Trustworthiness is a vital personality trait for any real person or fictional character. A trustworthy person will always tell the honest truth, and they are also reliable and responsible, so people can rely on them no matter what. Many anime protagonists are like that, and in shonen and shojo anime, it sets a great example for young viewers.
Unlike crafty antiheroes who might lie or bend the truth, the most trustworthy and honest anime protagonists will mean what they say and do whatever is asked of them without fail. Such characters can always be taken for their word, and other people can trust them with an important assignment or mission and expect good results.
10 Tanjiro Kamado (Demon Slayer)
Tanjiro Kamado is a skilled swordsman with a good heart, making him an instant favorite in the Demon Slayer anime. Tanjiro has always been a responsible and caring person as the eldest of six children, and he projects a trustworthy aura to Inosuke, Zenitsu, and Kanao Tsuyuri, too.
Tanjiro might lose his temper sometimes, but he will never betray his word or let anyone down when they’re counting on him. Tanjiro will gently but firmly tell the truth, no matter how dire it is, and he will push himself incredibly hard to complete his missions as a trustworthy demon slayer.
9 Tohru Honda (Fruits Basket)
Fruits Basket stars the beloved heroine Tohru Honda, who is known for many positive qualities, trustworthiness and loyalty being among them. Tohru is a people person who is quick to comfort anyone who needs a friend, even former enemies or troublemakers like Arisa Uotani or even Akito Sohma.
Tohru may act airheaded sometimes and is forgetful, but she would never abandon anyone who needs her. One by one, even the most defensive and jaded Sohmas realized that Tohru is a noble, idealistic girl whom they can trust, and Tohru has richly rewarded their trust in her many times.
8 Iruma Suzuki (Welcome To Demon School, Iruma-Kun!)
Iruma Suzuki is an easygoing isekai protagonist who helps other people practically by instinct. All throughout Welcome to Demon School, Iruma-Kun!, Iruma can’t say no to anyone who needs help, and he actually has a reputation for his honest, selfless ways.
Iruma is an innocent, reliable boy who may not be strong or particularly smart, but he is absolutely trustworthy and dependable. His parents used to exploit his trustworthy and helpful nature, but oddly, it’s the demons of the Netherworld who actually appreciate what Iruma can do for them.
7 Genos (One-Punch Man)
Genos is an S-ranked hero with a powerful robot body, but his heart isn’t made of cold steel. Genos presents himself as a tough, no-nonsense superhero in One-Punch Man, but deep down, he is actually the best friend Saitama could ask for.
Genos is a highly reliable, disciplined, and dutiful person both during battle and in everyday life. That, combined with his straightforward and honest personality, make him incredibly trustworthy. That may be why he has so many fans, aside from his cool cyborg aesthetic and devastating Iron Man-style attacks.
6 Takemichi Hanagaki (Tokyo Revengers)
It’s true that Takemichi Hanagaki is hiding the truth of his time-traveling from everyone in 2005, but otherwise, this dandere boy is quite trustworthy and reliable. Takemichi spends much of Tokyo Revengers risking his life and negotiating with people to avoid violence and create a better future for all.
No matter his benignly manipulative ways, Takemichi is 100% honest when he says he wants to fix everything and keep the peace for noble reasons. As a naturally truthful and kind person, it agonizes him to keep these secrets from Hinata Tachibana, but it’s for her own good, and Hinata’s brother Naoto trusts him to save his sister’s life at any cost.
5 Senku Ishigami (Dr. Stone)
Dr. Stone‘s protagonist, the teen scientist Senku Ishigami, is a refreshingly blunt and honest hero who will say whatever he must, even if the truth is painful or frightening. Senku is practical and focuses on science more than anything, so he’s all about the facts and his idealism and saving the human race with science.
Senku may prank and annoy his new friends sometimes, but he would never lie to them, because science isn’t built on lies. Senku values the cold, hard truth and will reframe it in more optimistic ways if he can, all so everyone can trust him as the Kingdom of Science’s technocratic leader.
4 Ochaco Uraraka (My Hero Academia)
In My Hero Academia‘s world, society only functions because people trust the pro heroes to protect them and set a good example. UA students like Izuku Midoriya and his good friend Ochaco Uraraka have always been heroes at heart, and they project an aura of trustworthiness and kindness at all times.
Ochaco is a highly motivated and idealistic student hero who will gladly risk her life to support an ally or protect innocent civilians, and people naturally trust her from the moment they see her. Ochaco is also compassionate and honest and will comfort anyone who needs her without telling white lies or selective truths.
3 Rukia Kuchiki (Bleach)
Rukia Kuchiki the tsundere Soul Reaper is a fan-favorite character in Bleach for many reasons. Fans love her tough but fair personality and her passionate loyalty toward her friends, and Rukia’s harsh upbringing motivates her to make sure no one else must suffer as she did.
Rukia takes her Soul Reaper duties and her relationships very seriously, and Ichigo knows he can trust her with his life, an attitude that Orihime, Uryu, and Chad share. Rukia is also highly empathetic and will say or do anything to support a friend, even if that means speaking the harsh truth in the process.
2 Ayame Himuro (Science Fell In Love, So I Tried To Prove It)
Science Fell in Love, So I Tried to Prove It pairs up the gorgeous Ayame Himuro with her handsome kuudere classmate Shina Yukimura, two grad students who understand hard science more than the nuanced complexities of romance. They’re both clueless, but they’re also fully dedicated to the truth—and to each other.
Ayame Himuro is even more enthusiastic about romance than Shinya is, but Ayame would never lie, manipulate others, or play games to get her happily ever after or chase off romantic rivals. She is an honest, fair, and practical grad student who wishes to find true love with science experiments and heartfelt honesty—or not at all.
1 Shoya Ishida (A Silent Voice)
When he first appeared as a 6th grader in A Silent Voice, Shoya Ishida was actually a bully who could not be trusted, given his troublemaker antics and his selfish, reckless ways. Then, Shoya lost all his friends and realized he’d gone too far, and resolved to change his ways.
When Shoya returned as a 12th grader, he was humble and desperate to atone. He still wasn’t popular, but he had finally embraced honesty and compassion, and Shoko Nishimiya was right to trust Shoya and give him a second chance despite all he had done to her in the past.
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