Unlike many other anime hair colors, pink hair has become more prevalent and had a slight change of meaning. Back in the earlier days of anime, pink hair was much rarer. It was used for childlike characters as a way to personify their innocence.
…But then came the moe.
The advent of the shift towards more moe sensibilities in anime also came a distinct rise in pink hair color. Pink hair was still used to display the innocence of a character, but showing their childlike nature faded away. After all, when all your characters act like cute children, you can’t just give them all pink hair. Now alongside innocence, you see it on characters that aren’t the brightest, are highly naive, but try really, really hard at what they do. As a high energy color, you can also expect it to be worn by some high energy characters as well. It is also worth noting because of the classic connotations of pink hair, many creators have actually subverted the hair color to make some crazy ass people too.
So who are our picks for those that best personify the pink hair in anime these days?
Lucy from Elfen Lied
Lucy isn’t the only of her race that has pink hair, but it is pretty fitting for both her and Nana to have it. They were both innocent children once, but because of their powers they had to endure a life of hardship and suffering. Yet, they still have that childlike nature inside them. For Lucy, it comes out in her Nyu personality.
Natsu from Fairy Tail
As a fire mage, it seems only right Natsu have reddish hair, but pink was a pretty interesting choice too. There is no denying that Natsu isn’t the cleverest character in Fairy Tail, but he tries hard in everything he does and is the pinnacle of endless energy and fight. Perhaps pink hair, instead of red, was the right choice.
Madoka from Madoka Magica
Madoka is your classic moe pink haired character. She is kind, gentle, not too bright, childlike and innocent. In order to give people that false sense of security at the beginning of Madoka Magica, the titular character needed to look like your textbook moe magical girl. Yet, hair color is very meaningful in Madoka Magica. Almost every character personifies the characteristics of their particular hair color, including Madoka, right up to the end.
Renzo from Blue Exorcist
In general, the Exwires are a pretty intense and serious bunch in Blue Exorcist, so this makes the carefree Renzo the most laidback with ease. He’s a pretty chill dude and his pink hair is a pretty good giveaway that he’s going to fill a best friend sidekick sort of roll in the show and add some much needed levity to any scene.
Louise from the Familiar of Zero
Louise is introduced as just being terrible. She is the worst at magic and just an all around ditz. As a noble she has an air of superiority to others, but despite this she has a very pure heart. Combine that with her petite, childlike body and her pink hair fits her pretty well.
Shihou from Seraph of the End
On the outside, Shihou is stubborn, but an all-around great student, being one of the first to get his cursed weapons. This makes him pretty quick to anger at people like Yuichiro that didn’t work nearly as hard as he did, but has main character power up flair. However, his pink hair begins to make more sense when he shows his softer side. Notably, he cares for his team mates, but cares about his sister above all else, highly motivating him to protect her.
Sakura from Naruto
Sakura is perhaps one of the worst fighters in the Naruto world, even after her training. However, that aside, her pink hair is fitting. Sakura never gave up on any of her friends, even Sasuke who turned pretty evil for awhile there, but she always believed in him. Whether it was just blind loyalty or pure naivety, her pink hair is quite fitting. Of course, perhaps they just gave her pink hair to compliment her name.
Ryuu from Cute High Defense Club Love
Pink hair AND tied back with a headband? Everything about Ryuu immediately screams playful and flirty, and that is just what he is. He is not so much cool as he is just endlessly cheerful. It is a magical boy series so everyone is kind of like that, but his appearance alone makes is easy to know just what kind of character he is.
Zero Two From Darling in the Franxx
Oh, Zero Two. At first she is mysterious, seductive, and maybe even vaguely evil. However, as the series goes on, you get that real pink hair nature from her. She is callous at times to everyone except her darling, but she has a distinct innocent and playful side that people have just fallen in love with.
Tomoya from Rainbow Days
For boys, pink hair can also be indicative to them being an excessive flirt, and that is the case with Mattsun. While he acts like a cool, flirty narcissist, he is also very caring. He cares deeply for his little sister, and when he falls in love, his flirty attitude towards other women falls off as well. He becomes just another gentle and kind pink haired man.
Moka from Rosario + Vampire
Despite being a vampire, and having a more hardcore vampire personality within her, Moka in her normal form remains one of the most innocent characters of the series. Her sweet nature and childlike innocence quickly make her into the main love interest of the series. Furthermore, as more girls are introduced, you might notice that Moka is also not the brightest bulb as well.
Kisumi from Free
Kisumi is a pretty interesting case. His pink hair is fitting because of how cheerful and talkative he is, but you might note it can border on the reddish side. This might hint at his tendency to insult people without actually meaning to because he is a little more upfront than your average bear. However, that also works with the pink tint because he has a certain amount of innocence when compared to other characters and their various hang ups.
Yui from Angel Beats
Yui is the personification of bubbly. She is so energetic, talkative, and spastically switches between excited and angry that you might have even found her horribly annoying. Of course, you learn that she has a really good reason for acting this way relating to how she died (it’s not a spoiler, everyone in Angel Beats is dead.) She is small and childlike, but again, there is a good reason for her ultra-annoying attitude.
Shuichi from Gravitation
Pink hair will always be fitting for Shuichi. Some may see it as a style choice because he is a performer, but really it just lends to his innocence and naivety. Gravitation is a whole show about the younger Shuichi being prowled by the older blonde novelist. Innocence plays a huge part in the show, and Shuichi is the poster boy for it.
Mine from Akame ga Kill
Everybody loves a pink haired tsundere. While Mine is pretty abrasive on the outside, at least to Tatsumi, she has a kind heart and cares deeply about everyone in Night Raid. Unfortunately, when those feelings come out, the come out in the most heart wrenching way. As a small, petite girl, her pink hair gives her a further air of childishness, but in truth she is actually quite mature.
Crona from Soul Eater
Crona was difficult to place on this list because of gender (since we alternate between boys and girls), but that doesn’t change that he/she belongs here. Crona remains childlike and wounded for the most part because of their horrible upbringing. It is hard to become a functioning person with a psychopath for a mother and powerful weapon constantly in your ear. However, while he/she does bad things, there is a distinctly kind, child-like heart within that causes a great amount of conflict from within.
Yuno from Future Diary
Yuno is a legendary yandere, and she is made all the more chilling by how innocent and child-like she is. She views love very much from a child’s eyes and her actions are impulsive like those of a child. The man you love is too close with his friends? Kill his friends! Want him to love you forever? Made him brain-dead! It is all very basic problem solving, but Yuno’s difficult upbringing and past have warped her mind to such a child-like state.
Kuroyuri from 07-Ghost
Everything from that pink hair to their small size makes Kuroyuri seem very child-like and innocent. However, he has a vicious streak that really undermines that. Even when he is punishing lawbreakers, he enjoys playing with them like a child playing with dolls. Not all pink haired characters are bubbly, but even when being cruel and violent, they are still very childlike.
Yuki from School Live
Oh, Yuki. You tender fragile soul. If you fell into the trap thinking School Live was just another school life moe show by not finishing the first episode, you missed out. Yuki, the moe main character that is always energetic and kind, is actually a broken girl stuck in a world of her own delusions. She just couldn’t handle the violence and death around her so she retreated inside.
Gowther from Seven Deadly Sins
Who knew under all that armor was the real Gowther, the pink haired man. While the Gowther that most people see is kind of dead inside and out with no emotions, in the past you see a character much more fitting of his hair color. In flashbacks, he is shown as bubbly and playful, but after a variety of feelings well up, he changed. You can’t be hurt if you close your heart!
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