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Characters from {{Anime}} and {{Manga}} that are just that... totally... awesome.
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* ''GaoGaiGar'''s Mamoru Amami. Many people say he's not as good as the other characters because he's a TagalongKid, and a walking PlotDevice, but really, as awesome as the rest of the cast is. he's still one of the best written characters in the show, despite how he might seem before [[GrowingTheBeard the beard grows in]], He's just such a sweet AdorablyPrecociousChild, and his CharacterDevelopment after TheReveal leads to a really great CrowningMomentofHeartwarming. and what he goes through in FINAL, from his replicant being captured and brainwashed by the Sol Lords and turned on his friends to steal the Q-parts, to FINAL's BittersweetEnding. and he does BadAss stuff that can put Guy to shame at times. from using Galeon to bust into the Orbit Base's Main Order Room to save everyone from the Nail and Ear Primevals, to freakin' VAPORIZING Pei la Cain in FINAL.
* Yahiko and Sano from ''Manga/RurouniKenshin''. Sano, because he's such a badass he beats up two hundred men on vacation, and refuses to give up despite bringing his fists to a sword fight and blowing up his damn hand from the Futae no Kiwami. Yahiko, because he is the BEST subversion of BrattyHalfPint ever. He fights just as much as the adult characters, and he does it with a NerfArm. The fact that he can take on a giant like Hyogo and hold his own speaks for itself.
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** [[BigBad Shishio]] and [[TheRival Saito]]. Making {{Badass}} look so easy.
* ''Anime/GurrenLagann'':
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** Lord Genome, brilliantly written, a GeniusBruiser, and has one of the greatest deaths [[spoiler:twice]].
** [[ActionGirl Yoko]] [[SmallGirlBigGun is]] also [[MamaBear awesome]]. And [[TookALevelInBadass Simon]]. And [[EverythingsBetterWithPrincesses Nia]]. And [[IneffectualSympatheticVillain Viral]]... Heck who's not to like in that show?
*** [[OnlySaneMan Rossiu]]: He made several morally questionable choices, but as a character he is possibly the deepest in the series. While everyone else is only half-heartedly into it, Rossiu is the only one who truly takes politics seriously after the TimeSkip and really finds himself in this responsible role. Everything he does has honest intentions of saving the human race, but his methods are cold and practical and ultimately out of place in a world that, as it turns out, is ruled by {{Hot Blooded}}ness and the RuleOfCool. One can tell how much his conscience weighs on him after the hellish decisions he's had to make, and it's true remorse for all the choices he's had to make that makes him [[spoiler: attempt suicide]]. He should be the biggest {{Woobie}} in the series, for crying out loud!
** [[EverythingsBetterWithPrincesses Nia]] takes the Princess Archetype and injects it with new life through adorable charisma and throughly thought-out idiosyncrasies. Her [[{{Keigo}} unique speech]], [[{{Cloudcuckoolander}} screwy thought-process]] and way of interacting with the world is just so charming that you can't help but love her. She is not only {{Moe}}, she is [[TheWoobie HONESTLY moe]], not to mention that she ''defines'' PluckyGirl by being so HotBlooded while being a girly [[TheChick chick]] at the same time.
** The four Generals, who never get any love. I nearly squeed with joy when she saw Thymelph (who was based after 777 from Dead Leaves) And Adiane, from her scorpion tail to her [[EyepatchofPower eye patch]].
** ''Especially Simon.'' Badass, loving, kind-hearted, and actually has a BRAIN? What's not to like?
** Viral. What's not to love? He's half human and half beast, has awesome battle skillz, grew up to be the perfect assassin...and Heel Face Turns so hard that he becomes Kamina's replacement in the Gurren Lagann robot. YOU HAVE TO BE SPECIAL TO TAKE THAT SEAT. In the film version, it's also revealed that his secret desire is to have a wife and child and live happily in peace. AWWW.
** Yoko is extremely gushworthy. She's cute, smart and tough; but she was limited in her achievements by corporate Japan's male-superiority formulae, plus an ExecutiveMeddling decision by Gainax to write her and Kamina out of the series. But Yoko's extreme popularity resulted in a comeback, via her end-of-series exploits as Yomako — the name she took following her decision to begin a career in education on Koreha Island. Anyway, she began fighting bad guys long before the series' time frame began. Her above-average communication skills, her considerable combat experience as a commando and her mature judgment in the field should have made Yoko the ideal commander of the Brigade; but due to overriding, long-standing (albeit misogynistic) corporate formulae that was not to be. Nevertheless, Yoko fought the good fight for liberation and went on to become principal of a primary-education school.
* ''Manga/AttackOnTitan'':
** Auruo Bossard. A smug, snooty jerk who will fight to his dying breath for all humanity, and brag about it later.

* ''Manga/JoJosBizarreAdventure'': Dio Brando. The guy's a psychopathic vampire who can stop time, throw knives, and crush people with a steamroller. He's a total nutter and completely despicable, but there's something about his gleeful enthusiasm for villainy, over-the-top theatrics, and the ol' ultraviolence.
** Sure, we got the villain, but what of the heroes? Joseph Joestar in particular. This is one of the most likeable characters in the series, he's BrilliantButLazy. Ask him to do a lick of work, and you'll be on the receiving end of a huge argument, but when it comes down to it, when he puts his mind to it, he's ''beyond'' a bona fide badass. He's over six feet tall and over 250 lbs of tightly-packed muscle, just like his granddad. But what makes him notable is that he almost never uses it in his serious fights. He wins through and through with his amazing intellect and cunning. He's a master trickster, he can say anything in a way that'll make you think he's totally honest, he takes magic tricks and basic physics into his advantage with every fight, he's not too bad with a pair of crackers, of which he likes to use as nunchaku, and he's one of us. He loves manga and comic books!
* ''Manga/AhMyGoddess''
** Belldandy is the finest MagicalGirlfriend ever conceived. Adorable, level headed, everyones friend (including the demons) and without a doubt [[SilkHidingSteel the one wearing the pants in the Morisato household even tough no one notices it]]. And she doesn't need to wear skimpy outfits or show her panties every two panels to get our attention either. She may have all the signs of a CanonSue, but i do believe that Bell is, in fact, perfect because she is just impossible to dislike.
** If Belldandy is the finest MagicalGirlfriend, than Urd is without a doubt the finest CoolBigSis. She spends most of her time acting childish, perverted, or both, but when she decides to [[LetsGetDangerous get dangerous]], she pulls it off spectacularly, and you can really see how much she cares about her family. And of course, her HalfBreedDiscrimination status and [[IronWoobie how well she deals with it]] make her all the more awesome.
* ''Anime/CodeGeass''
** Lelouch. Possibly one of the most unique characters; LargeHam, horribly flawed, but you just know that Lelouch is the only person who can keep the peace. [[spoiler:Too bad he dies.]] Plus he has mastered the shocked look that I now refers to as the "Lelouch Face". While others such as Ribbon may sport it, Lelouch easily pulls it off the best. And his good looks! {{Squee}}!
** Love love love Suzaku! Very strong, can be cute too, the relationship with Lelouch...
** Shirley is unbelievably cute and hilarious around Lelouch, combined with [[spoiler:Lelouch inadvertently killing her father, and her death at the hands of Rolo]] makes her one of the most [[TheWoobie sympathetic]] characters in the show. And she still loves Lelouch after all that! :3
** C.C. She's got a intriguingly vague past unknown to everyone, [[BlessedWithSuck immortality]], [[DeadpanSnarker sarcasm]], FanService, and an undying love for [[TradeMarkFavoriteFood Pizza!]] ''Seriously'', what's ''not'' to love about this girl?
** It's easy to understand why Nunnally is at the focal point of all of Lelouch's motivations: she's very sweet and had to go through lots of hardships. She's blind, crippled and watched her mother die. Lelouch had to carry her on his back when they were young since she was paralyzed. , she doesn't come off as a PuritySue because her motivations are childish, she wants peace, but she doesn't understand it and this makes her very manipulatable. Arguably the most heart-wrenching moment of the show [[spoiler:is in the GrandFinale when Lelouch dies in her arms and she realizes that he died so that her dream could be realized.]]
** Kallen isn't just about FanService; she's an amazingly strong and very human character. I have a lot of respect for her. Kallen might be the only true hero in the series. As the ol' MotiveDecay sets in left and right and hard choices get harder and harder, Kallen and Kallen alone refuses to compromise her ideals like Lelouch and Suzaku do, [[spoiler:eventually choosing her beliefs over Lelouch even though she never stopped loving him]].
** Jeremiah is made of [[UndyingLoyalty pure distilled awesomeness]], the most hammiest ham ever concieved, and being dubbed by Creator/CrispinFreeman was genius.
** Suzaku deserves love for all his IdiotHero moments, even as his idealism dies and his more and more desperate attempts to fix things just make them worse for him. And permanently want to give the poor bastard a hug.
** The Chinese Eunuchs are comedic gold, especially the midget one every time they talk its hilarious. They could be reading the news, and it would be funnier than most comedies.
** Lloyd. He's good for the lulz, he's one of the only characters in the Brittanian empire who isn't portrayed in a remotely bad light, and Liam O'Brian did a great job voicing him in the English dub.
** Cecile's this sweet, pretty female engineer who's also the only person who can keep Lloyd in check. D'awww...
** LadyOfWar Cornelia. She's one of the most badass characters. [[MadeOfIron Survived both crashing a Knightmare after being harpooned and survived taking bullets in the back at point blank.]] Straps a bunch of guns to a Knightmare, making the first artillery Knightmare unit (and using this to shoot down a target), with only one good arm [[Film/IronMan IN A CAVE]] WITH A BOX OF SCRAPS. [[BigBrotherInstinct Loves her younger sister.]]
** Princess Euphemia. So sweet and innocent, yet brave and true to her beliefs. She did NOT [[DroppedABridgeOnHim deserve the ending she got.]] For one thing she's the only truly good member of the royal family. She's more than just your average [[ThePollyanna Pollyanna]]: she's smart, ambitious, and not afraid to challenge her family to stand up for what she believes in.Furthermore, she not only figures out [[spoiler: that Zero is Lelouch]] she even convinces Lelouch to join teams with her! [[spoiler: too bad she gets StuffedInTheFridge early on.]]
** Mao is a nasty person, but he's a great, great character. He's also ''really'' nice-looking and his voice in English is excellent. Everything he did was motivated by a desire to save C.C.'s life as he knew all along what the ''real'' nature of her contract was. He was given an incredibly powerful and [[BlessedWithSuck horrible]] Geass by C.C. when he was only six, isolated from the rest of the world and [[WifeHusbandry made dependent on her]] for any kind of human relationship, couldn't bring himself to [[spoiler: kill her and [[WhoWantsToLiveForever take her Code]]]] because he [[LoveMartyr loved her]], [[NoGoodDeedGoesUnpunished gets abandoned for it]], becomes TheDeterminator in his quest to find her and stop Lelouch from unknowingly [[spoiler: killing her]], gets shot, left with a FateWorseThanDeath and killed by the one person he loved, albeit with as a MercyKill with a LoveConfession and TogetherInDeath promise. A great AntiVillain and TheWoobie.
** Kaname Ohgi of ''Anime/CodeGeass'', simply because he was one of the sanest, loyalist, most genuinely honorable and compassionate characters in the whole show. The poor guy had just as many problems as anyone, was a gentle normal guy at heart, and yet believed in his commander Zero every step of the way. Even after [[spoiler: the Black Knights discover Zero's true identity, Ohgi refuses to turn on him unless Britannia makes the ultimate concession in return]]. In a show full of BlackAndGrayMorality, someone like him was refreshing.
** Prince Schneizel. The second prince of Britannia is awesome. He's either the smartest guy in the show, or at the very least the 2nd smartest. [[MagnificentBastard Lelouch]] always gets nervously angry whenever him and Schneizel meet. The only other person he does that too is the Emporer, and that's because he knows he has magic powers, Schneizel doesn't. A normal man strikes fear into the heart of someone as Awesome as Lelouch, and that's even awesome-er. A list of Schneizel's Greatest moments: Makes a grand entrance riding inside the most advanced ship seen in the show [[LensmanArmsRace thus far]], and blasts both Lulu and Suzaku, almost stopping Zero. (the only reason he failed was because of incomplete weaponry that failed to work properly). His disturbed and ultra realistic reaction to [[spoiler: Euphie's massacre really drove home just how bad Lelouch fucked up, and showed us that at least [[EvenEvilHasStandards this villain had standards.]]]] Winning a war against an entire continent mainly through negotiations and sabre rattling. Thinking faster than Lelouch in the Chinese Federation arc, and organizing a wedding between his brother and the chinese empress. This move could both Unite the CF and Britannia without resorting to a war, and let him retrieve Zero and the Black Knights (he arranged for them to be handed over by the Chinese government as a sort of Wedding gift). That's right, after that massive [[Comicbook/VForVendetta V routine]] Lelouch pulled off to escape Britannia, taking a million soldiers along with him, no more than a few hours upon arrival in the CF did he hear of Schneizel's plan to take them back. Lelouch had guessed that such a plan would be made eventually, but he never imagined it would be pulled off that quickly.
* ''Anime/{{Monster}}'':
** Kenzo Tenma. He's just so damn earnest, especially contrasted against the titular Johan. It's endearing. He's also just a really kick-ass, brilliant doctor with a very strong moral compass and sense of purpose. Anyone else would've gone crazy but Dr. Tenma gets through all the horror he experienced by never losing sight of who he is. There is just something amazing about the mix of goodness and badass-ness that Tenma represents. He's kind and gentle on the one hand, but on the other, he doesn't take any shit from people, he's always telling people to man up, etc. Awesome guy. He's managed to maintain his morals [[CrapsackWorld in the world he lives in]], and that's saying something. He's intelligent, gentle, and an amazing IronWoobie.
** Johan. The way his AxCrazy is played, his creepiness, that smile that never leaves him, his ManipulativeBastard traits... he is so villainous yet lovable, even though he is almost a deconstruction of a MagnificentBastard. Johan is one sick bastard- but it makes for an incredibly interesting villain.
** CheerfulChild Dieter for being so ridiculously adorable, so huggable, so sweet, so innocent, and so wise in his own way at the same time.
** Nina/[[spoiler:Anna Leibert]] is certainly one of the coolest female characters in anime.
** Eva Heinneman. Her character development was a massive surprise for all those that immediately labeled her as a RichBitch character, which is because that's what she was and the change in her personality was dealt superbly, she came from being annoying to awesome. She starts out as an archetypical [[SoapOpera soap opera villain]] who would ,in any other show, be a StaticCharacter spending the intire series tormenting the [[PluckyGirl female lead]] and be defeated in the end. Eva suffers this fate in the very first volume of the manga and spends the rest of the series being dragged trough the mud, dealing with horriffic things her type of character would normally never encounter and going trough one hell of a ride with [[CharacterDevelopment grueling life lessons, often handling them surprisingly admirably]]. Ultimately, she becomes a decent and likable person. I never look at a one dimensional RichBitch the same way again because i now know how this type of character should be done right.
* ''Manga/FullmetalAlchemist'':
** Colonel Roy Mustang and Major General Olivier Mira Armstong, both are incredibly badass, both are incredibly competent, and more importantly never carry the IdiotBall. Amestris is in good hands with either one in charge.
** Scar is awesome. For a character to go from an outright villain to an ''extremely'' sympathetic antihero in the course of fifty-one episode (over half of which he isn't even in) without it being just plain unbelievable is in itself worthy of being considered made of win. The sheer badassery he displays is another bonus..
** Alphonse (from the manga version). He's sweet, idealistic and a nice guy all the way, but that does ''not'' mean he's [[GoodIsDumb stupid or overly naďve]] at all. Instead, he is very mature for his age and (especially in the later chapters) understands that not everyone shares his ideals. Also, his occasional snarkiness is very charming.
** [[TheGunslinger Riza Hawkeye.]] Especially in the Manga. She's not just a silent gunslinger. She has a past AND a life outside of her much loved relationship with Roy. Plus, she's just plain cool. How many people can trick Envy using {{UST}}? Her attitude towards [[spoiler: Pride/Seliem Bradley after she found out that he was a homunculus? Ultimate win.]]
** [[WrenchWench Winry Rockbell]], a gentle soul with a gift for mechanic and a willingness to help others through their hardships, which we can see in both her support of the Elric brothers and the care she gives to her patients. Throughout the series, we see her evolve professionaly, going from an apprenticeship by her grand-mother to the partner of one of the best mechanics in Rush Valley. And then there is her personal crowning moment of awesome, when she demonstrates to Scar that the vicious cycle of hatred and revenge can indeed be broken, thus completing the Ishbalan's heel-face turn.
** Maes Hughes is one of the finest examples of CrouchingMoronHiddenBadass I has ever seen. Who knew a guy who runs around showing pictures of his daughter to everyone could be so cool and popular? And who doesn't love Maes' love for his family? It's downright endearing, how much he loves people. Hell, Winry, Alphonse and Edward are practically ''extended'' family. And Roy really needs a BadassNormal of a best friend. Perfect duo, right there.
** Edward Elric, the freaking ''title character''. He manages to be not only a bratty smartass with no respect for authority, but no less of a {{Badass}} or noble hero because of it. He's also utterly hilarious at times.
** [[BadassNormal Ling Yao]], who is not only hilarious, but awesome as well. And the way he managed not to be killed by Bradley AND Gluttony while carrying Lan Fan with one hand was a complete MomentOfAwesome. And, as if he wasn't awesome already, he [[spoiler:TookALevelInBadass when he was turned into a homunculus.]]
** [[ActionGirl Lan Fan]] / [[SpellMyNameWithAnS Ran Fan]]. Her HeroicSacrifice... She's just great]] Her loyalty towards her Lord is without bounds, [[spoiler: she cut off her arm just to lure King Bradley away from them!]]
** [[BadassTeacher Izumi]] [[ActionMom Curtis]]. What would happen if ChuckNorris was a {{Housewife}}. With badass [[CursedWithAwesome Alchemy Skillz of Doom]]. She's even cooler than that.
** Izumi's [[HugeGuyTinyGirl husband]] Sig is no slouch either.
** May Chang is a cute, [[PrincessesPreferPink pink wearing princess]] who's incredibly [[BadassAdorable badass]] despite being one of the youngest characters. With her awesome martial arts and alkahestry skills, she's far from being the TagalongKid or TheLoad, but is well written enough to avoid being TheScrappy or a Sue. Plus she has an adorable [[PandaingToTheAudience pet panda]]?
** Solf J Kimblee and not because of [[DracoInLeatherPants leather pants]]. He's a monster but ''damn'' if he isn't one of the most complex characters around. A sociopath who respects people who stay true to themselves, a MadBomber who doubles as ThePhilosopher, and a guy who can BreakingLecture every one of the series BadAss heroes without batting an eye. He never loses his cool, never stops being awesome, and [[BadassInANiceSuit looks great in that white suit]]. NiceHat too.
