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The Best Female Anime Characters

Updated October 12, 2020 2.2m votes 201.9k voters 4.5m views255 items

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List of the best female anime characters. These are some of the most powerful anime characters who are attractive, intelligent, or simply formidable. Feminists will love these strong anime characters. From ferocious females to lovely vampire anime ladies, they’re all here in this list of the best female anime characters found on TV and in film. Along with all of the anime girl names, you'll see which TV show or film they appeared in, their powers and abilities and the illustrator who created them. You'll find plenty of anime girls with red hair, blonde anime girls, raven-haired, and even blue-haired anime girls.

Did you know that anime is a relatively old medium? It has, cool anime characters have been around since the early 1900s, although anime as viewers enjoy it today didn’t begin to hit the mainstream until around the 1980s. Some of the original anime programs, including “Dragon Ball” (which began airing in 1986), had more male leads than female, but they paved the way for the best anime women that you know and love today. One of the most popular anime programs, “Sailor Moon,” began airing in 1995, and it featured female anime leads almost exclusively.

Today’s great female anime characters are known as such for a variety of reasons. Some, including C.C. from “Code Geass,” are mysterious and humorous. Others, such as Motoko Kusanagi from “Ghost in the Shell,” are powerful yet sexual. In fact, many of the sexiest anime characters are so hot because they are powerful. Whatever characteristics these best female anime characters have, however, they’re always one thing -- memorable.

This list includes the best female anime characters in history. From the strong to the cool and the sweet, these anime female characters have earned their places on the list thanks to their long-lasting popularity. Which one of these popular anime characters are your favorite? 

 

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  • 1
    Erza Knightwalker is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Female Anime Characters
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    Kushina Uzumaki is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Female Anime Characters
    27,402
    13,237

    Kushina Uzumaki

    Naruto Shippūden
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    Hinata Hyuga is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Female Anime Characters
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    Hinata Hyuga is a fictional character in the anime and manga franchise Naruto created by...amazon buy button
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    Saber is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Female Anime Characters
    31,449
    15,420

    Saber

    Fate/Stay Night
    Saber is a fictional character from the Japanese visual novel and anime series Fate/stay night... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
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    Akeno Himejima is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Female Anime Characters
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    13,674

    Akeno Himejima

    High School DxD, High School DxD
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    Rias Gremory is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Female Anime Characters
    40,153
    21,760

    Rias Gremory

    Highschool DxD
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    Mirajane Strauss is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Female Anime Characters
    41,463
    21,641
    fairy tail
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    Touka Kirishima is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Female Anime Characters
    19,465
    7,181

    Touka Kirishima

    Tokyo Ghoul
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    Erza Scarlet is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Female Anime Characters
    26,387
    6,358

    Erza Scarlet

    Fairy Tale
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  • 10
    Kaguya Shinomiya is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Female Anime Characters
    2,698
    890
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    Tsunade is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Female Anime Characters
    27,268
    14,596

    Tsunade

    Naruto, Naruto Shippūden
    Tsunade is a fictional character in the anime and manga franchise Naruto created by Masashi...amazon buy button
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    Lucy Heartfilia is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Female Anime Characters
    36,181
    21,234

    Lucy Heartfilia

    Fairy Tail
    Lucy Heartfilia is a fictional character from a Japanese manga series Fairy Tail.amazon buy button
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     Una matta e una cjongliona se is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Female Anime Characters
    3,556
    1,041

    Una matta e una cjongliona senza vita e una troia

    The female protagonist from the gambling anime "Kakegurui"
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  • 14
    Shouko Nishimiya is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Female Anime Characters
    2,517
    728
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  • 15
    Mai Sakurajima is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Female Anime Characters
    3,542
    743
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  • 16
    Akame is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Female Anime Characters
    10,237
    3,839

    Akame

    Akame Ga Kill
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    Rin Tosaka is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Female Anime Characters
    15,603
    7,942
    Fate/Stay Night
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  • 18
    Esdeath is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Female Anime Characters
    11,129
    5,417

    Esdeath

    Akame ga Kill
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    Himiko Toga is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Female Anime Characters
    3,844
    1,425
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  • 20
    Winry Rockbell is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Female Anime Characters
    27,655
    17,246

    Winry Rockbell

    Fullmetal Alchemist
    Winry Rockbell is a fictional character from the Fullmetal Alchemist manga series and its... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
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    Taiga Aisaka is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Female Anime Characters
    22,233
    12,025

    Taiga Aisaka

    Toradora!
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    Nico Robin is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Female Anime Characters
    14,623
    9,619

    Nico Robin

    One Piece
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    Mitsuha Miyamizu is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Female Anime Characters
    1,798
    658

    Mitsuha Miyamizu

    Kimi no na wa (Your Name)

    Mitsuha is generally a kind individual like Taki. She is a very determined person, sometimes persistent, and is also adventurous. Mitsuha wants to live in the city, because she is desperately getting tired of the country side.

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    Yoruichi Shihouin is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Female Anime Characters
    21,664
    13,393
    Yoruishi Shihouin is a fictional character in the anime and manga series Bleach.amazon buy button
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    Levy Mcgarden is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Female Anime Characters
    18,427
    10,994

    Levy Mcgarden

    Fairy Tail
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