Anime has been around for more than half a century in the commercial sense; Osamu Tezuka’s Astro Boy launched a phenomenon that would go on to become one of the largest and most lucrative industries in the artistic and entertainment departments. Anime series come in all shapes and sizes, some of which are more famous and some of which are less. Among thousands and thousands of titles, there are some anime with female characters who are bullies and in this article, we are going to bring you a list of the 10 best anime where the female characters are bullies. Some are more humorous, while others are more on the serious side, so you’ll be able to pick.
1. Don’t Toy with Me, Miss Nagatoro
Original Run: April 11, 2021 – present
Number of Episodes: 14
What it’s about: Naoto, a shy second-year high school boy meets a first-year girl, Nagatoro, and his quiet and monotonous life is completely turned upside down: it all begins when, in the library, she and her friends accidentally notice the pages of a manga fallen to the ground next to the young man and drawn by him; after the group begins to comment on him in a contemptuous way, Nagatoro realizes the Senpai’s embarrassment and laughs at him until he is reduced to tears.
Since that day, Nagatoro spends her days in the company of Naoto, constantly bullying, insulting, and teasing him. In a short time, however, it becomes increasingly evident (for the reader and the other characters, but not for the protagonist) that the girl’s attitudes are actually not sardonic, but well-intentioned, and flirtatious, and that the girl has developed affection towards him: as the events progress, in fact, something begins to blossom between the two that is more than just what it seems to be.
Who is a bully: Don’t Toy with Me, Miss Nagatoro is all about friendly bullying, as friendly as bullying can get. It’s not pleasant, but it’s depicted from a romantic standpoint where the girl teases and bullies a shy boy because she likes him; he also likes her back. Not the healthiest of relationships, but it’s benign enough.
2. The Flowers of Evil
Original Run: April 5, 2013 – June 29, 2013
Number of Episodes: 13
What it’s about: Takao Kasuga is a typical young man who enjoys reading, especially Charles Baudelaire’s Les fleurs du Mal. One day, Takao steals partner Nanako Saeki’s tracksuit out of the blue since he has feelings for her. The following day, however, Takao learns that another companion, the odd and lonely Sawa Nakamura, has found him and is using blackmail to coerce him into signing a “contract” with her. In exchange, the girl will maintain her secret; otherwise, it would be revealed. The focus of the narrative is thus on how the children’s choices have an impact on their family, school, and local community.
Who is a bully: As the title suggests, The Flowers of Evil is not nice, it’s evil. This is a very dark and disturbing manga where the girl is an actual bully, and the guy has to accept becoming her slave – basically – in order to avoid being ashamed. It’s a bit difficult to swallow, but it is a great example for our list.
3. Girls Bravo
Original Run: April 5, 2013 – June 29, 2013
Number of Episodes: 13
What it’s about: The females at his school and elsewhere have always ignored and made fun of Yukinari Sasaki, who is fairly little for his age. He discovered he was allergic to girls in high school. He gets an awful rash all over his body as soon as they contact him. Yukinari unexpectedly slips into the bathtub after returning from school one day, and he finds himself in the mythical realm of Seiren. It appears as though the earth were the moon of this world as it moves invisibly around the planet.
Oddly enough, the population is almost entirely made up of women and girls, and there is rarely a boy or man to be seen. There, however, he quickly finds a new girlfriend in Miharu Sena Kanaka. This can touch him without his body reacting allergically. However, Yukinari wants to go back to Earth after seeing his good friend Kirie crying in the bathroom there. Noticing this, Miharu uses her magic to summon Yukinari back to his bathroom. She also ends up in the bathroom, but she is no longer wearing any clothes.
Who is a bully: Well, Girls Bravo is quite convenient for this list because the small boy, who is the protagonist, is not only bullied by the female characters, he breaks out in hives as soon as a woman touches him. It is a romantic comedy and is more on the lighter side with a lot of laughs, but it’s still not that pleasant.
4. Boys Over Flowers
Original Run: September 8, 1996 – August 31, 1997
Number of Episodes: 51
What it’s about: Boys Over Flowers is the story of Tsukushi Makino, a sixteen-year-old girl whose parents gave everything to send her to Eitoku, a private school for children from good families, far beyond their means, in the hopes of collecting money, and her finding a gorgeous and wealthy son-in-law. The vision of Tsukushi is not truly the same. It must be acknowledged that a dreadful vibe permeates the place. The F4, a gang of four incredibly wealthy guys that govern in Eitoku, are particularly lousy pupils who fit stereotypes of privileged children. Anyone who disagrees with the F4 will be bullied by everyone at the school and given the infamous red card.
For the next two years, Makino is determined to stick by her side and focus solely on her academics. But one day, Tsukasa Domyoji, the leader of F4 and the heir to the Domyoji group, the richest in Japan, is discovered by Makiko, Tsukushi’s lone friend. She begs for his pardon, but the lads don’t appear willing to take her advice.
Who is a bully: Well, Boys Over Flowers isn’t your typical bullying story and is more focused on the male bully who eventually falls in love with the female protagonist, but there is female bullying as well and that is why we have decided to include this classic anime series on this list because you’ll definitely enjoy the whole idea.
5. Hell Girl
Original Run: October 4, 2005 – September 29, 2017
Number of Episodes: 90
What it’s about: When a person feels a grudge, Jigoku Shōjo (Hell Girl) appears and sends the person causing that hatred to Hell. However, the user must seal a contract with her before executing the revenge, and the price to pay is always that the person who accepts the contract must also go to Hell when he dies.
