Anime Underground 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 weapon. 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 weapons 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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Izumi Curtis is listed (or ranked) 2 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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Tsunade - Naruto


Tsunade is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Most Powerful Female Anime Characters of All Time
Photo:  Naruto/Studio Pierrot

While there are a lot of badass women in Naruto, the most powerful is probably Tsunade. Not only does she have super strength so incredible that she was able to split the ground with a single finger, she also has impeccable chakra (energy) control, which he can use to perform Lightning, Fire, Water, Earth, and Yin and Yang based jutsu (techniques). This means that she has complete control over the elements and her own spiritual energy.  She's so powerful that her attacks can even penetrate Susano-o, which is supposed to be an impenetrable defense. 

That's not all - Tsunade is also a world-class healer who can not only cure just about any disease or injury in existence, but can also alter her appearance so that she appears eternally youthful. Tsunade is one shinobi you don't want to mess with. 

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Android 18 is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Most Powerful Female Anime Characters of All Time
Photo:  Dragon Ball Z/Toei Animation

Android 18 of Dragon Ball Z  has so many incredible special abilities that describing them all would take longer than it takes Goku to finish a fight. She can fly, create explosions, shoot high energy beams, teleport, and generally beat the living snot out of anyone who dares to mess with her. What's more, her powerful personality demands obedience from even the strongest fighters in the Dragon Ball universe. 

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