We all love and will continue to love and adore every single waifu that anime has ever given us or will give us in the future. We tried narrowing down this list to give a shoutout to all of the strongest, most badass, and praiseworthy female anime characters ever created. Not only are they heavily adored but also are some of the most incredible and breathtaking characters that carry a lot of weight and significance.
Faye Valentine from Cowboy Bepop
Faye Valentine is the female lead from the highly renowned ’90s anime, Cowboy Bebop. She is the sultry film Fatale who knows her way around a gun exceptionally well and is seen to repeat the words, “Shoot them before they shoot you”. However, that is not all there is to Faye because as the series progresses, we get to see how Faye is as a person. She is searching for a place where she will belong and a place that she can call home. Beneath all the sass and sharpness, Faye is portrayed as a real human who has had her fair share of complications and hardships. Despite the focus of the show primarily being catching the bad guys, Faye’s struggle to let go of the past and find new bonds and relationships is portrayed exceptionally well.
Erza Scarlet from Fairy Tail
One of the most important and highly revered female characters from Fairy Tail, Erza Scarlet is a literal goddess in a wizard’s disguise. Despite having a rough childhood, Erza is shown to have enough bravado and has proven herself time and again. She rose up to the rank of an S-class mage of the Fairy Tail guild that she is a part of. Even if she comes off as socially awkward, her teammates, Natsu, Lucy, and Gray know just how much she adores and cares for them. However, one thing her teammates do not want to do is incur her wrath as she has, in the anime, demonstrated her capacity to wipe out all the hundred monsters by herself in the Pandemonium Event. Erza possesses over 200 swords and changes her armor according to her own convenience mid-fights. Not only is she shown to be this powerful but is also portrayed as a character who possesses incredible warmth, kindness, and love for her friends, and would protect them at all costs.
Nobara Kugisaki from Jujutsu Kaisen
The female lead from the Anime of The Year 2021, Kugisaki Nobara from Jujutsu Kaisen conquered the hearts of millions of fans worldwide. We all were a little on edge about how the Jujutsu Kaisen female lead might turn out to be given the sheer resemblance the anime has to Naruto (you know what we mean). But washing away every inch of doubt we had, there she was – lo and behold – yanking off the Death Twins’ defense by pushing needles through her own arm. She immediately earned the appreciation of fans worldwide to become one of the highly revered and strong female anime characters to have ever existed.
Hange Zoe from Shingeki no Kyojin
Hange Zoe, the 14th commander of Survey Corps is simply one of the most bizarre and impressive female characters in Hajime Isayama’s Shingeki no Kyojin. Almost always perceived as the eccentric officer who is always curious and ecstatic to observe Titans and learn more about them, Hange had formerly been in charge of conducting research on Titans. She passionately studies the human-eating giants and creates innovative weapons, plans, and inventions to save humanity despite being a sadist. She is revered as one of the strongest female soldiers in the series alongside Mikasa Ackerman and Annie Leonhart of the Survey Corps.
Nico Robin from One Piece
Nico Robin, formerly a fearsome henchwoman of the pirate warlord Crocodile and now the 7th member of the Straw Hat Crew from One Piece is absolutely enchanting and beautiful. Being on the run ever since the World Government destroyed her homeland when she was 8, Robin grows up to be a coolheaded and amazing woman who etches the last words of her dying friends into her heart to keep herself going even in the worst of situations. She is the crew’s archeologist and one of the remaining few who can decipher Poneglyphs. She is very crucial to the crew and is likely to contribute a lot to the crew’s success.
Izumi Curtis from Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood
Did you forget the woman who trained the Elric brothers from Fullmetal Alchemist in alchemy? Well, hopefully not. Izumi Curtis is portrayed as a master alchemist and is also a skilled martial artist. She is shown to lead a simple life and has been a constant source of guidance and support for the Elric brothers – Edward and Alphonse – after they lost their parents. She has a humble exterior, but Izumi also happens to be one of the fewest characters who can perform alchemy without needing a Transmutation Circle. Despite her weaker health over the years she has still shown to have the caliber to knock down the Homunculus Sloth on her own.
Violet Evergarden from Violet Evergarden
Everything about Violet Evergarden was exemplary, starting from the music and the story to the animation with the stunning visuals, but what especially stood out exquisitely was Violet herself. Created as a weapon to be used against Leidenschaftlich’s enemies owing to her extraordinary fighting capabilities, Violet leaves all the viewers awestruck with her innocence. Her emotional journey to understand the meaning of “Aisheteiru” (Japanese for ‘I love you’) is nothing short of beautiful. She becomes an Auto-Memory Doll to write letters on behalf of clients in order to start understanding emotions better and so she can help others convey what they want to their loved ones. The ending of the anime remains ambiguous but in the recently released Violet Evergarden movie, we see that she receives her own happy ending with Gilbert. It is heart-wrenchingly beautiful because she finally comes to understand the meaning of love. Witnessing the creation and humanization of such a strong feminine character was absolute bliss.
Mereoleona Vermillion from Black Clover
Mereoleona Vermillion is a noblewoman and the first daughter of the House of Vermillion from the anime Black Clover. She is also the acting captain of the Crimson Lion Squad and the Royal Knights Squad. Bold, adventurous, daring, and intimidating, Mereoleona is one of the most resilient female characters to have ever been created in anime. Despite living in a kingdom where people judge others by their class, Mereoleona does not judge if someone is royal or gentry. The only thing that matters to her is to fight to the best of one’s ability and hold their own in the fight. She derives as much pleasure from fighting as much as she does from winning the battle, and she is unapologetically fearsome and powerful, a true Queen.
Kurisu Makise from Steins; Gate
Snarky, confident, and a nerd, Makise Kurisu from Steins; Gate is an extremely well-written and well-portrayed female character. Kurisu’s academic brilliance, to some, might come across as arrogance or as her trying to undermine the other characters. However, she is determinedly actually trying to solve the situation at hand as she is confident that she can do it faster and more efficiently and help everyone in the process. Kurisu is also shown to have certain feminine traits that are often viewed as a weakness. She is an extremely adorable yet real character that craves closeness and intimacy. She is a class apart from every other unrealistic wish-fulfillment character that is made for the purpose of fan service. She is very charming and delightful but it is also very likely that she has seldom been successful romantically. This is probably one of the few characters that resonate so highly with the female audience in particular.
Kaori Makimura from City Hunter
City Hunter, one of the rages of the ’80s, is a timeless classic that has Kaori as the female counterpart to the famous underground killer. Her back story is heartbreaking, but the way she takes on the role of Ryo’s partner and readily adjusts to the grimness of the underworld from the chirpy happy lifestyle that her brother used to keep her in, is simply stunning. Additionally, she also has herculean strength as she knocks down Ryo whenever he is on yet another female-harassment routine. Overall, her sweetness and her warmth combined with her determination to protect Ryo at the cost of her life, despite having zero weapon literacy is a good recipe for an empowered female character from an anime made so long back.