The Most POPULAR Anime Boys Of All Time (2020 List)

Sweet anime boys, yes. They can make you feel wonderful and also miserable at the same time because you know you won’t find such a husbando IRL (probably).

This time we are going to look at MAL’s Most Favorited Characters, so this list should be somewhat objective.

And I know what you might want to ask me. Has anything changed compared to the 2019 boys’ popularity ranking?

And the answer is YES, albeit only the order.

Levi from Attack on Titan (#4) and Light Yagami (#5) from Death Note got ahead of Edward Elric from Full Metal Alchemist (currently #6, previously #4).

Interesting facts about this popularity ranking

  • all of these boys are humans,

  • the anime that have more than 1 character on this list are Death Note and One Piece,

  • the majority of them have black or brown hair.

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10. Gintoki Sakata

  • Member Favorites:  54,473
  • Anime: Gintama
  • Age: late 20s
  • Race: Vampire
  • Occupation: Yorozuya/Odd Jobs

What makes him so popular

⭐ Gintoki is a relatable and funny folk. 

⭐ He has a sweet tooth and is an otaku heavily absorbed in the reading of manga (he loves to read Weekly Shounen Jump). 

⭐ Despite being a fearsome fighter with nearly unmatched skills, he avoids needless bloodshed. 

9. Naruto Uzumaki

  • Member Favorites: 63,631
  • Anime: Naruto
  • Age: 12-13 (I. Part), 15-17 (II. Part), around 30 (Boruto)
  • Race: Human
  • Occupation: Shinobi

What makes him so popular

⭐ Naruto proves that hard work beats talent. 

⭐ He does not give up – on anyone or anything.

⭐ He is strong-willed as hell, and his attitude and actions make him incredibly powerful later. 

8. Zoro Roronoa

  • Member Favorites: 68,105
  • Anime: One Piece
  • Age: 21 (after time skip)
  • Race: Human
  • Occupation: Swordsman and combatant of the Straw Hat Pirates

What makes him so popular

⭐ Zoro is always loyal to his Nakama, no matter what. 

⭐ Has an appealing color scheme, a captivating fighting style, a never-give-up attitude, no matter how difficult things are. 

⭐ He is built up to be the perfect shoulder for the shounen main character.


7. Rintarou Okabe

  • Member Favorites: 68,645
  • Anime: Steins; Gate
  • Age: 18
  • Race: Human
  • Occupation: Self-proclaimed mad scientist 🙂

What makes him so popular

⭐ Rintarou is an overdramatic, boastful, and rarely tsundere college student. 

⭐ He is smart, but his real ability is to be the visionary and natural-born leader. 

⭐ Has a gift to find the right people to implement his vision 

6. Edward Elric

  • Member Favorites: 72,978
  • Anime: Fullmetal Alchemist
  • Age: 16 in the series, 18 in the movie
  • Race: Human
  • Occupation: Alchemist

What makes him so popular

⭐ Edward is a selfless and gentle soul with a lot of sympathy for others. 

⭐ He is a good role model. 

⭐ He has only one goal in mind (help his brother to revert back to his human form) and goes as far as to disregard his own discomfort/suffering. 

5. Light Yagami

  • Member Favorites: 73,425
  • Anime: Death Note
  • Age: 17
  • Race: Human
  • Occupation: Student and Owner of Death Note

What makes him so popular

⭐ He is highly intelligent and calculating, capable of pinpointing the strengths and weaknesses of his opponents.

⭐ He is a complex and mysterious character who takes most screen time, yet you know very little about him. 

⭐ He is similar to Lelouch (but in my opinion a downgrade of Lelouch). 

4. Levi Ackerman

  • Member Favorites: 81,092
  • Anime: Attack on Titan
  • Age: over 30
  • Race: Human
  • Occupation: Soldier

What makes him so popular

⭐ Levi is the most powerful human soldier. 

⭐ He has accurate deduction, epic fighting skills, and a unique personality.

⭐ Levi is the definition of a perfect husbando (he cleans A LOT as well). 

3. Monkey D. Luffy

  • Member Favorites: 85,134
  • Anime: One Piece
  • Age: 19
  • Race: Human
  • Occupation: The founder and captain of Straw Hat Pirates

What makes him so popular

⭐ He has a heart of gold. 

⭐ Luffy goes out of his way to help everyone.

⭐ One of the strongest characters in One Piece. 

2. L Lawliet

  • Member Favorites: 98,182
  • Anime: Death Note
  • Age: 24
  • Race: Human
  • Occupation: Detective

What makes him so popular

⭐ L is a unique, weird, and mysterious detective.

⭐ He has a high IQ. 

⭐ Can make the right deduction and provide insight easily. 


1. Lelouch Lamperouge

  • Member Favorites: 119,158
  • Anime: Code Geass
  • Age: 17 (S1), 18 (S2)
  • Race: Human
  • Occupation: The leader and founder of The Black Knights

What makes him so popular

⭐ He is a true mastermind with an enormously high IQ.

⭐ Lelouch has a lot of meaningful dialogues/monologues and is extremely handsome. 

⭐ He is a nuanced character and leans towards the anti-heroic side.


Hi, my name is Mia and I'm the founder of 9 Tailed Kitsune. I love anime, games, and esports (I am also a bit weird). My passion for anime sparked when I was about 7 (Phantom Thief Jeanne, hello!) and has never stopped.

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