16 Best Male Anime Characters (2022)

Best Male Anime Characters

Who is the coolest anime character you’ve admired ever? Many popular anime series focus on the various attractive characters from the strong heroes to the cute heroines.

Anime freaks may feel a personal attachment to supporting characters as well as protagonists in their favorite anime such as protagonists’ rivals, teachers, friends, etc.

Today, I’d like to introduce 16 best male anime characters mainly consisting of cool side characters from the top-rated anime series, which excludes the famous protagonists.

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16. Genos (One-Punch Man)

Genos (One-Punch Man)
Genos (One-Punch Man)/©ONE・村田雄介/集英社・ヒーロー協会本部

Genos (ジェノス), who is also called Demon Cyborg, is the deuteragonist of the action comedy anime series One-Punch Man. The 19-year-old blond cyborg, ranked in the S class by the Hero Association, becomes a disciple of the protagonist Saitama since he is captivated by the strongness and personality of the most powerful hero.

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15. L (Death Note)

L (Death Note)
L (Death Note)/©大場つぐみ・小畑健/集英社・VAP・マッドハウス・NTV・D.N.ドリームパートナーズ

L (エル) is one of the two protagonist characters in the dark-fantasy and thriller anime Death Note. The pale young man is the worldly renowned detective with the highest intelligence welcomes the challenge of Death Note confronting the another protagonist Light Yagami. He has a real sweet tooth eating sweets and snacks and putting a lot of sugar in coffee.

14. Bruno Bucciarati (JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure: Golden Wind)

Bruno Bucciarati (JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: Golden Wind)
Bruno Bucciarati (JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure: Golden Wind)/©LUCKY LAND COMMUNICATIONS/集英社・ジョジョの奇妙な冒険GW製作委員会

Bruno Bucciarati (ブローノ・ブチャラティ) is one of the main male characters in JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure: Golden Wind, the fifth part of the famous manga and anime series. He is a team leader of the Neapolitan gang Passione, who pulls the protagonist Giorno into his team. The 20-year-old man with bobbed hair is faithful to the organization and has a righteous mind. He fights with his Stand called Sticky Fingers that creates zippers on any surface.

13. Itachi Uchiha (Naruto)

Itachi Uchiha (Naruto)
Itachi Uchiha (Naruto)/©岸本斉史 スコット/集英社・テレビ東京・ぴえろ

Itachi Uchiha (うちはイタチ) is one of the most important opposite characters in the world’s popular action adventure manga and anime series Naruto. He first appears as one of the most powerful characters and a member of the outrageous Shinobi group Akatsuki. The scion of Uchiha clan is the older brother of Sasuke, one of the main characters in Naruto.

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12. Kaworu Nagisa (Neon Genesis Evangelion)

Kaworu Nagisa (Neon Genesis Evangelion)
Kaworu Nagisa (Neon Genesis Evangelion)/©カラー

Kaworu Nagisa (渚カヲル) is an important male character in Neon Genesis Evangelion and Rebuild of Evangelion. The young boy, depicted as the Fifth Child and the seventeenth Angel, shows a soft attitude and has a large impact on the protagonist Shinji Ikari.

11. Kurapika (Hunter x Hunter)

Kurapika (Hunter x Hunter)
Kurapika (Hunter x Hunter)/©POT(冨樫義博)1998年-2011年 ©VAP・日本テレビ・集英社・マッドハウス

Kurapika (クラピカ) is one of the main male characters in the adventure anime Hunter x Hunter. As the last survivor of the Kurta Clan, the intellectual 17-year-old boy becomes a Hunter to get back the Scarlet Eyes of the the Kurta Clan. He fights with his Conjuration-typed Nen conjuring five unique chains.

10. Sanji (One Piece)

Sanji (One Piece)
Sanji (One Piece)/©尾田栄一郎/集英社・フジテレビ・東映アニメーション

Sanji (サンジ) is one of the main male characters in the popular adventure manga and anime series One Piece. The 19 years old man joins the Straw Hat Pirated as the fifth crew to find the ultimate sea called the All Blue. Due to family issues, he leaves his family in childhood and is taken into care by Zeff, the owner of the marine restaurant Baratie. He acquires the skills of cooking and kick-based fighting from Zeff. He smokes and hits on girls anytime and anywhere, who has a cat-and-dog relationship with the crew swordsman Zoro while they trust their capacity to fight.

9. Satoru Gojo (Jujutsu Kaisen)

Satoru Gojo (Jujutsu Kaisen)
Satoru Gojo (Jujutsu Kaisen)/©芥見下々/集英社・呪術廻戦製作委員会

Satoru Gojo (五条悟) is a main supporting male character in the modern dark-fantasy manga and anime series Jujutsu Kaisen. The 28-year-old man with spiky white hair is the most powerful sorcerer from the Gojo Family, one of the Big Three Sorcerer Families, and the teacher of the protagonist Yuji Itadori. The friendly teacher acts goofy around his students but becomes serious in fights against powerful curses. His special blue eyes, which are known as the Six Eyes, are covered by a black blindfold unless there is a severe battle.

