20 Most Popular Blonde and Yellow-Haired Anime Characters (Ranked)

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Blonde (Yellow) hair is very rare in Japan; in fact, Japanese people don’t have blonde hair unless they dye it or they have a non-Japanese descendant with blonde hair. Not following up on this fact, though, is the world of anime, where this color is present in both male and female characters and is more often than not associated with the protagonist of the show. More often, it was associated with female protagonists.

In this article, we will bring a list of the 20 best blonde and yellow-haired anime characters we know of. We’ll be using different sources and ranking them based on their popularity and the general level of awesomeness they represent. The list is going to be pretty diverse, including various characters from various franchises and genres.

20. Meliodas (Seven Deadly Sins)

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Meliodas is the Dragon of Wrath and Leader of the Seven Deadly Sins. He is the main protagonist of the series and was the owner of the Boar Hat Tavern. His Sacred Treasure is the Lostvayne Demon Slicer, and his Magical Ability is Full Counter. He was also the former Head of the Ten Commandments, as Meliodas of Charity and a former member of the Stigma Alliance. He is the older brother of Zeldris of Piety and the older son of the King of Demons.

19. Shion Karanomori ( Psycho-Pass)

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Shion is a latent criminal; Sibyl entrusted her with the role of Public Security Analyst; she also takes care of the health and surveillance of the PSB. She colloquially calls Inspector Tsunemori “Akane-chan.” She and the Enforcer Kunizuka have an intimate relationship.

18. Serena (Pokémon )

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Serena traveled with Ash in the Kalos region, along with Clemont and Bonnie. She takes up the female protagonist embodied by the player in Pokémon X and Y. She is a young beginner trainer specializing in the Rhyhorn race and in the Pokémon Lounges, which are very common in the Kalos region. Although Ash does not recognize her when they meet, they got to know each other as children in a holiday center in Pallet Town. She chooses Fennekin as her starting Pokémon and also has a Pancham and an Eevee, which evolves into Sylveon.

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17. Zoe Orimoto (Digimon)

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Izumi (Zoe) Orimoto is one of six DigiDestined from Digimon Frontier who are given the ability to transform into Digimon. Zoe, enthusiastic from the beginning to be able to take part in an unexpected adventure, at the beginning of the series she receives the Spirit of Wind. She is in fifth grade, and the Legendary Warrior whose Spirit she has is Ancient Kazemon.

16. Hideyoshi Nagachika (Tokyo Ghoul)

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Also nicknamed Hide, Hideyoshi is Ken’s best friend. After Ken’s disappearance, he was hired at CCG as an assistant, thanks to his great knowledge of ghouls that he was passionate about. He dies at the end of season 2, killed by Noro in the anime. In the manga, Kaneki is starved and weakened after his hard fight against Amon, and he runs into Hideyoshi in the sewers. Hide disappears, leaving Ken alone to heal from his wound against Amon. He finds himself tasting like blood in his mouth and wonders what happened. Hide was presumed dead. In volume 15 of Tokyo Ghoul:re we find Hide alive but with the bottom of his face disfigured.

15. Tsunade (Naruto)

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Tsunade is a member of the Senju Clan, one of the founding clans of the Hidden Leaf Village (Konohagakure). She is the granddaughter of the First Hokage, Hashirama Senju, and is also known as Tsunade Senju. Tsunade becomes the Fifth Hokage of the Hidden Leaf Village, succeeding the Fourth Hokage, Minato Namikaze. She takes on the leadership role during a critical period in the series.

14. Minato Namikaze (Naruto)

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Minato Namikaze, aspiring to become a renowned Hokage from a young age, encounters his future wife, Kushina Uzumaki, during their time at the ninja academy. Kushina, chosen as the Kyūbi’s vessel, is kidnapped by ninjas from Kumo due to her unique chakra. Minato, displaying exceptional skills, rescues her by following the locks of hair she left behind. Despite being the only one to succeed in the rescue, he takes the opportunity to confess his admiration for her.

