The Hottest Male Anime Characters: As Compiled By You

This might be getting out of hand. So many of you chastised the original lists (Part 1, Part 2) for the lack of anime and sure, there was almost none on there. Like I said, I don’t know anything about anime. So I asked the people who do! This list is a compilation of suggestions from the group of y’all who emailed me wanting your anime babes represented. I removed anyone underage (sorry Ash from Pokemon and Li Syaoran) and anyone whose face is usually covered by a mask (Oh, anime. You are so anime-like).

Thanks for the help! Here’s a list of some of the hottest male anime characters — as chosen by you guys.

Reader Laura Crook suggested: Sanosuke Sagara from Rurouni Kenshin

Rurouni Kenshin: The Complete TV Series

Laura: “Sanosuke has this cocky, renegade sort of style. He has this sort of half-smile that’s equal parts smug and flirtatious. He’s a total hothead, but that just adds to his charm (and sexiness). He has these weird bandage-pants going on and his hair makes him look like a rooster, but my little fifteen-year-old heart just went ker-thump for him.”

Spike from Cowboy Bebop

Cowboy Bebop: The Movie

Laura: “Spike is mysterious and laid-back. He has a half-smile too, but it’s like he’s sharing a private joke with you (and only you). He moves like a cat–all liquid grace and it just makes you wonder dirty things that you probably shouldn’t wonder about an animated character.”

Reader Katy Hudson suggested: Prince Zuko from Avatar

Avatar: The Last Airbender

Katy: “Honestly, how could you have made two lists without including Prince Zuko from the original animated series Avatar: The Last Airbender? The Nickelodeon show does kind have an anime flavor so I think it would count for an anime list. But really. Google him circa season 3 and you’ll see. Plus he is voiced by Dante Basco aka Rufio from Hook. You can’t tell me that skunk headed, pan-replacement wasn’t at least a little attractive.”

Reader Joshua Jornales suggested: Itachi Uchiha from Naruto


Joshua: “He’s like the big secretive, protective, not-so-affectionate brother of your friend that you secretly lust for.”

Kenshin Himura from Samurai X

Samurai X

Joshua: “A reformed killer. Wandering soul. Like the stray cats that sometimes find their way into your hearts.”

Kurama from Ghost Fighter

Ghost Fighter

Joshua: “His human and fox form are both androgynous so if you’re into that well…”

Seto Kaiba from Yu-gi-oh!


Joshua: Same as Itachi!

Bykaya Kuchiki


Joshua: “The aloof noble guy you always lust after from a distance. Like Prince Harry — only animated.”

Ichigo Kurosaki


Joshua: “The down-to-earth guy that seems to be always there to save you. Best friend-ish kind of crush.”

Shuhei Hisagi


Joshua: “The guy has 69 tattooed on his cheek! Go figure.” (Gaby: “LOL.”)

Reader Wyatt Blank suggested: Sebastian Michaelis

Black Butler

Wyatt: “He is a seemingly perfect demon butler. He has an extremely dark side, but he is also kind. As a bonus, he loves cats!”


Ouran High School Host Club

Wyatt: “Tamaki is the leader of the Ouran Academy Host Club. It is a club where gorgeous boys entertain girls. He is a princely type. Pretty much any of the members from the club could be on this list, but Tamaki is my favorite.”

Akira from Dance in the Vampire Bund

Dance in the Vampire Bund

Wyatt: “Akira is the werewolf protecter of the child-like vampire queen. He is an amazing character, but I can’t reveal too much about him without spoiling the show.”

Vash the Stampede


Wyatt: “This might just be me, but I love Vash. He is funny, kind, loving, smart, and just all around perfect.”

Reader Moon Temple suggested: Alphonse Elric from Fullmetal Alchemist

Fullmetal Alchemist

Moon: “Alphonse is hot because he’s sweet, doesn’t know his own strength (his soul is trapped in a suit of armor), and has a tragic history (the whole suit of armor thing). Plus in the scenes with his emaciated human body he’s pretty damn cute, and when he gets his body back he’s even cuter.”

Tsukasa from .hack//sign


Moon: “Tsukasa is dark and mysterious–his aversion to socializing is attractive. He’s also pretty androgynous which is cool, I like that.” (Gaby: “He is 17 so technically underage, but I’ll allow it using the precedent Bieber vs. Bieber.”)

Togusa from Ghost in the Shell

Ghost in the Shell

Moon: “Togusa is really hunky in a really classic family-man kind of way. He’s the only cop in section 9 that doesn’t have robotic/cyber body parts except for his brain, which gives him some kind of wholesome allure if you know what I mean. Also just look at him.”

