If you have read my introduction blog, then you would know that it’s no secret I’m a huge fan of tomboy characters. Tomboys can be very cool, or bring energy to a show that makes it really enjoyable. Tomboys can come in many different types. There are gruff ones, badass ones, energetic ones, shy ones, and many more. No matter what kinda character they are, if they are a tomboy, I’m very likely to like their character.
So today we are going to have a HUGE top list about my favorite tomboy characters. I know it can be somewhat ambiguous whether a character is a tomboy or just not really feminine, but I needed to get to 100 so I had to be loose with my interpretation.
I will also be including bifauxnen characters. To be honest, I am still not entirely sure how to pronounce bifauxnen, but I do know what it means. It’s similar, but a bit different from tomboys. As opposed to a “boyish” aura, they give off a princely one. They are more refined and elegant than a tomboy, often looking somewhat like a bishounen. These characters are very often popular with girls for their masculine looks. Some characters can be either a tomboy or bifauxnen, and sometimes a little bit of both. Either way, if I like them, they make the list.
I will be including characters from both anime and games, as that is the only media I consume. It will mostly be anime since I can finish an anime faster than I finish a game, so I have a much larger pool to pick from when it comes to anime.
Also, there won’t really be any spoilers on this list. I will list the character with their ranking and a screenshot of the character with a short description. The only real spoilers is the existence of some characters and maybe a bit of minor background info on the character or a vague description of their role in the story.
Last disclaimer, this is my list. If you have certain tomboy/bifauxnen characters you like, be sure to tell me (as I will highly consider your recommendation), or make your own list. Keep in mind I haven’t seen every anime or played every game ever. So if a character you like is missing, then maybe I just haven’t gotten around to it yet. The other possibility is it’s been so long since I’ve watched the anime or played the game that I can’t remember much about them and don’t feel it would be fair to rank them until I rewatch it. With ALLLL that out of the way, it is time to get to this monster of a list.
100 Kenna Yatsushiro (Medaka Box)
Kenna is a girl who jumps out of windows and breaks down doors. Despite looking tough and boyish, she actually has a crush on a fellow classmate.
99 Matake Ogata (Shakugan no Shana)
Matake is an athletic and energetic girl who has a crush on Eita Tanaka, which can expose a shy and embarrassed side to her.
98 Winry Rockbell (Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood)
Winry is a childhood friend of Edward and Alphonse. She is a mechanic who helps fix up Edward’s prosthetic limbs.
97 Sheena Fujibayashi (Tales of Symphonia)
Sheena is a hot-blooded ninja who can be somewhat clumsy. She lacks confidence but is a caring person.
96 Dunya Scheer (Last Exile)
Dunya is a musketeer for the Disith army. She hangs around mostly men and is surprisingly stronger than most of them.
95 Ren Ekoda (Anne Happy)
Ren has the misfortune of people very popular with females. She isn’t just popular with humans, but females of any species of animal.
94 Onsa Amano (Bakuon!!)
Onsa’s family runs a bike shop. She is a huge fan of Yamaha bikes.
93 Karila Hatsuse (Stella Woman’s Academy, High School Division Class C^3)
Karila is an upbeat and energetic girl with an aggressive and dangerous fight style in airsoft.
92 Yanagin (Daily Lives of High School Boys)
Yanagin is a violent tempered loud-mouth girl who is decent at fighting and is surprisingly smart.
91 Rikka Isarugi (Black Fox)
Rikka is a ninja out to get revenge for the death of her father. She has the help of artificial animals.
90 Alfreed (The Heroic Legend of Arslan)
Alfreed was a bandit who’s companions were killed. She falls in love with Narsus because he saved her.
89 Pascal (Tales of Graces F)
Pascal is an energetic scientist who always lights up the mood. She can be pretty airheaded in social situations but she is a genius when it comes to her work.
88 Alice Swayne (The Ancient Magus’ Bride)
Alice is an apprentice mage with a dark past. She was taken in by Renfred and she will do anything for him.
87 Chie Satonaka (Persona 4)
Chie is a tomboy who loves Kung Fu movies. She can have somewhat of a short temper.
