Top Ten Anime/Manga Characters
The Top Ten
I know that L died in both the manga and the anime because of Light, but he didn't "lose. " He already had his next step planned and in the end it was Light's loss. Even the creators admit that they believe L was the smartest character (look it up on Wikipedia), and you have to admit, he has charisma. A lot of it. And he's funny, in a weird, totally awkward way that was still cool.
I guess this is the long way of saying L had his own style, and was no way inferior to Light Yagami. I personally liked L because there are no other characters with his personality. Light... I've seen, watched, and heard too many characters with his style.
I adore L! He was so interesting to watch. I swear every time he figured something out and explained his thought process I was blown away. Someone mentioned it already how he didn't "lose" which I totally agree with because even he says that even though he lost the battle he will not lose the war, and man was he right! I am so happy when other people tell me he's awesome because he is. Such a unique character. Death note was basically the first anime I watched, and man was my crush on him on the insane level. I cried to no end when he died, and I continue to every time I rematch the anime or reread the manga. Definitely makes Death Note worth watching/reading over and over again.
He has such a unnique and wonderful personality. So different than a lot of other anime characters, whose creators did not have a lot of originality.
Despite his overwhelming intellect, he does not flaunt it around like Light does. He has an innocent quality to him, but at the same time he can be totally bad-ass. He has flaws, but it adds to his personality perfectly. He fought to prtect the world from criminals and honestly give justice to those who deserved it, where Light sought to mercilessly destroy all those who commited a wrong deed, even if it meant killing innocent people in the process.
Overall, his character is one of kind. He will be loved no matter what, and we are not about to forget him anytime soon. RIP Lawliet...
Okay, he's definitely better than Goku. L is a very complex character. His intuition is unbeatable and without him in the series I feel as if it would've been less interesting. He isn't your average guy in anime, L is such an original character. Even in the tension, he was the character that could find a little humor in everything. To add on, L's idiosyncracies are adorable. His sweet tooth, apperance, voice, way he sits, and the way he thinks. It's all wonderful. The saddest part is how lonely he really was. Lawliet will always be remembered in my heart and many others. RIP
This character is truly one of the best and although I love Goku I have to say that Vegeta has a real life edge to him that Goku probably don't. Now I know many people will probably send me smoke bombs for this but just take a second to think about vegeta. Vegeta shows growth, he flawed, he works on those flaws, he redeems himself, expresses how he feels and what he thinks, end up respecting (at first hating and wanting to kill) the main character his rival goku and despite fights and humiliations of almost every type that still didn't stop vegeta from becoming one of the most popular characters of anime. Talk about character development laugh out loud! Vegeta personifies it 100% and then some. PRINCE OF ALL SAYIANS ROCK!
Vegeta is an ultimate bad-ass, the only one to top a man like this would be Roronoa Zoro. Both of these Characters have been down played so much due to then not being the 'main' characters in their respective show. No matter how much training a secondary character does they can still never be as strong as the main even when the main is laid back when it comes to getting stronger. Secondary characters are better than main characters 85% of the time.
Examples: Beyblade, Kai. Beyblade metal fusion, Kyoya. Naruto Shippuden, Kakashi, Bleach, Captain commander Yamamoto, Fairy tail, laxus. Etc
Vegita is probably one of the coolest characters ever. He is really strong, has a lot of pride and of course his rivalry with goku will always be remembered. He never gave up even though deep down he knew goku was better because he was more talented but that didn't stop him he kept on training and training and always managed to be around equal strength with goku.
It's kind of sad that he is so low on this list. He brought a new dynamic to the whole series, from the saiyan onslaught to his emotional farewell to his son and wife, to becoming a super saiyan God. This guy deserves to share the top spot with Goku
He sacrificed so many things. Even when he learned that his world won't be fixed, he still goes back. Away from the people he now cares about and the dad he never got the chance to grown. He left to free his world, even if there wasn't anything left for him there.
I love Future Trunks! After Vegeta, he's the most badass DBZ character. While stupid Goku plays around with villians causing more damaged, Trunks sliced 'em right up like the cool, no-bs badass he is. He's introduction was truly amazing!
