Top Ten Anime Characters

Vote on who you think are the best anime characters in the anime world.
The Top Ten
1 L - 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 best freaking anime character ever! L is like no other anime character you have ever seen. From his awkward and strange habits To the way he sits, Eats, Lacks of sleep, And the bags, Pale white skin and messy black hair just made me draw to him. His strange ways of doing things, and his looks and personality makes him different and unique making him stand from the crowd . He is extremely intelligent, cute, childish sometimes, But he is also very bad ass and funny, Which his jokes can make people take him the wrong way. But overall my heart melts seeing this adorable, intelligent and unique hot panda ! :3 I have even developed a crush on him

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.

Death Note made two of the greatest characters in the history of anime but you and I clearly know that L stands out among those two. The other one I'm talking about is obviously Light Yagami. L is so lovable as a character. Everything he ever says or does is so unlike any other character of person. He's himself. He's so awesome. He deducts cases what otherwise a general sleuth would take a year to solve in just a week. He's also the mastermind when it comes to observation. And he's got amazing psychological knowledge although he's not very social. If there's any creation that can stand up to Sherlock Holmes for the 'Best Fictional Sleuth', its most definitely gonna be L. The series got a little messed up when L died though.. I wish he lived on and solved the case himself. Anyways, even in the span of 20 episodes, L got to be number 1 on this list and that's satisfactory. He's deserving of it anyway. And yeah, you can't spell the words love or life without L and without L, the world is ...more

With his superior deductive and logical abilities, L is sure to outsmart all of these other characters instantly! I absolutely adore his character design too, I thought he looked like a rockstar when I saw him for the first time in the anime. Although he is described to have a cold personality, he is quite polite, and can be really sarcastic towards others (which I really enjoy) and is always willing to make some drastic and bizarre decisions to help him solve his cases, even if it does cost him his life. His smile, sweet addiction and awkward behaviour all ooze with cuteness too, which makes me love him even more. L has taught me how I can use my own logic to my advantage too. He will always be my panda-eyed, candy-loving hero!

2 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.

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

His character development is incredible and he's one of the most compassionate, caring, and strong willed characters of any TV show ever, not just anime.

I love ed because he ain't another goku 2.0 or 9202983738299383883.0. He's caring & reckless, but he isn't fearless, he can be pretty hot-headed, he doesn't try to befriend everyone & makes snark comments, & he isn't the perfect example of 'what humans are supposed to be'. And he never really cared about being the 'savior of earth' he just wants to fix what he did wrong & get his brother his body back, & if he sees injustice, he'll go out of his way to kick their @$$. He also isn't all 'brute strength & being courageous gets me through everything! ' He also studies hard too & is pretty smart, again unlike the goku copies who plaque the main character spot. So I like that he's a breath of freash air, is pretty caring & compassionate, but isn't all perfect goody two shoes.

3 Vegeta - Dragon Ball Z Vegeta is an anime fictional character from the anime series, Dragon Ball Z, created by Akira Toriyama.

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?

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

This guy here is the inspiration of my life! He is better than Goku in many aspects. He is way better tactician and Goku is just a bonehead. His plans has ALWAYS succeeded. Ge pushes himself WAY HARDER than Goku. Proof: Goku becomes supersaiyan training 100 times gravity. Vegeta trains in 450 times heard me 450 times and he barely makes it. But every time he ascends, he is stronger than Goku because he trains way harder than Goku does. Besides Goku is one lucky dog He gets his training from great masters like roshi who teaches him his kamehameha move, king kai, who teaches him spirit bomb, he learns instant transmission from inhabitants of anothe planet, in short all his so called great moves are BORROWED. He does not have any move of his own. On the other hand vegeta does all the training by himself, develops HIS OWN moves and surpasses Goku in power twice. If he was as lucky as Goku he would be much stronger than Goku. And I'm just getting started... Still think Goku's ...more

Vegeta definitely deserves to be No1, not Goku. Maybe, as a Vegeta fan girl, I'm being a bit biased, but, still. Unlike Goku, who is in realistically perfect and was portrayed as the perfect character, Vegeta actually made mistakes. He went from being evil, and misunderstood to being one of Earth's strongest fighters. Unlike Goku, who had the perfect childhood and life, Vegeta had a horrible life. Also, if it weren't for him, Buu would've lived, and the androids would've won. Just those two acts alone made him more useful than the other Z fighters were throughout the entire series. -_-

4 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. more.