86 Akane Owari (Danganronpa 2)
Akane is a glutton who thinks of food almost nonstop. She isn’t very intelligent and doesn’t like to practice despite being very athletic.
85 Mikage Sharaku (Durarara!!)
Mikage is a high school drop-out who now runs a gym to teach martial arts. She has some of the best hand-to-hand combat skills in the series.
84 Ayaka Uehara (How Heavy are the Dumbbells You Lift?)
Ayaka is a boxer and coach who has noticeable abs. She is best friends with Hibiki and is a huge fan of action movies.
83 Hajime (Hamatora)
Hajime is a quiet girl who doesn’t open up much to others. She loves to eat food, especially burgers.
82 Raika Kasumi (M3 – The Dark Metal)
Raika is a mecha pilot who is very serious about her job.
81 Maya Yamato (Bang Dream)
Maya is a studio musician who joins the band Pastel Palettes. She can be pretty awkward. She is a huge nerd for audio equipment.
80 Iris Cannary (Violet Evergarden)
Iris is very prideful and passionate about her job as an auto memories doll. She hates failure.
79 Helvi Oberg (Knight’s & Magic)
Helvi is a prideful mecha pilot who hates to lose. She is one of the most powerful mecha pilots in the kingdom.
78 Epona (Ys Origin)
Epona is one of the antagonists and a member of the darklings. She can be somewhat immature and doesn’t give off the impression that she is evil.
77 Reona (The Magnificent Kotobuki)
Reona is the leader of the Kotobuki Corps. She is a very serious leader who is by-the-books in her leadership.
76 Azee Gurumin (Gundam: Iron-Blooded Orphans)
Azee is a mecha pilot for the Turbines. She is usually very calm and serious and is one of their best pilots.
75 Moca Aoba (Bang Dream)
Moca is the guitarist of Afterglow. She has a funny way of talking. She loves to wear hoodies and eat delicious buns from the bakery.
74 Kanade Ninomae (Wasteful Days of High School Girls)
Kanade, nicknamed Majime, is an intelligent student who is popular with girls for being responsible and for her boyish looks. She secretly admires Shiori for being so intelligent and is pretty awkward about it.
Riina Tada (The Idolm@ster: Cinderella Girls)
Riina is a self-proclaimed rock idol, but she really doesn’t know much about rock. She befriends guitarist and idol Natsuki Kimura in order to learn more about rock.
72 Julia Schwarz (The Legend of Heroes: Trails in the Sky)
Julia is a swordswoman in the Royal Guard. She is very devoted to her people and her country.
71 Izuko Gaen (Monogatari)
Izuko is a specialist when it comes to apparitions, and she claims to know everything.
70 Kobayashi (Miss Kobayashi’s Dragon Maid)
Kobayashi is a programmer who one day came to know a dragon. She ends up forming something like a family with the dragons.
69 Karna (Ys: Memories of Celceta)
Karna is an energetic huntress from the village of Comodo. She is one of the strongest in the village and her main weapons are throwing knives.
68 Kaguya Yamai (Date a Live)
Kaguya is one half of the Yamai sisters. Her personality is opposite of her quiet and reserved sister, as she is loud and arrogant.
67 Kou Yagami (New Game!)
Kou is the lead character designer for a video game company. She frequently works overnight without going home.
66 Kaoru Seta (Bang Dream)
Kaoru is extremely popular with girls due to her popularity and she calls them all her kittens. She has a habit of speaking pretentiously, quoting expressions she doesn’t even understand herself.
65 Natalia Garnet (Levius)
Natalia is a mechanical boxer who joins the gym Levius trains at. She is a loud-mouth that argues with Zack all the time.
64 Saiai Kinuhata (A Certain Magical Index)
Saiai is a member of ITEM and has esper powers that let her turn nitrogen into a defensive shield. She has a habit of saying the word “ultra” in most of her sentences.
63 Ushio Makunouchi (Hyakko)
Ushio gives off the impression of a delinquent although she doesn’t see herself as one. She does have a soft spot for cats.
