Top Ten Anime Characters

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The Top Ten

1
Son Goku - Dragon Ball Z
Goku will be 4 ever the greatest anime character ever written. This anime is what made shonen anime on the spotlight across the world. Though I should tell that Vegeta deserve at least half of the credit for Goku/Dragon Ball Z's success. Without vegeta's brilliant characterization DBX would have be a mediocre anime.
I would vote on Goku & Vegeta as the No. 1 Character of all time... Or should I say Gojeta...
No way if somebody has to be number 1 its without a shadow of a doubt got to be the prince of saiyans Vegeta his pride his strength and his attitude along with his clever tactics have to make him number 1 P. S and people always seem to forget that vegeta has saved goku's life just as much as goku has saved vegeta's and if vegeta wasn't around cell would have won buu would have won and android 18 and 19 would have killed everyone, not to mention cooler as well.
Goku moves faster than light itself and he did that in the frieza saga, when he was after frieza he travelled half way across the planet in a second that planet was namek wich is stated to be as big as earth. So if he can do that in normal form in frieza saga just imagine him in ssj3 wich multiplies his base power by 400 (that is stated as well in the manga)... Goku was able to do many heavy lifting in the series like training in 100x normal gravity and pushing mountains aside and when he was training with king kai he lifted 40tons in base form, now multiplie that by 400 to obtain the ssj3 full power... There are many epic characters in anime but no one is as overpowered as goku... If you put STTGL against goku, goku would win and heres why sttgl can't crush a planet as far as we know it can just walk on the energy of the galaxie so goku only has to do a instant transmission to the core of sttgl energy which is simon and then a punch would do it... Naruto can't even touch goku and kurama would be a treat for goku cause he really likes to eat... A lot... So yeah goku for the win
I always disagree about Goku being number one, he should be number 2, Simon and Gurren Lagann are the real winners and Goku is a feeble comparison.

nelsonerica

[Newest]Without a doubt the best.
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2L - Death Note
L: Greatest Detective of all! He owns every1... He is extraordinary!
L > Light. That is all there is to it.
L is dynamic, interesting, developed and a top rate character. I fell in love with the character design from the start of the series. He is intellegent, funny, direct, and a wonderful liar.
[Newest]He is an interesting character, has some quirks, and is smart. Plus, he is funny.

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3Naruto Uzumaki - Naruto
Once a failure
Now a leader,
Must I say more?
Giving up is not an option
His faith is what I adore
Silly and Funny, different is a fact
The one who will always stand out
Yet looking back
He still had the time to smile
Everyone loves the way he would act.

I wrote this poem when I 7 or 8 years old because my teacher wanted us to make a hero. I didn't know what he would be like so I thought of Naruto. He's not the smartest person ever but he's able to live with the fact that he's different but still able to do amazing things.

