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.
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20: Eikichi Onizuka from Great Teacher Onizuka
Member Favorites: 14099
What’s not to love about this perverted (yet surprisingly effective) teacher? He rides dolphins!
19: Sebastian Michaelis from Kuroshitsuji
Member Favorites: 15018
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
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
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
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.
Member Favorites: 15765
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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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