Top Ten Anime Characters

The Contenders: Page 2

21 Yoko Kurama - YuYu Hakusho

Kurama is actually powerful with his brains and his foxy form.

Most intelligent character of all time. Inspiration of the nine-tails demon in naruto series and Kurapika of Hunter x hunter. Amazing different personalities from being rude to funny.

Wow having Yusuke at 20, Hiei at 21 and kurama at 24 proves that this is the best team, even though these 3 should be in the top 15 or top 10

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!

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22 Konno Yuuki - Sword Art Online Konno Yuuki - Sword Art Online Yuuki Konno is a fictional character who appears in the Sword Art Online series of light novels by Reki Kawahara.

Strongest girl in anime history ever huh? Wow I pity you. You are pathetic. You don't know Android 18 and erza scarlet. Do you?

She may just be my favorite anime character. A lot of people don't know her because they didn't bother to watch Mother's Rosario, but OH MY GOD. Yuuki is amazing. She's the only girl Kirito meets that doesn't join his harem, and she kind of beats him with flying colors in battle. TWICE. She also is strong and she didn't give up because of AIDS. In the short time we saw her, she was kind and funny. So if you haven't watched SAOII, DO IT. You can't miss out on this amazing character. - Absolite

This little kid kicks major ass physically and mentally,.despite of her condition she never gave up on life and always strived for the best. Oh and also he kinda kicked kirito's ass like twice

(This comment contains spoilers) Honestly, she should be above Kirito. Reki Kawahara did an absolutely amazing job creating this character. It destroyed me to watch her die so brutally, I don't think I'll ever get over her death. But she also died knowing that she made her life worthwhile and she will never be forgotten.

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23 Yagami Light - Death Note

Throughout the whole of death note I tried to convince myself I hated him. I couldn't. Light is the insanity inside us, convincing yourself what he believed his wrong is so hard! I ended up loving him, more than L, more than every single character in the anime.I new he was doomed from the start but I cried all the same. He was the first 'bad guy' I could finally relate to.

absolute legend... fun fact! I once watched the whole series of death note in one day - 14 hours

LIGHT best anime character so what if he's delusional he was a cynical, charming, brilliant, coniving bastard which made me love him

Light Yagami > L Lawliet.. That's all

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24 Hiei - Yu Yu Hakusho

"Like they said in the dark tournament. "Short things do come in kick ass packages. "

Yes Hiei should be higher on the list, almost no one is faster than him with a sword

Yusuke at 20 and Hiei at 21? These two dudes deserve to be in the top 10. Both badasses in their own way

Let us all pray to our Edge Lord. May he move fast and be short proudly. May he rebel against society, while being on Earth of his own will. Try to Destroy us all but give up once it gets tough. Amen

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25 Lelouch Lamprage - Code Geass

Lelouch should be at least top 3 on this list. He is an exceptionally good character. I mean, he is so smart and the way he carries such a great weight on his shoulders is amazing. You just can't predict lelouch's next moves nor can you stop being amazed by it. There are a lot of amazing anime characters out there, but lelouch is just on another level. - WindyHill

very intelligent and unpredictable... handsome... of course.. hehe...

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

The bravest and smartest
achieved world peace

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26 Trunks - Dragon Ball Z/Gt Trunks - Dragon Ball Z/Gt Trunks (トランクス, Torankusu) is the first Earthling and Saiyan hybrid son of Bulma and Vegeta, and the older brother of Bulla .

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

Keep dreaming. Trunks is the badass between then two. He's cuter and smarter, too. Goten does nothing but follow Trunks around like a lost puppy. - SupaSaiyanSwagga

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! - TheSonicFanGirl

Awesome and strong and has a very important role in dbz

My 2nd favorite, awesome in dbzk because he has a sword, vegeta's son, cool hair, he and goten are awesome. - EliHbk

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27 Yugi / Yami - Yu-gi-oh

The best hair ever

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!

He would be number 1 if you see the TRUE WILD yami yugi FROM SEASON 0

Seto is better

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28 Gaara - Naruto Gaara - Naruto Gaara is a fictional character in the Naruto manga and anime series created by Masashi Kishimoto. He is the jinchuuriki of the one-tailed shukaku and can control sand that is stored in his gourd.

Bad guy turns good guy, brilliant.

Really interesting character.

