Top 53 the Greatest Male Anime Characters of All Time

01/31/2023 by

Male characters in Japanese anime works, which are famous worldwide, fascinate anime fans with their various characteristics, including their appearance as the strongest heroes and cool visuals.

Thus, ANIME SAMURAI surveyed 500 Japanese people on the Internet. As a result, the following is a ranking of the “Greatest Male Anime Characters of All Time”.

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Ranking of the greatest male anime characters of all time: No.1 Gintoki Sakata from “Gintama”

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Release Year: 2006
Director: Shinji Takamatsu (episodes 1-105), Yoichi Fujita (episodes 100-201)
Original Work: “Gintama” by Hideaki Sorachi
Production Company: Sunrise
Theme Song: “Pray” by Tommy heavenly6
Official Website

In first place is Gintoki Sakata, the main character of the famous “Gintama” series, which has been adapted into an animated film and live-action movie and aired in its fourth anime season. The story is a gag comedy about Gintoki Sakata cooperating with people in need as a storekeeper of “Yorozuya”, which means a general store that does everything. Gintoki is the only samurai who still maintains his soul in Edo, where samurai have lost their swords and pride due to the rise of the “Amanto,” aliens who suddenly descended from the sky, and the decree to abolish the sword. Gintoki is usually a lazy samurai, but he is a skilled samurai known as the “legendary expulsionist. Gintoki’s eyes are sharp when he fights, and he uses his mighty power and strong vitality to defeat his enemies. He is immensely popular for his strength and masculinity, the gap between on and off-duty life, and his compassion for people who rush to his side when someone is in trouble.

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I think he is the strongest character who never dies. He is strong when he fights, his gags are funny, and his face is handsome, so he is the best. (Sasamin)

He is basically a sloppy person, but I like his humanity and kindness. He is cool in the fight scenes, and I love the way he protects his friends (miz)

He is usually sloppy but very strong and cool when fighting. He is also strong and friendly. He also has a great sense of humor and is very funny! (Nayan)

He is usually sloppy and jokes a lot, but when it comes to fighting or serious scenes, he becomes cool all at once, which is a nice gap. Tomokazu Sugita’s voice fits him perfectly, so I like him a lot. (Mii)

He is cool, but the best thing about him is that he always comes to help others in an emergency or when his friends are in trouble, even though he is usually a bad person. Usually, he is lazy, sloppy, and always talking down, but when he gets really angry, he has a cool look in his eyes, and I love that gap! (Batch)

Ranking of the greatest male anime characters of all time: No.2 Monkey D. Luffy from “ONE PIECE”

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Release Year: 1999
Series Composition: Junki Takegami, Hirohiko Kamisaka, Shoji Yonemura
Original Work: “ONE PIECE” by Eiichiro Oda
Production Company: Fuji TV, Toei Animation
Theme Song: “We Are!” by Kitadani Hiroshi
Official Website

The next is Monkey D. Luffy, the main character of “ONE PIECE,” an anime that boasts overwhelming popularity in Japan. It is an adventure battle story in which the main character, Luffy, a boy who yearns to be the pirate king, goes on a great adventure to “One Piece”, which is said that there are treasures of the pirate king, Gold Roger. Luffy is the captain of the “Straw Hat Gang”, a group of pirates who dream of conquering the Grand Line and becoming the pirate king. He is a rubber man who has acquired the ability of “Gum-Gum Fruit” and fights by using techniques such as gear, in which he uses his entire body like a pump to increase his physical ability. In addition, he can also use sovereign HAKI, which only selected people can acquire. His unyielding belief in fighting against any obstacle fascinates fans of this work.

Reviews and comments

I was very shocked by Luffy’s love for his friends and willingness to give up his own for them. At first, I watched this anime just because everyone else was watching it. But when I saw Arabasta Arc, I thought he was something else as he confronted the unfortunate situation for his friends even though he was pieced his stomach by his enemy. Then, I started watching anime in earnest. (Tiritumo Shufu)

Luffy is the best because he is positive, friendly, and has the talent to be liked by everyone. He also has one dream and puts all his energy into it. (Kapimaru)

Luffy is cool, especially his attitude of sticking to what he decided to do. His way of thinking seems like a child, but he has a sense of freedom, and I like that. (neen)

He is passionate about his friends and is the strongest person. He also has a strong desire to make his dream come true. I was moved by his power to inspire and influence people around him. (Aoi)

I envy Luffy as he seems to live freely. It is cool that he is usually sloppy but can get things done when he has to. (Dan)