Dude what ever your saying is bull trunks is just a weak ass who come to ask help form Goku and Goku is known as strongest players in this whole world, vegeta and trunks who is the one who keeps on messing around in serious situation
My favourite character ever! Most people prefer L but Light is much more complex, he starts as a hero but due too his hunger for power and god complex he then becomes the villain, and basically you are watching a series about a villain trying to get his own way! Simply amazing, really smart personality and I guess many people can relate to him in a certain way. I've always supported him since he IS the protagonist, and I also saw L as an obstacle which had to be eliminated. Light is just perfect and no other anime character will ever be such unique as him.
While most people who've seen the anime Death Note write Light off as a bad character I do the opposite. Light is actually a well-rounded character in my opinion. He started out with good intentions, such as purging the world of evil. However, unlike other anime protagonists, Light's good intentions are twisted by human greed and ambition. Due to this, Light becomes the so-called "villain. " This, I think, sets him apart from the rest of anime characters and signifies him as unique.
I highly doubt most people call him a bad character. He's a terrible person but one of the greatest characters in animation
Okay so he was horrible to Misa but so what!
He's just plain awesome! He's a psychopath, he's a genius, he's badass, he's the most interesting protagonist to feature in a manga/anime.
Plus he's kira.
He. Is. So. God. Damn. AMAZING!
I've got nothing to say but he is one of the most brilliant and outstanding character I've ever seen in ANY anime. He has the power of God which wields him the advantage of being completely invincible. You gotta love this guy! - Iraj P.
I couldn't control my tears and I cried when Goku died. He was so inspiring. I start watching dbz when I was four and when I turned six I become so busy that I couldn't watch dbz and after some days on my T.V. cable Cartoon Network was not available so I couldn't watch dbz anymore. I only watched it till Android saga started. When I turned 12 toonami channel was available on my T.V.. One day I saw dbz on toonami and I was so excited that I got to watch this show. It was the beginning of buy saga. Then I searched internet and read the story of all episode I have missed. Then I kept watching it daily. And when I saw the episode where Goku and other died. I was so sad. My most beloved character. I am a girl and I don't care if he is handsome or not. In any list of anime I always vote Goku. He is my number one character. Sometimes I am confused that which character should I vote and if I see the name of Goku. My confusion is over at once. I vote for him blindly. I don't care which other ...more
Goku was the first character who inspired me. I start watching dbz from Frieza saga when I was four. I was so excited when he turned super. I watched Frieza vs Goku and the I was a big fan. After that Cartoon Network stopped airing dbz after Goku vs Frieza. When I turned eight I found dbz on Cartoon Network. I start watching it from Android saga. Then again it was stopped. I turned twelve.Then I connected to smart T.V. and found dbz on toonami from cell saga. I start watching it again. Then I got internet. I watched all the episodes I hadn't watched. Now I am watching dB super. And I still love Goku. He is the best character ever. Very innocent and inspiring.
Come on... I mean, who could ever hate Goku? He's funny, but also serious when he needs to be! He is one of the most charismatic characters ever existing in the manga world, nobody who loves manga hates Goku, it's just impossible! In levels of strenght... well, he can blow up entire galaxies in a short matter of time, and I'm not counting GT of course! He is probably the strongest non-fused character, but if we count Battle of Gods, Vegeta surpassed him.
Anyway strenght is not the main the reason to love him!
Goku took a place in our heart since we were kids, and nobody is going to steal that place!
Goku is the hero of just about every single child who was ever exposed to manga or anime. Akira Toriyama was an inspiration for Mashashi Kishimoto to make Naruto. Goku is practically all things positive as a person. His inspirational value, from his work ethic to his many words of wisdom is unparalleled by any other manga character in existence. No other manga character can compare to the wide reach Goku has had in the world.
She's one of the most important characters in the DB series. If it's not present Bulma doing something to save the world, it's her future self (Mirai Bulma) doing something to save the world.
How is bulma even low than misa amane. She is aewsome and genius who built dragon radar and laser gun at age of five. And she is the one who melted the heart of the tough guy Vegeta.
Edward elric is the best!
He risked his life to save his younger brother. He risked his arm and leg to save his brother. He went through a lot to save him. It takes a lot of love and heart to do something like that. I have watched fullmetal alchemist for one or two years now. All I watched was this. And there's one important thing he taught all of us."stand up. Move forward. You got strong leg's, so get up and use them."
