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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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    most listed Dragon Ball Z Kai, Dragon Ball Z, Dragon Ball

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    ranked low on reranks Death Note, Death Note: The Last Name, L: Change the World

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    ranked low on reranks Naruto, Naruto Shippūden, Naruto the Movie: Guardians of the Crescent Moon ...

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    One Piece (JP), Dream Soccer King!, One Piece Movie: The Desert Princess ...

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    Dragon Ball Z Kai, Dragon Ball Z, Dragon Ball Z: Fusion Reborn

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    Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood, FullMetal Alchemist, Fullmetal Alchemist ...

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    Naruto, Naruto Shippūden, Naruto the Movie: Blood Prison

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    Cowboy Bebop, Cowboy Bebop: The Movie

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks Rurouni Kenshin

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    added by ahmadabdeljaber Naruto Shippūden, Naruto, Ninja World

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    Bleach, Bleach: Vol. 17: The Bount, Bleach: Vol. 1: The Substitute

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    ranked low on reranks Lelouch Vi Britannia

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    One Piece (JP), Dream Soccer King!, One Piece Movie: The Desert Princess ...

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    Dragon Ball Z Kai, Dragon Ball, Dragon Ball Z (US)

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    Pokémon The Series: XY, Pokémon 4Ever, Pokémon: ...

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    ranked low on reranks Mikasa

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks Dragon Ball Z Kai, Dragon Ball Z, Dragon Ball Z: Dead Zone

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    Naruto, Naruto Shippuden the Movie, Naruto Shippuden the Movie: Bonds

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    added by ahmadabdeljaber Naruto Shippūden, Naruto

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    Naruto, Naruto Shippūden, Naruto Shippuden the Movie: The Will of Fire

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    One Piece (JP), Dream Soccer King!, One Piece Movie: The Desert Princess ...

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    Hellsing Ultimate: Vol. 1, Hellsing

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    Bleach, Bleach: The DiamondDust Rebellion

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    Bleach, Bleach: Fade to Black, Bleach: The DiamondDust Rebellion

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    Yu Yu Hakusho

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    Bleach, Bleach: The DiamondDust Rebellion, Bleach: Fade to Black

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    One Piece (JP), Dream Soccer King!, One Piece Film: Strong World

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    added by PeteBoyle One Piece

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    Trafalgar Law

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    added by HumbertoIbarra Dragon Ball Z, Dragon Ball Z: Fusion Reborn, Plan to Destroy the Saiya-jin ...

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    Dragon Ball Z

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    Hunter x Hunter

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    Yu Yu Hakusho

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    Inu Yasha, InuYasha the Movie: Affections Touching Across Time

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    Guts Berserk

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    Hunter x Hunter

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    Yu Yu Hakusho

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    ranked low on reranks & added by SensitivePsych0 Levi Attack on Titan

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    added by Reilcan Jones Kirito SAO, Sword Art Online

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    added by Tman Dragon Ball Z Kai, Dragon Ball, Dragon Ball Z

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    One Piece (JP), Dream Soccer King!, One Piece Movie: The Desert Princess ...

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    Alex Louis Armstrong

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    Hunter x Hunter

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