Anime is unique in the sense that it gives viewers a unique perspective of society. It tries to inculcate every social group and offers a respectable representation to everyone without ever being inconsiderate or offensive. Though “Trap” is a kind of rude term to describe those people who do not fit the gender stereotypes, we are using it here since the word is well-known among regular anime viewers and manga readers. Well, with that out of the way and without further ado, let’s jump into the list of top anime traps ever. Some of them are extremely cute and appear even prettier because of their playful antics. In case you wish to watch them, we have provided a link to the shows they appear at the end of each recommendation.
20. Pico, Boku no Pico
Pico is a gorgeous young boy with blonde hair who has feminine features that can trick anyone into thinking that he is a girl. Taking advantage of this fact, he often borrows clothes from Tomatsu, one of the main characters from the show, and pretends to be a girl. Over the years, Pico has not only fooled newcomers but even the most avid anime fans who fail to realize that he is a boy, not a girl.
19. Hime Arikawa, Himegoto
How would you feel if you were being forced to cross-dress whenever you go to school? I guess you can pretty much get the answer from Himegoto’s Hime Arikawa. His parents had taken vast amounts of debts in his name. Now, he has no way to pay them off, but what should he do? Thankfully, the student council has agreed to pay his debt, but there’s a catch. He has to attend school as a girl. Though most of the time, Hime resents being the position that he is in, he does question his masculinity at times. The show is available here.
18. Kikuchi Makoto, The iDOLM@STER
Let’s move on to the next character, Kikuchi Makoto. She is one of the main characters in ‘The iDOLM@ASTER.’ Kikuchi is a famous pop star. Though she is a girl, she uses her boyish looks to attract a lot of girl fans. Though Kikuchi is not technically trans or a cross-dresser, she does use her opposite gender characteristics to achieve her goals. But deep down, she is still feminine. The anime is accessible for streaming here.
17. Saika Totsuka, Oregairu
Now, this character is on this list because of the meaning of Trap which I explained in the intro. Saika Totsuka is a boy. He tries to act as manly as possible, but his soft nature and female-like appearance confuse Hachiman, the protagonist of ‘Oregairu,’ who often thinks of Saika as a girl. This mistake has often occurred in the series, to the extent that the anime fandom couldn’t ignore it. Saika actually ‘Traps’ people into believing that he is a girl.
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16. Kuranosuke Koibuchi, Princess Jellyfish
Kuranosuke Koibuchi is a cross-dressing character from the anime series ‘Princess Jellyfish.’ Although he belongs to a wealthy family with a political background, he doesn’t like politics. He is much more interested in fashion. Kuranosuke dresses as a girl and believes that every woman can be beautiful. His alias is Kurako, and he cross-dresses to hide his gender. You can watch all the episodes of the show here.
15. Souta Takanashi, Working!!!
Souta Takanashi serves as one of the main characters of the anime series ‘Working!!!’. He works as a part-time waiter in a restaurant called Wagnaria. He is also a cross-dresser who often dresses up in waitress clothes. Souta loves everything cute and tiny but gets deeply disgusted with people above 12 years old, calling them ugly and hags. The name of his female alias is Kotori. You can watch her in action on Crunchyroll.
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14. Honjō Kamatari, Rurouni Kenshin
‘Rurouni Kenshin’ is a story about a samurai who, after one fateful event, has taken a vow not to kill anyone. To keep his word, he carries a sword with him that has been sharpened on the wrong side, making it difficult to land a killing blow. But this entry is not about him. It is about Honjō Kamatari, a cross-dressing man who loves his womanly side. He dresses as a woman and can be seen flirting with others. But he gets really serious when he is about to fight. The anime is accessible for streaming on Hulu.
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13. Chihiro Fujisaki, Danganronpa
The appearance of Chihiro Fujisaki can fool anyone. When he is cross-dressing, it’s hard to tell that he is a boy. Though we didn’t have many harsh reasons for male cross-dressing earlier in this list, Chihiro is different. He was a victim of constant bullying and was always told that he was too weak for a boy. This forced him to cross-dress as he thought it would stop people from judging his masculinity. You can stream all the episodes here.
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12. Haku, Naruto
Haku is one of those characters in the ‘Naruto’ series, who, even though, were there for a few episodes, left their mark on the viewers. He possesses the Ice Release Kekkei Genkai, which he inherited from his mother. Upon being found out, Haku’s father gathered a mob and killed his mother. Haku’s ability managed to save him by killing everyone. Haku had a feminine appearance and was complimented by Naruto, who said that he looked prettier than Sakura. After a fierce battle with Team 7, Haku was mortally wounded. Unfortunately, he soon passed away after the incident. You can watch Naruto on Crunchyroll.
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11. Ruka Urushibara, Steins; Gate (2011)
Ruka is a boy whose slender and fragile appearance makes him look more like a girl. He himself likes his feminine appearance and wears clothing suitable for a female and has a crush on ‘Steins; Gate’ protagonist, Okabe Rintaro. There was this emotional episode where Rintaro needed to go back in time to save Mayuri, but that would mean that Ruka would become male again. She agrees on one condition that she gets to go on a date with him. The date didn’t turn out well, but later they did end up embracing each other as Ruka told Rintaro that she would love him even if she was no longer a female. You can watch the anime here.
10. Gasper Vladi, High School DxD
Gasper Vladi is one of the main characters in the fantasy/harem anime series ‘High School DxD.’ He is usually seen in a feminine outfit, even when he is in the academy. He is a Dhampir meaning a half-human and half-vampire, and is also one of the girls in Issei Hyodo’s harem. Rias had locked him since his powers were uncontrollable. However, over the course of the show, viewers see him evolve into one of the staple characters in the series. ‘High School DxD’ is accessible for streaming here.
