8 Kickass Girls in Anime

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8 Kickass Girls in Anime

Sometimes, guys can have all of the spotlight in anime, but that doesn't mean there isn't a lot of kickass girls either. Here are our top 8 kickass girls in anime. Leave your faovrite out? Let us know in the comments!

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I'll have to check out Soul Eater. It sounds cool.

This is the part where we complain about missed inclusions, so - personally, I would have ranked Saber from Fate/Stay or Revy from Black Lagoon above a few on the list.

JCAll:
I'll have to check out Soul Eater. It sounds cool.

Start off by watching the first opening, it's one of my favourite anime openings ever. Though if you've never seen an episode it's gonna look really weird.

Aerosteam:

JCAll:
I'll have to check out Soul Eater. It sounds cool.

Start off by watching the first opening, it's one of my favourite anime openings ever. Though if you've never seen an episode it's gonna look really weird.

That brings back memories. Soul Eater had some really great songs for openings and endings - energetic, catchy, usually both. I haven't watched Soul Eater in years, but I listened to Bakusou Yume Uta this morning.

No, wait, I'm listening to it now.

The entries of this list are probably one of the few I can respect. Normally most "Kickass girls" list have one or two that are legitimately cool and powerful, but then get buried under characters who are only on it because they're not ENTIRELY useless drones who's sole contribution is their various tropish personalities and tits.

Slycne:
This is the part where we complain about missed inclusions, so - personally, I would have ranked Saber from Fate/Stay or Revy from Black Lagoon above a few on the list.

Exactly what I was thinking... seriously don't understand why Bulma was included over Saber or Revy.

Valkrex:

Slycne:
This is the part where we complain about missed inclusions, so - personally, I would have ranked Saber from Fate/Stay or Revy from Black Lagoon above a few on the list.

Exactly what I was thinking... seriously don't understand why Bulma was included over Saber or Revy.

Or even Launch or Chi-chi of the same series.

Um...

General Olivier Mira Armstrong (FMA: Brotherhood)
Inquisitorial General Esdeath Partas (Akame Ga Kill)
Diva (Blood+)
Haman Karn (Zeta Gundam and Double Zeta Gundam)
Satsuki Kiryuin (Kill la Kill) or Ryuko Matoi (KlK)
Astaroche Asran, Viscountess of Odessa and Duchess of Kiev (Trinity Blood)

Hell, in Maka's own series she was vastly outclassed by Medusa Gorgon.

I'd put Lina Inverse on the list. The most powerful sorceress around with a rough awareness of just how powerful she is, able to craft, yes craft, a spell that can destroy the world.

LordLundar:
I'd put Lina Inverse on the list. The most powerful sorceress around with a rough awareness of just how powerful she is, able to craft, yes craft, a spell that can destroy the world.

I see your Lina Inverse and raise you her older sister Luna, who is so feared that when the Gods need help, they go to her first. She killed a plasma dragon... with a kitchen knife.

Same series: Beast Mistress Zelas Metallium. Xelloss's enigmatic mistress who manipulates the events of the world like puppets on strings. Nigh immortal, and every spell that draws on her name KILLS INSTANTLY AND HUNTS YOU RELENTLESSLY. Her true form is a walking nightmare, a wolf with silver wings that can destroy mountains with a howl and unleash apocalyptic devastation from its feathers.

Heh, when I read the title, I was expect modern/ current kickass girls like Mikasa from AoT. Glad to see it was mainly classic and pre modern girls!

Scarim Coral:
Heh, when I read the title, I was expect modern/ current kickass girls like Mikasa from AoT. Glad to see it was mainly classic and pre modern girls!

There are a ton of "modern" kick ass girls in Anime. The cast of Kill la Kill and Akame Ga Kill are good examples. Obviously, the cast of AoT and SAO are BAD examples.