Edward Elric is my absolute favorite anime characters of all time! He should be ranked much higher than number 10. You want to know why? Well...
He's the fullmetal alchemist, duh!
He has a strong bond with his brother that I have never seen before!
He hates milk, like ME!
He gets the most raging and funny temper tantrums the world ever sees when somebody calls him short.
I rest my case.
Dude, the spelling is ELRIC. But never mind, the point is... WHY IS HE IN TENTH PLACE?! He's the most badass and coolest character I've ever had the chance of watching! Goku just kamehamehas his enemies and they're all boom! Dead. But Edward? He actually puts effort in his fighting, using his brains and alchemy to achieve the impossible. AAAND he doesn't get his clothes ripped off in the process.
The full metal alchemist! What makes him better than any other manga character is that he is not perfect and goody goody and all that, he is very flaud and morally conflicted when it comes to the philosopher stone, he is egoistic, but he always do the right thing in the end, and his desire and determination to regain the body of his brother, it's just legendary!
I think that he is after vegeta the most badass character with the strongest ambition, to become the greatest swordsman.. But that isn't all because he is honest to what he believes in and that is that Monkey D. Luffy will become the Pirate King and that's what makes him awesome..
He wants to throw away his own life and ambition so that the strawhats can live on and he wants to become stronger for luffy and asks Hawkeyes Mihawk to train him and that's the one that stands in his way to become the best swordsman
The most badass character ever. He's better than vegeta in the sense that he isn't driven by his arrogance. His back story is epic, his sword style is epic, everything about him is epic. He never gives up, and never stops fighting, even when he's about to die. Definitely the most badass edgy character in anime.
Zoro, he ate the badass badass fruit except that he didn't lose his ability to swim but he sense of direction. A character that shows great determination and has his moments in the show. By far my favorite anime character alongside alexander the great (Fate/Zero).
Go look at that chapter where he took all of Luffy's pain and just stood there in a pool of his own blood without falling over and then tell me he isn't the most badass character of all time.
I am sorry for being harsh but you females just like a character who looks good and he is hot. You never see a person personality. How inspiring and good a guy is. Goku deserves to be number one. He is not as handsome as trunks but he is the most inspiring character of all time. This list is about most beloved and inspiring characters of all time not about smoking hot characters of all time. Goku deserves to be number one. I hate that kind of females who just prefer hot and bad guys. Instead of good and great people. Besides I am also a 12 years old girl. But I prefer great people. I saw how inspiring they are. And Goku is the most inspiring character ever in anime history.
He is under rated. He was a 8 year old super saiyan! Plus he is the CEO for capsule corp. The largest company in that world! He's traveled through time. He wouldn't stop until his dad accepted him. So he can kick almost anyone's ass, is a genius, really sweet, and is super hot! Why is he not higher!
He is super strong and cute and definitely not like his father he should be in the top 10
Trunks is so amazing and the best looking anime guy in history he's SMOKING HOT!
Alucard is a good Vampire fighter, much resistance against physical attacks and a personality to boost. Very fine at offense as well with his dual Pistols and other demonic tricks up the sleeve.
Alucard is the baddest, most powerful vampire I've ever seen. He's so awesome, he can't even die! He also wins all of his fights, excluding the last one. At the end of the series, he also gains omnipresence. He's just that powerful. His series is also really bloody. I love how he's never fazed by anything at the end of the day.
This top ten is only about mainstream anime so I don't think many know the real great character. I saw many character here that deserve at least top 20 but they are from the big three or FT and so get skipped. I just suggest to watch Hellsing Ultimate, it's just the only way to enjoy and understand Alucard.
Best Badass ever seen in Manga just love him his style his dark side and his skills makes dracula just jealous he is just amazing makes you want to watch the manga some more and more...
Kurosaki Ichigo is a complex character that needs years to be built. I myself has some things similar with Ichigo's personality. Not simply because he is strong or handsome (which he definitely is), every characters has their own strength and weaknesses, but what makes Ichigo a respectable character is his determination.
