Top Ten Emo Anime Characters

BEWARE: I am NOT Emo, I just love their lustrious character. I'd like to see who's king of all Emos.

The Top Ten

1 L

He is amazing! Brilliant, and doesn't really need anyone's help, but appears to be lonley, which makes you just want to hug him. I personally love how intelligent he is, but he doesn't have much confidence in himself, even though he knows he is right (like how he knew Light Yagami was Kira throughout the whole series; because he is lonley and Light acted as a friend, and he is not confident when others disagree, he did not want to admit that he was correct about this).

He IS so sexy

L is a cute, awkward sugar addict, he really loves his sweets, cakes, tea and sugar cubes! I too, also love how smart L is, he suspected Light ever since and L is ALWAYS RIGHT. He is the worlds number 1 detective (not to mention he is so full of style! ) But it is really sad how lonely he is, even though he chooses to work alone. He allowed Light to participate inside the Kira investagation, but then Light did act as a friend, but ONLY to gain his trust. L knew he was going to die, and had a back-up plan (Mello) so he was always one step ahead of Light, and eventually Light was defeated.
L is definitely no ordinary emo

The reason why I was interested to watch death note before I knew anything about what was really the anime about, was L face. Creep me out so much! I thought he was some kind of evil pervert or something. Watched the series and fell in love with him instantly! So sweet and charming, and those eyeshadows makes him look so hot! Love L!

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2 Sasuke Uchiha Sasuke Uchiha Sasuke Uchiha is a fictional character from the manga and anime franchise Naruto, created by Masashi Kishimoto.

He was just an innocent kid who loved life being around his clan and family. You love your family and you have this innocence about you that you don't know anything yet. Unaware that there was gonna be a Coup d'état, a conflict between the clan and the village. The biggest worry is disappointing your father that's the biggest worry. But relatively he's happy and he comes from that innocence that happiness to seeing his whole clan murdered and his parents dead. And then he was put in a genjutsu and tortured in his mind as well. Here you are a kid you're just now maturing and going through all of this traumatic experience all this trauma and I can't understand why you'd not be normal after that. What person would be normal after all of that. Live in this area and you've got your family around you and then next thing you know, they're dead. Would you be normal after that? Would anyone be normal after that? No. That would traumatize anyone to a certain extent, change their perspectives ...more

Dude, this kid's always been emo. That's what I thought like, the first page that he made an appearence.

The dude is seriously emo. He has issues. He keeps saying "nobody understands me" and "I'm different". He regards people as nuisances who don't know anything. He is OVER emotional about certain matters (pertaining to him). I could seriously see Sasuke listening to Dashboard Confessional while cutting himself someday. (Not that I am trying to offend anyone. )

All this foolishness about him cutting himself is stupid. Yea he is kinda emo and of course he's awesome. Put yourself in his place. If your older brother who you loved and cared for suddenly turned evil and killed all of your family and then tells you to get stronger to challenge him one day, what would you do? He is all alone for a reason but his backstory and his drive makes him one of the best characters in Naruto

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3 Ulquiorra Cifer Ulquiorra Cifer

Unlike any other anime, Ulquiorra is the only male anime who died peacefully and revealed his first calming expression ever before he disappeared into dust.

He is the only anime who caught my attention about this

Ulquiorra is my favorite character of all time. I definitely think that he belongs on this list but I have one complaint... Emo means emotional, Ulquiorra has no emotions, until the very end (and even then he is stating he has found his heart). My favorite quote comes from the manga where his past is revealed, "The things reflected in my eyes mean nothing. The things that aren't reflected do not exist. There is nothing... In you... And in me..." His aspect of death is nihilism, and we all eventually get tired of Sasuke (I know I am...)

He kidnapped Orihime and just told her straight - "o not ask any questions. Do not say anything. You have no rights. What you hold in your hand is the rope to the guillotine above your friends' necks. Nothing more. Understand, girl. This is not a negotiation, it's an order. " with the straightest face ever. So bad ass.

