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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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L


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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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#9 on The Best Anime Characters With Brown Hair

#2 on 50+ Anime Characters Who Deserve Their Own Show

#1 on The Best Anime Characters With Black Hair

#3 on The Funniest Anime Characters of All Time

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Kakashi Hatake is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Very Best Anime Characters
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108 people just voted on Kakashi Hatake


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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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#1 on The Best Anime Characters With White Hair

#3 on The Best Anime Characters With Black Eyes

#1 on The Best Anime Characters With Gray Hair

#4 on 50+ Anime Characters Who Deserve Their Own Show

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Itachi Uchiha is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Very Best Anime Characters
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Itachi Uchiha


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Appears In: Naruto Shippūden, Naruto, Ninja World

Powers/Abilities: Superhuman speed, Pyrokinesis, Illusion, Power Mimicry

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#9 on The Best Anime Characters With Black Eyes

#1 on 50+ Anime Characters Who Deserve Their Own Show

#11 on The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time

#51 on The Top Anime Characters That Use Swords

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Light Yagami is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Very Best Anime Characters
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113 people just voted on Light Yagami


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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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#1 on The Best Anime Characters With Brown Hair

#1 on The Greatest Anime Villains of All Time

#60 on The Most Powerful Anime Characters of All Time

#2 on The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time

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Naruto Uzumaki is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Very Best Anime Characters
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136 people just voted on Naruto Uzumaki


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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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#41 on The Most Annoying Anime Characters of All Time

#2 on The Best Anime Characters With Blond Hair

#3 on The Best Naruto Characters

#31 on The Best XBox 360 Characters

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Natsu


Natsu is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Very Best Anime Characters
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Son Goku is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Very Best Anime Characters
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Son Goku


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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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#40 on Characters Who Are Most Worthy Of Lifting Mjolnir

#44 on The Best Dragon Pokemon of All Time

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Edward Elric is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Very Best Anime Characters
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Edward Elric


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Appears In: FullMetal Alchemist, Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood, Fullmetal Alchemist, Fullmetal Alchemist the Movie: Conqueror of Shamballa Chibi Party, + more

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#1 on The Best Anime Characters With Blond Hair

#27 on The Most Powerful Anime Characters of All Time

#13 on The Smartest Anime Characters of All Time

#14 on The Hottest Anime Guys of All Time

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