Best Anime Heroes


The Top Ten

1 Goku - Dragonball Z Goku - Dragonball Z 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 isn't the best hero because he's the most powerful. He's not the best hero because he's fought some of the best villains. He's not the best hero because he lives in an awesome world. He's not the best hero because he can save the world from anything. No, Goku is the best anime hero because of the person he is. The ideals he shows, the personality he exemplifies. He's not perfect. He's always gone, is kind of a bad father, and is a pretty big idiot. But I'm glad for it; if he were perfect, then he wouldn't be realistic. He wouldn't be fun to watch. As it is, he's been beaten before, and completely overwhelmed by opponents, but that's not the point he makes. The point is that he doesn't give up. He works hard to make it to his goals, to break his limits, allowing him to become more than was required. He never took the easy way out with accomplishing this, though; he always worked, always trained, always did the most he possibly could to reach the heights he needed to reach. He is ...more

Okay. It's pretty obvious that Goku is at the top. To be honest, this order of heroes is perfect because Goku, Naruto, Ichigo, and Luffy honestly make the best ' heroes team the world could ask for. Plus, Goku is the stronger one and more powerful, followed by Ichigo, Naruto, and I do not know where Luffy's place would really be because I haven't seen ALL of one piece but he definitely belongs in the top 4. But Goku doesn't even need to be involved because once he is, leave it to him by himself to handle any situation no matter how bad it is. He has the others to fight alongside him if needed. Go J-stars victory Vs heroes!

Not even Madaras cheap shringan can hurt 1 cell on goku. He would have no idea how to bind goku in an illusion because basically, ninja stars can't pierce him, fire can't burn him, chains can't hold him, not even an entire planet can crush him.

No matter what technique naruto or madara has, you just can't escape an entire planet being destroyed by goku. Even if they managed to teleport...where to?


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

It's both amazing and inspiring how he never gives up, no matter how many times he's knocked down. But that's not all there is to him. He understands the pain of loneliness and helplessness. Even if he hates his enemy for killing someone dear and trying to destroy his home, Naruto overcomes that hatred, he tries to understand his enemy's pain. He fights to protect his friends while at the same time, he tries to save his enemies that are in pain. This anime is much different than Dragon Ball. It shows the pain people go through, including the enemy's pain. It actually inspires to overcome the feelings of hatred and sadness. It makes people want to change themselves, to stop running from our problems and from ourselves. It makes people want to become stronger and stop running from everything around us. It makes us want to stop crying and move forward. I myself am trying to become a stronger person and there's no one I rather be like, than Naruto.

He is awesome and he is the kind of guy who stands up for what he believes in and he would do anything to protect his friends even die for the dearest ones and he never gives up that is why he is a rolemodel for many people!

I think that Naruto and Naruto Shippuden are the best anime in the world because they have got the most interesting storyline awesome powers and it explains everything. It's also funny and Naruto has the strongest fighting spirit and the guts never to give up no matter what. In my opinion nothing can surpass this anime

Believe it! - NarutoUzumaki

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3 Monkey D. Luffy - One Piece 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.

In terms of Heroes, it is impossible to decide, because ALL of them share so much care and courage, etc etc. But by the end of the day, my cents go to Luffy. One Piece isn't popular here in the US, so they haven't witnessed all of his capabilities. I'm not talking about strength or power capabilities, but about his knack to defy logic and survive in order to reach his goals.

Those who talk abt ichigo probably don't know luffy... The greatest anime hero ever.. He dosen't have the power to save the world with a spirit bomb like goku... But has the power to save those who love n cares for him.. Most versatile hero in anime... Love you luffy! Great emotions... Knows when to get serious.. Luffy-kum you rock... Thank you oda for creating an awesome character

Luffy is the best because he is the character I would most like to emulate, above all the other hero characters.

