Before I present to you the top 25 coolest boys in the anime world, let me say that writing this list was one of the most difficult things I’ve done in my entire life. This list was revised so many times, with names added and deleted repeatedly, until finally my heart was satisfied. Due to the difficulty of ranking these handsome men, I had to cluster the list according to title. It almost turned out to be the anime series with the coolest male characters Hub. Now, let’s begin!
25. KAEDE RUKAWA (Slam Dunk)
In the 25th spot is Kaede Rukawa, ace and super rookie of the Shohoku basketball team. Rukawa wears jersey number 11. He is a skilled basketball player and is very popular among high school girls both inside and outside the anime series. His hobbies include taking a nap, sleeping, and occasionally falling asleep while riding a bicycle. His chill personality and laidback attitude towards everything except basketball won many girls’ hearts (including mine), as well a spot on this list 🙂
24. OOTORI KYOUYA (Ouran High School Host Club)
Kyouya Ootori is the most intelligent member and vice president of the Ouran High School Host Club. He is usually calm and reserved. While he can occasionally be strict, he is respected by almost everyone. He tolerates Tamaki Suoh’s weirdness and never gets angry, even when Tamaki calls him mommy (Kyouya’s role in the club, according to Tamaki). What makes Kyouya cool? His level-headedness, wit, and rimless glasses.
23. KURORO LUCILFER (Hunter X Hunter)
Kuroro Lucilfer is the head, founder, and probably the strongest member of Genei Ryodan (Phantom Troupe in English). He is handsome, intelligent, and charismatic all in one. He has a natural talent for his line of work and is one of the best strategists in the Hunter X Hunter series. Kuroro was cool, all right, but not cool enough to have been on this list . . . until he let his hair down.
TEAM SHINICHIRO WATANABE
Ranks 22nd and 21st were grabbed by the two-man team created and directed by Shinichiro Watanabe: Cowboy Bebop‘s Spike Spiegel and Samurai Champloo‘sJin.
22. SPIKE SPIEGEL (Cowboy Bebop)
Spike Spiegel is the handsome bounty hunter from Bebop. He is a former member of the Red Dragon Crime Syndicate and the one and only man destined for Faye Valentine (no arguing from me!). He is a highly skilled gunman and an expert martial artist as well. Spike is the most popular male Cowboy Bebop character and is voted cool by yours truly because . . . he looks so freaking cool when he smokes!
21. JIN (Samurai Champloo)
Jin is a highly skilled swordsman, a bodyguard for Fuu, and the most mature member of his group (Fuu, Mugen and Jin). He is usually quiet, calm, and collected. He made it on this list because he eventually developed genuine concern for his companions, especially for Fuu, although sadly not in the romantic sense.
TWO-MAN TEAM – TIE!
The two representative characters from The Prince of Tennis tied for the 20th spot!
20. KUNIMITSU TEZUKA & ECHIZEN RYOMA (Prince of Tennis)
Kunimitsu Tezuka, captain of the Seigaku tennis team, is one of the best tennis players in all of Japan. In spite of injuring his left arm, he still plays excellent tennis and is well-respected by his teammates.
Echizen Ryoma, tennis prodigy and main protagonist of the series, is one of the best rookies in the entire country as well. He has won several international tennis tournaments before joining the Seigaku tennis team.
They tied for the 20th place because their personalities are so similar: cold, unemotional, but dedicated to tennis— and not bad with the ladies either!
19. KAMINA (Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann)
Gurren Lagann’s Kamina made it all the way to the 19th spot, even if I haven’t even seen his show yet. But even with zero knowledge on his personality and abilities, I know a little about his fate and the otaku in me knows that he deserves to be on this list. As a matter of fact, anyone can tell in one glance that Kamina is way too cool.
18. YAGAMI LIGHT (Death Note)
In 18th place is Yagami Light, bringer of divine justice to the mean mortals of this rotten world (this is at least how he sees Himself—with the capital H like a god). Yagami is a born genius and main protagonist of Death Note. He is damn sexy and intelligent, and he is one of the best strategists in the anime world. Being the evil among evils in the Death Note universe, he never wavered nor lost his goal and continued to personify evil right down to the last episode. Despite his warped personality, chicks still dig him. That’s cool for ya!
17. SESSHOMARU (InuYasha)
Sesshomaru (also Sesshomaru-sama to us fan girls)—son of the great demon dog and half brother of InuYasha—is the most handsome, power-hungry, almost-divine-and-almost-evil being I’ve ever laid my eyes on. Yagami Light wouldn’t even compare. Sesshomaru looks coolest in his human form (of course) with the royal crescent blue moon on his forehead, pointed ears, and silver hair.
