13 Most Iconic Anime Goths

While anime features a lot of cute characters in bright colors, it is also home to many iconic characters who dress in more alternative styles.


  • In darker anime, gothic fashion is commonly seen, with characters sporting gothic lolita clothes and alternative styles.
  • These goth anime characters have their own unique personalities, stories, and motives, making them interesting and fun to watch.
  • Goth anime characters like Misa Amane from Death Note and Nana Osaki from Nana have become iconic with their alternative styles and captivating storylines.



Anime is full of cute characters who dress in colorful outfits and have bright pastel hair. However, there are anime characters that sport a darker style, creating a stark contrast against their fellow cutesy companions. In darker anime, such as Death Note or Vampire Knight, it’s more common to find characters that dabble in the darker side of fashion, and with gothic lolita being a popular style in Japan, it’s no wonder that it’s also commonly seen throughout anime.

While these characters may not necessarily be goth, they definitely fit into the gothic aesthetic, and some are even part of the alternative scene themselves. The characters in Nanaare even involved in the punk music scene, making them relatable to those within the alternative sphere in real life, too.

Updated on November 20, 2023, by Amy Cowley: There is certainly no shortage of goth anime girls and alt girls in popular anime breathing breaths of fresh, fashionable air into the shows they are part of whilst also being iconic characters in their own right. Beyond the eye-catching dress sense, they have their own personalities, stories, and motives that make them interesting and fun characters to watch. As such, this list of goth anime characters has been updated to include more deserving entries.

13 Anju Maaka


Chibi Vampire Karin Anju


Release Date November 3, 2005 Creator Yuna Kagesaki MyAnimeList Score 7.11

  • Studio: J.C. Staff
  • Number of Seasons: 1
  • Genre: Romantic Comedy

In this anime all about vampires and romance, Karin Maaka is something of a reverse vampire, suffering from a condition that causes her to create a surplus of blood she must inject into another, or she will have an explosive bloody nose that renders her unconscious. The clutzy, scatterbrained Karin is the antithesis of her younger sister Anju.

Despite her young age, Anju is very mature, calm, and collected and is always seen sporting gothic lolita clothes and carrying around her creepy doll, Boogie. What makes this doll even more terrifying is that it is said to be possessed by the spirit of a serial killer, a terrifying fact that doesn’t bother the gloomy and gothic Anju. Despite her cold exterior, she still cares deeply for her family, especially her older sister.

12 Megumi Shimizu


Shiki Screencap

Shiki Release Date July 8, 2010 Creator Fuyumi Ono MyAnimeList Score 7.73

  • Studio: Daume
  • Number of Seasons: 1
  • Genre: Horror

Those familiar with vampiric anime will most likely have watched or at the very least heard of Shiki, an anime named after the supernatural reanimated corpses that feed on the blood of the living in the show.

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Megumi is shown to be a city girl trapped in a village, who slowly begins to hate the small town she was born into, dreaming of escaping to the city and living out her dreams. Despite her hatred for the village, she is shown to deeply care about her crush, giving her character more depth. Though not all of her outfits are typically gothic in style, with her sporting a few sweet lolita or casual outfits at different points, it is not unusual for her to suit and boot up in darker fashion, and with her being a vampire, she is very goth in spirit.

11 Ame-Warashi


xxxHolic Ame Warashi


Release Date April 7, 2006 Creator Clamp MyAnimeList Score 7.98

  • Studio: Production IG
  • Number of Seasons: 2
  • Genre: Dark Fantasy

Based on the manga of the same name, xxxHolic delves into the world of dark urban fantasy as it follows the tale of the main character Watanuki Kimihiro, a young boy who has the ability to see spirits but wishes to be rid of his curse. He makes a deal with a witch running errands at her shop in exchange for his wish being granted.

One of the spirits Watanuki meets is the gothic Ame-Warashi, a powerful rain sprite who is shown wearing Victorian gothic lolita-style clothing. She displays mostly disdain towards humans with only a few exceptions, though she is a loyal and good friend to Zashiki-Warashi.

