Purple-haired anime characters are relatively rare. Purple-haired characters are almost always quite special, though. They are strong and quite powerful, but at the same time quite mysterious, sometimes even unpredictable. They are entitled to their power and their posture speaks for itself. They usually yearn for the privilege and material possessions; alongside that, purple-haired characters are often privileged, noble, elegant, restless, intriguing, pompous, and/or selfish.
In this article, we are going to bring a list of the 20 best purple-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 Purple-Haired Anime Characters
20. Kaname Tōsen
Kaname Tōsen is blind, has dark skin and braided purple hair, and after serving as the 5th Seat of the 9th Division under Muguruma Kensei, he became the former captain of the 9th Division. Tōsen is mainly interested in the notion of justice, and became a shinigami in order to fulfill this ideal. This motivation of Tōsen comes from the murder of his best friend, forcibly married to a nobleman who killed her without being worried by the courts.
Aizen recruits Tōsen after this incident, promising him to overthrow the corrupt monarchy that reigns over the Seireitei (and thus do justice to his best friend). During Aizen’s rebellion, Tōsen goes with him to Hueco Mundo and gains Vizard powers, allowing him to summon a Hollow Mask to increase his strength.
Leon, who is also the champ of the Galar region in the anime, and Sania, the granddaughter of Professor Magnolica, were childhood friends before the events of Pokémon Journeys: The Series and began their journey together after becoming trainers. After League President Rose had an eye on Leon, the two drifted apart and their friendship was severely damaged. Leon would later become the champion of the Galar Region and one of its strongest trainers.
18. Yolei Inoue
Yolei Inoue is a second-generation DigiDestined. She is the oldest and by far the most energetic. She makes her first entry into the Digital World with Cody, with whom she awakens their respective partners, hers being Hawkmon, to whom she is extremely attached. Her parents being grocers, Yolei often brings food to the Digimon when they are present in the real world.
Very direct, she always says what she thinks (Kari envies her a lot for this quality) and easily falls in love (Ken, Michael, Willis). Yolei develops, throughout the series, a great friendship for Sora and especially Mimi (whom she admires a lot). She has the symbols of Love and Sincerity.
Twenty-five years later, she and Ken get married and have three children. Yolei panics easily as always and is a housewife. Ken is a detective.
17. Kyōka Jirō
Franchise: My Hero Academia
A hermit girl who is a fan of rock and heavy metal. From her earlobes dangle jack plug connectors which she is able to extend and move at will, they are able to connect to seemingly anything. Through them she can transmit her heartbeat which allows her to stun a rival if she connects them to her head or generate large sound waves if she connects them to some kind of amplifier.
The downside to her Quirk is that her enhanced hearing makes her vulnerable to sonic attacks. Her hearing is very sensitive and this is shown when they were in a fight to win their provisional license, and other students from other schools participate against them and connect a speaker that at maximum volume damaged and knocked Jirō unconscious. Her best friend is Momo.
Iris is a trainer who specializes in Dragon-type Pokémon and, in contrast to the game, she is only a companion of Ash in the anime. She is neither an arena manager nor a champ, but Drayden later considers her as a successor to his arena.
15. Faye Valentine
Franchise: Cowboy Bebop
Faye Valentine is a young woman interested only in money. She has shoulder length purple hair, and a red waistcoat over a very short yellow ensemble. She also wears a black thong bodysuit. At the start of Episode 15, men in coveralls are seen handling a block in which Faye is cryogenized. She woke up in 2068, in perfect health, but totally amnesic.
After making the escape, she scours the space aboard her Redtail, swindling those she meets to pay off her debts and almost immediately losing her money at the races. Her meeting with Spike is fortuitous, since she confuses him with a contact in a casino. She will then join the Bebop and its crew.
She lost her parents during her childhood, killed in a war in the land of the Rain, and lived in the company of two other orphans named Yahiko and Nagato: she was the first to meet Yahiko and, later, it was it was she who invited Nagato and her dog, Chibi, to join them, her and Yahiko, in their den.
Later, the three of them met Jiraiya (who came to fight Soul ninjas with Tsunade and Orochimaru), who agreed to live with them for a while to teach them ninjutsu so they could fend for themselves. She is very good at folding paper (origami) and offers a paper rose to Jiraiya as a thank you. She made her “passion” a fighting style.
