20 Most Popular Brown-Haired Anime Characters (Ranked)


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Anime characters with brown hair are very, very common; perhaps even too common. The shades vary, but the color is usually associated with something normal or common, although not necessarily traditional. A lot of protagonists in anime series have this hair color and it usually doesn’t signify anything out of the ordinary.

In this article, we are going to bring a list of the 20 best brown-haired anime characters that we know of. We’ll be using different sources and rank 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.

Best Brown-Haired Anime Characters

20. Yasutora Sado


Franchise: Bleach

Yasutora Sado (inspired by wrestler Shad Gaspard), or Chad, as everyone calls him, is a low-talker high school student. Just like Orihime, he will develop a power alongside Ichigo via the Hogyôku hidden in Rukia’s body. He was born in Okinawa, Japan but lived in Mexico with his “abuelo” Oscar Joaquin De La Rosa (his grandfather).

His parents were certainly killed by a Hollow (he’s a Fullbringer); his father was Japanese (his name Sado) and his mother was Mexican (daughter of Oscar Joaquin de la Rosa). Yasutora is very tall (1.97m) and looks much older than his age.

19. Tomoki Himi


Franchise: Digimon

Tomoki Himi is one of six DigiDestined children of Digimon Frontier, who are given the ability to transform into Digimon. Tomoki, pushed into the Digital World against his will and initially eager to immediately return to the real world, receives the Spirit of Ice at the beginning of the series. He attends the third grade and the Legendary Warrior his partner is Kumamon.

18. Haruhi Fujioka

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Franchise: Ouran High School Host Club

Haruhi is quite an unusual person. She doesn’t worry about her boyish hair, doesn’t care about fashion, doesn’t care about his appearance… She doesn’t care what other people think, has little interest in money, and the fact that her father works as a transvestite doesn’t matter to her… And she doesn’t even care about the Host Club.

But after breaking a vase worth 8 million yen (around 70,000 euros), she is forced to join the club first as a handyman and then as a host; and over the course of the episodes, she befriends the members, even though their wealthy behavior bothers her at times.


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17. Takuya Kanbara


Franchise: Digimon

Takuya is the classic goggle boy who appears in almost every series of the Digimon anime. Always spontaneous and cheerful, Takuya does not hesitate to throw himself headlong into danger in order to follow his instinct. He is intelligent and insightful and this trait of him will often get the group of Digipelts out of trouble in the most difficult situations.

However, he is also very stubborn and often does not take too seriously the adversity that presents itself to the group of DigiDestined: this will lead him to frequent quarrels with various members of the group.

16. Shin’ichi Izumi


Franchise: Parasyte

The human hero of the series, he is a 16-year-old Japanese high school student. He is a fairly tall and thin boy with short brown hair and black eyes. At the beginning of the manga, he is an often thoughtful young man, with a shy and warm character.

After his infection with Parasite Migi, he tries to find a way to live with it. However, it is considered a danger by other Parasites because it has kept its human brain. But Shin’ichi keeps a distance from the police and special services, with the fear of being dissected so that other humans can learn more about the Parasites.

15. Brock


Franchise: Pokémon

Brock is one of the main characters of the first three cycles of the series. He takes the character of the Gym Leader of Pewter City. Brock is the eldest of a family of ten children. His mother Lola is missing and his father Flint left to become a Pokémon Master and he hasn’t heard from him since.

Therefore, Brock takes care of his nine siblings on his own, and because of this, he is particularly skilled in household chores. Brock was the first Gym Leader that Ash fought.

14. Seto Kaiba


Franchise: Yu-Gi-Oh!

Seto Kaiba is the main rival of Yûgi Muto in the manga and the cartoon Yu-Gi-Oh!, by Kazuki Takahashi. In the first version of the manga, he played the role of major antagonist during the first part of the series, but the second version presents him as a more complex character, admittedly self-centered and arrogant, but not fundamentally bad, who only serves as an antagonist in the first episode and plays a more ambiguous role the rest of the series.

In all versions, Kaiba is the CEO of the Kaiba Corporation.


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13. Yamato


Franchise: Naruto

As a child, Tenzo was used as a guinea pig by Orochimaru for one of his experiments. In this case, Orochimaru and his 59 other infants, Orochimaru, injected the DNA of the First Hokage in an attempt to replicate his innate ability: the art of wood.

Tenzo was the only survivor of the experiment, but this Orochimaru will find out only years later. According to Tsunade, Yamato has the best service record under the Third Hokage as a member of the ANBU Squad, the Village Police. During the various missions on behalf of the ANBU, he was often under the guidance of Kakashi Hatake, the son of White Fang of the Leaf.

12. Ochaco Uraraka


Franchise: My Hero Academia

A rather frank and lively girl, a 1-A student like Midoriya and Bakugo. Despite her usually sunny appearance and character, she is very determined to become a great heroine. She has a Quirk called Zero Gravity, which allows her to cancel the effect of gravitational force on whatever object she touches with the pads she has on the last joint of her fingers and can cancel the effect of her power at any time. She can also make herself free from gravity by placing her hands in a particular position.

11. May

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Franchise: Pokémon

May is the daughter of Caroline and Norman, the champion of Petalburg City, the city where she comes from. She has brown hair, blue eyes, and tight clothes: a red and white bandana, a red and dark blue shirt, dark blue and white shorts and gloves, black socks, and predominantly red shoes. She also wears a yellow satchel.

