Last Airbender

40
1,809 1,760
Sesshomaru is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Very Best Anime Characters
Inu Yasha, InuYasha the Movie: Affections Touching Across Time

41
2,672 2,706
Gohan is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Very Best Anime Characters
Dragon Ball Z Kai, Dragon Ball Z, Dragon Ball Z: Dead Zone

42
1,947 2,027
Yusuke Urameshi is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Very Best Anime Characters
Yu Yu Hakusho

43
3,118 2,015
Gon Freecss is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Very Best Anime Characters
Hunter x Hunter

44
1,591 1,223
Alucard is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Very Best Anime Characters
Hellsing Ultimate: Vol. 1, Hellsing

45
2,278 1,528
Mirajane Strauss is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Very Best Anime Characters

46
2,427 1,300
Trunks is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Very Best Anime Characters
Dragon Ball Z, Dragon Ball Z: Fusion Reborn, Dragon Ball Z: Broly – The Legendary Super Saiyan

47
2,440 1,773
Kenpachi Zaraki is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Very Best Anime Characters
Bleach, Bleach: The DiamondDust Rebellion, Bleach: Fade to Black

48
2,418 1,960
Gajeel Redfox is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Very Best Anime Characters
jessica-wells added

49
2,181 1,027
Meliodas is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Very Best Anime Characters
shegold-mendoza added Meliodas The Seven Deadly Sins

50
2,132 2,261
Kurapika is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Very Best Anime Characters
Hunter x Hunter