"Because sometimes a poll isn't just good enough"  -slogan                 

AnimeBracket is a website created by Matt Hackmann. The site most notably hosts /r/Anime's Three Major Contests (Best Girl, Guy, and Character) as well as a variety of relatively minor contests held on the subreddit.

Voters will need to register a reddit account in order to vote on the website. Depending on the host, a contest may implement ReCAPTCHA  to prevent bots,  and a minimum age restriction limit for reddit accounts to prevent sockpuppets.

Tournament Format[edit | edit source]

All tournaments made in AnimeBracket follow this format:

1. Nomination Stage - this is where you enter characters that you want to compete in the contest. Before nominating, you need to read AND follow a set of rules determined by the tournament's host. After that, you will be sent to a nomination screen, in which you enter a [Name], its [Source Field], and the [Image Link].

  • When typing down a name, there wil appear a drop-down menu that may help you find the desired character quickly. Selecting a character from the drop-down menu instantly fills the corrpesponding image link, leaving you only the source to fill.
  • Source field means the anime / cartoon / whatever show the character comes from. Note that the "Source Field" name can be modified by the tournament host.
  • The Image link is the URL of the character's picture. It is recommended to use images that are horizontally long, or pictures from the website MyAnimeList (or other related sites). Do not use very small images and vertically long images.
  • Do not use images depicting graphic violence and explicit nudity and pornography. They will be banned.


2. Elimination stage -  All nominees are split into multiple groups depending on the host's choice. In each group, you select the contestants you want to proceed in the main bracket. All nominations are equally weighted, and there is no limit of how many nominees you choose in each group.

  • Contestants are seeded based on adjusted votes: the number of votes relative to the amount of voters who participated in the contestant's respective round.


3. Main bracket - Single-elimination tournament.



r/anime Contest Rules[edit | edit source]

Best Girl[edit | edit source]

Held from the beginning of June until July, this month-long summertime event is the oldest, biggest, saltiest, and most prestigious contest ever held in /r/anime. Expect a lot of "shit taste" and "show/recency bias" claims thrown around.

An asterisk(*) denotes that the player would go on to win the following Best Character contest, banning her from future Best Girl Contests.

Best Girl Contest   (2014)[edit | edit source]

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Kurisu Makise Holo Hitagi Senjougahara Himeko Inaba


Best Girl Contest 2.22: The Salt Will (NOT) Stop Coming!!!   (2015)[edit | edit source]

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Yukino Yukinoshita Saber Hitagi Senjougahara Yui Yuigahama


Best Girl Part 3: Saltdust Crusaders  (2016)[edit | edit source]

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Mikoto Misaka Megumi Tadokoro Hitagi Senjougahara* Holo


Best Girl 4: A Certain Salty Railgun  (2017)[edit | edit source]

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Rin Tohsaka Yui Yuigahama Ryuuko Matoi Shinobu Oshino*


Best Girl 5: Legend of the Galactic Waifu  (2018)[edit | edit source]

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Rem Aqua Ochako Uraraka Holo


Best Girl 6: Starting Salt in Another Contest  (2019)[edit | edit source]

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Asuna Yuuki Winry Rockbell Aqua Mikasa Ackerman


Best Girl 7: Salt Art Online: Alkalinization (2020)[edit | edit source]

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Kaguya Shinomiya Mai Sakurajima Ai Hayasaka Holo


Best Girl 8: Salt is War (title pending)[edit | edit source]

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TBD TBD TBD TBD



Best Guy[edit | edit source]

Spin-off of Best Girl, held in the Winter months (February-March). Same shit(taste), different gender.

An asterisk(*) denotes that the player would go on to win the following Best Character contest, banning him from future Best Guy Contests.

