Who are the best brunette hair anime girls?
We all know that redheads are fiery, blondes have more fun, and black-haired girls are mysterious, but what about girls with brown hair?
Anime girls with brown hair just don’t get as much love as they should, and we’re here to rectify that by counting down 25 of the best brunette anime characters of all time.
The Best Brunette Hair Anime Girls
Our ranked lists are created by researching and rounding up information from the most reputable web sources.
Here’s our list of the 25 best brunette hair anime girls:
25. Ayumu Kasuga (Azumanga Daioh)
Despite being known simply as Osaka, this anime girl is as far from the Osaka stereotype as possible.
While people expect her to be loud and brash, Kasuga tends to be fairly quiet, seemingly lost in her own world more often than not.
Although her spacey attitude may seem like a weakness, it makes her surprisingly good at answering riddles, and, in some cases, her focus on her own mind can be so strong that the rest of the world disappears.
We can’t help but be a bit envious of how easy it is for this brunette to tune out reality during her boring long class periods.
24. Kosaki Onodera (Nisekoi)
Hailing from a family of pastry chefs, it’s no wonder that Kosaki is as sweet as she is, especially given that she specializes in making and decorating candies.
Despite growing up with an eccentric mother and feisty younger sister, this brown-haired girl grew quite timid and reserved.
She could best be described as a Dandere, which, to be honest, makes her a great waifu candidate.
Throughout the series, Kosaki comes a long way in overcoming her timidness to become more upfront with how she feels, and fans find her transformation into a strong and caring woman to be one of the most rewarding to watch.
23. Megumi Noda (Modame Cantabile)
Megumi is one of the cutest brunette anime girls, and we can’t help but love the way she often refers to herself in the third person and makes up words.
She’s also a very talented pianist, which serves to make her even more appealing to fans.
However, while practicing for a competition, she can push herself too hard, leading to her entering a depressive state.
Megumi doesn’t have the easiest go of things, and her backstory certainly isn’t the happiest, but we have to respect her drive, and we definitely enjoy just how weird she can be.
22. Viktoriya Ivanovna Serebryakova (Youjo Senki)
Although some fans will argue that Tanya is the perfect soldier in this series, we must point out that Viktoriya is just as good.
While this brunette may not be the blonde preteen killing machine that Tanya is, Viktoriya stands out because she’s competent and cares about her comrades.
Her genuinely chipper attitude and the excitement she shows when people talk about food with her make her someone we just can’t pass up.
21. Aina Kuronuma (Haven’t You Heard? I’m Sakamoto)
Aina isn’t for everyone, and we understand how her initial haughty and manipulative streak could be off-putting to fans.
However, fans can’t deny that she does grow a lot throughout the series, and she does appear to have genuine feelings for Sakamoto.
Despite not getting off on the right foot with many of the other girls in her series, she’s still entertaining to watch, especially when she’s flustered.
20. Hakaze Kusaribe (Zetsuen no Tempest)
Hakaze is a gorgeous anime girl, and her long brown hair and red eyes are just perfection.
While she is a frank and often blunt girl of few words, she does have a soft side that comes out after meeting Yoshino, and it’s just adorable.
After not realizing her feelings at first, she falls hard once she does and can’t stop thinking about how she wants just to spend all day hugging Yoshino.
We can only hope to find such a dedicated Waifu one day.
19. Haruhi Suzumiya (The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya)
This bold brunette is definitely a handful, but she’s amassed a loyal fan base in the anime community because she’s just so cute.
Driven, demanding, and needing to be the center of attention are just some of Haruhi’s outstanding personality traits, and she cares little for what other people would regard as ‘normal behavior.
Despite her bossy attitude, she excels in academics and athletics, which helps give her superiority complex a bit more credence.
18. Haruhi Fujioka (Ouran Koukou Host Club)
At first glance, it can be easy to mistake this short-haired brunette for a bright-eyed young boy, but that’s because she believes gender is irrelevant and shouldn’t alter how someone is perceived or handed a role in society.
Once designated as a Host, she becomes an instant hit with guests for her conversational skills and charming nature.
She cares deeply for her fellow members, and the boys in the group are very protective of her, calling her their “secret princess.”
Haruhi is just a delightfully refreshing character, and she doesn’t need a bright green hair color to stand out on her own.
