Fictional Characters that Start with Z: Biggest in History

It’s a fact that when we are searching for a decent film or TV show to watch, we find ourselves looking for characters we can relate with, and watching how they go through experiences similar to our own. Which character on this list of the biggest fictional characters in history whose names start with Z can you relate with?

40. Zori (Naruto)

Zori is a samurai from the Land of Waves and he and his partner, Waraji, were mercenaries hired by Gatō to be his personal bodyguards. Zōri, contrary to his partner, seems to be the calmer of the two though he seems to be just as cruel and willing to kill Inari, but like his partner, he smiled when he broke into Tazuna’s house. 

39. Zodd The Immortal (Berserk)

Zodd is a legendary swordsman and powerful apostle said to have killed thousands of adversaries on the battlefield. After intervals of inactivity and purported death, Zodd resurfaces on the battlefield to continue his slaughter, having done so unmitigatedly for roughly 300 years. 

38. Zazie The Beast (Trigun)

In the manga, Zazi lived on the planet Gunsmoke even before the nailed people, he was the leader of the legion of insects inhabiting the entire planet. In the anime, Zazi Beast is the youngest member of the Gung-Ho-Guns, he also controls bodies and calls himself No. 4 of the Gung-Ho-Guns. 

37. Zanza (Rurouni Kenshin)

A former member of the disgraced Sekihō Army, in his youth, Sanosuke spent the years after the Meiji Revolution taking out his frustrations as a “fight merchant” under the name Zanza, all the while hating the Ishin-Shishi that framed and murdered his comrades as well as the flawed Meiji government that they created. After meeting Kenshin, however, Sano is able to put his feelings aside and end his fighting merchant days – instead taking up with Kenshin’s group at Kamiya Dōjō.

36. Zaku Abumi (Naruto)

Zaku Abumi was a shinobi from Otogakure and a member of Team Dosu, which took part in the Chūnin Exams under covert orders from Orochimaru. In the anime, growing up as an orphan that lived on the streets and stole for a living, he was beaten for it and when Orochimaru found him, he told Zaku that he saw potential in him and offered to help him develop it in exchange for his loyalty, which Zaku accepted. 

35. Zapp Renfro (Kekkai Sensen)

Zapp Renfro is a member of the Libra organization and master of the Big Dipper blood-fighting style along with Zed O’Brien who was taught by Raju Jugei Shizuyoshi. Described as a hotheaded, hyper-sexual juvenile punk, he is easily annoyed and quick to lose his temper & his juvenile actions often get him & others into trouble.

34. Ziro The Hutt (Star Wars)

Ziro Desilijic Tiure, also known as Ziro the Hutt, was a Hutt male crime lord who, with the title of Master of the Hutt Clan, controlled seven star systems in the name of the Hutt Clan during the decline of the Galactic Republic. A native of the planet Sleheyron, Ziro eventually left Hutt Space in favor of the galaxy’s Core Worlds and established his residence on Coruscant, the galactic capital of the Republic.

33. Zakuro (Katekyo Hitman!)

Zakuro is the real Storm Funeral Wreath and as such possesses the Storm Mare Ring and with the other Funeral Wreaths, Zakuro reigned over Parallel Worlds; however, in this universe, they instead faced great misfortunes. Byakuran found them and, because of their resolution to him, showed them how to become stronger. 

32. Ziton Moj (Star Wars)

Ziton Moj was a male Falleen who worked as a Vigo for the Black Sun during the Clone Wars. He served as Captain of the Guard, however later, the Black Sun became a member of Maul’s Shadow Collective after Savage Opress, Maul’s brother, killed the leaders of Black Sun for refusing to join Maul’s cause.

31. Zeno (Yona Of The Dawn)

Zeno is the Original Ouryuu, one of the four Dragon Warriors and he possesses the blood of the yellow dragon deity. Later, it is revealed that he is actually the original Ouryuu who once served King Hiryuu 2,000 years ago, and later on, he became the fifth person and final dragon to join Yona and Hak on their journey. 

30. Zennosuke Kurumadani (Bleach)

Zennosuke Kurumadani sometimes referred to as either “Afro-san” or “Af-san” due to his large Afro, is the Shinigami who replaces Rukia Kuchiki as the guardian of the areas around Karakura Town, and is a member of the Thirteenth Division. After Rukia Kuchiki is arrested and brought back to Soul Society, Zennosuke replaces her in guarding Karakura Town against Hollows, and during his time in Karakura Town, he discovers that an unusually high number of townsfolk can see him. 

29. Zatanna Zatara (DC Comics)

Zatanna Zatara, usually known by just her first name, is a powerful half Homo Magi and is the daughter of Sindella and John Zatara, and like him casts spells by saying what she wants backward. Zatanna was raised by her father in a small house in New York, near the infamous Arkham Asylum and her mother seemingly died after her birth, but she eventually learned that Sindella faked her death to return to her people. 

