40 Popular Anime Characters Of All Time

There are some extremely popular anime characters in the world who took character development to a whole another level. Not only do these characters have overwhelming personalities that take over the viewer’s identity but their appearance can create a global trend.

And while there will always be new characters coming and going, there are a few fantastic ones who will always be on the top. This list features not only the most popular characters but also the strongest anime characters, so keep reading to see if your favorite character made the list.

So, let’s go over the most popular anime characters of all time.

1. Eren Yeager

Eren Yeager Popular Anime Characters Of All Time
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  • Anime: Attack on Titan

I’m convinced that there will never be a more influential and amazing character in modern anime shows, Eren Yeager is what you get if the character development is done correctly, he’s neither the protagonist nor an antagonist, and the only thing on his mind is revenge.

His character has grown throughout the series with each shocking revelation, he’s come to realize that the hatred for the Eldians living on Paradise island will never end. So, the only solution to all those problems is to eradicate anyone who opposes their existence.

Before Eren knew the truth of this world, he was much more hopeful that he would one day be able to escape from the clutches of the titans and enjoy the outside world. However, after knowing who the real enemy is, Eren has but one option left.

2. Naruto Uzumaki

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  • Anime: Naruto

Of all the most popular anime characters in the list, Naruto is probably the most tragic one who was always treated as an outsider, he grew up wanting attention from others because he was always ignored by everyone around him.

There were only a handful of people who ever treated Naruto as an equal and cared for him. However, despite all that he never hated them once and always tried to protect them against all odds.

It wasn’t until later in the series that he was finally recognized as a hero of the village, and that was one of the most satisfying moments in all of the anime.

Something that always stuck with fans was how he always cared for others before himself, he always tried to do good for others even if it meant getting hurt in the process.

3. Goku

Goku popular anime characters
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  • Anime: Dragon Ball Z

Goku is easily one of the most influential characters from our childhood, we all remember lifting our hands and helping him build a spirit bomb against Freeza, that was the most memorable moment of our childhood.

Now Goku is the shounen protagonist who we grew up watching, he’s a simple-minded character who will do anything to protect those he cares about, even at the cost of his own life. His power-ups and transformations have shaken the anime community every time.

Probably the reason we like him so much is that he’s a bit simple character, he defeats bad guys with overwhelming power-ups and loves to have fun. Goku is arguably most popular anime characters of all time.

4. Gon Freecss

Gon Freecss popular anime characters
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  • Anime: Hunter x Hunter

Gon is one of those iconic shounen protagonists who are way too naive for their own good but have an incredibly big heart, they trust others easily and everyone else around them wants to protect them from everything.

Gon has a strong desire to become a hunter so he could finally meet his dad, that’s the only reason why he decided to take the hunter exam. His most redeeming quality is that he will do anything for a friend no matter how risky or impossible it may seem.

Gon is a cheerful guy, there is hardly anything that can keep him down for long, he and Killua are always ready for an adventure.

5. Light Yagami

Light Yagami popular anime characters
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  • Anime: Death Note

Call him an antagonist or the protagonist, there will never be a character more cunning and cautious than Light Yagami, he thinks carefully before his every move and doesn’t break under pressure.

His initial interaction with Ryuk instantly made him an excellent character, he never hesitated before attaining the power of a literal god of death, and he knew what he had to do to clean up this crime-riddle world.

It’s no surprise that Light was incredibly careful from the beginning, he was always one step ahead of anyone trying to check up on his movements; however, he was also quite stubborn which is how he gave away his location to L.

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6. Kakashi Hatake

Kakashi Hatake popular anime characters
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  • Anime: Naruto

The Naruto series is filled with characters who have tragic pasts, and while there are many characters who take the spotlight, there is one who has always held a smile on his face despite losing everyone he ever loved.

Kakashi had never let anyone come into his life because he was always afraid that he would end up losing them like everyone else. But after meeting the iconic trio, he knew that he could start anew and teach others about the value of friends.

Despite how nonchalant or laid-back he may seem on the surface, there is hardly a ninja alive who doesn’t cower in fear in front of the Copy Ninja of the leaf.

7. Levi Ackerman

Levi Ackerman popular anime characters
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  • Anime: Attack on Titan

I can already hear the fan girls going wild, Levi is the most popular character in the series because of his fearsome fighting style, his demanding personality, and also his habit of cleaning, he can’t see anything dusty.

