3rd Annual MANLIEST Anime MEN of MANLINESS Tournament: Discussion Thread



  • "What makes a man?
    Is it the power in his hands?
    Is it his quest for glory?
    Give it all you got
    To fight to the top
    So we can know your story?"

    Webster's defines the word "manly" as one of two things: (1.) 'having qualities generally associated with a man', and (2.) 'appropriate in character to a man.'

    Beyond the dictionary's description of the word, however, what does it really mean to be "manly"? Can such a phrase really even be summed up in mere words?

    In the minds of many, "MANLINESS", especially when it comes to anime characters, isn't really something that can truly be defined by definition. Sure, masculinity, machismo, vigor and whatnot are all important parts of it, but there's something MORE to it than that.

    It requires passion, nobility, purpose.

    It means standing up for a cause that you believe is right and just - even when it isn't.

    It means giving it all and fighting to the bitter end - even if it breaks the laws of physics.

    It's bulging muscles, scars, pompadours, giant eyebrows, and Go Nagai sideburns.

    It's epic speeches, dramatic hand gestures, and screaming at the top of your lungs.

    It's doing the impossible.

    Breaking the unbreakable.

    Row Row. Fight tha powah.

    In the end, a character is either MANLY… or they're not. Those who can tell the difference..... Just KNOW.

    And it is with this understanding that I, SpacemanHardy, the one-and-only "Master of MANLINESS", hereby bring to you an event that truly needs no introduction, but I'll give it one anyway!! For the third year in a row, the FUNimation forums are coming together to celebrate our favorite characters in anime with the biggest biceps, the curliest mustaches, and the incredible, amazing ability to pee standing up:


    MEN!!

    Ladies and Gentlemen, it gives me great honor to present to you….

    Last year, 256 MEN entered, but in the end it all came down to "The Flame Alchemist" Roy Mustang vs. "Wild Tiger" Kotetsu T. Kaburagi. When the flames died down and the smoke cleared, Col. Mustang was crowned the undisputed champion!

    And this year, we're doing it all over again!! 256 MEN will enter, but only one will reign supreme as the MANLIEST anime character of all time!!! (or at least 2016)

    As a reminder of the terms and conditions surrounding this tournament, the rules for nominations are as follows:

    1a. You may nominate 15 characters, only ONE per series. A grand total of only 5 characters from any given series will be selected for the final roster.
    1b. NEW RULE: JoJo's Bizarre Adventure is the one exception to the rule. As the series is split up into four distinct story arcs, I'll allow a grand total of 8 characters from the entire series, 2 characters from each arc being the maximum. Members of the Joestar family (Jonathan, Joseph, Jotaro, and Josuke) are given preferential treatment and are therefore automatically nominated. The other 4 slots are open to 1 non-Joestar character from each arc. Furthermore, forum users are only allowed to nominate ONE character from the entire series, so choose wisely.
    2. Characters MUST be from an anime (that was animated in Japan, just to be clear). They can be anime based on manga and video games, but they HAVE to be from the show itself. No manga/game-only characters allowed.
    3. Characters must (obviously) be male. Robots and animals are allowed, provided they are both sentient and obviously masculine. Not to be sexist or unfair to the ladies, but they have their own tournament already.
    4. It doesn't have to be a main character, but it must be one that is at least somewhat important to the plot of the show. No one-episode roles, cameos, or blink-and-you'll-miss-it types. (Sorry Jack Rakan, but you're still not allowed :P)
    5. Cruelty is NOT MANLY. No douchebags, jerkwads, axe-murderers, puppy-kickers, puppy-BURNERS, or overall evil sons-a-bitches allowed. Villains and anti-heroes are okay, as long as they are at least noble in their cause and have a good code of ethics. Kind-hearted jerks and irritating but well-meaning big brother types are okay too.
    6. Only MANLY MEN need apply. No sissy pretty boys, beautiful bishonen types, or overly moody, whiny, angsty teenagers. (That means YOU, Shinji!!!) Teens who show signs of blossoming manliness and/or especially noble traits and sensibilities are allowed. Characters who start out whiny and pathetic but gradually become more manly over the course of the show are also acceptable (depending on the character in question, of course).
    7. No Kirito. Seriously. Because f**k that guy. -_-

    (cont.)



