Best Anime / Manga Protagonists

That means : No Vegeta nor Gohan, no L, no Sasuke nor Sakura, no Killua nor Kurapika, no Rukia, no Asuna, no Zoro, no Gray nor Erza, no Sesshomaru,...
With series that have 2 protagonists -> accept both.
I.E. Both Natsu and Lucy are OK
Both Sora and Shiro count
Both Haru and Ellie count
Both InuYasha and Kagome count

The Top Ten

Son Goku - Dragon Ball Son Goku is a fictional character and main protagonist of the Dragon Ball manga series created by Akira Toriyama. He is based on Sun Wukong, a main character in the classic Chinese novel Journey to the West. Goku is introduced in Dragon Ball chapter #1 Bulma and Son Goku, originally published in Japan's more.

Of course! He inspired most of the other protagonists, or rather, their creators. Without him, Naruto, Ichigo, Luffy, Natsu… wouldn't have even existed! - Goku02

I do love Goku, he was a HUGE part of my childhood. I don't like as much as I used, but still a fun character. - Xross

Lucy Heartfilia - Fairy Tail Lucy Heartfilia is a wizard in the guild, Fairy Tail. Her magic is called celestial spirit magic which allows her to summon spirits from another world. She currently possesses fifteen celestial keys, which is an extraordinary number for a celestial mage. She gets along best with Team Natsu, containing more.
Izuku Midoriya - Boku no Hero Academia Izuku "Deku" Midoriya is a fictional character and the protagonist of My Hero Academia, a manga series written by Kohei Horikoshi.
Edward Elric - Full Metal Alchemist Edward Elric, commonly nicknamed Ed, is a fictional character and the protagonist of the Fullmetal Alchemist manga series and its adaptations created by Hiromu Arakawa.

The manga is the best, with Edward play a major role in that. I agree that Goku should be top, for everything. But judging by characteristic alone, I think Edward should be #1.

One of the most likeable protagonist ever.

He needs to be #1 or #2! He's the best character I've ever seen in anime.

#13? He should be #1! - listotaku17

Light Yagami - Death Note Light Yagami is a fictional character and the protagonist of the manga series Death Note, created by Tsugumi Ohba and Takeshi Obata.
Naruto Uzumaki - Naruto Naruto Uzumaki is a fictional character in the anime and manga franchise Naruto, created by Masashi Kishimoto.

mah dawg

Basically, becuase he has a clear purpose and works toward it helping everyone n his way, he grows up a lot.

Naruto saved his teacher’s life and always save Sakura! He has good manners. Unlike Natsu.👍

Monkey D. Luffy - One Piece Monkey D. "Straw Hat" Luffy is a fictional character and the protagonist of the One Piece manga franchise created by Eiichiro Oda.

The most lovable one - smill

Guts - Berserk

Read Berserk, the art style, the characters, the drama. It's great - Xross

Natsu Dragneel - Fairy Tail Natsu Dragneel is a Mage of the Fairy Tail Guild.Natsu is carefree and reckless in nature, and, despite his consistent brawls with the other members of Fairy Tail, he is a fiercely loyal and protective friend. He is willing to go down fighting for his friends, regardless of how futile it might seem. more.

Ew no he's horrid

It's the roll Todd Haberkorn was born to play

Yato - Noragami

The Contenders

Gon Freecss - Hunter x Hunter

Great character with a awesome determination! Deserved being in the top ten!

Deserves more love!

Lelouch Lamperouge - Code Geass Lelouch Lamperouge, whose real name is Lelouch vi Britannia, is the title character and protagonist of the Sunrise anime series Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion.
Doraemon - Doraemon
Ichigo Kurosaki - Bleach Ichigo Kurosaki is a fictional character in the Bleach manga series and its adaptations created by Tite Kubo.
Eren Yeager - Attack on Titan Eren Yeager, spelled Eren Jaeger in the Funimation dub, is a fictional character appearing as the protagonist from the manga series Attack on Titan by Hajime Isayama.
InuYasha - InuYasha
Ken Kaneki - Tokyo Ghoul
Kirigaya Kazuto / Kirito - Sword Art Online Kazuto Kirigaya is a fictional character who appears in the Sword Art Online series of light novels by Reki Kawahara.
Ash Ketchum - Pokémon Ash Ketchum, known as Satoshi in Japan, is a fictional character in the Pokémon franchise owned by Nintendo. Ash is training to be a Pokemon Master, with his buddy Pikachu. Ash tries to stop the evil Team Rocket from stealing his Pikachu.
Subaru Natsuki - Re:Zero kara Hajimeru Isekai Seikatsu
Haru Glory - Rave Master

I like him much better than I do Natsu. - Goku02

He was underrated.

