I love Anime ever since. I started with Dragonball, Voltes V, Flame of Recca, Yuyu Hakusho, and other animes from 90s to early 2000s
The Role of Female Characters in Anime
Female characters in anime are often depicted as "Damsels in Distress." They are always saved by the main male protagonist. They can not protect themselves. And worse is that sometimes girls in the anime are just for fan service or to excite the viewers and readers.
But not all of the female characters are like this. Some are strong and even stronger than other men. Yet they are depicted as this sexy female who titillates (sorry for the word, but that's the truth) readers and viewers.
In this list I put all the female characters I know that I can say are the strongest among other characters.
The High School Students
Rei Miyamoto and Saeko Busujima (High School of the Dead)
The strong female protagonists of High School of the Dead are only in secondary or high school. Rei is an expert spear wielder and Saeko is an expert swordswoman. At the age of 17 and 18, respectively, they are already battling a horde of zombies—and take note, they are WINNING! That they are normal teenage high school students killing zombies in the streets is enough reason why these two are on this list.
The Rain Woman
Juvia Lockser (Fairy Tail)
A former member of the Element 4 of the Phantom Lord Guild. She became obsessed with Gray Fullbuster after they battle during the war between Phantom Lord Guild and the Fairy Tail Guild. After the disbandment of Phantom Lord Guild, Juvia joined Fairy Tail. Since then she proved to them that she is quite a powerhouse member of the guild.
Being an S-class mage of the former Phantom Lord, Juvia is definitely one of the strongest mages in Fairy Tail. Wielding a Water Magic, she can transform herself into water, resisting physical attacks. She can create tidal waves, cyclones, bubbles, and even form water bullets and blades.
Why is Juvia only in the top nine? Because she can easily be beaten by Erza, Mirajane, Ultear, Minerva, Kagura and maybe Wendy.
The Superhuman and the Alien
Morgiana (Magi: Labyrinth of Magic) and Yuki Nagato (The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya)
A former slave, Morgiana is the third protagonist of the Magi series. As a Fanalis, a hunting tribe of the Dark Continent, she has immense physical strength and enhanced speed and senses. She also knows martial arts and uses the power if Djinn, Amol, who controls fire. Morgiana in the top eight is enough, since she is definitely strong but not strong enough to be on the higher tier.
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The Princess of the Shihōin Clan
Yoruichi Shihōin (Bleach)
A former captain of the 2nd Division of the Gotei 13, and also a former captain of the Onmitsukido, Yoruichi is our top seven on the list. She can transform into a black cat. She is also an expert in hand-to-hand combat; an expert swordswoman; has enhanced strength, speed and durability; is a kido expert, a master assassin, and a master strategist. I can say that she is the top two strongest female characters in Bleach based on her history. Without her Shikai and Bankai being revealed, she can be a formidable opponent for sure.
The Snake Princess
Boa Hancock (One Piece)
The only female member of the Shichibukai, the Snake Princess of Amazon Lily, Boa Hancock, our top six, is the strongest female character in One Piece. She is a famous man-hater, except for Luffy. She indiscriminately attacks every man, pirates and even marines, but not Luffy, for she loves Luffy very much. She is so strong that she can single-highhandedly destroy several Pacifistas. She has enhanced strength and can use Haki. She ate the Mero Mero no Mi or the Love-Love Fruit. She can make others fall in love with her and can turn them to stones. Turning the opponent to stones and dealing damage by using her strength is her way of dealing with the opponents. I can surely say that after the time skip, Boa is stronger than before.
Erza Scarlet (Fairy Tail)
The strongest female protagonist of the Fairy Tail series, Erza the Titania is my fifth strongest female character in the anime. She has the power to Requip, it allows her to swap weapons and armors simultaneously. She is said to have over 100 armors and 200 different weapons. She has an enhanced strength, immense durability, immense magic power and immense reflexes. Her power can be proven with the battles she won with some of the strongest villains in Fairy Tail. Among them are Jellal, Azuma, Minerva, Midnight and the 100 monsters in the Pandemonium.
Here are the list of her known armors:
- Heaven's Wheel Armor - with this armor she can summon over 200 different weapons and she can fly while fighting.
