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

Dark-Skinned Neutral Characters in Anime

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Anthy Himemiya
Character Name Anthy Himemiya
Anime/Manga Title Revolutionary Girl Utena
Appearance dark brown/reddish brown skin, purplish-blue wavy hair, green eyes, has a dot on her forehead
Ethnicity unknown (Indian/Black?)
Background Anthy Himemiya is the roommate of the titular character Utena. Anthy, who holds the position of Rose Bride, is a key character who drives the plot. Other characters fight for the possession of Anthy. Anthy is portrayed as sexually permissive, but she comes across as a sympathetic character as the story provides psychological reasons for her behavior. Cross-dressing tomboy Utena unwittingly becomes engaged to the Rose Bride when she wins a duel. Utena and Anthy become fond of each other, earning RGU the moniker of "the lesbian anime/manga". Anthy's surname means "Princess Palace", which fits her role as the 'princess' who is sought by many and protected by the 'prince' Utena. She is very beautifully drawn.

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April
Character Name April
Anime/Manga Title Darker Than Black
Appearance dark brown skin, yellow eyes, short straight light blue hair
Ethnicity British citizen of African descent?
Background

A member of the MI6 British Intelligence Service, April has the power to create hurricanes. She starts out on the 'bad' side as a member of an organization antagonistic to the protagonists, but progresses towards being an ambivalent 'good guy', or 'gal' in this case. April is often seen in the company of July, a child of European descent.

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Barbon
Character Name Barbon
Anime/Manga Title Hunter x Hunter
Appearance brown skin, with moustache and turban
Ethnicity Indian or Arab?
Background Barbon is a snake charmer who enters the Hunter Exam which the heroes are also taking. Not a key character, he first appears in Episode 25. He is accidentally killed by another contestant.

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Bear Walken
Character Name Bear Walken
Anime/Manga Title Gungrave
Appearance dark brown skin, short straight light gray hair, red eyes
Ethnicity unknown
Background

One of major characters, Bear Walken is acknowledged as the Millenion crime organization's best Sweeper, i.e. executioner. A senior executive who earned the respect of others, Bear is capable of quiet insight as well as quick, efficient violence. He is a brilliant sharpshooter and kendo expert. He personally trained the main character Brandon in firearms, grooming him to be the next top Sweeper. His personality is quite similar to Brandon's - both talk little, are tough on the outside but have deep emotional ties to friends and colleagues.

Bear is very Japanese in his tastes and lifestyle. His wife was light-skinned with straight dark hair. She passed away when their daughter Sheri was still a child. Bear dislikes the main villain Harry , believing that Harry's interest in marrying his daughter to be purely political. But he agrees to their relationship when he sees that Harry does love her.

He eventually challenges the resurrected Brandon, his former trainee, to a duel to the death. Brandon's young ward Mika tries to dissuade Brandon, saying "... that man named Bear Walken, I just can't think of him as a bad person..."

Harry, who is Bear's son-in-law as well as boss, also tries in vain to spare him this fate by proposing an early retirement for Walken. But Bear cannot be dissuaded from protecting Harry for the sake of his daughter's happiness.

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Bertuccio
Character Name Bertuccio
Anime/Manga Title Gankutsuou (The Count of Monte Cristo)
Appearance dark brown skin, pointy ears, bald
Ethnicity Alien?
Background Bertuccio is one of the two bodyguards of the titular antihero. Giovanni Bertuccio has many skills - a formidable fighter, a competent horseman, and well-versed in the operations of high tech surveillance equipment. In his interactions with other characters, he brings a degree of humanity to a dark tale of revenge. He clearly has a degree of personal concern for the Count, and also treats his fellow servant Haidee with gentle kindness. Bertuccio even feels a degree of compassion for the innocents touched by the Count's vengeance. But his loyalty to his employer takes precedence.

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Biff
Character Name Biff
Anime/Manga Title S-cry-ed
Appearance tan skin, straight dark hair in two braids/ponytails
Ethnicity Native American?
Background

Biff is an Alter User from the bad lands of Lost Ground. He appears in the first episode as a villain, a gang leader of enormous size who beats up little chidren in a turf war. The protagonist Kazuma intervenes and defeats him in a fight. Later, Biff joins forces with Kazuma and other Alter Users to defend their homeland against the police organization HOLD. After being taken captive by the authorities, Biff is brainwashed and has his powers boosted. Unable even to remember his own name, he is made to fight against a reluctant Kazuma. In response to Kazuma's impassioned plea, he finally breaks free of of his mind-control device, and on remembering his identity, allows himself to fall to his death. Kazuma weeps for Biff's death on two separate occasions, the past enmity for their first fight forgotten in favor of the memory of their shared oppression.

