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Top 5 Manliest Men in Anime!

You read that right. This week we're counting down the five roughest, toughest and gruffest dudes in anime! You're probably not ready.

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Let's get serious this week, Vice-Troop. We’ve tackled some big topics before, but this one blows 'em all away. On this edition of the TOP 5, we’re celebrating all things rugged, burly and unrefined.

Hopefully, you all are ready for…

NUMBER FIVE == Kintaro Oe (GOLDENBOY)

I don’t know if you’re all old enough to have seen GOLDENBOY, but as far as borderline-smut goes, this is about as good as it gets. Kintaro is a very capable man. A secret genius who left college before graduating (though he completed all necessary credits and then some), Kintaro is a free spirit, a student of life... and an enormous perv.

In case it's not clear, Kintaro is groveling on the bathroom floor.
In case it's not clear, Kintaro is groveling on the bathroom floor.

Kintaro is a natural at anything he attempts, he knows karate (though he hates to use it), he can outrun a motorcycle on his bicycle (going downhill), and the ladies can’t resist him (eventually).

Though he may seem like a boob at first, Kintaro’s devotion to bettering himself has made him into something of a superman. He is on an unending quest for knowledge and there’s nothing he won’t excel at! Most manly of all, as soon as he masters his latest pursuit he’s gone - - onto the next challenge with notebook in hand!

This show is mostly comedy, but this whole sequence is undeniably badass.
This show is mostly comedy, but this whole sequence is undeniably badass.

Most importantly, he fearlessly rocks the mullet-ponytail. BRAVE.

NUMBER FOUR == Guts (BERSERK)

Guts is a big, angry wall of scarred-up muscle who cuts dudes apart with an enormous broadsword. Oh yeah, and he has a crossbow for an arm. His physical appearance alone secures him a spot on this list but, of course, that’s only the beginning.

He’s fought demons and won (easily, in some cases), played a part in massive political upheavals, devotedly followed a dude he was kind of in love with (bromance is the manliest of all the romances), and then totally broke up with him to pursue his own manly, murderous path.

80% of BERSERK looks a lot like this.
80% of BERSERK looks a lot like this.

At its core, BERSERK is a story of dedication, conflict and personal resolve. Feelings.

Guts manages to feel about a billion complicated things, but what you’ll mostly remember him for is the crazy, teeth-gritted, freak-out RAGE. Like a Japanese Incredible Hulk with a sword, Guts uses his feelings to bisect his enemies. This man is showered in blood more frequently than water.

SHOWERTIME. Where's my loofah!?
SHOWERTIME. Where's my loofah!?

Oh right, and one time he stabbed a small child in the chest without hesitation.

NUMBER THREE == M.D. GEIST (M.D. GEIST)

Geist is a mercenary (I guess?) from the future who was killed (??), only to wake up a while later and kill everyone around him for some reason. Oh, then he stands naked in the desert and crushes a watch.

According to the (barely) expository text on the screen in the opening scenes, M.D. Geist possesses a “SUPER MUNDANE” fighting ability. If you’re not convinced yet, you’re an idiot.

Geist, pictured here with a bleeding bullet hole in his head.
Geist, pictured here with a bleeding bullet hole in his head.

But oh yeah, he also cut a guys arms off, stole some football-knight-looking robot armor, refused to sleep with a willing floozy (too tough to boff), and then doomed all of mankind for no reason. He is seemingly only motivated to do the most violent and absurd thing possible at all times. The whole affair feels as if it were written by a misogynistic 14-year-old with brain damage.

If you’re not following, "stupid shit" often tends to equal "manly shit."

This is the face that Geist makes when women try to touch him.
This is the face that Geist makes when women try to touch him.

M.D. Geist is a man who doesn’t take orders, no matter how reasonable they may be. And I guess he can’t die? Also M.D. stands for "MOST DANGEROUS…!"

If this were the TOP 5 most dangerous, he’d be number one.

