Okay, anime is full of zany, quirky characters but every now and then we come across a character who you just have to wonder what is going on inside their head (if anything). There characters can be fun and amusing or they can be completely annoying but they usually leave a fairly lasting impression. For the most part I’ve tried to avoid genuinely insane characters (or characters that have a mental illness where it is being treated seriously) or master mind villains because they fall into a category all of their own. That said, we’ve got some explosive tempers, some extreme flamboyance, and some really weird motivations from some of these characters.
List updated January 2019.
Please Note – There are spoilers below. You have been warned.
Honourable Mention: The Colourless King from K (Previously number 5).
Honourable Mention: Schokolade from Jormungand (Previously number 4)
Number 5: Karuta Roromiya from Inu X Boku SS (Previously number 3)
Karuta is another food obsessed girl and she is one spacey character. It is difficult to know what she is thinking but as Watanuki points out, she always knows what she is doing even if the rest of us don’t get it. Besides, how can we hate someone who helps small animals, likes to eat, and can transform into a giant skeleton if push comes to shove?
Number 4: Prince Mare from Dame X Pri
I really enjoyed meeting Prince Mare in DamePri. Outside of Ani he was definitely the best part of the show. A reclusive shut in who would speak only through his puppet it took Ani a great deal of effort to get Mare out of his room and even then he would find humorous ways to avoid sunlight, such as stuffing himself in a barrel or a chest. Still, when it came to pursuing his hobbies Mare was second to none. Not to mention his cynical observations of the other princes.
Number 3: Ladd Russo from Baccano (Previously number 2)
While he is definitely a villain he isn’t a crazy evil genius. Ladd is just… obsessed with violence? An egomaniac? Completely disconnected from reality? It’s hard to know but a character who chooses to wear white in order to show the blood better definitely deserves a mention as someone who isn’t all there. And Ladd is such an upbeat murderer. That said, other than hunting the thrill of violence and death, his motives remain totally in the dark as does any reason for his warped personality. I wasn’t even a little upset when he was beaten and had to abandon the train though his survival was a little regrettable.
Number 2: Bakugou from My Hero Academia
Bakugou is brilliant, driven, and incredibly talented, but the kid who wants to be a hero comes up with a hero name of Lord Explosion Murder so you have to question some of his common sense. Whether you are friend or foe, you have to be wary of Bakugou’s incredible temper as he is seeking a justice all of his own and while we might be starting to see him grow a little, explosions still follow in Bakugou’s wake (I feel kind of bad for his parents when he was growing up because wow he takes temper tantrum to a whole new level).
Number 1: Grell Sutcliff from Black Butler
There’s not a lot you can really say about Grell except that he knows exactly who he is and he isn’t about to change. This is one flamboyant character who enjoys a good fight as much as a good flirt (though in Sebastian’s case Grell would love to go beyond flirting). Grell’s favourite colour is red and he personifies the fiery and diverse nature of this colour from passion through to violence. That said, we know next to nothing about Grell’s real feelings beneath the antics and we know next to nothing about how Grell came to be how he is. This character marches to the beat of their own drum and it works.
So that’s the list this week. Who would you have put on yours?