Sure there is still a long way to go for some anime series and movies regarding female empowerment through powerful female characters. But that doesn’t stop us from celebrating those women in anime who have made strides towards getting things done. Anime girls are changing the game, and it’s not just because of their perfect bodies. Anime is becoming more than a medium for fanservice-it has become an inescapable reflection on what Japanese culture values and how they value themselves and each other.
Anime girls are more than just objects for fanservice. After all, they have significant substance in our favorite anime and can display characters and capabilities that you would not expect from a typical cute girl trope.
We put together this list of different badass, smart, funny, and unique female characters.
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- Akame (Akame Ga Kill)
- Akane Tsunemori (Psycho Pass)
- Alice Zuberg (Sword Art Online)
- Android 18 (Dragon Ball)
- Aoi Kuneida (Beelzebub)
- Big Mom (One Piece)
- Boa Hancock (One Piece)
- Casca (Berserk)
- Caulifla & Kale (Dragon ball)
- Clare (Claymore)
- Emma ( The Promised Neverland )
- Erza Scarlet (Fairy Tail)
- Faye Valentine (Cowboy bebop)
- Haman Karn (Mobile Suit Zeta Gundam)
- Homura Akemi (Puella Magi Madoka Magica)
- Kagura (Gintama)
- Kaguya Otsutsuki (Naruto)
- Kallen Kozuki (Code Geass)
- Koko Hekmatyar (Jormungand)
- Kurisu Makise (Steins;Gate)
- Lina Inverse (Slayers)
- Lucy (Elfen Lied)
- Major Motoko Kusanagi (Ghost in the Shell)
- Maki Oze (Fire Force)
- Megumin (Konosoba)
- Mikasa Ackerman (Attack on Titan)
- Mikoto Misaka (A Certain Magical Index)
- Misato Katsuragi (Neon Genesis Evangelion)
- Mordred Pendragon (Fate/Apocrypha)
- Morgiana (Magi)
- Nico Robin (One Piece)
- Nikaido (Dorohedoro)
- Nina Fortner / Anna Liebert (Monster)
- Ochako Uraraka (My Hero Academia)
- Raphtalia (The Rising of Shield Hero)
- Raygo Kiruin (Kill a Kill)
- Revy (Black Lagoon)
- Riko Aida (Kuroko’s Basketball)
- Sakura Kinomoto (CardCaptor Sakura)
- Setsuno (Toriko)
- Shihouin Yoruichi (Bleach)
- Shiki Ryougi (The Garden of Sinners)
- Shinobu Kocho (Demon Slayer)
- Sinon Asada (Sword Art Online)
- Tatsumaki (One Punch Man)
- Touka Kirishima (Tokyo Ghoul)
- Tsukuyo (Gintama)
- Tsunade Senju (NARUTO)
- Winry Rockbell (Fullmetal Alchemist Brotherhood)
- Yukino Yukinoshita (My Teen Romantic Comedy SNAFU)
- Yuuki Asuna (Sword Art Online)
Akame (Akame Ga Kill)
Akame always wears a serious expression on her face. She was the first assassin to attack Tatsumi and came very close to killing him with her blade. But she’s caring deep down inside- as evidenced by how much concern Akane has when it comes around to comrades’ safety.
Akame is one of the most famous members of Night Raid. With her killer training, she’s been known to slay even the strongest enemies with minimal effort. Her deadly sword and poisoned blade allow her combat ability to be on par with those as powerful as generals within military levels from the Empire!
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Akane Tsunemori (Psycho Pass)
She had always been a model citizen with her calm demeanour and high scores, but that all changed after joining the police. She is now considered one of their best members due to doing things no other can. Akane is a refreshingly independent and creative protagonist. She doesn’t need to be saved for the sake of cliche plotlines, which makes her role as an officer in Sibyl system so fascinating. Akane slowly works her way into this police force with enough influence over it.