Hailed as humanity’s strongest soldier, Levi is able to take down hoards of titans all by himself, his skills with the ODM gear are phenomenal, allowing him to take down titans without a scratch.

If you weren’t surprised by his first appearance, that’s fine because there are plenty of other times when Levi shocked the fans with his incredible spin attack, he’s always ready to take command and cut down anything that stands in his path.

Although Levi doesn’t bother himself with anything that doesn’t directly concern him, he makes sure everything moves along accordingly and that everyone is efficient in their work.

8. Vegeta

Vegeta popular anime characters
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  • Anime: Dragon Ball Z

Vegeta is the character who had the most character development in the Dragon Ball series, his character was shown as a minor antagonist earlier in the series but later become the most admired and amazing character.

He was tormented by his past and his desire to take the throne as the prince of all Saiyans, and as he grew stronger, he realized there are things more important than some title from an extinct species.

It’s refreshing to see a character like him in the series, someone who is self-aware and actually evolves into a better and more caring person, unlike everyone else who either gets bald or grows their hair longer. Vegeta has a great fan following and it inspires vegeta inclusion in list of most popular anime characters.

9. Sasuke Uchiha

Sasuke Uchiha popular anime characters
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  • Anime: Naruto

You may hate Sasuke for how he was earlier in the series but you can’t deny how important he was in the entire storyline, he was willing to give up on everything to take his revenge, even his own life.

He was a man chasing after his goal like nothing else mattered to him but there were times when he contemplated whether his goal was worth all the sacrifice and after finally learning about the truth behind the incident, he directed his rage to the one on the top.

Something that everyone can appreciate about his character is his character development, he realized that he couldn’t trust anyone and he decided to take matters into his own hand.

10. Roronoa Zoro

Roronoa Zoro popular anime characters
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  • Anime: One Piece

One of the few most memorable characters from our childhood is Zoro, his style of using three swords was fantastic and while his skills were yet to improve, we all knew that he was going to become the strongest swordsman in all of One Piece.

And with the latest progress in the series, Zoro is many times stronger than how he was two years ago and while his original goal was to face stronger enemies and become the strongest, he’s decided to follow Luffy on his journey and help him become the Pirate King.

However, we all know why Zoro hasn’t left Luffy and gone on his own journey, he would easily get lost and wouldn’t be able to find his way.

11. Spike Spiegel

Spike Spiegel popular anime characters
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  • Anime: Cowboy Bebop

A character like Spike Spiegel doesn’t come that often, characters with laid-back personalities often steal the show with his effortless yet captivating style. Spike lives in the moment and doesn’t care about the future unless he’s in real danger.

There are plenty of things that happened in his past that made him the person he is today, but he’s someone who doesn’t like to remember the past but focuses on what’s ahead.

Although Spike is a bounty hunter, he doesn’t take his role seriously, he’d rather sit in the bebop watching tv or drinking himself to sleep instead of actually looking for bounties.

Spike is rarely ever seen excited about anything, he continually complains and doesn’t do anything to fix his habits.

12. Ainz Ooal Gown

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  • Anime: Overlord

There are hundreds of other characters who are transported into a game world but no one is more cunning and audacious than Lords Ainz, he’s gone a long way from trying to get back to his old world to someone trying to take over the entire fantasy world.

After realizing that there was no way to escape this world, Ainz decided to take matters into his own hand and investigate whatever caused him to travel; however, he soon decided to take over the world with his immense power.

Although he was quite careless earlier in the series and didn’t care to rethink his moves thinking that he was already the strongest being in this world, his methods changed when one of his servants was mind-controlled, he decided to strategically plan his every step.

13. Lelouch Vi Britannia

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  • Anime: Code Geass

Lelouch is the smartest character in this entire list, he was able to take over the whole country and wage war against those who stood against him, all for his revenge against the family who abandoned him.

He was originally living a peaceful life with his sister but everything changed during the war against the Japanese, Lelouch was roped into the family business of Geass where he met C.C. and attained the power of a god which allowed him to control anyone around him.

Although Lelouch hated war, to begin with, he saw this as an opportunity to take action against the Royal Family and help the Japanese take over the country, he served as the hidden leader who would control them from the shadows.

