Anime has always been a huge part of most of our childhood. While watching the anime, we relate to the characters. There are so many male anime characters I use to relate myself with when I was a kid. Some anime have really influenced me. In this blog, I’ll talk about my or well, Senpai’s favorite male anime characters. There are a lot of male anime characters I love. But I’ve cut the list down to top 10. These are my personal opinions, yours can definitely differ. Let me know about your top 10 favorite anime character’s list in the comment section below.
Here’s the list of Senpai’s favorite Male anime characters:
10. Pain (Naruto)
Nagato was orphaned at a young age when his parents were killed by konoha shinobi during the second shinobi world war. The young boy roamed the streets of Amegakure all alone and starving. That’s when he met with fellow orphans, Konan and Yahiko. They banded together and dreamed of a world where they could use their powers to end the war and bring peace to the world. They trained for three years in ninjutsu under the legendary sanin, Jiraya. Once their training was concluded, the children created Akatsuki, a group of shinobis who shared their ideologies of world peace. Akatsuki was lead by Yahiko.
Unfortunately, Nagato was forced to kill Yahiko as the Amegakure government were intimidated by the Akatsuki. Suffering so much loss and hurt, Nagato convinced himself that his ideas of peace were foolish. His character development came full circle because of Naruto. The revival of his discarded faith marks it.
9. Kimbley (FMAB)
Kimbley remains a recurring antagonist of Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood until he pulled a 360 at the end. For the most part, Kimbley acts under the orders of Father for his National Transmutation Circle. Kimbley remains an observer of the struggle between human and homunculi. His actions in the Ishval Civil War highlight the psychotic aspects of his personality but his psychotic comes with some philosophy. Kimbley was innovative with his combust-based alchemy and used it to induce explosions in war. Kimbley’s philosophy tilts towards an amoral side where he respects people for doing what is required of them. He disdains the soldiers of the Ishval Civil War for their guilt but respects the Rockbells for carrying out their duty to help the enemies. He masks his psychotic and unconventional philosophy with his suave persona. If you’re wondering why Kimbley is in the best male anime characters list, then you should read more about Kimbley.
Kimbley does not care if where he stands in the battle between good and evil – all he hates is hypocrisy. H acts as a foil for the main characters by pointing out their hypocrisies and moral inconsistencies. All his comments come from a source of truth which makes these characters seem more human. It is this consistency in his philosophy that makes him change sides at the end and help defeat the enemy. Why? Because Pride himself was being hypocritical and that is the one thing Kimbley can’t stand.
8. Shinobu Morita (Honey and Clover)
Shinobu Morita is the oldest of the gang in Honey and Clover but also, the oddest. His personality oscillates between silly and humorous to mature and perceptive. Although he may seem shallow, Morita is probably the character with the most depth. His perspective and his arc in the story brings forth a fresh take on the danger of talents and ability. Morita’s antics in the show are beyond puzzling. He fails on purpose because he does not want to graduate yet he is talented enough to win an “Oscar”. On the front, Morita may seem irresponsible but instances show how he subtly looks after his younger friends. Morita’s love for his family and friends knows no bounds. He comes off as a mysterious oddball but it just turns out that he was helping his brother fight their father’s case all the while.
He uses his talent for pleasure and holds no ambitions, unlike his brother. His arc is a beautifully handled piece on how relationships are affected when one is passionate about something yet doesn’t have the talent and the other person with the talent does not wish to do anything with it. Despite his immense love for Hagu, his love and obligations to his family and friends take precedence – just the practicality of life. His quote “It’s absurd to think your life won’t have a meaning unless you leave some work behind. Just living is enough” still resonates with me.
7. Itachi Uchiha (Naruto)
Itachi Uchiha is the prodigy kid turned tragic. His achievements as a shinobi and an ANBU are still superior generations to come. As Itachi grew up in an environment with hostility growing, responsibility was dumped on him at an early age. The Uchiha Clan placed Itachi as their spy under the Homage but he ended up double-crossing them as this would only lead to war. Hence, the massacre of the Uchiha Clan happens from his hands. Itachi acted as a pawn of the violent system of the shinobi and made immense sacrifices to protect the social order. Ultimately, his personal objective was to protect his younger brother Sasuke. Being a perfect shinobi is not equivalent to being a hero.
His actions are quite complicated as are his methods. He wishes to die on his own terms – from his brother’s hands – so his brother can get stronger and be hailed as a hero. Itachi taints his identity again despite the mental trauma. He becomes a spy for Konoha again to establish peace within the existing system. All in all – Itachi was a peaceful guy working within a flawed system. His love for his brother held his sanity and even in his last moments, he managed to smile.
