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Updated October 28, 2022 by Ernie

Red-haired anime characters are probably one of the most remembered ones because of the striking color of their hair. It may look unusual in real life but having anime characters with red hair also sometimes help add more personality to them and can leave a lasting impression to many anime fans like us! And so here we are with our list of the best red-haired anime characters!

 

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RED-HAIRED ANIME WAIFUS AND HUSBANDOS

 

26. Stephanie Dola (No Game, No Life)

INFORMATION
Title
No Game, No Life
Genre
Comedy, Fantasy, Ecchi
Type
Series
Studio
Madhouse
Premiered
2014
Episodes
12
Duration
23 min. per ep

The first one we get to know is Stephanie Dola from the series that will probably never have a second season (and might as well just be a dead meme at this point) is No Game, No Life! Stephanie or also known as Steph is the Princess of Elkia Kingdom. She is a competitive person and really hates losing to other people and ironically, she was the one who always lost against Sora when they played a rock paper scissors game. Eventually, she developed special feelings for Sora but denies it consistently just like any other anime girl.

 

25. Miu Amano (Blend-S)

INFORMATION
Title
Blend-S
Genre
Comedy
Type
Series
Studio
A-1 Pictures
Premiered
2017
Episodes
12
Duration
23 min. per ep

Miu Amano is one of the maid employees from their coffee shop, Café Stile. Other than having an older sister vibe among the members of Café Stile, she is also the leader of Hanazono Folder which is a group of doujinshi artists who draw adult manga, and yes, she can also be a bit perverted at times. Getting inspiration for her adult manga works is the reason why she actually joined Café Stile.

 

24. Grelle Sutcliff (Black Butler)

INFORMATION
Title
Black Butler
Genre
Action, Comedy, Mystery, Supernatural
Type
Series
Studio
A-1 Pictures
Premiered
2008
Episodes
24
Duration
24 min. per ep

A red-haired Grim Reaper from the Black Butler series is Grelle Sutcliff who also goes by her alias, Jack the Ripper. Grelle is a very open person and never fails to show her desires especially when it’s related to the color red. She is very fond of the color as she believes that it can turn everything to be beautiful. Since Grelle is a Grim Reaper, she possesses a Death Scythe which takes the form of a chainsaw and uses it against her opponents when in battle.

 

23. Shana (Shakugan no Shana)

INFORMATION
Title
Shakugan no Shana
Genre
Action, Drama, Fantasy, Romance, Supernatural
Type
Series
Studio
J.C. Staff
Premiered
2005
Episodes
24
Duration
24 min. per ep

Shana is a Flame Haze and a renowned individual in their world known as the Flame-Haired Burning-Eyed Hunter. She always comes off as a cold person when Yuji first met her, but once they spend more time together when dealing with supernatural beings, she began harboring feelings for him which she always hid. As a Flame Haze, she is known for her incredible power and is feared by a lot of Crimson Denizens.

 

22. Shirayuki (Snow White with the Red Hair)

Shirayuki

INFORMATION
Title
Snow White with the Red Hair
Genre
Drama, Fantasy, Romance
Type
Series
Studio
Bones
Premiered
2015
Episodes
12
Duration
24 min. per ep

Shirayuki is known by a lot of people because of her long bright red hair which she eventually cut to rebel against the Prince of Tanbarun. As a girl who was born in the Tanbarun mountains, she is a resourceful, determined person and can also act independent. Shirayuki is known to be a knowledgeable botanist and dreams of pursuing a goal to become a successful herbalist in the future.

 

21. Taiga Kagami (Kuroko’s Basketball)

INFORMATION
Title
Kuroko’s Basketball
Genre
Sports
Type
Series
Studio
Production I.G.
Premiered
2012
Episodes
25
Duration
24 min. per ep

Taiga Kagami is the ace player from Seirin High and one of Kuroko’s teammates in the basketball team. Taiga is known to be a stubborn yet determined individual who always faces everything with his headstrong personality! One of his motivations in playing basketball is that the game allows him to face stronger opponents that can help him become the top player in Japan!

