The ninja (or shinobi) are an essential part of Japanese tradition. The characters often appear in various anime works and while they are most often associated with male characters, a lot of great female characters have also been shinobi, as far as anime is concerned. These characters are known as kunoichi.
In this article, we will rank the 25 best ninja anime girls in the history of the genre. You’re going to find out where each of them is from and a bit about them.
Franchise: Is This a Zombie?
Seraphim, or Sera for short, is a vampire ninja who is very skillful and trained in the use of the katana. It becomes clear that Seraphim works to perfect the technique of Tsubame-gaeshi, since almost everything in her life is fixed on it. Originally, the beauty with ample breasts was supposed to submit a request to Eucliwood, which was always rejected by Eucliwood.
According to her instruction, she should be at Eucliwood’s side as a servant in this case, which Eucliwood also denied, since she already had a servant in Ayumu. When Seraphim realizes that it seems impossible to eliminate Ayumu, she decides to become Ayumu’s servant.
However, she does not behave like a servant, possesses a sharp tongue, and repeatedly refers to Ayumu as Kuso Mushi. As a servant, she finds it necessary to live with Ayumu as well, appearing like a ghost in all sorts of places in the house at inopportune times.
Franchise: Ninja Scroll
A kunoichi of the Koga clan trained since childhood, she serves as the official Poison Catalyst for the Mochizuki clan chamberlain. Due to the regular ingestion of toxins that her job demands, Kagero has developed immunity to poisons and her body has become poisonous, so whoever kisses her or has sex with her will be fatally poisoned.
Due in part to this and in part to her own upbringing, Kagero sees herself as a worthless tool, and she easily risks her life in battle, causing her to run afoul of the vitalist Jubei. The character of Kagero is a reference to Futaro Yamada’s work The Kouga Ninja Scrolls.
Franchise: Demon Slayer
Suma is a supporting character in Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba. She is a kunoichi and one of Tengen Uzui’s wives. While investigating the entertainment district, Suma was assigned as the oiran at the Tokito house. However, during the investigation, she disappeared and lost contact with Tengen Uzui.
When Tanjiro arrives in disguise at the Tokito house, he hears the rumor that Suma had run off with a wealthy suitor from his diary, but immediately doubts that anything more sinister is going on. Later in the arc, Inosuke Hashibira begins searching for the demon and comes across a cavern with a hanging obi holding several people captive.
As he begins his assault, he manages to free several captives, including Suma and Makio. The two women continue to defend the freed captives from being reabsorbed while Inosuke fights the obi. A loud clap of thunder is heard above the cave and Tengen bursts through the ceiling, effectively severing large parts of the obi. He lets both women know that he is proud of them, which tears them apart emotionally.
22. Goemon Hachisuka
Franchise: The Ambition of Oda Nobuna
Goemon Hachisuka is a young ninja girl. She was a student of Kinoshita Hideyoshi, and after his death, swore allegiance to Yoshiharu. She is the leader of a group of militia loyal to her and ready to die for her. She has a childish voice and occasionally stammers, which is why she doesn’t like long speeches.
Due to its small stature, it is a good spy and is able to quickly and quietly penetrate protected premises. She is able to stand up for herself in battle and has saved Yoshiharu’s life more than once due to her super-fast reflexes.
21. Hanabi Hyūga
Hanabi Hyūga is Hinata’s little sister, considered the heiress of the clan. Despite her very young age, she shows great talent in using her family’s techniques. In a special episode, we can see that she admired her big sister a lot when she was younger and took her as an example, until she noticed that Neji was much stronger than her, toning down the admiration she felt.
Later, while traveling out of town with her father during Pain and Konan’s invasion of Konoha, she regains her admiration for her older sister when she learns how the latter fought Pain. Given her young age, she does not participate in the war and is left behind in Konoha.
Franchise: Demon Slayer
Hinatsuru is a supporting character in Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba. She is a kunoichi and one of Tengen Uzui’s wives. At some point in the past, Hinatsuru was instructed alongside Makio and Suma by their husband Tengen on his personal ideology: putting their own lives first, then respectable humans, and finally himself.
