For a long time, anime has been extremely popular and successful. Two of the qualities that make them so popular are their distinctive method of delivering stories and amazing visuals. However, anime has a very distinct style of producing and presenting its characters. They are the elements that hold the plot together and keep the audience engaged. If you’re a regular anime watcher, you’ve probably had the feeling that certain characters were just the finest. That is the focus of this list. After watching a lot of anime (I really need to get a life), I’ve come up with a list of the top anime characters (both female and male) of all time. Which anime character do you identify with?
Table Of Content
- 1 Alucard, Hellsing
- 2 Ash Ketchum, Pokemon
- 3 Astro Boy, Astro Boy
- 4 Black Jack, Astro Boy
- 5 Byakuya Kuchiki, Bleach
- 6 Death the Kid, Soul Eater
- 7 Emi Yusa, The Devil is a Part Timer
- 8 Hana, Wolf Children
- 9 Himura Kenshin, Rurouni Kenshin
- 10 Hisoka, Hunter x Hunter
- 11 Izumi Shinichi, Parasyte
- 12 Jiraya, Naruto
- 13 Kakashi Hatake, Naruto
- 14 Kei Shiroe, Log Horizon
- 15 Ken Kaneki, Tokyo Ghoul
- 16 L, Death Note
- 17 Lenka Utsugi, God Eater
- 18 Major Motoko Kusanagi, Ghost in the Shell
- 19 Might Guy, Naruto
- 20 Mikasa Ackerman, Attack of Titan
- 21 Monkey D. Luffy, One Piece
- 22 Naruto Uzumaki, Naruto
- 23 Niijima, Kenichi The Mightiest Disciple
- 24 Portgas D. Ace, One Piece
- 25 Saitama, One Punch Man
- 26 Sebastian Michaelis, Black Butler
- 27 Shinji Ikari, Neon Genesis Evangelion
- 28 Soma Yukihira, Shokugeki no Soma
- 29 Spike Speigel, Cowboy Bebop
- 30 Yato, Noragami
I’m sure I’ve included the ‘Hellsing’ series in a few of my prior lists, and it’s mostly due of Alucard. His character is one of my favorites. It’s thrilling and fulfilling to observe how they tend to destroy any threat to humanity. Despite his immortality, he allows his foes to harm him and taste victory. But that taste is fleeting, as he returns and reveals who they are really dealing with. He may be very tender-hearted at times, such as when he opted to save the young cop Seras’ life.
Ash Ketchum, Pokemon
Though I no longer watch Pokemon, I used to do it on a regular basis a few years ago. With his beloved Pokemon Pikachu, Ash Ketchum is one of the series’ primary characters. Because of the character’s influence on the kids, I considered including Ash on this list. His character is inspiring since he strives hard to conquer every obstacle he encounters. Even when he loses, he tries to learn from it and works hard to improve. That’s a fantastic method to inspire children and teenagers.
Astro Boy, Astro Boy
Yes, ‘Come on, Astro Boy is a kid anime,’ I know many of you are thinking. You are both correct and incorrect. You are correct in that it was intended for children, but you are incorrect in dismissing its potential for inclusion on this list. Astro Boy is here because of its history, from its creation by Osamu Tezuka, the ‘Father of Manga,’ to its status as one of the most successful franchises. In terms of their relevance in expressing a message about humanity, Astro Boy is similar to Shinichi from ‘Parasyte.’ He brings hope to many youngsters and everyone around him, despite the fact that he is a robot. Giving youngsters a mascot like Astro Boy at a time when Japan was still recuperating wasn’t a bad idea.
Black Jack, Astro Boy
One of the most intriguing characters in the ‘Astro Boy’ franchise is Black Jack. He is a gifted doctor, and he may be among the greatest in his field. However, he lacks a medical license. He prefers to work in an unauthorized manner. His personality, on the other hand, provides his character some dimension. He charges such exorbitant costs for his services that even the wealthy are put off, but at other times he performs everything for free. Though he appears to be greedy on the surface, he isn’t and donates the majority of his earnings to humanitarian causes.
