Can You Name These Anime Characters?

By: Gavin Thagard

Can You Name These Anime Characters?
Image: Fuji TV

About This Quiz

Anime, defined as Japanese animation in English countries, dates back to the start of the 20th century when creators like Oten Shimokawa, Jun'ichi Kouchi and Seitaro Kitayama were producing animated works in Japan. Known as the fathers of anime, these early animators worked throughout the 1910s, laying the groundwork for future animators in the country. 

Early anime was not for entertainment, however, but instead served as propaganda for the Japanese government. It wouldn't move into the entertainment field until after WWII when companies like Toei Animation and Mushi Production were founded. Influenced by Disney films, these companies started creating feature-length animated films, but they wouldn't really hit their stride until they reached the television market in the '60s with shows like "Astro Boy" and "Speed Racer," both of which became some of the earliest anime viewed by English audiences.

Not long after the first shows reached Europe and the United States, anime began to diversify, expanding into genres like robotics and kung fu. These became staples of future Japanese anime, though neither the stories nor the characters would be limited to these genres. Having more clearly defined itself by the '80s, anime became a hit around the world in the decades that followed.

How well do you know the characters that have defined Japanese anime since it became a global phenomenon? From shows like "Dragon Ball Z" to movies like "Spirited Away," there are a slew of interesting anime characters to remember. 

When you're ready to reflect on some of these brilliant anime series, get started and see if you can recall the characters who defined them.

Do you know your Japanese anime? 2 Who is this shinobi whose fighting abilities are enhanced by her powerful eyes?
Hinata Hyuga
Though weak at the beginning of the "Naruto" series, Hinata Hyuga eventually becomes one of the strongest members of her clan. She even invents her own move called Gentle Steps Twin Lion Fist, becoming one of the rare shinobi to create a jutsu of their own.
Lucy Hertfilia
Sakura Haruno
Nico Robin

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Q9 Straw Hat Pirates The leader of the Straw Hat Pirates, is this an anime character you're familiar with?
Monkey D. Luffy
Monkey D. Luffy wears his signature straw hat as he travels the ocean in search of the legendary treasure. The hat was given to him by Shanks, a powerful pirate, but it actually belongs to Gol D. Roger, the former Pirate King.
Ichigo Kurosaki
Naruto Uzumaki
Eren Yeager

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Q17 Soul Reaper Can you identify this anime character who becomes a Soul Reaper after gaining supernatural powers?
Ichigo Kurosaki
Ichigo Kurosaki grew up with the ability to see Pluses, or ghosts, his entire life. As a child, people thought he was looking off into nothingness and talking to himself, but in reality, he couldn't discern who was living and who was dead.
Edward Elric
Eren Yeager
Natsu Dragneel

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Q35 Pokemon Pick out this anime character who serves as a Gym Leader in the "Pokemon" franchise.
Brock
A rock-type Pokemon user, Brock is the first Gym Leader Ash Ketchum encounters on his journey across the Kanto region. After he's defeated by Ash, Brock decides to abandon his gym and pursue a career as a Pokemon breeder.
Lt. Surge
Blaine
Koga

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Q20 pirate hunter to pirate Are you familiar with this swordsman who goes from pirate hunter to pirate in the quest for the legendary treasure known as One Piece?
Shikamaru Nara
Roronoa Zoro
Despite being a bounty hunter who chased pirates, Roronoa Zoro becomes the first member of the Straw Hat Pirates after Monkey D. Luffy saves him from an execution. Once a pirate, Zoro sets out to become the greatest swordsman in the world.
Rintarou Okabe
Gray Fullbuster

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Q3 Spike Spiegel The past weighs heavy on which bounty hunter shown here?
Spike Spiegel
Spike Spiegel's nonchalant, carefree attitude is based on the Japanese movie star Yusaku Matsuda. The character was particularly influenced by Matsuda's role in "Tantei Monogatari," where he plays a rebellious private detective in San Francisco.
Itachi Uchiha
Gon Freecss
Roronoa Zoro

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Q18 Flame Alchemist Recognized as the Flame Alchemist, who is this officer in the Amestrian State Military?
Alphonse Elric
Killua Zoldyck
Roy Mustang
A powerful State Alchemist, Roy Mustang has big ambitions as he hopes to become the next Fuhrer of Amestris, often coming off as an egomaniac because of his desire to move up the ranks. However, he's actually extremely dedicated to his position as a colonel and is always willing to help out his comrades.
Levi Ackerman

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Q10 104th Training Corps What's the name of this soldier who is the strongest warrior in the 104th Training Corps, using her skills to protect the walls against the Titans?
Lucy Heartfilia
Rukia Kuchiki
Homura Akemi
Mikasa Ackerman
After her parents are killed when she's young, Mikasa Ackerman is taken in by the family of Eren Yeager, becoming his adopted sister. When Eren joins the military, Mikasa reluctantly follows him because she's determined to protect him at all costs.

