The Greatest Anime Characters Who Are Only Children

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Forget siblings, because these characters don't need a brother or sister to be awesome. Below we rank our favorite only child characters in anime, with the help of your votes. Sure there are plenty of great brotherly and sisterly bonds in anime, but have you ever wondered which anime characters are only children? We've rounded up some of the most notable examples for this poll, including characters from every demographic and genre of anime. Have you ever realized that Ash from Pokemon is an only child? What about Ed from Cowboy Bebop? It's not something you think about often, especially since sibling relationships in anime is such a major theme that runs throughout almost every show.

Who is your character in anime that doesn't have siblings? Let us know by voting up your favorites on the poll below. You can also add characters to the list, so feel free to do that as long as you know for certain that the chracter doesn't have any brothers or sisters.
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  • Gon Freecss
    1,694 votes
    Hunter x Hunter

    A talented and optimistic young hunter, Gon is determined to find his father who left him when he was a child to become a legendary hunter. As a gifted individual with incredible strength and a limitless potential for growth, Gon travels the world with friends and faces countless challenges to reach his ultimate goal.

  • Naruto Uzumaki
    1,678 votes
    Naruto, Naruto Shippuden

    Born with the spirit of the Nine-Tailed Fox sealed inside him, Naruto is a young ninja from the village of Konoha driven by the desire to earn recognition from his peers and eventually become Hokage, the village's strongest leader. His strong determination, unwavering loyalty, and talent for bringing people together help him in overcoming obstacles and establishing relationships that ultimately change his life and the world around him.

  • Izuku Midoriya
    1,069 votes

    Izuku Midoriya

    My Hero Ac

    Living in a world where possessing superpowers known as Quirks is the norm, Izuku is a young boy born without any abilities who dreams of becoming a hero. After an unexpected encounter with his idol All Might, the world-renowned symbol of peace, Izuku receives the chance to inherit All Might's Quirk, One For All, and begins attending the illustrious U.A. High School to learn how to harness his newfound power.

  • Ash Ketchum
    1,408 votes
    Pokémon The Series: XY, Pokémon: Arceus and the Jewel of Life, Pokémon 4Ever

    Hailing from Pallet Town, Ash is a dedicated and enthusiastic Pokémon trainer with a dream to become a Pokémon master. Throughout his extensive journey across various regions, Ash forms strong bonds with his Pokémon companions, showcasing a deep understanding and connection with them, as well as constant growth as a trainer, ultimately resulting in numerous achievements and accolades.

  • Kurapika
    301 votes
    Hunter x Hunter

    As the last remaining member of the Kurta clan, whose eyes turn scarlet when they experience intense emotions, Kurapika is on a quest to retrieve the stolen eyes of his clan and bring those responsible to justice. Skilled in both intellect and combat, he becomes a licensed hunter alongside Gon Freecss and utilizes his unique Nen ability, the power of chaining abilities, in his pursuits.

  • Ciel Phantomhive
    1,202 votes
    Black Butler

    As the young heir to the noble Phantomhive family, Ciel is dedicated to stopping evildoers and serving the English Queen, all in pursuit of avenging the tragic death of his parents. To this end, he forms a pact with a demon named Sebastian, who serves as his butler and aids him in both day-to-day life and his dangerous encounters with the underworld.