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#1 Posted by Scotchbear (2231 posts) - - Show Bio

Just like title says.

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#2 Posted by MainJP (6221 posts) - - Show Bio

Is there any other manga/anime character popular enough to be an ambassador of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics? Or to have their own officially recognized day in Japan?

Pikachu probably.

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#3 Edited by kgb725 (19235 posts) - - Show Bio

Luffy is probably bigger

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#4 Edited by Scotchbear (2231 posts) - - Show Bio

@mainjp: lol I just realized there is an official Goku day in Japan wtf. Is he thought popular there? Btw who is luffy

Nvm I looked him up. I recognize him, people really think he's more recognizable than Goku? When I wear my Goku shirt out here in America one in like 5-10 people will be like "hell ya awesome shirt DBZ is the best"

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#5 Posted by Stefano (2551 posts) - - Show Bio

he isnt even the most power character in his own show

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#7 Posted by RukelnikovFTW (6142 posts) - - Show Bio

Pikachu is the most recognizable anime character

Goku is probably the most popular

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#8 Posted by Skrskr (3557 posts) - - Show Bio

Yeah probably, or pikachu

Not necessarily most popular as most liked, but easily probably one of the most known.

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#9 Posted by Dragonvegeta123 (328 posts) - - Show Bio

Goku overrated

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#10 Posted by IceDemonKing (9998 posts) - - Show Bio

If you forget batman then maybe.

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#11 Posted by dbzaota482 (534 posts) - - Show Bio

Certainly... that is if you don't count Pikachu.

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#12 Posted by dbzaota482 (534 posts) - - Show Bio

@mainjp said:

Is there any other manga/anime character popular enough to be an ambassador of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics? Or to have their own officially recognized day in Japan?

Sailor Moon, Naruto, Luffy, and Astro Boy are also ambassadors for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.

Kinnikuman also has a holiday officially recognized in Japan.

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#13 Posted by ITouchedTheBoat (3393 posts) - - Show Bio

stupid ass Pikachu is probably more popular. Personally I'd take Goku though.

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#14 Posted by PurpleDeaDragon (2162 posts) - - Show Bio

In Latin America it is veeery popular, like I think Super Broke records last weekend and everything.

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#15 Posted by MainJP (6221 posts) - - Show Bio

@DBZAOTA482: I know...well, except the Kinnikuman thing.

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#16 Posted by TheDeathstar (4340 posts) - - Show Bio

Yes!

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#17 Posted by Spidey_Jackson (6359 posts) - - Show Bio

Hell yes.

But the haters will disagree.

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#18 Posted by Thedarkpaladin (22886 posts) - - Show Bio

He's one of the most popular anime characters of the current generation.

Most popular of all time? That's definitely debatable.

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#19 Posted by Thenewguysnm1 (7530 posts) - - Show Bio

@thedarkpaladin: i wouldn't call him the most popular but probably the recognisable world wide

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#20 Posted by deactivated-5a2b0053414c5 (8165 posts) - - Show Bio

Idk, there are some other serious contenders. Pikachu comes to mind, Yugi/Kaiba have been mentioned by people I wouldn't even have expected ANY YGO! knowledge from.

In terms of memes, Jojo's can be pretty well-known.

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#21 Posted by Blaredevil (509 posts) - - Show Bio

He's one of the most popular anime characters of the current generation.

Most popular of all time? That's definitely debatable.

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#23 Posted by Scotchbear (2231 posts) - - Show Bio

@DBZAOTA482: yes they are but Goku is the main one. According to several sources he outvoted several characters including the ones you listed and Pikachu for the top spot.

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#24 Posted by TheGamemasterShaun (370 posts) - - Show Bio

Yep he totally is. Goku is the most popular anime character globally. If you are a anime fan, you know him.

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#25 Posted by Superhero24 (4766 posts) - - Show Bio

Yes. he is the best of the best. He is the Lebron, Kobe, and Michael Jordan of Anime.

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#26 Posted by emperorthanos- (16577 posts) - - Show Bio

It's between Goku and Pikachu. Maybe Ash.

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#27 Posted by AlexTheBoss (18082 posts) - - Show Bio

@stefano said:

he isnt even the most power character in his own show

The OP says popular, not powerful, lol. I actually read it that way at first too.

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#28 Posted by Watertaco (454 posts) - - Show Bio

Pikachu is more popular, due to how popular Pokemon is.

Other than that, Goku would probably be the most popular. Even with One Piece selling more copies than Dragon Ball, but that's only because of One Piece's sheer length.

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#29 Posted by Super_ninja (3599 posts) - - Show Bio

i thought it was Vegeta.

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#30 Edited by Mad_Jim (2622 posts) - - Show Bio

Pikachu > Goku

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#31 Edited by Thesenate (701 posts) - - Show Bio

Completely forgot that Pokémon counts as Anime.

Shrek is the most popular imo. I'll throw down with anyone that says differently.

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#32 Posted by Farkam (12036 posts) - - Show Bio

Goku, Nardo, Ash Ketchum & Pikachu are prolly the most popular protagonists in the West.

Doreamon, Kakichi, Astroboy, Kinnikuman & Sailor Moon are more popular in Japan (along with Goku & Luffy).

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#33 Posted by zoldycklogic (1094 posts) - - Show Bio

@mad_jim: Goku is the most known character, Pikachu is the most loved character..... So i guess you are right

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#34 Posted by JasonHawke (3240 posts) - - Show Bio

People already pointed it out but Pikachu is the most popular anime character most likely.

(But people in Brazil and Mexico, can't speak for other latin countries, REALLY love DBZ sooooo I don't know)

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#35 Posted by thatduderox (1005 posts) - - Show Bio

It's Pikachu, but Goku isn't far behind. Adults who have never even watched anime recognize Goku and Pikachu, or at least the brand they represent.

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#36 Posted by Kingnemo (282 posts) - - Show Bio

Goku is on of the worst written characters in shonen history

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#37 Edited by Jatom22 (1856 posts) - - Show Bio

In the U.S.A id say it is between goku and Pikachu. World I have no idea

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#38 Posted by Watertaco (454 posts) - - Show Bio

It's Pikachu, but Goku isn't far behind. Adults who have never even watched anime recognize Goku and Pikachu, or at least the brand they represent.

This. You can show some random person in a third world country Pikachu, and they'd probably recognize it.

Goku? Ehhh.....much less likely.

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#39 Posted by Godren (3781 posts) - - Show Bio

goku or pikachu

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#40 Posted by DJudgment (392 posts) - - Show Bio

For me i think most people in the world are going to recognise Pikachu more than Goku.