Anime is a genre of TV show or movie that is typically associated with animated shows and films that come from Japan. Anime dates back to the early 20th century and began to really increase in popularity in the 1960s until it grew to be the huge pop culture phenomena it is today. In the anime world, there are a ton of different distinct art styles that differ from show to show or from artist to artist. There are a lot of different genres within the anime world, just like with any other live action TV show or movie, and many anime fans definitely have their favorite anime genre. Whether they like the spooky shows or they prefer something a little funnier, there are definitely a ton of shows and movies out there for them to enjoy.
Each show or movie in the anime world has different characters. Whether the anime has a large cast of characters or just focuses on a few different ones, anime fans definitely love to see what happens to the characters in their favorite anime from episode to episode. Because there are so many anime shows and movies out there, there are a lot of characters to keep track of!
Try to match all these characters to the anime they appear in and we'll guess everyone's favorite show!
Spike Spiegel is the main character in the classic anime series from the late 1990s that he appears in. Prior to the beginning of this series, Spike Spiegel used to be a member of a criminal organization called the Red Dragon Syndicate but left because he fell in love and couldn't stay in the group and also pursue a relationship with her. Spike is one of the many people who are living aboard a spaceship in the series. This series is set in the future and follows bounty hunters called Cowboys that work on the spaceship.
Rena Ryuuguu is one of the main characters in the series she appears in. A large part of her personality is the fact that Rena is totally obsessed with all things cute and is shown several times throughout the series wanting to take things that she finds in the world and thinks are cute, regardless of whether or not these things actually belong to her. But underneath this totally adorable trait, Rena is shown to be a pretty spooky character who is very cunning and determined to get whatever she wants.
Winry Rockbell is one of the central characters of the anime series she appears in. Winry is shown throughout the series to have a very strong will and is a super skilled mechanic, something that definitely comes in handy during the series due to the fact that Winry's mechanic skills make it so easy for her to quickly and accurately repair automail prostheses. Winry grew up in a family of surgeons which also helped her to gain some surgery knowledge which she uses to help others.
In the anime series that Yui appears in, there's an all-girl band made up of students that call themselves Girls DeMo. When Yui first appears in the series, she's a huge fan of Girls DeMo and is seen in an early episode trying to get an autograph from each of the members of Girls DeMo. After Masami Iwasawa, Girls DeMo's former lead guitarist and vocalist, chooses to leave the group, Yui gets the chance to step in and take over for her.
Johan Liebert is the main character of the anime series he appears in. This character is definitely not a good guy! Anyone who is familiar with this character is definitely familiar with the fact that he was pretty bad throughout the series that he was in but we have to admit, that made it more fun and interesting to watch. Johan Liebert pretends to be incredibly polite and personable, but underneath that, he's bad to the bone and gets joy out of harming others.
Lucy, also known as Nyu, is the main character of the anime series that she comes from. This series focuses on a new species that was created that is known as the "Diclonius." Diclonius look similar to humans, aside from the fact that they have horn-like growths and telekinetic powers. Lucy is the main character and is a Diclonius girl. Being a Diclonius made Lucy very isolated from humans and as such, she shows strong dislike for them through the series. Because of this, she's definitely not a nice character!
Mizore Shirayuki is one of the side characters in the anime series she appears in. Mizore Shirayuki is what is known in Japanese mythology as a "snow fairy." Snow fairies are mythological creatures that are often associated with snowstorms and many myths surrounding them are pretty spooky and say that they lead people out in the snow where they lose their lives. Throughout the series, Mizore is shown several times using her ice powers to freeze people or cut them with her icy claws.
Asuna Yuuki is usually known simply as Asuna. Not only is this her first name but it's also the name she goes by in the video game world in which the anime series she's from is mostly set. Talk about lucky! Getting your first name as your username in a game is not easy. She's one of the main characters in the anime series she appears in. Asuna is the daughter of the former CEO of RECT Inc., the company that publishes the video game that the anime follows, and is one of the people to get trapped inside the game.
