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Pet Sins September 2005 Issue: Dark-skinned characters of Anime and Manga

Dark-Skinned 'hero' or 'positive' Characters in Anime

Dark-skinned characters in Japanese animation are almost always supporting characters, though there are a few exceptions. We have listed a number of dark-skinned "positive" characters below. Brown-skinned Asian Indian/Native American-inspired characters outnumber African/African-looking characters, and are generally presented in a more attractive light than black-skinned characters.

Since there are relatively few black characters, it matters all the more when some of them, even though they are 'good guys', play into stereotypes of dark-skinned people. Even in the absence of overt stereotyping, many of these characters die quick deaths and don't last beyond an episode or story arc.

More dark-skinned characters may also be found in our manga character list.

Warning: spoilers may follow.

  1. Abi [Ghost Slayers Ayashi]
  2. Afro [Afro Samurai]
  3. Agni [Black Butler]
  4. Ahmad [Yugo the Negotiator]
  5. Ahmed [Gundam Seed]
  6. Aikka [Oban Star-Racers]
  7. Aladdin [Arabian Nights: Sinbad's Adventures]
  8. Alfred [Toward the Terra]
  9. Alfred aka Punch [Cowboy Bebop]
  10. Ali Baba [Arabian Nights: Sinbad's Adventures]
  11. Aloe [Pokemon Best Wishes]
  12. Amarone Slaintheav [Vandread]
  13. Anna Marie [Freedom]
  14. Ao [Freedom]
  15. Appledelhi Siniz Hesap Lutfen [Cowboy Bebop]
  16. Arvind Lavie [Planetes]
  17. Atl [Ghost Slayers Ayashi]
  18. Atsuko Jackson [Michiko and Hatchin]
  19. Belfangan Grouseaux [Full Metal Panic, the 2nd Raid]
  20. Ben Jackson [Tiger & Bunny]
  21. Bill [Full Metal Panic!]
  22. Blue [Wolf's Rain]
  23. Bluearth [Freedom]
  24. Bobobo-bo Bo-bobo [Bobobo-bo Bo-bobo ]
  25. Boo [Now and Then, Here and There]
  26. Bowie Grant [Robotech - Southern Cross]
  27. Brau [Toward the Terra]
  28. Buzam A. Caleaza [Vandread]
  29. Captain Nemo [Nadia - the Secret of Blue Water]
  30. Choi Mochimazzi [Tamako Market]
  31. Claudia Grant [Robotech - Macross]
  32. Dingo [Rockman Exe Stream]
  33. Don Kan'onji [Bleach]
  34. Ed, aka Edward Wong Hau Pepelu Tiruvsky IV [Cowboy Bebop]
  35. Electra Ovilo [Cowboy Bebop - The Movie]
  36. Fee Carmichael [Planetes]
  37. Fire Emblem [Tiger & Bunny]
  38. Gigalt Gangaragash [Planetes]
  39. Gordon [Rocket Girls]
  40. Gorobei [Samurai 7]
  41. Guren [Shonen Onmyouji]
  42. Haji Rahmani [Yugo the Negotiator]
  43. Hakim Atawari [Emma- Victorian Romance]
  44. Hamahama [Nadia - the Secret of Blue Water]
  45. Harley [Toward the Terra]
  46. Harold and his wife [Toward the Terra]
  47. Haruhiko Kasama [Please Save My Earth ]
  48. Hassan [Arabian Nights: Sinbad's Adventures]
  49. Iris [Pokemon Best Wishes]
  50. Iyek [Wolf's Rain]
  51. Jackson [Full Metal Panic!]
  52. Joco [Shaman King]
  53. Jose Rodriguez [Phantom Memory Kurau]
  54. Judia [Ragnarok, The Animation]
  55. Junk [Freedom]
  56. Kambei (or Kanbei) [Samurai 7]
  57. Kojiro Murdoch [Gundam Seed]
  58. Laila [Yugo the Negotiator]
  59. Lal'C Mellk Mal [Diebuster]
  60. Laughing Bull [Cowboy Bebop]
  61. Ledonir Kisaka [Gundam Seed]
  62. Lee [Gosick]
  63. Leviathan's son [Gosick]
  64. Librarian [Fullmetal Alchemist]
  65. Makihara Bob [Tenjho Tenge (Heaven and Earth)]
  66. Martin daCosta [Gundam Seed]
  67. Mary and her brother [Black Jack 21]
  68. Matsuri Morita [Rocket Girls]
  69. Mechya Mochimazzi [Tamako Market]
  70. Mercedes Herrera [Gankutsuou (The Count of Monte Cristo)]
  71. Michiko Malandro [Michiko and Hatchin]
  72. Mihoshi [Tenchi Muyo]
  73. Miles [Cowboy Bebop]
  74. Mister Popo [Dragon Ball]
  75. Muramura [Nadia - the Secret of Blue Water]
  76. Nadia [Nadia: the Secret of Blue Water]
  77. Niari [Gokudo]
  78. Nico Robin [One Piece]
  79. Ninja Ninja [Afro Samurai]
  80. Paninya [Fullmetal Alchemist]
  81. Patrick 'Panther' Spencer [Eyeshield 21]
  82. Pedro Domingo [Excel Saga]
  83. Pierre Vieira [Genesis of Aquarion]
  84. Pony [Gall Force, Eternal Story]
  85. Raoul [Rockman Exe Stream]
  86. Rashid [Yugo the Negotiator]
  87. Ricky [Freedom]
  88. Rose [Fullmetal Alchemist]
  89. Ryoma Sakamoto [Peacemaker]
  90. Sado Yasutora [Bleach]
  91. Sahib Ashman [Gundam Seed]
  92. Sam [Tiger & Bunny]
  93. Sandora Domingo [Excel Saga]
  94. Sarujiro [Rurouni Kenshin]
  95. Sheri Walken [Gungrave]
  96. Shion [Please Save My Earth]
  97. Silva [Shaman King]
  98. Sinbad [Arabian Nights: Sinbad's Adventures]
  99. Soma Asman Kadar [Black Butler]
  100. Sophita [Casshern Sins]
  101. Takashi [Black Jack]
  102. Tanda [Seirei no Moribito]
  103. Tsume [Wolf's Rain]
  104. Twellen [Toward the Terra]
  105. Unnamed Assistant to Dr Wattman [Black Jack: The 4 Miracles of Life]
  106. Unnamed Pastor [Casshern Sins]
  107. Urd [Ah! My Goddess]
  108. Uubu [Dragon Ball Z]
  109. Valore [Vandread]
  110. Yasmina [Arabian Nights: Sinbad's Adventures]
  111. Yoruichi Shihouin [Bleach]

Disclaimer: Links to manga or anime product information are provided below solely for convenience. We make no warranties as to whether a particular character appears in a particular book or DVD.

© 2005-2014 Colorq World. All rights reserved. Readers are welcome to link to this list, but please do NOT reproduce this list, whether in whole or in part, without permission.


Abi
Character Name Abi
Anime/Manga Title Ghost Slayers Ayashi
Appearance Straight black hair, black eyes, tan skin, tall and muscular
Ethnicity Mountain Dweller
Background

The Mountain Dwellers are an imaginary ethnic group in Ghost Slayer Ayashi's Tokugawa Japan. They live apart from the mainstream Japanese and include animal skins in their wardrobe.

One of the main characters, Abi wields a spear-like weapon that splits into multiple javelins in mid air. As a member of the Ayashi team, he is steadfast and reliable. His demon-slaying job is a secret, and he has a day job as a flea-remover.

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Afro
Character Name Afro
Anime/Manga Title Afro Samurai
Appearance dark brown skin, black afro
Ethnicity African American?
Background The titular hero of Afro Samurai, Afro is a skilled swordsman with only one thing on his mind - taking revenge on the so-called Justice, a cold-blooded power-hungry killer who brutally murdered Afro's father when Afro was a child. The character is voiced by Samuel L. Jackson.

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Agni
Character Name Agni
Anime/Manga Title Black Butler
Appearance brown skin, braideed straight silver hair, gray eyes
Ethnicity Indian
Background

Agni was born a Brahmin named Arshad. After becoming disillusioned with the greed and snobbery of his father, Arshad renounced his faith and turned into a violent criminal. He was eventually caught and sentenced to death for his crimes, but Prince Soma of Bengal intervened at his execution and pardoned him, giving him the name "Agnu" and offering him a new beginning. Since then, he had been the bodyguard and personal servant of Prince Soma.

Agni first appears in Episode 13 of the anime when he and his master come to England. His martial arts skills are evenly matched with the demon butler Sebastian, prompting the main character Ciel to wonder if Agni is a supernatural being disguised in human form. Sebastian assures Ciel that Agni is fully human. Agni is a key character in the Curry Contest arc. He reappears at the end of Season 1 and also has a small role in Season 2. For more information, see Agni on Kutoshituji Wikia.

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Ahmad
Character Name Ahmad
Anime/Manga Title Yugo the Negotiator
Appearance short straight black hair, dark gray eyes
Ethnicity Pakistani
Background

Ahmad appears early in "Scorching Bonds", the First Negotiation arc (DVDs 1-3). He is the third son of a Karachi imam. His father Haji Rahmani was formerly a sheikh of Sindh. Ahmad meets the main character Yugo when the Japanese negotiator comes to Ahmad's travel agency to seek news of Haji Rahmani.

A kind, yet tough man, Ahmad is righteously outraged when he sees the exploitation of the non-Muslim street dancer Laila. Ahmad negotiates with Laila's abusive handler for her freedom, offering to pay the money needed to redeem her. When the obstinate handler refused to wait for Ahmad to return with the money, Ahmad's companion Yugo, moved by Ahmad's determination and compassion, redeems Laila with his own watch.

Both Ahmad and his father return later in the story arc to provide critical support for Yugo, and can be regarded as heroes in their own right.

Yugo the Negotiator's portrayal of Muslim men is far more balanced, fleshed out and positive than the simnplistic stereotypes of sexist and fanatical Muslim men in Western media. For every negative Muslim male character in the Japanese story, there is a positive Muslim male character to balance him out. Even the main villain proves to be much more complex than a simple 'bad guy', and is presented as someone worth taking the time to understand.

