29+ BEST Old Man Characters We All Love!!

Updated October 29, 2022 by Ernie

Old men play an important role in any anime. They are usually the ones who train our MCs and take them to the level they are. Ofc, some of them are evil as well. You just hate them. 

I dont know why, but most old characters in anime are HUGE PERVERTS!!! I know it doesnt make any sense

Anyways, lets take a look at some of the most prolific old man characters weve seen in anime.

You should also take a look at this: Anime Characters Who Are GAMERS!

 

BEST OLD MAN CHARACTERS IN ANIME

 

30. Master Roshi (Dragon Ball)

INFORMATION
Title
Dragon Ball
Genre
Adventure, Comedy, Martial Arts, Shounen
Type
TV
Studio
Toei Animation
Premiered
1986
Episode Count
153
Duration
24 min

How can we not include this Jiji on this list? I mean, its just not possible. Hes been with us since the Dragon Ball OG days. 

Master Roshi is one of the main supporting characters in Dragon Ball. He is a brilliant martial artist and also the teacher of our favorite GOKU and KRILLIN! He is also the one who invented the infamous Kamehameha! His Ki control is literally on the next level. On the surface, he looks pretty weak. However, his battle IQ and instincts are on par with most of the newer characters in DBS.

Well! His perverted nature does sometimes get him into trouble

 

29. Yoshihiro Shimazu 

INFORMATION
Title
Sengoku Basara
Genre
Action, Historical, Martial Arts, Samurai
Type
TV
Studio
Production I.G
Premiered
2009
Episode Count
12 
Duration
23 min.

The next character on this list is Yoshihiro Shimazu. He is also known as the Shimazu Demon and is the leader of the Shimazu Clan. Being reckoned as the Samurai King Warrior, he is insanely strong. Age is just a number for him. Tbh! He just got stronger with age. 

His personality might be a bit messed up as he doesnt care what happens to people around him. He is not interested in politics or wars, he just wants to fight strong opponents. In this regard, he is quite similar to Goku! 

 

28. Watari (Death Note)

INFORMATION
Title
Death Note 
Genre
Psychological, Shounen, Supernatural
Type
TV
Studio
Madhouse
Premiered
2006
Episode Count
37
Duration
23 min.

Watari from Death Note is the next old man on this list. Wataris character is pretty unique in the sense that even though his character is quite significant, peeps just tend to forget him. 

He serves as Ls handler and is also the logistics supplier to the Japanese Task Force. Besides this, he is also Wammy Houses founder, which has produced some of the worlds best detectives over the recent years. 

About his appearance! He can be seen wearing a tuxedo when hes dealing with the Japanese Task Force and a rather simple long black coat when working as Ls Handler.

 

27. King Piccolo (Dragon Ball)

INFORMATION
Title
Dragon Ball
Genre
Adventure, Comedy, Fantasy, Martial Arts
Type
TV
Studio
Toei Animation
Premiered
1986
Episode Count
153
Duration
24 min

King Piccolo is the next character to feature on this list. Reckoned as the Great Demon King, King Piccolo is one of the primary antagonists in OG Dragon Ball. Technically, he is an old Namekian who wants to spawn an army of demons to wreak havoc on Earth. Pretty messed up, right? 

Lets just talk about his appearance! For a guy who is reckoned as the DEMON KING, his appearance doesnt really give you that vibe. I mean, he is somewhat scary! He resembles a goblin, has pointy ears, and is green in colour. 

King Piccolo doesnt remain an old man his entire life. He uses his abilities to reincarnate himself as Piccolo Junior later on in the series. 

 

26.Danzo Shimura (Naruto)

INFORMATION
Title
Naruto
Genre
Action, Adventure, Martial Arts, Shounen 
Type
TV
Studio
Pierrot
Premiered
2002
Episode Count
220
Duration
23 min.

How can we forget this guy? He is perhaps the most hated anime character of all time. 

Danzo Shimura is one of the antagonists in Naruto and is also known as the Darkness of the Shinobi. He is basically responsible for the Uchiha Clans massacre and some other messed up stuff that took place in the Naruto series. He is the founder of the Root and also served as Hokage for some time. 

His loyalty towards Konoha is definitely something worth mentioning. Danzo always placed Konoha above everything else and Peeps really respect him for that. He always remained calm and planned things out before executing them. 

 

25. Dr. Briefs (Dragon Ball)

INFORMATION
Title
Dragon Ball
Genre
Adventure, Comedy, Martial Arts, Shounen
Type
TV
Studio
Toei Animation
Premiered
1986
Episode Count
153
Duration
24 min

Another Old Man from Dragon Ball. Being on the oldest anime, it does make sense. 