14. Kirito (Kazuto Kirigaya)

Kirito popular anime characters
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  • Anime: Sword Art Online

There is massive hate for the amazing Sword Art Online franchise and that is partially due to the lackluster plot but mainly because the overpowered main character, Kirito was indeed overpowered but that’s because he knew the core mechanics of the game.

Kirito was among the few beta testers for the game so he already know most of everything there was to know about the game, while other players roam around aimlessly trying to complete quests, Kirito was grinding to gain levels much faster.

There is no denying that Kirito is quite overpowered compared to other Isekai protagonists but that doesn’t take away from the fact of how cool he is, he’s able to counter bullets with a lightsabre without breaking a sweat.

15. Subaru Natsuki

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  • Anime: Re:Zero Starting Life in Another World

If you think there are characters who had worse experiences in a fantasy world than Subaru Natsuki, you need to watch Re:Zero, and then you’ll finally realize how absolutely terrifying and mind-breaking experience he suffered throughout his journey.

You may seem a character like Subaru has nothing to offer in terms of character development as he was merely used as a ploy to progress the story but his past was revealed in the new installment and we saw how much he was grown from the moment he first got teleported.

Subaru is a mentally weak character which makes him feel more realistic, he breaks under pressure but still pushes onward because he realizes there are people he needs to protect.

16. Kiyotaka Ayanokoji

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  • Anime: Classroom of the Elite

There are all sorts of masterminds in anime but only a few can manipulate others into doing their bidding, only those who can control those around them are worthy of being praised as the true masterminds.

Although his character was almost forgotten with the recent release of the second season, Ayanokoji is again at the top of the anime community. He plays the role of a silent observer until he sees an opportunity to take control of the situation.

Not only is he good at studies, but he also excels at sports and is quite an incredible combatant, able to go against Ryuen and his lackeys and beat them all to a pump without using his full force.

Someone like Ayanokoji who is created to become the perfect human can only be stopped if he desires it, his initial goal was to reach class but he decided to give it up and only observe for now.

17. Shikamaru Nara

Shikamaru Nara popular anime characters
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  • Anime: Naruto

It’s not often that a smart character makes it to the list of the most popular characters, this title usually belongs to the shounen-type protagonists who swing giant swords and scream atop their lungs during a fight.

Shikamaru is more lazy than he is smart, he’d rather pretend to be asleep during a crisis if he can’t do anything to help the situation, and he doesn’t waste his energy doing something pointless.

Something that we all love about Shikamaru is that he was one of the only genuine friends that Naruto had, when everyone around him treated Naruto as an outsider, Shikamaru always saw him as an equal.

Shikamaru is a genius who controls the battlefield from shadows, creating opportunities for others to deal the finishing blow, his analytical mind comes up with solutions on the spot.

18. Kazuma Satou

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  • Anime: Konosuba! God’s Blessing on This Wonderful World

Kazuma is a popular character not only because he’s from the most comedic show of all time, but because the official anime advocate of gender equality, his degenerate antics have no limit yet he’s loved by everyone around him for his perverted behavior.

His entrance into the fantasy world wasn’t as dramatic and magical as some of the other characters, the goddess in charge of sending him to the magical realm opens the memories of his past life and gives snarky remarks and makes fun of the hilarious way he died.

Something that makes his character great is that he’s not much different from any one of us, he’s a lazy bum who’d rather sit at him and drink booze until he passes out instead of going out and making money.

19. Kamina

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  • Anime: Gurren Lagann

If you ever wanted a more manly character than anyone else you’ve seen, Kamina is the guy who will get you hyped, there is no limit to this man’s madness, he will bend reality to his will and forge a path to victory with his bare hands.

Kamina is a character who always looks ahead, he wasn’t one to concern himself with facts and logic, he was someone who would make things with his will and that’s the whole point of the series.

He was loud and obnoxious but he was always there to protect those who were important to him, he never abandoned anyone in need and rushed to destroy anything that stood in his way.

20. Karma Akabane

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  • Anime: Assassination Classroom

Karma is the cool guy we all want to be, there’s no denying with rebellious behavior toward his teacher and the whole school system connects with plenty of teens, and when he’s given the curve ball Karma takes it like a champ and fights back.

