Anime has a been a huge part of our lives since childhood and after watching anime for such a long time, we start to relate to the characters in the anime. Sometimes we are affected by them, sometimes we are inspired and there are time we just love them without any particular reason. There have been quite a few anime characters who were able to move me and I have really come to love them. So, I have decided to list the top 25 Male Anime Characters that I have come to love over the years.
- These are just personal opinions.
- If you don’t agree then it’s fine. Let Senpai know who are YOUR favorite.
So without further ado, let’s get started:
1. Lelouch Vi Britannia (Code Geass)
Lelouch is one of the finest character I’ve ever come across. He is the son of Charles zi Britannia and Marriane vi Brittania. He is smart, he is a good manipulator and an amazing planner. Lelouch was given the power of “Geass” by which he was able to control people just by looking at them in their eyes. The way he utilized the geass says a lot about his character. He vowed to achieve a goal when he received the Geass and ended up doing so. He had a power that could have helped him gain whatever he wanted but instead he decided to use it for the greater cause. His personality, his intelligence as well as his influence on the show, I must label him as the best character even it is by a very small margin.
2. Itachi Uchiha (Naruto Shippuden)
Itachi Uchiha is easily one of the most captivating yet controversial character in anime history. What he has done to his clan and family makes him a traitor and criminal to the eyes of a lot of people and yet you truly realize what a noble person he was when you come to know the actual motive behind his actions. Is it humanly possible to go through what he has gone through? There are few characters that made me cry and Itachi Uchiha is obviously one of them. Calm, intelligent and a talented shinobi, probably these three adjectives greatly sums up what Itachi is all about. Itachi also possessed an intense amount of control over his emotions which is particularly evident from his times with the Akatsuki. It’s astonishing how much Itachi has influenced the viewers with such a limited screentime. Ask some of the Naruto fanboys and most of them will keep Itachi in their favorite 5 characters of Naruto universe. Judging by all these your Senpai has no other alternative but to declare Itachi as his 2nd in his top favorite male anime characters list.
3. Kiritsugu Emiya (Fate/Zero)
Kiritsugu Emiya, cold blooded, noble, courageous and ill-fated these are some adjectives that can be used to describe Kiritsugu. Kiritsugu also possesses some of the ideologies of Itachi. Oh yeah, suddenly I realized Lelouch, Itachi and Kiritsugu all these three guys were willing to get their hands dirty to establish peace. They shared somewhat the same philosophy. Kiritsugu was deprived from the love of his mother at a tender age. He was involved in a series of tragic incidents that includes his father and a woman who gave him shelter. Kiritsugu was willing to kill people. If killing 5 people resulted in the saving of 50 he will do it. “You cannot save everyone” something he had to learn through sufferings and series of hardships. Kiritsugu’s ideology and yet his realistic approach makes him an extremely humane character. It’s in human nature to make mistakes and Kiristugu has his fair share if mistakes. But it does not change the fact that he is a fascinating character who has gained the respect of most viewers. Obviously there are haters and there will always be. But still Senpai is deciding to keep him in 3rd place after taking all the pros and cons into consideration.
4. Roy Mustang (Fullmetal Alchemist/Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood)
In 4th place is our very own Mr. Gallon tank, the flame alchemist Roy Mustang. Roy Mustang is not the protagonist of the Fullmetal Alchemist franchise and yet he arguably is the most standout character of the series. His dual personality is what makes him such an attractive and at the same time unique character. He is goofy and always fools around but when it comes to achieving his goals his personality takes a 360 degree turn. He is a bona-fide pervert who wishes to introduce mini skirts as uniform when he becomes the fuhrer yet this guy is surprisingly timid and soft-spoken in front of Riza Hawkeye. He also appears to be extremely caring to towards his close ones. “It’s not in his nature to leave his comrades behind” “That guy is too soft this country will chew him alive” these two line from Hawkeye and Havoc is a clear indication that there is more to Mustang than what meets the eye. But this guy is also prone to mistakes and lets emotion get the better of him as you will see in the closing stages of FMAB. Senpai has thus decided to keep our beloved flame alchemist in 4th place in my top favorite male anime characters list.
5. Toua Tokuchi (One outs)
Toua Tokuchi is the very definition of badass. For the newbies and some other who goes around saying the word ‘badass’ and has no idea what the word means, I would like to state that badass is just a slang for the word cool or awesome. Now moving on to the topic. Tokuchi, an insane gambler, a genius tactician, a master manipulator, an amazing pitcher and a cold hearted person has run the show single handedly. Plot wise and animation wise one outs is nothing special. Yet one outs is one of the top tier sports anime. Why? It’s because of Tokuchi. He does not have a geass like Lelouch or a death note like Light yet he owned all his opponents and single handedly beaten other teams using his normal human powers. In terms of deduction ability and manipulation he is superior than Light, L and Lelouch. No this claim is not far fetched. Only blind Death Note fan and Code Geass fan will fail to acknowledge him. Despite being a sports anime the prime attraction of one outs was the psychological battle all because of Tokuchi. So, Tokuchi takes the 5th spot on Senpai’s top favorite male anime characters list
6. Guts (Berserk)
Guts, the protagonist and one of the most underrated anime characters ever. He is a demon slayer and a tragic hero. He makes mistakes and that’s what makes him such an intriguing character. Because he is mistake prone it is really tough to predict what is going to happen next. Senpai has decided to keep this ferocious and volatile character in 6th spot.