Later, Makio questioned this idea privately, as it went against what they had been taught as a kunoichi. Hinatsuru assured her that as long as she was okay with that, Tengen would approve of it too. She also wished for the four of them to retreat from the front lines as soon as they defeated an Upper Moon.
Suspecting that the entertainment district was an ideal hideout for the Demons, Hinatsuru infiltrated there as an oiran alongside her fellow wives. Sent to the Kyogoku House, she quickly realized that the main oiran Warabihime was a Demon, but she couldn’t make a move, so she drank poison in order to be sent out of the house. However, she was fired with a belt that quickly dispatched her if she tried to do anything suspicious.
19. Anko Mitarashi
Anko Mitarashi is a kunoichi from Konohagakure and a classmate of Team Minato. She was assigned to a team under Orochimaru’s tutelage. The two loved each other, and Orochimaru finally decided to give Anko some of her research. However, this resulted in Anko being the sole survivor of ten subjects of the Cursed Seal, and she also developed various snake abilities.
After Orochimaru left her village, Anko blamed herself for what happened and her personal goal was to redeem him. At the beginning of the series, she is a loud and brash tokubetsu jonin and the proctor of the second part of the Chunin Exams. In the epilogue, Anko is revealed to have been found, and is an instructor at the Academy, while she also becomes quite fat.
Franchise: Is This a Zombie?
Sarasvati, Saras is a ninja-vampire and Sera’s eldest who lives in the human world as Kirara Hoshikawa. She is also known as Lovely Kirara, leading a double life as a singing idol, who is very popular in the human world. She later ordered Sera to assassinate Eu seen as a magnet to Megalo. However, Saras fixes Sera’s execution for not following his orders.
Later, Saras rescues her and Haruna from Yoruno. She later revoked her assassination attempt, following the success of her faction and Mael’s combined in an effort to seal the gates to the underworld (although Sera was ultimately the key, since she had the blood of Eu flowing through his veins after a mortal wound suffered by Yoruno).
Eventually, she falls in love with Ayumu (to be more precise, she desires him at first sight when she saw her behind and her curves, but normally falls in love with him nonetheless).
Franchise: Demon Slayer
Makio is a supporting character in Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba. She is a kunoichi and one of Tengen Uzui’s wives. Makio first arrives in the neighborhood to work undercover as a courtesan at the Ogimoto house, she tries to gather information about reports of a demon in the neighborhood and sends information back to Tengen via the crow.
However, one day, Makio is captured by Daki’s obi and is quickly interrogated Later, when Inosuke discovers the bunker, he cuts off the obi, freeing both Makio and Suma from inside and the two women help him save the girls from being reabsorbed into the obi. After reuniting with Tengen in the cavern, Makio and Suma are freed and lead the evacuation of the neighborhood’s citizens.
Once Makio and Suma manage to evacuate the citizens, they return near the end of the battle and find out the consequences. Makio and his co-wives rush to provide first aid to Tengen, but find that their antidotes don’t work to cure Gyutaro’s poison. After initially panicking about what to do, Nezuko approaches the group and heals Tengen with her abilities, allowing the women to rejoice and kiss her.
16. Sarada Uchiha
Sarada Uchiha is the daughter of Sasuke and Sakura. She appears to have inherited traits from both parents, such as the “Cha!” of her mother as well as her father’s verbal tic, indifference, and reluctance to recognize certain people and praise them when they really deserve it.
Sarada is the central character of Naruto: The Seventh Hokage and the Scarlet Spring, searching for her father separated from her while she mistakenly feels that she and Sakura are not related. Gaining her Sharingan in the process, but not having a good first impression of her father Sasuke of her, Sarada feels hurt and betrayed when she incorrectly suspects that she is Karin’s biological daughter, as the two use similar lenses.
15. Yukikaze Panettone
Franchise: DOG DAYS
Affectionately nicknamed Yukki, Ella is a Kitsune (Fox Girl) and an independent knight of the Biscotti Order of Knights, working in conjunction with Countess Brioche d’Arquien. She is the deputy chief (beneath the Countess d’Arquien) of the Knights of Biscotti’s Onmitsu Brigade, she sees the members of the squad as brothers, whether they are dogs or foxes.
