There are several anime series like Naruto, Attack on Titan, Fullmetal Alchemist, etc., that are highly successful and popular. Along with the plot, the main reason behind the success of these shows is their story-driven characters. Only the presence of these characters can make any series interesting. As a result, such characters instantly won the heart of the viewers. Some of them even have deadly looks, which made their fandom even more humongous. So, here is the list of the Top 25 Best Male Anime Characters fans just can’t get enough of.
25: Sebastian Michaelis (Black Butler)
Demons always manage to impress fans, and one such demon who everyone’s heart is Sebastian Michaels. He is a demon butler and Phantomhive household’s senior staff member. Sebastian is a flawless butler who can do anything to ensure that his master’s household runs smoothly. Humans and their insatiability fascinate him, and he thinks of them as difficult creatures.
24: Ban (Seven Deadly Sins)
The next one in the list of best male anime characters is the Sin of Greed and the king of Benwick, Ban from Seven Deadly Sins. He is one of the most powerful characters of Nanatsu no Tanzai. He even gave up his immortality in order to resurrect Elaine. It clearly shows how selfless he is. Ban is very passionate, and his actions are based on things that catch his interest.
23: Sesshoumaru (InuYasha)
Sesshoumaru is one of the most beloved characters of InuYasha and is the half-brother of its main protagonist. He is a really powerful inudaiyokai, and people feared throughout the Feudal Era. Sesshoumaru’s character is quite cold and really confident. His appearance is like a normal human except for the fact that he has a crescent moon imprinted on his forehead. Throughout the series, the incredible journey of Sesshoumaru made him one of the best male anime characters of all time.
22: Victor Nikiforov (Yuri On Ice)
Mentors in anime have always become the favorite of everyone. One such example is Victor Nikiforov from Yuri on ice. He is quite a famous skater and is also a mentor of Yuri Katsuki. Not only that, but Victor is also one of the most handsome characters of the series. He is of fun-loving nature and has an easy-going personality. Victor has celebrity charisma, and he always manages to surprise his audience with his brilliant new creations.
21: Ayato Sakamaki (Diabolik Lovers)
Next up on the list of the best male anime characters is Ayato Sakamaki. He is the son of the Vampire King, Karlheinz, and is the third son of the Sakamaki household. Ayato is a typical angry young man and is quite troublesome as he always desires attention. He is a narcissist and is obsessed with being the best. However, it is tough for him to express his feelings, and he always hides them under insulting words.
20: Roy Mustang (Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood)
Roy Mustang, also known as the Flame Alchemist, is one of the main characters of the Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood. He started his journey as a State alchemist and helped the Elric brothers in defeating the Homunculi. Roy is also the hero of the Ishval civil war and is the only character in the series who can use the flame alchemy. By the end of the series, Roy Mustang successfully manages to become the next Fuhrer of Amestiors by replacing King Bradley. Colonel Mustang’s remarkable journey filled with emotions and hatred makes him one of the best male anima characters.
19: Thorfinn Karlsefni (Vinland Saga)
Thorfinn is the main protagonist of the critically acclaimed anime Vinland Saga. Whenever we talk about the characters who have the best character development, the name Thorfinn always pops up. He saw his father getting killed in front of him and then joined the band of the killer Askeladd so that one day he could take his revenge. At the beginning of the series, he is a young, innocent boy, but as the episodes pass by, he becomes an angry young cold-blooded individual who is full of hatred.
18: Roronoa Zoro (One Piece)
The next name in the list of the best make anime characters is one of the greatest swordsmen of all time, Roronoa Zoro. He is a member of the Straw Hat Pirates and is supporting Luffy from the very beginning. He is one of the most powerful combatants of this crew and aspires to become the greatest swordsman in the entire world. Not only that, but he is also a part of the twelve pirates crew who is renowned as “The Worst Generation.”
