My intro into this piece? Girls can kick ass too. There isn’t anything much to be said. I COULD wax poetic about how anime is a male driven world blah blah blah, but there are too many women in the Anime world that are out there whooping ass and not taking names because they don’t give a damn. AND you can find these females outside of the Shoujo world (although some in there HAVE to be mentioned because they were darker/powerful than the series gave them credit for-had enough time to expound on-too complex to drabble about.
Tomoe Hotaru ( Bishoujo Senshi Sailor Moon)
Quiet girls can be deadly. Hotaru was a young girl, daughter Souichi, a scientist who through his experiments ends up killing his wife and critically injuring his daughter. Through a deal with the devil (read Pharaoh 90) he saves her life, although forfeiting the good left in him. Now let’s talk about why Hotaru is a badass. First she carries around a weapon. The other sensei have “weapons” too, but she carried a 9 foot long staff with a Glaive at the end. She uses this to perform one of the DEADLIEST attacks in the entire Sailor Moon universe. Silence Glaive Surprise. Kills everybody. It can DESTROY A PLANET. Second…wait. We don’t need any more reasons.
Lina Inverse (Slayers)
She pretty damn fearless. She’s known to take on sorcerers’ and demons, monsters and wizards. I don’t think she cares as long as she wins. After watching, the only thing I believe Lina to be afraid of, is her older sister. I mean, she has nicknames like Bandit Killer, The Enemy of All Who Lived. What kinda badass nickname is that? She is easily one of the most powerful sorceresses in her country and has one of the highest magical capacities in the Slayers universe. Go head girl.
Saber – Arturia Pendragon- (Fate/Stay Night)
Again, with the quiet reserved girls. You know how they say a quiet girl is a freak in the bedroom. Well quiet girls like Saber, are a freak with magic. Under the tutelage of Merlin, she is known as the welder of The Element of the Red Dragon, which grants her powers above normal magic users. When her abnormal amount of magic eats away at her energy, she’ll use Excalibur (yeah, she owns, welds, and kicks ASS with Excalibur). Even in her death she manages to be fully in command of her powers and duties, making sure she would still be allowed to obtain the Holy Grail. Even. In. Death.
Revy (Black Lagoon)
There is always one person you run across that generally doesn’t give a damn about human life. As we jump out of the Shojo world and into Revy’s Black Lagoon universe, we see that she is that person. She’s practically been a murder all her life, and now as an adult she is a pirate/mercenary for hire. She has a foul mouth and an even fouler temper. She kills at will and generally will do so without caring about the consequences. Not much is known about her past, but in every episode of Black Lagoon, look for Revy to be the main one busting caps in asses.
Chi Chi (Dragon Ball)
Being the mother of one of the strongest men in the universe, and the mother of two children that take after their father in strength, you have to guess that Chi Chi would just sit back and let the men in her life take care of her? Wrong. Chi Chi is considered one of the strongest women in her world, and can definitely hold her own. Outside of her prowess as a fighter, she has one of THE meanest anger fit in the world. She can actually power up in anger. I’ve seen it.
I liked Temari from jump. Why? Because she was the first strong female character that didn’t really give a damn about anything but her family and her goals. She was raised in a land where training and strength was everything (like the Blood Mist but NOT like the Blood Mist if you get me.) She was the daughter of a Jinchūriki and the Kazekage. Everything about Temari’s profile exudes strength and she meets the expectations every time. She was THIS close to beating Shikamaru in the Chūnin exams (who we know is just a badass in his own right. I can’t…), is strong enough to carry around a HUGE iron can that she welds as if it were made of paper, and she’s bright and analytic…(Like Shikamaru which is why they are going to get married. I called it.) Although many other strong female characters will show their faces in Naruto, Temari did it without hesitation from her first introduction.
Kuchiki Rukia (Bleach)
Powerful things come in small packages. That is especially true for the diminutive Shinigami, Kuchiki Rukia. Let me list off Rukia’s awesome points. 1.) She is the sole reason that Ichigo became a Shinigami (removing the Aizen manipulation factor. Because she still didn’t have to do what she did, despite of.) 2. She did it knowing that it was a crime punishable by death. 3. She was strong enough spiritually to hold the Hōgyoku inside of her body. 4. Even in Gigai form she is able to take Ichigo down with one kick to the face. 5. Her Zanpaktou, Sode no Shirayuki, is easily one of the coldest around, her shikai is three levels of kickass (ESPECIALLY Tsugi No Mai, Hachure. I get SO EXCITED when I see her piercing the ground.) 6. She’s a female Lieutenant. 7. She took on an Arrancar. BY. HER. SELF. One that looked like her long lost crushlove. 8. Having to deal with her older brother’s sense of where she should be as a Shinigami must take a lot of dexterity. 9. And AGAIN she is the one that restores Shinigami powers back to Ichigo (with help but still…) and 10. She’s Rukia.
Uzimaki Kushina (Naruto)
You don’t a lot of women that walk into class on their first day and declare that they will be the first female Hokage. Kushina did, and I believe she meant it. And being the only female Jinchūriki that we learn about intimately (other than Gaara’s mother) we instantly admire her strength as a human. Kushina’s true strength comes from her being a mother (very much like Gaara’s Mother). Through a painful and frightening childbirth, Kushina managed to keep the seal for the Kyuubi intact for the most part. Even after the extraction of the Kyuubi, Kushina drew the strength to use her chakra to hold off the released (which she knew would kill her) and then she volunteered to take the Nine Tails to death with her. THEN she bodily protected her child (along with her husband Minato), saving his life before dying.
Tsukino Usagi (Bishoujo Senshi Sailor Moon)
Sailor Moon is as about cutesy as you can get (if you ignore the damn near pornographic images Takeuchi Naoko like to throw in there every so often) But behind Usagi’s clumsiness and love of food, stood a woman who repeatedly sacrificed her life for the good of the world. I’m not kidding, Usagi almost died like in every season (6 times to be exact). But she took down the bad guy with her every single time. She continually sacrificed her life, usually at the end because that’s how these Shoujo series go, by using the Ginzuishou at full power. She even stops a meteor from causing all kinds of apocalyptic mayhem on earth in the movie, using the Power of the Ginzuishou to the point that it shatters. The strength in Usagi lies in love, of course, but her power of reincarnation. Her final incarnation is Sailor Cosmos who is in charge of the ENTIRE universe. Go Bunny!
Nelliel Tu Odelschwanck (Bleach)
I have an ungodly obsession with the Espada. It was the most creative thing Tite did, and I thank AnimeBasedGods every day for the arc. The most interesting of the Arrancar (outside of Ulquiorra’s reign of fucking awesomeness) was the story of the first female Espada. Ranking at three was pretty high up there, which automatically meant she was supremely powerful. So powerful that one a regular basis, she’d take Norita to the desert just to kick off in his ass. Even when she was reverted back to her childlike state, she managed to out power those around here, eating Dordoni’s cero like it was candy and spitting it back at him. After being challenged by Nnoitra again, she temporarily reverts back to her normal form as an adult and then again kicks off in Nnoitra’s ass. Ninja like mid air spin attacks, a Cero Doble, and then she hits him with her Ressurecion form. For a woman turned child wandering the desert for how long, there is no telling how strong she’d be in she continued to train.