The 50 most popular anime characters of all time (2023)

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Believe it or not, anime is not just an animation or a story. Anime, as a medium of entertainment, is much more diverse in the possibilities it offers to its viewers.

And one such feature that needs your recognition is the characters. Yes, many of you ignore it, but characters are an important aspect to make an anime great and entertaining.

And to prove my point even more clearly and to introduce you to some brilliant characters, I have prepared a list of the 50 best anime characters. This list is filled with characters based on their popularity, contributions, writing, influence, etc.

Therefore, you can be sure that there will be some of the best people in it. So without further ado, let's dive into this vast sea of ​​lists.

I hope you enjoy reading it.

50. Alucard (Hellsing Ultimate)

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Alucard, the protagonist of the anime and manga series Hellsing, is a vampire known for his extraordinary strength.

He plays a key role as a warrior within the Hellsing organization, whose mission involves dealing with vampires and other supernatural entities.

Alucard's power surpasses that of ordinary vampires and is considered the most fearsome vampire and the most dominant character in the entire series.

49. Izuku Midoriya (My Hero Academia)

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On the next scale we have the protagonist of one of the most popular anime in recent times, My Hero Academia. Now to clarify, being part of the 'Big 3' is no joke, especially in this day and age when anime is more popular than ever.

And when you are the protagonist of such an anime, fame and love will surely find your way. Izuku is a humble man who is doing his best to become the next symbol of peace based on the Almighty's idol.

His dedication, hard work and desire to achieve his goals despite all his shortcomings is inspiring on another level. Watching My Hero Academia, you have many opportunities to put yourself in Izuku's shoes and realize that life often takes some of the worst turns.

However, the one who conquers all is the only one worthy of firmness.


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48. Kurosaki Ichigo (Big 3)

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As I mentioned in the last entry, love and fame are sure to pour in if you are part of the 'Big 3'. And that's even more true if you're the protagonist of one of the Big 3.

And that's EVEN MORE true when you're the protagonist of the original Big 3. Oh yeah, the adoration quotient here is going to skyrocket for our boy Ichigo.

For those who don't know, Ichigo Kurosaki is the protagonist of the Bleach series. And this man is not kidding. From a humble person to an absolute battle monster, Ichigo can take on any form depending on who he is dealing with.

His appearance is impressive and stylish, which also makes him one of the most handsome Shonen protagonists. No wonder it made this list.


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47.Sasuke Uchiha (Naruto)

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I don't want to repeat myself because I already mentioned this reason in the previous two entries. However, this also falls into the same category, so I shouldn't be biased.

Furthermore, this shows how strong the 'Big 3' aspect is in terms of admiration and popularity. Sasuke is one of the leading characters in the Naruto series.

He is known for his smug and handsome looks, as well as his ambitious nature. Known as one of the elite students at his academy, Sasuke is a beast when it comes to battle.

And it's no surprise that she climbed the popularity and love ladder without breaking a sweat. Fans love him for his contribution to the story and while the haters have their say, Sasuke ignores them as he should.

A really great character.


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46. ​​Shoto Todoroki (My Hero Academia)

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Well, look who we have here. He is one of the main characters of My Hero Academia and arguably the hottest. Yes, ladies and gentlemen, we are talking about the hot but cold Todoroki Shot.

Soto is one of the elite students of the United States Gymnastics Academy because he enters it by recommendation. He is the son of a 2nd (now 1st) rank hero named Endeavor and thus had a strong foundation from childhood.

Although he doesn't say much, his prowess in battle and charming personality speak for themselves. This is the kind of man you should strive to be.


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45. Dance Screams (Mob Psycho 100)

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It may come as a surprise to some of you, but I have always believed in my son Reigen Arataka. If you don't know, Reigen is one of the main actors in Mob Psycho 100 and his influence on this series is incredible.

Reigen's popularity increased when the second season of Mob Psycho 100 aired. This season featured a special character that highlights how complex a character Reigen is.

Although on the surface, he may seem like a simple con artist. But deep down, he is a man of will, courage and self-confidence who can stand up to even the strongest villains with a smile on his face.

His character may seem childish at first, but when you try to understand his mind, things become much more interesting. It wouldn't be wrong to say that Reigen brought new dimensions to Mob Psycho 100.