Goku. He is the Jesus of Anime and the greatest anime Legend of all time. Even now in the Revival of F he is above everyone in the entire universe. Only one below him is Vegeta. I watched every episode in the ENTIRE Dragonball series since Dragonball Episode 1. I've tried searching for a character who obviously can't be as strong but as good as he is and haven't seen one beating him. I mean he's a perfect hero. Kind hearted, humor, never gives up EVER, defeats guys 10X stronger than himself, saved Earth many times except of course Majin Buu and GT doesn't count, and always test the waters of his enemy's transformations which is ballsy but hey he's a confident dude. You can see all these badass looking heroes that are standing there in the wind all dreamy and stuff but Goku doesn't care to be a badass which is why he is the best there ever was.

Goku is over-rated. Only thing he has above others is power. He was comprised of all the good elements and didn't had any bad qualities I.E. the purest character. But in the process he lost all attachment to reality. After all, no one is completely good or bad. He is impossible to relate to as he is so above us. He is completely unrealistic and before you call on me that anime are not real, let me tell you that there are some pretty realistic characters (Lelouch, Edward, Tsuna, Gintoki, etc). As a character, he is vastly out-classed by characters like Ueki or Luffy, who despite being similar to Goku, retain their identities and flaws. Goku is definitely not the best character. How he holds the First spot is beyond me.

Goku will always bring about fond childhood memories and such, but does that make him the best anime character? I think not. Compare him to L from death note and his character looks mediocre at best and the depth of his character is shallow in comparison to said character L. I'm not saying Goku is a bad character I'm just saying he isn't truly number 1 in my eyes, what I am saying is that everyone needs to watch Death Note realize how awesome L is and vote him up to number 1 spot. Just do yourself a favor and before voting for Goku watch Death Note.

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...

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

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.

He is easy the best character in anime history he's so funny and sympathetic,he's strong and a great brilliant fighter I love Naruto so much he should be number one not L in death note.

Though this might be because I grew up watching Naruto, I voted for him since he really did have a good plot and background information. For those who finished, he had a saddening childhood, and yet never gave in to the hate. He always told everyone something similar to: "I'll become the Hokage, just you wait and see. Believe it! " And as we know he grows up to be a fine shinobi, conquering his enemies and even turning many into friends and comrades. Once again, for those who watched from beginning to the end, we got to witness as Naruto a kid became a teen, then finally an adult as he achieves his dream of becoming Hokage and even getting married and have kids.

I don't know why Naruto is not number 1, he never stop chasing his dream and reached it in the end, he tackled the prejudice and racist- like treatment and eventually became someone that wasn't feared by everyone but loved and respected. Naruto is the more relatable person on this list, "never give up and you will reach your goals", I mean why is goku up there he is basically "oh damn, I'm losing this fight, maybe I should change my hair colour" or "hey Gohan, I want you to fight cell, let me power him up first." Literally Naruto is relatable to, those kids that get excluded, people that get bullied based on what they are, aspiring young fighting- dreamers, basically everyone in the world.

6 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.

I found him a bit weird at first, but now I actually kind of like him. He's got good energy and he always likes to dive headfirst into situations. While his unique rubber ability creeps me out slightly, it's a cool thing because it makes him harder to hit. Plus he can slingshot himself into enemies, which is cool.

Luffy is one of the most savage characters in anime history. He defeated 50,000 of the fish men with just his Haoshoku Haki. He never gives up on his friends, and he's also one of the funniest and more simple characters in anime. His silly and idiotic attitude is what anime fans look forward to in One Piece. He influences everyone around him and brings smiles to people's faces. He even got the most beautiful character person in One Piece, Boa Hancock, to love him, which is a win in itself. Plus, there are a ton of memes on him too. He also doesn't hide his feelings, which also makes him a stand up character in One Piece. He also doesn't expect much in return, such as must characters in One Piece do. Coughs*Bellamy*coughs.* All the kid wants is meat to himself. Isn't that enough for the future Pirate King?