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Ahmed
Character Name Ahmed
Anime/Manga Title Gundam Seed
Appearance brown skin, wiry straight dark brown hair.
Ethnicity North African
Background Ahmed is a young member of the Desert Dawn resistance. He serves as driver and sidekick to the blond princess-in-disguise Cagalli, and develops a crush on her.

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Aikka
Character Name Aikka
Anime/Manga Title Oban Star-Racers
Appearance brown skin, tufted straight red hair, blue eyes, pointed ears that angle downward
Ethnicity Nourasian
Background

Prince Aikka is the royal heir from the planet Nourasia. Trained from an early age to be a warrior, he is noble, chivalrous and a great archer. Aikka joins the Great Race of Oban hoping to the Ultimate Prize and free his kingdom from hostile outsiders. He meets the human protagonist Molly at the race. Although rivals, they eventually become close allies and develop a mutual attraction.

See Prince Aikka on Oban Star-racers Wiki for more information.

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Aladdin
Character Name Aladdin
Anime/Manga Title Arabian Nights: Sinbad's Adventures
Appearance dark brown skin, straight white hair, white beard
Ethnicity Arab
Background

Aladdin was the legendary finder of the genie's lamp years ago. He is now an old man working at a ferry on the Nile. After the main character Sinbad helps him defeat a troublesome river genie, wise old Aladdin joins Sinbad on his adventures.

"Arabian Nights: Sinbad's Adventures", produced by Nippon Animation, is one of those rare anime that feature a full cast that is neither Japanese nor European. See Arabian Nights: Sinbad's Adventures on Wikipedia for more information.

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Alfred
Character Name Alfred
Anime/Manga Title Toward the Terra
Appearance dark brown skin, very short black hair. Slender, with delicate features.
Ethnicity unknown
Background The loyal attendant to the blind seeress Physis, Alfred is often seen playing a harp. He is the second character to appear in the TV series (right after the protagonist Jomy), and he has his own theme music in the OST. More than any other character, Alfred is depicted as having a clearly deferential manner and subordinate role. He bows to the ship's elders, and addresses Physis as "Physis-sama", an honorific that other regular characters dispense with. Although gentle and discreet, Alfred does not hesitate to speak up in Physis' defense when he feels that someone is disrespecting Physis.

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Alfred aka Punch
Character Name Alfred aka Punch
Anime/Manga Title Cowboy Bebop
Appearance dark brown skin, short curly black hair, dark eyes
Ethnicity African American?
Background Alfred, whose stage name is Punch, is a minor but recurring character. He co-hosts the bounty hunter show that the main characters watch to pick up new bounties. At the end of the series, he is revealed to be a filial son who takes up the commitment to care for his ill mother.

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Ali Baba
Character Name Ali Baba
Anime/Manga Title Arabian Nights: Sinbad's Adventures
Appearance brown skin, black eyes, straight black hair
Ethnicity Arab
Background

Ali Baba is one of the allies of the main character Sinbad. A former bandit who parted ways with his colleagues due to conflicting values, Ali Baba joins Sinbad on his adventures, whose plot is based loosely on the Arabian Nights.

"Arabian Nights: Sinbad's Adventures", produced by Nippon Animation, is one of the rare anime whose cast of characters is neither Japanese nor European. See Arabian Nights: Sinbad's Adventures on Wikipedia for more information.

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Aloe
Character Name Aloe
Anime/Manga Title Pokemon Best Wishes
Appearance dark brown skin, very poofy teal afro, teal eyes, pink apron, red and yellow striped bandana
Ethnicity black
Background Aloe, a strong, gentle and motherly character, is a Gym Leader from Shippou City in the Unova Region. An earlier design of an apron-wearing Aloe unfortunately evoked mammy stereotypes for some. Her design has since been changed to show her carrying her apron over her shoulder. She makes her debut in episode 14 of Best Wishes.

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Amarone Slaintheav
Character Name Amarone Slaintheav
Anime/Manga Title Vandread
Appearance Dark brown dreadlocks, dark brown eyes, brown skin
Ethnicity Mejalian
Background

A minor but recurring character, Amarone is a member of the bridge crew of an all-female pirate ship from the planet Mejale.

Although Amarone has frequent screen appearances as one of the operators of the combined ship Nirvana, she has few speaking lines. In the later part of the series, she takes the lead in monitoring the progress of the relationship between Dita and Hibiki (the main couple of Vandread), and with her crewmates, she cheers on Dita, her fellow Majelian.

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Anna Marie
Character Name Anna Marie
Anime/Manga Title Freedom
Appearance brown skin, black dreadlocks, tall and thin
Ethnicity African American
Background A radio host based in Florida, Anna Marie becomes the unlikely love interest of Bismarck, a brown-haired blue-eyed moon dweller. After Bismarck arrives on Earth with the protagonist Takeru, missing their target destination of Florida and crash-landing instead in Nevada, Bismarck only has the broadcast from Anna Marie's station to rely on when finding his way across the devastated country.

Upon reaching Florida, young white Bismarck, who has fallen in love with the radio host's voice, seeks out the woman whom he has never seen. Although Anna Marie is initially surprised at the antics of a boy much younger and shorter than herself, she accepts his friendly overtures and gives credit where credit is due, reminding her suspicious, insular brother that it is Bismarck, with his moon technology, who alerted her to the coming hurricane and helped her warn the community. It is implied that Anna Marie and Bismarck eventually developed a romantic relationship.

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Ao
Character Name Ao
Anime/Manga Title Freedom
Appearance brown skin, straight black hair in two pigtails
Ethnicity unknown
Background

A native of Florida, Ao is the female lead and the love interest of the main character Takeru. A teenage school teacher on Earth, Ao, together with her community, sends unmanned rockets to the moon, where they believe a long-lost colony of humans may still live.

Moon dweller Takeru comes across one of these rocket capsules containing a photo of Ao and her students. Instantly smitten with the 'mystery girl' in the photo, he defies the moon authorities (who have always insisted that life had been wiped out on Earth) and sets out across space to find her. But when he finds Earth and Ao, Ao inspires him to grow from an impetuous lad into a responsible man - now that Takeru knows the truth about the Earth, he has a responsibility to reveal the truth to the moon dwellers. Ao stands by his quest, and together they make the journey back to confront the lunar authorities.

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Appledelhi Siniz Hesap Lutfen
Character Name Appledelhi Siniz Hesap Lutfen
Anime/Manga Title Cowboy Bebop
Appearance brown skin, short straight black hair, blue eyes
Ethnicity Turkish?
Background Appledelhi 's full name has a meaning in Turkish, but it isn't a proper name. He is the father of one of the main characters Ed, and the only non-villain character who could easily defeat the protagonist Spike in hand-to-hand combat. Appledelhi Siniz Hesap Lutfen only appears in one episode.

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Arvind Lavie
Character Name Arvind Lavie
Anime/Manga Title Planetes
Appearance reddish brown skin, wavy blue-black hair, dark blue eyes
Ethnicity Indian
Background Arvind Lavie (also spelled 'Ravi') works for the Space Debris Section of Technora Corporation. Arvind usually plays the role of clown and trickster, putting on a show for colleagues and freely lying to make himself or his team look good. He appears to be an opportunistic climber, but his motivation for seeking better compensation is his desire to better support his children.

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Atl
Character Name Atl
Anime/Manga Title Ghost Slayers Ayashi
Appearance Straight dark brown hair, bronze skin, olive green eyes
Ethnicity Aztec
Background

Atl is an Aztec girl whose community preserved its traditional beliefs for centuries after Spanish colonization. After her community is destroyed by the mestizos, she leaves Mexico for Japan where she finds work as a stunt rider under the name Ouma. Atl wears makeup to cover her bronze skin color when she performs in public.

The 40 year old main character Yuki, a member of the monster-slaying Ayashi team, feels a special empathy towards her. As s a ronin turned vagrant, he idenfities with her experience of being a social outcast. Both vagrants and entertainers fall outside the four-class system of warriors, peasants, artisans and merchants. The presence of most foreigners was also illegal in Japan during that era. Yuki tries to protect Atl from the authorities, but the proud and independent Atl refuses his sympathy.

Yuki's fellow Ayashi, Genbatsu, arranges for Atl to take refuge in the pleasure quarters as the apprentice of the courtesan Ureshino, assuring Yuki that Atl will never be made to sell her body. Ureshino believes that Atl's foreign appearance may be less noticeable in the pleasure quarters since all women there hide their natural complexion under white makeup.

But the gifted 14 year old painter Shuzaburo Kai discerns her foreign features under her makeup. He tells her that she is the most beautiful woman he has ever seen and tries to gain her favor. She rebuffs him at first, but starts to warm up to him when she realizes that Shuzaburo, like herself and Yuki, has seen the mysterious supernatural realm called the Other World. Because of her unique ability to open the door to The Other World, Atl is repeatedly targeted by the opponents of the Ayashi. Shuzaburo helps her to escape on one occasion.

Having a strong sense of justice and compassion, Atl is quick to question what she sees as the unreasonable rules of Japanese society. She tries to speak up for the oppressed when she sees good people condemned to suicide, execution or marginalization by inflexible, authoritarian social structures. But when she is powerless to help those around her, Atl feels the pull of the Other World.

Shuzaburo repeatedly appeals to Atl not to go to the Other World but ultimately admits his lack of influence with her. Although he still loves Atl, he acknowledges that Yuki is more suited to be her significant other, paving the way for Yuki to confess his feelings to Atl.

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Atsuko Jackson
Character Name Atsuko Jackson
Anime/Manga Title Michiko and Hatchin
Appearance dark brown skin, blond Afro
Ethnicity African descent?
Background Policewoman Atsuko is alternately antagonist and ally to the main character Michiko. She and the criminal Michiko hailed from the same orphanage, and now it is her job to hunt Michiko down. She gets annoyed when Michiko refers to her using a derogatory term for a dark-skinned individual.