As the team’s ace player, Kagami is recognized for his amazing skillset in the court especially for his high jumping power, his powerful dunk called the Meteor Jam, and of course, the Vanishing Drive which can only be done with Kuroko where Kagami provides distraction so Kuroko can slip past through his opponents.

 

20. Karin (Naruto Shippuden)

INFORMATION
Title
Naruto Shippuden
Genre
Action, Adventure, Fantasy
Type
Series
Studio
Pierrot
Premiered
500
Episodes
2007
Duration
23 min. per ep

Karin is a former kunoichi from the Village Hidden in the Grass and is a part of the Uzumaki Clan due to her red hair being similar to Kushina’s. She eventually became a part of a small group called Taka which Sasuke originally formed to help him search for his older brother, Itachi Uchiha. Karin is always shown to be very fond of Sasuke as he was the one who rescued her during the Chunin Exams. Karin is not a combative person but still possesses unique skills such as being able to sense the chakra of other people which is called Mind’s Eye of the Kagura.

 

19. Kobayashi (Kobayashi’s Dragon Maid)

INFORMATION
Title
Kobayashi’s Dragon Maid
Genre
Fantasy, Slice of Life
Type
Series
Studio
Kyoto Animation
Premiered
2017
Episodes
13
Duration
24 min. per ep

Kobayashi was introduced as an average employee who works for a tech company. She spends her life alone in her apartment until she encounters a dragon in the woods while she is out drunk. After that, she wakes up with a dragon maid who will now accompany her in her daily life! Kobayashi always comes off as a matured person most of the time as she is always seen to be level-headed and just simply chill with the things she deals with especially to her troublesome dragon friends.

 

18. Yuzuru Otonashi (Angel Beats!)

INFORMATION
Title
Angel Beats!
Genre
Drama, Supernatural
Type
Series
Studio
P.A. Works
Premiered
2010
Episodes
13
Duration
24 min. per ep

Yuzuru Otonashi is the fresh member of the SSS Brigade and the protagonist of one of the most tearjerking anime series, Angel Beats!  After Otonashi meets his untimely death due to his severe injury in an underground tunnel, he finds himself in the Afterlife where he encounters new friends such as the ones in SSS Brigade and the mysterious white-haired girl known as Angel.

 

17. Emiya Shirou (Fate/Stay Night)

Shirou Emiya

INFORMATION
Title
Fate/Stay Night
Genre
Action, Fantasy, Romance, Supernatural
Type
Series
Studio
Studio Deen
Premiered
2006
Episodes
24
Duration
24 min. per ep

The red-haired protagonist of the main timeline of the Fate series is of course, Emiya Shirou, who is also known for his quoted meme “People die when they are killed”. Emiya Shirou was not born a mage but is able to do simple Magecraft due to Kiritsugu’s teachings when he was a kid. He eventually became Saber’s servant who goes by Artoria Pendragon as her True Name and is perceived to be the strongest among the seven classes. In the other timelines, Shirou has gained the ability to use a reality marble called Unlimited Blade Works which he learned from one of Archer’s noble phantasms.

 

16. Rias Gremory (Highschool DxD)

INFORMATION
Title
Highschool DxD
Genre
Comedy, Romance, Ecchi
Type
Series
Studio
TNK
Premiered
2012
Episodes
12
Duration
24 min. per ep

Due to Rias Gremory’s destructive power she became known with her alias, Crimson-Haired Ruin Princess. She was a student from Kuoh Academy and is the President of the Occult Club. She is also a part of Issei’s group of harems. Rias is a devil with a compassionate personality who cares deeply for the people who are close to her but can be very violent to people who disrespects her or her friends. As a devil, Rias possesses incredible demonic power and her notable Power of Destruction which can dissolve everything that her magic touches.