Ulquiorra cifer aspect of death is emptiness so he needs to look like that

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4 Itachi Uchiha Itachi Uchiha Itachi Uchiha is a fictional character in the Naruto manga and anime series created by Masashi Kishimoto.

There is no comment needed. If you the character then you will agree that he is the best. There is no doubt that he should be top of the list.

Itachi literally looks as if he doesn't care but he actually does. Perfect emo material. Sasuke is also an emo in my opinion but I believe that Itachi is more of the emo type. Sasuke also easily gets attention unlike Itachi who can easily blend in.

I don't think so... Well.. I do a little... But come on.. He was known as the PRIDE OF THE GREAT UCHIHA CLAN... !

His hair style is so nice.

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5 Kiryuu Zero

Zero should at least be in the top ten by now! He's dark and mysterious and afraid of what he could and would do to Yuki. He hides his inner self away from anybody else who might try to hurt him just like the day he turned into a vampire. What's more emo than that?

He hates vampires. He is a vampire. Dude upon all anime characters he hates himself a lot. That makes him a really strong Emo.

Zero is hot! He's so mysterious and so lonely, zero is a really sad person, I just want to give him a big hug. I was glad he ended up with yuuki at the end, but I want more romantic scenes of them together.

The best Emo of all!

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6 Gaara No Sabaku

Not emo.Used to be psychopath but now he's normal.-DarkBoi-X

You just have to look at Gaara to tell that's he's emo. Plus he loves the sight of blood, or used to before Naruto changed him

I agree that Gaara is pretty emo, but he doesn't wear eyeliner and whoever thinks that is a damn idiot. In the anime it even says that it's from not getting enough sleep..

Gaara isn't emo... Just hates everyone since he thinks they are all idiots. - Animeartist23

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7 Madara Uchiha Madara Uchiha Madara Uchiha (うちはマダラ, Uchiha Madara) was the legendary leader of the Uchiha clan. He founded Konohagakure alongside his rival, Hashirama Senju, with the intention of beginning an era of peace. When the two couldn't agree on how to achieve that peace, they fought for control of the village, more.

Very much one of my favorites! - maddyday

I think out of all of them, Madara is the most emo of them all. After all, he wants revenge, and is really emotional even though he is strong and... I really don't know why Ulquiorra is second, he DOES look emo but that is just the way he looks because, how can someone who doesn't even have emotions be emo? He is just plain badass%~! But... anyway... I love all the characters here... even if they are emo, 'cause they all have reasons to be the way they are%!

No not emo, just obseseed with power and where in the definition of emo is power hungry tyrant that wants to be imortal.

Reallyy... ? Well if tobi is madara... Then please... Even if he is emo... He acts.. Just acts... As a four year old better... Duhh;p

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8 Lelouch Lamperouge Lelouch Lamperouge Lelouch Lamperouge, whose real name is Lelouch vi Britannia, is the title character and protagonist of the Sunrise anime series Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion.

He is just so negative upon the world. And he hates his parents, isn't that reason enough?

Well his hair and his opinion on death explains it all

Lelouch embodies what Emo is... Enough said

He's the main one I like so sexy and has my negitivty

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9 Crona Crona

it's a he

"I don't know how to deal with this..." :(

She's pretty damn emo if you think abut it...

Crona is very emo, if you ask me. Sometimes I actually want to read his/her poetry sometimes for some reason..."I don't know how to deal with it! "

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10 Nagato Nagato Nagato (Also known by his alias "Pain") is a fictional character from the manga and anime franchise Naruto, created by Masashi Kishimoto.

He's just plain Rebel Emo -

Im so happy that he is "alive" again, along with Sasori

Nagato is powerful than itachi & absolutely an emo natured guy

The Contenders

11 Ryuk - Death Note Ryuk - Death Note Ryuk is a fictional character in the manga series Death Note, created by Tsugumi Ohba and Takeshi Obata.

I admit he's kinda weird but love him the way he is

I love ryuk and his fashion is emo! :D

Some how I found Rem more Emo than Ryuk. That apple obsession though.

