Despite popular belief, anime is not just about animation or narrative. When it comes to the things it offers its viewers, anime is a much more varied form of entertainment.
Characters are one such characteristic that demands your attention. Yes, I know that many of you tend to overlook this, but what makes an anime wonderful and interesting is its characters.
I’ve put together a list of the Top 35 Anime Characters to further demonstrate my thesis and expose you to some outstanding characters.
Characters are included on this list based on factors such as popularity, contribution, authorship, impact, etc. You can be sure that it will contain some of the best people as a result.
So without further ado, let’s plunge into this enormous list sea. Wishing you good reading.
- 35. Makisekurisu (Steins Gate)
- 34. Light Yagami (Death Note)
- 33. Okabe Rintaro (Steins;Gate)
- 32. Monkey D Luffy (One Piece)
- 31. Lelouch Lamperouge (Code Geass)
- 30. Killua (Hunter X Hunter)
- 29. L (Death Note)
- 28. Levi Ackerman (Attack On Titan)
- 27. Hisoka (Hunter X Hunter)
- 26. Roy Mustang (Fullmetal Alchemist Brotherhood)
- 25. Saber (Fate)
- 24. Kaguya Shinomiya (Kaguya Sama: Love Is War)
- 23. Izuku Midoriya
- 22. Ken Kaneki - Tokyo Ghoul
- 21. Ichigo Kurosaki—Bleach
- 20. Alucard (Hellsing Ultimate)
- 19. Isaac Netero (Hunter x Hunter)
- 18. Sasuke Uchiha (Naruto)
- 17. Shoto Todoroki (My Hero Academia)
- 16. Reigen Arataka (Mob Psycho 100)
- 15. Tobio Kageyama (Haikyuu)
- 14. Eren Yeager ( Attack on Titan)
- 13. The Avatar - Avatar: The Last Airbender And The Legend Of Korra
- 12. Mob (Mob Psycho 100)
- 11. Jotaro Kujo (Bizarre JoJo's Adventure)
- 10. Simon (Gurren Lagann)
- 9. Kaguya Otsutsuki (Naruto)
- 8. Kyubey (Madoka Magica)
- 7. Zeno (Dragon Ball Super)
- 6. Saitama (One Punch Man)
- 5. Gojo Satoru (Jujutsu Kaisen)
- 4. Spike Spiegel (Cowboy Bebop)
- 3. Kakashi Hatake
- 2. Guts (Berserk)
- 1. Naruto
35. Makisekurisu (Steins Gate)
Makise Kurisu is Steins Gate’s female lead.
She wants to continue her father’s research as a scientist.
Okabe Rintaro alters her life. Steins Gate’s narrative and her contribution make her a wonderful character.
She is wonderful and changed the Steins Gate anime.
If you’ve seen that anime, you can’t hate her.
34. Light Yagami (Death Note)
Death Note’s protagonist Light Yagami fights the world’s greatest detective L.
Light’s inquiry onscreen makes him distinctive. What’s a protagonist? ‘.
The way Light handles the criminals and then changes his opinion makes us ponder what a protagonist is.
Aren’t the virtuous folks meant to be the primary characters? Light, right? Is his ideology false?
A unique persona handles situations this way. One-of-a-kind Light. He won’t compromise his beliefs.
33. Okabe Rintaro (Steins;Gate)
Steins Gate’s protagonist Okabe Rintaro is one of anime’s best.
Okabe may seem like a mad scientist want tobe at first. After episode 12, the anime changes.
We see a new aspect of this man after 12 episodes of buildup.
One of the most intriguing characters is the bumbling scientist.
I won’t spoil the series, but Okabe will be your favorite afterward.
32. Monkey D Luffy (One Piece)
We have many foolish anime protagonists.
None of them can match Luffy.
His pre-fight sentiments are wild, even though he makes bad decisions.
You’d hope he wins a foolish fight with a super-strong character.
He’s mesmerizing. My man’s personality has altered without changing.