Dr. Briefs is a scientist and is also the founder of the Capsule Corps. He is also reckoned as the richest man in the world. As I guess yall already know, he is our BULMAs father. His inventions might be a bit crazy, but he is definitely one of the smartest characters in Dragon Ball. 

 

24.Hiruzen Sarutobi (Naruto)

INFORMATION
Title
Naruto
Genre
Action, Adventure, Martial Arts, Shounen 
Type
TV
Studio
Pierrot
Premiered
2002
Episode Count
220
Duration
23 min.

Ahhhhh! Hiruzen is one of my favorite characters in Naruto. I mean, he is soo COOOL!!

Hiruzen Sarutobi is a member of the Sautobi clan, who were one of the first ones to settle in Konoha. Hiruzan went on to become the 3rd Hokage and was trained by the 2nd Hokage, Tobirama Senju. 

His skills as a Shinobi were unrivalled. He is one of the only few Ninjas who are capable of utilizing all the 4 elements. He is also the one who trained Tsunae, Orochimaru, and Jiraiya. 

According to some people, he was even stronger than Hashirama in his prime. 

 

23.Madara Uchiha (Naruto)

INFORMATION
Title
Naruto
Genre
Action, Adventure, Martial Arts, Shounen 
Type
TV
Studio
Pierrot
Premiered
2002
Episode Count
220
Duration
23 min.

Madara Uchiha is one of the strongest characters in Naruto and is also one of the primary antagonists. He was the co-founder of Konoha Village besides Hashirama. Both of them were best friends, however, their ideologies in establishing peace were somewhat different which led to an all-out battle between the two of them and Madara was killed

However, Madara utilized a forbidden Jutsu to manipulate his fate and somehow managed to survive. He is an extremely manipulative person and is a perfectionist. He is also reckoned as the Ghost of the Uchiha. He single-handedly fought an entire army of skilled shinobi and won. 

 

22.Zeno Zoldyck (Hunter X Hunter)

INFORMATION
Title
Hunter X Hunter
Genre
Action, Adventure, Fantasy, Shounen
Type
TV
Studio
Madhouse
Premiered
2011
Episode Count
148
Duration
23 min.

Zeno Zoldyck is the next character to feature on this list. Zeno is one of the strongest Nen users, and it would be insulting to call him weak just because hes old. 

His assassination skills are absolutely monstrous. I dont think so theres any other character in Hunter x Hunter who even comes close to him in this regard. Its quite apparent from his name that he is a member of the Zoldyck family. 

Zeno is a really cool and calm individual. His insane skills allow him to remain calm and level-headed on the battlefield. Being an assassin, he can be merciless at times as well. But, that is part of his job.

 

21.Genryuusai Shigekuni Yamamoto (Bleach)

INFORMATION
Title
Bleach
Genre
Action, Adventure, Fantasy, Shounen 
Type
TV
Studio
Pierrot
Premiered
2004
Episode Count
366
Duration
24 min

Yamamato is the most badass character Ive ever seen. Being the strongest captain and the commander of the Gotei 13, he definitely packs a punch. Judging from his physique, you cant even guess how old he is. He has battle scars all over his body. 

On the surface, he is a cool and calm individual. However, you wouldnt want to experience his rage. He hates it when people act on their own and break rules. It is said that if he fully unleashes his Bankai, he can demolish the whole soul society. He is also recognized as the founder of the Gotei 13.

 

20. Walter C. Dornez (Hellsing Ultimate)

INFORMATION
Title
Hellsing Ultimate
Genre
Action, Horror, Military, Seinen, Supernatural, Vampire
Type
OVA
Studio
Madhouse, Satellite, Graphinica
Premiered
2006
Episode Count
10
Duration
49 min

Walter C.Dornez is the next character to feature on this list. Walter C.Dornez is the butler of Hellsing Family. However, he is unlike ordinary friendly butlers. Walter is HELLA strong and has insane reflexes. 

If you ever encounter him in a fight, Id suggest you run away. His microfilaments would just cut off your head and limbs before you even know it. 

It can get a bit difficult to keep up with his fights sometimes as they are too FAST PACED!!!!

