One part clean freak, one part Titan slayer. Shingeki no Kyojin fans should know immediately we are describing the leader of the scouts, Levi Ackerman. At first glance, Levi seems like a normal man with just a strange stoicism that could beat out many anime characters out there. However, as the series progressed, Levi showed he wasn’t just given the nickname “Humanity’s Strongest Soldier” for nothing. Levi is a beast and has taken down dozens of Titans single handily with little effort. Yes, Levi might be a stoic anime hero but he is one that isn’t to be trifled with. That being said, Levi isn’t the only stoic hero from the world of anime and we amassed a nice list of similar stoic heroes just like him. Let’s dive into the stoic side of anime protagonist and see who ranks up there with Mr. Levi Ackerman!
5. Hei from Darker than Black: Kuro no Keiyakusha (Darker than Black)
Hei is first introduced in Darker than Black as a normal Chinese exchange student named Li Shengshun but we quickly learn he’s no ordinary student. Due to a strange power spread from a mysterious gate that changed the night sky above, Hei gained immense powers that allow him to harness electricity and become a conduit for it. Even when Hei is in disguise—or in his Black Reaper mode—he’s usually seen with a stoic attitude about him that seems glued to his face. Hei and Levi would make for an interesting duo as they swing through the city without saying a word and with permanent frowns etched into their faces.
4. Trafalgar D. Water Law from One Piece
Usually, stoicism isn’t seen as cool but overly edgy. In the case of Trafalgar D. Water Law—Law for short—stoicism is the new cool way to be! While Law might seem like just a trendy dude with a cool hat, his devil fruit has given him a power that can be quite freighting. The Ope Ope no Mi fruit allows Law to create spherical pockets that allow him to break apart objects within said sphere—including himself—to multiple components. This means while fighting Law within his sphere he can attack from nearly all angles and make battling against him truly a challenge. Law and Levi are both ferocious fighters that seem almost non-caring but quickly prove they won’t back down when a fight begins.
3. Kiritsugu Emiya from Fate/Zero
Is being a hero worth it at the cost of one’s own soul? As challenging of a question that is, Kiritsugu Emiya has stepped into the world of assassins, magic and supernatural just to destroy everything that he considers evil. However, this action—which started when he was a young child—has led Emiya to become forlorn and emotionless. Similar to Levi, Emiya has lost numerous friends/comrades due to various wars and even his lover/homunculus Irisviel von Einzbern. All these losses have put a heavy burden on Emiya that would end up causing his involvement in the Holy Grail War where even more lives would be piled up on his conscious. Like Levi, Emiya does what he feels is right even if that means losing those he cares for…
2. Shinya Kogami from Psycho-Pass
Former Inspector turned Enforcer, Shinya Kogami is a no-nonsense type of guy just like our scout leader Levi. Kogami originally was an Inspector who had a knack for solving cases and going after his target with full force. Unfortunately, this drive caused Kogami’s psycho-pass hue to cloud immensely as he began to enter dark thoughts and lost his close friend/Enforcer Mitsuru Sasayama. After failing to stop the killer behind Sasayama, Kogami ends up becoming an Enforcer but ultimately avenges his friend thanks to his partnership with Inspector Akane Tsunemori. Kogami is a lot like Levi in the fact that both have lost a lot but are driven to avenge their fellow friends/partners even if it means sinking further into madness.
1. Roy Mustang from Fullmetal Alchemist
Roy Mustang the “Flame Alchemist” might crack more smiles than Levi and might have a stronger personality than our Titan slayer but don’t let those smiles fool you. Known to only a few, Roy is quite stoic and is usually hiding his emotions behind fake smiles and cool actions. Due to a slaughter that he felt responsible for, Roy went from kind and caring to withdrawn and arrogant. Despite that, Roy’s abilities as an alchemist are second to none and he can end almost any altercation with just a simple snap of his fingers.
Levi might be one of the weirder stoic heroes in the anime world but that oddness makes him quite the compelling hero. It also helps that Levi backs up his cold and almost arrogant demeanor with that of someone who can slay beasts with almost whimsical moves. Let’s be honest, Levi is amazing even if he can be a bit scary. Do you agree that our list of stoic characters are similar to Levi or wish to make some suggestions of your own? Comment below to let us know and keep stuck to our emotional filled hive here at Honey’s Anime for even more lists like this one!