She immediately hit it off with Cinque from the moment they met and she loves him very much, she could tell that she adores him. Yukikaze makes use of agile movements in battle, as she uses various weapons, such as her fists, bows, swords, tantō, etc. She admires Lady Brioche very much and addresses her with “Oyakata-sama” (My Lady), a very formal archaic form of the word taken from old Japanese.
It is revealed near the end of the first season of the anime that Yukikaze is actually a fox deity who has been working behind the scenes with Brioche d’Arquien for over a hundred years to suppress and seal all demons that may threaten the peace in Flonyard.
14. Misao Makimachi
Franchise: Rurouni Kenshin
Makimachi Misao is a young kunoichi. According to Watsuki, Misao is about 16 years old, but he deliberately drew her so that she could not be more than 13 years old. Despite advice to get married and lead a normal life for a girl, Misao flatly refuses to leave the art of ninja. She is in love with Shinomori Aoshi and goes on a long but unsuccessful search alone after he leaves Kyoto, meeting Himura Kenshin on the way back.
After learning that Aoshi has defected to Shishio Makoto’s side, Misao declares himself the head of the Oniwaban-shu and, together with Kamiya Kaoru, helps Kenshin deal with one of Shishio’s henchmen named Honjo Kamatari. Later, Misao participates in a mission to rescue Kaworu from Yukishiro Enishi’s island base, after which he returns to Kyoto with Aoshi.
According to Watsuki, he created Misao as cheerful as possible, and she turned out to be half Kaworu, half Myojina Yahiko. As for Misao’s appearance, Watsuki deliberately drew her long hair in a braid, believing that such a hairstyle conveys movement well. According to Watsuki, Misao was his favorite character, acting as if she were truly alive and independent of the author’s decisions, but nevertheless, he felt that in Misao he failed to fully embody the image of a strong and independent woman.
Franchise: Senran Kagura
A girl who was trained from an early age to be a killing machine and therefore feels no emotion. As a weapon, she uses a medium-length knife, which she usually licks before fighting. The animal summoned in combat through the Ninja Secret Art is the cobra.
Oboro is Ogen Iga’s granddaughter. She is a young woman of great beauty and childish, even juvenile character. His name is among those of the ten ninja warriors appointed by Ogen to face the Kôga clan. She is also the future wife of Gennosuke Kôga before the non-aggression treaty that brought peace between the two clans was broken.
She does not master any ninja technique but she has eyes capable of “breaking” any ninja technique. Oboro wishes to restore peace between the two ninja camps in order to be able to live with Gennosuke. But once the non-aggression treaty is broken, the two enemy clans engage in a fight to the death where love has no place.
It is for this reason that her allies of the Iga clan (Akeginu, Rôsai, Nenki, Tenzen, Hotarubi, Jingorô and Koshiro) do not inform her directly of the confrontation which again opposes the two clans: her naivety and her love for Gennosuke enabled the Iga ninjas to eliminate four Kōga fighters before she learned the truth.
11. Mei Chang
Franchise: Fullmetal Alchemist
Mei Chang comes from Xing and is accompanied by Xiao Mei, a female panda, who has never been able to grow and has remained miniature, who seems to copy her every move. Just like Lin Yao, she is one of the heirs of the Emperor of Xing (seventeenth crown princess exactly). When she arrives in the town of Youswell, it is Kayal who finds her exhausted.
Mei Chang seems very young, but that does not prevent him from mastering elixirology (the alchemy of the country of Xing which is mainly specialized in medicine). She is in search of eternal youth and thinks that Edward, who has been described to her as a very “great” alchemist, can help her. So she goes looking for him, thinking that Ed is a kind of prince charming.
10. Kaguya Ōtsutsuki
Kaguya Ōtsutsuki is a member of the main family of the Ōtsutsuki Clan who is the central underlying antagonist of the Naruto series. Unlike her relatives, Kaguya decided to keep the world to herself after eating a fruit from the Divine Tree in that world, becoming a part of the tree while using it and Rinnesharigan to subject the world to the Infinite Tsukuyomi to end everything.
