When most people remember the great anime of the past, they tend to focus on the protagonists and the villains. But no great anime is complete without a robust cast of side characters to fill out the world. Some are even more memorable than the protagonists themselves.
Who was the best anime side character the year you were born? If you were born in 1992, that would be Kazuma Kuwabara, Yusuke's best friend in Yu Yu Hakusho. Born in 2007? You get Kamina, the greatest bro in anime history.
This list is based not on when the anime in question debuted, but when these popular characters were on peoples' minds - and when there are no other great contenders to squeeze them out. So, while DBZ has been around since 1989, it gets two spots in the ensuing years, since it's almost universally beloved.
1982 - Roy Focker (Macross)Photo: Tatsunoko Production
Roy Focker is a fighter pilot for the U.N. Forces. Hikaru considers him to be his senpai.
1983 - Ryuunosuke Fujinami (Urusei Yatsura)Photo: Studio Pierrot, Studio Deen
Ryuunosuke Fujinami is one of Ataru's classmates at Tomobiki High School. She was raised as a boy by a father who wanted her to take over his company, but she objects to this and keeps trying to display her feminine side.
1984 - Jun Misugi (Captain Tsubasa)Photo: David Production
Jun Misugi is one of the greatest soccer players in Japan. Unfortunately, he has a heart condition that sometimes keeps him off the field.
1985 - Yuria (Fist Of The North Star)Photo: Toei Animation
Most of the characters in Fist of the North Star are Kenshiro's enemies, but not Yuria. Yuria is the woman who Kenshiro is willing to walk through hell to protect.