28. Zzzax (Marvel Comics)

Zzzax was the product of an accident that occurred at a Consolidated Edison nuclear power plant when a group of heavily armed terrorists attempted to shut down the power for New York City. The explosion that their stray gunfire caused started a chain reaction in the atomic reactor, creating a psionically charged electromagnetic field of humanoid form.

27. Zero (Vampire Knight)

Zero Kiryu is both an ex-human vampire and a vampire hunter. Zero is the older twin brother of Ichiru Kiryu, Yuki Kuran’s partner, and the biological father of Ren Kiryu. 

26. Zodiac (Marvel Comics)

This new iteration of the Zodiac was assembled by Vernon Jacob Fury, best known as the businessman Vernon Jacobs, the biggest shareholder and investor of Parker Industries. Using resources and money from the company, Jacobs funded his operations in the Zodiac, with his sights set on the world.

25. Zeitgeist (Marvel Comics)

During a drunken night of romance on a beach, Axel Cluney discovered that he had acidic vomit that ended up disfiguring his partner. Later, he decided to use his powers to gain fame and fortune as Zeitgeist. 

24. Zaran (Marvel Comics)

Maximillian Zaran was born in the United Kingdom and early in his life, he was an agent of the British Secret Service: MI6, but soon chose to become a mercenary and assassin. Training himself thoroughly in martial arts and the use of various kinds of weapons, he became known as a supervillain as well.

23. Zala Dane (Marvel Comics)

Zaladane was the high priestess of Petrified Man, the sun god worshiped by the Sun People and she led her people in a war in Garrok’s name to conquer more of the Savage Land. However, an unnamed British sailor five centuries ago had visited the Savage Land and drank a strange liquid there that endowed him with immortality and superhuman powers. 

22. Zachariah Smith (Harry Potter)

Zacharias Smith was a wizard who attended Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, who was Sorted into and a member of Hufflepuff House. He was a Chaser on the Hufflepuff Quidditch team and a member of Dumbledore’s Army, an organization taught and led by Harry Potter.

21. Zelda Spellman (Sabrina The Teenage Witch)

Zelda Spellman is a witch who, along with her sister Hilda, took in her niece Sabrina to raise and teach her how to be a witch. Zelda is the middle child of her family, having an older brother and sister, and two younger sisters. 

20. Zach Dempsey (13 Reasons Why)

Zachary “Zach” Shan-Yung Dempsey is a major character in Netflix’s 13 Reasons Why and is portrayed by Ross Butler. Zach is the son of Karen Dempsey and George Dempsey, the brother of May Dempsey, and the ex-boyfriend of Hannah Baker, and is the subject of the seventh tape on Hannah’s list of reasons of why she killed herself.

19. Zapp Brannigan (Futurama)

Captain Zapp Brannigan is an egotistical military officer for the Democratic Order of Planets and Earth’s Government and captain of at least a ship: usually of the Earth ship Nimbus, but briefly of the luxury liner Titanic. Later in the series, he is introduced as a Twenty-Five Star General or General Major Webelo.

18. Zim (Invader Zim)

Invader Zim is the villainous main protagonist of the 2001-2006 television series Invader Zim, and the main antagonist of the 2019 Netflix film Invader Zim: Enter the Florpus. Zim is a member of the alien Irken race and a former Irken Invader; however, since his actions usually lead to disaster (having nearly destroyed the Irken homeworld during Operation Impending Doom) his leaders, the Almighty Tallest, banished him to Foodcourtia.

17. Zelda (The Legend Of Zelda)

Princess Zelda is the titular character in Nintendo’s The Legend of Zelda video game series. She was created by Shigeru Miyamoto and introduced in the original 1986 game The Legend of Zelda. 

16. Zeff (One Piece)

Zeff is the head chef and owner of Baratie, former captain of the Cook Pirates (in which he was known as “Red-Leg”), and was also Sanji‘s cooking mentor and adoptive father. While Zeff was always harshly critical towards Sanji, whom he calls ​”Little Eggplant” and “Little Brat” in the English dub; He did this to make Sanji into the great chef and tough fighter he is now. 

15. Zolf J. Kimblee (Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood)

Zolf J. Kimblee the Crimson Lotus Alchemist, sometimes referred to as the Crimson Alchemist, is a recurring antagonist in the Fullmetal Alchemist series and is a former State Alchemist and special agent working under the direct orders of Führer King Bradley. Admittedly sadistic, Kimblee was imprisoned in Central City for several years after his official involvement in the Ishval Civil War for having infamously turned his unique brand of combustion-based combat alchemy on people who were not on his government-approved kill list.

