If you’ve watched Naruto, One Piece, or Dragon Ball, you’re familiar with the ever-so-popular Shonen genre. Although Shonen focuses on male protagonists, these 10 powerful and badass shonen female characters could have their own show. Shonen predominantly focuses on male protagonists as well as male characters in general. That leaves room for lesser screen time for most female characters. Except, of course, for the really powerful and badass female characters that could kill you easily. That means they are NOT to be messed with and are on or near the same level of power as the male protagonists. In the wake of feminism in anime, we’ve always wanted to see female characters use their powers and have their own show.
Shonen anime with female protagonists and powerful characters have redefined the Shonen genre for what it really is. These female characters have their own stories that could have their own show along with unmatched skills. Whether it is Sakura Haruno as a grownup or Mikasa Ackerman, we love them.
So, here are 10 powerful and badass shonen female anime characters:
1. Rukia Kuchiki (Bleach)
Rukia Kuchiki from Bleach might be clueless about the modern human world but don't let it fool you. She’s really strong and her rabbit-themed obsession makes her adorable. She’s also really good at acting and can act her way through anything- whether it is staying with the Kurosaki family or convincing teachers at school. She’s also a powerful Kido expert and can slay anyone with her expert swordsmanship. Rukia has a hard time opening up to others but doesn't let her troubles get in the way. She’s one of the badass female characters in Bleach.
2. Mikasa Ackerman (Attack On Titan)
Mikasa Ackerman from Attack On Titan is a stoic and level-headed girl. She’s from the Ackerman clan and had a terrible childhood. Living with Titans is never easy but for her, it was worse. As a female, things tend to be a little harder. Her childhood trauma shaped her into a merciless and incredible fighter and doesn't stop her from caring for her friends. She’s incredibly loyal to her friends, especially Eren Yeager. Mikasa is also one of the best fighters of the Survey Corps and can fight Titans without fear.
3. Erza Scarlet (Fairy Tail)
Erza Scarlet from Fairy Tail is the kind of female character you would never want to fight. She’s fearless and really strong. Erza is the scarlet-haired beauty who can defeat anyone. No character is powerful without flaws, Erza can be impatient and strict. Nevertheless, a tragic childhood can change you in ways you never expected. To Erza, she seems like someone who cries all the time and is unable to save those dear to her. But to us, this female character is one of the strongest members of the Fairy Tail guild. Also, she is secretly fond of smut and a drunk.
4. Sakura Haruno (Naruto)
Sakura Haruno from Naruto is one of the main female characters of the series. Initially, she was not strong and always relied on others to defeat the enemies. After seeing Naruto and Sasuke working to become stronger, she decided to do the same. Soon she became one of the strongest kunoichis of Konoha. Sakura didn't have a tragic childhood but her need to protect and care for her loved ones made her even stronger. She became stronger than her mentor Tsunade Senju.
5. Morgiana (Magi: The Labyrinth of Magic)
Morgiana of The Labyrinth of Magic is a quiet girl who rarely talks. She is secretly very insecure and her biggest wish is to be useful to Aladdin and Alibaba. Morgiana was physically and mentally strong which enabled her to fight ruthlessly. She is also quite vulnerable which makes her seem more human and normal despite her affinity towards strange things. She’s a badass character who feels insecure and inferior in situations that emotionally affect her.
6. Maki Zenin (Jujutsu Kaisen)
Maki Zenin from Jujutsu Kaisen is a supporting character. She’s one of those characters you never want to cross. A strong-willed and headstrong girl who motivates herself to free herself from her sorcerer family. It takes a lot of strength to become who you want to be when everyone else puts you down. But Maki never let it get to her and only made her desire to become a sorcerer stronger, which she eventually fulfilled. She’s a born leader and takes herself and her tasks very seriously.
7. Riza Hawkeye (Fullmetal Alchemist)
Riza Hawkeye from Fullmetal Alchemist is a young beautiful soldier who can defeat anyone with her skills. Well, except for the evil Homunculi. Riza is a brilliant fighter and extremely focused. She’s not much of a talker, she seems tough but she also has a soft side. Her job requires her to be headstrong and tough but she has moments of vulnerability, though very rare, it’s there. She’s also the kind of person you would want in your life and a real inspiration.
8. Biscuit Krueger (Hunter x Hunter)
Biscuit Krueger from Hunter x Hunter is quite charming and uses it to her advantage. Though, she’s easily deceived when someone compliments her appearance. Biscuit does not have any qualms about killing her enemies and pushes her students to their limits and more. Biscuit possesses enough aptitude to pass on the knowledge of Nen to others, such as Wing, Gon, and Killua. She’s one of the strongest people in the series.
9. Olivier Mira Armstrong (Fullmetal Alchemist)
Olivier is one of the strongest female characters of the Fullmetal Alchemist series. She’s feared and is merciless with her enemies. She is called the “Ice Queen.” Olivier’s got a sharp tongue and can intimidate anyone just by her presence. She’s smart and strongly adheres to the “survival of the fittest” philosophy. Nevertheless, she’s been through harsh times that hardened her and made her that way.
10. Tsunade Senju (Naruto)
Tsunade Senju from Naruto is one of the legendary Sannin who is also the Fifth Hokage. Rightfully so, she’s one of the strongest female characters in the series. Tsunade is an avid gambler and drinker but she doesn't let that neglect her duties. She’s got the genes of the first Hokage who was the strongest shinobi before Naruto. Tsunade is physically and mentally strong and can withstand any attack.