"What a pretty little girl! I do like 'em pretty! But look at this boy, he's even prettier!"
A popular Asian character type, the Bishōnen
, or "beautiful boy", is a male character that possesses androgynous
or 'feminine' physical traits. He is usually tall, slender with almost no fat and little to no muscle, and no body or facial hair
. Large, expressive eyes are almost a given, though Tsurime Eyes
are also common in more serious examples. In anime, many bishōnen
have female voice actors
, although those that don't get startlingly deep, sexy voices instead. It is not uncommon for those at the more feminine end to be mistaken for women by other characters
, or for savvier examples of the type to take advantage of such an assumption.
can be found equally distributed between heroes and villains; bishōnen
villains often develop devoted followings
among fans. Bishōnen
with white hair
are almost always villains
, no matter how they initially seem.
The psychology behind the concept is rather interesting. The aesthetic has a tendency to be standard of beauty that transcends the boundaries of both sexual orientation and gender
. Why it appeals to females is disputed, but one theory is that a feminine man is less inherently threatening to female eyes, even if looks can sometimes be deceiving
In the English fandom, the term bishōnen
simply connotes "a really, really attractive male", but in its original usage, it refers to a specific type of attractiveness that is found in adolescents. The cutoff for bishōnen in the strict sense is around 20 years old. Beyond this age, the Japanese describe male attractiveness through terms like biseinen
("beautiful man") or ikemen
(roughly "good-looking guy"). The affectionate English fandom shorthand
"bishie" bypasses the lexical issues somewhat. Examples of both Bishounen and Biseinen should be placed on this page. Likely to have drawn on a moe
aesthetic when they were younger.
The comparable Korean concept is kkot-minam
("flower pretty boy"). The most similar Western type is Pretty Boy
The appearance and behavior of the archetypal bishōnen
is often used to explore sexuality and gender norms. Thus, Yaoi Guys
have a tendency to be this.
Originally, bishōnen characters were the province of shoujo
and Boys Love Genres
, but since the mid-90s
, it has become the default style for teenage boys in pretty much any work looking for a cross-demographic audience. Since more modern anime and manga are overwhelming geared towards appealing to both men and women in this respect, a large majority of virtually all mainstream works will feature at least one bishōnen
character, if not more. Also the farther bishōnen
characters disseminate from their source genres, the less likely it becomes that there will be in-universe mention of their androgynous looks/attractiveness.
Older Than Print
, since The Tale of Genji
has it in spades.
Often comes with the Bishie Sparkle
. If all the guys are bishōnen
without many women to balance them out, you've got yourself a Cast Full of Pretty Boys
Related to Rule of Glamorous
. The Long-Haired Pretty Boy
is a standard bishōnen
, The Grotesque
, and Puni Plush
. Pretty girls are known as Bishoujo
("beautiful girl"), but the esthetics of bishoujo are different, typically emphasizing cute, petite femininity rather than sleek androgyny. See Bifauxnen
for ladies who conform a bit more closely to the bishōnen
This is an East Asian media only trope. For pretty boys in other cultures see Pretty Boynote .
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- Most of the male cast of Ikoku Irokoi Romantan.
- Inukami!: Keita and Hake, as well as most other male characters who isn't macho or Gonk.
- A number of male characters from InuYasha, including Sesshoumaru, Naraku, etc.
- Katori, Dom, and the nameless terrorist from the second episode (who is mentioned because his prettiness is a plot point) from Irresponsible Captain Tylor.
- JoJo's Bizarre Adventure features Noriaki Kakyoin, who is only this compared to the rest of the main cast due to being the shortest and the least buff. Nevertheless, he is a VERY popular example on Pixiv and a target of Wimpification. Part 5 plays this more straight with its Cast Full of Pretty Boys, especially Narancia.
- There is a lot of focus on people's looks in Jyu-Oh-Sei, despite the action being set mostly on a jungle planet with vicious plants and a murderous climate that's used as a prison for criminals. All of the male characters are◊ exceptionally◊ pretty◊.
- Kaguya Hime: many, if not most of the male cast; in particular, Yui and movie star Brett Miller. Nobuo is a very notable aversion.
- Kamisama Kiss has quite a few. To start off you have Kurama along with Tomoe and Mizuki
- Kämpfer: Natsuru Senou in his male form.
- Kare Kano: Hideaki Asaba and Soichiro Arima.
- Ren from Karin
- Leon Oswald and Yuri Killian in Kaleido Star.
- Karakuridouji Ultimo: most of the doji. Also, Murayama and Rune.
- Karate Shoukoushi Kohinata Minoru has the pretty boy protagonist, Minoru.
- Karneval: Most of the guys introduced, including 99% of the main male cast.
- Every single male main character in post-Art Evolution Katekyo Hitman Reborn!, plus 99% of the villains and side cast. This is the most common trope on the character page.
- Akiyoshi of Kawaii Akuma (and its sequels) is often told that he is "cute" or "pretty", and this caused him to develop an inferiority complex. Naruse is also incredibly Bishōnen, to the point of being a Dude Looks Like a Lady.
- A good portion of the cast of Kaze to Ki no Uta, but Gilbert and Rosemarine deserve special mention.
- Kenichi: The Mightiest Disciple has Christopher Eclair, a French assassin. It's also revealed that Kensei Ma used to be one.
- On the off chance that the audience didn't realize Aikuro Mikisugi was the designated Bishōnen of Kill la Kill, Studio Trigger literally made the word beauty part of his name (美木杉).
