This year marks seven years since Xebec Zwei produced the OVA that introduced the anime world to Black Clover. Yūki Tabata’s successful manga follows a young boy’s dream to become the Wizard King. Studio Pierrot’s anime adaptation spans 170 episodes over four seasons. While we wait for the fifth season, Netflix will stream Black Clover: Sword of the Wizard King next month. In this beloved series, fans eagerly anticipate the appearances of the top Black Clover characters and their captivating journeys.
In light of Netflix’s release, I thought it might be fun to revisit some of our favorite characters. This was challenging, as Black Clover has a lot of memorable characters. Making online inquiries and reviewing several forums, we have come up with a pretty good list of fan favorites. This definitely means we missed some beloved characters.
As you review the post, please feel free to let me know your favorite Black Clover character. I would love to hear from you.
10. Yuno ‘Meal-Saving Prince’ Grinberryall
- Birthday: October 14 – left at church
- Anime First Appearance: Ep. 1 ‘Asta and Yuno’ (2017)
Orphaned, Yuno Grinberryall is the son of King Lyce and Queen Ciel. His family ruled the Spade Kingdom until the Dark Triad overthrew them. After the kingdom fell, Yuno came under the care of a church in Hage. A caring foster brother, he dreamed of one day becoming a Magic Knight of the Clover Kingdom. This was a dream he shared with his foster brother and story protagonist, Asta.
Yuno is a fit, average-height young man with black hair. He is a smart and capable fighter, who manipulates the wind using magic. His skills earned him a spot on the Clover Kingdom’s Golden Dawn and Royal Knights squads. Yuno would up his fighting game when he acquired the wind spirit, Sylph. His alertness and abilities would earn him the rank of Grand Magic Knight and Golden Dawn’s second captain.
Like a Phoenix, the ‘Meal-Saving Prince’ rose out of the ashes of adversity to become a powerful warrior. His growth resonates with fans, who continue to like Yuno Grinberryall.
9. Finral Roulacase
- Birthday: February 6
- Anime First Appearance: Ep.4 ‘The Magic Knights Entrance Exam’ (2017)
A nobleman of House Vaude, Finral Roulacase hails from the village of Tota. The eldest and heir apparent, his father favors his younger step-brother as next in line. Finral’s step-brother is powerful and assertive, traits House Vaude values. In order to prove himself to his father, Finral becomes a Magic Knight in the Black Bull squad. In spite of his step-brother’s favored status, the eldest son would take his rightful place as head of House Vaude.
Finral is a lanky young man, with droopy eyes and unruly brown hair. He is an unsuccessful womanizer. Shōnen requires that at least one character is gaga for the ladies. Despite being a wannabe Casanova, Finral is a powerful magic knight. He uses spatial magic, which allows him to teleport. With magical skill and the ability to boost physical strength, Finral is an asset to the Black Bull squad.
Over time, he matures to leave behind his womanizing ways to seek the love of Finesse Calmreich. Finral Roulacase is a popular Black Clover character. His character growth is a draw and why he is a staple on fans’ top ten lists.
8. Mereoleona ‘Uncrowned Undefeated Lioness’ Vermillion
- Birthday: July 26
- First Anime Appearance: Ep. 70 ‘Two New Stars’ (2019)
With a larger-than-life persona, Mereoleona’s warrior spirit masks her noble origins. She is the eldest daughter of House Vermillion. She is a member of the Clover Kingdom’s Crimson Lion Kings and Royal Knights squads. A bit short-tempered, her desire is to be strong against any opponent. However, her façade masks a kind and caring individual.
Almost six feet tall, Mereoleona has blue eyes and long red hair. She and her brothers have distinctive red markings around their eyes. Rough and rugged, she prefers the great outdoors to the politics of the Clover Kingdom. Reluctantly after her brother’s near-mortal wounding, Mereoleona would become the squad captain of the Crimson Lion Kings. She uses fire magic, which she shapes into a lion’s paw.
