Unusual hair colors are a common occurrence in the anime world. Characters are differentiated by them, and their personalities are defined by them. Despite this, purple-haired men in anime are still a rarity. We can see from this list that purple hair is still reserved for minor characters. They represent people who are odd, unusual, or quiet.
We hope that in the future, purple-haired characters will be able to break through this barrier and take on the lead role. We found ten purple-haired men who are either the most well-known or best represent the best characteristics associated with the purple hair stereotype.
10. Kojirou (James) from Pokemon
Animal-like creatures of all kinds, known as Pokémon, roam the earth in the world of Pokémon. People grow up with them, and when they turn ten, they can embark on a quest to capture and raise their own Pokémon. Pokémon can be used in battles to improve their strength, form bonds with their trainers, and earn badges to show how powerful your Pokémon team is. However, not everything in this world is perfect. There’s Team Rocket, who’s out to steal Pokémon and works behind the scenes for reasons we don’t yet understand.
“Be ready for trouble, and double it!” If you grew up in the late 1990s, you’ll know exactly what I’m talking about. As they attempted to steal Ash’s Pikachu, Team Rocket’s Jessie and James were a constant annoyance to him and his friends. In this ruthless group, James was the goofball. James was the least ambitious member of the team, even behind their Pokémon partner, Meowth, who was always looking to have fun and relax. What fans adore about him is his relationship with Jessie and his refusal to conform to gender roles.
Depending on where you are watching Pokémon and which episode you are on, James’ hair can change colors from purple to blue. That is why he is ranked tenth rather than first on this list. On this list, James is probably the most well-known character with purple hair.
9. Yuki Souma from Fruits Basket
When Yuki Souma comes across Tooru Honda’s camp on his family’s land, she is a normal high school girl who just happens to be homeless. She had nowhere to turn after her mother died, so she decides to try to be self-sufficient. Yuki is disgusted by her situation and takes her to his family. When she arrives, she bumps into Yuki’s cousin and learns that members of the Souma family transform into Chinese Zodiac animals when embraced by the opposite sex. It is quickly decided that she can remain with that family on the condition that she keep their Zodiac secret.
Yuki Souma is a gentle soul who is referred to as the school’s “Prince.” He is quiet and thoughtful, and he only vents his rage on his cousin Kyou. Yuki is the Zodiac sign of the Rat, and he is a favorite of the family’s leader. Yuki is in pain and constantly feels alone, despite his outward kindness. This is where Tooru steps in to help him feel better. Yuki represents the calm side of anime boys with purple hair. Even though we know he is just as troubled as the rest of us, his “regal” persona is strengthened by his light purple hair in the anime.
8. Kirimaru Settsuno from Nintama Rantarou
This classic anime has been on the air for more than two decades and is still going strong. It follows the training of two ninjas. Nintama is derived from a combination of the Japanese words for “ninja” and “egg.” So they’re like little ninjas! This show is similar to Naruto in that it follows these young ninjas’ misadventures and how they learn from them. This is a show that rivals the ever-popular Doraemon in terms of popularity among children.
We couldn’t have a list like this without a classic. It certainly reaches that status, having been on the air for over 20 years and having produced several films. We chose Kirimaru Settsuno because several of the characters in the show have purple hair. He’s obsessed with money and part-time jobs, earning the moniker “Genius Part-timer” for his ability to be a ninja while working multiple part-time jobs at the same time. This is a silly, endearing character whose antics will make you laugh out loud. Kirimaru personifies the purple-haired side character to a tee.
7. Mephisto Pheles from Ao no Exorcist (Blue Exorcist)
We follow two exorcists as they learn more about the two sides of the world in Blue Exorcist. Assiah and Gehenna represent the world we know and the world of demons, respectively. Rin and Yukio Okumura are two brothers who enroll in an exorcist school after discovering Rin’s true father. Rin is a half-demon and Satan’s son. Satan wants to take control of Assiah and rule both the human and demon worlds. Rin swears to stop him, and we join him on his quest to learn more about exorcism.
Mephisto Pheles is the epitome of a strange purple-haired figure. It’s difficult to deny that he’s the ideal purple-haired supporting character, what with his eccentric wardrobe and habit of appearing out of nowhere. Mephisto is the principal of the school where the two brothers are students, and he tutors them. Despite his nerdiness, Mesphisto’s power is second only to Satan’s.
6. Tsubasa Amaha from Starry☆Sky
Starry Sky is a dreamy anime about a high school that was previously an all-boys school but has recently opened its doors to female students. Yahisa Tsukiko, the protagonist, is currently the only female student at this school. We begin the series with Henri, also known as Yoh, on the hunt for his childhood love and a fascination with the night sky. He came to this school in the hopes of reuniting with her. We learn about the many boys in the show who represent the constellations in the sky throughout the show.
