12 Most Popular Characters In Anime History, Ranked By Fan Votes

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There are so many popular anime characters. But fan votes in MyAnimeList finally help up segregate the averages from the greats.


Itachi Uchiha – 43,233 Votes

Itachi Uchiha

Sasuke Uchiha is the greatest living Uchiha. But he would be nowhere near as good had it not been for his older brother Itachi to pave the way. Itachi murdered the entire Uchiha Clan and saved the world of another Shinobi World War. His selfless act is what fueled Sasuke to better himself as a Shinobi in Naruto.

Killua Zoldyck – 48,332 Votes


Hunter x Hunter is one of the greatest anime shows ever made. Period. And no character in the show says radiates the cool factor better than Killua Zoldyck, Gon’s best friend and a genius assassin from the Zoldyck Family. Despite being just as powerful as Gon, Killua choses to be Gon’s shadow but he does get his fair share of moments to shine.


Sakata Gintoki – 51,200 Votes


If you love Family Guy, we give you Gintama – the greatest anime comedy ever made that puts even Family Guy to shame. Sakata Gintoki is the lead character who is a badass Samurai as well as anime world’s greatest class clown. Do watch the series if you like surreal comedy and tons of pop culture references.

Naruto – 58,366 Votes


The lead protagonist of the world of Naruto, Naruto Uzumaki is one of the most well-known faces from the anime world. The new Boruto series may have tarnished the legacy of the original Naruto series but it has only elevated the Godlike popularity the character of Naruto has had.

Roronooa Zoro – 62,906 Votes


The stoic swordsman and master of the three sword style has a tragic backstory and an infinitely unending willpower. A vital member of the Straw Hat Pirates, Zoro has slowly and steadily trained himself to become a swashbuckling force of nature unlike any other in the One Piece universe.


Rintaru Okabe – 64,901 Votes


The eccentric Otaku/scientist has a base of operations that researches time travel. His crazy and odd behavior is over the top but somehow makes him a lot of friends. Rintaru enjoys a lot of fan following not just in Akihabara but also in the real world.

Light Yagami – 68,258 Votes

Death Note

The original possessor of the Death Note, Light Yagami is anime’s Angel of Death who passes swift punishment on all evil and criminals. Due to the popularity of Death Note, Light Yagami is incredibly famous as well.

Edward Elric – 69,513 Votes

Fullmetal Alchemist

Edward Elric is the genius Alchemist and one half of the Elric sibling duo. Edward’s journey in the Fullmetal Alchemist universe takes people in an adventure involving politics, conspiracies, magic, science-fiction, and action.


Levi Ackerman – 71,809 Votes

Attack On Titan

In the Attack On Titan Universe, the humans have but one God. And his name is Levi Ackerman. A stoic personality, Ackerman is quick to take to the battle, involved in some of the most intense anime action sequences ever made.

Luffy – 77,532 Votes

Monkey D Luffy

The leader of the Straw Hat Pirates has long dreamt of becoming the Pirate King. His quest for finding the One Piece treasure has made him an absolute legend in anime fan circles.

L – 92,662 Votes

L – Death Note

Light’s greatest rival surprisingly has more votes than him despite not even being the main character in the series. We wouldn’t crib though. He deserves the spot.


Lelouch Lamperouge – 112,860 Votes

Code Geass

With the power of the Geass and a highly tactical mindset, Lelouch Lamperouge, the Scourge of the Holy Britannian Empire, is the most popular anime character ever created.


Written by Bibhu Prasad Panda

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With a Bachelor's in Engineering and a Master's in Marketing and Operations, Bibhu found a love for writing, working for many different websites. He joined FandomWire in July 2020 and worked his way to his current position of Content Strategist. Bibhu has been involved in operating and managing FandomWire's team of writers, diversifying into varied, exotic fields of pop culture.