** Envy. He's a [[AxCrazy twisted]] [[PsychoForHire psycho]], but he [[FauxAffablyEvil does such a damn good job at being one]] you can't help but love watching him. And then there's [[PowerPerversionPotential all the wonderful things]] [[ShapeShifter shapeshifting]] can do.
** Greed/Greedling. That guy was just plain ''awesome''! His snark, and his attitude towards Ed is just ''awesome''. And having Troy Baker as Greedling also helps with the awesome category.
** Shou Tucker. ''Not'' the version in the manga who sacrificed his daughter for selfish purposes, but the one in the 2003 series. He's a sick bastard, but he acknowledges this, and is obsessed with undoing his mistake, to the point where he inflicts his own crime upon himself. He's a fine example that even people who commit the most horrific crimes are not without compassion, straddling the line between revulsion and Pity. Also, he's a half beast MadScientist with an ''upside down head''. CreepyAwesome.
* ''Anime/LuckyStar'':
** Konata has a great personality and voice, is cute, and extremely endearing. Konata is SO freakingly awesome, she should dethrone [[LightNovel/HaruhiSuzumiya Haruhi]] and become the new goddess!
** Tsukasa is awesome. Just tone down the otaku-ness and up the [[{{Moe}} cute]] (a lot).
** Kagami, who is cute in her own way and has a few huggable moments that pop up from her tsundere-ness.
** Kona-chan and Hiiragi sisters are definitely awesome.
** [[{{Moe}} cuddly, well mannered]] {{Meganekko}} Miyuki.
** [[TheDanza Minoru Shiraishi]] has some very funny moments, both in the show, on [[ShowWithinAShow Lucky Channel]], and in his live-action [[CreditsGag ending credits shenanigans]].
* ''Anime/MobileSuitGundam'':
** Char Aznable the person that puts TheRival in Rival. Amuro's equal in both piloting and newtype abilities, he can take on any mecha pilot in existence, and do it with style, his one of the most developed characters in anime history, and his versatile playing both villain, and hero and doing it without it being forced.
** There's Char's best friend, [[AntiVillain Garma Zabi]]. A member of the Zabi family, who despite admiring Char's leadership skills to a point where it became a crutch, showed potential of his own to be a great leader to his people. Including his ability to create cunning military strategies and actually [[BenevolentBoss care about Earth Federation civilians]]. In fact, this was even recognized and explored further in the game ''Gihren's Greed'', where the player has the chance to choose Garma Zabi to rule Zeon and create his own faction.
* ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamWing'': Treize Kushrenada. This guy was one of the best {{ManipulativeBastard}}s, not for being manipulative, but also his ''flair''. Look at his mobile suit, it looks absolutely gaudy, and that's what makes it so cool. He manages to seem like the antagonist but really behaves like an AntiHero.
* ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'':
** Kirabi/Killer Bee first looking like an EthnicScrappy, he proves to be a complete badass by kicking Sasuke's ass, then with the coup de grace tricks Sasuke, and embarrasses him in front of his new friends. He's also really unique in the series itself, being an urban black guy in a series full of Japanese culture.
** Shikamaru. Lazy as all get out right at the start, but through some of the best CharacterDevelopment that I has seen in Shonen, becomes a competent, dedicated, ass-kicking smartass who still has the traits that made him likeable in the first place.
** Naruto himself. He's loud, hyperactive, and dense, but that just makes you like him all the more.
** Shino. His complete lack of any character development whatsoever notwithstanding, he's the only anime character I've ever seen who has a weird/gross power but was never a villain at any point.
** Jiraiya. He has the "perv + super strong + teacher" formula which makes him instantly awesome, but he is so much more. His whole story was brilliantly written. Manly as anything: "Pretty damn honorable".
** Sakura counts as well. She goes from being an obnoxious FanGirl with a crush on Sasuke and pretty much a normal hormonal twelve year old in a bunch of Shinobi genuises; to a strong member of Team 7, Tsunade's apprentice, TheMedic, and a total BadAss with an amazing punch. That's CharacterDevelopment.
** Hinata. Right from the start, Naruto shows determination, inner strength, and all of those other shonen hero traits. She's grown from a ShrinkingViolet to [[spoiler:confessing her love to Naruto while trying to protect him from Pein, despite knowing that she had no chance against him.]] Her first line ever, which was not even spoken, instantly turned her into a Woobie.
** Kakuzu. Best character in the show! Money is important, yes~ And he's a Zombie. With 5 hearts. And a genius bruiser. Also, genuinely evil and only in it for the money. Someone with no moral standards! Those characters are way too rare.
*** Being HOT is just a HUGE plus!
** HIDAN! Titally insane, [[AxCrazy ax crazy]], blood magic and EPIC! to hell and back. One of the coolest designs, and genuinely evil among the other [[FreudianExcuse "reasonable"]] characters. So much fun.
** Rock Lee became my favorite character in the series once he was shown to be arguably the most [[TheWoobie compelling]] character. Not to mention he gets two of the best fights in the entire anime (vs Gaara and Kimimaro, respectively). Now if only Kishimoto could use him more in part two. Despite his bad losing record, for a while he held the title as arguably the strongest of his generation of Leaf ninja.
** Sasuke deserves a big hug. [[TheWoobie He has the same effect on me that Gaara had on many people.]] He's a fascinating character.
** Gaara! He was cool before his HeelFaceTurn and his fight against Kimimaro was just awesome. Plus he would have [[spoiler: owned Deidara if the latter hadn't threatened all of the village]].
** Tenten. Awesome character design, cool weapons, subtle (and sometimes not-so-subtle) snarkiness. She does the OnlySaneMan thing even better than ''[[TheStoic Neji]]'', and considering [[HotBlooded what the other half of her team is like,]] this is a Good Thing.
** Yamato is competent, clever, hilariously [[TheComicallySerious unfunny]], and an adorably friendly ''[[SempaiKouhai kouhai]]'' to Kakashi. Also, he just so happens to be quite the badass; his special technique can pretty much tell your SealedEvilInACan to shut up and play nice.
** [[ActionGirl Temari]] wants to join the party.
** A lot of people hate him, but Shimura Danzo. He's powerful, calm and cares so deeply for his village, despite less than favorable actions, that he would die to protect it. Hell, he's even awkwardly adorable,with subtle hints of woobie (IMO)...something about him just makes me want to give him a giant bear-hug.
** Suigetsu. He's pretty calm mostly, he can handle his BFs like it weighs nothing, and he's snarky. He's alsoquite sexy.
** Kakashi! From his sarkiness to awesome fighting ability to his (secret?) love of pornography the guy is clearly the best character in the show. He wears two masks. He fights with a [[PowerIncontinence massive chakra drain]] against ridiculously powerful baddies -- and comes out winning. He is also, incidentally, [[MrFanservice damn sexy.]]
** Shizune. She's a background character but between her skills with poisons and her devotion to Tsunade despite Tsunade being, well... ''[[LadyDrunk Tsunade]]'', she's just awesome.
** Itachi. Leaving aside just how badass and powerful he is, his backstory is one of the most compelling in the show/manga. He wanted to die just to make his little brother feel better. Too bad it didn't work that well. Seriously though. The fact that he can control your world with basically nothing more than eye contact WITHOUT YOU REALIZING it, do it so smoothly, fight on empty and still beat some of the most plot-armored characters in the series, and the freakish nature of his powers rolled into his calm and deep personality with many layers and facets spread throughout his 6th stage Morality development, and you have one of the most compelling characters in mainstream anime, let alone the series.
** Neji - from his awesomely subtle and graceful fighting style to his great character development.
** Rin or Obito, Kakashi's badass teammates who appeared for only a few chapters and still managed to steal our hearts!
** Sasori. He was creepy for nearly his entire life, but that is one of the things that makes him such a good character. Few writers can create characters like that. Also, try picturing him (at any age) as the Mysterious Stranger. Awesomeness ensues.
** Kabuto. Before he turned out to be a total jerk, he was one of the nicest characters. Until he [[spoiler: injects himself with an in-story version of cancer]], he was actually really nice to Naruto, if not anyone else.
** Freaking [[spoiler:[[InvincibleVillain Madara]] [[SmugSuper Uchiha]]. Easily topping the list of most powerful characters in the series. The way he verbally smacks his opponents and degrades them as so far beneath him, and they have to take it because everyone knows HE'S RIGHT. He could easily wipe out the entire army if it ever struck his fancy, not to mention the fact that his resurrection and his outgambitting the resident {{Xanatos Speedchess}} grandmaster left him as an immortal zombie that is immune to practically everything. His unfazeable attitude and complete snarkiness makes him such a condescending character with the power to back it up. May not be a particularly complex villain, but he is certainly a good one for laughs and putting pressure on the good guys. Unfortunately, the nature of his [[OnlyTheAuthorCanSaveThemNow existence]] has the left the plot with no other option than a MAJOR {{Deus Ex Machina}}.]]
** And who could ever forget Tobi? His first few appearances where among the [[CrowningMomentOfFunny funniest]] in the series, and his {{Keet}} status is undisputed. His {{Cloudcuckoolander}} antics brought an entirely new flavor to Akatsuki. When he dropped the act though and got serious, things changed rapidly. He was definitely one of the most prgamatic, ruthless, yet enigmatically honest characters ever introduced. He certainly spent lots of time going over the {{Evil Overlord List}} and knew how to manipulate anyone to do his bidding. His identity had been up in the air long after he announced it, and his status as the {{The Heavy}} made practically every event to have occurred since episode 1 either directly or indirectly related to him. What a character. His motives are complex, he is well-versed, and he can think on the fly. Then later [[spoiler: when he is revealed to be Obito, his character receives SO MANY LEVELS of depth. He becomes a sympathetic Nihilist that has a justified hatred of the world system and how everything is screwed up. Also knowing what a wimp he was before and the kind of game-breaking, all-knowing, super-intelligent, complicated and twisted monster he became only serves to further deconstruct whatever stereotypes he might have fit before. And then he becomes a god. How and why did he lose again?]]
** The Second Mizukage! Despite being a minor character that only made an appearance in the Shinobi World War arc, he made quite the impact on me! Namely because of how freaking HILARIOUS he is!
** Hashirama! Complete, undisputed Badass who also happens to be genuinely nice, funny, and adorable? There is no way to hate a guy who makes ''inspiring speeches'' to ''stone monuments''.
** Why hasn't anyone mentioned Orochimaru yet?! That slimy voice of his, that EPIC EvilLaugh, his creepy yet sexy appearance, his CreepyAwesome abilities and powers and slightly pedophilic undertones make for SUCH an interesting and slightly complex character!
* ''LightNovel/HaruhiSuzumiya'':
** Yuki Nagato is ''all'' kinds of awesome. A nigh-omnipotent, {{badass}} stoic who is also TheWoobie, gives us many laughs, still is mysterious and has amazing CharacterDevelopment. Add the fact that she plays a bitchin' guitar-solo while wearing a RobeAndWizardHat!
** Haruhi Suzumiya. There's just no character who manages to be a GenkiGirl, a {{Jerkass}}, a [[MagnificentBastard Magnificent Bitch]] and a {{Cloudcuckoolander}}, all while being stunningly beautiful, GenreSavvy, HotBlooded ''and'' melancholic. There's no way she's not awesome. There's just something so damn interesting about her, she gets some excellent CharacterDevelopment from an antagonistic {{Jerkass}} to a more thoughtful and considerate JerkWithAHeartOfGold, and her antics CrossesTheLineTwice and end up as very entertaining. It's no wonder she and Kyon are the stars of the show.
** Mikuru because she pretty much started off the ''entire story'' by having Kyon do the John Smith incident. Time travel is confusing, but it's awesome, especially when it's Mikuru using it. she's destined to become the bigest [[TheChessmaster Chessmaster]] in the series.
** Kyon, even more so in the novels. Simply because his narration is ''the best thing''. He also [[ObfuscatingStupidity hides his genius under "not caring"]], actually ''is'' interested in romance and.. Well fuck it, [[spoiler:he's the goddamn John Smith!]]
** And Itsuki Koizumi. The guy is a TeenGenius later revealed to be [[spoiler: the goddam LEADER of the Organization and therefore a brilliant [[TheChessmaster Chessmaster]] in his own right]]. He's a guy who puts up with a great deal of crap, stress, and responsibility without complaining about it. While his real personality is still a mystery, there are many subtle moments throughout the novels where his "real" nature seems to peek through. He's definitely a complicated, conflicted guy. And despite it all he's a loyal friend to Kyon whether Kyon [[VitriolicBestBuds likes it or not]].
** Tsuruya. Her character in the later novels is just delightful.
** Asakura, ''the'' most awesome killer ever. Her "perfect girl" mask, her love for knifes, her giggles when she fires metal spears and that incredible scary aura she has. She may be underappreciated, but truly magnificent. She's the most BadAss chick in the series. There's a reason they just can't get rid of her.
** In the novels, Sasaki is a delightful character. Charming, easygoing, and intellectual, and [[spoiler:refuses to be tempted even by the offer of godlike powers]].
* [[LightNovel/{{Toradora}} Minori Kushieda]]. If there is one anime character who is NEVER boring to be around (apart from Haruhi) and can steal entire episodes with one well-placed antic, it's her.
** Ami is the best character of the show. Too bad she's not as much in the focus.
** Taiga. She's a {{Tsundere}} and a bit of a jerk, which might put off some people, but when it comes to delving into her personality, she's adorable.
** Taiga Aisaka: Her hidden softer side she's almost the perfect representation of Moe.
* ''Manga/{{Bleach}}'':
** Zaraki Freakin' Kenpachi. The {{badass}} BloodKnight and [[AsskickingEqualsAuthority captain of Squad 11]].
** Nel Tu in her adult form is hot, a complete {{Badass}}, and is the most interesting arrancar in the whole series considering her backstory.
** Unohana Retsu is quite possibly the coolest female Shinigami in Bleach, or even the whole character. Not only she is kind and motherly, if you get on her bad side, you will start to fear a WhiteMage like her. Probably Kubo Tite fears on putting her in quite the spotlight, because doing so will cause the Bleach universe to implode in awesomeness. Unohana is so awesome. She is also hinted to be very powerful.
** Rukia is just as cool, since she's gotten many moments that are just made of awesomeness and hilarity.
** Orihime. A {{Cloudcuckoolander}} who literally has the power to ScrewDestiny. Pretty awesome.
** Kisuke. This man just oozes awesome. And to top it off, he's probably boning Yoruichi.
** [[BarehandedBladeBlock Ulqui]][[FourIsDeath orra.]]
** Hollow Ichigo. The guy is freaking awesome. He's like the Joker with a BFS.
** Shiba Kaien. I cannot believe how much she loves a character who now only shows up in flashbacks because [[spoiler: he died TWICE]], but he is so sweet and funny and encouraging and [[WildMassGuessing maybe somehow]] related to Kurosaki Ichigo.
** Say what you will about [[AnIcePerson Hitsugaya Toshiro]], but his seriousness, prodigious nature, ice powers and most importantly, his sense of justice. One does not need to [[CurbStompBattle curb stomp]] all his enemies everytime in order to be a likable/gushable character. He was the only captain not blindly following orders, even if they thought something was wrong (Byakuya Saijin and even Yamamoto) blindly following their feelings/friends (Ukitake Shunsui Renji [but he's a vice-captain not a captain and not the thrust of this gush/rant]) or ya know evil (Aizen, Tousen, Gin) but to actually bother investigating when he felt something was wrong and act on what he uncovered the first impressions.
** Hanataro Yamada is possibly the weakest character in Bleach, but when he tries to go up against Byakuya ''without even his zanpaku-to'' to save Rukia, despite the fact he was utterly terrified? That's when he became awesome.
** Sajin Komamura (Aka: [[FanNickname Captain Furry]]), a GentleGiant outside of battle and NobleWolf in battle. He's not seen much, and has gotten owned in 2 of 3 uninterrupted battles (lastest one left him unconcious, and still hasn't gotten back up 6 episodes later).
** Barragan Luisenbarn. As the token old man, it seemed as though he was simply going to be the Espada's answer to Yamamoto, but as soon as he used ressureccion, he proved that he has even more of a right to the title of "Death God" than the actual shinigami. He's a skeleton lord with an enormous axe and an even bigger god complex whose breath, Respira, instantly rots anything it touches, including magical spells. To top it all off, the only thing that could take him down was [[spoiler: his own Respira]]. How could anyone ''not'' think that this guy is made of 100% pure, undiluted awesome?
** Despite the many new and awesome characters that are constantly being introduced into Bleach, my heart belongs to Chad, who was an incredible [[TechnicalPacifist badass pacifist]] even before he got his powers. He is a a walking CrowningMomentOfAwesome, and his [[FriendshipMoment backstory with Ichigo]] is one of the [[CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming sweetest, most adorable parts of the show]]. His strength, loyalty, pacifism, and intelligence make him one of the most endearing characters in the world of manga and anime.
** Ishida Uryuu, who fights as calmly as most people sew and sews as intensely as most people fight. Plus he's a nerd who kicks butt and takes names.
** Wonderweiss, because he is a Woobie among Arrancar.
** [[MadScientist Mayuri]] [[TokenEvilTeammate Kurotsuchi]] is incredibly amusing in a BlackComedy sort of way. There's just ''something'' about a guy who looks like a demented mime and practically turns [[CrossesTheLineTwice Crossing The Line Twice]] into an art.
** Kira Izuru is insecure, indecisive, remorseful. In the episodes where he gets serious, he's AMAZING. He could [[SealedBadassInACan open up a serious can of pain on some Arrancar and malignant Zanpakuto spirits]]. He's just so cute when he smiles.
** Momo. BreakTheCutie gone horrifically right. Poor, poor Momo. It isn't fun to be you.
** [[EyesAlwaysShut Gin]] [[PsychoticSmirk Ichimaru]]. Incredibly {{Badass}}, HILARIOUS, and over all simply epic... with his eyes shut! There are a lot of characters who say they can kick your ass with one hand behind their back and their eyes closed, but this guy actually does it! [[PerverseSexualLust (And manages to look absolutely gorgeous while doing so...)]] Gin is probably one of the least serious denizens of Hueco Mundo- Watching the [[{{Omake}} "Arrancar Encyclopedia" segments]] makes me want to glomp him until the world explodes from too much glomp energy being used.
*** SECONDED. Gin is awesome and every second he's on screen/panel, he steals the show. He's honestly too epic for words
** Aizen. The idea of his betrayal really caught her, hook line and sinker, and she hasn't looked back since! She can honestly say that Aizen got her interested in Bleach (despite his DiminishingVillainThreat) and for the most part is grateful for it!