Alice Zuberg (Sword Art Online)
Alice Synthesis Thirty, the protagonist of “Project Alicization,” is a childhood friend and rival to Kirito. But their relationship changes when she’s arrested for violating Taboo Index by entering Dark Territory at eleven years old. Sentenced with the death penalty but instead was appointed as an Integrity Knight that protected citizens from invading monsters. Originally an artificial intelligence from the project, she finally gets to go out into the real world in artificial bodies by the end of the arc.
Android 18 (Dragon Ball)
Android 18 is a cybernetic human modified by Dr. Gero. She’s not entirely an android; she refers to both herself and her twin brother as having been “constructed from a human base.”
In her early years, No. 18 was considered one of the most dangerous weapons in Dr Gero’s army due to being a powerful android with an unpredictable personality and lethal fighting ability that made for a devastating killer if she ever went rogue – which is what happened when Cell murdered Kuririn and Trunks’ world fell apart before they could defeat him.
One of the most powerful women in the series could destroy the whole planet if she gets pissed.
Aoi Kuneida (Beelzebub)
Aoi Kuneida is a fierce woman. Not only does she lead the Red Tails gang, but at just 17 years old, she’s already a skilled martial artist and has superior strength, speed, stamina, sword skills.
But she doesn’t carry a blade, so instead of breaking anything with her hands, Aoi cuts through it all using just one bokken or wooden sword. The Shingetsu Style passed down from her grandfather makes this possible for any item in sight — rulers and umbrellas included! Thanks to these moves that are backed by deadly strength (Aoi can break rocks with barely a punch!), anyone who fights against Aoi is defeated before they know what hit them: Second Ceremony 100 Flower Storming Sakura launches cherry blossom petals throughout the battlefield at lightning speeds until foes fall victim to its lethal waves of pink.
Big Mom (One Piece)
Charlotte Linlin is a pirate, the captain of one of One Piece’s legendary four Emperors, and Queen of Totto Land. Her subjects are terrified by her heavy taxation policies. Still, she has them under control with her power to manipulate anything using the Soru Soru no Mi Devil Fruit – transferring human souls into newly-created Homies to grant life on command.
Boa Hancock (One Piece)
Boa Hancock is known as the Snake Princess of Amazon Lily, and with her Love-Love Devil Fruit‘s power to use people’s feelings of desire to turn them into stone, she has become One Piece’s answer to Medusa. She also happens to be one of the show’s Seven Warlords and Captain of the Kuja Pirates. Boa can casually knock out scores if not hundreds or thousands more Pacifistas than any member from our Straw Hat crew could ever hope for in a lifetime!
Casca is a tough as nails female soldier with an air of mystery about her. She has been through some heavy lifting, and you can see it in the way she carries herself. What makes Casca interesting, though? It’s how emotional she gets when talking to Guts or Griffith-or even just thinking about them! You never know what might happen next because this girl goes from one extreme to another at any given moment.
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Caulifla & Kale (Dragon ball)
Kefla is one of the mightiest beings in Dragon Ball canon. Caulifla and Kale hail from Universe 6; they are known as “The First Female Saiyans” of the franchise. They’re extremely powerful when fused to become a Super Saiyan, making them more than just formidable opponents for Goku’s team during their brief time on Namekian soil!
Clare is a Claymore who has been tasked with finding and destroying Priscilla, an awakened being. The first individual to willingly become one of these powerful warriors in decades was Clare. She saves Raki from a youma and takes him under her care because he reminded her of herself when she was younger. Clare is a female protagonist that is comparable to Midoriya‘s or Goku’s get-stronger-to-protect-others principle.
Emma ( The Promised Neverland )
Demons would have eaten up the kids of the Grace Field house, but Emma had other plans. She’s a little girl with exceptional physical attributes that outrank any orphan at the fieldhouse. Through years of training to hone her athleticism, she gained incredible reflexes, which helped save every child in need!
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Erza Scarlet (Fairy Tail)
Erza Scarlet is one of the strongest Fairy Tail mages and most accomplished weapons specialist. She has over 200 swords, staffs, axes and more at her disposal thanks to her “Requip: The Knight” spatial magic. Her command of telekinetic Sword Magic also enables her to perform a range of multi-piercing blade-based moves such as Erzamatic Flame Saber or Solid Script: Fire Wall in addition to armour that can create an impenetrable defence like Armadura Fairy armour.
