Anime Underground The Very Best Anime Characters  

Ranker Community
Originally by Ranker Community
527.4k votes 32.4k voters 407.6k views 341 items

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!

1
8,193 6,167
L is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Very Best Anime Characters
L Death Note, Death Note, Death Note: The Last Name

2
8,751 4,310
Itachi Uchiha is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Very Best Anime Characters
ahmadabdeljaber added Itachi Uchiha Naruto Shippūden, Naruto, Ninja World

3
8,815 4,663
Kakashi Hatake is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Very Best Anime Characters
Kakashi Hatake Naruto, Naruto Shippūden, Naruto the Movie: Guardians of the Crescent Moon Kingdom

4
8,479 4,769
Naruto Uzumaki is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Very Best Anime Characters
Naruto Uzumaki Naruto, Naruto Shippūden, Naruto the Movie: Blood Prison

5
6,662 4,933
Son Goku is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Very Best Anime Characters
Son Goku Dragon Ball Z Kai, Dragon Ball Z, Dragon Ball

6
5,732 5,268
Light Yagami is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Very Best Anime Characters
Light Yagami Death Note, Death Note: Re-light: L's Successors, Death Note

7
5,478 3,678
Lelouch Lamperouge is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Very Best Anime Characters
InshirahImamZaman added Lelouch Vi Britannia Code Geass

8
6,907 3,958
Monkey D. Luffy is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Very Best Anime Characters
Monkey D. Luffy One Piece (JP), Dream Soccer King!, One Piece Movie: The Desert Princess and the Pirates: Adventures in Alabasta

9
6,094 4,479
Natsu Dragneel is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Very Best Anime Characters
subzero15121981 added Natsu Fairy Tail

10
6,765 3,288
Edward Elric is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Very Best Anime Characters
Edward Elric FullMetal Alchemist, Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood, Fullmetal Alchemist

11
6,029 3,428
Vegeta is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Very Best Anime Characters
Vegeta Dragon Ball Z Kai, Dragon Ball Z, Dragon Ball Z: Fusion Reborn

12
4,765 3,345
Roy Mustang is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Very Best Anime Characters
Roy Mustang Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood, FullMetal Alchemist, Fullmetal Alchemist

13
4,814 2,373
Ichigo Kurosaki is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Very Best Anime Characters
Ichigo Kurosaki Bleach, Bleach: Vol. 17: The Bount, Bleach: Vol. 1: The Substitute

14
3,165 3,391
InuYasha is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Very Best Anime Characters
InuYasha Inu Yasha, InuYasha the Movie: Affections Touching Across Time

The Best Re-Casting of Famous TV Roles

15
4,979 2,923
Minato Namikaze is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Very Best Anime Characters
ahmadabdeljaber added Minato Namikaze Naruto Shippūden, Naruto

16
4,853 2,537
Erza Scarlet is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Very Best Anime Characters
irenne-silverleaf added Erza Scarlet

17
3,494 2,276
Gray Fullbuster is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Very Best Anime Characters
Gray Fullbuster Fairy Tail

18
4,392 2,069
Shikamaru Nara is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Very Best Anime Characters
Shikamaru Nara Naruto, Naruto Shippuden the Movie, Naruto Shippuden the Movie: Bonds

19
4,442 3,149
Sasuke Uchiha is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Very Best Anime Characters
Sasuke Uchiha Naruto, Naruto Shippūden, Naruto Shippuden the Movie: The Will of Fire

20
3,544 1,823
Killua Zaoldyeck is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Very Best Anime Characters
Killua Zaoldyeck Hunter x Hunter

21
2,704 1,992
Death the Kid is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Very Best Anime Characters
ChristianD.Mulkey added Death the Kid Soul Eater

The Best Men's Magazines (U.S.)