Ezra Scarlet is one of the central characters of the anime series she appears in. She is part of a guild in the series and is on team Team Natsu where she served as one of the Guild Masters for a period of time. Ezra Scarlet is shown throughout the series to be pretty strict and often scolds the other guild members for not being serious enough. Ezra Scarlet is shown to have a ton of different physical and magical abilities during the series like Requip: The Knight and Telekinesis.
Ash Ketchum is the main character in the anime and the media franchise in which he appears. Ash Ketchum made his first appearance when he appeared in the first episode of the anime he appeared in in 1997. He'a appeared in several seasons of the anime series, some of the manga, and a lot of the merchandise for the series ever since that point. Ash is a young boy who is from Pallet Town and is a trainer who collects and battles the small creatures in the anime series.
Yuno Gasai is one of the main characters in the anime series she appears in. Yuno Gasai is one of the contestants in a battle royale-style game in which several people were given diaries that can tell what a certain person is doing in the future and must each take out all the other diary holders. In this game, Yuno Gasai is the owner of the Yukiteru Diary, a diary that tells her what Yukiteru, the other main character in the series, is doing in intervals of 10 minutes.
Neferpitou is a humanoid cat character and one of the primary antagonists in the anime series that she appears in Neferpitou has wavy white blonde hair and cat ears that match her long tail and cat-like appearance. Neferpitou is one of the Chimera Ant King's Guards, of which she was the first born. Neferpitou has a really playful personality and is fairly upbeat but is also really loyal to the Chimera Ant King. Neferpitou is like the other guards for the Chimera Ant King in not remembering their past life.
Chi is one of the main characters in the anime series she appears in. Instead of actually being a simple human though, Chi is actually a personal computer, known in the series as a persocom. Chi is a special type of persocom that is said to be more advanced and intelligent than other persocoms. These special types of persocom are said to gain intelligence in a special way that does not involve using software to learn things. In the series, Chi becomes close to another character named Hideki.
In the series that he appears in, Levi Ackerman is a member of the Special Operations Squad and is known as one of the most powerful soldiers in the world. Whoa! Along with being a super powerful soldier, Levi is shown to be totally obsessed with keeping everything totally spotlessly clean and has a really blunt personality which can make many people see him as being pretty unapproachable. The anime he's from is based on a manga series and the show aired in 2013.
Himiko Toga is one of the main villains during a certain story arc in the anime series in which she appears. Himiko Toga is part of the group the League of Villains. Together, they're the villains in the Forest Training Camp Arc of this anime. Himiko Toga is shown as being a really cheerful and happy character, no matter what is going on. This can be pretty unnerving for a villain since her smiley demeanor doesn't even go away when she's causing trouble for the other characters.
Hinata Hyūga is one of the central characters of the anime series in which she appears. Fans of this series will remember the fact that Hinata was supposed to be the heir to her family's Hyūga clan but, because of her personality, her father doubted that someone so meek and shy would be able to be the leader of all the ninjas in the Hyūga clan. Throughout the course of the series, Hinata becomes better and better with her Chakra Control which really helps her develop her skills, despite being softspoken.
Shiro is one of the main characters from the anime series she appears in. This series aired in 2014 and follows a pair of step-siblings who are well-known in the online gaming world because they're undefeated in the game they play. The pair of siblings is made up of Shiro and her older step-brother, Sora. After the two of them lost their parents, they became withdrawn from society and started their lives as the online gaming duo known as Blank.
Sebastian Michaelis is one of the main antagonists in the anime series in which he appears. Sebastian Michaelis is a pretty mysterious character who is from a totally different world. He's referenced his home universe several times and it's implied throughout the series that he's at least over a hundred years old. Sebastian Michaelis is the butler to the main character in the series, Ciel Phantomhive. Despite how dutiful and polite he seems, he's definitely a bad guy under the surface.