  • Here is the full list of the brave, noble souls who will be competing in this tournament. Whether they are battle-hardened martial artists, quick-witted educators, silver-tongued negotiators, giant robot pilots, gun-toting priests, good-hearted cross-dressers, or just regular old joes with a strong code of ethics, these are the men that have proven themselves worthy to fight their way to the top in order to claim the crown of champions:

    ! Adam Blade - Needless
    Adlet Meyer - Rokka: Braves of the Six Flowers
    Agil - Sword Art Online
    Aikuro Mikisugi - Kill la Kill
    Akari Hizamaru - Terra Formars
    Akihiko Sanada - Persona 3 The Movie
    Akio Furukawa - Clannad
    Akira Tokizawa - Eden of the East
    Alexander Volg Zangief - Hajime no Ippo
    Alibaba Saluja - Magi: The Labyrinth of Magic
    All-Might - My Hero Academia
    Amuro Ray - Mobile Suit Gundam
    Andy W. Hall - Aquarion EVOL
    Apollo - Aquarion
    Arata Kasuga - Trinity Seven
    Archer - Fate/stay night: Unlimited Blade Works
    Armin Arlert - Attack on Titan
    Arsene Lupin III - Lupin the III
    Ashitaka - Princess Mononoke
    Ban - Seven Deadly Sins
    Batou - Ghost in the Shell
    Berserker/Hercules - Fate/Stay night: Unlimited Blade Works
    Bobby - Good Luck Girl!
    Bruce J. Speed - The Galaxy Railways
    Buccaneer - Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood
    Bulat - Akame ga Kill!
    Caesar Anthonio Zeppeli - JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: Battle Tendency
    Captain Harlock - Space Pirate Captain Harlock
    Char Aznable - Mobile Suit Gundam
    Charles Beams - Eureka Seven
    Chikage Rokujo - Durarara!!x2
    Cobra - Space Adventure Cobra
    Daikichi Kawachi - Bunny Drop
    Daikoku - Noragami
    Daisuke Jigen - Lupin the III
    Dandy - Space Dandy
    Dante - Devil May Cry: The Animated Series
    Dark Schneider - Bastard!!
    Daryun - The Heroic Legend of Arslan
    Decim - Death Parade
    Deishuu Kaiki - Monogatari
    Dessler/Desslok - Space Battleship Yamato/Star Blazers
    Dingo - Expelled from Paradise
    Dr. Kenzo Tenma - Monster
    Duke Togo - Golgo 13
    Dutch - Black Lagoon
    Edward Elric - Fullmetal Alchemist
    Eikichi Onizuka - GTO
    Elephantus/Tonzra - Yatterman Night
    Elfman Strauss Fairy Tail
    Eren Yeager Attack on Titan
    Erwin Smith - Attack on Titan
    Fakir - Princess Tutu
    Favaro Leone - Rage of Bahamut: Genesis
    Firo Prochainezo - Baccano!
    Gai Kurasawa - Darker Than Black
    Galahad Woehor - Gangsta.
    Gene Starwind - Outlaw Star
    Genos - One Punch Man
    Genryusai Shigekuni Yamamoto Bleach
    George Koizumi - Paradise Kiss
    Germany - Hetalia
    Germán Luis - GARO: The Animation
    Gildarts Clive - Fairy Tail
    Ginko - Mushi-shi
    Gintoki Sakata - Gintama
    Goemon Ishikawa - Lupin the III
    Goku - Dragon Ball Z
    Gon Freecss - Hunter x Hunter
    Gozaburo Seto - My Bride is a Mermaid
    Guren Ichinose - Seraph of the End: Vampire Reign
    Guts - Berserk
    Hachirota Hoshino - Planetes
    Hajime Saito - Rurouni Kenshin
    Haruhiro - Grimgar: Of Fantasy and Ash
    Haruyuki Arita/Silver Crow - Accel World
    Havia Winchell - Heavy Object
    Hiei - Yu Yu Hakusho
    Hubb Lebowski - Wolf's Rain
    Ikoma - Kabaneri of the Iron Fortress
    Inferno Cop - Inferno Cop
