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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, Death Note: The Last Name

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

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

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks Cowboy Bebop, Cowboy Bebop: The Movie

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

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

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

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks Rurouni Kenshin

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    Death Note, Death Note: Re-light: L's Successors, Death Note

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

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    Lelouch Vi Britannia

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    Naruto, Naruto Shippūden, Naruto the Movie: Blood Prison

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

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

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    Bleach, Bleach: The DiamondDust Rebellion

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks Yu Yu Hakusho

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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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    often listed & ranked high on reranks Pokémon The Series: XY, Pokémon 4Ever, Pokémon: ...

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    ranked low on reranks Mikasa

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    ranked low on reranks Naruto, Naruto Shippuden the Movie, Naruto Shippuden the Movie: Bonds

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

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

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

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

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    Hunter x Hunter

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    added by ahmadabdeljaber Naruto Shippūden, Naruto, Ninja World

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    added by ahmadabdeljaber Naruto Shippūden, Naruto

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    added by PeteBoyle One Piece

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    added by MoriMori Gintama, Gin Tama, Gintama: The Movie

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    Yu Yu Hakusho

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    Hunter x Hunter

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    ranked low on reranks Naruto, Naruto Shippūden, Naruto Shippuden the Movie: The Will of Fire

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    Hunter x Hunter

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    Inu Yasha, InuYasha the Movie: Affections Touching Across Time

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    Hunter x Hunter

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    often listed & added by graser20

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    Guts Berserk

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    Trafalgar Law

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    Yu Yu Hakusho

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    Pokémon The Series: XY, Pokémon: Arceus and the Jewel of ...

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    Dragon Ball Z

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    Neon Genesis Evangelion, Evangelion: 3.0 You Can (Not) Redo, The End of ...

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    Cowboy Bebop, Cowboy Bebop: The Movie

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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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    Mugen

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    Farewell to Space Battleship Yamato, Space Battleship Yamato - Season 2, ...

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    Alex Louis Armstrong

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