Black is the color of death, mystery, power and the unknown. And this reflects on some of the anime characters with black hair.
If you’ve watched anime long enough, you’ve noticed “black hair” isn’t common at all.
Most anime rely on colorful hairstyles to make each character distinct and unique.
So in this post – I’ll shed some light on the best anime characters with black hair.
Both male and female characters…
Anime girls with black hair:
1. Mio Akiyama (K-On)
Mio’s favorite musical instrument is a bass guitar.
Mio Akiyama is nothing like the definition of the color black. She’s introverted, kind, shy and the most hard-working member of the K-On characters.
She hates it when people slack off and make excuses.
And even though she’s not the best at communication, she does have some leadership skills since she keeps everyone organized and focused in the beginning of K-On.
2. Mei Misaki (Another)
“No matter how many relationships we seem to have, we’re all alone.” – Mei Misaki
Mei Misaki reminds me of my self in a lot of ways. She’s observant, reserved, and has this “aura” about her makes you curious about what she’s thinking.
She believes everyone is alone, despite our best efforts in trying to make friends or form relationships.
And that’s not because she’s depressing. It’s just how she see’s the world, as she tends to look at things for what they are (logically), instead of how she feels about it.
3. Kurome (Akame Ga Kill)
Kurome is the kind of girl who was born into the wrong place at the wrong time. Along with her sister.
She’s destined for a life of murder as an assassin. That’s all she’s used for throughout childhood.
So she had no say in how things turned out, or no power to do anything about the unfairness of watching her friends die.
All for the sake of power and child experimentation.
4. Suzune Horikita (Classroom Of The Elite)
“Being alone is not synonymous with being lonely.” – Suzune Horikita
Suzune is the main protagonist in Classroom Of The Elite, an anime series with a school system that ruthlessly makes the students compete to succeed.
On the surface she’s not phased by much. And doesn’t break because of pressure..
But it’s clear she’s more insecure than most characters believe, which is revealed a little later into the series.
5. Hana Isuzu (Girls Und Panzer)
Hana Isuzu is one of the main characters from Girls Und Panzer.
She has “lazy eyes” that give off the impression she’s tired or sleepy.
She has a pretty balanced role in the series as a gunner for the main team. Which is the opposite of what you’d expect if you judge Hana based on her gentle, soft personality.
6. Akame (Akame Ga Kill)
Just like Kurome, Akame’s younger sister, she’s walked through the gates of hell and back. And still manages to find the strength to keep on living.
Akame’s personality is aloof, indifferent, seemingly cold and sometimes empty. But underneath her “image” is a girl who struggles to carry the burden of all the people’s she’s lost to mindless violence, and a corrupt government.
That’s also the reason she has the will to fight and bring about a revolution.
7. Eru Chitanda (Hyouka)
Eru Chitanda is the kind of character who provokes 2 kinds of reactions:
- You’re either annoyed by her personality.
- Or you’re drawn to her personality.
That’s because Eru Chitanda is a curious person without restraint.
The moment she’s curious about something, nothing stops her from doing whatever it takes to find out the answer.
Even if it means being a F’in nuisance to Houtarou Oreki.
8. Hitomi Mishima (Hinamatsuri)
Hitomi is a polarizing character. At first she comes across as this cute, innocent and pure hearted girl in Hinamatsuri.
The type of girl who’s focused on getting a good education and minding her own business.
Pushing comedy to the side, you find out Hitomi is actually a little sh** who talks about people behind their backs. And becomes arrogant after landing a high paying job as a bartender.
But she does have her good character traits.
And the truth is – I’ve never seen a support character “feel” like a main character the way Hitomi does.
She’s that memorable.
9. Shana (Shakugan No Shana)
When Shana’s chilled, relaxed and off-duty from fighting crimson denizens, her hair is jet-black.
Shana’s one of the most “original” Tsundere character types, who are angry and irritable, only to warm to the person they fall for later on.
She’s even more disciplined and mature for her age than most people are who are older. With skills equal to a master swordsman in battle.
As shown in her back story.
10. Makoto Kowata (Flying Witch)
As a main character, Makoto’s the heart and centre of Flying Witch. She makes the series relaxing and care free, with the occasional comedy when the timing is right.
Her personality is the almost opposite of her sister: Akane, who’s loud, extroverted, fun and energetic.
11. Inaba Himeko (Kokoro Connect)
Going back to the Tsundere trope for a second – Inaba Himeko is that kind of anime girl.
This short-haired anime character with black hair gets pissed off over nothing. And is a bit of a d*** in the early stages of Kokoro Connect.
But there’s a story behind that. It all stems from her own insecurities.
