There is a lot of pigment in anime!
Black anime characters are rarely seen, but when they do appear, they get mad love from the culture they represent. Especially when they are a good character. Usually, dark-skinned characters are represented as a bad person. The have dark-skin, white hair, and an evil smirk that highs their evil plot. However, not all these characters are bad. So, in that sense, let’s take a look at animes top 10 characters, that have some pigment in their skin.
10. Brook (One Piece)
The soul king of the pirate world kicks off our list. He’s low on the list only because he doesn’t rock is black skin, but we do know that he once had some. Thanks to the power of the Yomi Yomi no Mi devil fruit, Brook enhances his soul to the point where they resurrect after their first death, allowing them to live a second time. His main body deteriorates and turns into a skeleton, while his soul rocks on in it.
Along with this soulful power, Brook is a talented swordsman and a great musician that will rock your soul. He is loyal to his friends and will do anything to protect them. The downside to him is that with every pretty girl he encounters, he always asks to see their panties — Catch Brook cruising the world with his pirate friends in the hit anime One Piece.
9. Muhammed Avdol ( JoJo Bizarre’s Adventure)
Blazing his way into our number 9 spot is the righteous dude himself, Muhammed Avdol. Muhammed Avdol made his debut in Jojo Bizarre’s Adventure: Stardust Crusaders. He joins Joseph Joestar and companions in their travels to find and defeat the evil vampire, Dio.
Muhammed is a simple man. He has a strong sense of justice and is also very loyal to his comrades. He has a high intellect but is also fearsome in battle when he summons his stand, Magician Red, to burn the enemy away.
8. Canary (Hunter x Hunter)
Don’t let that cute face fool you. Canary’s fighting skills and her determination to the Zoldyck family is something equal to her cuteness. As an apprentice butler to the Zoldyck family, Canary has to be strong. She protects the assassin family property from intruders. Also, beat the protagonist gon to a pulp. At the age of 10, it was said that Canary beat a blacklist hunter and 100 of his men by her self.
She lives to serve the Zoldyck family. Also, she will destroy anyone who trespasses on their property with the cane she carries. She also has a special place in her heart for Killua Zoldyck and will do anything to help him.
7.Kilik Rung (Soul Eater)
As a top-performing student, meister in Death Weapon Meister Academy/ Kilik has a lot to live up to. He is a unique character that gained a lot of fans just from some short moments in Soul Eater. He is brave and a little reckless but can handle himself with his weapon partners; Fire and Thunder.
Kilik is someone who hit right on with his appearance to the culture. This black anime character’s hair and style is something many fans were proud to see when he made his appearance.
6. Yoruichi Shihouin (Bleach)
Who doesn’t love a dope, black ninja? Especially one as cool as Yoruichi Shihouin. Not only is she strong, but she is wise as well. Oh, did I mention that she can also turn into a black cat? In the world of Bleach Yoruichi Shihouin was the former captain of the 2nd division of the Gotei 13. She also is the former commander to the Onmitsukidō. An elite group of ninja assassins who are the only ones to handle specific jobs.
Along with her calm demeanor and stylish moves, Yoruichi is just a fun character to watch. She has excellent action scenes and dialogue that help other characters grow, including herself.
5. Darui ( Naruto Shippuuden)
We might as well keep the Ninja thing rolling. Next on our list is the Fifth Raikage, Darui. Darui is a ninja from the village hidden by clouds. He was one of the 4th Raikage’s most trusted and powerful shinobi before being the next Raikage. However, Darui may not seem powerful, but don’t let his looks and behavior fool you, he hits hard with his black lighting attack.
Darui brings a vibe to the world of Naruto that you do not see from a lot of its characters. He is someone that you will automatically like as soon as he hit the scene in Naruto.
4. Kaname Tosen (Bleach)
Kaname Tosen is a blind soul reaper and former 9th division captain of the Gotei 13. He later betrayed the Gotei along with two other captains to complete his goal for world peace. Tosen has a strong feeling for justice and will do anything to see it given relatively and accurately. Kaname uses spiritual pressure and his other senses to help him fight.
He is shown to travel at high speeds and has excellent precision when he uses his zanpakutō. He can turn into a hollow that can break skyscrapers with a flick of his finger.
3. Kuzan aka Aokiji (One Piece)
Going back to the world of One Piece. We have former Marine admiral Kuzan. Kuzan is a man that gives me Andre 3000 vibes. He rides a bike through the ocean by freezing the waters to create a path to his next destination. Hence, Kuzan has the power of ice given to him by the Hie Hie no Mi devil fruit. This Devil Fruit allows the user to control, become, and create ice in an instant.
Kuzan is so powerful that during his battle with his former comrade and rival, Sakazuki, they created an island of dried up magma and ice. He now travels the world doing who knows what. But we sure do know that Aokiji can cause an Icy apocalypse if he wants. I hope Andre 3000 plays Kuzan in the live-action adaptation.
2. Piccolo (Dragonball Series)
Even though he is green, you can’t tell any black anime fan that Piccolo isn’t black. He has a deep voice as much older black man has. Also, he raises Gohan how a black father would raise his son; with tough love and truth.
We, the black delegation, will take Piccolo and will not listen to any trades. With his mental training and special beam cannon, Piccolo is one of the best forces to protect the earth. He can heal himself, like replacing limbs and repair or change clothes in a blink of an eye. Damn, we are lucky to this Namakian.
1. Afro Samurai (Afro Samurai)
Afro deserves the number one spot for so many reasons. Firstly, he is voiced by motha fucking Samuel L. Jackson. Secondly, he is the first black character to be a lead in anime. Lastly, he is a black samurai with skills who is voice by motha fucking Samuel L. Jackson.
But seriously, Afro is a complex character with a simple goal. His story and growth is a journey that you can enjoy and appreciate. Afro may not have supernatural abilities like the other people on this list, but his reaction and technique with a katana will give anyone a run for their money.
Ok, people, that is it. This is Hypefresh’s top 10 list of black characters in anime. If you don’t like the list or think I’m missing someone, comment below and let us know.