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 at least 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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These are the 10 Most Popular Anime Boys (2020 List).

10. Gintoki Sakata

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

Gintoki is a relatable and funny folk with a sweet tooth. He is also an otaku heavily absorbed in reading manga in the Weekly Shounen Jump.

Despite being a fearsome fighter with nearly unmatched skill, he avoid 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

Naruto proves that hard work beats talent. He is strong-willed as hell, and his attitude and actions later make him incredibly powerful.

He also never gives up on anyone or anything.

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

Zoro is always loyal to his Nakama, no matter what. Apart from having an appealing color scheme and a captivating fighting style, he has also has a never-give-up attitude no matter how difficult things get.

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 🙂

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. 

6. Edward Elric

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

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

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

He can be a good role model for kids and adults alike.

5. Light Yagami

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

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

What we know is that he is highly intelligent and calculating, capable of pinpointing the strengths and weaknesses of his opponents with ease.

4. Levi Ackerman

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

Levi is the most powerful human soldier in the AOT Universe. He has accurate deduction, epic fighting skills, and a quirky personality.

3. Monkey D. Luffy

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

Luffy has a heart of gold. He goes out of his way to help literally everyone who is in trouble.

With that being said, he is also one of the strongest characters in One Piece. 

2. L Lawliet

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

L is a unique, weird, and mysterious detective from Death Note.

He is trying to hunt down #5 on our list, Light Yagami.

In many anime it’s a custom that the main character is overpowered (or becomes) to the point of being undefeatable. Other supporting characters or opposing forces are usually way weaker to prove that the main character truly is something special.

In this case, the police force, including L, are actually smart. L has a high IQ, can make the right deduction and also 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

He is a true mastermind with an enormously high IQ who has a lot of meaningul dialogues and monologues throughout the series. On top of that, he is very handsome.

Since he leands towards the anti-heroic side, it makes him very engrossing.

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Mia Milanová
Mia Milanová

For years, I've been writing about anime & digital marketing, fusing my academic background (psychology) with my love for writing and anime (200+ shows devoured!). At 9 Tailed Kitsune, I share my love for anime and create a space for fans to connect. ✨

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