Top 10 Most Badass Female Anime Characters

These characters are not just the standard damsels in distress, waiting to be rescued. No, they are the warriors, the strategists, the leaders, the protectors, and the rebels. They are the ones who have portrayed a plethora of emotions and have been a beacon of strength and inspiration, not just for other characters in their respective series but also for us, the spectators, who look up to them. From mystical magical girls who take on the world with their enchanted abilities to high-flying mecha pilots who redefine bravery, to the witty and strong-willed everyday girls who tackle life’s challenges with grit and humor - these characters emanate an aura of badassery that's hard to match.
The Top Ten
1 Saeko Busujima - Highschool of the Dead
2 Revy - Black Lagoon Rebecca Lee, mainly referred to as Revy, and sometimes Two Hands, is the main female protagonist of the Black Lagoon series.

Overall, the ten I picked here were an excruciatingly difficult decision. There are so many eligible female badasses! But I have no doubt that Revy is number one. She has spunk, bullets, and is almost undefeatable when it comes to gun standoffs. Saeko has nothing on her.

Everything about Revy screams badass. She's the best gun user in anime, in my opinion, and she's undefeatable but not ridiculously overpowered either.

Revy is the best bounty hunter ever! She's very badass! I'm so sad that the anime is so short. I would watch it for years if Revy was there with her crew!

3 Mikasa Ackerman - Attack on Titan Mikasa Ackerman is a fictional character in the manga and anime series Attack on Titan, also known as Shingeki no Kyojin in Japanese, created by Hajime Isayama. She accompanies the main protagonist Eren Jaeger. Her most notable feature is the red scarf that she wears. She is one of the most strongest... read more

There's a difference between being a badass and being an overpowered Mary Sue. Mikasa is the latter.

She is number 1! She's the biggest female badass ever!

Number 43? Come on, she should be higher on the list!

4 Lucy - Elfen Lied

Don't even think about voting until you at least Google "Lucy gun." Then tell me what a badass chick looks like.

I'm pretty sure that she can slice up every other girl on this list (no offense).

She is really badass. I mean, the way she fights!

5 Android 18 - Dragon Ball

Most badass and strongest anime girl ever. Android 18 rocks.

6 Motoko Kusanagi - Ghost in the Shell Major Motoko Kusanagi is the main protagonist in Masamune Shirow's Ghost in the Shell anime and manga series. She is a "full-body prosthesis" augmented-cybernetic human employed as the field commander of Public Security Section 9, a fictional law-enforcement division of the Japanese National Public... read more

How low she is is really disappointing, considering it's Motoko we're talking about here! I don't think any anime fan can deny her badassery.

Finally, an anime list on this site in which the top item totally deserves the spot!

7 Erza Scarlet - Fairy Tail Erza Scarlet is an S-Class Mage from the infamous magic guild Fairy Tail. Erza starts off as a lone wolf and stays loyal to following the rules. As the story develops Erza changes into loving mage strong and independent. As her terrible past haunts her she ignores her Nakama's calls that they want help... read more

Erza is an incredible wizard, capable of many great things! I think she deserves to be at least top 3.

Not many people in Fairy Tail are badass, but Erza is an exception.

She should be the best female in anime and in shonen because she is the best female in anime and the most badass.

8 Saber - Fate Stay Night Saber is a fictional character from the Japanese visual novel and anime series Fate/stay night by Type-Moon and its prequel, Fate/Zero, by Type-Moon and nitroplus. She is the the Saber-class Servant of Kiritsugu Emiya during the Fourth Holy Grail War in Fate/Zero and the Saber-class Servant of Shirou... read more

To be honest, I think Saber is more badass and stronger than Asuna. I still love Asuna, but I think Saber would beat her by a mile in a fight.

Saber is more badass than Erza, in my opinion.

9 Yoruichi Shihōin - Bleach Yoruichi Shihoin is a fictional character in the Bleach manga series and its adaptations created by Tite Kubo.
10 Riza Hawkeye - Fullmetal Alchemist Riza Hawkeye is a fictional character from the Fullmetal Alchemist manga series and its adaptations created by Hiromu Arakawa.

This woman has about twenty pistols and will not hesitate to pull the trigger. She has even held her superior officer (and love interest) at gunpoint because he was losing sight of his goal and turning dark.

Her attitude, her intelligence, her badass aim, her sexy hair and calmness, and overall, her back tattoo - which taught Roy flame alchemy - makes her amazing.

Oh, I love Riza. Easily the most badass FMA female.

The Contenders
11 Seras Victoria - Hellsing Seras Victoria is a fictional character in the Hellsing manga and anime series created by Kouta Hirano.

She should be at least in the top ten. She's strong, determined, and caring. She's a badass! And I love her guns!

12 Kyoko Sakura - Puella Magi Madoka Magica Kyoko Sakura is a fictional character from the 2011 anime series Puella Magi Madoka Magica and its related media.
13 Faye Valentine - Cowboy Bebop Faye Valentine is a fictional character from Cowboy Bebop who first appeared in the third episode Honky Tonk Woman who was a wanted bounty head who later joined the bounty hunter group along with Spike and Jet, she's arrogant, opportunistic, grumpy and lazy and despite her appearance she's actually... read more
14 Rukia Kuchiki - Bleach

She's cool and not the typical crybaby damsel in distress. She's funny and cares about her friends. I wish she had ended up with Ichigo. One of the reasons I relive the moments and watch Bleach is because of Rukia.

Why is she so low? Rukia is the best anime female character and a total badass! Love you Rukia.

The only reason why I read Bleach 'till the end. Long live Queen Rukia!

15 Annie Leonhart - Attack on Titan Annie Leonhart is a fictional character in the manga and anime series Attack on Titan, also known as Shingeki no Kyojin in Japanese, created by Hajime Isayama.

She did a good job kicking Eren's ass.

16 Videl - Dragon Ball Z Videl is an anime fictional character from the anime series, Dragon Ball Z, created by Akira Toriyama.
17 Zangya - Dragon Ball Z Zangya is an anime fictional character from the anime series, Dragon Ball Z, created by Akira Toriyama.
18 Nanoha Takamachi - Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha
19 Asuka Langley - Evangelion

So badass in End of Evangelion.

20 Cure Moonlight / Yuri Tsukikage - HeartCatch Precure
21 Fate Testarossa - Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha

Probably the most badass magical girl I've come across (even against the likes of the Sailor Moon gang or even Kyoko!). Anyway, she's great.

22 Ryuko Matoi - Kill la Kill Ryuko Matoi is the main protagonist of Japanese anime series 'Kill La Kill' produced by Studio Trigger. Ryuko Matoi is a highschool student who attends Honnouji Academy to find her father's murderer.
23 Minene Uryu - Future Diary
24 Casca - Berserk
25 Konan - Naruto Konan is a fictional character from the Naruto universe created by Masashi Kishimoto and developed into a media franchise, which consists of a series of manga, anime, soundtracks, OVAs, movies, video games, and other collectibles.
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