Somewhat like Naruto, he has his honor, pride, and people that he needs to defend. He also has a strong sense of justice, no matter who his opponent is. And what makes me admire him as a man is because he has his destination. He has a goal in his life and he is determined to make the goal become reality. In reality, we often wavered on our decisions and determinations that we often failed to grasp the opportunity and lost ourselves to doubt. Ichigo become a realistic character because he also his own downfall and not all the time hero, a hero sometimes needs to be rescued, and his humanity is what wins Ichigo. His humanity makes Ichigo a victor.
He's a character which moves me a lot, out of all of the mangas and animes I've seen and read. Ichigo just shines to me. His personality, although sometimes can be confusing, is somehow very touching and sweet? Ichigo is just- he's too sweet for his own good. Ichi-go! Go!
Ichigo is a heroic and awesome guy. He will do anything to protect his friemd from danger and rescue his friend no matter what. He save Orihime from the Espada, save Rukia from execution. He is friendly and help his friend no matter what.
He is. Hot. He's amazing! Ichigo vowed to protect anyone... He's amazing like that. He wants to protect his sisters, ever since his mom died... I think that's why ichigo kurosaki is so amazing!
Guts...the name itself sounds tragic. From the second he was born, he has always been through very rough situations. He is a real struggler. His character development and philosophy is the best I have seen in any manga...Guts deserves the first place. L is cool too but he doesn't have any character development as he was introdiced to the audience as an already fully developed character. Guts' is a god tier character and nobody can deny it. He is a badass..
The whole idea behind having a character, especially a protagonist, is that the character should not be the same at the end of the story as they are in the beginning. What I think is so brilliant about Guts' character is the fact that he's someone who can be related to, this being the side of Guts who is antisocial and struggles to open up to others. Along with this side of his character we are greeted with someone who you can aspire to be, skilled in the art of swordsmanship and an utter bad-ass. He's literally been to hell and back and has forever changed him as a character, and he continues to change. I just don't understand how someone with two polar opposite aspects of their character can be so low on the list.
I see characters here that really shouldn't even be there but are ranked higher because of kids that only watch mainstream. Guts is by far one of the most powerful beings in his anime/manga-- taking on impossible tasks that no other human could accomplish. From killing gods, to demon armies that he slaughters in just a few strokes of the Dragon Slayer, all without any kind of special gimmicky powers. Just pure rage, willpower, and endurance. Yes, he does acquire the Berserker Armor, but that is literally the only kind of special item he acquires, and even the power of that armor has it's HUGE drawbacks, yet he powers through it and endures everything fate brings to him.
You cannot put Guts this low. Seriously, under all that mainstream crap--- from my view even Bulma from the DB series is over him. come on people. This guy slays gods and he doesn't even have any powers. This is the top list, not the most overrated. If you watched Berserk, the anime/manga in which Guts appears ...more
It pisses me off that Pikachu is listed way above a character whose existence forced me to change my perspective. guts has a motive, and a reason to live for it. This man would storm through Hell to do what he must, and he'd leave mountains of demonic corpses in his wake.
^He actually did.
Berserk's world is one where you must either be a bootlicker or a beast to survive, and Guts made himself a new class. "Heroic Monster! "
Listen, guy scrolling through these comments, you NEED to read Berserk. The character of Guts alone carries such depth and emotion, as well as fun brutal ass-kicking.
Zarbon is an amazing villain because he had the best fight scene against Vegeta, ruthlessly pummeling him. He also was the Commander General of Frieza's entire army and slaughtered many under his command before meeting a grisly end himself. He has the ability to transform into a reptilian beast and uses his beauty as a clever camouflage for his demonic form. Zarbon is the beauty and the beast personified in one excellent villain and is a very successful plot device for Vegeta's story.
Zarbon has an excellent persona and villainous attitude. He's also got a great design and he's a morally complex character overall when it comes to both his elegant form and his monstrous deadly form. Aside from the fact that he serves Frieza with utmost loyalty, he's also one of the most brutal tacticians and military commanders in the entire universe.
Zarbon makes for a wonderful villain because he is very intelligent, composed and a marvelously skilled warrior. But these are just probably a few reasons as to why he is Frieza's most trusted and highest-ranking general and right hand man. The icing on the cake would have to be his ability to transform into a monster, making his power level soar even higher!
