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Top 10 Anime With a Strong Male Lead

I am a fan of manga, manhwa, webtoons, and comics, and I love sharing my reviews with other fans.

Warning: spoilers. So beware!

Here is my list of the top 10 strongest male anime characters and their respective show. I didn't include any anime with more than 50 episodes or the ones that are already hugely popular like the big three (One Piece, Naruto, Bleach). These are anime with strong male characters, listed in no particular order.

The cast of characters in "Mahouka Koukou no Rettousei."

The cast of characters in "Mahouka Koukou no Rettousei."

Mahouka Koukou no Rettousei

Mahouka Koukou no Rettousei is set in the year 2095, where the world has discovered magic and utilized it as a form of technology. The series is focused on the Shiba siblings, Tatsuya and Miyuki, and their life as new students in a Magic University.

Tatsuya Shiba

Tatsuya Shiba

Tatsuya Shiba

Tatsuya is considered one of the strongest—if not the strongest—characters in the series. His abilities vary greatly from other magic users. It is even possible that he has no magical abilities at all but instead has something even greater like a superpower. He specializes in long-range precision attacks and is strongly implied to have the greatest attack strength in the whole magical community.

Aside from his complex magical abilities, Tatsuya possesses supreme combat abilities. He studied under one of the most famous ninjutsu users and is capable of defeating his opponents with physical strength alone. He is frequently shown to use his combat abilities along with his magic.

He is also very knowledgeable in the field of Magic Engineering and is capable of understanding complex magical theories and structures.

The main characters in "Ichiban Ushiro no Daimaou."

The main characters in "Ichiban Ushiro no Daimaou."

Ichiban Ushiro no Daimaou

The story of Ichiban Ushiro no Daimaou primarily revolves around Akuto Sai and his enrollment in the Constant Magick Academy. He desires to be a High Priest in order to help his fellow humans and to benefit society. However, his life changes forever when the school's oracular spirit, Yagatarasu, proclaims him as the future Demon King. Nearly everyone in the student body grows terrified of him, but some seek to take advantage and use his power to achieve their own goals.

Akuto Sai

Akuto Sai

Akuto Sai

Akuto Sai has virtually unlimited potential and perhaps because of this, the oracular spirit declared him the Demon King of the future. He is the only one who is seen to have complete control over mana, an energy projected by all living things. He is capable of creating various energy projectiles, explosions, and even absorbing mana from other beings, thus rendering them powerless. Due to his immense power potential, Akuto sometimes finds himself having great difficulty controlling his powers and can end up causing random explosions.

Kaze no Stigma

The story is focused around Yagami Kazuma after he has been banished by the Kannagi family because of his lack of ability to wield the element of fire. Four years have passed and Kazuma returns to Japan as a powerful wind user. However just as he arrives he is blamed for a series of murders of the members of the Kannagi family. Now he finds himself in the middle of the war between the Yagami and Kannagi families.

Kazuma Yagami

Kazuma Yagami is a wielder of the Wind Element, also known as a Fujustushi. He is capable of controlling the wind element to execute different kinds of techniques and attacks. Even among other Fujustushi, Kazuma is deemed to be the strongest. He can wield other elemental powers except fire. Whenever Kazuma becomes enraged, his eyes turn bright red, and he becomes able to produce pure black winds. He displays mind-reading abilities while in this state.

Kazuma also made a contract with the Wind Spirit Lord or the Kaze no Seirei-Ou, thus greatly amplifying his already powerful abilities.

The main characters in "Campione!"

The main characters in "Campione!"


The story of Campione! revolves around Godou Kusanagi when he unknowingly killed a Heretic God. After killing the god, Godou is declared to be a God slayer or Campione. Now Godou finds himself encountering all sorts of beings like witches, Gods, Great Knights and other Campiones.

Godou Kusanagi

Godou Kusanagi

Godou Kusanagi

Godou has displayed many abilities common to that of a Campione. These abilities include, but are not limited to, magical resistance, immense magical power and luck manipulation. Because Godou has defeated the Heretic God Verethragna, he is also capable of using the god's 10 incarnations of power. Each power can only be used once a day and some require a specific condition to be used. Aside from his Campione abilities, Godou is shown to be a good tactician and a deceiver. He has tricked a number of his opponents into his traps and some ended up defeating themselves.

