Do you ever watch a show and wish the characters were real? In most fans’ cases, this is their most ardent desire.
If asked for three wishes, world peace and unlimited riches can come later; they first need their favorite characters to manifest.
However, as this is something that is probably impossible (still holding on to hope), the fans have started to get past through the barriers of fiction.
As every fan has their absolute favorite characters, why not go a step further and declare them your spouses?
This phenomenon of claiming characters as their “waifus” and “husbandos” has exploded in the world of anime.
While it sounds kind of delusional, it is all in good fun (most of the time). The type of character a person claims reveals a lot about their personality and desires.
Some may look for partners with a soft interior but tough exterior, known as tsundere, or even the opposite. Thankfully, due to the wide variety of anime available, every fan has the opportunity to find their perfect “waifu” or “husbando.”
In this article, you’ll find the top 20 noteworthy women who have been said to be the perfect “waifu” material.
This list is based on many factors, such as the size of the characters’ fanbases, personality, and qualities. With that said, let’s dive right in!
20Noelle Silva – ‘Black Clover’
Noelle Silva is a Magic Knight of the Black Bull squad in Black Clover.
While she seemed arrogant and vain initially due to her royal background and influence, she has been changing for the better.
She no longer looks down upon people of a lower standing but believes that their actions decide their worth.
This confidence, courage, and kindness of hers make her one of the most well-developed characters.
Her selflessness while protecting others at her own cost, and her desire to not hurt anyone make her worthy of respect.
She covers her efforts and feelings with an uncaring exterior, in typical tsundere-like fashion. However, all it does is make her a top waifu in the community.
19Winry Rockbell – ‘Fullmetal Alchemist’
Winry, despite not being an alchemist, was a top tier mechanic and a strong supporting character.
She helped Edward build his iconic automail leg and arm, as well as was there for him and Alphonse from the very beginning.
She is someone who does not need protection and will most probably kick your ass. Her caring, sweet, and innocent personality and not-so-typical beauty make her one of the top waifus.
18Momo Yaoyorozu- ‘My Hero Academia’
Momo is a very studious, dedicated person who is well-liked by her classmates. She acts as a natural leader and is very honest and genuine.
Throughout the series, she develops into a selfless hero. Despite having her confidence crushed, she manages to overcome it thanks to her classmates.
On top of her being beautiful, rich, and powerful, Momo’s nature of never giving up and always trying her best to save the victims makes her a great waifu.
17Maki Oze – ‘Fire Force’
Maki Oze is one of the newer anime waifu’s and has already captured a place in this list.
As she has undergone military training, she is very disciplined, strong, and has a lot of self-respect (as she should).
She is extremely cool and attractive, and while she snaps at anyone teasing her, she is a hopeless romantic.
She is a very kind-hearted person and will do her best to protect and take care of the people she likes.
In a fight, she has the exterior of a capable fighter, which is seen when she easily defeats both Shinra and Arthur Boyle.
With the best of both masculine and feminine qualities, Maki Oze is the perfect waifu material.
16Lucy Hearfilia – ‘Fairytail’
Fairytail is home to some of the best waifus in the community; however, the main protagonist, Lucy, takes the top spot.
She is extremely sweet, as well as a strong and badass woman.
When the guild disbanded, she kept in contact with everyone, and it was because of her that it was able to stand tall once again. Lucy is also a powerful mage and has saved other members many times.
What makes Lucy stand above the rest is that she is one of the most kind-hearted, intelligent, and caring characters in the series, and is generally a delight to be around.
15Tsubasa Hanekawa – ‘Monogatari’
Tsubasa Hanekawa is perfection incarnate. She’s beautiful, intelligent, caring, and delightful to be around in general.
However, as the series goes on, her tragic past comes to play, where we realize that this perfection of hers is something that she feels like she has to maintain.
Bound by her trauma, she behaves selflessly and almost feels like an angel.