Zarbon is the best supporting villain as well as having the most exciting fight scene in the series. He's also a very deep character and does a lot for the actual plot. I love that he suggested and set up the Saiyan planet to get wiped out by his Master Frieza and continued to serve loyally until the brutal end.
There are some people who say that Lelouch sacrificed everything for others, but that's not completely true.
Yes, he had sacrificed things for others but its also for himself
Lelouch had said so himself "I need a reason to live"
He wanted to do something, something that will show that he has a need to live, a reason strong enough that he can sacrifice everything to reach this goal. This is the reason he was prepared do die and receive the consequences of killing innocent people and dirtying his hands.
This is not a flaw or weakness, in fact, this is what makes him so special and attractive. There are many characters out there that say "if its for them, I can sacrifice my life" "if its for my friends, I can throw away everything"
In many animes this is shown as "hypocritical" words " naive or great" words in others
However Lelouch has never said any sort of words like that.
He has sacrifice for his friends, family, world. This is a very narrow pointed ...more
This character changed my whole view of the world because of the things he had to do deal with, and most of them he had to go through on his own. (SPOILERS! ) Euphy's death, Suzaku's continued betrayal (all up until the end), his father and mother, and everything else. He truly deserves this place, if not higher. I love Lelouch.
I love Code Geass. I watched it when I was younger and then watched it again this summer. Lelouch is one of the best characters in anime. Why? This is because he sacrificed things for the people he loved, for himself and for the world. He wanted to changed the world even if it meant hurting his first and last friend, Suzaku. He also killed Princess Euphemia, his half-sister and his first love. He even fought against his half siblings, Prince Schneizel and Princess Cornelia, and his sibling, Princess Nunnally, the person he most loved. He fought against his whole family even his parents, Charles and Marianne, and also his uncle, V.V.
There are too many reasons to why this guy should be number one. First off, he brought peace to an entire nation and created a perfect world for the mistreated and his sister Nunally, the only reason he wanted to live. Second, his power is just uncanny. I mean, the ability to control someone's will is absolutely the best power ever created in anime. And third his developement is perfect. He goes from this genius level innocent high school student to a bloodstained anti hero with A. God complex. These three reasons are why lelouch should be #1
I lalalalalalalalallove inuyasha so much... Every scene in it, I do love, especially those quarrels of Inuyasha and Kagome... Haha <3 very romantic love story yet its different from others... Very unique and intersting... Love you two InuKag
I'm addicted to this! I can't help but think about this show all the time!
Really stupid at times, loyal, cute, acts like he doesn't care but actually does. plus his weapon (Testusaiga) owns.
He's pretty strong, but Sesshomaru is more powerful than him.
It's the most popular figure which is quite commonly seen in this world quite really over others, there is no doubt about it.
Pikachu is really cute! He is a loyal pokemmon to his trainer (Ash) and is protective pikachu is the best mouse pokemon ever
Pikachu is the most adorable character ever! He is so cute and his voice is cute as well. #pikaCHU!
He's the most adorable character ever and I don't know why he's not in the top ten
This man is a hero. He is an honorable Konoha shinobi who is willing to and has sacrificed himself to save Konoha many times- even murdering his traitorous clan to save the village. He practically represents honor, self-sacrifice, grace, elegance and strength. He is also a loving brother, constantly looking out for his brother's best interests, even if his plans do not work out exactly the way he planned. Itachi fans, where the hell are you?! Why isn't this piece of perfection AT LEAST in the top ten?!? VOTEE IF YOU ARE AN ITACHI FAN.
Itachi is one of my all time favourite characters! He is firstly built up really well as being a very dangerous shadow in the background of the story, but then he becomes this real character and he just grows and changes with the story and turns out to have such a touching past to contrast his strength and seeming brutality. He's just great, I've never doubted for a second that he was a total bad ass; the most bad ass character in Naruto for sure!
Amazing character! Reminds me of Byakuya from Bleach - calm, logical, flawless and just hard out! He is the rogue ninja that killed off his clan and joined the unbeatable organisation made of S-classes criminals - and he still stands out! Should be much higher!
The pain he endured.. Saving konoha twice but no one noticed it.. Being a villain in peoples eyes but a true hero by heart.. I can't explain the love I have for itachi in words.. No anime character can take his place for me.. Simply the best.. !