- Black Wing Armor
- Flame Empress Armor – this armor has a flame resistance and with this Erza can manipulate fire.
- The Giant's Armor – Erza gained an enhanced strength when using this armor.
- Adamantine Armor – this armor increases Erza’s defense and with this she can also create magical barrier.
- Purgatory Armor
- Lightning Empress Armor –this armor gives Erza a resistance to Lightning attacks and she can use Lightning magic with this.
- Flight Armor - this armor increases Erza’s speed
- Robe of Yūen
- Morning Star Armor
- Armadura Fairy
- Sea Empress Armor – this armor gives Erza resistance to Water magic and she can also use Water magic with this.
- Nakagami Armor
- Farewell Fairy Tail Armor – the name says it all.
The Best Armor is...
The Top 1 of the 104th Trainees Squad
Mikasa Ackerman (Shingeki No Kyojin, aka Attack on Titan)
The adopted sister of Eren Yeager and the main female protagonist of the series. She is so protective towards Eren due to the last request of Eren’s mother before he was eaten by a titan. She is the top student who graduated along with Eren, Armin and the others. She has an unexplained immense strength. She can also use the 3D Manuever Gear excellently. It seems like having her in the top 4 is quite questionable, but I think it’s ok for her to be in this rank since she’s just a normal 15-year-old girl battling titans on rampage. So need I say more why she is on top 4?
The Former "Kenpachi"
Retsu Unohana (Bleach)
The former wielder of the name Kenpachi and the captain of the Fourth Division of Gotei 13, Unohana is Soul Society’s best healer. But why is she on the top 3 if she is known as just the best healer? Actually, she was formerly known as the most diabolical criminal to ever exist in the Soul Society. So with that, I can say that Unohana is one of the strongest female anime characters. A master healer, a master swordsman, and a criminal. She has the thirst for murdering and battling strong opponents. Need I say more?
The Wretched Egg
Shiro (Deadman Wonderland)
The childhood friend of Ganta, Shiro was an adopted daughter of Ganta’s mother. She was the first Deadman, a human with enhance immune system. She has a second personality known as the Wretched Egg. She has the ability to regenerate. She also has an enhanced physical strength. Once the Wretched Egg controls over her body, she became a mass murderer, killing every person she sees. She is very dark and very sadistic. That’s the reason why Shiro became the second strongest female anime character.
The Queen Diclonius
Lucy (Elfen Lied)
The main character, the anti-heroine, and the anti-villainess of the series. She was called the Queen Diclonius. Diclonius is a a newly evolved species higher than an average person, possessing psychokinetic powers far beyond Human. She is both ruthlessly tormented and at times a sadistic tormentor, driven by the cruelty she found in life. She possessed a power over Vectors, invisible telekinetic arms. She has a killer instinct inside her. She killed another Diclonius by dismembering. She killed her love interest’s family. I don’t know if she is the strongest or the darkest female anime character. But yeah she’s strong! She’s my number one!
The Best Among the Rest
© 2014 Mr Random
Genos on June 13, 2020:
Mirajane Strauss from Fairy Tail
Wendy on June 11, 2020:
Wendy Marvell on Fairy Tail
Idk on May 30, 2020:
ZeroTwo Should be here
g on April 10, 2020:
Biscuit in hxh??
Arthur Tam on December 10, 2019:
none of these characters will stand a chance against Ultimate Madoka, and she is invincible, and nothing can touch her, she is also religion called Madokaism. Her power level is the same as Jesus' level. rewriting the law of cycles is once something that only christian gods can do but now due to the result of madoka's final wish, she possess the same powers as the christian gods, greek gods, and buddhism. So Madoka is clearly the winner.
Makesuretoswallow on June 30, 2019:
Any dragon ball female character from the ToP Is stronger than all of these nonce.
CakeSlice on June 25, 2019:
Erza from Fairy Tail
Mikasa from AOT....
Who will win?
Arshi Wazir on April 11, 2019:
Revy from Black lagoon
Lucy from Elfen Lied
Olivier Armstrong, Riza Hawkeye and Izumi Curtis from Fullmetal Alchemist
Mikasa Mikoto from Railgun
Lily Bear0117 on April 06, 2019:
I choose Erza and Mikasa because they’re from my two favorite anime,and they’re my favorite female characters
Glory on March 05, 2019:
Mikasa is nooooot!!! Stronger than morgiana dummmmmmyyyy!!!!!!!!!!
