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Split Personality Anime Characters

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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
    1,137
    235

    Deadman Wonderland

  • 2
    966
    239

    Touko Fukawa/Genocider Syo

    Danganronpa: The Animation

  • 3

    Fruits Basket

  • 4

    Rosario + Vampire

  • 5
    549
    161

    Seijuro Akashi

    Kuroko no Basket 

  • 6
    243
    50
    Bonebone added

    Reiner Braun

  • 7
    684
    256

    Zetsu

    Naruto

  • 8
    531
    192

    Dragon Ball

  • 9

    One Piece

  • 10

    Air Gear

  • 11
    252
    163

    Daisuke Niwa/Dark

    D.N. Angel

  • 12
    251
    163

    InuYasha

  • 13
    244
    163

    Hansel & Gretel

    Black Lagoon: The Second Barrage

  • 14

    Yu Yu Hakusho

  • 15
    168
    136

    Allelujah / Hallelujah Haptism

    Mobile Suit Gundam 00

  • 16
    164
    138

    Fubuki Shirou

    Inazuma Eleven

  • 17
    116
    155

    Harumi Chono / Maria

    Paranoia Agent

  • 18
    105
    144

    Sia/Kikyo

    Shuffle!

  • 19
    61
    143

    Jiyuu Nanohana/Jubei

    Jubei-Chan: The Ninja Girl