Waitttasecond, on KICKASS list you include Sailormoon, but drop...
1) Lafiel from Senkai no Saga
2) Claire/Theresa from Claymore
3) Caska from Berserk
4) Seras from Hellsing
5) Elsa from Fairy Tail
6) Karen from Code Geass
7) Revy from Black Lagoon
8) Yocko from Gurren Lagann
9) Asuka from NGE
10) Nausicaa from the Valley of the Winds (Granny rocks, but Nausicaa kicked much harder asses in more ways then just punching)
11) ... I'm tired. Who makes these lists anyway?

Alright, so you gave a spot to Sailor Moon, which I'm convinced helped bring hentai to the west. But not Revy, the woman who gets aroused by dual pistol firefights as much as Deadpool in that one there trailer.

Sailor Moon and Bulma? :/ Seriously? There are so many better female characters from shows like; Fate/ (Rin), Sword Art (Sinon), Naruto (Tsunade), Inuyasha (Sango), Outlaw Star (Twilight Suzuka), Voltron (Princess Allura)

I find a disturbing lack of Mikoto Misaka on this list...But a fun list nonetheless!

Pretty solid list. By no means complete, as many people want to add to it, but a solid list that spans a good bit of time.
I've always been a fan of


A series of movies from the 80s, to early 90s that revolved mostly around the love triangle between the 3 girls, and parodied pretty much everything, and I'm fairly certain it could probably be never be repeated. They poked fun at everything from Fist of the North Star to Superman, to Iron Man to Colonel Sanders, Macross, Lupin III, Kaiju movies, etc.
More over crew from many anime came together on the project. It was sort of an allstar crew. I highly recommend it.

I have trouble believing any women from Soul Eater can be on that list. Granted I only made it like...4 episodes in, but every women was horrible in that show and treated horribly to boot. Most of them were literal weapons. Not cool weapons like Mercy in Young Justice (walking cyborgs yo!), but they literally get turned into guns and shit. Plus, again from what little I saw, they treated Maka like shit.

monkeymangler:

Scarim Coral:
Heh, when I read the title, I was expect modern/ current kickass girls like Mikasa from AoT. Glad to see it was mainly classic and pre modern girls!

There are a ton of "modern" kick ass girls in Anime. The cast of Kill la Kill and Akame Ga Kill are good examples. Obviously, the cast of AoT and SAO are BAD examples.

SAO I can agree since they treat their women like crap on a stick, but Mikasa is almost always portrayed as the most competent person of everyone that isn't Levi (or whatever the leader of the scouts name is). She's not overtly sexualized, she has agency, and she's a fuckin badass with that equipment. Even better, they actually made a women that has muscles without being creepy about it. I know its weird to say, but how often do you see a cut women in anime that isn't a mountain of a women? Its great and I love it.

What about her in particular do you think disqualifies her as being a great badass character?

shintakie10:
I have trouble believing any women from Soul Eater can be on that list. Granted I only made it like...4 episodes in, but every women was horrible in that show and treated horribly to boot. Most of them were literal weapons. Not cool weapons like Mercy in Young Justice (walking cyborgs yo!), but they literally get turned into guns and shit. Plus, again from what little I saw, they treated Maka like shit.

monkeymangler:

Scarim Coral:
Heh, when I read the title, I was expect modern/ current kickass girls like Mikasa from AoT. Glad to see it was mainly classic and pre modern girls!

There are a ton of "modern" kick ass girls in Anime. The cast of Kill la Kill and Akame Ga Kill are good examples. Obviously, the cast of AoT and SAO are BAD examples.

SAO I can agree since they treat their women like crap on a stick, but Mikasa is almost always portrayed as the most competent person of everyone that isn't Levi (or whatever the leader of the scouts name is). She's not overtly sexualized, she has agency, and she's a fuckin badass with that equipment. Even better, they actually made a women that has muscles without being creepy about it. I know its weird to say, but how often do you see a cut women in anime that isn't a mountain of a women? Its great and I love it.

What about her in particular do you think disqualifies her as being a great badass character?

No doubt that she is easily the least offensive of female characters out there in SAO and AoT.