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Birdie
Character Name Birdie
Anime/Manga Title Street Fighter Alpha
Appearance dark brown skin, blond mohawk
Ethnicity Black man from Britain
Background Birdie is a crude wannabe-villain in the SF video game, but in the SF animated movie, he is an honorable person who sacrifices his life to save Ryu, Chunli and other Street Fighters.

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Caravan owner/Julius' father
Character Name Caravan owner/Julius' father
Anime/Manga Title Trigun
Appearance brown skin, black moustache, balding
Ethnicity unknown
Background This unnamed character - key to the plot but given relatively little screen time - appears in Episode 13: Escape from Pain. He is the owner of the desert caravan that serves Fondrigue City, and the adoptive father of the blond, blue-eyed Julius, another minor character. Julius' biological father is the mayor of Fondrigue; he apparently gave Julius to the caravan owner as a 'pass' into the city. Julius loves his adoptive father, but decides to run away and break with both fathers when he found out that the mayor and caravan owner are profiting from human trafficking. However, the caravan owner does not come across as a complete villain - when forced to choose between his son's happiness and the survival of the caravan, he decides to give Julius his freedom.

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Catalina
Character Name Catalina
Anime/Manga Title Nabari No Ou
Appearance brown skin, dark eyes, straight dark hair in ponytail
Ethnicity Unknown
Background

Catalina is a student council member at Alya Private Academy, a front established by the Kouga ninja village for training young ninjas. Together with the other student council members, Catalina serves as one of the antagonists in Episodes 13-15. Catalina is the only dark-skinned member of the student council and the only one with a non-Japanese name.

The student council members plan to murder young students from another ninja village in a misguided effort to save the life of their ill principal. Catalina, while going along with the kidnapping of the protagonist and his friends, still expressed doubts as to the rightness of the council president's plan. Towards the end of the story arc, she is the only council member who stands up to the council president and puts an end to the foolishness.

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Claire Rondo
Character Name Claire Rondo
Anime/Manga Title Planetes
Appearance tan skin, dark green hair that appears coiled/dreaded, violet eyes
Ethnicity South American
Background Claire is an astronaut with Control Section. She was born in the imaginary South American country of El Tanika, an impoverished nation left behind in the space race. She was at one time the girlfriend of the main character Hachimaki Hoshino, but after their breakup, she started dating his nemesis Hakim Ashmead. Ashmead turned out to be a terrorist with the Space Defense Front. Claire becomes sympathetic to his cause and agrees to help him...

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Coffee
Character Name Coffee
Anime/Manga Title Cowboy Bebop
Appearance brown skin, big afro
Ethnicity African American?
Background This bounty uuntress only appears in the Mushroom Samba episode. She is a bounty huntress on the trail of an illegal mushroom seller named Domino. She clashes with the vengeful brother of a man who died after eating Domino's hallucinogenic mushrooms. The bounty huntress wants to claim her reward, so she does not want the brother of Domino's victim getting in the way. She also shows no compassion for Ed, a hungry child stranded in the desert. Her 'ending' (she doesn't die) is not very dignified.

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Dearka Elthman
Character Name Dearka Elthman
Anime/Manga Title Gundam Seed
Appearance brown skin, short wavy blond hair
Ethnicity Unknown
Background Dearka Elthman (or Elsman) is a Coordinator (genetically enhanced human) who pilots the Buster Gundam. He plays a sort of peacekeeper role among his competing comrades. Dearka is quite scornful of Naturals (unmodified humans). He later develops a sympathy for a Natural girl whose boyfriend was killed in combat by Coordinators. He returns in Gundam Seed Destiny. He gets notably less speaking time than his light-skinned team members.

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Dhalsim
Character Name Dhalsim
Anime/Manga Title Street Fighter
Appearance brown skin, bald
Ethnicity Indian
Background In Season 1 of te SF cartoon series, he was depicted as once in the service of the super-villain Bison (though unwillingly). He returns in later seasons to either seek the help of the protagonists, or to give them guidance.

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Domino Walker
Character Name Domino Walker
Anime/Manga Title Cowboy Bebop
Appearance dark reddish brown skin, dreadlocks
Ethnicity African American?
Background Domino only appears in the Mushroom Samba episode. He is allegedly an illegal mushroom seller who is being stalked by both a bounty huntress and the vengeful brother of a man who died after eating his hallucinogenic mushrooms.

