Girls in anime are mostly generalized as mild and timid. If not, they’re all cheerful and cute. Either way, their behavior is narrowed down to cute and angelic in most cases. Thankfully though, this is not the case with every anime girl. We also have a good mix of tomboys in several anime.
These boyish girls don’t falter in any situation and are always the first ones to rise in an adversary. We have seen some notable tomboys throughout many anime series. So, here is a list of the top 10 tomboys in anime. However, be aware that this not a list of reverse traps. That is, this list does not contain female characters that look and dress like men. We’ve only considered their personality for this list.
10. Mordred Pendragon (Fate Series)
Mordred is a valiant knight who earned the nickname of Saber of Red for herself. She took the concept of a tomboy to an extreme level. She never liked anyone referring to her as a woman and even threatened her master’s life for that.
Mordred had a burning rage within her that she always released on the battlefield by being a berserker. For that purpose, she could use her Clarent Blood Arthur to get more power from her rage. Mordred had a small figure which is why she was always seen wearing huge armor to intimidate her enemies.
9. Kagura (Gintama)
Kagura is one of the main characters in Gintama who was a member of the group Yorozuya. She is a girl who does not have anything “girlish” about her. Her attitude is completely that of a boy. She can easily use swear words and talk about embarassing stuff with ease. Not to mention, I’ve never seen any anime girl other than Kagura who pick their nose in public.
Gintama, as an anime is quite funny and you can see Kagura at the center of those funny incidents most of the time.
Kagura used her boy-like personality to make the viewers laugh a lot. Kagura also had a scary side to her and if she ever got angry she had to be controlled by her peers to stop her from doing anything violent. Ironically, she resorted to violence whenever she was in a pinch even though she hates it.
8. Amanda O’ Neil (Little Witch Academia)
Amanda O’ Neil is a quirky girl from Little Witch Academia who likes to draw attention to herself with her antiques. She always likes to rebel and does not care about authority. She is also a delinquent who does not care about any work from her school.
Once she even sneaked into an all-boys school after taking the disguise of a boy. Her attitude matched so perfectly that no one even had the least doubt on her. This may also be the reason that she is quite athletic and loves to perform acrobatic tricks with her broom.
7. Ryuko (Kill la Kill)
Ryuko has all the qualities of a tomboy character. This stems from her troubled childhood which has made her so violent and angry while growing up. On top of that, she is also the main protagonist of this story. She has only one aim in her life and that is to find her father’s killer.
The clues lead to her Honnoji Academy where she gets badly beaten up at first. But on returning home she finds a sentient sailor uniform that gives her a power boost and provides another chance for her to reveal the secret of her father’s death.
6. Miss Kobayashi (Miss Kobayashi’s Dragon Maid)
At first glance, Miss Kobayashi may not appear to have a boy-like personality. After all, she is just a cute girl wearing glasses. This is where she confuses all the viewers as her true personality gets revealed slowly. She has no girlish charms whatsoever. As a matter of fact, she simply doesn’t care about all those stuff. Which is exactly why she is on this list.
Behind her boyish nature, she has a caring side and is known for her ability to remain calm in tricky situations. She is a computer programmer who is quite lazy but can get too aggressive sometimes when it comes to maids.
5. Bulma (Dragon Ball)
Bulma is the OG tomboy girl that we all remember from our childhood. She was introduced right at the start of the series and she has come a long way since then. It is worthwhile to note that Bulma is married to Vegeta and is the mother of Trunks.
The only way she manages to stay sane is with her boy-like attitude. And even Vegeta and Trunks think twice before going against her. She is also a tech genius on the side being the daughter of the Capsule Corporation Founder.
4. Mikasa Ackerman (Attack on Titan)
Who doesn’t know about Mikasa Ackerman from Attack on Titan? She is by far one of the most badass and tomboy girls in anime history. She started out as a meek girl but the Ackerman blood within her soon worked its magic. Leave out the enemies, not even her peers will want to get on her bad side.
Her intimidating nature is backed well by her insane power and skills. She may not turn into a Titan like many other characters but she sure can take them down with ease. Overall, Mikasa has set the bar very high for a tomboy character.
3. Misty (Pokemon)
This name may come across as a surprise to many people. After all, people seem to forget that Pokemon is also an anime. Anyways, it is clear as day that out of all the companions of Ash, Misty is clearly a tomboy.
It is even written in her gym description. She is the water-type gym leader and only cares about those Pokemons. Similarly, she is very allergic to the bug type. She also has a bit of an inferiority complex as she is the youngest of her sisters.
2. Winry Rockbell (Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood)
Winry is a genius automail expert in the Fullmetal Alchemist series. She was a childhood friend of the Elric brothers who often fixed Edward’s automail parts. She has both been a friend and a love interest for Edward throughout the story. Despite having a bold, boyish personality, she is caring at heart.
She knows how to keep her emotions in check and forgive people. This is why when she came across the killer of her parents she did not burst out in rage and even forgave him. She was truly the ideal girl for Edward Elric.
1. Erza Scarlet (Fairy Tail)
Erza Scarlet is a red haired beauty, and is hands down the best tomboy character out there. She does not take flack from anyone and people cower at her name. When she was introduced in the series, we saw how everyone stopped making a ruckus and Natsu and Gray were pretending to be friends. She was very scary which is why no one dared to make her mad.
She is definitely one of the strongest wizards in the story. Her sword’s magic combined with her inhuman strength allowed her to deal with any enemies. She could also change her armor to any element allowing her to set up a great defense.
Finally, we arrive at the conclusion of our list. Anime has many tomboys and they genuinely make the story more interesting and funnier. Their chemistry with the protagonist, their sense of humor, and their personality, each and everything is a vital element for the plot. Tell us if you have any other anime tomboy in your mind.