22
3,729 2,638
Pikachu is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Very Best Anime Characters
Pikachu Pokémon The Series: XY, Pokémon 4Ever, Pokémon: Mewtwo Returns

23
2,935 1,721
Kisuke Urahara is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Very Best Anime Characters
Kisuke Urahara Bleach, Bleach: Fade to Black, Bleach: The DiamondDust Rebellion

24
3,648 1,447
Gaara is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Very Best Anime Characters
Gaara Naruto, Naruto Shippūden, Naruto the Movie: Legend of the Stone of Gelel

25
3,720 3,161
Roronoa Zoro is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Very Best Anime Characters
Roronoa Zoro One Piece (JP), Dream Soccer King!, One Piece Movie: The Desert Princess and the Pirates: Adventures in Alabasta

26
2,399 1,849
Laxus Dreyar is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Very Best Anime Characters
keoasuno added Laxus Dreyar Fairy Tail

27
1,411 648
Mikasa Ackerman is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Very Best Anime Characters

28
3,517 1,379
Jiraiya is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Very Best Anime Characters
Jiraiya Naruto Shippūden, Naruto, Naruto Shippuden the Movie: Bonds

The 15 Lamest Superhero Origin Stories

29
2,681 1,549
Jellal Fernandes is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Very Best Anime Characters

30
2,779 1,499
Pain is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Very Best Anime Characters
Pain Naruto Shippūden

31
2,052 1,742
Himura Kenshin is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Very Best Anime Characters
Himura Kenshin Rurouni Kenshin

32
2,159 2,478
Piccolo is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Very Best Anime Characters
Piccolo Dragon Ball Z Kai, Dragon Ball, Dragon Ball Z (US)

33
3,137 1,508
Sanji is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Very Best Anime Characters
Sanji One Piece (JP), Dream Soccer King!, One Piece Movie: The Desert Princess and the Pirates: Adventures in Alabasta

34
2,406 1,998
Spike Spiegel is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Very Best Anime Characters
Spike Spiegel Cowboy Bebop, Cowboy Bebop: The Movie

35
2,002 2,180
Gohan is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Very Best Anime Characters
Gohan Dragon Ball Z Kai, Dragon Ball Z, Dragon Ball Z: Dead Zone

16 Movie "In Jokes" You Probably Didn't Notice

36
2,814 1,277
Saitama is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Very Best Anime Characters
bola-nagy-boutros added Saitama

37
1,366 1,601
Yusuke Urameshi is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Very Best Anime Characters
Yusuke Urameshi Yu Yu Hakusho

38
2,156 1,623
Gon Freecss is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Very Best Anime Characters
Gon Freecss Hunter x Hunter

39
1,820 1,577
Gajeel Redfox is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Very Best Anime Characters
jessica-wells added Gajeel Redfox

40
1,591 1,877
Kurapika is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Very Best Anime Characters
Kurapika Hunter x Hunter

41
2,323 2,341
Asuna is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Very Best Anime Characters
Reilcan Jones added Asuna Yuki SAO, Sword Art Online

42
2,067 1,973
Lucy Heartfilia is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Very Best Anime Characters
abby-buzbee added Lucy Heartfilia Fairy Tail

The Best Flying Pokemon of All Time

43
1,551 1,770
Sinon is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Very Best Anime Characters
halogamer1128 added Sinon Sword Art Online

44
1,361 1,397
Sesshomaru is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Very Best Anime Characters
Sesshomaru Inu Yasha, InuYasha the Movie: Affections Touching Across Time

45
1,403 1,267
Hisoka is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Very Best Anime Characters
Hisoka Hunter x Hunter

46
1,824 1,421
Kenpachi Zaraki is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Very Best Anime Characters
Kenpachi Zaraki Bleach, Bleach: The DiamondDust Rebellion, Bleach: Fade to Black

47
4,151 1,946
Mikasa is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Very Best Anime Characters
Mikasa

48
1,336 1,171
Gintoki Sakata is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Very Best Anime Characters
MoriMori added Gintoki Sakata Gintama, Gin Tama, Gintama: The Movie

49
1,786 955
Trunks is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Very Best Anime Characters
Trunks Dragon Ball Z, Dragon Ball Z: Fusion Reborn, Dragon Ball Z: Broly – The Legendary Super Saiyan

50
1,667 1,186
Mirajane Strauss is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Very Best Anime Characters