 

19. Furinji Hayato (Kenichi: The Mightiest Disciple)

INFORMATION
Title
Kenichi: The Mightiest Disciple
Genre
Action, Comedy, Shounen
Type
TV
Studio
TMS Entertainment
Premiered
2006
Episode Count
50
Duration
25

Furinji Hayato is a name feared by everyone. He is an expert martial artist and is known as The Invincible Superman. He is also recognized as the strongest master of the Ryozonpaku Dojo. 

In his youth, he was an absolute BEAST!! Even now, no one dares to challenge him. Hayato is totally merciless. He doesnt care if its children, women, or old people. Hell destroy anyone who comes in his way. 

 

18. Edward Newgate (One Piece)

INFORMATION
Title
One Piece
Genre
Actio, Adventure, Fantasy, Shounen
Type
TV
Studio
Toei Animation
Premiered
1999
Episode Count
On-Going
Duration
24 min

Edward Newgate AKA White Beard is the strongest pirate to ever live. He was one of four emperors who ruled over the New World. He is even considered as one of the strongest pirates during Gol D Rogers time. Possessing the powers of the Gura Gura no Mi, Edward Newgate was a Monster

He had scars all over his chest and none on his back as he had never shown his back to anyone in battle. Despite his deteriorating health, he never runs away from battle. 

He had no interest in One Piece. He considered his crew his family and would do anything to protect them. 

 

17. Makarov Dreyar (Fairy Tail)

INFORMATION
Title
Fairy Tail
Genre
Action, Adventure, Fantasy, Shounen 
Type
TV
Studio
A-1 Pictures, Bridge
Premiered
2014
Episode Count
102
Duration
24 min

Makaraz Dreyar, the guild master of our fav Fairy Tail, is the next character on this list. Makarov is the perfect example of Appearances are often deceptive. Most people tend to underestimate him because of his age and short stature. However, he is definitely not the person you should look down upon

Being one of the 10 Wizard Saints, Makarov is insanely strong. He has the ability to transform into a giant to fight. He even fought a dragon once using this ability. He is prolly the coolest old man on this list. 

 

16. Lordgenome (Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann)

INFORMATION
Title
Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann
Genre
Action, Adventure, Comedy, Mecha, Sci-Fi
Type
TV
Studio
Gainax
Premiered
2007
Episode Count
27
Duration
24 min

Lordgenome is unlike your typical old man on this list. Hes been ruling over the Earth for over 1000 years and is known as the Spiral King. Hes definitely not someone Id include in a list of top 10 good characters lol!

Despite being an antagonist, Lordgenome plays an important role in the end to save our heroes. 

His personality might be a bit messed up. He sees others as tools and throws them away after using them. His hatred for humanity is on another level.

 

15. Sugoroku Matou (Yu-Gi-Oh)

INFORMATION
Title
Yu-Gi-Oh
Genre
Action, Comedy, Fantasy, Shounen
Type
TV
Studio
Toei Animation
Premiered
1998
Episode Count
27 
Duration
24 min

Sugoroku Matou is the next character on this list. Being a former gaming master, Sugoroku has some insane amount of knowledge. He is the grandfather of our MC, Yugi Matou, and runs a roadside gaming shop, Kane Game.

He lives in that shop as well alongside his family. He was the one who recovered the infamous Millennium Puzzle from the Tomb of the Nameless Pharaoh. His gaming skills are something definitely something worth mentioning as well. 

 

14. Isaac Netero (Hunter X Hunter)

INFORMATION
Title
Hunter X Hunter
Genre
Action, Adventure, Fantasy, Shounen
Type
TV
Studio
Madhouse
Premiered
2011
Episode Count
148
Duration
23 min.

Is it possible to exclude Netero? I mean, is it even possible? If you ask me, NAH!!!

Isaac Netero is the Chairman of the Hunter Committee and was regarded as the Greatest Nen User in his prime. Im not saying that he has lost his charm, he can still take on any opponent without any fear. He is just too HUMBLE!!

Neteros insane reflexes and agility are his main strengths. Just like any other old man, people tend to underestimate him and it is usually the last mistake they make. Ohhh! I forgot to mention, he is a martial artist as well and has dedicated his entire life to it. 

In case you want to watch Hunter X Hunter, here is the watch order: Hunter X Hunter Watch Order Guide!

 

13. King Bradley (Fullmetal Alchemist)

INFORMATION
Title
Full Metal Alchemist
Genre
Action, Adventure, Drama, Fantasy, Shounen
Type
TV
Studio
Bones
Premiered
2003
Episode Count
51
Duration
24 min

King Bradley from Fullmetal Alchemist is the next character on this list. He is one of the most badass antagonists Ive ever seen. He serves as the  Fuhrer of the Amestris State Military and is CRAZY strong. Under the eye patch, hides the mysterious Ultimate Eye, which allows him to accurately predict his opponents moves. 

