Most Popular Characters In Anime History (According To MyAnimeList)

It’s hard to admit, but judging an anime isn’t always about the quality of its writing or animation. In the spirit of a popularity contest, MyAnimeList is a great way to gauge which characters fans prefer at any given time. It’s a reliable way to cut out all the extra noise and determine which characters are the “coolest of the cool.” Here is everything you need to know about the most popular characters in anime history.

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Roronoa Zoro (One Piece)Roronoa Zoro (One Piece)

Zoro from One Piece is one of the most beloved anime characters of all time. He proves supporting characters and second-in-commands can become fan favorites. Zoro was the first crewmate in the Straw Hats.

Zoro’s journey to becoming a master swordsman is admirable. in his path, he annihilated plenty of antagonists, infrastructure, and robots. He proved himself a trustworthy comrade.

L Lawliet (Death Note)L Lawliet (Death Note)

L Lawliet from Death Note is one of the most recognizable anime characters of all time. He certainly has his share of odd tendencies, such as his sweet tooth and infamous sitting posture though he is brilliant. There’s no question why he’s one of the most popular anime characters of all time as he’s surrounded by intrigue.

L’s social ineptitude and mysterious aura allowed him to see right through Light’s facade. With his deductive reasoning, L proved himself an outstanding investigator.

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

One Piece’s Luffy is regarded as the leader of Shonen Jump’s “Big Three.” He’s the captain of the Straw Hat Pirates and the beloved protagonist of One Piece. He eventually sought to become the Pirate King though he was humble in beginning. Luffy has a memorable personality and plenty of charisma to go around.

Levi Ackerman (Attack On Titan)Levi Ackerman (Attack On Titan)

Levi Ackerman is considered one of the best shonen heroes of all time. He’s the Captain of the Scouting Legion, Special Operations Squad, and humanity’s strongest soldier. With a gritty upbringing & talents that make him nearly invincible. Some of Attack On Titan’s most pivotal moments involve Levi fighting off Titans and enemy soldiers.

Lelouch Lamperogue (Code Geass)Lelouch Lamperogue (Code Geass)

Lelouch Lamperouge is the protagonist of Code Geass and one of the most complex characters in the medium. He was a prince in line for the Brittanian throne. After his mother was assassinated and his sister was left severely injured he renounced his status.

He swore to avenge his family members after discovering C.C. and gaining the power of the Geass. Lelouch became the leader of the Order of the Black Knights and eventually became power-hungry. He betrayed his friends and killed thousands of innocents on his journey for revenge.

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