What a beautiful poem. If it weren't for Naruto, you might running out of idea.
I salute him with my whole heart cause no one can find such an amazing and strong willed, lovable person as him. Though he is foolish sometimes I understand it is cause he feels lonely and wants to fulfill his empty heart with some joy. All through what he is gone through and still not losing hop and fight on with the will of fire making enemies into friends, turning each person to love him, making him acceptable to everyone, protecting with his life, working hard to fulfill every ones wishes just to make them happy, bearing everything on his shoulders ad not asking anything in return, and just giving hoe to others, this guy just made me realize the importance of family, friends, teachers, and all other villagers who in the world has courage to do that! If a person like him would be alive the world would seem more beautiful, enjoyable, lovable, exciting for me to live with a smile on my face and I will look forward for my life and be very happy that I lived in a world with such amazing people! I would want to share his troubles with me and stay by his side in all the good and bad times by carrying "THE WILL OF FIRE"!
Love his fighting spirit a bit of comedy some times, it will some theme make you cry "SOMETIMES" and most of all, the story is just amazing! Try to save his friends!
[Newest]I never go back on my word, because that's my ninja way!
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4Monkey D. Luffy - One Piece
He sure is one of the coolest characters with the most stupid personality.. His instincts and ambitions are so simple; meat, becoming the pirate king, protecting his nakama.. I think that stupidity is what makes him my favorite character.. Aww.. Almost forgot to mention his epic cry.. "kaizoukuou ni ore wa naru! "
Monkey D. Luffy is the best Character Ever. He has week Point but He has Big Dream and he never comes back from his Words that : I WANNA BE PIRATE KING!
YEAH MEN I LIKE HIS RUBBER HANDS AND HAS A VERY GOOD role in their story with his crew, nami, zoro, etc. He can do enything with his crew so I therefore conclude that one piece luffy is the greatest character for me in anime
[Newest]Monkey D Luffy is the number 1 he risk his life for his ambition
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5Vegeta - Dragon Ball Z
Come on you can't get any more badass than Vegeta. First an evil sadist to one of the good guys in the Anime. He is the best.
Vegeta started out as this psychopathic manic and he actually creeped me out with his evil laugh, expressions and ways. And when we find out about trunks" well let's just say that it had been quite shocking.
But on a more serious note, Vegeta is definitely one of the best anime characters I have ever seen,.. Actually, one of best characters including every other kind of animation.
The journey that Vegeta makes is a long one.
He had been tank by Frieza and repeatedly humiliated. He was abused and his race destroyed. He had Bren forced to grow up in very compromising conditions.
Naturally he turned out the way he had been introduced in the series.
But the way he slowly came over to the good side, found love and raised a family all the while retaining his cold, aloof sarcastic characteristics all shows what an amazing and diverse character he is" he didn't turn goody good like Goku was and had always Been.
Thank God that cheesiness didn't exist.
His rivalry/friendship with Goku is one of the best I've seen in all T.V. shows. The characters dot drastically change and the way they clash is hilarious and keeps the show going.
There can be no light without dark.
The show wouldn't have been as amazing as it had been without Vegeta.
Team Vegeta all the way! ;-)
Vegeta, the prince of all saiyans, is the best character of all time. He can push himself to the limit and further because he will not settle for second best. When freiza took him as a child his father and a whole army died trying to get him back because he is just that important. He never gives up and is always ready for a new challenge. He holds onto his pride because he knows he is awesome, and taunts his victims because he is not afraid to show it. He always has a witty comeback like " I did lots of push-ups and sit-ups and drank plenty of juice. " HA! So if you don't like Vegeta tell me, has a hater like you ever experienced true fear?
[Newest]Vegeta is the most fleshed out character in Dbz. I like Goku as well, but he always seemed like he never really struggled like vegeta did. Vegeta struggled and overcame with sheer determination. Goku accidently found the ssj form, but vegeta struggled for and achieved it.

Vegeta is the man!

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6Edward Elric - Full Metal Alchemist
Edward Elric is without a doubt, one of my favorite fictional character within the anime world. He's the epitome of inspirational and respect in my opinion. Edward is a character with many flaws, but that's what makes him so much more phenomenal and relatable. He feels all the things humans are suppose to; love, pity, anger, guilt, sadness, etc. You just NAME it.

Even though in the surface, Edward can seem like a hot tempered young teenager, he has incredible depth to his character and he goes through SO much and endures through so many perils and grows from it. Character development is immense with Ed. He has a dark past, a very tragic one, from which his insecurities and guilt comes from. But from this, he also gains strength and determination to take responsibility for his actions.

He makes mistakes, but he's not afraid to stand his ground and deal with the consequences.

Ed is also one of the most compassionate characters I've seen, with one of the strongest brotherhood I've ever witnessed in anime history. His love for his brother Alphonse, and all of his friends and comrades, are heart felt and emotional. His dedication and loyalty to those he cares about truly makes me bring out SO much feels... His willingness to sacrifice so much for the safety and well being of people is noble and so humane of him.

Sometimes, Ed can be impulsive, easily irritated and short tempered, but I still love this character because he's so versatile when he has to be serious; he gets down to business. He's knowledgeable and is intellect is beyond me, and actually pretty wise for his age and all that he's been through. He's has a brave soul and a heart of gold, and it's because of all this, I felt like Edward, wins my vote.
Edward Elric is awesome- definitely one of my most favorite anime characters in anime. To me, Ed represents love, caring, inspiration, and loyalty. His many flaws add to his character a lot; in fact, if it weren't for these flaws, Ed wouldn't be someone you could relate to. But in reality, you could easily imagine how Ed would feel at the moment because he feels all the emotions humans feel.

When you first meet Ed, he can seem irritable, hot tempered, and easily angered. But as you delve deep into his past, you can see that he has gone through a LOT, and then you come to realize that these flaws are what make him human. His tragic and gloomy past is actually the fuel for his determination and strength to take responsibility for his mistakes. Also, he is not the kind of person to run away from his problems. Ed will face the consequences for whatever he has done; the thought of doing otherwise has never crossed his mind.

In addition to this, Ed is one of the most devoted and loving anime character I've ever seen, which is easily proven through his relationship with his younger brother, Alphonse. At a young age, he said he doesn't care if he dies, but he wants his brother back. He feels guilty for his brother's mechanical state, and goes up and beyond to return his brother back to his original state. Ed also loves his friends and comrades, doing everything in his power to save them. His loyalty and willingness to do anything for his loved ones is so humane and noble of him.

