Anime Underground The Best Athlete Characters in Anime  

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When taking every sport into account, who do you think is the pound for pound greatest anime athlete of all time? That is to say, which anime sports character is the best at their sport more so than everyone else? Talent between multiple sports is extremely subjective and hard to measure, so use your gut based on your knowledge of these shows and vote up the most athletic anime characters on the poll below. For example, is Tetsuya Koroko better as basketball than Baki Hanma is at fighting? We have no idea, so we're leaving it up to you. You can add any anime athletes to the list if you feel theys hould be represented here, and you can also downvote any characters that you feel are outclassed by the top contenders of this list.

Check out other sports anime lists on Ranker too, like the best baseball anime and the best basketball anime.

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492 201
Haruka Nanase is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Athlete Characters in Anime
Haruka Nanase Free! - Iwatobi Swim Club

2
408 153
Seijuro Akashi is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Athlete Characters in Anime
Sean Gerald Lim (ChillingiceZ) added Seijuro Akashi

3
416 159
Tobio Kageyama is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Athlete Characters in Anime
Tobio Kageyama

4
436 176
Shoyo Hinata is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Athlete Characters in Anime
Shoyo Hinata

5
414 170
Aomine Daiki is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Athlete Characters in Anime
Sean Gerald Lim (ChillingiceZ) added Aomine Daiki

6
445 200
Tetsuya Kuroko is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Athlete Characters in Anime
Tetsuya Kuroko Kuroko's Basketball, Kuroko's Basketball

7
393 180
Taiga Kagami is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Athlete Characters in Anime
Taiga Kagami Kuroko's Basketball, Kuroko's Basketball

8
387 187
Rin Matsuoka is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Athlete Characters in Anime
Rin Matsuoka Free! - Iwatobi Swim Club

9
332 160
Ryouta Kise is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Athlete Characters in Anime
Sean Gerald Lim (ChillingiceZ) added Ryouta Kise

10
285 159
Shintarou Midorima is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Athlete Characters in Anime
Sean Gerald Lim (ChillingiceZ) added Shintarou Midorima

11
257 155
Makoto Tachibana is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Athlete Characters in Anime
Simca Wood added Makoto Tachibana Free! - Iwatobi Swim Club

12
241 166
Atsushi Murasakibara is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Athlete Characters in Anime
Sean Gerald Lim (ChillingiceZ) added Atsushi Murasakibara

13
239 177
Teppei Kiyoshi is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Athlete Characters in Anime
Sean Gerald Lim (ChillingiceZ) added Teppei Kiyoshi Kuroko's Basketball, Kuroko's Basketball

14
211 173
Junpei Hyuga is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Athlete Characters in Anime
Sean Gerald Lim (ChillingiceZ) added Junpei Hyuga Kuroko's Basketball, Kuroko's Basketball

15
199 164
Shun Izuki is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Athlete Characters in Anime
Sean Gerald Lim (ChillingiceZ) added Shun Izuki Kuroko's Basketball, Kuroko's Basketball

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152 123
Ryoma Echizen is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Athlete Characters in Anime

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85 47
Kaede Rukawa is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Athlete Characters in Anime
shungena added Kaede Rukawa SlamDunk

18
63 63
Kunimitsu Tezuka is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Athlete Characters in Anime
KajiSuarez added Kunimitsu Tezuka

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59 69
Yukimura Seiichi is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Athlete Characters in Anime
KajiSuarez added Yukimura Seiichi

20
99 158
Ippo Makunouchi is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Athlete Characters in Anime
Ippo Makunouchi Hajime no Ippo

21
101 178
Sakuragi Hanamichi is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Athlete Characters in Anime
Sakuragi Hanamichi Slam Dunk, Slam Dunk

22
72 118
Mamoru Takamura is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Athlete Characters in Anime

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85 149
Imaizumi Shunsuke is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Athlete Characters in Anime
Imaizumi Shunsuke

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82 151
Eijun Sawamura is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Athlete Characters in Anime
Eijun Sawamura Ace of Diamond  

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70 134
Miyuki Kazuya is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Athlete Characters in Anime
-1455790143831 added Miyuki Kazuya Diamond No Ace

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70 145
Sakamichi Onoda is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Athlete Characters in Anime
Sakamichi Onoda

27
63 135
Arata Wataya is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Athlete Characters in Anime

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64 141
Yoichi Hiruma is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Athlete Characters in Anime

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62 145
Suzaku Kururugi is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Athlete Characters in Anime
ShrishVashishth added Suzaku Kururugi Code Geass

30
37 81
Aoyama-kun is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Athlete Characters in Anime
Masood-sama XN added Aoyama-kun

31
54 128
Toa Tokuchi is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Athlete Characters in Anime
Toa Tokuchi One Outs

32
51 126
Satoru Furuya is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Athlete Characters in Anime
Satoru Furuya Ace of Diamond

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44 112
Gorou Honda is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Athlete Characters in Anime
Gorou Honda

34
45 122
Takigawa Chris Yuu is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Athlete Characters in Anime
-1455790143831 added Takigawa Chris Yuu Diamond No Ace

35
42 114
Yuki Tetsuya is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Athlete Characters in Anime
-1455790143831 added Yuki Tetsuya Diamond No Ace

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30 85
Keigo Atobe is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Athlete Characters in Anime
KajiSuarez added Keigo Atobe

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35 108
Tsubasa Ozora is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Athlete Characters in Anime
Tsubasa Ozora

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43 132
Nash Gold Jr. is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Athlete Characters in Anime
Alviandrs added Nash Gold Jr. Kuroko no Basket : Extra Game

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35 111
Takaya Abe is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Athlete Characters in Anime
Takaya Abe Big Windup!

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37 117
Ren Mihashi is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Athlete Characters in Anime
Ren Mihashi Big Windup!

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42 136
Akagi Takenori is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Athlete Characters in Anime
Akagi Takenori Slam Dunk

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39 131
Miyagi Ryota is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Athlete Characters in Anime
Utkan AktaƟ added Miyagi Ryota Slam Dunk

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48 161
Chihaya Ayase is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Athlete Characters in Anime

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28 111
Izumi Oda is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Athlete Characters in Anime
Izumi Oda My Heavenly Hockey Club

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29 117
Baki Hanma is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Athlete Characters in Anime
Baki Hanma Baki the Grappler

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28 122
Sena Kobayakawa is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Athlete Characters in Anime

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19 117
Makoto Tsukimoto is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Athlete Characters in Anime
Makoto Tsukimoto Ping Pong

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25 149
Haruko Akagi is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Athlete Characters in Anime

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13 110
Joe yabuki is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Athlete Characters in Anime
Joe yabuki Tomorrow's Joe

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7 75
Sanada Genichirou is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Athlete Characters in Anime
KajiSuarez added Sanada Genichirou