NUMBER TWO == Kenshiro (FIST OF THE NORTH STAR)

Kenshiro is the classic shonen hero: complete with endless muscles, tough scars, a chip on his shoulder and the biggest eyebrows you’ve ever seen on a human face. In one particularly incredible scene in the FIST OF THE NORTH STAR movie, Ken gets out of bed and the bed then explodes!

That’s right. This man creates enough terrifying force by just waking up that the thing supporting his body shatters into a thousand pieces. Probably out of fear.

Here, Ken is punched in the face by an enormous fist while blood flies out of everywhere.
Here, Ken is punched in the face by an enormous fist while blood flies out of everywhere.

There’s also the fact that when Kenshiro punches someone, they explode. Like, every time. That’s not his forbidden ultimate technique; it’s his every day. This is a man who frequently flexes his shirt off, shaves his beard with a hunting knife, and beats up tanks for the sake of righteousness.

I HAVE NO WORDS.
I HAVE NO WORDS.

Yes, unlike Geist, Kenshiro is a crusader for justice and a brighter tomorrow. In fact, Ken is almost the anti-Geist, but no less ridiculous in most ways. He’s still a pile of muscles on a mission, and one of the first things you’ll notice about shonen anime is that the mission never really matters. It’s about the journey, and Ken’s is an epic one full of betrayal, Apocalypse, volcanoes and lots of popping heads.

Do yourself a favor and click for the gif.
Do yourself a favor and click for the gif.

It’s hard to imagine anyone more stoic. Except maybe….

NUMBER ONE == Duke Togo (GOLGO 13)

Holy shit. There is no one manlier than this guy. Duke Togo, A.K.A. Golgo 13, barely speaks. In fact, he doesn’t do much of anything besides snipe the shit out of dudes. He famously never misses and always kills his mark. In fact, his talent for his job (shooting people) borders on the supernatural - - an idea which is, unbelievably, explored in the manga!

Togo is also the only man on this list who actually “does the deed”, and he does so with reckless abandon. He could be considered the Japanese James Bond... if James Bond was an insane murderer with no remorse, zero charm and a face without emotion.

Look into the emotionless face of manliness. Ladies, you are powerless to resist.
Look into the emotionless face of manliness. Ladies, you are powerless to resist.

Togo also possesses a strong set of eyebrows (pupil dusters), and totally seems like he might have been created by a pubescent teenager. He’s like a greatest hits of every manly shonen ideal, melted down into one absurd, dangerous, violent man of mystery.

And before you ask.... yes, the comics do make specific mention of his junk...

I'm looking at it right now and I still don't believe it.
I'm looking at it right now and I still don't believe it.

Togo is infallible, unbeatable and verging on godly but, despite all this, he seems completely uninterested in the usual boasting and flexing that tends to accompany this sort of prowess. Duke Togo doesn’t need to try to impress you, much in the same way that a hurricane doesn’t care what you think.

His most uttered phrase in the manga is “…” and his facial expression rarely (never) changes. GOLGO 13 is unimpressed with everything. This is what makes him number one: he's the best and he doesn’t care what we think.

Your favorite toughguy didn’t make the list? Let me know who you think I overlooked in the comments section below.

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Kuma_From_Argentinaon Feb. 25, 2013 at 1:08 p.m.

My top five would be

1. Kenshiro

2. Ryoma Nagare (Armaggedon or New Getter version, or manga, he fricking kills dinosaurs barehanded)

3. Jotaro Kujo

4. Jack Rakan

5. Duke Togo

SamJazon Feb. 25, 2013 at 1:29 p.m.

Unfortunately, every character on the list cannot be found in Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann. This automatically makes this list flawed.

5 - Viral

4 - Kamina

3 - Lord Genome

2 - Kittan

1 - Simon

BUT! Even without that blatant favouritism, you Forgot the Greatest Teacher Eikichi Onizuka, You forgot Goomoonryong from The Breaker. You forgot half the cast of Veritas. Arguably, they are from Manwhas, but even then. The entire main cast of Black Lagoon.