10 Ruri Gokou “Kuroneko”


the character ruri gokou and kuroneko from the anime oreimo


Release Date October 3, 2010 Creator Tsukasa Fushimi MyAnimeList Score 6.96 (Season 1)

  • Studio: AIC Build
  • Number of Seasons: 2
  • Genre: Comedy

Ruri is the love interest of Kyousuke in Oreimo, and the two eventually start dating. This angers Kyousuke’s sister, Kirino, as she gets easily jealous when it comes to her brother. Ruri is introduced when Kirino and Kyousuke visit Akihabara to take part in the meeting for Otaku Girls Unite.

This is an online community for girls who like anime and participate in otaku culture. Ruri isn’t too fond of Kirino and Kyousuke at first, but that’s mainly because of her shy personality. She hates cute stuff, thus making her dislike Kirino at the start, as Kirino loves magical girl anime.

9 Maria Kurenai

Vampire Knight

the character maria kurenai from the anime vampire knight

Vampire Knight

Release Date April 8, 2008 Creator Matsuri Hino MyAnimeList Score 6.87 (Season 1)

  • Studio: Studio Deen
  • Number of Seasons: 2
  • Genre: Romance

First introduced as a cruel individual in Vampire Knight, Maria Kurenai is actually an incredibly caring character. During her first few scenes in the show, Maria is possessed by the spirit of Shizuka Hio, her distant relative.

Throughout her time in the anime, it’s made clear that she develops feelings for Zero Kiryu due to the resemblance to her past love interest, Ichiru Kiryu, Zero’s brother. Maria is a vampire, so she is a member of the Night Class with her fellow vampires, such as Kaname Kuran.

8 Kurumi Tokisaki

Date A Live

the character kurumi tokisaki from the anime date a live

Date A Live

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Release Date April 6, 2013 Creator Kōshi Tachibana MyAnimeList Score 7.15 (Season 1)

  • Studio: AIC Plus+, Production IMS, J.C. Staff, and Geek Toys
  • Number of Seasons: 5
  • Genre: Romantic Comedy

Spatial quakes seem to happen on a regular basis in the universe of Date A Live. The show starts with Shidou Itsuka, an average high school student, who happens to find himself embroiled in the next spatial quake. When the news breaks out warning citizens to stay safe, he tries his best to reach his little sister, Kotori, in time.

Unfortunately for Shidou, he ends up right in the middle of the spatial quake event and suddenly finds a strange girl at the source of the quake. He learns that this girl is a “Spirit” and is the cause behind the spatial quake. Kurumi is the third spirit to be introduced to viewers and is noted to be one of the evil ones due to her violent nature. Her gothic style further enhances the fear she can evoke.

7 Ruby Tojo

Rosario + Vampire

the character ruby tojo from the anime rosario plus vampire

Rosario + Vampire

Release Date January 3, 2008 Creator Akihisa Ikeda MyAnimeList Score 6.75 (Season 1)

  • Studio: Gonzo
  • Number of Seasons: 2
  • Genre: Supernatural Comedy

Rosario + Vampire is a supernatural comedy that follows Tsukune Aono’s journey throughout his new high school, Youkai Academy. He’s introduced to Moka Akashiya, the most popular girl in school, and soon develops feelings for her.

What Tsukune doesn’t realize is that Moka is a vampire, and the other students are also monsters. Ruby Tojo works alongside the board chairman of Youkai Academy and is a witch. She’s also part of the Newspaper Club but isn’t actually classed as a real student of the high school.

6 Krul Tepes

Seraph Of The End

the character krul tepes from the anime seraph of the end

Seraph of the End

Release Date April 4, 2015 Creator Takaya Kagami MyAnimeList Score 7.49 (Season 1)

  • Studio: Wit Studio
  • Number of Seasons: 2
  • Genre: Adventure

Vampires are starting to take over the world and are working towards taking over the order of Earth. They promise humans that they will protect them, as long as they donate their blood to the vampire population. Due to a virus killing everyone over the age of 13, there is an abundance of orphans who are growing up in this cruel world run by vampires.