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Q7 scars The war has ended, but the scars remain for which samurai depicted in this image?
Sosuke Aizen
Edward Elric
Sasuke Uchiha
Kenshin Himura
Seeking retribution, Kenshin Himura becomes a wanderer who defends the innocent, though vowing never to kill again. He accomplishes this by using a reverse blade sword, but challenges arise that force Kenshin to question his vows as he overcomes ghosts from his past.

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Q34 hatred for Titans This anime character had a deep hatred for Titans before he realized he was one. Do you know him?
Bertholdt Hoover
Eren Yeager
Eren Yeager had a tragic childhood that shaped his worldview after he watched his mother get eaten alive by a Titan. However, during this time, his father also injects him with a serum that's later revealed to be a chemical that allows Eren to transform into an intelligent Titan. This creates a conflict in Eren that he struggles to deal with.
Armin Arlert
Reiner Braun

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Q21 Cerulean City Gym The leader of the Cerulean City Gym, which anime character do you see here?
Dawn
May
Misty
The first person to join Ash on his journey to be a Pokemon master, Misty is a gifted Pokemon trainer in her own right, preferring to use water-type Pokemon in battle. Two of her strongest Pokemon, which she uses in her gym battle with Ash Ketchum, are Staryu and Starmie.
Serena

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Q14 prince of all Saiyans Will you be able to identify this prideful warrior who calls himself the prince of all Saiyans?
Gohan
Vegeta
For Vegeta, no warrior can stand against the legendary Super Saiyan, a transformation he desperately tries to obtain. However, after reaching the form, Vegeta comes to realize that his rival, Goku, will still always be stronger than him, dissolving his Saiyan pride.
Goten
Trunks

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Q5 never abandon Are you familiar with this anime character who will never abandon someone in need?
Hinata Hyuga
Erza Scarlet
Yuuki Asuna
In "Sword Art Online," Yuuki Asuna gets trapped in the game after borrowing the game's gear from her brother. Realizing she's trapped, Asuna first locks herself away in a digital room before deciding she'd rather try her luck at the game than remain secluded from everyone else.
Rukia Kuchiki

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Q39 Sannin This wise hermit is recognized as one of the legendary Sannin. Who is he?
Orochimaru
Minato Namikaze
Gaara
Jiraiya
Jiraiya learns during his time with the Great Toad Sage on Mount Myoboku that he's destined to train the Child of Prophecy to either save or destroy the world. At first, Jiraiya thinks this child is Nagato, a shunned shinobi who ultimately kills Jiraiya, but as he's dying, Jiraiya determines that the prophecy is actually about Naruto.

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Q2 Chihiro Ogino Can you identify this character who is making the transition from childhood to adulthood?
Asuna
Sinon
Chihiro Ogino
Chihiro Ogino is caught up in the world of spirits when her parents get lost following a shortcut to their new home. After her parents are turned into pigs, Chihiro must find employment at a bathhouse, completing several tasks to gain her freedom and escape the spirits.
Lucy Heartfilia

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Q25 complicated hero This complicated hero plays the role of a criminal to protect both his brother and the village he loves. Who is he?
Sasuke Uchiha
Itachi Uchiha
Despite suffering from a terminal illness, Itachi Uchiha is one of the most powerful shinobi in "Naruto." The illness eventually takes his life, but only after the battle with his brother, Sasuke Uchiha, where he teaches Sasuke the power of the Mangekyo Sharingan.
Madara Uchiha
Obito Uchiha

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Q4 magical notebook Do you recognize this character who discovers a magical notebook that gives him the power of a god?
L
Natsu
Kakashi Hatake
Light Yagami
Holding sociopathic tendencies, Light Yagami comes to believe that he is the judge and jury for mankind after discovering a powerful notebook that kills anyone whose name is written in it. With this power, he sets out to create a utopia under the name Kira.

