What makes a female anime character powerful anyway?
Is it strength? Speed? Ability? Magic? Or is it a strong personality, the ability to persevere, being a good role model… Or something else?
This time around we’ll define it as the former (supernatural strength) and what these female characters are capable of.
So with that said, let’s make a list.
Some of these female characters might be unknown to you, famous, or in between.
Powerful female anime characters:
1. Shizuku Ichijou (Alice To Zouroku)
Shizuku Ichijou is from the anime series: Alice To Zouroku.
She has 366 weapons capable of all kinds of different spells, magic and abilities.
Each weapon has its own set of operations. So for example – each weapon is able to do multiple things. And Shizuku’s weapons are assigned by a number.
The lower the number (below 10) is the strongest and most difficult to control. The higher the number (360) is weaker and easier to control in comparison.
And she can summon any one of them within a moment’s notice. On top of this, most of her weapons have yet to be revealed so there’s more to discover.
Another good point: Shizuku has 13 Grimoire’s (a grimoire is a book of magic spells).
It’s no exaggeration to say Shizuku will defeat Erza Scarlet from Fairy Tail. Or an equivalent character.
Besides Shizuku’s strength, she’s calm, agile, observant and highly skilled in combat. Making her an all-around powerful character with lots of discipline.
2. Lina Inverse (Slayers)
Lina Inverse is a master sorceress. A talented mage who can learn any sort of magic she has the opportunity to learn, learn about decode, and decipher.
Physically she’s not winning any fights, but with magic, she can make reality collapse on itself (at her own expense if she performs the Gigaslave incorrectly).
With the skill to summon power from the most powerful demons, which is black magic, as well as various attack and defence spells, she’s versatile enough to fight almost any opponent.
3. Wilhelmina Carmel (Shakugan No Shana)
Wilhelmina, the “specialist” of everything. She has a demon she’s contracted to called Tiamat.
She may only look like a pretty maid, and in fact, you’d be right. But besides that, she’s much more powerful than her appearance would suggest.
She has the ability to manipulate ribbons. Which can be used to defend herself, grab an enemy, or even explode and obliterate anyone it touches.
Not many think of a powerful female anime character like Wilhelmina Carmel which is in part because Shakugan No Shana isn’t as famous as modern
4. Mikoto Misaka (A Certain Scientific Railgun)
Mikoto Misaka, also called “the railgun of Tokiwadai” for her ability to shoot a Railgun, and her choice to use a pence piece as the trigger.
As an electro master, she has complete control over electricity, as well as the iron in the ground, magnetism, and everything related to electricity in its entirety.
She can use iron as a defence shield, or use it as a sword in a fight, and has enough voltage to fry anyone to bits (if the anime allowed it).
5. Homura Akemi (Madoka Magica)
If we’re talking about Homura as a regular character, in this form alone she’s powerful because of her ability to control time. This makes her a dangerous opponent.
She uses this ability in the anime to time travel, but in battle, there’s a lot more she can do with it. On top of the fact, she can “stuff” weapons or anything she chooses within her shield which acts as a sort of separate dimension.
6. Dimaria (Fairy Tail)
Dimaria in the
She had the ability to freeze time for everyone other than herself, making it seem like she was moving at light speed for the unsuspecting opponents.
On top of this, she has the power of a GOD on her side which she can utilize and transform into when she’s willing.
The only reason she was beaten in battle is because of plot convenience.
7. Kefla (DB Super)
Kefla is the fusion of both Kaulifa and Kale, who by themselves are easily among the most powerful female characters in anime history.
As a fusion, Kefla was able to challenge and fight Goku as a SSB, but not enough to overwhelm and beat him. She was beaten by Goku in his UI form.
She’s still one of the strongest ranked DB Super characters as things stand.
8. Kuroko Shirai (A Certain Scientific Railgun)
Kuroko Shirai is one of the main characters in A Certain Scientific Railgun.
What makes this teenager so powerful? Her teleportation ability.
At first, it might seem boring, typical and not that “great”. But Kuroko is different.
She’s not only able to teleport herself at incredible speeds… She can teleport any object or person she chooses to.
For example – she can teleport a piece of glass into a person’s body. Or teleport a car and have it land on her opponents.
Anything Kuroko touches can be transported anywhere she chooses, even if inside another person. And that’s what makes Kuroko worthy of this list.
The truth is: There are few female anime characters who could challenge her with ease.
9. Tohru (Miss Kobayashi’s Dragon Maid)
Tohru is one of the main dragon characters from Miss Kobayashi’s Maid.
The joke here is – Tohru is a maid from a
Miss Kobayashi’s dragon maid has nothing to do with superpowers, power levels or anything of the sort. And it’s NOT an anime you’d think of associating with powerful female characters.