    Inspector Koichi Zenigata - Lupin the III
    Inuyasha - Inuyasha
    Ira Gamagoori - Kill la Kill
    Issac Dian - Baccano!
    Issac Netero - Hunter x Hunter
    Issei Hyodo - High School DxD
    Izuku Midoriya - My Hero Academia
    Jacuzzi Splot - Baccano!
    Jet Black - Cowboy Bebop
    Jin - Samurai Champloo
    Jin Kunugi - RahXephon
    Jiraiya Naruto
    Jiro Mochizuki - Black Blood Brothers
    Joe Kido - Digimon Adventure
    Joe Yabuki - Tomorrow's Joe
    Jonathan 'Jonah' Mar - Jormungand
    Jonathan Joestar - JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: Phantom Blood
    Joseph - Maria the Virgin Witch
    Joseph Jobson - Blassreiter
    Joseph Joestar - JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: Battle Tendency
    Josuke Higashikata - JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: Diamond is Unbreakable
    Jotaro Kujo - JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: Stardust Crusaders
    Kaiser Lidfard - Rage of Bahamut: Genesis
    Kakashi Hatake - Naruto
    Kamina - Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann
    Kanji Tatsumi - Persona 4: The Animation
    Katsuki Bakugo - My Hero Academia
    Kazuma Kuwabara - Yu Yu Hakusho
    Kenji Harima - School Rumble
    Kenpachi Zaraki - Bleach
    Kenshin Himura - Rurouni Kenshin
    Kiba - Wolf's Rain
    Kiichi Goto - Patlabor
    Kikucho - Samurai 7
    Klaus von Reinherz - Blood Blockade Battlefront
    Klein - Sword Art Online
    Knuckle Bine - Hunter x Hunter
    Koichi Hirose - JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: Diamond is Unbreakable
    Korosensei - Assassination Classroom
    Kotaro Amon - Tokyo Ghoul
    Kotetsu T. Kaburagi/Wild Tiger - Tiger & Bunny
    Kraft Lawrence - Spice & Wolf
    Kubard - The Heroic Legend of Arslan
    Kurama - Yu Yu Hakusho
    Kuranosuke Koibuchi - Princess Jellyfish
    Kurogane - Tsubasa: Reservoir Chronicles
    Kuroh Yatogami - K
    Kyohei Kadota - Durarara!!
    Kyoma Mabuchi - Dimension W
    Kyuta - The Boy and the Beast
    L - Death Note
    Lancer/Cú Chulainn - Fate/Stay night: Unlimited Blade Works
    Lancer/Diarmuid Ua Duibhne - Fate/Zero
    Laxus Dreyar - Fairy Tail
    Ledo - Gargantia on the Verdurous Planet
    Leomon - Digimon
    Leorio Paradinight - Hunter x Hunter
    Levi - Attack on Titan
    Loser - Dimension W
    Luck Gandor - Baccano!
    Maes Hughes - Fullmetal Alchemist
    Mage Nanashiro - Dance With Devils
    Major Alex Louis Armstrong - Fullmetal Alchemist
    Makarov Dreyar - Fairy Tail
    Mamoru Takamura - Hajime no Ippo
    Masamichi Fujisawa - El Hazard
    Masayoshi Koibuchi - Samurai Flamenco
    Masrur - Magi: The Labyrinth of Magic
    Meliodas - The Seven Deadly Sins
    Meme Oshino - Monogatari
    Might Guy - Naruto
    Mikazuki Augus - Mobile Suit Gundam: Iron-Blooded Orphans
    Mikoto Suoh - K
    Mizuki Akabayashi - Durarara!!x2 Shou
    Morel Mackernasey - Hunter x Hunter
    Muhammad Avdol- JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: Stardust Crusaders
    Mumen Rider - One Punch Man
    Nagate Tanikaze - Knights of Sidonia
    Nagi Kengamine - Deadman Wonderland
    Naotsugu - Log Horizon
    Natsu Dragneel - Fairy Tail
    Nicholas D. Wolfwood - Trigun
    Nicolas Brown - Gangsta.
    Nine - Terror in Resonance
    Niren Fedrok - Tales of Vesperia: The First Strike
