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Koko Hekmyatar (Jormungand)
There might be nothing that says more about an anime character than their hair color, sometimes giving away their entire personality before they so much as open their mouths. When it comes to white hair, you’re likely to find a mysterious, cool and calm girl, the kuudere type. The color is also used to suggest a “blank slate” or purity, giving characters an innocence which can say a lot about both their real personality, and their backstory. Besides that, white haired characters often possess remarkable strength or skill in their chosen field, making them excellent fighters and thinkers.
There are a lot of white haired boys in anime, but for girls, creators tend to opt for the silver or grey hair look, so finding that true snow white can be tricky. But worry not, as we’ve made a list of girls with only the purest white locks for your viewing pleasure.
10. Leonmitchelli from Dog Days
- Episodes: 13
- Aired: April 2nd 2011 – June 25th 2011
Dog Days takes place in the fantasy world of Flonyado, where the Republic of Biscotti is forced to summon forth heroes from Earth to aid them, as they face an invasion by the Galette Leo Knights. Leonmitchelli, or Leonmitchelli Galette des Rois to use her full name, starts off as the main antagonist in the series. As both the Princess of Galette and leader of their army, she possesses a strategic mind and incredible fighting prowess. Wielding an array of weapons, such as her giant battleaxe, she is also able to perform Emblem Arts – powerful magic-like abilities.
Often speaking like a man and being possibly the loudest character in the series, Leo isn’t exactly a mysterious white haired beauty. But with her calm composure and quick mind, she’s got cool down to a tee. Along with that, it tells us of the surprising innocence she seems to be hiding behind that ferocious mouth of hers.
9. Koneko Toujou from High School DxD
- Episodes: 12
- Aired: January 6th 2012 – March 23rd 2012
High School DxD’s plot centers on the Occult Research Club at Kuoh Academy, which despite appearances, is in fact a group of devils under the leadership of Rias Gremory. Despite how it sounds, these devils aren’t bent on destroying the world, and instead spend most of their time doing favors for the locals. Koneko, a white haired cat youkai, is one of Rias’ servants at the club and the Rook of their ‘family’.
Koneko is one of the quietest members of High School DxD’s cast, spending a majority of the early episodes berating resident pervert protagonist Issei, for his ecchi advances. Always cool and calm, with a past veiled in mystery, Koneko is a perfect example of what to expect from a white haired bishoujo.
8. Mirajane Strauss from Fairy Tail
- Episodes: 175
- Aired: October 12th 2009 – March 30th 2013
They come in all shapes and sizes at the Mages guild Fairy Tail, and Mirajane is no exception. As head waitress at the guild’s bar, besides serving beer and helping the newbies, little is said about Mirajane’s story, or why exactly she holds so much authority within the guild. But when trouble comes knocking, Mirajane goes from fan service sub character to antagonist-crushing bad ass in no time, and the shroud of mystery surrounding her slowly lifts.
Rarely without a smile on her face, Mirajane is one of the most lighthearted characters on this list, which really helps her keep her composure when dealing with the mages that have had a few too many.
7. Delphine Eraclea from Last Exile
- Episodes: 26
- Aired: April 7th 2003 – September 29th 2003
In the world of Prester, flight is everything, from warships, to the vanships the inhabitants use as their main means of transportation. As constant conflict between Prester’s two nations of Anatoray and Disith continues, the Guild, a powerful neutral party, carefully pulls the strings in the background, asserting dominance over all. Head of the guild, Delphine Eraclea possesses a truly cruel personality, reveling in the hardships of those below her and very much earning her title as the series antagonist.
Delphine’s white hair demonstrates the coldness and ruthlessness of her character. Similar to many other characters on this list, it also suggests the innocence that is expected of a neutral party such as the Guild, however in this case the purity is only part of the mask she wears.
6. Nagisa Momoe from Puella Magi Madoka Magica the Movie Part III: Rebellion
- Episodes: 1
- Aired: October 26th 2013
Madoka Magica really makes you think twice about whether or not being a magical girl is a great idea. After being granted a single wish and forming a contract with Kyubey, a beady eyed who-knows-what, the girls from Madoka are tasked with finding and destroying Witches – beings born of negative emotions. Not making her appearance until the final film in the series, Nagisa Momoe had a lot to live up to being part of such a popular series.
Madoka Magica is tough enough to understand as it is, and Nagisa does not exactly help the situation by being one of the most unusual characters yet. Is she a witch, or a magical girl, or both? Nagisa’s white hair is representative of the mystery that surrounds her character throughout, and of the innocence of a young girl living in a world filled with hardships.