Byakuya Kuchiki, Bleach
‘Bleach’ was a great show for me. It had a good plot that was enhanced by fantastic characters and exciting action situations. Byakuya Kuchiki was one of the franchise’s most well-known characters. He is the head of the Kuchiki clan and is shown to place a strong value on regulations and social position. When Rukiya is sentenced to death for being on Earth for too long and transferring her powers to a human, he doesn’t even blink. Instead, he wants to carry out the execution himself. Over the course of the story, we notice a shift in him, particularly after meeting Ichigo.
Death the Kid, Soul Eater
Shinigami and their weapons are the focus of this anime. Humans having exceptional skills to morph into weapons construct the weapons, or rather death scythes. Death the Kid is one of the series’ key characters. He is Death’s personal ward. Liz Thompson and Patty Thompson are two powerful firearms he wields. Kid is a fantastic character that does not believe in the one-sided definition of goodness. He believes that there must be a balance between good and evil, and he works hard to keep it.
Emi Yusa, The Devil is a Part Timer
The Ente Isla world’s hero is Amelia Justina. Her magenta hairs go all the way down to her thigh. Emilia pursues Satan to the soil in order to confirm his death. She also loses her abilities and is forced to go by the alias Emi Yusa. In Tokyo, Japan, she works as a call center agent. Her father was a human and her mother was an archangel. When she was a child, her father died when Lucifer, one of Satan’s generals, attacked their town. That is why she wishes to assassinate Maou. She later develops affections for Maou and joins MgRonald to work with him. A fantastic individual to admire and follow.
Hana, Wolf Children
When it comes to the non-action genre, ‘Wolf Children’ is one of my favorites. If you haven’t seen it yet, I strongly advise you to do so. Hana is one of the film’s primary characters. She develops feelings for a man who turns out to be a werewolf. She loves him regardless of who he is, and she falls pregnant after one terrible night of love. Hana has two children, Ame and Yuki. Both of them have their father’s ability to transform into wolves. Her life takes a tragic turn when her lover passes away, leaving her to care for her special children on her alone. Her struggle and maternal love are depicted in the film.
Himura Kenshin, Rurouni Kenshin
‘Rurouni Kenshin’ is an enjoyable action anime set in the late 1800s. The series’ main protagonist is Himura Kenshin. Because of his truly humanitarian features and his respect for all life, I grew to like his character throughout the series. He has promised never to murder and wields a sword with the sharp blade on the opposite side, making a killing stroke extremely difficult. He is always courteous and gentle, and he prioritizes the needs of others over his own.
Hisoka, Hunter x Hunter
One of the primary adversaries in ‘Hunter x Hunter’ is Hisoka. He is a power-hungry individual. He adores fighting strong opponents to the point where he becomes orgasmic just thinking about it. His bloodlust might become so intense that he becomes dizzy until he kills and satisfies himself. He appears throughout the series, mostly causing problems for Gon and Killua but also occasionally assisting them. One of the reasons Gon desired to grow considerably stronger was because of him.
Izumi Shinichi, Parasyte
The action anime ‘Parasyte’ is fantastic. It’s one of those animes that makes you think about yourself for a while after you finish it. The series’ main protagonist is Izumi Shinichi. The parasite decides to lodge in his arm after a failed attempt to penetrate and take control of his brain. Izumi’s character is my favorite because of the different changes he goes through during the series. Because he was halfway between humans and parasites, he was essential in getting the word out about what it means to be a human.
The reason I like Jiraya and have him on the list is because of how he turned Naruto become a man. In Naruto’s life, he is the most influential teacher. Though he appears to be a carefree, perverse old freak on the surface, he is really loving when it comes to Naruto. He teaches him everything he knows about ninjutsu, battle, and what it takes to be a good ninja. He was almost like a father figure to Naruto.
Kakashi Hatake, Naruto
Kakashi Hatake is a main character in the Naruto anime series. He was one of Naruto’s first teachers. He was also the first teacher of Sasuke, Naruto, and Sakura, the three main protagonists in the series. Naruto learned about the importance of collaboration from Kakashi. He was also influential in Sasuke’s life, as he taught him the Chidori method. Minato, the Fourth Hokage, was Kakashi’s teacher. Kakashi stayed with his students all the way to the end, assisting them.
