Anime is one of the best things in existence, and unsurprisingly, anime boys are some of the coolest fictional characters we have ever seen.
These characters have entertained us, inspired us, and made our childhoods better in more ways than one.
In this list, we will look at the 20 most badass anime boys that are way too cool for this world!
Jotaro Kujo (JoJo’s Bizarre Adventures)
Jotaro Kujo is arguably the most iconic character in the Joestar Family and also the most recurring one, throughout the different seasons of the franchise.
He’s young, he’s attractive, he’s extremely powerful and on top of it all, he is an absolute badass.
He has saved members of his family more times than once and makes sure he’s looking cool and menacing while he does it.
He also happens to be the first JoJo who was introduced with a Stand, further making him not a person to be messed with.
Roy Mustang (Fullmetal Alchemist)
Edward Elric is the main star of Fullmetal Alchemist, but Roy Mustang has very often stolen the show.
Being the superior officer of Edward, Roy is not another generic ‘higher in command’ character that lets the characters below them do all the work.
He’s an extremely capable fighter and is known as the ‘Flame Alchemist’. While he may appear like a charming slacker at first, he turns out to be one of the smartest characters and a complete beast who stops at absolutely nothing to achieve his goals.
Saitama (One Punch Man)
Saitama is the most powerful being to exist within the universe of One Punch Man, which is as badass as you can get to start with.
He lives with an existential crisis which is caused because the guy is too powerful to enjoy a fight anymore because of how powerful he has become, and spends his life as a superhero to keep himself busy.
He’s indifferent to daily life and finds no challenge in anything because most of his foes simply die in a single punch and is too laid back to even remember names and faces properly at times. I really don’t need to say more, every sentence that describes this guy screams cool.
Levi Ackerman (Attack on Titan)
Attack on Titan is full of badass characters, both male and female. But one that stands out to the anime community, is Levi Ackerman. He is often regarded as the strongest soldier on the human side and is the captain of his squad.
He rarely ever displays emotion, appears cold and unapproachable and even the way he speaks can be insulting.
He takes orders from no one, but makes an exception for the people he respects, and is ready to give his life for them and will follow their reasonable requests.
His cold personality, coupled with extremely powerful fighting skills and a deep sense of morality and empathy make him one of the coolest characters in anime, and a total badass in the battlefield.
Spike Spiegel (Cowboy Bebop)
Spike is one of the most interesting and well written characters in anime, and the cult status of Cowboy Bebop is a clear indication of that.
He is tall, handsome and one of the coolest anime boys of all time. He’s a very skilled bounty hunter with a dark past and has an extremely laid-back personality.
He starts off as a very lazy and indifferent person who lacks patience, but eventually warms up to the things he once hated as he grows as a person.
His character growth, calm personality and the skills of an expert hitman, make him a character most of us want to be.
Vegeta (Dragonball Z)
Can we make this list without including Dragonball Z? No, we cannot. Is Goku one of the coolest characters of all time? Absolutely. But Vegeta stands out more when you think about it, for a couple of reasons.
He has had an immense amount of character development, starting out as a bad guy who is too used to being the strongest person in the arena, to a person who learns defeat and humility. Which then evolves into him being one of the strongest heroes of the DBZ universe, and an absolute badass no matter what side he’s on.
L (Death Note)
Light was kind of a badass himself, considering how intelligent, manipulative and effective he was. But let’s be honest, the guy cared about his own life a bit too much. To the point he could use and let anyone die for his goals.
L, on the other hand, is the opposite. He’s always calm, effortlessly smart and figures everything out almost immediately. And most importantly, he is willing to give his life for the cause he believes in, prioritizing justice above everything else. He’s easily one of the coolest anime boy characters that we have come to see in anime.
Dante (Devil May Cry: The Animated Series)
Dante is from the land of the lesser-known anime Devil May Cry: The Animated Series. But holy hell, is he badass.
A half-human, half-demon hybrid being that is almost entirely invincible, and kills every demon that he encounters like a fly on a car’s windshield.
However, instead of being some all-powerful being that rules the world… Dante spends his day lazing around in his office not having a care in the world and eating pizza.
Occasionally, he goes out for Strawberry Sundaes. But when any innocent person is in danger, you can count on him knocking at the door like the magnificent badass that he is.
Madara Uchiha (Naruto)
When Madara Uchiha was resurrected, Naruto fans all over the world were screaming in shock. His power was unparalleled and he wiped out an army full of combined powerful forces like it was nothing, going as far as to summon meteors in combat.
Being so powerful that you shock even Naruto fans, an anime already so full of badass and cool characters, is a major achievement.
Madara is a character that manages to achieve that. You may be able to pick many fights within the Naruto universe and live to tell the tale, but when a guy summons a meteor on top of your head, you know he’s not one to mess with.
Lelouch vi Britannia (Code Geass)
Code Geass is one of the most iconic anime of its decade, and still a name you hear very commonly, and its protagonist Lelouch is not falling behind.
Lelouch is a good-looking anime guy whose looks can be deceiving, appearing to be harmless. But he is an extremely intelligent character who is calm, calculated and says what’s on his mind.
