While many anime series are based on Japanese characters and situated in Japan itself, there are many that have external settings or non-Japanese characters. But what is the power ranking of the 20 best Latino anime characters? Join me as we go from last to first for the best Latino anime characters, considering their importance to the series, abilities, and general impact on pop culture.
20. Maria Ishida From A Silent Voice
Beginning with the February 2011 issue of Bessatsu Shōnen Magazine and later blossoming into a serialization per Weekly Shōnen Magazine in 2013, Maria is a minor but important character in the development of the manga, the daughter of Pedro and Shoya’s older sister. The story revolves around Shoya Ishida, with Maria being a relative.
While Shoya is himself a bully, his redemption arc is partly inspired by Maria, leading to him softening his attitude and understanding the hurt he has caused. Shoya gathers several people together and the seven begin to work as a group when Nagatsuka plans to create a film for a competition. However, it turns out that he plans to only include Ishida and himself, leading to a large conflict. Maria’s influence helps calm Shoya and eventually, the group put aside their differences.
19. Io de Scylla From Saint Seiya
Being one of Poseidon’s Seven Marina Generals, de Scylla forms a pivotal part of the main story arc. Tasked with guarding the South Pacific Ocean and the Mammoth Pillar, de Scylla has an epic battle with Shun that sees not only all of de Scylla’s powerful attacks blocked, but the realization that Shun’s blazing Cosmo causes the Andromeda Cloth to be transformed. Despite the defeat and ultimate destruction of the pillar, de Scylla’s final sacrifice shows fierce loyalty to both his mission and duty, although the overwhelming power of his opponent meant that a victory was not possible.
18. Ricardo Martinez From The First Step
A main rival and fighter, Ricardo Martinez is the undefeated WBA featherweight super champion, as well as being widely recognized as the pound-for-pound number one fighter. His presence is so intimidating, that most fighters instead choose to contest the WBC belt rather than face Martinez in WBA. He also gave Date his iconic scar in their first meeting, in which Date was defeated in the second round. While never directly fighting Ippo, he did spar with him and knocked him down, but was mainly known for holding the WBA title for more than ten years.
17. Quetzalcoatl From Luck & Logic
While technically a demon god, Quetzalcoatl has many human traits including being impatient and a big complainer. However, the flip side of this personality is that Quetzalcoatl is willing to help people who earn his respect, either through properly acknowledging his divinity or being worthy of assistance, such as Yukari who performs activities similar to that of a high priestess.
When appearing in the main world of the anime, Septpia, gods will lose much of their power. Known as foreigners or envoys, this means they have drastically different abilities as well as often losing attributes. Notable as being one of the more powerful characters, advanced techniques are needed to overcome him, particularly due to his extremely effective poison that fatigues enemies.
16. Sunshine From Kinnikuman
The main antagonist to Kinnikuman, Sunshine is the leader of the Devil Knights as well as featuring heavily in the training of others, including Check Mate and Rex King. Most notably, after his retirement from wrestling and defeat by Justice Chojin, he decides to destroy the d.M.p base to remove the rest of the evil chojin remaining, although he does fail to kill all as Scarface survives.
While presented as a rude, brute, and merciless fighter that will not hesitate to use dirty tactics, he does have a softer side when involved with the right people, even though his main aim seems to be to just defeat and kill his opponents and be an evil devil. Sunshine has the unique ability to be able to shapeshift due to his body being made of dust-like gold material, variously appearing as a pyramid, spinning top, or just as a massive block with limbs
15. Pedro Domingo From Excel Saga
Domingo is a bit too on the nose for some people, but he does appear in a very cheeky series called Excel Saga that is dripping with humor, sarcasm, and attempts to parody all manner of things. Dying during the show due to an accident, he spends most of his time as a ghost. Unfortunately, this means he is also confronted with the fact that his sexy wife (her name in the series) has hooked up with his neighbor.
14. Dominique Millian From Grab My Obi Tight, OK?
Dominique is a 48-kilogram powerhouse hailing from Cuba that attends the prestigious ESPA school. Seen at the Fukuoka International Tournament, she excels at throwing her opponents, never seeming to get tired despite many repetitions. However, her presence in the series is as a foil to Mari Kuruma, the former tending to lose whenever Mari is the opponent, although her notable win at the Olympics is mainly due to the nonparticipation of Mari.