!Hater! on February 27, 2019:
Hmm....No! Hancock is not the strongest female in OP, what about Big Mom...And why is Erza before Hancock? She might be cooler for ya but Erza would win for Hancock (without fruit). Not easily but she would tho fr..
midnight on February 11, 2019:
what about Asuna from SAO
and 18 from dragon ball super/dragon ball z
Nade on January 10, 2019:
I'm surprised that Kefla isn't on this list from Dragon Ball Super. I mean, she's pretty far above Universal Level. Hell, all the female Angles in Dragon Ball Super as well, are well above Universal Level. You, powerful enough to casually destroy a Universe.
Frosty on December 19, 2018:
Annie Leonhardt of AOT, i think she's should be as strong as mikasa and she basically destroy the Survey Corps, they're terrified of her!!!
Itachi on December 17, 2018:
Minena Uryuu from Mirai Nikki
H on October 26, 2018:
where the hell is Tsunade??
Freedom Z on September 27, 2018:
Does someone know Stella Vermillion from Rakudai Kishi No Eiyuutan? She was capable to send a man 300 meters away just with an open hand attack...........if it's not strength this........
Sakura Uchiha on September 17, 2018:
Where is Sakura or any female from Naruto
Ceri on August 14, 2018:
SonicSplasher on July 01, 2018:
Kaguay otsusuki where is she
Don't look on June 18, 2018:
Violet Evergarden be the warrior equivalent to Mikasa Ackerman, Violet is very fluid and fast in motion, one shotting multiple people at once, and able to take on a legion of people in the midst of a forest fire. I think she deserved a spot here
Mikasaaa on June 18, 2018:
Morgianna and erza are so much alike. Physically very strong and usually resorts to violent in a difficult situation. Red hair. They used to both be slaves as children.
Mikasa and Morg are my 2 favourites.
chrishwang84 on February 18, 2018:
No matter how strong the other characters are, everyone needs to bow down before the power of the author’s authority, Featherine Augusts Aurora.
I’m not surprised that there is only one black hero. She’s stronger than both of those bitches on February 12, 2018:
I’m not surprised that there is only one black hero. She’s stronger than both of those bitches
Hi on February 12, 2018:
Nothing less to expect for 1#
Ulquiorra on January 17, 2018:
Saber is in opinion the strongest she can beat Erza , Juvia and Lucy and the others
SupremoAce on January 15, 2018:
Erza should be the # 1...
LOL on January 12, 2018:
LOL on the comments XD
Aznmiao on December 28, 2017:
Meh my team of Akame, Esdeath, Altair, Android 18, and Tatsumaki will crush all those other lolis
OldNightmare on November 27, 2017:
They are capable of erasing the entire list by themselves.
todo on November 22, 2017:
isnt madoka stronger than them all
Jacob on November 11, 2017:
In my opinion, complaining about a damesl-in-distress character being sexy and fanservicy is reasonable, but complaining about a strong, independant woman doing that is kind of silly and insecure. I mean, I don't have a problem with a strong woman being sexy and I don't see why anyone else would.
DAMN! on October 29, 2017:
HOW ABOUT KAGUYA FROM NARUTO SERIES YA KNOW!
Cookie on September 12, 2017:
What about Sakura or Tsunade from Naruto. They're some serious power houses.
K on June 20, 2017:
I think satellizer El Bridget is really the strongest , she's super powerful and chiffon Fairchild or ticy fenil , freezing girls are really strong , but morgiana is also so powerful , there's many powerful girls I don't really Agee with this list , but this is your opinion .