Kei Shiroe, Log Horizon
In Log Horizon, the primary character is Kei Shiroe. He’s also known as “Villian in Glasses” or “Shiroe the Strategist.” He is the founder of Log Horizon as well as the guide master. He is a graduate student in engineering who is constantly uneasy in social situations. Elder Tale is his favorite game, which he has been playing for the past eight years. To heal his comrades, he constantly casts support spells. It’s cute and unforgettable.
Ken Kaneki, Tokyo Ghoul
The protagonist of ‘Tokyo Ghoul’ is Ken Kaneki. He’s one of those anime characters who is a hybrid of some sort, causing them to fight one of their own species. Ken becomes a Ghoul-Human hybrid in this anime, and he chooses to side with humans to protect them against ghouls. To accomplish this, he would have to slay his own species, the Ghouls. Throughout the series, he goes through a number of changes, the majority of which are tragic. I enjoyed how the anime version of his character was handled.
L, Death Note
L, one of the best detectives in anime, is up next. His persona was a perfect fit for Light Yagami, who had started to utilize the Death Note to clear people out of his way. We viewers begin to like L’s character as soon as we realize what a genius he is. It doesn’t take him long to figure out that Light is a prime suspect in the Kira murders. Even though he dies at the end, he gives a fulfilling performance all the way to the conclusion.
Lenka Utsugi, God Eater
God Eater’s primary character is Lenka Utsugi. He is a caring individual whose goal is to protect people while annihilating the Aragami, even if it means dying in the process. He’s fixated on finishing the Aegis project, which he believes would save the people on the outside wall. It’s impossible not to fall in love with Lenka.
Major Motoko Kusanagi, Ghost in the Shell
This is a fantastic anime with some of the best visuals I’ve ever seen. It’s a shame, too, that the live-action adaptation starring Scarlett Johansson was a flop. Since she was a youngster, Major Motoko Kusanagi has been living in an artificial body. Major, she’s a capable detective who used to be a fantastic army. She investigates the hacker known as the ‘Puppetmaster’ in the first franchise. When it comes to combat ability, Motoko is a badass, kicking asses even when she is surrounded. She isn’t just another attractive anime girl that exists solely to please the eye.
Might Guy, Naruto
Might Guy is a ninja academy teacher in the ‘Naruto’ series. Though he appears to be an old weirdo at first, his character gradually develops into something far more recognizable. Guy, who lacked ninjutsu skill, practiced Taijutsu every day to compensate for his lack of talent. He was able to become one of the most skilled and respected Ninjas in the Leaf Village via hard work and training. Guy has surpassed Kakashi in the Great Ninja War, which Kakashi admits. Guy-sensei vs. Madara Uchiha was, in my opinion, one of the best battle scenes ever (It was so exciting as well as sad to see him open the eighth gate of death).
Mikasa Ackerman, Attack of Titan
The action anime ‘Attack on Titan’ is enjoyable. It keeps us on the edge of our seats, and I had been waiting for the third season for quite some time until it was eventually published last month. Mikasa Ackerman is one of my favorite characters in the series. When it comes to defeating the colossal giants, she is a badass, but when she wants to be with Eren, she is a sweetheart. She is a crucial military member who will go to any length to save Eren.
Monkey D. Luffy, One Piece
The main character of the pirate-themed action anime ‘One Piece’ is Monkey D. Luffy. He’s one of the reasons I’ve been able to keep up with this program despite the large number of episodes. Monkey has always wanted to be a pirate and have his own crew since he was a child. He obtained the ability to have rubber-like arms after eating a deadly fruit as a child. He developed his skills and now hoped to be the Pirate King by discovering the treasure left behind by the late pirate king Gol D. Roger.
Naruto Uzumaki, Naruto
In the ‘Naruto’ series, Naruto is the main protagonist and titular character. He aspires to be the best ninja in his tribe and the best Hokage. Despite the fact that he was loathed for being the Nine-Tailed Fox demon’s vessel, he decided to be good rather than evil in life. People’s attitudes toward him gradually altered as a result of his kind nature and desire to protect those close to him. In the most recent series, ‘Boruto: Naruto Next Generation,’ he is the current Hokage and married to Hinata.