Seeing him, you cannot judge that hes over 60. His swordsmanship skills are unrivalled. He is also recognized as the Sin of Wrath and is an homunculus. For most people, him being the sin of wrath and a homunculus was the biggest plot twist. 

 

12. Kiroumaru (The New World)

INFORMATION
Title
Shin Sekai New World
Genre
Drama, Horror, Mystery, Psychological
Type
TV
Studio
A-1 Pictures 
Premiered
2012
Episode Count
25
Duration
23 min

Kiroumaru is not exactly an old man. He is basically an old rat, who sacrificed his entire life for his race. He is recognized as the Supreme Commander of the Giants Hornet Colony. 

He is one of the most honorable and selfless characters Ive ever seen

Hed do anything to protect his race from humanity. However, in the end, he died an honorable death saving a human. I have nothing but respect for this character

 

11. Charles vi Brittania (Code Geass)

INFORMATION
Title
Code Geass; Lelouch of the Rebellion
Genre
Action, Drama, Shounen, Mecha
Type
TV
Studio
Sunrise
Premiered
2006
Episode Count
25
Duration
24 min

Next old man on this list is Charles Vi Brittania. He is the ruler of the vast Britannian Empire. However, his ideology is not one of a good leader. He believes that only the strong deserve to live in this world. 

His only purpose in life is to eliminate the weak and create a perfect world. And for this, he can do anything. He is also the biological father of our MC, Lelouch Brittania. Just like Lelouch, he possessed a Geass which allowed him to alter anyones memories. Later in the series, he lost this ability and was granted immortality in exchange.

 

10. Raoh (Fist of North Star)

INFORMATION
Title
Fist of the North Star
Genre
Action, Drama, Martial Arts
Type
TV
Studio
Toei Animation
Premiered
1984
Episode Count
109
Duration
25 min

Raoh is the primary antagonist in Fist of the North Star. He is the elder brother of Kenshiro and Toki. He was trained in the Hokuto Shinden style by the its masterRyuken. 

Road did become a fierce fighter but his fighting style became deadly, much to the fear of his master. So, the Hokuto Shinken was passed down to Kenshiro instead. This angered Raoh and killed Ryuken and raised an army. He is recognized as one of the strongest characters in Fist of North Star. He is extremely arrogant and wants people to acknowledge his power at all costs. He even kept those alive who were dying just so theyd fear him. 

 

9. Zodd the Immortal (Berserk)

INFORMATION
Title
Berserk 
Genre
Action, Adventure, Drama, Fantasy
Type
TV
Studio
Millepensee, GEMBA
Premiered
2016
Episode Count
12
Duration
24 min

Zodd the immortal is the next character on this list. He is an extremely strong swordsman who serves Griffith. He is basically an immortal demon. He has this long ass going on with the Skull Knight which keeps him going. 

Even though he serves Griffith, their ideals are entirely different. He is merciless to the point that he doesnt even spare children and women, and has slaughtered thousands of people on this battlefield. However, his thirst for battle is still not quenched. He keeps looking for the Ultimate One whom he can fight equally.

 

8. Hiko Seijuro (Rurouni Kenshin)

 

INFORMATION
Title
Rurouni Kenshin
Genre
Action, Adventure, Comedy, Shounen
Type
TV
Studio
Gallop, Studio Deen
Premiered
1996
Episode Count
94
Duration
25 min

Master and adoptive father of our MC Rurouni Kenshin, Hiko Siejuro is the next character on this list. He was the one who saved Kenshin from some bandits and then taught him the way of the sword. He is like a father to Kenshin.

Hiko is extremely strong and humble. He doesnt like showing off his strength and keeps a low profile. He even masks his insane speed and agility by wearing Hiten Matsuragi Masters heavy cloak

 

7. Silver Fang/ Bang (One Punch Man)

INFORMATION
Title
One Punch Man 
Genre
Action, Comedy, Parody, Seinen
Type
TV
Studio
Madhouse 
Premiered
2015
Episode Count
12
Duration
24 min

Silver Fang AKA Bang is the next character on this list. Being one of the S-Rank Heroes, Bang is insanely strong. He is a martial artist and utilizes the Rock-Smashing Water Stream Fist style. 

Despite his age, he is one of the strongest characters in OPM. He is one of the only few characters who know about Saitamas true power and respects him. He runs a Dojo and even tried to trick Saitama into becoming his disciple. 