While Kaguya was revered as the “Rabbit Goddess”, Kaguya was consumed by her power and eventually lost faith in humanity by turning the humans assimilated by the Divine Tree into her personal army of White Zetsus as a defense against her Eastern kin and the other gruesome acts that Kaguya caused the then powerless people to denounce her as “Demon”.
9. Soi Fon
Soi Fon, which means “Fast Wind” in Chinese, is the captain of the 2nd division of the Gotei 13 and the commander of the 1st division of the Omnitsukido (Keigun, the division of the executioners), she succeeded Shihōin Yoruichi at the same posts. Her real name Shaorin Fon, she is part of a family of lesser nobles serving the Shihōin family, one of the four great families of Soul Society.
She is the sixth in a family of six; her five brothers all died during their first missions. It was when she entered the Keigun that she took her great-grandmother’s first name, Self. She was very resentful of Yoruichi for abandoning her (but especially for not taking her with her on her escape) and trained to surpass her.
They will also face each other during the attack on Sōkyoku, and at the end of the fight, she will express her resentment toward Yoruichi, ending the hatred she has for her.
8. Tsubaki Nakatsukasa
Franchise: Soul Eater
She is the Black Star’s partner, and unlike other demonic weapons, she can take several forms: Grappling hook, shuriken, smoke, ninja blade, and decoy. She is the heiress of the Nakatsukasa clan, a famous weapon clan whose particularity is to have several transformations.
Unlike her partner, she is sweet, kind, and shy or rather overwhelmed by Black Star’s eccentric and narcissistic personality, but is no less intelligent and thoughtful, but is careful not to remind Black Star how much he is. dumb. She knows how to recognize her companion’s talent and tries to make him progress, but most of the time he does as he pleases.
After swallowing her brother Masamune’s soul, she will gain a new transformation in Cursed Saber mode, which is actually her brother’s transformation. On several occasions, she tries to warn Black Star against overusing this mode, but of course, the young man does as he pleases.
7. Eri Shiina
Franchise: Angel Beats!
Shiina is a bit like the kunoichi of the team. Always in the shadows and never speaking, she is an elite warrior who is fearless. Her only weakness is her fetish for cute objects (stuffed puppies, kittens, etc.). Ever since Otonashi “beat” her on the first descent to the Guild, she has spent her time honing her concentration by balancing a broom on her index finger.
Not much else is known about her except that she was one of the first to join the front. His favorite phrase is “how narrow-minded”. We learn that Shiina is a slayer codenamed C7 who died for unknown reasons. Once she arrives in the world where the story of Angel Beats takes place, she takes refuge underground for more than 1000 days.
Yuri, therefore, understands that she comes from another era. She is finally defeated by Hinata who slices her with a Katana blow thanks to the help of Kanade and Cha. When she wakes up, she decides to join Yuri’s group. It is Yuri who will give her the name of Shiina.
Tsunade, as well as her former teammates Jiraiya and Orochimaru, is a former student of Hiruzen Sarutobi. Despite appearing to be a young woman in her twenties, Tsunade is actually an older woman in her fifties who uses a transformation technique to maintain her youthful appearance. Tsunade is also the granddaughter of Hashirama Senju and Mito Uzumaki, and many refer to her by the Japanese honorific “hime” (princess).
As a result, Tsunade accepts the position of Fifth Hokage to protect Konohakagure on behalf of all her loved ones, also later taking Sakura as her apprentice, much like Orochimaru with Sasuke and Jiraiya with Naruto. At the end of the series, Tsunade retires at the end of the Fourth Great Ninja War and bestows the title of Hokage on Kakashi.
5. Lan Fan
Franchise: Fullmetal Alchemist
Lanfan is one of Lin Yao’s servants who, like Lin and Fu, can sense the presence of homunculi. She can’t stand Lin being slandered, to the point of losing her temper, which she seems to be in love with. She is a ninja bodyguard expert in the handling of bladed weapons. She wears a black outfit, two daggers, and a mask that Edward will break when they meet. He will recreate one for him later.
