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10 Iconic Anime Characters Of All Time(According to CBR)

An anime’s popularity hinges on its characters. These are some of the most well received anime characters out there.

As hard as it is to admit, judging an anime is not always about the quality of the writing or animation. More often than not, it brings fans of any age back to the wild tribalism of their middle school lunch room as dominance is decided, not by wit or strength, but by a popularity contest.

As is constant with the early days of humankind, those who stand at the top are those who are most popular, and this is no different for anime and its characters, where the next casual fan may have their next anime of choice dictated by what they see the most, either in the recommendations of YouTube or on the backpacks and t-shirts of their fellow weebs.

Whether it be the best looking, more intriguing, or most badass character, anime as a medium is one that is often defined by its most popular characters. Whether they perfectly condense all that one loves about a series into a personified form or just absolutely steal the show, anime characters are a performance worth paying for on their own. Bringing things back to the glory days of that middle school lunchroom, this list will be deciding who really is the coolest of the cool, as it runs down the Top 10 most popular characters in anime history.

10. Itachi Uchicha – Naruto Shipudden

Sasuke Uchiha is one of the most famous edge lords in all of anime, but he wouldn’t be what he is today without the older brother.

Itachi Uchiha is the anti-hero that fans didn’t think for a second was bad, as they stared into his dreamy, Sharingan filled eyes. Whether it’s his iconic design, mysterious history, or cool moves, Itachi made millions of fans everywhere question why he isn’t the Uchiha the series focused on. It’s pretty much safe to say that he is most naruto fans favorite character even though he didn’t stay in the series long enough.

9. Killua Zoldyck – Hunter x Hunter

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Hunter x Hunter is far from being a one-character show. Even now, the series has pivoted across an entirely different perspective, giving fans awe to how versatile and complex this spectacular Shonen can be. If there was ever a character to define how cool and varied this series can be, it would be none other than Killua Zoldyck.

Though the series tries to relegate him as Gon Freecss’ sidekick, Killua managed to grab a lot of attention for his mysterious family history, lethal talent, and constant contemplation of purpose and morality.

8. Sakata Gintoki – Gintama

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Starting off this list is the class clown of anime who can make anyone laugh or even cry at the drop of a hat. Gintama alone is a series known as the king of anime comedy, infamous for its surreal humor, loveable characters, and insurmountable amount of pop culture references that even put Family Guy to shame.

Leading the series’ motley crew of clowns is the “White Demon” himself, Sakata Gintoki. Once a revolutionary during the alien invasion version of Japan’s Edo period, Gin now finds himself doing “odd jobs” across town just to make ends meat, whether it’s assisting in a sushi shop, solving local detective cases, or fighting off aliens. What helps elevate Gin to this list is his ability to pull off straight faced jokes, ecstatic straight man routines, and endearing, stoic lines, playing cool as both the humble fool and hard boiled badass with such mastery that Gin really sees no equal within his industry.

7. Naruto Uzumaki – Naruto/Boruto Series

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The Hidden Leaf Village’s “Nine-Tailed Fox,” Naruto Uzamaki. Naruto defines the very essence of “started at the bottom,” as he began his journey as the incompetent outcast of his ninja school, only for the fans to cheer and cry as they watched him work and scrape to the top, training with the perviest of sages, fighting off the most powerful ninjas, and still finding time to look after his friends.

The #1 Knucklehead became #1 in several anime fan’s hearts (becoming my number one favorite character), as he gave some of anime’s best fights, character dramas, and underdog stories. And, just a couple of years ago, Naruto reached that rare breed of shounen protagonist that actually gets to achieve their dreams, as he finally became the 7th Hokage of the Hidden Leaf Village, making readers and viewers who followed along the way feel like proud parents.