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44. Violet Evergarden (Violet Evergarden)

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Well, it's time to roll your eyes, ladies and gentlemen. If you're one of the few people who think anime doesn't offer adult content, I bet you haven't seen Violet Evergarden yet.

The protagonist Violet will forever change the way you think about anime and life. Violet Evergarden is a series about Violet, who, due to her rough upbringing, doesn't seem to understand human emotions.

As a child, she was always perceived and treated as a weapon of war. So when the only man who cared about her died, she decided to understand his last words.

Those who are "I love you". And this search for emotions and human feelings is what makes Violet Evergarden one of the best female characters you'll see in anime.

Her life is an exciting journey that you just can't help but love so much.


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43. Bakugo Katsuki (My Hero Academia)

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It's no surprise that we have another character from the My Hero Academia franchise. And with his presence, the My Hero Academia trilogy was completed. The top three characters made it to the list, and the one that ranks highest among them is Bakugo Katsuki.

He is a man with skills like Shoto and the essence of hard work like Izuku. However, what makes him rank higher is the fact that his personality is the most pronounced.

When you enter a new phase of life, whether it is adolescence from childhood or adulthood from adolescence, you realize the true nature of those around you. He always thinks that he is better than everyone, but then he is faced with others who oppose him, which defines his character.

Although his behavior is usually harsh towards everyone, the man evolves over time making his personality change all the more amazing.


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42.Tobio Kageyama (Haikyuu)

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Shonen sports anime always create some of the best characters for us to enjoy. So there's not an iota of doubt as to how the incredible Kageyama Tobio managed to make the list.

He deserves so much. Tobio Kageyama is a person who can seem rude and somewhat hostile at first. However, with his enormous dedication and willpower, the man showed what an incredible personality he is.

He is one of the best characters of Haikyuu which, if you don't know, is one of the most popular sports anime/manga of all time. So you can see why our boy made this list.

Proud to see him here.


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41. Koyomi Araragi (Monogatari)

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If you've been an anime fan for a while, there's a good chance you've heard of Koyomi Araragi. After all, he is the protagonist of the famous Monogatari series.

And while this might not be your favorite series, you can't deny that Araragi is an amazing character. This guy can save hundreds of people by risking his life, but still he doesn't feel unhappy about it.

He is known for his behavior, which can be questionable at times, but mostly something worth your time. If you're going to look for some amazingly written characters, you'll come across Araragi many times.

He is one of the best storytellers in the history of anime protagonists.


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40.Dazai Osamu (Bungou Stray Dogs)

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Fangirl's favorite ladies and gentlemen. Dazai Osamu is one of the leading characters in the Bungou Stray Dogs series. And in the anime community it is known for its crazy and surreal nature that makes it so different.

He is an amazing detective who can solve anything and everything with his intelligence. But apparently my man doesn't enjoy life that much, so he decides to make occasional suicide attempts.

This sets it apart from the crowd and is therefore widely known in the anime community as a fan favorite of this series. More specifically, female anime fans love him, and I guess that's why this smug character made it onto this list.

39. Shigeo Kageyama (Mob Psycho 100)

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No no. He is not the brother of Tobi Kageyama from Haikyuu. He's not even related to Haikyuu. Instead, our boy Shigeo Kageyama aka Mob is the star of the very popular Mob Psycho 100 series.

Yes, it's Reigen from the show and it's true that Reigen is a mob lord. Just like Reigen, Mob also received a boost in personality and popularity due to the release of Season 2.

This is because, like Reigen, Season 2 also had dedicated characters for the Mafia. Therefore, fans had the opportunity to enjoy and understand the mentality of this character.

In the beginning, people saw him as a bland and basic protagonist. However, everything changed when Mob showed his true nature in both Season 1 and Season 2 and thus won the hearts of these fans.

If you watch Mob Psycho 100 at any time. You can't help but love Mob. He is unlikely.

38. Sanji (One Piece)

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Sanji is a multifaceted character who displays impressive fighting skills and cooking expertise.

Trained by chef "Red Leg" Zeff, he excels at cooking and fighting, with a penchant for powerful punches.

Born in North Blue and raised in East Blue, Sanji's personality reveals interesting contradictions.

He has a serious and defiant demeanor, often showing impatience and rudeness in his relations with men.

However, his "loving-cooking" side emerges around women, where he becomes tender and loses his temper.

