MyAnimeList is a terrific way to see which characters are the most popular at any particular time, much like a poll. It’s a foolproof method for weeding out the irrelevant information and zeroing in on the most “cool” protagonists and antagonists. As of the 20th of May, 2020: The anime industry is as cutthroat as any other, with a dynamic and competitive landscape. While studios vie for viewers’ attention, anime characters do the same thing in a roundabout way, with the industry’s public persona always shifting in the eyes of the public. This list will be updated to reflect the most up-to-date information available, including the results of recent polls and the positions of various anime actors and actresses on MyAnimeList.
Popular Anime Character
Rem Earned 43,635 Favorites (Re: Zero)
Rem, a prominent protagonist in Re: Zero, is an important figure. As a result, fans have come to recognize Rem as one of the show’s most beloved figures. By virtue of these traits, she has been voted as one of the most well-liked anime characters of all time. Rem is a wonderful sibling to Ram, and her devotion to Subaru is inspiring. However much effort it takes, Rem will take the initiative to defend either of them. Rem may not be the greatest combatant, but her willpower is unquestionable.
Saitama Earned 43,669 Favorites (One-Punch Man)
In One-Punch Man, Saitama plays the lead role and quickly becomes a fan favorite. They have never seen a more potent being in their cosmos than him. For a while, he pretended to be a hero just for kicks. Saitama, though, came to the conclusion that he, too, wished to be held in the same regard as a genuine hero. There is no one who can cause Saitama any real trouble because he is so powerful. Because of this, he has lost his appreciation for heroic acts and has become cynical about the value of heroism. Saitama, sadly, has been seen aimlessly wandering around, presumably in search of a formidable adversary to whom he may finally prove himself.
Ken Kaneki Earned 46,528 Favorites (Tokyo Ghoul)
Ken Kaneki of Tokyo Ghoul is among the most recognisable anime characters of all time. The tragic backstory of the one-eyed monster is just one of the many reasons why he has so many supporters. There is a consensus that Kaneki is one of the all-time great protagonists in anime. There are many sides to Ken Kaneki, yet there are just as many defects. The path Kaneki travels on in Tokyo Ghoul is fraught with anguish and pain, and it parallels a terrible, nightmare reality. In the show, Kaneki’s ghoul and human sides are always at odds with one another.
Hachiman Hikigaya Earned 49,166 (OreGairu)
OreGairu (, My Youth Romantic Comedy Is Wrong, As I Expected) follows the adventures of Hachiman Hikigaya, the protagonist of the titular romantic comedy. In the beginning, he is your standard cynical recluse. This attitude is the outcome of a string of unfortunate events that have left him with a sour taste in his mouth. The rebellious adolescent in OreGairu reveals a softer side later on. Hachiman is a classic example of a tsundere; he seems to isolate himself in an effort to conceal his deep-seated feelings of shame. Fans can relate to Hachiman because, unlike some other protagonists, he doesn’t appear to have the ability to wield the strength of friendship and hope to compel life to go his way.
Mikasa Ackerman Earned 51,601 Favorites (Attack On Titan)
In Attack on Titan, Mikasa Ackerman is one of the most well-liked protagonists. She is the epitome of badassery and has repeatedly demonstrated her fighting prowess. At the manga’s conclusion, Mikasa had proven himself to be the Survey Corps’ top soldier. Many viewers find endearing Mikasa’s sincere admiration for Eren. Furthermore, Mikasa’s history is among the saddest in the series, and many fans admire her mental tenacity in the face of such adversity.
Itachi Uchiha Earned 58,466 Favorites (Naruto)
Itachi is a standout among Naruto’s cast of characters. The Uchiha family’s journey is a major turning point in the anime. Finally, Itachi risked his life by acting as a villain in order to protect Sasuke. Itachi embodied many of the characteristics of a shinobi, making him the archetype in his own right. What’s more, he epitomizes the antihero archetype. There’s no doubt that Itachi’s popularity across the anime industry stems from the fact that he’s one of Naruto’s most well-written and multifaceted characters.
