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The Best Anime Characters

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 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 vote, 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 best and most notorious anime villains as well.

If you're a huge anime fan, you might also want to check out this list of the best anime fan communities on the web. A fan community can be a great way to connect with other people who share a common passion for anime, manga and otaku style!
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  1. 1
    Up 125
    Down 92

    most listed
    Son Goku

    Dragon Ball Z Kai, Dragon Ball Z, Dragon Ball More
    89
  2. 2
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    Down 47

    ranked low on reranks
    L

    Death Note, Death Note, Death Note: The Last Name More
    82
  3. 3
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    Down 55
    Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood, FullMetal Alchemist, Fullmetal Alchemist ... More
    76
  4. 4
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    Down 79
    Dragon Ball Z Kai, Dragon Ball Z, Dragon Ball Z: Fusion Reborn More
    73
  5. 5
    Up 74
    Down 54
    Cowboy Bebop, Cowboy Bebop: The Movie More
    70
  6. 6
    Up 94
    Down 57
    One Piece (JP), Dream Soccer King!, One Piece Movie: The Desert Princess ... More
    69
  7. 7
    Up 84
    Down 37
    FullMetal Alchemist, Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood, Fullmetal Alchemist ... More
    68
  8. 8
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    Down 31

    ranked low on reranks
    Kakashi Hatake

    Naruto, Naruto Shippūden, Naruto the Movie: Guardians of the Crescent Moon ... More
    65
  9. 9
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    Down 58

    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Himura Kenshin

    Rurouni Kenshin More
    62
  10. 10
    Up 65
    Down 40
    Death Note, Death Note: Re-light: L's Successors, Death Note More
    61
  11. 11
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    Down 55
    Bleach, Bleach: Vol. 17: The Bount, Bleach: Vol. 1: The Substitute More
    61
  12. 12
    Up 55
    Down 29

    Lelouch Vi Britannia

    56
  13. 13
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    Down 68
    Naruto, Naruto Shippūden, Naruto the Movie: Blood Prison More
    56
  14. 14
    Up 58
    Down 63
    Dragon Ball Z Kai, Dragon Ball, Dragon Ball Z (US) More
    52
  15. 15
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    Down 32

    ranked low on reranks
    Roronoa Zoro

    One Piece (JP), Dream Soccer King!, One Piece Movie: The Desert Princess ... More
    52
  16. 16
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    Down 55
    Bleach, Bleach: The DiamondDust Rebellion More
    50
  17. 17
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    Down 59

    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Yusuke Urameshi

    Yu Yu Hakusho More
    49
  18. 18
    Up 35
    Down 31
    Hellsing Ultimate: Vol. 1, Hellsing More
    49
  19. 19
    Up 35
    Down 46

    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Gohan

    Dragon Ball Z Kai, Dragon Ball Z, Dragon Ball Z: Dead Zone More
    48
  20. 20
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    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Pikachu

    Pokémon The Series: XY, Pokémon 4Ever, Pokémon: ... More
    46
  21. 21
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    ranked low on reranks
    Shikamaru Nara

    Naruto, Naruto Shippuden the Movie, Naruto Shippuden the Movie: Bonds More
    46
  22. 22
    Up 38
    Down 26

    Mikasa

    46
  23. 23
    Up 49
    Down 38
    One Piece (JP), Dream Soccer King!, One Piece Movie: The Desert Princess ... More
    46
  24. 24
    Up 41
    Down 30
    Bleach, Bleach: Fade to Black, Bleach: The DiamondDust Rebellion More
    45
  25. 25
    Up 40
    Down 32
    One Piece (JP), Dream Soccer King!, One Piece Film: Strong World More
    44
  26. 26
    Up 33
    Down 23
    Bleach, Bleach: The DiamondDust Rebellion, Bleach: Fade to Black More
    44
  27. 27
    Up 12
    Down 6
    Naruto Shippūden, Naruto More
    42
    added by: ahmadabdeljaber
  28. 28
    Up 23
    Down 21
    One Piece More
    42
    added by: PeteBoyle
  29. 29
    Up 26
    Down 25
    Hunter x Hunter More
    41
  30. 30
    Up 11
    Down 8
    Naruto Shippūden, Naruto, Ninja World More
    41
    added by: ahmadabdeljaber
  31. 31
    Up 26
    Down 39
    Yu Yu Hakusho More
    41
  32. 32
    Up 18
    Down 18
    Gintama, Gin Tama, Gintama: The Movie More
    40
    added by: MoriMori
  33. 33
    Up 26
    Down 42

    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Kurama

    Yu Yu Hakusho More
    40
  34. 34
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    Down 33

    ranked low on reranks
    Sasuke Uchiha

    Naruto, Naruto Shippūden, Naruto Shippuden the Movie: The Will of Fire More
    40
  35. 35
    Up 28
    Down 47
    Pokémon The Series: XY, Pokémon: Arceus and the Jewel of ... More
    40
  36. 36
    Up 22
    Down 37
    39
  37. 37
    Up 22
    Down 24

    ranked low on reranks
    Kurapika

    Hunter x Hunter More
    39
  38. 38
    Up 12
    Down 23

    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Shinobu Sensui

    39
    added by: graser20
  39. 39
    Up 20
    Down 23
    Hunter x Hunter More
    39
  40. 40
    Up 21
    Down 38

    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Hisoka

    Hunter x Hunter More
    39
  41. 41
    Up 21
    Down 25
    Inu Yasha, InuYasha the Movie: Affections Touching Across Time More
    38
  42. 42
    Up 15
    Down 17

    Guts

    Berserk More
    38
  43. 43
    Up 25
    Down 32

    Trafalgar Law

    37
  44. 44
    Up 20
    Down 27
    Dragon Ball Z More
    37
  45. 45
    Up 14
    Down 17
    Dragon Ball Z, Dragon Ball Z: Fusion Reborn, Plan to Destroy the Saiya-jin ... More
    37
    added by: HumbertoIbarra
  46. 46
    Up 16
    Down 35

    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Hajime Saito

    Farewell to Space Battleship Yamato, Space Battleship Yamato - Season 2, ... More
    36
  47. 47
    Up 13
    Down 21
    Neon Genesis Evangelion, Evangelion: 3.0 You Can (Not) Redo, The End of ... More
    36
  48. 48
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    Mugen

    36
  49. 49
    Up 12
    Down 16

    Johan Liebert

    Monster More
    36
    added by: ExtremeaxefiveWu
  50. 50
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    Alex Louis Armstrong

    36
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