Anime Underground

15 Anime Characters Who Probably Smoke Weed  

Anna Lindwasser
2.5k votes 712 voters 12.2k views 15 items

List Rules Vote up the characters who you're convinced are locked in a kush coma.

There are plenty of anime series out there that are much more fun to watch while stoned, and one has to wonder, do the characters in those shows ever smoke weed themselves? 

Realistically, the answer is probably no. Drug use is heavily stigmatized in Japan, and the legal consequences for recreational cannabis use can be pretty steep. Because of this, Japanese media doesn't usually depict drug use, and when drugs do impact an anime story line, it's often not a lot of fun.

That said, it's hard not to think of some characters as total potheads, particularly Stoner from Eureka Seven. Yes, that's his actual name. So, while there most likely aren't many characters who definitely, canonically do indulge in laughing grass, there are plenty of anime characters who probably smoke weed, or at least totally would if given the chance. 

Mugen is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list 15 Anime Characters Who Probably Smoke Weed
Photo:  Samurai Champloo/Manglobe

Mugen of Samurai Champloo has definitely gotten high at least once. He was part of a group that got ripped out of their minds after a field of what looked to be dank nug was set ablaze. While an accidental contact high does not a stoner make, Mugen's aggressively anti-authoritarian attitude fits nicely with the whole weed thing. He's definitely the type to light up just to stick it to someone who told him not to.

More Mugen

#9 of 111 on The Best Anime Swordsman of All Time #17 of 82 on The Best Black Anime Characters of All Time #85 of 113 on The Best Anime Characters With Brown Hair #3 of 20 on The 20 Best 'Chaotic Neutral' Anime Characters of All Time

Is this character a secret stoner?
see more on Mugen
Shikamaru Nara is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list 15 Anime Characters Who Probably Smoke Weed
Photo:  Naruto/Studio Pierrot

Why is everything such a drag for Naruto's Shikamaru Nara? There are a lot of reasons, but one of them is that he's probably smoking way too much weed. Seriously, this guy spends most of his free time spacing out and staring at clouds. You only do that if you're a nephologist, an artist, or a pothead. 

The Yamanakas are some of his family's closest friends, and they specialize in growing and selling plants. There's probably a special Yamanaka strain that Ino, Choji, and Shikamaru spent most their adolescence inhaling. Sure, they risked getting murdered by Shikamaru's mom, but like true ninja in training, they always got away with it. As an adult, he and Temari occasionally eat pot brownies after Shikadai goes to bed.

More Shikamaru Nara

#7 of 133 on The Best Naruto Characters #27 of 114 on 50+ Anime Characters Who Deserve Their Own Show #69 of 360 on The Hottest Anime Guys of All Time #18 of 1136 on The Very Best Anime Characters

Is this character a secret stoner?
see more on Shikamaru Nara
3 139 VOTES
Stoner — Eureka Seven
Stoner is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list 15 Anime Characters Who Probably Smoke Weed
Photo:  Eureka Seven/Studio Bones

Stoner of Eureka Seven is basically cannabis incarnate. His given name is actually Stoner, and he spends most of his time rambling about his extremely leftist political views. While Stoner is never explicitly shown rolling blunts, he does smoke cigarettes, which could technically contain just about anything.

Is this character a secret stoner?
Taizou Hasegawa is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list 15 Anime Characters Who Probably Smoke Weed
Photo:  Gintama/Sunrise

While just about everyone in Gintama (besides Shinpachi) probably smokes pot occasionally, the most obvious stoner is Taizou Hasegawa, AKA MADAO, which is short for marude damena ossan (roughly, "totally hopeless old guy" in English). After losing his government job, Hasegawa wanders around aimlessly, taking on odd jobs and sleeping in the park. Hasegawa is a dead ringer for the "lazy pothead" stereotype. 

More Taizou Hasegawa

#9 of 15 on 15 Anime Characters Who Hit Rock Bottom #6 of 14 on The 14 Most Unlucky Characters In Anime #5 of 14 on 14 Anime Characters Who Are Intensely Pessimistic #9 of 46 on List of All Gin Tama Characters, Best to Worst

Is this character a secret stoner?
see more on Taizou Hasegawa