- Kimi ni Todoke: Kazehaya, and the female side of the school is very aware of this. Ryu and Kento also count.
- Kimi To Boku: All the main boys in the cast◊as well as Hot Teacher Koichi Azuma & his best friend, Akira.
- Reiji from Kodomo no Jikan, especially in the anime. Of course, he's a seriously fucked-up bishonen.
- Akito and Naozumi from Kodomo no Omocha.
- Kisaragi Shun in Koko Wa Greenwood (aka This is Greenwood).
- K-On!: There are actually some◊ fairly◊ good◊ looking◊ male background characters◊, considering the cute art style.
- Kyo Kara Maoh
- Wolfram is very pretty (he looks almost exactly like his mother), a definite bishōnen. In fact, Yuuri's immediate reaction upon seeing him for the first time is simply to stare in awe and call him exactly that.
- Also, Saralegui.
- Then there's every guy in Yuuri's "harem", plus Yuuri himself.
- The Legend of Koizumi:
- Litchi Hikari Club has a Cast Full of Pretty Boys - with a strong lack of fanservice.
- A good amount of the male characters in Loveless. Ritsuka is even stated to be very pretty, like a girl.
- Otani, Kohori, Suzuki, Haruka, and, without a doubt, Maitake and Seiko from Lovely Complex.
- Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha may be directed toward a Seinen demographic, with an Improbably Female Cast, but even it has its share of bishies, such as Yuuno Scrya and Verossa Acous. Yuuno, in particular, was mistaken for a girl by many viewers when he first appeared.
- Aburatsubo from Magic User's Club. He's tall, has long red hair, and is gorgeous...with the requisite legion of fan-girls expected for any bishonen. The only problem for said fangirls is that he's gay and in love with the main character, Takeo.
- Mahou Sensei Negima! gives Negi some magic age-up pills, turning him into one of these. He's also a dead ringer for his father, who was also a bishonen. Albireo Imma probably counts too. Teenage Kotaro definitely counts as well.
- Usui, when he makes the effort, and his half brother, Gerard Walker, who looks like an older and more polished version of him. One could also make a case for Tora Igarashi and Kuuga.
- Soichiro Kanou, too, if he had any confidence in himself, could likely pull this off. Also: a number of fangirls consider The Idiot Trio to be this, on the rare occasions when they're drawn normally.
- Mamotte Shugogetten: Izumo and Tasuke. Arguably Takashi as well.
- Kei, Michael (anime-only characters), Yuu, Satoshi, and arguably Ginta in Marmalade Boy.
- Mawaru-Penguindrum: Most of the guys. Main character Shouma is even one of these despite being teased by others that he's plain looking.
- Adolf Hitler is drawn this way in the manga version of Mein Kampf. It's hard to tell which is the most absurd; Hitler being portrayed as a Bishōnen, or that there exists a Mein Kampf manga.
- Mermaid Melody Pichi Pichi Pitch provides plenty of bishounen fanservice. The fact that practically every day is a Beach Episode helps.
- Metal Fight Beyblade: Being tanned doesn't stop Tsubasa Otori from being a Bishounen.
- Takaya Ohgi and Nobutsuna Naoe in Mirage of Blaze.
- Quite a few of Miyazaki's male characters, such as Haku in Spirited Away and Howl in Howl's Moving Castle.
- Most of the guys from Monochrome Factor, especially Shirogane, Akira, and Kou.
- Kusuriuri/the Medicine Seller from Mononoke. Even his manner of dress combines gender conventions, and characters in the series make note of how attractive he is.
- Johan from Monster. It's especially noticeable when you realize that the anime is one of the few that steers entirely out of the way of Generic Cuteness.
- Kouichi Hayama, from Moonlight Lady, falls into this description perfectly. Lampshaded with Io Azuma, his wife-to-be's cousin; Suzuna was hoping that Io would grow to be this (partially because of an Arranged Marriage to him). Ultimately averted, as Io grew to be a limp-wristed, wide-eyed, Ambiguously Gay "pretty boy".
- Lint, Ricalna and even Zelik when we was younger from Mother Keeper all fit this.
- Michio in MW.
- Nabari No Ou: most of the guys under 30.
Depending on who you ask, a good number of the male cast in Naruto
could qualify as Bishonen. Notable examples include Haku (to Dude Looks Like a Lady
levels), Benten (Filler Villain
to Dude Looks Like a Lady
levels), Sasuke, Itachi, Kakashi, Deidara, Sasori, Neji, Suigetsu, Kimimaro, (arguably) Orochimaru, Kabuto, Sai, Gaara, Shikamaru, Kiba, Utakata, and the titular character himself. Naruto definitely counts, considering that he has his mom's AND his his dad's looks, though this trope is mostly appropriate only after the time skip. Also, the Fourth Hokage, aka Naruto's dad
- Neon Genesis Evangelion:
- Natsume, Tanuma, Natori, Nishimura - in fact, most of the male cast of Natsume's Book of Friends qualify as Bishonen.
- Nezumi and Shion from No6, especially Nezumi, who even dresses up as a girl in episode 5 and is rather convincing, too.
- Noblesse: Rai, Franken, Shinwoo, M-21, and Takeo.
- General Rivan of Nora, and probably Kazuma to certain readers.
- Nurarihyon No Mago has lots of Bishonen. Night Rikuo, Young Nurarihyon, Rihan, Kurotabou, Kuromaru, Tosakamaru, Keikain Mamiru, Shoukera, Yanagida, Kubinashi, and revived Seimei.
