While watching anime, you might have some guesses about anime character heights. Often, those guesses are on point, but sometimes your guesses are a little - or a lot - off base. There are some seriously surprising anime character heights out there. For example, did you know that Brook from One Piece is over nine feet tall? What about the frightening fact that Dragonite from Pokémon is half the height of Dragonair, who it evolves from? Yeah, it gets weird.
This list only includes characters with official canon heights. So, despite how distressingly tall as the characters from xxxHolic appear to be, they aren't on the list, because without knowing for sure if CLAMP intended for Watanuki to be nine feet tall, it's impossible to know if it's truly surprising.
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Toshinori Yagi Is Tall AND Ripped
All Might, also known as Toshinori Yagi, is probably the largest character in My Hero Academia aside from Mt. Lady, but a lot of fans don't realize quite how tall he is. The professional hero-turned-teacher stands at an impressive seven-foot, two inches. This is terrifying, but it isn't obvious - when he's in his massive, muscular form, you're paying more attention to his impressive physique, and when he loses that form, he's so hunched over that his full height isn't obvious.
Nagisa Hazuki Is 5'5", Which Is Totally Normal Compared To His Friends
Nagisa Hazuki of Free! Iwatobi Swim Club is shorter than all of his friends, who range from around 5'8'' to over six feet tall. Because Nagisa looks so much smaller, it's easy to assume that he's something like 5'2" or 5'3" - but actually, Nagisa is 5'5", a totally normal height for a Japanese 16-year-old. He's not as tiny as he seems - he's just surrounded by hulking oceanic beasts in high school school uniforms.
Nicolas Brown Is Deceptively Short
Nicolas Brown, the protagonist of Gangsta, is about 5'5". Not only is this fairly unusual for a 34-year-old man, it's also just not apparent from the anime itself. In the above image, Nicolas (the dude covered in blood towering over everyone else) actually looks taller than Worick, who is almost six feet tall. The characters are often walking with significant distance between each other, which confuses viewer's perspective. Also, they spend a lot of time flipping around in the air. For those reasons, it's pretty easy to watch all of Gangsta without ever noticing that Nicolas is on the short side.
It's obvious that Piccolo from the Dragon Ball Universe is tall, but exactly how tall might come as a surprise. Since he's a Namekian amongst humans, Saiyans, and Androids, it's sort of hard to gauge how tall he should be or actually is. That said, most viewers estimated Piccolo to be maybe 6'6" tall. Those estimates are dramatically wrong. The dude is 7' 5", roughly a foot taller than anyone might have reasonably assumed. Keep in mind that Vegeta is 5'3" - Piccolo's taller than him, but he's not the same height as Vegeta with Baby Trunks standing on his shoulders.