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Duo
Character Name Duo
Anime/Manga Title "Program" Animatrix short
Appearance dark brown skin, black eyes
Ethnicity African descent? (story is set in the futuristic world of the Matrix)
Background Duo is one of the few handsome black male romantic leads in anime. He is the love interest of the white-haired, pale-skinned heroine, Cis. The two fight it out in an awesome simulated medieval Japanese battleground. Cis kills Duo when he tries to force her to return to the Matrix. She eventually finds out from her commanding officer that she didn't kill the actual Duo, but only a simulation. So the actual Duo might actually be a good guy. Cis' commanding officer is a dark-skinned, curly-haired, yellow-eyed man. This makes program one of the few anime that has more than one black character

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Dutch
Character Name Dutch
Anime/Manga Title Black Lagoon
Appearance dark brown skin, bald
Ethnicity African American
Background A Vietnam vet who remained in Southeast Asia after the war ended, Dutch is the owner of the Lagoon Company, a mercenary/courier service that runs errands mostly for organized crime syndicates and other shady clients. One of the four main characters of the series, Dutch captains the torpedo boat Black Lagoon. A skilled and deadly mercenary, Dutch is capable of explosive violence, but unlike the berserker fits of his subordinate Revy, his violence is always controlled and never exercised out of anger or caprice. No stranger to danger, he nevertheless does not act recklessly. Dutch turns down the solicitations of sex workers, not out of prudishness but out of prudence.

Dutch seems to be one of the few men that the violently deranged female lead Revy respects and has a degree of fear for, and yet trusts. He could easily overpower her, as he did to save the protagonist Rock from being killed by her. He deals with racism in a cool, detached manner, while making no secret of his distaste for racists. Revy, who is Chinese American, tries to make a bet with Dutch as to which of them a neo-Nazi character would choose to shoot first. Dutch's response was "this isn't much of a bet" - they both rightly bet that the black man would be the first target even though the Asian female is clearly the more crazy, more dangerous character.

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Edmond Dantes
Character Name Edmond Dantes
Anime/Manga Title Gankutsuou (The Count of Monte Cristo)
Appearance brown skin, wavy dark brown hair
Ethnicity Southern French
Background Edmond Dantes was the innocent young sailor who would later become the vengeful Count of Monte Cristo. Although Dantes was a good man, he turned into a bitter, cynical character who would stop at nothing for revenge after being betrayed by his best friend and his colleagues.

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Emperor Neo
Character Name Emperor Neo
Anime/Manga Title Nadia - The Secret of Blue Water
Appearance tan skin, straight violet hair, pale blue eyes
Ethnicity Atlantean
Background The son of Captain Nemo and the puppet emperor of Neo-Atlantis, Neo is manipulated by the villain Gargoyle into fighting against his father. He possesses immense psychic powers. Neo is a relatively minor character in the series.

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Ergo Proxy
Character Name Ergo Proxy
Anime/Manga Title Ergo Proxy
Appearance dark gray skin, short spiky black hair
Ethnicity demigod
Background Ergo, the titular character, is exceptional among Proxies in that he has dark hair. Other Proxy characters have dark gray, near-black skin and white hair in their natural 'god form'. Proxies are agents of the Creator. They too have the power to create, but they are not omnipotent or omniscient. These demi-gods are capable of taking on a less imposing human form. The proxy characters that take human form - Vincent, MCQ, Kazkis, Will B. Good - all have European facial features and coloration.

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Gato
Character Name Gato
Anime/Manga Title Saiyuki
Appearance tan while alive, paler after 'death', wears bandana
Ethnicity Native North American?
Background Gato was defending his village from European invaders when he was mortally wounded. But the sharpshooter's life was miraculously extended so he could serve as a bodyguard for the bishop Hazel. Hazel is a demon exterminator who does not differentiate between good and bad demons. But after meeting with Sanzo and gang, Gato is no longer so sure whether Hazel is right about all demons...

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Gereta
Character Name Gereta
Anime/Manga Title Hunter x Hunter
Appearance dark brown skin, black afro, dresses like a cross between a jester and a baseball player
Ethnicity African-descent?
Background Gereta is a master of killing with the blowgun and a nightstick. Not a major character he appears in episodes 19 and 21. He takes part in the Hunter Exam, in which contestants try to steal each other's badges. He steals the badges of two of the main characters, and is later killed by one of them.

