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The concept of superpowers has existed in popular culture for decades. From television, films, newsprint, and comics, people have always imagined what it would be like to have extraordinary abilities to perform various objectives. The theme is also common in the anime and manga world with series that capture characters who have either a distinct ability or a wide range of awesome powers. When we think of superpowers, the power of hair doesn’t immediately pop into our mind, but after reading this article, many will agree that this ability is pretty impressive.
With that said, we present an updated list of the top ten characters who wield the power of hair. We know there are many more characters out there “with the good hair” and here’s what we’ve gathered so far! Make sure to check out our previous article below. Enjoy!
10. Bayonetta from Bayonetta: Bloody Fate
- Episodes: 1 (Movie)
- Aired: November 23, 2013
Bayonetta: Bloody Fate follows the story of a witch who wakes up after 20 years with no recollection of her past. Bayonetta, desperate for clues, hunts down forces of angels and demons to recover her memories. When we watch her journey, Bayonetta’s hair-based fighting techniques are not to take lightly.
Bayonetta is a striking beauty, and her hair strength pulls her through many odds. “Wicked Weaves” is an attack she uses to summon demons. Using her hair as a means to transfer power, Bayonetta and her minions deal massive damage to her enemies. As such, she is a “cut” above the rest.
9. Kagerou from Rekka no Honoo (Flame of Recca)
- Episodes: 42
- Aired: July 1997 – July 1998
Rekka no Honoo centers on the life of a boy who believes he is much more than what his family has in mind. Rekka Hanabishi's family is in the fireworks business, but he wants to do something different with his life. He envisions himself as a modern-day ninja. Rekka puts his skills to the test by challenging anyone he comes across. Just his luck, Rekka meets an extraordinary girl named Yanagi Sakoshita. Their chance meeting reveals that Rekka comes from a legendary ninja clan and has superpowers of his own.
Rekka’s mother, Kagerou, is as fierce and exquisite as they come. Kagerou has many skills and abilities, as all moms do, combating the everyday challenges of motherhood combined with supernatural powers. Kagerou’s most distinct power is how her strands of hair can become sharp blades with the use of a special orb. One time, she killed a monster with pins and needles made from her hair! It’s “shear” madness!
8. Sunny from Toriko
- Episodes: 147
- Aired: April 2011 – March 2014
Toriko captures the story of the world during the Gourmet Age. A time of exploration through cuisine, everyone craves to prepare and eat the best dishes. Additionally, “Gourmet Hunters” take even more significant risks with an adventurous spirit, seeking out rare and exotic ingredients. Toriko is one of many ambitious Gourmet Hunters, infamous for discovering valuable and uncommon ingredients. Can’t stand the heat? Get out of the kitchen! Together with his friend Komatsu, Toriko strives to complete his Full Course Menu of Life, and of course, it isn’t going to be easy.
The main ingredient in the recipe for awesome hair power is Sunny. Sunny uses his multi-colored hair to capture his prey. Sunny’s hair extends a Sensor and has complete control over every one of them even when the hair is cut from his head. A perfect method of hunting, Sunny can obtain quality foods through his blue, pink, green, white and gold luscious locks.
7. Kaolinite from Bishoujo Senshi Sailor Moon S (Sailor Moon S)
- Episodes: 38
- Aired: March 1994 – February 1995
"Fighting evil by moonlight!" As the Sailor Scouts continue their duty protecting Earth, an apocalyptic vision and the appearances of Sailor Neptune and Uranus signals that a new threat approaches and a great battle draw near. Sailor Neptune and Sailor Uranus seek three Talismans tucked away inside Pure Heart Crystals resting inside certain individuals. When the items come together, they form a magical relic with superpowers. However, an evil organization known as the Death Busters wants this power for their evil plans.
