Anime characters with confusing genders are all too common. It’s what we call “trap” characters in the anime world after all.
Trap characters have one thing in common: they’re designed to BREAK your preconceptions. Leaving you questioning life and face-palming yourself for not seeing it sooner.
Here are 15 characters who fit the description (SPOILERS).
Anime characters with confusing genders:
1. Albus (Grimoire Of Zero)
Albus comes off as a “boy” in the beginning of this chilled anime series.
But you later learn that Albus is actually a girl, after it’s revealed that she’s the granddaughter of Sora the witch.
2. Ferris (Re Zero)
I know what you’re thinking: Ferris is definitely a girl. I mean she’s got the whole “Neko” thing going on too. And these types of characters are ALWAYS girls.
But not this time.
Ferris is one of the trickiest trap anime characters we’ve ever in anime seen so far.
3. Rider Of Black Astolfo (Fate Apocrypha)
Rider of Black will blow your mind once you see the reveal later in Fate Apocrypha. I couldn’t believe it, or maybe I didn’t want to believe it.
Especially since Astolfo is one of my favorite characters from Fate Apocrypha.
4. Kojuro Shuri (Masamune Kun No Revenge)
Kojuro is an anime character with a confusing gender for good reason… Just like at him.
His eye lashes, hairstyle, and whole demeanour gives off “female” vibes to the max. Put him in a dress and this becomes even more brutally obvious.
5. Chihiro Fujisaki (Danganronpa)
Chihiro gender reveal is shocking when you first come across it. Considering how he’s designed like a fragile little girl with girly features.
6. Jakotsu (Inuyasha)
Jakotsu is part of the band of seven in Inuyasha. While he dresses like a blatant woman, you come to realize that’s not the case at all.
And he’s more dangerous than his appearance suggests.
7. Ruka Urushibara (Steins Gate)
Just look at the image above and the first thing you’ll think is: “that must be a girl”. Which I why your jaw will hit the floor after Ruka’s true identity is revealed in Steins Gate.
8. Junichirou Kagami (Denpa Kyoushi)
Junichirou Kagami’s character design reminds you more of a girl than a guy… At least until he opens his mouth and you hear his voice.
He’s a typical” trap” character that few mention when bringing up the topic.
9. Sohma Momiji (Fruits Basket)
Momiji is mistaken for a girl just like Chihiro Fujisaki. His appearance is enough to make you scratch your head and wonder WTF is going on.
10. Kino (Kino’s Travels)
Kino’s gender isn’t revealed for a good while, and it’s revealed in a way that’s different to the usual “shock” tactics used in anime.
Kino’s whole demeanour in Kino’s Travels reminds you more of a boy than a girl, and tends to throw off tons of characters she meets along the way.
11. Yukimura Kusunoki (Haganai: I Don’t Have Many Friends)
Yukimura’s identity is kind of revealed early-ish, and it’s enough to make you facepalm yourself for not seeing it sooner.
12. Ritsu Sohma (Fruits Basket)
Like most of the “Fruits Basket” characters from the Sohma family, Ritsu has a confusing gender compared to the impression his character off.
13. Kaoru Hanase (Tamako Market)
What if I told you Kaoru Hanase was a guy in girls clothing? That basically sums up his character.
14. Aoi Futaba (You’re Under Arrest)
Can you guess what gender Aoi is? Watch the anime for 5 episodes and the truth will be revealed in a way you won’t expect.
15. Honjō Kamatari (Rurouni Kenshin)
And finally, Honjo’s another trap character with a confusing gender.
You don’t know what to think until the truth is revealed in Rurouni Kenshin.
Did I miss any other anime characters worth mentioning?