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
10,476 8,623
L is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Very Best Anime Characters
Death Note, Death Note, Death Note: The Last Name

2
12,032 6,272
Naruto Uzumaki is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Very Best Anime Characters
Naruto, Naruto Shippūden, Naruto the Movie: Blood Prison

3
12,065 5,815
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
11,924 5,493
Itachi Uchiha is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Very Best Anime Characters
ahmadabdeljaber added Naruto Shippūden, Naruto, Ninja World

5
7,267 7,005
Light Yagami is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Very Best Anime Characters
Death Note, Death Note: Re-light: L's Successors, Death Note

6
8,947 6,184
Son Goku is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Very Best Anime Characters
Dragon Ball Z Kai, Dragon Ball Z, Dragon Ball

7
6,846 5,123
Lelouch Lamperouge is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Very Best Anime Characters
InshirahImamZaman added Code Geass

8
9,048 4,190
Edward Elric is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Very Best Anime Characters
FullMetal Alchemist, Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood, Fullmetal Alchemist

9
9,122 4,941
Monkey D. Luffy is listed (or ranked) 9 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

10
8,016 5,683
Natsu Dragneel is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Very Best Anime Characters
subzero15121981 added Fairy Tail

11
6,396 4,268
Roy Mustang is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Very Best Anime Characters
Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood, FullMetal Alchemist, Fullmetal Alchemist

12
7,958 4,459
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
6,587 3,033
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
4,111 4,452
InuYasha is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Very Best Anime Characters
Inu Yasha, InuYasha the Movie: Affections Touching Across Time

15
6,683 3,767
Minato Namikaze is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Very Best Anime Characters
ahmadabdeljaber added Naruto Shippūden, Naruto

16
6,001 2,669
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
5,948 4,058
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
6,315 3,228
Erza Scarlet is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Very Best Anime Characters
irenne-silverleaf added

19
4,610 2,903
Gray Fullbuster is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Very Best Anime Characters
Fairy Tail

20
4,776 2,320
Killua Zaoldyeck is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Very Best Anime Characters
Hunter x Hunter

21
3,474 2,585
Death the Kid is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Very Best Anime Characters
ChristianD.Mulkey added Soul Eater

22
2,903 1,143
Mikasa Ackerman is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Very Best Anime Characters

23
4,973 1,847
Jiraiya is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Very Best Anime Characters
Naruto Shippūden, Naruto, Naruto Shippuden the Movie: Bonds

24
3,010 2,440
Laxus Dreyar is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Very Best Anime Characters
keoasuno added Fairy Tail

25
3,862 2,156
Kisuke Urahara is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Very Best Anime Characters
Bleach, Bleach: Fade to Black, Bleach: The DiamondDust Rebellion

26
4,602 3,382
Pikachu is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Very Best Anime Characters
Pokémon The Series: XY, Pokémon 4Ever, Pokémon: Mewtwo Returns

27
4,679 3,725
Roronoa Zoro is listed (or ranked) 27 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

28
4,930 1,906
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
4,121 1,949
Sanji is listed (or ranked) 29 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

30
3,560 962
Levi Ackerman is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Very Best Anime Characters
hooliganouk added Singeki no kyojin

31
3,837 1,998
Pain is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Very Best Anime Characters
Naruto Shippūden

32
3,356 2,059
Jellal Fernandes is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Very Best Anime Characters

33
4,200 1,644
Saitama is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Very Best Anime Characters
bola-nagy-boutros added

34
2,818 2,932
Piccolo is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Very Best Anime Characters
Dragon Ball Z Kai, Dragon Ball, Dragon Ball Z (US)

35
3,156 2,314
Spike Spiegel is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Very Best Anime Characters
Cowboy Bebop, Cowboy Bebop: The Movie

36
2,565 2,105
Himura Kenshin is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Very Best Anime Characters
Rurouni Kenshin

37
2,301 1,354
Madara Uchiha is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Very Best Anime Characters
Naruto Shippūden

38
1,869 1,938
Yusuke Urameshi is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Very Best Anime Characters
Yu Yu Hakusho

39
2,941 1,943
Gon Freecss is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Very Best Anime Characters
Hunter x Hunter

40
2,859 1,506
Aang is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Very Best Anime Characters
Avatar: The Last Airbender, Avatar: The Last Airbender

41
2,568 2,616
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
2,354 1,704
Kenpachi Zaraki is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Very Best Anime Characters
Bleach, Bleach: The DiamondDust Rebellion, Bleach: Fade to Black

43
2,313 1,895
Gajeel Redfox is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Very Best Anime Characters
jessica-wells added

44
1,933 1,556
Hisoka is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Very Best Anime Characters
Hunter x Hunter

45
1,747 1,691
Sesshomaru is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Very Best Anime Characters
Inu Yasha, InuYasha the Movie: Affections Touching Across Time

46
1,995 2,169
Sinon is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Very Best Anime Characters
halogamer1128 added Sword Art Online

47
2,020 2,203
Kurapika is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Very Best Anime Characters
Hunter x Hunter

48
2,256 986
Neji Hyuga is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Very Best Anime Characters
Naruto, Naruto Shippūden, Naruto Shippuden the Movie: The Will of Fire

49
1,996 966
Meliodas is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Very Best Anime Characters
shegold-mendoza added Meliodas The Seven Deadly Sins

50
2,168 1,466
Mirajane Strauss is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Very Best Anime Characters