 

15. Kushina Uzumaki (Naruto Shippuden)

INFORMATION
Title
Naruto Shippuden
Genre
Action, Adventure, Fantasy
Type
Series
Studio
Pierrot
Premiered
500
Episodes
2007
Duration
23 min. per ep

Kushina Uzumaki is the mother of Naruto Uzuamki and the wife of Minato Namikaze. She first appeared in Naruto Shippuden as part of a flashback and Kushina was introduced as a rowdy, loud-mouthed girl from the Uzumaki Clan. She eventually met Minato Namikaze and was the first person who appreciated Kushina for who she really is and became a couple in their later years. One of her special traits which Naruto inherited is her headstrong personality just like the time when Kushina proclaimed that she was going to be the first female Hokage while the others just laughed at her.

 

14. Eijiro Kirishima (My Hero Academia)

Eijiro Kirishima is most probably the manliest student in his class (Along with Bakugo of course!). He's extremely outgoing and loud and has a soft spot for Bakugo for some reason. We see him getting extremely touchy when it comes to his friends. He has proven himself to be a very loyal friend and a formidable opponent. His Quirk lets him harden his body and fight in an offensive manner instead of defensive. His hard body is unbreakable but can break anything that comes in front of it. He proves to be a great shield for defending purposes. Kirishima's agility and strength even without his Quirk are above-average and is considered as one of the top students in his class. He didn't have a strong will back then but when we saw him fighting with Kendo Rappa of the Eight Bullets, we got to see a new Kirishima. He was not going down anytime soon and gave Kendo a really tough time. He was able to show his chivalry to Kendo by taking his lethal punches and not bending down. Kirishima sure is one formidable hero!

INFORMATION
Title
My Hero Academia
Genre
Action
Type
Series
Studio
Bones
Premiered
2016
Episodes
13
Duration
24 min. per ep

Eijiro Kirishima is one of the aspiring Pro Heroes from U.A. High School’s Class 1-A. He earned his hero name as Sturdy Hero: Red Riot because of his Quirk which allows him to harden or sharpen any part of his body making him a sturdy, immovable opponent.  One of his special moves is called Red Counter where he counters his opponents with a quick straight punch with his hardened fists.

 

13. Soma Yukihira (Food Wars!)

INFORMATION
Title
Food Wars!
Genre
Gourmet, Ecchi
Type
Series
Studio
J.C. Staff
Premiered
2015
Episodes
24
Duration
25 min. per ep

Soma Yukihira is one of the most competent cooks enrolled in Totsuki Academy and is very unpredictable especially when he is dueled in a Shokugeki, a food battle where who got the most votes wins. As a former cook of their family restaurant, Yukihira often focuses on ingredients that are cheap but fresh and is one of the reasons why his opponents underestimate him. But we all know that cooking is not about expensive ingredients, but rather how you use these ingredients in cooking. Yukihira has displayed impeccable performance in his Shokugeki matches and has earned a lot of respect not just from the students but also the professors.

 

12. Hisoka (Hunter x Hunter)

INFORMATION
Title
Hunter x Hunter
Genre
Action, Adventure, Fantasy
Type
Series
Studio
Madhouse
Premiered
2011
Episodes
148
Duration
23 min. per ep

Hisoka is one of the major supporting characters from Hunter x Hunter. He was first introduced as one of the enemies of Gon and his friends during the Hunter Exam. During the Hunter Exam, he has a fearsome aura as he can kill several other examinees by just using his playing cards. Hisoka was also a member of the Phantom Troupe and was one of the strongest among them. His Nen type is Transmutation, and he utilizes this with his Bungee Gum ability which allows him to produce a sticky aura that can also be used for offensive and defensive mechanisms.

