Blonde and yellow-haired characters are hallmarked for their beaming presence and illuminating essence. Associated with the more pleasant elements of life, blonde and yellow-haired characters kindle joy and happiness. Most prominently identified as upbeat and optimistic, blonde and yellow-haired characters inspire positivity with their effortless innocence and, more often than not, deeply resonate with children.
These characters when introduced in anime often take the audiences by storm since they captivate, excite and charm with ease. Blonde and yellow-haired characters prove to be wildly effective in creating mutual collaboration with other characters and since they are rarely discriminating characters, they inspire other characters to adopt the same mentality.
In this article, I will list 20 of the best blonde and yellow-haired characters in anime. The color of their hair makes them hard to miss, so it’s highly likely that you will identify a number of these characters. As always, beware of spoilers.
Anime Name: One Piece
Sabo is the sworn brother of the central protagonist Monkey D. Luffy and Portgas D. Ace. He is also the chief of staff in The Revolutionary Army, answerable only to Monkey D. Dragon. Born as a son of a nobleman, Sabo dreamed of being a pirate since he was a kid and ran away from home to become one.
After he witnessed the actions of the World Government, he abandoned his noble name and ventured into the sea to become a pirate. However, his ship was destroyed, and he was rescued by Dragon. He lost his memories during the incident and as a result, committed his life to the Revolutionary Army.
Anime Name: One Punch Man
The disciple of the main protagonist Saitama, Genos is a 19-year-old mechanical cyborg who’s always aiming to become more powerful and fights for justice. Presently a hero within the Hero Association, he is an S-Rank hero ranked 14th and goes by the name Demon Cyborg. Genos is an extremely serious character who rarely makes jokes and frequently looks to Saitama for advice to fulfill his goals.
Genos comes to respect Saitama as a mentor-like figure as Saitama continues to prove himself against foe after foe, while Genos still remains the loser in a lot of battles, which Saitama wins with little to no effort. Heroes who are disrespectful of Saitama are met with disrespect from Genos for rebuffing what he sees as a great warrior. Though Genos is almost comically serious initially, exposure to Saitama’s idiotic attitude eventually makes Genos similarly comical.
18. Erina Nakiri
Anime Name: Shokugeki no Soma
Erina Nakiri serves as the primary rival to Soma Yukihira. Hailing from the wealthy Nakiri family, her refined palate has earned her the sobriquet ‘God’s Tongue’. Her reputation in the culinary world precedes her, and any kind of criticism from her is sufficient to doom a chef’s career.
She is well aware of her high aptitude and stature and demonstrates this with her confidence in any challenge she contests. However, despite her seemingly abrasive nature, she is normally polite to people and often listens to advice.
Anime Name: Vinland Saga
Also known by his nickname Karlsefni, Thorfinn is the main protagonist of Vinland Saga and the son of Helga and Thors, the legendary Jomsviking warrior who defected. A fierce young warrior, Thorfinn is dedicated to avenging his father’s death at the hands of Askeladd and is tricked into joining his band of Vikings in hopes of defeating him in a fair fight.
After his father’s death, Thorfinn grew up on the battlefield and became a skilled warrior. His style is emphasized by dual-wielding two knives, as well as using throwing knives, and he has impressive durability.
16. Annie Leonhardt
Anime Name: Attack on Titan
Annie Leonhart became an instant fan favorite because of her impressive fighting skills, assertive demeanor, and mysterious identity. She is very capable, having ranked fourth in her class during the Survey Corps Cadet training, and she is shown to be rivaled in hand-to-hand combat only by Mikasa Ackerman.
When it is revealed that she is the Female Titan, she completely shifts the focus of the series from titans being the enemy to humans being the true enemy. Despite having limited screen time, she cements her place as one of the best characters in the series.
15. Katsuki Bakugou
Anime Name: My Hero Academia
The deuteragonist of the series, Katsuki Bakugou, is a student of 1-A at U. A High School and a rival of the main protagonist, Izuku Midoriya. Training to become a professional hero, Bakugou’s hero name is Great Explosion Murder God Dynamight.
Katsuki is a very aggressive person who has a superiority complex and wants to be first, to be the best at everything. He doesn’t like when people look down on him, as if they were superior to him, and gets mad easily. He is extremely arrogant, but also very smart and capable, as seen whenever opponents have underestimated him, thinking he is just a brute airhead.
Anime Name: Naruto
The fifth Hokage of Konoha village, Tsunade is the granddaughter of the First Hokage, Hashirama Senju, and the first jinchuriki, Mito Uzumaki. A member of the legendary sannin alongside Jiraiya and Orochimaru, Tsunade is famed as the world’s strongest kunoichi and the world’s greatest medical-nin, both owing to her Senju clan heritage.