This character's name is the Undertaker who is a side character in the anime he appears. This character is a former Grim Reaper and, during the series, lives in London and works as a funeral director. In this anime series, there are several different characters who are or have been Reapers at some point in time. In this anime series, Reapers are a supernatural character that decide whether or not a person passes away or survives. Other Reapers in the series include Grell Sutcliff, Ludgar, Sascha, Ronald Knox, and Othello.
Tsuyu Asui is one of the side characters in the series that she appears in. Tsuyu is a student at the high school in the series who is in the middle of training to try to become a Pro Hero. In this series, a Pro Hero or Hero is someone who is using their Quirks, the name that this series uses for superpowers, for good so that they can help people who need their assistance in the world. Many Heroes in this world can become famous or even get paid for being a Hero! Crazy, right? Tsuyu's Quirk is that she can do anything a frog can.
Nico Yazawa is one of the main characters in the anime series she appears in and is a member of a school idol group called BiBi during the series. Nico has a really upbeat personality and is often seen in the series dancing and singing her catchphrase. Nico can seem somewhat full of herself sometimes because of the fact that she's often trying to convince people that she's the best idol in BiBi, which many of the other characters simply ignore, but she's still a caring person to her friends.
Rias Gremory is one of the main characters in the anime series that she appears in. The anime series that Rias Gremory is from is adapted from a light novel and has a lot of merchandise like games and music that have also been made after the popularity of the light novel and anime series. Rias Gremory is a student at a high school that secretly has a lot of students that are supernatural creatures like angels and demons which are constantly battling against each other.
Vivian Kudo, also known as Yukiko Kudo, is one of the main characters in the anime series she appears in. She is the mother of the main character, a character named Shinichi Kudo. She is one of the only characters in this anime series that knows Shinichi Kudo is the person behind his secret alter ego, Conan Edogawa. Prior to getting married and having children, Vivian Kudo was a famous actress who chose to retire in order to settle down and start a family.
Mana Ouma is the main villain in the anime series in which she appears. Mana Ouma is known in the series for being the very first of the characters in this anime series to come in contact with the Apocalypse Virus. She was the first person to find the meteorite that had the virus and found herself getting infected which caused her to begin to get powers from the meteorite. The virus caused her personality to change drastically as well as developing new powers.
Homura Akemi is one of the main characters in the anime series in which she appears. Homura Akemi is a super mysterious character who started appearing in the series after the main character in the series, Madoka Kaname, had a dream about her and she showed up at Madoka's school. Homura Akemi is first shown as being quite closed off to other people but throughout the series, it's revealed that she's like this because of the struggles of being a magical girl and doesn't want Madoka to become one.
Juvia Lockser is one of the side characters in the anime she appears in. She is an S-Class Mage who was a member of the S-Class group known as Element 4 which was run by Phantom Lord until Phantom Lord disbanded. Juvia Lockser's special magical ability allows her to transform her body into water at any time that she chooses to which is a really unique and interesting magical power. She ends up joining another guild in order to try to get closer to a character she has romantic feelings for.
Zero Kiryu is among the central characters in the anime series that he appears in. Zero Kiryu is a vampire, known in this anime series as an "ex-human vampire," and is a vampire hunter at the same time. Life can be pretty complicated for Zero Kiryu, we can't lie! Zero was born to a family of vampire hunters and was trained to follow the family tradition of being a vampire hunter, just like his siblings were. Since becoming a vampire, Zero has gained a lot of really unique abilities.
Orihime Inoue is one of the main characters in the series that she appears in. She is the best friend and later on the love interest of another character in the series, Ichigo Kurosaki. Anyone who has seen the series that this character appears in will know that Ichigo Kurosaki becomes a Soul Reaper during the series. After this happens, many of Ichigo's friends get powers of their own and Orihime is definitely no exception. Orihime's power is known as Shun Shun Rikka and is contained in her hair clips.
C.C. is a character in the anime series she appears in. Prior to the series, she was an orphaned child who ended up being given a power by a nun. The power she was given allowed her to make anyone fall in love with her. C.C. eventually found out that giving her the power was a trick and was given the nun's curse of immortality. C.C. meets another character in this series, LeLouch, early after being introduced and tries to help him.