- Okane Ga Nai: Yukiya Ayase.
- One Piece:
- Sanji recently has been beating people pretty. His first victim, a hideous Wanze, was rapidly kicked across the face until he became (to his horror) this trope. Later, Sanji, fighting his bounty poster look-alike, does this again, much to his foe's joy.
- Played for Laughs in Boa Hancock's romantic fantasies about the normal looking main character Luffy - she sees him as typical Bishonen with a full Bishie Sparkle and brown eyes, as well as speaking with a more mature voice than he actually speaks with.
- The series now has its first definitive Bishonen. His name is Cavendish. Not only does he have the Bishie Sparkle, he also has large, glinting eyes, a trait commonly used only for female characters. His glinting eyes pretty much drive the point home, because the eyes of male characters in this series rarely glint, if at all.
- Otomen: the main male characters, especially Asuka, Juta, and Tonomine, whose looks are often commented on. Even Kurokawa can count, if his eyes showed up a lot more.
- Many characters of MÄR, on both sides of the good/evil divide. Alvis and Nanashi are this, combined with the headband of eyecovering. Every once-in-a-while, they even comment on it in-universe.
- Basically, all male characters from Ouran High School Host Club, and one of the females. Tamaki (see picture) slightly subverts the usual cool-headed bishie stereotype by being a blithering (but lovable) idiot, and manages to be the male lead and comic relief both at once.
- Harry from Outlaw Star. He even ties his hair with a big, pretty bow. Fred Luo, too.
- The Cast Full of Pretty Boys that is Pandora Hearts. Especially Jack, Vincent, Gilbert, and Break.
- Most other young-ish male characters also count, like Oz, Elliot and Leo. And the latter even more so after an Important Haircut.
- A notable example is Liam; the fact that no male or female pronouns were ever used to refer to him for some time didn't help. They fixed this in the anime, however, giving him less feminine features and a decidedly male voice.
- Panty & Stocking with Garterbelt. Brief is one of these, once his bangs are slicked back.
- George from Paradise Kiss, among many others.
- Peacemaker Kurogane: 99% of the characters are Bishōnen.
- Toji, Kairi, Jigoro, and Ryo from Peach Girl.
- Jeeves and Bertie Wooster get this treatment in the manga series Please, Jeeves; Bertie becomes a Princely Young Man with golden hair while Jeeves is Tall, Dark and Handsome.
- +Anima: Husky. He's repeatedly mistaken for a girl.
- Cilan, who was being subject to Ouran comparisons before Hilarious Inhindsight kicked in.
- Like in the games, N also fits on this trope.
- Though debatable, James from Team Rocket seems to be a comedic parody of Bishonen as well.
- The four older knights in Pretear are examples of this trope, particularly Kei. Goh is borderline, but he makes up for it by baring his midriff in his knight outfit.
- A majority of the male cast of The Prince of Tennis, but especially Seiichi Yukimura, Rikkaidai's Knight Templar Magnificent Bastard once ill captain.
- All of the main characters in Princess Princess. Yuujirou, Mikoto, and Tooru being bishies is basically the whole point of the anime. They're princesses because they're bishies.
- Mytho in Princess Tutu has eyelashes thicker than his girlfriend's. Femio is also an over-the-top parody of this type. Ironic in that Vic Mignogna plays an only slightly toned-down version of Femio in Ouran High. Even better there because, no matter how cheesy he is, the girls there actually fall for it.
- The titular Yakumo from Psychic Detective Yakumo fits this trope to a T. Haruka even thinks he's a "beautiful person" when she first meets him. Also, a good amount of male college students who pop up.
- Psyren: Oboro, Haruhiko, Junas, Miroku, Shiner, Kabuto, and Shao as an adult.
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- Ayato Kamina from is pretty enough that he'd probably not look out of place in a dress.
- There's also Dr. Itsuki (who bears a suspicious resemblance to the above-mentioned Rossiu) and Souichi Yagumo (who bears a suspicious resemblance to his own girlfriend, Kim).
- Loki, Caesar, Cain, and Adel of Reimei No Arcana.
- Miki Kaoru from Revolutionary Girl Utena is mentioned to be one by Utena in the preview of the episode of his first appeareance. Also, practically every guy in the cast.
- Rosario + Vampire has Ginei, Hokuto, Kiria, Fong-Fong, and, after Art Evolution, Tsukune.
- Many of the characters from Rurouni Kenshin, especially the titular character, Mr. Pretty Boy Swordsman himself. Depending on the quality of the animation in an episode of the anime, particularly in the later episodes of the series, and you know, just about all the time in the manga, Kenshin is very pretty despite the fact that he's a terrifyingly powerful swordsman who even the manliest of men are afraid of. It doesn't help that, towards the end of the manga and in most of the official artwork, his hair always looks extremely long and flows like a bunch of ribbons. Just look at these pictures: , , , . I rest my case. And even more so in the Trust & Betrayal and Reflections OVAS.  And then, you know, there's Soujiro, Aoshi, Sanosuke, and, heck, even Hiko qualifies, although he's pretty manly. Observe: .
- The Shitennou in the first season of Sailor Moon, Mamoru Chiba, Ali of the Doom Tree arc, Prince Diamond and Sapphire in Sailor Moon R, the Amazon Trio in Super S, and the Sailor Starlights...sort of. In the manga, even one of the cats qualifies for this with his long haired, midriff exposing human form. The cat in question (Artemis) is even named for a goddess.
