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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 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 best and most notorious anime villains as well.

If you're a huge anime fan, once you're done voting for these famous anime characters, 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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    Death Note, Death Note: The Last Name, L: Change the World

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

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

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    Naruto, Naruto Shippūden, Naruto the Movie: Guardians of the Crescent Moon ...

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

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    added by ahmadabdeljaber Naruto Shippūden, Naruto, Ninja World

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    Cowboy Bebop, Cowboy Bebop: The Movie

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    Death Note, Death Note: Re-light: L's Successors, Death Note: The Last ...

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    Naruto, Naruto Shippūden, Naruto the Movie: Blood Prison

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    Rurouni Kenshin

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

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

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    ranked low on reranks Mikasa

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    Dragon Ball Z Kai, Dragon Ball Z, Dragon Ball Z: Dead Zone

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    added by ahmadabdeljaber Naruto Shippūden, Naruto

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

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

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

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    Bleach, Bleach: The DiamondDust Rebellion

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

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    Yu Yu Hakusho

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    Hunter x Hunter

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    Trafalgar Law

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

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

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

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    Hunter x Hunter

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    added by PeteBoyle One Piece

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks Pokémon The Series: XY, Pokémon: Arceus and the Jewel of ...

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    Dragon Ball Z

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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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    Yu Yu Hakusho

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    ranked low on reranks & added by Reilcan Jones Kirito SAO, Sword Art Online

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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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    Guts Berserk

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    added by ChristianD.Mulkey Tetsuya Kuroko Kuroko no Basuke

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    Hunter x Hunter

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    Yu Yu Hakusho

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

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    added by xxlidorxx Sinbad- Magi Magi

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