Who's your favorite male character in the manga and anime you're familiar with?
Hands down for me is Kenshin from Rorouni Kenshin. :-)
(Cool! Finally figured out how to upload pictures :-)
Such a beautifully complex angsty backstory: orphaned as a child by slavers, brought up by a swordsman he joins in the war between supporters of the Shogun and the Emperor, he becomes an assassin to bring about changes in the society that orphaned him. But he becomes too good at his job and a soulless killing machine. The story takes place well after the war (10 years or so?) and the current government which has aspects that may not be as wonderful as he wished are still battling the old powers. And keep trying to pull Kenshin back in even though he's sworn not to kill again.