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Ibraha
Character Name Ibraha
Anime/Manga Title Black Lagoon
Appearance light brown skin, wavy black hair, light brown eyes
Ethnicity Palestinian?
Background Ibraha appears in the first season. He is a leader of Protectors of the Islamic Front, a terrorist group based in the Philippines. His son was apparently killed by Israeli soldiers in a Lebanese refugee camp, leaving Ibraha bitter and angry. Blinded by extremism, Ibraha wanted to send his troops on a mad rush to their deaths just to make a point even if he knew it meant that all of them, including himself, would be wiped out. He was killed by his more moderate Japanese colleague, who immediately ordered the retreat of the surviving guerillas after Ibraha's death.

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Ichiro Tendo
Character Name Ichiro Tendo
Anime/Manga Title Black Jack
Appearance Curly black hair, brown skin, brown eyes
Ethnicity Arab
Background

"Ichiro Tendo" (or "Tendo Ichiro" in Japanese order) is the assumed identity of a nameless young Arab man. He is a central character in Episode 54 of the TV series: "The fortunes and misfortunes of the deceitful parent and child".

The episode's "Tendo Ichiro" starts out as a a poor Arab guide who witnesses the accidental death of his rich Japanese client, the original Tendo Ichiro. The guide, seeing an opportunity to better his financial circumstances, steals the Japanese man's passport and asks Black Jack to perform plastic surgery on him so that he would physically resemble the real Tendo Ichiro.

But when he travels to Japan, he is shocked to find that his client's company has gone bankrupt and all that he inherited was an old woman, the dead man's mother. He decides to stay at her home and live off her kindness until he can escape. The Arab guide's own birth mother had abused him and exploted his labor since he was a very young child, spending the money he earned on herself, so he is now unable to believe in a mother's love.

Unexpectedly, 'Ichiro' grows to love and care for his Japanese 'mother' because she treats him kindly. When the Japanese woman is on her death bed, he tries to tell her the truth, but the old woman reveals that she, too, is an imposter. Tendo's original mother died a long time ago; the woman who now passes as Tendo Ichiro's mother was in fact the mother's maid, who assumed the dead woman's identity to acquire her riches. Black Jack had operated on both fake mother and son and kept both operations secret. Instead of money, both found something far more precious. After her death, the Arab man returns to his home country to begin anew, but keeps a photograph of himself and his new mother with him.

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Janet Bhai
Character Name Janet Bhai
Anime/Manga Title Black Lagoon
Appearance light brown skin, slightly wavy blond hair
Ethnicity Indian
Background Janet Bhai, aka Greenback Jane, is a skilled currency counterfeiter who appears in The Second Barrage. A non-violent criminal who is out of her league when dealing with the violent gangsters who hired her, she finds herself on the run from a mob of assassins, and had no choice but to seek the protection of Revy (the female lead) and Revy's scheming compatriot Eda, who has her eyes on Janet's currency forgery data. Janet falls in love with Revy's Jewish American colleague Benny after Benny uses his hacking skills to retrieve her lost data, thereby saving her from the potentially murderous wrath of Eda.

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Kenny
Character Name Kenny
Anime/Manga Title Gungrave
Appearance dark brown skin, wears a baseball cap
Ethnicity unknown
Background

Kenny is young teenager who hangs out with four older white boys in their late teens (including the 2 main characters Brandon and Harry) in a street gang. Lively, cheerful and outgoing, Kenny has a strong camaraderie with his teammates. They make their living by petty thievery and reselling stolen goods.

In Episode 2, Kenny sells the main character Brandon a stolen necklace which, unknown to him, belonged to a powerful mobstress. When the mobstress catches Kenny, she demands to know the whereabouts of her property. The terrified Kenny keeps silent and does not betray Brandon to the mobstress even though the mobstress' henchmen appear ready to kill him.

Brandon and Harry show up in time to bargain with the mobstress for Kenny's life. Harry even offers to prostitute himself to the mobstress in order to save Kenny.

Kenny is killed in Episode 3 by a gangster Mad Dog while weeping over the body of his dead friend, who was also killed by Mad Dog. He is the last of Harry's gang members to be killed. Kenny's death is the turning point for Harry, who kills for the first time to take revenge for the loss of Kenny and his other two buddies.

