Top Ten Anime Characters

Vote on who you think are the best anime characters in the anime world.

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1L - Death Note

L: Greatest Detective of all! He owns every1... He is extraordinary!

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.

Although, one may fight that L is just "another character" in the anime series Death Note, I believe that he is more than that. He is just like all of us even though we may not realize it. L choses to use a monotonous voice to hide any possible emotions. L has dealt with pain and suffering or a while that he decided to not show himself until it was necessary; the Kira case. Light Yagami was truly the closest friend to L but he knew that he was Kira. This must have hurt his soul to know that his friend was a killer. Throughout the anime, L expresses himself through solving cases, sweets, and conversing with various characters. These aspects show a lot of L's emotions but if only one could see that. We learn that L is a funny and pretty smart and to some, quite attractive. These detail lead me to believe that L is one of the greatest anime characters out there in the anime world. - -Mikasa-

L is a wonder of the world.

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2Son 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...

This is the worst list ever created...You obviously don't know any anime do you? Only lame mainstream anime like DBZ. Once you really understand anime and really know it you can can make this list. This list comes from the mind of a mainstream cartoon fanboy whose ignorant of what good anime really is. - Canon7130

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.. The name that created Naruto and Luffy. Without Goku.. Hell.. Probably 25% of the characters in anime wouldn't have been created. Goku has the power of the whole solar system. He'll top any anime character I have ever been watching in my life. He's even been my childhood. And to be quite honest, how did Naruto get first place? It was Goku who made Naruto. That's why Naruto has the same colors as Super Saiyan Goku, see what I'm saying? So yeah, Goku 100% :D The ONLY equal to SuperMan, greatest comic book hero of all time.

He sucks, number 2 should be light Yagami!

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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 ...more

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!

Best anime character

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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! "

He is a very amazing character all around. Contrary to what most perceive he is actually highly intelligent. He is great at solving problems and has used his rubber ability to maximum scientific capacity so much so that it impresses his enimies and no one else would have thought of it. His " stupidity" is really just a first impression from his simpleminded outlook, he doesn't like to over complicate things and always works with a purpose. Smoker once said that Luffy likes to "play dumb" but is actually a lot smarter than most think. He has great instincts and is a brilliant judge of character. He has overwhelming strength and a heart of gold that loves and forgives just about anyone, not to mention nerves of steel and a calmness that makes it so he rarely gets mad at anything. He also can come across as quite sarcastic when u pay attention, he likes to point out the dim witted things that others say back at them in a very goofy manor. Unlike most pirates he is very nice and does ...more

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!

He makes me so happy and inspires me so much.

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5Edward 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 ...more

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 ...more

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.

He is the best! He is so funny and cool! I think in my opinion he is really strong! "Don't call me little! "

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6Vegeta - 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 ...more

Now I can't say that I've watched hundreds of animes to compare, but realistically speaking, Vegeta has to be one of the most complex characters I've so far encountered in anime. His journey and character development are truly remarkable. Starting with the genocidal freak from the beginning of the series - who can't blame him, having seen nothing but horrors and destruction for a large part of his life (including the destruction of his own race and home planet)- to the hero that has become human enough to raise a family.

Maybe the reason why people like Vegeta so much is that his complexity make him one of the most human (and interesting...in a strange way) characters in the series...strong enough to withstand all the horrors under Frieza's reign, but never strong enough to surpass Goku; prefers to be alone, but always seems to be around; he is feared, but respected; he is insanely proud, yet he recognized him being second best to Goku; he has inner demons, but he doesn't let ...more

Vegeta is great!

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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.

Undoubtedly the best!

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8Himura 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.

Probably not many people heard the show or name.The character main character is is amazing this guy is also the manslayer and he's really really really cool killed thousands of people second of all he has is pretty cool and she can handle her own. Third of all this guy has save thousands of people. Save the world well maybe but he save Japan twice and that just shows you that this guy and you don't want to mess with or piss hem off I know like Dragon Ball son Goku is on top right now but if you watch this show and kenshin you would change your mind

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?

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9Levi Ackerman - Attack on Titan

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.

He has a lot of hardship, losing many comrades and friends right in front of him and have a really bad upbringing. He is without a doubt amazing and cool

Super strong, cool and never gives in to his emotions. It couldn't get any better. Levi should really be among the top 3.

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10Spike Spiegel - Cowboy Bebop

NUMBER 1 ALL THE WAY. Spike is the epitome of cool but NOT in a cliche way. A clever, laidback badass with a human side and mysterious past..One would think that he's a cliche but he's NOT, he's just awesome. Even though he's a smartass, he's skilled fighter and a tragic hero too. His character isn't too perfect to the point that its unrealistic because he has his share of flaws. Unlike so many cool, intelligent guys in animes, Spike is believable and has a unique personality. Even a little philosophical.

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.

Best character!

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The Newcomers

?Satsuki Kiryuin - Kill la Kill
?Kei Nagai - Ajin: Demi Human

No offense but Kei is kinda annoying... - Tia-Harribel

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 ...more

I don't see why Bleach doesn't get enough attention in the anime community, the plot may be out of order at times and TONS of fillers but that doesn't make the series any less entertaining and awesome.

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12InuYasha - 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! :))

I looovveeeddd this anime, it's the best out there. When it ended I did sonething I wouldn't normally do for a girl my age... I cried, a bit. I'm not a wimp! - piplop135

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13Eren Jaeger - Attack On Titan

Eren is relatable, loyal, passionate, and goes into crazy rages that are often portrayed as psycho.

Plus, he has the most amazing eyes...

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!

