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Interesting Anime & Manga Characters

A list of some of the best anime and manga characters that I have seen or read. I don't claim to be an expert in these series, or read or seen all of it, but these were the guys I thought they were worthy of adding to a list. This is just a copy of a similar list I got on Comic Vine.

1. Lupin III

The Greatest Thief of them all.

2. Fujiko Mine

Lupin's rival/girl friend/enemy depending on the situation. She can change sides and work for or against him at her whim. I think one of the best films that demonstrates their bizarre relationship is "The Mystery of Mamo" where Fujiko constantly double crosses Lupin for her dream of acquiring immortality for herself. However, near the very end we discover that her deal was actually for two people: her and Lupin. And when Lupin refuses the deal, Fujiko sighs and declines immortality as well; proclaiming that "it would be no fun if he wasn't there".

3. Koichi Zenigata

This guy is flat out funny. He's a hard working and dedicated cop, but I can't tell if he really is a fool--or if Lupin is just that good at making him look like one. But he sorta reminds me of Peter Sellers' Inspector Clouseau character.

4. Ranma Saotome

The main character in a pretty funny series. I always remember this one scene where he goes, "This absolutely cannot be happening to me."

5. Naruto Uzumaki

I was hooked in the first episode with Naruto Uzumaki's story. The anime filler arcs killed me though.

6. Rukia Kuchiki

She's a pretty funny character in Bleach. I love how she can't draw worth a damn but always explains things with her artwork.

7. Toshiro Hitsugaya

Another cool character, no pun intended from Bleach.

8. Piccolo

Goku might be the main hero of DBZ but I grew to like the character of Piccolo more. He started off as the most evil villain only to ally with Goku against a common foe, and even turned around to help train Gohan; the son of his greatest enemy and even sacrificed his life for the kid. He's a lot more intriguing character than most of the others; Gohan is a whiny brat, Vegita is a selfish jerk, and Goku is an idiot who is a fighting savant.

9. Android 18

Like Piccolo, she's cool because she's such an interesting character.

10. Rei Ayanami

Shinji Ikari might have been the main character of Evangelion, but Rei was the real star of the show.

11. Lina Inverse

I've seen mainly the anime but she's one of my favorite quirky characters.

12. Chun Li

She was my favorite Street Fighter arcade character so I felt I had to include her. She also has one of the best backstories of the Street Fighter series; very Batman-like.

13. Irene Vincent

I first saw her in the "Riding Bean" OAV and I wasn't that impressed but her "Gunsmith Cats" series really blew me away. Sure, there are expert marksmen, but Rally shocked me in when she disarmed somebody, she really DISARMED them. I remember how she literally blew someone's thumb off, making them unable to cock their gun. You just don't see that in American comics.

14. Mai Shiranui

I gotta give credit that it takes some attitude to shamelessly prance around in that skimpy outfit. Sure, superheroines are notorious for their clingy outfits but Mai puts 'em all to shame.

15. Maya Natsume

Although Maya could give her some stiff competition too. I think her transformation into her little chibi kid form and then her eye popping, super stacked adult form is worthy of her own entry.

16. Optimus Prime

The Greatest Autobot of them all. The writers sure do like to kill him off in every single television series or movie that he's starred in. My only consolation is that they always bring him back.

17. Ryo Saeba

About the only marksman greater than Rally Vincent I think. He's a shameless pervert, but an incredible gunfighter.

18. Heero Yuy

This guy was the main reason why I was briefly addicted to Gundam Wing.

19. Godzilla

I thought the original movies were only so-so when I was a kid but I still watched 'em anyways. The later movies improved, particularly in F/X and I personally kinda of liked the American one with Matthew Broderick, although I think they could have done it better.

20. Britanny Diggers

I did not add her cause she's a total babe ... well, even though that she is. But her sense of humor and common sense often saves the day even despite her "genius" sister. I also genuinely enjoy how her character has evolved over the years. Unlike a lot of other series which seem to "freeze" time, Fred Perry hasn't done that and allowed his creations to grow up. When I first started reading the series, she was a bit flighty and evolved into a serious relationship with her boyfriend and then later her husband and now is a loving mother.

21. Yoichi Hiruma

One of my favorite characters from the Eyeshield 21 manga. Violent and manipulative in the extreme, he is absolutely ruthless in his desire to win at football, even if it means conning or blackmailing his "teammates" into serving on his Devil Bats football team. The absolute outrageousness of his character always amuses me.

22. Toph Beifong

Of all of the Avatar characters, I have to say that I liked Toph the best. Despite her blindness, she didn't let that stop her and became the greatest Earthbender of all time, even mastering the ability to bend metal; something considered impossible by many. I also thought she was pretty funny as she wasn't afraid to poke fun at her blindness and mocking everyone else.

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