Randommm on June 03, 2017:
Mirajane is much more powerful than Juvia.
welp on May 27, 2017:
Mrs.Buggyautistic Jr. on May 26, 2017:
Nanoha Takamachi from Mahou Shoujo Lyrical Nanoha
Usagi Tsukino/Sailor Moon (Sailor Moon)
Makoto Kino/Sailor Jupiter (Sailor Moon)
Ami Mizuno/Sailor Mercury (Sailor Moon)
Haruka Suzumiya (Rumbling Hearts)
Hinata Hyuga (Naruto Shippuden)
Kagome Higurashi (Inuyasha)
Hakufu Sonsaku (Ikki Tousen Series)
Inori Yuzuriha (Guilty Crown)
Rei Miyamoto (Highschool Of The Dead)
Homura Akemi (Puella Magi Madoka Magica)
Queen of the Blades on May 14, 2017:
Featherine Augusts Aurora (from Umineko)
= Having the author's authority. Hands down.
noname on April 13, 2017:
RWBY Lover on February 26, 2017:
Coco Adel from RWBY
rln on November 28, 2016:
Don't forget Esdeath please....
MirajaneStrauss on November 21, 2016:
Mira shall be there and Juvia nor Lucy shall NOT be there ya know
izanagi ookami on November 17, 2016:
Why not include eileen belserion from fairytail,teresa from claymore??that both female much more stronger than any list above,right
Unknown on November 13, 2016:
Android 18 from db
Tim on November 11, 2016:
I like Rem. Rem is best girl.
HenryWong122 on October 21, 2016:
I know 3 women (well not women per se), that could beat Lucy (Elfen Lied), Lillymon, Lilithmon, and Minervamon.
anonymous on October 16, 2016:
I would say Riza Hawkeye (FMA) and Touka from Tokyo Ghoul would do well on this list but otherwise it seems good.
Redwan on October 05, 2016:
hinata of naruto is best
Talfal on September 19, 2016:
What about Annie Leonhart ? And Dante from FMA 2003 , she was a very powerful one ? And Lucy heartfilia ? Didn't even thought about FMA brotherhood ?? Olivia Armstrong , lan fan , izumi Curtis ??
YourAverageOtaku on July 09, 2016:
Railgun on June 26, 2016:
Whaaaat misaka mikoto is the best she has her own anime to aru kagaku no railgun she is the best electromaster and electric princess railgun she is number 1 in the academy city
Ghost on June 25, 2016:
How the hell is no one from Naruto here .. Are you trying to say that no women from the Ninja world can beat atleast any 1 from the above 10 ?? You should atleast take all the famous anime's into account when you make a list.
Haikyuulover101 on June 21, 2016:
A lot of people are saying that Mikasa shouldn't be on this list because she is a 'human' or a 'normal schoolgirl ', but I honestly disagree. I don't mean to offend anyone, but I think Mikasa deserves to be in the top four, even number one! The fact that she is just a human is the reason why I think that actually. Everyday, she faces titans; humanoid like creatures that eat humans just for fun. And everyday, against all the odds, she goes out from the walls and risks her life to give humanity a chance at winning against the titans. Not to mention, she comes back alive and stronger then before. The fact that she's a human, and not some kind of supernatural being, and she does this everyday is why I think that she deserves to be on this list more than anyone! And, by the way, even if this doesn't count as a legitimate power, she and Levi mention that the Ackermans have the ability to do what needs to be done, when it needs to be done. It's, in my opinion, a pretty cool ability to have. That's probably the reason why Levi Ackerman is known as Humanity's Strongest Soldier and why Mikasa is the top of her class. She is just that awesome. :)
Bob on May 28, 2016:
Yuno Gasai (Future Diary), Touka kirishima (Tokyo ghoul)
blackbutler fan on May 18, 2016:
you should have atleast added lizze from black butler,
ryouko from kill la kill
lucy from fairy tail
wendy from fairy tail
mirajane from fairy tail
akame from akame ga kill
saya from blood-c
saya in general.....
you metioned really great strong female anime characters but next time if you could please include them
Kamisama on May 03, 2016:
How about Satellizer from Freezing? Or Chiffon? Definitely Chiffon Fairchild or Satellizer el Bridget tsk tsk
Kiari on April 09, 2016:
You should have mentioned FMA character. Its female characters r strong
joycelyn on February 14, 2016:
you should at least have akame, angel, or aiz
Male Otaku on December 19, 2015:
I meant diebuster name is too similar XP
Male Otaku on December 19, 2015:
Watch gun busters girl destory planets
Smile09 on August 26, 2015:
shadow girl on February 28, 2015:
why isn't lucy heartfilla in this in the tartaros arc spoiler she is clearly one of the strongest she freaking sommed the celestial spirt king and open three gates at once destroyed allgera in addition she had gain aquarius powers and used urano metria WITHOUT gemini! !! heck she even deafeated angel!!! cmon dude!!!!!! oh by the way she also defeated sherry
Lily on February 27, 2015:
What about Teresa from Claymore? Said to be the strongest Number 1 ever created (basically the strongest Claymore ever). She's definitely my most favourite female anime character ever.
