General Information (Read This!)

Well, this is perhaps the most important thread here on the Character Battle forum, with the huge glut of information formerly found on the battle one thread transferred for ease of use. The results of the tournament can be found here, and please discuss the character battle here. Thanks.



This is the brainchild of me and Mangaminx, not at all copied from Game FAQs. Basically, we're selected sixteen anime characters that we think are pretty damn popular, and we're going to have them face off against each other, round by round, until one is declared the victor.

I understand that the characters chosen will anger, displease and frustrate some, but we selected these characters because of their popularity (well, most of them...) Also, we have had to not use certain very popular characters because they didn't match up well to an opponent for the first round. Other than that, we have a wide selection of characters to vote for, so it's unlikely that there won't be at least one character that you're a fan of in the listings. All entries are selected from series; no films; it was hard enough for us choosing these sixteen.

We have eight male characters and eight females, selected to ensure maximum gender equality; the final will be a battle of the most popular of the male characters and the most popular female. Each pair of battles will last one week; with the guys appearing here and the ladies appearing on the sister thread, curated by Mangaminx. So, this first round should last four weeks. As per usual, the winner goes through to the next round.

Everyone is welcome to vote on every round, and please do, as well as leaving any comments for us.


Here's the line-up for this first round. Sorry if your favourite characters aren't here, but we hope there's at least someone for you to root for here.

The Boys...
Spike (Cowboy Bebop) vs. Vash (Trigun)
Ayato (RahXephon) vs. Shinji (Evangelion)
Guts (Berserk) vs. Alex Rowe (Last Exile)
Naruto (duh) vs. Ichigo (Bleach)

...and the Girls...
Kirka (Noir) vs. Motoko (Ghost In The Shell: Stand Alone Complex)
Yomiko (R.O.D.) vs. Seras (Hellsing)
Tohru (Fruits Basket) vs. Osaka (Azumanga Daioh)
Usagi (Sailor Moon) vs, Sakura (Cardcaptor Sakura)

In addition, the following characters will appear as wildcards, decided by Paul, Mangaminx and me. The two with the most votes in each gender will enter into the main tournament.

Sousuke (Full Metal Panic)
Tetsuo (Akira)
Kenshin (Rurouni Kenshin)
Ed (Fullmetal Alchemist)
Tenchi (Tenchi)
Kiba (Wolf's Rain)
Char (Mobile Suit Gundam/Zeta Gundam/Char's Counterattack)
Goku (Dragonball Z)
Jubei (Ninja Scroll)
Naota (FLCL)

Lain (Serial Experiments Lain)
Kino (Kino's Journey)
Belldandy (Ah! My Goddess)
Hitomi (Escaflowne)
Excel (Excel Saga)
Rakka (Haibane Renmei)
Chii (Chobits)
Priss (Bubblegum Crisis)
Robin (Witch Hunter Robin)
Eclair (Kiddy Grade)

CURRENT BATTLES for week commencing 4th October
Guts vs. Char
Yomiko vs. Sakura

Happy voting, and if you have any questions don't hesitate to ask. Once again, apologies if the characters we chose don't suit your taste, but hey - there's always 2006 if this goes well.

Of course, it would be nice to see how everyone votes; please reply to reveal who you've voted for, and also feel free to attach images of either competitor as propaganda!