Anime has a lot of reasons to be as beloved an entertainment form as it is but it also has some problematic things about it. For example, the female characters in most anime leave a lot to desire. But there are also several anime which contain strong, badass female characters who are well-developed and memorable. This is the top 15 anime with strong female characters ranked.
For this list, we’re taking the anime with not one or two, but multiple strong female characters who are strong and well-written as well as have an impact on the plot. Some of these have females as protagonists while in some, the side characters are just as intriguing as main ones.
Now without further ado, let’s jump right into the top 15 anime with strong female characters.
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Top 15 Anime With Strong Female Characters
15) Yashahime: Princess Half-Demon
Strongest Female Characters: Towa Higurashi, Setsuna, Moroha, Kagome Higurashi
|Anime Name||Hanyou no Yashahime: Sengoku Otogizoushi|
|Number of Episodes||48 (2 seasons)|
|Genre(s)||Action, Adventure, Comedy, Fantasy, Supernatural|
|Aired||2020 – 2022|
Though Yashahime didn’t receive the same critical acclimation as its predecessor series, the show still stands out with its three female main characters.
Towa and Setsuna are the titular half-demons with Moroha being the daughter of Inuyasha and Kagome, the protagonists of the prequel series. The girls prove that fights can be just as awesome with female fighters as with males.
14) Aria the Scarlet Ammo
Strongest Female Characters: Aria Holmes Kanzaki, Riko Mine, Shirayuki Hotogi, Reki
|Anime Name||Hidan no Aria|
|Number of Episodes||12|
|Genre(s)||Action, Comedy, Romance|
Aria the Scarlet Ammo is one of those anime that contain more female characters than males. But unlike most such anime, the female characters of this anime are all awesome and powerful.
They are skilled fighters who won’t hesitate to make any man eat their own words. Characters like Aria, Riko, Reiki, Jeanne are a treat to watch.
13) High School DxD
Strongest Female Characters: Rias Gremory, Akeno Himejima, Koneko Toujou, Raynare
|Japanese Name||Highschool DxD|
|Number of Episodes||48 (4 seasons)|
|Genre||Comedy, Romance, Ecchi, Harem|
|Aired||2012 – 2018|
Though High School DxD is remembered for its heavy use of ecchi elements, people often overlook the strength of its female characters. Most girls in Issei’s harem are no damsels in distress and can hold their own against anyone. Some, like Rias and Akeno, are even stronger than our hero himself.
12) Akame ga Kill!
Strongest Female Characters: Akame, Esdeath, Mine, Leone
|Anime Name||Akame ga Kill|
|Number of Episodes||24|
Akame ga Kill! is controversial for killing its main characters in brutal fashions. But another characteristic point about the anime is its strong female characters.
The titular Akame and the anime’s sadistic villain Esdeath are two best examples of that. Aside from them, the anime also has Mine, Chelsea, Najenda, Leone, Sheele are also among powerful female characters.
11) Fairy Tail
Strongest Female Characters: Erza Scarlet, Selena, Mirajane Strauss, Mavis Vermillion
|Anime Name||Fairy Tail|
|Number of Episodes||328 (3 seasons)|
|Genre||Action, Adventure, Fantasy, Ecchi|
|Studio(s)||Satelight, A-1 Pictures|
|Aired||2009 – 2019|
Fairy Tail is one of the most shonen anime out there, noted for its great fight sequences and liberal use of ecchi elements. Another great thing about this anime that separates it from other shonen anime is its female characters.
From Erza, Lucy, Juvia to Minerva, Ilene, Ultear, it has plenty of female characters who not only look good and are used in romantic contexts.
These characters all possess great power and will give any men from the show a run for their money. That’s why Fairy Tail is one of the best anime with strong female characters.
10) Sailor Moon
Strongest Female Characters: Usagi Tsukino, Sailor Venus, Sailor Mars, Sailor Mercury
|Anime Name||Bishoujo Senshi Sailor Moon|
|Number of Episodes||200 (5 seasons)|
|Aired||1992 – 1997|
If the discussion is about great anime with strong female characters, we cannot help but mention Sailor Moon. An icon in the magical girl sub-genre, the anime has a stellar cast of strong female characters.
The titular protagonist and her fellow Sailor Guardians don’t need any man to finish their fights for them or protect them from danger. The characters are not only strong but also relatable.
Strongest Female Characters: Clare, Teresa, Miria, Galatea
|Number of Episodes||26|
|Genre(s)||Action, Adventure, Fantasy|
Claymore tells the story of man-eating demons known as youma and the female warriors who are a hybrid of humans and youma, known as Claymores.
It’s evident from the synopsis itself that the anime contains plenty of strong female characters. From the protagonist Clare to the other Claymores like Teresa, Miria, Galatea, Irene, this anime is filled with ladies for whom you’ll cheer with all your might.
8) My Hero Academia
Strongest Female Characters: Mirko, Ochako Uraraka, Tsuyu Asui, Himiko Toga
|Anime Name||Boku no Hero Academia|
|Number of Episodes||136 (6 seasons)|
|Aired||2016 – 2023|
My Hero Academia is from the new generation of shonen anime where female characters are sidelined and used only in romantic angles.