Fan note: That huge fur thing on his right shoulder is just so . . . majestic. Ha, ha.
16. SOUL EVANS (Soul Eater)
Soul Evans is Maka Albarn’s scythe and partner, as well as the main male protagonist of the series. As weapon and partner of Maka, he is dedicated to completing every mission they undertake while protecting Maka at the same time. Forgive my choice of pictures, but I just thought that Soul’s affection for Maka is what really makes him cool, so they just had to be together. 🙂
15. EDWARD ELRIC (Fullmetal Alchemist/Fullmetal Alchemist Brotherhood)
Edward Elric is the youngest state alchemist in his series and quite possibly the shortest protagonist that ever lived. Kidding. Well, like Soul, I think that Edward Elric is coolest (and cutest) when he is Winry Rockbell. No matter how great an alchemist he is, he is just no good without Winry-chan. Why he ranked higher than Soul though is simply due to my personal preference. I tend to like guys with long hair. The longer the better!
Three spots are occupied by Team Katekyo Hitman Reborn, all from the Vongola family!
14. ROKUDO MUKURO (Katekyo Hitman Reborn!)
Number 14 goes to the very sexy Rokudo Mukoro—Mist guardian and black sheep of the Vongola family. Initially a villain in the series, he is becoming more and more of an ally to the Vongola despite his treacherous and cunning nature. Rokudo Mukuro has a little bit of the Yagami Light complex; I mean he kind of wants to purge the world of evil while being damn evil himself. Really, why do we have so many bad boys on this list?
13. SAWADA TSUNAYOSHI (Katekyo Hitman Reborn!)
Sawada Tsunayoshi, originally No Good Tsuna, is the 10th mafia boss of the Vongola family and main protagonist of the story. With his current title “Vongola Decimo”, he has earned power and strength. Eventually, good looks and a cool disposition earned him a spot on this list.
12. HIBARI KYOYA (Katekyo Hitman Reborn!)
In 12th place is Hibari Kyoya, head of Namimori Middle Disciplinary Committee and Cloud guardian of the 10th Vongola family. Known for his trademark phrasekamikorosu (which literally translates to “I will bite you to death”), Hibari is like the stray dog of the family and dislikes being with the rest of the Vongola. Why Hibari bested both Mukuro and the Vongola boss is simply because I said so.
Tite Kubo’s representatives, also known as Team Bleach occupied as many as five spots on this list!
11. HITSUGAYA TOSHIRO (Bleach)
Hitsugaya Toshiro, captain of the 10th division in Gotei 13, is the youngest shinigami to earn the title of captain in the entire history of Soul Society. He has a natural talent for being a shinigami and is even considered to be a child prodigy whose talent was recognized by the current head of Gotei 13. Aside from having an ice-powered zanpakuto, Hitsugaya made it on this list because he is one of the wisest characters in all of Bleach despite his age. More importantly, his bankai is just so cool!
10. ZARAKI KENPACHI (Bleach)
Making it to the top 10 coolest male anime characters is none other than Zaraki Kenpachi, 11th division captain of Gotei 13. This is the most bloodthirsty character in my top-25 list. Kenpachi was surely born to fight, kill, and fill Soul Society with violence like no other. What makes Kenpachi cool? His overwhelming strength, power, aggressive fighting style, and Yachiru by his side.
9. HIRAKO SHINJI (Bleach)
Grabbing 9th place is former captain of the 5th division of Gotei 13, former leader of the visored, and now captain of the 5th division: Hirako Shinji. Hirako is funny, all right, and may sometimes seem like a dimwit, but he is actually perceptive and quite powerful both as a shinigami and as a visored. What makes Hirako cool? His sense of humor, sarcasm, and sassy hairstyle across all points of history.
My favorite Hirako Shinji line:
Aizen Sousuke: When did you notice me?
Hirako Shinji: Since you were in your mama’s belly.
8. KYORAKO SHUNSUI (Bleach)
Claiming 8th place is the former captain of the 8th division and present captain of the first division, as well captain-commander of Gotei 13, Kyoraku Shunsui. Kyoraku looks like an easy-going man but he is actually one of the most knowledgeable, perceptive, and powerful yet humble shinigami in all of Soul Society. In fact, he is a very romantic man and his hobbies include taking a nap, drinking sake, and chasing girls. What is so cool about Kyoraku? His long brown hair and light pink kimono with a floral pattern.
My favorite Kyoraku Shunsui line:
Kyoraku Shunsui: So, you’re saying you won’t give me the data?
Kurotsuchi Mayuri: Correct.
Kyoraku Shunsui: *Sighs* You’ll go to hell someday.