A skilled wizard with some truly dangerous tools on hand and the youngest ever to become an S-Class mage!
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Faye Valentine (Cowboy bebop)
Faye Valentine is the amnesiac protagonist of Cowboy Bebop. When she was younger, her parents were killed in a spacecraft accident that nearly killed her too. Cryogenically frozen until medicine could heal all these injuries, Faye emerged after fifty-four years with no idea who she was or how to survive on the run from debtors hunting for their money back!
Haman Karn (Mobile Suit Zeta Gundam)
Haman is only sixteen, but she’s a natural-born leader who has managed to rally the Axis soldiers and exiles. Haman always wanted her late father‘s approval for being an excellent soldier, so after he died in battle against Amuro Ray during Operation British Moon-Axis Incident of U.C 0079, all that was left for her was revenge on humanity as well as restoring the Zabi dynasty
Homura Akemi (Puella Magi Madoka Magica)
Homura Akemi has an incredible gift. She wields a pocket-watch sized shield that acts as a time manipulation device and can give people immunity to the effect by touching them. This amazing shield also doubles up as Homura’s weapons cache! After Madoka reset reality, her power over time became instead control of memories – with her black bow, she can create new ones or wipe out old ones entirely.
Kagura is the daughter of a famous alien hunter and has an enhanced physical ability. While appearing sweet, she is tough at heart with her signature parasol gun that shoots bullets to kill aliens! If Kagura were able to loosen up more, she would be one strong Yato Tribe member who can take on enemies in a matter of seconds by impaling them or smashed through a wall for instant kills.
Kaguya Otsutsuki (Naruto)
Kaguya Otsutsuki is a celestial being who existed long before the hidden villages. She sought to bring an end to the constant war by eating the God Tree’s fruit and uniting people in fear of her, but that was only halfway through her plan! After consuming the fruit, she became able to absorb any technique thrown at her from opponents and heal herself if need be.
Kallen Kozuki (Code Geass)
Kallen is a strong-willed, determined, loyal lady who can also be quite short-tempered and sometimes impulsive. Despite her uncompromising attitude, she has been shown to have a sensitive side as well. She’s one of the few selfless characters in this series that cares about Britannian civilians despite claiming to hate them on many occasions.
Koko Hekmatyar (Jormungand)
Koko is an extreme woman of many sides. While she heads a major company and has the fierce loyalty of her subordinates, Koko also behaves bubbly with alabaster skin and blue eyes. She can be extremely ruthless but still manages to smile even during dire circumstances!
Kurisu Makise (Steins;Gate)
Kurisu Makise is a prodigy scientist and one of the main characters in “Steins;Gate”.
Witty, smart, innocent Kurisu had been through many time loops with Okabe Rintarou before they successfully saved Mayuri from disappearing due to SERN’s actions.
Kurisu Makise is one of the very well-loved female anime characters due to her charisma, support for the protagonist and presentation in an epic way. She also displays tsundere qualities that made this a popular anime series.
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Lina Inverse (Slayers)
Lina Inverse is the type of character who’s inspired many of your favourites today in the supernatural genre. She’s not one to ask for help; she does what she pleases and has a mind all her own. Even as a teen at first- Lina journeys alone with no need for prodding or rescuing; balancing being self-driven but also overbearing – stubborn even! There isn’t any “damsel in distress” bone found within this independent woman.
Lucy (Elfen Lied)
We all know that Lucy in Elfen Lied is a powerful, untamed being with the potential to cause unpredictable mayhem. Did you also know she’s able to control her body temperature? The Queen of Diclonius can create psychic “Vectors” and cause explosions if needed!
Lucy is a fierce and dexterous character with psychokinetic abilities which allow for fast healing and telepathy.
Major Motoko Kusanagi (Ghost in the Shell)
Major Motoko Kusanagi is one of the most critically acclaimed and iconic female protagonists in modern pop culture. She’s a cyborg who works for Public Security Section 9 on the Japanese National Public Safety Commission, where she is an unmatched tactical genius with superhuman strength to boot.
