Who are the best red-haired anime girls?
Everybody loves a redhead, and red-haired anime girls are in a league of their own.
While there is no shortage of fantastic female anime characters with red hair, we’ve worked hard to find some of the most stand-out, unforgettable ladies that deserve recognition.
If you’re looking for your next fiery-haired waifu, you’ve come to the right place.
The Best Red Hair Anime Girls
Our ranked lists are created by researching and rounding up information from the most reputable web sources.
Here’s our list of the 25 best red hair anime girls:
25. Shura Kirigakure (Blue Exorcist)
As an Upper-First class Exorcist, this is one red-haired anime girl that you definitely don’t want to cross.
Featuring long red hair that is bleached blonde on the ends, Shura’s personality is just as fiery as her locks. If she has an opinion, she’s not afraid to say it in the bluntest way possible.
As an exorcist, she is extremely competent and doesn’t hesitate to stand up to any challenge, even if it means going against her superiors.
Did we mention she can also pull a demon sword from her chest? Because she can pull a demon sword from her chest.
24. Edward Wong (Cowboy Bebop)
There’s something to be said for smart girls with red hair, and Edward is a genius.
As one of the best hackers in the world, despite only being in her early teens, Edward stands out on this list as one of the most eccentric and unique characters from any anime series.
She prefers the company of animals, displays many animalistic traits herself, and prefers to get at least 12 hours of sleep every day. To be honest, that’s relatable.
23. Uzumaki Kushina (Naruto Shippuden)
Although she starts out hating her bright red hair, largely thanks to teasing in her childhood, Kushina eventually comes to love her hair with the help of her future husband, Minato.
Shown to be impulsive, stubborn, and headstrong as a young girl, Kushina grew up to be exceptionally level-headed and fearless.
In the anime series, she also shows herself as one of the most selfless characters, not afraid to sacrifice herself for her son, Naruto.
22. Akane Sakurada (Joukamachi no Dandelion)
Despite being a princess and the protagonist of her own series, Akane is an exceptionally shy redhead, even going so far as to avoid cameras in her city, so they don’t record her.
Incidentally, her driving motivation for becoming ruler is to have these cameras removed. Due to her shyness, she’s noted for squirming a lot in uncomfortable situations.
In fact, she’s so adorable while doing this that she even has a secret fan club that exists only to enjoy her squirming.
21. AE3803 (Cells at Work!)
This red blood cell is bubbly, perky, and has zero sense of direction.
AE3803 works hard to deliver nutrients throughout the body despite being a new red blood cell that is unfamiliar with the blood vessel routes.
Despite this, she tries her best and shows exceptional determination even when completely exhausted.
While AE3803 may not be the most impressive red-haired girl on this list, she is the most adorable red blood cell.
20. Miu Amano (Blend S)
At first glance, you would probably assume that this sweet-looking redhead is as innocent and as sensitive as they come. You should look again.
Mui is a 22-year-old waitress and dōjinshi artist who uses her job to gather inspiration for her adult-themed comics.
She regularly uses customers and other staff members as models, enabling her to create more raunchy material.
Needless to say, there is much more to this red-haired beauty than meets the eye.
19. Stella Vermillion (Chivalry of a Failed Knight)
Stella is another character that lives up to the fiery and seductive reputation of her hair color, and like Miu Amano, Stella has a bit of a perverted streak.
A powerful A-Rank Blazer and second imperial princess from the Vermillion Kingdom, Stella traveled to Japan to study, which led to her meeting her roommate and future fiance, Ikki.
Stella is hot-blooded, quick to anger, and very feisty. She’s not afraid to argue with Ikki or show her affections in ways that would make readers of Miu’s dōjinshi blush.
18. Grelle Sutcliff (Black Butler)
When it comes to ranking the best red-haired female characters, we’d be remiss to forget Grelle.
Grelle is the definition of ruthless, and as a grim reaper, she has no problem doing her job when she feels the inclination.
She even slays her partner, Angelina Dalles, after Angelina hesitates to kill her nephew. Now that’s cold. Even without knowing this, one look at Grelle, and it’s obvious that she’s not one to mess with.
