By ALEX FRUECHTENICHT
There’s nothing like a deep, well-written character to bring a show from being good to great, and anime has more than its fair share of them. While many anime have their main character take center stage, we can’t forget about everyone else in the show who helps the main character grow.
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10. JET BLACK
Captain of the Bebop and former Inter-Solar System Police member, Jet Black is a bounty hunter and partner to Spike Spiegel. With more years than he’d like to admit, Jet has been around the galaxy more than a few times, chasing bounties and reluctantly taking care of the Bebop crew. Jet has his own demons that he faces in the show, like his history with Alissa.
“If you want to receive, you have to give. See Spike, you got to listen to your dreams. That’s how you find your dream girl.”
9. ARMIN ARLERT
Attack on Titan
An orphan like his friends Eren and Mikasa, Armin joins the Survey Corps to defend humanity from the titans. While he isn’t strong like Eren or Mikasa, Armin more than makes up for it with his tactical thinking and planning. He is always the voice of reason for Eren and is a powerful ally to humanity that they cannot afford to lose.
“When people are faced with a situation they don’t understand, it’s easy for fear to take hold.”
One Punch Man
The straight man to his master, Saitama, Genos is a very serious character, due partly to his cybernetic body and history with losing his family. Joining Saitama in the Hero Association, Genos is one of the strongest newcomers, with an S-Class ranking and a heart of justice. His young age and lack of experience leave him a little naïve, but he is truly endearing.
“I am willing to do anything to become more powerful. However, I can’t picture myself coming even close to attaining teacher’s power.”
7. PORTGAS D. ACE
Fire Fist Ace, older adoptive brother to Straw Hat Capitan Monkey D. Luffy, was the second division commander of the Whitebeard Pirates before being captured by the marines and sentenced to death. Ace pledged himself to Whitebeard and fought for years to help him become the Pirate King and reach the One Piece, but still helped his brother when he could like in Alabasta. After being taken prisoner, Ace begged his crew to leave him to death and save themselves, before he eventually regained the will to fight when he saw Luffy on the battlefield.
“I don’t wanna live a thousand years. If I just live through today, that’ll be enough.”
6. SUZAKU KURURUGI
Childhood friend and rival of Lelouch Lamperouge, Suzaku worked his way up the ranks of the Holy Britannian Empire fighting against Zero and the Black Knights before protecting and falling in love with Princess Euphemia. Standing for justice against the chaos Zero would bring the world into, he became one of the strongest Knightmare Frame pilots.
“I know you. At the very end, you’d betray the entire world the way it’s betrayed you! I’m not going to let your sick, twisted dream be realized!”
5. ROY MUSTANG
Full Metal Alchemist: Brotherhood
A veteran of the Ishval Civil War, Colonel Roy Mustang is known as the Flame Alchemist who supports the Elric brothers while simultaneously planning to become the next Fuhrer of Amestris. His commanding demeanor and love for his comrades drive him to be the change he feels his country needs, with his power as a state alchemist almost unrivaled throughout the series and the gap only widens when he learns the Truth.
“The power of one man doesn’t amount to much. But, however little strength I’m capable of … I’ll do everything humanly possible to protect the people I love, and in turn they’ll protect the ones they love.”
4. SHIKAMARU NARA
Part of Team 10, Shikamaru was involved with many of the larger arcs in the series, like leading the team as the newly promoted Chunin to retrieve Sasuke. He really didn’t get his time to shine until his master was killed by the Akatsuki. Lazy yet methodical, Shikamaru may not have the strength like the Uchiha or Hyuga clans, but his wisdom permits Konoha to thrive and prosper even after the Fourth Great Ninja War as assistant to the sixth and seventh Hokage.
“Don’t you think it’s about time for us, to be the ones who entrust not the entrusted? It’s a pain in the ass, but I can’t say that. Someday, you’ll be the one to treat others to ramen, and you’ll be called Master Naruto.”
Known the world over as a detective who can solve any case, L leads the investigation to bring international killer Kira to justice. Odd as he may be, L is a true genius that will go to any means necessary to prove that his hunch is right on Light Yagami being Kira, and he proves to be more than a match as the two play against each other in a game of cat and mouse.
“It’s not a sense of justice. Figuring out difficult cases is my hobby. If you measured good and evil deeds by current laws, I would be responsible for many crimes.”
2. SON OF GOHAN
Being the son of Earth’s greatest hero, Son Goku, Gohan has been a part of the battlefield since he was 4 years old, where he trained and fought against villains with the rest of the Z-Warriors. All of his training and battles lead him to be the successor to his father when facing off against the greatest threat, Cell. Goku trusted the fate of the planet in his son’s hands, and while it cost Goku his life, Gohan took up the mantle of Earth’s greatest hero.
“Look. I’m giving you the chance to end this without violence. I really don’t want to kill you. Even if you are evil, you can still walk away.”
Leader of Team Dai Gurren, or the Dai Gurren Brigade in the Japanese dub, it’d be easy to mistake Kamina as the main character in Gurren Lagann because of his speeches and power. While Kamina has all the makings for the main character, he does something even better: Kamina pushes Simon to be the man that only he can be.
“Believe in yourself. Not in the you who believes in me. Not the me who believes in you. Believe in the you who believes in yourself.”