** Kyoraku and Ukitake fight against Starrk caused her to fall almost immediately in fandom love. It had a lot to do with their stubborn refusal to play [[CombatPragmatist entirely]] by [[LampshadeHanging shounen]] [[DangerouslyGenreSavvy rules]], but they struck her as eccentric, nice guys with her shameless favourite quality in protagonists in sort of series - smart, patient competence under an impression of harmlessness. Plus there's the Heterosexual Life Partners angle. Further research has only furthered that opinion. Not perfect, certainly not always right (Rukia, Kaien...), but still great fun.
** Rangiku Matsumoto. Rangiku is hands down my favorite female character in this show. Beautiful, strong, and confident, with a heartbreaking backstory that only gets her down when no one's looking. Nearly all scenes she's in is awesome in some way, be it serious or hilarious. Plus, the way she followed Gin to the real Karakura town was freakin' hardcore, since, yanno, she'd had part of her side ripped off only a few chapters prior.
** Grimmjow. Motherfucking. Jeagerjacques. His badassery, his blue hair, his stunning physical beauty, David Vincent's voice, his Resureccion, oh, and his backstory. There are so many ways to interpret his character.
** Kuchiki Byakuya: Long-haired, {{Badass}} {{Bishonen}}? Check. Completely owned the main character upon his first appearance and was the first person to do so? Check. Fantastic fighting style? Check. [[AloofBigBrother Heart]][[DefrostingIceQueen warming]] [[BigBrotherInstinct character]] [[KnightTemplarBigBrother development]]? Check.His fights are some of the most engaging of all the epic battles that Bleach offers [[spoiler:especially the one against Tsukishima]], and his growth throughout the manga is probably the best CharacterDevelopment in the series.
* Killua Zaoldyeck from HunterXHunter, especially his manga incarnation. Mature, unfazed and frighteningly talented (thanks to his assassin family's TrainingFromHell), by the Chimera Ant arc he's catching darts aimed at his head ''before they even materialise'' and running across an entire country trying to stop a group of evil ants from 'nen baptising' the population. He's also completely devoted to [[HeterosexualLifePartners his best friend]] / [[HoYay life partner]] Gon, to the point where he'd put his life on the line to save him. Need I say more?
** A good number of the other HunterXHunter characters are deserving of praise as well. Kurapika was a very touching and unique AntiHero. Leorio is the best friend you could ever ask for. Hisoka is just one of the most freaky villians you'll ever encounter! Gon on the other hand doesn't quite measure up to his compatriots.
* [[Manga/AzumangaDaioh Osaka]], just... Osaka. She is [[{{Cloudcuckoolander}} the undisputed queen of {{Cloudcuckooland}}]], she manages to [[NightmareFuelStationAttendant creep you out]] but make you wanna [[TheWoobie hug the juice out of her]] at the same time. I'm sure ''Azumanga Daioh'' wouldn't be half as great as it is without her around.
** Chiyo-chan. The other half of Azu's greatness. Causes {{squee}} at twenty paces in everyone, male and female. Goddamnit, you're just too cute!
*** The universe has yet to invent a depression strong enough that cannot be cured by Chiyo in a [[EverythingsBetterWithPenguins penguin suit]].
** Sakaki. I just want to reach into the screen and hug her. World's most beautiful {{woobie}}.
** Kagura. She's just made of awesomeness.
*** Seconded. Cute, badass, BoisterousBruiser with a sensitive side. She's just so awesome.
** When it comes to my favorite it is always a tie between Osaka and Ms. Yukari. She's one of the funniest to watch, and even though her childishness is supposed to be a negative quality, you can't help but love her for it. And good god is she hot!
** Tomo. A perfect foil to a cast of perfect characters. She's a troll, an attention hog, exciting, lazy, irritating, obnoxious, unpredictable, insane, and hilarious. Moments of glory include terrifying Yomi with the catsuit, giving Osaka her now famous nickname, photobombing Kaori's vacation pictures, hitting Yukari in the face with her lunch tray, throwing the summer house keys into the grass, [[JerkWithAHeartOfGold feeling genuinely guilty for making Kagura cry]], [[ItMakesSenseInContext effortlessly levitating past Sakaki in a race]], and [[PetTheDog initiating the applause for Chiyo during the graduation ceremony]].
* [[Anime/{{FLCL}} Haruhara Haruko]], the personification of CrazyAwesome. Fluctuates between a flirty teenage girl, a melodramatic LargeHam and a supremely powerful alien enforcer that eats HumongousMecha for breakfast on a whim, uses your head as her personal BagOfHolding while alternately frustrating your libido and giving you a concussion, and you'll love her for it.
** Then you reach the back half of the last episode, and realize [[ObfuscatingStupidity every last drop of it was an act]], but that just [[MagnificentBastard changes her awesomeness category]].
** Haruko is the perfect woman. End of discussion.
* ''Anime/ReadOrDie'':
** Yomiko Readman is a really cute bookworm.
** Nenene and the Paper Sisters who are all completely awesome in their own way.
* ''VinlandSaga'': Thorkell the Tall, a giant Viking BoisterousBruiser that's just in it for the shits and giggles. He'll do his damnedest to kill you, but if you survive he'll shout you a pint afterward. There are very few manga characters I has come across cooler then Thorkell. To put it in perspective: how many characters do you know who side with the losing team ''[[BloodKnight just so they'll have a more challenging fight]]'', use pointed logs as [[TelephonePolearm anti-ship]] ''and'' [[TelephonePolearm anti-personnel weapons]], and think nothing of punching horses so hard the rider falls off?
* ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamSEED'':
** Mu La Flaga, an even better pilot than the Ultimate Coordinator Kira (just compare Kira in the Strike Gundam and Mu in the Strike Gundam), his also gets the best lines, and seduces the amazingly hot Murrue Ramius. An AcePilot whose catchphrase is the man who makes the impossible possible, and takes that literally [[spoiler:when he survives being hit with a Positron Cannon]]. His easily the best of the Char clones. He's an even more amazing character when he [[spoiler:[[HeroicSacrifice died stopping]] a Positron Cannon]] - also an impossible act.
** Lots of people seem to hate her but [[Anime/MobileSuitGundamSeedDestiny Stellar Loussier is awesome. In battle, she absolutely deadly (before the show [[JumpTheShark jumped the shark]], anyway), but off the battlefield she's so ''adorable!'' Watching her splash around by the ocean in one episode made me start giggling, and HoukoKuwashima's ''voice''...{{Squee}}!
** La Flaga is the coolest guy on the planet, Ramius is an amazing captain, Athrun is a great Lancer and character in his own right, Lacus and [[ActionGirl Cagalli]] for proving that the girls can be important plot-movers in a Gundam series (among lots of other reasons), the psychos like [[SmugSnake Azrael]] and [[CardCarryingVillain Djibril]] for being so thoroughly detestable; even [[JerkassWoobie Shinn]] for being the amazingly complex AntiVillain that he is, but my favourites will always be [[TheHero Kira Yamato]] and [[BigBad Rau Le Creuset]]. To me, Le Creuset was everything that a villain should be: [[WoobieDestroyerOfWorlds sympathetic]] and monstrous, [[ManipulativeBastard amazingly manipulative]], [[TheChessmaster smart]], and [[OmnicidalManiac capable of driving the entire planet towards destruction and making it look easy]]. I felt bad for him and wanted him dead at the same time, and that's not even getting into his BadAss combat skills and the fact that even in the sequel, he's manipulating events from beyond the grave. And then there's Kira: a poor kid who falls into the cockpit, has to fight against his best friend, slowly loses his mind, and then recovers, saving the world (and maybe himself) in the process. Kira was the first protagonist (in almost anything, but especially anime) who I could honestly say was also my favourite character. I felt so bad for him and everything he went through; seeing his descent into crazy during the middle part of the show was heartwrenching. But he never gives up. And it's not in classic shonen protagonist style either, there's no HotBlooded friendship speeches, or MadeOfIron {{Determinator}}-ing about him, no rants about his own superiority. He just carries on as best he can, because he believes that it's his responsibilty to himself and the world, and tries so hard to remain a NiceGuy, even as the world decends into Hell around him. One of his lines has always stuck with me: "If you just did nothing, because you thought it wouldn't help, than you'd end up doing less than nothing. Because nothing would change." Like Rau, Kira just got to me, which made the final battle between the two all the more impressive.
*** Le Crueset was in my opinion the best villain of ''Franchise/{{Gundam}}''. This guy was never evil to the point of absurdity, his motivations were all present and his insanity was well explored and revealed. He's perhaps the ''Franchise/{{Gundam}}'' crowner of ManipulativeBastard.
** Flay Allster gets [[TheScrappy way more flak]] than she deserves. She is one of the best written characters in the entire show, as well as the most realistic one. Sure, she was a [[FantasticRacism fantastic racist]], a ManipulativeBitch and was all-around pretty selfish. But she redeemed herself and changed all that about herself, followed by [[spoiler: a RedemptionEqualsDeath]]. Gundam Seed would have been pretty boring without a character as dynamic as Flay, and I would have liked Destiny way better if it had a character like her.
* ''Anime/{{Mai-HiME}}'':
** Midori Sugiura, in all of her [[TeamMom born-to-lead]], [[HotBlooded energetic]], [[{{Cloudcuckoolander}} goofy]] goodness.
** Yuuichi Tate. NonActionGuy, yes, but a well thought-out and realistically depicted male lead. He's not a knock-out of a {{Bishonen}}, he's not too smart and he's not the funniest guy ever... but his dedication to his loved ones, especially Shiho and Mai, is really admirable, even if he sometimes went about it in the wrong way. He's so ''human'' in his feelings and thoughts, something his haters tend to forget.
* ''Anime/CowboyBebop'':
** Did anyone call for Spike Spiegel? Hell yes we did. ''Bang!''
** Did someone call for an Ein too? "BARK!"
** Ed and Ein make for quite an adorable duo.
** Noone called him but Jet Black is so badass that he showed up anyway.
** The Queen of {{Cloudcuckooland}}, Edward Wong Hau Pepelu Tivrusky IV. She's just MADE of awesome.
** The final Bebop member, Faye. She comes off looking like walking [[MsFanservice fanservice]] but turns out to be well-written and well-developed. Plus she can [[ActionGirl kick ass]] when the situation calls for it.
* ''{{Berserk}}'':
** Guts, the most {{Badass}} manga character EVER. The man goes up against an army of demons armed only with a broken knife and a horn he snapped off, and survives. While doing this, he loses an arm and an eye, and he now has a brand that draws demons to him every night. Does he simply crawl into a hole and wait to die? No, he ''actively hunts down'' the strongest of these demons so that he can kill a group of demons even '''more powerful''' using a {{BFS}} among {{BFS}}es. He also goes through significant CharacterDevelopment while showing how to avoid BadassDecay. He had a kickass character design, too.
** Serpico has to be one of the best, fans' absolute favorite manga character EVER. He can cut you without ever touching you, fly, and is lightning fast even without the wind-blessed stuff he gets later. Plus, he's like [[Anime/{{Pokemon}} Ash]]: when Ash turns his hat backwards, shit's gonna go down. Same when Serpico opens his eyes.
** Judeau. A BadassNormal and over all nice guy who willingly doesn't go after the girl he loves to allow his best friend the chance and even helps the two get together. She would be lying if she said [[spoiler: the moment during the Eclipse when he CannotSpitItOut and tell Casca he loves her and dies wishing he did and she saw him as other then just useful didn't break her heart]]
** Godo. Only guy who can make Guts shut up with the rage-o-hol for ten minutes. Awesome.
** Casca. Casca, Casca, Casca. What's not to like about her? She is probably one of the most relatable characters in this series. She's smart, has wit, is a pretty badass fighter, but also has her flaws, but that only makes her more sympathetic if you ask me [[spoiler: it's also great that she doesn't cross the MarySue line at all]]. From my experience, as a WoC, I really appreciate that Casca [[AmbiguouslyBrown is dark-skinned too]], because you don't really see many female characters such as herself in a genre such as ''Berserk.'' All of this and more absolutely breaks my heart just thinking about her fate [[spoiler: and it actually kind of makes me a little pissed, to think that [[WomenInRefrigerators something of that magnitude happened to her just to help fuel Guts' story line]], even though I love Guts to death too and [[{{OTP}} I really want them to be together in the end!]]]] I could go on and on about Casca like I do on my blog, but I guess I'll end by saying: I'm rooting for you, girl!
* He drew a lot of hate, but ''Manga/DeathNote'''s Near is awesome. Near ''is'' awesome. However, he's no L. There's a reason L's the favorite of both author and artist of Manga/DeathNote, and a majority of the fanbase. He's just ''that cool''. Yes, he wasn't L, but he wasn't ''supposed'' to be. Rather, the point of his character was to introduce a successor who wasn't quite up to par with the original and who still had some work to do to catch up, both to Kira and to the levels of mega-geniousness that L exuded (so, in a way, was the point of Mello's character, but that's getting off topic.) Near fascinated me precisely because he was astoundingly smart and startlingly child-like all at the same time; the layers the author added to his character are really intriguing, making him scarily competent in one area of expertise (and he ''knows'' it, goddammit!) yet at the same time coupling that genius with a crippling inability to live day-to-day life on his own. And the way he just brings Kira down is so made of win: calmly and cooly denouncing all of his actions while completely deconstructing everything Light stood for. That badass one-liner he serves Light just after he's been shot, coupled with that badass one-liner he gives the third wannabe Kira in the series' follow-up one-shot.... Near is an awesome character. Straight up.
** Misa. She's so sweet, cute, and evil at the same time, and just plain fun. One of the best moment in the entire series involved Misa. It came right after Rem had finished explaining about how to kill shinigami using love, and Misa, [[DissonantSerenity in a hushed, almost reverent tone of voice]], proclaims: "What a beautiful way to kill." I know on an intellectual level that she's a psychotic mass-murderer, but at the same time, she's just so damn adorable that I want to hug her. It's not often that someone succeeds in making a {{Moe}} PsychoForHire.
**** Misa seems majorly stupid next to the super-geniuses of Death Note - and she acts very naive - but she gets her time to shine in the Yotsuba arc when she tricks [[spoiler: Higuchi]] into admitting he's [[spoiler: the Third Kira]]. (And everyone goes, "Whoa, she's ''not'' stupid.") She's as sweet as honey when it comes to Light, although she can be a bit... ''passive'' when it comes to, uh, everyone else, but when she [[spoiler: makes the eye deal]] the second time and gives up [[spoiler: ''three-fourths'' of her life (even though she does have an extended life)]] for Light without batting an eyelash, her devotion to him is definitely heartbreaking. [[spoiler: (Let's not even mention how sad it was when she ''killed herself''.)]] She's totally hilarious.
** When it comes to minor characters, can't beat Aizawa for being a true conscientious dissenter, given that he's one of six people who actually had the guts to stay with the cause, and [[spoiler: rallying the police force]] so covertly that none of the main characters, let alone the Yotsuba Group, seemed to expect it - backfiring, yes, but providing faceless mooks for the questioning and no doubt preferable to a loose [[spoiler: Higuchi]] with nothing to lose - and the hotel notepad, and that ''breathtakingly'' ironic umbrella scene... Pretty much from the moment [[ImportantHaircut the afro comes off]], just watching his thoughts as things progress gives everything a nice human touch.
** I find Ryuk utterly adorable, what with his addiction to apples and his "humans are fun!" stuff... even though she is not on his side. I am on his side, which is to say nobody's side, and finds him so awesomely, morbidly adorable it's hard to describe. The amused guffaw. And the apple dance in the second intro!
** And of course, [[MagnificentBastard Light Yagami]] himself; a VillainProtagonist whom you love to hate and hate to love.
** Mikami, Mikami. He is one of the most complex and fascinating characters on the show. And his AxCrazy is awesome.
** Matsuda. Snuck into Yotsuba (and got out by faking his own death by falling from a balcony), and risked his life by appearing on TV to help capture Kira. He was a Kira supporter, but didn't let that interfere with his job of capturing Kira. And, of course, his CrouchingMoronHiddenBadass moment in the final episode, when he [[spoiler: shoots Light multiple times upon learning that he's Kira]].
*** Matsuda seemed more like he ''sympathized'' with Kira's viewpoint, rather than out-and-out supporting it. He experienced the same "wait, who's the good guy, here...?" doubt that the audience did, but ultimately stuck with his job and his friends. His admiration of both Soichiro and Light just makes his entire story heartbreaking, especially at the end of the manga, where he can't ''quite'' bring himself to believe that Light, his brilliant and wonderful friend and colleague and the son of his mentor, was really the enemy that they had been searching for. Otherwise, Matsuda is wonderful and smexy and after Soichiro, probably the most heroic character in the series.
** What about Rem? She was so loyal and cared for Misa so much. <3
** I has always thought Mello was really cool, for bringing some action into this otherwise purely thinker's anime.
** Soichiro. One of the only characters who can be utterly devout in his beliefs, and yet utterly uncorruptible, even [[spoiler: ''refusing'' the power of the Death Note when given half the chance]]. Also, Naomi Misora - despite going through some real emotional turmoil, she's so smart, cautious and quick-thinking that [[spoiler: she would have solved the Kira case ''herself'' if she hadn't been tricked by Light using her emotional turmoil - even WordOfGod admits that he killed her off too early because she was too smart and would solve the case too early]].
** I don't think it's been adequately described in exactly how many ways L is one of the baddest motherfuckers in the history of fiction. This was a man who faced a magical serial killer armed with an untracable, nigh omni-present method of murder with absolutely no knowledge on how it worked, why it worked, and what kind of person would use it, and ALMOST WON. He narrowed his search down from the entire world to Light Yagami in no more than a few months, using clues that even CrazyPrepared Light didn't take into account. He worked hard for every hint he ever obtained, wheras Light relied on luck or INVINCIBLE gods of death half the time. He protected himself from Kira by going up to Light's face and rubbing his true identity in it, and stayed one step ahead of Light every time the two of them had a "friendly" chat. When faced with a second, more powerful Kira, L briefly contemplates going back into hiding, but he almost immediatly decides FUCK THAT and actively baits himself, arresting the 2nd Kira AND all but confirming the identity of the 1st one in the process. L never feared death, and goes into almost every situation knowing that he's probably going to die, this lead to him employing a DeadmanSwitch, which eventually alerted his successors to his death, this completely crippled Light's scheme to supplant L and steal his identity (planning to become the investigator of his own case). L was also able to deduce as much of Light's MemoryGambit as humanly possible considering the scarce information that he had, and as soon as he got a hold of the Death Note he began to figure out the thing so fast it terrified even Light.
* [[Manga/DetectiveConan Shinichi Kudo]]. Noble, full of class, and one of the smartest characters I have had the pleasure of reading about.