6. Roronoa Zoro – One Piece

Proving that supporting characters and second-in-commands can be beloved within their own right, the “Pirate Hunter” and first mate of the Straw Hat pirates, Roronoa Zoro, makes this list. In the beginning, Zoro was just a loudmouthed kid who thought that just having more swords meant he was stronger. However with diligent training and the pains of a lost rivalry, he’d go on to master the illustrious three-sword style and mature into the stoic badass that fans love to this day.

On his journey to become the world’s best swordsmen, Zoro has paved (in more cases, cut) a path of destruction that has left behind buildings, robots, and some of One Piece’s best antagonists. He is the coolheaded bedrock that has supported and guided Luffy as the Captain of the Straw Hats and a trusted companion that has proven to fans in more than one occasion what loyalty really means.

5. Light Yagami – Death Note

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On a similar note of high concept, moral questions and suspense is the teenage savior of humanity and punisher of all that is evil, “Kira” Light Yagami. Light was once the good looking prodigy of his high school whose societal and family pressures only made him more and more distant from the mundane elements of every day life, until the opportunity of a lifetime literally fell at his feet, and he would begin a journey of world salvation and mass murder.

Having found the Death Note and entering a companionship with the death god Ryuk, Light now has the ability to kill anyone, anywhere by dictating their name and even cause of death within the Death Note. Taking upon the identity of “Kira,” Light uses his newfound opportunity to kill all of the worst criminals of the world, showing closure to some while launching a worldwide conspiracy/mystery to others. With his genius level intellect and eccentric passion, Light has lead fans in one of anime’s greatest cat-and-mouse chases.

4. Edward Elric – Fullmetal Alchemist

Acting as the protagonist to one of the greatest Shounen anime of all time, the “Fullmetal Alchemist” Edward Elric has brought fans equal parts spunky, underdog passion and morally conflicted human drama that most, if any, other Shounen protagonists don’t achieve.

After an alchemy experiment gone wrong that left him without an arm and his brother’s soul trapped in a suit of armor, Ed has lead fans on an absolutely stunning journey of existential and religious drama, political intrigue, heartwarming friendships, and epic, high concept alchemy battles. Despite his arrogant, loudmouthed nature, Edward Elric was the face of an adventure that anime fans everywhere ironically prayed for a happy ending.

3. Levi Ackerman – Attack On Titan

Moving on to a master of blades of a different breed is humanity’s strongest soldier as well as the Captain of the Scouting Legion division and the Special Operations Squad, Levi Ackerman. Since his introduction, Levi has earned more than just the fans’ love, as he’s absolutely taken their respect, as his role as the cold, stern faced captain scares to near Fullmetal Jacket levels but is mitigated by his tactful nature and genuine concern for his mission and team.

Beyond a leadership that even gets viewers standing to attention, Levi is also an incredible fighter on the battleground, as he’s showcased some of Attack on Titan’s most intense moments fighting off titans and other soldiers alike. Anyone who misjudges this man by his short stature may soon find themselves at the wrong end of a blade.

2. Monkey D. Luffy – One Piece

Appropriately entering in at #2 is the leader of Shounen Jump’s “Big Three,” the Captain of the Straw Hat Pirates, Monkey D. Luffy. The son of an infamous revolutionary and the grandson of a beloved marine, Luffy surprisingly had humble beginnings as just a little kid looking up to his pirate hero, “Red Haired” Shanks. After eating the Gum Gum fruit and being raised by bandits, Luff would go on to lead his own journey to become King of the Pirates, leading a loveable crew of misfits and outcasts that have ingrained the series with tons of personality.

And no other member of that crew has more personality than the captain himself, as the fun loving, simple minded rubber man has made fans laugh, cry, and stare in awe, as Luffy’s personal brand of justice and freedom are as provocative as they are endearing. Luffy’s just a guy who’s hard to hate, which falls in line with being a Shounen protagonist, but his own personal flavor promotes acceptance and dreaming in a way that other Shounen protagonists just haven’t done.

