All-time Favorite Characters
1. Okabe Rintarou (Steins;Gate)
When one is self-proclaiming oneself is a mad scientist, he will soon become one. Okabe Rintarou is a prime example, and he became a pretty fine mad scientist in my books. Okabe had also shown different sides of him that we call come to and love, it is perhaps we love his arrogant altitude, or perhaps it is because we love his eccentric behaviors, or do we love him because of his delusions? Ultimately, I think we all love him for one reason, he is our best mad scientist to ever appear on the planet, Hououin Kyouma!
2. Katsura Kotarou aka Zura (Gintama)
Gintama is one of the funniest anime and one of it’s reason was because of
Zura Katsura, always appearing out of nowhere together with Elizabeth. Katsura and Gintoki made the best comedy duo in anime history, with Katsura being the funny man while Gintoki being the straight man. Whenever Zura Katsura emerges, he will always bring a laugh to everyone who came across him.
3. Revy (Black Lagoon)
The main star of Black Lagoon, and is probably one of the most deadliest and badass woman in anime history. Armed with a pair of modified Beretta, the sadistic and merciless killer murdered any enemies who dared to face her in pure gunfight. There are some who might even wet his own pants just by conversing with her, such is the force and epicness of Revy.
4. Nakano Azusa aka Azunyan (K-ON!)
Anime girls and guitar are always a great combo, and what more can you ask when a high school girl can jam on her guitar like Jimi Hendrix? If Mai is cool, then Azunyan would be cute, or in more otaku terms, moe~ Originally, Mio was supposed to have the role of the “moe character” but in my opinion, Azunyan is on par with hers or perhaps even surpasses her. Although she gets mad easily due to her band’s lazy altitudes, she can easily be tamed using cakes and a pat to the head. She is also the hugging scapegoat of the band though that’s no surprise, with such a cute person in front of you, just about anyone would love to give her a hug. Moe indeed..
5. Shana (Shakugan no Shana)
Shana is a character all love or hate and for me, it’s the former, and the most beautiful aspect about Shana is her development itself. She used to be quite aloof, bounds to her Flame Haze duties, she is completely ignorant of any necessities or even emotions. She did not even considering getting herself a name until Yuji comes along named her “Shana.” Throughout the series, she began to show affection for Yuji and this is the beginning of Shana’s drastic change. She began to discover the feelings of happiness, jealousy, hatred and so on. Way back when she was treating everyone with ignorance, now she is more open with everyone and even has a friendly relationship with Kazumi. However, Shana is more then just development. After all, she uses fire powers and can turn her hair and eyes into red color. She is literally the description of a hawt rori. What’s not to like?
6. Misaka Mikoto (To Aru Majutsu no Index)
When one watches To Aru Majutsu no Index, they are usually presented with the ultimate question, Science or Magic? And most would certainly choose science, due to one deciding factor, Misaka Mikoto, the little miss badass. Her powers are ranked Level 5 and is the third strongest out of all seven Level 5 espers. I find her violent outbursts cute, which is befitting of a classic tsundere, which may be cliche, but was executed perfectly. She has many kick-ass electrifying techniques; magnetically attract iron particles around her into a chain-sword whip, make instant railguns by using coins as projectiles, and so on. She like cute and childish things; she used flowery pajama in her sleep, and is always head over heels towards Gekota, a famous frog franchise in the world of To Aru Majutsu no Index. What a resistible side she has shown us…
7. Edward Elric (Full Metal Alchemist)
Whenever he and his brother appears, there are always runt jokes made, in regards to Edward’s shortie complex. Sounds cute though the runt is a badass in his own right, having the ability to manipulate his automail arm into blades and even materialized a spear and other weapons out of metal surfaces. He strangely hates drinking milk too which fueled the “small-man” joke further. Other then his hilarious altitude, his character is one of the more complex ones ever. He is cynical and sarcastic and also, most of the time, he is quite selfish, only acting on his self-interest. What’s more, he is hot-headed, and he is especially easy to lose his cool when people rubs him the wrong way about his his height. However, due to a harsh past he experienced, he can shown sympathy and pity as well, and laments at his own lack of strength. All in all, Edward Elric is a pretty complex character in my opinion and that complexity is one of his good points.