The Platelets aren't a single character but are a group of children within the series that they appear in. The Plalets are small and are similar to very young children in that they're so peppy and active. The Platelets are a type of human cell, shown in human form in the anime series in which they appear, that work in the Platelet Division. The Platelets are a super important part of the human body and have the very important job of healing any time a body ends up getting injured.
Maka Albarn is the main character in the anime series that she appears in. After her parents split up when she was younger, Maka was inspired to become a scythe-meister like her mother was. Maka is shown as being a really cheerful character who is determined to get what she wants and thinks through her decisions before she makes them. This characteristic also makes Maka often step up and help other people in order to achieve things that they're trying to do.
Kurisu Makise is one of the main characters in the anime series she appears in. Kurisu is well-known in the world of this anime series because of the fact that she's a total genius. She graduated from university when she was only 17 years old and has done a lot to help the scientific community with the study of the brain and the way that the brain holds memories. Kurisu is also known throughout the series for being super mature and level-headed, regardless of what's going on.
Rin Tohsaka is one of the central characters of the anime series that she appears in. This series was released in 2006 and is an adaptation of a light novel series. This anime series was also a visual novel-style game that featured the same characters. Rin is a student who goes to the same school as the main character in this series. Rin's special power is her ability to transform energy which she stores in the form of mana in jewels to keep it to use when she needs it.
All for One
All for One is the main villain in the anime series in which he appears. He's the leader of the League of Villains and is definitely a pretty creepy villain, which anyone who has seen this anime series will totally be aware of! He is the arch nemesis of a character named All Might who seriously injured him at some point in the past, causing him to only be able to see using his infrared vision Quirk. All for One uses a Quirk named after himself to steal Quirks from other people.
Nanami Kiryuu is a side character in the anime series she appears in. Nanami is the younger sister of Touga Kiryuu, one of the central characters in this series. Nanami is often used for comic relief during the series because she can be pretty immature and a little bit silly but at the same time, she can be a pretty mean character at times if someone is getting attention from anyone other than her. She is one of the Duelists in this series but takes the dueling game less seriously than the others.
Mirajane Strauss is one of the central characters in the anime series she appears in. Along with being an S-Class Mage in the main guild of the series, Mirajane is also a model who is often featured in a magazine featured in the anime series called Sorcerer Magazine. Mirajane was infamous for being a tough character in her younger years and was well-known among other guilds in the anime series for how afraid of her they were. But, as she's grew up, Mirajane became a more calm and happy person.
Miyuki Hoshizora, also known as Emily in the dubbed version of the anime series she appears in, is one of the main characters in the anime franchise she is in. In one particular series in this franchise, her alter ego is named Glitter Lucky and she has special powers like Sparkle Storm, Cinderella Sparkle Storm, and Sparkle Storm Shining. She's a super cheerful character who is always ready to help people but is shown as being somewhat scatterbrained at times.
Nao Tomori is one of the main characters in the anime series she appears in. She's a student at the school shown often in this anime, known as Hoshinoumi Academy, and is a member of the student council at that school. Nao is often seen with her camcorder, recording the powers of other people at her school. As for her own power, Nao is able to choose any one person and become invisible to them for a period of time.
Mamimi Samejima is among the central characters in the anime series she appears in. This anime aired from 2000 to 2001 and then again for a new run in 2018 with different characters, of which Mamimi Samejima was not one of. The series follows a totally normal 12 year old boy named Naota Nandaba whose life changes after being in an accident when a mysterious alien drives through his town on their scooter. Mamimi Samejima is a pretty mysterious and dark character in this series.
Misato Katsuragi is the main character of the classic anime franchise she appears in. She made her first appearance when the anime series premiered in 1995. When this anime begins, Misato is working as the Captain of Nerv's Tactical Operations Department. This series is set in the future, 15 years after something happened to make the Earth no longer inhabitable. The series is set on the Nerv as the people piloting it battle against aliens known as Angels and try to figure out what their motives are.