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The Very Best Anime Characters 

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Updated May 20, 2020 1.6M votes 111.6k voters 796.5k views 1,095 items

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.

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Itachi Uchiha is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Very Best Anime Characters
ahmadabdeljaber added Naruto Shippūden, Naruto, Ninja World
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Kakashi Hatake is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Very Best Anime Characters
Naruto, Naruto Shippūden, Naruto the Movie: Guardians of the Crescent Moon Kingdom
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Levi Ackerman is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Very Best Anime Characters
hooliganouk added Singeki no kyojin
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Naruto Uzumaki is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Very Best Anime Characters
Naruto, Naruto Shippūden, Naruto the Movie: Blood Prison
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Shoto Todoroki is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Very Best Anime Characters
CharlotteGoodwill added My Hero Academia

Quirk: Half-Ice and Half-Fire

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Saitama is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Very Best Anime Characters
bola-nagy-boutros added
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Jiraiya is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Very Best Anime Characters
Naruto Shippūden, Naruto, Naruto Shippuden the Movie: Bonds
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Killua Zaoldyeck is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Very Best Anime Characters
Hunter x Hunter
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Gaara is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Very Best Anime Characters
Naruto, Naruto Shippūden, Naruto the Movie: Legend of the Stone of Gelel
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Ichigo Kurosaki is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Very Best Anime Characters
Bleach, Bleach: Vol. 17: The Bount, Bleach: Vol. 1: The Substitute
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Monkey D. Luffy is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Very Best Anime Characters
One Piece (JP), Dream Soccer King!, One Piece Movie: The Desert Princess and the Pirates: Adventures in Alabasta
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Edward Elric is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Very Best Anime Characters
FullMetal Alchemist, Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood, Fullmetal Alchemist
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Koro-sensei is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Very Best Anime Characters
Assassination Classroom
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Shikamaru Nara is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Very Best Anime Characters
Naruto, Naruto Shippuden the Movie, Naruto Shippuden the Movie: Bonds
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Izuku Midoriya is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Very Best Anime Characters
aarhin19 added My Hero Academia
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Meliodas is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Very Best Anime Characters
shegold-mendoza added The Seven Deadly Sins
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Sanji is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Very Best Anime Characters
One Piece (JP), Dream Soccer King!, One Piece Movie: The Desert Princess and the Pirates: Adventures in Alabasta
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Pain is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Very Best Anime Characters
Naruto Shippūden
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Minato Namikaze is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Very Best Anime Characters
ahmadabdeljaber added Naruto Shippūden, Naruto
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Neji Hyuga is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Very Best Anime Characters
Naruto, Naruto Shippūden, Naruto Shippuden the Movie: The Will of Fire
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Erza Scarlet is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Very Best Anime Characters
irenne-silverleaf added
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Madara Uchiha is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Very Best Anime Characters
Naruto Shippūden
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Hinata Hyuga is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Very Best Anime Characters
Naruto Shippūden, Naruto, Naruto Shippuden the Movie: Bonds
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Gon Freecss is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Very Best Anime Characters
Hunter x Hunter
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Goku is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Very Best Anime Characters
Dragon Ball Z Kai, Dragon Ball Z, Dragon Ball