He's from death not, no more said

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12 The Six Paths of Pain

I don't know

13 Mei Misaki Mei Misaki Mei Misaki is the female protagonist of Another and a student of Class 3-3 in 1998. She was labeled by her classmates as "the one that does not exist."

I just think it's a great emo name, I drew a emo boy and named it after her because it's a boy version of her

Mei is how I picture emo. She has no friends and is emotional over the idea of getting any friends. She doesn't have any fake friends and doesn't want to take help but I like how she won't let anyone take advantage of that either, at least in the beginning of the anime.

I'm dressing up as her for Halloween

She wears an eyepatch over one of her eyes, wears dark clothing most of the time, raven black hair, and pale skin. How much more emo could you get?

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14 Kaneki Ken Kaneki Ken


Kaneki is my life. I love him. He really should have been either 2nd or 1st

Kaneki should have been 2 right after L but right in front of sasuke kaneki was always depressed and he is an orphan plus he's just plain emo (and screams a lot.. like a LOT)

The real geek turned emo kid

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15 Sanji - One Piece Sanji - One Piece Vinsmoke Sanji, most commonly known by his moniker "Black Leg" Sanji, is a fictional character in the One Piece franchise created by Eiichiro Oda. He is the cook of the Straw Hat Pirates, as well as the former sous chef of the Baratie. He is also the third son of the Vinsmoke Family, thus making him more.

Lol A bunch of people need to learn the meaning of emo.'s not what id think of as emo.

He is like no where near emo

Sanji is a lively womanizer. How the hell is he emo? - ModernSpongeBobSucks

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16 Zeref Zeref Zeref Dragneel is a character from the anime/manga series, Fairy Tail, created by Hiro Mashima. He debuted in chapter 200 of the manga, and episode 96 in the anime. In Fairy Tail, Zeref is considered to be the strongest, most evil Mage of all time, who possesses extremely dangerous, and powerful Magic. more.

My friend really likes zeren

Emo embodied. A guy who's looking for another guy just so that the other guy can kill him. Not exactly happy.

YES - He is indeed very emo! He truly does hate himself!

He hates humanity. He hates himself. He is always sad or angry. He wants to die and he's immortal. How sad.

He also experienced fright ( when he first found out about his powers and accidentally killed his teachers ) and happiness ( in the short period of time that his brother Natsu was alive ( before he got revived ) ). - Goku02

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17 Shinji Ikari Shinji Ikari

Shinji is the most emo character in all of fiction! He suffers from an escapist depression amongst other social disorders and constantly struggles to hold himself together. His sole objective in life is to love and be loved back and believes that the love he does receive is undeserved due to his status as an EVA pilot. He wants to connect with people but ends up isolating himself and blocking out the world with earphones playing the same damn song on repeat. He even gives up on humanity as a whole!

Shinji may not be likable at all, but he is DEFINITELY the most emo anime character of all time. #1 all the way in my book.

Anyone seen Neon Genesis Evangelion? Or maybe End of Evangelion?

Why is this guy not number one?

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18 Alucard Hellsing Alucard Hellsing Alucard is a fictional character and the protagonist and antihero of the Hellsing manga and anime series created by Kouta Hirano.

Alucard, Ciel, L, Ryuk, ANYONE from Hellsing, Death Note, and Black Butler are NOT Emo. Alucard is Goth. Ciel is Goth. L is just an introverted detective, Ryuk is Goth, and I can go ALL day on which characters are and are not Goth. Black Butler, Death Note and Hellsing is a GOTH anime. NOT an Emo anime.

This dude is just awesome. And Emo. Well, not really, but the way he looks, it gives off that "Emo" styling. Like, when you first see him, you automatically thing, "Man, this guy must be Emo."

Alucard is not Emo, Ciel is not Emo, L is not Emo, Ryuk is not Emo, Sebastian is not Emo, none of these characters from Hellsing, Black Butler and Death Note are Emo. These three anime(s) are just Dark/Gothic anime and these characters are more Gothic. Except L, he's more of an introverted guy.