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8. Levi Ackerman (Attack on Titan)

Levi Ackerman (Attack on Titan)
Levi Ackerman (Attack on Titan)/©諫山創・講談社/「進撃の巨人」製作委員会

Levi Ackerman (リヴァイ・アッカーマン) is the strongest male soldier in Attack on Titan. He leads the main characters including the protagonist Eren Yeager as the leader of an elite squad in the Survey Corps. The level-headed and unfriendly leader speaks in a ruthless tone but behaves with a strong sense of responsibility and cares much about his team members. He fights against the Titans in a unique way holding his swords backhanded and spinning around. He is also depicted as a clean freak.

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7. Kyojuro Rengoku (Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba)

Kyojuro Rengoku (Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba)
Kyojuro Rengoku (Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba)/©吾峠呼世晴/集英社・アニプレックス・ufotable

Kyojuro Rengoku (煉獄 杏寿郎) is an important male character in Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba, also centered in the smash-hit anime movie Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba the Movie: Mugen Train. The 20-years-old soldier is known as the Flame Hashira, one of the most powerful swordsmen in the Demon Slayer Corps. The sincere and responsible sword master cares younger demon slayers including the protagonist Tanjiro and his brother Senjuro. He has his father who is the previous Flame Hashira.

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6. Giyu Tomioka (Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba)

Giyu Tomioka (Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba)
Giyu Tomioka (Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba)/©吾峠呼世晴/集英社・アニプレックス・ufotable

Giyu Tomioka (冨岡 義勇) is a main supporting male character in the Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba series. The solitary genius is the Water Hashira, who is the first to meet and have a large influence on the protagonist Tanjiro. The cool but compassionate swordsman finally defends Tanjiro and his demon sister Nezuko to join the Demon Slayer Corps. Through lots of severe battles, he heightens the Water Breathing sword techniques and newly creates the Eleventh Form called Dead Calm.

5. Kakashi Hatake (Naruto)

Kakashi Hatake (Naruto)
Kakashi Hatake (Naruto)/©岸本斉史 スコット/集英社・テレビ東京・ぴえろ

Kakashi Hatake (はたけカカシ) is a central male character in Naruto, who is presented as a perfect Ninja standing out for all Ninja abilities including Ninjutsu, Taijutsu and Genjutsu with high intelligence and composure. The silver-haired talented Shinobi has his left Sharingan eye usually hidden, which exerts far-reaching effects on enemies in exchange for lots of chakra.

Kakashi is the teacher of the hidden village Konohagakure’s Team 7 consisting of the three main characters Naruto, Sasuke and Sakura. He shows a responsible, passionate and serious attitude in battles, who apparently looks calm and vapid usually. He also directly coaches Sasuke imparting one of his special lightning techniques Chidori to him.

4. Killua Zoldyck (Hunter x Hunter)

Killua Zoldyck (Hunter x Hunter)
Killua Zoldyck (Hunter x Hunter)/©POT(冨樫義博)1998年-2011年 ©VAP・日本テレビ・集英社・マッドハウス

Killua Zoldyck (キルア=ゾルディック) is a main male character of the popular adventure manga and anime series Hunter x Hunter. The silver-haired teenager is the third child of the Zoldyck Family that is famous as a group of assassins. He leaves his family and meets the protagonist Gon at the Hunter Exam.

The potential boy grows up training hard to control Nen with Gon. He sometimes shows ruthlessness and brutality in severe battles, however, he is tender and compassionate for his friends and younger sister Alluka at his core.

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3. Vegeta (Dragon Ball)

Vegeta (Dragon Ball)
Vegeta (Dragon Ball)/©バードスタジオ/集英社・フジテレビ・東映アニメーション

Vegeta (ベジータ), one of the most famous male anime characters all over the world, is the main supporting character in the legendary manga and anime franchise Dragon Ball. He is one of a few surviving Saiyans and has a high self-esteem and lots of pride as the prince of the Saiyans. He first comes to the earth as an opponent of the protagonist Son Goku. He finally marries the heroine Bulma and has their son Trunks.

2. Roronoa Zoro (One Piece)

Roronoa Zoro (One Piece)
Roronoa Zoro (One Piece)/©尾田栄一郎/集英社・フジテレビ・東映アニメーション

Roronoa Zoro (ロロノア・ゾロ), one of the best male characters in all anime series, is an early crew of the Straw Hut Pirates in One Piece. The green-haired Samurai swears to become the most powerful swordsman in the world. He fights using a sword in each hand holding the other in his mouth. He is cool and earnest and show loyalty to the captain Luffy. The hearty drinker also has a terrible sense of direction.

1. Sasuke Uchiha (Naruto)

Sasuke Uchiha (Naruto)
Sasuke Uchiha (Naruto)/©岸本斉史 スコット/集英社・テレビ東京・ぴえろ

Sasuke Uchiha (うちはサスケ) is one of the main male characters in the world’s famous manga and anime series Naruto, who is the best friend and rival of Naruto. The self-reliant boy is the last scion of the prestigious Uchiha clan inheriting the clan’s special eyes called Sharingan. He is seeking a revenge against his brother Itachi Uchiha.

In addtion to the protagonist Naruto, the action adventure anime also focuses on Sasuke depicting his growth, betrayal and background, which shake the whole story.


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There are numerous attractive characters in anime apart from famous protagonists. Each of the mail characters above is distinguished by unique appearance, outstanding strength and other various characteristics.

You can expect more cool anime characters will be discovered in the future, and this best male anime character list should be updated.

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