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

Dark-Skinned Villains in Anime

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.

© 2005-2017 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.


Akio Ohtori
Character Name Akio Ohtori
Anime/Manga Title Revolutionary Girl Utena
Appearance dark brown skin, light purple wavy hair
Ethnicity unknown (Black/Indian?)
Background Akio is the charming and attractive villain who seduces the heroine Utena. He controls the Rose Duels and the Ohtori Academy from behind the scenes. Ohtori is an exploitative character who manipulates others into serving his purposes. He also carries on a dominating, incestuous relationship with his sister Anthy. The character of Akio, despite its negative aspects, is still not wholly detestable - he did not have much of a choice when he went down the wrong path.

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B.D. Neon
Character Name B.D. Neon
Anime/Manga Title Trigun
Appearance brown skin, long dark brown dreadlocks
Ethnicity unknown
Background

B.D. Neon is the leader of the Bad Lads Gang, a group of desert bandits who rob passing sandships. A cruel and narcissistic man, he planned to crash a sandship into a canyon, dooming its entire load of passengers, just to boost his notorious reputation. Trigun, however, avoids the 'dark-skinned villain stereotype' by placing a positive dark-skinned character side-by-side with B.D. Neon. The sandship pilot who honorably refused to crash the ship, saying that he must put the passengers' lives above his own, had the same skin tone as the villain. B.D. Neon callously shoots him dead.

Yet even this villain is not above redemption. Having made a deal with the hero Vash - if he loses the gun duel with Vash, he would let the passengers live - he risked his life to stop the sandship's fatal course. (Vash's victory in the gun duel was not apparent to witnesses, and it was only Neon's honor that prevented him from falsely claiming victory.) Neon, however, cautioned Vash not to misunderstand his gesture as stemming from any goodness of heart - he only saved the ship to keep his promise to Vash.

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Blood War
Character Name Blood War
Anime/Manga Title Gungrave
Appearance tan skin, straight, stiff red hair, black facial hair, very tall
Ethnicity Chinese?
Background

Blood War is known as Brad Wong in the Japanese version. A war veteran, his nickname is "Blood of the battlefield". He makes his debut in Episode 9 as a bloodthirsty killer who has murdered hundreds of people. He was a member of the crime organization Volcano, but joins the Lightning syndicate to be with his war buddy Cannon Vulcan. Heartless and brutal, he shoots a member of his Volcano team who expressed doubts about following him to Lightning. At this gesture, none of his other subordinates dared to dissent. As for these men who pledge their loyalty to him and follow him without question, he murders them in cold blood so that he can turn them into mindless battle zombies. He exits the series in Episode 11.

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Fake high priest
Character Name Fake high priest
Anime/Manga Title A Wind Named Amnesia (1993)
Appearance dark brown skin, big afro
Ethnicity African American?
Background This unnamed villain passes himself off as a high priest and demands young (incidentally white) maidens for sacrifice. ColorQ Review of A Wind Named Amnesia

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Fernand Mondego
Character Name Fernand Mondego
Anime/Manga Title Gankutsuou (The Count of Monte Cristo)
Appearance brown skin, wavy dark brown hair
Ethnicity Frenchman of Catalan descent
Background Fernand Mondego, also known as General Fernand Morcerf, was the villain who drove the titular character to despair, cynicism and later vengeance. In his youth, Fernand betrayed his best friend Edmond Dantes. He framed Edmond for a crime Edmond did not commit so that Fernand could have Edmond's fiancee. Unable to stop with one betrayal, Fernand Mondego went on to murder Earth's ally - the Pasha of the planet Janina - and sell the wife and daughter of the victim into slavery. With Janina's riches, he reinvented himself as the nobleman Fernand Morcerf, but years later, the lost princess of Janina and Edmond Dantes crossed paths and set out to reveal Morcerf's sordid past...

