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What's your anime hair colour?

Updated on November 15, 2014

Chromatic colours that liven the screen!

Every hardcore anime fan would have noticed the use of vibrant hair colours for the various characters in a show. Sometimes a single anime series could even feature more shades of dye colours than a rainbow!

But is it really just a matter of dazzling up the screen with an array of colours or are these distinct hues associated with different characteristics?

We take a shot at deducing what the different anime hair colours might represent in a character. (We're taking a blind stab here, so take this with a pinch of salt.)

Roy Mustang fits the bill
Roy Mustang fits the bill

Black is the new black

These raven-haired heroes and heroines are making a come-back as protagonists and main characters of the latest mangas. Long gone is the stereotype that black belongs to the boring, traditional and cautious stock character. Now, brunettes are associated with calm and collected individuals.

This package usually includes a razor sharp intellect and an equally razor sharp tongue. They tend to also lean a little towards the broody and sullen side.

Check out some of our favourite brooding brunettes!

Uchiha Sasuke/Itachi/Re-L Mayer/Mio Akiyama

Uchiha Sasuke/Itachi/Re-L Mayer/Mio Akiyama
Uchiha Sasuke/Itachi/Re-L Mayer/Mio Akiyama

Umi/lelouch lamperouge/Ogami Rei/Nico Robin

Umi/lelouch lamperouge/Ogami Rei/Nico Robin
Umi/lelouch lamperouge/Ogami Rei/Nico Robin

L/Hei/Kuchiki Byakuya/Alucard

L/Hei/Kuchiki Byakuya/Alucard
L/Hei/Kuchiki Byakuya/Alucard

takashi morinozuka/Hagi/Vincent valentine/Megumi Takani

takashi morinozuka/Hagi/Vincent valentine/Megumi Takani
takashi morinozuka/Hagi/Vincent valentine/Megumi Takani

Have some cool characters to add to the list? Tell us your all time favorite brunettes!

Who are your TOP 5 favorite black-haired anime characters?

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      Wikus987 5 years ago

      Monkey D. Luffy - Yamamoto Takeshi - Rin Okumura - Xanxus - Kiba Inuzuka :)

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Yamamoto Takeshi, Xanxus, Zack Fair... and I can't think of any more....

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      ladyyummy 4 years ago

      Vincent Valentine!!! & the evil Orochimaru from Naruto.

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      getmoreinfo 4 years ago

      I like anime hair colour, cool photos too.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Hei BK-201(darker than black), Sasuke uchiha, Haku, Ikki (air gear), Kyoya Ootori.

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      Aja103654 4 years ago

      Oooh!!! L is here and many other characters I have met too! Haji!!!

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      Neliel1121 4 years ago

      Hei is so cool

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      mmwoodward 4 years ago

      Colonel Mustang is the best. <3

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      CalobrenaOmai 3 years ago

      You kind of have them covered for me buddy.

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      Jeremy Gill 2 years ago from Louisiana

      Aja103653, I admire L, too! Such an interesting and thoughtful character.

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      Anonymous 15 months ago

      Colonel Roy Mustang

    Hair as dark as their personalities

    Here are some things that the colour BLACK represents : Death, Destruction, Evil, Bad Omen, Illness, Tainted, Depression. 0_0

    Ashen Angels

    Pure, angelic, God-like or plainly due to old age? White hair is used for almost all kinds of characters that you can't simply categorize it into a specific personality type. Just take the colossal difference between rowdy Inuyasha and his elegant kyodai (brother) Sesshomaru for example, two siblings with the same hair colours yet their personalities are poles apart.

    We can only guess that white hair, in regards to Japanese anime, could represent a deity figure or a superior being (Probably holding back some incredible power or secret). One can easily spot many demons, wizards or magical creatures with flowing white tresses in mangas and animes.

    Another notable trend is that white-haired characters are always the balance for black haired characters. Maybe it's the personification of Yin and Yang that intrigues the readers or the striking contrast when these characters interact, either way I'm sure mangakas would chance at the opportunity to create some fun dialogue between the black and white characters.

    The Yin and Yang Effect

    The Yin and Yang Effect
    The Yin and Yang Effect

    This scene look familiar?

    This scene look familiar?
    This scene look familiar?

    Cutest Black and White Pairing?

