This list showcases top anime with cool male lead. When we talk about the coolness of a character we consider attitude, behavior composure amidst problems or difficulties. Additional consideration includes the general look and style of the character making them look cool inside and out. Since this word is subjective, you might agree or not with what is in our list, so please try to comment if you don’t agree and give us some anime that deserves to be in this list.
Kaede Rukawa – Slam Dunk
Slam Dunk is a sports anime – basketball. It is very popular to anime fans in the 90s. Even if its an old anime, its considered to be among the classic and one of the best anime of all time. Kaede Rukawa is one of the main protagonists in this anime. He is very popular with girls because of his genius-level skill when it comes to playing basketball. Rukawa looks really cool when he is in the court.
When it comes to his character, we could say that he is somewhat cold or insensitive and does not easily get attached to anyone. When not playing basketball, he is often found sleeping on the rooftop of their school building or even during class.
Echizen Ryoma – Prince of Tennis
Prince of Tennis is another popular sports anime – tennis. The whole anime series revolves around the story of the male lead who is Echizen Ryoma. He is an exceptional tennis player and already has won a lot of competitions. What’s cool about this is the fact that he is just 12 years old. Yes, you heard it right, a young new student in Seigaku middle school is the star. He is known for the catchphrase he says when he gets serious in a game: “Mada Mada Dane” which means No, not yet.
Most of the time Ryoma is arrogant but this is mainly because of his natural talent in the sport and his deep desire to excel and surpass his father. He is also very popular among women because of his dominance and cool attitude when playing tennis.
Yagami Light – Death Note
One of the anime series you will not regret watching is Death Note. And the cool male lead here come in the name of Yagami Light. His character is seen as a natural genius who thinks that school is easy is somewhat boring due to the lack of challenge for him. Aside from outstanding academic performance he also has talent in sports. After knowing Yagami, you will certainly admire him for being an excellent planner, problem solver, strategist and above all for making decisive decisions. If you look at it, you’ll realize that Yagami is a complete package, brain, physique and looks.
Death Note is an anime series that does not involve magic, fight scenes, and powerful characters, however, it still became one of the most popular anime series because of its interesting story. And both the main characters are pretty interesting including the whole story.
Saitama – One Punch Man
Who does not know about Saitama of One Punch Man? I am pretty confident that around 95% of anime fans know about thing strong characters who are known for literally erasing enemies with just one punch. It’s only a 12-episode anime series and every episode will be worth the time. The coolness of Saitama is in his ability to relax in front of very powerful and strong enemies. He has this big confident in himself that regardless of who you are even if you are a king from another planet, he knows he would win the fight. The best thing about this anime series is that it is not only the main character that looks cool, all the other protagonist and even the enemies look really great as well.
Due to the popularity of Saitama, other bald characters have become popular as well. Check them out here: Most Badass Bald Anime Characters
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Meliodas – The Seven Deadly Sins
This 2018, one of my favorite anime series is The Seven Deadly Sins. Meliodas is the main protagonist together with her love team Princess Elizabeth. He is the caption of a group of powerful individuals in this era which is called the 7 deadly sins. It is pretty cool to watch Meliodas in a fight because he looks cute but definitely powerful and very skilled when it comes to fights. You will be surprised at how he is able to beat enemies with his physique. He is able to evade enemy attacks easily and defeats them in a few punches only. If you are looking for a hand to hand combat fights, you will appreciate how Meliodas fights.
When it comes to character, Meliodas is a happy go lucky guy and someone who is composed most of the time but easily angered when someone hurts any of the one he loves.
Vash The Stampede – Trigun
Vash is popular with his red trench coat and a somewhat futuristic outfit. His overall appearance looks pretty cool especially with the fact that he is carrying a cross which happens to be a weapon. This guy is a peace-loving person though others might not agree with it since he is extraordinary when it comes to using guns. However, carrying guns during his time is not something surprising because it’s the Wild West era.
Even though he could easily settle every fight or situation with his gun, he prefers to deal with situations the other way around where no one has to sacrifice a life. He usually pulls the trigger when there is no other option aside from fighting. But even in this circumstances, he does not hit the enemy with an intention to kill just neutralize.