Luffy has been my favorite character since I started watching and reading One Piece over around ten years ago. People say he's a moron and shouldn't be the main character when it's not all true, yes, he is very child-like and doesn't listen to his friends, orplan things out, but his flaws make him feel more realistic to get attached to him. He cares about friends, almost getting himself killed by protecting them so many times, he went through so much at Marineford just to save Ace, only to have him die in his arms. He saves people he doesn't even know, because he cares. People say he's selfish for putting his friends in danger, when he isn't, they agree to help him with the task at hand. If they didn't want to help, he wouldn't MAKE them do it against their will. He's been through so much, it's a miracle that he can still smile

This guy here is stupid, but he has his absolute wise times to the point where it's scary. Luffy's devil fruit power does sound pretty weak, but once you see his full potential, you will immediately change your mind. Luffy is immune to regular bullets, electricity, or any blunt damage unless it is Haki infused. Luffy might as well be the only character in this list that can knock out over 50,000 men in just a glare, not even moving an inch. Luffy's Haki is something to be
reckoned with. Luffy is a friendly pirate who can at one moment be laughing away, next thing you know he is dead set on defeating you to protect his Nakama, you're going to be stomped.

7 Spike Spiegel - Cowboy Bebop

He's like he has that aura of nonchalant and all that, he's like calm and cool and everything thing and he would sacrifice for like other people.

It is absolutely pathetic that Spike sits this low. I like L and Ed, but Spike is a more complex character than either, and Goku and Vegeta are simply not well written characters, especially not by Z and Super. They are iconic, sure, but simple, underdeveloped and emotionally shallow. Luffy is actually a good character, but not better than Spike. But there is nothing more insulting than Naruto Uzumaki sitting at five. What the hell is wrong with people. Naruto is one of the worst written characters created by a poor character writer. Listen, you can like Naruto. That's totally fine. But what Kishimoto is good at is action and fight scenes, not, in any way, his character work or story. Good god people.

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.

Best character ever. He is far better than L, Vegeta, Goku and most importantly the brat named Naruto. Only Edward comes close.

Spike deserves to be NO 1

8 Levi Ackerman - Attack on Titan Levi Ackerman is a fictional character in the manga and anime series Attack on Titan, also known as Shingeki no Kyojin in Japanese, created by Hajime Isayama. He accompanies the main protagonists in the second half of season 1. His most notable feature is being "Humanity's strongest".

Levi is my absolute favorite character in AOT. He has a very strong willed personality. If there was anyone who could defeat the titans, it's Levi. There's no way you can't dislike Levi. Or should I say, Commander Levi? One of my favorite Levi scenes in the manga (or anime) is when Eren is walking alongside a patrol and he feels like someone is watching him. He turns around and Levi is behind him, staring at him intently. I love Levi because of his leadership, and he makes me laugh. He is my favorite AOT character and I wish I could meet him in real life.

There's a lot of reasons to love Levi he's simply one of the most badass characters in anime. But people most of the time forget how kind or considerate he is towards his comrades and all he did was fight for freedom till the very end. He had to make the most hardest decisions throughout the series and lost the most. Still he kept pushing forward. There simply wouldn't be anyone more fit for his position and that's why he is my most favorite in AOT.

Levi's not exactly one of the main characters of his show, but he is still the most loved and most popular character in the show and one of the most loved characters in anime. Has an extremely disturbed past (a reccuring theme in Attack On Titan) and has witnessed many traumatic things in his life, but Levi stays strong through it all. The thing I like most about Levi is his personality: He's real serious, sarcastic, and cold; but also very compassionate, protective, and a clean freak. I forgot to mention that this dude is a literal human beyblade, he's real overpowered. Also, Levi isn't just fan service, he is actually really important in AOT's story. For example (spoilers), he decided that Armin would get the injection and has saved Eren on multiple occasions. Without Levi, AOT wouldn't be the same, maybe even less people would like this anime if Levi were not present and lots of things in the story would have changed.

He is literally best anime character for me. Some people thinks he is overrated and people love him because his look but its not. His character is fully seated and he able to control his emotions very well. He is the only one who won't give up his mission and his purpose even if the world burns down. He never have selfish interests. He is a soldier who could risk his life to protect his comrades.

9 Kakashi Hatake - Naruto Kakashi Hatake is a fictional character in the Naruto manga and anime series created by Masashi Kishimoto. In the story, Kakashi is the teacher of Team 7, consisting of the series' primary characters, Naruto Uzumaki, Sasuke Uchiha, and Sakura Haruno.

