These 30 Anime Characters Make Up The Best Of The Medium

Japan has produced some of the most memorable and influential characters in pop culture through anime.

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They've given us giant mecha pilots, warriors with enormous swords, and cute and powerful Pocket Monsters that have long been etched into our memories. If you're a hardcore anime fan, you will definitely enjoy my list of the 30 most iconic animated characters.

30.Arsène Lupin III — Lupin III

Lupin III in "Lupin the 3rd Part II"

29.Shōtarō Kaneda — Akira

Shōtarō Kaneda riding his bike in "Akira"

28.Ichigo Kurosaki — Bleach

Ichigo standing in front of a wall with a hole in it in "Bleach"

27.Kirito — Sword Art Online

Kirito wielding dual blades in "Sword Art Online"

26.Yugi Muto/Yami Yugi — Yu-Gi-Oh!

Yami Yugi in "Yu-Gi-Oh! The Dark Side of Dimensions"

25.Izuku Midoriya/Deku — My Hero Academia

Izuku in a stadium in "My Hero Academia"

Though he was born without a superpower in a world full of supes, this young lad still aspired to become a superhero like his idol, All Might, who passes his power onto him. As a child, we all wished we could become a superhero, and Deku embodies that child who finally had his dream come true.


24.Rem — Re: Zero-Starting Life in Another World

Rem in "Re: Zero-Starting Life in Another World"

23.Kamina — Gurren Laggan

Close-up of Kamina in "Gurren Laggan"

22.Rei Ayanami — Evangelion

Rei smiling in "Evangelion: 1.0 You Are (Not) Alone"

21.Akira Fudo/Devilman — Devilman

Akira Fudo in a dimly lit room in "Devilman Crybaby"

20.Astro Boy — Astro Boy

Astro Boy flying through space in the intro to "Astro Boy" (1980)

Created by a scientist to replace his dead son, Astro is later sold to a robot circus before being adopted by another professor. Known for his adorable appearance and red rocket shoes, Astro became a benchmark superhero whose popular 1960s TV show became the first anime to reach the US.

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19.Sailor Moon — Sailor Moon

Sailor Moon posing with the full moon behind her in "Sailor Moon Eternal"

18.Totoro — My Neighbor Totoro

Totoro in "My Neighbor Totoro"

17.Saitama — One-Punch Man

Saitama in "One-Punch Man"

16.Eren Yeager — Attack on Titan

Eren Yeager in "Attack on Titan"

15.Lelouch Lamperouge — Code Geass

Lelouch sitting on a throne with red eyes in "Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion"

14.Motoko Kusanagi — Ghost in the Shell

Motoko Kusanagi in "Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex"

13.L Lawliet — Death Note

Close-up of L in "Death Note"

12.Vegeta — Dragon Ball

Vegeta as a Super Saiyan Blue in "Dragon Ball Z: Resurrection 'F'"

11.Light Yagami — Death Note

Light Yagami frowning in "Death Note"

10.Levi Ackerman — Attack on Titan

Levi Ackerman staring to the side with bars in front of him in "Attack on Titan"

9.Asuka Langley — Evangelion

Asuka wearing an eyepatch in "Evangelion: 2.0 You Can (Not) Advance)

8.Guts — Berserk

Close-up of Guts in "Berserk" (1997)

7.Edward Elric — Fullmetal Alchemist

Edward Elric in "Fullmetal Alchemist"

6.Naruto Uzumaki — Naruto

Close-up of Naruto in "Naruto Shippuden"

5.Monkey D Luffy — One Piece

Close-up of Luffy's face running in the intro to "One Piece"

4.Ash & Pikachu — Pokémon

Ash and Pikachu smiling in "Pokémon Journeys"

3.Shinji Ikari — Evangelion

Shinji smiling in his plug suit in "Evangelion: 1.0 You Are (Not) Alone"

2.Spike Spiegel — Cowboy Bebop

Close-up of Spike pointing a gun at the screen in "Cowboy Bebop"

1.Goku — Dragon Ball

Goku as a Super Saiyan in the intro to "Dragon Ball Z Kai"

Who would you add to the list?