Known as the "chef of the air", he falls in love with beautiful women and tries very hard to impress them. Sanji displays chivalry and gentlemanly character, vowing to protect women even in danger.

This code of conduct, which stems from his strict upbringing, forbids him from attacking his opponents and rather injures them than injures them.

Despite these qualities, Sanji also appreciates women who wear revealing clothing and may display voyeuristic tendencies.

37. Kurapika (Hunter x Hunter)

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Known to the community as the hidden monster of the series, Kurapika is a character that has become revered right after his character line. My husband is one of the main actors of Hunter x Hunter.

Therefore, she attracted a lot of attention from fans who watched this series. However, a surge of their attention was seen when the whole series focused on Kurapika and showed how impressive he was.

I won't go too deep into this because I don't want to spoil it for you, but if you're watching Hunter x Hunter, keep your eyes on Kurapika because this man is going to do something crazy.

And THAT will help you understand why it is in this order of the list.

36. Saber (fairies)

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The Fate series has always been a confusing subject. But what we fans are sure of is the fact that there are some amazing characters in the show. And one such character is Saber.

She is an "acquaintance" of Kiritsugu, who is one of the top characters in the series, and that's how she got the attention she deserves. Still, the attention isn't crazy considering how well he's portrayed as a personality.

In other words, he deserves all the love of the series and its viewers. Her actions lead to some of the craziest twists in the narrative, and her input is outstanding.

No wonder fans love her so much.

35.Aisaka Taiga (Toradora)

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When talking about some of the most popular romance anime, there's no way you can forget Toradora. This series has largely shaped the romance genre, and the reason for this achievement is its characters.

Now in the grand scheme of things, Toradora has an amazing and diverse cast of characters. However, Palmtop Tiger aka Aisaka Taiga stands out among these well-written characters. She is known for her rough, rude and harsh behavior on the outside.

However, what makes her so special is her inner truth. Therefore, it reaches new leagues in the hearts of fans who watched the entire series. Seeing this rude and rude girl transform into an adorable and sweet person is what makes her so special.

And that's why it's so high on this list. Aisaka is a character that shows that change is all it takes to make things better.

34. Kaguya Shinomiya (Kaguya Sama: Ljubav je rat)

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Recently, strong female characters have become a real rarity considering how few there are. I am not talking about physical strength here. I'm talking about the power that defines a character's greatness.

However, every now and then we come across a woman who deals with this issue. And lately Kaguya Shinomiya is that woman. Kaguya Shinomiya protagonist is Kaguya Sama Love is War.

She is a rich child with a difficult upbringing that highlights her elite student nature. However, deep down, he has yet to face the brutal truth of life, including problems with his parents and his search for love.

And let me tell you, if you haven't watched Kaguya Samu, you're assuming something completely different from what's going on. Trust me, when you watch the anime, you couldn't help but love Kaguya and her fun yet deep personality.

Try this series, maybe this girl will become your favorite.

33. Shinobu Oshino (Monogatari)

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Remember I talked about the Monogatari series before? Yes, this show is not only defined by the hosts. Instead, this anime has a diverse cast of personalities that will win your hearts with their lives.

And this time we're talking about Shinobu Oshino, a girl who can be 10 years old or 100 years old, whatever you want. Shinobu contracted a supernatural disease and it did something to her that she had never seen before.

Being isolated from society, the story dives into her experience when she faces such painful moments. But the way she deals with life and her outlook on every situation is something that cannot be ignored.

When you watch the show, you'll realize how great she is as a person and how she managed to get this high on this list.

32. Hikigaya Hachiman (Ore Gairu)

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Considered by many to be the greatest anime protagonist of all time, Hikigaya Hachiman is an ordinary high school student with a certain outlook on society. It tells us that the dream of the butterfly of youth is just a dream, and in reality life is much more prickly and painful.

However, when we see him experience the real truth of life and see him go against the ideologies created by his past experiences, our love for him would skyrocket. It would make you question your adolescence and ask questions that you wouldn't have the answers to.

Delving into the depths of human relationships and school life, Hikigaya Hachiman is the protagonist of Oregairu and so you must watch this anime now to find out why this man is so good.

