In most anime, we have seen that male characters get the spotlight or the role of a lead character. But don’t forget that are shows that the female gets to take the lead. And usually, they’re so much better. And I’m not just talking about romance, though. There are many cool, adorable, strong iconic female lead characters in Anime. This is my list of Best Anime Protagonist: Female Edition and if you don’t agree, don’t be afraid to comment below or something. We can talk it out.
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Some of these characters are just normal high school girls, but they can show us all that not only superhuman strength or power can make you look awesome. Being completely normal can also be as incredible. Let us see a few selected females protagonist who can definitely put on a really good show. And remember, being cool does not require superpower like Wonder Woman. You can still be as normal as Misaki from Maid Sama and be as awesome as any Amazon Princess.
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10. Maka Albarn
Maka is a studious and stubborn girl from the anime Soul Eater with excellent grades in the school of DWMA (Death Weapon Meister Academy). She is a Scythe Weapons Master, partnered with Soul Evans, who is a magical scythe weapon. Maka has a serious personality which makes her take everything seriously… sometimes a bit too seriously. But she is definitely brave and courageous, yet kind and strong.
She can stand on her own ground without backing out of a fight. Maka may not be as strong as her classmates, but has the most potential to grow compared to others. Her bravery and the will to fight are what keep her moving forward. Maka is not only skilled in wielding a scythe, but she can handle hand to hand combat as well if needed be.
Although she can be quite the hot-tempered girl, even to friends, but that does not mean that she is an awful friend. She would help her friends in a heartbeat and would abandon no one on a mission. She deeply cares for her friends and would go to any length to protect them, even putting them first before her own safety. Quite the compassionate young girl who would always fight and strive for what she believes in. She is very smart as she spends most of her free time studying. Her brilliantness can solve any puzzle at any difficulty level. Maka may seem bossy and hard-headed, but she always admits her own mistakes and never put the blame on someone else. But if someone irritates her too much, she would punish them with her signature move. Better be careful and do not make her angry.
09. Taiga Aisaka
Taiga, also known as Palmtop Tiger from the anime Toradora who is a High School student. She has a feisty nature and can easily flip out when someone points out her physical stature. As she is quite small for a girl of her age. She is aggressive and sarcastic towards other students. We can say that Taiga is not our typical strong female warrior who wields a giant sword or magic power, but she has her expertise in fighting. She knows hand to hand combat and wrestling and sometimes uses her wooden sword to attack those who oppose her. Taiga’s attitude may be rude and violent, but she cares for her friends and she is loyal and kind. She would stand up and fight for her friends if necessary.
She would never let them down or disappoint them. Though only those closest to her knows of this part of her. She is also an incredibly honest girl. Honesty with no boundaries that would speak her mind, which usually ends up hurting others’ feelings. Taiga has a hard time coping and cooperating with others, as she lacks parental love and affection. This was the reason that she became socially awkward and had a hard time adapting to others. But still, we can see she is not the type to mope around feeling sorry for herself. She is courageous, strong, independent and can find her ways in her daily life. Our Taiga is one hot-headed lead who is often the talk of the show.
Her small stature is what’s interesting about her because she can definitely show other girls that being small is not the end of the world. Though if you are willing to stand up for yourself.
08. Madoka Kyouno
Madoka, a young High School student from the anime Rinne No Lagrange who is always ready to help anyone who is in need. She is also the sole member of the Jersey Club at her school and her purpose is to help other clubs. She is also one of the pilot controlling a robotic aircraft called the Vox Aura. Madoka is a very cheerful girl who always has a firm, positive, optimal goal in life. Her friendship with Lan and Muginami is so strong that their differences (based on their home planet) do not come in between their relationship as friends.
Madoka is an excellent swimmer and is also skilled at kendo and wrestling. Being a master swimmer, she is always prepared to jump in the water at anytime, be it to save a drowning friend or stranger. She has a kind heart making her friendly towards everyone. She is very good at controlling her Vox, that even without training, she manages to handle it very well. As a quick learner, Madoka controls it naturally, like an expert, be it in natural mode or in combat mode. Madoka is a natural born hero, as she does not need superpower to help someone. She is ready to face any risk and danger to save another. But with her Vox, we can see that she can even face an entire army.
07. Medaka Kurokami
Medaka is an excellent student from the anime Medaka Box as she is very smart and always excelling the expectations put on her. Her learning and growth capabilities are limitless. She is a good at sports and always showing better results compared to any other students. As a student council president, she would always fulfil the suggestion given in the suggestion box. She always believes that people who are bad are often the ones who faced some kind of traumatic experience which led them astray.