- Saint Seiya. From Andromeda Shun◊ to Virgo Shaka◊ to Pisces Aphrodite◊ (yes, that's a guy), the place is a bishounen gold mine. See Viewer Gender Confusion for more details.
- Many characters from Samurai Deeper Kyo, including but not limited to Hotaru, Shinrei, Hishigi (technically a Biseinen, as he's physically about 30), and Akira.
- Masayoshi of Samurai Flamenco. Fittingly, he works as a model/Teen Idol because he has no other skills besides his good looks.
- Kyuzo in Samurai 7 is tall, slender, and androgynously beautiful; his voice, however, is very male. Shichiroji, too, and Katsushiro is close. Then there is when Gorobei, Heihachi, and Rikichi have to make it to Kanna village... in disguise.
- Sayonara, Zetsubou-Sensei: Nozomu Itoshiki and his brother Mikoto. Also, four of his only known male students: Jun Kudou, Kuniya Kino, Aoyama, and Haga.
- Almost every male character in Saiyuki. The four main characters are these, of course, but also Kougaiji, Dokugakuji, Hazel, Koumyu, and Ni Jian-Yi/Ukoku.
- Though the artist's style is such all the male characters in The Secret Agreement look pretty good, in-story, Iori is singled out as being an incredible beauty for a man.
- Seitokai no Ichizon gives us Ken Sugisaki and especially Nakameguro.
- Most of the males in Shugo Chara! are known for their Bishieness.
- Nagihiko Fujisaki takes the Bishie Ribbon in the world of Shugo Chara. When Hinamori first meets Nagihiko, he is actually posing as his female alter ego, Nadeshiko. Why is this boy posing as a girl? The Fujisaki family tradition is for the males to pose as females to learn the ways of Japanese Dancing.
- During the series, Nadeshiko tells Amu that 'she' and Nagihiko are twins (the rest of the Guardians know about Nagi & Nade, but Amu Hinamori doesn't). It's not until late in the series that Nagi reveals the truth to Amu.
- Nagihiko: . Nadeshiko: .
- Nagihiko even has a female Shugo Chara named Temari, which he can Character Transform into Yamato Maihime: .
- The entire male cast of Simoun. The younger men — who were girls until age 17 — even still have breasts that haven't been reabsorbed yet (especially the hunky chief mechanic Wapourif), and all of them are voiced by female voice actors.
- Skip Beat!: Shoutarou "Shou" Fuwa and Ren Tsuruga.
- Death the Kid, Gopher, and Kishin Asura from Soul Eater.
- Special A: you'd think a beauty contest was part of the Special A qualifying exam, looking at the male cast. The girls, too, unsurprisingly, since a beauty exam is almost mandatory to be part of most Shoujo casts.
- Eyes Rutherford in Spiral.
- Star Driver's Takuto Tsunashi. "Galactic Bishonen" isn't a nickname; it's his official title as the Chosen One
- Many male characters are this in Starry☆Sky.
- Maximilian Jenius from Super Dimension Fortress Macross and Macross7. Also, Linn Kaifun and Conda Bromco from the first series. Justified and repeatedly lampshaded in Macross Frontier with Alto Saotome, who is frequently remarked on for his resemblance to a woman (much to his annoyance). He, and his father, were Kabuki actors who specialised in female performances. Particularly obvious lampshade hanging is his nickname of 'Hime' or 'princess' cause he is just so darn pretty.
- A good amount of the male characters in Sukisho, especially Sunao.
- Kantarou Ichinomiya from Tactics is a white/very light brown? haired bishie, who is annoying and greedy, but overall a good person. He is so young looking, nobody really knows his age. It is implied that he is much older than he appears. Many other guys in it also qualify.
- Mochizou Ooji from Tamako Market
- Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann
- While the series is generally remembered for its more MANLY characters, after the Time Skip, Rossiu and Simon are undeniably quite bishonen.
- Cytomander is arguably a Bishonen as well, depending on who you talk to.
- What about Viral◊?
- Kamina is a more masculine version than the standard issue bishonen, but he is undeniably pretty.
- Most of the male characters in Tenshi Ni Narumon, but especially Mikael.
- Ichise and Touyama in Texhnolyze.
- Barnaby from Tiger & Bunny (regardless of what he is wearing, be it his battle suit with helmet off or his daily attire with glasses on)
- Ivan Karelin, Nathan's opinion is final - his face is on par with Barnaby's.
- Many a Tokyo Mew Mew character, covering types from Stalker with a Crush to Jerk with a Heart of Gold to Mysterious Protector (who wins).
- Ren, Rito, and Zastin of To Love-Ru.
- Trigun: Vash, Legato, Midvalley, Wolfwood, Livio, and Knives.
- Tsubasa Reservoir Chronicle gives us Fai D. Fluorite and Syaoran, especially when he's aged up a bit, and has quite a few famous bishonen from other CLAMP series pop up as cameos, such as [[manga/Tokyo Babylon Subaru]], Kamui, Yasha, Yukito, and even Watanuki, to name a few.
- Lets not forget the most extreme cases, Kakyou (who, as if it was possible, is even more of a Bishonen here than in X, and Ashura-Ou, who quite a few fans are still convinced is a a woman (though Ashura was technically genderless in RG Veda and actually has no specified gender in this work).