At first Gaara appealed to me as the "badass" of Naruto and I never payed special attention to him. Although, he progresses very well in the series, the way the animators (Weekly Shounen Jump) exposed this characters true side to the audience was great timing wise. His childhood was probably the saddest part about Naruto but it was also one of the most special moments of Naruto.

Sabaku no gaara. Well he's not the toughest guy at all but a responsible and valiant shinobi though. Truly remarkable and extraordinary, he does leaves a milestone. A true kazekage.

Gaara is so precious :,3

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29 Yato - Noragami Yato - Noragami

Yato's mischievous personality just makes him a very likeable character. He is also extremely relatable since he hides the fact that he is very caring under a mask of mischievousness.

Yato needs to be higher. Like really badly.

Who doesn't love the Delivery God of Calamity?

Tell me how Yato isn't one of the top tens.

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30 Death the Kid - Soul Eater Death the Kid - Soul Eater

Death the kid is by far my favorite character in an anime! His compulsions are hilarious, such as his love of symmetry and his calm yet serious demeanor makes him seem like a total boss. CAUSE HE IS!

This guy is the best anime character ever. Of all time. His absolute obsession with symmetry, his absolutely badass fighting styles, & the sheer hilarity of essentially any time he & his weapons interact make Kid the absolute best character in both Soul Eater & the entire world of anime. He destroyed an entire PYRAMID for Death's sake! And without even using his full power! No one is more hilarious, badass, or just plain interesting than Death the Kid.

He is an... eh character. For one or two episodes, I ADORED Kid, but he soon got bland, boring, and repetitive. He might be the best character in Soul Eater, but that isn't saying much. All the characters in Soul Eater are, in my opinion, awful and poorly designed characters.

I HATE DEATH THE KID... I'M SO SORRY FOR TRIGGERING YOU!

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31 Kurapika - Hunter X Hunter Kurapika - Hunter X Hunter

I like his intelligence and strategic skills mixed with sarcasm and an overall kind heart. Usually the smart badass characters aren't sweet and caring, so this was positively unique. I also love how he started off as just a weak quick-witted teenager and became an incredibly strong force to reckon with with great character development. I love watching characters grow, and Kurapika is no exception. His backstory with Pairo and the Phantom Troupe was very well done and utterly heartbreaking. His voice actress in the 2011 remake is great with emotion, and I capture his character so well that I laugh and cry with him. He's absolutely my favorite character in anime.

Kurapika is an extremely well written character, who despite being an avenger, is kind at heart and hates unnecessary killing. He is badass and has a brilliant mind. He has a dark past, but hasn't become unreasonable because of it (Unlike some Uchiha Sasuke...)

Kurapika is a badass. He is destroy all of you!

Smart, handsome, cool with good manners. KURAPIKA IS THE BEST

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32 Ken Kaneki - Tokyo Ghoul Ken Kaneki - Tokyo Ghoul

Without a doubt my favorite anime character of all time. And I have seen many animes. I'll just assume the ONLY reason he is not number one on this list is because it's slightly newer and people may not have seen it yet!

The torture he underwent was horrific and it made me question humanity and morals, yet he can still smile and care about people. Its effects on him made him more of a "badass" character, but at what cost? His love for literature also makes him more realistic. He's awesome guys.

One of the most controversial characters of anime. I always cry alongside him when I watch him struggle with his true self and conflicting moralities. This poor guy went through a lot, and sometimes he might just need a hug

Kaneki gives you a feel of very ordinary person. He suffers to a point where anyone can lose themselves and become the monster the world wants him to be. Yet kaneki remains what he is from the beginning, a true person with a pure heart. common people push him up ^

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33 Trafalgar Law - One Piece Trafalgar Law - One Piece

Ope ope no mi... One of the coolest abilities in anime history as bold as it is to say it, he is also respected by his crew and one of the seven warlords of the sea.

Beast, easily one of the coolest anime characters ever, awesome ability, awesome style, just a straight up badass.

Sexy, badass, intelligent, powerful, not to mention that he's a warlord and has the power of the ope ope no mi, one of my favorite one piece devil fruits ( other than the gum gum no mi ).

Law is awesome.

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34 Guts - Berserk Guts -  Berserk

"If you ever see God, tell him to go to hell! " -Guts

"Humans are weak... But we want to live... Even if we're wounded... Or tortured... We feel the pain..." -Guts

"If you're always worried about crushing the ants beneath you... you won't be able to walk." -Guts He's a badass killing machine, yet he still says things like a philosopher.

I mean come on... Guts... He is better than many guys (listed above)... He inspires us to get up and kick some ass..

