11 Popular Anime that Star High School Delinquents

Who doesn't love a good delinquent? These trouble makers have a reputation for being slightly crazy and for getting things done! But don't let their tough faces scare you, because most delinquents are secretly nice.

Keep in mind that the series star delinquents, and not characters mistaken for delinquents. You have to live the life, so popular works like HaganaiToradora, and OreGairu aren't included since the main characters are not delinquents.

1. GTO: Great Teacher Onizuka

GTO follows Onizuka, a 22-year-old ex-gang leader who leaves the street life to become a teacher. His ultimate goal? To pick up sexy high school girls so he can finally lose his virginity. Despite his sordid intentions, Onizuka ends up become one of the greatest teachers and Japan's most notorious school thanks to his odd philosophical look on life.

GTO: Great Teacher Onizuka


2. Cromartie High School

Cromartie HIgh School is a parody of delinquent stories…and it somehow works as one of the best delinquent anime. Takashi is a mild-mannered boy who intentional enrolls at Cromartie High School, which is known for breeding the toughest delinquents in Japan. Oh, and Freddie Mercury attends the school.

Cromartie High School


3. Beelzebub

A fun action-comedy about a high school delinquent bonding with the son of Satan. Beelzebub takes a lot of Shonen's Jumps popular tropes and turns into a fun a series.



4. Rainbow – Nisha Rokubo no Shichinin

Okay, maybe you want a darker tale? Just make sure you are prepared for a really disturbing story that centers around seven teens that are sent to a brutal jail as a way for them to reform.

Rainbow - Nisha Rokubo no Shichinin


5. Slam Dunk

Who says troubled teens can't be athletic? Hanamichi is a notorious delinquent, but he wants to change his image during his high school career. Things aren't going well, until he meets a girl who convinces him to play basketball.

Slam Dunk


6. YuYu Hakusho

Yusuke is a classic delinquent; he gets in senseless fights, smokes, and flips skirts. Unlike other delinquents though, Yusuke fights demons as a spirit detective!

Yu Yu Hakusho


7. Midori Days

Seiji is the toughest student at school, and thanks to his "demon right hand", he has no problem winning fights. After jokingly claiming that his right hand is his girlfriend (hehe), his right hand actually turns into a girl. 

Midori Days


8. Kill la Kill

Ryuko has all the makings of the perfect delinquent. She's always getting in fights, sleeps during class, and has a bad attitude (but she's secretly a good person).

Kill la Kill


9. Kyou kara Ore wa!!

Kyou kara Ore wa!! is an influential series that has inspired the delinquent anime characters of modern anime. The series follow two transfer students who are tired of being unpopular, so they decided to reinvent themselves as delinquents!

Kyou Kara Ore Wa!!


10. D-Frag!

Kazama is a badass delinquent, but he meets his match after meeting the four eccentric members of the Game Creation Club.



11. School Rumble

Kenji has a reputation thanks to his past as a delinquent. Despite his cool nature, Kenji has trouble expressing himself to people, and it's preventing him from confessing to his crush.

School Rumble


What are your favorite delinquent anime?

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