Anime Underground The Best Short Anime Characters of All Time  

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Unlike Edward Elrich, not all short anime characters get testy when you point out their lack of verticality. For this list we're ranking the greatest short anime characters of all time, with the help of your votes. Do you have a favorite anime character who is really short? Given that famous anime characters like Krillin, Himura Kenshin, and Edward Elric are particularly short, we're willing to bet the answer is yes.

One of the funniest running gags in Fullmetal Alchemist is that Ed doesn't like being called short. There are multiple instances throughout the show where a character calls Edward short to his face, usually because they are shocked that Edward, and not his younger (but bigger) Alphonse, is the famed prodigy alchemist.

If you think the best short anime character is represented on the list below, simply add them to the polls so that others can vote up that character too.
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1,036 209
Edward Elric is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Short Anime Characters of All Time
FullMetal Alchemist

2
918 223
Levi Ackerman is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Short Anime Characters of All Time
Attack on Titan

3
745 186
Meliodas is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Short Anime Characters of All Time
Meliodas Seven Deadly Sins

4
605 158
Tōshirō Hitsugaya is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Short Anime Characters of All Time
Bleach, Bleach: The DiamondDust Rebellion, Bleach: Memories of Nobody

5
481 192
Makarov Dreyar is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Short Anime Characters of All Time
Fairy Tail

6
504 217
Vegeta is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Short Anime Characters of All Time
Dragon Ball Z Kai, Dragon Ball Z, Dragon Ball Z: Fusion Reborn

7
322 109
Hinata Shoyo is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Short Anime Characters of All Time
BaoNguyen added Hinata Shoyo

8
423 178
Taiga Aisaka is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Short Anime Characters of All Time
Toradora!, Toradora!

9
280 83
Mavis Vermilion is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Short Anime Characters of All Time
async64 added Fairy

10
326 129
Hiei is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Short Anime Characters of All Time
Yu Yu Hakusho

11
304 158
Yugi Mutou is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Short Anime Characters of All Time
Yu-Gi-Oh!, Yu-Gi-Oh Duel Monsters, Yu-Gi-Oh!: Bonds Beyond Time

12
256 126
Himura Kenshin is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Short Anime Characters of All Time
Rurouni Kenshin

13
262 155
Krillin is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Short Anime Characters of All Time
Dragon Ball Z

14
129 33
Rukia Kuchiki is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Short Anime Characters of All Time
Aoi An added Bleach, Bleach: The DiamondDust Rebellion, Bleach: Fade to Black -

Bleach, Bleach: Fade to Black

15
206 120
Tetsuya Kuroko is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Short Anime Characters of All Time
Kuroko's Basketball, Kuroko's Basketball

16
207 130
Tornado of Terror is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Short Anime Characters of All Time
Tornado of Terror

17
120 86
Konata Izumi is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Short Anime Characters of All Time
Galaxyfox added Lucky Star OVA

18
154 163
Freeza is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Short Anime Characters of All Time
Dragon Ball Z, Dragon Ball Z: Fusion Reborn, Plan to Destroy the Saiya-jin

19
98 112
Kurusu Sho is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Short Anime Characters of All Time
Kurusu Sho

20
29 6
Krista Lenz is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Short Anime Characters of All Time
ClaraAckermann added

21
107 134
Koenma is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Short Anime Characters of All Time
Yu Yu Hakusho

22
116 157
Chaozu is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Short Anime Characters of All Time
Dragon Ball Z, Dragon Ball Z: The Tree of Might, Dragon Ball: Mystical Adventure

23
8 8
tokoyami is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Short Anime Characters of All Time
Danielwizard added tokoyami

24
26 45
Victorique de Blois is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Short Anime Characters of All Time
chocochocochibi added Gosick

25
36 81
Yutaka Kobayakawa is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Short Anime Characters of All Time
Galaxyfox added

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27 67
Sion is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Short Anime Characters of All Time
mwahahahaha added Sion eden*: They were only two, on the planet.

27
48 115
Haruyuki Arita is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Short Anime Characters of All Time
Accel World

28
24 76
Desert Punk is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Short Anime Characters of All Time
Joel George0 added Desert Punk

29
28 98
Cologne is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Short Anime Characters of All Time
Ranma ½

30
27 107
Happosai is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Short Anime Characters of All Time
Ranma ½

31
13 66
La is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Short Anime Characters of All Time
mwahahahaha added La True Remembrance

32
11 63
Emi Ibarazaki is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Short Anime Characters of All Time
mwahahahaha added Emi Ibarazaki Katawa Shoujo

33
5 39
Sakutarou is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Short Anime Characters of All Time
mwahahahaha added Sakutarou Umineko When They Cry

34
20 104
Elder Toguro is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Short Anime Characters of All Time
Elder Toguro

35
18 97
Miyagi Ryota is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Short Anime Characters of All Time
Miyagi Ryota Slam Dunk

36
4 45
Licia de Novus Yurii is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Short Anime Characters of All Time
mwahahahaha added Licia de Novus Yurii Aiyoku no Eustia

37
12 91
Medama-oyaji (Eyeball Father) is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Short Anime Characters of All Time
Medama-oyaji (Eyeball Father)

38
9 87
Narancia Ghirga is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Short Anime Characters of All Time
Narancia Ghirga

39
6 88
Fuusuke is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Short Anime Characters of All Time
The Kirishima Thing

40
6 91
Dr. Sakezô Sado is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Short Anime Characters of All Time
Dr. Sakezô Sado Farewell to Space Battleship Yamato, Be Forever Yamato, Space Battleship Yamato: Resurrection