Most Charismatic Male Love Interests In Anime, Ranked

Every anime has at least one love interest character, which can be anyone, from the protagonist to even a minor character. Although love interests have varying personality types, it’s a common trope within anime for its main male love interest to be incredibly charming. They’re often more talented and good-looking than other male characters in-universe, and other characters typically end up falling for them over the course of the series.

Some male anime love interests are charming because they’re sensitive, understanding other characters’ feelings in a way that they hadn’t previously experienced. Others use their intellect and people skills to put on a facade that will charm those around them, using those feelings to achieve unrelated goals.

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10 Ryuji Takasu (Toradora!)

Ryuuji pulling on his hair in Toradora!.

Toradora!‘s Ryuji Takasu is naturally charming because he’s a caring, attentive person who picks up on the feelings and needs of those around him. Ryuji can tell when Taiga is overwhelmed or upset and does his best to cheer her up, and this is also true for supporting characters like Ami and Minori.

Ryuji is always helping others throughout Toradora!. From the start, even when Taiga is rude and downright violent toward him, Ryuji supports her both emotionally and by taking care of domestic chores for her. He’s also a romantic type, having made playlists and written poems for his then-crush Minori at the start of Toradora!.

9 Yu Narukami (Persona 4 the Golden Animation)

Yu Narukami in Persona 4: The Animation surrounded by tarot cards

For the most part, Persona protagonists are strong, silent types, but certain scenes add extra personality to their characters. Persona 4 the Golden Animation‘s King’s Game scene is unforgettable, solidifying Yu Narukami as incredibly smooth, with virtually all the rest of the main cast swooning over him.

Yu is a silent, typical Persona protagonist outside this scene, but the King’s Game scene drastically altered the fandom’s view of Yu’s character. The animation for Persona 4 Golden also throws in a handful of other anime-only scenes that develop Yu as cool and charming.

8 Ikuto Tsukiyomi (Shugo Chara!)

Ikuto with a hand on his face in Shugo Chara!

Ikuto is one of protagonist Amu’s two love interests throughout Shugo Chara!, with Ikuto playing the role of the cool bad boy. Ikuto’s aloof with a penchant for mischief, much like a cat, and often playfully flirts with Amu. He’s also skilled on the violin like his father.

Despite working for the villainous Easter Company, Ikuto doesn’t support them and instead wants to fulfill his own lifelong wish. His persona as an antagonistic love interest who helps the protagonist when the opportunity arises is endearing and adds to his overall charm.

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7 Takumi Usui (Maid Sama!)

takumi usui smiling in kaichou wa maid sama

No character in Maid Sama!‘s universe is more perfect or beloved than the male lead, Takumi Usui. He reads like a Mary Sue, being naturally gifted at everything he tries, and he is the most athletic character in his school despite also being slender. He’s also incredibly charming and desired by most of his female classmates.

Usui is fiercely loyal to the female lead, which earns him the misunderstood reputation of being a heartbreaker. Usui doesn’t let others’ perceptions affect him and moves to the beat of his own drum, which only makes him more appealing.

6 Loid Forger (Spy X Family)

Loid Forger in Spy x Family Ep 20.

Spy x Family‘s Loid Forger is a talented spy, able to change his personality to suit the assigned mission. While Loid begins his mission as the fake husband of Yor Forger, the time he spends with her and their foster daughter, Anya, reveals his caring side, even during times when doing so endangers his work.

Loid became a spy because of a strong desire to create a world without war where children don’t suffer. Watching his stoic on-screen persona do anything to complete his mission while knowing the soft-hearted sweetheart underneath endears Loid to fans.

5 Light Yagami (Death Note)

Light Yagami from Death Note with his hand on his face

Although Death Note‘s Light Yagami ends up corrupted by the end of the series, willing to use and dispose of anyone to achieve his goals, he’s much more likable at the start. Before picking up the notebook, Light is an attractive and charming man who’s motivated by his ideals, wanting to graduate and join the police force like his father.

After the notebook’s influence, Light is arguably even more charming because he purposefully uses his intellect and sweet-talking skills to manipulate others. Fans don’t fall for this facade after seeing how he treats his love interest, Misa, but they still find Light’s charisma and drive charming.

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4 Kaname Kuran (Vampire Knight)

Kaname Kuran smiling (Vampire Knight).

A pureblood vampire who saved Vampire Knight‘s protagonist when she was young as well as her love interest, Kaname Kuran is incredibly charming. He’s tall and carries himself with an elegance that causes most of the Day Class girls to fall for him.

There isn’t much that Kaname truly cares for outside of Vampire Knight‘s protagonist, Yuki, and he’ll go to great lengths to protect her. Although fans have called out Kaname’s possessiveness more recently as being problematic, this overprotective side originally further added to his charm.

3 Yuki Sohma (Fruits Basket)

Yuki Sohma with sparkles around him in Fruits Basket.

Fruits Basket‘s Yuki Sohma is known as a prince to his fan club at school, who adore Yuki for his princely charm, good looks, and scholastic accomplishments. Underneath this persona, Yuki is actually incredibly self-conscious and has a hard time opening his heart up to others.

With Tohru’s help, Yuki discovers more about who he truly is and what he wants out of life, growing his self-confidence along the way. Viewers are charmed by his journey of personal growth and the duality between his prince persona and the more reserved, softer side he keeps hidden.

2 Aqua Hoshino (Oshi No Ko)

Aqua Hoshino smiling with hand on chin, Oshi No Ko

Although Oshi No Ko‘s Aqua Hoshino isn’t interested in romance, several female characters fall for him throughout the series. Aqua knows exactly how to manipulate and charm others, saying exactly what they want to hear while also being gifted with Ai’s charm and good looks.

Like his mother, Ai, Aqua has no issue lying to others and presenting an overly favorable version of himself to get into others’ good graces. He can mold his personality into whatever the situation requires, even being an outgoing extrovert, like during the reality dating show arc.

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1 Tamaki Suoh (Ouran High School Host Club)

Tamaki Suoh drinking tea in Ouran High School Host Club.

Ouran High School Host Club‘s Tamaki Suoh is the King of the Host Club, being the most requested member by a wide margin. He’s the club’s attentive and emotional princely type, attending to the needs of guests and making them feel special. He’s also shown to be perceptive and caring outside his duties as a host.

Outside the club, Tamaki prioritizes the well-being of the other members. While he can overreact and go overboard, it shows how much he cares. It’s the combination of Tamaki’s elegant, princely persona and his actual down-to-earth, sweet and goofy side that endears him to both other characters and the audience.

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