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Top 15 Male Anime Characters [By Voting]

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Oct 26, 2021• Proven solutions

You don’t generally see the kind of hype and excitement for a single category of content like one that revolves around anime. Anime offers a complete package filled with emotions, drama, entertainment, amazing plot twist, stunning visuals – and of course, admirable characters. No matter how good or bad the show is, an anime is always defined by its characters. A good-looking, charming, and badass hero is the backbone of an anime. Believe it or not but many popular cult-favorite anime characters have millions of fans. Today we will reveal the top 15 male anime characters.

Stay tuned to find out if your favorite anime boy made it to the list!

Best 15 Male Anime Characters/Anime Boys Voted by Anime Fans

Here is a list of the coolest of the cool top 15 most loved male anime characters in anime history according to the fan votes. Note that the characters here are listed in no particular order:

1. Levi Ackerman — Attack on Titan

Levi Ackerman

Levi Ackerman is a cold, distant, antisocial anime boy. He looks like a young teenager but he’s decades old. Levi is the Captain of the Scouting Legion division and Special Operations Squad. He boasts the title of “Humanity’s Strongest Soldier” because he is the strongest human being in the world who can easily take down Titans. What makes this character so realistic is that he is not perfect; he’s facing his own emotional trauma and insecurities. Since his introduction, he has gained immense love and appreciation from the fans. Levi’s stern face, tactful nature and strength make him one of the best male anime characters.

2. Kakashi Hatake — Naruto

kakashi hatake

Naruto is perhaps one of the most famous anime shows out there with a number of cult-favorite characters. Kakashi Hatake is Naruto’s sensei and leader of team 7. Kakashi Hatake is a shinobi of Konohagakure's Hatake clan. His teammate Obito Uchiha gives him a Sharingan. He gets the title “Copy Ninja Kakashi” because he can copy the moves of other ninjas due to his Sharingan. Kakashi is famous for his mysterious appearance, relaxed attitude, and dynamic personality.

3. Itachi Uchiha — Naruto

itachi uchiha

Itachi Uchiha is one of the most famous anime characters of all time. He is the most popular edge lord in the anime world. He is popular due to his older brother whose t-shirts and mixtapes he stole. Itachi Uchiha is not a protagonist but an anti-hero. He kills the entire Uchiha clan except for his brother Sasuke. Despite his negative characteristics, fans love him. His mysterious history, dreamy eyes, cool moves, and sexy personality make him an attractive male anime character.  Itachi has millions of fans around the world with dedicated fandom websites. 

4. L — Death Note

death note male anime character

L Lawliet is the famous detective in Death Note. He is famous for his different aesthetic and strong personality. He is a man of high intelligence, awkward posture and intriguing mysteries. Ever since his introduction, L has left a long-lasting impression on viewers. This suspense series would have been incomplete without L. His social ineptitude and complex strategic reasoning are the perfect addition to the plot.  

5. Ken Kaneki — Tokyo Ghoul

ken kaneki

Ken Kaneki is the main character in Tokyo Ghoul married to Touka Kirishima. He has a gentle, introverted, and kind personality. At the beginning of the series, he is a normal man but then Rize Kamishiro's kakuhou is transplanted in him. Ken then transforms into an artificial one-eyed ghoul, the first of his kind. Being half-ghoul, half-human he becomes a Quinx. Later on, he is known as the Eyepatch and becomes one of the strongest ghouls ever. 

6. Karma Akabane – Assassination Classroom

karma akabane

Karma Akabane is a young, mischievous, and clever character in the anime series Assassination Classroom. Karma goes to the Kunugigaoka Junior High School and studies under Korosensei. Karma is a popular character because most teens can relate to his stubbornness. He is popular in school for violence and troublesome attitude. Even though he is shown to be cunning, sadistic, manipulating, and aggressive, there is still a tender side to him – and that’s what makes his character so exciting. 

7. Katsuki Bakugou – My Hero Academia

katsuki bakugou

Katsuki Bakugo is a famous male character in My Hero Academia manga and anime. His love and hate relationship with Katsuki are an important aspect of his overall personality. Being rude, arrogant, aggressive, and short-tempered, Katsuki is a man of average height. He has the typical; Japanese physique with a slim, muscular build. He is given the hero name “Great Explosion Murder God Dynamite” because he is very hot-headed and violent. Anime fans all over the world love his sexy lustrous ash-blond bangs, his fighting abilities and his epic hero costume with Grenadier Bracers.

8. Killua Zaoldyeck – Hunter X Hunter

killua zaoldyeck

Killua Zaoldyeck is one of the strongest and most impactful characters of Hunter x Hunter. He is cool, sharp, and mischievous. Even though Killua is relegated as Gon Freecss' sidekick, he has managed to grab the audience's attention. His mysterious history, deadly talent, and never-ending contemplation of morality, makes him a great character.