How is he not further up the list? Posessed the Rinnegan, killed jiraiya, killed Kakashi no worries, can send you flying just by looking at you, blew up konoha in an instant (although admittedly, that took a lot of effort). Just looking at him, you can tell he is a badass.
"We are Pain. We are God. "
How can we all frgt him just great invasion of pain was best arc of manga
Luffy is a superstar in the world of pirates throughout the anime. He has a very high leadership. Different from Naruto, Luffy's my favorite of which he is the only main character who never wanted to be a hero, realizing very bad reputation, but he's still helping people who need help and said, " IF YOU WANT TO CONSIDER OUR HEROES OR CRIMINALS, YOU ARE SET SELF". Different from the other groups in anime such as Bleach and Fairy Tail is still considered a hero or Natsu or Naruto who wants to support the people and is considered a hero. The purpose Luffy is not a hero but wanted to show how free he is venturing across the seas freely with extensive crew to get ONE PIECE AND ACHIEVING THEIR DREAMS.
Luffy is an amazing person who cares about his friends and will do anything to protect them and make them smile. He is very funny and stupid, but that's another reason why I love him. He is always growing strong and shows people that he is not afraid unless I can hear my friends voices. The best thing I love about is because he is always chasing after his dreams and never give up or lose hope. He is always believing. He is a person full of courage and a person that we all can look up to and call him a true hero. Even though he is an anime character, to me he is something more than that.
Luffy is a MONSTER! Yeah, he might not be as strong as Naruto or Goku but they are people who were born lucky, really really lucky they got all these super powers like Kurama, SSJ 1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8... yes they are giving a 1000% in battle but Luffy is giving a 1010% he might not have Energy balls and blasts but he is using his powers to the MAXIMUM! He is stupid, funny and all but when he needs to he becomes serious. He just doesn't know when to give up even if he is on verge of death he will come up with something and that's why he is so amazing!
Luffy is in my opinion THE BEST anime character of all time not goku. thou goku and luffy have numerous similarity, luffys superiority comes from his love for his nakama and his density. One of the best things about him is his way of helping people. he will get him self into trouble tons of times just helping people (or animals if you have seen one piece you will understand). He is also one of the most stupid characters in the anime and that makes him all the more lovable. So if ANY ANIME CHARACTER should be the best it should be Monkey D. Luffy.
Although gray can be just as rash as Natsu sometimes, but at the same time is cool calm and collected. he has a very bad habit of stripping, but that's just what makes people love him even more. he went through a lot in his life but despit that charges fowrd with a smile on his face He's plan out awesome.
He's strong and good looking, he is one of the best looking in the whole fairy tail series.
Come ON. I am sure that he is a man with skill and looks. What more do you want? If not the top, he surely deserves to be in the top ten. He is surely better than most of his teammates. He ROCKS!
Gray Fullbuster, being the handsome and tactical man, DESERVES to be at the top of the list. He has touched and froze hard throughout the entire series and chapters. Let him on the list!
I agree! Gray Fullbuster is my favorite character in general because he has a cool attitude and is extremely loyal to his guild.
From a former villain to one of the key members of the Z fighters, Picollo has been a mentor, a father figure to one of the major characters, not to mention sharing his fate with the title objects of the series. Piccolo have dedicated himself to the forces of good through his fist and wits. Only if the series gave more spaces for other characters like him, he could been much more higher on the list.
More brainy than brawny. Former villain changed into a key Z fighter, a mentor, a father figure, and definitely sharing his fate with the title of the series.
hi is the 2 best
Ace IS one of my favorite anime charcters ever.
He is selfless, passionate. And loyal. One of the biggest proofs is the way he died, he died fighting for Whitebeard's honor, he died protecting he's little brother, he died thanking people for "loving someone as useless as him", He died smiling.
And That is why Portages.D. ace is one of the best anime charcters EVER!
He is the son of the pirate's king: Gol D. Roger! He is the adopted son of Whitebeard and the captain of his second fleet, he have an extraordinary power, it's cool and very strong, his death was very dramatic and sad..
Seriously, he treated luffy like trash when they first met, how can anyone like him? Although I admit he did save luffy.
Awesome. No further explanation needed.