2023 was a remarkable year for anime and fans got to enjoy quite a lot of their favorite manga receiving anime adaptations while others that were already popular continued very strong this year.

Being able to watch all of favorite shows has gotten IGN anime experts thinking about the best anime characters of all time, from deep-cut faves to the classics who shaped anime as we know it.

IGN anime experts put their heads together and made the hard choices so that we could celebrate the best of the best. So keep reading to see the list for the top 25 anime characters of all time!

Top 25 Greatest Anime Characters of All Time

25. Astro Boy (Astro Boy)
24. Vash the Stampede (Trigun)
23. Lelouch Lamperouge (Code Geass)
22. Light Yagami (Death Note)
21. Dio Brando (JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure)
20. Gon Freecss (Hunter x Hunter)
19. Motoko Kusanagi (Ghost in the Shell)
18. Levi Ackerman (Attack on Titan)
17. Kakashi (Naruto)
16. Guts (Berserk)
15. Arsene Lupin III (Lupin III)
14. Jotaro Kujo (JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure: Stardust Crusader)
13. Roronoa Zoro (One Piece)
12. Tanjiro (Demon Slayer)
11. L (Death Note)
10. Himura Kenshin (Rurouni Kenshin)
9. Shinji Ikari (Evangelion)
8. Sailor Moon (Usagi)
7. Vegeta (Dragon Ball)
6. Spike Spiegel (Cowboy Bebop)
5. Goku (Dragon Ball)
4. Johan (Monster)
3. Naruto Uzumaki (Naruto)
2. Edward Elric (Fullmetal Alchemist)
1. Monkey D. Luffy (One Piece)