He remains cool and calm under most situations. He is the type of person who analyzes the condition first and then formulates a strategy.

 

6. Yoshimura (Tokyo Ghoul)

INFORMATION
Title
Tokyo Ghoul
Genre
Action, Fantasy, Gore, Horror
Type
TV
Studio
Pierrot
Premiered
2014
Episode Count
12
Duration
24 min

Yoshimura AKA the One Eyed Ghoul is one of the strongest characters in Tokyo Ghoul. You wont see many old ghouls as most of them are usually hunted down by Investigators. 

Yoshimura runs a cafe named Anteiku Cafe. On the surface, it is a normal cafe. In reality, it is a secret society for helping powerless ghouls who cannot survive on their own. Yoshimuras One Eyed Ghoul identity is just a facade to save his daughter, who is the real One-Eyed Ghoul. 

He was also the one who took Kaneki in when he turned into a ghoul and helped him. 

 

5. Silver Rayleigh (One Piece)

INFORMATION
Title
One Piece
Genre
Action, Adventure, Fantasy, Shounen
Type
TV
Studio
Toei Animation
Premiered
1999
Episode Count
On Going
Duration
24 min

Silver Rayleigh or the  Dark King is prolly the most badass old man Ive seen. He is recognized as one of the strongest characters in One Piece. The interesting thing here is that unlike other characters, he is not a devil fruit user. 

His strength is because of his mastery over Haki. He is even the one who taught Luffy the basics of Haki. Ohhh! I forgot to mention one thing. Rayleigh was the right hand man of Pirate King Gol D Roger and the Vice Commander of Roger Pirates

 

4. Zeus (Record of Ragnarok)

INFORMATION
Title
Record of Ragnarok
Genre
Action, Drama, Seinen
Type
ONA
Studio
Grahininca
Premiered
2021
Episode Count
12
Duration
24 min

The Supreme Deity Zeus is the next character on this list. Zeus represented the Gods in the second round. 

Zeus is basically the Leader of Gods and also the Chairman of Gods council. He is regarded as the strongest God and is basically a MONSTER!! On the surface, he seems pretty mature and calculated. However, in reality, hes a sadist who is obsessed with fighting and crushing his opponents

Id avoid getting near him. 

 

3. Gakuganji (Jujutsu Kaisen)

INFORMATION
Title
Jujutsu Kaisen
Genre
Action, Award winning, Fantasy, Seinen 
Type
TV
Studio
MAPPA
Premiered
2020
Episode Count
24
Duration
23 min

Gakuganji is a grade-1 sorcerer and is the principal of Kyoto Jujutsu High School. He is extremely skilled and experienced. His cursed technique might not be that special. But, his experience gives him an upper hand in battle 

Most people tend to underestimate him but he always proves them wrong. Well! Like other Jujutsu higher-ups, he is against Itadori being kept alive. He REALLY HATES Gojo Saturo as well. 

 

2. Jiraiya (Naruto)

INFORMATION
Title
Naruto
Genre
Action, Adventure, Martial Arts, Shounen 
Type
TV
Studio
Pierrot
Premiered
2002
Episode Count
220
Duration
23 min.

How can we forget our favorite Jiraiya Sensei? Jiraiya is one of the Legendary Sanin and is regarded as one of the strongest characters in the Naruto Verse

He was the Hero of the 2nd Great Ninja War and is also the one who taught Naruto the Rasengan. Jiraiyas perverted nature gets him into trouble sometimes and he even sacrifices Narutos training just to peek at girls

His loyalty towards Konoha is something worth mentioning. He even threatened Tsunade that if she ever betrayed Konoha, hed kill her with his own hands, even though he loves her.

 

1. Joseph Joestar (Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure)

INFORMATION
Title
Jojos Bizarre Adventure: Stardust Crusaders
Genre
Action, Adventure, Shounen, Drama
Type
TV
Studio
David Production
Premiered
2014
Episode Count
24
Duration
24 min

Joseph Joestar is the protagonist of the 2nd Part of Jojos Bizarre Adventure, Battle Tendency. Well! In this part, he wasnt an old man. He was a young fellow. However, in the next parts, he serves as a supporting character, and ofc he got old as time passed by. 

Joseph is an extremely skilled Hamon user and is also a stand user. His stand is named Purple Hermit. He cares a lot about his family and would do anything to protect them. 

 

Conclusion

This concludes the list fellas. I wouldve loved to add even more characters. But, for the time being, you gotta make do with these!!

Sayonara! Peace!

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