Ranking of the greatest male anime characters of all time: No.3 Son Goku from “DRAGON BALL”

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Release Year: 1986
Series Directors: Minoru Okazaki, Daisuke Nishio
Original Work: “DRAGON BALL” by Akira Toriyama
Production Company: Toei Animation
Theme Song: “MAKAFUSHIGI Adventure!” by Hiroki Takahashi
Official Website

The third place is Son Goku, the main character of “DRAGON BALL”, a famous Japanese animation series. It develops around the adventures of Son Goku, who collects the seven Dragon Balls scattered around the world and depicts dreams, battles, and friendship. Dragon Balls are hidden treasures that can grant a wish when collected. Son Goku is a Saiyan born on the planet Vegeta and grew up on Earth. He is a kind and generous character who fights against evil to protect the people around him and the Earth. He trains with his best friend, Krillin under Master Roshi​​, who is an expert in material arts. He grows up mortal fierce with a lot of enemies and rivals, which captures the heart of many viewers of this work. Kamehameha wave, which is Goku’s deadly skill is very popular among children all over the world!

Reviews and comments

I like Goku’s way of thinking that the stronger the enemies are, the stronger he feels the desire to conquer them. He is cheerful, honest and liked by everyone. Such an attitude is necessary for our society regardless of gender. When I see him, I think I will move forward even when I have a hard time at work or in my life. (hiroto1220)

I think he is strong as he is honest, has the desire to fight someone who is stronger than him, and gets excited when stronger enemies appear in front of him, instead of getting away.

He is just a child at first, but every time he fights against the enemies, he gets stronger, making me feel he is the strongest person. He has an earnest desire to win but has a mild personality. (hana)

He is a character representing Japan and is well-known worldwide. I think he is strong because he never gives up, protests the weak, challenges the stronger enemies and has a kind heart more than any other character. My impression of Goku has changed from my childhood and now, so it is interesting to see this anime again and again. (STARS.S)

Even if he dies, he comes back to life by using various means. He also thinks of his friends and shows his hostility openly. I think he is the most robust character in the whole story. (Orange)


Ranking of the greatest male anime characters of all time: No.4 Roronoa Zoro from “ONE PIECE”


Release Year: 1999
Series Composition: Junki Takegami, Hirohiko Kamisaka, Shoji Yonemura
Original Work: “ONE PIECE” by Eiichiro Oda
Production Company: Fuji TV, Toei Animation
Theme Song: “We Are!” by Kitadani Hiroshi
Official Website

The fourth place is Roronoa Zoro. Zoro is the first member of the “Straw Hat Gang” led by Luffy, and is a swordsman of swordplay called the Three Sword Style. He trains to become the world’s greatest swordsman, which he promised his best friend, who died in an accident when he was a child. He has a strong mental and can endure the pain associated with death with guts. He has a strong sense of duty and is willing to risk his life to protect his companion. The gap between his coolness and his poor sense of direction is attractive.

Reviews and comments

I think it’s cool that he dares to be loyal and fight for the captain, although he has the ability to become the captain. (Jimin-chan)

He has his own beliefs and guts that are not influenced by others’ sense of values. He becomes stronger through his encounter with Luffy and his training, which is cool. (17TY)

I like his fighting ability and his love for his friends. I was impressed by the scene in the first half of the episode where he eats the rice ball that a girl made for him while being covered in mud. (Masao)

I think it’s cool that he confronts enemies and has a dream to be the best swordsman in the world. On the other hand, he has a cute aspect, like having a poor sense of direction and being surprised by his friends. (Motimotiko)

He has more power than those who are competent people of Devil Fruits though he is not, and has the spirit to support Luffy. I think he is awesome as he once lost to Mihawk, but he asks for instruction and becomes stronger and stronger. (Better)

He is strong as a swordsman and has a strong heart. He trusts Luffy a lot, which I think is cool. (Sugahutatu)

Ranking of the greatest male anime characters of all time: No.5 Tanjiro Kamado from “Demon Slayer”

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Release Year: 2019
Director: Haruo Sotozaki
Original Work: “Demon Slayer” by Koyoharu Gotouge
Production Company: ufotable
Theme Song: “Gurenge” by LiSA
Official Website

In fifth place is Tanjiro Kamado, the main character of “Demon Slayer” whose original comic sold more than 150 million copies and caused a huge boom throughout in Japan. The story is a dark fantasy in which Tanjiro, a boy whose family was killed by demons, joins the Demon Slayer Corps and fights against a variety of demons. He aims to eradicate demons to find a way to return the demonized sister to human. He confronts dire circumstances for Nezuko and risks his life to fight against the demons. His bravery, pureness and the way he moves forward with faith will capture the heart of viewers.

