30 of the Best Anime Characters Ever

We're counting down some of our faves—did we miss yours?

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Best Hero: Midoriya “Deku” Izuku (My Hero Academia)

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Best Puncher: Saitama (One-Punch Man)

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Best Shot: Riza Hawkeye (Fullmetal Alchemist)

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Best Soldier: Mikasa Ackerman (Attack on Titan)

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Best Alien-Fighting Samurai: Sakata Gintoki (Gintama)

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Best Strategist: Nara Shikamaru (Naruto)

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Best Student Council President: Kiryuuin Satsuki (Kill la Kill)

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Best Employee: Maou Sadao (The Devil is a Part-Timer!)

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Best Bureaucrat: Maou (Maoyu)

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Best Mode of Transportation: Catbus (My Neighbor Totoro)

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Best Grandma: Cologne (Ranma ½)

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Best Grandpa: Mutou Sugoroku (Yu-Gi-Oh!)

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Best Mom: Hana (Wolf Children)

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Best Dad: Maes Hughes (Fullmetal Alchemist)

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Best Daughter: Chihiro (Spirited Away)

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Best Son: Son Gohan (Dragonball Z)

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Best Cat: Sohma Kyo (Fruits Basket

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Best Dancer: Ahiru (Princess Tutu)

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Best Seamstress: Daidouji Tomoyo (Cardcaptor Sakura & Cardcaptor Sakura: Clear Card Arc)

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Best Bacon Burner: Calcifer (Howl’s Moving Castle) 

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Best Patient Character: Akemi Homura (Puella Magi Madoka Magica)

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Best King: Saber (Fate series)

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Best Queen: Neo-Queen Serenity (Sailor Moon)

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Best Prince: Ashitaka (Princess Mononoke)

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Best Princess: Yona, Princess of Kouka (Yona of the Dawn)

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Best Dragon: Kobayashi Tohru (Miss Kobayashi’s Dragon Maid)

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  • Photo Credit: Kyota Animation

Best Wizard: Gildarts Clive (Fairy Tail)

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Best Witch: Diana Cavendish (Little Witch Academia)

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Best Zombie: Sid Barrett (Soul Eater)

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Best Vampire: Alucard (Hellsing)

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