    It's true that opposites attract with these odd couples!

    Vote for the couple with the best on-screen chemistry!

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    Shimotsuki Kuze - Zombie Loan
    Shimotsuki Kuze - Zombie Loan

    The Grey Area

    What's the difference between grey, silver and white? We can spend a decade debating about the exact shade of a character's hair colour, but the bottom line is simply this - there are just too many similarities between them that we can only sit back and speculate on why a character was given a silver mane instead of grey or white...I guess some mysteries in life are best unsolved ;p

    One thing's for sure, Ash-haired characters (no matter the shade) certainly give off an aura of mystery and superiority and command a significant amount of authority and power in most mangas and animes.

    PS: Most girls go gaga for this look: mysterious, white haired, tall, lean, and bespectacled guy (Usually a genius)

    PS: Most girls go gaga for this look: mysterious, white haired, tall, lean, and bespectacled guy (Usually a genius)
    PS: Most girls go gaga for this look: mysterious, white haired, tall, lean, and bespectacled guy (Usually a genius)
    Winry Rockbell
    Winry Rockbell

    Blondes have more fun?

    We racked our brains to find a blonde anime character that doesn't have an outgoing personality... so far the list has been pretty short (or maybe our mental anime encyclopaedia is not as extensive as we'd thought). Yes there are the occasional introverted blondes whose names are at our fingertips like the ever- enigmatic Saber from Fate Stay Night, Chobits' shy Chii , Claymore's strong and silent Clare and To Love-ru's emotionless Yami, but most of the time blondes are a chatty and bubbly bunch!

    Nagi Sanzenin
    Nagi Sanzenin

    You can see them jumping on set with their (usually blue) eyes brimming with confidence and making a hell lot of noise, they are also the ones who bring laughter and fun unto the set with their light-hearted and warm personalities.

    Shunsuke Fuji
    Shunsuke Fuji

    Brown out!

    The first thing that comes to mind about brown hair? - They got bored of using Black.

    Brown haired characters are usually a spin-off from the more favoured ebony hair; so naturally, some traits of the brunettes do rub off on these characters. However, just as their hair colours are less intense then black; brownies also have a less dark or grim nature than the blackies. If the chocolate haired is made the main character, they would most likely be a well-balanced individual that isn't too chatty or too quiet.

    Sana Chan
    Sana Chan

    They would be relatively intelligent and quick-witted and have a happy-go-lucky attitude to life, which makes them more relatable to the mainstream crowd and even more genuine as a real person (as opposed to an anime character). They usually make as reliable friends too and are the glue that holds the group together.

    If they were playing supporting characters, they would probably be the wallflowers that audiences don't take much interest in.

    Miaka Yuki
    Miaka Yuki

    So in a nutshell, we reckon that Brown hair in the anime world represents a down-to-earth, likable character whose personality balances in the middle and does not have an extreme or distinct personality trait.

    Shana
    Shana

    Crimson fury

    What does the colour red remind you of? Fire, sparks, blood, Heat, Sexy, love, passion ... yep that pretty much sums up our impression of Red heads. If you watch enough anime, you'll notice that red-heads are quite hot-headed and always up for a challenge. Some may have an evil side to them but they make up for it by being drop dead gorgeous.

    Slam Dunk's Hanamichi Sakuragi - possibly the most fired-up redhead in anime history

    Slam Dunk's Hanamichi Sakuragi - possibly the most fired-up redhead in anime history
    Slam Dunk's Hanamichi Sakuragi - possibly the most fired-up redhead in anime history

    TRUE OR FALSE? - Red hair rocks!

    Are red heads the hottest characters?

    Totally! they are as smexy as their sizzling hot red hair!

    Totally! they are as smexy as their sizzling hot red hair!

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      • CalobrenaOmai 3 years ago

        It all depends on their personality. Usually those with black and red streaked hair are on the list.

      • anonymous 3 years ago

        Erza Scarlet!!!!!

      • Neliel1121 4 years ago

        Red hair is so hot.

      • anonymous 4 years ago

        I usually notices the redheads first... Sorry, hehe, I have a soft spot for redheads .

      • Darcie French 5 years ago from Abbotsford, BC

        Yeppers! Red is a hot color

      No way! none of my favorite characters has red hair!