Easily the most badass character in anime. Plus he is actually well written with a compelling story to back him up

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35 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.

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. - Pinkarray

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

Someone who is both funny and a badass.

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

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36 Armin Arlert - Attack On Titan 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.

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

Armin is an amazing character who deserves to be a bit higher. He may think lowly of himself, but he managed to snap Eren back to his senses once. Armin is also very smart and can probably get perfect scores if you gave him a test!

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 maybe a coward in the past but he is still my favorite Why? Because he is smart and stronger then anyone in AOT eventhough people says he is a loser

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37 Gilgamesh - Fate/Stay Night Gilgamesh - Fate/Stay Night Gilgamesh is a fictional character from the Japanese visual novel and anime series Fate/stay night by Type-Moon. He is the Archer-class servant of Tokiomi Tohsaka and a secondary antagonist during the Fourth Holy Grail War in Fate/Zero. He reprises his role as a secondary antagonist during the Fifth ...read more.

First of all, if Izaya Orihara was on the list, why wasn't Gilgamesh on this list to begin with? He's an amazing villain! He is a badass narcissist taking the title of the King of Heroes above all heroes even though he isn't one himself! He was really prominent in the Unlimited Blade Works route and this guy is so strong that he won't take you seriously unless you can hold him off long enough! Hey, at least I'm not adding Jiemma from Fairy Tail! That guy sucks, but this Heroic Spirit rules! - ModernSpongeBobSucks

If you haven't seen Gilgamesh's interesting character and personality yet, you HAVE to watch Fate/Zero and Fate/stay night: Unlimited Blade Works. He's a very awesome arrogant villain who deserves a lot of praise as an antagonist like Frieza and Cell from Dragon Ball Z. - ModernSpongeBobSucks

Ok, I kinda hate this guy because you know he's like evil and messed up in the head (he tried to summon the grail for himself twice, also he killed ilya) plus he looks like a total with his hair down and those gay ass clothes. But of course gotta respect the fact that he is indeed the king of heroes, the first hero and the king of uruk (king of assh oles). He may have had all the phantasms in his treasury but still shiro actually beats this guys ass he cut his hand! And also Saber dismembered this guy like twice in shiro's grail war and kiritsugus grail war. So yeah... that's about it... that's it I'm done

But he's still a good character, am I right? Come on, I know he's evil and all, but he's supposed to be a villain, you know. An awesome villain in my opinion. - ModernSpongeBobSucks

38 Lelouch vi Britannia - Code Geass Lelouch vi Britannia - Code Geass

Guys lelouch isn't just the best anime characters, he is probably the most well crafted character in the history of story telling. He has a sense of epicness and charisma that no other character has and knows how to do things with style. But the most impressive thing about him is that he's a character that is actually smarter than the audience! He has the audience thinking he's a gone completely insane and evil until the very end, when you realize that duping the audience was all just another part of his plan. To see that the character you thought was evil give up everything he has and turn the whole world against him just to create a better world for his sister and his friends really hits you and is what makes lelouch truly a work of art. There are a lot of great anime characters on this list, but I think lelouch deserves to be higher.

LELOUCH was a mastermind and arguably the best anime hero of all time! He deserves the number 1 spot on this damn list! Why the hell is he this low?! He is one of the most popular & liked anime character ever from the very popular anime code geass! He has been voted many times as the best character by anime fans. Now he must top this list as well. Zero commands you to vote for him! All hail LELOUCH VI BRITANNIA!

Oh come on... He is awesome... There's no one lime him... And only 48?

Why 35 he is far better than sao kirito and others that are above him

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39 Saber - Fate/Stay Night Saber - Fate/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 ...read more.

Strong girls rule. Girls are very strong. They suffer menses, menses cramps, pregnancy pain and operation and sex pain and they still fight and Rock the world. Boys have no such problems.

My favourite in Fate. She's beautiful, kind yet a total badass. She's the most powerful servant ever, the most loyal person in the world, and deserving of the title 'King of the Knights'. - Goku02

Saber is strong, steadfast, and honorable...She is one of the strongest female anime characters

She is so amazing even with that invisible sword of hers

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40 Sebastian Michaelis - Black Butler Sebastian Michaelis - Black Butler

He is a DEMON! A mysterious, devilish DEMON!

Hello!? Demon! That just says it all!

He's a sexy ass demon -_- what more do you want from him?

Oops didn't mean to put the? There sorry!

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