31. Zero Two (Darling In The FranXX)

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Amazing Waifu inbox, fingers crossed! A female character that changed the direction and perspective of anime fans around the world, we have Zero Two. Zero Two is the main female character of Darling In The FranXX.

This series of Mecha dives into the depths of reality and the fact that we are human. Using this narrative, the series manages to reveal this elite character that will make you hunt her down to the depths of hell.

Her fun and sweet nature combined with her cunning and strong personality make her one of the best female characters of her time. She is cute but dangerous and her power is no joke.

Never question her lover or you might regret it very quickly.

30. Hisoka (Hunter x Hunter)

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Sometimes you question the choices we humans make. And I did that sometimes in case Hisoka reached 30th place. Yeah, I'm shocked too. For those who don't know, Hisoka is the villain of Hunter x Hunter.

I mean, he's not exactly a villain, but he often goes against our heroes. He's a villain. However, fans tend to have a soft spot for this villain because of how entertaining he is.

Despite being a disgusting pedophile, Hisoka has a charm that no other character has, and that charm is the reason this guy is on this list. If you watch Hunter x Hunter, you might end up liking Hisoka too.

29. Roy Mustang (Fullmetal Alchemist Brotherhood)

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Arguably the most evil character in Fullmetal Alchemist Brotherhood. This guy is the pinnacle of style fun and without a doubt, one of the best characters in the series.

Roy Mustang is a man of virtue and conviction above all else and would not give up no matter what. That's what makes him the amazing character that he is.

But aside from his inspiring attitude, Roy is also a very powerful alchemist who can burn you down in seconds. He's soft like a gummy bear to his loved ones, and tough as steel against the bad guys.

If you ever watch Fullmetal Alchemist Brotherhood, make sure to watch this MAN!

28. Joseph Joestar (JoJo's Bizarre Adventure)

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Well guys, I don't think this character needs an introduction, how about you? This is our boy Joseph from the popular JoJo's Bizarre Adventures franchise. And among all the characters in this show, Josip is arguably the best.

Being from a family, his bad behavior is bound to be there. However, what makes him better than the other JoJos is his contribution to the overall series. My man always gave us the best entertainment with his appearance on the screen.

The way he fights and deals with the bad guys has its own charm and is therefore ranked 28th on the list.

27. Gojo Satoru (Jujutsu Kaisen)

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Climbing the popularity charts in no time, we have Gojo Satoru. Gojo Satoru is one of the leading characters in Jujutsu Kaisen, and his personality became famous right after its release in 2020.

Jujutsu Kaisen was an amazing series that gained a lot of love and attention. However, if I were to ask 100 Jujutsu Kaisen fans about their favorite character, 95 of them would say, "Gojo Satoru."

This man right here, made the show the great it is today. And there's no greater achievement than being known as the star of the show you're on.

His personality is a bit Playboy, but that's just the surface. What makes him so scary and cool is his power. He is known to be the strongest and that is why his matches always end so excitingly.

No wonder Jujutsu Kaisen is world famous.

26. Megumin (KonoSuba)

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Well, we have a character whose personality is a bit explosive, you know. KonoSuba is an anime filled with fun characters that aren't as wholesome as you might expect.

However, of all the people in this stupid show, Megumin is probably the closest to sanity. And therefore it becomes a separate part of the series.

It's pretty simple, all the characters have silly tendencies that make them stand out. However, Megumin is just a girl who admires explosion magic more than anything else. And the fact that she's closer to common sense makes her a fan favorite.

She is sweet, adorable and beautiful. No wonder it's so high on this list.

25. Yato (Noragami)

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Yato is God, literally. But what makes him such an amazing character is the fact that he is down to earth. Literally. You see, Yato is the protagonist of the Noragami series and my man wants to build a shrine for himself to become an established God.

However, when he offers all his services for just ¥5, he cannot raise enough money to build the shrine. So he relies on other methods that you wouldn't expect from God.

As a person, he is calm, collected and a bit stupid. However, once you realize the truth about his past, you will have nothing but respect for him.

I don't want to spoil it for you, but if you ever see Noragami, prepare yourself for the touching story of my boy Yato.

24. Senjougahara Hitagi (Monogatari)

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Remember the Monogatari series? Yes, it's that time again. As we said earlier, this anime has an amazing cast that offers a variety of characteristics, but this time we will focus on Senjougahara Hitagi.