- In Tsukigasa, Azuma is none too happy about being treated like a girl because of his looks, particularly because he was raped due to his resemblance to his mother.
- Keiki in The Twelve Kingdoms is a Bishonen with white hair, who acts as Youko's Mysterious Protector.
- Urusei Yatsura. Rei Lum's (former fiance) is a tall, stoic, green-haired space bishōnen who drives men to despair and women to squee. Mendou also qualifies, which is basically his most obvious difference from Ataru.
- D from Vampire Hunter D. Even the Guys Want Him.
- With the exception of the vampire hunter Toga Yagari, absolutely all the male cast of Vampire Knight are bishōnen.
- Canute from Vinland Saga, so Bishonen they needed a girl to be a convincing double.
- Dilandau in Vision of Escaflowne (who is later revealed to have been a magically disguised and brainwashed girl). Let's just say that most of the male cast is bishōnen, especially Allen and Van. Just look at the opening, for God's sakes!
- This is the entire point of The Wallflower.
- Weiß Kreuz gets points for admitting it. Youji calls Omi "bishounen" to his face in one episode, but he ain't the only one.
- Both Toboe and Kiba from Wolfs Rain look like Bishōnen most of the time, but are actually wolves in disguise. To go further, numerous viewers have mistaken both for girls.
- Yamada Taro Monogatari: Taro, which is a large reason why everyone thinks he's Prince Charming. Also, Suguira, who initially views Taro as a rival of beauty.
- The human forms of the Weasel Mascots in Yes! Pretty Cure 5 are this. Coco◊ and Nuts◊ take it to truly◊ extraordinary levels.◊ GoGo! also brings us cute little boy Syrup◊.
- Several characters in Yu-Gi-Oh!, including at least Yami Yugi, Seto Kaiba, Malik Ishtar (and how!), Ryou Bakura, Yami Bakura, Pegasus, Ryuji Otogi, and a number of minor supporting characters.
- A good third of the male cast on YuYu Hakusho.
- 07-Ghost: Teito, Castor, Frau, Labrador, Ayanami, Mikage...Maybe almost all of the male characters of the entire story.
- Genji in Cloud of Sparrows, who is described as 'too pretty for a man' — as is the character's Older Than Print namesake, Hikaru Genji in the Tale of Genji.
- Eclipse Hunter gives us Daren Solaris, who is so pretty that the series' resident Tsundere bishoujo Action Girl goes into a mad rage when she sees that he normally wears glasses that disguise his prettiness, going as far as to tear his glasses off of his face and grind them into dust. LITERALLY.
- Most of the cast in ½ Prince falls into this category. The game world requires your character resemble you, but lets people beautify themselves, and a lot of people look very lovely in game. Prince, who is actually a girl in real life and the only person playing an opposite gender in game, ends up being the single most bishie thing in existence. Only a few main characters don't take this route, with Wolf having a more mature look in real life and making himself uglier in the game, Gui turning out to be a bishie in real life and not altering his in game appearance. Nan Gong Zui, who makes himself look like a victim of Testosterone Poisoning in game, also turns out to have a very boyish appearance in the real world.
- Rowan in Chronicles Of Magic is known for his handsome, slender features and long blonde hair. Taunted by the soldiers with names like "pretty-boy" and "blondie".
- Valli from the Outlander Leander series is continuously described as beautiful. The main character, Leander, could be considered a bishounen as well. He mentions at one point that his dad wasn't sure if he would turn out pretty or handsome.
- Ax's human morph in the Animorphs series, due to being made from the DNA of the male and female Animorphs; it also leaves him with a mix of racial features making him difficult to place when he's in human morph.
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- Since the vast majority of the characters in ½ Prince are made in a video game they're all gorgeous (as players often make their characters so). The titular character is noted for being the most good-looking character, since they turned the pretty effect as high as it could possibly go.
- Let Dai: Jaehee is explicitly stated in-series to be very literally a "pretty boy", and the artwork makes that abundantly clear. It's one of the reasons that so many girls tend to go after him.
- Woojae from One has the nickname "Prince Charming" due to his good looks.
- Dong-whi from Nineteen, Twenty-One.
- Armand from Priest.
- Kyu Ra from Rure which fits with his "prince charming" image.
- Rai, Frank, Shinwoo, M-21 and Takeo from Noblesse.
- Id from Id is the very definition of this trope. Men and women alike fawn over his beauty. Though more often than not, every person he's met has initially thought him a woman.
- Gackt is a living breathing example of this. Even he admits it. In nine* nine, Gackt is shown some pictures of himself when he was younger, to which he responds, "I was a total bishonen back then...But now I'm a biseinen." The difference being that bishonen technicality applies to only boys in their teens but biseinen applies to adults.
- Though most members of the kpop group NU'EST could qualify(excluding Baekho), Ren is the most obvious example, bordering on Dude Looks Like a Lady with his big eyes and long hair.
- Final Fantasy series: any of the main male characters, at least once graphics became advanced enough to portray it; the official character art shows that the older ones actually were this, too, when not depicted with blocky, low-resolution sprites. Specifically:
- Final Fantasy I: Warrior of Light, Final Fantasy II: Firion, Final Fantasy III: Luneth, Final Fantasy IV: Cecil, Final Fantasy V: Bartz, Final Fantasy VII: Cloud, Final Fantasy VIII: Squall, Final Fantasy IX: Zidane, Final Fantasy X: Tidus, Final Fantasy XII: Vaan, and Final Fantasy XV: Noctis. That is every leading male protagonist to date. And the Dissidia: Final Fantasy series includes all of them (except Noctis...and Luneth).