17. Nana Komatsu (Nana)
When it comes to brunette anime girls, Komatsu is arguably one of the most beautiful.
Although she starts out as a seemingly naive and relatively generic character, this changes, and Komatsu becomes, maybe less lovable, but certainly more developed and believable.
If you haven’t seen this series, it’s hard to describe her without too many spoilers, but trust us when we say that Komatsu’s story is definitely one worth watching, and it showcases some really interesting aspects of life.
16. Raphtalia (The Rising of the Shield Hero)
If you’re after only the most adorable Waifu candidates, Raphtalia is not someone you’ll want to miss.
Like a cross between a Raccoon and a Tanuki, Raphtalia sports light brown hair, fluffy ears, and a bushy tail, which instantly puts her into the adorable category.
While she starts frail and sickly, she develops incredible character while still keeping her childlike innocence.
As a warrior, Raphalila focuses on being efficient and has become increasingly skilled as she matures, making her bolder, stronger, and incredibly protective of Naofumi.
15. Mikoto Misaka (A Certain Magical Index)
On a scale of legendary tsundere characters, Misaka definitely ranks towards the top.
As a level 5 Esper in Academy City, Misaka has the power to back herself up, and Touma even gives her the nickname “Biri-Biri,” a Japanese onomatopoeia resembling the sound of electricity.
Although fans love shipping her with Touma, as she grows more recognizable, their relationship definitely becomes more interesting.
This is one girl you don’t want to mess with unless you want to end up like a moth in a bug zapper.
14. Ryouko Ookami (Okami-san and Her Seven Companions)
And in this corner, representing anime girls with long brown hair, we have yet another tsundere character who loves punching their feelings away.
This girl is intense, to say the least, and her boxing skills make short work of anyone who messes with her.
However, when paired with a dandere like Ryouko — the target of her tsundere affections — the dynamic couldn’t be more interesting.
Not only does she help mild-mannered and quiet Ryouko break out of his shell when she’s around, but he can also bring out her softer side, which makes for a really compelling relationship.
13. Diane (Seven Deadly Sins)
Diane is another sweet character who could absolutely decimate you if need be.
As a giantess, she is larger than ordinary people but no less friendly. She cares very much for her captain and isn’t afraid to be hostile if it means protecting her friends.
Despite having the advantage of size, she often does wish she were smaller and also exhibits some emotional fragility, hating the thought of being alone.
Later in the show, Diane is seen to take up dance to improve her combat skills. The result made her a terrifying beauty and one of the best combatants among the giants.
It’s no wonder she was predicted to be their future leader.
12. Megumin (KonoSuba)
As an arch wizard and one of the main characters in the KonoSuba series, Megumin stands out with her eccentric style, boisterous personality, and flair for theatrics.
Although she is an incredibly powerful wizard, she is also very immature and childish, often feeling sensitive about her age or underdeveloped body.
She is also completely obsessed with blowing things up, to the point where she refuses to learn any other type of magic.
We can respect that, and it certainly makes for good entertainment.
11. Cana Alberona (Fairy Tale)
As a dedicated student of the school of Bacchus — god of wine and ecstasy — Cana is often seen with a drink in hand, though she hardly ever gets drunk, no matter how much she drinks.
We wish we could say the same.
Cana is a fan favorite in Fairy Tale, and it helps that she’s very easy to look at, and she assumes leadership of the guild during crisis periods.
Overall, she is incredibly loyal and not afraid to stand up for her dreams, which fans find incredibly admirable.
10. Misaki Nakahara (Welcome to the N.H.K.)
Misaki is an incredibly kind if eccentric, high school girl and one of the sweetest female anime characters who come across as wholly realistic.
In her series, she makes a point to help Satou escape his hikikomori lifestyle and ends up developing feelings for him along the way.
While helping him began because Misaki desired to remove a stigma about herself, which can be argued as selfish, her desires become more genuine as she grows closer to him.
Misaki is the type of person that you’d enjoy having as a friend, and her drive to accomplish her plans coupled with her reliability make her an incredibly likable character.
9. Ochaco Uraraka (My Hero Academia)
While her laid-back attitude and relatively plain appearance, Ochaco is just a joy to watch.
As one of the main heroes in training, she is extremely blunt, bubbly, and a bit airheaded.