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Belfangan Grouseaux
Character Name Belfangan Grouseaux
Anime/Manga Title Full Metal Panic, the 2nd Raid
Appearance brown skin, very short dark brown hair, light brown eyes
Ethnicity unknown
Background He is the SRT team's current team leader, callsign Urzu-1, appeared in the 2nd anime series Full Metal Panic: The Second Raid, replacing Captain Gail McAllen after his death. He was the pilot of the M9D Falke and was a part of MITHRIL's Mediterranean Sea Fleet. (contributed by AtomicZero)

For more on Belfangan, see detailed bio on jindai-high.com

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Ben Jackson
Character Name Ben Jackson
Anime/Manga Title Tiger & Bunny
Appearance dark brown skin, short black hair, dark gray eyes, moustache and soul patch
Ethnicity African American
Background

At the beginning of the series, Ben is the manager of the Japanese protagonist Wild Tiger, handling the superhero's appearances on reality TV. The company they work for, TopMag, is taken over by Apollon Media, whereupon Ben Jackson is laid off. He continues to stay in touch with his old subordinate Wild Tiger, even after taking on a new job as a cab driver.

Not a regular character, Ben Jackson nevertheless has an important role in times of crisis. When the protagonist faces doubts about the superhero business, he turns to Ben Jackson.

Later, when Wild Tiger is framed for a crime, Ben is the only one who keeps believing in him, coming to Wild Tiger's rescue at a time when all of Wild Tiger's former colleagues have turned against him.

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Bill
Character Name Bill
Anime/Manga Title Full Metal Panic!
Appearance Short black hair, black eyes, dark brown skin, has moustache
Ethnicity African American?
Background

A squad commander working for the anti-terrorist organization Mithril, Bill is serious and stern. Bill's squad members are one black man (excluding Bill) , two white men and one white woman. Bill intervenes when one of his subordinates harasses the main character Sousuke, a teenage Japanese super-soldier assigned to accompany his unit.

A dignified man of few words, Bill does not waste time arguing, and does not accept challenges to his authority. He refuses to take Sousuke's advice on battle tactics and loses his life as a result. The only person on Bill's team who takes Sousuke's words seriously is the white woman. Bill appears only in Episode 15. He was killed in battle by the Japanese villain Gauron quite early in the story arc.

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Blue
Character Name Blue
Anime/Manga Title Wolf's Rain
Appearance tan skin, short straight blue-black hair, blue eyes
Ethnicity Wolf Dog
Background Blue starts out as a vicious antagonist of the four main characters of Wolf's Rain. The loyal dog companion of wolf-hating human Quent Yaiden, Blue shares her owner's passion for hunting wolves. Her true form is a wolf-dog with a blue-black coat, but when the power associated with her wolf blood is awakened, Blue, like other wolves, is able to take on the illusory form of a human. She is one of the few wolves that are clearly darker-skinned in human form. After running into her former enemies, she joins the full-blooded wolves on their journey. Blue becomes the lover of Hige, one of the four main wolf characters.

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Bluearth
Character Name Bluearth
Anime/Manga Title Freedom
Appearance brown skin, black dreadlocks, tall
Ethnicity African American
Background A leader in a Florida village, Bluearth is suspicious of outsiders and very protective of his community. He functions as something of a guardian to the heroine Ao, having been Ao's father's colleague in the past. Bluearth and Ao's father were slated to go to the moon together, but Bluearth backed out of the venture and Ao's father went alone on what turned out to be a fatal rocket launch. Burdened by guilt and shame, Bluearth seeks to prevent Ao from taking ths same dangerous path that her father did, but ultimately respects her decision to go to the moon, and even risks his life for her dreams. The flashback scene accompanying the protagonist Takeru's narration of the Earthlings' plight present Bluearth as the symbol of the struggle, hard work, endurance and hope of Earth's survivors.

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Bobobo-bo Bo-bobo
Character Name Bobobo-bo Bo-bobo
Anime/Manga Title Bobobo-bo Bo-bobo
Appearance brown skin; round, bright yellow afro with sideburns; and a lot of body hair
Ethnicity unknown.
Background Bo Bobo's unique characteristic is ridiculously long nose hair, which he can use as whips!. He wears black pants with frayed ends and a very tight, short-sleeved blue shirt that usually exposes his midriff and a bit of his muscular chest. He is the leader of of a rebellion against the Margarita Empire, whose evil Empire wants to make absolutely everyone in the whole world bald. He's accompanied by a little girl named Beauty who is frequently exasperated by his childish antics, which are actually his way of distracting the enemy long enough to take them down.

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Boo
Character Name Boo
Anime/Manga Title Now and Then, Here and There
Appearance dark brown skin and curly black hair
Ethnicity n/a (alternate universe)
Background Boo is the youngest of a group of boys forced into military service in a harsh alternate universe. He hangs out with older buddy Nabuca, a leader among the boys. They are not the main characters, but have a significant role to play. Boo and Nabuca take care of the main character who has been unexpectedly transported from Earth to their alien world.

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Bowie Grant
Character Name Bowie Grant
Anime/Manga Title Robotech - Southern Cross
Appearance dark brown skin, wavy black hair
Ethnicity Black
Background Bowie Grant (Bowie Lasalle in the Japanese original) is the gentle, introspective nephew of the late Claudia Grant. He is a sensitive, soft-spoken youth, who has yet to find his place in the world. Like his childhood friend, Dana Sterling, his parents left him in the custody of his godfather, General Emerson, while they joined the forces of the SDF-3 on their sojourn to the stars. Bowie and Dana are like siblings. When Dana entered the service, Bowie tagged along and eventually became her aide in the 15th squadron. Bowie is a skilled fighter, although he has no love for war or even physical sport. His true interest is in music. Bowie is a gifted piano player and a fair singer. With this in mind, it seems no wonder that he finds himself attracted to the alien, Musika. A mutual attraction the causes both Bowie and Musika to desert their posts in an attempt to avoid the insanity of war.

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Brau
Character Name Brau
Anime/Manga Title Toward the Terra
Appearance dark brown skin, multiple black braids in a ponytail. She has one light brown eye and one dark brown eye.
Ethnicity unknown
Background One of the Mu elders, she commands the navigation team on the Mu mothership. Later in the series, she captains one of the Mu battleships in the final war with the humans. Brau is informal in her speech and practical in her approach towards new situations, clearly the most adaptable of the Mu elders. She speaks in a light-hearted manner to both her subordinates and Captain Harley, but she has a serious, down-to-earth attitude towards work.

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Buzam A. Caleaza
Character Name Buzam A. Caleaza
Anime/Manga Title Vandread
Appearance Long straight silver hair, dark gray eyes, tan skin
Ethnicity Mejalian
Background

Buzam, more often called BC, is the vice captain of an all-female pirate ship from the planet Mejale. A major supporting character, she seems aloof and does not socialize much with her colleagues. But she sometimes shows personal concern for the individuals around her. When Hibiki, an accidental stowaway, finds himself thrown together with the pirates in the middle of a battle, Buzam calls him to take up arms and aid the crew in their fight against the attackers. But Hibiki has a crisis of self-confidence. He brings up his low status as a mechanic and his lack of combat experience as excuses. Buzam encourages him to discard self-limiting labels and take control of his own destiny. At the end of the series, Hibiki, the series' main character, credits BC as the one who changed his outlook and set him on the road to achievement.

BC, a capable leader, is alert to hidden threats and calm in high stakes situation. Tall and no-nonsense, she exudes an air of authority and danger. The amoral spy Rabat, himself a callous man of violence, attempts to make a pass at Buzam, but changes his mind and backs away from the smiling pirate, sensing the threat behind her smile. A woman who often has a card up her sleeve, BC shows herself to be a deadly whip wielder, something unknown to most of her crew. Yet more startling secrets are revealed about her as the story progresses.

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Captain Nemo
Character Name Captain Nemo
Anime/Manga Title Nadia - the Secret of Blue Water
Appearance tan skin, black wavy hair, black eyes
Ethnicity Atlantean
Background Captain Nemo is the father of Nadia, and the rightful emperor of Atlantis. But he takes up cause with the humans to fight against the evil empire of Neo-Atlantis. He is also the father of Emperor Neo.

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Choi Mochimazzi
Character Name Choi Mochimazzi
Anime/Manga Title Tamako Market
Appearance brown skin, short straight black hair, magenta eyes
Ethnicity Pacific Islander / Southeast Asian?
Background

Choi is a fortune teller accompanying a royal attendant named Dera. The two are in Japan to seek a bride for the prince of the tropical island where they came from.

Choi believes that the protagonist Tamako is the Prince's bride due to a mark on her neck. She and Dera are staying with Tamako.

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Claudia Grant
Character Name Claudia Grant
Anime/Manga Title Robotech - Macross
Appearance Black skin, short curly black hair
Ethnicity Black
Background

Claudia Grant (Claudia Lasalle in the Japanese original) is the chief weaponry officer and navigator aboard the SDF-1 (super dimensional fortress). Her younger brother Vince and his wife Jean had a son, Bowie (in the Robotech version only, not in the Macross version), who is a major character in the Southern Cross chapter of Robotech. As an SDF-1 Chief Officer, Claudia Grant bears a great many responsibilities aboard the SDF-1. In addition to facilitating the interaction between the some 15,000 crewmembers aboard the battlefortress, it's Claudia's responsibility to coordinate the various departments that keep operations running smoothly throughout the ship.

Most of Claudia's interaction is with her fellow bridge crewmates. Her relaxed, confident manner is in contrast with her friend Lisa Hayes (the main female character), the SDF-1's no-nonsense, by-the-book executive officer. In addition, she has a strong bond with her younger brother Vince, who is among the Robotech engineers stationed aboard SDF-1. Being in charge of all communications, Claudia is rarely shown at locations other than the bridge throughout the entire series. She developed a kean interest in Roy Folker another one of Macross/Robotech's main characters. (They were a couple in Macross) During the aliens' suicide attack on the SDF-1 & SDF-2 (super dimensional fortress, spaceship headquarters of human forces), Claudia was killed along with many other of the once key characters of Robotech. Claudia's nephew, Bowie Grant, who wasn't born until after Claudia's deathm would go on to become a key character in the second saga of Robotech.

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Dingo
Character Name Dingo
Anime/Manga Title Rockman Exe Stream
Appearance brown skin, long straight blue/black hair.
Ethnicity Native American
Background Rockman Exe Stream is based on a Capcom video game in which human operators use internet personas called NetNavis to battle each other on the Net. Dingo's real world occupation is making totem poles. His navi is Tomahawkman. Dingo has a lighter-skinned girlfriend from the same village.