As far as Soul Eater goes... Medusa and Arachne Gorgon are much better examples of females. Medusa kicks so much ass, she needs shoes that are treated for "buttocks smell". Not that she wears shoes, since she has her whole snake motif going.

shintakie10:

SAO I can agree since they treat their women like crap on a stick, but Mikasa is almost always portrayed as the most competent person of everyone that isn't Levi (or whatever the leader of the scouts name is). She's not overtly sexualized, she has agency, and she's a fuckin badass with that equipment. Even better, they actually made a women that has muscles without being creepy about it. I know its weird to say, but how often do you see a cut women in anime that isn't a mountain of a women? Its great and I love it.

Totally agree that she should have made the list. Although not so much on the muscles bit. You don't see a lot of characters like her in anime, and certainly not in Shounen. While she does have some dependency issues with Eren, I think her other qualities are enough that it doesn't really detract.

How the hell did they make this list with only one one character from FMA? The fact that Olivier Armstrong didn't make the cut is a crime

Revy's ommission is a strange one since she is as gritty and blood soaked as they come - she wouldn't be out of place in a John Woo film if John Woo did a load of crack. I must admit I found Deedlit's inclusion a nice surprise, she was a rather charming character. The Major of course render the list obsolete in her absence so thumbs up for not fucking that up. The real surprise entry was Ed since she's from Bebop which also had Faye but Ed is certainly a more unique character and is badass in her own way.

I dunno, this list strikes me a little as "my favourite anime girls from the 90s" rather than anything else. If "kick ass" means formidable or competent, I could name quite a few others even within the same genre or show. For example Sailor Moon, Usagi's entire shtick is that she is the audience surrogate, the everygirl with a big heart. Her competency at anything is practically zero but she is the one who holds the team together. Mars has spiritual powers, Venus is supposed to be their field captain (something neutered in the anime), Mercury is the brains and Jupiter is the brawn. Usagi is pretty much the mutual friend that makes them a team. Important? Yes, certainly. Kickass? That is a whole other matter. If you wanted a magical girl in the list, why not Nanoha Takamichi (Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha)? Her grown up version is the kind of person who decides that if the enemy is at the other end of a massive battleship, then I simply have to shoot through the battleship.

At lot of very badass ladies did not appear, notably anyone from Attack on Titan, Kill la Kill or Black Lagoon. Notable because these shows have female characters that serve as main combatants of their respective organizations/teams. No one from the old Big Three (One Piece, Bleach and Naruto) appear although they have large numbers of female characters. Also lacking are heroines who largely get by through their wits. Chiko from Daughter of Twenty Face or Maou from Maoyuu X Yuusha are excellent examples of female characters who are kickass because of their brains. Youko from the Twelve Kingdoms is another good example of a female character who grows into asskicking during the run of her show. Overall its a somewhat nostalgic list but from the commentary, I can imagine that a lot of people have their own candidates who failed to appear. Heck even if you restrict it to the era of Ghost in the Shell to Cowboy Bebop, there are still characters like the Knight Sabers (Bubblegum Crisis) or Rally Vincent (Gunsmith Cats) who could qualify.

No Rory from Gate?

No Revy from Black Lagoon?

Shame.
:/

You put Usagi on the list but not Sakura Kinomoto? YOUR LIST IS BAD AND YOU SHOULD FEEL BADI respectfully disagree with your opinion.

Mechamorph:
No one from the old Big Three (One Piece, Bleach and Naruto) appear although they have large numbers of female characters.

I'd say that this is with good reason, most of the women from the "Big Three" are pretty pathetic (At least Bleach and Naruto, not as familiar with One Piece).

In Naruto I really can't think of a single character. The main female character is just unbelievably useless. At the very beginning of Shippuden she flirts with a brief stint of competence (Against Sasori) then she fades back into basically not doing anything important every again. Seriously, I remember one episode where the only thing that happened since the beginning of the previous one was that she cried.

In Bleach, for the longest time I thought that Rukia was actually a talented Soul Reaper, and just had to get her powers back. Nooope. She basically does nothing useful after she gets her powers back. Yuroichi might be the closest to badass in the show, but there's still loads of other anime characters I'd put above her.