31. Lelouch Lamperouge (Code Geass)
Lelouch Lamperouge debuted in 2006 in Code Geass.
Since then, no protagonist has matched his knowledge and wit.
He’s the strategy god and can force you to obey him.
Their impact on viewers earns them this high ranking.
His charm—intelligence—serves him more than you’d imagine.
He’s friendly and entertaining. We’ll skip Season 2’s ending.
Lelouch is a wonderful character you shouldn’t miss.
30. Killua (Hunter X Hunter)
Killua effortlessly captivated Hunter x Hunter fans despite his youth.
Since he’s one of the series’ primary characters, he deserves attention.
Killua deserves the anime community’s affection and respect, unlike many other characters.
His on-screen and narrative contributions are great.
Seeing this young kid combat scary beasts and other hunters with his great strength and personality is quite satisfying.
Anime and manga rarely show his buddy and Hunter’s nature.
29. L (Death Note)
One of the most popular characters is runner-up. One of the most popular characters, not anime characters.
L Lawliet is one of the most famous fictional characters, and he deserves all the love and respect he gets.
L Lawliet is one of Death Note’s main characters.
Yes, he opposes Light Yagami. Like Light, he questions what an antagonist is.
Many of us would have tried to sit or drink tea like him.
He radiated. He brings so much to the Death Note franchise, not just to fans.
No Death Note enthusiast will defend L’s absence.
Death Note wouldn’t be nearly as popular without him.
28. Levi Ackerman (Attack On Titan)
With two swords and expertise, this man conquered the internet.
He’s known as “Humanity’s Strongest Soldier”.
However, his demeanor and attitude have most influenced the tale.
Like L, many of us tried drinking tea like him to see how it feels.
The frenzy continues. Anime fans respectfully call Levi and Captain Levi.
His anime’s strongest character never steals screen time.
He’s humble, kind, strict, and pleasant. He’s one of anime’s baddest characters and will sacrifice anything for his friends.
His seriousness and presence make the show more entertaining.
27. Hisoka (Hunter X Hunter)
Though not a villain, he often opposes our heroes.
Bad person. Due to his engaging nature, fans like this villain.
Hisoka is on this list because of his unique charm, despite being a horrible pedophile.
Hunter x Hunter fans may like Hisoka.
26. Roy Mustang (Fullmetal Alchemist Brotherhood)
Fullmetal Alchemist Brotherhood’s baddest character. He’s the series’ best character and the pinnacle of style.
Roy Mustang values virtues and ideals above all else and won’t give up on them.
His greatness comes from this. Roy is an inspirational alchemist who can burn you down in seconds.
He’s a gummy bear for his family and a steely villain.
25. Saber (Fate)
Always confusing, Fate series. Fans know the series has great characters.
And one such character is Saber. She received notice since she is Kiritsugu’s “familiar,” one of the series’ main characters.
However, the attention isn’t something insane considering how wonderfully she is portrayed as a personality.
She merits the series’ and viewers’ adoration. Her contributions have changed the story in amazing ways.
That’s why she’s so popular.
24. Kaguya Shinomiya (Kaguya Sama: Love Is War)
Strong female personalities are scarce these days.
Sometimes a woman writes about this. Kaguya Shinomiya is that woman now.
Love is War’s main character is Kaguya Shinomiya. Rich and raised harshly, she is an outstanding student.
Deep down, she hasn’t faced life’s harsh realities, including her parents’ issues and her love life.
You’re wrong if you haven’t seen Kaguya Sama.
After watching the anime, you’ll appreciate Kaguya’s lively yet complex demeanor.
Try this series—this gal may become your favorite.
23. Izuku Midoriya
The protagonist of My Hero Academia, a recent anime hit, is next.
In an era when anime is more popular than ever, being part of the “Big 3” is no joke.
Being the protagonist of such an anime will bring recognition and adoration.
Izuku is a humble man attempting to emulate All Might as a peacemaker.
His perseverance, devotion, and drive to succeed inspire.
My Hero Academia lets you put yourself in Izuku’s shoes and realize that life often takes the darkest twists.
