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As most hard core anime fans are aware of, there are many different visual styles that anime girls portray to represent and differentiate themselves from one another. One of the styles that is most often used by anime girls is the gothic style. From the hairstyles to the accessories to the unique twists of the black Lolita-style clothing they wear, gothic anime girls are instantly recognizable from their very first appearance.
Most gothic anime girls tend to be extreme opposites of one another when it comes to their personalities. Some gothic girls tend to be sweet, kind, and have a positive demeanor in their interactions with everyone despite being dressed in a fashion that would suggest otherwise. However, some girls do fully embrace what it means to be “gothic”: they tend to be dark, sullen, immerse themselves in an environment that would drive most people away, and take a no nonsense approach to their problems.
As a result, this list tends to have gothic anime girls that represent both these personality types. Without further ado, here are the Top 10 Gothic Anime girls.
10. Road Kamelot (D. Gray-man)
- Episodes: 103
- Aired: Oct 3, 2006 - Sep 30, 2008
Road Kamelot is a girl who is very mysterious; not much is known about her past, including how old she actually is. Be that as it may, she is very much a vital character, as she plays a big role in the ongoing battle between the main protagonist, Allen Walker, and the main antagonist, the Millennium Earl.
Road’s sense of style is very much punk-gothic, something that separates her from the rest of this list: no one else has their hair spiked up like hers. Road also tends to go from one extreme to the other personality-wise. Multiple times throughout the series Road can be seen being very affectionate and childlike as well as sadistic and unforgiving. Add in the fact that her story revolves more around the concept of death than most, and you have yourself a classic example of a gothic anime girl.
9. Hildegarde (Beelzebub)
- Episodes: 60
- Aired: Jan 9, 2011 - Mar 25, 2012
Hildegarde, or Hilda as she likes to be called, is the main female protagonist of Beelzebub, serving as the adoptive mother of Beelzebub IV. Hilda also happens to be a demon gifted with multiple powers and abilities such as super strength, speed, and endurance. She’s going to need to make as much use of these abilities and more if she’s going to defeat the foes that wish to do harm to Beelzebub IV.
Hilda is a classic example of the gothic anime girl who is very serious at all times. Apart from the odd moments where she shows affection for Beelzebub, Hilda’s inexpressive appearance is her default whether doing normal duties or fighting her opponents. Hilda also tends to have the older gothic appearance with the use of her parasol (which also serves to hide her sword). Hilda, without a doubt, deserves to be on this list.
8. Lilliane von Phoenix (Princess Resurrection)
- Episodes: 25
- Aired: Apr 13, 2007 - Sep 28, 2007
Lilliane von Phoenix, or “Hime” as she prefers to go by, is a member of the Royal Family that rules over all monsters in the Underworld. The second princess in line to the throne, Hime does not show an interest in ruling her father’s kingdom; despite demonstrating qualities that she would be an excellent ruler, she’d rather read her books or enjoy different types of food. However, as things begin to escalate, Hime may have to reconsider her decision…
Hime has a very similar demeanor to Hilda; she is relatively calm most of the time, and has the uncanny ability to retain her composure, something that her siblings feel threatened by in terms of becoming the next ruler. Hime also tends to wear the same black gothic dress style throughout most of the series, as that apparently has been her preferred outfit since childhood. Hime is another solid choice to represent the stoic gothic personality type.
7. Dead Master (Black Rock Shooter)
- Episodes: 8
- Aired: Feb 3, 2012 - Mar 23, 2012
Although Black Rock Shooter exists in other forms besides the anime, Dead Master’s role in all of them remains the same: defeat Black Rock Shooter. Dead Master is one of Black Rock Shooter’s main antagonists, utilizing a scythe as her weapon of choice. Dead Master also possesses 2 large skulls that are always at her side, making them very effective for her to use in combat, and making it that much harder for Black Rock Shooter to defeat her.
Dead Master is very much an extreme example of the gothic anime girls that has the Lolita aspect to her sense of style. While most gothic anime girls tend to just wear the dress in everyday life, Dead Master actually fights with this dress as her uniform for combat. With the extra details in her sleeves, skirt, shoes, hair, and glasses (not to mention the unique green undertones throughout), Dead Master certainly stands out from the rest of the gothic anime girls.
6. Lust (Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood)
- Episodes: 64
- Aired: Apr 5, 2009 - Jul 4, 2010
Lust is a Homunculus, someone who was brought back from the dead using alchemy. Throughout the series, Lust manipulates the people around her for her own nefarious ends and then discards them when they are no longer useful. Lust is also deadly, with the ability to slice through anything using her fingerlike claws, making her a formidable opponent for both the Elric brothers and Roy Mustang.
Most people may not realize it, but Lust is very much a perfect example of a gothic anime girl who is very elegant. While most anime girls tend to wear Lolita-style dresses due to its popularity in real life today, Lust appears very much in a dress that very much suits the time that Fullmetal Alchemist takes place in. Lust is also very, very dark, which makes sense seeing as she came back to life as something other than human.