** To elaborate... He's brilliant, well-read, funny with a sort of dry, snarky, wit, and honestly kind and caring, especially about Ran, but her alone. Sure, he was a bit of a JerkWithAHeartOfGold in the first few stories, but being Conan snapped him out of it, and brought out the Heart of Gold, leaving the Jerk behind. While sometimes he may seem uncaring about the multitude of murders always occurring around him, he's affected by each and every one. He has an amazing memory, which certainly helps him solve so many cases, but it also means he remembers all those cases that much better. Sure, lying to Ran for so long isn't good, but he never meant for it to last so long. Right at the beginning, he nearly did tell her, it was only because of Dr. Agasa that he didn't. And after all, living there as Conan, he has to ''see'' every time she lets the mask slip, and admits how much she misses him. Early on, his parents came to take him to America, where he'd be safe from the Black Organization, but he refused to go, because he didn't want to leave her behind. He calls her as Shinichi as often as he can, and whenever he gets a temporary cure, his first thought is of her. Every day he spends as Conan, he sees it hurting her, and his resolve strengthens that much more. Somehow, someday, he ''will'' find a way back to her.
** Ran. She's barely seen the guy she loves for [[ComicBookTime who knows how long]], but she hasn't moved on, she's going to wait for him. And yet, despite missing him so much, she tries not to let it show. She's always sweet to Conan, and hates to see him get hurt. She's smart, pretty, patient, strong, and if you hurt Conan, Shinichi, or anyone else she loves, you're going ''down''. She's not taking those karate lessons for nothing!
** Haibara. [[GenreSavvy She always seems to know what's going on.]]
* [[Manga/DragonBall Son Goku]] still the best of all the Shonen manga/anime heroes in my opinion.
** From ''Anime/DragonBallZ'', the unholy trio of Freeza, Cell and Majin Buu. The original, all-powerful, manga/anime {{Big Bad}}s.
*** I'm unashamed to admit that Vegeta's my favorite. Not only is he BadAss but he went through a great, gradual change from pscyotic villain to full-fledged Z warrior.
*** As I am unashamed of my love for Future Trunks: sweet and shy, yet a total monster on the battlefield, and such lovely hair!
*** Anime has evolved greatly over the years, but Piccolo will always be one of the biggest anime Badasses around.
*** Tien Shinhan. The original, original, rival archetype founder and ArrogantKungFuGuy to the stars. He later becomse a MartialPacifist and has the balls to [[YouShallNotPass take on]] [[MagnificentBastard Cell]].
* Kerberos from ''Manga/CardcaptorSakura'' is surprisingly funny and cute for a Guardian Beast, and his interactions with the humans are priceless. It's also nice that he doesn't lose his sense of humour when he regains his actual form.
** And he's smarter than he looks, too!
** Toya Kinomoto. Not just for being [[EvenTheGuysWantHim dead sexy]]. He's also undoubtedly the series' best example of HiddenDepths, what with him acting like a stock bratty big brother in front of Sakura, yet always looking out for her in reality. It's kind of sad that she'll never know, because after all, she's not the only one with secrets.
** Tomoyo. Who wouldn't want a friend like her?
** Even if she is an unrepentant brat who spent about half of her screen time trying to get between the YaoiGuys, I still love Nakuru to bits. Her GenkiGirl personality is just too hard to resist--you know things are bound to get much more lively whenever she's around. The fact that she's a CLAMP character who doesn't struggle with some sort of angst or other is pretty darn refreshing, too.
** Hell, the Manga/CardcaptorSakura cast is just as cool when put into TsubasaReservoirChronicle.
* I has a thing for [[AlternateUniverse Alternate]]!Rei from ''Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion: Angelic Days'', for her combination of her more cheerful persona (in contrast to Normal!Rei's [[EmotionlessGirl emotionlessness]]) and her {{Moe}} [[TheDitz ditziness]].
** ''Angelic Days'' Asuka is also a lot more... maneagable than her original counterpart. More of a common Tsundere than a crazy one.
** Say what you will about Shinji in the series proper being a {{Wangst}}y EmoTeen. Honestly, can you say you wouldn't be a psycholgical mess if you went through half the stuff he did?
** [[{{Zyxzy}} I]] have always prefered the original Rei. [[TheWoobie Woobishness]], more dignified, and a just plain interesting character in my eyes.
** I love the original Asuka too. One of the best examples of a JerkassWoobie. She's not a pleasant person ''at all'' but her psychological issues are what makes her interesting while her bitchiness is what makes her enjoyable to watch.
** Shinji Ikari - in short, I absolutely love Shinji, because he is a lot like me. I've never identified with a character so much as I do with Shinji. His angst, brokeness, and desire to be loved all feel like a part of me so I see him as someone I can completely relate to.
*** Seconded. I started watching Evangelion expecting Shinji to be the useless, whiny, melodramatic wuss everyone said he was. I couldn't have been more wrong. Not gonna lie, I just wanna give him a huge hug and tell him everything will be okay. I don't get why people hate him so much.
** Shinji and Asuka really don't deserve alot of the crap they get from alot of people. Sure, their personalities can be obnoxious, but they're ''VERY screwed up in the head'', so ''of course'' they won't be perfect, nice, sociable people.
** ''[[RebuildOfEvangelion Mari Illustrious Makinami]].'' That girl is pure, contracted badass. I mean, she spends more than half of her screentime fighting!
** Until recently, I disliked Kaworu Nagisa. It's only upon actually sitting down and watching the series again (along with Rebuild and Gakuen Datenroku) that I realized that Kaworu is one of the few characters in the series who confronts his very human feelings without fear. And yes, the irony is apparent...
** Misato Katsuragi - sure she acts like a total slob at home, but when she's at work? ''Badass''. She's probably one of the most awesome and likeable characters, and also the most awesome of the NERV employees. Of course, I also love Ritsuko Akagi and Maya Ibuki - and Gendo Ikari deserves an honourable mention - because let's face it, even if he's a totally self-centred bastard out for himself, you DO have to admire the amount of carefully-calculated control he has over all his employees and close allies, to the point that none of them have the nerve or guts to really oppose him until it's too late to make a difference.
** Misato, because she manages to be PluckyComicRelief (in the earlier episodes, anyway), a highly competent NERV employee, ''and'' one of the deepest characters in the series, ''all at the same time''. Also, she has the best {{beergasm}} ''ever''.
* Luffy from ''Manga/OnePiece'' is maybe of the most supremely lovable main characters. He's strong, has profound emotional intelligence, and has ''a gigantic heart'', yet he never comes off as a canon-sue like a lot of other similar characters because of all the great humor derived from his (numerous) unambiguous flaws. Initally, he comes off as the stupidest of the Big 3 Shonen Jump protagonsits. But he's actually the most experienced. The ways he's more complex than his idiot persona makes him is incredible. I appreciate how fighting isn't his only motivation, and he's a genuinely friendly guy. He's not prideful either, and acknowledges weakness.
** Zoro. Truth be told, I didn't like him very much at first, having been disenchanted with good-looking, BadAss male characters. All that changed when it became increasingly clear to I that he's actually a deeply caring person underneath his gruff reserved-ness.
** Nami: smart, competent, sexy and boy howdy does she know it! She's got believable character flaws: she's greedy, manipulative, and utterly selfish and even cowardly at times, but despite all this she's got a great heart and a big dream. Her development into a kinder and more generous person is subtle and utterly believable, and her upgrade to a genuine ActionGirl was both hilarious and kick ass!
** Usopp! Brave Warrior of the Sea, with an army of 30,000 men at his back! A man who put up a good fight against Luffy, using nothing but his brains! A man who, faced with stress and fear, developed the split personality of Sogeking, the King of Snipers, an honest to god Toku superhero complete with awesomely cheesy theme song.
** The Three Admirals are all incredible characters. Aokiji's a genuinely good guy who does what he feels is his duty, but actually knows where to draw the line. Kizaru's just so chill about everything that you just can't hate him, beating up pirates basically as an afterthought. Akainu is basically a freaking Terminator. Damn near nothing can stop him from killing his target and god help anyone who gets in the way, no matter who's side their on.
** Dear Lord, Sir Crocodile. Without a doubt, THE MagnificentBastard that every other Magnificent Bastard in existence wants to be. Sure, [[BreakTheCutie he is responsible for making Princess Vivi's life a living hell]], but the way he [[BatmanGambit manipulated the kingdom of Alabasta into doing what he wanted]] up until Luffy finally stopped him had I on the edge of his seat.
*** Not to mention just about EVERYTHING he's done in [[spoiler: the Impel Down/Marienford Arcs]] is pure awesome, even if we have no idea what he's actually DOING. Is it a [[spoiler: HeelFaceTurn]]? Or is he just pulling another {{plan}}? Is he starting to [[spoiler: actually care about other people,]] or is he just [[spoiler: doing everything for his own benefit]]? It doesn't matter, because whatever he's pulling, he's doing it epically well.
**** His appearance was the perfect example of averted DiminishingVillainThreat. Being the BigBad of the second big arc, from what seems like right at the beginning of the story, he was ripe for being underwhelming after so long a time. Right up until he starts disintegrating walls, and you remember that this is the guy who basically KILLED the main character twice before.
** [[DemBones B]][[FunnyAfro r]][[CrowningMusicOfAwesome o]][[DirtyOldMan o]][[WalkOnWater k]]. From the sheer randomness of his introduction ("okay, Franky just joined the crew, and Robin and Usopp just rejoined it. What's going to happen next?" (a week or two later) "A finely-dressed skeleton with an afro joins the crew?!") to his tragic backstory (which [[ChekhovsGunman expanded on a backstory which had previously been told]]), along with his humourous antics, his brilliant interactions with the crew, [[VerbalTic his awesome laugh]], his theme song which managed to combine AwesomeMusic and TearJerker into one catchy musical number.
** Speaking of Wierdos, Franky himself has to be one of the most unbelievably awesome characters ever invented. He's a cola powered Cyborg built out of pieces from a junkyard. He has a blue pompadour, the forearms of Pop-eye the Sailor, the chin of Bruce Campbell, wears a Hawaiian shirt and speedo at all times, cries ManlyTears at the drop of a hat, plays acoustic guitar ballads, and according to WordOfGod is based on AceVentura.
** Vivi. Even though she's a princess, damn it, she SHOULD have stayed with the crew!
** Mr. 2/Bon Kurei. Introduced as one of those characters where you think, "Aw man, this one's a sissy, and they'll just use his Camp Gay for a joke." Then you find out that he's a shape shifter and can impersonate the king, maybe the most useful power of all of Baroque Works. THEN he fights Sanji, and almost murders him...using SWAN SHOES. What do you mean, that's not awesome? So now he's not only a clown and Camp Gay, but you can RESPECT him as a villain. But how does it all end? With a giant Heel Face Turn where he sacrifices himself so Luffy can go on because of the one moment of friendship they shared before they figured out they were on opposite sides. And he sacrifices himself TWICE.
** And on that note, Mr. 3 in the battle to rescue Ace. You should know the scene.
** Whitebeard. THE GODDAMN WHITEBEARD. Let us recall what this juggernaut of a human being did before he died. Got slashed, shot and blasted literally hundreds of times, lost part of his face/got his organs melted, shed Manly Tears when his son died, caused millions of Berries worth of collateral damage to Marineford, hugged and forgave the son that stabbed him, slashed and blasted Blackbeard, held the title of Strongest Man in the World and did most of this while having a terminal illness.
** Sanji is one of the most badass and competent members of the Strawhats. He's got one of the best fighting styles, has saved everyone's asses multiple times (Mr.Prince anyone?), and can ''literally'' kick the ugly [[RuleOfFunny out of you.]] And his status as TheChewToy has been utterly hilarious.
** Robin adds a more mature and emotionally stable character to the crew. Her mysterious behavior, as well as her suspicious motives, set in motion the most emotional story arc in One Piece: Enies Lobby.
** Tony Tony Chopper is the only Zoan-type to join the crew (at least now) and acts as the ship's doctor. His actions with the crew can make for some very funny moments, since he is basically still a kid. But he also has a really hard-hitting backstory to go with it. His fighting style's also badass, since he can change forms on the fly from a more human-shaped form to more of an actual-reindeer looking form. Was it mentioned that he's goddamn ADORABLE?!
* The idiot trio and their big sis Adette from ''OvermanKingGainer'', the antics of all 4 are always fun to watch whether Adette is riling up a riot instead of calming it down, or the idiot trio are complaining about their rank. Naturally the episodes that have a large portion of the 4 are always great.
* [[{{Trigun}} Vash the Stampede]]. I watched Trigun on a whim, expecting just another decent anime series, and Vash somehow managed to become one of my favourite characters in anything, ''ever''.
** He's in less than a dozen episodes but Nicholas D. Wolfwood is the coolest guy in the show. As a travelling priest and gunman Wolfwood is both a funny guy and serious foil to Vash, since he challenges Vash's naive idealism. His greatest moment [[spoiler:is his last, when he makes a confession before dying. His second greatest is helping Vash in the climax despite his death.]]
* [[{{Hellsing}} Alucard.]] He's a murderous, psychotic, sadistic monster that delights in torturing and terrifying his enemies before eating their souls, and yet is so undeniably ''awesome'' when he goes about it.
** It's also worth noting, that the definition of a vampire has grown to become ''very'' loose. Some involve people with capes who reside in the darkness. Some involve stone masks that turn people into BodyHorror personified. Some involve... [[{{Twilight}} people]] [[EpicFail WHO SPARKLE IN THE SUNLIGHT?!]] No, no, no. Alucard is ''his own'' definition of a vampire, while still remaining true to the original. He's utterly terrifying. He's the type of vampire where, if you tried to hug him, he's rip you to shreds without even thinking. In fact, you wouldn't even want to hug him, just ask Luke Valentine.
** From the same show, [[ForTheEvulz the Major]]. He's so [[LargeHam gleefully over the top]] it's fantastic, and he makes those awesome [[RousingSpeech Rousing Speeches]] of Evil. [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome "My friends, it has often been said that I like war..."]]
** Sir Integral Fairbrook Wingates Hellsing is the most badass BadassNormal in the history of the universe. I mean, even HER NAME is awesome!
** Seras Victoria. Among the most BadAss of all [[BadassAdorable Badass adorables.]]
** [[BadassNormal Capt. Pip Bernodotte]] and the [[HiredGuns Wild Geese mercenaries.]] They may have lost, but damn, did they put up one hell of a fight against the Millenium forces.
** [[LargeHam SINNERS, REPENT! THOU HAST LET THIS PAGE EXIST TOO LONG WITHOUT INCLUDING ANDERSON!]]
* ''Manga/AxisPowersHetalia'':
** Russia managed to be huggably cute and absolutely terrifying and creepy at the same time. Also, Two Words: RUSSIA PIIINK! (Who's TheChick now?)
** Poland and his AmbiguouslyGay ValleyGirl Accent is amusing.
** America somehow takes the annoying [[EagleLand stereotypes]] [[BigEater of]] [[LargeHam the]] [[LoveFreak country]] and somehow makes them endearing character flaws, showing him as a hilarious big kid. He's certainly my hero. Also, I have a thing for glasses and flight jackets. I'd want to hug him but he'd probably crush my ribs.
** Even though the series is based off of NationalStereotypes, England could be one of the most fleshed-out characters because of the influence of his history.
*** England shows just how effective the {{Tsundere}} archetype can be when done right. He's hilarious when he ''tries'' to be a prim and proper gentleman and utterly fails when [[SlapSlapKiss America]], [[VitriolicBestBuds France]], or [[CantHoldHisLiquor a bottle of alcohol]] is placed in front of him, and he's adorable when he [[CutenessProximity talks to his fairies and unicorns]]. Then you find out the [[LoveHurts main reason]] for his grouchiness, and his Tsundere nature suddenly becomes a lot more poignant. He's got surprising depth for a stereotype-based character.
** Germany is such a DrillSergeantNasty BigGuy on the outside, while being such an [[{{Tsundere}} absolute sappy sweetheart]] on the inside. And he's like a giant huggable teddy bear when his Dere mode surfaces. It's what makes his interactions with Italy ''so adorable it hurts'' but it doesn't [[TastesLikeDiabetes taste like diabetes]], so in a good way.
** China's cool because he's the best fighter, or at least one of the best, and he's fun and cute.
** America is awesome because he's funny, and love or hate us politically, it's kinda hard to argue with that depiction. A loud, not-so-bright big eater who fancies himself a hero, but means well in the end -- definitely America.
** Spain. Just... [[NiceGuy Spain]]. He is not annoying, he's not mean, he's not selfish, he's got some of the series' best heroic moments, he seems to be always in a good mood... and he's not boring.
** Japan. It's an [[SugarAndIcePersonality outwardly stoic but inwardly shy characters]], and Japan manages the feat of simultaneously being [[OnlySaneMan one of the sanest members of the cast]] and being [[NotSoStoic just as weird and fail!adorable as them]] once you get past his deceptively stoic exterior. There's also how he tries ''so hard'' to be a polite and mature member of society (and does succeed...''somewhat'') even when confronted with rather...''[[LargeHam outgoing]]'' individuals, sanity-stretching/dignity-stripping situations, and his own [[{{Hikikomori}} social awkwardness]], {{Covert Pervert}}edness.
** LoveableSexManiac France, for being an [[LargeHam overly dramatic]] [[DepravedBisexual depraved]] [[AnythingThatMoves manwhore]] with an epic laugh. [[MostWonderfulSound Hon-hon-hon-hon!]]
** Romano aka South Italy. He has a bad mouth and a grumpy personality, but his insecurities make you want to take him and give him a great big bear hug.
** Switzerland's a cynical, gun-toting xenophobe, but I'll be damned if his [[PetTheDog relationship with]] [[MoralityPet Liechtenstein]] isn't the cutest thing ever.
** Italy can be very sweet. What a cute, energetic, and overall [[TheDitz goofy]] character he is!
** All of these characters are great, but none of them hold candle to the awesomeness that is Prussia!
** [[TheWoobie the Baltics.]] They just can't catch a break, especially poor [[ButtMonkey Lithuania]], but I'll be darned if they aren't sweet and adorable in spite of that. Plus, the actual countries themselves have such a fascinating history, which just endears me to their Hetalia versions even more.
** The Hetalia girls. They're such a diverse bunch, from strong-willed [[TheLadette Hungary]] to sweet-hearted [[ProperLady Liechtenstein]] and [[FragileFlower Ukraine]] to hilariously {{Yandere}} [[LoveMakesYouCrazy Belarus]] to plucky [[PluckyGirl Belgium and Seychelles]], and the fact that it's a [[CastFullOfPrettyBoys predominantly male cast]] just makes them stand out all the better.
** Austria in all his stingy, stuffy, [[ElegantClassicalMusician elegantly classical]] glory.
** Sealand, [[VerbalTic desu-yo!]] He might not be a real country.
* ''VisualNovel/HigurashiNoNakuKoroNi'':
** Rena can alternate very well between AxeCrazy {{Yandere}} to lovable fangirl of all things cute. It helps she's also TheWoobie.
