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Split Personality Anime Characters

Updated September 22, 2020 10.9k votes 3.2k voters 42.8k views19 items

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Given that many anime tackle adult subject matter, it makes sense many series explore mental illness through anime characters with split personalities. Anime characters with DID, or dissociative identity disorder, sport two independent personalities; often this internal turmoil serves as a primary plot line for an anime series. Characters in anime with multiple personalities may all sport clashing personas, but each one gains them in a different way. In order to deal with post-traumatic stress or anxiety, some characters construct a new side of themselves to cope. More fantasy or sci-fi oriented series rely on a a character's "possession" by another spirit or entity, who entwines its own personality with another's.

As is the case with many mentally ill characters, not every single anime character with multiple personalities properly depicts the real struggles of mental illness. Below you'll find different anime characters who deal with split personalities in each episode. Ranging between comedic roles and psychological ones, DID anime characters highlight another way anime explores human nature. It doesn't always get it right, but like split personalities, there's always more than one side to consider.

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  • 1
    Shiro
    1,168
    228

    Deadman Wonderland

  • 2
    Touko Fukawa/Genocider Syo
    892
    225

    Touko Fukawa/Genocider Syo

    Danganronpa: The Animation

  • 3
    Moka Akashiya
    856
    246

    Rosario + Vampire

  • 4
    Hatsuharu Sohma
    680
    195

    Fruits Basket

  • 5
    Seijuro Akashi
    528
    160

    Seijuro Akashi

    Kuroko no Basket 

  • 6
    Zetsu
    704
    258

    Zetsu

    Naruto

  • 7
    Launch
    572
    205

    Dragon Ball

  • 8
    Cavendish of the White Horse/Hakuba
    347
    177

    One Piece

  • 9
    Suikotsu
    272
    172

    InuYasha

  • 10
    Daisuke Niwa/Dark
    269
    171

    Daisuke Niwa/Dark

    D.N. Angel

  • 11
    Hansel & Gretel
    253
    164

    Hansel & Gretel

    Black Lagoon: The Second Barrage

  • 12
    Akito/Agito Wanijima
    253
    165

    Air Gear

  • 13
    Shinobu Sensui
    221
    163

    Yu Yu Hakusho

  • 14
    Allelujah / Hallelujah Haptism
    178
    145

    Allelujah / Hallelujah Haptism

    Mobile Suit Gundam 00

  • 15
    Reiner Braun
    32
    8

    Reiner Braun

  • 16
    Fubuki Shirou
    140
    143

    Fubuki Shirou

    Inazuma Eleven

  • 17
    Sia/Kikyo
    111
    154

    Sia/Kikyo

    Shuffle!

  • 18
    Harumi Chono / Maria
    104
    168

    Harumi Chono / Maria

    Paranoia Agent

  • 19
    Jiyuu Nanohana/Jubei
    64
    143

    Jiyuu Nanohana/Jubei

    Jubei-Chan: The Ninja Girl