Death Buster Kaolinite demonstrates the common belief about redheads having fiery tempers and sharp tongues. Kaolinite’s voluptuous figure and red hair definitely attract attention! As Kaolinite displays several powers throughout the series, such as levitation, teleportation, and limited shapeshifting, the one that is highlighted is using her ruby red hair as a weapon. Kaolinite uses her long locks as ropes to bind, strangle, entangle, and tie up her enemies.
6. Niche from Tegamibachi (Tegami Bachi: Letter Bee)
- Episodes: 25
- Aired: October 2009 – March 2010
Lag Seeing suffered a significant loss when his mother was taken away from him. Having lost everything, Lag is now a letter whose delivery is assigned to Gauche Suede, a Letter Bee. Although they butt heads in the beginning, Lag and Gauche Suede are good buddies. Lag has come to learn a lot from his new friend, as he realizes that his life goal is to deliver heartfelt letters just like Gauche. These letters got people in their feelings.
Blondes do have more fun. Niche is Lag's travel companion and bodyguard. She battles using her hair, also referred to as "The Golden Sword." Small in stature, Niche's hair is capable of lifting objects significantly more massive than her size. Also, The Golden Sword can be manipulated into powerful blade-like tentacles.
5. Akiha Toono from Shingetsutan Tsukihime (Lunar Legend Tsukihime)
- Episodes: 12
- Aired: October 2003 – December 2003
Shiki Toono was born into a very prominent family. As a child, Shiki suffered a terrible injury that resulted in him being sent away. Many years have passed and Shiki is in high school. One day, Shiki receives word that his father died and is ordered to move back in by his sister Akiha, who is the new head of the household. We come to learn that Shiki holds an unusual ability, the main reason he was sent away as a child: he sees lines on objects, and only with a unique pair of glasses is he able to stop seeing them. Additionally, after moving back to the Toono household, Shiki meets a woman named Arcueid Brunstud and together, the two embark on a quest to unravel the mysteries of his past.
Shiki’s sister, Akiha, has a power as well, a common trait in the Toono family. Her ability is called “the caging hair.” Akiha uses extends her long hair to make it into a menacing weapon. Controlling its movements, when the hair comes into contact with an object, it can absorb heat, causing the victim to feel like they are on fire. Burn baby burn.
4. Ika Musume from Shinryaku! Ika Musume (The Squid Girl)
- Episodes: 12
- Aired: October 2010 – December 2010
Ika Musume, aka Squid Girl, has emerged from the depth of the sea to take over humanity because of the pollution threatening the ocean, her home sweet home. Bent on conquering humankind, she is furious! Although Ika Musume appears super cute, she is a terror, wreaking havoc and unintentionally messing up everything she does. When she arrives on the surface, Ika Musume encounters the Aizawa sisters and their restaurant on the beach, causing a great deal of damage that results in her employment.
Though she is a villain with tentacles, Ika Musume is surprisingly approachable and pleasant, using her “hair” to benefit the growth of the beachfront restaurant, such as waiting tables, maintenance, and let's not forget adding the special ingredient to the popular noodle dish! Squid Girlie’s goals of world domination and the destruction of the planet aren’t matters to joke about, but the playful banter throughout the series makes this anime absolutely “hair-larious!”
3. Nenki Mino from Basilisk: Kouga Ninpou Chou (Basilisk)
- Episodes: 24
- Aired: April 2005 – September 2005
Basilisk is a historically based anime in which two factions of ninja, the Iga and the Kouga, have been engaged in war forever. The Tokugawa Shogunate comes to power, issuing a cease and desist and, for a while, upholds peace. Skip ahead, the Tokugawa Shogunate’s son ruling marks the uncertainty of which grandson will succeed. Alas, war breaks out again. Ignoring the conflict, the Shogunate issues a battle decree to the Iga and Koga clans, selecting ten of their best warriors and a grandson to support the wars. Only when the ten have battled to the death will an heir be chosen.