Reviews and comments

I like Tanjiro the best of all the characters of Demon Slayer because he is kind and strong. I have never seen a manga where I root for the main character. He is very popular and liked by everyone regardless of age or sex. So, I think he is the best character. (Anko)

He is strong as a swordsman. And I was moved by his personality and the pureness of his heart. (Take)

Tanjiro looks for a way to return his sister to human, but he also cares for his enemies, and demons, which shows his kindness. I like his personality. (Kirby)

He is cool, kind, a hard worker, and thinks of his family a lot. I am attracted by his attitude of not giving up and keeping going no matter what happens. (Si-chan)

Tanjiro is very human. He is not a superman, but a man who grows stronger while suffering. I was moved by his kindness of consideration of demons, his enemies. (para)

Ranking of the greatest male anime characters of all time: No.6 Ryo Saeba from “CITY HUNTER”

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Release Year: 1987
Director: Kenji Kodama
Original Work: “CITY HUNTER” by Tukasa Hojo
Production Company: Yomiuri TV
Theme Song: “City Hunter ~Ai yo kienaide~” by Kohiruimaki Kahoru
Official Website

Next is Ryo Saeba, from “City Hunter”, whose new theatrical anime will be released in 2023. The story is an action comedy that takes place in Shinjuku, Tokyo. It depicts a city hunter named Saeba, who undertakes a bodyguard, detective, and even killer. He uncovers the darkness of the city and solves various requests with his superhuman skills. He calls himself 20 years old, and he undertakes requests that cannot be publicized only when beautiful women ask him to do. He is the best sweeper in the underworld, but he leads to comical interactions with women as he cannot stay away from women. Such a gap made him popular among the fans of this work.

Reviews and comments

He seems to be frivolous, but he is kind as he cares about Kaoru, who is a best friend’s sister. I think he is cool because he thinks and takes action. (Ako)

I like the gap between his usual sloppy attitude and dependability at need. He also thinks about Kaoru. (Mai)

He is usually naughty and sloppy, but when it comes to working, he becomes a cool guy. I like the gap. (Rere)

He is a great character as he is funny, but does what he has to do. His words are also cool! (Lettuce)

He usually jokes around, but gets things done when it is necessary, which I think is cool. He was the first character I thought was cool when I was a kindergarten, and he is still my best favorite character. (Nora)

Ranking of the greatest male anime characters of all time: No.7 Char Aznable from “Mobile Suit Gundam”

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Release Year: 1979
Director: Yoshiyuki Tomino
Original Work: Hajime Yatate, Yoshiyuki Tomino
Production Company: SUNRISE
Theme Song: “Tobe! Gundam” by Kou Ikeda
Official Website

In seventh place is Char Aznable, a character of “Mobile Suit Gundam”, the first Gundam series. It is a robot animation anime depicting battles between the Earth Federation and rebel forces in the year 0079 of the Universal Century featuring Amuro Ray. Char Aznable nicknamed Red Comet, is a rival of Amuro. Many people admire his cool-headed characteristics and his attitude toward achieving goals though he has complex background and setbacks. He is even more popular than Amuro.

Reviews and comments

Char is the coolest character I’ve ever seen in anime. Though he is an opponent of Anuro, I like him more than Amuro. I was moved by his story. (Hyakusiki)

I adored Char when I was a child, and I was in love with him when I was about his age. Now, I get older and feel he is adorable. As long as the series continues, he might not be able to live in peace. But he is necessary in the world of Gundam. I hope he will still be our hero. (Gozaru)

Although he is an enemy, he is cool. He leads his main rivals and achieves his purpose even though he experiences setbacks. I adore him. (Ohtikun)

His appearance, abilities, background, personality, words, and voice. Every element of him is extremely cool. I think he is one of the characters who formed the image of cool characters in the Japanese anime world. (Yuko)

he is an ace of Amuro’s enemy, but he is so cool that I think a lot of people who watched Mobile Suit Gundam like Char more than Amuro. Throughout the Gundam series, he appears the most and is popular that even the anime which focuses on Char was made. I don’t think such a character has never appeared before and will never appear again. (Kosukeneko)

Ranking of the greatest male anime characters of all time: No.7 Levi Ackerman from “Attack on Titan”

Release Year: 2013
Director: Tetsuro Araki
Original Work: “Attack on Titan” by Hajime Isayama
Production Company: WIT STUDIO
Theme Song: “Guren No Yumiya” by Linked Horizon
Official Website

