The 45 Best Anime Characters to Watch Right Now

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You can’t help but get sucked into a binge-watching session of the very first anime you’ve ever decided to check out. 

After a few recommendations come your way from those in the know, you’ll quickly attach yourself to one of your first choices and become enraptured with everything that transpires during said anime. At the heart of every worthwhile anime is a cast that will hopefully get you engaged in anything and everything they do. And when it comes time for those various personalities to get embroiled in a major conflict, the stakes are raised and emotions run high while your favorite characters struggle for their lives. Anime has been around for as long as we can remember and there’s been a ton of iconic individuals featured throughout them that have captured our hearts and imaginations. The characters we’ve listed below adorn our finest T-shirts, inspire plenty of fan art, and have entire cosplay communities dedicated to them. 

We can’t help but love each and every one of these iconic anime characters. And we’re sure most of you feel the exact same way.

1. Goku ('Dragon Ball Z')

2. Vegeta ('Dragon Ball Z')

3. Piccolo ('Dragon Ball Z')

4. Future Trunks ('Dragon Ball Z')

5. Frieza ('Dragon Ball Z')

6. Bulma ('Dragon Ball Z')

7. Naruto Uzumaki ('Naruto')

8. Kakashi Hatake ('Naruto')

9. Sasuke Uchiha ('Naruto')

10. Itachi Uchiha ('Naruto')

11. Tsunade ('Naruto')

12. Monkey D. Luffy ('One Piece')

13. Roronoa Zoro ('One Piece')

14. Sanji ('One Piece')

15. Yusuke Urameshi ('Yu Yu Hakusho')

16. Kurama ('Yu Yu Hakusho')

17. Hiei ('Yu Yu Hakusho')

18. Eren Yeager ('Attack on Titan')

19. Mikasa Ackerman ('Attack on Titan')

20. Levi Ackerman ('Attack on Titan')

21. Usagi Tsukino ('Sailor Moon')

22. Rei Hino ('Sailor Moon')

23. Izuku Midoriya ('My Hero Academia')

24. All Might ('My Hero Academia')

25. Shoto Todoroki ('My Hero Academia')


26. Shinra Kusakabe ('Fire Force')

27. Benimaru Shinmon ('Fire Force')

28. Ichigo Kurosaki ('Bleach')

29. Rukia Kuchiki ('Bleach')

30. Kenshin Himura ('Rurouni Kenshin')

31. Asta ('Black Clover')

32. Yami Sukehiro ('Black Clover')

33. Lelouch Lamperouge ('Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion')

34. Saitama ('One Punch Man')

35. Genos ('One Punch Man')

36. Garou ('One Punch Man')

37. Edward Elric ('Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood')

38. Guts ('Berserk')

39. Spike Spiegel ('Cowboy Bebop')

40. Light Yagami ('Death Note')

41. Gon Freecss ('Hunter x Hunter')

42. Killua Zoldyck ('Hunter x Hunter')

43. Jotaro Kuju ('JoJo's Bizarre Adventure')

44. DIO ('JoJo's Bizarre Adventure')

45. Jean Pierre Polnareff ('JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure')

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