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Hakim Ashmead
Character Name Hakim Ashmead
Anime/Manga Title Planetes
Appearance brown skin, short straight dark green hair, dark blue eyes
Ethnicity Middle Eastern?
Background Hakim is a member of the multi-ethnic terrorist group Space Defense Front. He worked undercover in the Orbital Defence Agency Corporation before trying out for the Von Braun mission to gain access to the spacecraft. The main character Hachimaki befriended him during the Von Braun tryouts only to feel betrayed and disappointed when he catches Hakim trying to destroy the Von Braun. The two clash again towards the end of the series. Although cast as an unrepentant terrorist, Hakim is not a two-dimensional villain. Sympathetic reasons were given for why he became the way he was. Ashmead perceived that First World countries exploited his impoverished homeland, the imaginary country of Monanga, by selling arms to a starving people, exacerbating an already unstable environment in which few children reach majority. He believed that space development would only widen the gap between poor and rich countries.

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Kaname Tousen
Character Name Kaname Tousen
Anime/Manga Title Bleach
Appearance dark brown skin, purple hair in braids
Ethnicity African
Background Kaname Tousen was the former captain of Squad 9 of Soul Society. An excellent swordsman of great spiritual power, he is able to sense his surroundings despite being born blind. Tousen betrayed Soul Society by joining the conspiracy of Aizen, who killed many innocents in his quest for power. However, Tousen is not depicted as a complete villain. Strangely enough, Tousen hates fighting and violence and claimed to follow Aizen only because he thought that was 'the path of least bloodshed'. The friends he left behind in Soul Society still believe he is basically a kind soul who had been misguided.

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Lee Sampson
Character Name Lee Sampson
Anime/Manga Title Cowboy Bebop - The Movie
Appearance dark brown skin, short crew cut black hair, wears glasses
Ethnicity African American?
Background Lee Sampson is a teenage hacker who has a keen interest in video games. He treats everything like a game, and frivolously participates in a terrorist plot just to have to novel experience of killing people for real. While Sampson does not directly kill anyone, he was instrumental to Vincent, the main villain of the film. Lee Sampson's cavalier attitude towards taking lives comes home to roost when he falls victim to Vincent's similarly callous and frivolous attitude towards killing.

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Master Mahajarama
Character Name Master Mahajarama
Anime/Manga Title Rockman Exe
Appearance brown skin, with red dot on forehead
Ethnicity Indian
Background The Rockman Exe anime is based on a Capcom video game in which operators use NetNavis - cyberspace personas - to battle each other. Mahajarama is a yoga master who has his own TV show. He takes advantage of the high viewer ratings (95% of the population) to broadcast a hypnosis program which causes most of the people of the city to think they are animals. The hero Netto and his netnavi Rockman have to undo the spell cast by Master Mahajarama and his netnavi Magicman.

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Meena
Character Name Meena
Anime/Manga Title Black Butler
Appearance dark brown skin, long straight black hair, black eyes
Ethnicity Indian
Background

Meena was once a servant to Prince Soma, the 26th child of the King of Bengal. The young prince, ignored by his parents, loves Meena as a mother figure. Some years after Meena disappears from India, the now grown Prince Soma, together with his butler Agni, goes to England in search of her, assuming that she had been kidnapped by a British nobleman. [Spoilers ahead]

It turns out that Prince Soma's attachment to Meena is one-sided. She has no love for her charge. Unknown to him, Meena willingly left India with the Englishman Harold West, by her own admission "using" West for social climbing. The prince's butler Agni secretly makes contact with Meena to ask her not to divulge her true feelings to the prince so as not to hurt Soma. Meena and Harold use Agni's desire to protect the prince to blackmail Agni into assisting with Harold West's unscrupulous business practices. Agni's efforts are to no avail, because Meena eventually breaks her promise to Agni. Meena tells Soma how much she dislikes him, and how she escaped his service to become a rich man's wife instead of remaining an underling in India's caste-based society. She also expresses her resentment for people of higher social class, such as the Brahmin Agni and the Queen of England. Meena appears in the Curry Contest Arc of Season 1 and also has a small role in Ciel in Wonderland. For more information, see Meena on Kutoshituji Wikia.