The series is basically a collection of independent stories, each of which tells the story of the suffering of a different person at the hands of one or more subjects, the contract with Enma Ai, and the punishment to which the aggressor is subjected by her. During each story, the dramas are recounted in detail from the beginning of his harassment, and progressively increasing the anguish suffered by the protagonist until he feels unable to bear his torment any longer, to the point of requiring the help of the girl from the hell.
Who is a bully: Hell Girl is also a bit on the darker side and is not really funny, although it does it have its moments. Bullying is present throughout the episodes, although it is not always the main focus, most people who’ve seen the show will remember how Aya Kuroda bullied the people around her and that is why this series deserved a spot on this list.
6. Magical Girl Site
Original Run: April 6, 2018 – June 22, 2018
Number of Episodes: 12
What it’s about: Schoolgirl Aya Asagiri lives in a nightmare: every day she is bullied at school by her classmates and at home, she is abused by her older brother Kaname. One day, a mysterious website appeared on her computer – the Magical Girl Site. Their guardian wants to give Aya a magic wand with which she can become a magical girl. The next day, Aya actually finds a wand in the form of a pistol in her locker, which she uses shortly thereafter in self-defense against her tormentors. When they want revenge on Aya, she is saved at the last moment by her classmate Tsuyuno Yatsumura.
Who is a bully: Magical Girl Site is probably the worst way to depict bullying, but it’s still a very good series. The protagonist gets magical powers and decides to get revenge on all those who’ve bullied her by bullying them. Yeah, not the best of lessons in life, but one can still learn from it and it fits our list perfectly.
7. Peach Girl
Original Run: January 8, 2005 – June 25, 2005
Number of Episodes: 25
What it’s about: When you have a dark complexion and are compared to call girls, it’s difficult to live in Tokyo. The existence of Momo has been made miserable by these preconceptions. She covers herself in anti-tan lotion and stays out of the sun in an effort to make her tan fade. She will then strengthen her bonds with her high school sweetheart, Kairi, whom she saved from drowning one summer, as well as her middle school beloved, Tji, with whom she is secretly in love. There will develop a love triangle with a lot of unexpected outcomes. However, the awful Sae is out there, and this purported best friend of Momo will break her wheels. The love triangle blows up, sparking a conflict of emotions.
Who is a bully: Those who like teen dramas with girls in the focus will absolutely love Peach Girl, because it is all that times a hundred. The main bully is the main heroine’s best friend, who keeps spreading nasty rumors about her because she looks different. The story evolves, of course, but the main female bully is the reason why we’ve put Peach Girl on here.
8. Little Busters!
Original Run: October 6, 2012 – July 30, 2014
Number of Episodes: 47 (+ OVA)
What it’s about: When Riki was just a child his parents died, leaving him hopeless and depressed. What saved him was a group of four children who called themselves the Little Busters who helped him recover by playing with him during that time: thanks to them, the pain gradually disappeared. They’re now sophomores in high school and still hanging out, fighting and living together, and enjoying their school life.
Who is a bully: The Little Busters! visual novel series received a pretty precise anime adaptation and in it, the bullying of Takamiya and her posse have been depicted quite faithfully. Sure, she’s not that evil like some of the bullies we’ve listed, but because of her, this anime series ended up on our list, so we suppose that that speaks enough for itself.
9. My Teen Romantic Comedy SNAFU
Original Run: April 5, 2013 – September 24, 2020
Number of Episodes: 38 (+ 2 OVA)
What it’s about: Hachiman Hikigaya attends a high school and is in class 2F. He spends his time in class alone and without any buddies. Shizuka Hiratsuka, his teacher, convinces him to join the school’s service club because of his bad attitude; the only other member is the dashing Yukino Yukinoshita from Class 2J. Despite not being a loner, she lacks true friends, but she is working to remedy that with the aid of this club. The teacher starts a contest between the two pupils to see who can aid and advise other students more effectively. Whoever is more successful wins. Later, after seeking guidance there, Yui Yuigahama joins the service club.
Who is a bully: Based on the My Youth Romantic Comedy Is Wrong, as I Expected manga, My Teen Romantic Comedy SNAFU is more of a romantic comedy than anything else, but since it has a lot of slice-of-life elements, it also depicts bullying and the main bully is the popular Yumiko Miura, who is a stereotype character, but the show is befitting of this list because of her.
Original Run: October 2, 2008 – March 26, 2009
Number of Episodes: 25 (+ 1 OVA)
What it’s about: Japanese student Ryuuji Takasu, who recently enrolled in the 12th grade, lives by himself with his mother. He would adore being a typical high school student, but his scary eyes prevent him from doing so. Although he is a very sensitive young guy, he is the subject of false tales due to his dark manner, including the claims that he would strike anyone who attempted to disturb him and that he would be willing to kill. He finds it extremely difficult to make acquaintances as a result, with the lack of a romantic relationship being the most challenging. Fortunately, he attends the same class as his attractive crush Minori Kushieda and his best friend Yusaku Kitamura.
Who is a bully: Well, Toradora! is much like the first anime on our list. The main girl, Taiga, keeps bullying the male protagonist because she likes him. It’s nothing over the top and it’s quite funny, especially when she beats him up, but it still classifies as bullying, although it is as benign as it gets. This is why, ultimately, we’ve decided to finish off this list with Toradora!