10. Rika Nonaka

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Franchise: Digimon

Rika Nonaka is among the first three tamers (along with Henry and Takato) to have obtained her Digivice. Her Digimon is Renamon, with whom she shares a relationship more similar to that between two humans than between a human and a Digimon.

She has a rather “tomboy” look, with jeans topped with small belts at one of the legs, a green and white T-shirt marked with a broken heart on the chest, red bracelets, and a yellow collar.

9. Kōshirō Izumi

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Franchise: Digimon

He is one of the main DigiDestined of Digimon Adventure and reappears in Digimon Adventure 02. He is 9 years old and gains three more years in Digimon Adventure 02. He owns a laptop which he hardly ever leaves. Characteristically, Izzy is a gifted, true computer genius, able to do complex calculations and program analyzes with astounding ease and skill.

He has also shown on certain occasions that he has knowledge in other areas. On the other hand, his explanations are rarely clear, and he has trouble adapting his language to make it understandable to his friends.

8. Makoto Kino / Sailor Jupiter


Franchise: Sailor Moon

Sailor Jupiter is with Sailor Uranus one of the warriors with the greatest physical strength. Her costume is green with pink bows. In most adaptations, it has a belt at the waist, where a plastic ball containing a potpourri is attached. Sailor Jupiter masters electricity and is the warrior of lightning and courage. She also masters the forces of nature.

During the ancient Silver Millennium, Sailor Jupiter was part of Princess Serenity’s personal guard. She was also the princess of the planet Jupiter and her palace, Io Castle, floats around her planet. Sailor Jupiter ends up perishing in the struggle between the Selenites of the Silver Millennium and the Terrans, manipulated by Queen Beryl and Metallia.

After the war, Queen Serenity sends her soul to Earth to be reincarnated in the future.

7. Hikari Yagami


Franchise: Digimon

She is Tai’s little sister, and will join the DigiDestined later in the series as she was unable to join the Digital World earlier, as she was ill when going to summer camp. She appreciates her brother very much and always worries about others. Kari received the symbol of Light; she seems to be the only one with psychic powers. She is 8 years old in the first season, and 11 years old in the second season.

6. Takato Matsuki

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Franchise: Digimon

He is the 10-year-old young protagonist of Digimon Tamers, a lovable, creative, and imaginative character. He particularly adores playing the card game or inventing and drawing Digimon, with a lot of talent.

He himself imagined, invented, and designed his own Digimon, Guilmon, before accidentally bringing him to life. He quickly became friends with Henry Wong and Terriermon, then, later, with Rika Nonaka and Renamon. He has feelings for Jeri Katou, one of his childhood friends.

5. Shin’ichi Kudō / Conan Edogawa

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Franchise: Detective Conan

The protagonist of the story, he was a high school detective who helped the police in criminal cases. At the beginning of the story, he discreetly overhears a private conversation between two individuals belonging to a criminal organization called “The Organization of Men in Black”, but he gets knocked out, and swallows a poison that is supposed to kill him, but which actually shrinks him to the size of an elementary school child.

He will then go to live with Kogoro Mouri and his daughter, Ran Mouri, under the pseudonym of Conan Edogawa.


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4. Shunsui Kyōraku


Franchise: Bleach

Shunsui Kyōraku of his full name Shunsui Jirō Sōzōsa Kyōraku, is the captain of the 8th division and also a member of one of the four great noble families of Soul Society. He always seems in a good mood with a sake bottle in his hand, he has a thing for women, and he wears a cherry blossom kimono over his uniform.

Jushiro Ukitake, the captain of the 13th division, is his best friend. They both studied at Captain Yamamoto’s Academy, from which they will be the first graduates to become captains. He seems very attached to his lieutenant, Nanao, whom he teases all the time.

3. Light Yagami

Light Yagami

Franchise: Death Note

The main character in the story, Light is a gifted high school student who judges today’s world to be corrupt and perverted. When he accidentally finds the Death Note abandoned by a death god (Ryuk), he decides to use it to exterminate all criminals, under the name of Kira. His goal is to create a utopian world free from crime, where he can reign as a god. His sanity and humanity alter as the story progresses.

2. Sōsuke Aizen


Franchise: Bleach

The former 5th Division captain, Sōsuke Aizen is a man of calm and serene appearance, despite his level of power. He would later prove to be a traitor to Soul Society (along with Tōsen and Ichimaru). He is the instigator of the plot to bring down Soul Society.

In order to recover the Hōgyoku (Pearl of Destruction), created and hidden in Rukia Kuchiki’s body by Kisuke Urahara, he organizes the execution of Rukia, which creates unrest in the Seireitei; he then pretends to be dead with the help of his zanpakutō which possesses hypnotic powers, in order to be able to act discreetly.

1. Taichi Yagami

Taichi Yagami

Franchise: Digimon

He is the leader of the DigiDestined, the main protagonist of Digimon Adventure, and reappears in Digimon Adventure 02. He is 10 years old. In any case, he has, like the other DigiDestined of his team, three more years in Digimon Adventure 02. Tai is a medium-height boy with brown hair and a rather firecracker style. An excellent football player, he is courageous and proclaims himself as a responsible leader.

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