Monkey d luffy is the greatest of all heroes I believe at the end of one piece he will be able to beat goku"s ass

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4 Ichigo - Bleach Ichigo - Bleach

Ichigo is easily the best because despite his powers, he's normal. Unlike all the others on this list of top ten, he came from a normal background. He was dragged into a whole other world and is torn between them as he continues to fight for his friends and family. At the end of the day, his powers don't set him as the best; it's his personality. His will to continue fighting even for a war that wasn't his despite his heritage, but that didn't come till later. So at the end of the day; even without knowledge of what he really is; he still thought thinking he was human. Everyone else on this list was born into things were such powers was a natural occurrence. Ichigo was always strong but did show an emotional side; one that is arguably deeper since he started as just an ordinary teenager getting dragged into a war that most people would crumble under.

Ichigo kurosaki I think should be number 2 or 3 because not only will he kick your butt, but he has a warm and kind heart, and he will literally do anything to protect his family and friends

Ichigo is a utter bad ass and the only friend/ family who has died near him is his mother because she was protecting his as a child and also he has got bad ass forms of shiki and banki as well as his final attack form, anyone who hates ichigo hates anime

He's the best

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

He is a badass

6 L - Death Note 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.

L is the smartest character out there. He's an interesting character, and he never fails to predict Kira's behavior.

Random criminals around the world are having heart attacks and this guy gets put on the job and figures out that it is a student with relations to the police department in Japan who is trying to become a god. This guy has to be one of the most totally unique and seperate anime heroes in this list as he doesn't work out immensely, has almost no friends and doesn't need to scream when facing his enemy. Hats off to a one of a kind hero

L is just the hero nobody asked for. He is intelligent and works so hard at getting to Kira, and will stop at nothing for justice. He even goes as far as to fake his death just to get information. This to me just shows how bent he is on justice and getting Kira into custody.

Best anime character ever.

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7 Edward Elric - Fullmetal Alchemist Edward Elric - Fullmetal 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.

Ed is a genius when it comes to alchemy and is one of the best, strongest hand-to-hand fighters there is. But there's more to our young hero than that. Ed has a dark past and has made some mistakes in his lifetime, but he is willing to do anything to move forward and fix what he can, protect the people he cares about, and save the whole country. Though hardened in his youth because of the hardships he faced (and faces throughout the series), he retains his morality and a certain idealism that allows him to persevere.

Ed has the caring side of the typical protagonist, but also a side that shows he isn't quite what you would expect. He is smart but tends to overlook some things on his quest. He has my vote because he has a more three dimensional personality that makes him seem more human than the typical hero

I think I can safely say that Ed is the best hero anime-wise. He represents the older siblings who care for their young ones.

Ed should be number 1 to be honest. He’s everything you look at in a hero besides the height lol

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8 One Punch-Man - Saitama

Others are heroes but Saitama is officially a SUPERHERO. And the strongest anime superhero ever lived.

Saitama always comes to save the day, even when he hasn't paid his rent.

One Punch Man can defeat all of the heroes ranked above him with a single punch

He is the most strogest heroo

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

The greatest character in the naruto series

Yes he saved the village from a shinobi but killing his family well that stoped the 4 shinobi war but he did not have to join a terrorist group and kill lots of people

Shouldn't he be first? Guys just watch the anime and find what true heroism is! - archiesweirdmysteries

Itachi Uchiha is a true Hero. He sacrificed himself, everything and everyone he loved to save his village and the ninja world. To prevent more innocents from dying because of his family¬'s mistakes he covered himself as a villain. In the end he saved the world from the shadows. But to achieve that he had to sacrifice other people as well and knowing he needed to punished for this, he left his brother Sasuke, the person he loved most in the world, to avenge his clan and put an end to him.
¬'¬'He¬'s the hero we all deserve¬'¬'

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10 Natsu Dragneel - Fairy Tail 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.

He is a dragon slayer and he will slay the rest of them except Goku deserves top 3

Haha top ten yeah! I agree though with a lot of people saying top 3, the whole point behind him is fighting for those he cares for. That's like heroic trait number 1! - Hiten

Natsu is always number one! He has the most heart and trust and I need him in my life...

Should be top 3

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The Contenders

11 Lelouch Lamperouge - Code Geass 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 is an incredible anime character who has probably sacrificed the most out of all the anime characters out there. Everything went according to his plan in the end. He succeeded in uniting the whole world and sacrificed people's opinion of him, his family name and even his life to make the world a better place and nobody will ever know!