If you’re not intimidated by her blood-red hair and attire, her shark-like teeth are sure to send a chill down your spine. But hey, some people are into that.
17. Miia (Monster Musume)
You’ve heard of cat-girls; now get ready for snake-girls. Miia is a Lamia, a half-girl, half-snake with a big personality.
Placed with Kurusu as part of the Cultural Exchange Between Species Bill, Miia quickly becomes enraptured with him, even to the point of trying to seduce him whenever the opportunity presents itself.
Miia comes across as a bit ditsy, but underneath it all, she is domineering and hot-tempered, wanting only to make Kurusu hers, no matter what it takes.
Overall, Miia is one of the most unforgettable and unique female characters in any anime, and many anime fans just can’t get enough.
16. Shirayuki (Snow White with the Red Hair)
As the title of her anime series suggests, Shirayuki’s cherry-red hair often causes her to be the center of attention, and it definitely sets her apart from the other female characters around her.
When out in town, she’ll even often wear a hood to hide her fiery hair color. As the official court pharmacist, Shirayuki is a strong-willed and determined woman with a bright personality.
She is exceptionally talented and knowledgeable in herbalism, which enabled her to gain a place in the palace, despite being a commoner by birth.
15. Yona (Yona of the Dawn)
This royal redhead grew up in the lap of luxury as the Crown Princess of the Kouka Kingdom and the only heir to the throne.
However, her papered upbringing did little to prepare her for what fate had in store for her.
Thankfully, Yona is as adaptable and resilient as she is beautiful, and after having to flee from her royal position as a fugitive, she gradually transforms from a naive princess into a brave and battle-hardened warrior.
However, despite this change, Yona still manages to hold on to her grace, integrity, and compassion, even in the face of some serious obstacles.
Yona appears 15th on our list of the best red-haired anime girls.
14. Mito Jūjō (Seraph of the End)
When it comes to female characters in anime, there is always at least one tsundere that stands out, and Mito is one redhead that fits that bill.
As a member of Guren’s squad and the prestigious Jūjō family, Mito tends to be fairly stuck up, and she isn’t afraid to verbally or physically spar with anyone.
That said, ultimately, Mito struggles between holding up the image of her family and living her life on her terms, which is something many fans can relate to on some level.
13. Morgiana (Magi: The Labyrinth of Magic)
Originally from the Dark Continent, Morgiana hasn’t had an easy life.
Sold into slavery as a young child, Morgiana is a pure-blood Fanalis and, as such, is exceptionally strong despite being small in stature.
Despite her rough life, she uses her past as a strength and doesn’t let it hold her down.
Her persistence and ability to overcome adversity to keep preserving is something that every fan can appreciate.
12. Mereoleona Vermillion (Black Clover)
With bright blue eyes and long, wavy red hair, Mereoleona stands out instantly from other characters.
It also helps that she has red markings around her eyes and a suspiciously pronounced and sharp canine tooth.
Mereoleona is one of the most aggressive women in anime, and she stands out as one of the biggest names in Black Clover.
She’s unapologetically hostile and doesn’t feel the need to hide her passion for battle. Definitely not someone you’d want to cross.
11. Minori Kushieda (Toradora)
Minori is one of the most adorable characters in any anime.
This girl seems to have unlimited energy and considers herself a diet warrior, which helps balance out her gluttonous appetite for food.
When not working at one of her five part-time jobs, she is the captain of the girl’s softball club at school, which begs the question of whether or not she ever gets time to sleep.
Regardless, Minori’s ability to keep going is something everyone can admire.
10. Karin (Naruto Shippuden)
This redhead is unmistakable, and she is incredibly popular with many fans of the highly popular Naruto series.
While she may have started a tad bit annoying, she definitely grows on you over time and becomes rather well-rounded and mature.
Even despite not ending up with the man that she loves, she still stands by him as a friend, content to be supportive of him and his new family.
Karin appears 10th on our list of the best red-haired anime girls.
9. Lilith Asami (Trinity Seven)
Although Lilith tries to put on a tough demeanor, her facade quickly falls if she is teased with anything too lewd.
Despite her mature and firm outward personality, underneath it all, she is actually very kind and caring when it comes to her students and her friends.