Ed is also very relatable, as he gets easily irritated when people make fun of his appearance, but this just is a part of his character and often appears humorous. Yet when it's time to get serious, nobody can beat Ed. He is intelligent and wise for his age, and has a heart that knows no bounds and a brave soul. It's because of all these amazing characteristics of Ed that I am proud to say that Edward wins my vote.
Phenomenal character. Despite his attitude and insecurity towards his height, his loyalty to his friends is amazing. Always looking to redeem himself, and devoted to his cause. Ed definitely deserves to be on this list.
[Newest]He may not be the strongest character on the list, but he has the most depth of any character on the list. He's powerful, fun, self-conscious, proud, caring, and above all else he is willing to do whatever it takes to do the right thing and help the ones he cares about. He follows the basic archetype of anime protagonist where he just try's hard to reach his goal but he also shows you the person along the way.
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7Itachi Uchiha - Naruto
Being number 43 is an injustice (if this was WWE The Shield would be all over that)
His character is BRILLIANTLY written and I would not be told otherwise if I were to say that he is the Snape of Naruto. The anime hasn't gone as deep or far into his character as the manga yet but if or when it does... There is something wrong with the world if he isn't #1
One of my favorite characters in anime, because he has such a deep storyline... He is portrayed as the villain who slaughtered his clan, but in reality, his actions were made to protect the village that he so loved. And for most of the anime, Itachi's brother, Sasuke, hated Itachi, for what he did, but then he figured out why he did it all, and how his brother loved him... It's just such a deep story... Itachi also has some very distinct character traits, and his personality and story is shrouded in mystery, and it's just so amazing seeing his character being revealed through the anime... Itachi is just so awesome
Itachi deserves higher. He is the most badass character in Naruto and he has a great character development that makes you say wow. I feel ashamed for people who chose to vote for his whiny, stupid and useless little brother that would even be an insult to emos and FUN FACT, Sasuke was added to the manga after Kishimoto's editor threatened him to drop the manga if he didn't add this Sasuke his daughter had drawn. He is this bad. Itachi on the other hand just needed a few cameos, story arcs where he was just mentioned by name and 2 story arcs throughout all the manga in order to be this badass (and the arcs were short) when Sasuke was in every damn arc trying to do something and utterly failing only to get another power boost from Kishimoto who can't ditch him out of the story anymore.
[Newest]He is my favourite character in Naruto. He did all for the sake of his village and his worst little bro and sacrificed himself. he made himself look like a traitor. He is the coolest guy ever
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8Spike Spiegel - Cowboy Bebop
The space cowboy. Surprisingly one of the later animes I've watched and I was impressed. A good lancer in jet but an awesome hero in spike. He's just breaking into my top ten. Add nakama power and he'd be less badass but a bit more inspirational.
Unlike any other anime I've seen, cowboy bebop makes sense. Spike is a believable, but awesome charecter. By far my favorite.
Spike is flawed and broken. He's the tragic hero of anime. A realistic one at that.
[Newest]Two words bad ass. That's bout it.

9Himura Kenshin - Rurouni Kenshin
Well in many anime sites Himura gets to be in the top 10 and sometimes even the 1st, so it is a surprise to see that he is not 1 of the top 10.

Well Kenshin is different from other anime characters, he doesn't have super abilities like many in the top 10, but his agility and his speed makes him 1 of the strongest anime characters.

Another thing is that he has a sad past which is filled in blood and sorrow but the kenshin that we know is a strong guy that hides behind a childish weak face and that is the thing that I like in him, he is not an idiot that fights whenever he find a chance and even if he get hit or insulted by other people, he doesn't show any sign of any strength because he knows that strong people do not show their strength by using their muscles.

Even when he fights, he doesn't kill any of his enemies and that shows his true strength (well his true strength lies withen his Battusai's form XP).
Based on real life events and characters, this story is one that I have cherished sine my childhood. Every character is memorable, the world created is logical & complete, and the author/artist is a regular person (with amazing talent) you can really warm up to.

The drawings are consistent, rarely cheap and simple, and the balance between text and image makes for a very enjoyable read.

Definitely the best I have ever seen and read. And re-read.
He doesn't have super powers but his agility. His power doesn't come from his ability to kill; it is coming from his will to protect everyone even his enemies.
His personality is the best I've ever seen. He is like a living description of perfect men. And when you watch the last film of the series; you will be having a hard time about not to cry.
He created a legend under the name of Hitokiri Battosai by slaying then he promised not to kill anymore. Then he started a new life as a Rurouni Kenshin Himura and created another legend with this name until he can't use sword. When he give up using sword he started as Shinta and created another legend too.
[Newest]He is a calm badass main character with a dark past, he is strong but he doesn't show it and he is kind and smart.

