25 BEST Black Anime Characters: RANKED

Richard James
Richard James
20 Min Read

Black anime characters are often underrated for their contributions to the overall appeal of an anime. In fact, you’d be amazed to know how many of your personal favorites have gone unnoticed in the anime fandoms. 

Being able to witness cultural and visual variety packed with the most lovable personalities is always a refreshing experience. With that said, this list will be focusing on appreciating their efforts while also ranking the 25 best black anime characters that are present in anime. 

Therefore, let’s skip the wait and jump right in!


Killer B – Naruto Shippuden

Killer B - Naruto Shippuden

Unless you’ve been living under a rock, there is a fair chance that you’ve heard of the rap god of Kumogakure, bakayaro! konoyaro!

His headstrong yet lovable personality has made the entire village love and respect him even as a Jinchūriki.

He is strong enough to overpower most enemies and was one of the few Jinchūrikis in a positive bond with their tailed beasts. 

Nonetheless, his audacity to fight Sasuke with seven swords while rapping is a great reason to cement him as a true chad of the Naruto series. 


Yoruichi Shihōin – Bleach

Yoruichi Shihōin - Bleach

The Shunpo Master, Black Cat, Ichigo’s mentor, there are many titles to remember Yoruichi by. 

Her intellectual and witty remarks are enough for most of the Gotei 13 to respect her, including Byakuya.

She prefers spending most of her time in her cat form and is well known to cause mischief in the Soul Society whenever there’s a chance. 

Needless to say, the princess of Tenshiheisōban is one of the most enjoyable yet admirable characters in Bleach because of her calm and cool personality.


A – Naruto Shippuden

A - Naruto Shippuden

As the Fourth Raikage of the village hidden in clouds, A has been a stern and outspoken man. 

He follows his train of thought, which makes it hard to convince him into thinking otherwise. 

Despite his apparent lack of a proper moral code, A is greatly compassionate with his friends and family, mainly his father and killer B.

His affinity with the electrical chakra has made him reach an extremely high realm. However, there’s always a bigger fish in the pond. 


Urd – Oh My Goddess

Urd - Oh My Goddess

The chances of receiving heaven’s punishment for helping your sister find love are slim but never zero. Unfortunately, the probability did not work in Urd’s favor. 

Despite being forced to move in, Urd never hated Keichii or Belldandy. Instead, she tried to wholeheartedly progress her younger sister’s relationship.

Needless to say, it would often go as badly as it could due to her “do first think later” approach. 

However, her love and care for her peers is undeniably genuine. Therefore, it would be tough to get bored even after watching a few consequences of Urd’s impulsive actions. 


Karako Koshio – Deadman Wonderland

Karako Koshio - Deadman Wonderland

Being tough is the lowest requirement to survive in Deadman’s Wonderland. While Karako is a timid and caring young girl, she is resilient enough to be recruited into the Scar chain.

Her analytical and combat abilities allow her to defeat her opponents quite effortlessly. 

Despite her massive appeal in the Manga, the anime adaptation offered her little to no venues to shine. 

Therefore, you might need to dig into Koshio’s archives to develop a genuine appreciation for her efforts.  


Onyankopon – Attack on Titan

Onyankopon - Attack on Titan

Protecting your homeland and nation is a duty of a true man. However, there are times when such a man must face adversities to hone himself for the task. 

While Marley’s takeover or Eren’s grand massacre was not on Onyankopon’s bucket list, he could still come to terms with it. 

However, there is not much a kind and caring man can do other than fight it all by himself. At the very least, his character possesses enough depth to be entertaining while not stealing the entire spotlight of the show. 

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Road Kamelot – D-Gray Man

Road Kamelot - D-Gray Man

Road Kamelot is one of the oldest members of Noah and is well known to add energy to a meeting. 

Her skin can change complexions depending on her form. Therefore, it is rather easy for her to fulfill concealment-related missions. 

Road can be extremely affectionate towards her Noah comrades. However, her kind and pleasant nature is only limited to the ones she cares for. 

You will often get to see her sadistic tendencies awakening at times. Nonetheless, it is all for her entertainment, therefore, being able to satisfy her should be enough for bail.


Casca – Berserk

Casca - Berserk

Behold! the girl and the marvel that started the great epic fantasy known as Berserk. 

There are no doubts about her capabilities as a leader and she is more than willing to get her hands dirty wherever needed.

Despite everything that occurs, she still maintains a level-headed approach for as long as possible. 

Unfortunately, Casca’s persona devolves after the conspired events of the fifth eclipse. Therefore, it might be a while before you get to see her leadership in action again. 


Dutch – Black Lagoon

Dutch - Black Lagoon

As the primary negotiator of Black Lagoon, Dutch has no shortage of welcoming customers. Needless to say, he is more than happy to accommodate all of them. 