I'm sorry, but I think Eren AND Kirito are both great characters! Still, they've definitely earned their ways into the top 20! - ModernSpongeBobSucks

This dude is awesome if you don't know attack on titan THEN WATCH IT, IT IS AWESOME Eren is boss.

Probably the least developed protagonist I've ever seen in my life. No. That's all I can say without ranting.

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14Kirito - Sword Art Online

Okay, if someone had the right to call Eren better than Kirito just because he thinks Kirito is boring, one can argue Eren is just as generic as well. Besides, at least Kirito actually wants to protect those he loves rather than straight out kill someone. Eren may be caring as well, but Eren is basically a hothead in contrast to Kirito's cool, calm, and collected personality where Kirito is able to hold his temper a bit more than Eren. And this is coming from someone who used to like Eren more until he watched Sword Art Online and got to see Kirito's character and grow to love it more than Eren's character. Plus, Eren was basically turned into more of a Titan-hating idiot than a caring character in the Junior High spin-off.

I just hate it when people call Kirito a 'Gary Stu', because that's not the case. He's actually a very deep character. In the real world, he's an antisocial, and nowhere as strong as he is in SAO. That being the case, because he's not as strong as he is the the real world, he uses the fantasy world as an escape from reality. Even then, he still has his problems - he gets his friends killed, he nearly gets Asuna killed, etc. He's gone through ups and downs in life.

Okay I know the show is relatively new and all but really despite it being short how can Kirito not be in the top 15 at least and why is Lelouch at number 8 aside from that the top 10 is one of the best organized lists I've seen when you take in account everything about the characters

Stop with the Gary Stu crap. I already explained on my remix why I love Kirito. - ModernSpongeBobSucks

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15Yusuke 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

Yusuke is a great character and extremely well made. Unlike most protagonists in an action anime, he has the ability to lose and stick with it, although he does have rematches but at different time. As much as he can be short tempered, he cares and shows other feelings as well.

Really good anime

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16Kakashi Hatake - Naruto

Must be in top 3 at least. He is my favourite character of all time. There is no other character that has been written so practically.
He had a very dark and depressing childhood which made him cold natured. But he dealt with his ordeals and was able to realise and rectify his mistakes. These traits make him more realistic a character than anyone else.
Many people like Itachi's character more than Kakashi's. In fact I like him too but in my opinion Kakashi is better because he is so realistic.
Also I have to mention this one scene where he is trying to pacify sasuke and sasuke says that if he killed everyone that kakashi cared about then he would understand sasuke's pain and kakashi just smile and replies that it would be too late as everyone he cared about is already dead. It is these little personality traits that make me think Kakashi would have been a far better protagonist than Naruto.

Kakashi Hatake it definitely my favourite anime character. He definitely has an extremely sad childhood, which in itself is an excellent trait in any character, but it's the anticipation that makes it exciting. From about half way through Naruto his past has been questioned and hinted at, just enough to get fans excited about it, but not enough that they're tired with it. Pieces of it are shown in Naruto Shippuden episodes, but even after it's reveled people from his past come back (in some of the biggest plot twists and potential spoilers of the series).
He has a fairly neutral personality, which makes the moments when he shows emotion that much more intense. Despite being a more serious main character than all but Sasuke, he has a lot of funny moments, and he's extremely loyal. He has lots of character flaws and highlights, but most of them aren't as obvious as with other characters. You need to dig to find them.
Also, he can summon a pug.

The mysterious teacher, brother and father figure, with a shadowy past. Makes him an ideal shadowdy yet brilliant character in the series

Easily my favorite Naruto character. He is intelligent, has the coolest personality, is kind, he's a great mentor, and he is BADASS.

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17Rin Okumura - Blue Exorcist

Rin has such an amazing personality. I say this as a viewer, not as a fangirl. Despite being the son of Satan, being called a demon, and hated, he is optimistic, funny, and charming. It was such fun to watch him develop through the anime and manga.

Rin is my absolute favorite anime character of all time. He's funny and much like a real fifteen year old (I have quite a few Rins in my own school), but at the same time can get serious and downright heroic. He embodies strength and wanting to protect other people and it's difficult not to love the diverse characters and interesting theme of the anime itself. Rin for the win!

Well, to sum it up, he's a demon on the good side who fights for his friends. Oh, and he has a tail, huge ears, fangs, and oh yeah, HE CAN LIGHT HIMSELF ON FIRE

Rin is so cool. I don't even know how to describe how cool he is. I think this quote sums him up (by the way satan is his dad): "I want to become an exorcist so I can beat satan! "

Don't have a go at me I know he says it a bit differently in the manga but in the anime it sounds cooler

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18Simon - Gurren Lagann

He pressed on even after losing his most beloved bro, even after losing nia and some of his friends, but he kept on fighting, even after having that emotional breakdown after losing kamina. Reminds me a little of shinji ikari. Naruto or any of that bleach shot can't even compare.

He has to be one of the BEST anime characters of all time in my opinion.. he used his drill to pierce the heavens, and went through so much, from a little boy with a drill to a guy that everyone knows, he is definitely an amazing guy

If more people watched this anime it would be number one like it should be most inspirational character ever!

Simon is one of the best anime protagonists I have ever seen! How he went from child to man really goes to show you that this tale of a man who continues to find his destiny is really inspirational. - ModernSpongeBobSucks

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19Yoko Kurama - YuYu Hakusho

Kurama is actually powerful with his brains and his foxy form.

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

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.

He is also super epic. He does what ever it takes, and he is always calm.

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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.

He should be #1! Killua is my life! The reason I breathe! The reason I live! He is the best of the best! No one can top Killua Zoldyck!

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