62 Tomoe Udagawa (Bang Dream)
Tomoe is the drummer of Afterglow. She is the most mature of the group and acts like an older sister to them. She actually is the older sister of Ako. She is very popular with adults for her mature looks.
61 Natsumi Higa (Minami Kamakura High School Girls Cycling Club)
Natsumi is an athletic girl from Okinawa. She has a very modest personality and is always willing to help people out.
60 Shino Kuribayashi (GATE)
Shino is a soldier for the JSDF. She is pretty hot-headed and actually enjoys battle.
59 Amanda O’Neill (Little Witch Academia)
Amanda is a wild girl who doesn’t like to play by the rules. She is very athletic and likes to pull off cool moves on her broom.
58 Morgan (Tears to Tiara)
Morgan is an archer who tend to hang out with the boys. She loves to get drunk. She ends up becoming really good friends with Octavia.
57 Tsubasa Katsuki (Comic Girls)
Tsubasa is a shounen manga author. She is the most talented of the cast. She frequently cosplays to get herself motivated to draw.
56 Yuzuki Seo (Monthly Girls’ Nozaki-kun)
Yuzuki is very airheaded and insensitive. She terrorizes the basketball team with her violent play. Surprisingly, she is an amazing singer.
55 Sonora Kashima (Stella Woman’s Academy, High School Division Class C^3)
Sonora can be somewhat of a weirdo but she is amazing at airsoft. Despite her amazing skill, it’s clear she puts fun above all else.
54 Yukina (Kabaneri of the Iron Fortress)
Yukina is an apprentice train engineer who pilots the Koutetsujou. She has a very serious personality and is noticeably muscular.
53 Benika Takitori (Planet With)
Benika is a woman with a strong sense of justice. She has a major disdain for power, as she feels having it is too dangerous
52 Miwa Yamamura (Barakamon)
Miwa is an insensitive girl who annoys Handa almost nonstop and isn’t afraid to speak her mind. Although, she does care about those she befriends.
51 You Watanabe (Love Live! Sunshine!!)
You is the childhood friend of Chika who joins her idol group. She is a huge fan of all kinds of uniform and is the ace in all kinds of talents. She has a sailor catchphrase “Aye Aye!”
50 Natsuki Suzuura (Psychic School Wars)
Natsuki is an extremely athletic girl who can be a bit of a tsundere. She has a perfect attendance streak.
49 Nagisa Aragaki (Hanebado!)
Nagisa is a high school badminton athlete who takes the game very seriously. Her height gives her a huge advantage.
48 Ran Mitake (Bang Dream)
Ran is the lead singer of Afterglow. She is a quiet and aloof girl who has trouble expressing her feelings but she truly cares about the band more than anything else.
47 Nagi Kirima (Boogiepop and Others)
Nagi gives off the impression of a delinquent at school. Out of school she gets involved in all of the supernatural incidents happening in the city.
46 Machiko Noma (High School Fleet)
Machiko is the lookout for the Harekaze. She wears glasses due to farsightedness but she can see significantly farther than the average person without them. She is popular with girls due to the impression that she is really cool and even has a fanclub.
45 Kino (Kino’s Journey)
Kino travels around the world on her talking motorcycle,visiting new countries for 3 days at a time. Due to her androgynous appearance, she frequently gets confused for a boy.
44 Rose (Tales of Zestiria)
Rose is the leader of both a merchant guild and an assassin guild. She eventually learns Armatization.
43 Naru Kotoishi (Barakamon)
Naru is an adventurous young girl who doesn’t really fear anything. She prefers to do dangerous things and search for bugs, as opposed to doing girly things.
42 Kyoko Maki (After School Dice Club)
Kyoko is a delinquent who who is surprisingly very nice. She despises bullying and will defend anyone subject to it.
41 Josette Capua (The Legend of Heroes: Trails in the Sky)
Josette is a member of a group of sky bandits. Despite her line of work, she is a kind girl who cares about the well-being of her family above all else.
40 Hajime Shinoda (New Game!)
Hajime is a part of the motion team of a game design company. She is very energetic and buys lots of figures. She is a fan of anime with heroes in them.