22. Ken Kaneki – Tokyo Ghoul
Tokyo Ghoul transforms shy bookworm Ken Kaneki into the One-Eyed King. After becoming a half-Ghoul and developing his body, he can easily demolish cities and lead armies of monsters that can turn others into Ghouls.
Kaneki obtained superhuman strength and the power to regenerate limbs and his entire body by just eating coffee and human flesh. He is nearly unbeatable and gets stronger with each injury.
21. Ichigo Kurosaki—Bleach
This orange-haired Shinigami can overcome even the strongest opponents with his diverse, often perplexing powers.
He gets new powers by using his strength and swordsmanship to beat gods who are all-powerful and gods who can change reality.
He uses his intelligence and energy slashes to defeat practically any opponent. Ichigo, one of the anime’s strongest characters, was never fully revealed in Bleach.
20. Alucard (Hellsing Ultimate)
Hellsing Ultimate’s Alucard portrays Dracula well. Alucard cannot die because of his many souls.
His two pistols are cannons, and he can call an army of servants from the souls of those he eats.
Alucard also has an army of demon canines that can shred almost any enemy in an instant.
19. Isaac Netero (Hunter x Hunter)
Isaac Netero is a powerful anime martial artist and former Hunter Association chairman.
Netero became superfast and strong after training to die.
18. Sasuke Uchiha (Naruto)
Since I’ve cited this point twice, I don’t want to repeat myself.
I shouldn’t be partial because this one’s in the same category. This shows how popular and admired “Big 3” is.
Naruto’s main character Sasuke. He is arrogant and attractive.
Sasuke is an excellent fighter at his academy.
He climbed to fame and adoration effortlessly.
Sasuke ignores haters because of his story contributions.
17. Shoto Todoroki (My Hero Academia)
Look who’s here. My Hero Academia’s most handsome main character is him.
Todoroki Shoto is hot and cold.
High Academy because he’s recommended. He was raised by Endeavor, the 2nd (now 1st)-ranked hero.
He’s pleasant and skilled in combat, but he doesn’t talk much.
Be like him.
16. Reigen Arataka (Mob Psycho 100)
I always believed in Reigen Arataka.
Reigen, one of Mob Psycho 100’s main characters, has a huge impact.
Reigen gained fame after Mob Psycho 100’s second season. This season’s character arc showed Reigen’s complexity.
Despite seeming like a con artist. Deep down, he is a man of will, strength, and confidence who can face the fiercest villains with a smile.
When you understand his mind, his infantile demeanor becomes much more interesting.
15. Tobio Kageyama (Haikyuu)
Shonen sports anime have the best characters. I have no doubt that the brilliant Kageyama Tobio made the list.
Totally deserved. Tobio Kageyama is first nasty and unfriendly.
However, his perseverance and willpower have shown his outstanding personality.
He’s the main character in Haikyuu, one of the most successful sports anime/manga of all time.
Thus, our boy made this list. Glad he’s here.
14. Eren Yeager ( Attack on Titan)
Eren Yeager, a formidable anime character, can change into a 15-meter Titan with extraordinary regenerative powers.
He’s high on this list since he can command legions of Titans with the Founding Titan’s strength.
13. The Avatar – Avatar: The Last Airbender And The Legend Of Korra
Avatar: The Last Airbender, one of the most popular western anime of the last 20 years, introduced a character who could control all four elements and converse with spirits.
Since Korra recovers from not being able to use her powers and Kyoshi constructs her own island, Aang can’t be the strongest.
Each Avatar has the same abilities, but their strengths suit different tasks.
12. Mob (Mob Psycho 100)
Kageyama Shigo, also known as Mob, is a powerful esper who can demolish anything with a thought. He must restrain his emotions due to his powerful abilities.
If he feels anything too strongly or falls unconscious, he unleashes powers comparable to large-scale natural disasters.
His skills are impossible to guard against and so powerful that even the best psychics crumble under them.
