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IGN Tell Us Who the 25 Most Popular Anime Characters of All Time Are

And I face palm.


IGN decided to throw together a list of the top 25 anime characters of all time for the 50 year anniversary of anime hitting the airways, which I’m not sure where they got this number from, but hey a celebration is a celebration. They decided to come up with a list of 25 top classic anime characters. To be part of this list each character had to have lasting fame, made an impact on the medium, quality of character, and “personal taste” (mostly personal taste.) Well, let’s not beat around their bush, you can check out the full list here with their reasonings, or spoil yourself below.


With that said, this is IGN’s opinion on what they believe are the top 25 classic anime characters of all time, but in my opinion, they are totally wrong. Let me put it this way, it would be as if I made a top 25 list of greatest sports stars, there would be Michael Jordan, Tony Hawk, Tiger Woods--so on and so forth, but I only named the most popular figures, and not some of the more influential people who may not be spoken about in everyday conversation. This list is insulting. They put Lelouch on the list but don’t even mention Amuro or Char? I mean seriously 90% of the characters on this list are from shows 1990s and newer, I guess they missed the “of all time” part.

Another reason why this list really grinds my gears is that there are too many criteria to be on this list. Is it listed by most popular, most powerful, most influential, characters you want to bang? Of course you are probably asking then, “God Len, if you are so smart, why don’t you make your own god damn list, you fat head?” I would, but then I believe I would make the same mistakes as this crazy list. It needs to be more specific I believe, but also a lot more detailed. But hell, I’m tempted.

All I know is that Kenshiro and Golgo 13 are not going to be happy when they read this monstrosity.
Emandudeguypersonon Oct. 27, 2009 at 6:48 p.m.
I personally agree with them.
JJOR64on Oct. 27, 2009 at 6:59 p.m.
I can say why they picked Goku but, I'm just getting sick of IGN make some kind of list everyday.
Apathyladon Oct. 27, 2009 at 7:09 p.m.
 Let me put it this way, it would be as if I made a top 25 list of greatest sports stars, there would be Michael Jordan, Tony Hawk, Tiger Woods--so on and so forth, but I only named the most popular figures, and not some of the more influential people who may not be spoken about in everyday conversation. 
 
 Come on, let's be honest here: Aren't most of these "Top  10, Most Influential, etc" lists popularity contests? I mean, look at the last Nobel Peace Prize winner.
 


 Of course you are probably asking then, “God Len, if you are so smart, why don’t you make your own god damn list, you fat head?” I would, but then I believe I would make the same mistakes as this crazy list. 
 
That does not sound like a bad idea. If people feel that IGN's opinion is "wrong", I'd be curious to see what the "right" list would be that everyone would agree with. I don't think that's possible though. I'd probably make a list but anime isn't my specialty.
FLStyleon Oct. 27, 2009 at 7:15 p.m.
Well GodLen, it's up to you to tell people who these influential people who aren't spoken about in everyday conversation are, because more than likely I'll have never heard of these people that you're referring to, or what they starred in for that matter. You have to bridge the gap for us or we'll never learn.
 
I'll just go ahead and say I like that list.
GodLen staff on Oct. 27, 2009 at 7:18 p.m.
@Apathylad: Yeah there really isn't any right or wrong answers really. Well, except for their list. 
Dream moderator on Oct. 27, 2009 at 7:19 p.m.
I'd also be in agreement with a Top 25 Classic Anime Characters list as well. People are gonna have their own thoughts on who they think the best characters of all-time are gonna be. So we might as well ask folks on the forum if their thoughts are any different from IGN's picks.
jamesleungon Oct. 27, 2009 at 7:24 p.m.
WTF....  no Captain Harlock....   no Lupin III.  This is messed up.  Shinji?!?!   Really I thought everyone hated that whiny little bastard.  We need real men like Golgo 13.  DAMN YOU !  (SHAKING MY IMPOTENT OTAKU FIST IN THE AIR)
Dream moderator on Oct. 27, 2009 at 7:25 p.m.
@jamesleung: Lupin is #15.
jamesleungon Oct. 27, 2009 at 7:27 p.m.
oh... my bad I missed that one... I was angry ranting... still he should have been higher.
YotaruVegetaon Oct. 27, 2009 at 7:34 p.m.
1. Lists BA-LOW! 
2. Lists which include the phrase "of all time" BLOW because they have little to no sense of history. 
 3. Lists seem to only be objective once in a blue moon. A very, very blue moon. 
 