She is known as the weightless Hitagi because she was not held back by her emotions. However, when Araragi helps her with her past, she gains weight again. And that burden came from her dark past that she was not aware of.

Plus, when she gets closer to Araragi, the relationship that begins to blossom is exciting to say the least. That's why Monogatari is on this list.

23. Emilia (Re: Zero)

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Super-cute Waifu incoming anime fans! Gather your horses because it's time to talk about the beautiful Emilia-tan. Emilia is the main female character of Re:Zero, a popular Isekai series known for its lovely female characters.

And if we talk about Emilia in particular, she is the simplest of all. Or at least that's what you'll think when you finish Season 2, Part 1.

However, when you watch the second part of season 2, you will realize what an amazing character Emilia is. Its complexity and majesty are not only about beauty. Rather, it is about her attitude and actions.

She is a bundle of cuteness full of spunk. Something that many anime fans like you and I really appreciate.

22. Spike Spiegel (Cowboy Bebop)

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Known to many as the coolest character in anime history, it's time to talk about Spike Spiegel. Spike Spiegel is the protagonist of the legendary series Cowboy Bebop, which changed the anime industry forever.

However, there is no doubt that Spike's contribution to this change was critical. With his sassy attitude and mature words, Spike won the hearts of many adults when he first aired.

Even today, he is treated as the most awkward, meanest or most brilliant character that many of us have to watch. There's not much to say about him, if you watch Cowboy Bebop there's no way you won't like Spike.

It cannot exist.

21. Kakashi Hatake (Naruto)

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Well, look who we're dealing with now. He is the legendary Jonin, ninja copy, Kakashi Hatake. Kakashi is one of the best characters in Naruto and his contribution to the overall story is unmatched.

It's a beast in terms of power and capability, but it's not just that. He is also an amazing character based on his attitude and looks which makes him amazing.

I mean, come on, what better compliment than a villain saying, "The Copy Ninja Kakashi, it's an honor to meet you." That's the best thing you can hear from the person you intend to kill.

He is kind, gentle, but rough and strong. And that dynamic personality and contribution to the story is what makes this character so good. When the anime came out, it instantly became everyone's favorite.

He has such a fun personality, but he can always turn on serious ninja mode and kill all the enemies.

20. Saitama (One Punch Man)

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Whether you're an anime fan or not, there's no way you haven't heard of this guy. Known as one of the strongest anime characters, we are talking about Saitama aka One Punch Man.

Saitama is the protagonist of the anime One Punch Man and has similar personality traits to Shigeo Kageyama. However, that's because both One Punch Man and Mob Psycho 100 were written by the same ONE writer.

Therefore, you can feel that Saitama has a stale personality with no defined emotions. However, when you spend time understanding the person and their characteristics, things become much more interesting.

One Punch Man is no ordinary anime. It is one of the best of the best.

19. Rem (Re: Zero)

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Many of you can say that she is one of the most popular Waifu of all time. To be honest, I agree with that. Because the huge fan frenzy for Remo is ridiculous.

Like if you don't believe me, just go to Google and search for "Rem Anime Figurines". You would understand how crazy love is for Remo. And I think that such great admiration is justified because of how great Rem was in the anime.

Oh yeah, I don't think I mentioned it, but Rem is one of the best characters in Re:Zero. Yes, the same anime that had Emilia also had an even more popular girl.

She is known in the community as the main stupid girl, but she has a very sweet and kind nature. Why basic rejection girl? Well, watch the anime to know more about it.

18. Kaneki Ken (Tokyo Ghoul)

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When Tokyo Ghoul first aired, no one thought it would get as much attention as it has now. The manga is amazing and this amazing feeling comes from the presence of Kaneki Ken.

When Kaneki Ken first appeared in the anime and manga, fans went crazy because the story was scary and gritty. This is why people loved Kaneki more than anyone else.

He was a good kid who wanted to live a normal life. However, when he was turned into a ghoul, it was his methods of dealing with his new life and his view of humanity that made people look up to him.

Furthermore, when he goes down a dark path in his life, it was something that almost no one had seen before. That's why our boy got so much attention and even today is considered one of the best protagonists in the history of manga.

It's no wonder it's so high on this list.