Niijima, Kenichi The Mightiest Disciple
Nijima is one of the key reasons why this anime is so amusing. Just take a peek at him. He has an alien-like appearance with the sole aim of making the character more funny. But it’s Nijima’s characterization and the way he acts in every situation that makes him so amazing. Because of his antics, there were occasions when I burst out laughing. Though he is portrayed throughout the series as a ruthless bully who preys on weak students, he is actually pretty nice.
Portgas D. Ace, One Piece
We’ve returned to the ‘One Piece’ series. This time it’s Portgas D. Ace, the series’ main protagonist Monkey D. Luffy’s younger brother. In comparison to his younger brother, he is considerably more kind and practical. I like his character because you can see his gentler side when he is with his brother, and you can see him when he is incredibly cool during combats. He possesses fire talents that aid him in combat, and he will not allow anyone to harm Monkey.
Saitama, One Punch Man
Saitama is one of this generation’s most popular anime characters. Despite the fact that the anime series ‘One Punch Man’ has only been on the air for three years, the character of Saitama has amassed a sizable fan base. The second season has yet to be released. We should be able to see it next year, hopefully. His persona is a sarcastic rebuke to every superhero genre fiction that takes itself too seriously. He’s only a superhero for fun, and he’s so powerful that he can defeat his foes with a single punch. If you look past his incredible physical abilities, he’s a really regular guy, making him somewhat sympathetic.
Sebastian Michaelis, Black Butler
Sebastian Michaelis is Ceil Phantomhive’s demonic butler. He’s the reason I stuck with this anime all the way to the end. He’s made a deal with Ceil to serve him until his objectives are met, after which he’ll take his soul. He appears to be a charming and expressive human individual, but he is actually a wicked, nasty demon who is cruel to the end. He will sometimes put off aiding Ceil for his own fun.
Shinji Ikari, Neon Genesis Evangelion
The sci-fi anime series ‘Neon Genesis Evangelion’ depicts humanity on the verge of being destroyed by Angels. Evangelion, a huge robotic armor, is their only hope. Shinji Ikari is a fantastic character to watch. Despite the fact that the anime is in the sci-fi genre, Shinji’s characterization is incredibly realistic. We witness his battle to be recognized by his father. We watch him develop from a regular kid into a true hero charged with protecting humanity. The several stages he goes through are fascinating and relatable.
Soma Yukihira, Shokugeki no Soma
Soma Yukhira, the protagonist of Shokugeki no Soma, is 15 years old. He works in the Yukihira Family restaurant alongside his father. He aims to be a full-time chef and to outshine his father in the kitchen. He enjoys experimenting with new things, even though the outcomes are often disastrous. He is always prepared for any cooking challenge. He enjoys making freestyle cuisine. If you enjoy Shokugeki no Soma, you’ll probably enjoy Soma Yukhira as well.
Spike Speigel, Cowboy Bebop
I haven’t seen this anime in a long time, yet it is still fresh in my mind. ‘Cowboy Bebop’ is an anime about bounty hunters set in a space adventure. One such bounty hunter is Spike Spiegel. On their starship Bebop, he and his companion Jet Black go for bounty hunters. Spike is one of the best anime characters. He starts out as a cool-looking guy with good combat and detective skills before gradually becoming more serious. What’s intriguing about him is his history and how he lost Julia, his first love. His character develops greater complexity as his past begins to catch up with him. His final fight with Vicious is one of my top ten favorite fight moments of all time (I still remember him saying “Bang”).
Yato is a battle god who desires to construct his own temple. He goes by the name Yato god, although his real name is Yaboku. He’s dressed casually in a tracksuit and a scarf. He constantly has his phone number written down in public areas in case somebody needs his assistance. He suffers from a phobia known as athazagoraphobia (fear of being forgotten). He has affections for Hiyori as well. Overall, a remarkable and amusing character.