She is also Fus granddaughter. During the trap set for Scar to attract the homunculi, she will fight two of them with Lin: Gluttonny and Wrath, whom she will first take for a simple human. During the fight against Wrath, she will lose the use of her left arm and, considering herself a burden for her master, will be ready to kill herself but, Lin will not accept it.
She will then cut off her useless arm which she will tie to a dog to lure Wrath onto a bad lead and allow Lin to capture Gluttonny.
4. Sarutobi Ayame
Ayame Sarutobiou Sacchan, as she likes to be called, is a masochistic kunoichi and a fan of bondage. She is totally in love with Gintoki and will do just about anything to spend some time with him. She suffers from major vision problems, which inevitably cause many misunderstandings as soon as she loses her glasses.
In civilian life, she is a waitress in a cosplay restaurant. His weapon of choice is Natto. When she’s not “watching over the welfare” of Gintoki, she is a serious and highly skilled freelance assassin. She is often in competition with Otae who she believes is in love with Gintoki.
3. Hinata Hyūga
Hinata Hyūga whose current name is Hinata Uzumaki is a member of Team 8 who suffers from a lack of self-confidence. Although she was born to the main branch of the Hyūga clan and raised to become the future head of the clan, Hinata’s shyness and inability to stand up for herself resulted in her father Hiashi’s strong disapproval after being defeated by her younger sister Hanabi, who became their father’s successor.
Hinata was disowned by Hiashi and placed in the care of Kurenai Yuhi. Under Kurenai’s guidance, Hinata began training to become strong in both skills and will to prove herself to her father. Hinata’s growing self-confidence stems primarily from her longstanding admiration for Naruto, as she is inspired by her enthusiasm and her unwavering determination to never give up. As the series progresses, Hinata’s admiration for Naruto eventually turns to love.
During Part II, Hinata confesses her feelings to Naruto as she protects him from Pain and later helps him during the Ninja Allies’ battle against the Ten-Tails. Following the end of the Fourth Great Ninja War, and the events of The Last: Naruto the Movie where she carries out the will of her ancestor Hamura Ōtsutsuki by helping Naruto stop Toneri, Hinata marries Naruto and they have two children in the epilogue of the series.
2. Sakura Haruno
Sakura Haruno, whose current name is Sakura Uchiha, is a Jōnin from Konohagakure, she was the female member of Team 7. Sakura was teased by other children because of her long forehead. She was comforted and defended by Ino Yamanaka for teasing her.
As the two grew up, however, they grew distant due to their fondness for Sasuke. During most of the first part, Sakura is in love with Sasuke, and despises Naruto Uzumaki. But after Sasuke leaves the village, Naruto made him a promise to bring him back. After the first attempt is delayed by the Sound Four, Sakura decides to become strong by training with Tsunade.
In the second part, at 16 years old, she shows highly developed skills from her training, gaining enormous strength and power from ten men. In the series epilogue, Sakura ended up marrying Sasuke Uchiha and they have a daughter, Sarada Uchiha.
1. Yoruichi Shihōin
Yoruichi Shihōin appears in the manga as a talking black cat with a male voice. It is only later that it is discovered that she is in fact a woman, ex-commander of special operations and ex-captain of the 2nd division, 22nd head of the Shihōin family, one of the noble families of Soul Society, which she fled after Kisuke Urahara was banished.
We have never seen her with her zanpakutō in a fight. She is defined, during her appearance in the form of a cat, as the best friend of Kisuke Urahara. She is nicknamed “Goddess of Blitz” (“Shunshin” in Japanese) or “Divine Speed Yoruichi”. Indeed, she has achieved a very impressive level of mastery of the shunpō technique.
Not using her zanpakutō and fighting with her bare hands in all his fights so far, we can easily imagine that her real strength has not yet been revealed. Despite her rank, she doesn’t much like pronounced marks of respect. She also made it to our list of best anime cat girls.