(Bountou arc only)
7. URAHARA KISUKE (Bleach)
Now we are down to the 7th spot: the coolest male character in Bleach and the sexiest man/shinigami alive, Urahara Kisuke! Urahara, former captain of the Gotei 13 12th division, founder/former head of the Shinigami Research and Development Institute, and current owner of the Urahara shop, Urahara is another easygoing captain-level shinigami residing in the human world. He is also laidback and funny, but Urahara is actually among the smartest and possibly strongest shinigami who has served Soul Society. He refers to himself as “an honest, handsome and perverted businessman.” What makes Kisuke so damn cool? His wavy blonde hair, green hat, and whatever relationship there is between him and Yorouichi.
My favorite Urahara Kisuke line:
“There’s no way I, a mere handsome and sexy shop owner, could possibly have bankai!”—Urahara Kisuke, Bleach
TEAM ODA/TEAM ONE PIECE
Now we are down to the last team, which claimed a total of 6 spots on this list! Let me give you, Team One Piece!
6. SMOKER (One Piece)
At the bottom of team One Piece is the smoking hot, but absolutely cool former captain and current vice admiral of the marines, Smoker-san! Also called Smo-yanby a few “friends”, the sole purpose of his existence is to catch Monkey D. Luffy from the Grand Line all the way in the New World. What makes Smo-yan real cool? His own sense of justice always comes first, even if he has to challenge the Marines or act all friendly with a bunch of crazy pirates!
5. TRAFALGAR LAW (One Piece)
Now in fifth place is former Shichibukai, current captain of the Heart Pirates, and ally of the Straw Hat Pirates, Trafalgar Law! Being one of the 11 supernovas of the worst generation, he is strong, smart, intelligent, and good-looking—all at the same time. Someone who dared to propose an alliance with the crazy Straw Hat Pirates can only be super cool!
4. SHANKS (One Piece)
Grabbing fourth place is a real big shot: captain of the Red Hair pirates and one of the four emperors of the New World, the red-haired Shanks. Currently one of the strongest pirates alive, Shanks is Luffy’s friend and former owner of Luffy’s straw hat. Shanks is damn cool, because an emperor with two arms is way too mainstream!
3. CROCODILE (One Piece)
Besting many heroes and villains alike and earning third coolest male character spot is another evil criminal and pirate, the former leader of the Baroque Works syndicate and former Shichibukai, Crocodile! Crocodile (sometimes Croco-boya) is the user of the Suna-Suna no mi or the Sand-Sand Fruit. Despite being the embodiment of evil, Croco-boya made it on this list because he might have developed a little respect for Luffy. He demonstrated this when he helped save Luffy during the Marineford battle even while claiming that he only did it because he did not want the Marines to succeed.
2. SANJI (One Piece)
Now let me introduce the second coolest male character in the entire world of anime: the cook and one of the strongest fighters and best tacticians (whenever they plan) of the Straw Hat pirates and the only womanizer in the crew, Kuro-Ashi (Black Leg) Sanji! Sanji, sometimes Ero-Cook and a few times Mr. Prince is one of the smartest in the crew alongside Nami, Robin, and Usopp. Sanji looks coolest when he smokes. He also looked cool when he lectured Luffy for almost telling Usopp to leave the crew. More importantly, a sexy cook is definitely cool!
1. RORONOA ZORO (One Piece)
Now, the coolest male anime character of all time: former bounty hunter, one of the eleven supernovas, and one of the strongest members of the Straw Hat pirates, Roronoa Zoro!
Zoro is not very sociable, he is very strict with his training, and he is serious and hot-headed. However Zoro’s most admirable trait is his respect for his captain, which he demonstrated when he refused to admit Usopp back onto the crew after disrespecting Luffy unless he admitted that he was also at fault. One of the coolest (and funniest) things Zoro ever did was to pose like a statue while fighting Mr. 3 during the Baroque works saga until he almost turned into a wax statue. He said it was cooler that way.
I will accepting objections and new recommendations to this list, except for first place, because . . . Roronoa Zoro is the word “cool” personified!
“When the world turns nasty on you, you’ve just gotta deal with it.”—Roronoa Zoro, One Piece
Agree or Disagree?
Who is the coolest male anime character ever?
- Kaede Rukawa
- Ootori Kyouya
- Kuroro Lucilfer
- Spike Spiegel
- Kunimitsu Tezuka and Echizen Ryoma
- Yagami Light
- Edward Elric
- Soul Evans
- Rokudo Mukoro
- Sawada Tsunayoshi
- Hibari Kyoya
- Hitsugaya Toshiro
- Zaraki Kenpachi
- Hirako Shinji
- Kyorako Shunsui
- Urahara Kisuke
- Trafalgar Law
- Roronoa Zoro