Thinking about exciting Shonen superhero anime that we all so find so dearly appealing? Well, it’s a strong guess that some powerful male protagonist comes to your mind that deploys brute strength of some form of extraordinary superpower.
While that might be true in most cases, starring anime female superheroes is not an uncommon idea in the anime world either.
Top 7 Anime Female Superheroes
Empowering female characters in superhero animes has been going on for quite a while now.
Especially if we look at contemporary hits like Attack on Titan and My Hero Academia, we’ll come across female superheroes like no other. Mikasa Ackerman, Mirko, Misa Amane, and Erza Scarlet are just a few to begin with.
And yeah, they all have an exciting backstory with intriguing character development. So, please sit back and relax as we take you down a thrilling journey about our favorite anime female superheroes!
1. Merlin from Seven Deadly Sins
We’re all intrigued by how meaninglessly powerful magic can be, right? Well, the anime Seven Deadly Sins seems to have taken the concept one step further.
With the introduction of characters like Merlin, the whole idea of mysticism and magical abilities gains a whole new perspective.
Yes, admittedly, Merlin’s magical powers are based on the story of Merlin from Camelot. But the anime version features so much more.
We wouldn’t want to drop too many spoilers to ruin your excitement, but her superpowers keep on being unraveled as the story goes on. It’s undeniably one of the god-tier superpowers to have.
Furthermore, her intelligence is noteworthy as well. Characters like Merlin are living proof that it’s not only brute strength or magic that empowers a good superhero but also its smartness and pure wit.
Thanks to her exciting character development, viewers of Seven Deadly Sins have a frighteningly powerful superhero to boast about in their fandom.
2. Tatsumaki from One Punch Man
When it comes to flaunting overpowered superhero characters, nothing beats one punch man. There are dozens of superhero characters that are exciting, quirky, and intriguing while having a diverse backstory that crops up in each episode.
One such character that caught our eye was Tatsumaki. And it’s no wonder that she’s a female.
While ignoring her kiddish playful attitude and charms, Tatsumaki can be one of the most overpowered anime female superheroes of all time.
With her god-like psychokinesis powers, she’s in the S-class Rank 2 in the Hero association featured inside the One Punch Man universe.
Her superhero powers are so extraordinary that she can go all out and tear apart the deadliest of villains in a matter of seconds. She’s even flaunted as the most omnipotent ESPer in the world!
3. Erza Scarlet from Fairy Tail
Ever felt too dazzled by intricate swordsmanship in fast-paced Shonen animes? Well, prepare to be overwhelmed by the deadly combo of archery and hand-to-hand combat coupled with star-studded swordsmanship. Yeah, we’re talking about Erza Scarlet from the cult-classic anime Fairy Tail.
While her numerous attires and armors might fool you once, her skills and intelligence will baffle you for sure.
And we’ve not even begun to talk about her exhilarating display of endurance, strength, durability, and reflex throughout the anime in numerous battles.
She can use telekinesis to call upon weapons from a distance and deploy them over her enemies to top things off.
She can even use her powers to re-equip her sword and armor while still battling in a fight. Yeah, she’s that overpowered!
Inside the anime realm, Erza is an S-class Sword Mage belonging to the Fairly Tail guild. She’s also a dedicated member of Team Natsu, who’s the show’s main protagonist, by the way.
4. Izumi Curtis from Full Metal Alchemist
If you’ve ever felt intrigued by the magical world of alchemy and its nuances, Full Meta Alchemist is going to be your thing.
Coupled with some epic scenes of hand-to-hand combat, the anime is filled with scenes depicting the ancient yet majestic power of alchemy.
Although the story circles around two brothers, it doesn’t mean there are no central female characters with so-called superpowers.
Enter de Izumi Curtis. She’s regarded as a master alchemist within the anime world who’s also proficient in martial arts. What else could you need for excitement?
Izumi’s physically strong grit and alchemy skills come hand-in-hand when it comes to unleashing superpowers against bad guys.
She’s exceptionally well at wielding weapons too. Her brilliant maneuvers and fighting tactics are often what get the protagonist going on in the storyline.
An interesting nuance about her character development is the will to survive and the potential to fight. Although she faced a failed human transmutation in her past, she doesn’t let that traumatized past get in her way of fighting for good.
As a tribute to that flashback from her past, she has to spit up blood from her mouth every time she has to go all out in fighting. Talk about “super” powers, am I right?
5. Mirko from My Hero Academia
My Hero Academia is an anime world set up with exciting superheroes, both good and bad. However, the best gimmick of this anime is the superhero ranking.
If you were not to take our review into the trust but want some legit superhero ranking to verify the list of superheroes, My Hero Academia should be your suit.
Miro is undoubtedly the highest-ranking female superhero of all time. She’s constantly ranking up all the time, even as the storyline goes along. Her inhumane strength and quirky style of fighting are what wins her this title in the academy.
She even trained herself to gain insane levels of speed while being swiftly agile. This, in turn, enables her to withstand unworldly pain at a whole new level so that she can’t even feel the blows from her enemies while fighting.
All in all, Mirko is a decent fighter in hand-to-hand combat (or should we say, leg-to-leg as her most prominent physical weapon is her legs?)
6. Mikasa Ackerman from Attack On Titan
If you’re too hung up on the fact that male protagonists are almost always depicted as way more substantial than female counterparts, take a spin on Attack on Titan today.
The wildly popular Shonen anime has gained popularity over the years to maintain an intricate balance of power and badassery between its male and female characters.
As a true testament to that critical plot point, Mikasa Ackerem comes along in the story. Her character development is one of the most intensely well-acknowledged ones in the history of anime.
But it doesn’t just stop at that. She’s an intricate woman who fights against deadly titans just as vigilantly as the male characters.
Although sometimes overshadowed by another talented male scout in the story, Levi, Mikasa is a secondary character.
Thanks to her wits and insanely tactical skills, she easily wins the title of most talented scout in her respective anime realm.
As an interesting touch to her character, Mikasa also doesn’t lose touch with the stereotypically female demeanor. She’s often found intentionally hurt to make sure that others are rescued and before she hurries away to safety.
7. Misa Amane from Death Note
Alright, so enough about wit, skills, powerful fights, insanely brutal hand-to-hand combats. Why not end things off with just sheer superpower or some psychological ability?
Well, we bring to you one of the most beloved anime of all time – Death Note. In it, the female character Misa Amane hasn’t failed to catch our eye while searching for anime female superheroes.
Let’s simply talk about how she’s not skilled in combat or even indulges in typical hights.
It’s just by her pure intellect and critical use of wittiness that she reigns over many other male characters in the story. And, of course, her wild passion for the death note is what makes her stand out a whole lot more.
To top things off, in terms of exciting powers, Misa Amane can see the name and time of death of anyone she looks at.
She can even make a correct statement about their lifespan just by scanning people for a second. Thanks to her Shinigami eyes that she traded in a deal with the god of death.
Are you intrigued already? Why not watch the anime for yourself and find out before getting any more spoilers!
That about seals the deal in our list of anime female superheroes. These exciting characters are all worthy of being central protagonists themselves.
But sadly, in often cases, they are not. These powerful characters all wield some superpower – whether in terms of their wits, skills, mystical abilities, or simply brute strength.
All in all, the world of anime is in itself an exciting realm to explore. Not just for superheroes or female protagonists. The storylines, plot points, character developments, and endings of many animes are simply world-class.
So why not take your next chance at one of these animes? Who knows, maybe you’ll become a fan of one of these anime female superheroes, just like we did!