The women in My Hero Academia, both main and side characters are strong and determined, and no less than any man in the anime.
In fact, some of the most intriguing characters are females. It is undoubtedly one of the best anime with strong female characters.
7) Kill la Kill
Strongest Female Characters: Ryuuko Matoi, Satsuki Kiryuuin, Nonon Jakuzure, Ragyou Kiryuuin
|Anime Name||Kill la Kill|
|Number of Episodes||24|
|Genre(s)||Action, Comedy, Ecchi|
|Aired||2013 – 2014|
Action anime usually have a guy as the central protagonist, but Kill la Kill came with a bang and proved what a bad decision that is. With Ryuuko Matoi taking the wheel as the main character looking for her father’s killer.
All the main characters in this anime are females and all of them are badasses. With stylized action scenes and over-the-top ecchi, this anime made an impression with its wonderful female characters.
6) Black Clover
Strongest Female Characters: Noelle Silva, Mereoleona Vermillion, Charlotte Roselei, Vanessa Enoteca
|Anime Name||Black Clover|
|Number of Episodes||170|
|Aired||2017 – 2021|
When Black Clover was first released, it was often compared to Naruto for the similarities between their protagonists and deuteragonists as well as the grand dream that the protagonist works towards.
However, one thing that is different between the two anime is the powerful female characters in Black Clover. Unlike Naruto, the women in Black Clover get plenty of screen time to show off their fighting chops.
5) Fate/Stay Night: Unlimited Blade Works
Strongest Female Characters: Saber, Rin Tohsaka, Sakura Matou, Illyasviel von Einzbern
|Anime Name||Fate/Stay Night: Unlimited Blade Works|
|Number of Episodes||25 (2 seasons)|
|Genre(s)||Action, Fantasy, Supernatural|
|Aired||2014 – 2015|
The Fate series is as grand as the Holy Grail War itself, with numerous versions and spin offs. But they all contain strong female characters.
For this list, we’re particularly taking Fate/Stay Night: Unlimited Blade Works which focuses on the route of Rin Tohsaka.
The Fate series has many wonderful, strong female characters like Saber, Rin, Sakura and Illyasviel among others.
4) Puella Magi Madoka Magica
Strongest Female Characters: Madoka Kaname, Homura Akemi, Kyouko Sakura, Sayaka Miki
|Anime Name||Mahou Shoujo Madoka★Magica|
|Number of Episodes||12 + 3 movies|
Puella Magi Madoka Magica is great for a lot of reasons. The show not only completely turns the magical girl sub-genre over its head, but it also contains strong, interesting female characters.
The girls of this anime are all given well-written backgrounds and understandable motivations. The characters are intriguing to watch, their psychological turmoil making the backbone of the anime.
It will always be counted among one of the best anime with strong female characters.
3) Attack on Titan
Strongest Female Characters: Mikasa Ackerman, Annie Leonheart, Sasha Blouse, Ymir
|Anime Name||Shingeki no Kyojin|
|Number of Episodes||89+ (4 seasons)|
|Genre(s)||Action, Drama, Suspense|
|Studio||Wit Studio (season 1 – 3)|
MAPPA (season 4)
|Aired||2013 – present|
The world of Attack on Titan might be bleak but at least it seems to have gender equality. No female character in this anime is without depth or their own brand of strength.
Mikasa is an iconic badass and a force of nature. Annie is among the best antagonists of the anime. Sasha acts as both a comic relief and a courageous warrior.
Later in the anime, we see strong characters like Pieck, Gabi, Ymir, and many others. This is an irrefutable great anime with strong female characters.
2) Jujutsu Kaisen
Strongest Female Characters: Nobara Kugisaki, Maki Zen’in, Mei Mei, Yuki Tsukumo
|Anime Name||Jujutsu Kaisen|
|Number of Episodes||26 + 1 movie|
Jujutsu Kaisen is the newest anime on this list of anime with strong female characters. Many many new generation shonen anime, Jujutsu Kaisen provides better treatments for its female characters.
The women of this anime are particularly vicious and strong, their primary traits not being the typical “kind and gentle” or even “quirky tomboy”. But rather, they are well-developed and powerful.
1) Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood
Strongest Female Characters: Riza Hawkeye, Izumi Curtis, Olivier Mira Armstrong, Lust
|Anime Name||Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood|
|Number of Episodes||64|
|Genre(s)||Action, Adventure, Drama, Fantasy|
|Aired||2009 – 2010|
Frequently considered to be one of the greatest anime of all time, Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood boasts a strong, well-written cast of both male and female characters.
Characters like Riza Hawkeye, Olivier Mira Armstrong play essential roles in the series and are grounded with human characteristics. Another strong female character from the series is the Homunculus Lust who plays a crucial role early in the series.
With this, we’ll conclude the list of the top 15 anime with strong female characters. Every anime in this list is very enjoyable and if you haven’t seen them yet, check them out now. And make sure to keep an eye on Otakus’ Notes for exciting rankings and other anime-related content such as this.
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