Hiya, everyone! I’m here with another character list! Today I’m going to rank the top 25 most popular anime traps of all time!! I’ll be adding a brief character description as well, because most people are not familiar with all the characters in the list.
Please be aware that the term trap is not used in a derogatory sense in this article. It is simply the widely used common term for such characters in the anime community.
What is a Trap In Anime?
If you’re an absolute newbie to anime and have no idea what anime traps are, there here’s a simple explanation for ya guys:
Anime traps are males dressing and acting like females. Basically, cross-dressers. The opposite, that is, females dressing like males, are called reverse traps.
How Did I Rank The Characters?
First, let me tell you how I narrowed down the list for this article. As a person who has been a part of the anime community for over 10 years, I know which trap characters are popular in general.
Besides, as a trap lover myself, I’ve been a part of several communities where we talk about such characters. You will almost always find all the characters mentioned on this list on subreddits like r/animefemboys. Not to mention, most characters on this list have their own dedicated communities on reddit as well.
Now, as far as the ranking is concerned, it was done via poll. I conducted a grand poll on my Instagram page with 50,000 followers.
I’ve ranked the characters below according to the poll results.
Top 10 Anime Traps List Based On The Fan Poll!
Below are the top 10 most voted trap characters according to my Instagram poll.
1. Astolfo – Top trap character loved by all
Appearance – Fate/Apocrypha
Astalfo is the king of all anime traps. You’ve probably seen him in a lot of memes, and he has managed to make a name for himself in the anime community because of that. He is a very optimistic person with a cheerful personality. He is also a fabled adventurer that many legends talked about.
Appearance – Assassination Classroom
Nagisa is not a full fledged trap. He only had to dress as a girl due to certain circumstances (but that doesn’t mean he didn’t rock that female outfit.)
His mother was obsessed with having a girl child, so after she gave birth to Nagisa, a boy, she forced him to grow long hair and dress like a girl (pretty depressing childhood,huh?)
Appearance – Re:zero
Most people would be confused with the gender of Felix from Re Zero. While he looks feminine, he is actually a boy. As if being a trap isn’t attractive enough, Felix is actually a neko-trap. A rarity among rarity even in the anime world.
Felix has a playful personality and often refers to himself in third person, calling himself ‘Ferris-chan.’ He also likes to tease the people who mistake him for a girl by agitating them with his feminine gestures and body language.
Appearance – Blend S
As far as anime traps are concerned he is probably the second most popular anime trap because of the Blend S intro which went viral when the anime was released.
Hideri is a cheerful, energetic and fun loving boy who dreams of becoming a glamorous idol. He is pretty narcissistic and is very self confident when it comes to his looks.
In order to escape from inheriting his family business as a farmer, he joins a cafe as the first step to realizing his dream of becoming a glamorous idol.
Appearance – Oregairu
Saika is a very girlish boy who is a part of the tennis club. As a matter of fact, he acts more girlish than any other actual girls in the series. Just look at those eyes that pierce your very heart and soul. You just can’t help but be charmed by his feminine gestures.
Appearance – Steins;gate
Ruka is very timid and fragile in nature, yet he works hard in his own way to become a stronger person. He has a very feminine appearance and personality which causes him a lot of trouble from men.
He is someone you can’t help but want to protect at all costs.
Appearance – Hunter x Hunter (Chimera Ant Arc)
Neferpitou is a chimera ant that looks like a neko girl. Despite having a cheerful and playful personality, he has a pretty scary and sadistic side to him. As if killing his enemies was not enough, he toys with their bodies. He makes their body his puppet.
However, when he was overpowered by Gon, he showed a new side of his character. He almost became like a protective mother and did everything in his power to protect Komugi.
8. Haku – Naruto Trap Character
Appearance – Naruto
Haku is a very nice and kind, feminine looking boy, who is even kind to his enemies. He was abandoned as a child and was on the streets when he found someone that asked him to be “his tool” and gave him a reason to continue living.
Ever since, he loved that man who gave him a purpose, and has done everything in his power for that person.
Appearance – Danganronpa
Chihiro is the ultimate programmer, who became a trap as he was bullied in his childhood for being so weak despite being a boy. In order to escape their criticism and bullying he decided to become a girl. However, this only gave him another worry of being bullied again if people found out about his true gender.
Appearance – Sword Art Online (GGO)
In Gun Gale Online, Kirito gets a super rare avatar that looks like a girl, due to a system error. Because of that he is often mistaken as a girl in the game.
Other Convincing Traps In Anime Who Deserves A Mention!
Appearance – Log Horizon
Tetra is a fun and cheerful trap who enjoys teasing people with his girlish features. He is a self proclaimed “Galaxy Idol” although he sucks at singing.
He is very self confident and kind of arrogant, but this characteristic of him helps to improve the morale of his comrades in battle.
Appearance – Maria Holic
Mariya Shindou is a cross-dresser who attends an all-girls school called Ame no Kisaki, with the motive of winning the chairmanship of both all-girls and all-boys school.
He has a playful femininity and a kind attitude in front of others, but in reality he is a cunning and sadistic character who adjusts his personality according to the situation.
Appearance – Baka to Test
Hideyoshi has a very girlish physique similar to his sister. Being a part of the Drama club, he often has to dress up as a female, even though he doesn’t like it.
He has a very calm and stoic personality, however he doesn’t like people mistaking him for a girl. So, he clearly states his gender when people mistake him for a girl.