 

11. Himura Kenshin (Rurouni Kenshin)

INFORMATION
Title
Rurouni Kenshin
Genre
Action, Adventure, Comedy, Romance
Type
Series
Studio
Gallop, Studio Deen
Premiered
1996
Episodes
94
Duration
25 min. per ep

Himura Kenshin is the main character of the series, Rurouni Kenshin. He is a wandering swordsman who earned the nickname Battousai the Manslayer because of his reputation as a skilled swordsman and his active participation in the previous war. Now that the war is over, he became a wanderer trying to live a normal life as a form of repentance. Kenshin is famously known for the scar on his left cheek and the red kimono he wears. What makes him a master swordsman is because of his Hiten Mitsurugi-ryū style which allows him to defeat numerous opponents single-handedly.

 

10. Kallen Kozuki (Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion)

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INFORMATION
Title
Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion
Genre
Action, Drama, Sci-Fi
Type
Series
Studio
Sunrise
Premiered
2006
Episodes
25
Duration
24 min. per ep

Kallen Kozuki was one of the first allies of Lelouch vi Britannia when he began his façade as Zero. She also goes by the name of Kallen Stadtfeld to hide her Japanese identity since she attends a Britannian school. One of Kallen’s unique personalities is her loyalty and willingness to take risks in grave situations and this was shown when she was tested to trust Zero or not in their first operation to defeat the Britannian soldiers. In terms of combat prowess, she pilots a Knightmare Frame called Guren and has shown exceptional skills making her an ace pilot of their organization, the Black Knights.

 

9. Nishikino Maki (Love Live! School Idol Project)

INFORMATION
Title
Love Live! School Idol Project
Genre
Slice of Life, Music
Type
Series
Studio
Sunrise
Premiered
2013
Episodes
13
Duration
23 min. per ep

Nishikino Maki is one of the 9 members of μ’s, the Otonokizaka High’s school idol group formed by Kousaka Honoka. She has a cold first impression, but she only does that to hide her shy personality making her a tsundere type of character. Maki can also be willing to lend a helping hand at times especially when Hanayo was struggling to practice  her vocals. Maki is also known to be skillful in playing the piano which made her become the composer of their school idol group.

 

8. Makise Kurisu (Steins;Gate)

Kurisu Makise

INFORMATION
Title
Steins;Gate
Genre
Drama, Sci-Fi, Suspense
Type
Series
Studio
White Fox
Premiered
2011
Episodes
24
Duration
24 min. per ep

Makise Kurisu is a genius scientist and one of the protagonists from Steins;Gate. She is a member of the Future Gadgets Lab along with its notable members Okabe, Shiina, and Hashida. Kurisu comes off as a matured person and is a complete opposite of Okabe Rintaro when it comes to the possibility of time travel.

 

7. Todoroki Shoto (My Hero Academia)

INFORMATION
Title
My Hero Academia
Genre
Action
Type
Series
Studio
Bones
Premiered
2016
Episodes
13
Duration
24 min. per ep

Todoroki Shoto is one of the most popular characters in My Hero Academia because of his unique hair colors which is red and white that also reflects the abilities of his Quirk. Shoto started off as an introverted person as he doesn’t prefer to spend much of his time with other people. But along the series, he got his character development making him a bit more sociable and sometimes even showing off his smile. Now here comes the best part which is his Quirk! Todoroki’s ability is called Half-Cold Half-Hot meaning that he can control ice from his right side and flames on his left side and you can obviously just tell it from his hair color! One of his special moves is Flashfreeze Heatwave where he uses both elements to create a superheated explosion!

 

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6. Yoko Kurama (Yu Yu Hakusho)

INFORMATION
Title
Yu Yu Hakusho
Genre
Action, Comedy, Supernatural
Type
Series
Studio
Pierrot
Premiered
1992
Episodes
112
Duration
24 min. per ep

Yoko Kurama is one of the main protagonists from the series Yu Yu Hakusho and one of Yusuke’s companions. Due to his feminine appearance, other people often mistake him as a girl because of his long hair and pink clothing. Kurama’s abilities include astral projection, super speed, and his unique skill of being able to transform into the original Yoko Kurama form.