** Keiichi. He's paranoid, perverted, and clueless about women. But his love for his friends and his sheer GAR shine through, inspiring [[spoiler:Rika, and later Hanyuu]] to take a stand against fate.
** The cast of Higurashi as a whole. Nearly all of them are awesome and absurdly likeable. Take a bow, guys. You deserve it.
** Shion. She's not even in on the others' plans, but the moment she knows they're in danger she's willing to give up her life, and she won't let Keiichi take her place -- and not because ''she'' loves him but because she knows her sister does.]] ''That'' is one awesome friend.
** Satoko, Rika, and Takano. Satoko goes first. She's this strong, assertive character who started out as a total bitch, but becomes nice enough to be entertaining and likable. She has an interesting story, and tries her hardest to make things right even when she makes the wrong choices. And on top of that she has an ultra cool laugh. Rika I like for her story and double personality. She's just fascinating. Pretty much the same for Takano as Rika.
* ''VisualNovel/UminekoNoNakuKoroNi'':
** Battler Ushiromiya. His sheer determination enables him to pull off feats that would make Keiichi proud.
** The BigBad Beatrice. She kept screwing with the characters' heads, and even plays on both the sides of good and the sides of evil. She even creates Eva-Beatrice for her plan to come into fruition. She's such a MagnificentBastard and LaughablyEvil. Beatrice was a great villainess.
** Maria. She is simply just adorable, and [[CreepyChild scary]] at the same time.
** You know who are just awesome incarnated? [[VisualNovel/UminekoNoNakuKoroNi Zepar and Furfur]]. My god they are awesome, and they are so utterly hilarious with nearly everything they do that I find it impossible not to love them.
* ''SayonaraZetsubouSensei'': Kafuka Fuura somehow combines beaing ThePollyanna and AxeCrazy. And she makes it ''awesome''.
* ''{{Yotsubato}}'':
** It is ''impossible'' to hate Yotsuba Koiwai. She's pure joy in a five-year-old body and green pigtails. She climbs light poles to act like a cicada, imitates gangster movies, and has a smile for everyone she meets. The ''sheer will and determination'' she demonstrates in delivering a bottle of tasty milk to Fuuka, who had missed out in the previous chapter, when she had ''no idea'' where Fuuka's destination was.
** Yotsuba's dad. He's so cute. He tries his best to take care of his little girl, but he's scared of dogs and an ultimate klutz.
* ''Anime/{{Pokemon}}'':
** Reggie. How the hell can the older brother of such a jerk like Paul be so freakin' awesome? He's smart, he's nice, he's a hell of a trainer, and he ain't too bad on the eyes either.
** Croagunk combines wanton trainer abuse with a hilarious inversion of TheBeastmaster relationship as his trainer, Brock, is the one being dominated. Throw in some [[HoYay zoophilia implications]] and it is one of the best Pokémon-human interactions in the entire series.
** Yellow, from ''PokemonSpecial''. ''Anyone'' else trying a pacifist [[SamusIsAGirl gal]] with the special power to understand Pokémon who needs to rescue the ''previous'' main character and with "vast potential" would end up as a horrifying MarySue at best, [[ReplacementScrappy if not]] a CreatorsPet. Instead she comes across as an actually reasonable result of that sort of personality and capabilities, making reasonable mistakes due to her inexperience and endangering others when she tries to protect even the villains, and then works hard to learn from her mistakes. Then she gets bonus points for running up to [[ThatOneBoss That One]] [[TheComputerIsACheatingBastard Cheating Bastard]] Boss of the video games and pulling a SuperweaponSurprise.
** And Giovanni isn't a half-bad attempt at a MagnificentBastard [[JerkWithAHeartOfGold With A Heart Of Gold]], hinting at much greater depths than the video game or anime really do.
** [[SpellMyNameWithAnS Green/Blue]] is the most awesome girl in Manga/PokemonSpecial! A [[LoveableRogue loveable]], [[ClassyCatBurglar fiendishly clever thief]] and [[TricksterArchetype Con Artist]] at first, who goes through great CharacterDevelopment while always retaining what makes her so fun.
** I love [[Anime/{{Pokemon}} anime]] Team Rocket because they're really not so bad. Somehow their determination to never give up and do nice things every now and then really makes me happy.
*** Not only do they have a totally badass motto, they're also hilariously funny at times, and brilliantly incompetant villains. The presence of the Team Rocket trio in every episode of Pokémon is such a big part of the show, and it just wouldn't be the same without them. Not only that, but all three of them have great backstories and are arguably developed much better than any of the protagonists. Throw in some insane hairstyles, trademark uniforms, and a penchant for outrageous disguises, and you have some of the most memorable villains from any kids' show.
**** Team Rocket in ''Best Wishes'' has blown my mind. They did what I had never thought possible; TookALevelInBadAss and became ''serious threats.'' That just makes the show so much more exciting and different now, as their comical shtick had gotten old after a decade.
** ''([[HollywoodToneDeaf singing]])'' [[StacysMom Ash's mom has got it goin' on...]]
** Tell me, who has seen an episode of Pokémon and never wanted to give that cute little ten year old Ash a hug?
** Gotta love Pikachu. Every time I eat ketchup, I think of him. ''[[MemeticMutation Aim for the horn!]]''
** May from the ''Advanced'' series. Cute, sweet, energetic, well developed (in two different ways), and a girl who just gets increasingly more BadAss as the series progresses. By the time her starter Pokémon fully evolves and she's strong enough to match Ash in battle, you really feel proud of how far she's come.
** ''Nando.'' Yes, I am gushing about a character who only appeared for 10 episodes out of Diamond & Pearl's 191-episode-long run. But who cares? He's a [[NiceGuy sweet]], [[MrFanservice sexy]] {{bishonen}} Spanish music master with a gold Mew harp, amazing Contest talent, a sexy accent, and he's a FriendToAllLivingThings. And he gave one of the best Contest performances I've ever seen in his battle with Zoey. This guy is the #1 reason why I love the D&P saga, and he was the only competitor I was cheering for during the Grand Festival. The only one. And the most amazing part is that he started off as a random character of the day who could have only appeared for one episode, but the writers managed to take him so much farther and created the best Pokémon character ever. Rock on, Naoshi-san. You'll always be an EnsembleDarkHorse to me. <3
** Gotta give love for Zoey too. I feel she and Nando and even Ursula were enjoyable characters who deserved alot more than what the anime gave them overall.
*** ''(troper who wrote Nando's entry)'' Agreed. What other Coordinator could utilize a combination of moves that could '''''[[CrowningMomentOfAwesome MAKE A LEAFEON ABLE TO FLY?!!]]'''''
** Iris and Cilan of ''Best Wishes''. Most fun travelling companions ever!
** What, no love for Harley??! He manages to be awesome, funny, evil, hot, manipulative, and lovable all at the same time!
** No Trip on here? Come on! He's the only main rival toward Ash that isn't such a prick and there's a hint that he has [[HiddenDepths a lot of depth]] to him if you just pay attention to his attitude. He's so [[{{Adorkable}} adorable]] when he's in his fanboy mode over Alder and he has a [[RidiculouslyCuteCritter Vanillite]]!
** There's a suspicious lack of Bianca here. Maybe her behavior in the Club Battle arc was a little obnoxious, but come on, she's just so bubbly and happy and friendly all the time it's ''really'' hard to get mad at her (and even harder to stay mad)! It helps that she also TookALevelInBadass come the Clubsplosion.
** Georgia, the Dragon Buster. She's incredibly BadAss, beautiful, and does a great job at busting whatever Dragon-types she can.
** Burgundy may be a ButtMonkey, but she's ''my'' ButtMonkey, and you just gotta love her antics and interactions with other characters, particularly Cilan and Georgia.
** Also Stephan, who got probably the best arc out of all the ''Best Wishes'' rivals.
* ''Anime/DarkerThanBlack'':
** November 11 is such a cool character, not only is he rather amusing and even somewhat likable despite being amoral, he definitely proves that freezing powers are not something to laugh at. November's solution to second-hand-smoke is unique.
** Hei, [[FanNickname a.k.a.]] Chinese Electric Batman. He falls squarely into [[PhoenixFire my]] warped definition of BadassAdorable, which for any normal female would be "{{Badass}} and [[MrFanservice hawt]]," and he can be a surprisingly complicated character considering that the fact that he has really cool powers is ''supposed'' to make him inescapably sociopathic and his hardcore {{stoic}}ism and [[ObfuscatingStupidity acting ability]] often make it difficult to tell what he knows, thinks, or feels about anything. It's also pretty cool to see how the different sides of his personality tend to come into play in different situations and how he's been shaped by his [[DarkAndTroubledPast godawful past]].
** [[IronWoobie Havoc]]. It takes epic skills to make a mass-murderer who was a hair away from [[EatsBabies eating babies]] into someone the fans [[TheWoobie just want to hug]].
** Yin is the most [[{{Moe}} adorably]] [[TheWoobie sad]] character I has ever seen. She's supposedly [[EmotionlessGirl emotionless]] but she's obviously suffering inside, which shows during the rare but precious times she speaks. Did I mention she's [[{{Moe}} cute]]?
* ''Anime/MobileFighterGGundam'': Master. Asia. His physical feats in the series are hilarious and awesome, especially since the series doesn't give an explanation for them other than [[CharlesAtlasSuperpower "he's really good at kung-fu."]] This equates to him being able to destroy HumongousMecha with his ''bare hands'', ''run across machine gun fire'', catch bullets (fired by HumongousMecha), defeat people and mecha using a sash or Domon's headband (including a laser towel?! when he's in his Gundam), often using them to ''cut things'' or by spinning them so fast they become [[ThisIsADrill drills]], trained his horse to pilot a horse-shaped HumongousMecha just so ''his own'' mecha could ride on top of it, can play his braided ponytail like a flute, '''stand on lasers''', breathe fire, teaches Sun Tzu's ''The Art of War'' to ''zombies'' and kicks freaking skyscrapers in the air. Not to mention the most delicious of [[NarmCharm Narm]] "I will become SUPER ASIA!" or his fondness for randomly striking dramatic kung-fu poses.
* ''{{Simoun}}'': Yun is an excellent character. Originally presented as a somewhat snooty MauveShirt waiting to happen, because of an [[BreakoutCharacter unexpected overwhelmingly positive response]] to her unapologetic religiosity and blunt criticism of the other characters' more {{egregious}} behaviour from both viewers and the cast and crew of the series, she got a simultaneously very beautiful and immensely challenging CharacterArc originally intended for another character and ended up one of the most powerful and recognizable symbols of the show's quasi-existentialist, [[Creator/WalterBenjamin Benjaminian]] religious philosophy. She gave the distinctly hit-and-miss screenwriter Okada Mari the chance to write some of her best and most serious dialogue, without sacrificing humanizing (and somewhat amusing) character traits like a distaste for onions (which she's hilariously defensive about the one time it's brought up) and a mildly antisocial tendency.
* ''MahouSenseiNegima'':
** Chachamaru and Evangeline are just made of [[TheWoobie sweet, tragic win]] with ample helpings of asskick thrown in for good measure.
** Negi's power up has got to be some of the best character development.
** Setsuna is by far one of the single cutest yet ass-kicky characters
** Kotarou for being the proud, acknowledged and happy-go-lucky IdiotHero that he is, which makes for a great contrast with sometimes-mopey Negi.
** Yue
** Jack Rakan. The man is so freaking awesome that he could give Kamina a run for his money. The man punches the ground and leaves a crater ''in the shape of a fist''. His fight with Negi. All eight chapters of it. [[spoiler:You ''can not'' keep the man down.]]
** Nagi
** Nodoka. En addition to the ''epic'' amounts of {{Moe}} that she emanates, she's probably one of the bravest characters in the entire series. Despite the fact that she constantly gets put into intensely dangerous or frightening situations, she's one of the few characters who never has any sort of HeroicBSOD or bouts of SelfDeprecation. Her first response to just about any situation to do what she can, even if it involves sneaking up on the BigBad in the middle of a fight or standing up to a being who just [[spoiler: erased two of her friends from existence]]. It's subtle, but she has her BadAss moments.
** Konoka. She's smart, kind and has a mischievous side to her. She's rich, but doesn't flaunt it, a bit of a ditz, but not to an annoying extreme. And her scenes with Setsuna are full of win.
* [[Anime/{{Mai-Otome}} Garderobe Academy]] would surely be a less hectic school if more people followed the example of one Irina Woods. She's [[TeenGenius smart]], mildly goofy, and arguably ''the'' nicest and well-meaning character out of [[LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters the bunch]]. [[WillyFourEyes I'm]] willing to go out on a limb and say that without Irina's intervention (namely [[spoiler:finding a way to get Erstin's last written letter to Nina after she was killed]] and [[spoiler:helping temporarily reboot the Fumi System so that the Meisters stood a chance against Schwarz's Slave army]]), the ending to the series would have been a [[DownerEnding damn depressing one]].
* [[CombatMechaXabungle Jiron Amos]]. Full stop. I knew of the series's infamous ICBM catch for quite a while now, but only beheld the greatness of Jiron after playing Super Robot Wars Alpha Gaiden and realizing the guy is ''more hotblooded than the entire cast of GurrenLagann put together.'' It's easy for a man with courage to pilot a machine that gets stronger in accordance to your willpower to win against all odds. It's damn near ''impossible'' for a man with courage to pilot a machine that runs on nothing more than ''ordinary gasoline'' and still win against all odds. That is what Jiron is; a RealRobot pilot pulling off amazing feats while using a machine that has nothing mystical or magical about it. He wins his fights because he forces himself to, not because of any kind of deus ex machina.
* [[Manga/SoulEater Death the Kid]]. Raging case of (realistic) OCD aside, ''[[http://www.onemanga.com/Soul_Eater/30/16/ he manages to be a pretty nice guy]]''. No daddy issues, no angsting about being a shinigami, and best of all, he's not the arrogant son-of-a-rich-guy that he could be.
** Dr. Stein's the best character on the show. The most interesting moments of the Manga/SoulEater characters tend to be when they're on the verge of succumbing to madness, and Stein is in said condition for half the series!
** Soul Eater. His [[VitriolicBestBuds unwavering loyalty to Maka]] aside, Soul is just DangerouslyGenreSavvy, and pragmatic to boot! Most other characters would either refuse a DealWithTheDevil entirely (until they were [[DemonicPossession inevitably forced to accept it somehow]]), or accept it with the intention of [[HoistByHisOwnPetard turning the tables]], but wind up getting used anyway. Not Soul. He dives in and uses what power the little demon in his head has to offer, but ''never'' loses control of himself. The moment he feels himself start to slip, he immediately backs out, no matter what the circumstances - which pisses off the little demon to no end. Understandable, of course, as its akin to [[TakeThat metaphorically flipping the guy off over and over again]]. If he weren't such a lovable bastard already, I'd call him [[MagnificentBastard magnificent]]. =D
** Anime!Crona. He/she is soooooo sweet.
*** Seconded. Every time I see [[TheWoobie Crona]], it makes me want to cry! I think it's safe to say Crona's the character that everyone just wants to hug. He is ''The'' Woobie To End All Woobies! Plus an added bonus of {{Adorkable}} and {{Moe}} to top it all off!
** Asura. Arguably one of the best anime villains ever, as his mere EXISTENCE causes the world to go mad. And he's also pretty. Too pretty.
** Shinigami-sama. The eccentric, gleefully (if exasperating) daft Grim Reaper whom its very easy to forget is the formidable Hidden Badass commander of a organisation made to fight Eldritch Abominations. He explicitly states he took on his current childish appearance and persona to avoid scaring the children, and is the only character so far to get close to out-[[BatmanGambit gambit-ing]] Medusa (she had the Baba Yaga arc all tied up until she realised Shinigami sent Tezca and Enrique after her). He's unpredictable, and his awkward relationship with Kid doesn't hide the fact he clearly cares about the boy. His casual attitude to most everything that occurs in the series, even amidst Cerebus Syndrome, are unnerving and funny - he chats with the Big Bad before ruining a city in an attempt to defeat him. And if recent reveals about his history are to be [[UnreliableNarrator believed]] then he's a Lovecraft-ish Eldritch Abomination himself, who has a...curious take on his given [[AnthropomorphicPersonification position]].
** BLACK STAR SHOULD BE AT THE TOP OF THIS PAGE!!!!!
*** Black Star is really just the sweetest kid. He goes [[UpToEleven over-the-top]] with everything he does, which includes expressing his love for his friends.
** Mifune, so ''very'' badass and yet all he wants is to protect the children.
** Tsubaki, she's calm, selfless, considerate, easy-going, and a CoolBigSis to Black Star, who she's very loyal to. She wants what's best for all of her TrueCompanions, an admirable trait.
** And Medusa, [[TheSociopath no matter]] [[AbusiveParents how horrible she is.]] Since when is there a villain who wins as much as she does without being a clear VillainSue? And she still manages to have some good [[ComedicSociopathy comedy]] [[TheComicallySerious scenes]] on occasion.
* [[Manga/ExcelSaga Hail Il Palazzo!]]
** Dr. Shiouji is a really entertaining character. Yes he's a pedophile (with a hamfisted "traumatic childhood" excuse), but he's such a delightfully arrogant son of a bitch.
* ''GreatTeacherOnizuka'': Eikichi Onizuka, [[CatchPhrase 22 years old,]] is THE MAN. If this [[LovableSexManiac perverted]] and [[CoolLoser idiotic]] [[{{Delinquent}}. Just to see what wild hi-jinks he'd be cooking up next. And she'd totally trust him with her life, too!
* And how is [[Manga/XXXHolic Yuuko]] not on this list? The BadAss, HardDrinkingPartyGirl, BunnyEarsLawyer, who runs TheLittleShopThatWasntThereYesterday, and grants wishes, and is in general just [[SoCoolItsAwesome Made Of Awesome.]]
** [[Manga/XxxHolic Mokona]]! Cutest WeaselMascot ''ever''. The same goes for [[TsubasaReservoirChronicle Mokona]], but Yuuko's Mokona is far more {{Badass}}.
* The main cast of ''LightNovel/{{Slayers}}''. [[ChaoticNeutral Lina Inverse.]] [[LovableTraitor Xelloss.]] [[IdiotHero Gourry.]]
** [[GenkiGirl Amelia]] and [[StraightMan Zelgadiss]]; their names must be mentioned.
** Rezo the Red Priest.
* YoshiyukiTomino has created a lot of cool female characters... but very few of them can compare with ''BrainPowerd'''s own Hime Utsumiya, a [[RedHeadedHero Red Headed Heroine]] who is both [[ActionGirl an amazingly]] [[AcePilot good fighter]] and [[TeamMom a sweet and]] [[CoolBigSis caring person]], and has enough {{Tsundere}} in her as to always be interesting. She (and her brothers) has had her fair share of misfortune, but she never allowed it to damage her faith in humanity (unlike other characters.