The main characters in "Hagure Yuusha No Estetica."

The main characters in "Hagure Yuusha No Estetica."

Hagure Yuusha No Estetica

The story is set in a world where young men and women are randomly transported to a magical world called the Alayzard. Those who survive the magical world return with supernatural abilities. An organization called Babel has been established to protect the returning heroes and give them training to help them control their power. The plot follows Akatsuki Ousawa after he returned from Alayzard after he defeated a Dark Lord and whisked away his beautiful young daughter.

Akatsuki Ousawa

Akatsuki Ousawa

Akatsuki Ousawa

Akatsuki Ousawa is a practitioner of a martial art known as the Renkankei-kikou. This martial art gives the user the ability to manipulate and control the chi of anyone and everything around him. He has been known to apply this martial art to develop different kinds of techniques. Some of his abilities include immense physical strength, nigh invulnerability, healing and energy projection. Akatsuki's mastery of Renkankei-kikou makes him the most powerful character in the series.

Akatsuki also wields a great demon sword he called the Laevateinn.

Hellsing Ultimate

Abraham Van Hellsing did the impossible: he defeated a great and powerful ancient vampire and bound him to do his bidding. Hundreds of years have passed, and his descendants created a secret government organization that serves as the first line of defense against the many supernatural threats that loom over the country. The plot of the anime follows the Hellsing organization as it faces different kinds of supernatural threats like ghouls and vampires.




Alucard is considered the most powerful vampire as well as the most powerful being in the whole series. He is the only true immortal and cannot be truly killed. He displays vast vampiric abilities that other vampires don't have, like summoning familiars and absorbing the abilities and memories of anyone he killed. He enjoys battles and tends to prolong his fights just to belittle and insult his opponents before finally killing them. Even with his vast powers, he remains loyal to the Hellsing family.

The main characters in "Mondaiji-tachi Ga Isekai Kara Kuru Sou Desu Yoo."

The main characters in "Mondaiji-tachi Ga Isekai Kara Kuru Sou Desu Yoo."

Mondaiji-tachi Ga Isekai Kara Kuru Sou Desu Yoo

Three gifted children, Sakamaki Izayoi, Kudō Asuka, and Kasukabe Yō are blessed with tremendous psychic powers. One might think that this would make their lives more exciting, but the kids just found it too boring. On one fateful day, they receive an envelope that transports them to an unknown world known as the Little Garden. This place is full of people who, like them, possess supernatural "gifts." It is further revealed that they were summoned by a member of a fallen community, who calls herself Black Rabbit, in order to help them defeat the tyrannical Devil King.

Izayoi Sakamaki

Izayoi Sakamaki

Izayoi Sakamaki

Izayoi Sakamaki is a very powerful Esper because of his mysterious ability called Code: Unknown. Not much is known about his ability aside from its devastating effect to nullify and destroy other people's gifts. Aside from his powerful gift, he also displays tremendous strength and speed.

A poster for "Needless."

A poster for "Needless."


The story is set in the year 2130, 50 years after World War III. The city of Tokyo, Japan is now no more than a huge crater that has nothing in it but contaminated rubble. The fallen city is now declared as one of the many "Black Spots" located throughout Japan. These areas are eventually populated by outcasts and vagrants. Exposed to the contamination, these outcasts and vagrants eventually developed supernatural abilities called "fragments." Those who wield such fragments came to be known as the "Needless."

Adam Blade

Adam Blade

Adam Blade

Adam Blade is the first-ever successful experimental subject of the Adam Project. He is a destroyer priest and is considered one of the most powerful characters in the series. Blade displays a lot of abilities such as super strength, endurance, and vast healing powers. He also displays superhuman invulnerability, thanks to a special metal called "Orihalcum" attached to his skeletal structure. His special ability is called Zero, a powerful "Needless Fragment" ability that allows him to memorize and copy other "Needless Priests'" powers.

Poster for "Chrome Shelled Regios."

Poster for "Chrome Shelled Regios."

Chrome Shelled Regios

Chrome Shelled Regios is set in a post-apocalyptic future where Earth is overrun by mutated beasts called Filth Monsters. Humanity is forced to create homes in huge mobile cities called Regios. Here, the humans learn to create and use weapons called the DITE and harness them with the power of Kei to battle the beasts that threaten to wipe out mankind.