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Don Kan'onji
Character Name Don Kan'onji
Anime/Manga Title Bleach
Appearance tall, thin, tan skin, hair in thick braids
Ethnicity unknown
Background Don Kan'onji aka Misaomaru Kan'onji is a demon-fighting spirit medium who has his own TV show. A largely comic character, Don spouts a mixture of English and Japanese. Although Don's hollow-fighting attempts are often self-sabotaged and rendered ineffective by his obsession with putting on a dramatic act (he seems to act like he is in front of a camera all the time) Don actually has substantial spiritual powers. He organized a team of children with spirit powers to fight 'bad spirits'.

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Ed, aka Edward Wong Hau Pepelu Tiruvsky IV
Character Name Ed, aka Edward Wong Hau Pepelu Tiruvsky IV
Anime/Manga Title Cowboy Bebop
Appearance brown skin, wild straight red hair, blue eyes
Ethnicity unknown
Background Ed the computer genius is one of the four main characters. Her original name was Frances, but the androgynous adolescent is often mistaken for a male. Despite being a hacking prodigy, she is quite regressed in some developmental aspects, preferring to talk in childish speech and unable to stay focused on a single task. Nevertheless, Ed is an important part of the Bebop crew and has helped her teammates crack many cases.

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Electra Ovilo
Character Name Electra Ovilo
Anime/Manga Title Cowboy Bebop - The Movie
Appearance tan skin, short straight dark brown hair, dark eyes
Ethnicity Spanish or Latin American?
Background Colonel Electra Ovilo is a veteran of the Titan War and a former special forces soldier. One of the main characters of Cowboy Bebop The Movie, she crosses paths with the protagonist Spike when they both become involved in the intrigue surrounding a mysterious virus and its vaccine.

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Fee Carmichael
Character Name Fee Carmichael
Anime/Manga Title Planetes
Appearance brown skin, straight blue black hair, dark blue eyes
Ethnicity unknown
Background Fee is an American who works for the Space Debris Section of Technora Corporation. Fiery and outspoken, Fee can come across as abrasive, but this captain-pilot has the interests of her teammates at heart and shows more leadership qualities than her bumbling boss.

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Fire Emblem
Character Name Fire Emblem
Anime/Manga Title Tiger & Bunny
Appearance brown skin, short pink hair, pale lipstick, tall
Ethnicity African American
Background

Fire Emblem, a superhero whose real name is Nathan Seymour, has the power of flame. One of the main cast, Fire Emblem is a biiological male who identifies socially as female/third gender, often referring to himself as one of the 'ladies'. S/he enjoys teasing and flirting with almost all the male superheroes. The main character Kotetsu graciously refuses her/his proposition. Fire Emblem also has a crush on Barney (the 2nd titular character of Tiger and Bunny), whom he refers to as "handsome".

One of the most confident and happy of all the heroes, Fire Emblem does not have the moments of self-doubt or personal crises that the other heroes have. S/he has a higher level of professional satisfaction because unlike the others who have to bend to an employer's agenda, Nathan runs his/her own company Helios Energy.

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Gigalt Gangaragash
Character Name Gigalt Gangaragash
Anime/Manga Title Planetes
Appearance brown skin, balding with some black hair
Ethnicity South Asian?
Background Gigalt is a veteran astronaut and the teacher and mentor of both the protagonist Hachimaki and Hachimaki's father Goro. He also taught the terrorist Hakim Ashmead, not knowing Ashmead's true intentions. Gigalt eventually passes from cancer, leaving behind an embittered Hachimaki who ignores Gigalt's dying advice that he should treasure his relationship with his girlfriend Tanabe.

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Gordon
Character Name Gordon
Anime/Manga Title Rocket Girls
Appearance brown skin, short straight black hair, blue-gray eyes
Ethnicity unknown
Background

Gordon, an American astronaut, appears in Episodes 10 and 11 as part of the crew of the US space shuttle Atlantis. When Atlantis runs into some trouble while preparing for a probe launch, the Solomon Space Agency sends two teenage female Japanese astronauts to assist them.

Most of the American astronauts are skeptical about the competence of the SSA astronauts because of their age, gender and race. Their reception of the Japanese girls range from condescension to outright hostility, but Gordon, one of the two more open-minded Americans, is among the first to extend his goodwill and cooperation to the newcomers.

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Gorobei
Character Name Gorobei
Anime/Manga Title Samurai 7
Appearance dark brown skin, pale gray short straight hair in crew cut.
Ethnicity n/a (Japan-inspired fantasy setting. He looks black, but he isn't any more 'black' than the white-looking characters are 'white'. They all have Japanese names.)
Background

Samurai 7 is an animated series reinventing Kurosawa's 1954 live action classic Seven Samurai in a fantasy/science fiction setting. The names of the seven samurai remain unchanged in the anime, and the basic plot remains intact. While the personalities of the original characters were, to some extent, carried over into the anime characters, their physical appearances were not reproduced.

Gorobei is a war veteran who had to resort to earning a living as an entertainer. He is later recruited by villagers in search of samurai who could defend their village from bandits. Gorobei is a practical, mature and balanced character who provides the happy medium between the crazily flamboyant Kikuchiyo and the silent, obsessed Kyuzo. He is the first samurai to die in defense of the village.

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Guren
Character Name Guren
Anime/Manga Title Shonen Onmyouji
Appearance Straight dark pink hair, brown skin, yellow eyes, very tall
Ethnicity Shikigami
Background

Guren, also known is Touda, is the second most important character in Shonen Onmyouji. A very old and powerful earth deity, he is one of 12 shikigami spirits serving the famed onmyouji Abe no Seimei. Guren is also described as the 'most despised' of the twelve. Seimei's son comments that most humans who can see Touda are afraid of him, the rare exception being Seimei's grandson Masahiro, the titular character of Shonen Onmyouji. Incidentally, Touda is the only shikigami who manifests as a dark-skinned human. The rest of the shikigami take the form of light-skinned humans.

Because of Masahiro's innocent acceptance, Guren becomes very protective towards him and takes on the role of his guardian spirit. Their relationship is central to the series.

Touda is unpopular with most of the other shikigami, who find him aloof at best, and murderous at worst. However, some of the other shikigami comment more favorably on him after he takes on the form of a white animal that looks like a cross between a rabbit and a cat. In this form, his nickname is Mokkun.

Guren spends most of his time with Masahiro in the form of Mokkun, and only takes on the humanoid appearance of Touda when he needs to unleash his powers fully. He is still capable of unleashing his flame attack when he appears in animal form. At the end of the series, Guren seems to have become permanently sealed in the white form of Mokkun.

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Haji Rahmani
Character Name Haji Rahmani
Anime/Manga Title Yugo the Negotiator
Appearance straight white hair , scar on forehead, gray eyes
Ethnicity Pakistani
Background

Rahmani appears in "Scorching Bonds", the First Negotiation arc (DVDs 1-3). He is a Karachi imam who was formerly a sheikh of Sindh. Years ago, the Haji confronted the villainous bandit chieftain Yusuf Ali over the abduction of a woman, but was defeated by the much bigger, younger and more vicious Yusuf Ali. Due to Rahmani's status as asomeone who had performed the hajj, Yusuf spared his life but slandered Rahmani as a coward.

A brave and honorable man, Haji Rahmani states: "We risk our lives to protect honor and women." The old man decides to challenge his nemesis again after meeting a Japanese woman whose father is held hostage by Yusuf Ali.

The main character Yugo has deep respect for Haji Rahmani, and publicly confronts the volatile and violent Yusuf Ali over the matter of Rahmani's reputation.

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Hakim Atawari
Character Name Hakim Atawari
Anime/Manga Title Emma- Victorian Romance
Appearance brown skin, wears turban
Ethnicity Indian
Background Victorian Romance Emma is the tale of the forbidden romance between Emma, a servant, and William, a member of the gentry. Almost everyone in their class-conscious society disapproves of their relationship. Enters the royal visitor Hakim/Hakeem, an old schoolmate of William. Being a foreigner not subject to English class strictures, the prince encourages William to pursue his true desire. Hakim and his entourage of aggressive Indian maidens also provide some comic relief by challenging Victorian standards of social behavior.

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Hamahama
Character Name Hamahama
Anime/Manga Title Nadia - the Secret of Blue Water
Appearance reddish brown skin, long straight dark-green hair
Ethnicity African
Background Hamahama is a handsome young villager that Nadia develops a crush on at first sight. He is the village chief's son and interpreter.

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Harley
Character Name Harley
Anime/Manga Title Toward the Terra
Appearance tan skin, short straight blond hair in the TV series, dark-haired in the movie adaptation,
Ethnicity unknown
Background Captain Harley is the commander of the Shangri-la, the mothership of the Mu. A Type Green mutant, he can use his psionic powers to defend against attack. Harley comes from the generation of Mu who escaped the genocide, and has lived long beyond normal human years. Stable and moderate in his views and actions, he is a wise leader who is respected by Soldier Blue (the leader of the Mu).

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Harold and his wife
Character Name Harold and his wife
Anime/Manga Title Toward the Terra
Appearance Harold has tan skin and wavy black hair. His wife is brown-skinned with more tightly curled hair.
Ethnicity unknown
Background One of the young generation of Mu who wants to settle on Nazca and abandon the battle to save more Mu from humans, Harold comes into conflict with the elders after he is involved in an accident that kills his friend. Harold later dies when the humans attack Nazca and he refuses to abandon the planet. He and his wife are the parents of Twellen, one of the 7 Nazca-born mutants who grow into super-warriors.

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Haruhiko Kasama
Character Name Haruhiko Kasama
Anime/Manga Title Please Save My Earth
Appearance brown skin, short straight black hair, violet eyes
Ethnicity 1/4 Indian, 3/4 Japanese
Background Haruhiko is the human reincarnation of the pale-skinned, purple-haired Shukaido, Shion's rival in love. Haruhiko's mother is half Indian. Haruhiko looks exactly like Shion. In their new incarnations, Shion and Shukaido swapped bodies. Although Shukaido is the closest thing to a villain in the story, his reincarnation Haruhiko is a kind character.