1. Lelouch Lamperouge – Code Geass

Ranking in at #1 is a complex character leading complex characters in one of anime’s most tightly structured and multifaceted series. Lelouch Lamperouge was at one point a prince 17th in line to the throne who renounced his status after the assassination of his mother and the crippling of his sister. Having been a political hostage in banishment within Japan as a student, Lelouch found his opportunity for revenge and redemption as he stumbled upon C.C., a mysterious girl who grants him the power of Geass, a strange ability that lets him dictate the actions of any person once.

With his newfound gift, Lelouch continues down a path of redemption and destruction as he becomes the leader of the revolutionary group the Order of the Black Knights, lies to and betrays his friends, and kills hundreds and thousands of people in the process. Seeing what type of man he becomes as he comes out the other side is just titillating enough to bring fans across a deep moral analysis and human drama.

Top 10 Best Sword Action Anime You Should Definitely Watch(Recommendations)

Sword Fighting anime are FUEL for a lot of people. Some would love to be motivated by those swings and sad stories. While others are in it for pure action. Hence, this is a list of the best Sword fighting anime till now. It is a mix of various styles and techniques. From bloody battles to comical showdowns. Everything was set up to match your preferences and your different moods.

10. Blade Of The Immortal

The “Hundred Man Killer”, the name itself is enough to send shivers down your spine. This is the name of Manji, a demon among man, a ruthless murder. As the name suggests he killed more than hundreds of innocent persons. But what is even more frightening about him is the fact that he is immortal

He gained this gift after a noun placed a bloodworm capable of healing all injuries. But an immortal life is nothing but a curse. As the plan of the noun was unfolding nicely, she gave him a condition upon relieving him from his burden. 

Manji must repent. Not only must he repent of his deeds by killing a hundred evil men but he must truly repent in his heart and regret his actions. Forced to follow the noun rule, he sets out on a journey of atonement. 

During his travels, he gets attached to a girl named Rin. Having now someone to protect, and starting to face foes stronger and stronger. He starts training again to polish his sword skills to gain the necessary power to protect the one he cares about.

9. Sword Of The Stranger

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Ravaged the world, a young orphan and his dog are struggling to bring food to the table through stealing. The boy’s name is Kotarou and he calls his dog Tobimaru. Although a thief, Kotarou’s crimes were minor, so imagine his surprise when assassins from China’s Ming Dynasty started pursuing him.

Faced with certain death, their salvation takes the form of a ronin who goes by the name Nanashi that they, fortunately, met in a temple where they were taking refuge. But the ronin will not risk his life for strangers for free

In exchange for taking on bodyguard duties, Kotarou offers him as payment a gem. Since their best assassins failed to capture the boy, the Ming sends out a master swordsman whose name brings terrors to anyone who hears it. 

Never defeated till today he was delighted to finally meet an opponent who can trade blows with him on equal ground. Nanashi turned out to be a virtuoso with his sword, his gracious yet deadly strikes paved the way to get to their final destination and made sure the Ming’s didn’t fulfill the prophecy.

8. Afro Samurai

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In a world ruled by numbers, to have the privilege of challenging the one on top, you have to earn it. Headbands are representative of those numbers. Afro, after years of training and hard work finally got the number Two, the only headband that can challenge the number one. He did all this for one reason, the current number One, killed his father in a duel to get this number. 

Filled with rage and desire for revenge, Afro only wants one thing, the head of Justice as compensation. A simple problem stands in his way, while the number One can only be challenged by Number Two, Number Two can be challenged by anyone making the world his enemy. He now has to push through this challenge to keep his number until he reaches his goal.

7. Noragami

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For a God to be able to maintain their physical form and not disappear from this world, they need to be worshiped, believed in.

Yato Kami is no exception. If you ever find yourself in need, a telephone number may appear, dial it, and for the price of five yen, this “Delivery God” will do your bidding. Yato’s dream is to become worshiped by millions and rich.

