Top 10 Anime Cyborgs

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Written by Shiggins
Lao Tzu once said “the journey of a thousand miles begins with one step”. What he failed to mention however was that sometimes you can’t use your own feet, and must use a robotic one that you got from a mechanic or a mad scientist. And today, we’re going to celebrate the people who had no other choice but to do so! Or maybe they did choose so!
For those of you who don’t know, cyborgs are living people with mechanical limbs, organs, skin or whatever else. If a character has a metal arm instead of a living one, they can be considered for the top 10. So just relax and enjoy God’s greatest fourth-greatest creation in fiction… the cyborg!

Note: This list is only counting anime series, not movies. So, there is no Ghost in the Shell.

10. Jet Black (Cowboy Bebop)
“I hate stories like that. Men only think about the past right before their death. As if they were searching frantically for proof that they were alive.”

I doubt I’ll ever get bored of writing about Cowboy Bebop, the charming and engrossing saga of some criminals as they travel through space and deal with alien problems in an adventure that could almost be mistaken for Red Dwarf’s badass cousin. And speaking of badass, we’re going to talk about Spike’s best friend, Jet!

Is the badass scar a cyborg part too? If so, I’m ordering 20.

Once a former police officer that got the Robocop treatment, Jet Black works as a bounty hunter and reluctant chef for the spaceship Bebop with Spike Spiegel, trying to maintain order as the ship is filled with pesky women, kids and dogs during their story. Disgusted by the corruption of his fellow officers and missing the love of his life, Jet ran off to become a vigilante and became half of one of anime’s greatest all-time bromances.

9. Wall Eehto (Fairy Tail)

“I am the elite Machias, Wall-sama! Never underestimate me!”

This is a special case and one I debated having appear on my list, but I’m being lenient here. A member of the “Machias” race in Earth Land, Wall serves under Zeref during the Alvarez Empire arc and is considered one of his best warriors. Made of organic metal, which is probably an example of bad science, Wall has the power to alter his body into different attack modes and even control an ugly Gru-like puppet from far away.

Most importantly, he has Zappy Fingers!

Handsome, cruel and batshit insane, Wall is a favourite that I’m sure many will disagree with but I defend regardless. He’s such a fun, kooky character and it’s so refreshing to have a nutjob just get to cut loose, in this day and age where most of our villains have to be sympathetic in some manner. Wall is all crazy all the time and I love him for that. Not the deepest character, but he’s got a few screws loose and that’s what gets him here.

8. Rudol Von Stroheim (Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure)
“German science is the greatest in the world!”

Oh yeah, spoiler alert. Nazis in WW2 could build cyborgs! I wish history had taught me about that instead of suffragettes and stuff, because it turns out we had a lot to learn from Nazis if they had cyborg majors! In Part 2 of Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure, the quirky hero Joseph Joestar comes across this dude while fighting against the forces of “The Pillar Men” and despite the fact he is literally a Nazi, the two do form a surprisingly respectful alliance.

The only cool Nazi ever. (I felt dirty writing that…)

What’s truly surprising about Stroheim (besides his amount of death scenes) is how likeable he is, and how much of an asset he becomes for the protagonists despite who he is most allied with. This is a Nazi, the ultimate symbol of evil and violence, yet Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure actually took the huge risk of making him a fun character with honour and dignity. This move could have so easily backfired and felt ridiculous, but Stroheim proved to be a winner for the series and worthy of our respect.

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