Despite loving the money aspect of a mission, Dutch can be rather pragmatic at times and won’t hesitate to give callouts, if needed. 

Nonetheless, Dutch is quite worthy of his position and possesses an unmatched level of calmness. 

While he is not fond of babysitting Revy and Rock, it has certainly become an unwelcomed part of this poor guy’s life. 


Tier Harribel – Bleach

Tier Harribel - Bleach

Harribel is one of the ten strongest Arrancar in Aizen’s army. However, that position doesn’t make her complacent.

Instead, she only seems to use fighting and killing as a last resort. She has managed to become the current de facto ruler of the hollow world due to her efforts and creed.

Being calm and level-headed can only get you so far in Hueco Mundo. 

Harribel is well aware of it all and can fine-tune her aggression according to the situation.


Scar – Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood

Scar - Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood

Scar’s character has always been controversial. He works on the model of revenge and is the killer of many, including Winry’s parents.

While the first impression of Scar was that of a one-dimensional serial killer, it is safe to say that his character progression has been one of the greatest in anime.

Everything related to him, including the background story, has been a treat to follow as a watcher and it only continues to get better. 

Being adept in martial arts, Scar can wield construction in one arm and deconstruction in the other. This makes him one of the few characters with exceptional alchemy skills. 


Daiki Aomine – Kuroko’s Basketball

Daiki Aomine - Kuroko’s Basketball

Everything goes in the world of Kuroko’s Basketball. You got phantoms that can vanish from plain view, machines that can shoot three-pointers from a complete court away. However, all of these seem lackluster against Daiki’s lightning-fast speed. 

He is often known to be easygoing and friendly. However, that personality of his took a deep hit once he began to overpower most opponents. 

Going by the motto of “The only one who can beat me, is me”, Aomine is a big softy when it comes to his current teammates. Consequently, he would crush anyone in the court that rubs him the wrong way. 


Simon Brezhenv – Durarara!

Simon Brezhenv - Durarara!

The ability to scare the customers is possessed by a handful of anime characters and Simon seems to be one of them. 

Simon’s character is quite gentle. However, his exaggerated manner of speaking is often the root cause of his scary aura. 

While he is quite strong in his regard, it would still be a tall order for him to even think of beating Shizuo Heiwajima. 

Needless to say, his pacifistic personality is a great calming experience to watch. However, Simon has much more than he shows on the outside. His troublesome antics are often iterated over pure Russian in hopes of keeping everything lowkey. 


Viletta Nu – Code Geass

Viletta Nu - Code Geass

Amnesia is a blessing yet a curse. You forget every bad memory, ailment, and trauma, but is forgetting even yourself really worth it?

Viletta is a baroness who often thought low of 11s as a whole. However, losing her memory changed her for good. 

In fact, she even experienced genuine love as “Chigusa”. Being able to see this transformation of hers in one of the most intense arcs in Code Geass is nothing short of a treat.

While she does recover her memories, the newly developed feelings of love enable her to give in and marry Ohgi.


Rakshata Chawla – Code Geass

Rakshata Chawla - Code Geass

Being the acting head of Black Knights’ research and development team can become a jarring task. However, Rakshata seems to handle it rather smoothly. 

She loves clashing with Lloyd Asplund despite their differences. Rakshata is rather heartless and will do anything to achieve her goals. 

Her cool and carefree attitude allows her to maintain a state of calmness no matter what the situation entails.

Rakshata’s initial goal in joining the military was to end wars. However, her passion overcame her desire and led her to create many logic-defying Knightmare Frames.  


Akira Hayama – Shokugeki No Soma

Akira Hayama - Shokugeki No Soma

Having the ability to control the spices of a dish to peak perfection, Hayama is a chef that can unlock the hidden potential of a dish.

His culinary expertise makes him a tough contender even for Yuihira Soma. Needless to say, Hayama possesses a keen sense and is not afraid to contend his culinary identity against anyone in the Tōtsuki Academy. 

Akira’s innate god complex accounts for entertaining dialogues and scenarios throughout the series. Therefore, it is always a treat to see his clashes with Souma and Kurokiba. 


Kaname Tōsen – Bleach

Kaname Tōsen - Bleach

Every individual possesses different versions of “justice” and “righteousness”. However, Kaname treaded a rather unique path even among those variations. 

He switched to a path of vengeance after witnessing the darkness of the current soul society. Not only did it take his friend’s life, but also made him despair for years to come. 

Despite having a creed of “take the path with the least bloodshed”, Tosen had been rather scared of death himself. 

Nonetheless, Tōsen’s path is one of the few that addresses the darkness hidden in the current system of justice. Consequently, his death can leave you with many unanswered questions.