An invaluable fighter for the Iga, Nenki Mino is one hairy dude, which works to his advantage! Not only does he use his hairy body as extra limbs, but his hairs also act as thousands of razor sharp needles in rapid pursuit of his targets. Yep, what he can do will make your hair stand on end.
2. Riko Mine from Hidan no Aria (Aria the Scarlet Ammo)
- Episodes: 12
- Aired: April 2011 – July 2011
In Hidan no Aria, we follow the story of Kinji Tooyama, a student at Tokyo Butei High. This elite institution was formed for students to learn how to become armed detectives, also known as Butei, in hopes of becoming mercenary-like agents of the law. Even though attending this academy holds high prestige, all Kinji wants to do is transfer out and live a calm and normal life. However, this train of thought changes when he is attacked on his way to school and is rescued by Aria Holmes Kanzaki declaring him his partner/slave.
Riko Mine is one of many characters who make Hidan no Aria intriguing. Another student in specialized training, Riko can manipulate her hair to become another set of arms to wield more weapons. Riko’s an expert with firearms and dual daggers. By using her Irokane rosary to summon her power, enemies are less likely to get away with multiple weapons targeted at them.
1. Jasdero and Devit “Jasdevi” from D. Gray-man
- Episodes: 103
- Aired: October 2006 – September 2008
D. Gray-man captures the story of life and death and a world heading for destruction. Greed is eternal for the Millennium Earl because he uses people’s loss and vulnerability as a source of power, exploiting them by resurrecting their deceased loved ones. By using the souls of the dead, the Millennium Earl can create his weapon called “Akuma,” ultimately trapping the soul inside. However, salvation exists and the only way to save these souls is to exorcize them with “Innocence.” Allen Walker has spent many years training to become an official Exorcist and believes he and his fellow Exorcists are up to the task. With an arm as his Innocence and a cursed eye that can see the suffering souls within an Akuma, Allen Walker must stop Millennium Earl and his devious plot.
“Jasdevi” is the combined version of the twins, Jasdero and Devit. Jasdevi can manipulate his hair to take on opponents at any sign of danger. He can extend his hair to pierce and impale his enemies and, when the hair is cut, the loose strands can act on their own. A bad hair day to his targets, the manipulated hair becomes Jasdevi’s creation and minions.
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There are a lot of strange, and unique abilities in anime. From controlling the elements, to magic, spirits, psychic powers and everything in between. Among those, is the use of prehensile hair.
Being able to use hair as a weapon, defense or a survival tool is more common in anime than one would initially think, so today, we've brought you the 10 characters that can best manage their hair!
We've chosen the characters with the most unique abilities, how important and/or strong their hair is compared to the rest of their powers and how many different uses they get out of their living hair.
So sit back, let your hair down, and enjoy the countdown of Top 10 Characters with Prehensile Hair!
10. Akiha Toono from Shingetsutan Tsukihime (Lunar Legend Tsukihime)
- Episodes: 12
- Aired: Oct. 2003 – Dec. 2003
Akiha is the older sister to adopted brother Shiki. After being forced to live apart for a long time because of a mysterious incident that happens to Shiki, Akiha calls him back to the main house. She’s very protective of him and in fact used the powers of her non-human blood to save his life during said incident.
What does this have to do with hair? I’ll tell you! Because Akiha is supporting two lives, she requires more heat/life force than a normal person. She fulfills this need with her inescapable Caging Hair, which can cover the whole area her target is in and drain the energy of any living creature she can see. She can also use her hair as a weapon by extending it and give the sensation of burning to those she steals energy from with her attack. Unfortunately for her, her power is only strong against normal people with no spiritual powers.
9. Bobobo-bo Bo-bobo
- Episodes: 76
- Aired: Nov. 2003 – Sep. 2005
Bobobo is a strange, strange man. But he’s a strange man who fights for the good guys. He has a shiny 24-karat afro and a small colony of creatures living in his nostrils who help him out when he fights. Oh, and squirrels live in his afro too. He’s big and muscular and while he can be silly and cracks (bad) jokes most of the time, he gets very serious when he fights a tough opponent.