 I know all of these characters, but that's because most of these characters were created in my lifetime. I will say that this is a list written in English in the year 2009, so what is so wrong with this list?  
 
 The first Gundam , for example, is no longer popular. There have been umpteen Gundams since then. The Wing boys are more popular now.   
 
I don't think that IGN's criteria for choosing what has been hot in anime is just about as faulty as the reason for people liking these characters to begin with.  
 
It's a tough thing to come up with a top list, because this sort of ranking is highly unscientific, which is why response to the damned top lists is so crazy.  
GodLen staff on Oct. 27, 2009 at 7:45 p.m.
@YotaruVegeta: because the lists states of all time! And the wing boys were never more popular than CHAR. He was popular 500 years ago, and will continue to be popular 500 years in the future.
YotaruVegetaon Oct. 27, 2009 at 7:50 p.m.
Was Char great, or was he just first? George Washington Vs. JKF. Go!  
 
I've seen the first Gundam, and while it's cool, I also like other Gundams, and the old animation doesn't sing as well to me as the new stuff.  
 
It's kids vs their parents, traditionalists vs. young rebels, etc. You see why you shouldn't read lists?
GodLen staff on Oct. 27, 2009 at 7:52 p.m.
@YotaruVegeta: Washington!
Chengyon Oct. 27, 2009 at 8:29 p.m.
meh who really cares what Ign says
HeeroYuyon Oct. 27, 2009 at 8:30 p.m.
@GodLen:@YotaruVegeta: Zechs Merquise, Rau Le Creuset, Mu La Flaga's dark self, Graham Acre, it doesn't matter what you call them, they're all different versions of Char. And it's a veritable fact that Char is the best Char. Not having Amuro on the list, eh, that's all right. But no Char? It's not a list without Char.
 
It's not even a question of traditionalists versus new-age, I mean, if you ask someone who the more famous bad guy in Star Wars is, Darth Vader or Boba Fett, I garauntee you they will choose Darth Vader every time. Gundam is at least as popular and iconic in Japan as Star Wars is here, and Char is too, so if this list is to have any claim at all to credibility, Char "Casval Rem Deikun/Edward Mass/Quattro Bajeena" Aznable better be on that list.
YotaruVegetaon Oct. 27, 2009 at 8:39 p.m.
We're talking US opinion, though. Aren't we? How can we include Japan as well? I know we have evidence, but how do we speak for popularity for another country? 
 
Well, OK, we're probably talking The West, to put it in a way that includes the readers of IGN and Vice.
rocketbomberon Oct. 27, 2009 at 8:49 p.m.
Where's the gender equity?  4 chicks, one pokemon, and one Totoro (who are both likely male) up against 19 guys? 
 
Utena -- at the very least -- deserves to be on this list.  Sakura (the titular Cardcaptor) likely needs a slot as well.   
 
(aside: And would Astro Boy have made IGN's list if it weren't for the new CG movie?  Let's be honest.)
rocketbomberon Oct. 27, 2009 at 9:10 p.m.

 Another reason why this list really grinds my gears is that there are too many criteria to be on this list. Is it listed by most popular, most powerful, most influential, characters you want to bang? Of course you are probably asking then, “God Len, if you are so smart, why don’t you make your own god damn list, you fat head?” I would, but then I believe I would make the same mistakes as this crazy list. It needs to be more specific I believe, but also a lot more detailed. But hell, I’m tempted.     

 
So what you're saying is we need to nominate all of the very coolest characters from every show we can think of, set them up in 'fields' for voting -- and eventually a championship bracket -- so that we can apply some science and democracy to the problem and come up with our own top 25 (or 100, or 500).  The exact criteria wouldn't matter; a character could be considered cool for whatever reason fans might choose (and it might be a different reason for different characters).  If it were a strait-up tournament (with mechanisms for 'losers' to compete in their own brackets, maybe with the possibility of a comeback) then we could cite a list as being authoritative, or at least agreed upon by a consensus of fans. 
 
It'd be like saimoe -- but with much broader criteria for inclusion.  (let me know if you want to run this.  I'll give you the Friends&Family discount on my math)
YotaruVegetaon Oct. 27, 2009 at 9:16 p.m.
Yep, I noticed that too, I bet you that us guys would frequently leave out females of you asked on the street for the top 5 or 10 characters. 
 
However, just because there are women in anime doesn't mean it  has to be equal representation.  Rei's on there, though.
Baku_Senseion Oct. 28, 2009 at 1:59 a.m.
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