The 100+ Greatest Anime Characters Of All Time

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.

If you're a huge anime fan, once you're done voting for these famous anime characters, you might also want to check out this list of the best anime fan communities on the web. A fan community can be a great way to connect with other people who share a common passion for anime, manga, and otaku style!
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  • Levi Ackerman
    54,531 votes
    Attack on Titan

    Levi, also known as Captain Levi, is a powerful and skilled soldier in the anime series "Attack on Titan". He is the captain of the Special Operations Squad within the Survey Corps and is considered one of the most powerful soldiers in the series. He's a force to be reckoned with on the battlefield, but also has a more vulnerable side when it comes to his comrades.

  • Kakashi Hatake
    73,198 votes

    Kakashi is a complex and iconic character in the anime series "Naruto." He's a skilled and powerful ninja known for his mastery of the Sharingan and his laid-back attitude. He's a beloved mentor and teacher to the main protagonist, Naruto, and often saves his bacon during his journey to maturity.

  • Itachi Uchiha
    80,731 votes

    Itachi is a notorious criminal and influential member of the Uchiha clan in the anime series "Naruto." He is a complex and tragic character whose actions profoundly impact the series. He's a skilled and powerful ninja, with a tragic past that shapes his motivations and decisions.

  • Killua Zoldyck
    48,912 votes
    Hunter x Hunter

    Killua is a skilled assassin from the anime series "Hunter x Hunter". He comes from a family of renowned assassins but struggles with the morals and violence of his upbringing. He has a complex and troubled past but ultimately becomes a loyal friend to the main protagonist, Gon. He has a unique and powerful fighting style, making him a formidable opponent in battle.

  • Naruto Uzumaki
    77,970 votes

    Naruto is the main protagonist of the anime series "Naruto". He is a determined and powerful ninja with a burning desire to become the strongest and be acknowledged by his peers. He starts off as an outcast but becomes an influential and respected ninja through hard work and determination. He has a complex and unique fighting style, making him a formidable opponent in battle.

  • Mikasa Ackerman 
    29,683 votes
    Attack on Titan

    Mikasa Ackerman is a force to be reckoned with in the epic anime series "Attack on Titan." As one of the central characters, she exhibits unwavering loyalty to her surrogate sibling, Eren Jaeger. Her formidable combat prowess and physical aptitude have earned her a reputation as a top-tier soldier within the Survey Corps. Her past, fraught with heartache