There are a number of likable male characters in shounen, despite the fact that male characters tend to be average. The most popular male characters on MyAnimeList can be found below.
Male characters are prevalent in anime. Typical teenage characters populate shounen and isekai manga and anime, which are geared toward young men. The ultimate boss is no match for them, as they change into superhumans (or at least superhuman-like beings). Meanwhile, individuals in reverse harems (targeted at females) tend to be older (20+) and exceptionally attractive.
The idea is that there is no shortage of masculine characters in terms of their personalities and features. Many of them, on the other hand, are admired more for their character traits and deeds than for their looks. MyAnimeList has compiled a list of the most popular male characters.
1. Killua Zoldyck (Votes: 56,944)
He was raised in a family of assassinators, therefore Killua was raised to be an assassin from an early age. During a spur-of-the-moment Hunter exam, he meets Gon.
They have an instant connection and have a lot of fun together. Killua is depicted as a happy, bright, perceptive, and cheeky youngster who is prone to vengeance when provoked.
2. Naruto Uzumaki (Votes: 65,305)
To begin with, Naruto was raised in the Hidden Leaf Village by ninjas. After an attack by the demon, his life is eternally altered because the nine-tailed fox demon is contained within his body and cannot be unleashed because it is imprisoned within him.
Naruto leaves his village and vows to become the strongest Hokage ever after his villagers branded him an abomination. However, when he finds that demons aren’t the worst of his foes, he gets a lot more than he bargained for.
3. Rintarou Okabe (Votes: 69,869)
The protagonist of the science fiction anime series Steins;Gate, Rintarou. In spite of his young age, he appears to be in his thirties. A “crazy scientist” by definition, he engages in outlandish scientific endeavors.
When he’s not at school, he spends his time in his science lab making notes on his cell phone about all of his experiments. A accidental encounter with a fiery redhead and the success of one of his experiments alter his course of action forever.
4. Zoro Roronoa (Votes: 70,039)
One of One Piece’s most well-known characters, Zoro, is well-deserving of his fame. In addition to being a superb swordsman, he is also known for his fiery temperament and harsh tongue. He’s a little self-assured, and he resents being proven incorrect.
Despite this, he continues to practice his fighting style on a regular basis. When the situation calls for it, he is among the few good characters in the series that are willing to use lethal force.
5. Edward Elric (Votes: 74,114)
One of the most recognizable anime characters is Edward “Fullmetal Alchemist” Elric. The popularity of Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood continues to grow despite the fact that it was released more than a year ago.
Edward, a precocious adolescent, needs to put in a lot of effort to achieve his goals. Even though he’s made a lot of sacrifices, he always manages to remain upbeat and sarcastic. However, that is just a front to mask his more vulnerable side from the public eye.
6. Light Yagami (Votes: 75,983)
One of the most popular animes ever made in Japan is Death Note. Its protagonist, Light Yagami, is a genius who can’t stand the drudgery of everyday life. As long as the Death Note is in his hands, it seems like he has no choice but to kill anybody he chooses with no repercussion.
Serial killings are committed by a youngster with a God complex, who sets out on a mission to clean up his community of criminals.
7. Levi (Votes: 83,966)
The male protagonist in shounen anime tends to be a fan favorite. Attack on Titan, on the other hand, was an outlier. While Eren Yaeger was a lovable character, Levi was the real star of the show in this episode.
Often referred to as “the most powerful soldier in the world” On the surface, Levi appears to be a cold, hostile individual, but he is in fact a really compassionate and loyal friend. The only time he challenges authority is to get to the root of a problem.
8. Luffy Monkey D (Votes: 87,289)
Luffy, like most shounen heroes, is a naïve but hopeful young man who chooses to forgive people than to punish them, even when they have committed the most heinous of crimes.
He’s a good friend who’s driven to discover the One Piece, and he doesn’t know when to stop looking. However, even though his antics are exploited as a source of comedy in the series, he has the ability to make solid decisions when necessary
9. L (Votes: 100,229)
As with Levi, L’s inclusion on this list is a shocker. Light Yagami’s mission to rid the world of criminals would be expected to garner the support of the public. However, it appears that L’s eccentric demeanor, his unusual investigation skills, and his extraordinarily bright brain were what made him the most beloved character from Death Note.
As a running joke, he has a sweet tooth that is frequently referenced throughout the show.
10. Lelouch Lamperouge (Votes: 121,371)
As expected, Lelouch takes the top spot on this list. The lives of individuals who vow their allegiance to his resistance organization are important to him, and he always keeps the interests of the group as a whole in mind while he pursues his objectives.