39 Yoko Littner (Gurren Lagann)
Yoko is a sniper from the village of Littner. She wears little clothing because she feels it is easy to move around in.
38 Suguha Kirigaya (Sword Art Online)
Suguha is the cousin of Kirito who gets interested in VR games while her brother is trapped in SAO. She wants to feel loved again like when they were kids.
37 Hibiki Ganaha (The Idolm@ster)
Hibiki is an idol from Okinawa. She has a ton of pets and she cares for them like her family.
36 Rebecca Reed (Shakugan no Shana)
Rebecca is a flame haze with the ability to create explosions. She values her friends more than she does the rules.
35 Natsuki Kimura (The Idolm@ster: Cinderella Girls)
Natsuki is a rock idol who becomes good friends with Riina Tada. She is extremely good at guitar and is a mentor to Riina when it comes to rock.
34 Nice Holystone (Baccano!)
Nice is a a part of a gang with Jacuzzi Splot. She is a huge fan of explosives.
33 Koto (Kyousougiga)
Koto is an energetic giant hammer wielding girl who goes inside the Looking Glass to find her mother
32 Tsubomi Kido (Mekakucity Actors)
Tsubomi is the leader of the Mekakushi-dan, a group of kids with special powers. Despite being leader, she is actually somewhat shy. She has the power to turn invisible.
31 Yuu Kashima (Monthly Girls’ Nozaki-kun)
Yuu is a role model student with high grades. She is very popular with girls for her masculine looks, to the point where they swarm her every day. She is also a part of the drama club, often playing the prince.
30 Fuuka Reventon (Vivid Strike!)
Fuuka is an orphan who joined a gym so she could be stronger and fight her childhood friend in a martial arts tournament.
29 Suruga Kanbaru (Monogatari)
Suruga is a former member of the basketball team who has the arm of a demon. Despite being a lesbian, she isn’t afraid to get naked in front of Koyomi, and she is often pretty perverted.
28 Aoi Asahina (Danganronpa)
Aoi is the ultimate swimmer, but she is so athletic, that she is actually good at many other sports. She has an obsession with eating donuts.
27 Yuzuru Nishimiya (A Silent Voice)
Yuzuru is the sister of Shouko. Due to Shouko getting bullied in the past, Yuzuru is very protective of her.
26 Ritsu Tainaka (K-On!)
Ritsu is the president of the light music club and the band’s drummer. She is very outgoing and energetic. Despite being the president of the club, she is pretty irresponsible.
25 Ibara Naruse (Coppelion)
Ibara is the leader of a group that entered the contaminated capital in order to rescue survivors. She is very compassionate towards others.
24 Kanon Memphis (Fafner)
Kanon was originally an orphan who joined the military. She found no meaning to her life until she joined the island of Tatsumiyajima.
23 Karen Araragi (Monogatari)
Karen is one of Koyomi’s sisters and one half of the fire sisters. She is extremely athletic and is trained in martial arts.
22 Crusch Karsten (Re:ZERO)
Crusch is one of the candidates in the royal election. She is intelligent and powerful, and is dedicated to being a responsible leader.
21 Eri Oka (Sagrada Reset)
Eri is a rival to Kei. She was helped by him in the past and wants to prove to him that she is strong by being a dangerous villain.
20 Rita Mordio (Tales of Vesperia)
Rita is a genius blastia researcher and mage. She has the personality of a tsundere and she has a short temper.
19 Saki Nikaidou (Zombieland Saga)
When she was alive, she was a part of a biker gang. She has a rough manner of speech and likes those with guts.
18 Ranmaru Rindou (Good Luck Girl!)
Ranmaru is a crossdressing martial artist. She is extremely loyal to those she considers friends.
17 Dana Iclucia (Ys VIII: Lacrimosa of Dana)
Dana is a girl that appears in Adol’s dreams. She was the Maiden of the Great Tree, despite being more impulsive and adventurous than past maidens, yet she was still devoted to her peeople.
