Oh, the white hair anime characters! I dare you to mention a weak or boring white-haired anime character, I dare you! These guys are vibrant and energetic, and you will always find them having a certain appeal that draws other characters towards them.
More times than not, if you find an anime character with white hair, he will be the protagonist or one of the lead characters. If I asked you to name five of your favorite anime characters, I guarantee you that one of them would possess white hair. Without much further ado, here are our favorite 20 anime characters with white hair, and as always, beware of spoilers.
Anime Name: HunterxHunter
Born as the first of the three Royal Guards of the Chimera Ant King, Meruem, Neferpitou was a cat-like humanoid Chimera Ant and one of the central antagonists of the Chimera Ant Arc in HunterxHunter. As one of the anime’s characters without a specific gender, Neferpitou, commonly referred to as Pitou is one of the most terrifying villains in the series and this was evident early on when they confronted Gon, Killua and Kite and killed Kite shortly thereafter, a disciple of Ging Freecss and one of the most experienced Hunters.
Anime: Akame Ga Kill
General Najenda is a central character in Akame Ga Kill and the leader of the covert assassination division, Night Raid, which is a faction of the Revolutionary Army. She was a former General of the Empire that defected, along with Lubbock, to the Revolutionary Army sometime after the end of an expedition led by her and Esdeath to eliminate the opposition of the Ban Tribe.
Najenda is calm and collective, being able to adjust herself to differing situations and giving out orders by adapting to the current situation, which she draws from her years of experience as a General of the Empire. She lost her eye and right arm when she defected to the Revolutionary Army after fighting Esdeath. Unable to fully utilize her Teigu, Pumpkin, she handed it to Mine.
18. Elizabeth Liones
Anime: The Seven Deadly Sins
The third princess of the Kingdom of Liones and the current incarnation of the Supreme Deity’s daughter, Goddess Elizabeth, Elizabeth Liones is the deuteragonist of the anime and lover of Meliodas, captain of the Seven Deadly Sins.
Elizabeth was adopted by the king Bartra Liones and after the Holy Knights rebelled, she set on a journey to find the Seven Deadly Sins, becoming a waitress for Meliodas’ tavern Boar Hat. She later awakened her power as the Goddess Elizabeth and became the Seven Deadly Sins’ principal ally, participating in their battles against the Ten Commandments and later the Demon Clan in the New Holy War.
17. Juuzou Suzuya
Anime Name: Tokyo Ghoul
Formerly known as Rei Suzuya, Juuzou Suzuya is a Special Class Ghoul Investigator and one of the strongest investigators of the CCG. He was first partnered with the Investigation Commander of Division I, Yukinori Shinohara, where he was assigned to the 20th ward and was responsible for the investigation of the Binge Eater.
Juuzou is a young investigator with an androgynous appearance and stitches on his lips and other places, used as both first-aid and fashion. He bears an immature, reckless demeanor, with little care for the property of others, but is very enthusiastic, and often exceptionally resourceful in his job. Initially presented as an investigator who bore no qualms in killing ghouls, he later seemed to mature and even appeared to empathize with ghouls and also display more concern for the welfare of his colleagues after he was given his own squad.
Anime Name: The Promised Neverland
Norman is one of the deuteragonists of The Promised Neverland who resides in the Grace Field House orphanage. Being the smartest of all children, he is a role model to most of the younger kids. He and Emma are the first to discover the true nature and purpose of the orphanage and together with Ray, the third deuteragonist, they devise a plan to escape the horror house.
Often portrayed as a calm, reliable boy, he is very thoughtful and compassionate, often being hard on himself for being unable to escape with all the kids from the orphanage. Emma’s determination to save everyone compels Norman to devise a plan that saves everyone and though it is successful, Norman sacrifices himself to ensure this.
Anime Name: One Piece
The daughter of one of the Four Emperors of the Sea, Kaidou, Yamato is a principal ally of the StrawHat Pirates during the Wano Country Arc. Her father groomed her to become his heir from a young age, but she instead developed a profound admiration for the legendary samurai Kozuki Oden (who was a 2nd Division Commander of the Whitebeard Pirates and also a member of the Roger Pirates) and began to assimilate everything affiliated to the samurai to the extent of proclaiming to be a man so much so that she is referred to as Kaido’s son.
14. Juushirou Ukitake
Anime Name: Bleach
The captain of the 13th Division of the Gotei 13, Juushirou Ukitake is one of the most powerful and longest-serving captains of the Gotei 13, having been one of Genryuusai Yamamoto’s first graduates alongside Shunsui Kyoraku, the captain of the 8th Division. He suffers from lung disease and as a result of his illness, he has a rather sickly appearance and is often depicted at his division headquarters spending time recuperating or with his closest friend, Kyoraku.