‘Uncrowned Undefeated Lioness’ is a model for anyone who desires to live free. Much like Asta, Mereoleona’s honest life makes her one of the best characters in Black Clover.
7. Charmy Pappitson
- Birthday: June 3
- First Anime Appearance: Ep. 6 ‘The Black Bulls’ (2017)
A dwarf-human hybrid, Charmy Pappitson packs a lot of personality into a small body. There is little known about her past. She would become a Black Bull after Yami Sukehiro had saved her. Since joining the team, Charmy spends most of her time seeking out and devouring food. This includes eating while the rest of the squad fights either among themselves or with others.
A petite woman, Charmy has shoulder-length black hair and green eyes. Yūki Tabata drew inspiration from his wife to create Charmy. She has a child-like appearance until activating Food Magic, where she grows into a mature woman. She has the ability to use both Cotton Magic and Creation Magic. This gives her the ability to create and manipulate cotton. Her skills are useful in supporting the fighting styles of the Black Bull squad members. Charmy is a 1st Class Junior Magic Knight of the Clover Kingdom.
Quirky, she stands out among the series towering figures. This trait sets Charmy Pappitson into favored status among fans of Black Clover.
6. Secre Swallowtail
- Birthday: June 18
- First Anime Appearance: Ep. 3 ‘To the Royal Capital of the Clover Kingdom!’ (2017)
Secre Swallowtail is one of my favorite Black Clover characters. An average magician of noble birth, she would become a servant to Prince Lemiel Silvamillion Clover. Their relationship would blossom into a close friendship. During a monster attack on the kingdom, she morphed into an anti-bird and transformed the mortally wounded prince into a statue. Five centuries pass and she cared for his effigy until joining Asta on his journey to become the Wizard King.
Secre has a human and anti-bird form. As a human, she is a short and lean woman with cropped black hair. Called Nero, her bird form resembles a small black bird with white and red facial markings. She prefers perching atop Asta’s head over flying to get around. Having used Forbidden Magic, she has two black horns sprouting from the sides of her head. Indifferent, Secre rarely becomes invested in the Black Bull squads’ antics.
Her astute but aloof personality is a perfect fit for the Black Bull squad’s team of misfits. Secre Swallowtail is quirky, which is one of many reasons why she has a loyal following.
5. Julius ‘Chronovala’ Novachrono
- Birthday: October 15
- First Anime Appearance: Ep. 3 ‘To the Royal Capital of the Clover Kingdom’ (2017)
The 28th Wizard King, Julius Novachrono is an unlikely candidate to be a nation’s ruler. He prefers to keep a child-like wonder over stuffy court life. His focus has its plusses and minuses. On one hand, the King goes out of his way to learn new magic from his subjects, including beloved Black Clover characters like Yami Sukehiro and Mereoleona. On the other hand, Julius’ lack of focus means that others have to refocus on the King. This task often falls to the King’s chief advisor, Marx Francios.
A middle-aged man, Julius is tall with short unkempt hair and purple eyes. A distinguishing feature of his is a six-pointed blue star on his forehead. This mark later fades [no spoilers]. Before ascending to the throne, Julius was a member of the Grey Deer squad. His abilities include Time Magic and Retraining Magic. In spite of his childish manner, Julius is the strongest Magical Knight in the Clover Kingdom.
The Wizard King, ‘Chronovala’ greatest strength is the ability to see the good and resilience in others. Julius Novachrono is pure of heart, which makes him one of anime’s great rulers.
4. Luck ‘Smiling Battle Maniac’ Voltia
- Birthday: October 11
- First Anime Appearance: Ep. 6 ‘The Black Bulls’ (2017)
Luck Voltia or ‘Smiling Battle Maniac’ hails from Yvon, a village in the Clover Kingdom. Born to commoners, his mother worried about her strange child. The child’s joyful manner made him appear to be sociopathic. His mother would accept his quirk after Luck pummeled a student of noble birth. This moment cut deep into Luck’s psyche and his desire to keep winning.