Mechamorph:
I dunno, this list strikes me a little as "my favourite anime girls from the 90s" rather than anything else. If "kick ass" means formidable or competent, I could name quite a few others even within the same genre or show. For example Sailor Moon, Usagi's entire shtick is that she is the audience surrogate, the everygirl with a big heart. Her competency at anything is practically zero but she is the one who holds the team together. Mars has spiritual powers, Venus is supposed to be their field captain (something neutered in the anime), Mercury is the brains and Jupiter is the brawn. Usagi is pretty much the mutual friend that makes them a team. Important? Yes, certainly. Kickass? That is a whole other matter. If you wanted a magical girl in the list, why not Nanoha Takamichi (Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha)? Her grown up version is the kind of person who decides that if the enemy is at the other end of a massive battleship, then I simply have to shoot through the battleship.

At lot of very badass ladies did not appear, notably anyone from Attack on Titan, Kill la Kill or Black Lagoon. Notable because these shows have female characters that serve as main combatants of their respective organizations/teams. No one from the old Big Three (One Piece, Bleach and Naruto) appear although they have large numbers of female characters. Also lacking are heroines who largely get by through their wits. Chiko from Daughter of Twenty Face or Maou from Maoyuu X Yuusha are excellent examples of female characters who are kickass because of their brains. Youko from the Twelve Kingdoms is another good example of a female character who grows into asskicking during the run of her show. Overall its a somewhat nostalgic list but from the commentary, I can imagine that a lot of people have their own candidates who failed to appear. Heck even if you restrict it to the era of Ghost in the Shell to Cowboy Bebop, there are still characters like the Knight Sabers (Bubblegum Crisis) or Rally Vincent (Gunsmith Cats) who could qualify.

Bloody hell! Why didn't I think of Rally or the Knight Sabers? Those shows were great.

crimsonspear4D:

Valkrex:

Slycne:
This is the part where we complain about missed inclusions, so - personally, I would have ranked Saber from Fate/Stay or Revy from Black Lagoon above a few on the list.

Exactly what I was thinking... seriously don't understand why Bulma was included over Saber or Revy.

Or even Launch or Chi-chi of the same series.

Especially Chi-Chi when you consider that, near the end of DBZ, her husband and eldest son are the most powerful characters in the series, each capable of benchpressing planets, and both run for the hills when she gets angry.

Slycne:
This is the part where we complain about missed inclusions, so - personally, I would have ranked Saber from Fate/Stay or Revy from Black Lagoon above a few on the list.

Yeah, but if you included Revy you'd have to include Balalaika, which means you'd also have to include Roberta. Seriously, almost the entire list could've been Black Lagoon.

Shame I didn't see one for Balsa from Seirei no Moribito, but it's nice to see Dola got a spot.

Aw, shame there's no Knight Sabres on the list (Bubblegum Crisis) or the Magic Knights from Rayearth, though manga versions only. (seriously, anime Hikaru really got on my nerves and Fuu and Umi spent most of the time being hit with the distress and/or idiot ball to help Hikaru be even more 'awesome')

My favourite is Dorothy Wainwright, from Big O.
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She's a super strong, super fast, super capable android. At the same time she is a snarky, unflappable, loyal, French maid. The best part is that despite having all those attributes, she is somehow not obnoxiously sexualised like a lot of other anime badass girls.

Wow...what a hilariously predictable and stereotypical list!

Why no Yuno from Future Diary?
Why no Lucy from Elfen Lied?

Come to think of it...I'd like to see Yuno fight Lucy. :3

Bah, I only come to these lists to point out how flawed they are. When Bulma makes the list over Chichi, you know the list is invalid.

No Revy from Black Lagoon is bad enough. But skipping SIR Integra Fairbrook Wingates Hellsing? For shame.

Disappointing to see Balsa from Moribito didn't end up on the list, she is one of the best examples of "badass female protagonist" in Anime. That series in general deserves more recognition than it gets.

I've already seen most of who I would have included, but let's not forget both Rider and Tohsaka... also Sakura Matou but that is less commonly known. She fucking scares me.

Oh, and the mother of the Church of Violence in Black Lagoon. Kindly old lady shooting a Desert Eagle at you. Badass.

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