Layfon Wolfstein Alseif

Layfon Wolfstein Alseif

Layfon Wolfstein Alseif

Layfon is considered to be one of the strongest characters in the series. He is deemed worthy of the title Heaven's Blade at the very young age of 10. He displays skills including the ability to move at high speeds, a tremendous amount of strength, and the ability to create illusionary tricks. He also has the ability to break down Kei ( a power source) only by observing it flow.

"The Legend of the Legendary Heroes" poster.

"The Legend of the Legendary Heroes" poster.

The Legend of the Legendary Heroes

This story follows the life of Ryner Lute, a student enrolled in the Roland Empire Royal Magician's Academy. Lute's adventure begins when he is tasked by King Sion Astal to search for the relics of the "Legendary Hero." Along his way, he discovers a deadly curse that is slowly spreading all through the continent.

Ryner Lute

Ryner Lute

Ryner Lute

Ryner Lute possesses the power called the Alpha Stigma. This power manifests whenever his eyes glow red and his pupils transform into a star-shaped formation. The Alpha Stigma is said to be a curse that is laid down upon humanity by the ancient Dark Gods. The Stigma allows Lute to analyze, copy, and use any magical spells he sees. This gives him vast magical knowledge and the ability to cast a wide variety of spells.

Aside from his Alpha Stigma, Lute is also the host of a Dark God. This makes him even more powerful than other Alpha Stigma bearers. However, if he is under great emotional distress he can lose control of his sanity, which could lead him to destroy anyone and everything around him.

© 2014 MrWhoIamorwhatevs


UNKNOWN on April 27, 2020:

Ive seen all of these ;(

Your Dad on April 02, 2020:

Guys...Guys stop!,the author said not the famous ones yet your suggesting it.

Your mum on December 12, 2019:

Where the heck is tensei shitara slime datta ken!?

JOKER on October 07, 2019:

PEOPLE!!! I RECOMMEND BLACK BULLET !!! its literally the best anime

jed on September 23, 2019:

actually I really love anime so much that I couldn't stop and I found myself living to an another world.

Alaina on July 03, 2019:

I've actually seen Mahouka Koukou no Rettousei, Hellsing, and Kaze no Stigma. They're all very good and I love the main character :)

I'll try the rest of the ones on the list!!

Luxz on April 06, 2019:

I realized that quite a few of these shows are harem-type and I'm not very fond of them. Are there others I could try?

AnimeFAN on February 27, 2019:

Guys he said underrated that means that u won't see Meliodas and Saitama and other strong caracters because their shows are popular...

Df on December 31, 2018:

What oboist Saitama for one punch man he even fought the gods

bobby on December 02, 2018:

@glee the anime you were looking for is tales of demons and gods

Bhings on October 20, 2018:

boku no pico? such a nerve wracking male lead

pets on October 08, 2018:

this guy forgot to put meliodas from seven deadly sin.

Joy Chen on October 02, 2018:

I highly recommend Son Hak from Akatsuki no Yona. He's really amazing!

Noble on September 07, 2018:

Try Black Clover, it's awesome

otaku on August 28, 2018:


Aaron on August 20, 2018:

I don’t think u get what male lead means

Nunya on July 12, 2018:

One piece is awsome so is fairytail

TL on June 02, 2018:

Where the hell is natsu and gray and jella and laxus from fairy tai

:\\\\\\\///////: on February 23, 2018:

yall should watch one piece :3 its very good anime.

Ye xiu on January 06, 2018:

can you create new episode for WORLD TRIGGER ?

The one on December 31, 2017:

Remembers guys, we were told in the beginning that no huge anime titles were going to be listed ex. Yu Gi Oh or one punch man

ex. amine watcher on September 01, 2017:

boku no hero acadiama. sorry if i spelled it wrong.dragon ball super one punch man.

Clark on August 10, 2017:

Try this OP anime. One punch man, Overlord, Mob Psycho 100, No Game No Life, Noblesse, One outs.