Best Guy Contest 1   (2015)[edit | edit source]

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Lelouch Lamperouge Kamina Rintarou Okabe Kiritsugu Emiya


Best Guy Contest 2  (2016)[edit | edit source]

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Koyomi Araragi Rintarou Okabe Roy Mustang* Kiritsugu Emiya


Best Guy 3: Saltmonogatari (aka Shiomonogatari)  (2017)[edit | edit source]

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Spike Spiegel Rintarou Okabe Gintoki Sakata Kazuma Satou


Best Guy 4: You're Gonna Carry That Salt   (2018)[edit | edit source]

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Koro-sensei Edward Elric Rintarou Okabe* Kazuma Satou


Best Guy 5: Hello, Salty Star!   (2019)[edit | edit source]

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Shigeo Kageyama "Mob" Edward Elric Killua Zoldyck Kazuma Satou


Best Guy 6: Salt Psycho 100!   (2020)[edit | edit source]

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Levi Ackerman Saitama Edward Elric All Might


Best Guy 7: A-Salt on Titan (title pending)[edit | edit source]

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TBD TBD TBD TBD



Best Character[edit | edit source]

Mixed-gender contest traditionally held in the Fall season (October-November).  Perceptions may vary: it's either the greatest honor an anime character can achieve, or a glorified "Consolation Prize" for those who really can't win Best Girl/Guy no matter what.

Starting from 2016 onwards, all Best Character winners will be banned from competing in the Best Girl/Guy Contests.

/r/anime's Best Anime Character  (2015)[edit | edit source]

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Roy Mustang Lelouch Lamperouge Kurisu Makise Rider (Fate/Zero)


Best Character Contest 2: Of Kings and Salthood  (2016)[edit | edit source]

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Hitagi Senjougahara Kurisu Makise Spike Spiegel Edward Elric


Best Character  : 3-gatsu no Salt!!! (2017)[edit | edit source]

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Shinobu Oshino Rintarou Okabe Megumin Edward Elric


Best Character 4: Salt-Under-Blade (2018)[edit | edit source]

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Rintarou Okabe Megumin Ryuuko Matoi Kazuma Satou


Best Character 5: Salts;Gate (title pending)[edit | edit source]

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TBD TBD TBD TBD


AnimeBracket (link)
Best Girl Contest BG1 (2014)BG2 (2015)BG3 (2016)BG4 (2017)BG5 (2018)BG6 (2019)BG7 (2020)
Best Guy Contest BGuy1 (2015)BGuy2 (2016)BGuy3 (2017)BGuy4 (2018)BGuy5 (2019)BGuy6 (2020)BGuy7 (2021)
Best Char. Contest BCh1 (2015)BCh2 (2016)BCh3 (2017)BCh4 (2018)BCh5 (???)
Others Seasonal SaltCouples/ShipsBest OP/EDExhibitions
Terms Shit tasteRecency biasSpite votesCursed
Best Girls Kurisu Makise KurisuYukino Yukinoshita YukinoMikoto.png MikotoRin Tohsaka RinRem.png RemAsuna Yuuki AsunaKaguya.png KaguyaBG8
Best Guys Lelouch.png LelouchKoyomi.png AraragiSpike.png SpikeKoro.png KoroMob.png MobLevi.png LeviBGuy7BGuy8
Best Chars. Roy.png RoyHitagi.png HitagiShinobu Oshino ShinobuOkabe.png OkabeEdward.png EdwardBCh6
Hiatus / Unknown fate
Major Saimoe Contests
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r/anime Best Girl BG1 (2014)BG2 (2015)BG3 (2016)BG4 (2017)BG5 (2018)BG6 (2019)BG7 (2020)
r/anime Best Guy BGuy1 (2015)BGuy2 (2016)BGuy3 (2017)BGuy4 (2018)BGuy5 (2019)BGuy6 (2020)BGuy7 (2021)
r/anime Best Chr. ☆ ‡ BCh1 (2015)BCh2 (2016)BCh3 (2017)BCh4 (2018)BCh5 (???)
Bilibili Moe ★ † 2015 (Japan)2016 (Japan // China) • 2017 (Japan // China) • 2018 (Japan // China)
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