Spike Spiegel – Cowboy Bebop
Since we were a child, one of the coolest character we admire are cowboys right? Due to their look and their ability to ride horses effortlessly. Plus, most cowboys are the good guys. The same is true with Spike. He is a tall guy, good with guns and generally excellent in fights.
Though he usually looks simple with his black hair, brown eyes, tall and lean appearance, things get different when it comes to fights. This guy is something that could get the job done and could easily deal with enemies regardless of the number. If you idolize this anime character, just don’t copy one of his habits which is Smoking. This guy is usually seen with a cigarette between his lips. A lot of anime fans could see themselves in the lazy character of Spike where most of the time he is seen lounging or sleeping. There are also times where he walks as if he is sleepwalking.
Ainz Ooal Gown-sama – Overlord
This list would not be complete without Ainz Ooal Gown-sama. This guy is the main character of the anime series Overlord which is very popular today. You will immediately become interested in his character because he is considered by far as the strongest in the world where he is currently living. It’s a game-like world and his level when he was still playing this game was retained when he suddenly found himself inside the game. Due to his high level and wide knowledge about the game he is able to command powerful characters who have a deep loyalty to him. Anime fans are usually at the edge of their seat when Ainz is in action.
Aside from Ainz, there are a ton of other interesting Overlord characters that you have watch out for.
Hiei – Yu Yu Hakusho
Hiei is a short but a really fast and powerful anime character. This guy usually keeps his distance from people even to his friends. He is elusive but that does not make him less of a friend. Oftentimes, he insults Kuwabura due to his lack of power and stupid actions.
Hiei is undeniably one of the strongest characters in this anime series especially when he gets serious and shows his true power by showing his Jagan Eye. His overall personality and looks make him really cool. He is often found in an all-black outfit which somehow shows the dark side of his characters.
Killua – Hunter X Hunter
Among the main characters of Hunter X Hunter, Killua easily stands out. This is due to the fact that he is already far ahead when it comes to power compared to his friends aside from the fact that he is such a cute anime character. He is a member of a family of assassins which is the reason why fighting and even killing is not anymore new to him. Even though he is a kid, he had already undergone a lot of hardships when it comes to training which is the reason for his high level of power and skills.
Killua is only open and friendly to his friends especially to Gon but appears to be rude and less optimistic with others especially strangers. He does not easily give his trust to anymore. When Killua fights and gets serious with it, you’ll see why he became a part of this list. He moves fast with lightning power. Another cool stuff about him is that he could think fast and could easily decide what to do on various situations even those situations where their lives are at stake.
Kaneki – Tokyo Ghoul
At the start of Tokyo Ghoul, Kaneki was still a normal human being living the usual life. Eventually, things changed when an accident happened which led to him becoming a one-eyed ghoul. When you look at this guy, he somehow represents a male student who does not have any athletic background. Aside from the fact that he loves ready books, it is most likely due to his short appearance.
Kaneki looks really cool in his black outfit which is why this character is gaining a lot of fans from the anime world. Aside from his look, his power also is amazing to watch.
Kise Ryouta – Kuroko no Basuke
Kise is outgoing and cheerful, especially to his friends. Due to his outstanding skills in basketball, he’s often arrogant. Though he seems to be playful, things change when he is in the court. When challenged, it makes him even more determined to win and show that he is the best when it comes to playing basketball.
Aside from being a basketball player, Kise also works as a model which is why a lot of girls admire him. He is cool both inside and outside the court.
If you enjoy watching sports anime, we have a great list here: Top 10 Best Sports Anime
Shiba Tatsuya – The Irregular in Magic High School
Shiba is a student of National Magic University Affiliated First High School. He is in his teenage years and living together with his younger sister. You will immediately notice his deep-blue eyes and serious gaze. There is nothing outstanding in his appearance but you could be confident that he is someone who is dependable.
Levi – Attack on Titan
Levi is short with black hair who also comes with intimidating blue eyes. He often wears a look that seems to be frowning or without any sort of expression. He is one of those people who wants everything around him to be clean which earns him the alias ‘Clean Freak’ by those people who know him. Other people find it hard to be with him since he is not the approachable type of person.
So there you go, these are just some of the many anime with the coolest male leads. These guys are among the reason why we continue to follow our favorite anime series. If you think there is anyone I missed, please leave a comment below so I could update the content.
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