And I have one!

Tuxedo Mask from Sailor Moon

Sailor Moon

Sexy magician. Here to save the day. Oh yes. TC Mark

image – Naruto


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  • Katrina

    Thank you for recognizing the hotness that is Tuxedo M ask.

    • Carlita

      seconded. drip drip drool tuxedo mask

      • Mimi

        And I third it. All I know about anime hotness in in my childhood memories of Tuxedo Mask. Le sigh.

      • goodbyebluemondaylit

        yes yes nom nom nom tuxedo mask *swoon* ^_^

    • Lian

      Acceptable, but I will assert that Seiya > Mamoru (aka Tuxedo Kamen) because Seiya was actually useful, significantly more dashing, and didn’t keep getting swayed by other ladies the way Mamoru was.

      Granted, Seiya was also a woman and only used a man’s body for a disguise. But hey! This is a progressive era! Right?

  • nabiki

    RANMA. Why are you not on here? Seriously, there is nothing hotter than a hot male who can transform to an equally hot female just by being doused by water.

  • anon

    yessssssssssssss to tamaki, he’s my absolute favourite character. also byakuya and ichigo :3 serious lack of renji (also bleach), though. also, these pictures don’t do them justice, but that’s just me being biased.

  • Lola

    Where is Goku and Trunks from DBZ?

  • Kat


    • howlingvenus

      This. And Iroh 2. ;D

  • xra

    cowboy bebop is the greatest thing that ever happened

  • cg

    Gaby, you’re so awesome.

  • Theo

    Just to point out that the character shown for Alphonse Elric (which is basically a boy’s soul trapped inside an armor) but his brother, Edward Elric!

    • anon

      no, that’s really alphonse elric. it’s what he looks like as a regular boy. edward elric has golden hair and eyes.

      • Theo

        Ooops, looking at the picture once again, and it striked me: yep, it actually is Alphonse, the long hair misled me!

  • Abril

    Usui Takumi from Kaichou wa Maid-Sama! ♥

  • E.

    Light Yagami from “Death Note”. He may be a psychopath who overuses the phrase “god of the new world”, but boy, is he drawn gorgeously!

    • Megan

      Agree. I’d also say L even though he’s so awkward.

  • AllyMae

    Does Marth from Super Smash Bros Brawl count? Because he was my first crush… :’)

    • howlingvenus

      If he does, I vote for Vincent Valentine.

  • S.

    Goliath from the series Gargoyles in the ’90s was hot.

  • rishtopher

    I can’t believe Kamina/Simon didn’t make this list!
    Where are the Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann fans? “A true man doesn’t die even if he’s killed!”

  • Megan

    Tsume and Kiba from Wolf’s Rain.

  • alanapaints

    I generally find anime men sexless and dull. Spike might work out well. At least he has a nose.

  • Carly Fowler

    HOT DAMN. I haven’t watched anime in years (besides Korra since it’s technically American cartoon in the style of eastern anime).
    Kurama, Kenshin, and Spike: straight to my early 2000 obsessions.
    Just missing the cast of Wolf’s Rain and L from Death Note.

    Al and Zuko: good choices. Ed was always my heart throb, though.

    Tsukua: the start of my sexuality confusion! UGH especially when you finish the show. There is a huge reason why he’s androgynous. GAH.

  • Patrick M (@Gilthwixt)

    No Kamina? Ah well. You covered all the classics/basics Gaby, so job well done. One thing though, you might want to take Tsukasa from .hack//sign off the list…

  • Gaby p

    Completely drooling…

  • Melanie Berdecia

    Where is Goku from Dragon Ball Z? He is the sweetest, kindest, most muscular anime character I’ve ever seen.

  • FMA

    Seriously no Col. Mustang!? I’m outraged. :)

    • Shelley

      i initially suggested Roy too! :) FMA’s full of hot guys :)

      • Andi

        Yes! Mustang is my ultimate anime crush, but at least they included Vash.

      • FMA

        Yes it is… ;)

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  • r4yne

    Robin, from Teen Titans! I’ve always had a crush on him. Natsume Hyuuga from Gakuen Alice, too, and I guess he’s not underaged anymore ’cause as of the latest issue of the manga, he’s about 14 or 15.

  • Katie

    Zuko, Seto, and Tuxedo Mask. This list is complete.


    Tamahome from Fushigi Yuugi, where art thou?

    • Doodie R.

      Fushigi Yuugi guys!

    • howlingvenus

      Then throw in Hotohori.

  • Ann

    Chichiri and Tasuki from Fushigi Yuugi!

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