There are spoilers despite me trying to keep them out, but they were inevitable.
Read at your own risk.
For various reasons I feel like stating my favorite characters and breif descriptions of why I love them. Why? Because I felt like it, and partially because I wish I could order the characters I love (they deserve recognition!!!).
10 - Saeko Busujima - (Highschool of the Dead)
Why? Because she's a deadly silent zombie-bashing bottle of breasts (not to mention she can jiggle her breasts so perfectly that they dodge bullets <- greatest scene ever?). Her kick ass and ask questions later attitude combined with her surprising approachability led to my fascination. She was a perfect team player, and it just made me keep asking, "How does such a being exist?" Then when she reveals that she just loves to hurt people that sealed the deal for me. Granted, she doesn't have all that much character development, but I have a feeling that there will be a season two (if not then I'll continue the manga) and it will only explain further.
9 - Yamada - (B Gata H Kei)
What goes on in Yamada's mind? Sex, sex, and more sex. She's so simple minded that it just works. She's like a man trapped in a woman's body. Every guy should be able to relate. Her personality is so simple, and that's why it works. There's not much else to say other than her confidence versus her shy/indecisive attributes add to the fun, but that's just adding sauce on the steak.
8 - Hitagi Senjogahara - (Bakemonogatari)
A great character with a great sense of humor who isn't afraid to shove a pencil in your eye or staple your eyelids shut. Her development throughout the series is pretty fantastic, and unlike many others she maintains her basic attitude instead of evolving into something completely different by the end of the series. Her bold and sadistic nature just took me for a ride and hooked me in from the start. She's the character that I had the hardest time putting into words, but believe in her greatness and you will be rewarded for your faith.
7 - Shiina - (Angel Beats!)
Shiina is just like Atlantis: a mystery, legendary, and one of a kind. This is probably the closest I've ever gotten to understanding moe. The expressionless character that does random and meaningless things in excess for no reason other than she feels like it will hurt her pride. Oh, and she loves cute things. I don't know why, but that helps her in my book. Maybe it's not any of these things and it's just the fact she's a self-proclaimed ninja in a out-of-place setting, but either way whatever it is just works.
6 - Sousuke Sagara - (Full Metal Panic!)
Seargeant Sagara Sousuke is great. You ask why? Simply because he doesn't understand ANYTHING, and how does he deal with things he doesn't understand? He BLOWS IT UP! His constant misunderstanding of basic concepts of society just continued to baffled me (in one of the best ways possible) to the point where I just fell in love with him. No homo. He just never learns despite what he is told, and this blind confidence in himself completes him as a constant hysterical tidal wave. Though, I will say, as an action character he gets straight C's across the board (but that's not the reason he’s on this list).
5 - Shino Amakusa - (Seitokai Yakuindomo)
The ultimate female pervert! Maybe it's just the fact that it's so unexpected, but that just adds to Shino's greatness. She somehow manages to turn EVERYTHING into a sexual joke of some kind while managing to stay the flipping Student Council President. She amazes me in ways that I just never thought possible (she gets humped by a deer, A DEER?!). That aside, the way she can play off Aria (her fellow pervert), Suzu (the midget), and Tsuda (the normal one?). The only reason I add that question mark is my blatant inability to understand how he can get three vibrators for Christmas and not be surprised. That aside, Shino just makes me smile an evil grin all the time.
4 - Korone - (Ichiban Ushiro no Daimaou)
Ah, Korone, you make me chuckle every time you're on screen. The bland expressions accompanied by your constantly harassing jokes that make people squirm as you secretly take joy in their awkward jumble of words. Despite being a robot she has personality, isn't a damn slave, and has feelings (all of which are the downside to robots in anime in my opinion). Of course that makes people ask, "Why make her a robot?" To that I respond, "Who cares? She's funny as hell with that stoic expression and at least has a reason for being stoic" (it just angers me when people are stoic for no damn reason).
3 - Hei - (Darker than Black)
Ultimate Badass. Ultimate BADASS! Unlike many of the supposed "heroes" that I've seen Hei doesn't flinch like a little wuss in the face of danger or a hard decision. He makes a damn decision and sees it through and never shows his weakness. He's more of a superhero than Batman, Superman, and all the Norse Gods put together. He is the epitome of all (fighting) characters. He is the model for that fantasy every guy has, when he dreams of becoming the strongest guy in the world and doesn't take crap from anyone.
2 - Ruri Gokou (Kuroneko) - (Ore no Imouto ga Konnani Kawaii Wake ga Nai)
I'm starting to think I have a thing for stoic characters. Kuroneko is just one of those characters that made me laugh every time she came on the screen (after she lightened up when she asked Kyousuke why he was doing all this for Kirino). She was a perfect foil to Kirino, and that emotionless delivery of some of the rawest jokes just left me smiling for the entire episode. She probably holds the funniest scene in all of anime when she does her presentation about Kirino and Kyousuke. Suprisingly Kuroneko was the most developed character in the series, much more than Kirino. After seeing the series a second time I grew to love her not only because she's funny and original, but because she developed without these explanations that an anime usually bashes you over the head with. If only the story revolved around Kuroneko instead of Kirino... Oh well, she made the entire series to me so it might as well have been about her.
1 - Lucy - (Elfen Lied)
What separates Lucy from the pack is just the fact she is perfection in my eyes. To me Lucy is just the ultimate tragic character mixed in with a ton of badass. It might just be the impeccable music that accompanied this series, but the climax was one of the greatest of all time. It left me rooting for her despite all she had done. Her personality just seems to fit the situation she's in and it just works. Additionally, her character perfectly matches her upbringing which just furthers the realism and makes it hit close to home. Lucy just took me on a roller coaster as they go from fearing crossing her path to the perfect tragic heroine (If only the ending had been more conclusive).