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20 Great Anime Characters Who Can Fly (Excluding DBZ)  

Anna Lindwasser
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Just about every character in Dragon Ball Z can take to the skies, but there are plenty of great anime characters who can fly outside of that series. Flying anime characters can crop up in everything from action-packed shonen series like One Piece and Naruto to quirky slice-of-life shows like Flying Witch.

Who are the best anime characters who can fly? That's up to you! If you love villainous characters who fly using innovative and bizarre methods, you may also be a fan of Donquixote Doflamingo. Love flying wizards who cry when they mess up their hair? You'll probably like Howl from the Studio Ghibli film, Howl's Moving Castle.

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Ichigo Kurosaki is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list 20 Great Anime Characters Who Can Fly (Excluding DBZ)
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Ichigo is able to fly thanks to his bankai. He's also able to concentrate reishi - a form of energy similar to chakra - beneath his feet to form a "floor," allowing him to walk on air.

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Donquixote Doflamingo is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list 20 Great Anime Characters Who Can Fly (Excluding DBZ)
Photo:  Studio Pierrot

Donquixote Doflamingo flies using a totally unique method. By using the marionette strings associated with his Devil Fruit, he hooks onto clouds and propels himself into the sky. This ability does not work on cloudless days, however.

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Deidara - Naruto
Deidara - Naruto is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list 20 Great Anime Characters Who Can Fly (Excluding DBZ)
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As a member of the Akatsuki, Deidara naturally has some exceptional abilities. One of those involves creating statues out of clay. Most of them are explosive devices, but he can also turn them into flying birds whose backs he can ride on.

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Ryuk - Death Note
Ryuk is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list 20 Great Anime Characters Who Can Fly (Excluding DBZ)
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Ryuk is a shinigami, or god of death. While his primary abilities lie in taking human lives via a magical notebook, he can also fly. He uses this skill to traverse between the shinigami realm and the human realm.

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