The task becomes even harder when a young girl, who didn’t know he was god, tries to save him from being hit by a car. Sacrificing herself in the process, she miraculously survived but this near-death experience caused her soul to wander out of her body. She then pays Yato to find a way to fix her. 

With the help of Hiyori, he finds himself a new weapon. Weapons are created by harvesting wandering souls. The chosen one was a young boy, Yukine, who turned out to be a beautiful and powerful katana.

6. Dororo

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Hyakkimaru’s father was the lord of a dying land, in an attempt to restore his power he offered this firstborn child to demons. They took everything, his eyes, limbs, mouth, and ears, all of his senses. But Hyakkimaru’s will to live was stronger than expected and he managed to keep his soul which the demons couldn’t eat. 

Left with a monstrous body, he was abandoned on a boat to die, and fortunately, be rescued by a doctor that specializes in making prosthetics. He made him an entire body, taught him how to fight, how to survive. 

He treated him like his own son. He soon realized that even without eyes, Hyakkimaru could see, he could see the souls of all living things, to sense them as well. And as he grew up, demons that are after what’s left of him started hunting him. His father instead gave him a pair of katanas and with them, he killed anything that came after him. One day as he killed another demon, his fake leg fell off to leave the place to the real thing. Hyakkimaru immediately understood that he had the chance to retrieve what was taken from him. 

He just had to hunt and kill the demons that devoured his body. With now a goal in mind, he leaves home. On his journey, he meets Dororo, a child, the only other soul that stayed at his side. 

5. Gintama

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During the Feudal time of Japan, aliens made their way to earth. Those aliens are called “Amanto”. They took over the earth like it was nothing and prohibited the use of swords, making the strong and dignified Samurais completely useless. All of them discarded their title, only one still holding on to his pride and this man was Gintoki Sakata. 

Put like that, Gintoki sounds like a respectable, charismatic person, but his easy-going personality, love for sweets and the fact that he works as an errand boy shatters this beautiful image completely. 

Working with him are Shinpachi Shimura, Kagura and Sadaharu, their dog. But life as an errand boy is nothing but simple, they daily have to deal with assassins, police officers, gangs, rebels and always end up in the most dangerous situation.

4. Sword Art Online

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MMORPG’s are role-playing video games, but here we take it to another level. The progress made by the gaming industry leads them to create the “NerveGear” technology and launch a new game called Sword Art Online in the year 2022. Through a virtual link, the game transports you into its virtual world so you can play in the body of your avatar.

Kazuto Kirigaya, alias “Kirito,” is one of the lucky few who had the chance to participate in the Beta testing and get his hand on a NerveGear when the game was officially out.

Ten-Thousand in total are now in the world of “Aincard” and are free to choose their weapon of choice. Kirito’s partner during the journey would be a ravishing jet-black sword of the highest quality. 

After a few hours in the game, the player started to realize that they are unable to log out. They all thought it was just a bug that needed to be fixed until they were all teleported to the plaza by the game master

The hard truth comes out, they are trapped! The only way to log out is to complete the game in its integrity, pretty simple except for the fact that if you died in the game, you will die in real life as well, the same is true if someone on the outside removes your NerveGear by force.

Kirito is one of the best players around, called the black swordsman by this fellow player, his only problem is that he is not much of a team player and he has been leveling up and clearing floors on his own. But there is so much one person can do, and the further into the game the stronger the bosses became. 

3. Demon Slayer

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Tanjiro Kamado lives with his family in a remote area in the mountains far from the village. After the death of his father, Tanjiro took it upon himself to support them. Every day he would leave the mountain to go sell charcoal to the villagers. 

As he was setting off to go back home, one of the villagers asks him to spend the night at his place because he believes Demons are lurking on the mountain path at night. Tanjiro didn’t believe him but it was already pretty late so he accepted his invitation. The morning after, when he was just about to reach his destination, the smell of blood started filling his nostril. Panic starts to take over his body and horror finally sets in when he discovers the dead bodies of his whole family.