Under the mentorship of Jiraiya, who later becomes Naruto’s godfather, Minato rises to become a Jōnin and is chosen as the Fourth Hokage by the Third Hokage. He plays a pivotal role in training notable ninjas such as Kakashi Hatake, Rin, and Obito Uchiha. Before assuming the position of Hokage, Minato takes part in the Third Shinobi World War, where he encounters the future Fourth Raikage A and Killer Bee on the battlefield.

13. Takeru Takaishi (Digimon)

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Takeru “T.K.” Takaishi is a prominent character in the Digimon Adventure series, appearing in the first two seasons. At the age of 8, he is the youngest DigiDestined in the first season, partnered with Patamon and possessing the Symbol of Hope. Despite his youth, T.K. is remarkably independent and resists his older brother Matt’s attempts to protect him in the Digital World. He forms a close bond with Tai and expresses a desire for him to be his big brother, causing some jealousy from Matt. Additionally, T.K. harbors deep affection for Kari, Tai’s younger sister, and develops romantic feelings for her in the second season. His strong connection with Patamon leads to emotional turmoil when Patamon transforms into a Digi-Egg after the final battle against Devimon.

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12. Shinji Hirako (Bleach)

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Shinji Hirako, the first Visored to approach Ichigo, presents himself as an extroverted and relaxed seducer. Despite his frequent arguments, he shares a close bond with Hiyori. In the past, Shinji served as the captain of the 5th Division, with Aizen as his lieutenant. Falling victim to Aizen’s schemes, Shinji is the last captain to undergo holowfication but is saved by Kisuke Urahara. As the de facto leader of the Visoreds in exile, he plays a key role in the Battle of Karakura, leading the Visored against Aizen. Following the battle, Shinji regains his captaincy but faces challenges bonding with his vice-captain Hinamori. In the war against the Quincys, he confronts Bambietta Basterbin alongside Captain Komamura.

11. Sanji (One Piece)

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Sanji, a highly skilled 19-year-old cook (21 in part 2 of the manga), hails from a noble family in North Blue but was raised in East Blue. His culinary prowess surpasses most, owing much to his mentor Zeff at Baratie. Sanji holds a deep respect for the art of cooking, considering everything related to it as sacred. He has a particular reflex to cook for hungry individuals, even if they are dangerous pirates, stemming from personal experiences. However, Sanji’s significant weakness lies in his inability to resist the charm of women, often leading to humorous situations.

10. Alphonse Elric (Fullmetal Alchemist)

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Alphonse Elric’s personality undergoes significant development throughout the manga, particularly when separated from his brother Ed. Initially in a supporting role, Al takes on more importance after being kidnapped by Greed and his gang in an attempt to unlock the secret of what he believed to be immortality. Military intervention prevents Greed from discovering more, but Martel’s death triggers Al’s memories, enabling him to remember the Truth and practice alchemy without a transmutation circle. The pivotal transformation in Al’s mindset occurs during his second separation from Ed when he becomes involved in a confrontation with the Homunculi and Roy Mustang’s team. Later, he restores his body through Ed sacrificing his alchemical abilities.

9. Izuru Kira (Bleach)

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Izuru Kira serves as the 3rd Division lieutenant. Initially under the command of Ichimaru Gin, he later serves under Amagai Shūsuke following Gin’s betrayal. Born into a family of lesser nobility, Izuru lost his parents at a young age and entered the shinigami academy as an orphan. Despite his challenging past, he excelled at the academy, forming strong bonds with Hinamori Momo and Abarai Renji. Izuru’s dedication and heroism were evident during a Hollow attack, where he, Renji, and Hinamori defended Captain Shuhei Hisagi, earning the admiration of Captain Aizen. Later, Izuru becomes the vice-captain of the 3rd Division under Ichimaru Gin.

8. Winry Rockbell (Fullmetal Alchemist)

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Winry Rockbell, raised by her grandmother Pinako after her parents were tragically killed during the Ishbal War by Scar, is a skilled automail mechanic in the Fullmetal Alchemist series. Despite her initial assertiveness, Winry cares deeply for Edward and Alphonse Elric, who often put themselves in perilous situations on their quest. Winry’s passion for mechanics, symbolized by her trusty wrench, is evident as she repairs and maintains Ed’s automail. Over time, Winry realizes her romantic feelings for Ed, reciprocated by him, and in the series’ conclusion, they become parents of two children.

