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The Best Anime Characters

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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 worst 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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    L
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    • Appears In: Death Note, Death Note, Death Note: The Last Name, L: Change the World
    • Powers/Abilities: Natural deduction
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    Kakashi Hatake
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    • Popularity: 80
    • Appears In: Naruto, Naruto Shippūden, Naruto the Movie: Guardians of the Crescent Moon Kingdom, Naruto Shippuden the Movie: Bonds, Naruto the Movie: Ninja Clash in the Land of Snow, + more
    • Shows: Naruto, Naruto Shipp?den, Naruto the Movie: Guardians of the Crescent Moon Kingdom, Naruto Shippuden the Movie: Bonds, Naruto the Movie: Ninja Clash in the Land of Snow, + more
    • Powers/Abilities: Electrokinesis, Mind Control, Power Mimicry
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    Itachi Uchiha
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    • Popularity: 106
    • Appears In: Naruto Shippūden, Naruto, Ninja World
    • Shows: Naruto Shipp?den, Naruto, Ninja World
    • Powers/Abilities: Superhuman speed, Pyrokinesis, Illusion, Power Mimicry
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    Naruto Uzumaki
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    • Popularity: 49
    • Appears In: Naruto, Naruto Shippūden, Naruto the Movie: Blood Prison, Naruto the Movie: Guardians of the Crescent Moon Kingdom, Naruto Shippuden the Movie: The Lost Tower, + more
    • Powers/Abilities: Healing factor, Shadow clone, Rasengan
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    • Appears In: Dragon Ball Z Kai, Dragon Ball Z, Dragon Ball, Dragon Ball Z: Bojack Unbound, Dragon Ball Z: The Return of Cooler, + more
    • Powers/Abilities: Flight, Shapeshifting, Telepathy, Teleportation
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    Natsu Added by: subzero15121981

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    Light Yagami
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    • Popularity: 54
    • Appears In: Death Note, Death Note: Re-light: L's Successors, Death Note, Death Note: The Last Name
    • Shows: Death Note, Death Note: Re-light: L's Successors, Death Note, Death Note: The Last Name
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    • Popularity: 90
    • Appears In: One Piece (JP), Dream Soccer King!, One Piece Movie: The Desert Princess and the Pirates: Adventures in Alabasta, One Piece: The Cursed Holy Sword, One Piece: Baron Omatsuri and the Secret Island, + more
    • Shows: One Piece (JP), Dream Soccer King!, One Piece Movie: The Desert Princess and the Pirates: Adventures in Alabasta, One Piece: The Cursed Holy Sword, One Piece: Baron Omatsuri and the Secret Island, + more
    • Powers/Abilities: Superhuman speed, Elasticity
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    • Popularity: 76
    • Appears In: FullMetal Alchemist, Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood, Fullmetal Alchemist, Fullmetal Alchemist the Movie: Conqueror of Shamballa, Chibi Party, + more
  10. 10
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    • Popularity: 46
    • Appears In: Inu Yasha, InuYasha the Movie: Affections Touching Across Time
    • Shows: Inu Yasha, InuYasha the Movie: Affections Touching Across Time
    • Powers/Abilities: Shapeshifting
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    • Appears In: Dragon Ball Z Kai, Dragon Ball Z, Dragon Ball Z: Fusion Reborn, Dragon Ball Z: Bojack Unbound, Dragon Ball Z: Bardock – The Father of Goku, + more
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    Roy Mustang
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    • Popularity: 31
    • Appears In: Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood, FullMetal Alchemist, Fullmetal Alchemist, Fullmetal Alchemist the Movie: Conqueror of Shamballa, Fullmetal Alchemist
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    Lelouch Vi Britannia

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    Levi Added by: SensitivePsych0

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    • Appears In: Attack on Titan
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    • Popularity: 145
    • Shows: Fairy Tail
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    • Appears In: Naruto Shippūden, Naruto
    • Powers/Abilities: Superhuman Reflexes, Superhuman speed, Teleportation, Rasengan
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    Roronoa Zoro
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    • Popularity: 69
    • Appears In: One Piece (JP), Dream Soccer King!, One Piece Movie: The Desert Princess and the Pirates: Adventures in Alabasta, One Piece: Clockwork Island Adventure, One Piece: The Cursed Holy Sword, + more
    • Shows: One Piece (JP), Dream Soccer King!, One Piece Movie: The Desert Princess and the Pirates: Adventures in Alabasta, One Piece: Clockwork Island Adventure, One Piece: The Cursed Holy Sword, + more
    • Powers/Abilities: Superhuman speed, Superhuman strength, Nigh-invulnerability
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    Sasuke Uchiha
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    • Popularity: 59
    • Appears In: Naruto, Naruto Shippūden, Naruto Shippuden the Movie: The Will of Fire, Naruto Shippuden the Movie: Bonds, Naruto the Movie: Ninja Clash in the Land of Snow, + more
    • Powers/Abilities: Superhuman speed, Electrokinesis, Pyrokinesis, Power Mimicry
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    Mikasa

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    • Popularity: 84
    • Appears In: Bleach, Bleach: Vol. 17: The Bount, Bleach: Vol. 1: The Substitute, Bleach: Vol. 36, Bleach: Vol. 21: The Bount, + more
    • Shows: Bleach, Bleach: Vol. 17: The Bount, Bleach: Vol. 1: The Substitute, Bleach: Vol. 36, Bleach: Vol. 21: The Bount, + more
    • Powers/Abilities: Cero, Hohō
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