Welcome to our article on the 20+ most popular symbols in anime of all time! Symbols play a significant role in anime, representing themes, emotions, and concepts that resonate with viewers.
From the iconic Naruto’s forehead protector to the five leaf clover and Dragon Balls, these symbols have become ingrained in pop culture.
In this article, we will explore these beloved symbols and their meanings, highlighting their impact on the anime community.
Whether you’re a long-time anime fan or new to the world of anime, this article will introduce you to some of the most recognizable and cherished symbols in the industry. So, let’s dive into the world of anime symbols and discover the fascinating stories behind them!
List of the Coolest Anime Symbols, Ranked
- List of the Coolest Anime Symbols, Ranked
- 22. Claymore Insignia
- 21. Gurren Laagan logo
- 20. Fire Force Symbol
- 19. Black Butler Insignia
- 18. Akame ga Kill Symbol
- 17. Soul Eater Logo
- 16. The Seven Deadly Sins Symbol
- 15. Overlord Symbol
- 14. Berserk Insignia
- 13. Code Geass Logo
- 12. Lawliet Symbol (Death Note)
- 11. Hunter x Hunter Logo
- 10. Black Clover Symbol
- 9. Fairy Tail Insignia
- 8. Bleach Insignia
- 7. Fullmetal Alchemist Symbol
- 6. My Hero Academia Logo
- 5. Naruto Symbol
- 4. One Piece Logo
- 3. Dragon Ball Symbol
- 2. Attack on Titan Insignia
- 1. Akatsuki Symbol (Naruto Shippuden)
22. Claymore Insignia
Claymore is an underrated dark fantasy anime series about revenge and retribution. The main group in the anime is called the Claymore, which comprises female warriors with demon blood in them. Their duty is to use their powers to defeat supernatural enemies called Youma. Each of the warriors is assigned a symbol, which acts as an insignia for the group. The image above is the one our main character possesses.
21. Gurren Laagan logo
The Gurren Lagann logo is bold and lively. The logo’s sharp, angular lines and brilliant colors convey the show’s intensity and energy. Each letter of “Gurren Lagann” is stylized and powerful. It features the sunglasses, which reference Kamina, one of the most popular characters in the series.
20. Fire Force Symbol
Death by fire is one of the most feared ways to die in the world of fire force. Why? Because random people get burned, become firey devils, and die a painful death. The ones who put their souls to rest are the firefighters from the Fire Force Company. The logo of that company is a cartoony skull with burn marks.
19. Black Butler Insignia
Black Butler used to be insanely popular back in the day, but I wouldn’t be surprised if the new gen fans couldn’t recognize the above symbol. This cool looking magic circle is present in the eyes of our protagonist, Ciel Phantomhive. It signifies his deal with a demon named Sebastian.
18. Akame ga Kill Symbol
The rebel group Nightraid is a group of skilled fighters who rebel against the tyranny of the government. They are the good guys who are treated as evil. However, they don’t mind. Their goal is to rid the corrupted officials and assassinate them in the cold of the night. The above image shows their insignia.
17. Soul Eater Logo
Soul Eater has one of the funkiest symbols in all of anime. As a matter of fact, the entire anime is full of lively art styles and dynamic animation sequences. You wouldn’t really be able to tell that the show is actually a 15+ year old series! It’s that good. What you are seeing is a picture of a soul with facial features.
16. The Seven Deadly Sins Symbol
This is the insignia that is present as a tattoo on all the members of the Seven Deadly Sins group. As their name suggests, each of the members has a sin. But despite the scary backstory, they are a fun bunch with a pervy captain. That said, the story gets dark and dramatic near the end, which makes it a great shonen series.
15. Overlord Symbol
I’m going to assume that not many anime fans know about this symbol. Despite being a popular show, Overlord barely uses its symbol in the anime. You’ll see it in the logo, and that’s about it. Regardless, it’s a cool looking one that is perfect to be made into a tattoo.
14. Berserk Insignia
If any anime symbol had deep meaning, it would be this one. Breserk’s Brand of Sacrifice symbol plays a crucial role in the Invocation of Doom ritual. It signifies those chosen to transcend humanity and become apostles or members of the God Hand. This powerful symbol is marked on individuals who will undergo the sacrificial ceremony, severing their ties to humanity.