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7. Van Hohenheim (Fullmetal Alchemist)

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Hohenheim, a complex character in Fullmetal Alchemist, considers himself a monster and appears to be immortal, surviving even point-blank gunshots with only his clothes affected. Initially thought to be Father, the leader of the homunculi, doubts arise as Father expresses joy that Hohenheim is alive and has children. It is revealed that Hohenheim was a slave in Xerxes, where he encountered Father, then a Homunculus in gaseous form. Manipulated by Father, Hohenheim sacrifices himself to stop Father’s quest for omnipotence, showcasing the intricate connection between the two characters.

6. Riza Hawkeye (Fullmetal Alchemist)

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Riza Hawkeye is revealed to be the daughter of Mustang’s master alchemist, entrusted to Mustang’s care upon her mother’s death. She faces a paradoxical situation, protecting Colonel Mustang to aid his goals while being tasked with the responsibility of killing him if he crosses certain limits. A significant tattoo on her back contains notes on ultimate incandescent alchemy, passed down by her father. After participating in the Ishbal War, she requests Mustang to partially burn the tattoo to prevent the emergence of a new Flame Alchemist.

5. Yamato Ishida (Digimon)

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Matt Ishida is a character in the Digimon fictional universe. He is part of the Digimon Adventure group, and reappears in Digimon Adventure 02. Matt is 10 years old. He is blond and rather tall. He has a little brother, TK, with whom he shares a very close relationship, although protecting TK is an overly obsession with him, until he realizes that his brother has grown up and can manage. He plays the harmonica with talent, and has Digimon Gabumon as a partner. Lonely and rebellious, Matt is often estranged from others, and almost always disputes Tai’s decisions: although the two are friends deep down, their rivalry is so intense that it sometimes comes to blows. He is also withdrawn, reveals little about his feelings and fears becoming attached to people since his parents’ divorce.

4. Kisuke Urahara (Bleach)

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Kisuke Urahara is a mysterious and banished figure from Soul Society. Operating a store with objects from Soul Society, he employs Jinta Hanakari, Ururu Tsumigaya, and Tsukibashi Tessai. Urahara is exiled for endangering Soul Society with his experiments and aiding Visoreds in avoiding Hollow transformation. As the former captain of the 12th division, he founded the scientific research section and is a skilled inventor. Urahara helps Ichigo regain shinigami powers and trains him in sword fighting after Ichigo loses Rukia’s powers.

3. Usagi Tsukino / Sailor Moon (Sailor Moon)

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Ten thousand years ago in Sailor Moon, Princess Serenity, heir to the Silver Millennium on the moon, falls in love with Prince Endymion of Earth. Manipulated by Metallia and Queen Beryl, Terrans invade the Moon, resulting in the tragic demise of Princess Serenity, Prince Endymion, and all Moon inhabitants. Queen Serenity uses her last strength to send her daughter’s soul to Earth for reincarnation. In the present day, Luna, Queen Serenity’s pet, awakens and searches for the Sailor warriors in Tokyo to face the threat of Metallia’s resurgence sensed at the end of the twentieth century.

2. Edward Elric (Fullmetal Alchemist)

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Edward (Ed) and his younger brother Alphonse Elric (Al) are drawn to alchemy from an early age. After their mother’s death, the brothers attempt forbidden human transmutation to revive her, resulting in Ed losing his left leg and Al losing his entire body. In a desperate attempt to save Al, Ed sacrifices his right arm to bind Al’s soul to a suit of armor. The brothers embark on a journey to find the Philosopher’s Stone, seeking to restore their lost body parts without adhering to the law of equivalent exchange. Ed’s mechanical limbs are crafted by their friend Winry Rockbell.

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1. Naruto Uzumaki (Naruto)

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Naruto is a young ninja from the village of Konoha, bearing the nine-tailed fox demon. Despite being initially shunned by villagers, Naruto aspires to become Hokage to earn their respect. Throughout the series, he forms bonds with fellow ninjas, especially Sasuke Uchiha, whom he sees as a brother and rival. Over time, Naruto gains acceptance and becomes a hero to the village, ultimately realizing his dream by becoming the Seventh Hokage.

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