12. Rin Tohsaka (Fate Stay Night)
Rin Tohsaka is another Tsundere who has more “tact” and manners than most Tsundere tropes.
She might get angry over stupid things, like Shiro not acknowledging her “indirect” hints.
And she’s too proud to admit things she’s embarrassed about, but what makes Rin Tohsaka likable is her independence, drive and a strong mindset.
She’s a girl who can take care of herself, far from a damsel in distress.
13. Chinatsu Kuramoto (Flying Witch)
Chinatsu is cute. In a weird way she reminds me of my niece.
She’s the little cousin of the main character: Makoto Kowata from Flying Witch.
There’s no way this anime would be complete without her priceless facial expressions and moments in this 12 episode slice of life series.
14. Rukia Kuchiki (Bleach)
Rukia is straight-up Waifu material. And I would have liked to see Rukia end up with Ichigo.
Rukia’s a strong female character and one of the most powerful Soul Reapers below the level of “captain”.
She’s the motivation and inspiration for Ichigo Kurosaki in the story. Whenever Ichigo is depressed, she’s there to lift him up and slap some sense into him.
There aren’t many female anime characters on par with Rukia as far as I see it.
15. Rory Mercury (GATE)
Rory Mercury is a demigoddess who kills anyone who’s wrong in the eyes of society. One of her nicknames is Rory the reaper because of the blade she carries.
Anybody other than the main character is sh** scared of Rory Mercury. And by human standards – it’s not surprising.
Despite looking like a teenager with a Lolita outfit, she’s over 900+ years old. A typical cliché we see all the time with loli-looking anime girls.
16. Homura Akemi (Madoka Magica)
Homura Akemi’s 2 sides of the same coin.
One side of the coin is introverted, aloof, keeps everyone at a distance and appears to be heartless.
But the “softer” side of the coin is gentle, suffering, lonely and crying out for help.
These contrasting sides of Homura’s personality is what makes her one of my favorite protagonists of all time.
And in Madoka Magica – she’s a better main character than Madoka Kaname because of her depth to the story.
17. Nana Kuramoto (Flying Witch)
Nana Kuramoto is the mother of Kei and Chinatsu from Flying Witch. And the Auntie of Makoto Kowata.
You don’t see much of her personality because her role is “minor” in the anime. But she’s an anime parent with mentioning, especially since she has black hair.
18. Ai Enma (Hell Girl)
Ai Enma is one of the most depressing anime characters ever created.
She’s the “hell girl” with the power to send anyone to hell for any crimes, bad deeds or evil they commit.
But the story of how Ai Enma became the Hell Girl is what makes Ai Enma one of the most tragic anime characters.
With a soul-crushing back story.
19. Nana Osaki (Nana)
Nana Osaki is one half of the slice of life/romance series: Nana. Produced by Madhouse.
She’s the kind of character who gives it to you straight, and doesn’t give a F if it hurts your feelings. Like when Hachi complains, Nana tells her the things she doesn’t want to hear but needs to hear.
Osaki doesn’t take no BS, and her relentless drive and passion for music is what makes her an important part of the anime.
20. Inkarmat (Golden Kamuy)
Inkarmat is a gorgeous woman wearing Ainu clothing. Made by a race of people who died out in Japan’s history.
Her appearance speaks for itself. From the design of her hair, clothing, her job as a fortune-teller, and how she fits into to the story.
Her voice actress is as gentle as they come, reflecting Inkarmat’s personality and style.
I don’t think I’ve ever seen a support character turn out this good before.
Anime boys with black hair:
21. Byakuya Kuchiki (Bleach)
Byakuya is the cool, calm and collected type. And sometimes too aloof to care about the “small” things happening around him.
The kind of person who – if you cracked a joke, he probably wouldn’t even laugh. Even if it’s funny.
But what makes Byakuya such a good character to me is how F’in chilled he is.
He’s graceful, proud almost to a fault, and cool as F all at once. All while being one of the most powerful (and stylish) Soul Reapers in Bleach.
22. Kiritsugu Emiya (Fate Zero)
Kiritsugu Emiya was your typical “hero of justice” in his past life.
You get to see a preview of this in the anime: Fate Zero.
But ever since his darkest days – he’s a man on a mission, who will do whatever it takes. No matter how unforgivable his actions are.
This trait makes him similar to Lelouch Lamperouge from Code Geass.
23. Tanigaki Nispa (Golden Kamuy)
Tanigaki is as laid back as a grizzly bear in hibernation. It takes a lot to break his focus, and he’s un-phased by most things or people.