During the ritual, someone dear to the summoner is sacrificed to fulfill the dark creatures’ thirst for life. The sacrificial act binds the summoner to the forces of darkness, granting them immense power. For God Hand members, the life force of the deceased is harnessed to facilitate their transformation. The Brand of Sacrifice represents the tragic and transformative nature of the ritual in the world of Berserk.
13. Code Geass Logo
Code Geass is a classic mecha anime with a genius plot and an amazing male lead. The show revolves around the power of “geass.” Once our MC obtained this ability, his eyes got the above symbol. Whenever he uses his ability to control the minds of people, we see this symbol beautifully animated to describe the process of mind takeover.
12. Lawliet Symbol (Death Note)
L, also known as Lawliet, is one of the main characters in the Death Note series. He is a genius detective who works in the shadows. He uses the above logo to represent him whenever he is doing video calls. While we get to see L in the flesh, the people in the anime’s world only identify him with this beautifully designed symbol.
11. Hunter x Hunter Logo
Hunter x Hunter is a fan favorite shounen anime series where we have this group called “hunters.” There are different types of hunters. Some are adventurer types, some are assassin types and some are even gourmet hunters. One thing they all have in common is that they have this card from the Hunter Association with which they can identify each others.
10. Black Clover Symbol
There couldn’t be a more self explanatory symbol than this one from Black Clover. It is literally a black color clover leaf that has five leaves. It represents a grimoire with a demon in it. This is also the symbol present in the main character’s grimoire book, which gives him anti-magic powers.
9. Fairy Tail Insignia
This anime symbol means so much more to Fairy Tail fans. This is the insignia of the fairy tail guild, where our main characters are present. Throughout the series, this symbol is the proof of their bond. Despite being individuals with different goals and different ethnicities, the guild members treat each other like family.
8. Bleach Insignia
This symbol from the Bleach anime series represents the Shinigami, the soul reapers who are the major group in the show. Each shinigami member has a badge that looks similar to the image above. Except, it won’t have the blue, fiery aura or anything. It is a simple wooden carving.
7. Fullmetal Alchemist Symbol
Next up, we’ve got the infamous Ouroboros symbol from the FMAB anime series. This is the insignia of the homunculus characters in the show. The homunculus, the seven sins in FMA, are working for the evil “Father.” They are easily one of the most powerful and memorable villian groups in all of anime.
6. My Hero Academia Logo
Given the popularity of the My Hero Academia series, I figured I should add this one to the top 10. This is the logo of the UA high school where our main characters study. UA is the best hero school in the MHA world because it produces top-notch heroes who protect people from villains.
5. Naruto Symbol
This is one of the most famous symbols in anime. Most of the characters in the Naruto series have this mark engraved in their headbands. It represents the ninja village they are from. Owing to its popularity, you can find several Naruto merchandise items with this insignia on them.
4. One Piece Logo
One Piece is the talk of the town in 2023. Luffy is about to go gear 5 and beat Kaido. The Wano arc is nearing a glorious end, and thanks to that, more and more fans are beginning to watch the show. So, without a doubt, this simple logo with a skull and straw hat is one of the most popular symbols in anime.
3. Dragon Ball Symbol
I was a little confused about which symbol to add here because Goku’s gi shirts have different symbols at different parts of the story. These symbols have kanji (Japanese) words in them. They are usually the names of Goku’s masters, who taught him martial arts techniques in the story.
2. Attack on Titan Insignia
Here is the iconic symbol from the Attack on Titan anime series. This is the insignia of the survey corps, which fights for humanity’s freedom. This is why the logo has wings, which represent the “wings of freedom.” The above image features yet another anime logo that has been virally selling merchandise like hoodies and night lamps.
1. Akatsuki Symbol (Naruto Shippuden)
Finally, at number 1, we have the infamous Akatsuki gang’s symbol from the Naruto Shippuden anime series. This cute cloud might not exactly give you an evil aura, but the people who use this symbol as their banner sure do. One of the most notorious villain groups in the anime world are the Akatsuki, who give the good guys a tough time in Naruto.