Rage, anger, sadness, grief, confusion, and a wave of emotion consumed him only to disappear when he realized that his little sister Nezuko was still alive but badly wounded. He picks her up and tries to head back to the village as fast as possible to get help

He was stopped by Giyu, a Demon Slayer who realized that Nezuko was no longer human. As he was apologizing for the delay in his arrival because his task was not to put down Nezuko but to prevent the massacre altogether, he drew his sword, but Tanjiro wasn’t going to stand idle, he fought back defending the only person he held dear in this world, promising the demon slayer that she would never hurt a soul. 

Nezuko woke up, and to the surprise of Giyu, even though she was starved she tried to protect her brother. Something wasn’t right. The will of Nezuko, her love for her family made her keep her sanity

Giyu took it as a sign, he let them go, told Tanjiro to become a Demon slayer so he could hunt down the demon who destroyed their lives. And that Demon is the oldest, strongest one of them all. The only one who can turn humans into a demon. The first demon ever born, Muzan!

The goal of his new journey is not only revenge, Tanjiro was also determined to find a way to turn Nezuko back into a human.

On his journey, he meets a lot of different people, some willing to help him even though he is traveling with a monster and others who will never believe that demons can be good. He will also learn that there are other demons like his sister who don’t feed on humans.

The only way for Tanjiro to protect his sister from demons and humans alike is to become stronger than all of them.

2. Bleach

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One of the big three old generation anime, Bleach right alongside Naruto and One Piece is a legendary anime.

The story revolves around Ichigo Kurosaki, a normal individual with an unusual amount of “Reiatsu” meaning spiritual pressure. Because of this, since childhood, he could see ghosts. Most of them were harmless, but another kind exists. 

Hollows” are the remains of deceased souls filled with negative emotions, taking the shape of monsters they long to have a human body once again. Because of the pressure of his Reiatsu, Ichigo caught the eye of one of them. About to be eaten, a Soul Reaper by the name of Rukia makes her apparition. To save the boy, she drives her sword in him, transferring her power onto him making him a Soul Reaper in her stead. 

All Reaper have “Zanpakutō“, a sword with unique skills, custom-made for their owner. Very difficult to master and to understand since they have a soul of their own, Ichigo has to train to become a full-fledged Soul Reaper to take on Rukias’ responsibilities and find a way to give her back her original powers while protecting his neighborhood against corrupt spirits.

With 366 episodes, four movies, and a new season coming out this year, Bleach is a masterpiece full of duals and incredible power-ups. A lot of fights are said to have “broker the internet” offering excitement mixed with magnificent graphics and great character development.

1. Berserk

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Guts, through his inhuman strength, his incredible sword technique, his reflexes, and cleverness during battles landed him the post of Raid Commander of the Band of the Hawk. A group of mercenaries led by the charismatics and ingenious Griffith. Their strength was so great that all the lords requested their aid. If they are fighting at your side, victory is guaranteed. 

But Griffith has a dream, even though he was born a commoner, he aspired to gain his own country. An impossible dream that was slowly becoming reality as he was bestowed noble title after noble’s title for all his exploits. Exploits that would not have been possible without his right hand and his most trusted friend, Guts. 

His dream now at hand reach until the unexpected happened. Guts decide to leave him to find his own path so he can call himself Griffith’s equal. Unable to accept it, Griffith loses his usual calm and acts rashly which leads to unforeseen events that were the cause of the destruction of everything he worked for. He had a choice, and the path he took forced him and his dear friend to become sworn enemies

Griffith who was a symbol of hope is now pure darkness and the only ones seeing him for who he truly is, are Guts. For revenge and also for the world he takes it upon himself to destroy him but monsters not of this world are standing in his way. Will the willpower of one extraordinary fighter be able to defeat humans with supernatural strength, regenerating abilities, and magic at their disposal?

The fighting scenes of this anime will blow your mind as it is something, I guarantee, you have never seen before. It is gruesome, violent, and will make you always ask for more.