Anime has always been one of the most consumed forms of entertainment; however, despite that, more often than not, it has been seen representing and catering to one particular target audience – males.
To many, this imbalance really detracts from the viewing experience and leaves them with a bitter feeling.
While it is true that the community has been notably seen trying to improve this flaw of theirs from the past few years and introducing more female characters that are just as capable as others, it doesn’t seem enough.
When one talks about the most powerful characters, immediately Naruto, Goku, and Luffy come to mind, and this is the same case in almost every category.
While there are women represented in some way or another, their position and importance in the series often lack substance.
They are pushed back by their male counterparts and seem to be created to highlight the protagonist’s immense power or become his love interest.
However, not all anime ladies are damsels in distress. Sometimes, they outshine others to become heroes and villains that either save or terrify the entire world.
From becoming the creator of the universe to controlling minds, no sane person would want to make them their enemy.
To celebrate them, this list pays homage to the top 20 most powerful and badass women in anime.
Even after experiencing an extremely traumatic past, Mikasa has grown up to be kind, emotionally stable, and strong.
She has a strong code and great character development throughout the series, along with the makings of a genius.
As the best cadet in 104th training corps, Mikasa excels in everything she does.
Her extraordinary skills and strength and her capability to kill large numbers of terrifying and dreadful titans with ease allow her to be “worth a hundred ordinary soldiers.”
However, while she is indeed powerful, she falls short compared to the others on this list.
Erza Scarlet is a staple to this list, as just watching Episode 167 of Fairytail is enough to prove her strength.
From the very beginning of Fairytail, she is listed as one of the strongest S-Rank mages, and one of the few characters even Natsu fears.
After Makarov was gone, she was unanimously voted to be the Guild Master due to her unfathomable power and command.
Erza boasts incredible magical abilities such as telekinesis and sword magic.
Furthermore, with countless armors and weapons at her disposal, thanks to “Requip: The Knight spacial magic, she can be said to be almost undefeatable.
Saber is one of Fate/Stay Night’s protagonists and hero spirits of the Holy Grail War.
She is a master swordswoman and a Saber-class Servant who used to be known as “Knights of King.”
When wielding Caliburn and Excalibur, she is powerful enough to fight against mythical heroes and monsters.
Along with her fierce swordsmanship, her ability to predict the flow of battle along with her “Instinct” skill makes her one of the strongest spirits in existence.
Furthermore, she has multiple reincarnations, all of which deadly enough to give the King of Heroes, Gilgamesh, a hard time.
Shizuku from Alice To Zouroku can give even Erza a run for her money. She has 366 weapons, each having its own set of abilities.
Shizuku’s weapons are assigned by a number, with the lowest being the most powerful. With her ability to summon any one of them within a moment’s notice, she can never be unprepared.
On top of this, what makes her rank on this list other than what’s already mentioned is that most of her weapons have yet to be seen.
This means that the strength we have seen her muster is only a small part of what she is actually capable of.
Kagura is one of the most badass and beloved characters from Gintama, and with good reason. She hails from a distant planet and is a Yato – the strongest race in the universe.
Despite being young, she is so strong that she has to hold back most of the time to prevent killing someone.
With her superhuman strength, powerful hand-to-hand combat skills, and innate killer instincts, we can only pray for whoever manages to anger her.
Medaka Kurokami, the female protagonist of Medaka Box, is capable of learning Abnormalities and becoming more skilled with them than even their original users.
This ability allows her to add overpowered abnormalities and minuses to her arsenal continuously.
After copying hidden weapon techniques from Munakata, accelerated healing from Koga, and even All Fiction, Medaka could quite possibly beat any character from a battle anime.
Bishamon from Noragami is one of the Seven Gods of Fortune, as well as the Goddess of War.
She is one of the most powerful Gods and is loved and worshipped by humans.
Her lead shinki, Kazuma, is a Blessed Regalia and has already shown to have beaten Kiun, who is regarded as one of the heaven’s strongest.
His vessel form, with the ability to navigate and track others, has virtually no weaknesses. With his ability to sync the skills of other regalias, Bishamon’s overall strength enhances.
Furthermore, just her status as a heavenly being makes her stronger than the ones before on this list.
Powerful and bit deranged are must-have qualities in a Yonko. Charlotte Linlin, also known as Big Mom, is a Yonko who rules over Totto Land in the New World.
Her devil fruit, Soru Soru no Mi, allows her to take the lifespan of anything she wishes and transfer it to any living or inanimate thing, thus giving it life.
Zeus, Prometheus, and Napolean are some of her strongest creations, which allows her to ignore her flaws.
Along with these, her super strength as a half-giant makes her an extremely powerful character.
Tatsumaki’s abilities tend to not show up in physical combat due to her specialization in esper abilities.
The second-ranked S-Class hero, Tatsumaki, is an incredibly powerful esper who is capable of leveling entire cities with her psychokinetic abilities.