17. Itachi Uchiha (Naruto)

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Good. It's time to talk about the most attractive character in the Naruto franchise. Itachi Uchiha is that character that no one hates and everyone appreciates. On the surface, she may not seem like an amazing person.

However, when you learn Itachi's story, you will have no choice but to shed those tears. The way she dealt with the rude nature of life and the decisions she made are amazing in ways you wouldn't expect.

He has made sacrifices in his life and he may be evil, but he loves his little brother. I won't spoil it for those who haven't seen Naruto yet.

However, if you're watching Naruto and you're near Itachi's arc, pay attention to it. He is one of the best characters in this series. And you will understand that soon.

Those who watched the anime know what I'm talking about.

16. Guts (Berserk)

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Guts is the protagonist of the popular anime and manga series Berserk. Now the case of Guts is a bit special because its popularity mostly comes from the Manga of Berserk by legendary Manga author Miura Kentarou.

Unlike all the characters on this list, Gooch has had almost nothing normal in his life. That is if you do NOT consider losing an arm, getting beat up like hell, and getting killed all day normal.

My man lived a hellish life in a do-or-die world. Only the strongest survive and the weak perish. And believe me, this idea is no joke in Berserk.

Since Goots is a guy who has faced murder, death, and many other horrible things before his eyes, this man has given up on his humanity, but he continues.

And that ability to constantly wake up to the worst is what makes him so good.

15 Naruto Uzumaki

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DATTEBAYO! Imagine being the star of the original Big 3? It's rare, isn't it? And among those few is Naruto Uzumaki from the Naruto series. Needless to say, he is the star of the show which makes him perfect for the spotlight and love.

But don't get the wrong idea. He did not achieve such a result just because he is the protagonist. Oh no my friend. Instead, the reason he stands so high is what he brought to the table.

His motivating and inspiring life is what makes him so great. And although this does not happen from the very beginning, Naruto's kind and pure nature wins the hearts of viewers.

They respect him for his crazy efforts and love him for his horrible past life. Regardless of what you think of Naruto, you can't deny that as a Shonen anime, this series has done its job much better than the others.

And that's why it's so high on this list. And the best thing about him is that he would do anything for his friends and loved ones. He loves them and puts their happiness above his own needs.

14. Mikasa Ackerman (Attack on Titan)

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Time to talk Attack On Titan ladies and gentlemen! This is the anime that shook the industry forever and set an undeniable example with its storm. However, this storm was much stronger than you expected.

And while the story is the biggest selling point of this series, the characters are no joke either. With one of the best casts in recent anime, Attack On Titan has some fun people under its belt.

And those individuals include warriors like Mikasa. She is the one who stole the hearts of many anime fans with her strong and brave nature. The way he protects Eren and the immense amount of love he has for him make this character an amazing person.

13. Sakurajima Mai (zečica Senpai)

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Ladies and gentlemen! It's time to talk about the Queen of Waifus, one of the best female characters in anime history and a work of art in her own right.

Yes, you guessed it right, we will be talking about Sakurajima Mai from Bunny Girl Senpai. Sakurajima Mai, also known as Mai San, is one of the leading characters in the series.

She is known in the anime community as the best Waifu ever. Having won many Waifu Wars and the hearts of millions of anime fans, Mai san rules the realm when it comes to female fictional characters.

However, the reason she is admired so much is because her nature, demeanor and attitude are nothing short of angelic. She is kind but strict, sweet but brave, she is the one who will tear apart the loneliness between anime characters and real people with her surreal personality.

And to be honest, I could go on and on about her, but you get the picture. Sakurajima Mai is an absolute deity when it comes to amazing anime characters and you can't beat that.

12. Makise Kurisu (Steins;Gate)

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As much as I love Sakurajima Mai and her female personality, another female character that comes up a little more is Makise Kurisu. If you don't know, Makise Kurisu is the main female character in the Steins Gate anime.

She is a scientist who wants to continue her father's research in her own way. However, her life changes when she meets Okabe Rintaro. What makes her such an amazing character is her blend of Steins Gate's story and her contribution to it.

He was the gem that gave the Steins Gate anime a new direction, and the way he does it is wonderful. He's one of those characters you can't hate if you've watched that anime.

And that's why it's so high on this list.

11. Roronoa Zoro (One Piece)

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Have you ever heard of One Piece? Yeah, that super long anime that has 20 million episodes or something? Yes, that's what I'm talking about. More specifically, I'm talking about one of the most beloved characters in this series, the swordsman Roronoa Zoro.

