Anime are known for having characters with all sorts of wild hair colors. I mean, where else can you find someone with naturally purple or green hair? Even with those crazy colors, you just can't forget about classic hair colors. One of my favorite hair colors is red. It's a definite classic. It's hard to watch an anime without finding at least one redhead. And most redheads have striking red eyes and a passion as fiery as their hair color! How could you resist?
Now, let me show you my top 10 redheads in anime list!
10. Natsume Zange from Inu x Boku SS
- Episodes: 12
- Aired: January 2012 - March 2012
Natsume is a fun character in Inu x Boku SS who wears a black uniform, a pair of bunny ears, and a bandage over his eye. In Inu x Boku SS, Natsume proves to be the light hearted personality and usually attempts to brighten the mood, although he has a mischievous and sometimes cruel side to him. He likes to tease his charge, Watanuki and despite being his secret service agent, Natsume can be quite cruel to Watanuki.
Despite all of Natsume's quirks, he does care for his friend and will always do his best to help them regardless of his own circumstances. Still, when you watch Inu x Boku SS, you can't help but love him! He's a fun persona that keeps the atmosphere light! Just be wary, he can seem suspicious!
9. Daisuke Niwa from D.N.Angel
- Episodes: 26
- Aired: April 2003 - September 2003
Daisuke Niwa is often an overlooked character in DNAngel. Most people love Dark, but that does not mean Daisuke is to be ignored! Daisuke is shown to be a quiet and somewhat shy adolescent boy. He is very caring when it comes to his friends and family, and tries his hardest to stop Dark from doing stupid stunts, though he isn't usually successful.
As a member of family of legendary thieves, Daisuke has been training since he was a young child to take on the family name. Daisuke is very adept at all traits needed for thievery and he is very athletic. His lockpicking skills are so great that they even surprise Dark.
Although Daisuke seems like some soft spoken boy that you can find in any middle school, he is a very impressive teen with a great legacy! You may like Dark, but I definitely like Daisuke!
8. Kyouko Sakura from Puella Magi Madoka Magica
- Episodes: 12
- Aired: January 2011 - April 2011
Kyouko is somewhat of an antagonist when she is first revealed. She constantly antagonizes Sayaka when they first meet to the point that she will approach Sayaka outside of battling witches. Kyouko is first shown as incredibly selfish as she doesn't care what happens to other people when she battles witches, and it is even hinted that she steals food to survive, not caring how she gets it.
Despite her somewhat cruel and sadistic side, Kyouko is actually quite caring. It is revealed that she became a magical girl in order to grant her father followers for his religious beliefs. Although this does not end well for her family, she had made an unselfish wish to make her father happy. It is probably for this reason that she would rather just fend for herself now.
You can take a character at face value or you can truly get to know them. Kyouko is indeed a deeper character than she seems and she really cares for her friends. Yes, she taunts Sayaka, but in truth, Sayaka reminds her of a younger self. Kyouko may seem extremely selfish, but she is the type to sacrifice her life to protect the lives of her friends. She is one bad-ass redhead!
7. Grell Sutcliff from Kuroshitsuji/Black Butler
- Episodes: 24
- Aired: October 2008 - March 2009
Although he was initially introduced as a Butler that overreacts after every mistake, Grell is in fact a Grim Reaper whose weapon is a chainsaw (though that changes based on his violations). He is definitely over-the-top and flamboyant, but that is only complimented by his blood lust and total disregard for the lives of others. Grell is not the type to hesitate to kill off his comrades when they lose their usefulness.
Yes, Grell can be somewhat fearsome, but he poses as the comic relief of Black Butler and when he is in the scene, you can't help but enjoy yourself. Grell is such a fun personality! He is always quick to flirt with bishounen, but you can always count on him to wreak havoc when there is some to wreak. He was Jack the Ripper, after all. That is why he made it on this list of top ten redheads!
6. Gaara from Naruto
- Episodes: 220
- Aired: October 2002 - February 2007
Gaara is the younger sibling to Temari and Kankuro, and youngest child to the 4th Kazekage and Karura. Before he was born, Shukaku was sealed within Gaara to become the secret weapon of Sunagakure. This lead to the death of Karura, and the ostracization of Gaara amongst the other villagers and even his own family. Due to his cold upbringing, Gaara grew up to be cold and callous. He does not hesitate to kill his opponents.
After meeting Naruto, Gaara grows to be softer and even becomes the Kazekage, using his own destructive power to protect the ones he loves. Even though he is the host for Shukaku, Gaara soon learns how to think of himself as a human and not a monster.
When Gaara was the host of Shukaku, he exhibited amazing abilities and an almost impenetrable defense. He was almost indestructible, but as proven in his fight against Rock Lee, he was vulnerable. It is when he loses Shukaku's abilities, after the two-tailed beast was removed from him, that Gaara shows how much power he really has. He must depend on his weaker power to protect Sunagakure and continue on as a leader!