7. Gilgamesh (Fate/Zero)
So here is another badass in this list. Gilgamesh is one of the pivotal characters of Fate/Zero. Just like Mustang, Gilgamesh is not the protagonist yet he often outshone the protagonist. He is arrogant, he is cocky, he does not give you damn. But can you blame him? Absolutely no. It is pretty natural to have that kind of attitude if you consider his powers and achievements. I was in absolute awe when I saw the ‘Gate of Babylon’ for the first time. A conversation of fate stay night will make you understand what this guy is like- Gilgamesh: Marry me, Saber: Never. Gilgamesh: I wasn’t proposing that was an order. So the king of kings has made his way in the 7th spot in Senpai’s favorite male anime characters list.
8. Johan Liebert (Monster)
He looks pretty harmless right? WRONG! And now you’re dead. No. 8 on the list is the so called “Monster” from the masterpiece “Monster”. He is labeled as the next Adolf Hitler and even the devil himself. His ability to manipulate and level of intelligence is stunning. He also has an insane amount of self confidence. During his childhood his aim was to be the last man standing on the earth. Just like how Tokuchi carried the show by himself, same can be said for Johan. However, unlike One outs, monster has a stunning plot. So I am going with this guy in the 8th place on Senpai’s list of favorite male anime characters.
9. Alucard (Hellsing Ultimate)
Alucard is the main character from the famous manga Hellsing and its anime adaptations. Alucard is easily a contender for one of the strongest anime characters ever created. So obvious question why is he on the list? and the obvious answer why he should not be. Immortality, invulnerability, superhuman speed, telepathy, hypnosis and his powers just goes on and on. To top it off he has got some wicked attitudes. He easily gets inside the top 10 of Senpai’s top favorite male anime characters.
10. Light Yagami (Death Note)
The high-school prodigy from the anime Death Note gets the no. 10 spot on the list. One day he found a death note, a diary capable of killing anyone whose name is written on it as long as the writer has his face in his mind. Light is smart, intelligent and a great manipulator. Just like Lelouch he was adamant in using the death note for the greater cause. He is also responsible for treating us with one of the finest psychological battles in anime history. Honestly, how many of you can admit that you did not enjoy Light vs L. Although he turned selfish and insane towards the end, if you have watched the anime you have to admit it was natural. A power like that can obviously go to your head and not too mention the urge to survive is one of the most primitive human urges.
11. Rintarou Okabe (Steins;Gate)
The self proclaimed mad scientist from Steins;Gate occupies the 11th spot. It’s refreshing to see some eccentric characters as protagonist rather than those clichéd noble ones. Okabe Rintarou is a scientist fixated on inventing a time machine however all he ever managed was to invent was some pieces of junk. But don’t get the wrong impressing, he is smart and despite his eccentric and careless nature he really cares for those who are close to him. I highly doubt it is possible to hate such a character like Okabe. That is why Okabe has landed a spot on Senpai’s top favorite male anime characters list.
12. Sesshomaru (Inuyasha)
Sesshomaru is the elder brother of Inuyasha and a full fledged demon. Yes, after a little gap this is another badass in this list. He is calm, he is cold and powerfull as hell. He is a no nonsense fighter. He finishes his opponent off in a flash. Although he started of as cruel and possessed great abhorrence towards the human race, he strangely grew affectionate to a human child. He also held a grudge on his father. Because his father hid Sou’unga and gave Tetsusaiga to Inuyasha while left the Tenseiga to Sesshomaru. Tenseiga, a sword that can’t cut rather gives life is a sword Sesshomaru has no use for. However, towards the end Sesshomaru became the possessor of only the 2nd pure Yokai sword and officially the strongest demon of Inuyasha universe. I am a massive Sesshomaru fan however, I could not find a way to rank him above 12.
13. Tatsumi Takeshi (Giant Killing)
Tatsumi Takeshi truly portrayed how important the role of manager in football is. He is eccentric yet he always finds a way to get his team out off tricky situations. Despite having a great plot what turned Giant Killing from a great anime to a masterpiece is the charisma of Tatsumi. This guy is one hell of a protagonist. Without a shadow of a doubt this guy is in the list of top favorite male anime characters of Senpai.
14. Hiei (Yu Yu Hakusho)
We have another demon on our list. Probably the fastest demon in anime universe Hiei from the classic anime Yu Yu Hakusho takes the 14th spot on the List. From his third eye, his sword skills and his dragon of darkness flame Hiei simply is a complete package and add to that his calmness and tsundere characteristics, you simply can’t overlook this sublime character.