14. Hime Arikawa
Appearance – Himegoto
Hime Arikawa is a feminine looking guy who got into trouble as his parents had huge amounts of debt in his name. Thankfully, the student council dealt with the debts, however he had to become their servant and had to cross-dress while at school as a consequence.
Even though he may have started cross-dressing as he had no choice but to do it at the beginning, he grew to like being a girl and started enjoying it.
15. Gasper Vladi
Appearance – High School DxD
Gasper Vladi is a cross-dressing half-vampire that has the ability to stop time. He likes to wear female clothing as he thinks they are cute.
He initially had a cowardly personality, however later on in the series, he has learned to become self-confident and courageous.
16. Aoi Hyoudou
Appearance – Kaichou wa maid sama!
Aoi Hyoudou is a boy with a girlish figure and a purple hair. But as the net idol, he wears a curly, blonde wig and cute girlish clothing.
He adores cute and fluffy things. He also loves to be the center of attention and to toy with men’s hearts.
17. Kuranosuke Koibuchi
Appearance – Princess Jellyfish
The first time I saw this character, I was star struck by his beauty. I mean, look at him. God dammit, he’s hot! This is why I love anime traps!!
Kuranosuke Koibuchi was born into a well-off, political family. However he had no interest in politics whatsoever. He was more interested in Fashion. He loves cross-dressing and has a confident, flamboyant and outgoing personality.
18. Ritsu Sohma
Appearance – Fruit Basket
Ritsu Sohma is a very shy and timid boy with long, brown hair, who gets nervous all the time and apologizes a dozen times even if it is not his fault.
He claims that wearing female clothing helps him to calm his nerves. However he was able to grow out of his nervousness little by little, and slowly starts dressing as a man.
What are reverse Traps in Anime?
Reverse Traps are female anime characters that dress and act like a boy. These characters are slightly different from tomboy characters, because it is hard identify these characters as girls.
These characters usually look like a really beautiful boy when in reality they are actually girls. According to the stereotype, these reverse trap characters are popular among girls, rather than boys.
Here is a list of the most popular reverse traps in anime.
Most Popular Reverse Trap Anime Characters
19. Haruhi Fujioka – Ouran Highschool Host Club
Haruhi is the character that would come to our mind when we hear the word “reverse trap.” She is the main character of the famous shoujo comedy anime named “Ouran Highschool Host Club.”
She is an honor student in a prestigious institution that is meant for nobles and rich people. However, Haruhi’s family is very poor and she joined the highschool with her academic prowess.
One day, she knock down a costly vase that would take a lifetime to payback. In return for covering the expense for the vase, she is asked to play the role of a host in a host club. She has to use her charming boyish looks to satisfy the female customers of the club.
20. Naoto Shirogane – Persona 4 The Animation
Naoto is my personal favorite among all the other reverse traps. This is because for the majority of the show, she fools us into thinking that she is a boy.
She is a brilliant detective who acts and dresses like a boy because of her profession and childhood. Not to mention, a man in the anime falls in love with Naoto before even knowing her true identity, which tells how charming she was as a character.
21. Seishiro Tsugumi – Nisekoi
Tsugumi is probably one of the most popular reverse traps of all time. She is a character from the anime called Nisekoi, a rom-com ecchi, harem anime.
At first, she fools everyone into thinking she is a boy with her boyish attitude. However, during the “swimming pool inicident” the MC identifies her true gender while trying to undress her.
22. Aura Bella Fiora – Overlord
Fiora is the most boyish looking reverse trap elf character I’ve ever seen. She is from the anime called Overlord. Fiora is one of the slaves of Ainz Ooal Gown. She is very devoted to him.
As for her personality, she is very wild, cheerful and tomboyish. She has a brother, Mare Bello Fiore, who is a trap.
23. Fleur “Eve” Boland – Spice & Wolf
Eve is a mysterious character from the anime Spice & Wolf. She was once a member of a noble family who was sold off as a slave. Therefore, she is always wary of people and hard to approach. Now she lives as a merchant who also dabbles in shady businesses.
24. Yuu Kashima – Monthly Girls Nozaki-kun
Kashima is a beautiful reverse trap that is very popular among girls. She is almost like a royal prince in the eyes of her schoolmates. She is tall, strong and pretty much like a boy from a noble family.
However, she has a secretly feminine side when it comes to her senpai. She is in love with a guy named Hori who is in the same Drama club as her.
25. Edward – Cowboy Bebop
It was unbelievable when the anime revealed that Edward was a girl! I mean, both by attitude and by his name one would assume that he was a boy.
Edward is a childish, overactive yet super brilliant girl who is also a well known hacker. She is also a crucial member of the Bebop.
26. Integra Hellsing – Hellsing Ultimate
Not all women can rock a suit. Especially, not all women can wear a suit and look like a man. If we are talking about kids, it is very possible to pull off the reverse trap stunt. But for a grown women to look completely like a man is just astounding.
Integra is the master of the Vampire king, Alucard, and is an important figure, authority responsible for slaying evil monsters.
Traps In Real Life
Now, if you think traps can’t be real, you are very wrong. There are several traps in real life. While most of them are cosplayers, there are also some individuals in Japan and around the world who prefer to cross dress all the time. For example, here is a jawdroppingly beautiful japanese trap in real life that I still can’t believe is a boy.
Some Trap Cosplayers In Real Life
Cosplayer: Avrelivs Caesar
Instagram Page: https://www.instagram.com/avrelivscaesar/
Cosplayer: ArkStranger Rubberdolly
Twitter Page: https://twitter.com/ArkadyStranger
Twitter Page: https://twitter.com/BadCosplayer