16 Naoto Shirogane (Persona 4)
Naoto is an androgynous girl who disguised herself as a boy. She is a very intelligent detective who takes her work very seriously. She is very popular with girls.
15 Mòrag Ladair (Xenoblade Chronicles 2)
Mòrag is the special inquisitor the Ardainian empire. She is the most powerful driver in the empire. She has a strong sense of duty to serve her people.
14 Nia (Xenoblade Chronicles 2)
Nia is a Gormotti who joins up with Rex early on. She has a prickly personality and is quick to call out things she finds ridiculous. But she is nice to those she warms up to.
13 Alice Synthesis Thirty (Sword Art Online)
Alice is a knight with a strong sense of justice and responsibility. She struggles to determine what course of action she should take for the benefit of everyone.
12 Estelle Bright (The Legend of Heroes: Trails in the Sky)
Estelle is the protagonist of Trails in the Sky. She starts off as a junior Bracer, and travels the world with her adopted brother to help people in need. She is the daughter of a well-known bracer named Cassius. She has a very impulsive personality and won’t hesitate to threaten her enemies.
11 Lora (Xenoblade Chronicles 2)
Lora is a mercenary who travels around Alrest in hopes she can make it a better place to live. She cares deeply about the ones she loves and even has a motherly side to her. She fights with hand to hand combat and a whip, but also invented a unique fighting style that involves her and her blade passing the sword back and forth from each other.
10 Mikoto Misaka (A Certain Magical Index)
Mikoto is a tsundere with electric powers. She is 3rd rank level 5 esper in Academy City, often known as the Railgun. She has a childish side of her that likes cute things like a frog mascot called Gekota.
9 Suzuha Amane (Steins; Gate)
Suzuha is a very curious girl who ends up working a part-time job at the tv shop below Okabe’s lab. Although she spends much of her time slacking off, working on her bike she is really fond of.
8 Cagalli Yula Athha (Gundam SEED)
Cagalli initially disguised herself as a boy. She left her home country to learn more about the world and to see what her country has been doing. She hates being girly despite being forced to be many times.
7 Ryuko Matoi (Kill la Kill)
Ryuko is an aggressive girl who is trying to get revenge for her father’s death. She wields half of a giant scissor as a sword. She wears a talking uniform that allows her to transform and become extremely powerful.
6 Takane Enomoto (Mekakucity Actors)
Takane is a pro gamer with narcolepsy, which causes her to be put into a special education class with one other student named Haruka. She has a crush on Haruka but doesn’t tell him about her hobby out of feat of him finding her weird.
5 Yuuki Konno (Sword Art Online)
Yuuki is the strongest player in Alfheim Online, and she gained the nickname Zekken for defeating tons of opponents in a row. She is the current leader of a guild called the Sleeping Knights.
4 Shino Asada (Sword Art Online)
Shino goes by the name Sinon in Gun Gale Online. In real life, she has a fear of guns, so she plays GGO as immersion therapy. She doesn’t fear guns in the game and is one of their best snipers.
3 Shiki Ryougi (The Garden of Sinners)
Ryougi Shiki initially had two personalities but at one point loses one and tries to act like the lost one to fill in the void left by the lost personality. She has the Mystic Eyes of Death Perception, which lets her see death lines, which let her kill anything by cutting it at a certain point. She fights with a knife.
2 Mordred Pendragon (Fate/Apocrypha)
Mordred is the child of King Arthur. Mordred desperately wants to be king and believes she is more than capable enough to be one. She can come across as childish due to not being properly raised.
1 Makoto Kikuchi (The Idolm@ster)
Makoto became an idol to be more girly, but she ended up gaining popularity as the “pretty boy idol” due to her boyish and cool looks. She is very athletic and good at sports but also has a girly side, liking stuffed animals and shoujo manga.
Hopefully you made it this far. It is pretty absurd that I would even spend so much time on such a massive list, but as the number 1 tomboy character enthusiast, I feel obligated to put in as much effort as possible to show you all a bunch of amazing tomboy characters. Hopefully you enjoyed this list and I hope you will give the games and anime these characters come from a chance.
Remember, tomboys are the best.