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Nagi
Character Name Nagi
Anime/Manga Title Trigun
Appearance brown skin, black mohawk
Ethnicity unknown
Background

Nagi appears only in the "Demon's Eye" episode. He is a member of a gang of bandits who kidnap women to serve their pleasure. Nagi appears to be the most openly vicious and despicable of the bunch. When Nagi and some of his cohorts enter a bar, he takes delight in frightening the waiter by pulling a gun on him, a gesture that serves no purpose other than to display dominance, since the waiter was clearly already in fear of the new arrivals and the gang members' main purpose for visiting the bar was to rest, not to fight. Shortly later, Nagi flies into a rage and literally stomps one of the captive young women unconscious when he sees her looking at another man in the bar.

While Nagi's gang seems to have a nearly equal number of dark-skinned members and light-skinned members, all the captive young women and the terrorized bar patrons are light-skinned.

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Piccolo
Character Name Piccolo
Anime/Manga Title Cowboy Bebop
Appearance dark brown skin, bald and fat
Ethnicity African descent?
Background Piccolo appears in the episode Waltz for Venus. He is a vicious crime boss who controls a gang of (white) criminals. Piccolo causes the death of a young man the hero Spike has come to care very much for.

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Pirotess
Character Name Pirotess
Anime/Manga Title Record of Lodoss War
Appearance Straight blond hair, skin color is greyish-brown, dark brown or reddish-brown
Ethnicity Dark Elf
Background Record of Lodoss War was based on a series of novels. In the War for the Continent of Lodoss, the Dark Elves fight on the side of the "bad" humans from Marmo.The High Elves are supposedly superior in power to the Dark Elves. Pirotess is the villainous counterpart of the white-skinned High Elf Deedlit, who, not surprisingly, fights on the side of the "good guys". Pirotess is presented as evil and oozing sex appeal. Deedlit is less sexified than her villainous rival.

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Rosny Spanngen
Character Name Rosny Spanngen
Anime/Manga Title Cowboy Bebop
Appearance brown skin, black spiky hair
Ethnicity unknown
Background

Rosny Spanngen is a boy genius who, even when in a coma, could hack into the net and create a complex fictional personality complete with a credible history. This internet persona, thought by the public to be a real person, became the leader of a mysterious cult, gaining thousands of followers with his philosophy. Rosny's aptitude at mind manipulation spells death for the real life bounty hunters who were sent after his fictitious avatar.

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Sexy Wife
Character Name Sexy Wife
Anime/Manga Title Excel Saga
Appearance light brown skin, frizzy brown hair, dark eyes
Ethnicity Columbian
Background The unnamed wife of Pedro, a South American expat in Japan, she cheated on her husband with his coworker That Gomez (the villain in disguise). in disguise.

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Shadle
Character Name Shadle
Anime/Manga Title Yugo the Negotiator
Appearance Tan skin, short straight pale gray hair, black beard and brows, yellow eyes
Ethnicity Pakistani
Background

Lt Colonel Shadle appears in "Scorching Bonds", the First Negotiation arc (DVDs 1-3). He is a psychopathic military commander obsessed with wiping out his opponents. Pakistani high command transfers Shadle back from Kashmir to fight the rebels that the main character Yugo is negotiating with.

Single-mindedly focused on obliterating the bandit-rebels led by Yusuf Ali Mesa, Lt Colonel Shadle is more than willing to let an entire village of civilians become collateral damage . When his subordinate questions his choice, he angrily and arrogantly overrides all objections.

High-strung and perpetually angry, Shadle tends to go into overkill mode in his reactions to any provocation. He sees his enemies as nothing more than irritating insects to be exterminated.

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Shijima
Character Name Shijima
Anime/Manga Title Ninja Scroll
Appearance dark gray skin
Ethnicity Japanese (story is set in Tokugawa Japan)
Background Shijima is one of the 8 Devils of Kimon. He has the power to merge in and out of shadows.He captures and molests the heroine at some point. It is worth noting that among the six male Devils, only the two black-skinned ones are shown to assault women.