He wasn’t originally supposed to be in Class D, and perhaps that’s why he was so distant from everyone else, he was an elitist and considered himself to be better than others but after his time learning from Koro-sensei, he changed for the better.

Karma has a laid-back personality, he’s mostly calm and keeps to himself but he’s always there to show everyone off with his superior assassination skills.

21. Killua Zoldyck

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  • Anime: Hunter x Hunter

I still find it hard to believe how can someone be so adorable and deadly at the same time, Killua has a smile that will brighten up anyone’s day but you don’t want to get on his bad side because he will literally rip your heart out in an instant.

Killua was probably the strongest competitor aiming for the hunter license, he wasn’t interested in that, to begin with, all he wanted was to escape from his family and have a little fun.

However, things became more interesting when he met Gon, Leorio, and Kurapika, for the first time he felt like he had found real friends so he wanted to do everything to spend more time together.

Killua may just be a teenager but he was years of experience in the outside world so he always plays the role of big brother to Gon.

22. Sakura Haruno

Sakura Haruno popular anime characters
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  • Anime: Naruto

One could say that Sakura Haruno is the most hated character in all of Naruto, her character shown was selfish and arrogant as she always treated others with little to no respect and cared only about herself.

However, her character has improved a lot throughout the series, after realizing that she wasn’t strong enough to helpful in any way, she decided to train as a medical ninja under the current Hokage, Tsunade, and master the 100 healing Jutsu.

Sakura has grown throughout the series, always trying to better herself in whatever way she could, and in the end, she was a completely different person from before.

23. Hinata Hyuga

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  • Anime: Naruto

It wouldn’t be wrong to call her the queen of the Naruto series, she was always the dream girl of every naruto fan since she was the only person who actually went out of her comfort zone to care for Naruto.

It’s true that she didn’t have many on-screen moments but the creators sure knew how to make our fans fall for her each time she appeared, she refused to become the head of her clan and follow her own path.

Hinata was always a soft-spoken girl, she never spoke her mind and was always careful to never offend others in any way. However, throughout the series, she began to open up more and started expressing her feelings more openly. She has smashed the doors to enter into a list of popular anime characters of all time.

24. Asuna Yuuki

Asuna Yuuki popular anime characters
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  • Anime: Sword Art Online

For those who started their anime journey with one of the most popular game-like fantasy series, Asuna was the queen of their hearts, she was fierce enough to care for herself but still a delicate flower that needed a knight in shining armor.

Not to mention she was one of the strongest female characters in the series, a few months after getting stuck in Aincrad, she quickly rose through the ranks of Knights of the Blood Oath and became their commander.

Although she was eager to get out of the game because she never had any attachments to this online, after meeting Kirito and enjoying the most optimal weather in the game, she considered a future living in this world.

25. Rem

Rem popular anime characters
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  • Anime: Re:Zero Starting Life in Another World

There aren’t enough characters in the anime fandoms who can rile up the fans and divide them into two massive factions. You could look anywhere in any anime community and people would be talking about why Rem is the best girl.

Rem started out as one of the scariest girls in the series, she was ruthless and didn’t hesitate for a second before torturing Subaru to death. However, through Subaru’s constant efforts to change the future, she saw a different side of him and fell in love.

Rem is more than just caring, she is someone who would do anything to see others happy and would risk her life trying to protect others, her demonic appearance can strike fear into the hearts of many; however, deep down she is still a caring person.

26. Taiga Aisaka

Taiga Aisaka popular anime characters
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  • Anime: Toradora!

The trope of having a shy and aggressive anime girl is nothing new but if that’s something you’re interested in then you have to know about Taiga Aisaka, the queen of all tsundere.

She may appear cute because of her small stature but there is nothing cute about her, you don’t want to get on her bad side or you will regret it.

However, despite her terrifying reputation in her class, she can be sweet if she’s in a happy mood. Taiga has a crush on a boy in her class but she doesn’t know how to confess her feelings to him so she writes a letter but that doesn’t go as she originally planned.

27. Touka Kirishima

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  • Anime: Tokyo Ghoul

Touka was always a mysterious girl from the distance, she always appeared distant from everything and every one as if she didn’t belong in that place. She was just an ordinary girl working at a coffee shop on the surface but there was a lot more to her character.

She was the first person who actually tried to help Kaneki adjust to his new life, she was a bit impatient with him but all she wanted to do was to turn in him someone who could take care of himself.

