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Girl Power! The Strongest Female Anime Characters

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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

Strong Anime Girl Characters

The most badass girls in the world of anime.

8. Ran Mouri & Hime Onizuka

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

6. Aoi Kunieda

In the 7th spot is Aoi Kunieda of Beelzebub who was once the 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 are 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

6. Asuna Yuuki, Misaka Mikoto & Kallen Kozuki

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 in 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

5. Boa Hancock and Erza Scarlet

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!

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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 one 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

4. Shihouin Yorouichi

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, and 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

3. Kagura

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

2. Mikasa Ackerman

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

1. Retsu Unohana

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/


Nani on August 13, 2020:

Yall rlly forget about Akame i-

Fajexpress on July 19, 2020:

I think you should add kelfa from dragon Ball super

Oni-chan on June 11, 2020:

Where's kaguya

Vanessa on June 09, 2020:

What about Merlin from seven deadly sins?

Bradlee Sargent on June 02, 2020:

Also Kagari Ayaka from Witchcraft Works is no slouch.

Bradlee Sargent on June 02, 2020:

What about Project Ak-0

Bishou NO teresa on May 25, 2020:

are you an idiot? Teresa, a woman the strongest anime character ever how wouldn't it be on this list if it was it would surely be the first person gushing power out of her personality?????????? where is teresa of the faint smile????????????????

ahmed on May 18, 2020:

What about Kaguya?

p???? on May 14, 2020:

what about lucy heartfilia

takints on May 05, 2020:

why is sakura not here

Hunter x hunter on April 10, 2020:

Actually, adding Biscuit Krueger from hxh will be a good idea. I know none of these characters so I don't know if Bisky is stronger or not, Nevertheless, you should consider this choice.

Vote on March 23, 2020:


There are a lot of strong anime characters but Erza is the strongest. This is even more evident in the last season of Fairytail where she is the one to fight most enemies non-stop. She is an epitome of an extraordinary lady who can not just survive but standout. Her physical strength is not only the one to taken account to. She has what it takes to move on. Despite the unfortunate events that has happened to her, she'd always choose the right thing. She'd always choose to move on. She is different to other strong female anime char because she want kind resolution over cruel ones that displays violence. Her strong personality. Her physical strength. And her resolution.

TheNinjaAnimePheonix on January 01, 2020:

What about Sakura Haruno or Lady Tsunade!?

suebel on December 23, 2019:

Thanks buddy to giving mikasa 2nd position because she deserve to be .I like her attitude more than her skills

A Gokutard on October 21, 2019:

Boi, Vados is a Angel? Where is she? A18 is strong too, I’m pretty sure Vados, Cus, Marcarita, or Martinu would be here since they’re Angels, or Heles, she’s a G.o.D.

Zoe on July 06, 2019:

I can’t believe you forgot lizzy!! She’s cute and adorable but is the strongest girl I’ve seen!

I have never seen a girl like you on June 29, 2019:

You know I have some friends who have a good day at school today so I will have a little bit more time in bed watching a movie with some friends who love you forever

Rifqymaz on June 03, 2019:

The person who wrote the person was stupid (BODOH/TOLOL/GOBLOK) and knewledgeable (SOK TAHU) because he was there:

- Suzumiya haruhi (the melancholy of haruhi suzumiya)

- Madoka, homura akemi (puella magi Madoka Magica)

- Lucy / nyu / kaede (elfen lied)

- Yuno gasai (Mirai nikki)

- Saber, Rin tohsaka (fate series)

- Medaka, ajimu (medaka box)

- Rias (highschool dxd),

- Tohka, kurumi (date a live)

- Morgiana (Magi the labyrinth

- Shana (shakugan no Shana)

- Revy (black lagoon)

- Lina inverse (slayers)

NB: I deliberately wrote with the Indonesian word because ayu is an Indonesian name

Juvia on May 16, 2019:

Mirajane, Irene, Juvia, Minerva, should all be in here. wait, Mavis should too

france on May 09, 2019:

i think sakura must be there too........

Sarah on February 10, 2019:

You should have added Yuno Gasai from Mirai Nikki

Chi on February 05, 2019:

Teresa from Claymore easily tops the entire list...

barry allen on January 14, 2019:

Empty List without YUNO GASAI #QueenOfYandere

Fred on December 20, 2018:

Where is kaguya from naruto

Lord Blizzard on October 14, 2018:

None of these girls could even hurt base Vegeta's arm, Lazuli (Android 18) can.

Esdeath on September 01, 2018:

I literally agree with the no 1

and no 2 should be Kaguya Otsutsuki

And I think she's still the strongest character of whole Naruto series

Crimson on August 24, 2018:

Here's a list that you didn't added

"Yuno Gasai" from Mirai Nikki

She almost destroyed the whole universe for a single guy ( yukki )

"Kaguya otsutsuki" from naruto

The beginning of Chakra or the "Mother of all Chakra"

"Sakura Haruno" from naruto

Has a monster punch

That can destroy a giant bridge-like-post and punches it in the air and it immediately turns it to dust without touching it

"Tsunade" from naruto

One of the legendary sannins/sage

And also the teacher of Sakura Haruno

"Hinata hyuga"

The princess of byakugan

"Merlin" from the seven deadly sins

asuka on July 08, 2018:

Hmm, I think elizabeth deserves to be in there, After all she is a goddess and Erza deserves to be either 1st or 2nd place.