5. Yoko Littner from Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann
- Episodes: 27
- Aired: April 2007 - September 2007
Yoko is a girl unlike any other. I mean, how many girls just kind of smile if you land on their boobs and then fondle them? Yeah, good luck finding one. Despite being mainly eye candy, Yoko can still hold her own. She fights with skill and precision on the field with her long sniper rifle. She's definitely not the type of girl who needs a hero.
Yes, Yoko does have two romances, but that doesn't take away from the story. She continues to support Simon and help him grow and mature despite the hardships he has had to face. I think that it is pretty cool that she ends up being a teacher after spending years as a sniper to teach children about the world. From saving the world on the battlefield to saving it in the schools, Yoko really proves herself to be quite the warrior, both in and out of battle.
4. Spirit Albarn from Soul Eater
- Episodes: 51
- Aired: April 2008 - March 2009
To become a Death Scythe, a weapon must consume 99 kishin eggs and a witch's soul. The witch's soul is incredibly hard to attain so because of that, there are only 6 Death Scythes wielded by Death. Among them is Spirit Albarn, the most powerful weapon in the DWMA and father of Maka.
He is introduced in the anime following a divorce with his wife. He constantly attempts to win the affection of his daughter, Maka, back. He is extremely doting and overprotective so it is incredibly difficult to view him as anything but an idiotic father. Spirit didn't even notice Franken Stein experimenting on him for years in school. Sometimes you just have to worry about Spirit. Then he goes and flirts with random women and hostesses, and you forget why you felt bad for him.
Spirit may seem undependable and hopeless, but in battle, he is a beast. Wielded by Franken Stein, Spirit can take down many obstacles and he works hard to defend the DWMA and his daughter. Even when Franken Stein is not able to wield Spirit, Spirit is still able to hold his own ground. He is seriously a weapon amongst weapons.
3. Enju Aihara from Black Bullet
- Episodes: 13
- Aired: April 2014 - July 2014
Enju is an adorable little redhead who acts as Rentaro Satomi's initiator. She may look like your average girl, but she may be the key to saving humanity. She is a little girl whose blood is mixed with that of the Gastrea which causes her eyes to turn red, making her a social outcast in society. It is because of her blood that she is able to take down Gastrea and protect other citizens. She works hard with Rentaro to protect humanity from their greatest threat.
Yet, it is Enju's innocence that you cannot help but fall in love with. She is a lively little girl with an upbeat personality which contrasts with her personal history. Still, Enju makes attempts to live with others in society by hiding her eye color and enrolling in school at Rentaro's request. Even when society shuns her and her friends turn on her, Enju continues to fight on. Could you continue to protect humanity when they have abandoned you for dead? Yeah, I couldn't either. Enju has a big heart and a childlike innocence that makes her one loveable redhead.
2. Mikoto Suou from K Project
- Episodes: 13
- Aired: October 2012 - December 2012
Mikoto was the Red King in K Project. He also leads HOMRA, which is also known as the Red Clan. Amongst the kings, Mikoto is reputable for his violent temper, which is quite evident in his younger years. At the point of the anime, Mikoto is lazier and lacking in any of the real drive needed to be a king. Even though Mikoto is lazy, he can turn up the heat when need be and fight a good fight.
Despite his violent temper and lazy demeanor, Mikoto does care for his clansmen. He even apologizes to Anna right before he dies. He does give them a great amount of consideration even though, as a leader, he can be lacking. Still, he is probably the best leader the Red Clan can ask for.
1. Erza Scarlet from Fairy Tail
- Episodes: 175
- Aired: October 2009 - March 2013
Erza is probably my favorite redheaded damsel. Even though she is very strict, Erza is not without redeeming characteristics despite her troubling past. As a child, Erza was enslaved by a cult of Zeref worshippers to work atop the Tower of Heaven, but she awakened the magic inside of her and was able to flee from the island after inciting a rebellion. Erza ended up in Fairy Tail, trained to become an S-class mage and learned to make friends with her fellow guild members.
As an S-class mage, Erza has proven to be strong and intelligent. She is able to use the power of requip to change her armor and swap her weapons. She has shown that she is quite masterful at it and even uses it for frivolous actions like changing from a towel into her pajamas after a bath. She has great agility, reflexes, and strength which all make her a formidable foe and this is what earned her the moniker "Titannia."
Yes, she is strict and goes by the book, but Erza will do anything for her friends and fellow guild members. Still, Erza does show that she has a softer side from time to time. She also has a sillier side that loves sweets and picnics!
There were so many redheads, it was hard to pick just 10! Some notable redheads would be Shana from Shakugan no Shana, Rias Gremory from High School DxD, Renji Abarai and Ichigo Kurosaki from Bleach, Kyou from Fruits Basket, and Kenshin Himura from Rurouni Kenshin. Each one is bad-ass in their own way. What other awesome anime redheads can you think of?