Anime Underground 15 Anime With Strong Female Characters  

Elise Yeakley
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What's better than discovering an anime containing action, excitement, and women who can stand their own? The wonderful world of anime is filled to the brim with strong female characters, leading and supporting characters alike.

While some anime is filled with timid little girls who want to impress their crush and don't want to say anything wrong to the boys, anime like Princess Mononoke and Claymore give us amazing characters of strength and vigor.

Check out these top feminist anime with strong female characters and don't forget to vote for your favorites!

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Princess Mononoke


Princess Mononoke is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list 15 Anime With Strong Female Characters
Photo:  Studio Ghibli

Princess Mononoke is a classic Studio Ghibli film. Viewers follow the story of a "wolf girl" named San. San goes to great lengths to protect the forest and her wolf family from Lady Eboshi, who has plans to destroy the forest.

Not only is San a strong female character in this story, but Lady Eboshi is as well. She's scary, in charge, and ready to fight. On top of that, she has enlisted former brothel girls whom she has saved.

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Claymore


Claymore is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list 15 Anime With Strong Female Characters
Photo:  Madhouse

Claymore follows protagonist Clare as she fights to defend her land alongside her fellow hybrid soldiers. Clare and her warrior are known as "Claymores" because of their claymore swords they use to eradicate the "Yomas," beasts that feed on humans in their homeland.

Claymore is jam-packed with action, adventure, and a medieval fantasy setting that will keep you at the edge of your seat. It is definitely a top feminist pick for strong female characters in an anime.

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#75 on The Best Anime Series of All Time

#29 on The Best Action Anime of All Time

#31 on The Best Adventure Anime of All Time

#14 on The Best Madhouse Anime, Ranked

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Ghost in the Shell


Ghost in the Shell is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list 15 Anime With Strong Female Characters
Photo:  Production I.G.

Ghost in the Shell is an anime set in a post-cyberpunk world in which the main character Major Motoko Kusanagi – an augmented cybernetic-human – tries to track down a man who can manipulate minds. As you would imagine, things get crazy, and throughout the entire anime, the Major demonstrates how she is the epitome of a strong female character.

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#48 on 25+ Anime With Great Rewatch Value

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#87 on The Greatest Comic Book Movies of All Time

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Black Lagoon


Black Lagoon is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list 15 Anime With Strong Female Characters
Photo:  Viz Media

Black Lagoon is an anime about a crime-ridden city within Thailand where illegal activity is the norm. It focuses on a businessman who gets kidnapped by a mercenary group called "Black Lagoon." Within this mercenary group is a woman named Rebecca (or "Revy").

Revy is a tough, gun-toting mama who does the majority of the fighting for the group. She sure isn't a damsel in distress, and no one would dare treat her like one. If you're looking for a strong female anime character, Revy has you covered. 

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#80 on The Best Anime Series of All Time

#37 on The Best Action Anime of All Time

#59 on The Best English Dubbed Anime of All Time

#39 on The 25+ Best First Anime to Watch for New Fans

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