The repeated loss of her loved ones caused Tsunade to later abandon the life of a shinobi for many years, but she was eventually persuaded to return to Konoha and take on the mantle of the Fifth Hokage.
Tsunade’s trademark ability is her inhuman strength, which is derived from her excellent chakra control. By storing chakra and releasing it at the point of contact, she can enhance her strength to the point where she can break through boulders with her bare hands. She is also an extremely talented Medical-nin and can heal wounds that most others would consider impossible thus using this, Tsunade has created a form of regeneration where she is nearly 50 years old but looks like she were in her twenties.
Anime Name: Fate series
Saber is one of the main characters in Fate/Zero, and one of the three main heroines in Fate/Stay Night, along with Rin Tohsaka and Sakura Matou. She’s the Saber Class Servant of Kiritsugu Emiya in the Fourth Holy Grail War of Fate/Zero, and the Saber Class Servant of Shirou Emiya in the Fifth Holy Grail War of Fate/Stay Night, Kiritsugu’s adopted son.
After becoming the Servant of Sakura Matou in Heaven’s Feel, she’s known as Saber Alter. Saber is one of the most powerful Servants in the whole series, due to her class being renowned for possessing excellent stats in every category, as well as their magic resistance and having the Riding ability of the Rider Class.
12. Dio Brando
Anime Name: JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure
Dio Brando is the main antagonist of Part I: Phantom Blood and Part III: Stardust Crusaders. He was adopted by George Joestar I, thus making him the stepbrother of Jonathan Joestar, but he later turned on the Joestar family and became an immortal vampire and the arch-rival of the Joestar family. Dio Brando is ambitious, egocentric, conceited, heartless, and megalomaniacal, seemingly able to do anything to achieve his ambitions.
11. Reiner Braun
Anime Name: Attack on Titan
Reiner Braun is the deputy chief of the Warrior Unit of Liberio and the main protagonist of Attack on Titan from the Marleyan perspective. He is the illegitimate son of an Eldian and a Marleyan and grew up in Liberio’s internment zone. Eventually, he was selected as a child to become one of Marley’s Warriors and at the age of ten, he inherited the power of the Armored Titan.
In the year 845, he infiltrated Paradis Island alongside Bertholdt Hoover, Annie Leonhardt, and Marcel Galliard as part of an operation to reclaim the Founding Titan. He joined the Survey Corps after graduating 2nd in the 104th Training Corps together with Bertholdt Hoover who graduated 3rd and Annie Leonhardt who graduated 4th.
Reiner is one of the most fascinating and well-written characters, largely due to the fascinating dynamic and parallels he shares with Eren. Reiner has always been conflicted with his choices and playing this double agent role dramatically amplified that feeling. Even though Reiner and his warrior team were responsible for the attacks on Paradis, Reiner truly cared about the friends he made during his time on the island.
Anime Name: The Seven Deadly Sins
The Dragon’s Sin of Wrath, Meliodas is the main protagonist, the captain of the Seven Deadly Sins, the husband of Elizabeth Liones, and the owner of the well-known tavern, Boar Hat. His Sacred Treasure is the Demon Sword Lostvayne and his inherent power is Full Counter. He was also the head of the Ten Commandments, as Meliodas the Love, and a former member of Stigma after his defection from the Demon Clan.
Despite his title as the Sin of Wrath, he maintains the semblance of a very calm person. However, if his companions or friends are harmed in any way, he is shown to be capable of extreme rage. He is also infuriated when someone attempts to take his sword, with this rage being capable of scaring even a Holy Knight and causing him to leave a permanent scar on Ban’s neck, despite his regeneration abilities.
Anime Name: HunterxHunter
One of the major supporting characters of Hunter x Hunter and the last survivor of the Kurta clan, Kurapika is a loyal ally of Gon, Killua, and Leorio. He was the central protagonist in the Succession Contest and Yorknew City arcs. He has one single goal: to retrieve the remaining Scarlet Eyes and avenge his clan.
Furthermore, he is depicted as a calm and astute Hunter who keeps to himself, so he might not get distracted from his goal. However, he quickly loses his temper whenever a situation concerns his goal and he can quickly become apathetic and ruthless, willing to commit detestable feats to attain his goal.
8. Armin Arlert
Anime Name: Attack on Titan
Armin Arlert is a Survey Corps soldier and the current commander, having taken over after Hange Zoe. He possesses the Colossal Titan, inheriting it from Bertholdt Hoover after the Battle of Shiganshina. Armin is a childhood friend of Mikasa Ackerman and the main protagonist, Eren Yeager.