9. Astolfo, Fate/Grand Order
Astolfo is one of the most beautiful Traps in anime. He has gorgeous hair and is very feminine-looking. He loves to cross-dress because he thinks that female clothing is cute and has a strange affinity for pretty things. The anime fandom loves him, too, since he looks charming in all his cute female clothing. You can watch her in action here.
8. Aoi Futaba, You’re Under Arrest
The next entry on this list is the transgender cop Aoi Futaba from the anime series ‘You’re Under Arrest.’ Though Aoi starts as a male working in the police department, he cross-dresses as a part of an operation to catch a serial rapist. After successful completion of the mission, he realizes that he does not fit the gender stereotype as he feels his spirit is that of a female. From then on, he started dressing as a female and becomes trans. The 90s anime is available on HIDIVE.
7. Hideyoshi Kinoshita, Baka to Test to Shoukanjuu
‘Baka to Test to Shoukanjuu’ is a comedy romance anime. The series revolves around an academy that segregates its students based on their grades. The students with higher grades get to sit in a well-furnished class while those at the opposite end, i.e., class F, have an inferior arrangement. The protagonist of the anime is Akishisa Yoshii, who seeks to prove the worth of his class.
Hideyoshi Kinoshita is one of the main characters of the anime. He is a boy who looks like a cute girl if he cross-dresses. People often forget that he is a boy, and thus, lots of confusion happen around him. Hideyoshi’s bathroom photos are in high demand and sell at a much higher rate than that of Akihisa in woman’s clothing (yes, we all know anime is weird). Though he wants others to treat him like a man, he often seems to like this side of his. The anime is accessible for streaming on Hulu.
6. Felix Argyle, Re: Zero – Starting Life in Another World
Felix Argyle is a supporting character from the drama, fantasy, thriller anime ‘Re: Zero – Starting Life in Another World.’ The show follows Subaru, a boy who gets transported to another world where he encounters a beautiful girl named Satella. But that very day, they are murdered, and Subaru wakes up again to find that he is trapped in some sort of a repetitive loop where if he dies, he has to start the day again, always returning to the same point.
As his name suggests, Felix is a human-cat hybrid. He looks feminine and combined with his costume, and it is hard to believe that he is a boy. But Felix often clarifies his stand, saying that there is a man inside his mind or soul. He is mostly seen using the third person to refer to himself. The anime is accessible for streaming on Crunchyroll.
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5. Aoi Hyoudou, Kaichou wa Maid-sama!
‘Kaichou wa Maid-sama!’ is a fun and entertaining romantic comedy anime. If you have not seen it yet and are a fan of the rom-com genre, then you might want to check it out. Aoi Hyoudou is a supporting character in the series. He is the nephew of Satsuki, who is the manager at the cafe that Misaki, the protagonist works in. Aoi Hyoudou has very feminine facial features, and when he is in his Aoi-chan (the popular net idol) look, he wears a curly blonde wig and an old dress of his aunt’s changing his appearance to that of a girl. Aoi is short-tempered and is not good with feelings. He enjoys the attention he gets as a female and likes to toy with the feelings of other men. The anime is accessible for streaming on Hulu.
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4. Kino, Kino no Tabi: The Beautiful World
‘Kino no Tabi: The Beautiful World’ is probably one of the best anime that I have seen, which I discovered while researching for a list. It is a beautiful anime about a girl by the name of Kino who is in her teenage years. She is a markswoman and is traveling on her talking motorcycle, which has the name of Hermes. Kino has such androgynous features that one will often get confused about her gender. To me, she looks like a boy with her short, spiky hair and cool attitude. She is good at using guns and carries two large-caliber pistols. She has other weapons too. Kino keeps on traveling and never stays at the same place for more than three days. You can watch the anime on Funimation.
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3. Yukimura Kusunoki, Boku wa Tomodachi ga Sukunai Next
I don’t know how to react to the situation that we see Yukimura Kusunoki, a supporting character from the anime series ‘Boku wa Tomodachi ga Sukunai Next.’ Yukimura claims to be a boy and makes everyone believe that she is a boy. She is inspired by Kodaka taking him to be very manly for being able to do what he wants. Yukimura wants to be like him so that there can be more manliness in her. But the sad part is that she is a girl, and since her parents wanted a boy, they made her believe that she is a male. Yes, she believes that even though Kodaka tells him the absolute truth. Later, she does find out the truth and is shocked.
2. Kashima Yuu, Gekkan Shoujo Nozaki-kun Wiki
If you look at Kashima Yuu for the first time, then you will think of her as a cross-dressing boy, but nope she is a female, alright. But her boyishly handsome looks make her look like a prince, which makes other girls fall head over heels for her. Her androgynous appearance gets her a spot on this list. She likes Hori, one of the main characters in the anime series which is good at acting but left due to his short height, a lot and always seeks his attention. She wants to help him in any way she can but ends up doing the wrong thing and causing him trouble. Hori tries to keep her in check, trying to prevent her from slacking off.
1. Kenjiro Hato, Genshiken Nidaime
If you are a fan of the ‘Genshiken’ anime series, then you should give ‘Genshiken Nidaime’ a watch though it is not as good as its predecessor. Kenjiro Hato is one of the main characters in the series. He is also the last newcomer to join the club. He is a fan of Yaoi and likes to cross-dress. His ability to behave like a female is commendable as he can completely change his personality. Thanks to his androgynous features, he can easily pass himself off as a girl when he cross-dresses. He looks really attractive when he is in his female getup, making him a pretty convincing trap. The anime is available on VRV.
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