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Suleyman
Character Name Suleyman
Anime/Manga Title Trinity Blood
Appearance brown skin, wavy black hair
Ethnicity Iraqi?
Background Suleyman is a centuries-old vampire. A nobleman of the Empire, he holds the title of Duke of Tigris. One of the female leads in the series - Esta, a younger vampire noble - is attracted to him, but finds herself fighting against him when he shows himself to be a traitor who attempted to murder the Empress and take over the throne. Suleyman had collaborated with the terrorist organization Contra Mundi to murder other vampire nobles as well as diplomats from the Vatican. Suleyman is the only vampire character who is clearly a person of color. (Beybar, the slightly tan Mamluk vampire, might be a borderline case; all other vampires are very pale-skinned, unsurprising for a race that stays out of the sun.)

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Teddy Bomber (aka Ted Bower)
Character Name Teddy Bomber (aka Ted Bower)
Anime/Manga Title Cowboy Bebop
Appearance dark brown skin, black hair, bearded
Ethnicity unknown
Background

Teddy Bomber is a terrorist who embeds his bombs in teddy bears. He targets the tallest buildings, but never targets human beings, until the main character Spike annoys him. A comic character, Teddy Bomber is portrayed as somewhat of a narcissist who craves attention from others and is frustrated when he cannot get it. Later, it is revealed that Teddy Bomber wanted to destroy tall buildings to warn humans not to overreach their power and arrogantly alter the environment without considering the effects.

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Tessai
Character Name Tessai
Anime/Manga Title Ninja Scroll (1993)
Appearance dark brown skin, bald
Ethnicity Japanese (story is set in Tokugawa Japan)
Background Tessai is one of the 8 Devils of Kimon. He is a huge, blood-drinking man who tears his enemies from limb to limb. Tessai attempts to rape the heroine and even threatens to kill her and rape her corpse when she resists. He is arguably the most revolting character in Ninja Scroll.

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That Gomez
Character Name That Gomez
Anime/Manga Title Excel Saga
Appearance brown skin, brown curly hair, dark eyes
Ethnicity Columbian
Background That Gomez is the co-worker of a Columbian expatriate Pedro. He marries Pedro's Sexy Wife after Pedro's death, and was apparently having an affair with her before. He turns out to be the villain, That Man, in disguise.

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Udai Taxim
Character Name Udai Taxim
Anime/Manga Title Cowboy Bebop
Appearance dark brown skin, short black hair, wears a moustache and glasses
Ethnicity African?
Background

Udai Taxim, an assassin for the Syndicate, was imprisoned before the beginning of the series. One of the main characters, Jet, believes Udai was responsible for the loss of his arm in an earlier encounter. Jet finally confronts Udai in Session 16: Black Dog Serenade, when the deadly Udai single-handedly kills a group of prison guards in a revolt and takes over a prisoner transport ship. Udai is not a stereotypical brutal criminal with poor impulse control. He is calm, calculated and silent in his deadliness. Jet calls him "old fashioned", meaning his sense of loyalty to the Syndicate was outdated. Sure enough, the Syndicate does not return Udai's loyalty.

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Unkei
Character Name Unkei
Anime/Manga Title S-cry-ed
Appearance medium brown skin, pink Afro
Ethnicity Unknown
Background

Unkei is a member of HOLY, an elite unit of Alter users in the anti-Alter-crime unit of the special police force HOLD. S-cry-ed is set in The Lost Ground, part of Tokyo that had become cut off from the mainland, and its cast seems multi-ethnic, one of the other characters being a foreigner who became a Japanese citizen, so Unkei's ethnic origins are anyone's guess. Unkei's special skill is conjuring up a script writing machine that sucks real life people into his movie script. He is narcissistic about his 'writing talent'. Although Unkei is writes trite stories and is portrayed unsympathetically, he is not a villain by personality but rather by politics. All his attacks against the 'heroes' were undertaken under orders from his superior.

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Unnamed madman
Character Name Unnamed madman
Anime/Manga Title A Wind Named Amnesia (1993)
Appearance dark brown skin, bald
Ethnicity African American?
Background This nameless villain attacks a white boy and is killed by the Japanese hero. For more, see ColorQ Review of A Wind Named Amnesia

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Unnamed pirate
Character Name Unnamed pirate
Anime/Manga Title Rurouni Kenshin
Appearance brown skin, bald
Ethnicity Japanese
Background

This unnamed pirate is a member of a villainous crew who mutinied against their youthful, scrupulous captain. Most of the pirates were unsurprisingly tan, a result of being exposed to their elements in their seafaring lifestyle. But this character, together with another very yellow-skinned villain, had a more significant role as the villain's main henchmen. They were the two most bizarre, vicious and caricaturized characters of the bunch.