    No Name/Nanashi - Sword of the Stranger
    Nobuchika Ginoza - Psycho-Pass
    Noctis Lucis Caelum - Brotherhood: Final Fantasy XV
    November 11 - Darker Than Black
    Nyanta - Log Horizon
    Orga Itsuka - Mobile Suit Gundam: Iron-Blooded Orphans
    Phoenix Wright - Ace Attorney
    Piccolo - Dragon Ball Z
    Pip Bernadotte - Hellsing: Ultimate
    Porco Rosso - Porco Rosso
    Professor Franken Stein - Soul Eater
    Qwenthur Barbotage Heavy Object
    Ragna the Bloodedge - BlazBlue Alter Memory
    Rajendra - The Heroic Legend of Arslan
    Randel Oland - Pumpkin Scissors
    Red-Haired Shanks - One Piece
    Rem Kaginuki - Dance With Devils
    Ren - DRAMAtical Murder
    Ren Kouen - Magi: The Kingdom of Magic
    Renton Thurston - Eureka Seven
    Rider/Iskander - Fate/Zero
    Roger Smith - The Big O
    Rokurouta Sakuragi - Rainbow
    Romeo Candore De Montague - Romeo x Juliet
    Roronoa Zoro - One Piece
    Roy Revant - Solty Rei
    Ryoma Terasaka - Assassination Classroom
    Sadao Maou - The Devil is a Part-Timer!
    Saiki Cryde Viper"s Creed
    Saitama - One Punch Man
    Sanji - One Piece
    Sanosuke Sagara - Rurouni Kenshin
    Satoru Fujinuma - Erased
    Sebastian Michaelis - Black Butler
    Seishu Handa - Barakamon
    Senji Kiyomasa - Deadman Wonderland
    Sesshomaru - Inuyasha
    Shichika Yasuri - Katanagatari
    Shido Itsuka - Date A Live
    Shikamaru Nara - Naruto
    Shinichi Izumi - Parasyte
    Shinya Hiragi - Seraph of the End: Vampire Reign
    Shinya Kogami - Psycho-Pass
    Shiro Fujimoto - Blue Exorcist
    Shizuo Heiwajima - Durarara!!
    Shotaro Kaneda - Akira
    Shouta Aizawa/Eraserhead - My Hero Academia
    Sig Curtis - Fullmetal Alchemist
    Simon - Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann
    Simon Brezhnev - Durarara!!
    Sinbad - Magi: The Labyrinth of Magic
    Sinha - Yona of the Dawn
    Son Hak - Yona of the Dawn
    Sousuke Sagara - Full Metal Panic!
    Spike Spiegel - Cowboy Bebop
    Susanoo - Akame ga Kill!
    Sven Volfied - Black Cat
    Tadaomi Karasuma Assassination Classroom
    Taichi Hiraga Keaton - Master Keaton
    Taiso - Giant Robo
    Takashi Komuro - Highschool of the Dead
    Takashi Morinozuka - Ouran High School Host Club
    Takeo Gouda - My Love Story!!
    Takio Azuma - Space Brothers
    Takumu Mayuzumi/Cyan Pile - Accel World
    Tenya Iida - My Hero Academia
    Tochiro Oyama- Space Pirate Captain Harlock
    Tomoe - Kamisama Kiss
    Tomomi Masaoka - Psycho-Pass
    Tomoya Okazaki - Clannad
    Toriko - Toriko
    Tsume - Wolf's Rain
    Ushio Aotsuki - Ushio & Tora
    Vash the Stampede - Trigun
    Vegeta - Dragon Ball Z
    Viral - Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann
    Wave - Akame ga Kill!
    Waver Velvet - Fate/Zero
    William Anthonio Zeppeli - JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: Phantom Blood
    Wolfgang Grimmer - Monster
    Worick Arcangelo - Gangsta.
    Yasutora "Chad" Sado - Bleach
    Yato - Noragami
    Yoshimura - Tokyo Ghoul
    Yukinori Shinohara - Tokyo Ghoul
    Yuri Lowell - Tales of Vesperia: The First Strike
    Yusuke Urameshi - Yu Yu Hakusho
    Zack Fair - Final Fantasy VII: Last Order/Advent Children
    Zapp Renfro - Blood Blockade Battlefront
    Zen Wisteria - Snow White with the Red Hair



