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Top 20 Favorite Anime Guys and Boys on MAL

Let's count down the top 10 male anime characters according to the users of MAL. From spiky-haired shounen protagonists to brooding anti-heroes, these anime guys all have a special something that we just can't get enough of!

by 5camp
Nov 23, 2015 7:05 PM | 278,461 views

Based on the top male character ranking on MAL as of 11/23/2015. These rankings are based on the amount of times each character has been added to a user's "Favorite Characters" section.

Check out the top female character ranking here!

20: Eikichi Onizuka from Great Teacher Onizuka

Member Favorites: 14099

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What's not to love about this perverted (yet surprisingly effective) teacher? He rides dolphins!

19: Sebastian Michaelis from Kuroshitsuji

Member Favorites: 15018

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Simultaneously eye candy and fascinating character, the demon butler Sebastian is interesting because he's technically evil and eats human souls, but is now Ciel's faithful (if snarky) butler after they forged a contract in which Ciel willingly hands his soul over to Sebastian after exacting his revenge.

18: Izaya Orihaya from Durarara!!

Member Favorites: 15728

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This slightly unhinged resident of Ikebukuro is not only cool (that fur jacket!), but is also one of the strongest fighters of the city, being one of the only ones able to match Shizuo in combat.

17: Itachi Uchiha from Naruto

Member Favorites: 15736

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Although initially presented as a simple villain and Sasuke's arch-enemy, it soon becomes apparent that Itachi is so much more. The conflicts between Itachi and his brother, and Itachi's motives and actions have led many to become his fan. That, and he's also super strong.

16: Killua Zoldyck from Hunter x Hunter

Member Favorites: 15759

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One of Gon's best friends, this kid is not to be underestimated! Even though he's got a cute babyface, he's a very strong transmutation Nen user.

15: Alucard from Hellsing

Member Favorites: 15765

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Alucard may be a thinly veiled allusion to the famous Dracula, but he's just as famous for other reasons, notably violent ones. The ace of the Hellsing organization, Alucard is literally unkillable, and his sadistic personality counterintuitively makes him more likable, drawing in a huge fanbase of guys and girls.

14: Ichigo Kurosaki from Bleach

Member Favorites: 16451

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This orange-haired replacement shinigami found his way into our hearts as main character of one of the most popular shonen manga and anime franchises of this decade.

13: Levi from Shingeki no Kyoujin

Member Favorites: 16570

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Our favorite clean freak from Attack on Titan knows how to take down the biggest of titans as easily as he takes down fangirls' hearts!

12: Spike Spiegel from Cowboy Bebop

Member Favorites: 16753

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The smoking, drinking, ass-kicking star of Cowboy Bebop might not be a young teenager anymore, but he's just as cool as any of the younger boys on this list!

11: Kamina from Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann

Member Favorites: 17201

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The character that first uttered the now famous words, "believe in the me that believes in you," Kamina is all cool, no matter what the situation.

10: Kazuto "Kirito" Kirigaya from Sword Art Online

Member Favorites: 17659

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The boy hero who suffers from the horrible fate of being surrounded by beautiful women who all like him. He also rules at video games, and is given the honorable nickname Beta Tester Cheater, or "Beater".

9: Naruto Uzamaki from Naruto

Member Favorites: 17710

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Naruto is an extremely popular character, despite the fact that his attire suggests he may be the worst ninja ever. What smart ninja, whose main job description is to be stealth, would wear a bright orange jumpsuit to work?

8: Zoro Roronoa from One Piece

Member Favorites: 19057

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The straw hat pirate who decided that duel-wielding swords weren't enough, so he stuck a third sword in his mouth. Eat your heart out Kirito!

7: Sakata Gintoki from Gintama

Member Favorites: 20332

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The silver-haired samurai whose fingers spend more time up his own nose than on his sword. He was once a shounen anime protagonist, but he ultimately lost and now spends his days procrastinating.

6: Okabe "Okarin" Rintarou from Steins;Gate

Member Favorites: 21825

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The Organisation are after me. I can't stay on the phone much longer. My lab coat has stains from when I spilled Doctor Pepper all over it. This must all be the will of Steins;Gate. Signing off. El Psy Congroo.

5: Light Yagami from Death Note

Member Favorites: 24213

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Called "Kira" online by people who didn't know how to spell "Killer" correctly, Light Yagami overcame his unusual name to become a genius student bent on changing the world.

4: Edward Elric from Fullmetal Alchemist

Member Favorites: 24954

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With Edward as the main protagonist, rather than his "fully-armoured" brother Alphonse, the title seems a bit misleading. But I guess naming the anime "Partly Metal Alchemist" wasn't nearly as cool.

3: Monkey D Luffy from One Piece

Member Favorites: 26018

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With his gummy arms, boyish grin, and infectious positive attitude, it's easy to see why so many people like Monkey D Luffy, even if after over 700 episodes, we're still not entirely sure what the D is supposed to stand for.

2: L Lawliet from Death Note

Member Favorites: 38005

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A hunched over figure with the tan of a vampire, wearing nothing more than a plain white t-shirt and pair of jeans... At the very least, what L gave us was the world's easiest character to cosplay.

1: Lelouch Lamperouge from Code Geass

Member Favorites: 46691

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Your winner is the man of many names―Lelouch Lamperouge, the fallen prince of the Britannian Empire! Casting aside his surname to become Zero, he is the hero of the underclass... and who doesn't love a noble hero? It will take someone quite special to knock him off his high perch.

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