Also in seventh place is Levi Ackermann, a character from the anime “Attack on Titan”. It drew attention for its high-impact worldview of Titans preying on humans. The story is a dark fantasy depicting the battle between the Titans with their overwhelming power and the humans who resist them. In this work, humans live in cities surrounded by high walls to prevent the sudden appearance of Titans. Eren, a boy whose mother was preyed on by a Titan, fights alongside his friends to exterminate the Titans. Levi is the commander of the Scout Regiment, which expands the place where humans can exist. He is so powerful that he is called the strongest soldier. He is popular for his battle style, in which he uses his physical abilities to knock down Titans in an instant, and for his attitude, but also for his friend-oriented personality. A spin-off work featuring Levi has also been produced.

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He is really strong. He is like a lone wolf, a person with a dark side and speaks harshly. But he actually understands people around him well and is kind. I think he is cool because he moves forward no matter what happens. (Ponsuke)

The battle scenes of Levi, who is the strongest human being, are breathtaking. He doesn’t show emotion on his face and has a heartless side. But he cares about his friends after all. (Momo)

He is exceptionally stronger than any other character, which I think is really cool. Although he is cool, he cares for his subordinates. I like such unexpectedness of him. (Orepen)

He is called the strongest soldier in the world, but he loves his friends and likes cleaning. I think his characteristics are well-developed. (Miron)

Levi is not a good person and has a sharp tongue. I wouldn’t want to have relationships with him in real life, but if I lived in the world with Titan, I think I would follow him. (Okada)

I like Levi because he is good-looking and strong. He has an attractive aura just being there. He is rough and cool, but he also thinks of his friends. I think he is cute. (Da)

Ranking of the greatest male anime characters of all time: No.9 Doraemon from “Doraemon”

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Release Year: 1973
Director: Mitsuo Kaminashi
Original Work: Fujiko F. Fujio
Production Company: Nippon TV
Theme Song: “Doraemon” by Harumi Naitou & Gekidan NLT
Official Website

In ninth place is Doraemon, the main character of the anime “Doraemon,” which boasts outstanding recognition as a national character of Japan. The story is a science fiction work that depicts the daily life of Doraemon, a cat-shaped robot from the 22nd century, and Nobita Nobi, an elementary school student who is not good at studying or playing sports. Doraemon comes to Nobita to help him grow up and change his history, which leaves his descendants in enormous debt in the future. Doraemon saves Nobita with a wide variety of secret tools that he pulls out of the four-dimensional pocket in his belly. Doraemon is very popular because he is the most powerful and invincible, as he provides attractive items which everyone wants, such as Hopter which can fly in the sky, and Anywhere Door which allows him to go anywhere.

Reviews and comments

His pocket is invincible as whatever item I want comes out of his pocket. He can fly the sky and go beyond time and space. (Mii)

He is a smart cat-shaped robot and has lots of useful items such as Hopter and Anywhere Door. I think his items are attractive. (Marutomo)

I don’t think there is any other character who has been so popular for so such a long time. He is cute, kind, and a great character. (Sangatsu)

Doraemon has many secret tools and has been showing us dreams for decades and still hasn’t faded away. He makes us excited to fantasize about what would happen if there were Anywhere Door and Time Machine in our world. (Nikochan)

Doraemon shows us all kinds of tools so we can escape from reality just by watching his cartoons. Whenever I have a hard time, I think back to Doraemon and get over it. (Yumama)

Ranking of the greatest male anime characters of all time: No.9 Loid Forger from “SPY×FAMILY”

Release Year: 2022
Director: Kazuhiro Huruhashi
Original Work: “SPY×FAMILY” by Tatsuya Endo
Production Company: WIT STUDIO×CloverWorks
Theme Song: “Mixed Nuts” by Official HIGE DANdism
Official Website

Also in ninth place is Loid Forger, the protagonist of “SPY×FAMILY”. It is the most popular anime in Japan. The story is a spy action and home comedy that depicts three people, a skilled spy with the code name “Twilight,” an assassin named Yor, and a girl named Anya, a person with extrasensory perception. They struggle with troubles as they are a temporary family and hide their true identities. Loid Forger is a psychiatrist played by the main character, Twilight. He has extraordinary abilities to fight, memory, and information processing ability. As a war orphan, his goal is to create a world where no child cries. The gap between his cool-headedness when protecting his country and his family-friendly nature when he plays the role of a fake family member has made him popular among a wide range of fans. His ability to cook also gives us a good impression.