17: Karma Akabane (Assassination Classroom)
Karma Akabane is one of the main characters of Assassination Classroom and is a student of Kunugigaoka Junior High School. He got suspended from school because of his violent behavior. Karma is popular in the school for his troublesome attitude. He is very mischievous, cunning, and a bit sadistic in nature. However, despite this nature, he always has good values behind his goals, and he is quite empathetic as well.
16: Ichigo Kurosaki (Bleach)
Ichigo Kurosaki is the main protagonist of one of the big three anime, Bleach. He becomes a soul reaper after meeting one. Ichigo is quite powerful in his Shinigami form and has the ability to see and send spirits. He is quite stubborn, short-tempered, and impulsive. His sense of honor awakes whenever he steps into a battle. Ichigo always seeks vengeance for the cruel actions of his opponents. The great character development and powerful abilities make Ichigo one of the best male anime characters of all time.
15: Bakugo Katsuki (My Hero Academia)
Bakugo Katsuki, also known as Kacchan, is one of the main characters of My Hero Academia. He is also training to become a pro-hero, just like Deku. Kacchan is quite arrogant, rude, cold-hearted, and short-tempered in nature. As a result, he is also very violent and has a superiority complex. Bakugo is among the most powerful characters in MHA, and his looks, charm, personality, and skills earned him the place on our list of the best male anime characters.
14: Ken Kaneki (Tokyo Ghoul)
Ken Kaneki is the main protagonist of Tokyo Ghoul. At the beginning of the series, he hated ghouls. However, soon he transformed into one after facing a tragedy. Initially, he was a coward, but then he became one of the strongest ghouls who went on a journey to get revenge and change the world. Kaneki had a drastic character development after being tortured by Yamori. His amazing development throughout the anime cemented his place as one of the best male anime characters of all time.
13: Mikey (Tokyo Revengers)
Next up on our list is none other than the commander of Tokyo Majin Gang, Mikey (Manjiro Sano). He won everyone’s heart with his very first appearance. Mikey’s popularity skyrocketed the moment fans saw him fighting for the first time. He is of carefree nature and loves to prank his gangmates. However, there is no one more dangerous than when he gets angry or surrounded by his dark impulsivity. He is an exceptionally talented and charismatic leader and can make anyone follow him.
12: Killua Zoldyck (Hunter x Hunter)
The twelfth spot on our list of the best male anime characters is grabbed by Killua Zoldyck. The young heir of the Zoldyck Family. His upbringing was quite traumatic as his family raised him to be an assassin from childhood. Killua has two personalities. One is cheerful, cheeky, and full of naughty ideas, and the second one is of a cold-hearted killer. However, his journey with Gon changed him completely, and he became the best character in this show.
11: L Lawliet (Death Note)
Next, we have one of the smartest characters of all time, L Lawliet. He was the antagonist of the first and most impressive arc of Death Note. L was a renowned detective who was on a mission to uncover the identity of Kira. He even discovered that Light Yagami was Kira. However, he trusted Light as a friend and ended up telling him his real name that cost his life. His personality is quite weird, and he has zero communicative skills. Still, he impressed everyone with his actions cemented his legacy as one of the best anime characters.
10: Kakashi Hatake (Naruto)
If you’re also a fan of the Naruto series, then Kakashi Hatake must be one of the main reasons behind it. He is the very character that impressed everyone in the very first arc of the series. The mentor of Team 7 taught Naruto and Sasuke a lot of things. A very good human, an extremely talented and smart ninja, qualities like selflessness made him one of the best male anime characters. Kakashi Hatake was the sixth Hokage and the owner of Sharingan that was given to him by his best friend.
9: Light Yagami (Death Note)
The ninth on our list is taken by the owner of Death Note, Light Yagami. He is an extremely smart, cunning, and one in a million kind of genius individual. Light, aka Kira, was the anti-protagonist of the series who wanted to create a crime-free world. However, in the process, he became the criminal himself. Kira’s intelligence was at its peak when he was trying to protect himself from L. He even won that battle but eventually lost to someone else that concluded his journey.