I mean every good aspect is in this guy so what else do you wan more? A teenager who shouts about his dreams or friends?

10InuYasha - InuYasha
The name InuYasha is probably one of the most iconic figures in all of anime/manga. The Queen of Anime, Rumiko Takahashi outdid herself once again in this tale full with adventure, romance, and comedy. Let's leave it at this if you do not like InuYasha then you are clearly not a true fan of anime.

anthonybecerra831

I love InuYasha so much
He is so hot and cute specially his dog ears
And I wish I can live with InuYasha
Inuyasha is sometimes idiot. Especially, when he leaves Kagome to after Kikyo. But I really like this anime. I love this anime. And that crazy, amazing, dumb, hilarious, tragic, and cute love triangle between Kikyo, Inuyasha, and Kagome, and plus Koga! Inuyasha deserves to be part of the top 10. Some says that this anime is good but as they gone far, it gets boring. Well, I think none of any episodes was boring and I don't regret watching it. Just watch it! And all of your doubts and questions will be solved! :))
[Newest]Inuyasha is so cool

The Contenders

11Ichigo Kurosaki - Bleach
He is one of the most sympathic anime characters ever, even though he can be an ass. He fights to protect, it's just impossible not to root for him. He is incredibly strong and has a valid reason to be. He is human, Shinigami and hollow at the same time and pretty much caries the faith of the world, but you'll never hear him complain. He is pretty funny too, his interactions with other characters like Rukia, Toushiro, Renji and Byakuya never fail to amuse me. And next to all that, he's damn handsome. Ichigo for the win
He is awesome and he is always there to rescue his friends no matter what, the one thing I love about him is that he doesn't bother about the rules and regulations, he just does what he believes in.
Okay Ichigo is one of the sweetest anime guys out there! He is kind and compasionate and will always look out for his friends. He constantly makes sure to live up to his name. Ichigo- to protect. He is a huge threat to his enemies and the fate of the world usually rests on his shoulders. Ichigo is labled by adults as a delinquent and by punks as a target- all because the color of his hair. But do you know what he does, he shows those teacher that he isn't a delinquent and he kicks the asses of those who pick a fight with him or any of his friends. From travling to the Soul Society to stop Rukia's execution, to fighting off the Bounts, to rescueing Orihime from Hueco Mundo, all the way down to fighting in wars between spiritual beings that he doesn't really have a choice in and never complaining, he does what he knows is right. He is willing to sacrifice himself and fight to the very last breath for the people that are counting on him, and shows mercy to his enemies. Not to metion that on top of all that he is incredibly hot and full of muscles.
[Newest]Such a cool guy

12Yusuke Urameshi - Yu Yu Hakusho
Without question Yusuke is the best anime character, he has a very short temper and isn't scared to get violent with anybody, but he makes up for it for being funny, nice, and one of the strongest fighters in anime history.

lukestheman4

Yusuke is a strong human with an S CLASS demon blood no matter how strong the opponent maybe he overcomes it with a strong win therefore no demons can stand before him
I like him better than Goku

13Kakashi Hatake - Naruto
The mysterious teacher, brother and father figure, with a shadowy past. Makes him an ideal shadowdy yet brilliant character in the series
Sorry but Kakashi should be number 1. He has went through so much in the past and seeing him teaching Sasuke, Naruto and Sakura how to fight when they were younger you could see a bond between Kakashi and his students. He really cares about them and then when Sasuke grows up to only look for revenge and team 7 splits apart Kakshi tries so hard to help them and wait I don't even know what I'm talking about anymore.. there's too much to explain how amazing Kakashi is. Seriously deserves the number 1 spot on this list. come on GUYS/GIRLS VOTE
Just what anime needs, a relaxed calm genius, who had a hard past but is very tough to beat and a great tactition!
[Newest]The masked man I really wonder what's the under his mask! Another mask! He's pretty cool

14Lelouch Lamprage - Code Geass
Lelouch should be at least top 3 on this list. He is an exceptionally good character. I mean, he is so smart and the way he carries such a great weight on his shoulders is amazing. You just can't predict lelouch's next moves nor can you stop being amazed by it. There are a lot of amazing anime characters out there, but lelouch is just on another level.