 

5. Erza Scarlet (Fairy Tail)

erza

INFORMATION
Title Fairy Tail
Genre Action, Adventure, Fantasy
Type Series
Studio Satelight, A-1 Pictures
Premiered 2009
Episodes 175
Duration 24 min. per ep

Erza Scarlet is a renowned S-Class mage of the Fairy Tail guild ever since the start of the series depicting her as a formidable and powerful warrior. His main ability is her Requip magic which allows her to change not just her weapons, but her armor, as well and she has shown to have mastery in all her forms. What makes her more of a fan favorite is her wide variation of armors as each of them are uniquely designed and some of them can be an eye candy to anime fans!

 

4. Yoko Littner (Gurren Lagann)

Yoko Littner (Gurren Lagen)

INFORMATION
Title
Gurren Lagann
Genre
Action, Adventure, Comedy, Sci-Fi
Type
Series
Studio
Gainax
Premiered
2007
Episodes
27
Duration
24 min. per ep

Yoko Littner is one of the members of Dai-Gurren Brigade along with Simon and their team captain, Kamina. Yoko has the appearance of a master sniper as she was first shown wielding a long-range rifle that she always uses against Beastmen. Even at a young age, she already comes off as a matured girl and knows the necessities of basic survival. Aside from her incredible marksmanship, Yoko has good piloting skills as she can pilot a Gunmen herself and was able to take out several Anti-Spiral ships.

 

3. Gaara (Naruto Shippuden)

INFORMATION
Title
Naruto Shippuden
Genre
Action, Adventure, Fantasy
Type
Series
Studio
Pierrot
Premiered
500
Episodes
2007
Duration
23 min. per ep

The best sand user in the Naruto series and the famed Jinchuriki of One-Tailed Shukaku is none other than Gaara himself! He came from the Village Hidden in the Sand and was first introduced as one of Naruto’s rivals. In Naruto Shippuden, Gaara is now the Kazekage which proves that he now has the strength to protect the people living in the Sand Village.

One of the things that makes Gaara an exceptional ninja and Kazekage is, at a young age, he is incredible at sand manipulation while backed up by large amounts of chakra reserves. This means that Gaara can last long in a battle as long as there is sand and there was a point when he was unstoppable when he used his Jinchuriki.

 

2. Abarai Renji (Bleach)

INFORMATION
Title
Bleach
Genre
Action, Adventure, Fantasy
Type
Series
Studio
Pierrot
Premiered
2004
Episodes
366
Duration
24 min. per ep

Since Bleach is about to become one of the most talked-about anime right now then of course we won’t forget the one and only lieutenant of the Sixth Division of Soul Society, Abarai Renji! Renji comes off as a smug person but can be very determined when it comes to serious fights. He wields a Zanpakuto called Zabimaru and its Shikai form grants its sword the ability to extend with no limits! During its Shikai form, Renji mostly uses it as more of a whip because of its lengthiness and flexibility. On the other hand, Zabimaru’s Bankai form, Hihio Zabimaru, takes the appearance of a skeletal snake and is much more powerful than its Shikai state.

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1. Shanks (One Piece)

shanks

INFORMATION
Title
One Piece
Genre
Action, Adventure, Fantasy
Type
Series
Studio
Toei Animation
Premiered
1999
Episodes
Unknown
Duration
24 min. per ep

Taking the top spot is the sole captain of the Red-Haired Pirates is Shanks from One Piece! He may not have that much screen time for most of the series, but his character left a strong impression not just to anime fans but also to Luffy as he was the one who inspired Luffy to become a pirate once he grows older. Even though Shanks does not possess a Devil Fruit, he relies on his powerful Observation Haki which allows him not to just locate his enemies but also to prevent people from using Future Sight. Shanks may also become Luffy’s final obstacle as he also intends to reach the One Piece.

 

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Conclusion

Sad to say this is the end of this incredible list of red-haired characters and I must admit that these are not just the best but could also be the most popular ones! There may be better ones out there in the future but who knows, right? As far as I can tell, the characters we have here are a certified guarantee to be among the best!

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