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The Very Best Anime Characters

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Who are the best anime characters ever? This list includes the top favorites in manga, possibly of all time. These are the classics, the most beloved characters, including anime and manga protagonists like Son Goku, the fictional protagonist of the Dragon Ball manga series, and "L," the fictional detective in the manga series Death Note. Be sure to vote for your own personal favorites, add any characters that might be missing and, of course, rerank this list of greatest anime characters in any order you want.

Not surprisingly, many of the best and most memorable anime characters, like L and Son Goku, are the stars of some of the best anime series of all time. Be sure to head over to that list and cast your votes, if you haven't already. And not all of the great anime characters listed here are among the so-called "good guys" - some are among the worst and most notorious anime villains as well.

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    L is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Very Best Anime Characters
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    • Appears In: Death Note, Death Note, Death Note: The Last Name, L: Change the World
    • Powers/Abilities: Natural deduction
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    Kakashi Hatake is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Very Best Anime Characters
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    • Appears In: Naruto, Naruto Shippūden, Naruto the Movie: Guardians of the Crescent Moon Kingdom, Naruto Shippuden the Movie: Bonds, Naruto the Movie: Ninja Clash in the Land of Snow, + more
    • Powers/Abilities: Electrokinesis, Mind Control, Power Mimicry
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    Itachi Uchiha is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Very Best Anime Characters
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    • Appears In: Naruto Shippūden, Naruto, Ninja World
    • Powers/Abilities: Superhuman speed, Pyrokinesis, Illusion, Power Mimicry
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    Light Yagami is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Very Best Anime Characters
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    • Appears In: Death Note, Death Note: Re-light: L's Successors, Death Note, Death Note: The Last Name
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    Naruto Uzumaki is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Very Best Anime Characters
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    • Appears In: Naruto, Naruto Shippūden, Naruto the Movie: Blood Prison, Naruto the Movie: Guardians of the Crescent Moon Kingdom, Naruto Shippuden the Movie: The Lost Tower, + more
    • Powers/Abilities: Healing factor, Shadow clone, Rasengan
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    Son Goku is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Very Best Anime Characters
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    • Appears In: Dragon Ball Z Kai, Dragon Ball Z, Dragon Ball, Dragon Ball Z: Bojack Unbound, Dragon Ball Z: The Return of Cooler, + more
    • Powers/Abilities: Flight, Shapeshifting, Telepathy, Teleportation
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    Vegeta is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Very Best Anime Characters
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    • Appears In: Dragon Ball Z Kai, Dragon Ball Z, Dragon Ball Z: Fusion Reborn, Dragon Ball Z: Bojack Unbound, Dragon Ball Z: Bardock – The Father of Goku, + more
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    Monkey D. Luffy is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Very Best Anime Characters
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    • Appears In: One Piece (JP), Dream Soccer King!, One Piece Movie: The Desert Princess and the Pirates: Adventures in Alabasta, One Piece: The Cursed Holy Sword, One Piece: Baron Omatsuri and the Secret Island, + more
    • Powers/Abilities: Superhuman speed, Elasticity
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