WindyHill

very intelligent and unpredictable... handsome... of course.. hehe...
Lelouch. Where to even begin? A brilliant strategist. An awe-inspiring leader. Incredibly determined and devoted to his cause. Lelouch is both an amazing friend and a master of deception and lies. He is melodramatic, charming, and charismatic. He's got the best evil grin and wicked psychotic laugh. He is the murderer of hundreds of thousands of innocent people, becoming the most despised tyrant on the planet, yet he is still the sweetest, most considerate, caring brother in the whole entire world.

Although he is far from perfect, he makes mistakes because he is still human; and he certainly has some screw-ups of massive proportions (season 1, episode 22, anyone? ). However, these flaws only serve to strengthen his character as he becomes all the more relatable, dealing with unbelievable amounts of regret, pain, guilt, and responsibility.

And the ending of Code Geass? Beautiful. Heartbreaking. Exquisite. Indescribably, utterly, completely damn awesome.

ALL HAIL LELOUCH.
[Newest]Lelouche is the BEST ANIME CHARACTER EVER CREATED!
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15Levi (Attack on Titan)
The most badass character in the show...enough said
So badass and nasty to everyone but cares deeply about his comrades. Got a sad life really but that adds to his fascinating character and personality.
Such a fascinating character. A total ass to everyone but it's clear that he deeply cares for his comrades and the rest of humanity.
[Newest]The coolest man ever

16Yoko Kurama - YuYu Hakusho
I have no doubt that Kurama is the single most intelligent character on Yu Yu Hakusho. He always finds a way out of sticky situations, and he's very observant, usually suspecting the twists and turns before his companions. Not only that, but Kurama is extremely strong! His plants will literally cut down anything in his path, though he still has his limits. As if he's not already amazing, he's also a great friend. Kurama is more than willing to sacrifice himself to push his friends to victory (though he would still like to live, thank you). He helps others and wants what is best for everyone. Kurama definitely deserves higher than 19; even 18 would be better because while I understand that there are thousands upon thousands upon thousands characters, maybe 0.0000000000000000000000000000001% of them are better than him, if that! Kinda ridiculous, yeah, but that's what I think.
Kurama is actually powerful with his brains and his foxy form.
Most intelligent character of all time. Inspiration of the nine-tails demon in naruto series and Kurapika of Hunter x hunter. Amazing different personalities from being rude to funny.
[Newest]Wow having Yusuke at 20, Hiei at 21 and kurama at 24 proves that this is the best team, even though these 3 should be in the top 15 or top 10

17Hiei - Yu Yu Hakusho
"Like they said in the dark tournament. "Short things do come in kick ass packages. "
Yes Hiei should be higher on the list, almost no one is faster than him with a sword
Yusuke at 20 and Hiei at 21? These two dudes deserve to be in the top 10. Both badasses in their own way

18Eren Jaeger - Attack On Titan
I love Eren! Unlike DBZ, Naruto, and other god-mode protagonists, Eren felt very real. In other words, he's human! He has his flaws, and he's not afraid to show it. He feels EMOTION, and whether it hurts him or makes him stronger, that's what makes him a better character than most of these contenders. Seriously, Kirito? Unrealistic, boring, god-mode Kirito is above him? Come on everyone, let's make this list better!
Eren is relatable, loyal, passionate, and goes into crazy rages that are often portrayed as psycho.

Plus, he has the most amazing eyes...
This dude is awesome if you don't know attack on titan THEN WATCH IT, IT IS AWESOME Eren is boss.

19Roronoa Zoro - One Piece
This guy is ' amazing. He's better than quite a lot of characters present here. Has a lot of character depth as well. Plus, to top it all off, he's badass. ;]
He's badass, as anyone can tell.
He's incredibly strong.
He doesn't even use a Devil Fruit.
He has a scar over his eye just to add to his badassery, if that's a word. If it isn't Zoro made it one.
Zoro is one of my favourite characters because of his perseverance and determination. He has gotten this far in the series due to his hard work and own will. Not to mention, his death-defying acts are great to watch
[Newest]He's gotta be on 5 don't ya think?

20Killua Zoldyck - Hunter X Hunter
Killua is just awesome. He overcame his dark past and has reformed into a good hearted, funny and loyal hero. That said, he's still perfectly capable of flipping his 'kill-switch' and kicking the arse of anyone who dares to hurt his friends.
He's a very likeable character. His sharp insight lets him see what the true meaning behind plans are, and always helps the good side find it's way, only excerising his true power in times of need. He's also very humorous, easy going, and something we can all relate to. His silent personality, mixed with his dark background also gives him a plus.
Killua is perfect (and here I mean in the old anime version) Never before or after, have I encountered a more interesting mix of a naive child and a cynical, murdering adult. 'Course, he wouldn't have worked as well without Gon by his side.

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