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Girl Power! The Strongest Female Anime Characters

Updated on July 18, 2013

The most badass girls in the world of anime


Hime Onizuka (Sket Dance) - upper left and upper right. Ran Mouri (Detective Conan) - lower left and lower right
Hime Onizuka (Sket Dance) - upper left and upper right. Ran Mouri (Detective Conan) - lower left and lower right | Source

In the 8th spot is a tie between two pretty (and) strong anime girls, Ran Mouri of Detective Conan and Hime Onizuka (also known as Himeko, sometimes Onihime) of Sket Dance. The two girls qualified to be on this list because of their natural strength and combat abilities despite being mere mortals and not having supernatural powers. Both Ran and Onihime are skilled in close combat or hand-to-hand combat.

Ran Mouri is more known for her Karate skills but is also well-trained in Judo. She is captain of Teitan High School's Karate club and has won numerous tournaments in the anime series. She has defeated several criminals while solving murder cases with Conan and her father. Because of this, Shinichi almost never worries about her safety and is sometimes more concerned with the victims of Ran's Karate skills.

Though not trained in the martial arts, Himeko is an extraordinarily strong street fighter. She played field hockey as a child and used a field hockey stick in her first fight against some school delinquents. Since then, her only weapon has been her field hockey stick and is unstoppable with it.


Aoi Kunieda - Beelzebub
Aoi Kunieda - Beelzebub | Source

In the 7th spot is Aoi Kunieda of Beelzebub who was once leader of the Red Tail group and is one of the strongest in Ishiyama High. She is equally skilled in both sword fighting and martial arts. Her defense skills is as good as her offense techniques. After an intensive training, she was able to use a new technique where a demon possesses her body thus increasing her strength and speed. Even Beelzebub protagonist Oga Tatsumi acknowledges her fighting prowess and skills, enough to make our 7th strongest female character blush!


Yuuki Asuna (Sword Art Online) - top Misaka Mikoto (To Aru Kagaku no Railgun) - middle Kallen Kozuki (Code Geass) - bottom
Yuuki Asuna (Sword Art Online) - top Misaka Mikoto (To Aru Kagaku no Railgun) - middle Kallen Kozuki (Code Geass) - bottom | Source

In the 6th spot is a triple tie among Asuna Yuuki of Sword Art Online, Misaka Mikoto of To Aru Kagaku no Railgun and Kallen Kozuki/Kallen Stadtfeld of Code Geass. These three girls are among the strongest and most powerful in their own fields. Asuna is a skilled sword-wielder, Misaka is one of the top espers in Academy City while Kallen is one of the best mecha-pilots in the entire Code Geass series.

Yuuki Asuna is among the strongest inside the Sword Art Online and is a sub-leader in the Knights of the Blood, the strongest guild in the game. She is in the front line along with Kirito and other gamers who are strong enough to clear the game.

Misaka Mikoto is a level 5 esper, the third strongest among espers in the said level and is the most powerful electromaster in the city. Her most prominent technique is the railgun. Misaka is capable of summoning real lightning.

Kallen Kozuki is the best mecha-pilot in the Order of the Black Knights and is the pilot of the Knightmare. She has damn strong offensive techniques and can take down average robots in a single attack. Even without her Knightmare, she has superior fighting abilities in hand-to-hand combat. Thus, Lelouche considers her as his best chess piece.

Even Ran, Himeko and Aoi are no match to these three!


Boa Hancock (One Piece) - top Erza Scarlet (Fairy Tail) - bottom
Boa Hancock (One Piece) - top Erza Scarlet (Fairy Tail) - bottom | Source

Our 5th spot features two anime chicks who are not just crazy strong but are undeniably beautiful girls as well so let's give it up for One Piece's Boa Hancock and Fairy Tail's Erza Scarlet!

Boa Hancock is the snake princess of the Amazon Lily and the only female Shichibukai. She is skilled in hand-to-hand combat and primarily uses kicking techniques where she turns her foes into stone. Adding to her superhuman strength, she was able to obtain devil fruit powers after eating the Mero Mero no Mi fruit. Using Mero Mero no Mi, she can use long range attacks and turn her opponents into stone. What makes Boa Hancock more amazing though is her ability to use the Conqueror's Haki, an ability that only one in a million people can use and are only inherent to people with kingly/royal attributes like Whitebeard and Shanks.