15. Kakashi Hatake (Naruto Shippuden)
Mr. Copy Ninja and the former 6th Hokage has made his way to the 15th spot of the list. Kakashi is a prime example that Naruto Fillerpudden has a set of some great characters. Kakashi is in one word is awesome. His laid back attitude but steely determination and his goofy nature makes him truly a fascinating character. Like Mustang he also possesses a dual personality. He is also one of the strongest Shinobi of Naruto Universe. His amazing personality as well as his role in nurturing the young ones as a strong and reliable teacher has landed him a spot on Senpai’s top favorite male anime characters list.
16. Rider (Fate Zero)
While it may raise a few eyebrows but yes Rider finds himself in the 16th position. Rider is without a doubt one of the most lovable characters I have ever come across. Alongside Gilgamesh and Kiritsugu, Rider is also a pivotal character of Fate Zero. A personality filled with massive pride, confidence and truly a respectable ideology Rider is obviously a character deserving of absolutely every ounce of respect.
17. Hachiman Hikigaya (My Teen Romantic Comedy SNAFU)
At number 17 is our loner and philosopher Mr. 8man. Hikigaya is an extremely exceptional character. He is an asocial person with zero interest in making friends. He is socially awkward. However, he is extremely strong mentality and his ideologies are the harsh realities of life that most people won’t want to admit. Hikigaya won’t back down from shouldering all the blame and responsibility if it is what it takes to help his friends. He is a dark knight and an unsung hero. A character like Hikigaya deserves more appreciation. My only regret is that I could not put him further up the rank of Senpai’s top favorite male anime characters list.
18. Kise Ryouta (Kuroko no Basuke)
Kise Ryouta is a member of the Generation of Miracles. However, unlike the other members his ability is to copy the technique of others. He doesn’t possess any unique skill of his own. However, he can improvise other’s techniques and make them more effective than the orginal ones. Outside the court he is a model, a lady’s man and a very soft spoken person and also a man who highly values Kuroko both as a player and as a person. The blondie gets the 18th spot on the list.
19. Ryosuke Takahashi (Initial D)
The racing genius from Initial D is in the 19th spot. He is calm, level headed and very theoretical compared to his hot headed and instinctive younger brother. He is also the only one to be praised by the legend Bunta in the entire series. He is easily a character that deserves each ounce of respect he gets and one of the most lovable characters of the classic racing anime, Initial D. Whit that said Ryousuke Takahashi gets the 19th spot on Senpai’s top favorite male anime characters list.
20. Ace Portgas D (One Piece)
Ace completes the 20th spot of senpai’s list. Come on, if you think I’ll make a list of top 25 characters and will not have Ace in it you were sadly mistaken. You can actually start a debate who is more noble and a better elder brother Ace or Itachi. I tell you that’s gonna create a battlefield and the result will be a 50/50 draw. I mean how can you not like this guy. He is amazing as fuck! And that is why he has landed a spot on this list of amazing people!
21. Spike Spiegel (Cowboy Bebop)
Spike is the main character of Cowboy Bebop. His influence on the anime, his personality and his gunskill is just amazing. With his utmost badassery he has forced his way into the 21st spot on Senpai’s favorite male anime characters list.
22. Vash The Stampede (Trigun)
Vash is our bona fide doughnut lover from Trigun. He is goofy, he is careless and an absolute nutjob. But this guy is one hell of a gunman. His dark past also makes him one of the most intriguing character out there.
23. Kai (Beyblade)
Ah my childhood hero. There was a time when I was simply a Kai maniac. This guy is an amazing blader. He is arrogant, cocky but like Hiei he is also a Tsundere. He will never admit that he actually cares for his teammates. I saw Beyblade when I was 12 years old and back then Kai was the definition of awesome to me. That’s why he is on Senpai’s favorite male anime characters list.
24. Madara Uchiha (Naruto Shippuden)
Madara is one of the most intriguing characters out there not too mention one of the strongest as hell. Senpai firmly believes he is one of the biggest stars of the Naruto series and not unsurprisingly finds himself in the 24th position. Even though he is a villain you cannot but be awed by this mountain like personality.
25. Souma Yukihira (Shokugeki no Souma)
Shokugeki no Souma is the new shounen in town and trust me the anime and manga both have created a massive hype which is absolutely justified. A big reason for this hype is the protagonist Souma. Despite being typical Shounen hero Souma still has a lot of uniqueness to offer. In a very short amount of time Souma has become one of my favorite anime characters because of his attitude and his passion for what he does. He is cool, confident and skilled to say the least and his place in this list is highly justified.
So that’s that kouhai’s. There are so many amazing characters out there and Senpai really had a tough time to pick just 25. I can’t believe I ranked Vash, Kai, Souma, Hiei so low. It makes your senpai sad. But still I will give an honorable mention to characters who deserved a spot:
- Ginko (Mushishi)
- Abel Nightroad (Trinity Blood)
- Train Hartnet (Black Cat)
- Pain (Naruto Shippuden)
- Goku (Dragonball Z)
- Kirei Kotomine (Fate/Zero)
- Aomine Daiki (Kuroko no Basuke)
- Aizen (Bleach)
- Kimbley (FMA/FMAB)
- L (Death Note)
This concludes Senpai’s Top 25 favorite male anime characters list.