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

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    Cowboy Bebop, Cowboy Bebop: The Movie

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    ranked low on reranks FullMetal Alchemist, Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood, Fullmetal Alchemist ...

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

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    Rurouni Kenshin

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

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    Lelouch Vi Britannia

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

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    Naruto, Naruto Shippūden, Naruto the Movie: Blood Prison

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    Mikasa

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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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    Hellsing Ultimate: Vol. 1, Hellsing

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks Yu Yu Hakusho

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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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    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, Ninja World

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

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

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    added by ahmadabdeljaber Naruto Shippūden, Naruto

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    Hunter x Hunter

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    Yu Yu Hakusho

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    Hunter x Hunter

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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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    Hunter x Hunter

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    Inu Yasha, InuYasha the Movie: Affections Touching Across Time

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

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    Guts Berserk

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks Yu Yu Hakusho

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    Trafalgar Law

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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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    added by graser20

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

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    Alex Louis Armstrong

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    Mugen

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks Farewell to Space Battleship Yamato, Space Battleship Yamato - Season 2, ...

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    Dragon Ball Z

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    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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