Reviews and comments

Although his job is a spy, he is not evil but he is a gentleman who protects his fake family. The voice of the voice actor who plays Loid matches his characteristics, and I like his appearance. (Yuppe)

He is acting to accomplish his mission, but he is also very thoughtful about Anya’s happiness and does even embarrassing things without hesitation. His reason for becoming a spy is also cool. (Wakanaa)

He is very smart and has high physical ability, but he is unaware of the true identities of people around him and the affection his colleagues have for him, and struggles earnestly. I think such his attitude is cool. (Aki)

Loid, a spy who can complete any mission perfectly is at the mercy of Anya and Yor is very human and I like that. His nature of goofiness is funny, his aspect of doing difficult missions with a cool face and precisely is cool!” (Moa)

Although he has a secret, he shows love for his family, and I think that’s cool. He also has skills in disguise and fighting, which is great. (mochan)

Ranking of the greatest male anime characters of all time: No.9 Hisashi Mitsui from “SLAM DUNK”


Release Year: 1993
Series Director: Nobutaka Nishizawa
Original Work: “SLUM DUNK” by Takehiro Inoue
Production Company: Toei Animation, TV Asahi
Theme Song: “Kimi Ga Sukida To Sakebitai” by BAAD
Official Website

Also in ninth place is Hisashi Mitsui, a character from “SLAM DUNK,” a basketball manga that is popular around the world. The story is about a high school student, Hanamichi Sakuragi. He joins the Shohoku High School basketball club and grows up through competition with the troubled members he meets there. Hisashi Mitsui was a prodigious shooter when he was a junior high school. However, he falls behind and spends his high school years as a desperate delinquent. But he eventually regains his passion and becomes Hanamichi’s teammate. The scene where Anzai-coach tells him, “When you give up, that’s when the game is over,” and Hisashi tells Anzai-coach, “C-Coach!! I want to play basketball…” are very famous. He is very popular, and the way he crawls up from his setback moves the heart of fans of this work.

Reviews and comments

I love the character because he is the one that I identify with. His making a comeback after regretting the past and his success in games made me cry. (Ruru)

I love the scene in which he says, “I want to play basketball”. It is a famous scene that even those who haven’t seen this film can understand. He was a jerk in the quarrel scene, but after returning to the basketball team, he is one of the important players, and his interactions with Miyagi and Sakuragi are interesting. Even though he runs out of stamina because of the blanks, he runs beyond his limits and makes a three-pointer in the game. He is just so cool. (goma)

I don’t know any other man with a story that makes me cry so much. The story of how he overcame a setback and climbed up again is great. For me, he is the best and most unique character. (Emiko)

He was a delinquent, but his love for basketball was stronger than anyone else’s. When he got back on the court, he started working hard like a different person, which was cool. (Yudetamago)

He was a brilliant player in the past and suffered a setback because of an injury. Then, he came back. I like him because he is a dramatic character and takes good care of Sakuragi, a junior player. (Aoki)

Ranking of the greatest male anime characters of all time: No.12 Lupin III from “Lupin III”


Release Year: 1971
Series Director: Masaaki Osumi
Original Work: “Lupin III” by Monkey Punch
Production Company: Yomiuri TV, Tokyo movie
Theme Song: “Lupin the Third Main Theme 1” by Charlie Kosei
Official Website

12th place is Lupin III, the main character of “Lupin the Third,” which was adapted into an anime in 1971 and has been popular among a wide range of people for more than 50 years. It is an action story that depicts Lupin III, a thief and the grandson of the thief Arsene Lupin. He escapes from Inspector Koichi Zenigata along with his friends Daisuke Jigen who is a skilled gunfighter, Goemon Ishikawa, a swordsman, and Fujiko Mine, the only female of the thief.
Lupin the Third is a mischievous and soft spot for women, but he is also a highly intelligent, skilled, and unpredictable thief who always goes for what he targets. However, he sometimes steals not only for himself but also for the happiness of others. He attracts fans with his kindness and affection for others and his coolness.

