From Madoka to Gintoki, anime has introduced us to some of the most iconic characters in pop culture. These characters are known for their incredible feats and powerful abilities, but few people know that these heroes have a secret identity.
The animated characters with secret identities is a list of 20 iconic anime characters who have secret identities.
Any degree of mystery and intrigue around an anime character may be a big bonus in terms of their appeal.
After all, the excitement of seeing them preserve their secrets while simultaneously leading a double life may be very appealing to us spectators.
And our enthusiasm for the “mystery aspect” extends to other genres as well.
For example, we’ve compiled a list of the most well-known anime characters that have to maintain two or more identities in their respective series.
Either voluntarily or involuntarily.
20. Moriarty, William James
Moriarty the Patriot (Anime)
You’ve most likely heard of him outside of anime, and he is that man.
Professor Moriarty, as his name suggests, is a math professor who also works as a crime consultant.
Moriarty, who was born with charm and a genius-level intelligence, devised a great plan as a kid to have him live as a covert rebel in his adult years.
And, as we all know, his ambition would ultimately bring him into conflict with Sherlock Holmes, our beloved high-functioning sociopath/detective.
19. Pendragon, Howl Jenkins
Howl’s Moving Castle is an animated film.
Here’s someone who has almost perfected the art of avoiding his issues.
Because of his flirtatious nature, he was already well-versed in keeping his identity a secret back on Earth before his time as one of Ingary’s greatest wizards.
In both the books and the anime film, he is shown as a careful guy who has assumed many different identities in order to avoid being disturbed by anybody.
He also travels around a lot, which is simple for him since he lives in a movable castle.
Shinichi Izumi, age 18
Parasyte is a Japanese anime series.
Shinichi is a normal timid and awkward high school student. Someone we’d expect to see in every anime with a school theme.
That is, until he merged with Migi.
When Shinichi was put in a position similar to Eddie Brock’s with Venom, it became imperative that he keep his plight hidden from the rest of the world.
Unfortunately, this includes even his closest family members, such as his parents and a childhood friend/love interest.
Saiki Kusuo (nineteen)
Saiki Kusuo no Psi Nan (Anime)
Saiki’s problems, like Shinichi’s mentioned before him, stem mostly from his inability to keep his psychic identity hidden at school.
The only difference is that he received a lot more for his money.
Because, well, his show is a comedy, of course.
As someone who is essentially a godlike creature with world-ending abilities, it’s fair to assume that if his real identity is ever revealed, there will be major consequences.
Knowing this, he is extremely serious about preserving his secret.
And just eight individuals are aware that he is a psychic at this time.
Sadao Maou, No. 16
Hataraku Maou Sama! is a Japanese anime.
It’s probably best if you don’t walk about proclaiming yourself the demon ruler if you came from a fantasy realm, lost your abilities, and ended up in modern-day Japan.
That’s why, in order to fit in with the rest of us, he got a job at MgRonald’s, the world’s most renowned fast-food restaurant.
In fact, he does it so effectively that he seems to be having fun with it.
However, we can only guess what demon lord-like things he’ll do if he reaches the top of the business ladder. (By the way, good luck with that.)
Let’s hope he doesn’t raise the cost on those Big Mags once he takes over.
Kaito Kuroba is number fifteen.
Magic Kaito 1412 is a Japanese anime series.
Who better to conceal their true identity than someone who is a magician, a thief, and a skilled trickster all at the same time?
I’m guessing there aren’t many.
At first sight, Kaito seems to be your typical popular high school student who enjoys getting into mischief – but he isn’t.
In reality, he is the only genuine inheritor of his father’s “Phantom Thief” character.
Taking over his father’s mantle, predictably, led to a new life of thrilling heists, police chases, and outwitting duels with a particular competitor.
Tatsumi, no. 14
Akame ga Kill! is a Japanese anime.
Tatsumi, unlike the most of the individuals on this list, isn’t very good at concealing his rebel identity.
He became a bit too talkative with an enemy general during a tournament sponsored by the Empire he was attempting to defeat at one point in the narrative.
But who can blame him when the enemy general in question is a stunning blue-haired ice waifu?
Despite his persistence and inability to persuade Esdeath to join his cause, everything worked out in the end since the revolt triumphed.
Even if it comes at an exorbitant price.
Usagi Tsukino (Usagi Tsukino) (Usagi Ts
Sailor Moon is a Japanese anime series.
Usagi Tsukino – who approaches Clark Kent’s degree of caution when it comes to her secret identity – appears in another episode of “How can someone not identify them without a mask on?”
With just a few costume changes here and there, it’s a little surprising that her Sailor Moon character hasn’t been discovered by more people.
But, who knows, maybe the strength of love and optimism is linked to amnesic brain waves or something.
We’ll never know, I guess.
Kaneki Ken is 12 years old.
Tokyo Ghoul is a Japanese anime series.
This man has finally grasped the concept.
Kaneki’s crazy drip is for more than just aesthetics, despite having one of the most badass mask designs in anime.
For him and the other ghouls, it’s more of a need than a fashion statement.
After all, he has to keep his real identity hidden since he’s being pursued by the authorities.
Not to mention his ghoul companions.
Kaneki, our guy, simply can’t seem to get a break.
Iruma Suzuki (#11)
Mairimashita! is a Japanese anime series. Iruma-kun
What could be a more powerful incentive to keep your real identity hidden than the prospect of becoming a physical entrée for demons if they ever discovered it?
While I doubt the anime would go that far, Iruma is caught between a rock and a hard place as the lone human at an all-demons school.
But, when you think about it, it’s not that terrible.
