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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7,567 5,543
L is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Very Best Anime Characters
L

2
7,995 3,936
Itachi Uchiha is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Very Best Anime Characters
ahmadabdeljaber added Itachi Uchiha 106

3
8,075 4,331
Kakashi Hatake is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Very Best Anime Characters

4
7,778 4,396
Naruto Uzumaki is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Very Best Anime Characters

5
5,295 4,805
Light Yagami is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Very Best Anime Characters

6
6,082 4,592
Son Goku is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Very Best Anime Characters

7
5,607 4,168
Natsu is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Very Best Anime Characters
subzero15121981 added Natsu

8
6,199 3,699
Monkey D. Luffy is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Very Best Anime Characters

9
6,142 3,060
Edward Elric is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Very Best Anime Characters

10
5,536 3,138
Vegeta is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Very Best Anime Characters

11
4,346 3,072
Roy Mustang is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Very Best Anime Characters

12
4,913 3,235
Lelouch Vi Britannia is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Very Best Anime Characters
Lelouch Vi Britannia

The Longest Hollywood Marriages

13
2,908 3,094
InuYasha is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Very Best Anime Characters

14
4,338 2,189
Ichigo Kurosaki is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Very Best Anime Characters

15
4,563 2,671
Minato Namikaze is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Very Best Anime Characters
ahmadabdeljaber added Minato Namikaze

16
4,443 2,343
Erza Scarlet is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Very Best Anime Characters
irenne-silverleaf added Erza Scarlet 145

17
3,202 2,090
Gray Fullbuster is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Very Best Anime Characters

The Greatest Female Villains

18
4,004 1,916
Shikamaru Nara is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Very Best Anime Characters

19
4,095 2,934
Sasuke Uchiha is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Very Best Anime Characters

20
3,228 1,700
Killua Zaoldyeck is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Very Best Anime Characters

21
2,469 1,833
Death the Kid is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Very Best Anime Characters
ChristianD.Mulkey added Death the Kid 84

22
3,475 2,433
Pikachu is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Very Best Anime Characters
Pikachu 17

The Best Fictional Characters Who Turn Evil

23
2,710 1,593
Kisuke Urahara is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Very Best Anime Characters

24
3,336 1,317
Gaara is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Very Best Anime Characters
Gaara 89

25
2,475 1,381
Jellal Fernandes is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Very Best Anime Characters

26
2,203 1,693
Laxus Dreyar is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Very Best Anime Characters
keoasuno added Laxus Dreyar 45

27
3,422 3,009
Roronoa Zoro is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Very Best Anime Characters

The Best Travel Websites for Saving Money

28
3,142 1,273
Jiraiya is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Very Best Anime Characters
Jiraiya 47

29
2,500 1,353
Pain is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Very Best Anime Characters

30
1,873 1,608
Himura Kenshin is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Very Best Anime Characters

31
2,914 1,390
Sanji is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Very Best Anime Characters
Sanji 47

32
1,985 2,320
Piccolo is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Very Best Anime Characters
Piccolo 18

The Bizarre (And Often Dark) Implications Of The Star Wars Universe

33
2,162 1,867
Spike Spiegel is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Very Best Anime Characters

34
1,828 2,016
Gohan is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Very Best Anime Characters

35
2,459 1,175
Saitama is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Very Best Anime Characters
bola-nagy-boutros added Saitama

36
1,217 1,493
Yusuke Urameshi is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Very Best Anime Characters

37
1,929 1,526
Gon Freecss is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Very Best Anime Characters

50 People Having Worse Days Than You

38
1,675 1,462
Gajeel Redfox is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Very Best Anime Characters
jessica-wells added Gajeel Redfox 63

39
2,191 2,231
Asuna Yuki is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Very Best Anime Characters
Reilcan Jones added Asuna Yuki

40
1,270 1,297
Sesshomaru is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Very Best Anime Characters

41
1,468 1,756
Kurapika is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Very Best Anime Characters

42
1,899 1,822
Lucy Heartfilia is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Very Best Anime Characters
abby-buzbee added Lucy Heartfilia 115

The Best Sodas of All Time

43
4,038 1,857
Mikasa is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Very Best Anime Characters
Mikasa

44
1,428 1,660
Sinon is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Very Best Anime Characters
halogamer1128 added Sinon

45
1,701 1,352
Kenpachi Zaraki is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Very Best Anime Characters

46
1,268 1,189
Hisoka is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Very Best Anime Characters

47
1,645 888
Trunks is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Very Best Anime Characters
Trunks 6

48
440 277
Mikasa is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Very Best Anime Characters
Mikasa

49
1,222 1,111
Gintoki Sakata is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Very Best Anime Characters
MoriMori added Gintoki Sakata 25

50
1,757 1,276
Yoruichi Shihouin is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Very Best Anime Characters