Falling in Reverse once asked, "so why do good girls like bad guys?" The pop-punk band's question missed the mark by a little - people of all genders and qualities love bad boys - particularly when they're anime characters.
Some anime bad boys are relatively harmless, but give off an aura of danger and mystique - either that or they aren't mysterious at all, but use anger and aggression to hide their deeper insecurities. A few aren't even "bad" per se - they're just rockin' that wild aesthetic. Meanwhile, some of them are actually villainous - which is exactly what makes them so compelling. They're sexy, they don't play by the rules, and they're layered. Often, these characters have excellent motivations for their less-than-ideal behavior - but even when they don't, viewers still want to know what makes them tick.
Which of these characters is the best anime bad boy? That's up to you. Vote up your faves to let your voice be heard.
Sure he's constantly getting into fights and transforms into a freaky monster, but Kyo Sohma secretly has a heart of gold. The contrast between his behavior and his true feelings are part of what makes him such a great character.
Izaya Orihara sells information to others, with his own profit and amusement guiding his choices rather than any kind of moral system. Watching him at work is one of the most fascinating parts of Durarara!
For many anime bad boy fans, Sesshoumaru was an early heartthrob. He's a powerful demon who starts the series as a villain but ultimately comes around and helps his brother defeat the real bad guys.
Rin Matsuoka is Haru's rival and childhood friend. He begins the series aggressive and cocky - but he also cries, repeatedly. The great thing about anime bad boys is that you get to see a full range of emotions, a criteria Rin absolutely fulfills.