- Final Fantasy VII: Sephiroth. In the original cut of the scene with Sephiroth frozen in crystalized Mako, he was to have feminine curves to allude back to Jenova. Things were scaled back there for the same reason Squall in VIII was made to look more masculine.
- Now, now, let's not forget our Memetic Sex God Zack Fair◊.
- Dirge of Cerberus: Vincent Valentine.
- As for Kuja from Final Fantasy IX, he reaches truly Dude Looks Like a Lady proportions. This is even Lampshaded by Queen Brahne, who outright calls him a "girly-man". To be fair, though, he calls her "elephant-lady".
- Dissidia: Final Fantasy: Penelo, in the in-game manual:
Penelo: Personally? I don't believe that boys should be prettier than I am.
- Final Fantasy II: Emperor Palamecia, anyone?
- If you look past the non-human features, Seymour from Final Fantasy X can fit the bill as well.
- Tetsuya Nomura, the designer for many of these characters, is a real-life Bishonen (see his page picture). A 40-year old Bishonen.
- Hope Estheim from the XIII-universe also counts, especially in the sequel.
- And then there's Vayne Solidor of Final Fantasy XII, who even in full armour is still a very slender guy with more hair than two out of the three women in the main party.
- A surprisingly large number of The King of Fighters' main male characters are like this, with Ash Crimson pushing the androgyny to ridiculous levels.
- chaos (no capitalization) from Xenosaga
- Ōkami has Waka, who FLIES seemingly by virtue of sheer Bishie Sparkle and his improbable headdress.
- Link from The Legend of Zelda. Comedy Central did base Xandir on him, after all. One gay magazine voted him "hottest game character", to the endlessly amusing horror of the teenage males in the fanbase.
- Kristoph Gavin and his brother, Klavier Gavin, from the Ace Attorney series. Max Galactica and Matt Engarde in Justice For All, as well.
- Raiden in Metal Gear Solid 2. He was designed as an androgynously alluring blank slate for the player to project themself onto. There's a scene where another character makes a grab for his groin, and is surprised to find he is male. And you have to play as him naked. No, we are not making that up. He was widely reviled for this, among other reasons.
- Naturally, also his thinly-veiled parody in Metal Gear Solid 3, Raikov.
- Kojima eventually admitted that Raiden's looks were an attempt to attract more young women to the games. It worked. You'll notice on DeviantArt that Raiden has tons and tons of fan art, a good 95% of it from women.
- Because of its Final Fantasy influences, Kingdom Hearts not only features bishonen leads from that series, but its original characters effectively form a Cast Full of Pretty Boys.
- Magna Carta: Tears of Blood kicks the Bishonen up to 11, making its main lead, Calintz, and his apprentice, Azel, almost entirely unrecognizable as male. Chris Arcway manages to dodge the bullet with his open button-up shirt and cocky womanizing attitude, but even Raul, the tall, masculine, goateed swordsman who appears a few times in the game, gets a touch of Bishie thanks to the artstyle (no matter how impossible it seems to be Bishie with a goatee).
- Quite a few male characters in the Disgaea series, including (but not limited to) Mid-boss, Seraph Lamington, Fukubei, Master Big star, Adell, and Tink.
- Mitsumoto and Abyss in Izuna 2: The Unemployed Ninja Returns.
- Ramirez from Skies of Arcadia seems to rock the "pretty but misunderstood" vibe as hard as he possibly can. Enrique is pretty much his good counterpart. A number of recruitable crew members further the bishounen appeal, particularly Lawrence and Ilchymis.
- The Tales Series is ripe with these:
- Although having more of a fairly (and by that, we mean in the smallest margin, as the game models differ slightly from the official art) masculine face than some other Tales Series Bishonen, Richard from Tales of Graces certainly fits the role, having traditional elements including medium-length blond hair, fancy frilly clothes, and immense popularity throughout the kingdom (in one skit, he mentions his "dilemma" with the sale of Richard-themed items). His seiyuu is even the same as a certain other Bishonen of Tsubasa Reservoir Chronicle, and he even sports Zelos Wilder's costume as DLC. Doesn't help that his younger self can be seriously mistaken for a girl.
- Zelos from Tales of Symphonia. Yggdrasil, too. Some fans would argue that Kratos is one as well. The game is ripe with bishies. Kratos is a good example of a biseinen, or 'beautiful man' - what a bishounen becomes when he grows up.
- Several of the guys in Tales of Vesperia: particularly Yuri, who can be mistaken for a woman until he opens his mouth.
- Guy, Luke and Asch from Tales of the Abyss If you count Jade as a verging-on Dude Looks Like a Lady biseinen that's the whole main male cast.
- Teddie's human form from Persona 4 was clearly designed with this in mind. He makes extensive use of the Bishie Sparkle to manipulate women that he comes across. Not to mention, during the crossdressing scene, he was the only one able to pull off looking like a girl. One male commentator from the audience even exclaims "I'd hit that."
- Akihiko from Persona 3 certainly qualifies, being quite the Chick Magnet.
- In a less obvious manner, the main character (or Minato) may also qualify, having a very slender figure, subtle facial features, and pretty eyes. He's also frequently described as a "pretty boy" or "handsome", to the point where a certain Corrupt Corporate Executive tried to exploit him.
