The characters of Eyeshield 21 have been well received from publications dedicated to anime, manga, and other media. Deb Aoki from About.com said that one of the best things about Eyeshield 21 are "the well-written, distinctive and loveable characters". Chris Zimmerman from Comic Book Bin praised "well developed characters". Ain't It Cool News describes the characters "recognizable as people" and praised Eyeshield 21, for "taking the personal relationships a little less serious, but going a bit overboard with the motion and personalities". Scott Campbell from Active Anime said the characters "also possess a lot of ability to make the reader laugh". Eyeshield 21 has a lot of teams with differents themes and according Chris Beveridge from the entertainment website Mania some times "the theme is used more than it should" and that "it just feels very forced".
Carlo Santos from Anime News Network praised the "appealing characters" and the "well-defined cast of characters". Jarred Pine from Mania Entertainment said the characters have "their own personalities and are instantly memorable". Zac Bertschy from Anime News Network describes the characters themselves are "perhaps the strongest element". In another review Carlo Santos noted that design of characters, "of course, are a feat of imagination" and that the series has "hilarious characters". Mania Entertainment's Jarred Pine classified the characters as "very likeable".
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