* [[Literature/KaraNoKyoukai Ryougi Shiki]] is a crazy, insane, beautiful, murderous, intelligent, insightful, and surprisingly ''compassionate'' woman who can kill anything and is made of win, love, and God [[spoiler:literally]]. The end.
** And Kokutou Azaka, a [[{{Nasuverse}} Nasu]]-class tactical [[BigBrotherAttraction imouto]]-type {{tsundere}}, is the most awesome aspect of ''Literature/KaraNoKyoukai'' after Shiki herself.
** Aozaki Touko! A FieryRedhead ReasonableAuthorityFigure CoolBigSis sometimes-{{Meganekko}} with one of the best [[EvilLaugh Evil Laughs]] for a non-evil character? Wonderful!
** And Kokutou Mikiya, who ''is'' the glue of compassion and forgiveness that holds the world of the series together.
* The entire cast of LegendOfTheGalacticHeroes perhaps the most well-developed and three-dimensional characters in all of Anime.
* Signum from ''MagicalGirlLyricalNanoha'' is one of the most awesome LadyOfWar characters to ever grace anime with her presence. She is [[OfficerAndAGentleman honorable]], graceful, goddamn hot, gentle, responsible, {{stoic}}, cares deeply about her TrueCompanions, has fought Fate (but they are JustFriends now), and has Creator/KaoriShimizu's voice. And she is probably the long-lost twin sister of [[CharacterGush/VideoGames Lamia Loveless]].
** Nanoha herself for being a ''MagicalGirl'' who just doesn't pull punches, uses tactics, and didn't get the sudden GrowingUpSucks loss of powers to go get married to some guy she's never talked to. She became career military.
** [[SmallGirlBigGun Dieci]]: she's a kind, thoughtful girl with a strong conscience[[note]]Consider this: she was tutored by [[SmugSnake Quattro]], and yet she was ''still'' the first among the Numbers to have serious doubts about her actions.[[/note]], and she looks damn cute, too.
** Hayate Yagami. She's got as much power as Nanoha herself and then some, she's the Master of the aformentioned Signum and the rest of the Wolkenritter; she's a very lovely, sweet and smart young lady who cares about her friends a great deal and just has such awesome power in her disposal with the Book of the Night Sky.
** [[CuteBruiser Rio Wesley]] is sorely unappreciated. She's not especially [[CloneJesus spe]][[GeneticMemory cial]] and/or [[BadassBookworm smart]], like her friends, but [[TheRedMage she tried combining two elemental affinities]] and making up her own style (impressing everyone else in the process), is [[GenkiGirl really cheerful]] and determined to catch up to her friends, plus she's sooo [[{{Moe}} cute]]. Oh, and she beat up that [[SkinshipGrope molesting]] Sein, which should be considered a dual Crowning Moment of Awesome/Funny for her.
** Fate Testarossa! Caring and gentle yet fierce and unyielding, not to mention hot as hell.
** Reinforce is one of THE most awesome characters in the Lyrical Nanoha series. Why? [[TheJuggernaut Well she's simply the most powerful character in the series, easily giving both Nanoha and Fate a run for their money]]. Too bad she disappears (in order to save her Mistress' life, an act so noble) but it doesn't diminish the fact that she's that awesome!
* Triela from ''GunslingerGirl'' is the awesomest {{tsundere}} cyborg ActionGirl ever. Period.
* ''Manga/BlackLagoon'': Revy. And not just because she's a {{badass}} {{tsundere}} DarkActionGirl WarriorPoet [[YouGottaHaveBlueHair with purple hair]]. Or that she's unbelievably sexy. It's because she manages be all of those things, while still being an incredibly deep, nuanced character. Go watch some of her conversations with Rock; there's way more there than even she is willing to admit.
** And when it comes to sheer, unadulterated, ''evil'' {{badass}}ery, you just can't top [[MagnificentBastard Balalaika]]. Hail to the Kapitan!
** Don't forget about Chang. Not only is he ''uber'' badass, but his interactions with the aforementioned Balalaika have some of the best writing on the show.
** Rock. CrazyAwesome BadAssNormal ChaoticGood NonActionGuy WideEyedIdealist OnlySaneMan, and MagnificentBastard in the making. All about the male [[TheChick emotional]] [[TheHeart centers]], too.
* Although it's a little hard to pick just ''one'' character in ''FruitsBasket'', Kyo Sohma definitely takes the cake. From crashing through the ceiling, to his unwavering (at times hilarious) obsession with defeating Yuki, to the awkward gentleness he unveils with Tohru, once he worms his way into your heart, he's there to stay.
** Ayame is the most amazing character in anything, ever. Everything he says and does is just written to make a moment hilarious.
* Kazuma Kuwabara from ''Manga/YuYuHakusho''. His sheer tenacity is something to be admired in and of itself, plus the fact that despite the fact that he's technically the weak link in the team, being the only full-human and having less energy, he still manages to hold his own through the first three seasons. Except the Dark Tournament, where he tended to lose the less-important battles in embarrassing ways. He was still pretty awesome, though.
** ''Manga/YuYuHakusho'': Hiei, Hiei, Hiei... what's not to love about a pintsize DeadpanSnarker with [[TheWoobie Woobie]] tendencies and [[{{Badass}} utter asskicking skills]]. He faints, but he still has time for threats.
* ''Manga/YuYuHakusho'': Kurama. Bishounen, smart, soft-spoken, snarky (in a sly way) makes ugly clothes like that pink school uniform look good, pulls out super-powers/abilties from nowhere, not to mention the [[SomethingAboutARose Rose Whip]] Will MAKE YOU SUFFER if you tick him off, and he loves his Mama. Also, don't threaten Mama. You WILL die slowly and not realize it. Just ask Roto. Oh, wait, you can't. He's dead. BewareTheNiceOnes indeed. Oh, Did I mention his SuperPoweredEvilSide?
* Dr. Franken Stein from Soul Eater, who beat one of Shibusen's top students while sitting in his chair. He lacks a Freudian Excuse for his vicious, sadistic habits, has hidden depths of humanity and fear while seemingly reveling in the odd chance he gets to fight, all with the suggestion that, perhaps, this isn't ''really'' what he wants. chaos and fear are everywhere in the series, but Stein exemplifies it better than the rest.
* Giroro from ''KeroroGunso''. His near obsession with Natsumi is adorable, as is his pet kitty.
* Bit Cloud from ''Anime/ZoidsNewCentury''. There are a lot of characters who do CrouchingMoronHiddenBadass. Few are quite as good at subverting HardWorkHardlyWorks as the guy who spends nearly all of his adult life gathering information about a field.
* Baron Humbert von Gekkingen from WhisperOfTheHeart and TheCatReturns, even though he was merely a prop in the former. Aside from being a cat, he's also a brave, upstanding gentleman who has a powerful desire to help others. His English voice (provided by Cary Elwes) is absolutely to-die-for.
* ''OuranHighSchoolHostClub'':
** Tamaki. The quintessence of an {{adorkable}} [[TheCasanova casanova]], he is a sincere charmer who truly loves his lucky clients, but when not in "ladies' man mode", he is far-and-away one of the most comical characters in the show, ''easily'' rivaling Renge. Those who do not laugh while he's in his CornerOfWoe, stand up!
** Haruhi Fujioka. Tamaki's right, she's just the cutest thing ever, no matter [[WholesomeCrossdresser what she is wearing]].
** Nekozawa. He's just... so amusing. Goes around in a cloak creeping people out for the sheer fun of it... my type of guy. It's really too bad he only appears in four episodes.
*** Ohhh yes. He's so ridiculous and [[TheDitz ditzy]] and so completely ignorant of the real world... and then whenever I want to just smack him he does something so completely sweet and sincerely kind and adorable that you just half to love him - and he always does that sweet, kind thing as a matter of course.
** Renge is the most hilarious character in Ouran ever.
** Kyouya. TallDarkAndHandsome, {{Megane}} and {{Chessmaster}}. Oh and [[HoYay secretly cares a lot about Tamaki]].
** Don't forget Honey, who is able to go from [[TastesLikeDiabetes stereotypically cute]] to [[BewareTheNiceOnes downright deadly]] in less than a second.
* While Ana and Matsuri of ''Manga/StrawberryMarshmallow'' are not far behind, special mention must be given to the team of Miu and Chika. Miu is responsible for much of the humor in the series, and Chika's reactions to her antics just top them off well. (Not to undervalue the reactions from the other girls: a well-placed "YEEK!" from Matsuri is sometimes the perfect thing, while other times, Nobue giving her a close-up view of the carpet is more appropriate.) You may have noticed I haven't mentioned that they're cute. This is because all the main characters and some of the supporting cast are adorable -- Nobue less often, but still -- so I had to use a different metric.
* After her character development in Capo 2 of ''RosarioToVampire'', Kurumu is my favorite member of the UnwantedHarem. Sure Moka is the "preferred" one but all she does is beat up Tsukune. Kurumu on the other hand has the CrowningMomentOfAwesome of the entire series when she ''unhesitatingly'' leaps out the window to save Mizore from her suicide attempt. (The same Mizore that Kurumu is constantly fighting with over Tsukune.) Then holds her as she cries out how scared she was during the attempted rape. Then she agonizes over how she feels like she's secondary to everyone else in the [[UnwantedHarem newspaper club]], and she hasn't been able to spend time with Tsukune, thus turning into my favorite {{Woobie}}. All of this and ''she's a succubus'', an incarnation of seduction, and going against her very nature to try to stay true to Tsukune. It turns out that she is filled with so much love that it hurts, and she has to hide it behind her GenkiGirl exterior. Meanwhile Moka is still beating up Tsukune. He's such an idiot. (Yes, ok, fine, so [[PerverseSexualLust I have a crush on a manga character]]. I'm sure it's not the first time.)
** Kurumu is indeed a surprisingly well-written RomanticRunnerUp, but for me, it has to be Ruby. She has one of the most interesting and well-developed backgrounds in the series, lots of interesting and funny quirks, an intelligent and skilled approach that many other characters lack, and not exactly lacking in attractiveness. When the time comes to get serious, she is just plain spectactular, and anyone who can ''weaponize'' being TooKinkyToTorture deserves major props in my books.
** As of Chapter 38 of the second season, Inner Moka has become my second favorite character inthe entirerty of the series. Sure, she's as cold as cold comes at first, sure she has a mean kick. Sure she starts off as an ego-centric bitch, but once most of her armor is removed, she's simply a girl who doesn't know who she is, scared of being hurt by anything that gets too close, and overall, very sweet to those she can claim as friends. And to those that do meet that definition, she's fiercely loyal to, going so far as beat the ever loving hell out of whoever messes with them, taking on an entire palace/temple with two backups with non-deadly force to save a friend from an arranged marriage, rising to fight back an elder sister who was stronger than herself, and even giving herself up so that the family of her friends' friends' won't get killed. Yes, she beat Tsukune up a few times, but made up for it later.
*** Mokas. They have a great contrast, but are also alike in many ways. She also has a very sad backstory. Pairing her with Tsukune is brilliant because she made him strong and a hero while he gave her a loyal companion.
** TSUKUNE F---ING AONO. The nicest guy in any manga that I read. He is always friendly and willing to help those in trouble. Even though he has brutal powers, he still will fight on even if it kills him. This guy deserves all the love his harem brings him and is one of the most underated badasses being printed now awadays.
* ''Manga/BlackButler's'' Sebastian. A {{Badass}} Demon BattleButler, with that... that [[PsychoticSmirk smile]] of a MagnificentBastard, ([[MrFanservice * sw]][[MemeticSexGod oons* ]]) also a provider of [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome Awesome]] [[DisneyDeath Disney Deaths]] who can make removing a tablecloth look cool. Also constantly reminds he is first of all a demon to the very core, and every time he does, it is a CrowningMomentOfAwesome, an evil version of one but neitherless ''awesome''. Because, you see, [[CatchPhrase he is simply one hell of a butler.]]
** Snake. He's so sweet, and so shy, and deeply loyal to the people he considers friends. I have no words for how concerned I am for his well-being now that he's around Ciel and Sebastian all the time. Because as awesome as they are, they are not good friends for him. Never have I seen a character that I want to hug as badly as I want to hug Snake.
* ''Anime/AfterWarGundamX'': Jamil Neate. The man is Bright, Amuro and Char all rolled into one with a big pile of badass on top.
* Kukuku. Shitty tropers going on about characters are forgetting [[KamenNoMaidGuy Kogarashi's]] perfect service. [[ThirdPersonPerson Kogarashi]] will take on any so-called badass character with Maid Guy skills and win. Kogarashi [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a_MP3Mcg0-0 use Maid Guy skills to serve master]] whether she likes it or not. Kukuku!
** (Kogarashi is just a hilarious character - he's a HeroicComedicSociopath to rival [[Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick Belkar]],yet when you combine the complete seriousness towards his work, his ComboPlatterPowers and his complete ''lack'' of restraint or respect for anyone,you get awesome and funny.)
* Rei from ''Franchise/SailorMoon''. She has so many talents (quite aside from the whole magical power thing) and yet remains down-to-earth and deeply caring, an ever reliable friend. Wish there were more people like her in the world.
** [[TheWoobie poor little]] [[IllGirl Hotaru]]. The fact that she had three women trying to kill her because her MadScientist father [[DealWithTheDevil made a desperate bargain to save her life]] and let the herald of a monster be sealed inside of her, being possessed by said herald, and being forced to rip out her best friend's [[AnatomyOfTheSoul heart]] made me want to hug her. Watching her find the strength to take control of her body back, become Sailor Saturn, and unflinchingly make a HeroicSacrifice to destroy it]. The fact that [[AllLovingHero Sailor Moon]] was still able to give her another chance at life was icing on the cake.
** What about Sailor Moon herself, the TropeCodifier of MagicalGirlWarrior despite being a ThisLoserIsYou IdiotHero type heroine but who [[CharacterDevelopment develops]] [[AllLovingHero beautifully]]? And Sailor Mercury, the ShyBlueHairedGirl who was [[IntelligenceEqualsIsolation more lonely than]] [[LonelyRichKid she should have been]]?
** Haruka Tenou/Sailor Uranus for years. One of the more powerful members of the Senshi, but a total sweetie when it comes to Michiru. Also, she makes everyone swoon like nobody's business and her driving skills are awe-inspiring.
** Sailor Jupiter, Kino Makoto.
* [[Manga/RurouniKenshin Sanosuke Sagara and his father Higashidani Kamishimoemon]]. Sanosuke is crass, stubborn, and ridiculously devoted to his friends. I could not love him more for it. His father is all of the above ''times 495304534534''.
* ''OutlawStar'':
** Gene fuckin' Starwind. He's so many parts of brash, hard-headed youth yet sweet, almost noble good guy that it's impossible not to love him.
** Sweet {{Moe}} Melfina who can be pretty {{Badass}} at times.
** Aisha! She's super tough, cute, proud and funny all rolled into one awesome badass cat girl!
** Suzuka proves how awesome she is by using a wooden boken to perform some of the most incredible ki attacks. Cold, deadly, and beautiful WhenSheSmiles. Along with Aisha, two of the most badass ladies ever.
** Jim. He's one of the most mature little kids you'll find, and one of the smartest, but still has his innocence. He's not afraid to shoot some lead when his friend Gene needs him.
* [[Manga/JyuOhSei Third/Heiza]]. Sure, he turns out to be [[spoiler: a MagnificentBastard]] but he was--to I--the hottest and most interesting character in the series. She also thought his intentions were surprisingly sweet since he just wanted to see the Earth firsthand one day.
* [[Anime/EdenOfTheEast Akira Takizawa]]. The dude's a total [[{{Bishonen}} cutie,]] he's quirky, he's a self proclaimed [[TheMovieBuff "Film Junkie,"]] he starts off the series [[{{Mr.Fanservice}} Naked]] and the interactions with [[{{Lolicon}} Saki]](YMMV depending on your definition of "Loli") in the first few episodes are nothing short of [[CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming Adorable]] Not to say he can't be smart OR a [[BadAss Badass]] either. [[spoiler:[[CrowningMomentOfAwesome Shooting down 60 missiles by gathering a bunch of naked Neets while pointing your finger like a gun and yelling "BANG"]]]] is kind of hard to top.
* [[DGrayMan Allen Walker]]. Cute, incredibly badass, and a genuinely nice guy who's doggedly cheerful no matter how many Level 4 Akuma the universe throws at him.
* [[Anime/YuGiOh Ryou Bakura]]. He's shy, gentle, [[{{Bishonen}} way too cute]], and despite what most FanFic would tell you, has enough of a spine to defy [[SuperPoweredEvilSide the Spirit of the Ring]] in order to help his friends. Watching him distance himself from the others in order to keep them out of his other self's reach (or at least that's how I console myself when he [[DemotedToExtra doesn't get any screen time]]) just makes my heart melt. And 4Kids gave him that pretty British accent, one of the few things I'm willing to forgive about the dub (well, when they're not making him say things like "cheerio," at least.)
** Yugi, Atem, Jounouchi, Anzu, Honda, Seto & Mokuba Kaiba, Shizuka, Mai, Pegasus, Marik, Bakura ''and'' Yami Bakura... GAH! ALL of the Anime/YuGiOh characters are just plain awesome!
*** Mana shows up in a single most concentrated burst of characterization I've ever seen. She's the character that prompted me to begin writing my own fiction.
** Yugi, without being depressing or saccharine-sweet, is one of the single most sympathetic characters I have ever ''seen'' good lord. The sharp contrast between the beginning and the end and the ability to trace how that character development happened is amazing!
** Yami Yugi. Look at him in the in the first manga, he was plain evil. Now look at him in the Egypt arc... he goes through just as much character development as Yugi. Same goes for Kaiba.
** In this troper's opinion, Yami Bakura kicks an unbelievable amount ass for being a HotBlooded villain. He wants to awaken an ancient evil power and is very cold and calculating, but he has the energy (and in the Japanese version, the voice) of Ash from Anime/{{Pokemon}}!
** Joey/Jonouchi, especially in the manga. He's easily one of the coolest characters in the story, if not the coolest. He can be very energetic and goofy most of the time (which makes a nice contrast to the seriousness of other duelists such as Yami Yugi and Kaiba), but [[LetsGetDangerous when he gets serious]], he's truly something to watch out for (go ask ''Yami Marik''); also, in the manga, he can be very scary once he drops all that silliness and gets out [[GoodOldFisticuffs his real weapons]]. Then there's ''his'' character development, from a bully and a thug to the best friend (and defender) you could have, and then to one of the most competent duelists in the series. Add there his love for his sister and his loyalty to his friends, and you have one of the most awesome guys in anything ever.
