20 Best Anime Heroine Characters (2022)

Best Anime Heroines

Who do you think the best anime heroine is?

Anime has been more and more popular all over the world lately, which is partly because of alluring heroine characters. Each of the girls has a strong individuality playing various roles including a protagonist’s sister, high schoolers, maids, witches, soldiers, etc.

For many anime fans, whether they come to like an anime or not depends on how attractive a heroine in the anime is. Here, I’d like to pick out 20 best anime heroine characters in popular series and movies.

If you like these anime heroines, check the anime titles referring to them!

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20. Mikoto Misaka (A Certain Scientific Railgun)

Mikoto Misaka (A Certain Scientific Railgun)
Mikoto Misaka (A Certain Scientific Railgun)/©2018 鎌池和馬/冬川基/KADOKAWA/PROJECT-RAILGUN T

Mikoto Misaka (御坂美琴) is one of the heroines in A Certain Magical Index and the protagonist in its spin-off series A Certain Scientific Railgun. The middle school girl is one of the most powerful espers manipulating electricity.

19. Rikka Takanashi (Love, Chunibyo & Other Delusions)

Rikka Takanashi (Love, Chunibyo & Other Delusions)
Rikka Takanashi (Love, Chunibyo & Other Delusions)/©虎虎/京都アニメーション/中二病でも製作委員会

Rikka Takanashi (小鳥遊六花) is the main heroine in Love, Chunibyo & Other Delusions, who enrolls into the same high shcool with the protagonist Yuta Togashi. The uncommunicative girl with a patched eye is locked in Chunibyo (which is the keyword to enjoy this anime series) and becomes talkative in front of Yuta.

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18. Eru Chitanda (Hyouka)

Eru Chitanda (Hyouka)
Eru Chitanda (Hyouka)/©米澤穂信・角川書店/神山高校古典部OB会

Eru Chitanda(千反田 える) is the main heroine in the slice-of-life mystery anime series Hyouka, who belongs to the Classic Literature Club in the high school with the protagonist Hotaro. The well-bred girl has a great deal of curiosity about everything and involves him in various mysteries around them.

17. Touka Kirishima (Tokyo Ghoul)

Touka Kirishima (Tokyo Ghoul)
Touka Kirishima (Tokyo Ghoul)/©石田スイ/集英社・東京喰種製作委員会

Touka Kirishima (霧嶋董香), the heroine of the dark-fantasy series Tokyo Ghoul, is a high schooler working part-time as a waitress in Anteiku with the protagonist Ken Kaneki. Her personality is basically kind but she somtimes makes an aggressive move on others, which is caused by her being a Ghoul.

16. Saber (Fate/stay night)

Saber (Fate/stay night)
Saber (Fate/stay night)/©TYPE-MOON・ufotable・FSNPC

Saber (セイバー) is one of the main heroines in the Fate series, who is inspired by a British king Arthur Pendragon. She is summoned as a servant of the protagonist Shirou Emiya for the Fifth Holy Grail War. She has the personality of earnest, straight-arrow and competitive in the war while she sometimes shows girlhood behaviors.

15. Rin Shima (Laid-Back Camp)

Rin Shima (Laid-Back Camp)
Rin Shima (Laid-Back Camp)/©あfろ・芳文社/野外活動委員会

Rin Shima (志摩リン) is one of the main heroines in the modern slice-of-life anime series Laid-Back Camp. The quiet and private high school girl likes going camping solo and reading, working part-time at a book shop. She is coming out of her shell communicating her camping friends in the same school including another main heroine Nadeshiko Kagamihara.

14. Mikasa Ackerman (Attack on Titan)

Mikasa Ackerman (Attack on Titan)
Mikasa Ackerman (Attack on Titan)/©諫山創・講談社/「進撃の巨人」製作委員会

Mikasa Ackerman (ミカサ・アッカーマン) is the female deuteragonist in Attack on Titan, depicted as a childhood friend of the protagonist Eren Yeager. She joins the Survey Corps with Eren and fights against the Titans with her inherent prominent physical performance.

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13. Erio Towa (Ground Control to Psychoelectric Girl)

Erio Towa (Ground Control to Psychoelectric Girl)
Erio Towa (Ground Control to Psychoelectric Girl)/©入間人間/アスキー・メディアワークス/『電波女と青春男』製作委員会

Erio Towa (藤和エリオ), the main heroine in Ground Control to Psychoelectric Girl, is a 16-year-old girl, who is also the cousin of the protagonist Makoto. She want to believe herself to be an alien refusing to go to the school after she disappears from everyone for about half a year for some reason.

12. Nami (One Piece)

Nami (One Piece)
Nami (One Piece)/©尾田栄一郎/集英社・フジテレビ・東映アニメーション

Nami (ナミ) is one of the main female characters in the popular manga and anime series One Piece. She joins the Straw Hat Pirates as a navigator in the early stage of the story. She is a hearty drinker and pickpocket, having a dream to complete the whole sea chart all over the world.

11. Violet Evergarden (Violet Evergarden)

Violet Evergarden (Violet Evergarden)
Violet Evergarden (Violet Evergarden)/©暁佳奈・京都アニメーション/ヴァイオレット・エヴァーガーデン製作委員会

Violet Evergarden (ヴァイオレット・エヴァーガーデン) is the female protagonist in the fantasy drama Violet Evergarden. The blonde girl with jewel-like blue eyes works as an Auto Memory Dolls, who writes letters on behalf of people who cannot write or express their emotions well. She loses a large part of feelings and her arms during the war and keeps looking for the meaning of “I love you”, which is left by her dearest Major Gilbert.

