23+ GREAT Female Anime Role Models (Recommended)

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Written by Theo J Ellis

Female anime role models are all over the place. It’s not hard to find them in anime.

For example – I’m watching the anime My Senpai Is Annoying. The female protagonist Igarashi can be considered a “role model”.

She works in sales, and despite still being new and learning on the job, she’s come a long way and is appreciated by her colleagues.

That’s because she’s hard working, committed, and makes the effort.

That’s 1 example of a female role model in anime.

Obviously – if you’re intentionally looking for female anime characters who aren’t role models, you’ll find them. Just like in real life.

The same is true in anime. What you expect is what you’ll get.

Here’s a list.


1. Yuuri Wakasa (Gakkou Gurashi)

Yuuri Wakasa is one of the relevant characters in Gakkou Gurashi. She acts as “the mother” or big sister in the anime series.

It’s about a pandemic world full of zombies. The main characters are stuck inside their school, forced to live their. The school conveniently has rations for this sort of situation.

While things get progressively worse, and the zombies start to make their into the school despite barricades they’ve put up, Yuuri is everyone’s moral support.

She supports her friends emotionally, and keeps things under control as far as that.

Secretly she’s hurting as well, but prioritizes what’s important over everything else. She’s a great role model character.


2. Chi Chi (Dragon Ball Franchise)

Chi Chi is the type of character who gets more criticism than she deserves. Especially when you look at the facts of her character, and how she is as a person.

Chi Chi is seen as annoying and overly strict. True, she can be strict, but she’s far from annoying and more so sane and practical.

In a world where your husband is an Alien, and most of everyone else isn’t human, Chi Chi does her best as a wife and mother to keep things together.

She’s a martial artist, works hard, didn’t start out rich, and she takes care of everything in the home. On top of raising 2 kids to be “useful” to society.

Feelings and details aside, Chi Chi is a rare role model as a woman. Selfless, disciplined, but has boundaries and is caring.

Related: The Best Anime Mothers Of All Time Who Set A Good Example


3. Levy McGarden (Fairy Tail)

Levy McGarden is an underrated Fairy Tail character, and an underrated character in general. She’s one of the many relevant support characters.

She’s known for her intelligence, smarts, and has helped and saved lives on more than one occasion in Fairy Tail… Because of her intellect.

With the power to create anything from words, her magic is limitless. But as a person, she’s open minded and willing to give people 2nd chances.

It’s the reason why Gajeel changes for the better. She has that effect on people.


4. Belldandy (Ah My Goddess)

Belldandy is waifu material, plain and simple. It’s an irony that she and many characters from this series are literal goddesses (more of a pun).

Empathy is one of her strong points. She deeply cares for others, and is strong willed enough to use it to prevent unnecessary fights or drama.

She’s a woman who see’s others as equal, and has less of an ego and more of an open mind and heart.

Great role model, and a respectable person overall.

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5. Princess Yona (Yona Of The Dawn)

Princess Yona starts out as a princess, but that title is no more. After her “friend” kills her own father, and then targets Yona, she escapes with her other friends.

They leave the palace and start their own life while on the run, in the wild.

Being a princess, Yona was coddled from the world, pampered beyond belief, and is ignorant of the outside world.

She has no real life skills, and is forced to learn then and become stronger, inside and out to survive.

Her character development is one of the best there’s been from a female character point of view. And she’s a strong role model for female fans.


6. Shiemi Moriyama (Blue Exorcist)

Shiemi Moriyama is a feminine anime character. She’s gentle, kind, caring, and thoughtful of others and her own actions.

This plays into the reasons why she’s bullied, but not entirely. And she wants to become stronger and make changes for the better.

Being one of the “weaker” characters of the group in this anime, she has a lot to prove. Mostly to herself.

Her journey to doing that is what makes Shiemi a role model character, and one you can look to and learn from in different ways.


7. Hinata Hyuga (Naruto)

Hinata Hyuga is the anime girl fans love to hate or be petty about in the Naruto fandom. A fandom which can be toxic.

As a character who’s doubted most her life, even in the early stages as a kid, she relates a lot to Naruto Uzumaki. He’s her reflection in a way.

Hinata starts out weak, but overtime she faces her fears, her struggles, challenges, and problems without hesitation.

She becomes stronger physically, and in mind, body, spirit.

Hinata is naturally an empathetic, caring person. And never judges without context if she’ll judge at all. That’s also why and how she dealt with and overcame bullies.

In a few words – she’s waifu material and a respectable person when all is said and done.

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8. Ursula Callistis (Little Witch Academia)

Ursula Callistis is a teacher in Little Witch Academia. She has a secret identity that few knows about. She has relevant reasons for doing so.