Kakashi is one of my favorite anime characters ever. He is so powerful and goodlooking. But on top of that he has gone through so much when he younger and he never turned bad even though mostly everyone would. Kakashi has a great personality and he handles things so well.

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.

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

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.

10 Himura Kenshin - Rurouni Kenshin Himura Kenshin, known as Kenshin Himura in the English-language anime dubs, is a fictional character and protagonist of the Rurouni Kenshin manga created by Nobuhiro Watsuki.

Himura kenshin also known as the legendary manslayer Battosai is the definition of a perfect character. the way his character is built and progresses with the story is perfect. he is one of the very few anime characters that have such an amazing personality. His past of being a manslayer then realizing his sins and finally his path to redemption as he swears never to kill again, realizing the value of human life and his own life and the resolution he has to never break his oath is beautiful journey. I have never come across a more well devaloped character. He is definitely one the characters that have gone through the most suffering. this is a perfect example of atonement for sins, peace , redemption, and the value of life. No other character can surpass him in terms of personality and character devalopment.
a true legend indeed.

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.

Ahh Kawakami Gensai! I will always love this character. The person he is based on died in the 4th year of Meiji holding the sword corps off as his wife and child snuck away. He was falsely accused of harboring enemies of the state because they knew how much of a threat he was if they ever had to face him.

He was such a great swordsman that the sword police could not take him even outnumbering him and they were forced to use a line of gunmen to shoot him in the back as he fought off the sword corps.

He did not have red hair nor a cross shape scar but was short and thin for a man, he was however noted as a man whom honored all those he killed and was a very VERY excellent hitokiri.

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.

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11 Itachi Uchiha - Naruto Itachi Uchiha is a fictional character in the Naruto manga and anime series created by Masashi Kishimoto.

Itachi is one of the greatest characters not just in the Naruto verse but in anime/manga history. He completely flips audience perceptive on their head and gives one of the most shocking reveals of the show. He is cool, calm, collected and powerful which makes anyone fall in love with his character. He is the silent Guardian, the watchful protector, the Dark Knight.

Itachi is one of the best and self sacfricing people in naruto. He was ordered to slaughter his clan for the sake of his village including his parents. Itachi couldn't kill his younger and decided to go join a group to get intel on them pretending to be the bad guy to everyone in the world and making everyone hate him. His brother hated him and he still had to lie, his brother killed him and he went down with a smile on his face. He gave everything away for his village.

Before you read this.. Beware of spoilers. Now... lemme start by saying Itachi's a hero hidden in the dark. He shows that no matter what, you need to move ahead and stop feeding on people's praise and what they think of you. I think he's a brilliant creation. I don't know for the majority out there but he's certainly the best anime character ever crafted and a perfect role model for many. He defended his village at the cost of his fame and pleasure. He knew he was gonna have a tough time but went on with it anyway. He did everything for the greater good and he loved his brother to the very end. Even after death, when being reanimated, he still wants to protect the village and everybody in it and he's the biggest reason why the war turned in favor of the Allied Shinobi. He's got a class of his own although he's got haters. He's the most mature, most deserving of all Shinobi but still considers himself inferior to everyone. That's called humility people.. His love was true to the very ...more

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

12 Ichigo Kurosaki - Bleach Ichigo Kurosaki is a fictional character in the Bleach manga series and its adaptations created by Tite Kubo.

Ichigo belongs at least at #2. He is the hero of bleach, and the way he shows that is so badass! He will protect his friends at all costs and do whatever he can to stop anyone who threatens his friends! I believe his speed would be able to keep up with goku at a very strong level, because of just how fast he is. His strength isn't as strong as goku because (well can't you tell the difference laugh out loud) but his powers help push that further. Ichigo also is inspiring, because he won't let anyone knock him down and if they do, they will pay the price 10 fold. He also never gives up and is always there for anyone! Ichigo is really #1!

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

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

A lot of people seem to hate Ichigo. But I, for one, am one many others who respect him. He refused to kill Ulquiorra after the latter told him to because he was already weak and Ichigo hated that he wanted him to finish him off because of it. He fights for his family, his home, his friends, hell, what else could a guy fight for in his life? Ichigo is the perfect example of a guy who's willing to lay down his life to keep everyone safe. Even if it means dying in the act.