Reviews and comments

Lupin III is a thief, but I think there are no other characters better than him. His characteristics, the scene, and the contents are clearly depicted. I like the world of Lupin III. (Tottyan)

Lupin is very strong and smart, but he doesn’t hide his weak and fragile side, such as his soft spot for the ladies. He is kind and loving to people even though he is a thief, which is an evil thing. (Kazular)

I think he is a perfect character in every way: good-looking, smart, and intelligent. I admire him. (Cloud)

He is a thief, but sometimes he takes actions to make someone happy, not for himself. I like him (Bon)

Ranking of the greatest male anime characters of all time: Kurama from “Yu Yu Hakusho”

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Release Year: 1992
Director: Noriyuki Abe
Original Work: “Yu Yu Hakusho” by Yoshihiro Togashi
Production Company: studio Pierrot
Theme Song: “Hohoeni no Bakudan” by Matsuko Mawatari
Official Website

Kurama from “Yu Yu Hakusho” is in 12th place as well. It depicts Yusuke Urameshi, a delinquent junior high school student who was killed in a sudden car accident, coming back to life as a “spirit detective”. He regulates the evil that ghosts do in the human world and defeats vicious ghosts with his friends to keep peace in the human and spirit worlds. Kurama is a former bandit and a Fox Demon, who escaped from the spirit world and is now leading a second life in the human world as Shuichi Minamino. He has the ability to manipulate plants and a high level of intelligence. He is originally ruthless but has grown into a smart man who is kind to women. His beautiful visuals have made him even more popular than the main character. The original story will be adapted into a live-action series on “Netflix” in 2023 and will be distributed to 190 countries around the world.

Reviews and comments

First of all, his face is handsome. He is smart, kind to women, and his presence is beautiful even when he is a fox Kurama (Satoshi Inuno)

I knew Kurama when I was in elementary school. I saw an illustration of him in which he was covered in plants and fainted from exhaustion after a hard-fought victory in a battle against Touya. It made a strong impression on me that I still remember it. I love his beautiful visuals, his clear voice in the anime, and his appearance, and personality. (Anonymous)

I like him because he is intelligent, good-looking, fights calmly, and also cares about his friends and family. His conversations with his opponents during battles were very deep and interesting. (Sumomo)

He is cool, strong, and kind, and I think he would be a great boyfriend. He is manly and dependable despite his neutral appearance. I like that. (Shomoko)

Ranking of the greatest male anime characters of all time: No.12 Kenshin Himura from “Rurouni Kenshin”


Release Year: 1996
Series Director: Kazuhiro Huruhashi
Original Work: “Rurouni Kenshin” by Nobuhiro Watsuki
Production Company: Fuji TV, SPE(episode 1 to 38), SPE Visual Works (Episode 39 to 94)
Theme Song: “Sobakasu” by JUDY AND MARY
Official Website

Also in 12th place is Kenshin Himura, the main character of “Rurouni Kenshin” series, which has been made into an anime, a live-action movie, and a musical. The story is set in Japan in the early Meiji era and depicts Kenshin, a legendary swordsman who was feared as the strongest samurai in the final days of the Tokugawa Shogunate and a manslayer. He meets his friends and fights with his enemies who lived through the same era to explore the way of life in the new era. Kenshin is a legendary swordsman who once shook people’s hearts as “Battousai the Manslayer. After the Meiji Restoration, he vowed never to kill and disappear from the public. Ten years have passed since then, Kenshin saves the weak and achieves a true revolution as a wanderer. His calm but passionate attitude attracts fans.

Reviews and comments

Kenshin is cool and does his best to protect people. I also like that he is a little cute when he is not fighting, but he also has a great sense of humor and is always looking out for those around him. (Yu-a)

He is the strongest because he overcame hardships and acquired the Hiten Goken-Ryu swordsmanship when he was young in order to become stronger, and he lives for the new era even though he has taken many lives with his power. (saiya0318)

He is strong, yet somehow cool. He never boasts about his strength, is kind to others, and seems cool but has a passionate heart. (Aya)

I first fell in love with him when I was in elementary school and saw him in an anime. It’s attractive that he is strong, gentle and a little careless. I collected all the volumes of the manga and watched the anime every week. (Haieruhu)

Ranking of the greatest male anime characters of all time: No.12 Kankichi Ryotsu from “Kochikame: Tokyo Beat Cops”

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Release Year: 1996
Directors: Nobuhiro Kondo, Akitarou Daichi, Tetsuo Yasumi, Yoshihiro Takamoto, Kenji Kodama, Yasuichiro Yamamoto, Nobuharu Kamanaka, Akira Shigino, Shinji Takamatsu, Shin Misawa, and Mitsuru Nasukawa
Original Work: “Kochikame: Tokyo Beat Cops” by Osamu Akimoto
Production Company: Studio Gallop
Theme Song: “Natu Ga Kita! (Diamond Head)” by Jyoousama
Official Website