Eren Yeager Earned 69,663 Favorites (Attack On Titan)
Attack on Titan follows Eren as he acts as the main protagonist. His first portrayal was that of a fairly typical shonen protagonist: one who is quick to anger, acts on impulse and is always looking for a battle. He wanted to avenge his loved ones by protecting humanity from the Titans. However, Eren became a much darker person as he gained worldly knowledge. At this point, it’s reasonable to wonder if Eren deserves to be called a hero at all. Fans, however, like him because he is a multidimensional protagonist who deviates from the mold of his contemporaries.
Kurisu Makise Earned 60,346 Favorites (Steins; Gate)
Several factors contributed to Steins; Gate’s status as a groundbreaking and paradigm-shifting anime. One of the characters, though, overshadowed the others. Kurisu Makise, as the prototypical tsundere, received a great deal of adulation from her audience. Kurisu reluctantly joined up with Rintaro and became his criminal associate. Kurisu’s icy exterior belies a charming sweetness that makes her stand out from the rest of the ensemble. Throughout the season, viewers’ concerns about her safety only grew.
Guts Earned 63,911 Favorites (Berserk)
The main character of Berserk is named Guts. He has become the face of grimdark fantasy animation, and rightfully so. One of the most original characters in the history of the genre, Guts is also one of the best-written. Despite the tragic tragedies that have shaped Guts’ life, he has developed admirably as a person. Guts overcame the hurt of betrayal and early life trauma. Despite his seeming simplicity, Guts embodied many of the characteristics of classic shonen and seinen hero types.
Gintoki Earned 67,672 Favorites (Gintama)
Sakata Gintoki is universally regarded as one of the most endearing fictional characters in anime history. Gintoki, the show’s main character, is the king of all pranksters. He has a bizarre but endearing sense of humor, and his inertia in doing nothing is what makes him the undisputed ruler of anime’s comedic realm. Gintoki, often known as the “White Demon,” was a revolutionary in Edo-era Japan. When the audience finally meets him, though, they learn that he will accept any “strange job” he can find. Gintoki is an admirable blend of modesty, naiveté, and badassery.
Naruto Uzumaki Earned 76,317 Favorites
One of the “big three” original shonen heroes, Naruto Uzumaki is a staple of the genre. He had humble beginnings yet has risen to become the Hokage. To begin with, Naruto was a social outcast who didn’t put much effort into his schoolwork. But Naruto worked hard to develop into the man he is now. Naruto has been through it all, from training with the perverted sage Jiraiya to facing off against his boyhood rival Sasuke. It’s no surprise that everyone’s favorite knucklehead ninja is also one of anime’s all-time biggest draws.
Edward Elric Earned 82,119 Favorites (Fullmetal Alchemist)
A lot of people think Fullmetal Alchemist is the best shonen game ever made. Edward Elric was at the helm, and his snarky, fervent outlook on life made him an audience favorite. He is the epitome of an underdog since he never gave up despite overwhelming odds. Edward lost an arm and his brother’s spirit was imprisoned in a mecha suit after a botched experiment. The rest of Edward’s performance was a jaw-dropping adventure. As an adventurer, Edward provided anime watchers with the thrill they had been craving.
Killua Zoldyck Earned 86,322 Favorites (Hunter X Hunter)
Killua, the antagonist, has far more depth and complexity than Gon, the protagonist, did in Hunter X Hunter. Killua surpassed expectations, both as a young kid and as a shonen character, by demonstrating healthy emotional growth while coming from a family of killers. He needed guidance in comprehending and valuing friendship. Killua also had to discover the true worth of human life. He killed without remorse during the Hunter Exam storyline. By the story’s conclusion, however, Killua realized the gravity of murder. Killua’s charisma and charm make him a popular favorite.
