Who is the best anime protagonist? We review all the characters

best anime protagonist

Who is the best anime protagonist? We review all the characters

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Every great anime usually has a great protagonist, and today we seek to define the most interesting of all these.

The anime industry is very rich in universes, and it is that we can find from day-to-day contexts such as those of “Oregairu” to the purest fantasy of “Dragon Ball”. Likewise, every good story lacks the main character who knows how to carry the weight of it, and today we seek to determine another great question in the history of anime: who is the best protagonist of all?

So, after conducting surveys about the best manga and best anime in history, this time we seek your collaboration to find the best leading anime character of all time.

Then we leave you with the list of candidates:


There are few better ways to start a list of the best protagonist than with the main face of one of the most successful anime in history: “Dragon Ball”. This Saiyan, a lover of struggle, has shown many values ​​such as compassion, friendship, and more that will forever accompany his spectators.


Monkey D. Luffy is a figure that represents freedom, the desire to pursue a dream that many see as impossible. Eiichiro Oda managed to channel in this young adult a protagonist capable of everything for his own and his ambitions.


Many will remember the tremendous impact that “Sword Art Online” had at the time, and it was that it was the anime that allowed the ‘isekai‘ genre to take a step forward as it has rarely been seen. For this reason, Kirito deserves to be among the best protagonists ever.

Hachiman Hikigaya

Hachiman Hikigaya, the protagonist of “Oregairu”, has little in common with most of the characters we will see on the list – if anything -. However, his way of seeing life, and the fact of having to rethink his values, makes many see this as a representative character of the adolescent stage.


There is always room for comedy in any discussion, and logically we can not resort to another name than that of Gintoki, the protagonist of “Gintama” for this occasion. A unique character who commands the ship of which, for many, it is the best comedy anime of all time.


Naruto Uzumaki is a character revered by many and is that like Luffy, he represents that willpower necessary to pursue a dream that seems impossible. A character who manages to inspire easily given his ability to look into the eyes of adversity.

Rintarou Okabe

Science fiction? Yes. Does time travel? Double yes; Rintarou Okabe is the face of “Steins; Gate”. One of the most outstanding anime of all time has, to his credit, logically one of the most unique characters on the anime scene.

Light Yagami

Few are those who have not seen the strategic battles of “Death Note” by now, and even fewer who have not heard of their main thinking mind: Light Yagami. This antihero grants his viewers some of the most spectacular mental duels in the entire history of anime.

Edward Elric

Our readers determined at the time that “Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood” was the best anime of all time, so there is little doubt as to why Edward Elric is on this list. The protagonist of said anime, and one of the two brothers in the story, seeks to break through once again between greatness.

Lelouch Lamperouge

Lelouch Lamperouge is the face of “Code Geass”, an anime that in certain regions of the world is extolled to levels of ‘Holy Grail’. For this reason, the eleventh prince of the Holy Empire of Britannia has its own space in the final battle of protagonists.


Saitama is, without any doubt, one of the most peculiar characters in the entire anime. Despite possessing a power that many might dream of, he is far from that idyllic figure of the superhero. Due to the contrast of ideas that it represents, Saitama is one of our candidates.

Shigeo Kageyama

Shigeo Kageyama with “Mob Psycho 100” comes from the same creator from Saitama and “One Punch Man”. This misunderstood teenager wins integers in the list especially from the second season of the anime, where he shows a different version of himself.

Ken Kaneki

“Tokyo Ghoul” star Ken Kaneki has a vast fan base. At the time, Sui Ishida found a dark universe from which one of the most popular anime protagonists emerged in recent years.

Ryuko Matoi

The exceptional “Kill la Kill” would not have been so memorable without Ryuko Matoi, its impulsive protagonist. This character is as unique for his outfit as personality, and manages to demonstrate that not every leading character to shine must necessarily be a man.

Violet Evergarden

Violet Evergarden follows the trail of female characters started by Ryuko and does it with all the drama that precedes her story. A protagonist who perfectly shows how the horrors of war can affect those who manage to survive it.


“Berserk” is one of the best manga ever, but with the absence of an anime to match. Fortunately, Guts, a rude mercenary, manages to remain a reference in the Japanese market.


“Trigun” is an anime with a very unique aesthetic, which is channeled into Vash and his person. This ‘fearsome assassin’ will surprise, especially due to the lack of seriousness he displays in the vast majority of situations.

Motoko Kusanagi

The face of “Ghost in the Shell”, Motoko Kusanagi, deserves its mention in this list of best protagonists. Rarely will someone manage to carry as much merit for a genre as science fiction in the same way that Motoko does?

Kenshin Himura

Kenshin Himura, the protagonist of “Rurouni Kenshin”, is one of the figures with the longest history in anime. This fearsome assassin embarks on a journey of personal redemption that, however, will not give him all the respite he was looking for.

Spike Spiegel

“Cowboy Bebop” is a futuristic, action anime. But with a retro style that makes it exude a unique flavor like few others. To this, we must add the figure of Spike Spiegel, a ‘ghost’ who will star in one of the best stories on the scene.


The protagonist of “Evangelion”, one of the anime with the most history of all. He makes his way to our particular list as a conclusion. Will the public get on the mecha to show their support for the character?

Joel Miller
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