Erza Scarlet is an S-class mage from the Fairy Tail guild. Erza possesses excellent mastery of her Requip magic where she can easily change her weapon and clothes at will. She is a natural hand-to-hand combatant and a skilled swords user. Moreover, she is capable of using telekinesis even as a child. She is a formidable opponent with excellent offense and defense skills, speed, swordsmanship and intelligence enough to make her on of the best mages in the entire Fairy Tail series.

Just one of these two girls is a scary enough opponent I wouldn't even dream of Boa and Erza joining forces!


Shihouin Yorouichi - Bleach
Shihouin Yorouichi - Bleach | Source

Now that we are down to the 4th spot, I give you one of the hottest, strongest, most intelligent and skilled female anime character loved by almost everyone in the entire anime world - Shihouin Yorouichi of Bleach!

Shihouin Yorouichi is the former captain of the Gotei 13 second division and the Onmitsukido. She is an excellent hand to hand combatant, one of the best in Soul Society, that she is rarely seen with a zanpakuto or sword. She is known as the best user of the shunpo technique thus she is regarded as the fastest shinigami and was given the title the goddess of flash. Although not much emphasized in the series, Yorouichi has mastered the art of assassination during her days as 2nd division captain and as commander of the Onmitsukido. Moreover, she is the only character in the Bleach series who is capable of transforming into a cat. Shihouin Yorouichi is definitely one of the coolest, hottest and strongest female anime characters of all time!


Kagura - Gintama
Kagura - Gintama | Source

Kagura of Ginatama is not a human but an Amanto from a distant planet. She is unbelievably strong and an extremely powerful hand-to-hand combatant despite her young age and small body frame. She has an umbrella that she uses for both offensive and defensive techniques but is still powerful even without it. She uses violence to solve problems and can be merciless to her friends and foes alike. Oftentimes, Kagura is unable to control her excessive strength, hurting others in the process probably because of her innate killer instincts which she inherited in her blood. She turns into a wild and fearsome opponent once her killer instincts are unleashed. I actually almost gave the third spot to Yorouichi but after I took into consideration their age and realized that Kagura was monstruously strong for her age, I decided to give it to Kagura instead. I think no one else deserves the third spot other than Kagura!


Mikasa Ackerman - Shingeki no Kyojin/Attack on Titan
Mikasa Ackerman - Shingeki no Kyojin/Attack on Titan | Source

Attack on Titan's Mikasa Ackerman is a genius and is excellent in anything and everything she does. Her battle skills are first-class and incomparable and her strength and extraordinary skills are unbelievable for a human without special powers or magical abilities! She is also an excellent user of the 3D Maneuver Gear and was even said to be "worth a hundred ordinary soldiers." What makes Mikasa even more amazing is that she can take down several Titans in a flash, something that even veteran soldiers are not capable of. Her capability of killing huge numbers of giants (not the usual funny and retarded looking giants but the terrifying and dreadful human-eating giants) with ease and without losing her cool makes Mikasa Ackerman most worthy of the second spot on this list!


Retsu Unohana - Bleach
Retsu Unohana - Bleach | Source

Retsu Unohana (formerly Yachiru Unohana) was first known as the best healer in Soul Society and captain of Gotei 13 fourth division. Being one of the oldest captains, she almost has complete mastery of Kido techniques and is one of the most powerful combatants in Soul Society. However, she is most skilled in the use of swords and is probably one of the wildest sword wielders in the world of anime along with Zaraki Kenpachi. All Bleach fans originally found Unohana gentle, soft-spoken and nice, only to find out that she was a bloodthirsty killer and mass murderer unable to restrain her killer instincts and was one of the most notorious criminal in the entire history of Soul Society. One of the best surprises in the entire Bleach series, Retsu Unohana's bloody history earned her the title the strongest female anime character on this list!

Congratulations, Unohana! \m/

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    • jabelufiroz profile image

      Firoz 3 years ago from India

      I like SHIHOUIN YOROUICHI. Voted up.

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      Seet 3 years ago from California

      I vote Mikasa!

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      Chris Qu 3 years ago

      Hey, this is cool! I haven't seen all of these, but of the ones I've seen... Hmm... Tough call between Yoruichi and Erza. But I voted Erza, because as far as Bleach goes I'm more of a fan of Soi Fon. ^^

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      Alex 3 years ago

      If only Tifa Lockhart was an anime girl, she'd boss this list.

