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5 times Santa Claus made surprising cameos in anime!

Aria, Shino and Suzu dressed for Christmas
Seitokai Yakuindomo, Season 2, Episode 11 || Credits: Seitokai Yakuindomo IMDb

Have you been a good or naughty otaku this year?

Ho! Ho! Ho! It’s me, Santa Liz!

Christmas time is finally here! Time to prepare cookies and milk, go to bed early and wait for your gifts!

What? Don’t you believe in Santa Claus? You should think it over because I know some anime characters who have met him in person!

Remember that some of the best episodes are where Santa Claus made a surprising cameo!

Cruel Santa (Hayate The Combat Butler)

Hayate The Combat Butler, Anime: Santa Claus talks to Hayate
Hayate The Combat Butler, Season 1, Episode 1 || Credits: Hayate The Combat Butler Fandom Wiki

Crazy animes seem to be Santa’s home! In Hayate The Combat Butler, Father Christmas appears before the young Hayate with words that hurt more than finding out he isn’t real!

Hayate asks why he didn’t receive a Christmas gift, and Santa Claus states it’s because he is poor. Plus, the only way to change his fate is through work. After that, he casually floats away.

I know we must work hard to succeed, but Santa should give kids toys, not emotional scars! 😂

Helpful Santa (Miss Monochrome)

Miss Monochrome might be an android, but she has dreams too!

One day, this adorable Idol meets a mysterious man who helps her record her first CD. Once it’s done, she and her manager try to sell it on the streets, and she even performs for everyone to see!

Even though she isn’t successful in sales, her song captivated her first fan! Is it the best Christmas present for an Idol?

The old man, who kept watching Miss Monochrome from afar, is Santa Claus in disguise!

Santa Claus and his Reindeer (Gintama)

Gintama, anime: Ben, Gintoki and Santa Claus
Gintama, Season 1, Episode 37 || Gintama IMDb

It’s Christmas Eve, and while Gintoki is walking on the street at night, he finds an old man in red clothes and his weird humanoid companion arguing.

After a good beating to calm them down and some drinks, the old man explains he is Santa Claus and he and his reindeer Ben can’t do their job because their sleigh is broken.

Gintoki decides to help the duo, but ends up making things much worse!

Ecchi Santa (Seitokai Yakuindomo)

Coming from an anime where the girls are deeply interested in ecchi subjects, Saint Nick could only act accordingly.

The main characters are gathered in Aria's house to celebrate Christmas and exchange gifts. While Tsuda-kun chose beautiful necklaces for the girls, what he received in return started vibrating inside the box.

In his brief passage, Santa Claus drops a gift in Tsuda's hands. The group is surprised and curious at first, but soon the gift shakes suspiciously, just like the other naughty gifts.

Muscle Santa (Kyouran Kazoku Nikki)

Kyouran Kazoku Nikki, Anime: Kyouka, Ginka and Ouka dressed for Christmas
Kyouran Kazoku Nikki, Season 1, Episode 21 || Credits: Kyôran Kazoku Nikki IMDb

In Kyouran Kazoku Nikki, Santa Claus is a huge, muscular man immune to missiles and capable of shooting balls of energy from his hands!

The only one who matches his power is the little cat girl, Kyouka Midarezaki!

Merry Christmas

Traditionally, Santa Claus is more related to western culture, and his appearance and the tales about him may change from one country to another.

And the best part is that Japanese authors can be very creative and come up with fun scenes like the ones above!

How do you like these kind of funny moments in anime? I love watching Christmas specials during the holiday season, and if you do too, I hope you like these recommendations!

May Santa Claus bring you marvelous gifts, but if he doesn’t, I’m always ready to send you amazing anime loot EVERY MONTH! 😁

Images from IMDb, Hayate The Combat Butler Wiki

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