Top Ten Best Anime Protagonists

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The Top Ten

1 Eren Jaeger - Shingeki no Kyojin 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.

Despite his initial annoying personality, eren grows into one of the greatest characters EVER. The moral complexity of eren is brilliant, his relationship with the other characters is great, and his initial ideals of freedom become something twisted and truly terrifying.

Don't judge a book by its cover; his initial insufferable personality is all a ruse to make you think he's a generic, non-special character, but he's written in a very specific way and develops into one of the most well-written, complicated, entertaining, and humane characters in anime/manga.

Coming to protagonists, I think no one can ever beat him. He's the best, he bears everything on his own, he can never let his mates suffer and he's willing to go to any extent just for their safety. He's the best pro(ant)tagonist you'll ever see.

Not only is he an unbelievably intriguing character but his character direction has been foreshadowed consistently since the beginning of the manga.

2 Goku - Dragon Ball Son Goku (Kakarrot) is the main protagonist in Dragon Ball franchise created by Akira Toriyama in 1984. He has many abilities like, super strength, utilization of ki, flight, teleportation, super speed, enhanced reflexes, and Super Saiyan transformation that increase strength, speed, and durability. ...read more.

He showed Vegeta and Frieza mercy! After all they did, all the people they killed, he gave them a second chance! Also, we watch him grow as a person, become a father, become a grandfather, and he saved the planet, what, more than 10 times? He even saved the entire GALAXY! Goku definitely would be at my number 1 favorite anime, no even character in anything.

Inspiring, tough, creative, cheerful, happy, funny, kind, caring, pure-hearted, courageous, strong-willed, friendly, brave,… Simply epic. Goku is the best. He's number one!

The original anime superman. Every shonen hero since is an imitation.

best anime hero of all time

3 Edward Elric - Fullmetal Alchemist/Brotherhood 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.

Best character of all time in my opinion, he is a smart shounen anime protagonist unlike most other shounen protagonist. What I like about him in both FMA series is how he would sacrifice everything just to getbhis brother's body back. In FMA03 one of the most emotional scene is when Ed sacrifice himself to get his brother back but in expense of him going to the other side of the gate, probably wouldn't meet his brother again. But, that scene is really heartbreaking because at the end we never see a happy ending with two brothers meeting each other again with their wish became granted.

The GOAT. FMA had the perfect style, FMAB had the perfect plot. Fun fact: Ed's door of truth is the 10 sephiroth. Took me 20yrs to find and understand that, but my lazy quest finally found success.

I'm assuming many people here hasn't seen FMA Brotherhood. To make things fair, neither have I. While Eren Jaeger and Rin Okumura make for good protagonists, I know for a fact that Edward Elric might not make for a protagonist with a character seen a lot in real life, but he is truly a special and noble one. Watch the series to see why.

Such an amazing protagonist, one of the GOAT in this list

4 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.

Just watch code geass. This man is easily the best anime protagonist all time.

"If the king doesn't lead, how can he expect his subordinates to follow?"

Now here's the GOAT, what a character, what a protagonist

Greatest protagonist on this list hands down.

5 L Lawliet - Death Note L Lawliet, exclusively known by the mononym L, is a fictional character in the manga series Death Note, created by Tsugumi Ohba and Takeshi Obata .

The Greatest Fictional Character Ever

Cute smile

6 Gon Freecs - Hunter x Hunter
7 Spike Spiegel - Cowboy Bebop
8 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.
9 Rin Okumura - Ao no Exorcist 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

Ever since he was a child, he had a stubborn personality and people started calling him a 'demon'. He was frustrated about this because he didn't want to believe it. After a few years, he found out that he is indeed a half-demon, the son of Satan. After Satan killed his foster father, Shiro Fujimoto, the strongest Paladin (highest-ranked Exorcist) of all time be killed right infront of his eyes, he swears to kill Satan and gain revenge. A certain Mephisto invites him to True cross Academy where he will be getting lessons on how to be an Exorcist. His powers as the son of Satan is sealed in a certain "Kurikara" sword. Rin can be lazy and funny at times. Okay dude, ALL THE TIME. that's why I like him so much. Not bad for a demon.

Rin is the best. He gets hated, feared and has to go through a lot of pain and he is still standing throughout it!