Although Kenny only has a major role in two episodes, he reappears in many flashbacks in later episodes; his memory typically signifies an important shift in the characters' choices, values or relationships:

Years later, when both Brandon and Harry are high level executives in a crime syndicate, Brandon recalls Kenny in Harry's presence, but Harry has totally forgotten about him. This was a pivotal moment in the plot. The ability or inability, as the case may be, to honor Kenny's memory turns out to be symbolic of the irreconciliable differences between the hero and the villain, a harbinger of doom for their once close relationship.

When Brandon comes back from the dead, one of his earliest returning memories is of Kenny's death. His first conscious choice was to visit the graves of his friends, including Kenny. Images of Kenny and the rest of the old gang return repeatedly as the main characters move toward their final showdown.

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Kougaiji
Character Name Kougaiji
Anime/Manga Title Saiyuki
Appearance reddish brown skin, straight red hair
Ethnicity Indian???
Background Kougaiji (literally 'red child') is a demon prince whom Sanzo and his gang encounters on their way to the West (India in the universe of the original Saiyuki).He serves as an antagonist to the heroes, but he is not quite a villain - he sometimes helps them against even more sinister foes.

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Lala Sun
Character Name Lala Sun
Anime/Manga Title Mobile Suit Gundam
Appearance brown skin, straight black hair, green/blue eyes, dot on forehead between brows
Ethnicity Indian?
Background

Lala Sun (also spelled 'Lalah Sune')is a 'Newtype' (psychic) soldier who fights for the Zeon rebels against the Earth Federation. She is the strongest Newtype in service of Zeon. Lala meets the hero Amuro Ray, a pilot for the Earth Federation, while they are both in neutral territory. It so happens that Amuro is the strongest Newtype on the side of the Earth Federation. Although they are officially enemies, Lala and Amuro develop a strong psychic connection due to their shared Newtype abilities. Their doomed friendship/quasi-romance is complicated by the fact that Lala is in love with Zeon Commander Char Aznable, Amuro's nemesis.

Char met Lala while she was working as a child prostitute. This aspect for her past is mentioned in Yoshiyuki Tomino's novel but not in the anime. Amuro unintentionally kills Lala in battle, and Char commits himself to avenging her. This quest for vengeance, together with Amuro and Char's rivalry over Lala and their competition at being the best mobile suit pilot would provide the impetus for events in later Gundam series. The spiritual power and consciousness of Lala extends beyond her physical existence and she is able to touch the minds of both Char and Amuro even after her death.

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Leviathan
Character Name Leviathan
Anime/Manga Title Gosick
Appearance usually conceals his features under a black hood and white mask. He has dark skin and dark hair
Ethnicity African
Background

Gosick is set in the imaginary European country of Sauville. In the past, a group of Africans were brought there to work for the king of Sauville. After their work of transporting gold was done, the king murdered them to keep the gold's location secret. Years later, a masked alchemist named Leviathan approached the new king and provided him with gold. He wore a mask and long robes, never showing his face.

It turned out that Leviathan had escaped the mass grave of the Africans as a young boy and was the last living person who knew where the gold was hidden. He used his knowledge of chemistry and botany to pass himself off as an alchemist. After gaining favor at court, he used his high station in the kingdom to influence the politics of Sauville, indirectly protectiing his homeland and his people from further outside oppression.

Under attack by court factions who doubted his claims, Leviathan murdered the young son of his nemesis Baron Musgrave. Just before his own death, Leviathan advised Baron Musgrave's politically opponent, the Marquis de Blois, to sire a child of an usuual bloodline - this precipitated the birth of Victorique, the main character of Gosick.

Victorique eventually unravels the mystery of Leviathan, revealing that the late alchemist had a love affair with the Coco Rose, the queen who ruled Sauville during his time. The married queen escaped the vengeance of her royal consort by switching places with a double. The king murdered the queen's double, but Coco Rose survived to raise Levianthan's child. Victorique eventually meets the old queen and Leviathan's son.

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Malik Ishtar
Character Name Malik Ishtar
Anime/Manga Title Yugioh
Appearance brown skin, violet eyes and straight yellow hair (not the typical Egyptian, apparently).
Ethnicity Egyptian
Background Malik Ishtar, the main antagonist of the Battle City arc, is a tormented character who has a murderous spirit double Yami Marik. Marik was born out of Malik's anger at his unhappy childhood. Marik killed Malik's father and later tried to kill the hero Yugioh. Malik Ishtar is sometimes able to gain control over Yami Marik, and eventually finds repentance/redemption. He debuts in Episode 51.