13. Pepe Iglesias From Megalo Box
Known as the Spider, Iglesias is the number 2 contender and is the opponent for the protagonist Yuri in the Megalonia. His nickname is due to his agility, particularly in being able to go sideways quickly and with great balance, as well as trapping his opponents with excellent shot technique. While not being able to topple Yuri, his weaknesses are shown to be not having a solid chin, that up until the bout with Yuri had gone mostly unknown. With a sharp sense of humor and not pulling his punches outside the ring, he’s someone to look out for.
12. Peyote Diaz AKA Ramiro From Shaman King
A shaman from the jungles of Mexico, Ramiro is one of Hao’s most devoted followers. After several brushes with death and implied reincarnations, Ramiro has a few notable bullet holes in his body and neglects all personal hygiene and self-care. Not only does this see him becoming greatly emaciated but also losing many prominent teeth. With unkempt, long hair and a beard, he can be quite the intimidating sight with or without his usual outfit on, which involves a mask and death motifs.
His head bears a long scar and hair only covers one side of his scalp in a sort of punk haircut. He has several symbolic tattoos, although one is amusingly a misspelled kanji tattoo. Sporting his signature guitar, Ramiro can control his over souls with the guitar and can play with the dead as well as making souls vibrate to his music. Ramiro’s descent into depression is halted once he is resurrected by Hao and given a new spirit, Santa Muerte. Not only does this spirit act as a guardian against anything Hao deems as a threat to him, but also serves to protect him from his own destructive nature.
11. Jesus Burgess From One Piece
With a nickname of ‘Champion’, Burgess is the helmsman and one of the Ten Titanic Captains of the Blackbeard Pirates, being the First Ship’s captain. Featuring across many story arcs, he is a minor antagonist in the Jaya, Post-Enies Lobby, and Marineford Arcs, while playing a large role during the Dressrosa Arc due to his winning the A Block Battle, albeit being disguised. His facemask is of Mexican origin, and his love of fighting means he’ll seek out tougher opponents to really test his skills.
10. Greiger From Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D’s
One of the many spin-offs from the Yu-Gi-Oh franchise, this takes place almost entirely in Peru, meaning many Latino characters are available. Known as Bommer in the Japanese version, his family was likely killed in an experiment to summon the Crimson Dragon. This forms the main motivation for Greiger as he attempts to take revenge on Goodwin for his village’s destruction. He is kept in the dark about who actually did the experiment, and it is only after dueling Crow that he learns the truth.
9. Carlos Rivera From Tomorrow’s Joe
Venezuelan by birth and coming on boxing and fighting on the street, Rivera is known for hitting a top rank of sixth in the world. His character is developed well, as he’s a womanizer, but also very friendly and kind. His manager, Harry Robert, saw him in a street fight and decided to help Rivera out by pushing him towards proper training and professional fighting. Rivera’s natural strength is his biggest asset, however, this is combined with his punching speed, much faster than all his opponents.
A fight with Ippo is likely decided as a no contest, due to a large amount of fouling occurring between the two fighters, although it is strongly implied that they are evenly matched. Rivera is also revealed to be hiding his power level most of the matches.
8. Nadie From El Cazador de la Bruja
A Mexican bounty hunter, Nadie is the main character in the 2007 series. Nadie comes across Ellis in her travels and takes her in, finding her to have supernatural powers. While the bounty money for Ellis is tempting, Nadie senses something more and she also wants to solve the mystery of Ellis’ past. The sole survivor of an attack on her hometown, Nadie is feisty and can lose her temper very easily, but the fate of the two appears linked as despite dying, Ellis helps with the resurrection and healing of Nadie. Nadie is a female bounty hunter who has her own style and doesn’t mind stepping on some toes to get the job done, as well as being a top marksman.