He’s respected and trusted by many leaders and soldiers, even though he is willing to sacrifice people if it means he can achieve the objective in a fight.
He’s a cold hearted mastermind who does not consider anything too far in order to achieve his goal.
Killua Zoldyck (Hunter X Hunter)
Hunter X Hunter has a lot of cool characters, and from a distance, Killua looks like a young, good boy who couldn’t harm a fly.
His cute appearance does not help that case either, and even in nature he is mostly a cheerful boy who just wants to have fun.
But when it comes to a fight, he’s a badass who quickly analyzes situations with accuracy and has the maturity that can rival that of an adult.
Although he grows a bit calmer as he spends more time with Gon, at core he is essentially a cold blooded and violent killer when he has to do it, and can do anything to protect himself and Gon.
Wakatoshi Ushijima (Haikyuu!!)
A break from all the warriors willing to kill, Wakatoshi Ushijima is one of the most important team members for his Division 1 V-League team.
He’s not a man of many words, but when he does speak, it’s complete honesty, even if it comes off as rude.
He’s confident and his confidence is in the right place, considering the fact he’s one of the best Volleyball players of the Haikyuu!! universe and has been among the top ranks of the leagues.
He’s a complete badass who can back his words, but he still apologizes if he realizes he has insulted people.
Hei (Darker Than Black)
Hei is a calculated assassin that can get any job done that is assigned to him. He is very precise with his work and goes as far as to adopt different identities to be hidden for his missions and also adopts them for his everyday life to be perfect at it.
He’s one of the coolest assassin characters in anime and goes through growth as a character throughout the show.
He’s also one of the few people in his line of work who display emotions at all, making him an exception. But whether he’s at his best personal behavior or the worst; when it’s time for a job, he’s one to fear.
Afro (Afro Samurai)
Afro was a happy kid who would laugh and goof around with his friends. That was, until, he saw his own father get decapitated in front of his eyes.
Seeing that filled him with eternal hatred and he embarked on a journey for revenge, which turned him into a cold-blooded killer who would go to any extent to move forward in his quest for vengeance.
He’s one of the most badass samurai characters to exist and despite a few signs of kindness within him left, he’s one of the most ruthless characters on this list, willing to kill anyone who could get in his way.
Shoto Todoroki (My Hero Academia)
Shoto has been through hell, living in a very abusive upbringing and being seen by his father as nothing but a tool, and it left him a cold-hearted person who didn’t know how to socialize.
While always a menacing opponent, it was after he embraced his fire abilities that his true powers were unleashed, and when he finally used them in battle, he achieved a new level of cool.
He also has some of the most consistent character developments in the anime, making him one of the most interesting anime boys in My Hero Academia.
Giyu Tomioka (Demon Slayer)
Giyu is a no-nonsense, badass anime boy who has a strong sense of justice and no tolerance against people who oppose him.
He does not speak very much and has trouble communicating with people, making him appear distant, but he does have a kinder side to him which can sometimes be seen.
Even though he appears to be a cold-blooded killer, he is actually very protective towards his friends and would even let a demon live if he knew they had no evil intentions, something that sets him apart from other demon slayers around him.
Sebastian Michaelis (The Black Butler)
People have very different opinions when it comes to The Black Butler as an anime, but one thing hard to deny is how much of a badass Sebastian is.
Even in the worst of situations, he manages to remain calm, and acts only in self-interest, even when he is helping others.
He’s strong, he’s smart and he’s undeniably cool. He may not be remembered as an iconic anime character in the community, but when you say handsome and badass in the same sentence, he’s bound to pop up in your memory.
Shunsui Kyōraku (Bleach)
Shunsui is one of the strongest males in the Bleach universe, and a total beast at fighting, he is one of the humblest characters in the anime.
He is a peace-loving man who tries to avoid every fight that he can unless it is truly necessary, and has a strong distaste for fighting.
He is more casual compared to the other captains and is almost always smiling, which makes him look like someone who isn’t fit to be in his position. But what makes him so cool is the fact he can back his reputation at any time, no matter what state he is in.
Taiga Kagami (Kuroko No Basuke)
A man with exceptional talents for basketball, Taiga is a character that is determined to be the best basketball player of Japan.
He’s very tall and muscular, which is unusual for a high school student, and his energy is often referred to as that of a wild tiger.
He’s a determined person who becomes relentless on the field, and his reason for playing basketball is the fact he loves competing with strong opponents. He has an undying spirit when it comes to his passion and has almost no down-sides to himself besides a temper problem he sometimes suffers through.
Kenshirō (Fist of The North Star)
When you hear the phrase “You are already dead”, it’s impossible not to think of Kenshirō, even if you’re not an anime fan in general.
The protagonist of the classic Fist of the North Star series, he is one of the most badass anime characters to have ever existed.
Unlike most other characters of the ‘80s, Kenshirō is a character that can be sensitive and very kind-hearted.
He can be seen being deeply disturbed about the suffering of innocents, and often even his own noble enemies. But at the same time, when he is truly angry, he can be an unhinged killing machine that accepts his rage and gives into the vengeance.
A truly iconic character, he will always go down in history as a grade-A badass.