Touka appeared selfish and brooding earlier in the series, she always kept her feelings to herself and never let anyone come into her life. However, after so many incidents of losing people who were close to her, Touka became more expressive about her feelings.

28. Erza Scarlet

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  • Anime: Fairy Tail

Erza is a character who seems tough on the surface but genuinely cares about everyone around her, she’s a strict disciplinarian and doesn’t like it if anyone avoids their duties and doesn’t give their best effort.

However, despite her strict behavior, she’s very kind toward her friends and always helps them out however she can. She’s also prone to breaking down when she gets frustrated which leads to everyone else doing their best so it never comes to that.

Erza was originally not as friendly, she didn’t get along with others when she first joined the Fairy Tail guild, and her uptight behavior toward everyone made everyone dislike her.

29. Albedo

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  • Anime: Overlord

Albedo is one of the most seductive female characters of all time, she’s originally a succubus; however, because Ainz messed around with her character settings, she is now much more obedient and able to control her succubus habits.

Her loyalty is something that can never be questioned, she’s completely faithful to lord Ainz and doesn’t stand by if someone does anything to dishonor him. Although she maintains her composure, she easily gets jealous if Ainz doesn’t give her attention for a while.

Albedo has a cheerful and positive personality; however, it doesn’t take long before her personality flips completely out of control if someone dares to disappoint lord Ainz. She’s also extremely ruthless, hardly ever showing concern toward others.

30. Violet Evergarden

Violet Evergarden popular anime characters
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  • Anime: Violet Evergarden

There will probably never character who can touch the hearts of millions of people like Violet Evergarden, her journey from trying to fit in with others to becoming the most popular auto memory doll is inspirational, to say the least.

After losing the major in the war, she began trying to become an auto memory doll so she could understand the meaning of I love you, which were the last words said to her by Major Gilbert.

Violet may seem non-expressive when it comes to her feelings but that’s because she was never raised as a normal human but as a war machine who would kill anyone on command. Violet Evergarden is the main character of its anime and is featuring in most popular anime characters of all time.

31. Zero Two

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  • Anime: Darling in the Franxx

There aren’t many characters who can compete with Zero Two over the influence she had on the entire anime community, the series was exploding all over the internet and that was all because of her.

The past of her character was shrouded in mystery but as the story progressed and we learned about her past and the reason why she calls her partner darling. The internet was already completely in love with her character.

Her nonchalant and carefree personality often made her seem irresponsible but that was because she couldn’t care less what happens to others after all that she’s been through; however, she was the glue that held everything together and ultimately saved everyone.

32. Kaguya Shinomiya

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  • Anime: Kaguya-Sama: Love is War

Despite how tough and unapproachable she may seem on the surface, she gets extremely flustered when it’s about matters of the heart. She loses all her wit and solely acts on impulse and ends up making a fool of herself.

If that’s not hilarious enough, Kaguya is extremely old school which means she hasn’t had a smartphone and doesn’t know how one works either. She often founds herself out of place when the topic is related to modern entertainment.

She’s extremely hard-working and doesn’t give up until she fulfills her role as the student council president, she keeps a facade of not caring about others; however, she would do anything for the members of the student council.

33. Komi San

Komi San popular anime characters
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  • Anime: Komi Can’t Communicate

Komi is very like us in many aspects, she’s a teenager with crippling social anxiety who doesn’t know how to communicate using her voice, she loses hope whenever anything bad happens and turns to her best friend whenever she feels all hope is lost.

However, her story has to be the most hilarious one out of all the characters on this list, she is severely misunderstood by everyone else around her. Her lack of communication leads to her being treated as an elegant queen who gets by because of her looks.

However, she is hopeful and often set big standards for herself, and gets upset when she fails, her most redeeming quality is that despite her lack of social skills she cares about her friends very deeply.

34. Chika Fujiwara

Chika Fujiwara popular anime characters
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  • Anime: Kaguya-Sama: Love is War

Chika is more often the one who brings trouble to the student council room; however, she’s also the only reason the student council has activities to bond over, she often brings randomly hilarious games where she obviously has the advantage to win over others.

No matter how much of a simpleton she may seem, Chika has proven that she’s by the far the only person in the student council who excels at basically everything. She also serves as the mom figure to Miyuki Shirogane and helps him not make a fool of himself.