The woman who is one of the primary protagonists in the popular Ghost In The Shell franchise has a personality that will make you smile. She’s smart, witty and quick-witted; just as well, she can hack any system with her bright mind!
Maki Oze (Fire Force)
Maki is a woman of action. She’s the female character who works out and takes her physical health more seriously than comparable characters, with an intense backstory to boot! Maki has both great looks and strength with strong personality traits that make for one likable young lady.
Megumin is a demon-descended mage with the power to cast an explosion that knocks her out for the rest of the day. This powerful spell can be used only once before she needs time to recover, and Megumin refuses to learn any other spells because they would just “dumb down” hers–in fact, it’s all she knows how to do since this single skill will make every opponent go up in smoke!
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Mikasa Ackerman (Attack on Titan)
Mikasa is a reserved, stoic character who doesn’t speak very often and seems to be stuck in her head. After all the trauma she’s experienced living under the looming terror of Titans and witnessing carnage as part of the Survey Corps, it would have been difficult for her not to come out unscathed. Perhaps endurance has become one of Mikasa’s most relatable traits; despite being cynical about what life holds for others around you, she still manages to retain some humanity within herself.
Mikoto Misaka (A Certain Magical Index)
The third strongest, most powerful psychic user in Academy City is a proper lady on the outside, but, Misaka has a short-temper, prideful and improper attitude with some tomboyish tendencies that she tries to hide. Her favorite things include flowers on her pajamas and Gekota, the popular frog mascot franchise. She is very moralistic, making it all the worse when people take advantage of others or do something wrong in front of her because she can’t stand injustice.
Her power is to generate electricity; she has enough juice in her system for a city-wide blackout and can make instant railguns with coins as projectiles. She also manipulates the electrical objects around her, like security systems or networks. Her one-sided rivalry with Touma leads him to nickname her “Biribiri”.
Misato Katsuragi (Neon Genesis Evangelion)
Misato Katsuragi is the Chief Operations Officer at NERV. She’s in charge of all operations and has a rank that starts as captain. Her main responsibility is to coordinate with other branches such as infantry units for ground-level battles alongside EVA pilots during combat while being their guardian when they’re not out on missions – whether it be by letting them live in her apartment or just having someone around who understands what these kids are going through But she’s also a slob who enjoys drinking while off-duty.
Mordred Pendragon (Fate/Apocrypha)
Saber’s identity is Mordred, the “son” of King Arthur. But she had to hide her status and obey the king until she was found out to be female despite being raised as a secret male heir! The truth came about through unusual circumstances: Saber was conceived between Arturia (normally female) & Morgan le Fay (who enchanted his sister with magecraft so that Merlin could extract sperm for conception).
She was emotionless and unfriendly at first, but as time passed after she was liberated, her emotional range increased. She can get closer with an enemy far away in a blink of an eye – even if they’re on top of buildings or walls! In addition to being strong enough for vertical runs up any surface you can think of (including trees!), this girl also possesses heightened olfactory senses that rival those found only in dogs. Her sense is so powerful that it allows her to detect smells from miles away, including pinpointing anyone hiding out just about anywhere too dark for human eyesight!
Nico Robin (One Piece)
Robin is a member of the Straw Hat crew, and she’s one of the most powerful members. She has an incredible bounty set at 79 million beri when she was just eight years old! It all started with an incident where Robin supposedly destroyed six Buster Call ships by using her power to conjure up multiple replicas for each part on any surface within sight – making it very easy for her to be both strong and quick in battle.
Nikaidou has always been there for Kaiman ever since he first transformed. She hunts down any magic users who enter The Hole, and together they try to locate the one that caused his transformation to get revenge on them. When Nikaido trains with Kawajiri, she discovers her power is time control, but it can only be used a limited amount of times before becoming unusable again.