She can easily take on and defeat every single character from the overpowered One Punch Man universe (other than Saitama, of course), and gives meaning to her nickname “Tornado of Terror.”
Thanks to her vastly different fighting styles, it seems very situation-based as to who would win in a fight between her and those ranking above her on the list.
Due to this, she is not placed any higher and stands firm in the 12th position.
Ragyo Kiryuin is a Life Fiber-infused human (yep, that’s right) whose only goal is to end all life on earth.
She has super strength, agility, and intellect that makes her invincible when paired with her regenerative abilities.
Another ability of hers that is literally way too overpowered is sewing Life Fibers known as Marionette Threads into her victims’ brains, which allows her to bend anyone to do her bidding.
All of this makes her extremely strong and deserving of her place in the 11th position.
As a classic masterpiece, a character from Bleach just has to be included. Retsu Unohana, captain of Gotei 13 fourth division, is one of the oldest captains and the best healer in Soul Society.
She gives a fair fight to even Zaraki Kenpachi with complete mastery over Kido techniques and wild swordsmanship.
What makes her rank 10th on this list is that behind her soft and calm exterior hides a bloodthirsty killer who was the most notorious criminal in the entire history of Soul Society.
This range and power make her an extremely powerful character in general.
Milim, the oldest demon lord, is known to be the epitome of destruction itself.
She’s the child of True dragon Veldanava and Lucia and has inherited her father’s powers.
As a genuine Special S Rank Catastrophe-class, she is one of the world’s most powerful beings.
Once she went on a rampage and was only stopped after being pacified by Ramiris and fighting Guy Crimson for seven continuous days.
Her unlimited Magicules reserves, along with the ability Wrathful King Satanael, makes her almost invincible.
The Supreme Deity from Seven Deadly Sins is the ruler and creator of the Goddess Clan and the original Elizabeth’s mother.
She is the one who created and granted the Graces to the Four Archangels.
The Supreme Deity is the most powerful goddess in existence, which is seen when she easily overpowers and kills Meliodas in the Holy War.
Another testament to her immense strength is her ten wings, unlike the four wings of other goddesses.
She is even capable of controlling all the elements in nature, and according to Meliodas, she is the only known being who can rival the Demon King.
Despite coming in at the last second, Kaguya was revealed to be the ultimate evil in the series and was the most formidable foe that Naruto and the rest of the shinobi world had to face.
She possessed the ability to change space and time, read others’ thoughts, and traverse dimensions.
She could also absorb any technique she encountered and was capable of using the Expansive Truth-Seeking Orb.
She was also known to wield all the three major eye jutsu’s, i.e., Byakugan, Sharingan, and the Rinnegan.
Her ability to fight Six Paths Naruto, Sasuke, Kakashi, and Obito with ease makes this rabbit goddess a must-add on this list.
Kefla is the fusion of Kale and Caulifla. When they trained under Goku, they achieved Super Saiyan powers in record time and formed a fusion – Kefla.
Since she is a fusion of two Super Saiyans, Kefla is forever stuck in her Super Saiyan state.
After adjusting to her power, she quickly became one of the most powerful warriors in the Tournament of Power.
When transforming into a Super Saiyan, her strength was enough to force even Goku to go Super Saiyan Blue.
Lucy’s tragic backstory (to say the least) sets her up for a cycle of revenge.
With the help of “vectors” or invisible telekinetic arms, she killed over 9000 people and almost destroyed the planet.
In front of this terrifying woman, very few would be able to fight back.
Even running or hiding won’t work, and before one even know what’s happening to them, their heads would be ripped, effectively sending them to the land of the dead.
Lina from Slayers is one of the most overlooked characters in the community, especially considering the fact that her power is enough to cut through dimensions and space itself.
She is known as the Empress of Destruction, and at every point in time, she makes sure to remind us of this.
Capable of tapping into the Lord of Nightmares’s energy, Lina’s magic can destroy towns, cities, countries, and even the entire planet.
As it usually is with most lists, characters from the Dragon Ball franchise once again occupy the top spots.
Vados is far stronger than most, especially when considering the fact that she actually destroyed a planet.
As an angel, she can move across the universe at light speed and is even stronger than a God of Destruction.
Vados can move back time, create objects out of thin air, and even warp reality.
While starting out as a simple magic girl, Madoka ends up becoming a goddess by the end of the series.
By wishing for an end to all witches, she becomes an all-powerful, omnipotent being, who sacrifices herself to save everyone else from a terrible fate.
By doing so, she essentially rewrites the universe to simply accommodate her mere existence.
While a slice of life anime does pack a far stronger punch than action anime at times, it still seems a bit unusual for one of its characters to take the number one spot on this list.
Haruhi Suzumiya is the strongest woman in anime as she has the power to create her own reality and reject the situations, peoples, or ideas that she doesn’t like.
She is literally the God and creator of the universe, and despite being unaware of that fact, her simple whims reshape or destroy the world around her.
With such power, who can ever even hope to outrank her?
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