I’m Theo J Ellis. The founder of Anime Motivation if you’re new here.
I don’t talk too often about my “personal favorites” when it comes to anime. As I’m more busy creating content that you will enjoy, like recommendations, quotes and what not.
But today I’ll share 10 of my favorite anime characters of all time, to give you some insight into what I like. And the types of characters I relate to for personal reasons.
Let’s get started.
My 10 Favorite Anime Characters Of All Time (In No Order):
1. Koko Hekmatyar (Jormungand)
Koko is an arms dealer in the Jormungand series. Selling weapons to anyone in the underworld who intends to start wars, or profit from violence.
Koko’s the complete opposite to me because of how extroverted, hyper and charismatic she is.
But the thing that connects my personality to Koko’s? She’s deeply caring about those around her, gets excited over the littlest things, and never breaks under any level of pressure.
That’s part of her charm and what makes her a fun protagonist to watch and listen to.
2. Subaru Natsuki (Re:Zero – Starting Life In Another World)
Subaru Natsuki gets a lot of hate for “being a pus**, a little bi*** and all kinds of outrageous comments I’ve seen in the anime community.
Mostly by people who would “SCREAM for help” if they went through HALF the things Subaru does in Re:Zero.
The thing about Subaru Natsuki is:
- He’s the kind of protagonist who’s relatable and easy to understand.
- Instead of bottling up his emotions, he exposes them. Which makes him “vulnerable”.
- He’s weak and pathetic in the beginning. And he openly acknowledges that.
- In spite of his weaknesses, he pushes forward and makes an effort to change things.
- And more than anything else: he’s empathetic and cares a lot about “making a difference” for others.
I love how he’s this “ordinary” guy from a regular world, who ends up being dragged into a new world full of pain, suffering, and sick-twisted people who are nothing short of sadists or otherwise.
And yet he pulls through, with the power of “return by death” and does the impossible.
I relate to his experiences a lot. And that’s why he’s a personal favorite.
Relevant: 25 Powerful Quotes From Re Zero
3. Yuuki Konno (Sword Art Online)
Yuuki Konno is the 3rd anime character I love. SAO is one of the “earlier” anime shows I watched, and in spite of that – she’s still one of my top 10 favorite anime characters.
The reasoning is simple:
- Yuuki Konno suffers from a disease, and still finds the courage to smile in spite of it.
This is down to the Virtual Reality gear, and how she’s able to use it. Regardless of being stuck in a hospital bed, unable to socialize or live like a “normal” teenage girl.
Instead of wallowing in pity and beating herself up, Yuuki Konno uses ALL the time she has left to do everything she wants to do.
And that’s why she’s so fearless, relentless and motivated beyond belief in the world of SAO.
That’s what draws me to her personality and story. And I’ve yet to come across a character with as much depth or impact as Yuuki Konno.
It hit me hard!
4. Vegeta (Dragon Ball Z)
You could say Vegeta was my first favorite character, since DBZ was the first anime I ever laid eyes on.
It’s the one thing that got me into anime in my early days of life. And it’s the one anime that gave me a reason to start Anime Motivation.
Vegeta’s a rebel by nature. The kind of guy who’s proud of his accomplishments, and won’t allow anyone to boss him around or “make light” of the things he believes in.
He’s a lot like myself in that way. Unconventional, relentless, strategic and adaptable.
I don’t share Vegeta’s “arrogance” or blind-confidence, but pretty much everything else about him is similar to me.
Especially his introverted nature and how he only talks when he feels it’s necessary. Instead of wasting his words on small talk.
5. Umiko Ahagon (New Game!)
Umiko’s a different breed all together. Skin tone, hair, dress-style and especially her job.
And her design is one of my favorites if we’re talking about female characters in general.
She’s the lead programmer in the anime: New Game! Who’s obsessed with guns and military equipment.
Her passion for this hobby is either terrifying or exciting, depending on how you view it.
