In a wide range of character archetypes in anime shows, tomboy anime characters stand out for their bold and unconventional personalities that often defy traditional gender norms. Their overall attributes make them not only entertaining to watch but also enriching role models for viewers who appreciate characters that challenge stereotypes and conventions.
With their unique traits, strengths, and captivating journeys, these characters have become enduring symbols of empowerment and individuality in the world of anime. In this article, we’ll take a look at some of the most memorable tomboy characters who have won the hearts of audiences. So, without further ado, let’s get started.
10. Touka Kirishima – Tokyo Ghoul
Tokyo Ghoul anime may have its own fault but it doesn’t lack in featuring one of the stunning tomboy anime characters who also happens to be a human-eating ghoul. Her bob-length dark blue hair and casual streetwear attire are typical aspects of portraying her manly character.
She’s a level-headed, calculated, calm, and strong female who is as savage in her hunting skills as she is in her looks. Her transition between a slender figure and an extremely angry persona makes her one of the better tomboy anime girls out there.
9. Haruko Haruhara – FLCL
An alien representative from the Galactic Space Patrol Brotherhood, Haruko Haruhara is a hyperactive and spontaneous girl who often does the unthinkable at times. She can be very playful and selfish as well, and if needed doesn’t back off from being violent.
Haruko’s persuasive and stand-offish personality makes her intent on getting what she wants by any means without reason. Although her words tend to make as little sense as her actions she does have a reason for being on Earth, even if it may not be a legitimate one.
8. Winry Rockbell – Fullmetal Alchemist
Winry Rockbell is a hot-headed mechanical genius who takes pride in being a grease monkey and always puts all her heart into automails and mechanics. While Winry is generally bubbly and cheerful, her mannish side tends to come out most frequently around Ed.
She can be stubborn and straightforward while looking after Edward which is what makes her stand out even more. Her strong will and empathetic nature combined with her iconic bandana make her a fan-favorite and one of the classic tomboy anime characters.
7. Maki Zenin – Jujutsu Kaisen
The underdog woman warrior, Maki leads the female faction of Jujutsu Kaisen boasting her status symbol as the current strongest Zenin. Born without cursed energy and being considered a failure by her family, Maki has come a long way relying on herself and her own abilities.
She’s a formidable threat to even the strongest cursed spirits, making her a valuable asset in the eyes of her fans. Maki’s calm and composed personality combined with enhanced physical strength and masterful swordsmanship gives her regard as one of the badass Jujutsu Kaisen waifus.
6. Amanda O’Neill – Little Witch Academia
Representing the class of American anime characters, Amanda O’Neill is a young witch from the United States who’s described as a “rebel” due to her show-offish delinquent manly charisma and relaxed attitude towards her peers, particularly teachers.
Being a hoyden with a talent for acrobatics, Amanda always impresses everyone with her reckless yet impressive physical tricks. Coupled with her inherently tomboyish nature, Amanda’s remarkably convincing and handsome appearance gives her an edge over other tomboy anime characters.
5. Casca – Berserk
In a world like Berserk, there aren’t many individuals who can hold their swords against the menacing tides, but Casca isn’t just an ordinary girl. Often struggling past the stigma placed on her for being a woman, she has proved time and time again that her gender makes her no less of a fighter.
Seeing her hardened appearance and austere attitude, makes people wonder that she “gave up on being a woman in order to become a mercenary”, but Casca has a tender side as well which usually remains hidden by her unfeminine personality and tomboyish facade.
4. Mikasa Ackerman – Attack On Titan
With shoulder-length hair, a scar below the eye, and an intimidating persona that can even scare off the boys, Mikasa never lets anyone think for a second that she’s weak or timid. Always reserved in the face of chaos and death, she’s deemed to be a stoic soldier who’s merciless on the battlefield.
Mikasa had honed herself to be a talented fighter from a young age and having undergone intense training, she could throw off boys bigger than her very easily. Full of contradictions, her tomboy-ness and cynical outlook on life let her be both loving and passionate.
3. Ryuko Matoi – Kill la Kill
Kill la Kill’s Ryuko is a fearless individual who doesn’t care about authority and nothing could make her stop. Due to her past roots of being a delinquent, Ryuko is clearly a rebel at heart, as evident in all her interactions with the Student Council members.
Independent and strong-willed, Ryuko doesn’t shy away from showing off her fierce and extremely hot-blooded nature on display. Thanks to her stubbornness and brash manners, Ryuko is often seen more as a manly figure rather than her actual identity which is of a magical girl.
2. Revy – Black Lagoon
Black Lagoon’s hot-headed heroine, Revy is one of the best gun users in anime and is lovingly nicknamed “Two Hands” for her ability to wield two guns. She is half Chinese and half American and is quite less modest in both the fashion sense and cocky behavior.
As the driving force behind the Lagoon’s military might, Revy is always packing heat and shows no signs of empathy toward killing her enemies. She’s a bloodthirsty monster and manly enough to gun down anyone in combat, making her one of the deadliest tomboy anime characters.
1. Sailor Uranus – Sailor Moon
Whenever there’s a mention of Sailor Uranus a.k.a Haruka Tenoh, a controversy stirs in the fandom upon the character’s gender. While the modern adaptations declare Sailor Uranus as non-binary, the 90s anime and manga creator clears this confusion by stating that Haruka is female.
Regardless of the debate, she remains one of the standout tomboy anime characters because of her mix of masculine and feminine traits. Haruka exhibits almost all the unladylike attributes which is to promote her “tomboyish” nature, but at the same time, she’s elegant, protective, and charming.