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        • anonymous 5 years ago

          nah i like..un red heads :P

        Sakura Haruno
        Sakura Haruno

        Pretty in Pink

        There's something about pink-haired girls that make you want to go 'awwww' at everything they say and do. Sweet marshmallow-haired girls are the epitome of vulnerability and innocence and these heroines are usually very refreshing characters. They also seem somewhat celestial with their baby-pink locks. Pink mainly represents femininity (this does not apply to all males!) and kindness so some mangakas like to give it a twist by creating a pink head with an unexpectedly uncouth character. E.g Sakura (Naruto) and Natsu (Fairy Tail)

        Voted cutest pink haired with cat ears ! Lucy - Elfen Lied

        Voted cutest pink haired with cat ears ! Lucy - Elfen Lied
        Voted cutest pink haired with cat ears ! Lucy - Elfen Lied

        How many characters can you name from these bevy of babes?

        How many characters can you name from these bevy of babes?
        How many characters can you name from these bevy of babes?

        Test your anime knowledge and see if you can recognize all these characters!

        How many characters can you name from these bevvy of beauties?

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            anonymous 5 years ago

            Sometimes i think Sakura from Naruto is just a stupid Fangirl that bitches about everything and is needs to leave naruto alone in the first naruto

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            Lorelei Cohen 5 years ago from Canada

            I don't know much about Anime other than how delightful the characters look and feel on screen or within the pages of the many anime books. Judging by your commentary on this lens though you are certainly very knowledgeable on the anime characters.

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            ladyyummy 4 years ago

            @anonymous: I know what you mean!!! & then later in the episodes she starts to liiiike Naruto because Sasuke left her xD

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            GrimRascal 4 years ago from Overlord's Castle

            most of them hehe

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            Neliel1121 4 years ago

            1.Euphemia from Code Geass.

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            anonymous 3 years ago

            lacus clyne from gundam seed destiny, someone from sailor moon, akashiya moka from rosario+vampire, someone from some anime, himeji from baka to test to shokanjuu, euphemia li britannia from code geass

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            Max Wong 3 years ago from Singapore

            @anonymous: Thanks Christa for the feedback! :)

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            CalobrenaOmai 3 years ago

            I could only ID Chibi Moon.

          Minato Arisato
          Minato Arisato

          Into the Blue

          A deep intense Prussian is an amazing dye colour for hair (even in real life!) It's a popular hair colour for really icy cold and emotionless characters. An aqua blue shade or azure colour could mean a few things.

          1) They have a shy personality trait

          2) They are dependable people

          3) They are all-rounders who are perfect at everything

          Strikingly marine-coloured hair characters mostly have an eccentric or odd personality while some Alien characters have blue hair to show that they are out of this world.

          Envy
          Envy

          Tinge of Green

          Okay this is probably a wild guess (then again we see this in many animes) the green haired characters are the oh-so-cool, laid back guys who tend to shoot a sarcastic word or two every once in a while. Of course this doesn't apply to all of them - sometimes the artist just wants to use a striking colour like green to spice up the screen.

          "You look great, just like a prince...of the Idiot Kingdom." - Roronoa Zoro

          "You look great, just like a prince...of the Idiot Kingdom." - Roronoa Zoro
          "You look great, just like a prince...of the Idiot Kingdom." - Roronoa Zoro

          What is your anime hair color?

          If your hair color represents your personality, what color would it be?

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              Virginia Allain 5 years ago from Central Florida

              Looks like you are quite an expert on anime. I have several lenses about anime wigs. My niece gives me tips as she's quite active in cosplay.

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              sunny saib 4 years ago

              Good one.. Creative stuff..

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              ladyyummy 4 years ago

              Now I understand why anime characters have such colorful hair! It goes with their personality. Thanks for posting :D

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              Mark Falco 4 years ago from Reno, Nevada

              Interesting. I didn't know the hair color was a hint towards the character's personality.

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              Takkhis 4 years ago

              It is great to see this lens, very interesting indeed :)

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              katiecolette 4 years ago

              Love all the hair colors in your intro photo :)

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              CalobrenaOmai 3 years ago

              I actually read a book about hair colors in reference to ani-manga characters some time ago. I say these are pretty spot on. I wonder how Tsunade fits on the list?

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