8. Tohsaka Rin (Fate/Stay Night)
Tohsaka Rin is the driving force for each and every Fate/Stay Night’s scenario. She is a strong character, and loves to be bossy, though that can’t be helped since she is very informative and resourceful. She is also avidly competitive. Most of the time, it is she who devise plans on how to defeat their foes. Without her, Shirou would pretty much wound up dead by now.
9. Roronoa Zoro (One Piece)
One of the most unique anime swordsman, using the three-sword-style techniques in combat, clutching the third one with his mouth. He is also one of the stronger characters in the series and has the second highest bounty in the straw hats pirates. However, strength isn’t his only appeal, his other appeal is his undying faith and loyalty. Even comparing to the other straw hat pirates who valued friendship and teamwork, Zoro’s level of loyalty is on another level, at one scene proved where Zoro absorbed all those damage Luffy took during their battles against Bartholomew Kuma.
10. Lelouch Lamperouge (Code Geass)
It’s hard to depict Lelouch as a standing in the anime. He definitely isn’t a hero, he’s an evil manipulator, yet he had reasons to justify his screwed-up actions. But overall, what we all love Lelouch the best is his creative thinking and the tens of thousands of methods he could think of the destroy his opponents. His main weapons in battle isn’t a huge ass robot or martial arts, in fact, his main weapons are his lies, deceits and wits, which makes him the awesome manipulating badass he is as of today.
11. Souryuu Asuka Langley (Evangelion)
Asuka is a strong individual, but is brimming with insecurities deep down. Evangelion is the an anime with deals with the human psychology of it’s character, and it’s perhaps the anime’s extreme presentation of it’s psyche element that it makes one sympathetic to it’s character – Asuka, in this case. Again, she is a perfect contrast to Shinji. One is extrovert, while the other is an introvert, but both of them suffers from the very similar psychological issues beneath the surface. Asuka is an incredibly flawed character – hiding her vulnerability with a facade of perfection. The unstable balance between her weak and perfect self is like a balloon about to burst open. She’s an extremely sympathetic character indeed and if the anime was able to depict her to such a degree, than she has what I deem a good character in this regard, and definitely deserved this spot.
12. Alucard (Hellsing Ultimate)
Here’s another character that I included here for that badass factor: Alucard. Armed with two very heavy pistols, a hat, a pair of sunglasses and a long red trenchcoat, the vampire destroyed all his opponents with STYLE. Additionally, aside from the badassery and monstrosity disposition, he (and a noteworthy mention also to his rival, Alexander Anderson) is also quite a complex character beneath the surface. He seems to have a deep respect for strong-willed humans, and even claimed he doesn’t mind dying by their hands and in contrast, despise the very same vampires he had been hunting himself. Despite this, he got a bit too overpowered by the end of the series, but then again, he’s awesome, so I guess his overpowering is justified.
13. Guts (Berserk)
Faced with a painful past, with a very tragic betrayal from his very best friend – it left his beloved mentally crippled (raped right in front of him too), left himself physically amputated and left behind thousands of Apostles going for his life. He definitely suffers, but he never once complained however. To me, Guts’s biggest strength isn’t his barbaric strength or ability to use a wide variety of weapons, but rather, his devotion and strength to continually upkeep his morals and withheld his humanity, especially in a world where there is a possibility you will lose your humanity in a split second – that’s quite respectable.
14. L (Death Note)
L is a great character and evidently, the anime gets a little dull without L halfway through the show. L is am enigma – one could spend hours trying to decipher the hidden meanings behind each and every word he’s spoken. Additionally, he also served as the perfect contrast to Kira, the anime’s smart evil bastard. Both of them are flawed in their reasoning and justification with justice, yet, both possess a hefty amount of intelligence and wits that locked them both in a mental battle with each other. One wants to be godly existence, while the other’s existence remained vague and mysterious towards the end. Perhaps it’s because of the contrast that makes me like L so much as a character. Remove either one of them from the show, and I don’t think I will be as interested.
15. Oreki Houtarou (Hyouka)
What I find the biggest appeal in Houtarou is his development as a character. He is apathetic and indifferent, and claimed that he doesn’t mind his “gray-colored” lifestyle. While being forced to join the Classic Club, he gradually starts to change himself while being under the influence of his other friends, Chitanda being the main culprit here. His very slow but steady transition of his life from a gray-colored life to a rosy-colored one is the most fascinating part of his character. Throughout the show, we see him slowly and gradually changes into a better man – at first, he constantly complains but starts to grow more and more attached to his new lifestyle.