13. Ayato Kirishima
Franchise: Tokyo Ghoul
Ayato is Toka Kirishima’s little brother and an executive in Aogiri. Nicknamed the “Black Rabbit”, he tends to be confused with his sister who also wears a bunny mask. He has a totally opposite personality to that of his sister, coming across as arrogant, aggressive and cynical.
Believing that “the reason of the strongest is always the best”, he believes that the weak are destined to die and have no place on this earth. He has a fierce hatred towards humans, and in particular against the CCG which destroyed his family. Like her sister’s, her kagune is a winged type.
12. Rika Furude
Franchise: Higurashi no Naku Koro ni
Friend of Satoko. She is revered as the heiress of the local shrine, and holds the role of a priestess in the annual festival of Watanagashi. Rika often appears to be nonchalant and childish, but is also sometimes surprisingly mature and possessing almost supernatural knowledge. Her father and mother died in strange ways.
11. Hotaru Tomoe / Sailor Saturn
Franchise: Sailor Moon
Sailor Saturn is a Sailor warrior who is not meant to be awakened except in times of serious conflict. Indeed, her powers are immense and she has the power to raze entire planets and solar systems. His awakening then prefigures the time of silence, destruction, then rebirth. Sailor Saturn has a large spear, the Silence Glaive, which she uses to launch her attacks.
Until Queen Beryl and Metallia invaded the Silver Millennium 10,000 years ago, Sailor Saturn lay asleep in her castle, the Titan Castle, floating in orbit around her planet, Saturn.
The death of the Selenites caused the resonance of the three talismans held by the Sailor warriors of the Outer Solar System: Sailor Uranus’ Space Sword, Sailor Neptune’s Deep Aqua Mirror, and Sailor Pluto’s Garnet Rod. Sailor Saturn then awoke and slaughtered her Silence Glaive on the solar system, causing the death of all its inhabitants, and the rebirth of all humanity.
10. Saeko Busujima
Franchise: Highschool of the Dead
Saeko is a senior high school student in grade 3-A, and president of the kendo club very skilled with a bokken as well as hand-to-hand combat. Younger, she seriously injured a man, after voluntarily putting herself in an assault situation to test her skills using her bokken. Calm and confident in her skills, not much is known about her family except that her father went abroad to participate in a martial arts championship, and that he was the master of Saya’s father.
Following the “path of the sword” Saeko possesses a great sense of honor and considers that a promise should be kept even at the expense of his own life. Takashi helped her to accept herself as she is, with her dark side, and as a result their relationship grew closer, revealing to Rei’s dismay a certain “interest” in the young man.
9. Nemu Kurotsuchi
Nemu Kurotsuchi is an artificial being composed of gigai created by Mayuri, whom he calls his “daughter”. Regularly, it serves as a diversion during the fights of Mayuri, and acts as a pain reliever.
Nemu’s artificial nature allows Mayuri to use her as a woman-object, such as having her perform low physical works or inserting different potions into her body (Szayelapporo Grantz will pay the price). She will save Ishida’s life by giving him the cure for the poison with which Mayuri had infected him.
8. Shū Tsukiyama
Franchise: Tokyo Ghoul
Shū Tsukiyama, better known by his pseudonym “Gourmet”, is a powerful and influential ghoul. He is one of the mainstays of the very famous ghoul restaurant, where he is known as Mr. MM. His primary goal is to devour Kaneki, devoting him a real sickly obsession, His kagune is of the armored type. After the battle of Aogiri, he joins Ken’s group and takes Hinami Fueguchi under his wing.
Unlike Jessie, James came from a wealthy family and owned a very young Growlithe. His grandparents take care of Pokémon. But he had to flee his family to avoid a forced marriage with a domineering girl who wanted to change him with whips and to no longer have to put up with aristocratic protocols. He then goes to a school to study Pokémon with Jessie where they get catastrophic grades.
Shortly after, they join a bicycle gang in which they become the most gifted. Then, he joined Team Rocket with Jessie and Meowth. At the start of the series, he has a Koffing which then evolves into a Weezinng that he had to release to protect a hunter’s Koffing. He managed to capture a Weepinbell who later evolves into Victreebell and tries to swallow him whenever he spells it out of his Poké Ball.