13 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.

Really cool character. Naturally gifted genius with a dream to make the world better. Only he's a bit insane, killing so many people. But still loveable

Literally the best anime protagonist of all time. Out of all the anime I have watched Light was the most unique out of all. Definitely there's no reason to not love him. The absolute GOAT

Light was simply one of the best characters ever written and you can't really deny that. (in my opinion) He's a normal genius in high school who just happens to be the one who had to find the "Death Note". It changes his life as he believed he could bring change to the world, making it crimeless. He does however of course like most people in history, got corrupt on power and began to murder even those who were innocent. His clashes with "L", the greatest detective were some of the moments that made Death Note intense and amazing overall. Though some people probably don't enjoy psychological action and prefer just brute fighting scenes. (sorry DBZ though I'm not saying I don't enjoy the series)

Light starts out as a semi-likable High School Prodigy who befriends a Shinigami (Japanese god of death) and acquires an artifact called the Death Note that lets him kill people if he knows their name and face. He plans to kill off every criminal on Earth and create a Utopia.

Over time, he becomes a twisted murderer who kills everyone that comes close to standing in his way. What I loved about Death Note is that I never knew who I was rooting for... Light, the evil boy who wanted to create a Utopia? or, L, the detective assigned to figure out who is behind the killings. After Light killed both of my favorite characters in episodes 5-7, I hated him, and L became my favorite character. I just wanted L to gain the upper hand on Light so badly. But after awhile, I wanted Light to stay alive and continue his plan. The conflict and mentality of the show are what make it so good.

You should watch this show right now.

14 InuYasha - 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! :))

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.

I totally wish I was kagome because Inuyasha is so cute and noble and I love his hair and ears and big adorable yellow eyes. Inuyasha is the best character ever!

InuYasha is one of my favorite Anime of all time. He is a cool character and his development over the course of the anime was excellent.

15 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.

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 ...more

Lelouch vi Britannia and Lelouch Lamperouge are both the same guy. I wonder why there is two separate entries for both. I wonder if there wasn't he would have been in top 10. He was an exceptional character whose death actually made me cry. And I rarely cry. He know what to be done and what not to. He is a true hero and he is the only reason Code Geass can be superior to Death Note. I hated the protagonist in Death Note the most. Lelouch's plans and emotions are human. Light never seemed to be realistic in my opinion. That's why Lelouch is superior to Light and deserves to be in the top 5...

Lelouch should be #1 on this list in my opinion, due to his extraordinarily ingenious and tactical mind. This high school senior and vice president of the student council also is the scourge of the empire of Britannia named Zero. He is the pure definition of badass. His full human nature completely reflects the effect of which war does on all of us. An antihero he is. He remains partly evil yet all for a good cause. He raises an army, conquers the world, dies to bring peace to the world and (controversely) lives to see the future. I am fully convinced that Lelouch Lamprouge is undoubtedly the greatest anime character ever conceived. The boy manages to be a badass, a genius, and a student/ vice president of the student council whilst wielding the power of the king known as Geass.

Lelouch is one of my top 5 favorite anime characters due to the fact that not only is he a vicious genius, an ultimately good brother, and a lady-killer, but he is the only character who decided to stand up against oppression- no matter the cost- for the sake of everyone he loved. One could say that Lelouch is a cold hearted and manipulative because of his actions, but watching him play out battles like a chess grandmaster and ultimately *spoiler avoided + must watch Code Geass* is just great. All my respects for this great guy. All Hail Lelouch!

16 Eren Jaeger - 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.

I don't see why some people dislike Eren as much as they do. He's got all the personality qualities of a great anime character, and he is a great anime character. Plus, he does whatever he can for Mikasa and Armin, so he's a great character!

I know a lot of people hate Eren. And so do I. But I voted for him because his personality is just like mine and I can relate so much to everything he says (And yes I am a loud and noisy b---h) I get made easily, I am very reckless and I always take big risks, I don't like when people save me or help me out (accept my mom because I need help with that math homework ), and I suck at teamwork. And these days you rarely ever see anime characters that trust in themselves and know that they ARE strong and up to the challenge. Eren is strong and he knows it.

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!

