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
12,690 10,605
L is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Very Best Anime Characters
Death Note

2
15,229 7,612
Naruto Uzumaki is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Very Best Anime Characters
Naruto, Naruto Shippūden, Naruto the Movie: Blood Prison

3
14,917 6,837
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
14,776 6,490
Itachi Uchiha is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Very Best Anime Characters
ahmadabdeljaber added Naruto Shippūden, Naruto, Ninja World

5
8,851 8,482
Light Yagami is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Very Best Anime Characters
Death Note

6
11,883 5,906
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
10,937 7,182
Goku is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Very Best Anime Characters
Dragon Ball Z Kai, Dragon Ball Z, Dragon Ball

8
10,900 5,050
Edward Elric is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Very Best Anime Characters
FullMetal Alchemist, Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood, Fullmetal Alchemist

9
8,046 6,234
Lelouch Lamperouge is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Very Best Anime Characters
InshirahImamZaman added Code Geass

10
9,758 6,721
Natsu Dragneel is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Very Best Anime Characters
subzero15121981 added Fairy Tail

11
7,772 5,196
Roy Mustang is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Very Best Anime Characters
Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood, FullMetal Alchemist, Fullmetal Alchemist

12
9,403 5,429
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
8,264 4,627
Minato Namikaze is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Very Best Anime Characters
ahmadabdeljaber added Naruto Shippūden, Naruto

14
8,102 3,580
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
4,827 5,364
InuYasha is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Very Best Anime Characters
Inu Yasha, InuYasha the Movie: Affections Touching Across Time

16
7,375 3,421
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
7,293 4,813
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
7,638 3,755
Erza Scarlet is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Very Best Anime Characters
irenne-silverleaf added

19
5,626 3,535
Gray Fullbuster is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Very Best Anime Characters
Fairy Tail

20
6,133 2,718
Killua Zaoldyeck is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Very Best Anime Characters
Hunter x Hunter

21
4,173 1,700
Mikasa Ackerman is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Very Best Anime Characters

22
5,440 3,970
Pikachu is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Very Best Anime Characters
Pokémon The Series: XY, Pokémon 4Ever, Pokémon: Mewtwo Returns

23
5,710 4,192
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
4,104 3,079
Death the Kid is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Very Best Anime Characters
ChristianD.Mulkey added Soul Eater

25
6,240 2,296
Jiraiya is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Very Best Anime Characters
Naruto Shippūden, Naruto, Naruto Shippuden the Movie: Bonds

26
4,607 2,566
Kisuke Urahara is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Very Best Anime Characters
Bleach, Bleach: Fade to Black, Bleach: The DiamondDust Rebellion

27
3,565 2,923
Laxus Dreyar is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Very Best Anime Characters
keoasuno added Fairy Tail

28
6,029 2,321
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
5,529 1,983
Saitama is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Very Best Anime Characters
bola-nagy-boutros added

30
4,777 2,448
Pain is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Very Best Anime Characters
Naruto Shippūden

31
5,004 1,317
Levi Ackerman is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Very Best Anime Characters
hooliganouk added Singeki no kyojin

32
5,068 2,328
Sanji is listed (or ranked) 32 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

33
2,967 2,496
Himura Kenshin is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Very Best Anime Characters
Rurouni Kenshin

34
3,761 2,640
Spike Spiegel is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Very Best Anime Characters
Cowboy Bebop, Cowboy Bebop: The Movie

35
3,940 2,488
Jellal Fernandes is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Very Best Anime Characters

36
2,568 1,873
Hisoka is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Very Best Anime Characters
Hunter x Hunter

37
3,288 3,338
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
3,065 1,714
Madara Uchiha is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Very Best Anime Characters
Naruto Shippūden

39
3,574 1,898
Aang is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Very Best Anime Characters
Avatar: The Last Airbender, Avatar: The Last Airbender

40
3,036 2,986
Gohan is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Very Best Anime Characters
Dragon Ball Z Kai, Dragon Ball Z, Dragon Ball Z: Dead Zone

41
2,046 2,002
Sesshomaru is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Very Best Anime Characters
Inu Yasha, InuYasha the Movie: Affections Touching Across Time

42
3,663 2,209
Gon Freecss is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Very Best Anime Characters
Hunter x Hunter

43
2,239 2,250
Yusuke Urameshi is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Very Best Anime Characters
Yu Yu Hakusho

44
2,699 1,733
Mirajane Strauss is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Very Best Anime Characters

45
1,874 1,429
Alucard is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Very Best Anime Characters
Hellsing Ultimate: Vol. 1, Hellsing

46
2,831 1,221
Meliodas is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Very Best Anime Characters
shegold-mendoza added The Seven Deadly Sins

47
1,408 462
Koro-sensei is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Very Best Anime Characters
Assassination Classroom

48
2,778 1,514
Trunks is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Very Best Anime Characters
Dragon Ball Z, Dragon Ball Z: Fusion Reborn, Dragon Ball Z: Broly – The Legendary Super Saiyan

49
2,766 2,167
Gajeel Redfox is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Very Best Anime Characters
jessica-wells added

50
2,751 1,965
Kenpachi Zaraki is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Very Best Anime Characters
Bleach, Bleach: The DiamondDust Rebellion, Bleach: Fade to Black