Real badasses, on the other hand, don’t hide their scars from the public. You can tell just by looking at them that they’ve gone through a lot. You can tell just by looking at these anime characters that they’re dangerous.
1. Himura Kenshin from Rurouni Kenshin
As viewers, we may be familiar with Kenshin’s scar, but we have no idea how he came to bear it. His distinctive “X” is actually two scars, which can be seen in the Samurai X OVAs or read the manga. They were both sent to Kenshin by the fiancée of his future husband as his Battousai, and they were both sent to Kenshin by someone he killed. Before she died, she gave it to him.
2. Jet Black from Cowboy Bebop
Black Dog wasn’t Jet’s moniker on the police force for nothing. He’s a stickler for the rule. In fact, he even went after a criminal organization that had compromised a large portion of the city’s police officers. In the end, he got caught in a trap that resulted in the amputation of his arm and the necessity for a metal component to support the scar on his face.
In spite of the fact that he might have had cell regeneration, he chose mechanical replacements. As a point of reference, of course.
3. Vash the Stampede from Trigun
Vash looks to be impenetrable during the majority of Trigun’s plot. A accidental contact with him while showering reveals that he’s been through more than your average guy. After all, he is dogged by trouble like a monstrous rain cloud. In the flesh, you’ll find an abundance of gnarled skin and even a sliver of rusty metal mesh. As a result of a horrible accident a long time ago, he had his genuine arm amputated.
4. Scar from Fullmetal Alchemist
What better way to express your disdain for others than by scarring your forehead in the shape of a ‘X’? “Scar” was not a conscious decision on the part of the individual who bears it. When his entire family was slain, he realized what that meant. He also lost an arm, but his brother was more than happy to donate him one of his own.
5. Gutts from Berserk
Gutts should be nothing but scar tissue at this point, especially if you’ve been reading the Berserk manga. Among his many apparent scars is a nick on his nose, the result of an early start in the mercenary life with a foster father who taught him to “learn by beating.” Of course, the scar on his neck known as the “Band of Sacrifice” is his most recognizable. When demons are about, it oozes a bit.
6. Allen Walker from D. Gray Man
Allen’s scar tells a narrative the first time you see it. As a matter of fact, you’re not going to suffer random pentagram eye slashes. Allen’s adoptive father, who had passed away, had given it to him years before he became an exorcist. A ploy by Mana Walker converted Allen into an Akuma, which marred the boy’s face and also gave him a special ability to detect Akuma and see the human souls that are chained to their bodies.
7. Whitebeard from One Piece
In One Piece, there are undoubtedly tens of thousands of fascinating scars. So, you know, because they’re pirates, they ought to have a little bit of skin flare. The only One Piece scar we could think of was Whitebeard’s, so we decided to focus on that. The fact that he’s Whitebeard explains it all. In spite of his extensive collection of injuries and battle scars, this old guy has never backed down from an altercation.
8. Worick from Gangsta
If you believe the saying that scars make a guy gorgeous, Worick has it in plenty. He has only one scar on his eye, despite a childhood that has been both sheltered and violent. A scar he received from his father’s cigarette burn is hidden beneath his eye patch.
9. Balalaika from Black Lagoon
Balalaika, the granddaughter of a high-ranking Soviet military officer, is a stunning femme fatale… In the absence of severe burns covering half her body. As a result of the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan, she bears the scars. Her detractors call her “Fry Face,” and if she overhears you calling her that, she will kill you in a fit of pity.
10. All Might from My Hero Academia
All Might’s secret is that he has scars all over his body, and you learn about it early on in the series. The hero form only lasts a few hours because of a wound he got in a long-ago combat. It’s a really severe scar. It ripped out his gut, and the scar now looks like it’s spiraling.
11. Manji from Blade of the Immortal
Manji’s beautiful scar along the middle of his face immediately identifies him at a glance. But if you take a closer look, you’ll notice that Manji’s entire body is covered with scars. Being immortal and spending all of your time fighting can lead to this. Immortality does not guarantee that your wounds will heal perfectly.
12. Genryuusai from Bleach
There are a lot of scars in Bleach, and there are many stories about how they got them. On the other hand, Kenpachi has several excellent ones, but the best can be found on Genryuusai, where the gnarled flesh of an oak can be seen in his beard.
13. Morino Ibiki from Naruto
Ibiki’s appearances in Naruto are few and far between, although he has a noticeable scar on his face. Under his scarf and long sleeves, he has even more craters and burns, which is why he wears them. It took him years of brutal torture to earn the scars that made him one of the most feared ANBU members.
14. Kenshiro from Fist of the North Star
Kenshiro’s muscular chest is covered in some of the most recognizable scars in anime history. Seven finger tip scars in the shape of the dipper were left on Kenshiro’s chest when a martial arts technique was used on him following his betrayal by his adoptive brother.
15. Naraku from Inuyasha
Naraku, Inuyasha’s major enemy, was originally a human being. However, he offered his body to the demons after being severely burned on every surface of his body and left to die in a cave with Kikyo. Having been reborn as a spider demon, he was given a spider scar on his back in addition to the bothersome talents that come with being a spider demon.
16. Sensui from Yu Yu Hakusho
Yu Yu Hakusho has a lot of action, so you’d think there’d be more characters with cool scars. He has a lot of scars, but they aren’t what you’d call “awesome.” His love of fighting and wild attitude have resulted in him becoming a scar tissue hodgepodge when his clothes come off.
17. Mika from Durarara
Who says that only Balalaika is the only one who can have scars? Typically, they don’t have a lot of scars because of it. This is not the case with Miki, who has a cool scar across her neck thanks to her yandere mentality, although the specifics of it are spoilers.
18. Adolf from Terra Formars
First season, Adolf’s battle for his life received a lot of attention, even though it was a brief one. He is, nonetheless, a sorrowful figure, as seen by his scars. We learn that he has the DNA of an electric eel inside him, which is why he has burns all over his face and body. Disfiguring burn scars were created by the repeated electric shocks he received while working with high voltage.
19. King from One Punch Man
Having a chin like an anvil and a reputation as the strongest man on Earth necessitates a few scars. King’s regal-yet-menacing aspect is completed by three neat slits on the side of his face. The myth goes that he earned the scars while fighting a God-level monster.
20. Yamcha from Dragon Ball Z
Yamcha completes the line-up. Yamcha should have far more scars than he has given how frequently he is mercenaryized in the Dragon Ball universe. For the World’s Martial Arts Tournament, he trained with scars on his hands and knees. As for scars, if you have to get one like Yamcha’s, you’d better hope it’s a good one.
Are there any additional savage scars you think we should have included? Let us know what you think in the comments below. Please keep in mind that we only selected one character from the most popular shounen series (because there be a lot of scar tissue within). So, if you have a favorite that didn’t make the cut, don’t be upset about it.