Tsubasa has loved inventing things since he was a child. We see him trying to accept his unique nature and individuality rather than caring what others think in the show. In stark contrast to his shy and unassuming nature, he towers over the other characters in this show. He becomes friends with the other members of the student council after being literally dragged into it. Tsubasa, the purple-haired character, has a neurotic side to him.
5. Shuu Tsukiyama from Tokyo Ghoul
Kaneki Ken is a normal kid living in a Tokyo that isn’t quite normal. Man-eating ghouls terrorize the city in this world, and ordinary people try to carry on with their lives despite the danger. Kaneki’s entire world changes when he is transformed into a new type of half-ghoul. He now has to fight his instincts to kill and eat human flesh. He is fortunate in that he is aided by other ghouls during his transformation, but his struggles are far from over.
Kaneki introduces himself to Shuu Tsukiyama as a “gourmet” who only eats the best of the best human flesh. He is an eccentric man who becomes obsessed with Kaneki right away and vows to protect him so that he can eat him alone. Shuu’s wacky purple hair is a reflection of his wacky personality. This is in stark contrast to the aristocratic image he portrays of himself and other gourmets, all of whom we learn are insane.
4. Hajime Saitou from Hakuouki (Hakuoki ~Demon of the Fleeting Blossom~)
The Shinsengumi save Chizuru Yukimura when she is rescued from a couple of rabid samurai. The Shinsengumi were a Japanese militia that served the Shogunate in the late 1800s. Their mission was to keep the peace and protect the people. Chizuru is followed by Hakuouki as she joins the Shinsengumi and continues her search for her father. But what secrets does she uncover about this illustrious society?
With a reputation for being cold and direct, Hajime debunks the notion that purple hair can only be associated with frivolous or lighthearted characters. You risk being stung by his candor because he is unable to sugarcoat anything he says. However, his harshness stems from a genuine concern for your well-being. You will fall in love with Hajime, just as many other girls have, if you can look past his cold demeanor and see his warm, true feelings.
3. Natsuno Yuuki from Shiki
You are thrust into the middle of a murder investigation in this anime. Three bodies have been discovered on the outskirts of Sotoba village, a very remote town with a number of strange occurrences. The town’s mysteries are only heightened when a group of strangers moves into the beautiful western style mansion on the hill. Soon after, Megumi, the town’s eccentric high school girl, dies, and Natsuno Yuuki’s entire world is turned upside down. You won’t want to miss this murder mystery with a paranormal twist!
Yuuki Natsuno is the protagonist of this anime. Finally, a main character with purple hair is introduced! Yuuki’s hair is actually quite tame in comparison to the rest of the anime’s characters’. Yuuki is a newcomer to town who finds himself caught up in the town’s mysteries and horrors. He has the cold demeanor that a purple-haired character is known for. Despite this, because of his big city upbringing, he is Megumi’s obsession. However, as more people are discovered dead, he becomes more interested in finding answers.
2. Trunks from Dragon Ball Z
You didn’t have a complete childhood unless you got a taste of Dragon Ball Z’s awesomeness. You can count on Goku and his allies to save the day when the world is in danger. Dragon Ball Z’s plot revolves around seven magical dragon balls that are scattered throughout the world. When they’re all together, you’ll be able to make an all-powerful wish that can even bring the dead back to life.
In Dragon Ball Z, there is only one character with purple hair. Trunks is a time-traveling badass who goes back in time to prevent the destruction of the future. Everyone on Earth was killed by androids in his future, leaving him alone. As a result, Trunks travels back in time to save Goku and alter the future.
We get to see two sides of Trunks in the show. As Vegeta and Bulma’s son, he’s a badass who came to save the world. Because of his dark future, adult Trunks is serious and powerful, whereas kid Trunks is an obnoxious little brat. With his best friend Goten, he enjoys laughing and joking around. Trunks is a classic character who must be included in any list of the best purple-haired anime boys.
1. Sinbad from Magi: Sinbad no Bouken
It’s not easy to become the most popular purple-haired anime boy. We’ve read about a slew of other deserving people. Sinbad, on the other hand, takes the top spot because he appears in more than one anime. He now has his own anime, The Adventures of Sinbad, which delves into his backstory after being a major supporting character in Magi: The Labyrinth of Magic. In The Adventure of Sinbad, we learn how he became the conqueror he is today.
Sinbad is the best at everything he does, from being the ultimate ladies’ man to being the master of the magical “djinns” he has defeated. Purple-haired characters typically play the silent or quirky type in the other cases we’ve seen. Sinbad, however, is an exception. He’s a character who deserves his own anime, and he could pave the way for future purple-haired protagonists.