Another ranking has appeared regarding the tastes of western anime fans, revealing their favorite anime males, and demonstrating that protagonists are unsurprisingly regarded as the more interesting characters as they compose a majority of the list.

The ranking, again based on the number of times the characters in question were added to the “favorite characters” section of MyAnimeList users:

1. Lelouch Lamperouge (Code Geass)


2. L Lawliet (Death Note)


3. Monkey D Luffy (One Piece)


4. Edward Elric (Fullmetal Alchemist)


5. Light Yagami (Death Note)


6. Okabe Rintarou (Steins;Gate)


7. Sakata Gintoki (Gintama)


8. Zoro Roronoa (One Piece)


9. Naruto Uzamaki (Naruto)


10. Kazuto Kirigaya (Sword Art Online)


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    Avatar of aoitoriko
    Comment by aoitoriko
    12:39 07/12/2015 # ! Quality (+0.8)

    Spike Speigel
    Kenshin Himura
    Arsene Lupin III
    Vash the Stampede
    Kyon from Haruhi
    List is shit.

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    Comment by YotaruVegeta
    08:59 29/12/2015 # ! Neutral (0)

    When did you want this list to be made, in the 90s?

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    Comment by kanbanmusume
    12:45 07/12/2015 # ! Neutral (0)

    Sousuke Sagara from Full Metal Panic

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    Comment by HouseLife
    13:28 07/12/2015 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    I've never really found appeal in Vash as much as everyone else, it was a good series, but I never felt the depth in it compared to the others on your list.

    But yet again I have to say: why not both? Your list is great, as is the list above. So they're both good.

    Comment by Anonymous
    23:47 07/12/2015 # ! Neutral (0)

    Kyon is a nice character, but he's basically a generic MC with no real distinctive trait. He's just a regular high-school kid. If whatever basis you have for determining characters that are great would include him, I can't help but question your other mentions as well.

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    Comment by kanbanmusume
    08:59 08/12/2015 # ! Neutral (0)

    @ 23:47
    So you question one character and that negates his
    whole list? Have you even seen those anime?
    Guts and Kenshin are anime icons. Vash and Kyon
    arguably less so but they don't diminish the
    other selections.
    What a self important ass you must be.

    Comment by Anonymous
    10:33 08/12/2015 # ! Neutral (0)

    Well, in Kyon's case I'd say read the light novels rather than seen the anime. The guy's pretty much a snark train there.

    But yeah, he can appear to be a doormat to some people, I guess.

    Comment by Anonymous
    08:56 08/12/2015 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Pff. They clearly didn't ask very many Westerners over the age of about 18, did they?

    Comment by Anonymous
    02:42 09/12/2015 # ! Neutral (0)

    But isn't most of these characters from Shounen, over 18 is already Seinen which is rarely adapted into anime when compared to Shounen titles.

    Comment by Anonymous
    15:49 07/12/2015 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    this list is pretty weak...

    Comment by Anonymous
    04:04 08/12/2015 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Just be frank and say this list is pretty shit...

    Comment by Anonymous
    04:46 07/12/2015 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Where'S Batou from GITS <.<

    Comment by Anonymous
    06:08 07/12/2015 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Right BEHIND YOU!

    Comment by Anonymous
    08:16 07/12/2015 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    I hate all these people, wtf.

    Comment by Anonymous
    12:42 09/12/2015 # ! Neutral (0)

    why people are ranting into this, this top is from one of the most popular anime websites. This is the result from 1 million users. This top makes more sense than the others that comes from Japan.

    Comment by Anonymous
    16:12 07/12/2015 # ! Neutral (0)

    Not that bad, except Naruto and the SAO guy and Light Imagay are on the list. rest looks cool.

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    Comment by YotaruVegeta
    08:59 29/12/2015 # ! Neutral (0)

    I would not expect Gintoki to be that high- or be on here at all. I'm glad, though. It's a great series.

    Comment by Anonymous
    00:00 08/12/2015 # ! Neutral (0)

    wtf no Goku?
    fucking filthy casuals lol

    Comment by Anonymous
    00:30 08/12/2015 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Goku is pretty much the poster child for casuals.

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    Comment by XxLolimasterxX
    02:06 08/12/2015 # ! Neutral (0)

    Light would enslave humanity with a tax fee of Shinigami eyes.
    Luffy will make us all join his nakamas and go find the one piece.
    Naruto willt each us the benefits of friendship and Ramen..yes.
    L will therefore steal famous real life Detective's original jobs
    Kirito will expand and recreate The Romantic Age
    Zoro shall teach us to wield a sword
    Okabe will help us at least time travel and go to alternate ecosystems like Neko Babe Galaxy.
    Edward will be used as an especimen by area 51 for an awesome nuclear weapon.
    Never watched Code Geass or Gintama sorry ._.

    Comment by Anonymous
    12:03 07/12/2015 # ! Neutral (0)


    Hope in mankind..... -10000000000

    Comment by Anonymous
    11:53 07/12/2015 # ! Neutral (0)

    no Kraft Lawrence... sure he's not much but still give him credit

    Comment by Anonymous
    14:52 08/12/2015 # ! Neutral (0)

    I totally agree with you sister!

    Comment by Anonymous
    05:07 07/12/2015 # ! Neutral (0)

    Sankakucomplex should do their own lists and polls, d ammit!

    Comment by Anonymous
    02:45 09/12/2015 # ! Neutral (0)

    So that haters under the guise of anonymous can vote with their a rmpit!

    Comment by Anonymous
    05:31 07/12/2015 # ! Neutral (0)

    At least no Sasuke, but missing quite a few classics.

    Comment by Anonymous
    18:26 07/12/2015 # ! Neutral (0)

    Thank god for that.