One of these orphans is named Yuuichirou, who is now a member of the Demon Army and swears to get revenge on the vampires. Krul Tepes is a fashionably gothic vampire and an important member of the Progenitor Council. She took some of the orphans to the city of Sanguinem.

5 Re-L Mayor

Ergo Proxy

the character re-l mayor from the anime ergo proxy

Ergo Proxy

Release Date February 25, 2006 Streaming Service(s) Crunchyroll, Funimation, Hulu, Tubi MyAnimeList Score 7.90

  • Studio: Manglobe
  • Number of Seasons: 1
  • Genre: Cyberpunk

Ergo Proxy is an anime set in a post-apocalyptic state of Earth in a city called Romdeau, with humans living alongside androids called AutoReivs. Suddenly, a string of murders begins, leading to Re-L Mayer stepping up as the female inspector of the Citizen Information Bureau.

Re-L and her android, Iggy, work towards solving these murder cases and eventually discover strange creatures called “Proxies.” Re-L dislikes the current state of order in Romdeau and doesn’t share the ideals of her fellow citizens and colleagues but boasts a pretty unique goth style.

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4 Celestia Ludenberg


the character celestia ludenberg from the anime and game danganronpa


Release Date November 4, 2013 MyAnimeList Score 7.21 (Danganronpa: The Animation) Streaming Service(s) Crunchyroll, Funimation, Hulu

  • Studio: Lerche
  • Number of Seasons: 1
  • Genre: Mystery

The mysterious character of Celestia Ludenberg is a much-loved character within the Danganronpa community. She wears a gothic lolita dress and styles her hair in curled pigtails. Celestia is one of the students of Hope’s Peak Academy and is part of the first Danganronpa anime series and the first entry in the game series.

Celestia tends to make the other students feel uncomfortable, and she keeps her distance most of the time. She even loves to gamble, and her gambling skills even landed her a place at Hope’s Peak Academy.

3 Shinichi Okazaki


the character shinichi okazaki from the anime nana


Release Date April 5, 2006 Creator Ai Yazawa MyAnimeList Score 8.54

  • Studio: Madhouse
  • Number of Seasons: 1
  • Genre: Drama and Romance

Due to the nature of Nana, a lot of the characters are alternative in style. When Shinichi joins the band, Black Stones, he dyes his hair blue and gets multiple piercings. His staple piece of jewelry is his lip chain piercing. He’s the youngest member of Black Stones and is their bass player.

Shinichi becomes involved with the vocalist for the band, Trapnest, whose name is Layla. This relationship is frowned upon by viewers and the characters due to the fact that Shinichi is 14-15 and Layla is 23.

2 Nana Osaki


the character nana osaki from the anime nana

The anime Nana follows a group of individuals within the music scene and the troubles that they face. Nana Osaki is the vocalist for her band, Black Stones. Her iconic alternative outfits always stand out in the manga and anime, and a tattoo of a lotus flower adorns her shoulder. Her signature makeup look is dark eyes with red lips, two staples in alternative makeup.

Nana looks tough on the outside and sometimes masks her true emotions. However, she’s a sweetheart and cares deeply for those around her. Viewers see the softer side of her when she is with her best friend and boyfriend.

1 Misa Amane

Death Note

the character misa amane from the anime death note

Death Note

Release Date October 4, 2006 Creator Tsugumi Ohba MyAnimeList Score 8.62

  • Studio: Madhouse
  • Number of Seasons: 1
  • Genre: Supernatural Thriller

When thinking of an anime character with an alternative style, it’s hard not to think of Misa Amane from Death Note. The actress, model, and avid Kira supporter, Misa Amane, sports gothic-style outfits throughout the manga and show. Embellished with accessories and some awesome pieces of clothing, she becomes the second Kira and gains the elusive Shinigami Eyes.

Misa falls in love with Light Yagami and eventually decides to dedicate her every living moment to support him and his goals as Kira. She’s quite bubbly and can be incredibly impulsive, often shown by the rash decisions she makes during the show.

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