6. Eren Yeager (Attack on Titan)
Eren Yeager’s growth in the show is a subtle but important trajectory to trace. The show begins with the headstrong kid out for revenge for the death of his mother. But Eren is not just headstrong. He holds a high intellectual capacity as seen by his ideas on freedom. Eren finds his perspective shifting on its axis by as he pursues the fight against the titans. Eren is bombarded with the betrayal of his own comrades, the truth of the world and his race. We come across a less enthusiastic Eren by the end of the latest season. An Eren who has taken in what the world truly is and what he needs to do. He no longer wishes to “exterminate” the enemy because it is not easy to pinpoint who the enemy really is.
Eren laments the fact that beyond the ocean lies bloodshed and war – not the freedom he envisioned. Eren has come a long way from the kid deprived of the truth within the walls. Eren’s black and white morality is shaken as he is exposed to the world. But soon we see him prioritize his duty to free humanity over the relative morality. Eren is not the typical protagonist who runs his mouth anymore. I await the actions of a much more mature Eren in the final season.
5. L Lawliet (Death Note)
L Lawliet is the best detective in the world and rightfully so. L has similar traits to our antihero protagonist yet differs from him on one point. And that is their idea of justice. But just like Light, L is twisted. He prefers to choose cases that interest him, i.e, challenges him. L serves justice through the system, unlike Light. What makes L so fascinating is his eccentric personality and his deduction skills. The circumstances were disadvantageous towards L but L manages to put up a great fight with Light. L managed to pressurize Light to the point he took drastic measures. L’s intellectual capacity allows him to think ahead and analyze the behavior of his adversary. L’s eccentric personality adds character – his love for desserts and his mannerisms are almost cute.
The constant battle of wits and how L held up against it deserves respect. L’s ability to second guess everything and bet on even the tiniest possibilities is his strong point.
4. Light Yagami (Death Note)
Light is a high school student and protagonist of the anime who discovers Death Note. His interpretation of the use of Death Note is what creates excitement. Life bores this straight A popular student. At first, he is the prodigy student and son. The discovery of Death Note unlocks a different side of him. He dons the identity of “Kira” and carries out justice. He kills criminals in hopes of ridding the world of evil. We see a messiah complex that manifests within him. Light’s ability to hold his ground and manipulate people is a work of art. Love him or hate him – he sure is interesting. After a while, it is certain that Light holds his ideals above family, love, and friendship. They chart out his descent into greed and power very well.
3. Spike Spiegel (Cowboy Bebop)
Spike defines “cool”. He is the nonchalant, lazy but jumpy bounty hunter. He rarely expresses enthusiasm for things and lives by the fact that he is already dead. His temperament is that of a sarcastic, laid back and indifferent person. He conducts his business depending on interests and is far from upstanding when it comes to morals. Yet he feels more than he lets on. His dislike for dogs, women with attitudes and children doesn’t stop him from warming up to his crew. Spike is a man of his past. He focuses on the present but a part of him sticks in the past. Betrayal has shaped his view on the world. He is far from a hero but he is a good man. He shows a subtle display of affection and cares for his crew. His disposition is obvious during fight scenes where he cracks jokes and moves fluidly. Spike is one of my favourite male anime characters.
2. Lelouch Vi Britannia (Code Geass)
Lelouch vi Brittania has one of the best character developments in anime. He obtains the power of Geass – an ability to command people through C.C. He begins his journey under the identity of “Zero” in bringing the colonizers Brittania down. Lelouch’s cold and calculating personality helps with his strategies. He considers the rebellion quite important and is willing to sacrifice civilians and soldiers alike for it. While holding a lot of arrogance but also disdain for the privileged nobles. Lelouch does not take an interest in school activities and prefers to challenge himself. His objective to free the world of Brittania comes from his need to protect his sister Nunnally. No matter how cold Lelouch is – he has a soft spot for his family and friends.
Through the series, his motivations develop towards a more altruistic path. From the antihero we wanted he became the hero we needed. Lelouch is a complex amoral character. His moral compass centers around his sister, Nunnally, and his friend/love interest – Shirley. Although he is calculating, Lelouch does show some amount of care towards his subordinates. Despite being enemies with his childhood friend Suzaku, he maintains a sense of loyalty towards him. Lelouch’s intelligence result in really interesting and intricately made strategies.
1. Guts (Berserk)
Guts show us what persistence and resilience takes. Guts, also known as the “Black Swordsman”, is a former child mercenary and a traveler – hoping to exact revenge on God Hand and his apostles. His will to survive drives him initially but soon he finds purpose in the Band of Falcons. He leaves the Band of Falcons in pursuit of his own needs rather than Griffith’s (the leader). Guts is a gruff man with a cynical outlook on life. He manages to soften up in front of the people he trusts. He leaves the Band of Falcons on a path of self-discovery. But the events of the Eclipse leaves him stunned. After that, he grows more violent and vengeful. Talking about the strongest Male anime characters, guts would always be on the top.
Although the darkness within him grows, he does not allow himself to discard his humanity. Even within the negative emotions – he fosters empathy. Guts genuinely believes that his will decides his actions and path in life – disregarding fate.
There were Senpai’s top 10 male anime characters. There are array of characters whose qualities make them so loved. So tell us what are your favorites in the comments below!