19 Uta (Tokyo Ghoul)

The name is cool

He is true emo

100% Emo

Love his undercut hairstyle and his whole design. I like his eccentric personality too.

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20 Akemi Homura

I wouldn't say she is a full on hardcore emo, but living through a lot of crap, focusing all of your love and life on one person, wearing a lot of black, and being the Sasuke Uchiha of your new school. I guess that puts her somewhere on this list.

Homura is a very emo character and I don't blame her after all she's been through.

Madoka Kaname last episode. Enough said.

I can be a lot like her at times.

21 Vegeta Vegeta Vegeta is an anime fictional character from the anime series, Dragon Ball Z, created by Akira Toriyama.

My favorites are trunks and Goku and Gokus son but vegeta is rude

Hi hair is black enough said

He is the greatest emo
Maybe after broly

Vegeta isn't an Emo... None of the characters from DBZ are anything like Emos...

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22 Tomoko Kuroki Tomoko Kuroki

She is an emo. Because of her hair. But she is addicted of anime video games

I mean, the anime name is literally "No matter how you look at it, it's your guys' fault I'm not popular"

23 Jellal Fernandes Jellal Fernandes Jellal Fernandes is a childhood friend of Erza Scarlet. When he lost his own memory, he was a Dark Mage who desperately sought to revive Zeref via the R-System. Jellal served as the main antagonist of the Tower of Heaven arc and is currently a member and co-founder of Crime Sorcière.

I'm surprised Jellal is so low. This guy wants to die. But he's the best and is extremely kind. When he was little he was strong-willed and has a strong sense in justice, then when he grew up he was possessed and wanted to die to atone for sins he hasn't committed... Now he's fighting to redeem himself and atone for everything he's done when he was being manipulated... - Goku02

Yes. Just yes. Emo to the core. He may not wear black all the time but, by far the most emo personality ever. But he's got a heart of gold. He tries not to let the past overtake him but sometimes he falters. And he fights for the woman he loved. What more can you ask for...

24 Izuru Kira Izuru Kira
25 Broly Broly Broly is the main antagonist in the Broly Triple Threat trilogy and Dragon Ball Super: Broly movie. He appears to be the latest of the Legendary Super Saiyans who appear every thousand years. His father was Paragus.


26 Ciel Phantomhive Ciel Phantomhive

Guys, ever heard of a difference between goth and emo?

It's known as goth. Get It right.

I love ciel - animeguy786

27 Tendo
28 Uzumaki Naruto Uzumaki Naruto

Yup he is super emo always hated, feared and ignored now he is going to remove all the hatred in this world... He overcomes every villain by good words of peace... Has the power to find even the tiniest speck of light from a dark heart... He even won the kyuubi's heart.

Dude it's not his fault for being emo.

Naruto is just the BEST!

29 Kirito (Sword Art Online) Kirito (Sword Art Online) Kazuto Kirigaya is a fictional character who appears in the Sword Art Online series of light novels by Reki Kawahara.

He's nice and cute most of the time, but he does have his moments where he's emo and stuff. The guy's had it hard by Sword Art Online standards. - ModernSpongeBobSucks

Really? All black and no one thinks that he's emo?

Yup emo by nature, but so strong and sweet.

I wish he was gay

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30 Levi Ackerman Levi Ackerman Levi Ackerman is a fictional character in the manga and anime series Attack on Titan, also known as Shingeki no Kyojin in Japanese, created by Hajime Isayama. He accompanies the main protagonists in the second half of season 1. His most notable feature is being "Humanity's strongest".

I wouldn't say he is emo, more like badass and hot. lol.

31 Kabuto Yakushi Kabuto Yakushi Kabuto Yakushi is a fictional character in the anime and manga franchise Naruto, created by Masashi Kishimoto.
32 Armin Arlert Armin Arlert Armin Arlert is a fictional character in the manga and anime series Attack on Titan, also known as Shingeki no Kyojin in Japanese, created by Hajime Isayama. He accompanies the Protagonist Eren Jaeger. He is mostly known for his smart and quick witted mind. His notable feature is wanting to explore more.

