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The 20 Greatest Femme Fatale Anime Characters of All Time

Updated March 24, 2021 17.5k votes 3.0k voters 73.6k views20 items

Femme fatales aren't exclusive to old Noir films - although they do appear in the anime Noir. These characters are wildly attractive women who use their sex appeal to manipulate their enemies.

Some femme fatale anime characters, like the legendary Fujiko Mine of Lupin III, are simply looking to steal from their targets, but others like Rize Kamishiro of Tokyo Ghoul, have more sinister and violent goals. They're sexy and therefore fun to look at, but the best thing about these characters is how complicated they often are. Many of them have complex reasons for turning toward less than savory acts, and their backstories are just as compelling as their looks, if not more so.

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  • Photo: White Fox

    As the leader of the Jaegers, Esdeath goes hard on her enemies, often viciously torturing them - all while dressed like she's in an S&M club. 

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    Lust - 'Fullmetal Alchemist'

    This homunculus inspires lust in just about everyone she encounters, and she uses those feelings to her advantage, luring men in and then violently disposing of them. 

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  • Photo: Sunrise

    Once a gambler, now a bounty hunter, Faye Valentine traverses the universe with the rest of the Bebop crew - and looks good doing it. 

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    Irina Jelavic - 'Assassination Classroom'

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    As a professional assassin, Irina Jelavic uses her sexual charm to get her targets' guard down. When she's assigned to help a bunch of middle schoolers take out a tentacle monster, however, she finds out that her methods aren't useful in all circumstances. 

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