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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
    Son Goku

    Dragon Ball Z Kai, Dragon Ball Z, Dragon Ball More
    91
  2. 2
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    ranked low on reranks
    L

    Death Note, Death Note, Death Note: The Last Name More
    82
  3. 3
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    Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood, FullMetal Alchemist, Fullmetal Alchemist ... More
    76
  4. 4
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    Dragon Ball Z Kai, Dragon Ball Z, Dragon Ball Z: Fusion Reborn More
    75
  5. 5
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    Cowboy Bebop, Cowboy Bebop: The Movie More
    72
  6. 6
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    One Piece (JP), Dream Soccer King!, One Piece Movie: The Desert Princess ... More
    70
  7. 7
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    FullMetal Alchemist, Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood, Fullmetal Alchemist ... More
    67
  8. 8
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    ranked low on reranks
    Kakashi Hatake

    Naruto, Naruto Shippūden, Naruto the Movie: Guardians of the Crescent Moon ... More
    66
  9. 9
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    Rurouni Kenshin More
    64
  10. 10
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    Bleach, Bleach: Vol. 17: The Bount, Bleach: Vol. 1: The Substitute More
    63
  11. 11
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    Death Note, Death Note: Re-light: L's Successors, Death Note More
    63
  12. 12
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    Naruto, Naruto Shippūden, Naruto the Movie: Blood Prison More
    58
  13. 13
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    Dragon Ball Z Kai, Dragon Ball, Dragon Ball Z (US) More
    55
  14. 14
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    Lelouch Vi Britannia

    55
  15. 15
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    One Piece (JP), Dream Soccer King!, One Piece Movie: The Desert Princess ... More
    53
  16. 16
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    Bleach, Bleach: The DiamondDust Rebellion More
    53
  17. 17
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    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Yusuke Urameshi

    Yu Yu Hakusho More
    50
  18. 18
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    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Gohan

    Dragon Ball Z Kai, Dragon Ball Z, Dragon Ball Z: Dead Zone More
    50
  19. 19
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    Naruto, Naruto Shippuden the Movie, Naruto Shippuden the Movie: Bonds More
    49
  20. 21
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    Hellsing Ultimate: Vol. 1, Hellsing More
    47
  21. 22
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    Mikasa

    47
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    One Piece (JP), Dream Soccer King!, One Piece Movie: The Desert Princess ... More
    47
  23. 24
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    Bleach, Bleach: Fade to Black, Bleach: The DiamondDust Rebellion More
    46
  24. 25
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    Bleach, Bleach: The DiamondDust Rebellion, Bleach: Fade to Black More
    45
  25. 26
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    One Piece (JP), Dream Soccer King!, One Piece Film: Strong World More
    45
  26. 27
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    Hunter x Hunter More
    44
  27. 28
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    Naruto Shippūden, Naruto, Ninja World More
    43
    added by: ahmadabdeljaber
  28. 29
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    Naruto Shippūden, Naruto More
    43
    added by: ahmadabdeljaber
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    Hunter x Hunter More
    42
  30. 31
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    Yu Yu Hakusho More
    42
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    42
  32. 33
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    Yu Yu Hakusho More
    42
  33. 34
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    Gintama, Gin Tama, Gintama: The Movie More
    41
    added by: MoriMori
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    41
  35. 36
    Up 17
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    One Piece More
    41
    added by: PeteBoyle
  36. 37
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    Neon Genesis Evangelion, Evangelion: 3.0 You Can (Not) Redo, The End of ... More
    40
  37. 38
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    40
    added by: graser20
  38. 39
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    Pokémon The Series: XY, Pokémon: Arceus and the Jewel of ... More
    40
  39. 40
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    Inu Yasha, InuYasha the Movie: Affections Touching Across Time More
    40
  40. 41
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    Hunter x Hunter More
    40
  41. 42
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    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Hisoka

    Hunter x Hunter More
    40
  42. 43
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    Dragon Ball Z More
    39
  43. 44
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    Dragon Ball Z, Dragon Ball Z: Fusion Reborn, Plan to Destroy the Saiya-jin ... More
    39
    added by: HumbertoIbarra
  44. 45
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    Naruto, Naruto Shippūden, Naruto Shippuden the Movie: The Will of Fire More
    39
  45. 46
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    Farewell to Space Battleship Yamato, Space Battleship Yamato - Season 2, ... More
    39
  46. 47
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    Eureka

    Eureka 7 More
    38
    added by: Reilcan Jones
  47. 48
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    Trafalgar Law

    38
  48. 49
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    Guts

    Berserk More
    38
  49. 50
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    Eureka Seven, Eureka Seven: Good Night, Sleep Tight, Young Lovers More
    37
    added by: Reilcan Jones
  50. 51
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    Laxus Dreyar

    Fairy Tail More
    37
    added by: keoasuno
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