As a strong witch and a natural role model, her students like Atsuko Kagari take inspiration from her. And Atsuko looks to Ursula for advice on bettering herself as a witch in training.

Urusula does have her own insecurities in spite of her easy going, laid back appearance and personality on the surface.

She has struggles of her own, making her relatable and easier to connect with.


9. Konori Mii (A Certain Scientific Railgun)

Konori Mii is the head of the 177th JUDGMENT branch in the Railgun series.

Judgment is a disciplinary committee that helps maintain peace, order, and even cleanliness in Academy city. They have all kinds of tasks (20,000 members).

Konori’s laid back and chilled. Easy going and approachable. She’s not the type of person to have her guard up, making Konori likable in the eyes of most people.

She’s also practical in her thinking, and smart in the way she approaches problems in the moment, or before they come to fruition.

This makes her reliable and of course, inspirational to others. Especially the younger students and judgment members.

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10. Store Manager (Jahy Sama)

Store Manager is self explanatory. She’s a consistent character in the Jahy Sama series.

As the manager she teaches Jahy everything she knows about serving tables, working, serving customers, handling orders, and more.

Whenever Jahy needs it, the store manager is always there for her. And always knows what to say to calm not just Jahy, but anyone she talks to.

The store manager has a calm, gentle disposition after all. Air headedness and cliches aside, there’s good aspects to her character.


11. Shana (Shakugan No Shana)

Shana, the flaming haired blazing eyed hunter. She starts out cold and uncaring. This is how she’s expected to behave as a flame haze.

A flame haze is someone who’s immortal and they target demons who try to kill and consume humans.

Shana is a Tsundere. In fact she’s one of the “4 Tsundere Wonders” who are responsible for the tropes you see today.

She’s the kind of Tsundere who evolves, progresses, and has character development and doesn’t remain the same throughout the series.

As someone who is all about duty, respect, commitment and fighting for a cause, Shana is an inspirational figure and a strong female character. Inside and out.

There’s many things to learn from her development, and plenty to take from her as a role model.


12. Hime Onizuka (Sket Dance)

Hime Onizuka, one of the 3 main characters from the Sket Dance series. She’s the only female character out of the protagonists.

They all form a group Sket Dance which is dedicated to helping others solve their problems. It doesn’t matter how crazy the problem is.

Hime wasn’t always this selfless and helpful to others though.

Given her history of violence to some degree, and being more of a person who gets into trouble, she’s evolved and become a better person.

Her story and where she’s at is what makes Hime Onizuka more relatable and trustworthy. She has experience.

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13. Yuuki Konno (Sword Art Online)

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Yuuki Konno is an anime character who shows up later in Season 2 of Sword Art Online.

She comes from a unique background most aren’t prepared for. Growing up with an illness, she’s bound to a hospital bed.

That’s her life.

This changes with the power of VR technology. She can now explore the world as if it’s real life, make her own character, and achieve things she never could have.

She has a burning desire to make an impression on others, to form memories, and do everything she can in life. It’s almost overwhelming.

She even inspires the main characters of SAO in ways they could never have expected. And that’s what makes her role so relevant.

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14. Anzu (Hinamatsuri)

Anzu from Hinamatsuri starts out as the rebel of the series. Just like Hina, Anzu has supernatural powers that they both rarely use.

What makes Anzu’s story strong and relevant is her journey through homelessness.

She has to steal, rob, and take things illegally for her own survival. If you can’t eat, you don’t live. Simple concept.

Living with all the other much older homeless people, Anzu takes this drastic measures not just for her own sake.

She has the chance to be adopted into a family willing to take her off the streets, and she own life lessons from homelessness matures her into a role model character.


15. Nobara Kugisaki (Jujutsu Kaisen)

Nobara Kugisaki is a classic female character well known in the industry. She’s well written, respected, and is put on a bit of a pedestal.

Nobara comes from the countryside, and what she experienced there is what toughened her up a bit. To the point where she can deal with curses (demon-like creatures) without fear.

A little over confident in the beginning, but still a woman who knows who she is and what must be done.

She plays her role well and is competent without the “bad ass” vibes being over the top.

Nobara is a natural role model and solid character in the Shounen world.


16. Mami Tomoe (Peulla Magi Madoka Magica)

Mami Tomoe is the “big sister” of the series. The mentor to Sayaka Miki and Madoka Kaname, both of who are ordinary girls being lead astray into the dark world of magical girls.

Being a magical girl herself, Mami Tomoe tries to set them on the right path, and asks them important questions so they don’t make irrational, regretful decisions later.

