Black anime characters: The ultimate list of the 36 best dark-skinned anime characters in anime history.
Today’s list will feature the best black anime characters of all time.
Anime characters have a lot of variety in skin colors. Some are light, some are dark, and some are mixed. They can be the ones who are strong, powerful, and brooding. They can also be the ones who are morally ambiguous and have a dark past.
Therefore, black anime characters often have a lot of diversity in their personality, looks, and abilities. This is why they are usually quite popular with fans of different races as well as people who don’t have any specific race preference.
In this article, we will be listing some of the best black characters in anime that have had an impact on the industry. These male and female characters are not just representations of black culture and black people but are also incredibly well-developed and capable of giving viewers an entertaining story to watch.
36. Blue from Wolf’s Rain
Kicking off the list of the best black anime characters with Blue from the series “Wolf’s Rain”, whose characters design features a dark-skinned body, hair, and eyes.
35. Kilik Rung From Soul Eater
Next up, among the best black anime characters is Kilik Rung, a black anime boy from the Soul Eater series. In the show, he is considered one of the top 3 fighters of Death Weapon Meister Academy.
Kilik, being a hot-blooded person, is someone who is direct and fiery. He has a soul that can put his life on the line for his friends, a very compassionate characteristic that is rather loved by the utmost of anime fans.
He’s a dark-skinned Meister with dark eyes and black hair and is thirteen years old in the first part of the series. He seems to be around Black☆Star’s age.
34. Carole Stanley From Carole and Tuesday
Carole Stanley is one of the cutest black anime characters, She is voiced by Miyuri Shimabukuro in Japanese and Jeannie Tirado in the English dub. Her singing voice is provided by Nai Br. XX.
Carole is a beautiful black anime teenage girl who was born on Earth, but she now lives on Mars. She has light brown skin and dark auburn hair, which she styles into locs with a striped scrunchie every day.
Her determined, passionate, and quick-witted nature helps her get through any situation. But she finds that despite her talent for music, she is unable to hold down a part-time job due to how straightforward she can be with bad people and delicate situations.
33. Coffee From Cowboy Bebop
One of the hottest black anime female characters on our list is Coffee, a black woman who serves as a bounty hunter from the popular Cowboy Bebop TV anime series.
She is in “Mushroom Samba,” where she encounters Edward. She then finds out that Ed is a bounty hunter as well. She quickly chases after him in the pursuit of mushrooms, which are illegal plants to be harvested.
Coffee gets into her convertible car and starts chasing after the train. Ed and the dealer hop on, but she ends up stopping him, but he falls on her – both get crushed into each other and lose the bounty.
32. Daz Bonez From One Piece
Daz Bonez is one of the best black anime characters in the one-piece series. He is a former bounty hunter who joined Baroque Works and was the highest-ranked male Officer Agent and the strongest under Crocodile himself. His codename was Mr. 1.
Bonez is tanned with thin limbs and fingers. He is tall and muscular with a shaved head. He was a major antagonist in the Arabasta arc, after being captured and sent to Impel Down jail, he managed to make his escape during the Impel Down arc. Since then, he has been wandering into the New World with Crocodile.
31. Bob Makihara From Tenjho Tenge
Bob Makihara is an afro black anime character in the series Tenjou Tenge. He’s a member of the Juken club who is a master of martial arts and an energetic guy who is in love with Chiaki Konoike.
Makihara is a South-African person often referred to as the “foreigner.” Despite his heritage, Bob has dishy blue eyes and a Japanese-sounding surname.
He is a fighter who seems to enjoy fighting and is really skilled at it. He also has more natural powers of perception than Souichiro, who picks up on that something’s different about the Toudou academy. He also recognizes that someone who is suspiciously so powerful is lurking nearby.
30. Nils Yajima From Gundam Build Fighters
Nils Yajima, known earlier as Nils Nielsen, is a genius anime character in the TV series Gundam Build Fighters and Gundam Build Fighters Try.
Originally, Nils was only interested in science, but after his battle with Sei and Reiji, he realized that he loved Gunpla battles as well. From that point onward, Nils became a part of the Gunpla.
As a Gundam builder and operator, Nils utilizes his advanced knowledge, skill, and craftsmanship in tuning his Sengoku to win any and all battles by crafting a tactful (and most likely successful) strategy each time.
29. Onyankopon From Attack on Titan
Onyankopon is a supporting black anime character from the Attack On Titan series. He is a dark-skinned man with black hair styled in a short crew cut and thin eyebrows. He appears to be well-built, as seen by his large arms and shoulders.