Zoro is one of the main characters of One Piece and is widely recognized as the best companion of all time. His mean and smug attitude, along with his inspiring and motivating lifestyle is what makes him a person loved by all viewers and readers.

This man can approach death and say, "Nothing happened." His personality, the fun he provides and his nature are so good that no one can hate him too.

This man is the heart of the show and all One Piece fans know it. If you haven't, then you haven't watched One Piece. Zoro is amazing!

10. Sakata Gintoki (Gintama)

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Ladies and gentlemen, that's it. The top 10 characters are here and let me tell you, these guys are pretty good for anime characters. The way these characters are written and portrayed makes them so realistic.

And that I am NOT exaggerating is proven by the presence of Sakata Gintoki. If you don't know, Gintoki is the main character of Gintama, a series that millions of anime fans know is the best.

Although Gintama's narrative is mostly episodic, the characters only add an element of surprise to the series. The entire cast is amazing, but the best of them all is undoubtedly Gintoki.

The dynamic of this character is so good that it can make you laugh to the core, but also make you cry. Being with Gintoki is like living his life from another person's perspective, which is a wonderful experience in itself.

If you haven't seen Gintama, you're missing out. The show is amazing as is the lead actress.

9. Edward Elric (Fullmetal Alchemist Brotherhood)

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When we talk about protagonists, we tend to look at someone who would always end up being the protagonist of the episode regardless of the efforts of the other characters.

However, Edward Elric, from Fullmetal Alchemist Brotherhood, is the man to show you what makes an amazing protagonist. Despite being known as a short guy, Edward is usually the most mature character in the series.

It doesn't take up all the screen time of the episode. Instead, he appears when the time is right and allows the other characters to play their part as well.

That balance of presence and his ideas within the series is so good that I can't imagine him lower. Our short alchemist may not be the cutest, but he is the most reliable.

8. Light Yagami (Death Note)

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For many of us, Light Yagami is the greatest protagonist of all time. And I can't deny the fact that he's an amazing protagonist or an amazing character in general.

Light Yagami is the protagonist of the Death Note series where he fights against the world's greatest detective L in combat. What makes Light so special is the question it asks us while we're on screen. "What exactly is a protagonist?"

The way Light confronts the criminals and then enters a different state of mind makes us wonder what exactly the protagonist is. Aren't the good guys supposed to be the main characters?

Is Light correct? Or is his ideology false? When a character faces situations like this, you know they're unique. And Light is unique in its kind.

He has his ideology and will not change it for anyone. And that's why Light Yagami is so high on this list.

7. Eren Yeager (Attack on Titan)

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Eren Yeager's appearance shouldn't come as a surprise considering how popular Attack On Titan is. I mean, when season four came out, everyone and their mothers were talking about Attack on Titan.

And as the series' protagonist, Eren has garnered the most attention an anime character has ever received. Deserves; Yes definitely. Just like Light, Eren also makes us wonder what exactly the protagonist is, while beautifully portraying his side of the story.

You may think his actions are stupid, but when you look at the world through his eyes, the truth will be right in front of you. The pain and suffering that Eren went through is probably some of the worst in anime, and thus he gets the sympathy of almost every Attack on Titan fan.

Additionally, like Kaneki Ken, Eren's harsh and dark nature makes him a fan favorite.

6. Okabe Rintaro (Steins, Gate)

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Remember we talked about Makise Kuris before? Yes, she was the first woman from Steins Gate. Okabe Rintaro is the protagonist of Steins Gate and one of the best characters in all of anime.

At first glance, Okabe may seem like a mad scientist. However, immediately after the 12th episode of the anime, the situation changes to another degree. All the effort in the last 12 episodes has now paid off and we have experienced a new side of this man.

What seemed like a clumsy scientist becomes one of the most fascinating characters. I don't want to spoil the content of the series, but mark my words, when the series ends, Okabe will be your favorite character.

And there is no doubt about that.

5. Monkey D Luffy (One Piece)

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We are in the Top 5 ladies and gentlemen. This is! Last leg of our list and let's start this leg with one of the oldest leading men still on television today.