5. Tsubasa Hanekawa (Black Hanekawa) from Nekomonogatari: Kuro
- Episodes: 4
- Aired: December 21st 2012
The Monogatari series centers on Koyomi Araragi, a part vampire who can’t help but go around saving girls from oddities, curses which are trapped inside them. Meganekko and seemingly perfect student Tsubasa Hanekawa makes her first appearance in the Bakemonogatari chapter of the series. But it isn’t until Nekomonogatari that we really get to hear the full story behind her and her oddity problems. Each evening, without her knowledge, Hanekawa transforms into a seductive, white haired cat youkai, who proceeds to wreak havoc around town.
Although only her youkai half, “Black Hanekawa”, has white hair, she is very much her own character and plays a vital role in the Monogatari series. With her entire purpose being shrouded in mystery and enough power to take on a full blooded vampire, Black Hanekawa has very much earned her glowing white locks. Her cute speech pattern is pretty nya-ice as well.
4. Chaika Trabant from Hitsugi no Chaika
- Episodes: 12
- Aired: April 10th 2014 – June 26th 2014
After the war ended, Toru Acura had trouble finding meaning in his life. Being a retired soldier, it didn’t seem like there was much left for him in the new world. Enter Chaika, teenage sorceress-cum-sniper, who hauls around a coffin containing her Gandr, an enormous sniper rifle used for spell casting. Along with Toru’s adopted sister, Toru decides to follow Chaika in hopes of once again finding some meaning in his life.
Chaika has a child-like innocence to her character, helped by her inability to form complete sentences, which paints her very much as the fresh start Toru needs. As expected from a white haired girl she also boasts specialized knowledge and remarkable prowess with magic, using her rifle-type Gandr.
3. Fremy Speeddraw from Rokka no Yuusha
- Episodes: 12
- Aired: July 5th 2015 – September 20th 2015
You know when there’s not quite enough chairs for everyone, and you look at each other like “Err what now?” Well that’s Rokka no Yuusha in a nutshell. It is said that when the Demon God reawakens, six heroes will be chosen to defend the land, and seal him once again. So as you can imagine, when seven heroes show up, it causes some problems. Fremy, the Saint of Gunpowder, is one of the group of seven, and isn’t particularly happy about the unexpected turnout.
Although seemingly cold and void of emotion, much like with any kuudere-type character, watching Fremy’s emotions show through the cracks is heartwarming and guaranteed to bring a smile to your face. Additionally Fremy’s sniper skills are not to be underestimated, and with a stunning, avant-garde character design to boot, she’s well worth giving a watch.
2. Shiro from Deadman Wonderland
- Episodes: 12
- Aired: April 17th 2011 – July 3rd 2011
Deadman Wonderland, a horrific prison theme park where inmates are forced to fight each other for the public’s amusement. After being framed for slaughtering his classmates, Ganta finds himself fighting for his life, with little hope of ever escaping his miserable fate. Luckily, coming to his aid is the mysterious albino girl Shiro, who is determined to make sure that Ganta doesn’t get bumped off, and maybe discover who got him thrown into Deadman Wonderland in the first place.
Shiro’s innocent and unknowing character is a perfect contrast to the madness that is Deadman Wonderland. Not just her hair, but her full white outfit lends itself to the sense of purity that surrounds the character. But as with all our white haired girls, Shiro isn’t quite the weak, frail girl she seems, which becomes all the more evident as her dark side comes to light.
1. Suigintou from Rozen Maiden
- Episodes: 13
- Aired: October 8th 2004 – December 24th 2004
Middle schooler Jun Sakurada finds a letter in his desk drawer with a single question written on it: “Will you wind?” Answering “Yes”, Jun receives the bossy and sometimes childish doll Shinku, the fifth of seven Rozen maiden dolls. As the last doll to awaken, Shinku’s appearance marks the start of the Alice Game: a battle between the Rozen Maiden to find “Alice”, the perfect girl. Suigintou, the first of the Rozen Maiden dolls, and Shinku’s main rival to the title of “Alice”, has no qualms removing her sisters in pursuit of that goal.
Okay, so her hair is described as silver white, but I’m going to let this one slide. Suigintou is likely the most recognizable character on this list, with her white hair and black gothic Lolita style clothes being the inspiration for a mountain of fan art, going back to the anime’s release. Her hair portrays an innocence which isn’t immediately obvious until more of Suigintou’s story is revealed, but also speaks of the coldness of her character, in both her actions and her words. It’s this contrast that makes her character so fascinating to watch, as it turns into a guessing game thinking of what she plans to do next.
Illyasviel & Irisviel Von Einzbern (Fate/Zero)
Sakura Oogami (Dangan Ronpa)
This ended up being a pretty varied list, with white hair being representative of almost too many things: Innocence, mystery, coldness, sometimes at an odd contrast with each other. With that variety in mind, hopefully at least one of the girls on this list has caught your eye enough for them to be worth a watch.
Now with our selections done, we’d love to hear who your favorites are! Let us know in the comments below!