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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
    41,107
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    Kushina Uzumaki is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Female Anime Characters
    27,412
    13,244

    Kushina Uzumaki

    Naruto Shippūden
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    Hinata Hyuga is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Female Anime Characters
    43,458
    21,897
    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
    31,457
    15,422

    Saber

    Fate/Stay Night
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    Akeno Himejima is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Female Anime Characters
    25,994
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    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
    40,166
    21,763

    Rias Gremory

    Highschool DxD
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    Mirajane Strauss is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Female Anime Characters
    41,475
    21,645
    fairy tail
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    Touka Kirishima is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Female Anime Characters
    19,472
    7,189

    Touka Kirishima

    Tokyo Ghoul
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  • 9
    Erza Scarlet is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Female Anime Characters
    26,400
    6,360

    Erza Scarlet

    Fairy Tale
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  • 10
    Kaguya Shinomiya is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Female Anime Characters
    2,710
    893
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    Tsunade is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Female Anime Characters
    27,278
    14,601

    Tsunade

    Naruto, Naruto Shippūden
    Tsunade is a fictional character in the anime and manga franchise Naruto created by Masashi...amazon buy button
  • 12
    Lucy Heartfilia is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Female Anime Characters
    36,191
    21,239

    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
    3,572
    1,044

    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
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    731
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  • 15
    Mai Sakurajima is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Female Anime Characters
    3,550
    747
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  • 16
    Akame is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Female Anime Characters
    10,248
    3,842

    Akame

    Akame Ga Kill
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  • 17
    Rin Tosaka is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Female Anime Characters
    15,607
    7,944
    Fate/Stay Night
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  • 18
    Himiko Toga is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Female Anime Characters
    3,858
    1,430
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  • 19
    Esdeath is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Female Anime Characters
    11,135
    5,423

    Esdeath

    Akame ga Kill
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  • 20
    Winry Rockbell is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Female Anime Characters
    27,659
    17,252

    Winry Rockbell

    Fullmetal Alchemist
    Winry Rockbell is a fictional character from the Fullmetal Alchemist manga series and its... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
  • 21
    Taiga Aisaka is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Female Anime Characters
    22,239
    12,030

    Taiga Aisaka

    Toradora!
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  • 22
    Nico Robin is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Female Anime Characters
    14,628
    9,622

    Nico Robin

    One Piece
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  • 23
    Mitsuha Miyamizu is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Female Anime Characters
    1,800
    664

    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
    21,669
    13,396
    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
    18,429
    10,999

    Levy Mcgarden

    Fairy Tail
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