Voted for Beowulf and Annie.
Now I’m not going to make a frothing-at-the-mouth apeshit post like so many others, but I will encourage the undecided to put in a vote for either of them. Favorites got knocked out? Hey, vote for Beowulf and/or Annie!
If I can put forward a little convincing here— Their appeal doesn’t lie in their concept all on its own, like some others (coughstanleycough).
Annie’s not cool because she’s a magical girl, she’s cool because she’s a jaded veteran ekeing out some meaning in a life where everyone else dies and she just stays the same. She killed her own mother when she became a threat and ripped out her own eyeball to gain power. But she puts on a smile and tries to make kids happy (and hopefully, more knowledgeable) by putting on a big show for them. Occasionally she slays a world-destroying monster, using the girly, sparkly abilities she has with resolute seriousness.
Beowulf, likewise, ain’t just cool because “lol he has a chair”, he’s a completely normal human in a world filled to the brim with magic users, monsters, cyborgs, and all manner of crazy shit. Despite this, he still manages to stand out by virtue of his pure strength alone. No help, no Batman gadgets, just himself. He only has a chair, and a number of other souvenirs, because he had the strength to earn them with his own blood and sweat. To me, that’s cool.
I guess that’s me being a bit of a lorehound again, but as for more detailed reasons for why I like those characters those would be it.