However, when the situation calls for it, she can be downright intimidating. So much so that even Bakugo takes her seriously.
Although she may not have the standout green hair color Izuku has, this brunette is unmistakable and a joy to watch, especially when trying not to laugh.
8. San (Princess Mononoke)
We couldn’t make this list without including San unless we want to have a majority of the anime community taking up pitchforks in the comments.
San is quite possibly one of the most badass women in anime, and she is certainly one of the most well-known and beloved.
As the literal definition of a warrior princess, San was adopted by the Wolf Goddess Moro as an infant and developed many wolf-like behaviors.
Her primary concern is protecting the animals and the forest she lives in, and it takes her a while to accept her own humanity.
Although most anime fans have seen Princess Mononoke at least once, if you haven’t, this anime couldn’t be more highly recommended.
7. Sasha Braus (Attack on Titan)
Another brunette anime girl that we simply couldn’t leave out is dear Sasha.
Even in a show as dark as Attack on Titan, Sasha manages to provide some great comedic relief.
A glutton for meat and potatoes, no one loves food quite as much as Sasha, and she will gladly nab any food she can get her hands on.
She’s such a refreshing character in the series and is a competent cadet in her own right.
6. Mirai Kuriyama (Beyond the Boundary)
This dandere Spirit World Warrior isn’t what you would expect, but she definitely leaves a lasting impression.
Shunned due to her blood-manipulation abilities, Mirai is a petite girl with large glasses and light peachy brown hair.
She wears a slouchy cardigan to conceal a bandaged wound on her palm, which allows her to access her blood whenever she needs to use her ability.
Although clumsy and awkward, she is endearing, and you can’t help but cheer for her throughout the series.
5. Maki Oze (Fire Force)
Maki’s long dark brown hair and muscular body make her an imposingly attractive anime girl, and she’s as badass as she is hopelessly romantic.
Capable of holding her own in any fight, this pyrokinetic is an ex-soldier who enjoys creating fire creatures and using her powers for fun.
Although perfectly able to tear through any enemy, Maki isn’t fond of hurting people, which is one reason she defected from the Tokyo Army.
Overall, this girl is a great character and total Waifu material.
4. Mako Mankanshoku (Kill La Kill)
If you’re looking for the definition of chaotic good, look no further than Mako.
She’s like that friend you love dearly but won’t trust not to burn down the house because they got into a conversation with the cat while cooking. But even then, you can’t be mad at her because she’s so innocent and cute.
Mako will say whatever is on her mind, no matter how random, and while she may label herself an underachiever, she more than makes up for it by being one of the funniest anime girls on this list.
3. Naho Takamiya (Orange)
Naho is a sweetheart, and watching her grow as a character is a rewarding experience.
With her shoulder-length light brown hair and hazel-green eyes, Naho is a loving, shy girl who is hard not to fall in love with.
As she gets older, she learns how to open up more, and her evolution as a character is both relatable and endearing.
2. Holo (Spice and Wolf)
If Raphtalia isn’t your style, Holo, a wolf spirit, is another anime girl with cute ears and a matching tail.
Holo is a very proud girl who was forced to strike off on her own after the village she watched over no longer needed her as a wheat goddess.
Throughout the series, she grows a lot as a character, and her relationship with Lawrence is just so playfully delightful.
1. Yui Hirasawa (K-On!)
Yui is the type of anime girl you just want to wrap in bubble wrap and keep safe forever. She is the definition of precious.
This adorable brunette loves everything and anything cute and sweet and loves physical contact like hugging and holding hands.
Although she’s no good at multitasking, she can excel more than almost anyone else once she’s focused on something.
When compared to blonde and bold-colored anime girls, brunettes don’t get nearly as much love as they deserve.
However, these 25 girls prove that brown-haired characters can be some of the most compelling and memorable.
Although they may not stand out much in a crowd as much as their purple-haired counterparts, these lovely ladies are definitely worthy of all the recognition they receive.
If you enjoyed this article, check out our other anime girl lists:
- The 25 Best Shy Anime Girls of All Time
- The 10 Best Anime Dragon Girls of All Time
- The 25 Best Blonde Hair Anime Girls
- The 25 Best Short Hair Anime Girls
Who’s your favorite brunette hair anime girl? Leave a comment below.
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