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Unnamed police officer
Character Name Unnamed police officer
Anime/Manga Title Black Jack 21
Appearance tan skin, dark brown eyes, straight short choppy dark brown hair, tufted beard, large hooked nose, and an exaggeratedly large mouth
Ethnicity Arab
Background

This unnamed policeman lives in a nameless Arab country that the protagonist Black Jack was travelling in. The police there are corrupt and morally bankrupt, first trying to force a false confession out of Black Jack, and then casually deciding to "write it up to make it look like he confessed", despite Black Jack's continued pleas of innocence.

This unethical police officer beats up Black Jack while interrogating him, trying to get him to confess to killing a woman. The only witness who claimed Black Jack was the murderer was a drunkard. The officer is convinced Black Jack was the murderer because he carries scalpels despite having no medical license. He orders his men to falsely claim Black Jack confessed after all the beatings proved worthless, with Black Jack still claiming to be innocent.

He only lets Black Jack go when Black Jack's assistant Pinoko brings two witnesses: a Japanese man who spoke with Black Jack in the restaurant when the crime took place and the waitress who served them at the time.

In an episode full of Arabs, there is not one positive Arab character to offset the overwhelmingly negative atmosphere.

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Unnamed Terrorist
Character Name Unnamed Terrorist
Anime/Manga Title Tiger & Bunny
Appearance Dark brown skin, olive green eyes, short black hair
Ethnicity African American
Background

A member of a mysterious criminal organization, he appears in Episode 3 and Episode 11. In Episode 3, he attempts to bomb a high rise building. In Episode 11, he faces off with the heroes.

A minor character in the series, but the central villain in the episodes in which he does appear, his presence is balanced by the inclusion of other black characters, heroic and neutral.

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Yusuf Ali Mesa
Character Name Yusuf Ali Mesa
Anime/Manga Title Yugo the Negotiator
Appearance brown skin, short black hair, dark gray eyes
Ethnicity Pakistani
Background

Yusuf Ali is a rural leader who consolidated his power by killing all the sheikhs in his area, with one exception. Nicknamed Hell's Hero, the tall large man is notorious for strangling his victims with his bare hands, a fate that befalls a military undercover agent sent to entrap him. Yusuf also strangles one of his own subordinates who failed to control the behavior of a reckless, dishonorable comrade.

Although feared by his men for his explosive violence and quick anger, Yusuf's ultimate goal is to gain political autonomy for the people of his region and protect them from the Pakistani army. To finance that end, he kidnaps a Japanese businessman, leading to the arrival of Yugo the Negotiator, a Japanese private negotiator whose job is to pay the ransom and secure the release of the hostage.

The character of Yusuf Ali moves from being the villain to a sympathetic antihero after the Japanese protagonist Yugo, whom Yusuf had taken captive, continues to reach out to Yusuf even in the face of torture.

Both Yusuf and Yugo find themselves united against the Pakistani army which seeks to destroy Yusuf's rebels without regard for civilians caught in the crossfire. When Yugo makes strategy recommendations and executes plans with the safety of Yusuf's armed followers and unarmed community members as the highest priority, Yusuf's respect for him increases. In turn, Yugo appeals to Yusuf's nobler side, asking him to reverse his slander of an old sheikh who Yusuf defeated years ago.

When pursued by military helicopters, Yusuf courageously stands his ground in the face of incredible odds, making his stand alone with a rocket launcher.

Towards the end of the Pakistani arc, Yusuf transitions into more of a hero character, his difficult decision to lay aside his immediate honor for the longterm survival of his community contrasting sharply against the callous, overbearing attitude of his antagonist Colonel Shadle, the crazed, arrogant military man who cares not how many subordinates and innocents he sacrifices in order to wipe out the rebels.

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