And yet… Tohru is strong enough to defeat over 90% of female anime characters and has
Ryuko Matoi (Kill La Kill)
She’s powerful enough to create a massive shock wave when fighting Satsuki Kiryuin. Which is something you see in a few anime’s like
Also, Ryuko has the ability to regenerate. Making her a tough character to defeat like Super Buu.
Add her skills, strength, speed and endurance to that… And you start to see why Ryuko’s on this list.
Nothing fancy about her power. Just that she’s powerful. Plain and simple.
11. Lord of Nightmares (Slayers)
Lord Of Nightmares, as paraphrased by a monster called ZELLOS is “the mother of all things”.
She’s the creator of chaos, destruction, and all things in the world, the universe, creation itself, and beyond. And that’s why calling upon her power has the capability of destroying existence.
Forget Zeno or any character like it from
12. Esdeath (Akame Ga Kill)
Esdeath has proven how strong she is in the anime
She’s not normal by fighting standards and this gives her the upper hand with her dangerous amounts of battle experience.
She also has the power to back it all up thanks to her ability to manipulate ice and freeze time by calling on the demon she’s merged with.
13. The Witch Of Vanity (Re:Zero)
Pandora as she’s called, the witch of vanity is easily the most dangerous witch of them all. And is the one who seems to have survived in the Re:Zero series relative to other witches.
Her ability allows her to write reality to her liking. If someone is standing in front of her for example, she can wish it so that person was never there and that person is in a specific location.
Or she can wish it so she can never die, and if she does, it’s as if it never happened because she’s still alive and existing.
This ability is able to be used simultaneously it seems as well, which gives her a sadistic amount of self confidence and assurance, as well as a patronising attitude towards anyone who thinks they can challenge her.
14. Celica Arfonia (Rokudenashi)
Celica Arfonia is the most powerful mage in the continent of this series and is one no single person seems daring enough to mess with.
Similar to Lina Inverse, she knows high levels of magic, low levels, medium, dangerous spells, and everything in between. She’s a master (and an actual witch who’s 100s of years old).
With her vast knowledge, strength, abilities, and wisdom, she chooses to spend her days reading, learning, educating the next generation, and protecting the capital.
Akame’s a skilled assassin with years of training and discipline in the art of battle.
Unlike ordinary humans, Akame’s lightning-fast, agile and knows how to fight like a pro.
Add that to the fact she carries around a sword capable of poisoning (and killing) anyone it grazes within a matter of seconds… And you realize just how dangerous and powerful Akame really is.
The only way to overpower Akame is:
- Have a defence/body made of steel to deflect Akame’s sword.
- Or be much faster and more powerful.
And not too many female anime characters fit that role in comparison (or characters in general).
16. Adele von Ascham (Didn’t I Say To Make My Abilities Average)
Adele wanted to be reborn with average abilities in her next life, and she got what she wanted. Except she became the average of some pretty powerful dragons and other characters.
Not only that, but she has the ability to learn anything it seems and has no limits to her power.
The anime plays on this similar to how One Punch Man does in a parody sense.
She’d destroy most female characters (or characters in general).
17. Morgiana (Magi: Kingdom Of Magic)
Morgiana has legs so strong that she can kick a lion and crack its skull on impact. Meaning if she were to fight a human-like opponent, it would be game over.
Her physical strength is animalistic, and her
18. Maki Oze (Fire Force)
Similar to Morgiana, Maki is a powerhouse when it comes to physical combat. She also has the power of fire on her hands, no pun intended, and is a pyro-kinetic.
For someone of Maki’s stature (muscular, trained in the
19. Milim (Tensei Slime)
The girl they call a Loli from
She’s powerful enough that when RImuru first encountered her, he avoided fighting because he felt it wasn’t worth testing her at the time.
That speaks to her power because Rimuru becomes MUCH more powerful and is considered one of anime’s strongest.
20. Maki Zenin (Jujutsu Kaisen)
Maki Zenin is a classy fighter and strong with a weapon, but it’s not like she needs it to fight. She proved her skills in the S1 version of JJK.
Though Maki might not be the most dangerous character on this list, she’s up there with powerful female anime characters in general.
21. Shana (Shakugan No Shana)
Can’t mention the anime without mentioning its main character. Shana is one of the most skilled and talented swordswomen there is.
With Alastor on her side, a demon so powerful he can challenge the God Of Creation, it’s only right Shana is included on this list.
She can freeze time as well, which is child play for the average character in the Shakugan No Shana universe. But her “time” freeze is the kind that others can’t resist unless they are also Flame Haze or Crimson Denizens.