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Hassan
Character Name Hassan
Anime/Manga Title Arabian Nights: Sinbad's Adventures
Appearance reddish brown skin, black eyes, and black hair
Ethnicity Arab
Background

Hassan is a poor young water seller. He is best friends with the main character Sinbad in Baghdad, despite their differences in economic status (Sinbad is from a well-to-do merchant family).

See Arabian Nights: Sinbad's Adventures on Wikipedia for more information on the series. Although released in the 1970s, this anime from Nippon Animation remains popular in the Arab world, where is it known as "Mughamarrat Sindibad".

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Iris
Character Name Iris
Anime/Manga Title Pokemon Best Wishes
Appearance brown skin, very large eyes, thick puffy long purple hair
Ethnicity unknown
Background Characterized as somewhat of a wild child, Iris loves to swing on vines and eat wild fruits from bushes. She debuts in episode 1 of Best Wishes, and later joins the protagonist Satoshi/Ash on his travels. She is one of main characters of the series. Iris is from Souryuu City, which specializes in Dragon Type Pokemon. She often carries her partner Pokemon Kibago in her hair.

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Iyek
Character Name Iyek
Anime/Manga Title Wolf's Rain
Appearance tan skin, straight black hair, brown eyes
Ethnicity Native American
Background Iyek is a minor but important character. One of the few humans who not only believes in the existance of wolves but are also friendly to wolves, he gives shelter to the protagonists. Iyek's strong fighting skills and quick thinking saves the wolves from the threats of both human and nature.

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Jackson
Character Name Jackson
Anime/Manga Title Full Metal Panic!
Appearance Black hair in short dreadlocks, brown eyes, light brown skin
Ethnicity African American
Background

Jackson appears in Episode 15-17 as a member of a team of mercenaries working for the anti-terrorist organization Mithril. Jackson talks in a thuggish manner; he loves fist fights and gambling. He also makes a joke (or what he claims is a joke after being rebuked by a teammate) about stealing enemy property (not part of their assignment) during their mission to assassinate the Japanese villain Gauron.

Jackson belongs to a squad of 2 black men, two white men and one white woman. Irreverent and vocal, Jackson offended the subcommander of his team, a white woman, who knees him in the groin over a rude remark. Like all the other men on the team (except Bill, his black commander), he displays open disdain when a teenage Japanese soldier (the main character Sousuke) is assigned to accompany them on their mission. He is the first to make fun of Sousuke's race and age, setting a precedent for his white male teammates, who also show hostility towards Sousuke.

Jackson is extremely protective of his teammates and weeps openly when his commander Bill is killed. He defends the rear when teammates retreat from the enemy. A skilled mecha pilot, he is able to outmaneuver the villain Gauron even when his own mecha malfunctioned, despite his machine being less technologically advanced than Gauron's.

Eventually, he and his teammates were eliminated by Gauron.

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Joco
Character Name Joco
Anime/Manga Title Shaman King
Appearance Joco is a teenager with dark brown skin and an afro. Caricaturized lips.
Ethnicity African?
Background In this anime based on the manga by Hiroyuki Takei, Joco is portrayed as an unfunny comedian. According to TV Tome's Shaman King Season 2 Guide, "Joco's name was Chocolove in the original, but was changed probably to a potential racial remark." Shaman King has quite a number of Native American and Asian characters, and they are all drawn much more attractively than the sole African character Joco.

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Jose Rodriguez
Character Name Jose Rodriguez
Anime/Manga Title Phantom Memory Kurau
Appearance brown skin, black eyes, black hair, moustache
Ethnicity South or Central American?
Background Jose Rodriguez is a spaceship captain who is introduced early in the series. A dedicated captain, he refuses to abandon his spinning craft even after his crew has escaped the out-of-control space vehicle. The authorities give him up for dead, but his crew and family hire the agent Kurau to rescue him. Rodriguez is portrayed as a loving family man and caring captain who truly feels for his family and subordinates. Although a minor character, he reappears later in the series to save Kurau at a time of need.

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Judia
Character Name Judia
Anime/Manga Title Ragnarok, The Animation
Appearance brown skin, straight blond hair
Ethnicity Unspecified
Background Judia is part of Ragnarok's main cast. She is the huntress companion of the assassin Iruga (who has tan skin and white hair). Together, they rescue the young protagonist Roan (tan skinned with dark hair) and his childhood sweetheart Yuufa. A deadly archeress, Judia reached her current skill level only after meeting Iruga. Ragnarok is exceptional among anime in that it has a significant number of brown-skinned characters, not just in the main cast but also among the many 'extra' characters that appear in the background.

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Junk
Character Name Junk
Anime/Manga Title Freedom
Appearance brown skin, tall, wears a do-rag
Ethnicity African descent
Background A skilled mechanic who lives in the moon colony of Eden, Junk is a recurring minor character. He owns the Moonraker, a garage where the protagonist Takeru takes his vehicle for repairs. Junk is a dead ringer for Bluearth, an African American man who leads a community on Earth.

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Kambei (or Kanbei)
Character Name Kambei (or Kanbei)
Anime/Manga Title Samurai 7
Appearance brown skin, long wavy dark brown hair.
Ethnicity n/a (Samurai 7 is a fantasy. But Kanbei does look like my Iranian friend ;-)
Background Kanbei is an experienced war veteran who emerges as the leader of the seven samurai recruited to defend a village from mechanized bandits. He represents the samurai ideal in every way - something which is not lost on the novice samurai Katsuhiro who decides he must have Kanbei as his master. Kanbei is the greatest fighter among the seven, with perhaps the exception of Kyuzo, who joined the seven so he could challenge Kanbei to a death match after they have dealt with the bandits. Kanbei is one of the three samurai who survived the battles with the bandits.

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Kojiro Murdoch
Character Name Kojiro Murdoch
Anime/Manga Title Gundam Seed
Appearance brown skin, dark blue slightly wavy hair, stubbly chin
Ethnicity Japanese + other?
Background Petty Officer Murdoch is the chief mechanic of the Earth Alliance warship Archangel. He is a minor but regular character, serving at times as a big brotherly figure to the protagonist Kira.

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Laila
Character Name Laila
Anime/Manga Title Yugo the Negotiator
Appearance brown skin, long black wavy hair, green-gray eyes
Ethnicity Pakistani
Background

Laila is the female lead of the First Negotiation arc (DVDs 1-3), "Scorching Bonds", set in Pakistan. An itinerant dancer, she stubbornly refuses her handler's attempts to pressure her into in prostitution, resulting in beatings from her would-be pimp. The main character Yugo Beppu intervenes when he sees Laila's handler assaulting her in a Karachi allay.

After this brief encounter, Laila meets Yugo again at one of her dance performances. When Yugo and his Pakistani companion Ahmad witness the callousness of the pimp towards the maimed Laila, the compassionate Ahmad tries to bargain with the pimp for her release. Beppu, inspired by Ahmad's resolve to rescue Laila, redeems the dancer from the her handler with his watch.

Laila falls in love with the Japanese negotiator Beppu and accompanies him on a dangerous journey to meet a bandit chieftain, despite Beppu's repeated attempts to discourage her from following him. Brave and persistent, she proves an asset to him in many dangerous situations. Laila is a determined, resilient and resourceful woman who on more than one occasion saves Yugo's life at a critical moment. Yugo grows to trust her and rely on her during his mission.

Without Laila, Yugo's mission would have come to an untimely, unsuccessful end. Laila, is IMHO, one of the most well-rounded, physically courageous anime heroines in a non-fantasy genre.

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Lal'C Mellk Mal
Character Name Lal'C Mellk Mal
Anime/Manga Title Diebuster
Appearance brown skin, yellow eyes, short straight platinum hair
Ethnicity unknown
Background The admired senior of the titular character Nono (who later becomes Diebuster), Lal'C is the ace pilot of the Fraternity. She has an ambivalent relationship with Nono. At first annoyed by the younger girl's hero worship of her, Lal'C gradually develops a trust and affection for the seemingly clumsy Nono.

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Laughing Bull
Character Name Laughing Bull
Anime/Manga Title Cowboy Bebop
Appearance reddish brown skin, dark, braided straight hair
Ethnicity Native American
Background Perhaps somewhat of a stereotype, Laughing Bull is the mysterious mentor to the protagonist Spike. He lives in a teepee even in the space age, and always has cryptic words of wisdom for his visitors.

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Ledonir Kisaka
Character Name Ledonir Kisaka
Anime/Manga Title Gundam Seed
Appearance Brown skin, short straight gray hair
Ethnicity North African
Background Ledonir is a colonel of the Orb Union armed forces. He serves as bodyguard to Orb princess Cagalli when she goes to North Africa to assist the Desert Dawn resistance. Ledonir himself was born in North Africa.

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Lee
Character Name Lee
Anime/Manga Title Gosick
Appearance brown skin, black eyes, and wavy black hair
Ethnicity Arab
Background

Lee is one of the Hares aboard the Queen Berry. The Hares were children representing the nations that would take part in the Great War, used for predicting the war's outcome. Spurred by the Hunting Dog, the Hares were forced to suspect one another of murder and slowly kill one another. The ones who remained alive would be used to predict the nations that would emerge victorious. Lee represented the Ottoman Empire.

Lee was one of the few children who refused to kill. She formed a friendship with Italy's representative, a girl named Julie, despite not sharing a common language. Lee gifted Julie with her locket and Julie took care of it until they met by chance as adults, when both were being taken to jail for enacting their revenge against the adults who ruined their lives as children. Julie then returned Lee's locket to her.

Despite being guilty of murder, Lee, like Julie, is painted as a sympathetic figure, given the background of the Hares as innocent children victimized by adults.

She is described as "a beautiful lady" by Inspector Grevil and appears during the Queen Berry case (Episodes 1-3).

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Leviathan's son
Character Name Leviathan's son
Anime/Manga Title Gosick
Appearance Short straight dark brown hair, blue eyes, brown skin
Ethnicity European/African
Background

The son of the mysterious famous court alchemist Leviathan has a very minor role in Episode 21. His presence serves to confirm that the woman who rides the carriage with the main character Victorique is the real Queen Coco Rose, who escaped being killed and lived a quiet life with her son, the baby who also disappeared around the time Queen Coco Rose supposedly died. He has dark skin and dark hair like his father, and his mother's blue eyes.