He’s one of the Anti-Marleyan Volunteers working for Zeke Jaeger. He was one of Marley’s soldiers on board the first scout fleet to Paradis Island after Marley’s failure. He is a skilled pilot who assisted the Scout Regiment in their escape from the raid on Liberio.
Onyankopon comes off as a friendly guy through his interactions with the Soldiers of the Scout Regiment. While he’s also rather serious in nature, he also does give some cause for concern when it comes to some soldiers’ fixation on trivial matters.
28. Charon From Fire Force
Among the most overpowered black anime characters on our list is Charon, a former member of the White-Clad, which served as the Second Pillar’s guardian. Charon is tall and had light hair. He wore a blindfold branded with a red cross symbol.
He appeared to be devoted, inspiring, and serious. He had a strong commitment to the Evangelist and proved himself by being trustworthy. In spite of this, he was impatient, asking if Haumea understood him and demanding quick responses.
Charon is also an expert in fighting with his fists and hands. As strong as he is tall, Charon could move quickly and hook his opponents with the minimum effort. He has a Second Generation power, which enables him to absorb kinetic energy from movement and turn it into thermal energy for the attack. It’s also great for enduring strong attacks from pyrokinetic.
27. Sister Krone From The Promised Neverland
Sister Krone is a supporting black female character in the Promised Neverland anime series. She is one of the best black anime female characters, with an afro short hair, brown eyes, and a muscular large figure, which made it seem like she was dominant around other people. She also wore a smile that was bright and warm most of the time.
Krone used to work at the Grace Field House orphanage with Isabella. Eventually, she tried to take over as head caregiver and things got messy. She then enraged the rest of the people who ran the home and consequently died at Isabella’s hands.
26. Darui From Naruto Shippuden
Darui is the right-hand man of the Fourth Raikage, who he later succeeded as Fifth Raikage. Darui is a tall, dark-skinned man with a pointy nose, bored-looking eyes, and white hair.
This black anime character is a skilled and capable shinobi. He was chosen as one of the bodyguards and right-hand man of the Fourth Raikage, and as the leader of the Allied Shinobi Forces First Division during Shinobi World War.
His skills helped him defeat the Gold and Silver Brothers, who wielded the tools of the Sage of Six Ways. Years later, Darui became a great ninja that was able to become the Fifth Raikage.
25. Atsuko Jackson From Michiko & Hatchin
One of the prettiest black anime girls characters is for sure Atsuko Jackson, a sexy female character from the series Michiko & Hatchin. In the show, she’s a policewoman who lived in an orphanage with Michiko Malandro – a co-worker who seems to have some points to settle with her.
She has now turned into a vigilante and was the one responsible for Michiko’s arrest twelve years before the events. Michiko likes to tease her by referring to her black skin with the word “Jambo,” as she is trying to get her angry.
It seems like she has mixed feelings towards her and is sometimes seen helping her out of a bad situation while still trying to bring her over.
24. Muhammed Avdol From Jojo Bizare
Muhammad Avdol is a powerful black anime character from the Jojo Bizare series. He’s an Egyptian of average height and build, and is one of the main allies in Stardust Crusaders.
Avdol is a good friend of the protagonist Joseph, he joins him on his journey to defeat DIO. The character provides important knowledge of enemy Stand Users and information about local cultures along the way.
Avdol is a Stand User who wields the fire manipulating Stand, Magician’s Red. He generally presents himself as an individual who is serious, responsible, and overall righteous. While he’s very concerned with maintaining his “image” as a mature and responsible man.
23. Kaz Kaan From Neo Yokio
Kaz Kaan is also featured on the list as one of the cutest black characters in anime, he is a magistrate, an eligible bachelorette, and an occasional demon slayer — he’s one of the main protagonists of the Netflix anime series Neo Yokio.
Kaan is dark-skinned, unlike most of his relatives. He has long, locs, and violet eyes. He is also slim and skinny with a girl-like form and often wears fancy formal clothes.
Kaz is a very gentle, handsome, and honest man, who also won’t think twice about doing or saying his opinion even if it will hurt others’ feelings. Also, he can be a bit too self-absorbed sometimes.
22. Ken Takagi From My Hero Academia
Ken Takagi is one of the most overpowered black anime characters on our list and is also known as Lock Hero: Rock Lock. He is a Pro Hero from the My Hero Academia anime and manga series.
Ken is a man of average height with dark, curly hair. He has pierced ears with padlocks earrings and distinctive key teeth on his fingertips.