Tugfjvifhvn on July 29, 2017:

What about saitama from one punch man ._. The hole point of him is that he has unlimeted power, Yusuke Murata made him to show unlimeted power is boring but it is a great comedy/action i love it. He is one of my fav heros.

(Sorry if i got some info rong ;P)

no fiudderf on July 19, 2017:

Its literally the same character 10 times

Sly Magus on June 07, 2017:

Gleee the title is Erased or boku dake ga inai machi and his ability is called revival.

fantasy on June 03, 2017:

Jotaro from Jojo's Bizarre Adventure

Wiper on May 07, 2017:

Nanatsu no Taizai (The Seven Deadly Sins)

Gaki on April 30, 2017:

Gleee it´s a manga or more like a, webtoon. Try, see if this is the one. TALES OF DEMONS AND GODS

Earth on April 28, 2017:

That's tales of demons and God for you Glee

ˇ on April 27, 2017:

Everyone here has seen most of these animes, thats why we all kind find new good animes, there are some left, just look deeper ;)

Why have I seen all of these? D: does anyone have any epic anime I can watch, give me a few since I've seen a lot.

Gleee on April 21, 2017:

Trying to find a specific anime about a male protagonist who uses magic to embody his younger self, i don't remember the name of the anime and i try to find it again the boy enters his body during class. he is obsessed with a specific girl in his class he uses his knowledge to beat his teacher to a bet which was to make her stop teaching. i read a little of the manga too and he buys all of a certain type of plant in town that didn't have any value at the time, sends a patent or recipe on how to use that plant into a magic augment potion. he becomes rich but also a master alchemist. if some one knows this anime i would like to remember the name as it seems to not be popular enough for massive searches

random comments on March 15, 2017:

why i watched all of them on every list i can find thats frusttraiting

any on February 27, 2017:

have watched all of them

GayRetardNiggerFaggot on February 26, 2017:

Galaxa this isn't about who is hot

Galaxa on February 21, 2017:

They are not even hot!

Kitty on February 10, 2017:

haha is it weird that i've watched most of these? (; 0_0) I seem to like a dominant character!

Hackz on January 26, 2017:

Watched all although I only like watching dub sadly sorry for the sub fans out there.

StarGirl on November 23, 2016:

You forgot Atem/Yami Yugi from Yu-Gi-Oh! and he is definitely powerful, confident and not to mention SCARY when Yugi is in danger. You do not want to mess with that kid if you value your life.

jayce on October 14, 2016:


ImanOtaku! on September 10, 2016:

I Want More Anime!!!

JustARandomOtaku! on September 09, 2016:

I Watched all of these, need more, newer anime!

yayayay on September 03, 2016:

these are alright but Haikyuu!! is the BEST show ever

kek on August 28, 2016:

I have watched all of these :(

Im out of anime

brianna on August 21, 2016:

:-( i'v watched everything here

JustARandomOtaku! on August 16, 2016:


Though i already watched them all (-3-)

Im out of anime help me! (-.-)

necrotizer3 on August 04, 2016:

did enyone already watch everything on this list before coming here because i did

_ on July 31, 2016:

No Game No Life and Overlord

alani546 on July 25, 2016:

geez this is awesome but i've watch all but skipped some episodes to watch another anime but thanx for reminding me off this

Justine on July 18, 2016:

Nice one watch it all except Chrome shelled region i'll try that

lelouch on June 11, 2016:

wat about lelouch vi britania from code geass and light yagami from death note?

Amateurasu on May 30, 2016:

Great list! I found a couple of titles to watch. Thanks for sharing this info.

Hashmukh on April 03, 2016:

List more

hi on March 21, 2016: should update this post bcz there is SAITAMA (one punch man) now.....a great a** kicker

Plizzzz on March 13, 2016:

can u give me some more anime list pliz

Thanx on March 13, 2016:


Hanibal on November 01, 2015:

Nice list, also agree with the list. These main characters mentioned are truly wicked and awesome when it comes to action. Not gonna go with the mainstream animes (as it's obvious those are already filled with action packed adventure). These ones needed to be mentioned because people need to explore other aspects of anime series. Sticking with a long series becomes boring therefore, a quick change is required. Very well written article, Thumbs up!

Jonathan on August 13, 2015:

Great list, agree with all of the choices. Maybe not the exact order, but they all belong at the top.