* Although I liked all of the characters, when watching ''MartianSuccessorNadesico'', I really got a kick out of Inez. She has got to be the funniest and most obviously lampshaded version of MrExposition out there (even called "The Explanation Lady" at one point). For example, you have a scene where someone says the word "explain" and she gets an "my ears are burning" reaction and immediately runs to provide an explanation. Or in another instance, announcing to the cast out of the blue that she has an explanation to make and that there will be snacks provided. Sure enough, there are snacks, and she delivers a slide show while banging on a small drum.
* [[Manga/HayateTheCombatButler Ayumu Nishizawa]]. I really can't watch that girl talk about how she got lost chasing a sweet potato stand without being completely drawn off-guard by the cuteness and hilarity of the situation. And she shows up OnceAnEpisode. (at least, she did in Season 1. * sigh* )
* [[Anime/MobileSuitGundam00 Ali al-Saachez]] Before anyone jumps on me over DracoInLeatherPants, let me assure you this is not the case. In fact, it's kind of the reverse. There's something cool about a bad guy who ''admits'' that yes, he ''is'' an evil person, and he ''[[BloodKnight really]]'' [[PsychoForHire likes his job]]. Combine that with the fact that his appearance usually signals an incoming MomentOfAwesome and, well...
** Despite (and somewhat because of) their saddening [[TheyWastedAPerfectlyGoodPlot wasted potential]], the Trinity siblings made quite an impact. ''Particularly'' [[TheScrappy Nena]] [[AmericansHateTingle Trinity.]]
* ''Every character of LightNovel/{{Baccano}}''. Well, not Szilard. Or [[ButtMonkey Dallas]]. Still, they're wacky and different from characters you usually see, and just make me smile. Take Isaac and Miria for example, two robbers who try to steal time (watches) and history (a museum, though they couldn't carry it so instead stole the entrance so no one else could go in) all while wearing awesome costumes. Then there's Claire, a young and perky train conductor who is an [[BadassNormal acrobat assassin]] willing to do [[CrazyAwesome anything]] to protect his train.
** Claire needs his own post. Here it is.
** Czeslaw Meyer. When you encounter The Reveal about his past and what made him so devilish, no matter how much you hated his bad deeds throughout the series at that point, you WILL "Awww!"
** Or how about Jacuzzi Splot, who has both the [[AwesomeMcCoolname best]] and worst name ever, cries when trying to introduce himself but can headbutt a guy with a flamethrower ''in the face'', and makes up an awesome half of the ultimate VictoriousChildhoodFriend duo with his equally BadAss PyroManiac girlfriend Nice Holystone?
** Luck Gandor, the coolest, calmest, classiest sonofabitch in TheMafia. Who reads poetry, waxes philosophical about immortality and the fear of death, is absolutely loyal to his employees and would do ''anything'' for his family. In the anime they give him gorgeous gold eyes and [[Creator/TakehitoKoyasu the sexiest voice in anime]]; in the novels he's a {{Badass}} who {{Magnificent Bastard}}s Gustavo's {{Mook}}s out from under him and gouges out the guy's throat with ''[[GrievousHarmWithABody his own severed arm]]''.
** Ladd Russo has got to be one of the strongest and most badass characters in the entire show. And he's a BadassNormal too! Sure he's a SerialKiller PsychopathicManchild who's completely nuts, but he's just so damn entertaining to watch you can't help but love him!
** Graham Specter anyone? Hyper, squirrely and talkative but rarely ever annoying,[[note]]except to the people who try to translate the books with him as a main character[[/note]] crazy and psychopathic and enjoying the idea of breaking stuff, always rambling, has ''the'' single most adorable SlasherSmile in history, the number one fanboy of Ladd Russo, and very very, well, [[{{Bishonen}} cute]]. He's like a human squirrel with a monkey wrench and a fetish for destroying stuff! Who can't love this dude?
* ''Franchise/{{Digimon}}'': Wizardmon. He's so charmingly mysterious, smart and reserved but polite, and is such a wonderful and loyal friend you have to envy Gatomon at least a little. Or be happy for the two of them - their history together and relationship was always a great part of Season One. And [[spoiler: his HeroicSacrifice and reappearance in Season Two]] - even [=AMVs=] about him and/or Gatomon are sad. He has such a soothing voice in both English and Japanese, too. Everything about him seems designed to yank at the heartstrings.
** While we are at the topic of awesome Digimon characters, there is Jyou. Fearful - [[OnlySaneMan some might call it reasonable, though]] - but he conquers his fears if it's about saving a friend's life (and thereby keeping a promise). If there is any Anime character which behaviour is a role model for the real life, it's him. Oh, and he had the only Ultimate digimon capable of seriously threatening, virtually beating, a Mega, aside from [=MagnaAngemon=].
** Tai's little sister, Kari, is such a sweet kid. She has an incredibly selfless frame of mind. She does her best for her friends, and doesn't think about herself. She uses her power to free prisoners and help defeat Machinedramon.
** Also, Impmon, who tried on every type of memorable for size and wore 'em well. He started off as a punky JerkAss comic relief but [[FreudianExcuse with a reason]], then post-evolution had his run as a real threat, then became TheAtoner, [[CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming made up with his tamers]], and ended up as a [[JerkWithAHeartOfGold heroic]] BadAss and living CrowningMomentOfAwesome. By the [[BittersweetEnding end of the season]] it seems like [[BreakTheHaughty everything he's been through]] has mellowed him out in multiple areas. Hats off to ya, buddy.
** I love Takato so freaking much. He's a real kid, a Digimon fan [[OneOfUs like us]] [[AscendedFanboy whose dream became true]], whose CharacterDevelopment was incredible, who isn't an instant [[HotBlood Hot blooded badass]] and expert, but someone that learned to be a good Partner, who goes through lots of hardships, yet still retains his sweetness and, dare I say, innocence. All in all, my favorite goggle boy.
** Also, [[TheWoobie Jeri Freaking Katou.]] Starts as such a sweet, funny, and likable girl, and while conteroversial, I thought her unsettling BreakTheCutie character arc was ''very'' well handled and solidified what a deep and interesting character she truly was.
** This list ''is not'' complete without Ken. The guy goes from insane cackling EvilOverlord (with a whole slew of buried psychological issues) to adorable kind-hearted hero, and I love him through ''every second'' of it.
* Who's that bastard that makes us cheer with every play? [[MagnificentBastard Hiruma!]] Who's the guy that makes his enemies cry out of absolute fear? ''[[DevilInPlainSight Hiruma!]]'' Who's the quarterback who leads one of the most entertaining and [[{{Determinator}} iron-willed]] teams in American Football? ''[[{{Eyeshield21}} HIRUMA!]]''
** How about [[TheHero Sena]]? The combination of {{Moe}} and {{Badass}} is almost too much, and it gets even better if you ship him with the equally cute [[GenkiGirl Suzuna]]. And then there's [[GentleGiant Kurita]]. Awww. He's just so happy.
* [[ShamanKing Yoh Asakura]] is easily the best character in any Shonen manga I've ever read. Not only is he funny, relaxed, and fun, but he is a steadfast friend with a truly admirable conviction to the goodness inherent in humans beings. I'm not ashamed to say that I wish I was more like him.
* I has a raised eyebrow as to why we do not have a section for Manga/KatekyoHitmanReborn. Now I don't think much of the Vongola guardians but... Xanxus? {{Angrish}}-spouting SpoiledBrat of a {{Bishounen}} TallDarkAndHandsome BadAss BadBoss who frequently [[ShirtlessScene takes his shirt off on cover pages]]... Not to mention Squalo and his [[HoYay love for his boss]] especially illustrated in the Sky Battle to the point of I getting all [[TearJerker teary-eyed]] and... words can only go so far.
** You can keep your Xanxus, I prefers the much nicer CrouchingMoronHiddenBadass Dino who is probable the friendliest NeighbourHoodFriendlyGangster around. Combined with being incredible [[{{Bishonen}} good looks]] and blod hair and a {{Dojikko}} side bordering on {{Moe}} he's just so cuute~ And he has a [[CoolPet size changing turtle]] and uses a whip.
** You can keep your Xanxus and your Dino, I prefer Tsuna himself. Come on: Very {{Moe}} and {{Bishonen}} after ArtEvolution, very kind-hearted and {{Adorkable}} and a BadassAdorable when he uses his X-burner and goes into Dying Will Mode...and all the HoYay he generates with numerous male characters.
* [[{{Durarara}} Celty]]. Apart from being BadAss, she's just so sweet and kind and generally awesome.
** Shizuo Heiwajima somehow manages to be simultaneously the most psychotically badass and dysfunctionally adorable human being on the planet. There is something mindblowing about a man who considers his greatest accomplishment on a day where he ''curbstomped a zombie horde with his bare hands'' to be the fact that he didn't significantly injure any innocents in the process.
*** Special mention goes to the last episode where he pulls out a traffic sign and use it like a scythe to rip open a car's roof and when that car was (reasonably) running away, he threw the damn thing and it stuck in the middle of the car, making it crash. That was a GurrenLagann Badassery.
** From that very series, we have Izaya. From stomping on girls' cellphones to conning people to [[spoiler:commit suicide]], his delicious trolling knows no boundaries.
*** Izaya is this troper's absolute favorite. And no - it's not because of his [[DracoInLeatherPants pants]], it's mainly because Izaya's the only character in ''history'' that this troper can relate to 100%. It also helps that, at least in the novels (I don't particularly care for his design in the anime), he's [[{{Bishounen}} extremely good-looking]] and charming. Then there's [[CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming his history]] [[HoYay with Shinra]]...
** There's also [[{{Keet}} eternally cheerful]] Kida Masaomi. How endearing his cheerfulness is, not to mention [[spoiler:how utterly badass he really is]]....
** [[{{Durarara}} Shinra Kishitani]]. He is the most adorable scientist/doctor/Ryogo Narita character who wears glasses ever. Don't you just want to run up to him and give him a hug? Plus, he's got such a fine BadassLongcoat.
* [[NabariNoOu Raikou]] is a {{Samurai}} with [[{{Bishonen}} long hair in a ponytail]]...who's dyed his hair ''pink'', has no fashion sense(wanting to buy a ''gold sequined suit'' at one point), and is an AmbiguouslyGay sadist. And he still somehow comes off as BadAss. If that doesn't spell CrazyAwesome, I don't know what does.
** Yukimi. He's a snarky, big-brotherly, gun-wielding ninja JerkWithAHeartOfGold. And he is awesome.
* [[BGataHKei Mami Misato]] is...so...freaking...[[http://img101.animecharactersdatabase.com:81/uploads/1-1035940674.png CUTE!!!]] She's always smiling and full of energy; it's hard not to like how [[GenkiGirl peppy and upbeat she is]]. Overall, she seems like a delightful person to be around.]
* Can someone tell me why [[FistOfTheNorthStar Kenshiro]] isn't on here? How sad.
** They cannot tell because... *ratatatatata* THEY ARE ALREADY DEAD!
* I can't say enough good things about [[Anime/MobileSuitGundamWing Duo Maxwell!]]
** Same for Relena. Where do I even ''start''? Her awesome is just all over the place.
** [[Anime/MobileSuitGundamWing Quatre Raberba Winner]] was this Troper's first Anime crush - despite being the "nice" [[RealMenWearPink feminine]] pilot, he still managed to beat the Zero System AND realize he didn't need it which was awesome considering his first run-in. Of course, this is also where this Troper took BewareTheNiceOnes to heart...
* Youko of TheTwelveKingdoms. Seeing her develop from a scared schoolgirl into the empress she was meant to be was so much fun. Usually I don't spend six hours a day watching anime, but when I realized how much I actually wanted that girl to succeed... well, needless to say, my parents got concerned.
* My anime counterpart has given herself to Jin from SamuraiChamploo. He has [[HandicappedBadass badass glasses]], and long hair, and [[StoicSpectacles badass stoicism]], and [[KatanasAreJustBetter badass katanas]], and he's just badass.
* [[EurekaSeven Anemone and Dominic Sorel.]] They're appealling characters on their own but the dynamic and relationship between them was one of the more endearing aspects of the series for me. Moreso than Renton and Eureka, in all honesty.
** This troper found Eureka to be his favorite character when the show began working out her mental state and isolation problems. It led to countless [[CrowningMomentofHeartwarming heart-warming moments]] with her love interest, even if I didn't like him.
* What, no love for [[Manga/AngelDensetsu Kitano and friends]]? For shame, TV Tropes. Allow me to correct this: [[ThoseTwoGuys Jiro]] and [[GreekChorus Goro]] (Kuroda's underlings/buddies/handlers), [[LargeHam Se]][[LovableCoward i]][[BigGuy ki]][[JerkWithAHeartOfGold chi]] Ku[[NoIndoorVoice ro]][[IdiotBall da]], [[LightningBruiser Yu]][[BadassBoast ji]] [[BadAss Take]][[HoYay hisa]], [[ActionGirl Ryoko]] [[TomBoy Koiso]], [[DefrostingIceQueen I]][[DarkActionGirl ku]][[NoSocialSkills no]] [[TheStoic Shi]][[CrowningMomentOfFunny ra]][[DeadpanSnarker ta]] ki, [[FaceOfAThug Se]][[FriendToAllLivingThings i]][[AllLovingHero i]][[ActualPacifist chi]][[NightmareFuelStationAttendant ro]] [[TheWoobie Ki]][[ShroudedInMyth ta]][[CrowningMomentOfAwesome no]], [[MixedAncestry Sa]][[ButNotTooForeign na]] [[TokenMiniMoe Hal]][[CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming ford]]... The list goes on and on.
* How is there no love for the majority of the ''{{Saiyuki}}'' cast?!? You've got the badass Genjo Sanzo, the CrouchingMoronHiddenBadass Son Goku, the ChivalrousPervert Sha Gojyo, and the TeamMom and StepfordSmiler Cho Hakkai for the main four; then you've got the BadassCrew of the Kougaiji Party, consisting of NobleDemon with a BigBrotherInstinct Kougaiji, CuteBruiser Lirin, AffablyEvil BoisterousBruiser Dokugakuji, and TheMedic Yaone. Then there's MagnificentBastard Dr. Nii Jianyi, plus pretty much every major villain they've faced. The whole show is a CastFullOfPrettyBoys with liberal amounts of badass material. What's not to like?
* [[Anime/YuGiOhGX Jaden Yuki]] is ''totatlly'' the kind of guy I'd like to hang out with. He's confidant and nice, even if he is a slacker. He's what inicially got me hooked on the show.
* [[Anime/YuGiOh5Ds Yusei Fudo]] is the man. Calm, cool, collected, a handyman, knows when to put the cards away for his fists, he plans ahead, takes things carefully and has some of the best plays ever (his win against Team Ragnarok and Aporia). He doesn't have some ancient egyptian game master in his head and he isn't the reincarnation of some galactic hero. He's just a poor person who was badass enough to survive in a crapsack neighborhood and duel his way into new domino city. Not to mention Yusei has not one or two but three [[ThemeMusicPowerUp theme music powerups]] one of which is [[CrowningMusicOfAwesome Clear Mind]]. Yusei is so badass he has punched out three Nazca line demons, three of the highest of the Norse gods and a killer anti synchro monster robot god. Yusei is one of the reasons I watch ''Anime/YuGiOh5Ds'' because he is such a refresing break from all the reckless idiot heroes that plague shonen anime. You rock Mr Fudo. The other reason is [[MemeticBadass Jack Atlas]] who is a HotBlooded [[AttackAttackAttack power duelist]] who doesn't blindly rush in and bash heads at random, he's smart when it comes to his offensive game, has a back up burn damage game, has the balls to ride a mechanical unicycle in which he can't see forward without a tv screen, punches the daylights out of someone once per season, has some funny quirks, actually got over his loss to Yusei instead of being a obsessive spoiled brat like Kaiba and he's got Red Nova Dragon who without a doubt one of the most powerful ace monsters in Yu-Gi-Oh history, hail to the king!!! Screw EvilIsCool I'm siding with my heroes in Team 5Ds.
** And if you needed another reason to rooting for the good guys, here's Aki Izayoi. The girl went from a cheerful little girl to a troubled cutie who went through a lot of hell in her life. First, [[ParentalAbandonment her parents had to ship her to a school]] because the awakening of her powers caused her to lash out to her father without meaning to, [[AllTheOtherReindeer then she's treated like some kind of fearsome witch at said school leaving her with little to no friends]]. And just when she became a member of an organization that claims to help out psychics like her, the leader of said organization was going to use her to jumpstart his revolution and only when she met Yuusei has she started to come in terms about herself and being able to overcome her issues. And when it comes to card duels? She's one of the most talented and cunning duelists I've ever seen on any of the Yugioh shows. You think plants wouldn't make for an intimidating deck? You should see for yourself what she can do with it, and knows the different ways to hurt you. Even more amazing, she's got a powerful card in the Black Rose Dragon and defintely knows how to use it. I admit that I root for Aki freely and just wanted to give her lots of hugs ad infinitum because she did look like she needed them. T_T
* [[Anime/AgentAika Aika Sumeragi]] a super hot blonde who can totally kick ass and [[MsFanservice offer panty shots while doing it]].
* This troper is among the five people in the world who ''adore'' Karl Fei-Ong from BloodPlus. Between his [[TheWoobie tortured past and present]], violently theatrical flare, and overall [[RavenHairIvorySkin gorgeousness]]...he's such a complex and wonderful character. The fact that Creator/QuintonFlynn voices him in English doesn't hurt his case either.
* ''TokyoBabylon'''s Seishiro Sakarazuka yet. His whole ... [[TheSociopath character]]; [[Creator/{{CLAMP}} his role in]] ''TokyoBabylon'', ''{{X1999}}'' and ''TsubasaReservoirChronicle''. [[DissonantSerenity His personality,]] [[DyingDeclarationOfLove the things]] [[BadassInANiceSuit he does,]] [[CherryBlossoms the way]] [[TheGlassesComeOff he does]] [[VillainsOutShopping them -]] [[StraightGay you know, I'll]] [[SelfMadeOrphan just grin way]] [[StarCrossedLovers too widely and]] [[OneTruePairing melt onto the floor]] [[CoolShades because he is so awesome.]]
* Kakei from ''LegalDrug''. He carries himself with the cool assurance of someone who knows the future, he is manipulative, playful, serene, and all this underneath the most beautiful smile you don't want turned your way. And, fundamentally, a good guy.
* [[DNAngel Satoshi Hiwatari]]. Never mind the constant HoYay, the cat and mouse with Dark and the crushing angst of living with a SuperPoweredEvilSide... and yet he still always ''always'' tries to avoid hurting Daisuke.
* Wolfwood from ''Trigun'' deserves a mention. Proper badass, right there.
* Holo from ''SpiceAndWolf''. She is both [[InsistentTerminology wise]] and [[ImmortalImmaturity childish]], [[TheWoobie appealing on an emotional level]] rather than dependent on sex appeal, and in a show with only two main characters, she more than pulls her weight in terms of character dynamic. She's really likeable and so easy to sympathize with. In fact, this troper made a plush doll of her, just so he could hug it to satisfy his CutenessProximity. Despite not being Japanese, this troper finds her to be just so incredibly {{Moe}}!