Though he seemingly was the weakest cadet in the 104th Regiment, his intelligence and aptitude for strategy make him an invaluable asset, a remark that was even implied by the former commander, Erwin Smith. This was also evident during the Battle for Shiganshina after Levi chose to use the titan serum on him instead of Erwin Smith. Incredibly loyal and selfless, Armin constantly worries about the safety of his friends and is always prepared to throw himself into dangerous situations to save them, even offering to sacrifice himself for Mikasa.
7. Johan Liebert
Anime Name: Monster
Johan Liebert is regularly ranked in multiple polls conducted as the greatest villain in anime. That is not unexpected for the supposed ‘monster’ and the central antagonist of the series. He possesses all the traits serial killers have been studied to possess.
A nihilistic person by nature, he exudes charisma and compassion as a ruse to his true nature and meticulously crafts this facade to manipulate people to fall victim to his predatory nature. If there ever was an anime created to show the thought process of serial killers, this is it.
6. Edward Elric
Anime Name: FullMetal Alchemist
Edward Elric is a young alchemist prodigy and the youngest State Alchemist ever to be recognized by the Amestris State Military, having received the title at the age of 12.
As the titular FullMetal Alchemist, Edward’s primary motivation throughout the series is to return his younger brother, Alphonse Elric, to his original body, which was lost in a failed human transmutation experiment. Despite his periodic bouts of immaturity, Edward is a selfless alchemist who gains a reputation as a hero of the people throughout his youth.
5. Urahara Kisuke
Anime Name: Bleach
Kisuke Urahara is the former captain of the 12th Division of the Gotei 13, as well as the founder and 1st President of the S.R.D.I. As an exile of Soul Society, he lives in the Human World where he owns a small convenience store that sells Shinigami items. He is generally a laid-back, jovial man, although he can be deadly serious when the situation warrants it and is always seen wearing traditional Japanese wooden sandals and a bucket hat, which has earned him the nickname ‘sandal-hat’.
4. Erwin Smith
Anime Name: Attack on Titan
Erwin Smith was the 13th Commander of the Scout Regiment. Known for his foresight, intelligence, and drive, Erwin was an able commander who while deeply caring for his men, did not hesitate to sacrifice them for the good and prosperity of mankind, and his men have proven more than willing to stake their lives at his order. Erwin developed the Long-Distance Enemy Scouting Formation, which enabled the Scout Regiment to gather information while keeping casualties to the minimum possible.
Erwin was a complex character, depicted as a serious, calculating commander who was always planning far for the future. While he trusted his men, he was the first to realize that there was a spy interfering with the Scout Regiment, and was able to come up with a reasonable criterion to determine which of his soldiers to trust with vital information, and which to keep in the dark. Due to uncertainty about his future, he later named Hange Zoë as his successor.
3. Minato Namikaze
Anime Name: Naruto Shippuden
Minato Namikaze was the husband of Kushina Uzumaki, the fourth Hokage, and the father of the central protagonist, Naruto Uzumaki. He was a prodigy ninja who showed exceptional skill and intellect from a very young age and was mentored by one of the Legendary Sannin, Jiraiya.
After rescuing Kushina from her kidnappers as a young shinobi, they fell in love and got married, and started a family. Kushina was the jinchuriki of the Nine-Tails and during her final days of pregnancy, Konoha was attacked by Obito Uchiha, who extracted the Nine-Tails from her and used it to attack Konoha.
Minato, being the fourth Hokage, defended the village from both the Nine-Tails and Obito, but he and Kushina sustained fatal injuries. Before they both died, Minato sealed the Nine-Tails into his newborn son Naruto, entrusting him to it as the child of prophecy.
2. Vinsmoke Sanji
Anime Name: One Piece
One of the most popular characters among the Strawhats, Sanji Vinsmoke, is the cook and fifth member of the Strawhat Pirates. He is a prince from the Vinsmoke family who disowned his family twice. He and Luffy met in the Baratie Arc while he was working as a sous chef for Zeff.
Known in the pirate world by his epithet ‘Black Leg Sanji’, he is one of the three most feared members of the Strawhat Pirates and holds the third-highest bounty in the crew after Luffy and Jinbei. Despite his amorous and flirtatious nature, Sanji is the most rational and logical member of the crew and has been shown to formulate near-perfect strategies for dangerous situations.
1. Naruto Uzumaki
Anime Name: Naruto
The anime character who stands out the most on this list is none other than the Seventh Hokage of Konoha Village and the main protagonist of the Naruto series, Naruto Uzumaki. Naruto is an admirable character whose sheer determination to succeed despite the odds stacked against him earned him the respect of his villagers and the audience. Naruto’s character inspired an entire generation of anime characters and although his main arc came to a conclusion after achieving his goal, he still remains one of the best and most relatable anime characters ever written.