You got the wrong dude... *yells* mikasa they mean you!

How did you manage to confuse Mikasa with Armin so easily?

He's not emo... or is he

33 Kurapika Kuruta Kurapika Kuruta

He is THE most emo kid in all of the anime I watched. Badass as hell, yeah. But he is also emo. He's like a colder Sasuke (is that even possible? Remember how cold Sasuke was for a majority of Shippuden? ). They even share similar backstories.

He is so emo, he only lives for revenge as his clan was killed of by the phantom troupe ( the spirders) so he is a lonly guy and he even seid "i do not fear death I only fear that my vangence will fade away." so and his wepon is chains wich is a dark but amazing wepen.

34 Rin Matsuoka - Free! Iwatobi Swim Club Rin Matsuoka - Free! Iwatobi Swim Club

Come on man! He is super sexy guy. his voice actor is just favorite!

35 Freya

Totally agreed

36 Saitou Hajime

He's Adorable

37 Zero Kiryu Zero Kiryu

This dude likes yuki cross for unknown reasons and in I think episode 4 he tried to commit suicide and skipped duties

I can see him being emo... Way more emo than some on this list..

38 Hisoka - Hunter x Hunter Hisoka - Hunter x Hunter

I like him But is the gay

39 Zuko Zuko Prince Zuko is a fictional character in Nickelodeon's animated television series Avatar: The Last Airbender. Zuko is a master firebender and his younger sister is Azula . He is the son of Prince Ozai and Princess Ursa .

Not sure if anime or not

40 Shinn Asuka - Mobile Suit Gundam SEED Destiny Shinn Asuka - Mobile Suit Gundam SEED Destiny Shinn Asuka is a fictional character in the Japanese science fiction anime television series Mobile Suit Gundam SEED Destiny by Sunrise, part of the Gundam franchise.
41 Rikka Takanashi - Chuunibyo demo Koi ga Shitai
42 Endou Mamoru (Mark Evans)

The most inspiring anime ever... Inazuma Eleven THE BEST... Endou Mamoru THE BEST!

43 Haruka Nanase - Free! Iwatobi Swim Club Haruka Nanase - Free! Iwatobi Swim Club

He's hot! But I get the fact that he is quite emo, but still hot!

He's hot.

44 Rogue Cheney Rogue Cheney



45 Pico - Boku no Pico Pico - Boku no Pico Pico is from the anime "Boku No Pico". Pico was produced by Natural High. Pico (ぴこ Piko) is a blonde boy who works part-time at Tamotsu's grandfather's bar in the summer. He's often shown swimming, usually naked or in a blue Speedo. He has worn girls' clothing ever since Tamotsu gave some to him more.

Whoever puts this crap on every single anime list on the site, I must ask you... Why? - Haumea

More like the horrifyingly perverted kid who has a mental disorder that enjoys torturing the viewers. Trust me, don't watch this disgusting, abominable excuse of an anime. It would ruin your life forever. - Goku02

This is a sexual frustrated Little Boy Not an emo. It feels like half of this list is a joke

Anybody who goes through this is mentally scarred...

46 Devitt - D Gray Man

Devitt is also kind an emo looking

kind off

47 Izuru Kamukura

Check him out he is from danganronpa and well spoilers ahead...He was formally known as Hinata Hajime but some scientist pampered around with his brain to make him 'perfect' and gave him every talent imaginable. It succeeded but all the talents left no space of his personality. He is always bored since he can predict what people will do and what will happen. Later he joined the despair organization led by Junko Enoshima, the Ultimate Despair who wants to let the whole world despair (as destroy the whole world) to make his life a little less boring. He has red eyes and extremely long black hair, it seems like he didn't care to cut it and just let it grow wildly (but I don't mind it I love(! ) long hair.)

48 Makoto Yuki Makoto Yuki Makoto Yuki is a fictional character introduced in the Shin Megami Tensei: Persona 3 role-playing video game developed by Atlus.

Very edgy

49 Nagito Komaeda Nagito Komaeda
50 Kogoro Mouri

Don't you DC FAN see? -. -'

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