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Oricon Supporting Character Rankings

And the winner is…


Anime has some of the best supporting characters, even sometimes becoming more popular than the main characters themselves. Oricon decided to figure out which one is the best by polling 900 Japanese fans that were between the ages of 13 – 30 on their favorite supporting character. The winner of this poll is perhaps the quintessential supporting character in all of anime, and that is Krillin from Dragon Ball. Other than Bulma and Yamcha, Krillin has been by Goku’s side the longest. They trained together, they fought together, and they died together (sort of.) He’s one of the only people in Dragon Ball that didn’t want to kill Goku before becoming friends with him. One of the people polled stated that, “without him, the story simply couldn’t have continued.”

  

Second on this list is Pirate Hunter Zoro from One Piece. Seriously, he brings a level of awesomeness to the show that no other three sword swordsman can bring. The rest of the people on this list are from older shows that American fans might not be too familiar with. Sadly, spiral power was not enough to put Kamina on this list. However, give it ten years, and he will be there without a doubt. Check out the entire top ten list below.
  1. Krillin (Dragon Ball)
  2. Roronoa Zoro (One Piece)
  3. Takeshi Goda (Doraemon)
  4. Kiminobu Kogure (Slam Dunk)
  5. Tony Tony Chopper (One Piece)
  6. Kouichi Senigata (Lupin the Third)
  7. Kaede Rukawa (Slam Dunk)
  8. Vegeta (Dragonball)
  9. Tomozou Sakura (Chibi Maruko-chan)
  10. Kogorou Mouri (Detective Conan)

Bertmastaon May 26, 2009 at 1:22 p.m.
seriously krillin haha, what about i dunno everyone else in anime haha, i was also thinking kamina as soon i read the 10 then looked back :)
Daniel_Newton moderator on May 26, 2009 at 1:44 p.m.
Haha yep, I would have to agree. Dragon Ball needed Krillin, I mean if Frieza hadn't killed Krillin, Goku might not have become a Super Saiyan. Nice to see him get the credit he deserves!
Kuroon May 26, 2009 at 1:46 p.m.
Krillin should not have won this.
HeeroYuyon May 26, 2009 at 7:38 p.m.
Seriously, what is WITH Slam Dunk? I never knew it was that big of a show...
Sukaion May 27, 2009 at 3:50 a.m.
Kuririn deserves it. He's the longest running support character I can think of. From Dragonball to Dragonball Z to Dragonball GT haha. I still can remember him thinking he could beat Goku when they were kids XD.

Glad to see all the other classics getting their well deserved recognition as well.

@HeeroYuy: Of course Slam Dunk is popular! It started the whole basketball craze in Asia in like the 1990s. True classic, had something many anime these days lack (and it didn't even have any fan service). Go give it a try haha!
Chicken008on May 27, 2009 at 6:15 a.m.
Aww, no Piccolo.. :(
JJOR64on May 27, 2009 at 1:08 p.m.
Go Krillin!  I think he deserves it.
Deacon_Sephirothon May 27, 2009 at 2:18 p.m.
Vegeta... you were scrwed once again my friend.
Sonata moderator on May 27, 2009 at 8:02 p.m.
Krillien finally getting some loveXD

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