Would I call him a hero? Not necessarily, but Lelouch is easily one of the most interesting and well-developed characters in fictional history. You can't beat that.

He is amazing, his talents are unmatched.

Lelouch is one of the best characters out there! Almost as good as Ichigo. His brains and the way he uses his powers, and his kind spirit don't make sense when they go together but as the series progresses he end leaves you feeling like 'what the **** just happened? ' Lelouch has since then been my favourite anime character since.

12 Roronoa Zoro - One Piece Roronoa Zoro - One Piece Roronoa Zoro, nicknamed "Pirate Hunter" Zoro, is a fictional character in the One Piece franchise created by Eiichiro Oda.

Zoro is so overrated. He's just there to fight enemies. Unlike what his fans like to claim, he rarely saves or helps people, he's more interested in fighting strong opponents. Both Luffy and Sanji are more helpful and compassionate. He's not particularly kind but rather harsh, always to first willing to leave a nakama behind: Nami, Robin, Usopp and recently Sanji. And people acts as though Zoro is more important than he really is. NO people are not always secretly wishing for him to be there. (roll eyes)

The only person in all anime who is not an anime hero but treated like a hero. Whenever crew is in bad situation we know luffy will get them out. But in deep in people hearts they always want zoro to be there.

Ultimate beast and yet incredibly loyal and kind

He is not the hero... and is crazily overrated.

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13 Roy Mustang - Fullmetal Alchemist Roy Mustang - Fullmetal Alchemist Roy Mustang is a fictional character from the Fullmetal Alchemist manga series and its adaptations created by Hiromu Arakawa.

Mustang can be almost as beloved as Edward is. Mustang is a intelligent alchemist and a powerful one at that too. Like Edward he has a dark past and has committed some atrocities from that past, however he's still willing to atone for his sins. While he might act as a careerist and a womanizing jerk initially, in reality he's a huge softie and a rather loveable dork.

Roy for the win

i WOULD rant about him for a paragraph
but that would trigger everyone else
here's an acronym
Roy is an
Ostrich-faced, glory-taking old perv
Yes, this is a fact

14 Inuyasha - Inuyasha

Inuyasha is brave, and he will save your life even if he does not know you, he is my favorite anime character, because he had a huge protecting sword, and it only works when he is going to protect someone! He is super affectionate when he isn't being a jerk! WATCH THE SERIES!

I prefer the players also lose fights, and do not destroy the world with a finger. That is, I hate Goku and Naruto.

15 Guts - Berserk Guts - Berserk

King of antiheroes ever

Guts is the very definition of epicness! He shows us that a simple human can over come anyone and do anything through sheet willpower and determination! Not to mention his huge as motherfukin sword!

16 Alucard - Hellsing Alucard - Hellsing Alucard is a fictional character and the protagonist and antihero of the Hellsing manga and anime series created by Kouta Hirano.

This guy is a badass

He is awesome

17 Kenshin - Rurouni Kenshin

Kenshin is cheerful and happy with a dark past but he still manages to keep living with a happy personality. He's not afraid to fight and die for whom he wants to protect. Best anime ever if a little long.

I have watched many anime series, but few heroes really encourage and inspire me like Kenshin. While Edward, Ichigo, and Inuyasha are all fantastic heroes and men who inspire greatness in their own ways, Kenshin will always be my favorite hero because of his legacy and his pledge to never kill again, which he keeps for the entire series. He has a tragic past, but despite the atrocities he has seen and done, he continues to press on and live a life full of resolve, honor, respect and a side of lightheartedness to boot. Kenshin embodies the soul of redemption, proving that your past doesn’t define who you are or what you become, and I believe that is what makes him a true hero.
-Anyone can die, but it takes true courage to live.-

Goku number one really. Despite the fact Goku hates to kill, that all changes when he becomes super saiyan. Kenshin has promised to never kill anyone and he manages to keep that promis throughout the whole series while defeating every enemy.

Kenshin is one of the nicest characters that I know of in anime and my most favourite anime hero he definitely deserves a spot at least in the top 5 he’s one of the most classic anime heroes

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18 Ash - Pokemon

Ash is my favourite characters in anime series. He care his friends and pokemons and he is newer scare for any challenge. And one day he is become a pokemon master.