Nina Fortner / Anna Liebert (Monster)
Johan’s twin sister was the only unharmed survivor of the night when both her parents and her brother were shot in what appeared to be a botched burglary. At first, she showed signs of amnesia due to the psychological trauma of that incident. After she and Johan disappeared, Anna was adopted by Mr. Fortner from Heidelberg, who knew nothing about his new daughter’s earlier identity as Nina Liebert. She attended law school as Nina Fortner while being an adept practitioner at Aikido.
Ochako Uraraka (My Hero Academia)
Ochako Uraraka’s Zero Gravity Quirk is an interesting one. She can nullify the effects of gravity on a person or object, rendering them helpless as they float upwards. She can cancel her effect by touching two fingers together but has no limit for how much weight she can lift– meaning that she could drop something from any height without having it hit the ground! Her most impressive feat so far was The Home Run Comet, where she showers her enemy with debris while in mid-air. After training with Gunhead, Ochakko also gained some martial arts skills meaning if you get too close for comfort, there will be no way out.
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Raphtalia (The Rising of Shield Hero)
Raphtalia was just a dirty, raggedy girl when she first met Naofumi, but he gave her a haircut and bought some new clothes for the both of them. Raphtalia changes rapidly into an adult after travelling with him for several weeks! It was later revealed that demi-humans grow with their level progression, so after earning more levels through fighting monsters alongside Naofumi (which granted her experience), Raphtalia’s rapid development followed suit.
Raygo Kiruin (Kill a Kill)
Rayo Kiruin is the CEO of Revocs Corporation and Chairperson for Honnoji Academy. She’s also a secret evil mastermind behind everything; she was even the first human to ever be infused with Life Fibers, which makes her alpha matriarchal status something no one can deny when it comes to overpowering others that are armoured in Life Fiber uniforms. Her most sinister skill — “Mind Stitching”– lets Rayo sew threads made entirely out of life fibres into people’s brains, so they’re just another puppet under her control.
Revy (Black Lagoon)
Revy is the most competitive person you’ll ever meet at first glance. She’s easily bored and extremely ill-tempered, with a lack of diplomacy skills that reflects her brute force attitude. In contrast to this, she has revealed herself highly ticklish, though it might take some convincing before Revy admits this gem about herself! This merciless killer without conscience would kill anyone for any reason– even unarmed civilians. Rock learned quickly not to question or tamper with what was valuable in Revy’s life after receiving death threats.
Riko Aida (Kuroko’s Basketball)
She’s the coach of a basketball team and can predict potential based on players’ build. She got this ability by following her father around, who was also in sports coaching. This power works best when they’re shirtless; she can tell just from looking at their bodies what kind of player they might be able to become. Riko is a hard-working girl who puts her heart and soul into everything she does, especially studying. She’s ranked #2 in the whole school for being such an intelligent student! The ‘flat-chested’ girl who is so horrible at cooking that her teammates can’t endure eating it.
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Sakura Kinomoto (CardCaptor Sakura)
Sakura Kinomoto is a Cardcaptor. This job was entrusted to her by the great magician, Clow Reed, whose cards she must find and seal. Once Sakura captures a card, its power becomes hers to wield. That number totals 52 by the end of the original series, giving her an impressive arsenal that makes her one of the world’s greatest magicians!
Setsuno is a chef ranked in the world’s top five, and she also serves as head of an enterprise with over 1 million employees. Her most impressive feat was to microwave her opponents by heating the air around them, which inspired paralyzing fear among those that oppose her presence.
Shihouin Yoruichi (Bleach)
Shihouin Yoruichi has been living as a cat in the human world for centuries. Eventually, it is revealed that she was something of a big deal in Soul Society and can do many things like use Hoho, Shunpo and Kido techniques to fight enemies. She’s most well-known for her lightning skills and excels at hand-to-hand combat where she doesn’t need her Zanpakuto sword because no one can catch up with Yoruichi when fighting!
Shiki Ryougi (The Garden of Sinners)
Shiki is a teenage girl who has this weird power to see and destroy the death of any given thing. Her two personalities are a male personality, SHIKI, and a female persona known as Shiki. It’s typical for children in her family to have these, so, normally, the boy would be called Yang while Yin goes with the female persona.
