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The 20 Greatest Femme Fatale Anime Characters of All Time

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.

Which femme fatales are your favorites? Show your love by voting them up! 

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  • Esdeath - 'Akame ga Kill'
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    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. 

    1,515 votes
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    1,456 VOTES

    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. 

    1,456 votes
  • Faye Valentine - 'Cowboy Bebop'
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    Once a gambler, now a bounty hunter, Faye Valentine traverses the universe with the rest of the Bebop crew - and looks good doing it. 

    1,151 votes
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    1,048 VOTES

    Irina Jelavic - 'Assassination Classroom'

    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. 

    1,048 votes
  • Boa Hancock is a member of the Shichibukai and captain of the Kuja Pirates. Her beauty disguises her cruelty - she's even shown kicking a kitten at one point. 

    998 votes
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    821 VOTES

    Kurumi Tokisaki - 'Date A Live'

     Kurumi Tokisaki - 'Date A Live'
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    Kurumi has personally destroyed at least 10,000 people, so she's definitely got the "fatale" part covered. With her adorably sexy appearance and her increasing levels of emotional depth, she ends up fitting the whole femme fatale package. 

    821 votes