Ash Ketchum is the best anime hero of all time he cares for his friends and Pokemon. Plus he and his Pokemon have a bond beyond made evolution. Also he has saved the world more times than anyone including Goku and Naruto.

Ash Ketchum is the best shine hero of all time he cares for his friends and Pokemon. Plus he and his Pokemon have a bond beyond made evolution. Also he has saved the world more times than anyone including Goku and Naruto

He is my favourite anime character with so many funny fact

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19 Light Yigami - Death Note Light Yigami - Death Note

Light is my favorite. But he is not supposed to be on this list. He can be considered dark hero or more likely a villain in later stages.

Unlike other heroes this guy isn't just brawn. In fact he is most probably the smartest anime character ever. The way he manipulates everyone is just amazing. Has to be the 1st on the list.

Who put him on this list, he is a villain not a hero.


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20 Eren Jaeger - Shingeki No Kyojin Eren Jaeger - Shingeki No Kyojin

How is he 25, oh wait, because he turns into the enemy!

The best anime

Watch AoT and decide yourself

21 Mikasa - Attack on Titan

Part of me hates her for being so strong and not even having to try, but you can't blame her for that. She constantly tries to protect Eren, her last family alive. And almost always keeps her cool. So yeah... She's awesome.

22 Spike - Cowboy Beebop

Spike is definitely top 5, he's so cool and laid back but such a badass

23 Gon - Hunter X Hunter

Glad there's finally a list with Gon above Killua!

His story made have tears in my eyes.I loved his passion to find his Father-Ging the most.

He's the boy virsion of me and in an anime

24 Gingka Hagane - Beyblade

Gingka is the top blader his bravery is amazing. He help friends and his bey connected his heart. Gingka Hagane is the HERO.

Gingka is awesome. Not as good as Takao/Tyson (from the Original series) but still cool. He is strong, noble, understanding and he never gives up.

He is a crap and he s anime too - suve

25 Minato Namikaze - Naruto Minato Namikaze - Naruto Minato Namikaze was the fourth Hokage of Village Hidden in the Leafs and the man responsible for sealing the nine-tailed demon fox inside Naruto Uzumaki when he was born. Doing so cost him his life, and before dying he asked that the villagers not see Naruto as the monster within him, instead wanting more.

He should definitely be higher ranking than this. At least number 2 and naruto number 1 because he saved the village by giving his soul to the reaper to seal a the strongest beast ever to enter the shinobi world and have more than enough chakra to rip the (the beast) kuramas soul out in one go

He gave away his soul to save his village. How can you be any more of a hero then that.

This guy...

26 Kirito Kirigaya - Sword Art Online

I'm not sure if I like sword art online or death note more! They is both so good! Kirito needs to be a lot higher on this list. no questions asked. - llamabaconllama37

Kirito should be in the top ten at least, he saved a whole universe and people who were trapped in a video game, then saved his loved one in another video game!

Got me in to Anime in a big way keep looking for more like with lots of episodes running out need more lol

Saitama is just a joking troll. Kirito is an actual hero. Kirito is one of the best anime characters I have ever seen. - ModernSpongeBobSucks

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27 Sousuke - Full Metal Panic
28 Shinichi Kudo / Conan Edogawa - Case Closed / Detective Conan Shinichi Kudo / Conan Edogawa - Case Closed / Detective Conan

He always put the truth first than himself. Lovely sacrifice

29 Sebastian Michaelis - Kuroshitsuji / Black Butler Sebastian Michaelis - Kuroshitsuji / Black Butler

He should be higher on this list...

Why isn't he higher on the list?! Sebastian is perfect!

He is HOT, and very manly. And Devilish...

30 Aang - Avatar Aang - Avatar Avatar Aang is a fictional character and the protagonist of Nickelodeon's animated television series Avatar: The Last Airbender, voiced by Zach Tyler Eisen. Aang is the last surviving Airbender, a monk of the Air Nomads' Southern Air Temple.

How he grows as both a person and into maturity is really something and the way they show his personal growth during the show is pretty impressive. its amazing to see him overcome both physical and mental obstacles and take them within his stride.