* [[RanmaOneHalf Ryoga Hibiki]]. The shy, melancholic NiceGuy with unexpected HiddenDepths and a permanent {{Badass}} behavior despite all that happens to him? Let's give him more love and consideration!
** Any Determinator gets a +1 from me, although his personality can be unlikeable to some people.
* [[ZatchBell Kiyo(maro) Takamine and Zatch(/Gash) Bell]] are the strongest tag team duo on the show, and not just because they're the [[{{Deuteragonist}} main characters.]] Kiyo is a BadassBookworm [[JerkWithAHeartofGold with a Heart of Gold]] who comes up with [[IndyPloy winning strategies on a fly]] and most of his development comes from being a big brother figure to Zatch. Zatch, while [[IdentityAmnesia having no clue who he is or why he and his fellow Mamodos/Mamonos are on Earth]], simply resolves to make Kiyo's life more tolerable and, after knowing the nature of the battle for King, makes a goal to be a [[AllLovingHero Kind King]] and lets Kiyo harness his [[ShockandAwe power]] to that end. They're also very open to new friends despite the battle going on, and will [[LetsGetDangerous make it known]] [[BerserkButton that you should]] [[OhCrap NEVER]] [[ThisIsGonnaSuck piss off either of them]]. And Baou Zakeruga is an awesome [[FinishingMove Finisher Spell.]]
* ''Anime/PrettyCure'' has LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters that are seriously hard to hate for any reason:
** [[Anime/HeartcatchPrettyCure Yuri Tsukikage]] doesn't let being put out of commission stop her from jumping into the fray and kicking some butt. Then we learn her tragic backstory and she goes from impressive to StoicWoobie. Then we get the glorious return of Cure Moonlight and she ascends to pure, unfiltered CrazyAwesome, proving that [[MagicalGirl Magical Girls]] aren't all hearts and rainbows.
** [[GenkiGirl Erika]] [[HotBlooded Kurumi]] from the [[Anime/HeartcatchPrettyCure same series]] is insanely hilarious, [[LargeHam over the top]], and [[TheFashionista her love for looking good]] is extremely contagious and freaking awesome (just watch [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uxiNSeENf9Q her first fashion show]]!). Don't even get me started how BadassAdorable she is as Cure Marine either; she's a PluckyGirl on [[Anime/TengenToppaGurrenLagann Kamina's]] level!
** Then we have [[Anime/SmilePrettyCure Yayoi Kise]], an [[FragileFlower extremely]] [[ShrinkingViolet shy]] [[TenderTears crybaby]] of a character. Standard archetype right? Well, add in the fact that she's an {{Otaku}} for HumongousMecha and [[{{Superhero}} Superheroes]] [[OneOfUs like most of us are]] and have this [[MostFanficWritersAreGirls aspiring]] {{Mangaka}} [[AscendedFanboy then become a]] {{Superhero}} herself as [[ShockAndAwe Cure Peace]] who plays RockPaperScissors each time she transforms, and you can't help but play along and think she's awesome. Best AudienceSurrogate ever!
* [[Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagica Homura freaking Akemi]]. [[BadAss Need]] [[{{Determinator}} I]] [[IronWoobie say]] [[MoreDakka more]]?
** She is one of the most moving, relatable anime characters ever. I forgive her anything, [[spoiler: even becoming the devil out of love]] because she feels like a real person in everything she does.
** All the love in the world for our dear Homura, but Kyouko Sakura takes the cake for me. Amazing character development, badass fighting skills and all around awesome.
** Sayaka is my favourite. This being the series it is, [[FromBadToWorse it turned out badly]], but still, her devotion to the boy she loves, to her friends, and fighting the witches because it's the right thing to do, even though she ''knows'' when she takes the contract that it will probably result in her death... and then, even ''after'' everything that happens, her IJustWantMyBelovedToBeHappy in the ending.
** Nothing yet for Madoka Kaname? Despite all of the horrible things she had seen and experienced, she never truly lost hope, [[spoiler:even when she's about to become a witch]]. This is someone ''whose mere existence is the bane of despair.''
** Mami Tomoe deserved more time and more love.
** Hitomi deserves a special mention - she had ''no idea'' why her friends suddenly weren't hanging out with her as much, and she had a serious crush on the boy one of them was after. She could've easily gone and confessed her love, just like that. But here's the kicker - ''she didn't''. She told Sayaka about it and ''gave her time to make the first move''. I don't know a lot of people who would do that.
*** Also, something I found refreshing was that though the two love rivals were a YamatoNadeshiko and a {{Tomboy}}, the YN didn't just roll over and pull a IWantMyBelovedToBeHappy like she would have in so many other shows. Instead, after giving Sayaka a fair chance, she goes ahead and does what ''she'' wants.
* ''Manga/FairyTail'': Erza Scarlet. It's not just her sheer amounts of [[BadAss badassery]] she's got (although it helps a great deal); she's shown to be a young woman with a great heart, very loyal to her TrueCompanions, absolutely stunning and beautiful in any armor or clothes she wears.
** Gajeel Redfox. In this Troper's opinion, one of the most underrated characters in the series. He started out as a rather AxCrazy EvilCounterpart to Natsu, especially in the anime where he beat up on Lucy relentlessly just to get Natsu's attention (In the manga he just threw knives close to her head), and he eventually joins Fairy Tail and is shunned by everyone, to the point where the members of Team Shadow Gear hunt him down in the town and beat him into the ground - And he understands and just takes it. But, in that same scene, when Laxus tries to fry Levy, he jumps in the way and takes the hit. And latter on in the arc he saves Natsu's life from Laxus twice. It shows that Makarov really got to him when he recruited him, and that he really does want redemption (Although he won't show it), and in many ways, he truly has gotten it since then. Not to mention Gajeel X Levy is most likely the closest to confirmed coupling in the series - Most of the other characters can be shipped randomly with positive results. Natsu alone had ShipTease with Lucy, Lisanna, Erza, even Grey. It's gotten to the point where this Troper has started rambling and will now cease.
* ''Manga/ElfenLied'''s Lucy, at the least the one from the anime. She may have killed people in her start of darkness but later on, she only ever kills those who are actively trying to kill her and sincerely wants to change and atone for her sins. The anime makes Lucy more sympathetic in that it is shown that she doesn't enjoy killing people (in fact, she is only shown smiling once in the anime, when she is dismembering Nana but even then, she felt guilty later on and even told Nana to live the life she herself couldn't live).
* [[Manga/HayateTheCombatButler Hayate Ayasaki]]. He's a NiceGuy, A {{Determinator}}, he's got [[YouGottaHaveBlueHair blue hair]], he's Adorkable, the world's biggest CosmicPlaything... Not to mention his UndyingLoyalty for the mistress, and perpetual Pollyanna smile.
* Caster from Literature/FateZero is probably the definition of affably evil and completely ax crazy. Either it's stalking Saber or slaughtering innocents, the man does everything with such sociopathic gusto it's hard not to be entertained, even if morbidly so.
** Rider, aka Alexander the Great, is made of pure undiluted win. This is a man so awesome his army still follows him even after death.
* [[BattleAngelAlita Alita/Gally]] is my favorite female protagonist of all time. At first glance, she is just a standard CuteBruiser, but there is SO much more to her once you get to know her. She can be cute. She always wants to do the right thing. She is proud. She really hates people who aren't as brave as she is. She can be a total bitch. You sometimes want to kill her. And five minutes later [[NiceJobBreakingItHero you want to hug her]]. Alita is a perfect example of how to write a character that is [[TheAce blatantly better]] than everyone else wile still completely avoiding the MarySue trap, because the impact of such a character on her surroundings is handled very realistically.
* TransformersCybertron seriously missing. Most of the characters are awesome in their own way, but I can't get over Starscream, who despite his name is in this version much more of a {{Determinator}}. He just won't lie down and ''die'' - no matter what. He takes on every attack the good guys can throw at him, getting hit by most directly, before getting hit with the at-this-point insurmountable attack of [[BigGood Optimus Prime]] almost being knocked out/dying, and finding the power to launch one last (admittedly cheapshot) attack to achieve his objective. Then it takes being blasted into another dimension to take him out of the story, he doesn't die in the normal way, and implicitly he comes back after the canon series. Did I mention he {{Dual Wield}}s {{BFS}} [[BladeBelowTheShoulder wrist blades?]] Then replaces one with the WaveMotionGun after it gets torn off? RuleOfCool UpToEleven, even for a HumongousMecha. His RazorWind defence is pretty cool too, it's just like, "Denied! You can't hit me with that pathetic [[PrecisionFStrike shit]]!" Did I mention his AwesomeMomentOfCrowning? Yep, bursting out of [[LavaAddsAwesome an erupting volcano, before]] [[SpamAttack spamming]] telekinetic rocks everywhere in a series which hardly ever otherwise features such abilities. Oh, and taking on the PhysicalGod Primus with no fear. Even before stealing a second dose of his power. I could go on all day about Starscream's {{Determinator}}, LeeroyJenkins. He. Cannot. Die.
* ''Manga/DeadmanWonderland'' has Senji Kiyomasa, or Crow. WalkingShirtlessScene, awesome blood-based power that gives him ARM BLADES, a LightningBruiser, a BloodKnight with a surprising backstory (was an [[spoiler:HONEST COP]] of all things), and a mentor figure for Ganta (which the boy desperately needs in that hellhole). AND he's voiced by Creator/PatrickSeitz, who voices a couple more manly men ([[Manga/FairyTail Laxus]] and the second VA to do [[Manga/{{Bleach}} Kenpachi Zaraki]]).
* ''Franchise/LupinIII'': The entire core cast. They're older than almost everybody else on this page in real-world terms and are still getting new material due to how awesome they are. Lupin himself is a BadassNormal [[ImpossibleThief Impossible]] PhantomThief GentlemanAdventurer MasterOfDisguise ''[[HonorAmongThieves with honor]]''. He's so awesome, we promoted his works to a franchise namespace!
* ''Anime/SpeedRacer'': [[BadassDriver Speed]] himself, his ActionGirlfriend Trixie (Who is very good at getting herself out of trouble. As many antagonists find out the hard way.), and his father Lionel "Pops" Racer. Watching all of them go to work is quite entertaining. You've got to love it when the bad guys are all "Heh heh, we've got Speed's nosy girlfriend" only to seconds later be going "OHGODTHEPAIN!" when she opens up a can.
* ''HellGirl'': Jigoku Shoujo. They are a Badass Crew consisting of a damned girl with reaper attributes, a skeleton come to life as a sexy woman, a demon wheel with superhuman strength in human form, an sword-turned-human able to open an eye EVERYWHERE? They are awesome, no doubt about it.
* Rea Sanka from ''Manga/Sankarea'', despite being a zombie is without a doubt one of the greatest, most endearing and REALISTIC characters in all of anime. You just want to see her get free of her problems. What makes Rea so endearing and interesting is that it the story instead of making her a typical cold emotionless girl with a dark and troubled past like Rei Ayanami, it instead makes her into a sort of polyanna who unsergoes a very realistic ordeal i.e. sexual abuse.
* ''FruitsBasket'': Kyo Sohma! This guy is so freaking awesome! He may have a short temper, be rude and be downright ''cruel'' sometimes too, but that's what makes him so freaking lovable! Not to mention that the [[IronWoobie poor guy's]] been through a LOT!!!
* ''Anime/DigimonAdventure'': MOTHER. FUCKING. ETEMON. There is Monkey. Elvis. What else? His episodes are some of the funniest in the entire season. He was just so damned ridiculously [[LargeHam hammy]] and it was glorious. Even those who hated him had to laugh at least once when he was onscreen. He was the King Of All The Digmon or at least so he said. He is The King for some fans. He's an amazing character and needs more love then hate.
* ''Manga/KimiNiTodoke'': Ryu Sanada. His [[SuperDeformed blobfaces]] are hilarious, his patience with Chizu (and everyone, really) is admirable, he's honest about his feelings without being a jerk about it, and a lot of the characters in that series could take a leaf out of his book, if we're being honest. Even though he's [[TheQuietOne quiet]] about it, he's by far one of the most genuinely caring characters in the series. Chizu's a really awesome character too, bless her heart. [[{{OTP}} They're both awesome!]] The supporting cast of this series really deserves more love.
* ''VisualNovel/{{CLANNAD}}'': Youhei Sunohara is perfect. That is all.
* ''LightNovel/HighSchoolDXD'' has many freaking awesome characters, but the crown goes to [[BadassCrew the Occult Research Club]].
** For starters, there is Issei Hyoudou. At the beginning of the series he's just a normal, highly perverted human, but as the story progresses, he [[TookALevelInBadass takes more and more levels in badass]], to the point that he currently has '''''SEVENTEEN''''' {{Badass}} tropes under his belt, just as many as [[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsVSkyrim the Dragonborn]], and deservedly so. And plus, he's the best kind of pervert imaginable, [[ChivalrousPervert somebody who loves ogling the ladies, but is willing to go to great lengths to protect them.]] It should go without saying that he deserves having a harem of many lovely damsels, which ''keeps growing steadily.''
** Rias Gremory. A [[MsFanservice drop-dead beautiful]] [[RedHeadedHeroine crimson-haired]] BadassPrincess, who is also [[NiceGirl one of the nicest ladies you could ever hope to meet.]] Oh, and she can use a spell which causes StuffBlowingUp. Issei, you're really lucky you have a girl like that as the lead girl of your harem.
** To some Asia could be nothing more than a ClingyJealousGirl, but you simply can't deny she is the epitome of true goodness of the post-[[Manga/{{Monster}} Herr Doktor Tenma]] era. HairOfGoldHeartOfGold indeed.
** Ohh, [[MemeticSexGod Akeno Himejima]]... Where do we start? First off, she is [[YamatoNadeshiko a fantastic example of a true Japanese lady, calm yet strong-willed]], but when duty calls, she becomes a true CombatSadomasochist. Add the fact that [[TheTease she teases Issei with genuine love...]]
*** Oh, and, quoting an user in an anime-focused forum, her personality alone is hot enough to melt tungsten. Make of that if you will.
** Sometimes you don't need a menacing appearance to prove you are physically strong. Koneko Toujou proves such theory, being an irresistibly cute girl who can ''really'' throw people off with her inhuman physical prowess. And she becomes even better-looking when entering her SuperMode.
** Xenovia. Oh God, Xenovia: a church assassin at first sent to hunt down the Occult Research club, which then joins after realizing that [[spoiler:GodIsDead]]. Wait, there has to be more, right? Indeed there is more: she wields a {{BFS}}, [[BookDumb she is a hilariously headstrong character]], and [[DoYouWantToCopulate wastes no time to tell Issei she wants to make love to him.]] ''[[NoSocialSkills In front of everyone in school.]]''
** What happens when you take a FallenAngel, make it the hero's own mentor, and also make it a MadScientist? The result is the {{Crazy Awesome}}ness that is Azazel.
* [[FutureDiary Yuno Gasai]]. AxeCrazy BadassAdorable CuteAndPsycho [[EvilIsSexy Drop Dead Sexy]] {{Yandere}} extraordinaire, and one of the few of her archetype who manages to be a MagnificentBastard ''and'' the {{Deuteragonist}}, not to mention TheWoobie.
* ''Manga/HayateCrossBlade'': Amachi Hitsugi truly is a [[CrazyAwesome mad woman]] that is glorious to behold. She kicks ass to the goofiest music, holds a candied apple like a rose, appears in knights armor for her own amusement, and will train for several hours straight; and yet will still garner the respect of those around her. She also a straight-up Badass too, she takes a hit to the leg like it was nothing, but also boasts about how her legs are made of steel. Heck, Juu Ensuu, a HotBlooded AxeCrazy warrior wouldn't fight Hitsugi a second time after doing so once.
* Shiori from ''Anime/RevolutionaryGirlUtena'' is disliked by many fans, but she happens to be my favorite character. I never identified with a character so much. I have self-esteem too ad if I never betray a friend I can mistake people's intentions towards me. Her tragedy is so well-written I wanted to hug and told her that it is possible someone really likes her and doesn't just pity her.
* Haruka Kotoura from ''Manga/KotouraSan'' is a classic {{Moe}} [[TheHero heroine]] that's been [[BreakTheCutie broken into millions of pieces]] in just [[DownerBeginning the first ten minutes]], a truly high-octane TearJerker (take notes Creator/GenUrobuchi fans). Pretty much everything this [[PowerIncontinence inadvertent]] [[{{Telepathy}} telepath]] does and thinks is just so empathic and sensible, chances are that you will become more attached to her than almost any other character in their entire series/franchise.
** And then comes her UnderstandingBoyfriend, Yoshihisa Manabe. A jolly, yet ChivalrousPervert whose thoughts are literally centered around Haruka, [[DirtyMindReading much to her chargin]]. This guy is as awesome as he is hilarious since he ''will'' put his own ass on the line at any given time for her sake just to make sure she gets treated as humanly as possible and not have her be the [[YouMonster monster]] [[AbominationAccusationAttack everyone else thinks she is]]. Honestly, he couldn't be a better {{Foil}} for Haruka, even if he tried.
* ''Robotics;Notes'': Senomiya Akiho and Yashio Kaitou are one of my favorite protagonist duos in quite awhile. Granted, they're not spectacular but their likable dynamic was one of the highlights. Akiho just carries a sense of infectious enthusiasm with her that genuinely makes you want her to succeed. Yet she also has a few moments of vulnerability regarding her friends.
** Kaitou himself starts out as your typical game junkie. But he's developed appropriately in the way he helps his friends as well as his continual determination to help Akiho surpass her sister. Feeling his transition from aloofness to passion is pretty satisfying. I think one reddit poster put it aptly; "I'd have a drink with [[Steins;Gate Okabe]], but I'd want someone like Kai watching my back."
* Higurashi Kagome from {{Inuyasha}}. Over the course of one year she goes from a relatively underpowered teenager to a badass priestess with fantastic archery skills, makes friends with everyone around her, and never compromises on her beliefs. On top of that she decides to stay with the Inu-tachi despite her certainty that Inuyasha will never love her as she loves him (and maintains her optimistic demeanor even though she's in a lot of emotional turmoil), and it's her that ultimately figures out how to defeat the BigBad.
** Sango. A teenage girl with no mystical or spiritual powers, and she still manages to hold her own alongside the rest of the team. On top of that she's cheerful and kind even though she has every reason not to be.
* Clover from "Happy Happy Clover". Clover is a [[GenkiGirl very energetic female rabbit]], who really cares for others. Especially her best friend Mallow. She also [[MotorMouth talks fast]] in the anime adaptation. Her heart-shaped fur on her chest is very cute.

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