Jayvee on February 14, 2015:
What's it take to become a sublime exupdnoer of prose like yourself?
Reza on February 11, 2015:
When you put 'strongest female anime character', doesn't do fair to rei, saeko and mikasa as they are just normal human compared to the others you put inside this list.
1. Haruhi Suzumiya
- Nagato Yuki basically is created by Haruhi, thus making her invalid in the list as Haruhi should be there instead.
2. Lina Inverse. Anyone who watched Slayers would knew this.
3. Ryougi Shiki. This is rather a fun choice. Having a pair of eyes that can make her literally kill anything (even disease and God? wut?)
Lindy on January 19, 2015:
I would put Saber from Fate/Stay Night and Fate/Zero in this list :D
seriously? on January 13, 2015:
there is erza but no mirajane? are you kidding me?
Kazuha on January 04, 2015:
Odysseus on December 13, 2014:
Couldn't agree more with this list.
Randomgirl on October 15, 2014:
Lol on September 19, 2014:
you forget, madoka is god
Bob on August 08, 2014:
Joshh on July 08, 2014:
Uhhh... Lina Inverse???
Alex on May 22, 2014:
to be honest a normal human such as Mikasa or Rei shouldn't really feature on a 'most powerful' list, between the big four and a few others you could clean out this list quite easily. I'd be putting Hakaze from Zetsuen no Tempest on this list, Misaka Mikoto (Railgun) from A Certain Magical Index and a few fairy tail characters. Not really the place for highschool girls.
Mr Random (author) on May 21, 2014:
Kotobukijake, Sorry for some contradicting points on what I write about. Yeah maybe I should have put Wendy and not Juvia, thanks for that point. And about the age, yeah i would like to put those name that you have written, I searched them and I would say that they are strong enough to be in this list, but I don't know them. I write about the strongest female anime character I only know. Still thank you for the feedback, I appreciate it. :)
Mr Random (author) on May 21, 2014:
Sorry I don't know who Misaka Mikoto is. I actually stated above that this list is the strongest female anime character I KNOW. So I don't think it would be an invalid list. Thanks for viewing and commenting, though. :))
kotobukijake on May 21, 2014:
Interesting list. However, given your repeated noting of the age of certain characters as part of your basis for including them, plus your noting that Juvia could likely be defeated by the Sky Dragon Slayer Wendy, maybe Wendy could have shared that slot? Also, from what I've seen of the series so far, there is little question that Ultear and Mirajane deserve a higher spot on sheer strength (though, perhaps not if other things are factored in). Back to the issue of age, however, surely Negima!s MIDDLE SCHOOL-age girls of Mahora Academy class 3-A deserve consideration. Granted, Evangeline A.K. McDowell is over 600 years old, and technically Asuna Kagurazaka is also an old lady, but those two powerhouses aside there is also Setsuna Sakurazaka (master swordswoman), Kaede Nagase (skilled ninja-in-training), Tatsumiya Mana (master sniper and skilled at hand-to-hand combat), Chao Ling-Shen (time-travelling super-genius and martial arts expert) and "Master Ku" Fei (Chao's martial arts instructor, and renowned martial artist herself). And that's just the ones who got part of their due in the anime; read the manga, and almost the entire class would be contenders for this list, and a couple of the above would be almost indisputable. A few other possibles: the deities from Ah! My Goddess (Urd in particular); the title protagonist of Kino's Journey; Slayers' Lina Inverse; several of the females from Ranma 1/2 (Cologne is indisputable, and Shampoo and Ukyou are also good contenders); some of the females from InuYasha (Sango and Kagome in particular); some of the ladies from Naruto (Tsunade seems a good choice); and so on. No doubt about Lucy and Erza being on this list, though, and Yuki and Juvia were fun choices.
Alex on May 21, 2014:
No Misaka Mikoto, immediately an invalid list xD