Afro Samurai – ΛFΓO SΛMUΓΛI

Afro Samurai - ΛFΓO SΛMUΓΛI

Talent and trauma come hand in hand when it comes to Afro. His sword skills have been honed to greatness in order to avenge his decapitated father. 

However, the journey is neither easy nor forgiving. Therefore, we recommend you mentally prepare yourself for what’s about to come.

Despite being quiet, Afro was once an extremely cheerful person. However, his father’s death has steeled him to move forward, even if he becomes a cold-blooded murderer.

Embarking on a journey of revenge requires hatred and resolve. Thankfully, Afro is loaded in both departments. Therefore, his journeys can’t be simple and boring. 


Canary – Hunter x Hunter

Canary - Hunter x Hunter

There is a deep-rooted connection between the apprentice butler of the Zoldyk Family and loyalty.

While her initial introduction was that of a rigid and unmoving rock, the show gives ample time to develop her substance as a character.

With that said, her personality resembles a soft-boiled egg; Tough from the outside yet soft on the inside.

She is seemingly devoted to Killua and can go far lengths to protect him, including disobeying orders. Therefore, she often gets punished for being too ‘humane’ of a butler. 


Andrew Gilbert Mills – Sword Art Online

Andrew Gilbert Mills - Sword Art Online

Getting trapped in Sword Art Online can do more harm than good. However, a strong sense of responsibility can go a long way in surviving all of it. 

Needless to say, Gilbert a.k.a Agil proves to be an extremely helpful asset for Kirito no matter the game. 

Consequently, he was the only one that defended Kirito from the beta testers and helped mid-level players grind up to be valuable assets for the frontline.

While his contributions don’t amount to much in the grand scheme, it is still an undeniable fact that Sword Art Online would’ve been considerably harder if it wasn’t for Gilbert.


Edward – Cowboy Bebop

Edward - Cowboy Bebop

Mischief comes in many forms. At times, it is annoying, however, it can also be the biggest asset for your crew. Thankfully, Ed belongs to the latter. 

Her skilled hacking is enough to crack any computer systems needed to find information. 

Being a genius can cause you to develop certain odd tendencies. Therefore, you will often see her talking to herself or singing literature at the most random times. 

However, Ed’s cheerful yet curious appearance brings energy to the team while maintaining a good balance between joy and seriousness.


Muhammad Avdol – JoJo’s Bizarre Adventures

Muhammad Avdol - JoJo’s Bizarre Adventures

The assistance of Muhammad Avdol in the Stardust Crusaders arc has been nothing short of a lifesaver. 

His strong sense of duty is well-linked with his righteousness as he will do whatever it takes to depict himself as a righteous person. 

Needless to say, an experienced stand user is always a big help wherever you go in the world of JoJo. 

Being efficient in pyromancy is his strong suit, and you will often see him trying to perfect his finely controlled flames. 


Kuzan – One Piece

Kuzan - One Piece

Justice comes in many flavors. While you might have seen many of them, have you ever heard of Kuzan’s ‘lazy justice’? It’s quite simple really!

Being one of the former marine admirals, Kuzan a.k.a Aokiji doesn’t believe in spending effort unless it’s absolutely needed. 

Despite being an Ice-Ice logia user, Aokiji is rather warm-hearted which is quite evident by the fact that he saved Nico Robin’s life and didn’t even bother arresting Monkey D Luffy after he defeated Crocodile. 

Needless to say, Kuzan’s character is rather tolerating, which often causes certain clashes of interest amongst his colleagues. 


Charon – Fire Force

Charon - Fire Force

Serving as the second pillar’s guardian, Charon’s cynical smiles have been a major appeal of the show. 

Needless to say, the guy is as devoted as one can get and would not hesitate to sacrifice himself for Haumea. 

In the line of duty, he develops feelings of care towards the second pillar, which serves no purpose other than strengthening their already strong bond. 

Charon’s pyrokinesis is often regarded as one of the most annoying abilities throughout the Fire Force. 


Karui – Naruto Shippuden

Karui - Naruto Shippuden

The village hidden in the clouds is unique even amongst the other villages. While there’s no particular point of attraction, every character seems to be brimming with personality and substance. 

This trend becomes rather evident when it comes to Karui. Her Kenjutsu is one of the best due to the training she received from Killer B. 

She falls in love with Choji and stays headstrong in her pursuit of him. 

Being able to see Choji finding a girl before most main characters is certainly a pleasant one. However, there is a lot to be learned from Karui as well. 

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If he isn't sleeping, Richard is probably spending his time goofing around in Elden Ring or getting his sweats on in Valorant. With a keen passion for everything FPS, you won't be winning a 1v1 off him anytime soon!
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