Also in 12th place is Kankichi Ryotsu, the main character of “Kochikame: Tokyo Beat Cops”, a popular Japanese anime that has sold a total of 156.5 million copies and has been adapted into an anime, live-action drama, and movie. The story is a comedy that depicts the daily life of Kankichi Ryotsu, a police sergeant working at the Kameari Koen-Mae Police Station in Katsushika Ward, Tokyo as well as his colleagues and the people around him. Ryotsu is wild with a muscular, bushy body, square-cropped hair and stubble, and his trademark thick eyebrows connected in an M-shape. He always surprises those around him with his unimaginative and unprecedented behavior and often gets into trouble, but he is loved and called “Ryosan” because of his loyal and humane nature. Going his own way, Ryosan is truly the strongest!

Reviews and comments

Ryosan is a crazy police officer who gets everyone else into trouble, but he’s also a very humane and loveable character. He is cool as he protects the community (Kira)

He’s tough and inhuman, which is funny. I also laughed at the amount of money he owes because of his eccentricity. (Yukki)

Ryosan is a character I wish existed in real life, including the fact that he is not a modern handsome man, but he is also very loyal and unreliable. He is also a good cook, which is also great. (Yuyu)

I like him because he is a manly man. I really respect the way he treats people as he is
and without worrying about his appearance, and I think he is cool. (Yasu)

Ranking of the greatest male anime characters of all time: No.12 Kyojuro Rengoku from “Demon Slayer”


Release Year: 2019
Director: Haruo Sotozaki
Original Work: “Demon Slayer” by Koyoharu Gotouge
Production Company: ufotable
Theme Song: “Gurenge” by LiSA
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The last is Kyojuro Rengoku, a character from the blockbuster movie “Demon Slayer The Movie: Mugen Train”, which was the number one box office hit in the world for the year 2020. The story is a dark fantasy in which the main character, Tanjiro Kamakado, a boy whose family was killed by demons, joins the Demon Slayer Corps and engages in fierce battles in order to return his sister, who has turned into a demon to a human. Kyojuro, who holds the title of “Flame Hashira,” is one of the pillar, the highest-ranking members of the Demon Slayer Corps. He has a strong sense of justice, a dynamic personality, and a proud spirit. In the theatrical anime, he and Tanjiro board the “Infinity Train,” where many people have gone missing, and confront the demons that lurk on the train. His unwavering beliefs and his willingness to sacrifice his own life in the fight against the demons on the train were well-received by the fans.

Reviews and comments

He was very passionate, and it was very moving when he said to Tanjiro, the main character who were his junior, “I’m Hashira. It’s my job to shield you junior members”. (charlie)

In the movie Mugen Train, he said, “Growing old and dying is the beauty of the fleeting creature called a human being.”, during the battle with Akaza. It made me think about living life to the fullest even though I sometimes feel pessimistic about this world. (tsgemo)

He is a strong, kind, caring, and responsible man. I have been sad ever since Rengoku died. He is the man who made my tear gland collapse! (yoshi81)

At first, I wasn’t interested in Demon Slayer at all. But when I saw the movie version, I fell in love with his beautiful face, his voice, and his strong and clear personality. (Popopo)