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Mayor of Sternbild City
Character Name Mayor of Sternbild City
Anime/Manga Title Tiger & Bunny
Appearance Brown skin, dark eyes, short black hair
Ethnicity African American
Background

A minor recurring character, the unnamed mayor presides over Sternbild City, a fictional version of New York. In Episode 11 "The Die is Cast", the mayor appears weak and indecisive when the city is held hostage by terrorists with superpowers. He balks at taking charge in this time of crisis, instead handing over control of the situation to Mr Maverick, a shrewd, unscrupulous businessman.

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Miriam and her grandfather
Character Name Miriam and her grandfather
Anime/Manga Title Black Jack
Appearance Miriam has orange-brown skin, yellow eyes and short, slightly wavy reddish brown hair. Her grandfather has brown skin and straight white hair.
Ethnicity Arab?
Background

Miriam and her forefather appear in Black Jack Karte 10: Legend of the Phoenix. Miriam is a young woman who lives in an ancient village in the desert. While most of the village's other inhabitants have left their nomadic lifestyle behind for modern cities, Miriam refuses to leave her ancestral home. She contacts Dr. Black Jack, asking that he treat her supposedly immortal great-great-great... grandfather who suffers from metastatic cancer.

Black Jack initially thinks it's some kind of prank, but when he goes to see the patient, it seems like the old man has really lived all this time. Miriam believes that this is because her grandfather drank the blood of the phoenix. She wants Black Jack to treat her grandfather so that the old man can tell her how to get to the phoenix. Her plan was to start a business selling the phoenix's blood and compensate Black Jack for his services by paying him part of the sales proceeds from the phoenix's blood.

As for the truth about Miriam's grandfather, he had set out as a young man with some companions of his, travelling into a cave to capture a phoenix to drink its blood and gain immortality. On their way in, they were attacked by vipers. Only Miriam's grandfather managed to reach the bird, but he did not drink its blood. Still, he lied and claimed that he did. The older he got, the more people respected him. He feared to tell the truth and lived for so long in regret and fear until he admitted the truth to Dr. Black Jack.

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Nabuca
Character Name Nabuca
Anime/Manga Title Now and Then, Here and There
Appearance brown skin and straight black hair (Nabuca comes across as rather light-skinned in this image, but he is very tan in the anime).
Ethnicity n/a (alternate universe)
Background Nabuca is a hardened child soldier who emerges as the leader of a group of boys forced into military service in a harsh alternate universe. Nabuca does his duty even when it violates the human rights of others. But he takes care of the main character who has been unexpectedly transported from Earth to their alien world.

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Noah
Character Name Noah
Anime/Manga Title Fullmetal Alchemist - Conqueror of Shamballa
Appearance brown skin, long straight dark brown hair, dark brown eyes
Ethnicity Roma (Gypsy)
Background Noah is a clairvoyant Roma woman who was sold to the Thule Society, a supernatural research group backing the soon-to-be Nazi Party. The protagonist Ed rescues her when she flees from her captors. Noah's abilities may be the key to linking our world with the world from which Ed came and wishes to return to. Although a compassionate and kind individual, Noah is coerced by the Thule Society into betraying her benefactor Ed.

Conqueror of Shamballa touches on the issues of European prejudices against Roma people.

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Quattuor
Character Name Quattuor
Anime/Manga Title Gilgamesh
Appearance brown skin, short straight silver hair, tattoo over eye area
Ethnicity Gilgamesh
Background Quattuor is one of 10 experimental subjects created from the part-human-part-divine genetic material of the deceased Mesopotamian god-king Gilgamesh. These 10 superhuman beings are also referred to as Gilgamesh. The only dark-skinned member of the Gilgamesh, Quattuor also happens to have the shortest hair, not just compared with the other 3 females, but also also compared with the males. She is a minor character (as are half of the Gilgamesh) and only appears towards the end of the series. Although the Gilgamesh are used for terrorist attacks, they don't come across as the only villains of the series because their opponents are also characters of questionable motivations. Quattuor only cares about fulfilling the mission of Enkidu, the scientist who commands the Gilgamesh.

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Rakshata Chawla
Character Name Rakshata Chawla
Anime/Manga Title Code Geass
Appearance Wavy blond hair, reddish brown skin, blue-green eyes
Ethnicity Indian
Background

The genius scientist who designs cutting edge battle machines for the Black Knights organization, Rakshata exhibits a maternal love for her creations. Politically, she is largely amoral. She enjoys witnessing the scope of political shift created by the Machiavellian Zero, leader of the Black Knights, but she is largely indifferent to the amount of human suffering created by Zero's manipulations and betrayals.