The best oddball ever

10 Haruhi Fujioka - Ouran High Host Club

She is really amazing. I love her way of hosting. She should be at least in top 5. I love her smile. She is so quite.

The Contenders

11 Naruto Uzumaki - Naruto Naruto Uzumaki is a fictional character in the anime and manga franchise Naruto, created by Masashi Kishimoto.

He helps everyone in his way tries to save people costing his own life maturing from his birth slowly without even us realizing because he had that one thing in his heart he never lost sight of.. he accepting his past self and his love for his people even though they left him all alone and saving them and his journey toward hokage from child to father was worth it and it teached a lot through the show...

Naruto is a very relatable character his childhood 2 is adulthood shows how much he has grown and forgiving enemies is questionable but Naruto tries to show the bigger picture and he sees the bigger picture you can't fight hate with hate Naruto did achieve stopping the cycle of hatred I'm truly proud to say Naruto should be top five

He is the most inspirational protagonist amongst all anime characters.

Should be higher he is one of the best protagonist in all of anime

12 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.

spontaneous and likable character who doesn't love luffy

Almost perfect

13 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. ...read more.

Love this show I love the moments when he gets motion sickness

He is amazing in all ways

14 Okabe Rintarou - Steins;Gate

A lovable Chuunibyou character who literally crossed across time for the people he care, the lab members especially Kurisu and Mayuri.

MAD SCIENTIST HOUOIN KYOUMA FOR THE WIN

15 Joseph Joestar - Jojo's Bizarre Adventure Joseph Joestar is a fictional character from the JoJo's Bizarre Adventure manga series created by Hirohiko Araki.

Joseph Joestar is an amazing character in Battle Tendency. Clumsy, but badass. Goofy, but hyper-intelligent. Comic, but sentimental (I cried at a certain part, and chances are you did too if your heart isn't made of stone). One of the most expressive characters you'll ever see, every moment he is on screen is endless entertainment.

Unlike most anime heroes, Joseph's fights are not won by brute strength. Instead, he takes down enemies massively stronger than him with ingenuity, mind games, and pure luck. The fact that his raw power is relatively modest (in terms of anime) also makes him a more relatable character, and you can almost put yourself in his shoes.

This guy pretty much single-handedly made Battle Tendency the best JJBA. Well, him and Speedwagon.

Respect.

I know what you're going to say next: "Why isn't Joesph higher on this list? "

He is the GOAT change my mind

16 Kaneki Ken - Tokyo Ghoul
17 Ichigo Kurosaki - Bleach Ichigo Kurosaki is a fictional character in the Bleach manga series and its adaptations created by Tite Kubo.

Goku with a brain and personality and motivation beyond enjoying a challenge. Ichigo is a gentleman and a badass.

most underrated anime character

18 Izuku Midoriya - My Hero Academia Izuku "Deku" Midoriya is a fictional character and the protagonist of My Hero Academia, a manga series written by Kohei Horikoshi.

I can't believe Eren Jaeger got more votes than this fluffy little otaku. Midoriya needs all the hugs and is surprisingly nuanced and interesting for a protagonist who's generally a very nice guy already. I love his growth and how he makes others around him grow.

I love midoriya as a character. A socially awkward, quirkless teen that gets bullied almost his whole life because of his shortcomings but he meets someone who gives him powers so now he can fulfill his lifes dream. Amazing character and plot. 10/10

Mah boi Izuku needs some representation on this list. I’m biased because he reminds me of myself to a T but isn’t that the sign of your favorite protagonist? I don’t know. I just wanted to represent my favorite green headed boy.

19 Sadao Maou - The Devil Is A Part Timer

Just Yes. Funniest and I identify myself a lot with him

He is the funniest protagonist of all time!

20 Shinji Ikari - Evangelion

Greatest Protagonist in the history of fiction

Shinji, please get in the giant robot.

He’s the most realistic and relatable protagonist I’ve ever seen

21 Yato - Noragami
22 Kenshin Himura - Rurouni Kenshin
23 Tanjiro - Kimetsu no Yaiba
24 Ash Ketchum - Pokemon 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.

Gotta catch em all! Or at least gotta catch Pikachu, Charizard, Greeninja, Lucario, Infernape, and Sceptile for the win.

25 Nagisa Shiota - Assassination Classroom
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