5. Cirucci Sanderwicci (Bleach)
- Episodes: 366
- Aired: Oct 5, 2004 - Mar 27, 2012
Cirucci has a fighter’s heart through and through. Being both a warrior and a leader, Cirucci is very determined to win any fight she is in by any means necessary. With her enhanced strength, high spiritual power, and swordsmanship, Cirucci is not an opponent to take lightly.
Cirucci has a unique sense of gothic style that not many other gothic anime girls tend to have, and that is her use of white as opposed to black. Whereas most gothic anime girls tend to have black as the main color of their dresses or uniforms, Cirucci is dressed entirely in white. However, it’s her use of purple and black on her face and fingernails (as well as her purple hair) that puts a twist on the gothic sense of style that we’re used to seeing.
4. Celestia Ludenberg (Danganronpa)
- Episodes: 13
- Aired: Jul 5, 2013 - Sep 27, 2013
Celestia Ludenberg, or “Celeste”, is one of the students selected to participate in Monokuma’s deranged competition of being the last student to survive in his school by his rules. Celeste is very ambitious, doing whatever is necessary to win any competition she’s in, and also very prideful, refusing to accept defeat until the very end. Celeste’s skills in gambling are unmatched, and is often known as the “Queen of Liars.”
Celeste is very much the go to example for the average gothic anime girl dressed in the Lolita fashion. It’s not just the fact that her dress black and white; it’s the extra details that help complete the ensemble that make it. The ribbons, knee-high stockings, lace on the dress, and unique hairstyle all come together to give off the classic Lolita look that has come to be associated with the gothic style. Although the hair would be very difficult to pull off, the rest of the outfit is something that can be recreated, which makes Celeste very influential in terms of what is thought of whenever girls are dressed in the gothic style.
3. Misa Amane (Death Note)
- Episodes: 37
- Aired: Oct 4, 2006 - Jun 27, 2007
Misa Amane plays a very important role in the series, as she enters the series as a mystery to both Light and L. Misa wishes to meet Kira and thank him for killing the person responsible for the death of her family. After discovering that Light was the person responsible, Misa meets with him and makes the decision to help carry out Light’s wishes as much as she can.
Misa is similar to Road in the sense that she too dresses in a gothic punk style. However, unlike most gothic girls, who tend to be alone and brooding, Misa is very, very happy and popular. Outgoing, hyperactive, and somewhat immature, Misa serves as the perfect personality type of the anime girl that dresses gothic but acts completely the opposite of what gothic people tends to be like.
2. Kurumi Tokisaki (Date A Live)
- Episodes: 12
- Aired: Apr 6, 2013 - Jun 22, 2013
Kurumi Tokisaki is someone whose looks can deceive you. Despite appearing to be a normal human girl, Kurumi is actually a Spirit, or a being from another dimension. Kurumi is considered to be very dangerous, having killed over 10,000 people and looking to become even more powerful. It’s all up to Shido to use his unique ability of sealing Spirits to be stop Kurumi…
Like Celeste, Kurumi tends to be one of the go to examples of the Lolita style of gothic dress, especially since it’s a combination of colors rather than just being black with different colored accessories. However, there are two unique qualities to Kurumi that make her stand out. The first is her left eye, which appears as a clock face with roman numerals as numbers. The second is her personality, which can be summarized in 1 word: psychotic. Manipulative, maniacal, and with no regard for human life, Kurumi appears to have embraced the darkness that gothic represents to hear. As the story develops, we learn that not all is as it seems. Even so, Kurumi certainly fits the standard of gothic in more than just her dress.
1. Perona (One Piece)
- Episodes: Ongoing
- Aired: Oct 20, 1999 - Ongoing
Perona was the commander of the zombies on Thriller Bark, the ship that the Straw Hats explore to help out their new friend Brook. Perona is also a Devil Fruit User, having eaten the Hollow-Hollow Fruit, which gives her the ability to produce ghosts from her body among other tricks. Even though Perona starts off as an enemy of the Straw Hat Crew, she ends up rethinking her position after being defeated and ends up assisting some of the crew later on in the story.
Perona is the perfect example for everything associated with gothic anime girls. She has multiple gothic styles that she wears, with one representing the Lolita gothic style and the other representing the older more elegant style. She isolates herself from others in a dark and creepy place, and even has a power that is considered gothic in its own right. Perona also is introduced as a girl who is immature but childlike, and eventually matures into someone calmer and even serious. Perona represents almost if not everything that most people think about when it comes to gothic girls in anime.
At the end of the day, whether gothic anime girls are serious or optimistic, the important thing is whether they contribute something to the story that they are a part of. Whether they tend to be just dressing the part or fully demonstrating the gothic lifestyle, as long as they’re defining what it means to be gothic, then they’ll be remembered by those who are fans of that personality type.
Obviously not all the gothic anime girls could make this list, so if you have one that you think should have made it, let us know in the comments!