Lucy - Elfen Lied Lucy (born as kaede), is a tragic, fictional Japanese Anti-Heroine, and Anti-Villianess, who is the main protagonist of her debut source, a manga officially known as Elfen Lied [alfen leed], written and illustrated by Lynn Okamoto, which was best known for it's T.V. adaptation of the same name, Directed more.
Usagi Tsukino - Sailor Moon
Rintarou Okabe - Steins;Gate
Atsushi Nakajima - Bungou Stray Dogs
Ryuko Matoi - Kill la Kill Ryuko Matoi is the main protagonist of Japanese anime series 'Kill La Kill' produced by Studio Trigger. Ryuko Matoi is a highschool student who attends Honnouji Academy to find her father's murderer.
Ray - The Promised Neverland
Emma - The Promised Neverland
Kira Yamato - Mobile Suit Gundam SEED
Sora - No Game No Life
Shiro - No Game No Life

Loli with superhuman intellect. - Goku02

Kinomoto Sakura - Cardcaptor Sakura
Ai Enma - Hell Girl Ai Enma is the main protagonist of the series, and is the one known as the "Jigoku Shoujo"--地獄少女--literally translated into English version as "Hell Girl." As such, she makes a regular appearance in the series, although her appearance is smaller and less frequent in "Hell Girl Three Vessels". more.
Rin Okumura Rin Okumura is a fictional character in the manga and anime series Blue Exorcist created by Kazue Kato. He's known for being the son of satan and trying to kill him. He is the main Protagonist in Blue Exorcist. His notable feature is the blue sword in which he draws when in trouble
Hei - Darker Than Black
Gintoki Sakata - Gintama Gintoki Sakata is a fictional character in the manga and anime franchise Gin Tama created by Hideaki Sorachi.
Toriko - Toriko
Lain Iwakura - Serial Experiments Lain
Haruhi Suzumiya - The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya Haruhi Suzumiya is the title character and female protagonist of the Haruhi Suzumiya series created by Nagaru Tanigawa.
Madoka Kaname - Puella Magi Madoka Magica Madoka Kaname is the titular protagonist of the 2011 anime series Puella Magi Madoka Magica and its related media.
Simon - Gurren Lagann Simon is a fictional character in the anime series Gurren Lagann, known in Japan as Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann, animated by Gainax and co-produced by Aniplex and Konami. It was also directed by Hiroyuki Imaishi and written by veteran playwright Kazuki Nakashima.
Norman - The Promised Neverland
Yukiteru Amano - Future Diary Yukiteru Amano (or 'Yukki') is the main male protagonist of Mirai Nikki, a show created by Sakae Esuno, on October 10, 2011. Yukiteru has dark hair, blue eyes and a quiet personality. He is the "First" Diary owner and he owns the "Observe Diary"

Yes finally people who agree - Animeme

Carol Reed - Crest of the Royal Family
Syaoran Li - Tsubasa: Reservoir Chronicle
Tohka Yatogami - Date a Live Tohka Yatogami is a character from the series Date A Live. She is a spirit, and the first one saved by Shido Itsuka. She is very cheerful, energetic, and deeply in love with Shido. Her inverse form's name is Tenka, and it spawns from when she feels deep anger, usually when Shido is in danger. Her Angel more.
Shinichi Kudo / Conan Edogawa - Case Closed / Detective Conan Jimmy Kudo, known in Japan and internationally as Shinichi Kudo, is a fictional character and the main protagonist of the manga series Case Closed and its adaptations, created by Gosho Aoyama.
Kaito Kuroba - Magic Kaito
Yusuke Urameshi - Yu Yu Hakusho
Mikado Ryuugamine - Durarara!!
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