8: Eren Jeager (Attack On Titan)
For some reason, fans always love anti-protagonists. Next up on the list of the best male anime characters is Eren Jeager from a dark fantasy series titled Attack On Titan. He started his journey with hatred for titans, and then he transformed into one himself. Eren had a traumatic childhood and went through a lot of things before joining the Survey Corps. In the fourth season, he becomes a full-fledged villain as he is desperate to end his enemies.
7: Vegeta (Dragon Ball Series)
The journey of the Prince of Saiyans, Vegeta, has been amazing throughout the entire Dragon Ball series. He served as one of the main antagonists in Dragon Ball Z before becoming a good guy. Vegeta shows he is a cold-hearted guy, but he actually becomes soft after spending time with Goku and having a family with Bulma. Vegeta even sacrificed his life for Goku in the Buu saga and attacked the mighty being like Beerus for the sake of Bulma. His character development is off the charts, and it is the very thing that makes him one of the best male anime characters of all time.
6: Satoru Gojo (Jujutsu Kaisen)
Another white-haired mentor impressed everyone with his first appearance. Gojo Satoru is the most beloved and most powerful character from a series titled Jujutsu Kaisen. The fans went crazy when he removed his eye mask and showed his beautiful eyes for the very first time. Every episode that featured Gojo in action was certainly a treat for the fans of JJK. His crazy fighting skills and carefree nature makes him everyone’s favorite in no time.
5: Edward Elric (Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood)
Edward Elric is the main protagonist of the highest-rated MAL series titled Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood. He tried to perform a Human transmutation in order to bring his dead mom back to life. However, he failed terribly and lost his left leg and right arm in the process. But he still overcame all the odds and became the youngest state alchemist. By the end of the series, Elric successfully transformed his brother back into a human and brought back his lost body parts as well.
4: Naruto (Naruto)
The list of the best male anime characters should b incomplete about everyone’s childhood hero, Naruto Uzumaki. He is one of those characters who taught several important life lessons to the viewers, and the most important one among them was to never give up. Naruto has a really bright personality, and he can befriend anyone. He even became friends with the demon who was inside him. Naruto always dreamed of becoming the Hokage, and his dream finally came true after a long journey of 700+ episodes. The character of Naruto also served as an inspiration for many fans all around the world.
3: Lelouch vi Britannia (Code Geass)
Another genius anti-protagonist with a god complex who wants to take revenge against certain someone due to the events he faced during his childhood. Lelouch vi Britannia, also known as Zero, is the main protagonist of the critically acclaimed anime Code Geass. Lelouch was on a mission to take revenge against his father, and his resolve became even stronger when he found the power of Geass. When the show came out, Lelouch even got the award for the most popular anime character for three consecutive years. Lelouch concluded his journey by sacrificing his own life for the prosperity of the nation.
2: Levi Ackerman (Attack On Titan)
The second place on our list of the best male anime characters is taken by everyone’s favorite fidget spinner, Levi Ackerman. He is the most skilled and intimidating soldier of the Survey Corps who can slit the neck of the titans in the blink of an eye. As a result, he earned the nickname of “humanity’s strongest soldier” in the series. The female fan-following of Levi Ackerman is on another level. They are crazy for his looks, his fighting skills. Basically, they like every single thing about him.
1: Itachi Uchiha (Naruto)
I can guarantee you’re not the only one who hated Itachi at the beginning of the show and ended up loving him by its end. Every single viewer ended up with tears in their eyes after knowing the truth about Itachi Uchiha. He joined the terrorist organization Akatsuki only in order to save his village from their attack. He always protected his village and even slaughtered his entire clan for the sake of the village.
Itachi died with a smile on his face as he was satisfied that his little brother had become strong enough to protect himself now. The selflessness, amazing combat skills, deadly skills, and mature thought process of Itachi make him the best male anime character of all time.