Pink-haired characters are characters that embody passion, kindness, understanding, and all that is good in the world. These characters seem to make others feel accepted by offering an unmatched level of sympathy. They never seek to intimidate or threaten, but instead offer the opposite effect, and characters who encounter this euphoric shade are often overwhelmed with unbridled joy.
Oddly enough, pink-haired characters manifest both childlike wonder and sexual charisma. These two opposing qualities provide pink-haired characters with the dynamic edge that so many other characters love. Anger, aggression, and fury don’t stand a chance against pink-haired characters.
However, when it comes to others, pink-haired characters are always observant and care about how others feel, which is why they go to great lengths to foster optimism. The downside to this is that their thoughtfulness can cause them to forget about their own needs. They will often unknowingly express their desire for attention and care.
As you will in this list of the 20 best anime characters with pink hair, most of these traits will relate to them. As always, beware of spoilers.
20. Szayel Aporro Grantz
Anime Name: Bleach
Szayel Aporro Grantz was an Arrancar and the 8th Espada in Aizen Sousuke’s Arrancar army. He is also the younger brother of Yylfordt Granz, the 15th Arrancar, and one of the five Fraccion of 6th Espada, Grimmjow Jaegerjaquez. The remains of his hollow mask take the form of rectangular-framed glasses that give him a scholarly appearance.
Szayel is the scientist of the Espada army, developing various spiritual equipment for use by the Arrancar. Using various methods, one of which involves implanting a subject with a data-gathering device, he is able to analyze the spiritual power of an opponent through those that person has defeated. He is also adept at creating devices that can manipulate and suppress spiritual power, as evidenced in his battle with Abarai Renji and much like Mayuri Kurotsuchi, he is quite sadistic and seems to view others as little more than research material.
19. Mina Ashido
Anime Name: My Hero Academia
Known by her Hero name, Pinky, Mina Ashido is a student of class 1-A at U. A High School and a pro hero in training. Her Quirk is Acid, which allows her to excrete an acidic fluid from her body, as well as control its corrosive strength and stickiness. She initially chose Alien Queen as her Hero name, but later chose Pinky after the whole class compared the first choice to the xenomorph.
18. Rika Shinozaki
Anime Name: Sword Art Online
Also known as Lisbeth, Rika Shinozaki is a major protagonist of Sword Art Online and a mace wielder that runs a blacksmith shop in Aincrad on the 48th floor. Lisbeth is a very friendly girl that can get along with just about everyone she meets. She is hardworking and takes great pride in her abilities as a blacksmith.
She made Asuna’s rapier Lament Light and one day got a request from Kirito to make him a sword with similar or better quality than his one-handed long sword Elucidator that he got from a monster drop. Lisbeth told him that if she had the right materials, she could make weapons that would break any sword, so they formed a party and went on a journey to find the material she needed.
17. Mei Hatsume
Anime Name: My Hero Academia
Mei Hatsume is a student of class 1-H within the Department of Support of U. A High School. She is a reasonably short girl with quite a mature build and salmon pink hair, which is generally shoulder-length. Mei is a smart, friendly, straightforward, and easygoing girl, though at times inconvenient.
Mei’s quirk is Zoom, which grants her eyesight that can zoom far away, allowing her to clearly see distant people and objects. By focusing her eyes on a particular spot, Mei is capable of seeing up to 5 kilometers. Her eyes also feature unique crosshair-shaped irises, which might be a physical feature of the Quirk.
16. Machi Komacine
Anime Name: HunterxHunter
Machi Komacine is a member of the infamous Phantom Troupe and the holder of number #3. She is one of the most unsympathetic members of the Phantom Troupe, almost never losing her cool or displaying any emotions. Machi is also fiercely loyal to Chrollo, going so far as to challenge two other Troupe members for his sake.
Machi’s nen transforms into thin wispy-long threads which she uses in a variety of ways, including seaming together old wounds to heal them, repairing back dislodged limbs (like what she did for Hisoka), and forming a noose that can strangle enemies with a tug. Her thread’s strength is inversely proportional to the length. The longer the thread she makes, the easier it is to break.
Anime Name: Re: Zero – Starting Life in Another World
Ram is Rem’s sister and one of the twin maids working for margrave Roswaal L Mathers. Debuting in Arc 2, Ram originally played a rather neutral role, neither assisting in Subaru’s endeavors nor directly going against him, like her sister, save for one of the failed loops where Rem succumbed to the curse.
She is seemingly self-centered and does things at her own pace, however, in reality, she maintains a distance from people to authenticate them. She believes that Roswaal is the greatest and no one else is as precious, except for her sister Rem.