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Librarian
Character Name Librarian
Anime/Manga Title Fullmetal Alchemist
Appearance dark brown skin, black dreadlocks
Ethnicity Unspecified
Background This librarian at the Central Library appears twice in Season 1. She is a minor character, but stands out as the only African-looking character in the series. Her role is to provide the heroes with information relating to their quest.

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Makihara Bob
Character Name Makihara Bob
Anime/Manga Title Tenjho Tenge (Heaven and Earth)
Appearance dark brown skin, shoulder length dark brown hair in dreads
Ethnicity Bob is black and a second generation Japanese
Background Bob is the best friend of Nagi Souchirou, the hero of Tenjo Tenge. He is a first year student at Toudou Gakuen high school, and like his partner Nagi, he was a delinquent before joining the Juukenbu, a student association. He has a girlfriend that does not go to Toudou Gakuen.(From Hanami Gumi Manga Reviews)

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Martin daCosta
Character Name Martin daCosta
Anime/Manga Title Gundam Seed
Appearance brown skin, short straight red hair
Ethnicity Portuguese + other?
Background A supporting character, daCosta first appears in Gundam Seed's North Africa arc as ZAFT commander Waltfeld's adjutant. He later plays a key role in the rescue of one of the main characters, Athrun Zala. DaCosta and Waltfeld join the Three Ships Alliance with the goal of ending the war between ZAFT and the Earth Forces.

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Mary and her brother
Character Name Mary and her brother
Anime/Manga Title Black Jack 21
Appearance light brown skin and big black eyes. Mary has very curly and dark reddish-brown hair. Her brother has black afro-textured hair.
Ethnicity Gabonese
Background

Mary is a minor character appearing in Episode 14 of Black Jack 21. Black Jack and Pinoko visit the Gabonese republic, where first village they go to is completely wiped out. On their way to the next closest village, they meet a little girl named Mary and her older brother. The siblings were visiting the grave of their grandfather.

Like everyone else from their village, the children distrust strangers. The other villagers are especially wary of doctors, after Dr. Kuma's appearance led to the death of many animals and people. However, Mary sneaks out and helps Black Jack and Pinoko find Dr. Kuma, without her brother's knowledge. She is less wary of them because her mother was saved with Kuma's help. After she brings them to Dr. Kuma, her brother comes asking for help for his ailing mother.

She is portrayed as a very sweet child who picks flowers for her grandparents and mother. She helps her brother and Pinoko convince the wary villagers to donate blood to Dr. Kuma, who risked his life saving Mary.

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Matsuri Morita
Character Name Matsuri Morita
Anime/Manga Title Rocket Girls
Appearance reddish brown skin, long straight black hair, black eyes
Ethnicity Solomon Islander and Japanese
Background

Matsuri, a major character of the series, is the younger half-sister of the main character Yukari Morita. Their Japanese father had left his first wife, Yukari's mother, while vacationing in the Solomon Islands. Years later, the teenage Yukari comes from Japan to track down her father, unexpectedly discovering that he had gone native with the Taliho tribe and married multiple local wives, one of whom bore him Matsuri.

The two sisters join the astronaut training program at the low-budget Solomon Space Association, which is staffed by Japanese expatriates.

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Mechya Mochimazzi
Character Name Mechya Mochimazzi
Anime/Manga Title Tamako Market
Appearance brown skin, short straight black hair, green eyes
Ethnicity Pacific Islander / Southeast Asian?
Background

Mechya (also spelled Mecha) is the young prince of a tropical island. His retainers are in Japan seeking the woman destined to be his bride. One of them believes that the protagonist Tamako is the Prince's bride due to a mark on her neck.

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Mercedes Herrera
Character Name Mercedes Herrera
Anime/Manga Title Gankutsuou (The Count of Monte Cristo)
Appearance brown skin, long straight dark brown hair curled at the ends
Ethnicity Frenchwoman of Catalan descent
Background Mercedes is described as an 'absolutely beautiful woman'. She is the love interest of the titular character and the main reason for his fall and his return for revenge. Unbeknownst to her, her childhood friend Fernand framed her fiance Edmond out of jealousy for their love. Edmond is condemned to life imprisonment. Believing him dead, Mercedes married Fernand years later... but Edmond makes his reappearance as the Count of Monte Cristo.

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Michiko Malandro
Character Name Michiko Malandro
Anime/Manga Title Michiko and Hatchin
Appearance brown skin, straight black hair
Ethnicity Brazilian of mixed descent?
Background Michiko's surname 'Malandro' is a Brazilian Portuguese term, not incompatible with the character of this tough, streetwise, free-spirited repeated jail-breaker. Escaped convict Michiko rescues Hatchin, a child who was being neglected and abused in her foster home. Michiko then takes Hatchin on a quest to find Hatchin's father, who also happens to be Michiko's old flame, dodging cops and battling gangsters along the way.

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Mihoshi
Character Name Mihoshi
Anime/Manga Title Tenchi Muyo
Appearance Wavy blond hair, dark brown skin, blue eyes
Ethnicity Alien
Background Mihoshi is a member of the Galaxy police and the goofy, air-headed partner to the serious, black-haired, pale-skinned Kiyone.

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Miles
Character Name Miles
Anime/Manga Title Cowboy Bebop
Appearance brown skin, wears a baseball cap
Ethnicity African American?
Background Miles is an assistant to an old white mechanic. He is a baseball enthusiast whose ceaseless chatter drives the hero Spike up the world. He and his employer eventually come to Spike's rescue when all hope seems lost.

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Mister Popo
Character Name Mister Popo
Anime/Manga Title Dragon Ball
Appearance black skin, caricaturized red lips, turbaned and wearing pantaloons
Ethnicity genie
Background An immortal deity hundreds of years old, he is the servant of Kaio-Shin (the World God). In appearance, he seems like a black face caricature. See bio on Dragon Ball Wiki. He also appears in the sequels DBZ and DB GT.

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Muramura
Character Name Muramura
Anime/Manga Title Nadia - the Secret of Blue Water
Appearance dark brown skin, frizzy black hair in ponytail, dark blue eyes, very tall
Ethnicity African
Background Muramura is a minor character who appears in only one episode. She saves Nadia from a near-fatal fall and is revealed to be the fiancee of Hamahama, whom Nadia had a crush on.

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Nadia
Character Name Nadia
Anime/Manga Title Nadia: the Secret of Blue Water
Appearance brown skin, straight black hair.
Ethnicity Atlantian
Background Nadia is a 14-year-old circus acrobat who turns out to be a princess of the Lost City of Atlantis. She possesses a jewel called the Blue Water which holds great power. Nadia: the the Secret of Blue Water is one of the few rare anime that feature a dark-skinned protagonist who is clearly neither Japanese nor European.

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Niari
Character Name Niari
Anime/Manga Title Gokudo
Appearance dark brown skin, straight blue-black hair
Ethnicity Magic being
Background Niari is one of the three central characters of Gokudo, the others being the titular Gokudo and Rubette. Despite his lofty birth as Prince of the Magic World, Niari is sent to the mortal realm by his mother and forced to accompany the unethical antihero Gokudo on his adventures.

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Nico Robin
Character Name Nico Robin
Anime/Manga Title One Piece
Appearance long straight black hair, olive skin, blue eyes
Ethnicity unknown. She names her techniques in a combination of Spanish and French.
Background As a child, Nico was the last survivor of her village, Ohara, after the World Government ordered the persecution and death of the scholars of her island, then killed all the non-scholars just to be sure that there would be no survivors. Nico Robin grew up in hiding, moving from underground organization to underground organization, acting as a villain to survive, until finally joining the Straw Hat Pirates (the good guys). Her lifelong quest is to find out about the "blank century," a lost period of history that the Ohara scholars were researching.

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Ninja Ninja
Character Name Ninja Ninja
Anime/Manga Title Afro Samurai
Appearance Black skin, white hair
Ethnicity African American?
Background There are hints in the series that Ninja Ninja is not a true character but rather a figment of the imagination of the titular hero. Garrulous and glib, Ninja Ninja is what Afro is not. He functions as an alter ego to the main character.

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Paninya
Character Name Paninya
Anime/Manga Title Fullmetal Alchemist
Appearance brown skin, dark olive green eyes, straight black hair in stiff ponytail
Ethnicity Unspecified
Background Paninya appears in Episode 26 "Her Reason". The tomboyish Paninya enters an arm wrestling match to prove the quality of the automail her father Dominic had installed. Winry, sympathetic to Paninya's desire to bring honor to her father's work, arranges for an automail match between the protagonist Ed and Paninya. Paninya is fiercely loyal to her father, who adopted her and fitted her with artificial limbs after she was maimed and orphaned in a train wreck.

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Patrick 'Panther' Spencer
Character Name Patrick 'Panther' Spencer
Anime/Manga Title Eyeshield 21
Appearance dark brown skin,brown eyes, black hair
Ethnicity African American
Background A member of the American team, the NASA Aliens, Panther is a super-fast runner who wants to compete with Eyeshield, but the coach will not let him play due to an incident of insubordination in the past, and the coach's resentment of naturally-talented athletes arising from the ending of his own brief pro football career, when he was replaced by a more gifted athlete. Panther lives with his grandmother, who gives Panther all her savings so he could travel to Japan with the team. They both reappear in the series when the Deimon team takes a training trip to America.

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Pedro Domingo
Character Name Pedro Domingo
Anime/Manga Title Excel Saga
Appearance brown skin, black, wavy hair, blue-green eyes
Ethnicity Columbian
Background Pedro is a hard-luck case. He is a foreign worker in Japan, who misses his son and wife. He is killed in Episode 1 in an accident caused by Excel. After that, his spirit wanders and has even more troubles, as he becomes the love-toy of the Great Will of the Macrocosm, finds that his sexy wife no longer loves him and was having an affair with That Gomez and has remarried. Pedro returns to the Great Will, but he is found by her other lover, That Man, who embeds him in a giant pudding, and sinks him in Tokyo Harbor. After the Great Will rescues him, Pedro builds himself up to battle That Gomez (That Man in disguise), and loses. Nabeshin then trains him (and his son) in the lore of the Afro Warrior for the final, victorious battle.