10. San (Princess Mononoke)

San (Princess Mononoke)
San (Princess Mononoke)

San (サン) is the heroine of the most globally famous Studio Ghibli movie Princess Mononoke. The 15-year-old girl is raised by mountain wolves in the forest and hates people who destroy nature while she likes the protagonist Ashitaka personally.

9. Miku Nakano (The Quintessential Quintuplets)

Miku Nakano (The Quintessential Quintuplets)
Miku Nakano (The Quintessential Quintuplets)/©春場ねぎ・講談社/「五等分の花嫁∬」製作委員会

Miku Nakano (中野三玖) is one of the main heroines in the romantic comedy anime series The Quintessential Quintuplets. She is the third sister of the identical quintuplets, distinguished by her bluish-purple medium-length hair, a blue pair of headphones around her neck and her quiet and passive personality. She becomes to like the protagonist Futaro before anyone else.

8. Emilia (Re:Zero -Starting Life in Another World-)

Emilia (Re:Zero -Starting Life in Another World-)
Emilia (Re:Zero -Starting Life in Another World-)/©長月達平・株式会社KADOKAWA刊/Re:ゼロから始める異世界生活1製作委員会

Emilia (エミリア), the heroine in the famous Isekai light novel and anime series Re:Zero -Starting Life in Another World-, is a half-elf half-human girl with long silver hair and bluish‐purple eyes. The young innocent girl is one of the candidates for the next ruler of the King of Lugnica. She is developing some feelings for the protagonist Subaru.

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7. Hitagi Senjogahara (Monogatari Series)

Hitagi Senjogahara (Monogatari Series)
Hitagi Senjogahara (Monogatari Series)/©西尾維新/講談社・アニプレックス・シャフト

Hitagi Senjogahara (戦場ヶ原ひたぎ), one of the main heroines in Monogatari Series, is first featured in the beginning of Bakemonogatari, the first season of the anime series. The purple-haired high schooler is troubled by an apparition but is helped by her classmate and the protagonist Koyomi Araragi. Her personality is typically Tundere especially to Koyomi.

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6. Yuki Asuna (Sword Art Online)

Yuki Asuna (Sword Art Online)
Yuki Asuna (Sword Art Online)/©2017 川原 礫/KADOKAWA アスキー・メディアワークス/SAO-A Project

Yuki Asuna (結城明日奈), one of the most famous and popular female anime caracters, is the heroine in Sword Art Online. The 15-year-old girl meets the protagonist Kirito in the virtual world of Sword Art Online and comes to survive in the severe world with him as a partner. She is depicted as one of the most powerful warriors as well as Kirito in the anime series.

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5. Tsubasa Hanekawa (Monogatari Series)

Tsubasa Hanekawa (Monogatari Series)
Tsubasa Hanekawa (Monogatari Series)/©西尾維新/講談社・アニプレックス・シャフト

Tsubasa Hanekawa (羽川翼) is one of the most important main heroines in the whole story of Monogatari Series. The third-grade high schooler is the president of the class that the protagonist Koyomi Araragi also belongs to. She is the most intelligent student in the school but comes to have another personality as Black Hanekawa, which is brought under the spell of an apparition of cat.

4. Takagi-san (Teasing Master Takagi-san)

Takagi-san (Teasing Master Takagi-san)
Takagi-san (Teasing Master Takagi-san)/©2019 山本崇一朗・小学館/からかい上手の高木さん2製作委員会

Takagi-san (高木さん), the heroine of Teasing Master Takagi-san, is a middle school girl going to the same class as the protagonist Nishikata. The smart girl teases him in a variety of ways everyday having an affinity to him. She is presented as an ideal Japanese school heroine in the slice-of-life and romantic comedy anime series.

3. Haruhi Suzumiya (The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya)

Haruhi Suzumiya (The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya)
Haruhi Suzumiya (The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya)/©2006 谷川 流・いとうのいぢ/SOS団 ©2007,2008,2009 谷川 流・いとうのいぢ/SOS団

Haruhi Suzumiya (涼宮ハルヒ), one of the most famous female anime characters, is the heroine and protagonist of the Haruhi Suzumiya series. The first-grade high school girl founds the SOS Brigade to drive off her boredom in the school life. She is well-known as the most eccentric student in the school, who is unconscious of the fact that she has the supernatural power beyond humanity.

2. Rei Ayanami (Neon Genesis Evangelion)

Rei Ayanami (Neon Genesis Evangelion)
Rei Ayanami (Neon Genesis Evangelion)/©カラー

Rei Ayanami (綾波レイ) is one of the main heroines of Neon Genesis Evangelion and Rebuild of Evangelion. The 14-year-old girl with short blue hair is quiet and cannot show her emotions openly. She is the pilot of Evangelion Unit 00, who has a varied impact on the protagonist Shinji Ikari.

1. Nezuko Kamado (Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba)

Nezuko Kamado (Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba)
Nezuko Kamado (Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba)/©吾峠呼世晴/集英社・アニプレックス・ufotable

Nezuko Kamado (竈門禰豆子) is the heroine of the most popular anime series Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba. The 12-year-old girl is a year younger sister of the protagonist Tanjiro Kamado. At the beginning of the story, their family is attacked by demons and Nezuko is transformed into a demon. Unlike most of vicious demons, she is emotionally loyal to Tanjiro and fights against them with him. Although she is a demon which people feel scared of, her behaviors are depicted adorably.


Did you enjoy the best anime heroine list and find your favorite female character? You can expect more attractive heroines will show up in the future since hundreds of new anime are created every year. Of course, this line-up of the best heroines is being updated constantly.

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