Shinobu Kocho (Demon Slayer)
She lost her parents to a demon and became obsessed with killing them. As the Insect Pillar of the Demon Killing Corps, she uses poisons in high speed/agility attacks that resemble fencing.
Sinon Asada (Sword Art Online)
Sinon is a girl with many facets to her personality. She’s not one to be rushed into anything, and she can maintain a calm demeanour in battle or when talking about the game, but if provoked, Sinon has no qualms unleashing her fiery temper on those who dare cross her path. Few people make Sinon as angry as Kirito does, though, which speaks volumes of how well they know each other, considering he was the first person able enough for this feat.
Tatsumaki (One Punch Man)
Nicknamed the “Tornado of Terror,” she’s one of the most powerful heroes in Japan. She can create psychic barriers, psychokinetically pick up and throw things around and control people’s Chi energy to paralyze or inflict horrible pain without ever touching them! Her nickname likely comes from her ability to whip up powerful psychic whirlwinds that blow away several targets in a single fail swoop.
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Touka Kirishima (Tokyo Ghoul)
Touka is a ghoul working as a waitress at a cafe that serves both humans and ghouls. Her job, however, isn’t just to serve coffee – she also helps protect her district from rival gangs! Ghoul Investigators refer to Touka by two nicknames: Rabbit for how quickly she scurries about town; or “Mad Dog” because of how viciously protective she can be when it comes down to defending her friends.
Tsukuyo has a tough past and an even tougher exterior. While she may seem heartless when we first meet her, you will soon learn that nothing could be further from the truth! The best known hundred blooms of Yoshiwara, she’s one member of the law enforcement squad that operates under Night King Hosen. Tsukuyo got acquainted with Odd Jobs more during their stay in this city full of women and became friends after learning about all that she had been through being an orphaned child before getting picked up and raised by one ruthless assassin Jiraia.
Tsunade Senju (NARUTO)
Tsunade’s trademark ability is her inhuman strength, which she derives from excellent chakra control. By storing and releasing at the point of contact, Tsunade can enhance herself to such a degree that she breaks through boulders like they’re nothing but pebbles! Tsunade was recently given the title of Hokage and had been acting as the source of assignments for Konoha’s forces. She also plays a large role in healing more severe injuries of those she sends on missions.
Winry Rockbell (Fullmetal Alchemist Brotherhood)
Winry Rockbell, a close friend and future wife of the protagonist Edward Elric in the Fullmetal Alchemist Brotherhood series, was essential for their mission. She had expertise in surgery and mechanical fields that helped her make arm prosthetics to help him continue on his crusade
Yukino Yukinoshita (My Teen Romantic Comedy SNAFU)
Yukino is the “Ice-cold Beauty” known for her icy demeanour. She has a twisted sense of noblesse oblige and believes that it’s the duty of those who are exceptional to help others in need – which she does not hesitate to show when disgusted at Yui’s naivety. Despite this, Yui still affectionately calls Yukino by the pet name he gave her: “Yukinon.”
Yuuki Asuna (Sword Art Online)
Asuna is a strong, witty woman who loves to battle. As soon as she was introduced in the show’s first season, it became clear that this girl could take on anyone and everyone when necessary! Her skills with the rapier earned her the nickname “The Flash.”
It wasn’t long before we learned of just how determined Asuna was: even after spending three to four days battling non-stop against monsters on level one until exhaustion forced her to stop–and partnering up with Kirito didn’t help matters much either. Asuna proved herself worthy of being called “one of strongest members” by becoming part of The Knights Of Blood while levelling up insanely fast thanks to their quest for finishing all levels in the Sword Art Online game.
Well, anime fans, you’ve seen the best of the best female anime characters, so now it’s time to see if we missed your future waifu. If you have female characters in anime that is amazing and isn’t on this list, let us know in the comments below! It doesn’t matter what she’s like; whether she’s just trying to do her job, being a villain, or fighting for justice as one of our favorite heroines, all anime girls are awesome!