After his mother’s death, Luck wandered the kingdom until entering the Magic Knights exam. The fight almost killed his challenger, which caused the squad leaders to reject him except for one. As a Black Bull, Luck is a 5th Class Junior Knight. He is skillful in hand-to-hand combat and lightning magic. The “Smiling Battle Maniac’ is always challenging squad members to a fight. Luck is also the vessel for the elf spirit, Lufulu.
The ‘Smiling Battle Maniac’ is all about the thrill of winning the conflict. This is never at the expense of his squad members. A fun-loving persona, Luck Voltia is a favorite with anime and manga fans.
3. Yami ‘Destruction God’ Sukehir
- Birthday: September 17
- First Anime Appearance: Ep. 4 ‘The Magic Knights Entrance Exam’ (2017)
Yami Sukehiro is the Captain of the Black Bull squad. A shipwrecked fisherman, Yami would witness the Clover Kingdom’s social gaps. He would take up a life of petty crime until a chance meeting with the Kingdom’s future Wizard King. Julius Novachrono convinced the young man to become a Magic Knight. With abilities and faithfulness, the ‘Destruction God’ became the first captain of the Black Bull squad.
The ‘Destruction God’ is burly, born from years of swordplay and physical training. A razor-stubbled face and unkept black hair highlight his rugged physique. The best part of Yami’s traits is his nature, which is often reckless and atypical for a Captain. He is a master swordsman and brawler, who also welds Dark Magic. Despite being rough around the edges, Yami holds the respect of the other squad Captains.
Over the top at times, the ‘Destruction God’ cares for his charges. Yami Sukehiro is eccentric and overpowered but this never comes at the expense of his squad or the Clover Kingdom. Among the top Black Clover characters, Yami’s unique traits and unwavering loyalty make him a fan favorite.
2. Noelle ‘Sea Goddess’ Silva
- Birthday: November 15
- First Anime Appearance: Ep. 4 ‘The Magic Knights Entrance Exam’ (2017)
Noelle Silva, possibly, has the most growth of all the characters in the Black Clover series. She is the second daughter of the noble House Silva. Due to her lineage, Noelle did not have to compete in the Magic Knights exam. The catch was that she needed to enlist with the Black Bull squad instead of her brother’s Silver Eagle squad. Both insecure and entitled, Noelle took to the Black Bull squad like oil and water. This view would change, as she embraced her teammates to become a powerful magic knight.
A 15-year-old girl, the ‘Sea Goddess’ has a slim frame and pinkish-colored eyes. She wears her silver-colored hair pined to the sides, in a twin-tail fashion. Her magical skill uses water in both defensive and offensive combat. This is a power she learns to control with greater accuracy over time to become a powerful mage. Much like her personality evolution, she comes to care deeply for Asta. Initially, she viewed him as beneath her and unworthy of her time.
Intelligent and fierce, the ‘Sea Goddess’ is able to move beyond her comfort zone to become a valuable squad member. These qualities along with being cute add to the reasons why she is a popular Black Clover character.
- Birthday: October 4 – left at church
- First Anime Appearance: Ep. 1 ‘Asta and Yuna’ (2017)
A kind-hearted young lad, Asta is a magic-less mage who enlisted in the Black Bull squad. An orphan, he grew up in an orphanage in Hage. Growing up, Asta trained alongside Yuno and dreamed of one day becoming the Wizard King. After failing to receive a grimoire, one would appear to become his. The magic-less mage would gain the ability to nullify others’ magical powers. His unique ability would lead Asta on the path to becoming a powerful magic welder.
Short in stature, Asta is deceivingly strong. This comes from years of physical training, due to his lack of magical energy. He has green-colored eyes and tangled blonde hair. Overall, Asta is a powerhouse cased in a small package and he has the scars to prove it. In spite of his strength, the Clover Kingdom fears his anti-magic abilities. This is because anti-magic nullifies magic, which is problematic for a kingdom relying on magic to defend itself.
Generally, Asta has many of the traits one expects from a Shōnen hero. These values and the dozens of others were too lengthy for this post making Asta our favorite Black Clover character.
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