Top Ten Anime Characters

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

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1Son 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 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 ...more

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

The no of Goku's fans are over 9000000000000000000!

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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.

Yeah L awesome characterization! I cried when he died :'(

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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!

The best anime

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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

For my he is the number 1.well not only him for me the hole anime is the number 1. :D #fan

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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 ...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 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

-The best ever.

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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 ...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 should be number 1

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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.

Had the most feels because of Itachi. Best character forever. Self-sacrificing, intelligent, thinks more of others than himself. - etherealpain

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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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9Spike 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.

WARNING: Not for kids. 3,2,1..let's jam!

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10Ichigo 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

Should be in the top ten. Being 11 is insulting

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The Newcomers

?Kenji Kazama - D-Frag!

He's just awesome and there's nothing more to it. Literally awesome.

?Greece - Hetalia

Greece is a Awesome charater! He is hot, nice, funny, and he loves cats!

The Contenders

11Levi Ackerman - 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.

An extremely complex, well-written character

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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! :))

Inuyasha was my first anime crush! So, yes.. Inuyasha, I choose you!

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13Yusuke 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.

"You can't end a good party without someone on the floor" -Yusuke

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14Kakashi 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

He just...make me speechless.! I only have one regret...I so wanna see his face!

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15Eren 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!

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

He is overpowered cause he can transform into titan that is the strongest - InfernoTopTenners

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16Kirito - Sword Art Online

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

Although the show is not in English, I highly recommend watching it.

What? How is Kirito not in the top ten? Kirito's one of my favorite anime characters ever! He's so caring for Asuna and he's a badass double-sword wielding solo player on the front lines! He's also really kind and he cares so much about his friends. The episode with Sachi where she gets killed and Kirito blames himself. It really shows that he's such a kind person. And Kirito and Asuna are one of the best anime couples ever. The way he cares for Yui, too. Seriously, how can Kirito not be higher up? I mean, I know that SAO isn't english dubbed yet but come on.

He is just pure awesomeness

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17Yoko 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.

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

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18Roronoa 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

His sword skills are awesome

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19Hiei - 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

He has a third eye, a sword and a black dragon!

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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.

How is he 21? He's more human than us. He's so well developed, just like people in real life, killua has both dark and bright side

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