11. Jotaro Kujo (Bizarre JoJo’s Adventure)
He’s knowledgeable and tough and can spot and counter his opponents’ strengths.
Star Platinum empowers him to freeze time and smite his adversaries with unimaginably strong blows.
This approach is unavoidable and can kill his opponents.
10. Simon (Gurren Lagann)
Simon’s huge mech uses spiral strength to kill.
Simon controls a galactic mech that can generate a drill that can rip reality apart and destroy anything in his path.
This metaphysics-bending warrior can destroy the cosmos with his god-like control over life, death, and reality.
Only those that can destroy universes can defeat him.
9. Kaguya Otsutsuki (Naruto)
Even Naruto, the anime’s strongest character, can’t overcome this character.
Kaguya, the Rabbit Goddess, is Naruto’s most formidable adversary and anime’s most powerful woman.
Kaguya travels to Earth to steal God’s tree fruit. Her scheme worked—fearing her united the people.
An entity that can read minds, modify memories, travel beyond space, and control the elements would frighten anyone, even Naruto.
She heals herself after eating the God Tree’s fruit, making her practically indestructible.
8. Kyubey (Madoka Magica)
Madoka Magica’s Kyubey symbolizes entropy. He is immortal, omnipotent, and lives to destroy everything.
Though weak, he manipulates people and reality to continue the cycle of devastation that will eventually destroy all matter.
Kyubey eventually destroys everything. His strength is oblivion, and few anime characters can hope to defeat it.
7. Zeno (Dragon Ball Super)
The childlike deity can wipe anybody and anything at will. He is a god who rules space and time with youthful abandon.
He destroys realities for fun and plays with galaxies like marbles. Only one anime character can combat this deity.
6. Saitama (One Punch Man)
After three years of intense training, he can withstand any blow and defeat any enemy with one severe stroke.
This unstoppable strength depresses Sitama, and the series addresses the emptiness that follows accomplishing a lifelong dream.
Saitama is the strongest anime character since his basic premise is that pursuing strength or a goal is more rewarding than possessing such a position.
5. Gojo Satoru (Jujutsu Kaisen)
Gojo Satoru became popular overnight. After Jujutsu Kaisen’s 2020 publication, Gojo Satoru’s character gained popularity.
He made that program terrific. Being the star of your performance is the greatest achievement.
He’s a Playboy on the surface. Strength makes him terrifying and cool.
His bouts are exciting because he is the strongest.
No surprise Jujutsu Kaisen is famous globally.
4. Spike Spiegel (Cowboy Bebop)
Spike Spiegel, the coolest anime character, is up next.
Cowboy Bebop’s protagonist, Spike Spiegel, revolutionized anime.
Spike was vital to that development. When it aired, Spike charmed grownups with his smugness and maturity.
He is still considered smuggest, badass, or clever.
If you watch Cowboy Bebop, you love Spike.
3. Kakashi Hatake
Kakashi’s role in Naruto is unsurpassed.
Power and skill aside, he’s a beast.
His attitude and beauty make him an excellent persona.
That’s the best your killer can say.
He’s kind, gruff, and strong. This character’s dynamic personality and story contribution make him great.
2. Guts (Berserk)
Berserk’s hero is Guts. Guts’ popularity is unique due to Miura Kentarou’s Berserk manga.
Guts were unlike any of these characters.
If you don’t consider losing a hand, getting beat up, and killing all day normally.
My man has suffered in a do-or-die environment.
Berserk takes this seriously. Guts, who saw murder, death, and other atrocities, has given up on humanity yet keeps going.
He’s good since he can wake up at the worst.
The show’s protagonist, he’s perfect for love and attention.
Don’t misinterpret. He wasn’t promoted because he’s the protagonist.
No, friend. Instead, his contributions made him so high.
His inspirational life makes him great. Even if it takes time, Naruto’s kindness and purity melt viewers’ hearts.
His mad efforts and sad past are loved. Naruto was the best Shonen anime, regardless of your opinion.
Thus, he tops this list. His strongest trait is that he would do anything for friends and family. He prioritizes their happiness.