9. Hak – Yona of the Dawn

hak male anime character

Hak is the second most important character of this anime and manga series. Hak is the former General and Chief of the Wind Tribe who falls in love with Princess Yona. Hak is famous for his outstanding martial arts, swordsmanship, and archery skills. He earns the title of "Lightning Beast", in the Kingdom of Kouka because he is the strongest fighter in the country. He is famous for his charming personality, sarcasm, wit, humor, and nonchalant behavior. 

10. Ban – The Seven Deadly Sins

ban male anime character

Ban is the king of Benwick and sin of Greed in Seven Deadly Sins. He is married to Elaine and has a daughter named Lancelot. and the king of Benwick. Ban is famous for his resilience and for giving up immortality to resurrect Elaine. Ban’s character is inspiring and passionate. He follows his heart and sometimes ends up suffering due to his selfishness and greedy nature. However, he is still caring and selfless for the people he loves and that's what makes him so amazing. 

11. Satoru Gojo – Jujutsu Kaisen

satoru gojo

Satoru Gojo of Jujutsu Kaisen is a special grade jujutsu sorcerer. He teaches at the Tokyo Metropolitan Curse Technical College. Satoru is a tall handsome man with white hair and bright blue eyes. Gojo is a complex personality known to be nonchalant and fun around his friends, colleagues, and students. He is famous for his strength, speed and reflexes. He is also the most powerful Jujutsu sorcerer

12. Zero Kiryu – Vampire Knight

zero kiryu

Zero Kiryu is a vampire hunter and an ex-vampire.  Zero is a tall attractive man with silver hair and snow-white skin and lavender eyes. He is one of the most popular manga and anime characters. He has a cool laid back rough and tough appearance; he has tattoos and multiple ear piercings. The tattoo is actually Hunter's Seal which suppresses his vampire side and tames him. He has a strong loving personality. Even though he comes across as hostile and cold-hearted, he has a kind heart. He wishes to protect humans against his own people. 

13. Edward Elric – Fullmetal Alchemist

edward elric

Fullmetal Alchemist is the biggest Shounen anime with millions of fans.  Edward Elric is the main protagonist of this anime series and manga. Fans love him for his spunky personality and morally conflicted human emotions.  He loses his arm due to an alchemy experiment gone wrong. He is popular for his struggles through life, constant existential drama, heartwarming friendships, and epic alchemy battles. He is loud-mouthed, arrogant, headstrong, and resilient.

14. Victor Nikiforov – Yuri!!! on Ice

victor nikiforov

Victor Nikiforov is a famous figure skater in Yurri!!! On Ice. He is the coach and choreographer of Yuri Katsuki’s and his fiancé.  Victor is presented as a very handsome man. He has a slim tall physique, light blue eyes, and short gray hair with bangs, the classic Japanese anime boy. Even though the star performer is Yuri, Victor has a strong celebrity persona and charisma. His flirtatious looks, sexy strength, and stunning performances, leaves the audience wanting for more. Victor is also very hardworking and always trying to perfect his skills and moves. His fun attitude, good looks, and easy-going personality make him one of the best male anime characters. 

15. Ayato Sakamaki – Diabolik Lovers

ayato sakamaki

Ayato Sakamaki belongs to the Sakamaki household and is the third son of the Vampire king Karlheinz and his wife Cordelia. Ayato is an angry young man with a slender body and rough reddish-colored spiky hair. He has a fair complexion and narrow green eyes. Ayato is a troublesome character yearning for attention. He is presented as a mischievous and clever young boy who looks down on others. By nature, he is a bully and teases people for his personal pleasure. Ayato refers to himself as “Ore-sama” (Yours Truly) after he falls in love with Chichinashi. Fans love him because he is a narcissist who is mercilessly passionate about torture – exactly what a real vampire should be!

Why Anime Boys Are Attractive?

What makes anime boys so attractive is their gentle demeanor. Anime has given a different touch to masculinity as compared to western shows - where an attractive man is usually portrayed as a tall macho dude with 6 packs. However, the concept of an anime boy is generally someone with a soft, cute, lithe yet athletic and badass personality. These hardcore tough guys have feminine qualities which set them apart from the mainstream heartthrobs like Chris Evans as Captain America or Zac Efron as Matt Brody.

Also, the ideal Japanese male is also much different than a Western guy. Japanese don’t desire strong, muscular, handsome Greek God-looking men. For them, the idea of an attractive man is a cool, laidback, charming, gentle guy with adorable looks and a goofy personality. Thus, a male anime character is a perfect combination of manly and sensitive - and women love that! 

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Shanoon Cox
Shanoon Cox is a writer and a lover of all things video.