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Pierre Vieira
Character Name Pierre Vieira
Anime/Manga Title Genesis of Aquarion
Appearance brown skin, long straight dark brown hair, brown eyes
Ethnicity Hispanic American?
Background

Pierre, a teenage soccer player from San Jose, is a student at DEAVA Academy, where youngsters with special abilities train as pilots to battle Shadow Angels, mythical beings who harvest humans.

Pierre first encounters the main character Apollo when Apollo was a homeless street kid. Pierre attempts to detain Apollo, believing that he might be the long-sought reincarnation of Apollonius, the Shadow Angel who helped the humans fight against his own kind in the ancient past. After a fight with the Shadow Angels, Apollo returns to DEAVA with Pierre. Apollo's coarse behavior earns him the scorn of more well-born classmates. Pierre is one of the few DEAVA students willing to acknowledge Apollo's abilities and cooperate with him, in spite of their at times rivalrous relationship.

Pierre is a big flirt. He makes passes at both a male junior Jun Lee and a female classmate Reika on different occasions. He also has a dream about his female classmates and Jun Lee forming his harem. Despite his love for teasing his friends, Pierre has higher emotional intelligence than his peers, and tends to have more insight into others' moods and motivations. For more information, see List of Genesis of Aquarion Characters on Wikipedia.

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Pony
Character Name Pony
Anime/Manga Title Gall Force, Eternal Story
Appearance brown skin, short curly purple/pink hair
Ethnicity N/A (all main characters, regardless of physical appearance, come from the same race)
Background See ColorQ Review of Gall Force - Eternal Story

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Raoul
Character Name Raoul
Anime/Manga Title Rockman Exe Stream
Appearance Brown skin, straight black hair with two short ponytails
Ethnicity Mestizo?
Background Raoul is a gang leader who tries to protect the people of his city from the corrupt mayor.

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Rashid
Character Name Rashid
Anime/Manga Title Yugo the Negotiator
Appearance tan skin, short black wavy hair, dark gray eyes, glasses
Ethnicity Pakistani
Background

Rashid is a foreign reporter based in Japan. A registered member of Tokyo Foreign Correspondents' Club, he is knowledgeable about Pakistani politics and culture.

A minor but recurring character in "Scorching Bonds", the First Negotiation arc (DVDs 1-3), he has the plot-critical function of supplying the Japanese main character Beppu with intel for Beppu's Pakistan hostage negotiation assignment.

In the DVD's staff interview, it is revealed that Rashid is the favorite character of the studio staff, who enjoyed making up their own backstories for him.

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Ricky
Character Name Ricky
Anime/Manga Title Freedom
Appearance brown skin, short curly yellow hair
Ethnicity unknown
Background Ricky, a Florida resident, was orphaned when his parents were killed in a hurricane. Lively and defiant, Ricky is key to the plot, being the one to bring the protagonist Takeru and Ricky's teacher Ao together. The oldest among Ao's students, he shows the most courage and initiative, defying a coming storm to keep a rocket launch from being disrupted. The Freedom series has many characters of color, Ricky being only one of Ao's non-white students. Almost half the Floridans are portrayed as dark-skinned.

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Rose
Character Name Rose
Anime/Manga Title Fullmetal Alchemist
Appearance brown skin, straight dark brown hair with pink highlights
Ethnicity Liorean
Background Rose appears at the beginning of the FMA series, a naive devotee of a false prophet who had deceived the people of the town of Liore. Her interactions with the protagonists Ed and Al drive the first story arc. Ed opens her eyes to the deception of her cult leader.

She reappears in the second season as the Holy Mother of Liore, a war crimes victim whom the locals rallied around and hailed as their spiritual leader. Once again, she crosses paths with Ed and Al, and their reunion heralds the beginning of the end of the quest for the Philosopher's stone.

Scar describes the people of Liore as similar in ethnicity to the people of Ishbal.

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Ryoma Sakamoto
Character Name Ryoma Sakamoto
Anime/Manga Title Peacemaker
Appearance brown skin, long dark dreadlocks
Ethnicity Japanese
Background Based on a historical character, Ryoma is a samurai eager to learn Western technology and modernize Japan. The protaganist Tetsu forms an instant connection to Ryoma because Ryoma reminds him of his late father. Equally skilled with the gun and the sword, the eccentric Ryoma becomes a hero to young Tetsu. He is somewhat of a comic character.

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Sado Yasutora
Character Name Sado Yasutora
Anime/Manga Title Bleach
Appearance very tall, brown skin, short curly black hair
Ethnicity Okinawan and Mexican
Background Sado "Chad" Yasutora was born in Okinawa, and later taken by his parents to Mexico. After his parents died, Sado went to live with his grandfather Oscar Joaquin de la Rosa, whom he called 'abuelo' (grandfather). Abuelo passed away, and Sado returned to Japan, where he eventually teams up with Bleach protagonist Ichigo, who attends the same high school. Sado has superhuman tolerance for physical trauma, and is also unusually strong. He has a strong sense of honor, and does not hesitate to risk his life to protect his friends.

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Sahib Ashman
Character Name Sahib Ashman
Anime/Manga Title Gundam Seed
Appearance brown skin, hefty, bearded.
Ethnicity North African
Background Sahib is the leader of the Desert Dawn resistance, a North African guerilla organization fighting against outsiders' exploitation of Africa. He is a family friend of Cagalli, one of the main characters.

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Sam
Character Name Sam
Anime/Manga Title Tiger & Bunny
Appearance honey brown skin, brown eyes, 3 tufts of reddish brown hair on forehead
Ethnicity African American
Background

Sam is the infant son of the Mayor of Sternbild City. In Episode 9 "Spare the Road and Spoil the Child", he is left in the care of the city's superheroes when his parents go out of town.

The superheroes have their hands full when they find out that little Sam, like them, has superpowers. A very strong telekinetic mutant, he causes objects to fly about when he cries. The main character Kotetsu, being the only parent in the group, is deemed the most appropriate person to take on the babysitting assignment, but Sam bonds with teenage superhero Dragon Kid. More surprises are in store when Kotetsu receives notice that both Sam and Dragon Kid have been kidnapped.

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Sandora Domingo
Character Name Sandora Domingo
Anime/Manga Title Excel Saga
Appearance brown skin, black hair, dark gray eyes
Ethnicity Columbian
Background Pedro's son, Sandora, is featured in an episode of his own, when he travels to America to become an anime artist, unaware that he is being exploited to create counterfeit animation cels to sell to collectors. He joins Pedro in his training with Nabeshin and takes part in the final battle against the villain.

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Sarujiro
Character Name Sarujiro
Anime/Manga Title Rurouni Kenshin
Appearance brown skin, straight black hair
Ethnicity Japanese?
Background Sarujiro is a supporting character in the Crimson Pirate story arc (Season 1, Eps 25-27). A mute boy, he is one of the two members of the pirate crew who remained loyal to the idealistic young pirate captain Shura. Sarujiro's quick thinking helped to get his leader out of a bind on more than one occasion.

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Sheri Walken
Character Name Sheri Walken
Anime/Manga Title Gungrave
Appearance Brown skin, brown eyes, long straight black hair which is sometimes curled. Quite short in height.
Ethnicity Unknown
Background

Sheri is the daughter of Bear Walken, one of the highest ranking executives of the organized crime syndicate Millenion. She later becomes the girlfriend/wife of the main villain Harry MacDowel. She first appears in Episode 8 when she was in her midteens, developing an instant crush on the villain Harry, who is a decade or so older than her.

Bold and decisive even at a young age, Sheri takes the initiative to approach Harry, who seems glad to reciprocate her attention. Her father dislikes Harry, believing that the unscrupulously ambitious young man just wants to use Sheri to climb the ladder. At first, Bear Walken tries to persuade Sheri to stop seeing Harry by telling her that being close to a mafia member like Harry would bring danger to her. Sheri points out that if that is the case, she is already in danger because her father is the biggest mobster of all.

Bear then argues that Harry does not love her, and only loves her status as a mafia princess. But Sheri, a strong-willed young woman, stands by her choice of life partner, insisting that her love can change Harry. She continues to see only the good in Harry even when others call him "Bloody Harry" for his murderous ways.

Whatever his original intentions may have been, Harry seems to have developed a true respect for Sheri quite early in their acquaintance, remarking on her mental strength in the face of a dear one's death. Years later, when they are married, Harry displays deep emotional attachement to his wife. Sheri's husband tries his best to keep the unpleasant side of his business hidden from Sheri, often evading her questions with vague answers so as not to cause her to worry.

She is Bear Walken's reason for defending Harry and challenging the protagonist Brandon Heat, despite Bear's own doubts about Harry's character.

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Shion
Character Name Shion
Anime/Manga Title Please Save My Earth
Appearance brown skin, short straight black hair, violet eyes
Ethnicity Alien
Background Shion is the only dark-skinned character among the 7 alien scientists from the Moon. He was reincarnated as the Earthling Rin. Shion/Rin is the male romantic lead of the story. Saki Hiwatari's popular shoujo manga was eventually made into an animated series. Shion is basically a good guy in the anime; the manga character is a little more dubious. But he is still portrayed sympathetically.

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Silva
Character Name Silva
Anime/Manga Title Shaman King
Appearance tan skin, long black hair
Ethnicity Native American
Background Silva is a North American shaman. He is the member of the Shaman Fight Selection Committee assigned to test the hero Yoh Asakura.

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Sinbad
Character Name Sinbad
Anime/Manga Title Arabian Nights: Sinbad's Adventures
Appearance reddish brown skin, black eyes, and black hair
Ethnicity Arab
Background

The child Sindbad is the main character of a 52 episode anime series first aired in 1975. Sindbad is the son of a Baghdad merchant. Enchanted by the tales of travel and adventure told by his uncle, Sindbad goes on his own adventure, whose plot is loosely based on the Arabian Nights.