Medaka is not just an ordinary high school student. She possesses superhuman abilities that surpass normal human capabilities. Medaka has incredible speed when she moves, it even made people think she can replicate herself. She has inhuman agility, endurance, strength, as well as flexibility and sharp senses. Medaka is a very special girl who is gifted. From an infant stage, she understands things that most youngsters would not even know the meaning. Her learning capabilities surpass even her older siblings. Since she is a quick learner, she can grasp any new knowledge by just observing and experiencing them.
06. Artoria Pendragon/Saber
The Legendary Hero of Britain, the King of Knights, Saber is a class servant of the Holy Grail War from the anime Fate/Series. She often prefers to be called by her class name Saber by her acquaintances. Saber is one of the strongest servants, as she possesses an immense magic power and strength. She is strong willed, courageous, and determined to achieve her goal of winning the Holy Grail War. Saber takes her role as the servant warrior seriously and she will never betray her master, no matter what the cost. She despises those who defy their own master and would even punish them by herself. However, she respects those who would protect their own master to the very end.
Saber strength somehow depends on the masters will power and experience. So if her master is weak, she also cannot give her all in combat. But if her master is strong like when she was serving Rin or Sakura, she has the maximum potential and strength. With Sakura as her master, she can even fight head on against Berserker who is a really powerful character. She is a skilled full sword master and is very good at close combat.
Saber is very confident with her abilities that sometimes, she takes her enemies lightly and would not even fight at her full strength. Her contract with Rin proved she was indeed the strongest servant who can defeat Berserker and Gilgamesh. Saber is an excellent swords woman, but not just that she is even good at hand to hand combat, she even stated that no servant can beat her in close combat. She is confident that she can escape any enemy surprise attack.
05. Jubei Yagyu
Jubei is Muneakira’s first Master Samurai from the anime Hyakka Ryouran: Samurai Girls where she appeared to have a double personality. One, she is like a child and two, when she is in her combat mode, which is definitely a different person. Jubei is very strong and a skilful swordsman. Her power was first awakened by Muneakira’s kiss, and at that time Muneakira did not know of her existence. Jubei has a sadistic side, which shows when she is in combat mode. She is acknowledged by her fellow warriors and even enemies, where she would always fight to her heart’s content. Her swordsmanship is fearsome as she moves swiftly and is very powerful. She hardly misses targets and can comeback quickly from any hit.
Jubei wields two Katanas and controls a dark aura which surrounds and protects her body while can be used to attack with. She may have a sadistic nature, but she will never fail her goal or mission. Even in the heat of battle, she is confident that she can win and can come up with any attack in the last moments. Jubei’s good nature side is somehow opposite. She would cling to Muneakira’s side all time and would behave like a child and cry if she does not get what she wants. But at least this side of her we can see the sweet and innocent girl would often make you smile.
04. Misaki Ayuzawa
Another normal high school girl from Maid Sama with no superpower or extraordinary human strength but excels in everything. Misaki the first female student council president who worked hard in order to achieve the position. Misaki is a hard-working girl who is good with her studies. Because of her family’s situation, after school she secretly works as a maid at a cafe called Maid Latte. She kept this identity hidden from her school life, as she does not want other students to think poorly of her. As the strict and firm president, she thought that being found as a maid would cost her school image.
Misaki is often seen to behave rudely with male students as compared to females. From her point of view, she is protecting the fragile girls from the unruly boys. Misaki despises boys and thinks of them as ugly and filthy. Though this behaviour started because she and her family were abandoned by her father, leaving them to suffer with huge amount of debt. As a child she was cheerful and always stays positive, but after the incident with her father she changed drastically.
Misaki works hard for the family to provide and repay the debt which was left upon her shoulder. Even when she faces all these burdens, Misaki remains strong, dependent, and maintains a calm at all times. Most students rely on her as she can solve problems quickly. She would often put others before her in times of need. As a maid, Misaki is seen to have shown a different side of her because of the nature of work. She shows a cheerful face and if often seen smiling towards the guest. Misaki sets a good example for all the females as she has proven that being strong and independent does not require a special power. One can definitely overcome any difficulties if one stands strong on their beliefs. Therefore, making her one of the best female characters we have seen.
Akame is a young girl from the anime Akame Ga Kill who lead Night Raid, a group who fought against The Empire. She is strong as well as she has excellent combat abilities. Akame is the strongest member of Night raid as her strength is of the level of a General. She is also a skilled swords woman as they trained her to be an assassin from the tender age. As an assassin, she betrayed her group to join Night Raid, a group that focuses on taking down the corrupted government.