Her scientific genius has one more than one occasion shifted the battle in favor of the main character Zero. For more about Rakshata, see Rakshata Chawla on Code Geass Wiki.

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Rasheed aka  Doctor Mendelo al-Hedia
Character Name Rasheed aka Doctor Mendelo al-Hedia
Anime/Manga Title Cowboy Bebop - The Movie
Appearance tan skin, dark brown beard
Ethnicity North African?
Background A former scientist involved in top secret bio warfare research conducted by the military, al-Hedia apparently repented of his development of the nanomachine virus and abandons his work at the research facility. He disappears into the Moroccan community on Mars, taking on a new identity as Rasheed. Rasheed seems to be a very sociable and pleasant man who knows everyone in the Moroccan quarter. He secretly feeds the protagonist Spike leads about the nanomachine case, and eventually reveals the truth to Spike.

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Rowan Pigeon
Character Name Rowan Pigeon
Anime/Manga Title Black Lagoon
Appearance light brown skin, afro
Ethnicity African/African American?
Background Rowan "Jackpot" Pigeon, a minor but recurring character, is the owner of a BDSM strip club in the fictional Thai city of Roanopur. Although not insanely cruel and violent like many other Black Lagoon characters, Rowan imports foreign snuff films that involve the killing of children. He understandably has great fear of the Russian ex-military mobster Balalaika who takes extreme measures in dealing with her opponents. When summoned to a meeting with Balalaika, he soils his pants in panic.

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Scar
Character Name Scar
Anime/Manga Title Fullmetal Alchemist
Appearance brown skin, short spiky silver hair, scar on forehead
Ethnicity Ishbalan
Background Scar is one of the few surviving members of the Ishbalan race, a people who reject alchemy on religious grounds. He kills state-certified alchemists to avenge the crimes committed against his people by the state. Scar, as a cold-blooded and often indiscriminate killer, is definitely a malevolent character, but he is not beyond sympathy, honor and self-sacrifice. The relationship between Scar and the Elric brothers shifts between being antagonists and being allies. Scar is a well-developed character whose traumatic past and tormented psyche redeems him from two-dimensional villain status.

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Shaft
Character Name Shaft
Anime/Manga Title Cowboy Bebop
Appearance dark brown skin, afro
Ethnicity African American?
Background This character only appears in the Mushroom Samba episode. He is the vengeful brother of a man who died after eating Domino's hallucinogenic mushrooms. He drags a coffin around and has sworn to kill Walker. His 'ending' (he doesn't die) is not very dignified.

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Simon Brezhnev
Character Name Simon Brezhnev
Anime/Manga Title Durarara!
Appearance tall, with dark brown skin, caricaturized lips
Ethnicity black Russian
Background A recurring supporting character, Simon ('Ceymon' in Russian) co-owns a Russian-run sushi shop in Tokyo. Simon stand outside his Russian sushi shop all day and night trying to hand out coupons and fliers. Everyone from businessmen to young women are terrified of him and instantly run off without giving him a chance. Their fearful reaction may be due to his height or the perception that The Russian Sushi Bar serves horrible food. Simon has the ability to fight with men twice his size and beat them. Most of the people he fights against are criminals. On the subject of Simon's national origin, Russians of African descent do exist in real life.

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Sukuwara
Character Name Sukuwara
Anime/Manga Title Hunter x Hunter
Appearance dark brown skin, straight black hair in ponytail
Ethnicity Unknown
Background Sukuwara is a member of the Nostrad mafia organization of York Shin City. Not a major character. He is later killed by Nobunaga, a crazy member of the Genei Ryodan group of killers. Hunter x Hunter side characters have a high mortality rate, and the dark-skinned characters are no exception. Sukuwara appears in the TV series as well as the OVA.

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Suzu Kitamura
Character Name Suzu Kitamura
Anime/Manga Title Peacemaker
Appearance brown skin, straight silver hair
Ethnicity Japanese
Background A teenage samurai page from the Choushuu domain, Suzu Kitamura is part of the faction that opposes the pro-Shogunate Shinsengumi, making him the 'natural enemy' of the protagonist Tetsu. Through a series of coincidences, the two develop a friendship that eventually conflicts with Suzu's loyalty to his master Yoshida, a sadistic terrorist who seeks not just the destruction of the Shinsengumi, but also of Tetsu.