- From Persona 2: Innocent Sin, we have Jun, a character so pretty that many female characters look upon him in envy.
- Naoto Shirogane, also of Persona 4, appears to be one of these...but in a rare subversion, he is actually a she.
- It was an old joke in the fandom that those not familiar with the Mega Man X series would think that Zero was actually a girl, thanks to his Rapunzel Hair and what fans like to call the Booblights. This was even lampshaded by Bass of the original series, when, upon seeing Zero's blueprints, scoffs at Zero's appearance, thinking that he was "too girly" to be the strongest robot, like Dr. Wily, Zero's creator, claimed. And he seems to be quite a Chick Magnet, too; for both fellow Reploids and one human. What was Dr. Wily thinking when he created Zero and came up with that design, anyway? So much for being a threat to civilization...
- Word of God has it that Zero original concept WAS that of being a female robot. The booblights are probably remnants of this concept.
- The majority of Maverick bosses in the series have aggressive looking eyes with thin oval-shaped irises. However, the dragonfly Reploid named Commander Yammark from Mega Man X6 is the only one with big, bright eyes◊ with pronounced eyelashes◊. This is why people thought he was female.
- Harvest Moon:
- Julius, Jamie, Tim/Trent, Alex, and Skye from Harvest Moon are bishonen.
- Will from Harvest Moon: Sunshine Islands bears more than a passing resemblance to the above-pictured Tamaki.
- It's easier to name guys that aren't bishonen in more recent games.
- Similarly, many of the young males in the spinoff series Rune Factory are bishonen. The newest protagonist barely looks male, which, what with the Hello, Insert Name Here nature of the game, can lead to some unintentionally hilarious moments:
"Sophie? What a fine, manly name!"
- Time Crisis's newer protagonists.
- Sengoku Basara:
- Uesugi Kenshin takes this far enough that fans seriously doubt he's really male. Granted, the games also have Motonari, Keiji, Mitsuhide, and Hanbe, but Kenshin is still the reigning king/queen.
- Keiji is a strange case, as he has a muscular figure but a very pretty face and long, silky hair. And Yukimura also seems to become more feminine looking with each new installment.
- Dynasty Warriors has its fair share, with Jin (Sima Yi, Sima Shi, Sima Zhao, Zhong Hui, Xiahou Ba, Jia Chong, Wen Yang) being a certified Cast Full of Pretty Boys. The other kingdoms don't fail to deliver however with Shu (Zhao Yun, Jiang Wei, Guan Suo, Guan Xing, Zhang Bao), Wu (Zhou Yu, Lu Xun, Ling Tong), and especially Wei (Zhang He, Cao Pi, Guo Jia) hosting some impressive examples.
- Samurai Warriors: we have Mitsuhide, Hanbei, Ranmaru, Kiyomasa, Motochika, and Kojiro.
- Don't forget Sanada Yukimura, Date Masamune, Mistunari Ishida and Azai Nagamasa.
- Testament of Guilty Gear, who, in addition to his long black hair and androgynous face, has an outfit consisting of a man-bra and a skirt that shows a decent amount of leg. And that's not going anywhere near Bridget. There's also Ky.
- Fire Emblem:
- Lucius, the amazingly feminine featured pretty boy monk with long blond hair. Of course, he defends the fact that he is male when confronted by Serra.
- A typical Fire Emblem game will have several bishonen, at least a couple of rugged manly men, a few good looking grandpas, and a Gonk or two. Few are as bafflingly pretty as Lucius, though.
- When Super Smash Bros. first showed off Marth, most western players were intially quite confused as to whether Marth was a girl or not. His voice actor cleared this up a bit, though.
- Libra in Fire Emblem Awakening takes this to such ridiculous levels he invokes Stupid Sexy Flanders and Even the Guys Want Him in-universe. Oh, and he has a very feminine voice too.
- Less so than Libra, but the Type 01 build for a male Robin is fairly bishonen, especially if you give him long hair.
- Pit from Kid Icarus: Uprising and his dark counterpart likely qualify also.
- Taichi in Cross Channel has a rather androgynous but attractive appearance. He, on the other hand, is convinced he is horribly ugly for reasons that are never really revealed.
- Pretty much any guy from the NeoRomance series (Angelique, Harukanaru Toki No Naka De, La Corda d'Oro). Eisen of Haruka proved to be pretty enough to disguise himself as a girl on one occasion; even the Emperor is bishounen, though he has the excuse of being Eisen's half-brother. In the La Corda d'Oro anime, one character (Kenichi Shimizu) actually gets called a bishounen by the lead girl when she first meets him.
- Among the attractive male characters in Infinite Space, a few of them fall into bishonen/biseinen category. Lord Roth is arguably the best example, with his waist-length lavender hair and feminine face. Main character Yuri is quite pretty himself.
- Pokemon Black And White has N, as well as Cilan, Chili, and Cress. Cheren and Hilbert qualify as well.
- Bishonen characters in other games include Falkner, Bugsy, Morty, Will, Wallace, Steven, Roark, Volkner, Riley, Aaron, Lucian, and Marlon. Maxie may count as well, even though he's older than the others.
- The male player characters have been trending toward this. Calem, the male player character for X and Y, is probably the most blatant example - especially when compared to Red's original game design. Or for previous gens,compare the remake designs to their original ones.
- WarioWare has Young Cricket, who is popular among Japanese women for being the only bishōnen in the series.
- Dragon Quest has two bishonen: Psaro the Manslayer (Human form) and Angelo.