Despite his illness, he is extremely powerful and is regarded as one of the few captains in Gotei 13 who could possibly battle the Captain Commander, having been a captain for over 2,000 years and possessing immense Reiatsu that is unmatched by his peers or predecessors.
13. Kishou Arima
Anime Name: Tokyo Ghoul
Dubbed as the ‘White Reaper’, Kishou Arima is a legendary Special Class Ghoul Investigator of the CCG who is undefeated for 18 years. He is incredibly strong and can single-handedly turn the tables in a battle whenever he appears. As an incomplete half-ghoul superhuman and the One-Eyed King, he possesses outstanding dexterity, speed, and intellect, being able to rival any ghoul, even Eto, the One-Eyed Owl.
Despite his service to the CCG, Arima spent many years serving as the One-Eyed King, discreetly siding with the Ghouls. As the One-Eyed King, Arima firmly believes that a revolution is in hand. His desire for this revolution resulted in him training Kaneki in the hope that he would become his successor.
12. Ichimaru Gin
Anime Name: Bleach
Ichimaru Gin was the Captain of the 3rd Division of the Gotei 13 and one of the three captains that betrayed Soul Society, alongside Captain of the 5th Division, Sosuke Aizen, and Captain of the 9th Division, Kaname Tosen. Gin was the first Captain-level Shinigami that Ichigo and his comrades met when they invaded Soul Society, and after he failed to neutralize them, most Captains in Soul Society became suspicious of his allegiances.
Later, he used his Bankai, Kamishini no Yari, to stop Aizen from fully evolving after merging with the Hogyoku, revealing that he was a double agent who had vowed to kill Aizen since he was a kid. Unfortunately, Aizen was too powerful for him and he ended up being fatally wounded and dying in the arms of his romantic interest, the lieutenant of the 10th Division, Rangiku Matsumoto.
Anime Name: FullMetal Alchemist – Brotherhood
Scar is one of the central antagonists turned anti-hero in Fullmetal Alchemist – Brotherhood. Driven by vengeance for the genocidal onslaught against his country Ishval, Scar became a nameless lone serial killer and vigilante who targeted State Alchemists for his own brand of lethal justice in accordance with the basic principles of his religion. His epithet, Scar, is derived from the large X-shaped scar on his forehead and is also easily recognizable by his prominent and elaborate alchemical tattoo on his right arm, which originally belonged to his older brother, and which he uses as his weapon against State Alchemists.
Scar’s story is very relatable to the real world, as he is the product of an illegitimate war that sees him lose everything dear to him and in turn become the retribution to the country that destroyed his life.
Anime Name: Black Clover
Asta is an orphan who was left under the care of a church in the village of Hage and raised there with his rival, Yuno after his mother abandoned him on the church’s doorstep. He has dreams of being the Wizard King, but unlike the majority of his peers, he is unable to use magic and thus has to train a lot to improve physical strength. After turning 15 years old, during the awarding ceremony, Asta received a five-leaf clover grimoire.
A four-leaved clover grimoire is considered extremely lucky and very few magicians ever receive one, with Yuno being one of the few exceptions, but within a five-leaved clover grimoire resides a demon with Anti-Magic. Shortly after receiving his grimoire, he joins the Clover Kingdom’s Black Bull squad of the Magic Knights and becomes a 3rd Class Junior Magic Knight and temporarily a Royal Knight.
9. Silvers Rayleigh
Anime Name: One Piece
Known to many as the Dark King, Silvers Rayleigh is Shakuyaku’s husband and the former right-hand man of the legendary Pirate King, Gol D. Roger, having served as the vice-captain of the Roger Pirates. As one of the few surviving members of the Roger Pirates crew, Silvers Rayleigh retired and settled on Sabaody Archipelago with Shakuyaku after Roger was executed by the World Government.
During the Sabaody Archipelago Arc, he disguised himself as a slave at the Human Auction House with the intention of stealing money from his buyer, and there he met Luffy and the Strawhat Pirates. After Marine Admiral Kizaru was dispatched to the archipelago to deal with the pirates that had gathered there, Rayleigh held off Kizaru as the Strawhat Pirates attempted to flee. Later, he reunited with Luffy after Ace’s death and took him to Amazon Lily to train him to become a proficient Haki user.