Takagi is always blunt and hard on newbies and young students. He is aware of the risk they are taking and knows that he has to be harsh sometimes so that they can understand what is going on.
21. Andrew Gilbert Mills From Sword Art Online
Andrew Gilbert Mills is one of the best-supporting characters in the Sword Art Online series. He plays a significant role throughout the arc of Aincrad, as well as appearing occasionally throughout various arcs and spinoffs.
He was trapped in The Sword Art Online survival game, where he was a skilled crook and merchant who owned a shop (in Algade) on the 50th floor of Aincrad.
After being immersed in the fictional world of SAO all this time, Andrew with his skills managed to survive and return to real life sound and safe. In the real world, he is running the Dicey Café with his wife.
20. Mr. Popo From Dragon Ball
In Dragon Ball, we have Mr. Popo, who is considered one of the most popular black characters in anime history.
Mr. Popo is an attendant of the Earth’s Guardian who has taken on the role of being the caretaker and gardener of Lookout. His time there is eternal and so he must stay put in that spot, but he can travel anywhere in the world instantly when needed, although his duties remain constant.
He looks like a friendly humanoid with dark skin, very large lips, and no nose. Mr.Popo is totally devoted to God and Dende, going so far as to follow orders even when he doesn’t know what they mean.
He’s the one in charge of training Goku and his companions in anticipation of the clashes with Piccolo, Nappa, and Vegeta to prepare for the time when he needs to recover the Earth Dragon Balls that have been stolen. And after that, he’ll be asking Shenlong to resurrect Frieza’s victims.
19. Michiko Malandro from Michiko & Hatchin
Michiko is a black girl and is the main female character of the good anime series, Michiko to Hatchin. She’s a free-willed diva who overcomes many different obstacles that are seemingly inescapable. She saves Hana Moreno’s from her abusive foster parents and told her that her father was a good man, with whom she fell in love instantly.
They Both embark on an adventure together to find the missing father. They become a bickering pair but soon have a turning point where they come to realize their true depth of need for each other. The two girls have the same tattoo on their stomachs which is a sign of belonging to an organized crime(gang) and the father has it too on his right arm.
18. Simon Brezhnev From Durarara!!
Simon is one of the owners of Russia Sushi along with his old friend Denis. He’s also one of the members of The Dollars and is known as one of the strongest men in Ikebukuro according to Izaya.
Simon is an American descendant man who was born and raised in Russia. He is a black muscular man with a weird accent. Simon has a way of making people feel at ease with how he approaches conflicts. He often works as a peacemaker in intense situations and not only conveys significant meaning but is able to expedite resolutions through his wise words.
17. Edward from Cowboy Bebop
Edward is a prodigy who stars in the Cowboy Bebop series as a young hacker from Earth. She’s the daughter of the inventor Mr. Appledelhi.
Edward is a dark-skinned young anime girl with vivid red cheek marks. She appears to be an eccentric genius with many interesting quirks, such as being easily distracted, talking to herself aloud, and singing childish songs. Her humor and flexibility help her personality shine through and make her the type of a loved character who is really memorable and easy to make you laugh.
She often repeats the last words of the people who spoke before her, and answers questions with seemingly meaningless phrases, and sometimes real nonsense.
16. Tier Harribel From Bleach
Tier Harribel is a former Espada who had been working under Sōsuke Aizen until the latter’s defeat. After that, she was appointed as the leader of Hueco Mundo.
Harribel is a tall black female character in the bleach anime series, she is an Arrancar with dark skin, aqua green eyes, thick eyelashes, and short golden blonde hair. Although she usually keeps both messy, she is often seen sporting a braid on the side of her head.
Harribel is calm, taciturn, level-headed, and analytical; this doesn’t make her often engage in combat. She prefers to watch the fight till it reaches its conclusion.
15. Uub From Dragon Ball GT
Uub from Dragon Ball GT is the reincarnation of Majin Buu, the eldest child of five, who becomes a student of martial arts under the coaching of Goku.
He is a well-loved anime character especially due to his character design that features a dark-skin, black eyes, and dark, and sports a mohawk on his otherwise shaved head.
Uub was a shy child growing up with no one noticing, despite his fantastic ability to fight. However, after years of training with Goku, he became a confident fighter who knew what it takes to win and fight evils.
14. April from Darker than Black
April from Darker than black is a former MI-6 agent who supported November 11. Her animated character design features dark black skin, ice blue hair and golden yellow eyes, and icy pink lipstick. Her usual attire comprises a fuchsia pink coat that reaches her upper thighs with a big white fur collar and fur lining at the bottom of her coat.