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      Ayu Bi 3 years ago from Sorajima

      I misspelled Mikasa Ackerman's name in the poll. As much as I want to correct it, the votes which were already counted will be deleted if I do. Please bear with it, ill be more careful next time :) Thanks for the votes and comments!

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      Lanao G 3 years ago from Ozamiz City, Philippines

      It would be great if you have included sakura chan...hahah!!!!

      anyway....great listing you've got here... :D

    • _shinigami_ 3 years ago

      Mikasa ^_^

    • ... 3 years ago

      the pic of scarlet is wrong that's knightwalker from edolas(erzas counterpart)

      you should also add mirajane from fairy tail

    • Anonymous 3 years ago

      Nice list. It should definitely have included Tsunade or Sakura from Naruto.

    • Zombeh 3 years ago

      you should include Eucliwood Hellscythe in this list, while she never engage in a serious combat, her powers are seriously insane... if you know what I'm talking about...

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      Ayu Bi 3 years ago from Sorajima

      Haven't seen the anime yet so let's see :)

    • Kiko 3 years ago

      No Morgiana? :(

    • Lord Magnus 3 years ago

      Kurokami Medaka and Najimi Ajimu of Medaka Box. No one is as OP as Najimi Ajimu who owns 12,858,051,967,633,864 skills! She may be one of the most powerful character created in any media.

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      Alex 3 years ago

      I agree with Zombeh - Eucliwood's insane on power level alone, if she speaks, most of the world could end up dead... Also Lucy from Elfen Lied is a good shout; and should really deserve a place on this list. Misaka Mikoto's very powerful, being a level 5 Esper should really put her clear of most of the people in this list, considering she takes on several armies and wins without hassle (read the Light Novels, she's incredible).

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      Ayu Bi 3 years ago from Sorajima

      Hello, SomeEldarGuy, Zombeh, Kiko and Lord Magnus! :D

      Would definitely take the time to watch more anime series so I could include your suggestions on this list or I could make an entirely different set of characters in a new hub. I think it's a waste to edit the poll since the votes would go back to zero once I do so.

      I don't really like Erza Scarlet but she seems to be leading so far with 39 of 140 votes. I really think Kagura, Misaka and Unohana are damn crazy strong though.

      Keep on voting/continue to leave a comment if you think other anime girls deserve to be on this list!!! B-)

    • Alex 3 years ago

      Number 18

    • Some prick of the internet 3 years ago

      Choices suck. I agree with Aoi Kunieda and a few others, but where the hell is Lucy/Nyu (Elfen Lied), Revy (Black Lagoon), or even Yuno (Mirai Nikki)?

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      Ayu Bi 3 years ago from Sorajima

      Will have to agree with you on Revy

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      Alex 3 years ago

      Yuno's not strong, just equipped with a future diary, and a lil' psycho. And hang on, we're missing a certain Haruhi on this list, being god does make her pretty powerful...

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      Ayu Bi 3 years ago from Sorajima

      My thoughts about Yuno exactly, SomeEldarGuy. Plus im not really a fan of her. This hub is really about the girls' physical strength so I featured characters who are great hand-to-hand combatants and I really can't include Yuno and even Haruhi. Don't know about Lucy, Ill have to watch the series first :)

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      Alex 3 years ago

      I don't know if it counts as hand-to-hand, but Lucy could tear a tank apart with ease. her power has a 2m radius, but anything in that area's gonna die...

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      Ayu Bi 3 years ago from Sorajima

      Sounds powerful to me then :D Just give me some time to watch it! :)

    • Laaaaara 3 years ago

      I voted for Erza :)

    • foo 3 years ago

      No offense but Hilda is way stronger than aoi so Hilda should be here more than aoi should

    • Flatboard 3 years ago

      You put Erza, Kallen, Asuna, Misaka, Yuroichi, AND Mikasa and expect me to vote? Must have lost your mind.

    • Dokuyaku 3 years ago

      Where's Morgiana? :'(

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      Ayu Bi 3 years ago from Sorajima

      Sorry Dokuyakyu :( I'm only on the 5th episode of Magi Season 1. Let me finish it, then ill think about revising this one and adding Morgiana :)

    • neko 2 years ago

      you know Mikoto is wayy stronger than asuna or the girl from Code geass. do you know he can shoot 10 railguns simultaneously and have you seen her in 5,2 mode. literally badass

    • Nipah 2 years ago

      Why no madoka?

