If anything is certain in the world of anime, it’s that there’s no shortage of fan-favorite female characters. From the bounty hunting basement to cowboy bebop to the vengeful action of demon slayer, anime women often prove to be the easiest to root for. However, in a medium populated by characters of all varieties of hair color, it’s surprising that dark-haired women are few and far between.
For anime fans, hair color is a defining aspect of how people personally relate to their favorite characters. Plus, would-be cosplayers definitely look to characters who share physical traits with them when planning their next outfits. It might be worth taking a look at some of the most iconic black-haired girls in anime, which will hopefully inspire some exciting fanart and cosplay. Spoilers ahead!
ten Asada Shino (Sword Art Online)
Posing as the blue-haired sniper Otherwise, Asada makes his first appearance in the second season of Sword art online. Asada crosses paths with Kirito in the post-apocalyptic video game world of gun gale online, where the two face off in the Bullet of Bullets tournament. Later, the two work together to defeat the mysterious player Death Gun.
In the real world, Asada sports black hair and escapes into her blue-haired persona as a coping mechanism for PTSD following a gun-related incident. After Kirito saves her from his friend who was trying to mug her, she joins him and the other ALfiem Online characters, taking on the role of an archer.
9 Pink Ruby (RWBY)
Ruby is the titular character of the American web series RWBY, known for his Japanese anime-influenced art style. Wielding the Crescent Rose, a hybrid between a scythe and a sniper rifle, she is a selfless yet naive girl who has always dreamed of being a huntress. As such, she has always remained the series’ moral compass.
Ruby is often seen sporting short black hair, usually paired with an outfit inspired by Little Red Riding Rood. Although she has proven herself time and time again as a skilled fighter, her best quality is her consistent ability to inspire hope in others. A character like Ruby was meant to be cosplayed, given her different looks and outfits over the years.
8 Nico Robin (One Piece)
When Nico first encounters Monkey D. Luffy and the Straw Hat Pirates, it is as Vice President of Baroque Works, where she serves under the former A piece Antagonist Crocodile. She eventually abandons the Baroque works and joins the Straw Hat Pirates, serving as their archaeologist.
Often seen wearing a pair of sunglasses or a cowboy hat with her signature black hair, Nico mostly keeps to herself and is the most grown-up of her teammates. His goal is to find the Rio Poneglyph, an artifact that supposedly tells the true story of the world. This ability to read the Poneglyphs, however, puts a pretty significant bounty on his head.
seven Nezuko Kamado (Demon Slayer)
Nezuko is the younger sister of Tanjiro, the main protagonist of the manga and anime adaptation of Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba. Originally human, Nezuko was turned into a demon following an attack that saw her and her brother as the sole survivors of their family. As a demon, she wears a bamboo muzzle around her neck to keep her under control.
While she retains most of her appearance, including her black hair, from her human form, the transition to a demon cost her most of her memories, as well as her ability to speak. All that’s left is her instinct to protect Tanjiro, making her a valuable ally on their demon-hunting journey.
6 Hinata Hyuga (Naruto)
With her signature white eyes, black-haired Hinata grew up as the heir to the Hyuga clan. However, her failure to succeed in combat against her younger sister Hanabi caused her father to reconsider his promised role. Nonetheless, she meets Naruto during their training at Konoha Academy and is inspired to become a stronger person.
The relationship between Hinata and Naruto becomes a prominent dynamic in The latest: Naruto the Movie. In the film, Naruto saves Hinata from being captured by Toneri Otsutsuki, who plans to force Hinata to be his wife. Eventually, Naruto and Hinata get married and start a family together.
5 Akame (Akame ga Kill!)
As the titular character of Akame ga Kill!, Akame first appears as an antagonist of Tatsumi before joining his clan of assassins, the Night Raid. Akame herself joined the Night Raid to overthrow the Empire, who captured her and her sister Kurome and trained them to become assassins. This betrayal of the Empire by Akame also leads her to distance herself from Kurome.
While her ruthlessness in battle makes her cold, she displays the characteristics of a great teammate. She often cares about the well-being of her fellow Night Raid members, especially Tatsumi. Her red eyes and black hair often match her choice of outfit colors.
4 Momo Yaoyorozu (My Hero Academia)
Momo first appears in the fifth episode of my hero academia anime, coming in first place on an exam in a Quirk apprehension test. With the Creation Quirk, Momo is able to create any non-living material out of thin air from her skin. Because this forces her to burn her own fat cells, she consumes large amounts of food.
Sporting her spiky black hair, Momo’s hero look consists of a red leotard that exposes a lot of skin. This allows him to be able to summon as many items as possible from different places in his body. Momo also displays many qualities of a good hero and leader, often acting selflessly and inspiring his classmates.
3 Ryuko Matoi (Kill la Kill)
Ryuko is the main protagonist of kill her kill her, often seen black-haired with a red stripe. In the series, Ryuko embarks on a quest to find her father’s killer, as well as to find the other half of her iconic red Scissor Blade, which was her father’s murder weapon. Fittingly, Ryuko is often stubborn and determined in her revenge.
Her search leads Ryuko to Honnoji Academy, a school of students wearing outfits that grant them superpowers, which she enrolls in. The series and in particular the character of Ryuko have been widely praised by critics, and her fashion-driven narrative is the primary inspiration for countless fanart and cosplay.
2 Chi-Chi (Dragon Ball)
Chi-Chi is one of the main female characters in the iconic dragonball franchise. When she first meets Goku as a child, she forces Goku to promise that he will marry her. They later reunite at a martial arts tournament, where Chi-Chi makes him hold his end of the bargain.
While her early appearances portrayed her as a fierce fighter, their marriage leads her to fill the role of the stereotypical housewife. As such, Chi-Chi has become a character that divides the dragonball fan base. However, there’s no denying that his love for Goku has remained strong throughout many iterations of the series.
1 Mikasa Ackerman (Attack on Titan)
Originally the quiet childhood friend of Eren Yeager, Mikasa proves herself to anime audiences in the first season of The attack of the Titans. After Eren’s supposed death, Mikasa quickly becomes the true heart and soul of the series, donning his signature red scarf and short, black hair to become a brutal Titan Slayer.
After the murder of her family, Mikasa remained a closed and emotionally stunted person. Mikasa is often overprotective of Eren, but she’s still able to back that up with her impressive battlefield ability, making her not only one of the most iconic dark-haired women in all of anime, but the one of the most iconic anime characters, period.
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