Yes, I'm talking about Luffy from One Piece. And man, wouldn't I say, Luffy is a cool piece of character. You see, the trend of stupid anime protagonists goes way back and we have tons of such individuals.

However, none of them are as good as Luffy. Although he is a fool when it comes to making decisions, the sheer amount of emotion this man creates before every fight is insane.

Like he got into a stupid fight with a superpowered character and you STILL hoped he would win. He is so seductive. To sum up his personality, I would say that my man has changed without changing.

If you've seen One Piece, you know exactly what I'm talking about!

4. LelouchLamperouge (Code Geass)

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The anime Code Geass aired in 2006 and that year LelouchLamperouge appeared on television screens. From that day to this day, no protagonist could stand up to him in terms of wits and brains.

This guy is basically a god of strategy and can make you follow him even if you don't want to. That's how strong he is. However, strength alone does not put a character on this list.

What makes them worthy of such a high position is the effect they have on viewers. And wouldn't I say that Lelouch is one of, if not the most impressive protagonist in all of anime?

His wit is his charm, and that charm serves him better than you might expect. He is caring, nice and funny. Plus, we have the end of season two, but we won't go into that.

All in all, Lelouch is an amazing character that you shouldn't look away from.

3. Killua Zoldyck (Hunter x Hunter)

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Taking a place for himself at number 3, we have Killu Zoldyck. Despite his young age, Killua managed to capture the attention of all Hunter x Hunter fans without breaking a sweat.

After all, this man is one of the main characters of this series, he will surely attract so much attention. But unlike many other characters, Killua deserves all the love and respect he gets in the anime community.

His contribution to the overall story, as well as his appearance on screen, are nothing short of amazing. Watching this kid fight off horrible monsters and other hunters with his incredible strength and charismatic attitude is the ultimate pleasure.

His friend and hunter nature is something we don't see that often in anime and manga. And that's why Killua is in 3rd place.

2. L Lawliet (Death Note)

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For runners-up, we have one of the most popular characters of all time. No, not "One of the most popular anime characters of all time", one of the most popular characters.

Yes, our boy L Lawliet is one of the most recognizable characters in the realm of fiction, and let me just say this, he deserves all the love and praise he gets.

I don't think I even need to mention this, but for those who don't know, L Lawliet is one of the protagonists of Death Note. Yes, he stands against Light Yagami as the antagonist of the series.

And just like the Light, it also forces us to rethink the concept of the Adversary. If you watched Death Note back in your Weeblet days, you might remember how compelling his personality was.

This was true to the point that many of us would even try to sit like him or drink tea like him. His presence was enchanting. However, it's not just his impression on viewers that's so great, but also the immense value he adds to the Death Note franchise.

If you ask any Death Note fan about L's absence from the story, you'll only get negative responses. In other words, everyone who watched Death Note sees L as the soul of the series.

If it weren't for him, Death Note wouldn't be nearly as popular today. And that's why LLawliet is number 2 on this list.

1. Levi Ackerman (Attack on Titan)

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And finally, the first rater on our list was not invited for anyone. This man has conquered the entire internet with just two swords and his skills. And he is widely regarded as "mankind's strongest soldier".

That's right, ladies and gentlemen, the #1 spot on our list is none other than Levi Ackerman! Our boy Levi is one of the main characters of the Attack on Titan franchise.

Nevertheless, this man personally contributed the most to history with his personality and attitude. Just like L, many of us would try drinking tea like him so we could see how it feels.

And the madness doesn't end there. Many anime fans still call him "Levi" and "Captain Levi" out of genuine respect. He is the strongest character in his anime, but he never steals screen time from other characters.

He is modest, kind, a bit strict but generally a good person. He can give up everything he has just for the sake of his comrades and has one of the meanest personalities in all of anime.

His serious demeanor adds to the nature of the series, and his general presence makes the series much more entertaining. I'm not going to lie, imagining Attack On Titan without Captain Levi is incredibly difficult.

His individuality is the soul of this anime and that's why Captain Levi or Levi Ackerman tops this list. Well, that's about it, for the evening.

These were the 50 best anime characters you just watched. Don't feel bad or salty if your favorite character didn't make it or didn't get where you wanted.

The world of anime is vast, as are the possibilities for its characters. And that's exactly why we love this medium so much. I hope you enjoyed reading this article.

Until next time, flip flops!


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