Chika is a ball of energy, she comes up with activities to do with the other student council members, always has a smile on her face, and is always up for shenanigans. 

35. Megumin

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  • Anime: Konosuba! God’s Blessing on This Wonderful World

Megumin is the most iconic anime little girl who took over the internet through memes, her single explosion is the only interesting thing about her as a character, she’s a member of the crimson magic clan and only interested in learning explosion magic.

She came to the city of axel to become an adventurer and make some money for her family, but nobody wants her in their party because of her explosion magic that renders her useless after just one cast.

Megumin spent all her skill points on upgrading her explosion magic so much that it costs way too much mana and she can only use it once before passing out.

Megumin is an interesting character, she likes to go on adventures but refuses to put effort into team coordination, she likes to take the lead and annihilate everything with her explosion magic.

36. Yor Forger

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  • Anime: Spy x Family

You’d have to be blind to not see the charming beauty of Yor Forger, she’s obviously the best female character in recent years. She’s extremely caring and careful toward her pretend family and she would do anything to see them happy.

She’s a secret assassin who is an expert at killing but at the same time, she’s a social mess and doesn’t often know how to react in situations which often leads to her getting flustered.

However, it’s always a sight to see her treat Anya as her own daughter, she would do anything to protect her no matter what.

Time and time again, Yor has won the hearts of many fans, her desire to keep this pretend family afloat for as long as possible is the only thing that makes her actions so meaningful.

37. Misaki Ayuzawa

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  • Anime: Maid Sama!

Misaki Ayuzawa needs no introduction, she’s the most popular female lead in the shounen demographic anime shows and for a good reason, her character isn’t just adored by girls but also the guys love her for her tenacity and work ethic.

She always pushes herself harder than she needs to, she often tries to do everything by herself and ends up getting sick in the process. It’s a good thing she has Usui to care for her since she’s always pushing herself to the point of collapse.

Misaki is a strict individual at school, as the student council president, she makes sure that every boy follows the rules and that girls have just as much freedom as guys. She hates being dependent on others for anything and will try to do everything.

38. Nezuko Kamado

Nezuko Kamado popular anime characters
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  • Anime: Demon Slayer

Small Nezuko took the internet by storm, and her recent revelation as a powerful demon has left the fans in shock. Her character continues to surprise the anime community as the story progresses since we already knew she wasn’t like other demons.

Despite her demon-like appearance, Nezuko still possesses her old memories and continually cares for Tanjiro as he is still the most important person in her life. Plus, it’s always nice to see them both fighting off demons together.

Nezuko has shown to be extremely kind and gentle toward others much like Tanjiro, she likes to meet other demons and create connections. Demon Slayer is one of the most famous anime and Nezuko is among the popular anime characters of all time.

39. Yuno Gasai

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  • Anime: Future Diary

Hailed as the queen of all tsundere, Yuno Gasai is a scary yet absolutely lovable girl who will take your breath away. She will do absolutely anything to protect Yuki and hunt down anyone who stands between their love.

Although she seemed like a completely innocent and cute girl at first, who could’ve guessed that she was a crazed killer? However, despite her craziness, the reason why we all love her is that she did everything for the boy she loved.

Yuno can describe as having split personalities as it’s incredibly difficult to distinguish between her psycho-killer persona and cutesy shy-girl persona. If there is one thing that is certain, you don’t want to get on her bad side.

40. Misa Amane

Misa Amane popular anime characters
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  • Anime: Death Note

Misa Amane is an iconic character because of her gothic fashion sense, she was an icon in the goth community and appeared in hundreds if not thousands of various fan art throughout Japan.

She was Light’s first friend in his efforts to reinvent his identity as the god of the new world, she considered Light to be her savior and someone who helped her get closure after she lost her parents.

She was willing to do whatever it took to assist him, she even sacrificed half her life span only so she could attain the Shinigami eyes to uncover L’s real name.

Misa was overall a cheerful character with a bright smile, she was often clueless about most things happening around her, but she was happy as long as she was beside Light.

I hope you like this list of the most popular anime characters of all time, if there are any characters I missed, let me know in the comments and I might reconsider adding them in. She is the last character to feature in a list of most popular anime characters of all time.

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