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- Tuxedo Kamen did this in the Sailor Moon S movie, after which he spouts a speech that's nonsensical even for him.
- Washuu in Magical Girl Pretty Sammy.
- One of the Gennai clones in Digimon Adventure 02 shows up on a sunny beach in Australia. He was dressed as Santa.
- The arc did take place around Christmas, though. Keep in mind that it's summer in Australia when it's winter in the northern hemisphere.
- The characters of Pokémon actually did meet Santa in one episode and helped save Christmas from Team Rocket.
- Because this special was made during Generation I, Stantler (a reindeer Pokemon) hadn't been introduced yet, so Santa's sleigh was pulled by a lone Ponyta (a horse Pokemon). Later specials saw him using Stantler instead.
- Ai Yori Aoshi: Kaoru spent Christmas with a real Santa (who, aside from being one of apparently several Santas, inexplicably looks like Aoi) in the prequel first episode of its second season, Ai Yori Aoshi: Enishi.
- And then there's the overload of Itsudatte My Santa!, where a character named Santa, born on the 24th and hating Christmas, meets Santa Mai, a Santa-in-training. Of course, in this version, the magic of Christmas apparently includes a Magical Girl transformation to a blonde with a rack and a caboose not found on any train set...
- In School Rumble, Harima, dressed as a Santa for a part-time job, appears out of nowhere to help some of the cast when they get stuck in the floor (and goes unrecognized).
- An imaginary Santa appears from time to time to Hayate the Combat Butler, representing his morals and work ethic. When Hayate decides to stop being such a nice guy, though...
- The Ichigo Mashimaro girls dress up as Santa and his reindeer (with Miu as Santa, naturally), to deliver a copy of Harry Potter to Matsuri...who still believes in Santa.
- In the OAV of Kashimashi: Girl Meets Girl, Yasuna dresses up as Santa, complete with flying reindeer magic supplied by Jan-puu, to give Hazumu and Tomari a Christmas-themed "wedding."
- In Kaitou Saint Tail, the Santa is Saint Tail in disguise.
- ...or a pet lizard (ep 12).
- A brief cartoon at the end of the first volume of Death Note has a costumed Light ask Ryuk what he wants for Christmas. Apparently, a 39,800 yen television for one of his plans is worth the price, but an Advance SP for Ryuk is too expensive.
Light: Since when do shinigami celebrate the birth of Christ?Ryuk: Winter in the human world sure is cold...Light: You bet it is...
- This naturally led to fan edits where Light kills Santa with the Death Note.
- Or parodies where he takes over the role of Santa, with Ryuk saying "I wanna be a reindeer."
- In Shenmue, once it gets around Christmas somebody in a Santa outfit starts wandering the streets. They're usually drunk off their ass at night.
- During one episode of Azumanga Daioh, the girls discuss whether or not Chiyo (a ten-year-old) still believes in Santa. Her answer is that she already knows "Santa" is her dad. Cut to Sakaki's imagination, as Chiyo-Dad (a giant, flat orange cat) pops up in a Santa hat: "Merry Chrismasu!"
- Finland dresses up as Santa in Axis Powers Hetalia for the Christmas Episode.
- In the opening sequence of Baccano! Miria Harvent is robbing a candy store disguised as Santa.
- Gintama has five characters become all dress up as Santa and visit the same house at the same time. Hilarity Ensues.
- You're Under Arrest! has an episode where a burglar goes around dressed as Santa.
- In the final episode of the Magician's Academy anime, the absent principal of the school is revealed to be Santa Claus.
- The Big O had a Christmas episode of sorts, in which a mad scientist dressed as Santa Claus genetically engineers a giant Christmas tree with attack tentacles... because of reasons.
- Taken literally in Sword Art Online, where in Kirito goes to fight a field boss called Nicholas the Renegade, which looks like extremely tall, axe wielding Santa Claus, he even spawns by jumping off a reindeer sleigh.
- In GoGo Sentai Boukenger, Akashi/Bouken Red randomly runs into Santa Claus...who happens to be a ditzy teenage girl in a miniskirt who provides the monster of the week, the Golem.
- Subverted in the recent series, Kaizoku Sentai Gokaiger; the Gokaigers meet a seemingly ordinary street Santa while doing their shopping, right before the episode's plot kicks off. While this Santa isn't actually the real deal, he does provide a special present to the Gokaigers at the end of the episode: the Battle Fever J Ultimate Power (since "Santa" is actually Battle Kenya).
- In the Christmas Episode of Kamen Rider Wizard, Santa inexplicably appears in the Victim of the Week's Mental World and gives Wizard a gift. Wizard then takes it back to the real world and finds it's a Ring of Power (much like the ones he uses on a regular basis) which basically creates a Christmas Miracle before vanishing. He wonders if he perhaps ran into the real Santa, as all of this is incredibly fantastic even by his standards.
- In case 4 of Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney, Phoenix and Maya run into a man in a Santa costume at Gourd Lake Park, who turns out to be Wright's friend Larry Butz (introduced in case 1).
- The initial antagonist of Advance Wars dressed up like Santa in the Japanese version of the game, but they never made a joke about it. In the English version, however, he dresses like a general should...but everyone calls him Santa Claus.
- In the Hideo Kojima video game Snatcher, the main character runs into a police informant disguised as Santa.
- Not quite an encounter, but in the game .hack//Quarantine there is a field on the Omega Server where you can see Santa flying through the air in his sleigh.
- Occasionally, you can see Santa flying in the background in Mortal Kombat 9. If you get a double flawless victory then, you get a secret battle. No, not with Santa Claus, with Classic Reptile.
- Santa appears twice in Serious Sam: The Second Encounter as a secret encounter in the snowy mountain village level. Shooting him causes him to drop power-ups.
- He also appears a third time in the same level, stuck in a chimney. Shooting him with a rocket launcher frees him and triggers another secret.
- In Secret of Mana, the Frost Gigas, a major boss in the game, is revealed after you defeat him to be Santa Claus, who turned into a monster because little children stopped believing in him. Seriously...well, that and he was being affected by tainted magic.