Due to the intense training she received as a child, Akame’s appearance is often cold heated and ignores anyone who speaks to her as she hardly shows any emotions, which made others think she does not even care about her friends and comrades. But in reality, Akame is just a bashful girl, but she does care and cherishes her friends and comrades. Akame choose to keep it hidden from other a sign to show that she is strong and her teammates can rely on her without having any doubts.
Towards her enemies she can be ruthless and merciless as she would even unleash her deadliest attack towards her enemies without hesitation. Akame has an extraordinary human strength and speed due to the training she received in her childhood. She also has high reflexes and endurance, and her sword skills are way above everyone else’s. Akame sharp senses allow her to dodge her enemies easily and escape from any attack which comes her way.
02. Violet Evergarden
Violet is a very beautiful young girl from the anime with the same name, Violet Evergarden. She was a former soldier who has fought in the war alongside Major Gilbert. He was the person who took care of her when she was handed to him by his brother. Violet was an orphan who was stranded in an unknown and uninhabited island, she was brought back to society by Dietfried as he saw the potential of the mysterious girl. He had learnt that she could be the perfect weapon for the military during the war. However, Violet was under the order and care of Major Gilbert who taught her how to communicate with others.
Violet was an emotionless weapon at first, but soon after the war, she was dismissed from military duty and could live freely as a normal person. She joined the CH Postal Company and became the Auto Memories Doll. She joined hoping to learn the meaning of the words “I Love You”. They were spsoken to her by the Major when he was on the brink of death. As an emotionless person, when she started working as an Auto Memory Doll, she learned expressions, emotions and even became a very caring girl. She would always put others first before herself.
Violet, as a soldier, was the greatest weapon as her strength, skills and abilities are deemed to be the utmost asset to the military. They trained her at a very young age, therefore strengthening her as she grows up. The way she fought is that of a machine rather than human. She has quick reflexes, moving at a fast pace and swiftly taking out any enemy without hurting herself. Violet has strong endurance and can take any hit as the pain does not affect her what so ever. She is not only good at hand to hand combat; Violet is very talented with weapons, be it guns, bows, or any type of weaponry. She can master them as soon as she touches them.
Although this is all in her past, as she vows to never kill again. As a memory doll, she works hard and even master the typewriter with her prosthetic arms. In this new line of work, she also learns that a person’s life is very precious and if they were to die, families and friends would lose someone important to them. The life of a memory doll led Violet through many different adventures. Travelling to so many places to meet clients and fulfil their wishes by writing for them. This journey has taught her so much about life and how to cherish it, and she finally learns the meaning of the words “I Love You” which was Major Gilbert’s last words before they got separated.
Violet sets a good example of any ordinary girls, her struggles and new achievements are inspiring about her character. Any one facing a hard life should definitely look at her as an example to keep trying until you understand what you are facing and you need to do.
01. Lucy Heartfilia
Lucy Heartfilia from the anime Fairy Tail was a runaway child as she left her home in pursuit of her dream to become a Mage and joined the famous Guild Fairy Tail. She is a Celestial Spirit Mage, just like her mother. She loves to read and write where she even wrote her own novel about the adventure she experienced with her friends during her guild quest. Lucy may not be as strong as her teammates and sometimes she can easily tremble in fear, but she never quits or runs away. No matter how strong her enemies are, she would always try her best to protect her friends however she can. Lucy is a very caring and understanding to her friends.
She has mutual respect for all her guild mates as well as her Celestial Spirits. Lucy is not much of a fighter, as she would rather avoid any conflict, especially when she is at the guild. But she is not a coward to run away from any of these. She has proven that she can handle fights on her own where she can come up with any solution at any moment. She is usually the brain of the group because she can quickly analyse the situation and use her intelligence to her advantage.
As a Celestial Mage, Lucy does not take advantage of or abuse her Spirits. She treats them as equal friends and would fight alongside them. Using them as a shield is against her philosophy. Lucy grew stronger as she fought alongside Natsu and friends. She can even utilise her Spirits powers and abilities on herself where each Spirits grants her a unique Star Dress and abilities which she can use when battling an enemy. She has improved to the point where she can summon multiple keys at a time and she could hold off as long as the battle drags by.
We can say that Lucy is one of the best female protagonist as she grew so much in the series. Even when she started as a weak character, Lucy grew stronger as time went by. Her character development is simply amazing. I think it’s safe to say that she is the best female protagonist.
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