I mean, the only demon that realized he was a human not only didn’t devour him, but she also fell in love with him!
For getting caught slippin’ just once, it’s not terrible.
Meliodas is number ten.
Nanatsu no Taizai is a Japanese anime series.
Meliodas takes the tenth position, having delightfully passed himself off as a totally different person than he was years before due to his everlasting youth.
I could still recall being shocked when he was revealed to be the Dragon’s Sin of Wrath in previous episodes.
He was almost dripping major character vibes on his first appearance alone, so gently is the word.
That, and maybe viewing the anime’s cover image before watching it back then, helped me figure out who he was.
Twigo, however, isn’t one of them.
This man really believed he had a chance…
Kenshin Himura (nine)
Rurouni Kenshin is a Japanese anime series.
Now, I’m going to talk a lot about Kenshin’s scar on his cheek. And this scar is supposed to distinguish him from who he used to be in terms of looks. With that, I’m calling it a day.
He isn’t even trying to conceal himself.
But I have to say, his scar looks very well on him.
Most importantly, it serves as a reminder that he has abandoned his previous persona as “Battousai the Manslayer” and has vowed never to murder again.
Considering how many enemies he has, this is a difficult promise to keep, but hats off to this legend.
Izuku Midoriya is number eight on the list.
Boku no Hero Academia is a Japanese anime series.
Surprisingly, most heroes in the Academiaverse do not seem to feel the need to hide their true identities.
What are the chances?
Perhaps Batman, who spent millions to keep his real identity hidden, was mistaken.
Nonetheless, Izuku has a “hidden identity” that he must safeguard at all costs unless he wants the whole world to be on the lookout for his oddity.
Of course, I’m referring to him as the inheritor of One for All and the forerunner to All Might – one of the greatest heroes of all time.
Ren Amamiya is number seven.
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While Ren’s hidden identity is intriguing, his desire to maintain it is mostly driven by need rather than choice.
Ren Amamiya nearly transforms into a new person every time he dons his “Joker” mask.
That is also true when he removes his spectacles, but that is a different tale.
In addition, he is the head of the Phantom Thieves of Hearts, a gang that has grown into a well-known covert organization across the globe.
Which, I suppose, implies they’re no longer a “secret” organization. Bummer.
Darker Than Black is a Japanese anime series.
Hei is the quintessential anime character with a dark hidden identity, plain and simple.
However, there are probably few characters in the same genre as him that are as well-known and feared in their own series as “The Black Reaper.”
Hei, true to his moniker, has no qualms about murdering and will go to any length to accomplish his objectives.
Not to mention the fact that, in addition to his most well-known fake identity, he has used many others.
Dragon Ball Z is a Japanese animated television series.
I know the Great Saiyaman’s arc was short-lived, much as Gohan’s reign as Earth’s greatest fighter, but it was still fantastic.
For a long time, it’s been entertaining to see Gohan balance school and his hero job.
It even led to his marrying Videl, considering how terrible he was at hiding his secret back then.
Again, not bad for a first-time slipper.
Actually, more than once.
Unfortunately, Gohan’s wits didn’t come in use in this situation.
4. Haruhi Suzumiya (Haruhi Suzumiya)
Haruhi Suzumiya’s Melancholy (Anime)
On this list, we’ve encountered anime characters that had dual identities as assassins, magicians, rebels, and many more.
But what if there was an actual god?
And no, I’m not referring to a god-like figure.
However, she is the deity of her own series.
Furthermore, Haruhi didn’t even realize she had a hidden identity for a while, which was strange.
Anime gods, it seems, can create forgetfulness in themselves.
If you want to rewatch any anime series over and again, this must be a useful ability to have.
3. Edogawa Conan
Detective Conan the Animated Series
To Kaito Kuroba’s Moriarty, Conan Edogawa is Sherlock Holmes. Only their rivalry is a little more friendly than their opponents’.
And it’s worth noting that three of them appear on this list. What do you think?
On a similar topic, if individuals like Holmes and Moriarty understood who this child really is, they wouldn’t be so quick to dismiss him.
After all, Conan’s innocent, childlike demeanor belies the presence of Shinichi Kudo, a great detective with over 700 cases solved under his credit.
This is the same person who has been able to keep his girlfriend hidden for hundreds of episodes.
If I’ve ever seen a genuine anti-simp, this is it.
2. Vi Britannia, Lelouch
Code Geass is a Japanese anime series.
If there’s one anime character that deserves a lot of respect, it’s Lelouch.
After all, in addition to his hidden identity as a former member of Brittania’s royal family, he created a new one (Zero).
He then utilized his Zero character, which was ultimately adopted by Suzaku, to murder himself while portraying a wicked dictator, his other previously hidden personality.
This strategy was given the poetic moniker “Zero Requiem,” which to me represents the death of one of his two hidden identities – and the victory of the other.
Yagami Light is number one.
Death Note is a Japanese anime series.
As Kira, Yagami may have had dubious morals and inclinations.
However, no one can dispute that he completed the task while maintaining his secret better than anybody else.
At least for the time being.
Not only is this person clever enough to remain under L’s radar for so long before murdering him, but he nearly got away with it all in the end if Near and Mello hadn’t banded together to defeat him.
Even more remarkable is the fact that Light began his fight against the world’s criminals when he was just 17 years old.
While much of what he’s done along the road is unforgivable, it’s fairly clear that he was meant to take on the guise of Kira from the beginning.
The anime with outcast main character is a genre of anime that usually features characters who were once normal, but are now living in a society that rejects them. These characters often have to search for their true identities and try to fit into society.
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