Anime Name: The Seven Deadly Sins
Gilthunder is a Diamond-ranked Holy Knight and the son of Zaratras, the former Great Holy Knight. Along with Howzer and Griamore, he’s part of The three brats. As one of the holy knights of the Britannia kingdom, he wishes both to purge traitorous knights and to prove his strength by defeating the seven deadly sins. He specifically wishes to defeat Meliodas whom he once looked up to in order to prove he’s surpassed both his father and his killer.
Later in the story, it is revealed that Gilthunder was acting cruel and ruthless, as Margaret, the woman he loves, was being held hostage and being used against him to join the Holy Knights. After being freed by Meliodas, Gilthunder returns to his old and kinder self.
Anime Name: The Seven Deadly Sins
The Goat’s Sin of Lust, Gowther is a member of the Seven Deadly sins and a former member of the Ten Commandments, serving as his creator’s proxy during his time with the Commandments. Gowther was granted the Sin of Lust after he was accused of forcing Nadja, Bartra Liones’ elder sister, to vile sexual acts, which ended in her death. In reality, Nadja and Gowther were both in love and quite happy in each other’s presence.
Gowther’s Sacred Treasure is the Twin Bow, Herritt, which he uses in conjunction with his inherent power, Invasion, which gives him the ability to manipulate memories and the soul.
12. Jewelry Bonney
Anime Name: One Piece
Also known as the Big Eater, Jewelry Bonney is a pirate from the South Blue and the captain of the Bonney Pirates. She is also one of the 12 pirates referred to as the Worst Generation (the only female within the category) and was introduced in the Sabaody Archipelago Arc. Prior to the two-year time skip, her bounty was 140,000,000 berries.
She possesses an Unnamed Paramecia-type Devil Fruit that enables her to manipulate the aging process, allowing her to freely make herself and others older or younger. She can use this power to disguise herself, as well as cripple opponents by rapidly aging her intended targets into their senior years or regressing them into small, weak children. As a result of this ability, accurately determining her true age is difficult.
Anime Name: One Piece
Koby is a Marine Captain who trained together with Helmeppo under Vice-Admiral Garp’s supervision. He is currently a member of the Marine special forces unit SWORD. He was formerly an involuntary pirate ship caretaker for the Alvida Pirates until he was liberated by Luffy, and he was the first person Luffy befriended on his travels.
Koby does not act with the reckless bravery that many characters in One Piece exhibit, but rather on moral compunction. He has put his life on the line at least twice for the sake of what he feels is right, most notably at the Summit War of the Marineford Island Arc where he brought fighting to a standstill by facing down Admiral Akainu and bought the precious seconds needed for Luffy to escape.
10. Yachiru Kusajishi
Anime Name: Bleach
Yachiru Kusajishi is the lieutenant of Captain Kenpachi’s 11th Division of the Gotei 13 as well as the President of the Shinigami Women’s Association. Standing at 3’7″ and weighing 15.5kgs, Yachiru is physically the smallest Shinigami in the Gotei 13.
Despite her small stature, Yachiru is one of the most skilled swordswomen of the Gotei 13 and her reiatsu is sufficient to scare even experienced shinigami. She is also one of the few people that can withstand Kenpachi’s monstrous reiatsu and achieving the rank of lieutenant in the combat division of Soul Society shows just how powerful she is.
9. Shouko Nishimiya
Anime Name: A Silent Voice
Shouko Nishimiya is the female protagonist of the anime film, A Silent Voice. While Shouko may not be completely deaf (given the hearing aids she possesses in both ears), her hearing loss is drastic enough to the point that she can be considered clinically deaf. Despite this, it has been shown that though she cannot clearly understand individual words, she can hear various pitches of tones in the voices of other people.
Anime Name: Akame Ga Kill
Mine is a sharp-tongued and quick-witted member of the assassin’s group, Night Raid, and a self-proclaimed Genius Sniper. She is often quick to anger, and easily irritated with those she does not know well. Despite this cold exterior, she has shown to be warm and kind to those she has opened up to.
Born and raised in the western borders of the Empire, Mine spent most of her childhood under vicious ridicule and misery from people for her half-foreign blood. She joined the Revolutionary Army after learning it was forming alliances with countries from the west. With the promise of a new country where diplomatic relations with the People of the West would improve, she fights, so others of her race can be accepted, and their children would not go through the discrimination and torment she underwent.
7. Mitsuri Kanroji
Anime Name: Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba
Mitsuri Kanroji is a member of the Demon Slayer Corps and the current Love Hashira. She is a curvaceous young woman of average height and muscular build with a slightly pale complexion and long, light pink hair that she wears in three thick braids. Given her desperation for marriage, Mitsuri decided to become a member of the Corps with the purpose of finding a suitable husband stronger than her, a rather difficult task given the astounding level of her physical strength.
