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15 Anime With Strong Female Characters 

Elise Yeakley
Updated June 14, 2019 17.1k votes 3.9k voters 72.7k views 15 items

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!

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 is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list 15 Anime With Strong Female Characters
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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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Attack on Titan is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list 15 Anime With Strong Female Characters
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Attack on Titan is a popular anime about survival, where the fighters in the Scout Regiment (the military) defend the humans within one of the walls of their caged homeland from the enormous, man-eating titans.

This anime made the list because of one of the series's protagonists, Mikasa Ackerman. There are other strong female characters in the series as well, such as Sasha and Annie, but Mikasa is definitely the hardcore female protagonist that takes the cake. She is skilled, ruthless, and fights for what she believes in. 

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Ghost in the Shell is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list 15 Anime With Strong Female Characters
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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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