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Do certain hair colors in anime have a meaning?
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huckdiane wrote:

Probably just the way I see it, but I noticed that in anime characters with some hair colors have very specific personalities most of the time, especially females.

For example, girls with red hair are usually very strong, loud, on-you-face tsundere types; girls with dark blue hair are the "perfect" types, good at school, nice with everybody; girls with green hair are the cool ones, laid back, sarcastic, apparently cold and detached; blondes are bubbly, funny, shameless, kinda perverted; those with pink hair are the sweeties, lolified, "mary sue" types.

For males is a bit different,but there are many anime guys with silver/grey air who are usually funny, cool, lazy and quite badass in their own unique ways.

Of courese this doesn't apply EVERY single time, but I've seen it happen a lot.


Gotta agree with you about the silver hair. Gintoki? Squalo? Gin Ichimaru (RIP)? All funny. All cool. All lazy. All badass. This is the one hair-color stereotype I can't complain about! > o < \m/
Posted 6/1/11
unless they symbolize a motif or color theme, I wouldn't think so.
Posted 6/1/11

1truekill3r wrote:

Then does Green mean they're horny?
I barely see any green heads.



zoro/zolo- one piece has green hair- not horny, but he's more of the don't piss me off and no one will get hurt kind of character...

now as for symbolism in hair colour, i don't think it really matters...
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I don't see much of a meaning behind them other than to distinguish one character from another.
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red hair = powerful, mysterious, hot blooded
white = less talkative , arrogant , intelligent
golden or yellow = energetic, freindly, cool, lovable, kind, helpfull etc......................
brown=funny, cool . powerfull
green = bad people {villians}
purpule & pink = cute, adorable
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toshiro777 wrote:

True, true. Looking back at my lifetime "viewing history" of anime, I can see the disparity:

Ranma 1/2 (early 90's)

You seem to have forgotten perhaps one of the most famous examples of different color hair, also from the early 90's: Sailor Moon.




crimsonHAter wrote:

red hair = powerful, mysterious, hot blooded
white = less talkative , arrogant , intelligent
golden or yellow = energetic, freindly, cool, lovable, kind, helpfull etc......................
brown=funny, cool . powerfull
green = bad people {villians}
purpule & pink = cute, adorable

I would definitely have to disagree with purple, as the characters that started coming to mind would not bring "cute/adorable" to mind (attractive or beautiful, in the case of female characters, but that would not be their most dominant trait). To be honest, purple might be one of the colors that would be most difficult to classify, even going by the majority.

Your classification for green also seems suspect, as most of the characters that come to mind with green hair are not bad at all. Sometimes they are even the protaganist of the story (i.e., Ueki from The Law of Ueki).

To put it another way, I expect for every character you could find that fits your classification for those colors, I could find two that do not.


There is also another factor that needs to be considered: Eye color.

For example, consider characters with red hair. Of female characters, how difficult is it to think of any with both red hair and eyes that were not tsundere? Contrast this to the red haired characters you can think of with green or blue eyes.

I suspect there are some hair/eye color combinations where you could come up with a classification where 80-90% of characters would fit, and there are others that would defy any meaningful classification.

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TheAncientOne wrote:

You seem to have forgotten perhaps one of the most famous examples of different color hair, also from the early 90's: Sailor Moon.

I only mentioned the shows that I watched regularly; I only watched (maybe) 2 episodes of Sailor Moon.

Also, I don't think the different hair colors in "Sailor Moon" were meant to distinguish their personalities; just their namesake (celestial bodies) and powers. Then again, I don't know that much about the show...



I would definitely have to disagree with purple, as the characters that started coming to mind would not bring "cute/adorable" to mind (attractive or beautiful, in the case of female characters, but that would not be their most dominant trait). To be honest, purple might be one of the colors that would be most difficult to classify, even going by the majority.

I agree with you on that point. In my opinion, purple tends to personify individuals like Etou Fujiko,

who appear to be well-intentioned at first glance, but are in reality deceiving/evil people.
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Here is the discussion on this topic from TVTropes.com (Link: http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/UsefulNotes/HairColorInJapan) :

In general, though, brown, black or (rarely) naturalistic auburn hair tends to indicate an Ordinary High School Student or some other "grounded", "normal" (Japanese) person. In some anime, green hair can serve as an additional "standard" hair color (for instance, Midori in Midori No Hibi).

A blond woman is often either The Ditz or a callous, selfish manipulator. (Female blonde Japanese characters, particularly very tan ones, also evoke the "kogal" and "yamamba" youth subcultures, which while more or less harmless are considered extreme almost to the point of delinquency.) There are frequent exceptions, though, such as Kaolla Suu from Love Hina. Often, blondes also have some kind of foreign ancestry, typically American or European. (For instance, Rebecca Miyamoto from Pani Poni Dash!, and Kaolla Suu, who is herself from a fictional island nation.)

Blonde hair on a male character may imply that he is a trickster. Alternately, it may symbolize that this character is a focus of chaos, and trouble follows him wherever he goes, such as Vash the Stampede from Trigun; a live-action example is the movie version of Battle Royale's Kazuo Kiriyama. It is also not uncommon for anime males with long blonde hair to be portrayed as Casanova-types. (Examples: Kurz from Full Metal Panic!, Allen Schezar from Vision of Escaflowne, Kyle from Suikoden V among others...)

Red hair often corresponds either to spirit possession and/or enchantment (as in Ranma's red-headed "curse form"), or to the more Western "hot head" stereotype (such as Asuka from Neon Genesis Evangelion or Lina Inverse from The Slayers).

White hair tends to indicate dignity and skill (or simply obvious age), unless the character in question is a bishonen, in which case he is almost always a villain. If the character is a white-haired, dark-skinned woman, then dignity, skill or power is often implied, but the character is often also emotionally driven and portrayed as a "force of nature". Urd from Ah! My Goddess, Sanae from Hanaukyo Maid Tai, Sara from Hand Maid May are good examples. Storm of the X-Men is a good Western example.

Blue hair on a woman tends to indicate shyness or introversion, a correspondence which seems to have originated with Ami "Sailor Mercury" Mizuno from Sailor Moon. It also seems to connote extraordinary intelligence in both genders — Ami Mizuno, again, but also Miki Kaoru from Revolutionary Girl Utena and Touma Hashiba from Yoroiden Samurai Troopers.
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a lot of white haired anime guys that also wear all white clothes seem to be the character that seems nice but then later turns out to be the enemy.
red long hair i usually see are female swordsman, warrior, or the strong character ex: shakugan no shana, misuzu from 11eyes, erza from fairy tail, and i think yoko from gurren lagann
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