Ranking of the best male anime characters of all time Ranked 17th and below

No.17 Ashitaka “Prince Mononoke”
No.17 Edward Elric “Fullmetal Alchemist”
No.17 Saitama “One-Punch Man”
No.17 Hisoka “HUNTER×HUNTER”
No.17 Vegeta “DRAGONBALL Z”
No.17 Lelouch “CODE GEASS Lelouch of the Rebellion”
No.17 Hozuki “Hozuki’s Coolheadedness”
No.17 Jimmy Kudo “Case Closed “
No.17 Conan Edogawa“Case Closed”
No.17 Hanamichi Sakuragi“SLAM DUNK”
No.17 Miyuki Shirogane “Kaguya-sama: Love Is War”
No.17 Light Yagami “DEATHNOTE”
No.17 Hiroshi Nohara “Crayon Shin-chan”
No.30 Vash the Stampede “Trigun”
No.30 Naruto Uzumaki “NARUTO”
No.30 Sasuke Uchiha “NARUTO”
No.30 Shanks “ONEPIECE”
No.30 Tuxedo Mask “Sailor Moon”
No.30 Trafalgar D. Water Law “ONEPIECE”
No.30 Nanashi “MÄR – Märchen Awakens Romance”
No.30 Howl “Howl’s Moving Castle”
No.30 Kakashi Hatake “NARUTO”
No.30 Feitan Portor “HUNTER×HUNTER”
No.30 Black Jack “BLACK JACK”
No.30 Blono Buccellati “JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure: Golden Wind
No.30 Tooru Amuro “Case Closed”
No.30 Accelerator “A Cetrain Magical Index”
No.30 Yusuke Urameshi “Yu Yu Hakusyo”
No.30 Sougo Okita “GINTAMA”
No.30 Rui Hanazawa “Boys Over Flowers”
No.30 Zenitsu Nagatsuma “Demon Slayer”
No.30 Kaito Kubota “Case Closed”
No.30 Byakuya Kuchiki “BLEACH”
No.30 Kazuto Kirigaya “Sword Art Online”
No.30 Kei Tshikishima “Haikyuu!!”
No.30 Inuyasha “Inuyasha”
No.30 Yuji Itadori “Jujutsu Kaisen”
No.30 Shoto Todoroki “My Hero Academia”
No.30 Manjiro Sano “Tokyo Revengers”
No.30 Daisuke Jigen “Lupin III”
No.30 Kento Nanami “Jujutsu Kaisen”
No.30 Chifuyu Matsuno “Tokyo Revengers”
No.30 Tatsuya Uesugi “TOUCH”
No.30 Denki Kaminari “My Hero Academia”
No.30 Haku “NARUTO”
No.30 Katsuki Bakugo “My Hero Academia”
No.30 Shota Kazehaya “Kimi ni Todoke: From Me to You”
No.30Nobita Nobi “Doraemon”
No.30 Joe Yabuki “Ashita no Joe”
No.40: Naruto from “NARUTO”
No.40: Ace from ”ONE PIECE”
No.40: Almight from “My hero Academia”
No.40: Sanji from “ONE PIECE”
No.40: Howl from “Howl’s moving castle”
No.40: Kakashi Hatake from “NARUTO ”
No.40: Piccolo From “Dragon Ball”
No.40: Blono Buccellati from “Jojo’s BIZARRE ADVENTURE”
No.40: Yamcha from “Dragon Ball”
No.40: Yang Wen-li from from “Legend of the Galactic Heroes”
No.40: Koyomi Araragi from “Bakemonogatari”
No.40: Kyoya Hibari from “Coach Hit man REBORN!”
No.40: Ouki from “Kingdom”
No.40: Rui Hanazawa from “Boys Over Flower”
No.40: Yukio Kasamatsu from “Kuroko’s Basketball”
No.40: Kishiichi from “BLUE ROCK”
No.40:I nuyasha from “Inuyasha”
No.40: Daisuke Jigen from “Lupin III”
No.40: Sota Munakata from “Sparrow door lock”
No.40: Kaworu Nagisa from “Neon Genesis EVANGELION”
No.40: Chifuyu Matsuno from “Tokyo Revengers”
No.40: Shuichi Akai from “Detective Conan”
No.40: Red Haired Shanks from “ONE PIECE”
No.40: Toshiro from “Gintama”
No.40: Shikamaru Nara from “NARUTO”
No.40: Kojiro Hyuga from “Captain Tsubasa”
No.40: Toshiro Hitsugaya from “BLEACH”
No.40: Katsuki Bakugo from “My Hero Academia”
No.40: Gaku Yaotome from “IDOLiSH7”
No.40: Giyu Tomioka from “Demon Slayer”
No.40: Light Yagami from “DEATH NOTE”
No.40: Nobita Nobi from “Draemon”
No.40: Izumi Midoriya from “My Hero Academia”
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Greatest Male Anime Characters Q&A

Q1. Who is the greatest anime character?

Here is a list of the top5 greatest male anime characters. 1. Gintoki Sakata from “Gintama”, 2. Monkey D. Luffy from “ONE PIECE”, 3. Son Goku from “Dragon Ball”,  4. Roronoa Zoro from “ONE PIECE”
5. Tanjiro Kamado from “Demon Slayer”. For more information, click here.

Q2. Who is the greatest anime character?

According to a survey of 500 people, Gintoki Sakata from “Gintama” is the greatest anime character. For more information, click here.

Q3. Which anime has the greatest male character?

“Gintama,” “ONE PIECE,” “Dragon Ball,” and “Demon Slayer” have great characters. For more information, click here.


This article explores “Ranking the 10 Best Male Anime Characters of All Time”. All of the characters have strong personalities and impressive. For the characters you’re interested in, be sure to check out the anime on our video streaming service!

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After working in the editorial department of an entertainment magazine, she becomes a writer, specializing in anime, manga and comedy. She has been a writer for 20 years.

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