Mami is the pinnacle of the series without having the most involvement, and is a role model character in this short, meaningful series.


17. Morgiana (Magi: Kingdom Of Magic)

Morgiana is an ex-slave. Almost her whole life is about slavery, tragedy, pain, suffering, and trauma right from childhood.

She’s part of a warrior race called Fanalis. Many of them are enslaved and butchered.

As a surviving member who didn’t think much of herself as far as freedom and having the chance at a better life, she breaks free of her mental and physical chains.

She starts to accept herself instead of reject herself, and little by little, gains the self confidence and self esteem needed to pursue the happy life she deserves and wants for others, not just herself.


18. Kokoro Amatsu (ReLife)

Kokoro Amatsu is a teacher in the ReLife series. This anime is about Kaizaki Arata, a 27 year old NEET who’s given a 2nd chance at his life.

A special pill allows him to be 10 years younger again, and attend college so he can “fix” the things he never seemed to get right in his adult life.

Kokoro Amatsu is one of his teachers and is an important figure in the series. For all students, not just Kaizaki.

She’s fair, but disciplined. Caring, but has boundaries. And most of all, fully committed to seeing all her students succeed in life.

It helps that she as a relatively young teacher herself enjoys what she does and is enthusiastic.

Related: 12 Of Greatest Anime Teachers You’ll Ever Meet


19. Uiharu Kazari (A Certain Scientific Railgun)

Uiharu is the cute girl of the Railgun series. The girl who works as a judgment officer in her spare time, and loves to wear flowers as a hair accessory.

With an unusual style.

Contrary to her cute, fragile appearance and voice, she’s smarter than most characters in this series. Capable of hacking (for ethical reasons) and managing computer systems and networks.

If it can be done on a computer, Uiharu can master it.

She’s useful throughout the entire series even though she herself has no real supernatural abilities to speak of yet.


20. Shirase Kobuchizawa (A Place Further Than The Universe)

Shirase Kobuchizawa is the girl who kicks off the big adventure she and friends start together.

Being the stubborn person she is, she hates people who say “you can’t” do this, you can’t do that. The negative nancy types who project their doubts onto others.

For Shirase this works as fuel. As motivation. It only stirs her on even more, and drives her to succeed that much harder.

She’s a character who knows what she wants, and has the motivation and drive to get it without fear or hesitation.


21. Sally (Peach Boy Riverside)

Sally is the main female character in Peach Boy Riverside. The girl with “assets” and big dreams she wants to achieve.

In the beginning she’s just a princess of a kingdom. Ignorant to the world outside, with little knowledge of what discrimination looks like, war, savagery, or even corruption.

After a once in a life time event where she witnesses a man slaying ogres, saving her own life, she sets out on a journey.

She wants to change the accepted discrimination and hatred in the world, even if she’s a little ignorant to the challenges that come with it.

Her optimism is contagious.

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22. Kyoko Mogami (Skip Beat)

Kyoko Mogami is a nice girl. A girl who does as she’s told to avoid trouble or criticism. She’s subservient and naive.

In many ways she’s insecure and too nice for her own good.

After paying for her own boyfriends bills, working jobs to do so, and having him dump her and use her to put himself in a favorable position, Kyoko does a 180.

She gives up her old self and turns a new leaf. Choosing to be who she really is. Revenge is her motivator.

How the anime turns out and how Kyoko’s character development unfolds, is the reason why she’s a role model character worth mentioning.


23. Shirayuki (Snow White With The Red Hair)

Shirayuki is a regular girl, but with strong red hair. Making her stand out in this series with a historical type of setting.

She’s either targeted for her differences, or she’s revered for it.

Shirayuki isn’t afraid of hard work, and isn’t one to sit around waiting for someone to do the work for her. She likes being a part of the action.

This is contrary to her appearance. She seems more delicate (which is true) but it doesn’t define who she is or make her into a stereotype.

She knows more about the world (and people) than most, given her standing in society.


Other characters:

  • Tsukasa Tsukiyomi (Tonikaku Kawaii).
  • Triela (Gunsinger Girl).
  • Akane Tsunemori (Psycho Pass).
  • Shiori Shinomiya (Sakura Quest).
  • Mirajane Strauss (Fairy Tail).
  • Masane Amaha (Witch Blade).
  • Maki Oze (Fire Force).
  • Hikaru Shidou (Magic Knight Rayearth).
  • Rosette Christopher (Chrono Crusade).
  • Froppy (My Hero Academia).
  • Natsumi Tsujimoto (You’re Under Arrest).
  • Mikoto Misaka (A Certain Scientific Railgun).
  • Itsuwa (A Certain Magical Index).

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