Mitsuri is a very emotional, spirited, and cheery demon slayer who constantly compliments people in her head, likely a contributing factor to her nickname as the Hashira of Love. Although she is rather shy and is easily flustered, Mitsuri is always kind to others, most notably towards fellow Hashira, Iguro Obanai, whom she appears to share a strong bond with.
6. Charlotte Linlin
Anime Name: One Piece
Better known as Big Mom, Charlotte Linlin is one of the Four Emperors of the New World and Captain of the Big Mom Pirates. She is the matriarch of the expansive Charlotte Family which makes up the bulk of the Big Mom Pirates. She is also the queen and ruler of Totto Land.
Big Mom is the primary antagonist of the Whole Cake Island Arc and the secondary antagonist of the Wano Country Arc. She was formerly a member of the infamous Rocks Pirates with Emperor Kaido of the now Beast Pirates, and together they have presently formed an alliance.
5. Saiki Kusuo
Anime Name: The Disastrous Life of Saiki K.
Saiki Kusuo is the main protagonist and possesses all kinds of psychic-related abilities. Saiki has an extremely uncaring personality. As a gifted psychic that can do anything he wants, he has long stopped caring about the world; however, he has shown to be extremely cautious, as he often runs from Nendou, the only person he fears and is prone to immediately teleporting to far away places upon spotting an insect.
Saiki is a gifted psychic and having obtained his powers since birth, the first signs of Saiki’s powers came from when he was able to hear the voices of his parents, and he subsequently telepathically spoke back to them. Two months later, he demonstrated the ability to walk in the air. Saiki has stated that in three days, he can wipe out humanity.
4. Ryoumen Sukuna
Anime Name: Jujutsu Kaisen
Known as the undisputed King of Curses, Ryoumen Sukuna is a mighty Cursed Spirit and one of the chief antagonists of Jujutsu Kaisen. Sukuna, according to legend, was a demon (though in truth was a human Sorcerer) during the prime era of Sorcery 1000 years ago, and Jujutsu Sorcerers gave their all to defeat him. After his death, his corpse was unable to be fully destroyed, and therefore his remains of 20 fingers, preserved in grave wax, traversed the ages as Cursed Objects.
In the present, Sukuna was incarnated into Yuji Itadori due to the latter eating one of his cursed fingers, which contain his fragmented power.
3. Yuuji Itadori
Anime Name: Jujutsu Kaisen
The central protagonist of the Jujutsu Kaisen series, Yuuji Itadori is a teenager with superhuman peak abilities who was living an ordinary life until he ate one of Ryoumen Sukuna’s fingers, the most powerful curse to ever exist, and henceforth became his vessel. Satoru Gojou takes him under his wing and assumes the role of watching him, now that his body contains a dangerous special grade curse.
He later joins Tokyo Jujutsu High together with Fushiguro Megumi and Nobara and together, they are searching for the rest of Sukuna’s fingers, so he can eat them all since they are indestructible, and die with the powerful curse inside him.
2. Natsu Dragneel
Anime Name: Fairy Tail
Also known as The Salamander, Natsu Dragneel is a mage of the Fairy Tail Guild, a member of Team Natsu, and the main protagonist. He is frequently partnered with fellow Fairy Tail members Happy, Lucy Heartfilia, Gray Fullbuster, and Erza Scarlet.
A Fire Dragon Slayer, Natsu is the adoptive son of the king of the fire dragons, Igneel, and is later revealed to be the younger brother of Zeref Dragneel. Natsu has a carefree and reckless nature and, despite his constant brawls with the other members of the guild, is a fiercely loyal and protective friend. He has a particularly close, and competitive relationship with fellow members; Gray Fullbuster and Erza Scarlet.
1. Sakura Haruno
Anime Name: Naruto
Sakura Haruno is one of the principal characters in the Naruto franchise and a member of Team 7. She is a medical ninja who studies under the fifth Hokage, Tsunade. When introduced, she wasn’t shown to possess any remarkable skills and all she did was constantly swoon over her teammate, Sasuke Uchiha.
However, after Team 7 splits, and she goes under the tutelage of Tsunade, she becomes a capable ninja who can hold on her own and even rival the power of a Kage. She is also able to conjure Summoning Jutsu and summon Katsuyu to heal multiple ninjas during the Fourth Great Ninja War.
After Team 7 reunites, she is instrumental in defeating the final villain, Kaguya Otsutsuki. Ultimately, she marries Sasuke, and together they have a daughter, Sarada Uchiha.