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The Most Powerful Female Anime Characters of All Time  

Anna Lindwasser
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Anime is filled with incredible fighters, but so far, the majority of them are male. To some viewers, this imbalance can really detract from the viewing experience. With that in mind, this list celebrates some of the strongest female anime characters out there. 

These strong anime women don't necessarily look the part - many of them are not completely jacked. What they lack in big beefy muscles they make up for in incredible supernatural abilities that range from moving at the speed of sound to transforming their own blood into a deadly force. You do not want to get on any of these ladies' bad sides. 

Erza Scarlet is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Most Powerful Female Anime Characters of All Time
Photo:  Fairy Tail/A-1 Pictures

Erza Scarlet of Fairy Tail has so many amazing abilities that if she were a D&D character the dungeon master would flip over the board in frustration. This formidable woman is an S-Class Mage of the Fairy Tail Guild. She not only boasts ridiculous magical abilities that include telekinesis, sword magic, and the ability to "requip" - to switch out armor and offensive tools at a lightning fast speed.

She's also scary strong, super fast, and a master at archery, hand-to-hand combat, and swordsmanship. 

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Akame is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Most Powerful Female Anime Characters of All Time
Photo:  Akame ga Kill!/White Fox

Akame of Akame ga Kill! is the strongest member of the Night Raid, a group focused on reconnaissance and assassination. Akame not only boasts superior swordsmanship, she also has some fascinating special abilities. She's immune to most poisons, allowing her to handle the poisonous blade Teigu.

She can move at Mach 1 - the velocity of sound. When Akame wants to kill someone, she can completely disguise her intentions and surprise her enemies. Defeating her is a challenge few people are equipped to meet. 

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Nana Shimura - My Hero Academia
Nana Shimura - My Hero Academi... is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Most Powerful Female Anime Characters of All Time
Photo:  My Hero Academia/Studio Bones

It's hard to imagine that All Might of My Hero Academia ever had a mentor - he has such a powerful presence that it seems like he had to have come to it on his own. But All Might got both his powers and his heroic attitude from Nana Shimura, the seventh inheritor of One For All.

The power allows its users to stockpile their power, which allows for super strength, super speed, and other incredible abilities - but unless the user is physically strong enough to withstand it, the strain can tear the user apart. Nana boasts the same incredible strength as her protege All Might.

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Izumi Curtis is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Most Powerful Female Anime Characters of All Time
Photo:  Fullmetal Alchemist Brotherhood/Studio Bones

Fullmetal Alchemist Brotherhood's Izumi Curtis might call herself an ordinary housewife, but ordinary housewives typically aren't strong enough to beat up a bear. Despite her overwhelming physical prowess, Izumi is also a talented alchemist - she taught the Elric brothers nearly everything they know.

These talents are more impressive because Izumi severely damaged her organs when an attempt to bring her child back to life through alchemy went terribly wrong. Even when she's coughing up blood, she's still a formidable opponent. 

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