23 Hand-Picked Precious Anime Characters That You Just Want to Protect!


I think we can all agree that there are many precious characters in the anime universe. However, we each hold dear a select few of them in our hearts.

We’ve created a hand-picked list of the 23 anime characters we find precious and want to protect! As a bonus, we’ve also included our favourite quote they say!

Let us know who you think is the most precious out of all of them! If your characters weren’t listed then be sure to let us know in the comments who your top 5 characters are!

22. Natsume Takashi (Natsume Yuujinchou)

Natsume Takashi

Natsume Takashi is the titular protagonist of the beautiful, calming and absolutely touching anime Natsume Yuujinchou.

This quote summarises Natsume the best way possible; as a gentle and kind soul despite the hardships he faced growing up.

“As I encountered kindness, I wanted to be kind myself. I wanted to be able to do something, just as others had done for me.”

– Natsume Takashi

21. Aladdin (Magi: The Labyrinth of Magic)


Aladdin is one of the main protagonists in the Magi franchise. A daring yet incredibly cute character, Aladdin’s overall drive is inspiring to watch onscreen.

“I’ve learned that from a war ignited by revenge, nothing can be born, but sorrow.”

– Aladdin


20. Lavi (D.Gray-Man)


Truer words could never be spoken by one of the most loveable characters of the popular anime, D. Gray-man.

“There isn’t anyone who doesn’t feel regret or sadness.”

– Lavi

19. Meiko Honma (AnoHana)

Meiko Honma

Those words will forever make us want to reach for the closest tissue box…

“You found me…”

– Meiko Honma

18. Allen Walker (D.Gray-Man)

Allen Walker

Powerful words with so much meaning from D.Gray-Man’s main protagonist.

“As long as we keep moving forward for what we believe in, it will be all right.” 

– Allen Walker

17. Hanyuu (Higurashi no Naku Koro Ni)

Furude Hanyu

A quote that completely shows off the amount of love Hanyuu has for Rika.

“I can’t let her go back. Because I know that from the moment she returns, she will experience a lot of pain and suffering. If I let her return, those tragic events will repeat again.”

– Furude Hanyuu

16. The Platelets (Cells at Work!)

The Platelets

While also super adorable, these cute little characters are always ready to help!

“Thank you for your hard work!”

– The Platelets

14. Kanna Kamui (Miss Kobayashi’s Dragon Maid)

Kanna Kamui

That would be a stapler, dear…

“What is this thing that looks like a dragon’s mouth?”

– Kanna Kamui

13. Madoka Kaname (Puella Magi Madoka Magica)

Madoka Kaname

An amazing quote from an incredible character.

“I know what I want now more than anything else, and I’m ready to trade my life for it.”

– Madoka Kaname

12. Eri (My Hero Academia)


Good for you, Eri. Never lose that smile.

“I said ‘Waah,” too!”

– Eri

11. Natsu Dragneel (Fairy Tail)

Natsu Dragneel

Natsu is an all round, well-versed glorified best boy. There is nothing more to it.

“The moment you think of giving up, think of the reason why you held on so long.”

– Natsu Dragneel

10. Juuzou Suzuya (Tokyo Ghoul)

Juuzou Suzuya

You’re doing great, sweetie! Don’t listen to anybody who says otherwise!

“Why should I apologise for being a monster? Has anyone ever apologised for turning me into one?”

– Juuzou Suzuya

9. Luffy D. Monkey (One Piece)

Luffy D. Monkey

Simple, yet powerful words from the main lead of the popular anime, One Piece.

“Being alone is more painful than being hurt!” 

– Luffy D. Monkey

8. Ken Kaneki (Tokyo Ghoul) 

Ken Kaneki

Before his life took a drastic turn for the worst, Ken Kaneki was one of the most loving and passive people around. Wouldn’t hurt a fly.

“You think something like that would hurt, after all I’ve been through?”

– Ken Kaneki

7. Zenitsu Agatsuma (Demon Slayer) 

Zenitsu Agasuma

Reckon they need some ice for that burn, Zenitsu?

Grandfather wasn’t senile. If I’m scum, then you’re trash. I feel sorry for grandpa for having such pathetic successors. I can only do the First Form and you can do everything except that!”

– Zenitsu Agatsuma

6. Tanjiro Kamado (Demon Slayer)

Tanjiro Kamado

A powerful quote that deserves to always be remembered as an example of a main protagonist, Tanjiro Kamado’s empathy towards all living beings.

“Those Who Regretted Their Own Actions, I Would Never Trample Over Them. Because Demons Were Once Human Too. Just Like Me, They Were Human Too.”

– Tanjiro Kamado

5. Kazuto Kirigaya (Sword Art Online)

Kazuto Kirigaya

Kazuto (Kirito) is an all-round caring and lovable character who would do anything for his friends!

“I’d rather die with someone than let that person die before my eyes.”

– Kirito (Kazuto Kirigaya)

4. Iruma Suzuki (Mairimashita! Iruma-kun)

Iruma Susuki

Iruma Suzuki is simply the best, he is one of the most chill protagonists ever!

“Well, nothing good comes out of despair. Despairing isn’t going to make me feel fulfilled. I have to take action myself.”

– Iruma Susuki

3. Naruto Uzumaki (Naruto)

Naruto Uzumaki

Naruto grew up pretty much without a family. There were only a few handfuls of people who would associate with him due to his past.

“Hard work is worthless for those that don’t believe in themselves.”

– Naruto Uzumaki

2. Bam (Twenty-Fifth Baam) / Yuri (Tower of God)

Twenty Fifth Baam

Bam is too precious, so precious that. He chases someone up a dangerous tower.

“There is no way that everyone can be happy. It’s only possible that someone will be happy.”

– Twenty Fifth Baam

1. Izuku Midoriya (My Hero Academia)

Izuku Midoria

Strong and memorable words from My Hero Academia‘s main lead, Izuku Midoriya.

“I was told not to lose when someone laid the groundwork for me.”

– Izuku Midoriya



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