    • Nipah 2 years ago

      Why no madoka?

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      Alex 2 years ago

      Neko, I know, Rail-shotgun lol... By all means she's strongest on this list, even when she's not trying. However, I hadn't thought of Madoka, yea, one shot to destroy the mega witch, that's pretty damn powerful. Actually delving back into Index, the AIM Stalker girl, if she reached level 5 would be unstoppable for a few reasons (wiki it, I don't have the willpower to type all of it up xD)

    • Drew 2 years ago

      What about Mirajane and Nico Robin?

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      Alex 2 years ago

      Mirajane's another good shout. don't think she could stand up to railgun IMO, but beats most of this list.

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      Zelkiiro 2 years ago

      The lack of Lina Inverse is disappointing.

    • XD 2 years ago

      You should include here Clare from Claymore, she would make erza look like a kid.

      Medaka and Ajimu of Medaka , Box (they can own gods, literally)

      Madoka Kaname , Yuno Gasai, Haruho (all are gods)

      Shana (who once defeated the god of creation)

      Saber (Owns erza far too easily)

      Eu's words can kill

      Ulla of A sunday without god can kill you once she sees you . her eyes kill

      Mavis Vermillion of Fairy Tail

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      Ayu Bi 2 years ago from Sorajima

      Thanks for the suggestions! Will watch them all :D

    • blinker 2 years ago

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      Alex 2 years ago

      XD know's what they're talking about. Can't disagree with any of them.

    • jarwoos 2 years ago

      Should have added Mirajane from Fairy Tail as well!

    • Joe franc 2 years ago

      Uhm you are forgetting Android 18 from dragonball! She can easily trash every female character even with all of them combined!!

    • (O_O) 2 years ago

      Im surprised Black Rock Shooter isn't on that list.

    • 2 years ago

      How could you forget Revy from Black Lagoon!!

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      Alex 2 years ago

      if you expected the definitive list for the strongest females in anime you probably shouldn't look on here xD

    • Neonpop 2 years ago

      I think this is a good list, but I still think that Kagura is way stronger than Mikasa. Mikasa is very strong, BUT she is still human and she's just a genius.She cant' throw a huge metal thing with her bare hands that's like 15 as big as her and throw it over her head like Kagura can. At least, I don't think she can do something like that. And have you seen her in her uncontrolled Yato form? Kickass.

      Misaka is much stronger than where u put her too. She can wreck Asuna and probably kozuki too with her electricity/metal controlling thing.

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      Ayu Bi 2 years ago from Sorajima

      Hmmm, I think you are right about Kagura, Neonpop.

    • Neonpop 2 years ago

      Also the fact that kagura restrains her strength so she's actually even stronger than you see her :P

    • sintelle 2 years ago

      I really think that minerva from fairy tail should have been on this list *she kicked kagura and erzas' asses and she's really stylish and not stuck up like the other two

    • saber 2 years ago

      were is Birdy the Mighty

    • Hakaze 2 years ago

      Nice list!

      Erza is my number one though... I voted for her :)

      And Morgiana has to be on this list. She's strong, cute and awesomeeee XD

    • Lasdi 2 years ago

      Thank you for including Kagura from Gintama! She is a truly awesome character.

      Olivier Armstrong from Full Metal Alchemist was also quite strong, both on the battlefield and in terms of mental prowess. Seras Victoria from Hellsing would also be another great contender.

      Really enjoyed your list. It's good to know there are strong female anime characters.

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      Ayu Bi 2 years ago from Sorajima

      Thanks, Lasdi! :)

    • Anonymous 2 years ago

      I wish Homura Akemi was here. I guess magical girls don't count.

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      Ayu Bi 2 years ago from Sorajima

      Peace, i don't know her. Will really find time to check out Puella Magi Madoka Magica!

    • lleyton 23 months ago

      I voted for titania which is erza scarlet. By the way the the picture of her is not her, its her counterpart which is erza knightwalker (just sayin!)☺

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      Ayu Bi 23 months ago from Sorajima

      Someone pointed out the same thing, will change it soon haha :)

      Thanks lleyton! :D

    • HenryWong122 3 months ago

      Number 1, should be Minervamon as she can kick all them ass, all cheating 12 of them.

    • havenoq 12 days ago

      Kaguya ootsutsuki??

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