April is a heavy alcoholic. She enjoys drinking beer and sometimes even outdoes the owners of the bar. However, When it comes to any given mission, she is usually ready to complete her task effectively and with ease and so does everyone else on her team. There’s obviously a certain bond between them, with November 11 as the leader.
13. Sol Marron From Black Clover
Sol Marron is a pretty black anime girl, who plays the role of a 3rd Class Intermediate Magic Knight from the Clover Kingdom’s Blue Rose squad in the Black Clover series.
Sol is a tall, young woman with green eyes and brown skin. The short, ruffled black hair she has makes her face look even more youthful and she’s definitely one of the prettiest black female characters of all time.
Sol is visibly a misandrist. She believes that most men are incompetent and brutish and she refuses to rely on them. However, she’s willing to put aside her prejudices and work with them if it helps her captain Charlotte Roselei and the Blue Rose squad.
12. Villetta Nu From Code Geass
Villetta Nu, is a beautiful black anime woman from the popular series “Code Geass”, She was a baroness in the second season and became a member of the Black Knights. She starts off as an elite Knightmare pilot of the Black Knights led by Jeremiah Gottwald. Her voice actress is Akeno Watanabe (Japanese).
Villetta is a beautiful woman with dark skin and gray hair. She usually appears with a strand of her hair on one side of her face and ties it up in lace.
After suffering from memory loss, Villetta had a miraculous change in personality and no longer held the same racist ideology that was apparent in her youth. She instead exhibited compassion towards those who did not share her beliefs or origins.
She spent a lot more time with her saver Ohgi and found herself developing an unusual affection for him. Unfortunately, she was attacked by racist Elevens and her memory then came back.
11. Ogun Montgomery from Fire Force
Ogun Montgomery is one of the best-supporting fictional characters from the popular Fire Force anime series, he’s a black character, portrayed as a former Third Generation member of Special Fire Force Company 4. This guy’s dark skin, black hair, smart orange eyes, and the Special Fire Force uniform are enough to catch anyone’s attention.
He can create multiple spears and short swords out of his great power of fire and then launch them at opponents at long ranges. Ogun is very dedicated to protecting everyone living in Tokyo. It’s because of his family history and also as the hero who defended and brought immigrants to the Empire to save them from the Great Cataclysm.
10. Jet Black From Cowboy Bebop
The badass Jet Black from the cowboy bebop series is one of the coolest black anime characters on our list. He is a member of the ISSP and later a bounty hunter. He meets Fad before losing his arm, then becomes captain of the Bebop and leads the crew including Spike Spiegel, Faye Valentine, and Edward.
Jet is a tall, broad, and muscular individual who is balding and only has a few strands of hair on the sides of his head. He has sideburns that continue down his face to form a beard. He seems to be a very wise member of the Bebop, handling his friends with grace and patience. Particularly, he usually stands by Spike’s side and gives him sage advice.
9. Kaname Tosen From Bleach
Next up among the best black characters in anime, we have Kaname Tosen, a character who has black skin and dark brown braids. He has pupil-less eyes that are pale lavender and is a blind anime character since birth. He is the former 5th Seat of the 9th Division under Kensei Muguruma and was the 9th Division’s captain until he betrayed Soul Society alongside Sōsuke Aizen and Gin Ichimaru. Due to this betrayal, his friendship with Sajin Komamura is strained.
They say the personality of people can change if there’s a near-death experience and when such things happen, it can make people a lot more introverted. And this is probably why Kaname is overly invested in being right. The one thing that caused him to snap was when his best friend was killed by her husband before under trivial circumstances.
8. Dutch from Black Lagoon
The Lagoon Trading Company is led by Dutch, His background as a US Marine Corps crewman ultimately led him to be respected by those around him.
This African-American character might seem intimidating because he’s always wearing a flak jacket, military fatigues, and has a bodybuilder physique. He also always wears sunglasses that make it hard to see his eyes.
Dutch is a calm, badass black anime character who prefers to negotiate contracts rather than engage in the fighting associated with Lagoon Company’s work. Dutch is also capable in combat, however. He is commonly seen as an easygoing person, and most of his companions enjoy getting closer to him.
7. Canary From Hunter X Hunter
From the beloved anime series Hunter x Hunter, we have a black anime girl named Canary, she is an apprentice butler of the Zoldyck Family. Anyone attempting to pass her post on the estate will be expelled via force.