As the series progresses, she comes to terms with both her positive and negative sides and develops into a better person. The depth of her character makes her someone that many would want to take as their waifu.
14Rin Tohsaka – ‘Fate/stay night’.
Rin Tohsaka is one of the best tsundere waifus in the anime community, and one look at her fiery attitude will tell us why. She is one of the three main female protagonists of the series and is extremely endearing when she lets loose.
While Rin carries herself elegantly, she has a certain roguish and cheerful side that makes her seem even more lovable. She is kind and deeply cares about the people around her, despite her smug attitude and arrogance.
Rin feels very humane, and not another iteration of another popular trope, which is basically why she is considered to be great waifu material.
13Chitanda Eru – ‘Hyouka’
While not a relatively new show, Hyouka has remained an undiscovered gem for ages. Its female protagonist, Eru Chitanda, is quite unlike any other and is deemed one of the community’s top waifus.
While possessing otherworldly beauty, what makes her unforgettable is her unquenchable curiosity towards everything.
This child-like quality makes the fans want to protect her and keep her safe.
Her search for answers often means that anyone who goes along with her will experience something interesting and new.
12Makise Kurisu – ‘Steins Gate’
Makise is a typical example of beauty with brains. She is extremely intelligent and proves to be more than a match for Okabe.
She is a brilliant scientist who is open to new ideas and theories despite being confident in her skills.
While it may seem like this job comes with a boring personality, Makise is extremely fun to be around and has a relaxing vibe accompanying her.
She is undoubtedly a top waifu for the fans of Steins Gate.
11Megumi Tadokoro – ‘Food Wars’
Food Wars has a wide variety of characters, ranging from the headstrong Alice to the shy Megumi Tadokoro. While all of them are popular, Megumi is especially liked by the fans and is deemed a top waifu.
From the beginning, she comes off as shy, nervous, and kind. From her cooking style to her behavior, she is extremely gentle and caring.
In fact, sometimes it seems that she is way too pure and nice, which might become a flaw at times. However, somehow, Megumi manages to pull it off and makes this her strength.
She can be extremely confident at times, which is shown when she pulls off a perfect dish. Being near her instantly calms a person down, and her adorableness never fails to cast a smile on our faces.
As a waifu, she is the kindest character in the whole show, with love that overflows out of her into her food. It is easy to see her snatch a place on this list.
10Chitoge Kirisaki – ‘Nisekoi’
Nisekoi has its fair share of waifu material characters, but one of them stands above the rest.
Chitoge Kirisaki is one of the protagonist’s love interests, and possibly the one that he’ll end up with.
Born into a mafia family, she has an extremely stubborn and strong personality.
However, as a typical tsundere, her caring and emotional side is on full display regarding matters about the person she loves.
9Raphtalia – ‘The Rising Of The Shield Hero’
As a half-human, Raphtalia had a terrible past and was sold into slavery at a very young age.
Despite facing all these hardships, she maintained her gentle personality, which further blossomed when she met Naofumi.
After fighting and traveling alongside him, their relationship has grown into one of mutual trust and respect.
As Naofumi’s sword, she’s extremely powerful and intelligent, as well as loyal to anyone who deserves it. Due to this, she easily makes this list of top anime waifus.
8Chika Fujiwara – ‘Kaguya Sama: Love is War’
Despite being a newer anime compared to the rest on this list, this show’s female cast is top tier. This is especially so when considering Chika Fujiwara, the character that is perfect waifu material.
She is extremely cheeky and one of the most lovable cockblockers in the series.
Like a normal high schooler, she likes to have fun, gossip, and create all sorts of trouble. However, at the same time, she is extremely mature and displays it when needed.
Her beauty, caring, and beautiful personality makes her well-liked by not only the characters in the series but also by the anime community.
7C.C. – ‘Code Geass’
Who wouldn’t want to marry a beautiful, powerful green-haired girl who loves pizza?
