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5 Anime Characters Who Still Light Up That Cigarette

Updated on May 12, 2015

In the real world cigarettes are being outed in film for their deadly consequences. Anime has no such qualms. These five characters are serious chain smokers who keep on lighting up that cigarette. Without their nicotine stick they just wouldn't be the personalities who keep us watching. Let's enjoy these five WITHOUT following in their deadly smoking habit.

Huange from Darker Than Black

After the arrival of the mysterious Hell's Gate 'contractors,' humans with extreme powers, appeared. Hei is a contractor working for a group known as the syndicate. The syndicate messages of which contractors to assassinate are partly relayed through Huang. Huang's character is a grumpy middle age man who detests the emotionless contractors. With his cigarette in hand he can be a deadly force but usually remains a background informant. Huang lights up when and where he pleases. His nicotine brand of choice is never revealed. Whatever it is, he is a chronic chain smoker.

Darker than Black: Season 1

Darker Than Black: Season 1
Darker Than Black: Season 1

Darker Than Black is one of my favorite animes. The storyline is told from a variety of character viewpoints which makes for a fresh look at this fast-paced thriller. Typically fighting scenes get boring to me after a while. Hei's skills never left me bored and his character kept me hungry to know more. Just please remember to avoid season 2 entirely. Almost everything making this anime amazing got destroyed in that train wreck. If I could go back and unwatch it, I definitely would!


Sven Vollfied from Black Cat

A self-proclaimed gentlemen Sven is a sweeper, a bounty hunter with an ingenious talent for inventions. He ends up the partner of Train Hartnett, the Black Cat, a former Chronos number assassin. Along with Eve, the nanotechnology fighting clone/young naive girl Sven is a key part to their trio. He is often the voice of reason and cares deeply for his companions. Although when it comes down to money he always seems to be in debt. Instead of wondering about the money for food, this chain smoker puts his cigs on the same priority level.

Black Cat-The Complete Series

Black Cat - The Complete Series S.A.V.E.
Black Cat - The Complete Series S.A.V.E.

Black Cat is the story of a very unique trio of bounty hunters. Each has their own unique past which they must face through the course of the anime. Black Cat, Train Hartnett, is out for revenge against former Chronos number, Creed. Train left the numbers but he has no plans on letting Creed's violent plans win.

To be honest, I prefer the manga even though the anime is pretty good too. I like the characters and the pace of Black Cat. If you like fight scenes, action, adventure, humor, and a bit of friendship blended in you will definitely want to check out Black Cat.


Ryuken Ishida from Bleach

Ryuken is the Quincy who denies his heritage, hospital director, and father to Uryuu. This man's personality is so icy his own son refuses to live with him. He has no qualms about burning bridges or shooting arrows at Ichigo's father for annoying him. And when it comes to smoking? I laughed at the scene where he's clearly smoking a cigarette in the hospital next to the No Smoking sign. When you are the boss I guess those rules just do not apply. Don't be fooled though. His chain smoking doesn't stop him from being a dangerous Quincy when he chooses to.

Bleach: Season 1 Episodes 1-20

Bleach Uncut Box Set 1
Bleach Uncut Box Set 1

Bleach is the story of Ichigo Kurosaki, average high school student turned substitute shinigami by Rukia Kuchiki. The anime is famous the world over and has more episodes than days in a year. Those who are huge Shojen fans should definitely check out this one!


Bardroy from Kuroshitsuji

Enlisted by a secret demon butler to be the chef for the Earl Phantomhive, Bardroy is not your average culinary man. A former soldier, his kitchen is a haven for flamethrowers, explosives, and the latest in machine guns. The man is incapable of cooking without starting a fire but when it comes to battle, you definitely want him on your side. Constantly reprimanded for his indoor smoking habits Bardroy clearly has no plans to kick his addiction. You will find this chef with a cigarette in the mouth and a dangerous weapon in hand ready to 'blow' up the opponent faster than his flamethrower chars dinner.

Black Butler: Complete First Season

Black Butler: Complete First Season (Blu-ray/DVD Combo)
Black Butler: Complete First Season (Blu-ray/DVD Combo)

Ciel Phantomhive has been rescued from his tormentors by a demon at the price of his soul. Sebastian takes on the role of butler to the queen's guard dog Ciel Phantomhive. Together they do the dirty work for Her Majesty as Ciel Phantomhive seeks his final revenge.


Spike from Cowboy Bebop

Spike appears to be another laid-back cowboy but don't let his relaxed facade fool you. This bounty hunter was made for the job. His partner, Jet, is also quite the chain smoker though his tough exterior would never give you the slightest clue at the bonsai raising softie inside. Spike is seeking out revenge and chasing down answers in this fabulously animated work of art.

Cowboy Bebop:The Complete Series

Cowboy Bebop: The Complete Series [Blu-ray]
Cowboy Bebop: The Complete Series [Blu-ray]

Even if fighting, bounty-hunting, thrilling anime are not for you I still recommend watching at least one episode of this anime for one reason alone: the animation. The animators did a phenomenal job and the music? One of the best I've heard for an anime in a long time. Check out Cowboy Bebop..because it's just plain cool.


On a Final Note...

Anime characters don't have to face the dangers of a smoking addiction. Let's face it. It would kill a great character like Spike if they had an episode where he had to get a hole placed for a new voicebox because cancer ate away his own vocal chords. Pretty disgusting. So please leave the smoking to the characters on screen and stay nicotine free in the real world. Trust me. Once you start, it can become near impossible to stop. Don't go down that road. Stay tobacco free.


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    • Kalafina profile imageAUTHOR


      3 years ago

      Excellent! I never finished Psycho Pass (got to like episode 17) so I didn't feel okay with using Shinya Kogami as an example. Once I get back to the anime I will add him as well.

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      China Abarquez 

      3 years ago

      You can add Shinya Kogami from Psycho-pass. He is a one of the well-known detectives in the anime world.


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