"Arabian Nights: Sinbad's Adventures", produced by Nippon Animation, is one of those rare anime that feature a full cast that is neither Japanese nor European. See Arabian Nights: Sinbad's Adventures on Wikipedia for more information.

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Soma Asman Kadar
Character Name Soma Asman Kadar
Anime/Manga Title Black Butler
Appearance brown skin, wavy purple hair, golden brown eyes
Ethnicity Indian
Background

Prince Soma is the 26th child of the King of Bengal. A cheerful and confident teen, he can at times be self-centered and inconsiderate. He is very attached to his butler Agni, a former criminal whom he had saved from execution.

Prince Soma first appears in Episode 13 of the anime when he and Agni come to England. Prince Soma is looking for his former nanny, Meena, whom be believes to have been kidnapped by a British nobleman. He imposes on the hospitality of the main character Ciel Phantomhive, much to the excitement of the Phantomhive servants, who have never been in the presence of royalty. Prince Soma reappears at the end of Season 1 and also has a small role in Season 2. For more information, see Soma on Kutoshituji Wikia.

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Sophita
Character Name Sophita
Anime/Manga Title Casshern Sins
Appearance Short spiky pink hair, tan skin, green eyes
Ethnicity robot
Background

A key character in Episode 4, this female robot's story follows the repeated Casshern Sins motif of 'female lead for one epiesode falling in love with the main character.'

Sophita is a sword-wielding robot who loves battle. She challenges her opponents without malice, purely out of the enjoyment of fighting. When she meets Casshern, the main character, she challenges him to a fight. He refuses because his self-defense mode kicks in automatically when he is under attack, and in that state, he would not be able to stop himself from killing her.

She follows him doggedly, and he ignores her consistently, until she is attacked by a larger robot and Casshern comes to her rescue.

Evetually, Sophita does attack Casshern, but his self-defense program surprisingly does not activate even when she stabs him. This is because Sophita is trying to kill Casshern out of love. Seeing that he is suffering mentally for every moment of his existence, she seeks to free him from this life. There is no enmity coming from her, so Casshern is willing to die by her hand.

Unfortunately, his body repairs itself, and the two part amicably at the end of Episode 4.

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Takashi
Character Name Takashi
Anime/Manga Title Black Jack
Appearance tan skin, dark curly hair
Ethnicity Japanese and African?
Background Takashi appears in Episode 56: "The Skin Donor". A kind mixed-race boy, Takashi was the only person who donated skin for the protagonist's face at a time when all the other parents and children refused, turning their backs on Hazama Kuroo (young Black Jack) in the hospital.

Takashi had been grateful to Kuroo for often helping him with his homework at school, so he was happy to give Kuroo his skin. Takashi had darker skin, leaving Kuroo with a very noticeable difference in colour on his face, but Kuroo refused to tamper with the scar, even when he went to medical school later.

Black Jack wanted to receive Takashi's permission before changing it and spent years searching for him all over the world. He finally received a letter from Takashi - while Black Jack became a doctor to heal people, Takashi became one to heal and protect the earth from those trying to destroy it.

But shortly after Black Jack read the letter, he heard on the news that a group of environmental protestors had been killed by police. One of the dead was apparently Takashi. So Black Jack kept his scar and darker skin to this day as a keepsake.

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Tanda
Character Name Tanda
Anime/Manga Title Seirei no Moribito
Appearance tan skin, straight black hair
Ethnicity Yakoo
Background Tanda, the love interest of the heroine, is an indigenous herbalist. The Seirei no Moribito anime is based on Nahoko Uehashi's novel Guardian of the Spirit. In Nahoko Uehashi's novel, Tanda is described as having "dark, almost black skin" and "brown, unruly hair". The novel's version of Tanda has only one Yakoo grandparent, the other grandparents being light-skinned Yogoese and possibly Kanbalese.

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Tsume
Character Name Tsume
Anime/Manga Title Wolf's Rain
Appearance tan skin, very short straight silver hair, yellow eyes
Ethnicity Wolf
Background Tsume is one of the four main characters of Wolf's Rain. A wolf that creates the illusion of a human form to fit in among humans, Tsume's true form is a gray wolf. He is one of the few wolves that are clearly darker skinned in his human form. Tsume is the oldest and most experienced of the young wolves.

Although another wolf, Kiba, is supposed to be the 'main character' of the story, the early part of Wolf's Rain is essentially Tsume's story. The series opens with an action scene featuring Tsume, who has become a leader among humans. And unlike the other three wolf main characters including Kiba, Tsume undergoes the most character development and has the most detailed backstory, traits of a protagonist.

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Twellen
Character Name Twellen
Anime/Manga Title Toward the Terra
Appearance tan skin, short blond curly hair
Ethnicity unknown
Background The natural-born daughter of Harold, Twellen is a rare Type Blue mutant, the Type Blues being most powerful class of Mu, capable of space flight and teleportation. Until the attack on Nazca, there were only two known Type Blues - Mu leader Soldier Blue and his chosen successor Soldier Shin.

Under the leadership of Tony (the eldest Mu child born on Nazca), infant Twellen accelerates her physical development and uses her formidable psionic powers to protect the Mu at a time of crisis. Together with the other 6 Type Blue children who accelerated their growth into teenhood, she becomes the vanguard of the Mu war against humans.

Like her peers, she is arrogant and disrespectful towards older, less powerful Mu. But after the loss of three of her Type Blue comrades, she joins forces with the survivors to rescue the mutants held by humans in a space concentration camp and who were about to be killed.

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Unnamed Assistant to Dr Wattman
Character Name Unnamed Assistant to Dr Wattman
Anime/Manga Title Black Jack: The 4 Miracles of Life
Appearance tan skin, curly black hair, sunglasses, and a large comically exaggerated nose (the mangaka Osamu Tezuka draws himself with similarly exaggerated nose)
Ethnicity ambigious, implied to be American
Background This minor character is one of Dr. Wattman's assistants in the Black Jack animated special U-18 Knew It. He keeps track of the changes in U-18's program and performance, as she is the central "brain" of Dr. Wattman's technologically advanced hospital.

Dr. Wattman, whom he aids, is not a bad doctor, although she forgot what drove her to build her hospital in the first place. This assistant rescues the doctor when she makes the hasty decision to sacrifice herself to short circuit U-18 when the latter becomes uncontrollable.

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Unnamed Pastor
Character Name Unnamed Pastor
Anime/Manga Title Casshern Sins
Appearance Short blond hair, dark brown skin, very short
Ethnicity robot
Background

A key character in Episode 2, this unnamed robot pastor ministers to his flock of robots dying from the Rust. Unlike robots elsewhere, his congregation have apparently resigned themselves to their impending deaths.

One day the main character Casshern shows up, rescuing some of them from a violent attacker. A rumor has been circulating about Casshern - any robot who eats this perpetually new, unrusted robot will be free from the Rust and escape death.

Casshern enters the pastor's community anonymously, but when his identity is eventually revealed, the pastor immediately tells him to leave, presumably not just to protect Casshern (who has been attacked repeatedly by other robots) but also to preserve the sanity of his own flock.

But the pastor's intervention comes too late. Members of his congregation, on learning of Casshern's identity, give up their resignation to death and begin attacking Casshern. Casshern's self-defense program kicks into operation. In this mode, he destroys all living things within sight, regardless of whether they are friend or foe.

The pastor is killed in Casshern's violent frenzy, and the only survivor from his flock is a robot who looks like a white girl. Somehow Casshern snaps out of his killing spree before he obliterates her.

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Urd
Character Name Urd
Anime/Manga Title Ah! My Goddess
Appearance brown skin, wavy white hair
Ethnicity N/A (Goddess)
Background The Goddess of Love, Urd is Belldandy's older sister, and she's a Second Class goddess. She is significantly darker than the pale Belldandy, and has flowing and slightly curled white hair. Her domain is the Past, and she runs the computer system Yggdrasil back in Heaven. She is the goddess of the past so her pasttimes are casting spells and mixing love potions, which she uses to bring Keichi and Belldandy together. She loves butting into their love life and causes a lot of trouble - although sometimes she can be a help! Although she never really says it, Urd loves her sister Belldandy a lot and therefore understands why Belldandy wants to be with Keichi. She is also fond of sake.

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Uubu
Character Name Uubu
Anime/Manga Title Dragon Ball Z
Appearance dark brown skin, straight black hair
Ethnicity unknown (Indian?)
Background Uubu is the human reincarnation of the supervillain Majin Buu, but he does not have his predecessor's evil. He fought Goku in Volume 42 of the manga, and Goku takes the teenager as a student.

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Valore
Character Name Valore
Anime/Manga Title Vandread
Appearance Short straight red hair, amber eyes, reddish brown skin
Ethnicity Mejalian
Background

A minor character, Valore appears towards the end of the series as part of the reserve force of a space pirate battleship from Mejale. The plot follows the main crew for most of the series, but when the main crew is captured by the Mejalian army, Valore and her fellow reserves come to the rescue.

Bold and irreverent, she is one of the space pirates' top fighter pilots.

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Yasmina
Character Name Yasmina
Anime/Manga Title Arabian Nights: Sinbad's Adventures
Appearance tan skin, long straight black hair that curls at the ends
Ethnicity Arab
Background

Yasmina usually appears in the form of a talking black bird. The black mynah bird was given to the main character Sinbad by his uncle. She accompanies Sinbad on his adventures. It turns out that Yasmina is a cursed princess who was transformed to bird form. Yasmina's name comes from not just the jasmine flower (al-yaasmin in Arabic), but also from the Meenah bird, a bird capable of imitating human speech.

See Arabian Nights: Sinbad's Adventures on Wikipedia for more information on the series. First released in the 1970s, this anime from Nippon Animation was very popular in the Arab world.

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Yoruichi Shihouin
Character Name Yoruichi Shihouin
Anime/Manga Title Bleach
Appearance dark brown skin, long straight purple hair, yellow eyes
Ethnicity South Asian?
Background Yoruichi Shihouin is the former head of the covert ops brigade in the spirit realm. She was the head of the noble Shihouin family, and has been alive for centuries. She appears in the human world in the form of a black cat. A very powerful being with many abilities, she is also known as the "Goddess of Flash" for her ability to move at great speed.

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