Rintaro Okabe Earned 87,347 Favorites (Steins; Gate)
Throughout Steins; Gate, Rintaro serves as the protagonist. He heads the Future Gadget Research Establishment and is the epitome of the crazy scientist stereotype. His supporters find his eccentric and exaggerated behavior endearing. Like many kids, Rintaro enjoys role-playing as a secret agent and has shown worry about an “Organization” out to get him. He has the peculiar habit of laughing wildly at nothing while on the phone with himself. Despite his odd behaviour, Rintato’s fans love him for his mysterious personality and genuine nature.
Light Yagami Earned 87,595 Favorites (Death Note)
Death Note follows the exploits of protagonist Light Yagami. Light believed that, as the self-proclaimed “God of the New World,” he had the power to dole out justice with his notepad and pen. Light’s initial target list may have consisted of criminals, but as his sanity deteriorated he began eliminating anyone who stood in his way. Light assumed the identity of a mass murderer named “Kira” and started killing people in the service of a greater good. He aimed to build an ideal universe from scratch. Although Light isn’t meant to be liked, he is definitely interesting as a character study.
Zoro Earned 91,457 Favorites (One Piece)
One Piece fans all agree: Zoro deserves special recognition as a fan-favorite character. He’s living proof that even secondary figures and second-in-commands can win over audiences. The Straw Hats’ first crew member was Zoro. At first, he seemed like just another brash guy who valued bravado over substance. Zoro soon discovered that simply having the most swords didn’t make him the best. Zoro’s dedication to improving his swordsmanship is inspiring. Numerous enemies, buildings, and robots have been destroyed by him. Zoro has evolved from the brash brawler that viewers first encountered. He’s gotten his head on straight and has proven to be a reliable teammate.
Luffy Earned 117,166 Favorites (One Piece)
Luffy is considered by many to be the best of the “big three” series in Shonen Jump. He leads the Straw Hat Pirates and is the series’ main character. Even though he started out poor, he aspired to be the most powerful pirate in the world. There is no shortage of charisma or charm about Luffy. Fans have been moved to laughter, tears, and astonishment by his unbelievable achievements. It’s just not possible to hold any negative feelings against Luffy, and it’s impossible to ignore his many accomplishments throughout the series.
L Lawliet Earned 117,735 Favorites (Death Note)
It’s safe to say that L Lawliet is one of the most famous anime characters ever. Differentiating him from the other characters in Death Note are his many endearing traits. L’s brilliance is matched only by his strange habits, such as his insatiable craving for sweets and his famed sitting posture. L is one of the most well-liked anime characters because of the mystery that surrounds him. Even without L, Death Note would be fascinating, but he helped ensure the series’ place in history. L was able to see right through Light’s veneer because of his social incompetence and enigmatic air. L’s keen ability to reason deductively allowed him to excel as a private eye.
Levi Ackerman Earned 129, 382 Favorites (Attack On Titan)
It’s generally agreed that Levi Ackerman is among the top tier of shonen protagonists. He leads the Scouting Legion and the Special Operations Squad and holds the record for being the strongest soldier in human history. Since his introduction to the public, Levi has won over legions of admirers with his wry wit, clean-freak antics, and general badass-ness. Levi is definitely not just a great leader, but also a formidable warrior. Battles between Levi and Titans or enemy soldiers are central to several episodes of Attack on Titan.
Lelouch Lamperouge Earned 153,744 Favorites (Code Geass)
Code Geass follows the adventures of Lelouch Lamperouge. He has one of the most interesting backstories and is one of the most complicated characters in the genre. Having royal blood, Lelouch was next in line to the throne. After witnessing the murder of his mother and the near-fatal injury of his sister, Lelouch surrendered his position. After learning of C.C. and obtaining control of the Geass, he vowed to get revenge on his ancestors. After rising to the top of the Black Knights’ hierarchy, Lelouch lost his mind under the weight of his newfound authority. On his quest for vengeance, he betrayed his comrades and slaughtered thousands of innocent people. Lelouch had become distracted from his original intent.