7. Lala Gonzalez From School Rumble
Born and raised in Mexico, Lala Gonzalez is a transfer student that excels at wrestling and won’t hesitate to use her moves on anyone who gets in her way. This builds her reputation even further, as she already boasts a powerful body that instills fear even into the most accomplished fighters in the school. It’s revealed in her backstory that she was raised by her father who taught her his wrestling moves. And in order to fulfill her father’s wish of making it big, she moves to Japan in the hopes of becoming the greatest wrestler.
6. Leo de la Iglesia From Yuri!!! On ICE
Playing a professional figure skater from America, de la Iglesia has Mexican heritage but it is more incidental to his character rather than being a pivot point for all storylines. An interesting aspect of his character is how he is different from every other skater due to him choreographing his routines. This stems from his originality and desire to be the best skater out there, wanting to be in control over as many aspects of his routine as possible. This allows him to change his performance to better suit the judges or his personal conditioning, thus giving him more flexibility.
5. Juan Diaz From Captain Tsubasa
Singehandley causing this series to gain a large following in South America, Juan Diaz is modeled after the famous Diego Maradona. Playing as a midfielder for Argentina, Diaz is highly skilled, agile, and quick. His height lowers his center of gravity as he is only 167cm, and this can sometimes be a handicap when going for an aerial ball, however, his variety of ball handling and kick skills including the Drive Shoot, Heel Lift dribble or the Forward Somersault Shot are amazing Scoring extremely quickly, any match Diaz is a part of is going to be exciting.
An almost unmatched scoring rate of two goals per game means Diaz is always a top player to watch and is a threat to anyone that wants to try to take Argentina down on the field.
4. Roberta From Black Lagoon
Being one of the biggest sleeper characters in any show ever, Rosarita Cisneros is a psychopath and dangerous assassin while acting out the part of a maid. Her former life was that of a guerilla militia, however, her past is not that far behind her. Black Lagoon is an interesting show as it takes place in a fictional town in Thailand, and the mixture of characters all looking to get in on the action means Roberta is never that far away from killing someone or doing someone in, especially if they’re in her way.
Possessing supernatural strength, she has the ability to break metal with her bare hands and is extremely tough. Her loyalty to her master, Diego Lovelace, pushes her to new heights while her faith keeps her going through tough times.
3. Sado Yasutora From Bleach
Boasting mixed Japanese and Mexican ethnicity, Yasutora is an imposing figure with his massive height and muscles but also is notable for his quiet and kind nature. Being one of the most academically gifted students at Karakura High School, Yasutora goes by the name Chad and is loyal to his friends while being cool, calm, and collected in almost all situations. Having learned important lessons on the importance of fighting and self-control from his Mexican grandfather, Chad is constantly involved in fights and brawls with thugs and delinquents, particularly with his blood brother Ichigo.
2. Michiko Malandro From Michiko And Hatchin
A main character from the anime Michiko And Hatchin, Michiko escapes prison and rescues Hiroshi’s daughter, Hana, in one of the main storylines relating to the eventual rescue of Hiroshi. Hailing from Brazil, she has a chance to meet with Hiroshi and another guy was searching for Sasha, resulting in Hiroshi with a bloodied face but then Michiko taking pity on him. Her love for Hiroshi blossomed, so much so that Michiko tries to rescue Hana in order to find out where Hiroshi is, even though the rumor is that Hiroshi has been killed.
First avoiding death from Hana’s foster parents, Michiko and Hana get closer. Hana eventually tells Michiko that she doesn’t want to be called Hana, and so is hereafter referred to as Hatchin. Her stubborn streak is apparent throughout the series, willing to go through almost anyone or anything in order to get what she wants. Her name, Malandro, is the Portuguese word for ‘scoundrel’, and a very common word used as another way to refer to street criminals or thugs.
1. Monkey D Luffy From One Piece
Affectionately known throughout the series as Straw Hat, Luffy is the founder and captain of a pirate crew and a top fighter, defending his ship and crew in all sorts of situations. Being one of the most recognizable anime characters out there, perhaps it is a bit of a stretch to say he is Latino, as all characters exist in the universe of One Piece, which is different from Earth. Luffy comes from East Blue.
However, the creator of the series Eiichiro Oda has stated that he bases the character on a Brazilian. Given that Luffy is one of the main characters of one of the most popular anime series of all time, it’s only fair that he gets recognized here as the numero uno.