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    Comment by Attackatron
    06:13 07/12/2015 # ! Neutral (0)

    A list like this without Harima Kenji on it is objectively incorrect.

    Comment by Anonymous
    11:54 07/12/2015 # ! Neutral (0)

    Yeah, we need more generic ecchi shows on here.

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    Comment by Attackatron
    14:27 07/12/2015 # ! Neutral (0)

    In what universe is School Rumble generic or ecchi? I don't think you know what those words mean.

    Comment by Anonymous
    22:30 07/12/2015 # ! Neutral (0)

    lol what

    Comment by Anonymous
    04:13 08/12/2015 # ! Neutral (0)

    @11:54 School Rumble is definitely comedy but nowhere is it ecchi other than some mild fan service thrown in.

    Comment by Anonymous
    07:54 07/12/2015 # ! Neutral (0)

    Where's Guts/Gatts from Berserk? He's better than any of these bitches...

    Comment by Anonymous
    11:52 07/12/2015 # ! Neutral (0)

    Yep. Not mainstream enough, though.

    Comment by Anonymous
    06:26 07/12/2015 # ! Neutral (0)

    So, where are all the scantily clad pics of the characters..? Literally, every ranking ever shown here that somehow includes female characters are accompanied by said characters having close-to-nude pics, IF not nude, even though the ranking is hardly related to that. Why are they missing here, then..? The main site certainly has images of that type, and not few.

    ...oh, I forgot: mostly male-populated site. Me and my equality ramblings, eh..? Silly me, silly me.

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    Comment by Anonymous
    09:00 07/12/2015 # ! Neutral (0)

    Who, me..? Why..? I am a straight man.

    Comment by Anonymous
    11:13 08/12/2015 # ! Neutral (0)

    Straight like a katana?

    Comment by Anonymous
    08:18 07/12/2015 # ! Neutral (0)

    Open your own site and fill It with scantily clad pics of male characters and fully dressed female characters. I promise I won't enter to complain about the pics, or better, I promise I won't enter.

    Comment by Anonymous
    08:59 07/12/2015 # ! Neutral (0)

    Then the exact same problem is present, but backwards. That does not help.

    Comment by Anonymous
    14:22 10/12/2015 # ! Neutral (0)

    Nope! The problem will dissapear as long you stay on your site and don't come here to complain about everything.

    Comment by Anonymous
    03:56 08/12/2015 # ! Neutral (0)

    It sounds like you seem to think you are talking to a woman. I am afraid you must be corrected on that. One does not need to be a woman to point the obvious fact stated here.

    Comment by Anonymous
    10:50 07/12/2015 # ! Neutral (0)

    OMG Guys have a space i feel left out in... must invade and correct them to make it equal!

    -_- please leave or shut up, if you dont like it dont click it visit it or interact with it.... this is not a hard thing to do

    Comment by Anonymous
    08:40 07/12/2015 # ! Neutral (0)

    Start tagging your yaoi shit properly then we'll talk.

    Comment by Anonymous
    08:58 07/12/2015 # ! Neutral (0)

    But it IS tagged properly here, no..?

    Comment by Anonymous
    14:39 07/12/2015 # ! Neutral (0)

    When yaoi pictures are a few days old and still not tagged properly that's a problem. I have a list of blacklisted tags for this and none of them have been used.

    Comment by Anonymous
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    Comment by Dan Hibiki
    04:11 07/12/2015 # ! Neutral (0)

    I normally don't complain about these lists, but seriously? No Spike Spiegel? Really?

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    Comment by Falos
    05:26 07/12/2015 # ! Neutral (0)

    The list is based on MAL favorite count (lolresearch) which doesn't normalize for sheer viewer numbers of a series, and will have a userbase skewed by the website lifespan.

    Adjusting the data along, say, view count on a stream site or DVD sales or something would return a frequency value for "Often Considered Interesting" instead of this popularity contest.

    If you really want to play with data, find a way to scale number weights using series season count, character appearance episodes, or even character airtime.

    Comment by Anonymous
    04:36 07/12/2015 # ! Neutral (0)

    I'm not sure why people get so worked up about these fucking lists. They often have extremely limited sample sizes clearly biased towards younger generations and more recent anime. It's not a comprehensive survey of the history of anime, nor is it intended to be.

    Comment by Anonymous
    04:14 07/12/2015 # ! Neutral (0)

    Old as shit, massively overrated, popular with people who don't like anime, not the anime kids who populate the shit site these numbers come from.

    Comment by Anonymous
    04:29 07/12/2015 # ! Neutral (0)

    Honestly not sure what you said there... could you clarify?

    Comment by Anonymous
    12:35 07/12/2015 # ! Neutral (0)

    Cowboy bebop IS overrated. The sao of the older generation.

    Comment by Anonymous
    08:59 08/12/2015 # ! Neutral (0)

    Wow, this is some top tier trolling. The attempt to compare Bebop to SAO especially. Nicely done, guys.

    Comment by Anonymous
    09:08 07/12/2015 # ! Neutral (0)

    I'm pretty sure he meant that Cowboy Bebop is an old as shit, overrated anime and only popular with people who don't like anime in the first place...

    You want the pitchfork or the torch?

    Comment by Anonymous
    04:14 07/12/2015 # ! Neutral (0)

    were getting old

    Comment by Anonymous
    04:16 07/12/2015 # ! Neutral (0)

    The list probably was by a lot of young people.

    Comment by Anonymous
    04:28 07/12/2015 # ! Neutral (0)

    Internet has no memory. If an I.P. (in this case a manga or anime) didn't get a new release in last 10 years (at best), It's like It simply never existed. So that's why on all these polls, great characters like Alucard, Onizuka Sensei, Lupin, Spike, Vash The stampede, Ryoma nagare, Haruko Haruhara or Lain Iwakura are missing.

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