I like how practical she is as a person (or character I guess). She never lets emotions stand in the way of her work, and won’t tolerate any BS when it comes to “getting the job done”.
I like straightforward people who let you know where you stand, and that’s the kind of character Umiko is.
6. Byakuya Kuchiki (Bleach)
Byakuya is just cool as F. I mean – out of all the characters in Bleach, I doubt you’ll find anyone with more swag or “coolness”.
That’s just the kind of character Byakuya is, without even trying to be.
Byakuya’s an introvert who’s even more silent than Vegeta from DBZ. Which says something.
And he detests small-talk or bickering about nonsense, like myself.
As far as abilities and powers go, Byakuya’s techniques are the most exquisite, flashy, while still being brutal and practical at the same time.
My #1 soul reaper from the Bleach series.
7. Glenn Radars (Rokudenashi)
Glenn Radars is more recent than most characters on this list. Rokudenashi released in 2017 (the anime series).
I’ve loved it ever since, even if it’s just 12 episodes and there’s still more content to adapt from the light novels.
Glenn Radars is the kind of guy who makes you think about what you’re doing, why you’re doing it, and how you can do it better.
Because of his laid back, easy going, sarcastic personality, sometimes it’s hard for anyone to take him seriously. Which is something I can relate to.
But when you dig deep into his psyche, and what he’s all about, Glenn is a character with a surprising amount of depth and purpose.
I feel like there’s so much more to see once the light novels get adopted into a second or 3rd season for Rokudenashi.
Until then – he’ll always be a favorite of mine.
8. Balsa Yonsa (Guardian Of The Sacred Spirit)
Balsa is the kind of character I’d call “a woman”.
- She has her head screwed on
- Doesn’t take no BS
- Knows what she wants
- And will not compromise on that for anything.
I mean – in the anime she’s like 25 years old (or older). But her mindset is attractive to me, because it’s not the kind of thing you see in a lot of people.
Another reason I love Balsa is her design. There’s no fan service or any other dumb sh** associated with her character.
I give Production I.G a high five for avoiding that, and focusing purely on character development, depth and a meaningful story to carry things forward.
9. Lelouch Lamperouge (Code Geass)
Lelouch Lamperouge is a masterpiece of an anime character. And I feel the same way about Code Geass.
I couldn’t believe the sheer quality and storytelling the first time I watched Code Geass. It’s brilliant in every way imaginable.
Lelouch is the type of protagonist you’ll either love or hate. Or even both. Because he’s willing to do whatever it takes to achieve his questionable goals, even if that means murder.
And even if that means destroying people’s lives along the way. Or betrayal.
What makes Lelouch stand out for me is how intelligent, calculated and strategic he is.
Because of his unconventional tactics, his enemies are lured into believing he’s an amateur. And that’s what makes the brilliance of his actions that much more impressive.
I doubt I’ll ever see a better anime character in my lifetime (not even Light Yagami compares for me).
10. Homura Akemi (Madoka Magica)
Homura Akemi comes last, but not in ranking order. It’s just a coincidence.
Without Homura, Madoka Magica wouldn’t have so much depth and despair colored into the anime’s story.
Homura has two sides to her personality, which remind me of 2 different points in my own life:
- One on hand, Homura is kind, sweet, empathetic and gentle.
- But in the timeline of the anime – she’s aloof, ruthlessly honest, calculated and indifferent.
Homura comes off as the type of person who’s hard to understand or befriend. Because she keeps her distance and is selective about who she associates with. Or even talks to.
If we’re talking about personality, Homura is the closest character I can think of who “mirrors” who I am.
Not in every way, but in most ways. So it’s only natural why I love her so much as an anime character.
- Sousuke Sagara (Full Metal Panic).
- Maki Midorikawa (Sakura Quest).
- Sesshomaru (Inuyasha).
- Allen Walker (D. Gray Man).
Who are your 10 favorite anime characters?