8. Tobirama Senju
Anime Name: Naruto Shippuden
Tobirama Senju was the Second Hokage of Konoha village and the younger brother of the First Hokage and the God of Shinobi, Hashirama Senju. He helped in the creation of Konoha Village and after his brother’s death, he advanced a lot of the systems within the village, such as founding the Konoha Academy and the Konoha Police.
He was an extremely exceptional ninja, capable of using water-based jutsu despite the lack of liquid water in the area. Additionally, he invented multiple jutsus such as the Space-Time instantaneous displacement jutsu, the forbidden Reanimation jutsu and the forbidden Multiple Shadow Clone jutsu.
7. Toshiro Hitsugaya
Anime Name: Bleach
Toushirou Hitsugaya is the 10th Division Captain of the Gotei 13 and former 3rd Seat under Isshin Shiba, the father of Kurosaki Ichigo. Hitsugaya is typically mature and level-headed, in contrast to his free-spirited lieutenant, Rangiku Matsumoto. He is a prodigy whose natural talent was evident at a young age.
Having an ice-based Zanpakutou, the polar opposite of the current Captain-Commander’s fire-based Zanpakutou, he has been remarked to have the potential to be the youngest Captain-Commander in the history of the Gotei 13.
Anime Name: Naruto
Jiraiya was a ninja from Konoha village and one of the 3 members of the Legendary Sannin. He was also the mentor and teacher of three of the greatest ninjas, Nagato (the founder of Akatsuki and a user of the Rinnegan), Minato Namikaze (the fourth Hokage), and Naruto Uzumaki (the protagonist, son of Minato and the seventh Hokage). His teacher was the Third Hokage, Hiruzen Sarutobi.
A sage of the toad mountain, Jiraiya is possibly the most important Naruto character as his role shaped the entire narrative and his influence spanned so many crucial characters and eventually mentored the foretold child of prophecy.
5. Sakata Gintoki
The protagonist of the hilarious anime Gintama, Sakata Gintoki is the founder and president of the Yorozuya Odd Jobs, as well as a highly-skilled samurai, having fought in the Joui War in the past. No longer needed in futuristic Edo, he sets himself up as an odd-job man together with his companions Shinpachi and Kagura.
Despite his exceptional swordsmanship, Gintoki is extremely lazy, and his unwillingness to do anything often lands him in trouble with his landlady due to always being behind on his rent.
4. Kaneki Ken
Anime Name: Tokyo Ghoul
Ken Kaneki is the central protagonist of the anime Tokyo Ghoul. Kaneki has a timid and introverted nature but dreams of asking out a stunning girl in his class named Rize Kamishiro, who turns out to be a ghoul that disguised itself as a human and attempts to eat Kaneki but fails. Kaneki who is injured gets some of Rize’s organs transplanted into him, essentially turning him into a half-ghoul.
Kaneki is the most powerful ghoul in the series and becomes the focus of Kishou Arima’s interest, who trains him with the intent of inheriting his power to become the One-Eyed King. As the One-Eyed King, he is able to restore the peace between humans and ghouls.
3. Gojou Satoru
Anime Name: Jujutsu Kaisen
As one of the most popular and recent characters on this list, Gojou Satoru is an enigma in the world of Jujutsu Kaisen and is known as the strongest Jujutsu sorcerer. Hailing from the esteemed Gojo Family, Satoru is the first person to inherit both the Limitless and the Six Eyes in four hundred years. He works as a teacher at the Tokyo Jujutsu High and uses his influence to protect and train strong young allies.
2. Killua Zoldyck
Anime Name: HunterxHunter
The deuteragonist and third son of the Zoldyck family, Killua Zoldyck was raised to be a professional assassin and heir to the family fortune, in order to carry on the family legacy. However, he runs away from his home and shows up for the Hunter Exam, and there meets Gon Freecss, who becomes his best friend.
Despite his dreadful upbringing and the brutal training he received, Killua has managed to remain generally optimistic and does not seem too psychologically affected by the pain he’s endured, exhibiting a noble, pure side of him.
1. Kakashi Hatake
At the top of our list is none other than the copy ninja and one of the most famous anime characters, Kakashi Hatake. Also known as Kakashi of the Sharingan, he is an exceptional ninja from Konoha village whose reputation as an intelligent, perceptive, and ruthless fighter precedes him.
He was a member of Team 7 and a student of the fourth Hokage, Minato Namikaze, together with Obito Uchiha and Rin Nohara. Later, he became the teacher of Team 7 and mentored Sakura Haruno, Sasuke Uchiha, and his mentor’s son and main protagonist, Naruto Uzumaki.