From the very first episode, C.C. appeared cold and ruthless; however, as the show unraveled, her fragility was revealed.
She put up a tough exterior to protect herself from both her enemies and her trauma.
As she interacted with Lelouch and grew closer to him, the relationship between them blossomed. C.C. tried her best to protect Lelouch despite her joking about him taking a devil’s deal.
When she suffered from amnesia, her weak state broke the fans’ hearts into pieces and made them want to shield her from the cruel world.
6Hinata Hyuga – ‘Naruto’
Hinata is the first fictional crush of many fans and is the blueprint of all the dandere type characters created after her.
Despite her extremely shy nature, she has proven from time to time again that she is willing to do just about anything to protect the one she loves.
Hinata is a loving, caring, and extremely strong character that one can’t help but love.
She was one of the few people in the series who was not prejudiced against Naruto and even liked him from a very young age.
When Pain attacked Konohagakure, despite being strong enough to face him, she put her life on the line to protect Naruto. She deserves the absolute best waifu treatment, and fans wholeheartedly agree.
5Emilia – ‘Re:Zero’
Despite the various discourses on the best waifu in Re:Zero, it is unquestionable that there are many candidates.
The top two always include Emilia, the love interest of Subaru, and probably the female protagonist.
She is so innocent and kind that it is almost difficult to believe that she doesn’t have ulterior motives.
Her selfless and loving nature makes people want to protect her. Overall, her pure beauty, personality, and power make her extremely loveable, and a character many would like to make their waifu.
4Zero Two – ‘Darling in the FranXX’
Zero Two is easily one of the most popular waifus in the anime community. She is sweet, loving, and caring with a snarky twist.
Her personality is amazing, and with a dark side complimenting her sweetness, comes a thrill that fans can’t get enough of.
Throughout the series, her love for Hiro shines through and is unending. Her dinosaur persona, cute behavior, and savageness make her even more loved than the anime itself.
3Yukino Yukinoshita – ‘My Teen Romantic Comedy SNAFU’
Yukino, despite being stunning, was a loner due to her cold and aloof personality.
She was placed on a pedestal by her classmates and could not open up to them.
However, as she started to grow closer to Hachiman, her hidden side was revealed.
Yukino’s sarcastic comments and snide banter, love for cats, desire to genuinely bond with the Service Club and her growing affection for Hachiman warms our hearts.
As she lets go for a bit, she develops and strives through challenges professionally and personally. Her very humane personality attracts fans and makes her a great waifu.
2Rem – ‘Re:Zero’
Indisputably, Rem is known as the perfect waifu material in the anime community.
She’s extremely strong, beautiful, caring, and as a cherry on top, in love with the main character.
Due to her tragic past, she was understandably opposed to Subaru, and in fact, even killed him a few times. However, after he saved her life, she let go of her hatred and fell in love with him.
Rem is one of the most genuine characters in the series.
Despite being rejected by Subaru, who even confessed to loving another woman, she is extremely devoted to both him and Emilia. What more could anyone want from her?
1Mai Sakurajima – ‘Rascal Does Not Dream of Bunny Girl Senpai’
‘Rascal Does Not Dream of Bunny Girl Senpai’ was one of the best animes released last year, and its characters quickly made their way into our hearts.
While the plot itself was mind-blowing, what made the show special was that it was majorly character-driven. The female protagonist, Mai, was someone that every single fan fell in love with.
Her struggle throughout the series, be it internal or external, was emotionally wrecking, but she overcame it in the end.
Her journey from being a stone-cold ice queen to slowly coming out of her shell and revealing a very caring and loving girl was beautiful, to say the least.
While she was not perfect, she gave her all for the main protagonist Sakuta, and as the show progressed, her love for him only became clearer.
Mai Sakurajima is the best waifu as she is caring, loving, beautiful, and witty. She is the perfect match for Sakuta and is one of the most well developed female characters in anime.