  • Now before we begin, let's go over how voting in the rounds will go down:

    • Rounds 1 and 2 will consist of 4-person free-for-all matches, with the best 2 out of 4 proceeding to the next round. Each voter will have two votes; 1 poll vote and 1 posted vote. You can choose to give 1 vote each to two different characters or double-up your votes for one if you prefer. Please note that your poll vote CANNOT BE CHANGED once you have made your decision. Posted votes can be changed up to ONE HOUR before the poll closes for the night. Any "cute stuff" like changing your posted vote at the last minute is frowned upon and will result in a paddlin'. And believe me, I'll be watching the time codes at the bottom of the post.

    • In the case of a three-way tie, the contestants with the higher poll votes will proceed. If all three contestants have an equal number of both poll and posted votes, then the decision will come down to a coin toss.

    • From round 3 and up, the matches will consist of 1-on-1 title bout matches. An official bracket will be set up at this point to gauge the contestants' progress. Poll votes will be given preferential treatment in these matches, with posted votes only coming into play in the case of ties. It is still highly advised that you still post your vote because of this. In the case of a tie in both poll and posted votes, the decision will come down to a coin toss.

    The flowchart goes like this:

    • Player 1 has higher poll votes than Player 2 = Player 1 wins.
    • Player 1 and Player 2 tie in poll votes > Player 1 has more posted votes = Player 1 wins.
    • Player 1 and Player 2 tie in poll votes and posted votes = Coin flip to decide winner.

    Also remember, you can only hit the vote button ONCE. Changing your vote is absolutely out of the question, and seeing as how posted votes only count towards tie-breakers, you need to think long and hard about who you want to vote for. Part of being a real MAN is making difficult decisions and living with the consequences, so THINK BEFORE YOU PUSH THAT BUTTON. Your vote may just be the deciding factor of whether your candidate wins or loses.

    And again, let me refer back to the title of the tournament and remind you that it's not a popularity contest. Sure, vote for the characters you like, but also take into consideration which contestant is well and truly the MANLIEST of them all. This isn't the "GUY I kinda sorta LIKE the MOST" tournament, after all.

    …No pressure or anything. ~_^



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  • One last thing before we start. Let's go over a few "Rules of Conduct" for all those in the forums who wish to participate:

    Rule 1: NO CHEATING. If I see any evidence of "ballot stuffing" or using bots or alternate accounts to illegally boost a character's votes, I WILL find out who the perpetrator is and they WILL be punished. This might also cause the character in question to be ousted from the tournament altogether, and nobody wants that.

    Rule 2: NO BAD SPORTSMANSHIP. I saw a lot of this going on during the Heroines tournament, and I for one absolutely will not stand for it. By all means, please feel free to argue and debate among yourselves all you wish, as long as said arguments remain civil. Also feel free to badmouth or talk trash about the characters themselves if you like. But absolutely NO insulting the other forum members or their tastes in anime. If I see any evidence of such behavior happening, I will not hesitate to give you a stern warning and, if need be, ban you from further participation in the tournament.