14. Zabuza Momochi (Naruto)

Zabuza Momochi, given the moniker Demon of the Hidden Mist, was a missing-nin from Kirigakure’s Seven Ninja Swordsmen of the Mist. According to his former follower Gengo, Zabuza was once seen as charismatic and inspiring as he had previously dreamed of a society with shinobi as the ruling class; a dream which motivated his attempted coup against the Fourth Mizukage whom he disagreed with. 

13. Zetsu (Naruto)

Black Zetsu and White Zetsu are allies of Tobi who helped him approach Nagato and officially joined Akatsuki seemingly long before Tobi. Although they exist as two separate identities, most of the time they are merged together and act as the singular Akatsuki member, Zetsu.

12. Zeno Zoldyck (Hunterxhunter)

Zeno Zoldyck is a professional assassin and an extremely skilled Nen practitioner and is the father of Silva Zoldyck and the grandfather of Killua Zoldyck. While Zeno is a witty old man, his advancing age has not dampened his quick thinking and speed in battle and despite his senior citizen status, he is a very formidable tactician and a skilled user of Nen. 

11. Zemo (Marvel Comics)

Baron Helmut Zemo is a Sokovian nobleman, a former Colonel of the Sokovian Armed Forces, and a commander of EKO Scorpion. Following the Battle of Sokovia, Zemo then became a criminal mastermind who sought revenge against the world’s enhanced individuals, such as the Avengers after losing his family and becoming obsessed with destroying them.

10. Zeref Dragneel (Fairy Tail)

Zeref Dragneel was considered to be the strongest, most evil Mage of all time, who possesses extremely dangerous, and powerful Magic. He is the founder and former Emperor of the Alvarez Empire, under the alias of Emperor Spriggan, the older brother of Natsu Dragneel and father of August.

9. Zangetsu (Bleach)

Zangetsu is the manifested spirit of Ichigo Kurosaki’s Zanpakutō as well as his inner Hollow and has been variously called Hollow Ichigo, more properly called The Hollow within Ichigo or White Ichigo. Zangetsu is the result of the fusion between the Hollow White that Ichigo inherited from his mother and the Shinigami powers he inherited from his father. 

8. Zaphod Beeblebrox (The Hitchhiker’s Guide To The Galaxy)

Zaphod Beeblebrox, or the Big Z, was a former President of the Galaxy. At the beginning of The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy Zaphod steals the starship Heart of Gold, which Arthur Dent and Zaphod’s semi-cousin Ford Prefect later hitch-hike onto. 

7. Zuko (Avatar: The Last Airbender)

Zuko is a Fire Nation royal and firebending master who reigned as Fire Lord from 100 AG until his abdication in 167 AG. He is the eldest child and only son of Princess Ursa and Fire Lord Ozai and originally the primary enemy of Team Avatar, Zuko devoted three years to trying to capture the long-lost Avatar to end his banishment and regain his honor as Crown Prince of the Fire Nation.

6. Zero (Code Geass)

Zero is a public masked identity, originally created and assumed by the former and exiled prince, Lelouch vi Britannia. The mantle was eventually assumed by Suzaku Kururugi following Lelouch’s death.

5. Zenitsu Agatsuma (Demon Slayer: Kimetsu No Yaiba)

Zenitsu Agatsuma is one of the main protagonists of Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba and along with Inosuke Hashibira, a traveling companion of Tanjiro Kamado and Nezuko Kamado. He is also a Demon Slayer in the Demon Slayer Corps and a user of the Thunder Breathing style.

4. Zaraki Kenpachi (Bleach)

Kenpachi Zaraki is the current captain of the 11th Division in the Gotei 13 and is the eleventh Kenpachi to hold the position. His first lieutenant was Yachiru Kusajishi and his current lieutenant is Ikkaku Madarame. 

3. Zeke Yeager (Attack On Titan)

Zeke Yeager was the former Captain of Marley’s Warrior Unit, assigned to take the Founding Titan from the Eldians of Paradis Island and was the inheritor of the Beast Titan, and was considered to be the strongest warrior by Reiner Braun, contrasting Levi Ackerman’s title of “humanity’s strongest soldier.” He manipulated and deceived both sides of the war between Eldia and Marley in order to achieve his own agenda of causing the extinction of his own people, which he viewed as “salvation.” 

2. Zorro (The Legend Of Zorro)

Zorro (Spanish for ‘Fox’) is a fictional character created in 1919 by American pulp writer Johnston McCulley and appears in works set in the Pueblo of Los Angeles during the era of Spanish California. He is typically portrayed as a dashing masked vigilante who defends the commoners and indigenous peoples of California against corrupt and tyrannical officials and other villains. 

1. Zeus (DC Comics)

Zeus is the ruler of Mount Olympus and the father of most of the Gods of Olympus, as well as the superheroine Wonder Woman. Zeus was killed by Darkseid after he came out of hiding to save his daughter Diana.

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