- Castlevania. Alucard is one of the quintessential examples. Mistaking him for a girl is not likely to be a problem, though, given the loving attention put into his sprite and the fact that his VA has a very, very deep voice. Several other protagonists in later Castlevania titles, such as Juste Belmont and Soma Cruz, are this as well.
- Yuuto is the only male in Eien no Aselia that could really be described as pretty. On the other hand, he's also pretty muscular by the end, so despite the face, he isn't exactly girly.
- Joshua from The World Ends with You, complete with a girlish giggle to boot. Being something of a higher plane of existence probably helps.
- Street Fighter:
- Vega, the Spanish ninja. It's even part of his character. Vega is a narcissist who believes his face to be extremely beautiful, and cannot stand the ugly. Part of it comes from traumatization as a child when his ugly father killed his beautiful mother. He also wears a mask, not to hide his identity, but to prevent his face from being scarred. Remy in Street Fighter III is even more of one (though he's not narcissistic like Vega).
- In the Alpha series, Ken becomes one of these, with long, flowing hair in a ponytail and a younger face (some pieces of art◊ for the game even show him with pronounced lips, a rarity for Street Fighter characters). However, the other games show him looking older and more muscular, with Perma Stubble.
- Prince Peasley from Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga, who makes the whole screen gleam - literally - when he tosses his hair.
- The main character of Shadow of the Colossus.
- Bushido Blade 1 and 2 have Katze.
- The Suikoden series of games have, quite literally, dozens of bishonen among the ranks of the Stars of Destiny (108 per game!). Notable ones include and are not limited to: every main protagonist, Flik, Luc and Sasarai, and Yuber.
- Sergei from Asura's Wrath. Yasha is to an extent too, though not quite as much.
- Many of the characters of Eternal Sonata are well-noted for this, including the game's main character Frederic Chopin and the main on-screen avatar character, Allegretto.
- Higurashi: When They Cry's Keiichi is noticeably pretty, and even sparkles a couple of times, as well as Satoshi, who is a more extreme example than Keiichi and is even voiced by a female.
- Umineko: When They Cry has the absolutely adorable Kanon, not to mention Battler. George was made to be this in the anime and the Updated Re-release for the Playstation 3, but in the original sound novels he's rather plain in comparison to Kanon and Battler.
- Yukito from Air. As well as a Silver-Haired Tall, Dark and Snarky Ineffectual Loner, he later shares some traits with The Doctor himself!
- Yo-Jin-Bo is a Cast Full of Pretty Boys. Since it's a Romance Game, it's kind of expected. Bo is considered so pretty he's practically female by the other characters; he's annoyed when a crossdresser hits on him, but plays this to his advantage and says he should be allowed to guard the Princess during her bath because he "looks androgynous" with his long hair and wouldn't disturb her as much as the other guys.
- Heinz Heger in Shikkoku No Sharnoth.
- In Maji De Watashi Ni Koi Shinasai Touma is the most notable contender, but Cap also fits, both of them with fan clubs.
- Fate/stay night features Gilgamesh, the ancient King of Mesopotania, who´s apparently a tall, white, red-eyed blonde who´s commented on by one of the main heroines as "he looked like a model". It seems that A+ Charisma skill is justified. Too bad he´s a giant douche with an ego the size of the Universe until Fate/Hollow Ataraxia, where he drinks a potion of youth and becomes an adorable well-mannered kid who wouldn´t hurt anyone. His child version is of course equally Bishonen.
- Hatoful Boyfriend is the dating sim where almost all of the love interests are pigeons. The exceptions are a quail and a partridge. There is the option to see a pseudohuman alternate appearance at the introduction of each one, and these are all quite bishie even when that doesn't really fit the bird or the character (the middle-aged "fat bird" or "fluffy heretic" is just as svelte and pretty as the ones represented as teenaged boys). The only exception is Okosan, who's only portrayed as a bird in a school uniform.
- Being a BL game, all of the main characters in DRAMAtical Murder are bishonen. However, most of the protagonists are over 20, so they would technically be considered biseinen.
- Kyousuke from Little Busters!!. Mio outright calls him a bishounen one time. And in the Mask the Saito OVA, at one point he dramatically tears off his mask at sunset and sparkles fly as his hair shakes. (The sparkles being his tears from when he was crying because he was so touched a moment before, but still...)
- Mizuho in Otome wa Boku ni Koishiteru. Of course. That being said, he is quite pretty even when not dressing as a girl.
- Pretty much the entire cast of Gakuen Heaven.
- Takuma and Hamaji from H2O: Footprints in the Sand.
- Just about every male in Togainu no Chi, especially Rin and Akira.
- Pretty much the entire male cast of Uta no Prince-sama.
- The five male leads from Hiiro No Kakera.
- In Akatsuki No Goei Kaito claims his greatest skill is that he's really hot. He kind of has a point given that he can just sit down and read in public and girls will instantly come flirt with him.
- Asagao Academy Normal Boots Club has Jared, AKA ProJared, according to his character description he's the most attractive person in school. He even sparkles!
- Not your typical Mad Scientist, Professor T.X. from M9 Girls! is pretty much the embodiment of this trope.
- In Girl Genius, the artist Phil Foglio made a drawing of a "bishie jäger" in jest to his wife and co-writer Kaja. At her insistence, it was developed into the purple Long-Haired Pretty Boy we know now as Maxim. Despite being a pretty boy, he's still a Jägermonster in every sense of the state.