Canary is a girl who appears to be in her late teens. She has gray eyes and dark purple hair pulled into thick bunches, each tied with a string towards the tip, which vaguely resembles stars. She has a round face, a small nose, and thick lips. Her skin is dark brown.
She is loyal to the Zoldyck Family, and she can be quite ferocious when it comes to safeguarding their property. She was introduced as a ruthless guardian and a very intelligent one at that. But, Gon, has seen through her and discovered that she actually has feelings as her eyes seem to indicate some kind of gentleness.
6. Afro from Afro Samurai
Afro or better known as Afro Samurai is one of the most overpowered black anime characters on our list. He is the main protagonist of the Afro Samurai anime series. As a child, he watched his father get killed at the hands of Number One in front of his eyes. And when he grows up he harnesses lots of talent, including being an extremely talented sword-fighter with many skills in using katanas.
After experiencing a traumatic event, Afro is determined to take revenge on the man who murdered his father. There’s just one obstacle in his way, As a Number Two, the rest of the world is after him! Because the only one who can challenge Number One is Number Two. Afro is on fire, as enemies flock to try and take his spot. He must fight through a variety of enemies and overcome obstacles if he wants to get his revenge once and for all.
5. Mugen From Samurai Champloo
Mugen is a fictional character from the anime Samurai Champloo. He may be rough around the edges but Mugen can sometimes be humble and intelligent in his words. He doesn’t have any ties with his past, being born in the Ryukyu Islands and never knowing his parents. He used to be a pirate and had to fake his death, but befriending Jin and Fuu changed his life for the better.
He is Jin’s nemesis and is always waiting for a chance to fight him in the series, and the two accompany Fuu in her adventure of searching for “Sunflower”. Mugen is a little bit edgier than Jin and also provides some comic relief.
His fighting style combines martial arts, swordplay, and break dancing. He relies on instinct and reflex to surprise his enemies. You could say that his fashion style represents the future, whereas Mugen is from the past. He is a black-skinned anime character with black hair that is usually unkempt and resembles an Afro.
4. Killer B From Naruto Shippuden
Killer B is another cool black character from the manga and anime series Naruto Shippuden. He is often seen as one of the best people who help the main character Naruto in controlling his power. He has dark skin and a muscular build, with white hair and a beard.
This black male anime character is host to Gyuki, an eight-tailed demon ox and an Op shinobi who trained Naruto and partnered with him in fighting the antagonist Obito Uchiha. Furthermore, he is super proud of his power that he can be proud of himself, regardless of his status and background as a jinchūriki.
3. Daiki Aomine From Kuroko No Basuke
Aomine is one of the hottest black anime characters ever, he is badass, op, and a cool basketball player with a really aggressive and liquid playing style. This was made even more powerful by Kuroko’s misdirection. He was famous for being Kuroko’s “Light” for a very long time before Kagami came along.
Aomine’s quickness and versatility make him incredibly hard to stop – for both defenders and his opponents alike. He can shoot from practically anywhere, sometimes even before an opposing basketball player even realizes he’s there!
While he is passionate about playing basketball, Aomine has become more cynical and less enthusiastic toward the sport. He’s very hard to get motivated for practices or games and frequently arrives late. This is because he thinks that no one could match his skill. He felt unmotivated on the court, as he’s now realizing that he can only defeat himself.
2. Kuzan Aokiji From One Piece
From the One Piece series, we have one of the most overpowered black anime characters of all time! His name is Kuzan, a former Marine Admiral, also called “Aokiji” by his fellow Marines which means Blue Pheasant. He was nominated by Sengoku for the position of fleet admiral but lost a duel fight against his rival Sakazuki in the end. As a result, he resigned from the Marines.
Aokiji is tall, slim yet muscular, has black, curly hair, tanned skin, and an overall lean and long build.
Kuzan has the power of ice and can use it to create ice-ground, walls, and even weapons. His power also enables him to freeze anything he touches and turn it into ice.
1. Yoruichi From Bleach
Yoruichi Shihouin is a black female anime character who is popular because of her strength and beauty. Her appearance is that of a slender woman with an average height. She has dark skin, golden eyes, and black hair tied up in a ponytail with bangs on the side of her face.
Yoruichi is sharp-minded and witty, holding a deep knowledge and understanding of Soul Society and its secrets, as she was once the leader of the Onmitsukidō as well as the former captain of the Second Division.
Her lieutenant was Marenoshin Ōmaeda. She abandoned her command responsibilities and now works with Kisuke Urahara and Tessai Tsukabishi. Together, they run the Urahara Shop in the human realm.