31 Yusuke - Yu Yu Hakusho
32 Wolverine - X-Men Wolverine - X-Men Wolverine is a fictional character appearing in American comic books published by Marvel Comics, commonly associated with the X-Men. His powers and abilities include a healing factor and his signature adamantium claws and adamantium skeleton.
33 Renton Thurston - Eureka Seven
34 Hayate Ayasaki - Hayate the Combat Butler

Hayate is so strong

35 Hei - Darker Than Black
36 Kenzo Tenma - Monster

Okay, how is there a list about most virtuous anime characters and we forget this paragon? He has healed his greatest enemies. He never killed anyone, despite the urgency of his circumstances. He confessed to having committed a plethora of heinous serial murders and tarnished his reputation completely just to save a woman who tried to ruin his life. He sacrificed his prestigious career and future with a beautiful woman who was his fiancé, just to operate on a boy who came before a mayor. He went rogue just to kill the the true murderer, Johan liebert, and sacrificed everything to help others.

Honestly, how do people talk about virtuous and ignore the embodiment of virtue? He's literally Atticus Finch, only as a doctor/brain surgeon. All he focused on was saving others, helping others, protecting others no matter how deplorable. He rarely spent a second of his life after the whole Johan libert debacle with enjoyment, for he made sure that his primary priorities were completing ...more

How isn't he higher? He sacrificed every facet of his life just to heal and help others, including his enemies trying to incarcerate him and even kill him. He confessed to being guilty to a plethora of heinous crimes, thus tarnishing his reputation, just to help save a woman trying to ruin his life. Monster is a seriously underrated manga/anime and kenzo is literally the anime Atticus Finch, albeit more selfless and more badass at times

This guy is one of the BEST heroes in the history of heroes! ^_^ He truly cares about others and he doesn't really want to take a life even if someone is bad. He's a doctor that saves lives. He even says that human lives are precious. It's something Johan Liebert-the main antagonist- would NEVER understand. Tenma is one of those who deserves to be on this list! Don't believe me? Please, watch the series if you haven't yet. What are you waiting for?

37 Sakata Gintoki - Gintama

Most relatable and deep character of all time he can be a total ass sometimes but he also shows a caring heart when he need to be best character in fiction

He act weird and funny sometimes but he's a badass when it comes to fighting

38 Teito Klein - 07-Ghost
39 Tsunayoshi Sawada - Katekyo Hitman Reborn Tsunayoshi Sawada - Katekyo Hitman Reborn

I mean at times he can act pretty pathetic but if something involving a loved one or anybody he would jump to action and try to protect them he is my favorite anime character

40 Jotaro Kujo - Jojo's Bizarre Adventure Jotaro Kujo - Jojo's Bizarre Adventure Jotaro Kujo is a fictional character from the JoJo's Bizarre Adventure manga series created by Hirohiko Araki and is the delinquent protagonist of Stardust Crusaders .

A serious character That always completes what he has to do

41 Vash the Stampede - Trigun 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.

He is very cool and good man

42 Ichigo Momomiya - Tokyo Mew Mew
43 Dante - Devil May Cry Dante - Devil May Cry Dante is a fictional character and the primary protagonist of the Devil May Cry series, created and published by Capcom.

If you have ever palyed devil may cry or watched the show you know he is a bad.

44 Saber - Fate Zero/Stay Night Saber - Fate Zero/Stay Night Saber is a fictional character from the Japanese visual novel and anime series Fate/stay night by Type-Moon and its prequel, Fate/Zero, by Type-Moon and nitroplus. She is the the Saber-class Servant of Kiritsugu Emiya during the Fourth Holy Grail War in Fate/Zero and the Saber-class Servant of Shirou more.

This is my Hero...

45 Gildarts Clive - Fairy Tail Gildarts Clive - Fairy Tail

Natsu 11 gildarts 50

46 Kai Hiwatari - Beyblade

KAI is the best beyblade.He has more strength.He is too loved by all beyblade fana.

47 Laharl - Disgaea
48 Kyon - The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya
49 Emiya Kiritsugu - Fate/ Zero
50 Ryuko Matoi - Kill La Kill 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.

My Favorite anime period best hero should be higher

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