Aelred on June 08, 2018:

sakura is weak af

Mob on April 22, 2018:


Fred from SoCal on April 04, 2018:

You want power? There's the 3 Chosin in Tenchi Myo... Wouldn't want to tick off Ryoko, either.

Erza and MJ are both way up there.

Tsunade from Naruto is a powerhouse.

Madoka essentially becomes God. Homura becomes... the Devil?

Merlin from the 7 Deadly Sins.

Good list you have there!

Senpai on February 17, 2018:

Where are Sakura Haruno and Hinata Hyouga from Naruto

ashiromisaki on February 11, 2018:

Erza deserves the top spot

Gurako on January 29, 2018:

I like kagura.......because she is very cute and strong ........

Aznmiao on December 28, 2017:

Wtf where is Akame and Esdeath? Altair?

Ashiro on December 28, 2017:

Erza should be no. 1 and please include "Kaguya" from Naruto and "Android 18" from DBS

Lara on September 20, 2017:

Maybe You Not Know About "Kaguya Otsutsuki"

Blah on August 03, 2017:

What about kaguya??? From Naruto. She is pure badass.

Rage360 on July 09, 2017:



liann shido on May 31, 2017:

i voted erza scarlet . her armour magic is something else. she's alwaays doing her best in battle field.

sae on March 20, 2017:

I vote for Asuna

havenoq on January 09, 2017:

Kaguya ootsutsuki??

HenryWong122 on October 11, 2016:

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

Ayu (author) from Sorajima on February 22, 2015:

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

Thanks lleyton! :D

lleyton on February 20, 2015:

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!)☺

Ayu (author) from Sorajima on January 19, 2015:

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

Anonymous on January 18, 2015:

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

Ayu (author) from Sorajima on November 03, 2014:

Thanks, Lasdi! :)

Lasdi on October 30, 2014:

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.

Hakaze on August 10, 2014:

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

saber on July 21, 2014:

were is Birdy the Mighty

sintelle on July 10, 2014:

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

Neonpop on July 04, 2014:

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

Ayu (author) from Sorajima on June 22, 2014:

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

Neonpop on June 20, 2014:

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.

Alex on June 19, 2014:

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

D on June 16, 2014:

How could you forget Revy from Black Lagoon!!

(O_O) on May 10, 2014:

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

Joe franc on May 09, 2014:

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

jarwoos on May 01, 2014:

Should have added Mirajane from Fairy Tail as well!

Alex on April 16, 2014:

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

blinker on April 15, 2014:

where is Saber??

Ayu (author) from Sorajima on March 21, 2014:

Thanks for the suggestions! Will watch them all :D

XD on March 21, 2014:

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

Zelkiiro on March 07, 2014:

The lack of Lina Inverse is disappointing.

Alex on January 31, 2014:

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

Drew on January 30, 2014:

What about Mirajane and Nico Robin?

Alex on January 28, 2014:

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)

Nipah on January 26, 2014:

Why no madoka?

Nipah on January 26, 2014:

Why no madoka?

neko on January 26, 2014:

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

Ayu (author) from Sorajima on January 22, 2014:

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 :)

Dokuyaku on January 22, 2014:

Where's Morgiana? :'(

Flatboard on January 10, 2014:

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

foo on January 04, 2014:

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

Laaaaara on December 21, 2013:

I voted for Erza :)

Ayu (author) from Sorajima on October 24, 2013:

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

Alex on October 24, 2013:

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...

Ayu (author) from Sorajima on October 17, 2013:

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 :)

Alex on October 17, 2013:

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...

Ayu (author) from Sorajima on October 15, 2013:

Will have to agree with you on Revy

Some prick of the internet on October 14, 2013:

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)?

Alex on October 10, 2013:

Number 18

Ayu (author) from Sorajima on September 03, 2013:

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 on September 03, 2013:

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).

Lord Magnus on September 01, 2013:

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.

Kiko on August 30, 2013:

No Morgiana? :(

Ayu (author) from Sorajima on August 23, 2013:

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

Zombeh on August 23, 2013:

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...

Anonymous on August 19, 2013:

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

... on August 03, 2013:

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

you should also add mirajane from fairy tail

_shinigami_ on July 15, 2013:

Mikasa ^_^

LG from Ozamiz City, Philippines on July 01, 2013:

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

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

Ayu (author) from Sorajima on June 30, 2013:

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!

Alex on June 30, 2013:

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

Chris Qu on June 30, 2013:

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. ^^

Seet from California on June 30, 2013:

I vote Mikasa!

Firoz from India on June 30, 2013:


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