As ridiculous as Bobobo is, he is a fighter of justice and his special ability involves using his hair to whip or immobilize his enemies. Not the 24-karat afro hair, though. He uses his nose hair. Yes, gross. I know. But with that unique of a hair-fighting ability, how could I leave him out!? With moves like “Fist of the Nose Hair” and “Snot Fo-You”, Bobobo certainly earned his place in the list…. Gross.
8. Kumadori from One Piece
- Episodes: 747+
- Aired: Oct. 1999 – Currently airing
Kumadori is a former member of CP9. He looks like a Kabuki character and moves and sounds like one too. As a member of CP9, he is superhumanly strong and he can use all six of the Rokushiki superhuman martial arts. And because he’s a hermit, like his mother, he can manipulate his body to quickly digest and metabolize food and he can use his prehensile hair as a fighting tool.
His long, light pink hair is his main go-to weapon, and he uses it to reach for, grab, bind and choke enemies. And like other hair wielders on this list, he can compress his hair into the shape of hands and use them for grabbing as well as punching and fighting in general. He almost killed Nami and Chopper had to resort to several Rumble Balls, including his Monster Point to finally put an end to Kumadori’s attacks.
7. Jiraiya from Naruto
- Episodes: 220
- Aired: Oct. 2002 – Feb. 2007
Jiraiya is one of the Three Legendary Ninja a.k.a. Sannin from Konoha. He is also Naruto’s teacher, can summon toads to aid him in battle(o r anything else), and he can use Sage Mode which enhances his strength and gives him access to other abilities. As a Toad Sage, he mostly uses toad-like abilities, sealing, barriers and such. However, he can also make use of his hair!
Jiraiya is able to grow and manipulate his hair in order to bind or destroy targets and to form a protective spiky barrier around him which injures any who approach him. He can also use Hair Needle Senbon which basically turns hair into hard needles and launches them at the enemy either one by one or clumped together to make larger spears. When he’s in Sage mode, the technique is enhanced and gives him accelerated hair growth and allows for an inescapable and limitless high-speed attack.
6. Nenki Mino from Basilisk: Kouga Ninpou Chou (Basilisk: The Kouga Ninja Scrolls)
- Episodes: 24
- Aired: Apr. 2005 – Sep. 2005
Nenki Mino is one of the ten ninja sent by the Iga Clan to fight in the war against the Kouga to decide who the next Shogun would be. Nenki looks like a werewolf at first glance, but considering that all the ninja in the war use their bodies as weapons, it is no surprise. Nenki has fur and hair all over (this one has pretty intense nose hair too) and he uses it as a deadly ninja weapon.
Nenki can use the hair on his body – yes, even the nose hair – to grab and catch opponents or weapons and to strangle and immobilize. He can also use it to swing from trees and such and can turn himself into a sort of giant hedgehog when he stiffens his hair into long, deadly needles! Never mind werewolf, he’s all kinds of beasts in one!
5. Bruford from Jojo's Bizarre Adventure
- Episodes: 26
- Aired: Oct. 2012 – Apr. 2013
Bruford is one of the Dark Knights and is a zombie created from the corpse of a strong British warrior. Once filled with hatred for all humanity after his loved one was murdered (even after death), being defeated by Jonathan frees his soul and he feels human again, but still retains his fighting ability and pride as a Knight.
When he was still alive, Bruford could use his hair as a weapon by grabbing people and things and distracting opponents. As a zombie, his “Dance Macabre Hair” is even stronger and he is able to use it to wield swords, expand it, surround enemies, and lift over 100 kilograms with it. He can also use it to pierce his opponent, and as an undead, he can suck their blood through his hair after skewering them! Eek.