Franchise: Dragon Ball
He was born a year before the arrival of the C-19 and C-20 cyborgs. Throughout this part of the story, he only appears in the arms of his mother Bulma. We find him a few years later, as a child, when the Tenkaichi Budokai is organized. He participates in the junior category, with his friend Son Goten, and he beats the latter in the final.
Disappointed at not being able to participate in the adult tournament because of his young age, he usurps the place of Mighty Mask, a masked fighter whose uniform he dons with Goten. And under this guise, Trunks and Goten face off against C-18 together before being unmasked and disqualified. Subsequently, after Boo’s appearance, Trunks learns to merge with Goten in order to take on the monster.
5. Rize Kamishiro
Franchise: Tokyo Ghoul
Rize Kamishiro is a scaly type ghoul, also called “The Glutton” for her appetite. She is from the 11th but moved to the 20th six months before her death. At the start of the series, she attacks Ken Kaneki, a student in love with her whom she manipulates to be able to devour him. During the attack, beams fall on her and kill her.
His organs are transplanted onto Ken Kaneki, which transforms him into a half-man, half-ghoul. Rize Kamishiro is a powerful, formidable and particularly sadistic ghoul, who takes pleasure in using her charms to trap prey and look down on others.
4. Shinobu Kochō
Franchise: Demon Slayer
She is the current mainstay of the “Insect”, following on from her deceased older sister. She’s got a cool head and always has a smile on her face, no matter what situation she finds herself in. She enjoys teasing others and claims that she wants demons and humans to get along. Despite this assertion, she does not hesitate to kill demons in cold blood, without showing remorse for her gesture. She initially took pity on Nezuko for being turned into a demon; she then offers to kill her painlessly with poison.
She then showed compassion for Nezuko and Tanjirō after hearing their story. Its sword is specially designed for its small size and unique in its kind; the only one among the slayer’s blades that is unsuitable for slicing, there is only its tip which has a sharp edge because it uses its weapon to prick with a poison coated with wisteria, an alternative method designed for it to kill demons.
3. Motoko Kusanagi
Franchise: Ghost in the Shell
Motoko Kusanagi is a female cyborg, also referred to as Major in the series. His adventures are recounted in two films, two television series and a manga. He is the operational chief of section 9, she commands and coordinates section 9 in the field. She is accountable only to Aramaki, responsible for section 9 to the prime minister. Although her body looks old, she is a formidable fighter.
Kusanagi has a fully cybernetic body, and only his brain remains human. As part of Section 9, her robotic body is made up of the very latest in technology: thermo-optical camouflage, increased strength, skill, relaxation. Because she knew her implants very young, the major masters her body perfectly and is a formidable fighter. She had her implants in order to heal her wounds received in the crash of an airliner.
2. Tōka Kirishima
Franchise: Tokyo Ghoul
Tōka Kirishima is a ghoul and a former waitress of the Antiquity. In combat, she wears a mask resembling the head of a white rabbit with pink hair, hence her nickname Rabbit. At the start of the series, she is a 3rd year student at Kiyomi High School.
With the help of Hinami Fueguchi, she kills Inspector Kureo Mado. After the battle of the 11th arrondissement and the departure of Ken Kaneki from Antiquity, she took refuge in studies, gradually realizing her love for the young boy who had become one-eyed ghoul.
1. Yoruichi Shihōin
Yoruichi Shihōin appears in the manga as a black cat speaking with a male voice (in the anime, during broadcasts in countries other than Japan, the male aspect of the voice has been enhanced). It is only later that it is discovered that she is in fact a woman, ex-commander of special operations and ex-captain of the 2nd division, 22nd head of the Shihōin family, one of the noble families of Soul Society, which she fled after Kisuke Urahara was banished. She made it onto our list of best cat girls in anime.
She has never been seen with her Zanpakutō in a fight. She is defined, when appearing in the form of a cat, as Kisuke Urahara’s best friend. She is nicknamed “the goddess of lightning strike” (“Shunshin” in Japanese) or “Yoruichi at divine speed”. Indeed, she has reached a very impressive level of mastery of the shunpō technique.