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Q1 Goku This anime character is always striving to be better than his former self. Who is he?
Naruto Uzumaki
Goku
An alien sent to destroy earth, Goku bumps his head when he arrives and ends up becoming earth's greatest champion. Not only does he clash with members of his own race, the Saiyans, but Goku also travels across the universe where he comes across the villain who blew up his home planet.
Monkey D. Luffy
Edward Elric

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Q40 Death Note Character Are you familiar with this detective who is as cunning as his adversary?
Aiber
Near
L
Throughout the "Death Note" series, L hides his name from everyone so that it can't be written in the notebook, which would result in his death. However, Rem, a Shinigami, uses her eyes to determine L's real name, sacrificing her own life to kill L.
Mello

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Q28 State Alchemist Can you identify this protagonist who is the youngest State Alchemist in Amestris?
Ling Yao
Alphonse Elric
Edward Elric
Throughout his travels, Edward Elric records notes about alchemy that he discovers along the way. However, these notes are heavily coded, so much so that not even his brother, Alphonse, can break the code.
Maes Hughes

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Q36 perfect form A creature whose perfect form gives him immense power, which villain is depicted in this image?
Buu
Frieza
Dr. Gero
Cell
In order to acquire his perfect form, Cell must first absorb both Android 17 and Android 18. Once this is accomplished, Cell is nearly unstoppable until Gohan levels up to Super Saiyan 2 and uses a Kamehameha to take him out.

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Q11 Geass Identify this prince who is gifted with the power of Geass in his struggle against the Holy Britannian Empire.
Roy Mustang
Lelouch Lamperouge
Born Lelouch vi Britannia, Lelouch was forced to change his last name to Lamperouge after his status as a political hostage was put in jeopardy. Realizing his vulnerability, Lelouch decided to go on the offensive, creating the masked identity Zero to fight against the oppressive forces around him.
Roronoa Zoro
Sosuke Aizen

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Q33 Straw Hat Pirates Name this thief who becomes the navigator for the Straw Hat Pirates.
Nico Robin
Boa Hancock
Nami
Prior to joining the Straw Hat Pirates, Nami was a thief who wanted to rob Monkey D. Luffy for another group of pirates called the Arlong Pirates. Her aim was to buy back her village from Arlong, who had taken it over and employed her as his navigator.
Shirahoshi

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Q23 adventure Select the name of this anime character who's always up for an adventure.
Chi-Chi
Videl
Pan
Bulma
In the original "Dragon Ball" series, Bulma is the first character to encounter Goku after his grandpa passes away. At the time, she's looking for the dragon balls, and Goku is in possession of one. He agrees to give her his dragon ball if he can accompany her on the journey to find the other ones.

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Q15 reincarnation The reincarnation of a priestess, name this student who is transported through time after falling down a well.
Kagome Higurashi
After falling down a well, sending her back to feudal Japan, Kagome Higurashi learns that she must find the shards to the jewel that she carried before it was shattered. However, there's also an evil being, Naraku, after the jewel, and Kagome must keep the shards from him at all cost.
Misa Amane
Ino Yamanaka
Akeno Himejima

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Q13 cyborg No criminal wants this cyborg on their tail. Who is she?
Nico Robin
Android 18
Kagome Higurashi
Motoko Kusanagi
In a world where cyber brains can be hacked and controlled, Motoko Kusanagi is one of the main forces fighting against the cyber terrorists who do the hacking. The problem she faces is that she's also a cyborg, and how many of her own memories are actually real.

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Q30 Duel Monsters Is this crafty villain who invents Duel Monsters a character you recognize?
Seto Kaiba
Noah Kaiba
Maximillion Pegasus
The "Yu-Gi-Oh!" manga is quite different from the anime in many ways including with how the story ends for Maximillion Pegasus. In the anime, Pegasus carries on to eventually flip sides and help Yugi and his friends, but in the manga, Pegasus is killed by Dark Bakura after Pegasus loses his duel with Yugi.
Keith Howard

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Q19 massive sword Characterized by his massive sword and missing eye, is this an anime protagonist you recognize?
Griffith
Corkus
Rickert
Guts
After being found as a child near a field of dead bodies, it was clear that Guts' life would be one of difficulty. This proved true after he joined and, later, abandoned the Band of Falcons, which only led to more tragedy in his life.

