It’s rare for there to be any middle ground when it comes to edgy characters.
I, for one, am a big fan of edgelords since they’re exactly what I aspired to be when I was younger.
For those who enjoy unleashing their inner edgelord through anime, this list is for you. I’m taking a look at some of the best edgy anime characters.
For context, “edgy” means dark, gloomy, secretive, and generally a Byronic hero, which is what I’m referring to here.
15. Ragna the Bloodedge
Alter Memory: BlazBlue
Look at that name, God. Screams adolescent anguish, don’t you think?
And he does a good job of it.
Angry at everything and everyone, this man doesn’t even have a fuse. If you quote him, be prepared to have your YouTube video demonetized.
For some reason, it’s just natural for him to call every one of his assaults with the phrase “death,” blood, or soul in it.
He has a sad backstory, to say the least. Nevertheless, he’s been ranked at the bottom of the list by MAL.
Anime: Magi: The Labyrinth of Magic.
Judar is a lot more tame than the previous character. But it’s also far more detailed.
He doesn’t appear to have a great deal of respect for authority, and he does what he wants regardless of the consequences.
If Sinbad isn’t around, he’s also exceedingly arrogant and likes to show off his authority to make it clear that he’s in charge.
It’s only a matter of time before he goes absolutely insane with his black attire and a background of agony, suffering, and manipulation.
And I, for one, am eager to see what the future holds.
A Japanese anime series called Nanbaka is available.
As of right now, Juugo isn’t that far away.
If we ever get another season, I have a strong feeling that he’ll become a lot more sinister.
To make matters worse, he has the guy who ruined his life in his sights plus the typical “you have hidden powers that you don’t use because you might kill someone” setup.
Let’s pretend that I put Musashi (or even better, Elf) on here and call it a night if my theory doesn’t satisfy you.”
12. Zora Ideale
Black Clover is an anime.
A typical, edgy figure, Zora’s attitude and past are well-known.
With his scarred background and lack of confidence in his teammates, he has a deep animosity for one particular set of people.
He, too, is a good fit for the character. What’s not edgy about his shark fangs, awesome mask, and spiky red hair?
Atypical for the character, he uses his might to lay traps rather than unleash a barrage of brute force.
Even yet, he is confident in his abilities and uses them to his advantage.
11. Ryuunosuke Akutagawa
It’s Bungo Stray Dogs!
This dude is the epitome of edginess.
Why are you all black? Check.
In a cape, of course! Also, take a look.
Is it possible to have demonic powers that are black? It’s obvious.
It’s even more apparent when paired with Nakajima, the show’s softie.
Everybody is an enemy in Ryuunosuke’s eyes, and he sees himself as the only one who can help him achieve his ambitions.
For him, friendship and affection are of little importance. He’s only looking for reassurance.
In addition, I’d like to get a couple stomps in along the way.
Manga: The Seven Deadly Sins Anime
Many of these personalities meet the “sin of greed” description, as they are driven by a strong desire to succeed.
In terms of appearance, Ban is a perfect fit for the role. The threatening appearance, the scar, and the bad boy attire.
He seems to be a good guy in terms of his personality.
In the past, he has shown just how far he will go to get what he really wants.
9. Yuu Otosaka
The Charlotte Anime
If you don’t want to be spoiled, don’t bother reading on.
Yuu’s fall from grace was certainly dramatic and swift. There were just two episodes in the arc.
His demeanor changes dramatically after the death of his sister.
In the end, a “say no to drugs” message is shown in the form of a montage of him beating up random thugs. For a while, he returns to normal, but then he goes mad for the greater good.
It was clear that the man had both highs and lows in his life. Everything good he did was in the early episodes.
Dragon Ball Z is an anime series that has become popular worldwide.
The early days of Vegeta were certainly interesting.
He was a hate-filled ball who thought everyone else was beneath him and human connections were weak.
Then he met Kakarot, who has since made it his life’s work to outdo him in every way imaginable.
He had no qualms about getting his hands dirty. When triumph was within reach, he didn’t let his morals get in the way.
To me, he sounds like your typical drug boss.
His sword became a lot duller over time. Through the friend/rival role, he now has his gloomy image lingering in time.
7. Karma Akabane
Assassination Classroom is a popular anime series.
You’d probably overlook Karma when he’s cool and collected.
He has the general appearance of a typical high school student.
One wicked laugh, though, is all it takes to bring you to your knees.
Karma’s character introduction was one of the best in the series thus far. Furthermore, his methods against Koro-sensei were unorthodox.
Karma is one of my favorite characters, but she’s not the only one. He does, however, soften during the course of the series. So, he’s not at the top, but he’s definitely in the running.
6. Tomura Shigaraki
Boku no Hero Academia is a popular anime series that you may enjoy.
Should I go on about how this guy’s face and body are linked to his severed hands?
At first, he was a bumbling antagonist who seemed to be doing evil solely for the purpose of doing evil. In the manga, at least, he gets a little more developed.
And oof, you can see why he doesn’t like most people.
Tomura has a decay-like quirk, a group of evildoers, his own sense of right and wrong, and the most enchanting smile, thus I think he fits in this position.
Dabi, meanwhile, gets a special mention. I was going to include you, my buddy, but I’m only allowing one character each show to be on this page.
Elves Lied in an Anime
Female characters are rarely depicted as edgy since they tend to lean on the side of yandere.
Lucy, on the other hand, is completely different.
Because of the horrific disaster that was the first episode of this show, she’s been dubbed the “edge queen” by some.
It’s almost as if I could see why she didn’t get along with them.
There is no need to mince them, though.
Because she has no self-control, even after that incident, she was a threat to the safety of everyone around her.
4. Izaya Orihara
You’ve probably figured out by now that defining an edgy character is a difficult task.
If you’re a fan of the Logan Paul forest, you’ll agree that owning a switchblade and encouraging others to do so is at the very least dangerous.
If that doesn’t convince you, he also enjoys tossing a decapitated head around like a football and mimicking Shakespeare’s most famous lines.
He’s a fascinating man to observe because of his sharp mind. As I’ve already stated, I believe it’s fair to include him at this point in our ranking.
3. Ken Kaneki
Cartoon: Tokyo Ghoul
This is another another timeless gem in the genre.
This is the narrative of a character who went from whimpering good guy to “let me crack my knuckles and crush your skull in” type of a character..
When his hair is fully white, you know exactly what to expect.
Definitely on the weirder side of things, that’s how I would describe him. Particularly in light of last season’s shocking conclusion.
In any event, I’m very confident that his sales alone pushed Hot Topic’s income up a few million dollars. As a result, he has earned his position.
2. Killua Zoldyck
Hunter × Hunter (2011)
There are few characters who can stand up to Killua when it comes to family matters.
He has a bizarre worldview due to his lifelong training as an assassin.
Every move is meticulously planned, from when to strike, to where to flee, to whom to target.
When he becomes serious, the animation crew makes him look like a demon spawn.
To be sure, he has a lot more fun than your average edgy character. However, he also slit open a victim’s chest, stuffed the heart into a sack, and dumped it next to the body.
So, that’s about all.
1. Sasuke Uchiha
: Shippuden of Naruto
Sasuke is the king, and I’m sorry to those who despise him.
There are a lot of archetypes to choose from in the program, so it’s only logical that the most dominant one will win out.
He was as mysterious and dangerous as they come with his early focus on vengeance, which made him all the more intriguing.
In the end, he had learnt more, which fueled his desire for vengeance.
Something about being Hokage follows, and then some other revenge.
…I don’t know, he’s a complicated person, but we’ve never had to worry about his being PG with us.