4. Yami / Golden Darkness from To-LOVE-Ru
- Episodes: 26
- Aired: Apr. 2008 – Sep. 2008
Yami is an assassin sent by one of Lala’s suitors to terminate Rito and get rid of the competition. She looks like she’s 11 though she’s thousands of years old and she has nano-machines running through her body. These nano-machines give her super human strength and powers, among which is her most notable trait, hair manipulation.
While Yami has many other abilities, here we’ll focus on her hair. She can control its movements, lengthen it to reach her opponents (or Rito) as well as transform it into pretty much any solid object she desires or needs like blades, hammers, giant fists and even dragon heads! And if that wasn’t enough, she can create a functional puppet out of her golden locks too! Meanwhile, I can barely get my hair to behave in a ponytail…
3. Flare Corona from Fairy Tail
- Episodes: 175
- Aired: Oct. 2009 – Mar. 2013
Flare Corona is a Mage of the Raven Tail Guild. We first see Flare in action during the Grand Magic Games. She is very fair skinned, and has very long bright red hair that she wears in two braids that tie behind her back. She has a psychotic look on her face, and her movements are creepy. And the fact that she keeps obsessively calling Lucy “Blondie” doesn’t help. And she can be pretty sadistic when she fights.
This brings us back to her hair. Flare uses hair magic to manipulate the length (which seems to be limitless), hardness and shape of her hair, which allows her to reach, grab and slam her opponents into the ground as well as dig with it. She can also stop bullets and create a live wolf with it! As if that wasn’t enough, she can burn things and opponents by manipulating her hair’s temperature, use it as bullets or tiny little scattering bombs! Crazy chick!
2. Tora from Ushio to Tora
- Episodes: 26
- Aired: Jul. 2015 – Dec. 2015
Tora, known in ancient times as Nagatobimaru, is a powerful feline-looking Yokai that had been sealed by the sacred spear until Ushio released him and gave him his new name because of his appearance (Tora means Tiger in Japanese). He is extremely powerful and feared by other Yokai but has become the all-time nice-guy Ushio’s partner and so now uses his powers for good. Mostly.
Tora is covered in orange fur and has a huge spiky mane, and while he wields the power of lightning, he can also take full advantage of his long hair. In fact, his lightning seems to come from his mane. Other than that, he can grab with it, transform it into blades, stop bullets, and transform chunks of it into believable – though emotionless – clones of people. Tora’s hair also doubles as a tracking device, as he can find whoever has a strand of his hair and breaks it! If only I could get my hands on one…
1. Sunny from Toriko
- Episodes: 147
- Aired: Apr. 2011 – Mar. 2014
Sunny is a beautiful and strong member of the Four Heavenly Kings. He has long multicolored hair, has a very delicate way of speaking and judges people by the beauty of their actions. His incredible strength and “sensor” abilities make him dangerous when upset and a worthy foe when it comes to both battle and finding the harmony he seeks in his dishes.
Coincidentally, his strength, sensor, and multicolored hair are all connected. The different colors of his hair signify the use of each strand. With it, he can detect different temperatures, pressure and pain and each strand can lift 50 pounds. On top of that, his hair can reach 25 feet in length, and Sunny can use it to punch, cut and impale by forming his hair into different shapes. He can also immobilize prey and “taste” them at the same time since his hairs are so sensitive. (Yum?)
Because the hairs are so thin and powerful, Sunny can enter his prey’s body and control it like a puppet, and he can still do this if the strands have been cut off! He can perform surgery, form a functional raft, catch fish, and swat away attacks. And if his hair turns golden, you should run because, while it puts a big strain on him, he is unstoppable. I think Sunny easily takes the 1st place in the Top 10 Anime Characters with Prehensile Hair!
I wish my hair could do more than just frizz up at the mere mention of moisture... Some other characters that didn't make the cut are Jesdevi from D. Gray-man, Palm from Hunter x Hunter, and Itona from Assassination Classroom (his are technically tentacles).
Can you think of anyone else you'd add to this list? Let us know in the comments!
See nya next time!