The kind of guy who’s loyal to the death, and will always find a way to return a good-intentioned favor.
He’s a man on a mission in the anime: Golden Kamuy, and I love his chemistry with Inkarmat.
24. Kenji Harima (School Rumble)
Kenji Harima looks like a criminal or a thug. To put it bluntly.
That’s a dark shadow of his once “past” life as a delinquent in School Rumble.
But he’s a changed man in the anime series. Who enjoys spending his time creating Manga for a living, after discovering his talent for it.
25. Death The Kid (Soul Eater)
Death The Kid is so OCD that everything needs to be in sync. “Perfect” symmetry is what he lives and dies for.
That’s why his hairstyle is so on point and so perfect that it’s stupid. And when it’s not he loses his mind!
These quirks to his personality is what makes his role in Soul Eater worth paying attention to.
26. Glenn Radars (Rokudenashi)
One of my top 20 favorite anime characters of all time. Glenn Radars is a class-clown type of guy.
He’s a natural at sarcasm, but his laid back, lazy-ish personality gives people the wrong impression. Which he uses to his advantage when he blows people away with his wisdom.
Not to mention his ability to explain complicated things in a way a child can understand.
27. Mugen (Samurai Champloo)
Mugen is the definition off ghetto. But you can’t blame the guy when his back story is as gritty as it gets.
He’s never had anything given to him in his life. Mugen is the epitome of making something of yourself without ever complaining about the life you were born into.
Or making excuses as to why the world isn’t fair because of XYZ.
He’s an underrated protagonist.
28. Ryo Kurokiba (Food Wars)
Ryo, unlike some characters in Food Wars, is one of the most hard-working guys you’ll see in an anime.
He’s literally dripping with drive and ambition. Though he has an aggressive way of expressing it in battle.
Plus he has Alice Nakiri by his side to keep him in check to make sure he doesn’t slack off. Or settle for less than he’s capable of achieving.
29. Kazuto Kirigaya (Sword Art Online)
Kazuto Kirigaya, also called: Kirito. Or even the black swordsman because of how OP is.
He;s the leading face of Sword Art Online, and is one of the reasons I started to love this series.
Where he lacks depth compared to other characters, he adds plenty of action and purpose to the story in other ways.
30. Rogue Cheney (Fairy Tail)
Rogue is a third generation dragon slayer in Fairy Tail. So he has the power of both a normal dragon and the power of dragon gained artificially.
You can tell he’s the introvert type who bottles everything up (in the early stages). And even though it was brief – his battle with Natsu was a classic moment in the Fairy Tail series.
31. Kei Kuramoto (Flying Witch)
Kei is the cousin of Makoto Kowata, and the older brother of Chinatsu in Flying Witch.
All of who have black hair.
This is the type of anime series that focuses on “surface-level” topics, meaning it’s not too in-depth or thought-provoking.
But Kei’s laid back approach to life does add to the “relaxed” vibes of what Flying Witch is all about.
32. Kazuya Shibuya (Ghost Hunt)
Kazuya Shibuya is the CEO of Shibuya Research in Ghost Hunt. He’s only 17-19 years old.
In a sense: this makes him a little arrogant and snobby. And the funny thing is – he’s well aware of it.
That’s why Mai Taniyama, the main character, gives Kazuya the nickname: Naru. Which is short for narcissist.
33. Kenzo Tenma (Monster)
Kenzo Tenma is a surgeon who wants to save people’s lives more than anything else in the world.
And live a quiet life where he’s able to do what he loves, without restrictions or office politics.
But that’s not how it works out for him.
By accident – Kenzo saves the life of a serial killer. And almost crushes his own spirit in trying to hunt down this killer.
Who wouldn’t feel terrible after giving birth to a serial killer by saving their lives without knowing any better, right?
That’s what makes Monster such a classic psychological series.
34. Seishuu Honda (Barakamon)
Seishuu Honda is so pissed off he punches a director in the face for criticizing his calligraphy. Because in reality – Seishuu Honda is insecure about it.
It’s something you can relate to if you’re an artist, creator, or someone who takes pride in your work.
Barakamon takes you on the journey through the eyes of Seishuu Honda, as he discovers himself after being moved to an Island.
And by the end of his journey – he becomes a better man with a more open mind and a new appreciation for life.
- Rokuro Okajima (Black Lagoon).
- Haji (Blood+).
- L Lawliet (Death Note).
- Hinata Hyuuga (Naruto).
- Mikasa Ackerman (Attack On Titan).
- Mage Bilstein (Derrida, who leaps through time).
- Shinya Kogami (Psycho Pass).
- Derrida Yvain(Derrida, who leaps through time).