Dammit, Eren is arguably one of my favorite anime characters. He's similar to Naruto, very determined and passionate, but on a more intense level of hatred (towards the titans) that is pretty unique in a male lead character.
I think his character design is underrated. I love his design so much. In fact, most of AoT's characters were really memorable, design-wise.
I don't get why Kirito has to be bashed on for being in front of Eren, they're both pretty awesome.
(I personally prefer Eren based on personality but I'm conflicted because SAO was my first anime )

17 Kirito - Sword Art Online Kazuto Kirigaya is a fictional character who appears in the Sword Art Online series of light novels by Reki Kawahara.

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.

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.

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.

I have to admit, I had a small crush on Kirito the first time I saw his real face, because I don't know, he looked adorable to me, like a little girl, almost >3<. He looked weird with his hair in GGO, though, but altogether a pretty good character. I love his double blade wielding. He's better than Eren, and that's a fact. Eren can't compete with this guy. Also I really like Asuna, she's so nice. I no longer have a crush on this guy by the way... lost interest in GGO.

18 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.

I have never seen any character go through more development than Simon. *SPOILERS*
At the start Simon is just a lowly digger who fills dwarfed by Kanima. Over time we see him developed to be a little more confident with himself. Then Kanima dies and we see him go through a stage of sadness and anger and more uncertainty. We get to see him fall in love and break out his depression to become the hero of the earth. Then he becomes leader put in jail by the government he set up, before busting out and turning into an absolute badass who defeats an interdementional threat. But then Nia dies and for the last few seconds we're shown he has just become another nameless digger by the end, forgotten by the world. Just like he started.

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.

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.

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

19 Rin Okumura - Blue 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

Rin is a stubborn, sometimes stupid, ambitious son of SATAN. Even though everyone tells him what he should be (evil) and hates him for what he can't change, he decides for himself who he should be and doesn't let his lineage define him. He is an adorable character that makes you just want to root for him all the way, (not all anime/manga characters are like that, some are just so annoying you wish they would just die half way through: Sakura Haruno*cough cough*)
Rin is an awesome demon with the flames, fangs, tail and the works. The anime is badass, funny, (I found it a little bit sad) and definitely one of my favourites.

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!

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

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.

20 Yusuke Urameshi - Yu Yu Hakusho

I love Dragon Ball Z, I love Naruto, I enjoyed countless others from SAO to Death Note to FMA but Yuyu Hakusho is a series I've watched since a kid and re-watched many times because no matter how many times I watch it it is amazing. Yuske being the center of that show makes my choice obvious. His love for Kaiko and his faux apathetic attitude makes him not the most complex but a very interesting character and his ability to continually improve despite his odds prevents me from saying anything negative about him. The show is amazing and this character is as well. I'm sad he's not in the top ten but I'm glad he made the top 15.

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.

Yusuke Urameshi why isn't he one of the top ten? Yu suite has always been such a relate-able and lovable character oh my god! And until I turned 14 I used to pray every night god please make a spirit detective, koenma answer my prayers I remember the good old days waking up at 5am just to watch the repeat FOREVER FOREVER

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.

21 Yugi / Yami - Yu-gi-oh

FIRSTLY, YES, I AM AWESOME!... Yay... I really don't know what to write, so, um, I'm just going to point out a few random things I can think of:

#Most adorable person to ever live... In the world of anime
#Reincarnation of a cool Ancient Egyptian Pharaoh (Ancient Egypt is one of my favourite topics in the world, alongside marine biology)

#Strangest person to ever half-exist in the world of anime (I say half exist 'cause he's a spirit, and I am really strange, so I like him for being part of my Strange Group)
#Spirit of a cool Pharaoh

(P.S. Sometimes I really don't like Yami, 'cause he can be a bit of a jerk at times, but we still all love him, don't we? Yes, we love them both. :D! )

So, have fun reading what is probably the weirdest, less-sense making, confusing thing in all of Space and Time!

... Bye.

I Love yugi. It anoys me when he is called yugioh or a ten year old. He is a short 10th grader. He has the coolest hair ever to be drawn ever no doubts. He is adorable and extremy likable. I like all the yugios with yugi in them the other ones mean nothing to me. The origional before they started the card spinoffs was the best. It makes me wanna cry that it cannot be recognized for the brilliance of season zero (yugioh) and that it was cancelled.