Add in the fact that she’s extremely clever and rocks her school uniform, and you have a pretty memorable character.
8. Stephanie Dola (No Game No Life)
Stephanie, and the Princess of Elkia, is extremely proud and hates to lose.
While she can be short-sighted and act without thinking, she is also kind-hearted when the need arises, and she truly loves her kingdom and believes in the potential of all her subjects.
Serving as a great contrast to Shiro and Sora, Stephanie stands out as a lovable redhead that fans can’t get enough of.
7. Chise Hatori (The Ancient Magus’ Bride)
Chise hasn’t had an easy life, and her backstory is rife with some pretty heavy elements.
After falling into a deep depression, Chise sold herself into slavery with little regard for her wellbeing.
It isn’t until she meets with Lindel and Nevin that she starts to look forward and care more about the effects of her actions on herself.
However, what makes Chise so compelling is watching her transformation as she discovers her worth and learns to have more confidence in herself.
Her story is one of the more inspirational ones in any anime.
6. Rias Gremory (High School DxD)
As the main protagonist and heiress of the Gremory Clan, Rias is a gorgeous character, and her long bright red hair has even earned her the title Crimson-Haired Ruin Princess.
If her beauty isn’t compelling enough, she is also exceptionally kind and compassionate to the people close to her, but, like her hair, she can be fiery when insulted.
Rias isn’t necessarily the most complex character, but she does make for a fascinating protagonist.
5. Erza Scarlet (Fairy Tale)
Erza is one of the most stand-out characters in Fairy Tale, and if you’re looking for an anime girl that exudes dominance, look no further.
While she shines on the battlefield as a brilliant warrior with many different abilities and armors, she isn’t afraid to show off her feminine beauty and is anything but modest.
However, underneath her strict exterior, she has a secret fondness for erotic smutty novels and is known to be unable to handle her liquor very well.
Erza appears 5th on our list of the best red-haired anime girls.
4. Kallen Stadfeld/Kozuki (Code Geass)
Kallen is anything but a shallow character, and she stands out due to just how complex she is.
While compassionate, she has a strong sense of justice and selflessness.
Struggling with being both Japanese and Britannian, she refused to accept her Britannian heritage as it would have meant abandoning her friends in Japan.
Despite having the opportunity to embrace a life of nobility, Kallen chose to give all of it up to embrace her Japanese mother’s heritage, forging her own path and not one dictated by her family.
Between her strength, compassion, and loyalty, there is a lot to admire when it comes to his anime girl.
3. Makise Kurisu (Steins; Gate)
Makise is a genius who graduated from university at 17 to become a member of the Brain Science Institute and the Future Gadget Club.
Usually very mature, Makise has a sarcastic streak and can be a bit of a tsundere, often towards Daru and Okabe, who tease her about it from time to time, resulting in her doing something to prove them right.
Due to her accomplishments, she is the target of a lot of jealousy, even from her own father, who feels she has overshadowed him.
This has caused her to become fairly sharp and forthright as a defense mechanism.
2. Maki Nishikino (Love Live! School Idol Project)
Maki is the definition of a cute red-haired anime girl, and her personality is just as endearing as the rest of her.
While she does have the makings of a tsundere, she is also adorably childish, still believing in Santa Claus and even going so far as to admit she cleans her chimney specifically for him.
Now that is just adorable.
1. Yoko Littner (Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann)
This bikini-clad warrior is a fan favorite, and she takes the top spot because she’s just so fun to watch.
Yoko is incredibly caring and kind but can become aggressive when dealing with uncooperative or antagonistic people.
Unlike her companion Kamina, she prefers to be able to think before charging into battle.
This calm, rational nature meshes incredibly well with Kamina’s boisterous and hot-headed personality, and it makes them a joy to watch together.
Anime girls with red hair are some of the most memorable characters.
They usually stand out, not just because of their hair but also their incredible personalities and interesting backstories.
While there are many great characters to choose from, we’ve tried to narrow down some of the best of the best who captured our attention, and in some cases, stole our hearts.
Who’s your favorite red-haired anime girl? Leave a comment below.
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