But I do like the list you have. I just disagree with your arguments.

bigz007on Feb. 25, 2013 at 2:19 p.m.

This post got me thinking so I had to do my own list too : )

5. Shizuo Heiwajima

4. Renji Abarai

3. Spike Spiegel

2. Alex Louis Armstrong

1. Elfman Strauss

Kuma_From_Argentinaon Feb. 25, 2013 at 2:35 p.m.

@SamJaz: I forgot Onizuka! Crap, I knew I was forgetting somebody..

SamJazon Feb. 25, 2013 at 2:36 p.m.

@Kuma_From_Argentina: Tis okay. I forgot Mitsuhashi and Itou from Kyou Kare Ore Wa

Donwunon Feb. 25, 2013 at 3:26 p.m.

I luv ya (no homo) for putting golden boy in this list studystudystudystudyyyyyy lol

But i gotta swap Togo for Kenshiro - real men shed manly tears of pain at times, Togo wouldn't cry even if his mother died

Guy killed a woman pregnant with his child for gods sake (if i remember correctly)

...thats just fu*£ed up

Marshal Victoryon Feb. 25, 2013 at 4:28 p.m.

To have golden boy up their does earn ya bonus points.But the definiton of manly is very subjective anymore.Age is not a factor either .Tho at 1st glance you would think it is.

That said if not tied for 5th or even geting 6th would be Kenichi Shirahama .

jj_jacksonon Feb. 25, 2013 at 5:18 p.m.

Kamina,

Kuwarbara (yu yu hakusho) despite kitten thingy

sanosuke (ru roni kenshin)

tsumi(wolfsrain)

kiba(wolfs rain)

batou or kuze (ghost in the shell)

rubberluffyon Feb. 25, 2013 at 5:19 p.m.

How about being manly and ~fabulous~ like Jonathan Joestar

Or his grandson Joseph (on left, with friend Caesar)

Or Joseph's grandson Jotaro?

It's a whole family of manliness.

buhssuhton Feb. 25, 2013 at 5:34 p.m.

should do the opposite for fun. top wimpiest or pathetic men

jj_jacksonon Feb. 25, 2013 at 6:18 p.m.

OH oh LETS NOT FORGET THE captain from hellsing!! and ^^ i like that idea. krillin would win.

kennysomewhereon Feb. 25, 2013 at 7:38 p.m.

this is more like a list of most badass rather than manly.

sotyfan16on Feb. 25, 2013 at 8:22 p.m.

From the list I only know Kintaro. Sadly the anime only has 6 episodes. I've read most of the manga and it gets much more graphic and perverse as it goes but you learn so much more about Kintaro and the life he leads. His selflessness and passion for learning (and maintaining information and skills) is beyond amazing.

AlexEL staff on Feb. 26, 2013 at 7:04 p.m.

@buhssuht: this is an excellent idea!

Mezmeroon Feb. 28, 2013 at 3:39 a.m.

A solid list for sure. I bet there are enough manly men in anime to make a top ten. Just popping in to shout out the dudes no one mentioned.

Sanji (One Piece)

Aiolas, Shiryu, Cassius (Saint Seiya)

Takamura Mamoru (Fighting Spirit)

Rikishi Tohru (Ashita no Joe)

Rider (Fate/ Zero)

Sakata Gintoki (Gintama)

jewl122on March 3, 2013 at 4:08 p.m.

That incredibly awkward moment when you have never seen any of these damn shows on this list.....

AlexEL staff on March 3, 2013 at 6:27 p.m.

@jewl122: that's really more of a bummer than anything else. you're missing out on decades of manliness!

sora_thekey moderator on March 5, 2013 at 7:10 a.m.

@jewl122 said:

That incredibly awkward moment when you have never seen any of these damn shows on this list.....

Yeah... that happens to me a lot.

jnw93on May 11, 2013 at 12:42 p.m.

Haayyy what about Isaac from baccano

XD

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