After watching hundreds of anime over time I have learned this thing, never underestimate anime characters with scars. Whether they are protagonists, antagonists, or sidekicks, if they have scars, they have potential.
Although the anime world is already overflowing with anime characters having scars just to be portrayed as cool. I have curated a list of some badass anime characters with scars. These scars or cuts not only make them look cool but present their life’s uphill struggles.
So let’s check out the list of these cool-looking characters.
Anime: Dragon Ball
Broly is one of the most powerful characters in all of Dragon Ball. In his Legendary Super Saiyan form, his strength and ki seem virtually limitless. His muscle mass grows enormously, stretching and tearing at his skin.
Not only his body but his face takes on a fearsome look with new scars etched across his features. While fighting you may not see his face and body scars clearly but in a firm pic, they are totally visible. These scars on the face and his biceps are made on purpose to make him look more dreadful.
Anime: Jobless Reincarnation
Ruijerd is one of the major supporting characters from the anime Jobless Reincarnation. Ruijerd is a very calm and collected 7-foot-tall adventurer who can kill anyone in an instant who poses a little threat to him. As a member of the Superd Race “known as a threat to humanity”, he possesses overwhelming strength and agility that make him even more dreadful.
Why I have decided to include this character in this list of anime characters with scars in the list is his backstory and his current struggles to clear his name from false criticism. Apart from his facial scars, people are scared of him more for his green hair and a red gem on his forehead that indicates his species from Superd Race.
Anime: My Hero Academia
With a menacing grin and patchy skin stretched taut over rippling muscles, Dabi struts with an air of danger. Dabi is one of the major antagonists in the action anime “My Hero Academia.” Apart from being cool, just looking at this anime character will make you puke because it’s that terrifyingly designed.
The left side has red marks all stretched out from when he got burned before. They go up his face and down his neck in bumpy lines. Now the scars just make his smile look more scary. You can see a blue fire feeling just under his skin like it wants to come out quickly. Dabi is one of the most terrifyingly designed anime characters with scars without a doubt.
Anime: Undead Unluck
Though this anime character is not a scary menance but he possesses such a handy ability that makes this guy immortal and badass. His unique ability is undead just like his name, he can’t be killed even if you chop him into pieces or drop a nuclear bomb on this quirky anime character.
Undead has a white or off-white scar in the corner of his forehead that gives him a quite intriguing look. I am not sure about calling this character a baddy but his quirks make him one.
Anime: One Punch Man
Bang may appear as an ordinary old man, but contained within his venerable frame is a titanic wellspring of martial arts prowess. Having trained for countless decades, honing both body and spirit, he has achieved a level of speed, precision and battling ingenuity costing multiple scars on his face and body.
While lacking raw destructive force, Bang possesses a mastery of redirection and leverage that allows him to overcome foes far larger or more violent through ingenious application of technique. He’s just a supporting character in one punch man but has played an important role that’s why he’s worth adding to this list of anime characters with scars.
Anime: Baki The Grapler
Adding Baki to the list would be justice but sadly I have pickup anime characters with facial scars, and Baki doesn’t have any. Hanayama is the side character in this anime Baki who has been seen many times playing many important roles.
Maybe he’s not just a martial artist but a mountain who can withstand even bullets and missiles. These scars on his face are the remaining proof of his being hit by bullets in the face. Want to witness his sheer badassery? watch his dreadful fight with Speck the terrifying antagonist.
Anime: Ragna Crimson
Leonica aka “Leo” is the main female anime character from the famous action anime “Ragna Crimson.” This anime world is troubled by the dragons who constantly kill people for no reason. In this dreadful world, Leo is just a 12-year child who possesses enough power to defeat any kind of dragon.
There is no confirmation till now on how she received this facial scar but it’s a deep one. Her parents were killed early by dragons and after that, she was living with Ragna protecting him until his awakening.
5: Julian Vengeance
Anime: Black Clover
Honestly speaking, I was always curious to know why among all the captains, why Julian wears this eagle-like mast, is this fashion accessory or what? Because he is the most powerful among captains and maybe this is to put the spotlight on this character.
On the contrary, Julian is hiding his birth curse scar that covers his half of upper face. It’s a dreadful scar and for this curse, Julian has received much backlash from Clover Kingdom people. For me Julian is the most influential anime character with scars from this list.
Anime: Jujutsu Kaisen
If Jujutsu Kaisen was not overflowing with terrifying antagonists, Mahito would have taken much spotlight on what type of emotionless antagonist he is. Yet Jujutsu fanboys can’t ignore the presence of this patchy freak who can go dreadful killing streak without giving it a second thought.
This scary dude sees humans as mere playthings and has no qualms with killing or maiming them in gruesome ways. While quoting badass anime characters with scars there are a lot of faces that comes to mind mind like Toji and Gaito but Mahito was more suitable.
3: Kenshin Himura
Anime: Rurouni Kenshin
With fiery red hair and deep scars of experience etched on both body and soul, the mysterious wanderer Kenshin Himura conceals a complex past. Once known only as the deadly assassin “Battosai The Manslayer”, whose merciless blade brought swift death to many, Kenshin now fights solely to protect the innocent.
He was once a badass character who has witnessed too much. However, his dark history follows like a shadow, memories of bloodshed never far below the surface. It’s a character from quite an old anime but you can check out its latest version of 2023.
2: Roronoa Zoro
Anime: One Piece
With three gleaming swords strapped to his waist and a permanent scowl etched on his face, Roronoa Zoro is an iconic badass anime character with a huge fan base. Roronoa Zoro is a powerful swordsman whose skills with the blade are only matched by his immense ambition.
The big scar from his left shoulder to his right hip was the defeat to the world’s best swordsman Dracule Mihawk, he also lost his eye in a duel with Dracule Mihawk. However, throughout time, Zoro has defeated many outclass swordsmen while taking more scars on his body.
1: Sanemi Shinazugawa
Anime: Demon Slayer
While talking about facial scars, Tanjiro deserves a ranking in this list but we are talking about badass anime characters with scars not wholesome characters. And my boy Sanemi has every ingredient to be counted as a baddie. He has scars on his face, chest, and forearms and doesn’t know where else, but the boy has earned these marks that present his struggles as a Wind Hashira.
After getting his whole family killed Sanemi has begun hunting demons with his raw skills without even joining the Demon Slayer Corps. “Spoiler alert: my boy is going to give a super hard time to even Upper Moon 1 Kokushibu.” Despite being a Supporting character, Sanemi should be ranked at no 1 on the list of badass anime characters with scars.