He is super caring, and would literally do ANYTHING to save... well... anyone! Right there with Naruto, Natsu, Eren, and so many other great characters!

One of the best of the best anime heroes, With Yami's bravery and Yugi's kind heart they form the best anime hero ever!

22 Yoko Kurama - YuYu Hakusho

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.

One of the best characters I have ever seen. Intelligent, analytic and good looking. He love for his family and friends makes him one of the best characters ever!

YuYu Hakusho is by far me all time favourite anime and a lot of that is thank to Yoko Kurama, he was just such a good character I couldn't stop watching the anime!

"The expression two faced has got nothing on this character. In Yu Yu hakusho he proves over and over again how amazing not one side can be but both can be. "

23 Trunks - Dragon Ball Z/Gt Trunks is an anime fictional character from the anime series, Dragon Ball Z, created by Akira Toriyama.

He's really handsome and in his kid form he's very cute. I like the idea of his friendship with Goten, one of my all-time cute characters! Also his voice both in his kid form and adult form is really cool!

He's rubbish compared to the badass yet cute and adorable as well as powerful and strategic and talented AND formidable Goten!

Future Trunks - Awesome, hot, really PERfect voice (English not Japanese) and was awesome!
GT Trunks - Wimp, spoiled, completely ruined my perspective of him

Why is my single crush so low on this list. He was the one who changed future, killed androids, loved goku and everyone else.

24 Armin Arlert - Attack On Titan Armin Arlert is a fictional character in the manga and anime series Attack on Titan, also known as Shingeki no Kyojin in Japanese, created by Hajime Isayama. He accompanies the Protagonist Eren Jaeger. He is mostly known for his smart and quick witted mind. His notable feature is wanting to explore more.

Armin Arlert may be seen as a weakling, but in fact, he is stronger than you all think.

Have you ever heard of the quotation that sometimes, strength has to bow to wisdom?

That's what it means.

It may not be seen directly, buf Armin doesn't know that his strategies and plans saved many lives. If not for his little hesitation to pull the trigger, Jean would've died in the manga. If not for him calling up Hannes, Eren and Mikasa would be eaten along with their mom. If not for his theory on Annie as the Titan, many lives will be taken away by the Female Titan. If not for his manipulation on Berthtoldt, their mission would've failed and Eren would still be kidnapped. If not for his quick thinking and strategical mind, the squads wouldn't be able to refill their gas and kill the remaining Titans.

Basically, he was always the boy behind the operation.

His personality is also highly relatable. He's nice, sweet, friendly and caring, but there is something ...more

From the moment when Armin gave his speech in season 1 to protect Eren and Mikasa I knew from right there that he'd be my favourite character in show. Yes he's not physically strong. What he lacks in strength he makes up for in brains. He's without a doubt the smartest character.

Armin is strong in both mind and strength. At first he might not seem like the most durable person, but throughout the series, he shows great acts of courage and determination, putting lots of things on the line for his friends, Mikasa and Eren. He even risks his life for Eren! If facing a huge bunch of government trained 'assassins' isn't enough to be awesome, I don't know what is. Like Eren and Mikasa, Armin is surely a character I'll never forget!

Armin is maybe weak but his head saved countless people When you think about it, without armin, literally almost all the characters would have been dead. He was was the one that told hannes where eren and mikasa were. He was the one that came up with the plan to get into the supply room. He was the one that figured out annie was a titan. He was the one that helped save krista and retrieve back the 3dm gear. Without armin, humanity would have been gone by now.

25 Vash the Stampede - Trigun Vash the Stampede, also simply referred as Vash, is the main protagonist and the titular character of Trigun, an anime and manga series created by Yasuhiro Nightow.

Spike is probably a better character than he is, but I still like Vash. Yes, he cries a bit too much and he can be too much of a pacifist, but despite some of his annoying moments, I still like him. He is my husbando like Spike. He's funny, he can be tough and stand up to people. He is also very compassionate and sensitive.

This guys a giant goofball! But he comes from a very dark past that explains his actions (trying to save everybody) anf oulook towards life and bears the scars of it. He can go from idiot to manslayer really fast then back to an idiot instantly

He is actually deeper than most people think him to be, also Doughnuts and Love and Peace. He is a walking contradiction

No other character in anime acts as selfessly as Vash. He's the best when it comes to being so humble, yet so powerful.

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