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
12,640 10,561
L is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Very Best Anime Characters
Death Note

2
15,153 7,590
Naruto Uzumaki is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Very Best Anime Characters
Naruto, Naruto Shippūden, Naruto the Movie: Blood Prison

3
14,849 6,815
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
14,700 6,478
Itachi Uchiha is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Very Best Anime Characters
ahmadabdeljaber added Naruto Shippūden, Naruto, Ninja World

5
8,818 8,454
Light Yagami is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Very Best Anime Characters
Death Note

6
11,843 5,884
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
10,894 7,161
Goku is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Very Best Anime Characters
Dragon Ball Z Kai, Dragon Ball Z, Dragon Ball

8
10,869 5,028
Edward Elric is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Very Best Anime Characters
FullMetal Alchemist, Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood, Fullmetal Alchemist

9
8,026 6,210
Lelouch Lamperouge is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Very Best Anime Characters
InshirahImamZaman added Code Geass

10
9,725 6,702
Natsu Dragneel is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Very Best Anime Characters
subzero15121981 added Fairy Tail

11
7,746 5,173
Roy Mustang is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Very Best Anime Characters
Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood, FullMetal Alchemist, Fullmetal Alchemist

12
9,373 5,410
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
8,225 4,607
Minato Namikaze is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Very Best Anime Characters
ahmadabdeljaber added Naruto Shippūden, Naruto

14
8,071 3,567
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
4,816 5,340
InuYasha is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Very Best Anime Characters
Inu Yasha, InuYasha the Movie: Affections Touching Across Time

16
7,335 3,406
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
7,255 4,802
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
7,609 3,742
Erza Scarlet is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Very Best Anime Characters
irenne-silverleaf added

19
5,603 3,516
Gray Fullbuster is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Very Best Anime Characters
Fairy Tail

20
6,100 2,707
Killua Zaoldyeck is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Very Best Anime Characters
Hunter x Hunter

21
4,145 1,685
Mikasa Ackerman is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Very Best Anime Characters

22
5,420 3,957
Pikachu is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Very Best Anime Characters
Pokémon The Series: XY, Pokémon 4Ever, Pokémon: Mewtwo Returns

23
5,698 4,174
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
4,096 3,067
Death the Kid is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Very Best Anime Characters
ChristianD.Mulkey added Soul Eater

25
6,210 2,285
Jiraiya is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Very Best Anime Characters
Naruto Shippūden, Naruto, Naruto Shippuden the Movie: Bonds

26
4,594 2,556
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
3,550 2,910
Laxus Dreyar is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Very Best Anime Characters
keoasuno added Fairy Tail

28
5,998 2,313
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
5,501 1,975
Saitama is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Very Best Anime Characters
bola-nagy-boutros added

30
4,752 2,438
Pain is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Very Best Anime Characters
Naruto Shippūden

31
4,974 1,311
Levi Ackerman is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Very Best Anime Characters
hooliganouk added Singeki no kyojin

32
5,050 2,318
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
2,961 2,486
Himura Kenshin is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Very Best Anime Characters
Rurouni Kenshin

34
3,752 2,630
Spike Spiegel is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Very Best Anime Characters
Cowboy Bebop, Cowboy Bebop: The Movie

35
3,927 2,479
Jellal Fernandes is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Very Best Anime Characters

36
2,550 1,867
Hisoka is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Very Best Anime Characters
Hunter x Hunter

37
3,280 3,326
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
3,562 1,890
Aang is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Very Best Anime Characters
Avatar: The Last Airbender, Avatar: The Last Airbender

39
3,040 1,707
Madara Uchiha is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Very Best Anime Characters
Naruto Shippūden

40
3,025 2,978
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
2,236 2,241
Yusuke Urameshi is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Very Best Anime Characters
Yu Yu Hakusho

42
2,041 1,995
Sesshomaru is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Very Best Anime Characters
Inu Yasha, InuYasha the Movie: Affections Touching Across Time

43
3,649 2,203
Gon Freecss is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Very Best Anime Characters
Hunter x Hunter

44
2,687 1,724
Mirajane Strauss is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Very Best Anime Characters

45
1,866 1,418
Alucard is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Very Best Anime Characters
Hellsing Ultimate: Vol. 1, Hellsing

46
2,808 1,213
Meliodas is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Very Best Anime Characters
shegold-mendoza added The Seven Deadly Sins

47
1,389 456
Koro-sensei is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Very Best Anime Characters
Assassination Classroom

48
2,770 1,505
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
2,753 2,159
Gajeel Redfox is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Very Best Anime Characters
jessica-wells added

50
2,745 1,952
Kenpachi Zaraki is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Very Best Anime Characters
Bleach, Bleach: The DiamondDust Rebellion, Bleach: Fade to Black