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Q37 Singer before Actor Can you identify this character who was once a pop singer before turning to acting?
Lucy Heartfilia
Mima Kirigoe
Mima Kirigoe's transition from pop idol to actress comes with some very severe growing pains. Not only does she struggle with making the transition, but she also must overcome a stalker who is not happy with Mima's career change.
Rias Gremory
Sakura Haruno

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Q22 Hunter x Hunter How well do you know this villain who is the primary antagonist of the Chimera Ant arc in "Hunter x Hunter"?
Hisoka
Meruem
Desiring a child who would be considered the perfect offspring, Chimera gave birth to Meruem, a humanoid ant with incredible power. Meruem embraces his superiority to other lifeforms and rules with an iron fist as the King of the Chimera Ants.
Chrollo Lucifer
Phantom Troupe

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Q31 see the spirits Are you familiar with this anime character who is the first to see the spirits that live in the nearby forest?
Mei Kusakabe
After finding several spirits in the forest, Mei Kusakabe is the one who names the largest spirit she finds "Totoro." This word is a mispronouncing of the Japanese word "Tororu," which means "troll."
Satsuki Kusakabe
Yasuko Kusakabe
Tatsuo Kusakabe

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Q29 Third Eye Sporting a third eye that gives him incredible powers, what's the name of this demon?
Kurama
Toguro
Shinobu Sensui
Hiei
Hiei might be the most confident member of Yusuke Urameshi's band of warriors, and that's saying a lot considering he has Yusuke and Kazuma Kuwabara to compete with. He does have good reason to be confident, though, because he's one of the most powerful demons in the show, eventually reaching the Upper S-Class, the highest ranking one can receive.

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Do you know your Japanese anime? 3 Do you know this anime character who gains magical powers that allow her to transform into Sailor Moon?
Usagi Tsukino
One of the most famous parts of "Sailor Moon" are the transformation sequences, where Usagi Tsukino goes from being a teenage girl to being the powerful warrior Sailor Moon. During this sequence, she states how she will punish evil, but she also holds up a hand sign that means "I love you" in sign language. It translates as a weird contradiction.
Kino Makoto
Hotaru Tomoe
Minako Aino

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Q8 Forest How well do you know this anime character who struggles with her hatred for humans because they are destroying the forest?
Nami
San
San gets her name from the Japanese word that means "three." She's given this name by the wolf spirit who raised her, Moro, because San became Moro's third cub when the wolf took her in.
Yuno Gasai
Faye Valentine

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Q16 Spirit Energy Do you recognize this sensei who has mastered Spirit Energy, obtaining powers that she hopes to one day pass on to a worthy student?
Koenma
Bulma
Genkai
Genkai first appears in "Yu Yu Hakusho" when she hosts a tournament where she offers up the secret to her powers to the winner. Yusuke, a young spirit detective, wins the tournament, and Genkai reluctantly takes the hotheaded warrior on as her pupil.
Temari

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Q24 XXXG-01W Wing Gundam The XXXG-01W Wing Gundam is piloted by which character depicted in this image?
Duo Maxwell
Zechs Merquise
Trawa Barton
Heero Yuy
After having his genes manipulated by a doctor, Heero Yuy obtains abilities that make him almost superhuman. Aside from his combat skills and endurance, he's also incredibly durable, shown when he falls from a 50-story building and only breaks his leg after his parachute opens late.

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Q12 Corruption Corruption leads to the downfall of which anime character shown here?
Shotaro Kaneda
Guts
Tetsuo Shima
Tetsuo Shima gains mysterious powers after he's involved in a motorcycle accident while fighting a turf war with a rival gang. Having grown up a grunt in his gang, Tetsuo doesn't use these newfound powers responsibly, instead allowing the powers to corrupt him as he grows more and more unstable.
Rintarou Okabe

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Q32 Ninja Scroll In "Ninja Scroll," the Dragon Stone ends up in the hands of which character shown here?
Tessai
Jubei Kibagami
The writer and director of "Ninja Scroll," Yoshiaki Kawajiri, based the character of Jubei Kibagami on Yagyu Jubei, a famous samurai from the feudal era. Jubei was known for rising to the top of the imperial court only to abandon his position as he set out to wander Japan as a vagabond.
Genma Himuro
Mujuro Utsutsu

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Q26 travels across Japan Have you seen enough anime to name this character who travels across Japan with her brother as WWII comes to an end?
Yuki Nagato
Misa Amane
Yoko Littner
Setsuko
Setsuko and her older brother, Seita, struggle to survive in a war-torn Japan as chaos reigns around them. Despite Seita's best efforts, Setsuko dies from starvation. Her brother cremates her body and carries it with him until he succumbs to a similar fate.

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Q38 love interest Do you recognize this anime character who becomes the love interest of the man who killed her husband?
Tomoe Yukishiro
After Kenshin Himura becomes one of the deadliest assassins during the Bakumatsu, a rival group of assassins employs the services of Tomoe Yukishiro, hoping she can get Kenshin to let his guard down. The ploy almost works until Tomoe actually falls in love with Kenshin, sacrificing her life to save his.
Kaoru Kamiya
Megumi Takani
Makimachi Misao

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