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Swamp Gordon
Character Name Swamp Gordon
Anime/Manga Title Coyote Ragtime Show
Appearance brown skin, afro
Ethnicity African American?
Background Swamp Gordon is a former deputy of the pirate king Bruce. He reinvented himself as a popular rural preacher after his employer's death. But his old life called again when his rival, the criminal mastermind Mister, is made the guardian of Bruce's young daughter, much to Swamp's chagrin. Swamp join's Mister's crew to keep an eye on him. A review on amazon.com pointed out that Swamp's depiction maybe stereotypical/offensive.

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Unnamed Autoreiv
Character Name Unnamed Autoreiv
Anime/Manga Title Ergo Proxy
Appearance dark gray skin, straight white hair, dark eyes
Ethnicity N/A
Background

This unnamed character, who played a brief but important role in the middle of the series, is the only Autoreiv created in the image of a Proxy. In the world of Ergo Proxy, the proxies are demigods who are human-like in appearance, and typically have near-black skin and white hair.

Autoreivs are intelligent robots created to serve humans as personal assistants. While the typical Autoreiv has a body modeled after that of a human, its head and features are clearly robotic rather than human. This dark-skinned Autoreiv is exceptional: it serves no human master but attends to a Proxy directly, and its external appearance is that of a human child. The only other Autoreiv character who looks like a human child is one of the main characters, Pino, who has pale skin and dark hair.

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Unnamed waitress
Character Name Unnamed waitress
Anime/Manga Title Black Jack 21
Appearance tan skin, hazel eyes, relatively straight short brown hair that curls at the ends
Ethnicity Arab
Background

This unnamed woman works as a waitress in the small, rather poor Middle Eastern country that the protagonists Black Jack and Pinoko make an emergency landing in after the high-tech plane Sky Hospital was hijacked by Arabs who wanted to use it as a war plane and appropriate the sophisticated medical equipment inside to treat people in their home country (which may or may not be the same country featured in this episode).

The nameless country, or at least the part of it which Black Jack and Pinoko travel through, is depicted as run-down and impoverished. The people Black Jack and Pinoko meet there are money-grubbing, aloof and unfriendly at best, and downright tyrannical at worst.

This waitress is of the first type: rude, impatient, seemingly in a constant bad mood, and not prone to doing anything for others without monetary compensation. She's always shown wearing makeup and only covers her hair (partially) with a headscarf when she goes to the police.

The nameless waitress saw Black Jack spending time with a Japanese man named Aritani. During this timeframe, a woman's murder took place. However, she refused to testify when Black Jack was arrested as a suspect for the murder, and Aritani, the only other person who could provide an alibi, was at an airport leaving for Japan. Despite Pinoko's pleading, the woman claimed not to recognize her, slapped the tiny Pinoko away when Pinoko grabbed onto her, saying she didn't want to get involved in any trouble.

It wasn't until Pinoko realized that Aritani was at the airport and brought him back to testify, that this woman agreed to provide her testimony too. This was apparently due to Aritani's intervention. He claimed that she was of a type who "remember best when you give them a little money."

There are no redeeming Arab characters in this episode full of Arabs, which is unfortunate as it gives an unbalanced picture of a people.

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Viletta Nu
Character Name Viletta Nu
Anime/Manga Title Code Geass
Appearance Light brown skin, yellow eyes, long straight blue-green hair
Ethnicity Britannian
Background

Viletta is a skilled soldier of the Britannian Empire. (Britannia is an imaginary political entity inspired by Europe. The families names of other Britannian characters are influenced by names from various European ethnic groups. Britannians, except for Viletta, are light-skinned.)

In the first season, Viletta comes across as a somewhat negative, almost villainous, supporting character. An ambitious Knight who aspires to become a member of the hereditary nobility, she cackles gleefully when a chance for social climbing presents itself. Like most other native Britannians, she is racist against non-Britannians; even her Japanese lover Ohta cannot escape her snobbish wrath. On the other hand, she remains very loyal to her commanding officer Jeremiah Gottwald, despite his tendency towards poor judgment and emotional breakdowns. She even fights other Britannians to defend Jeremiah's life. Her strong will and logical, calculating approach provide a strong contrast to her former commander's mental fragility.

In the second season, her role shifts in a more positive direction. She has the opportunity to examine her choices and rethink her priorities when she sees that Ohta still cares about her despite the violence she did to him. Towards the end of the series, she and Ohta are among the few sympathetic characters in the largely cynical, Machiavellian cast of characters.

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