    Rule 3: HAVE FUN! Remember, at the end of the day, this is just a stupid little forum tournament. Don't take it so seriously. Some of your favorite characters are bound to lose, and sure, it's okay to get a little bummed, but really, we're all just here to have fun and hang out on the forums. And besides, there's always next year. ~_^

    And as always, one last reminder: Before you decide that the future is set, remember:

    It's not about who's stronger, faster, smarter, or more popular.

    It's about who's MANLIEST.

    Good luck to all our contestants, and may the best MAYUN win!! :)

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4rT3KsN_H6g



  • The least you could do was manipulate the posts so that your's came first rather than outright delete them D:



  • @darthrutsula:

    The least you could do was manipulate the posts so that your's came first rather than outright delete them D:

    Sorry about that. If that's an option, I'm afraid I don't know how to do it. :hmm:



  • @SpacemanHardy:

    Sorry about that. If that's an option, I'm afraid I don't know how to do it. :hmm:

    I guess I'll repaste what I posted.

    @darthrutsula:

    A man can't become strong for revenge's sake. He becomes strong because he believes in something. If you want to be strong, smile! He who can smile, even when he's so sad that he wants to die, when it's so painful that he wants to give it all up and run away, is the one who becomes strong.

    Keep this in mind when all your losing candidates are up.



  • Aww my post is gone ;(. It doesn't even matter though because what I said was the opposite of what happened.



  • @SpacemanHardy:

    And again, let me refer back to the title of the tournament and remind you that it's not a popularity contest. Sure, vote for the characters you like, but also take into consideration which contestant is well and truly the MANLIEST of them all. This isn't the "GUY I kinda sorta LIKE the MOST" tournament, after all.

    This^ …Now let the fun begin! :up:



  • Spaceman Hardy, are you not voting in the tournament this time?



  • @nubguy:

    Spaceman Hardy, are you not voting in the tournament this time?

    I am. I'm just strategically saving my posted votes for near the end of the day.



  • @SpacemanHardy:

    I am. I'm just strategically saving my posted votes for near the end of the day.

    Oh I see. Very nice, that is a good idea.



  • Wow, it took me a while to remember that this isn't the Heroines tournament anymore and that double votes are allowed. :P



  • Without further adieu, here are your first batch of winners in Round 1:

    All-Might - My Hero Academia - 18
    Spike Spiegel - Cowboy Bebop - 18
    Dandy - Space Dandy - 13
    Kubard - The Heroic Legend of Arslan - 13
    Hajime Saito - Rurouni Kenshin - 13
    Kenji Harima - School Rumble - 12
    Kuroh Yatogami - K - 11
    Joseph - Maria the Virgin Witch - 10
    Tomoe - Kamisama Kiss - 10
    Genos - One Punch Man - 10
    Kamina - Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann - 10
    Kyoma Mabuchi - Dimension W - 9
    Mikazuki Augus - Mobile Suit Gundam: Iron-Blooded Orphans - 9
    Wolfgang Grimmer - Monster - 9
    Sadao Maou - The Devil is a Part-Timer! - 8
    Roger Smith - The Big O - 7

    Let's see who will join them tonight!



  • Kyoma Mabuchi

    I guess being a grumpy asshole who punches young girls to vent his frustrations is what qualifies as manly?

    Hopefully he's out by the next round.



  • People are only voting for him because he's the "flavor of the week", is what I'm thinking.

    Personally I don't find he, Tomoe, or Mikazuki to be very "MANLY", but the votes are what they are. :hmm:



  • @SpacemanHardy:

    Sadao Maou - The Devil is a Part-Timer! - 8

    I'd point out that he's essentially Satan but we do know that he's actually a pretty stand-up guy that loves to work at his parody mcdonalds.



  • @SpacemanHardy:

    People are only voting for him because he's the "flavor of the week", is what I'm thinking.

    Surprised Dimension W made that much of an impression.

    Or any impression at all really. B)


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