Halfey’s Most Influential Anime Girls of All Time

They are the most influential anime girls of all time. They first appeared in anime (or manga) and people still remember them for many years to come even after the series they were in has finished since long ago. They have large number of fans, followers and worshipers running and kicking hard behind them, supporting them all the way. They become the subject of worship for many, treated like a goddess, with holy rituals and even offered with ‘sacrifices’ sometimes. You can find people talking about them everywhere, and here they are:

1. Mio Akiyama (K-ON series)

Mio is no doubt one of the most influential anime girls of all time. Since her first appearance in the anime series K-ON! In 2007, she started collecting large fanbase and the numbers keep increasing with the airing of the season 2 of the anime in this year. Unlike most of other anime girls in the series, Mio is the most feminine (womanly) and one thing that I think really attracted many fans is her “vulnerability” that would make any anime-crazy guy feels like to protect her. Not to mention she is the only person with the right mind in the series, making people think she is the most comfortable person to be with compared with other HTT girls. Thus, this grants Mio as one of the most influential anime girls of all time.

2. Haruhi Suzumiya (Suzumiya Haruhi no Yuutsu)

Who doesn’t know Haruhi Suzumiya, the female ‘God’ (goddess?) who like to instruct and give orders to other people with the least consideration for the sake of her own pleasure and happiness? Haruhi does not only has a large fanbase but also a large number of people who are obsessed with her. And being obsessed does not really mean ‘like’ or love’ but may also mean extreme hate. Even so many people still think Haruhi is an interesting characters despite her annoying manner and sometimes hypocrite too. Anyways her popularity gives Haruhi the reason to become one of the most influential anime girls of all time regardless how many people hate her or how much those people hate her.

3. Hitagi Senjougahara (Bakemonogatari)

Senjougahara regarded as the most remembered ‘tsundere’ girl, if not set as the benchmark of what a tsundere girl should be. However, rather than being an actual tsundere, Senjougahara is more of a sadist who like to torture and threaten her boyfriend, Araragi, who happen to be a masochist, thanks to his quick healing ability for being a half vampire. She has a cold, emotionless and monotonous appearance, which is one of the characteristics many anime-crazy guys are looking for. She is a real hottie too and no man would resist to look at her when she is around. Because of these quality, either you hate or like it, Senjougahara deserves to become one of the most influential anime girls of all time for.

4. Rei Ayanami (Neon Genesis Evangelion)

And who doesn’t know Evangelion, the anime that strikes the world and managed to settle in almost everywhere, creating a foundation for future anime? While the anime itself regarded as phenomenal and legendary, the anime-crazy guys wouldn’t care much if it’s not because of Rei. She indeed started the trend of appearance of cold and emotionless anime girls in many anime that follows after that. In fact it wouldn’t be too exaggerated to say that she is the big sister of all emotionless anime girls in the future. Since many anime-crazy guys would approve this, Rei is hereby declared as one of the most influential anime girls of all time.

5. Hinagiku Katsura (Hayate no Gotoku series)

She may not as popular as many other anime girls but given how much her appearance in imageboards and doujin, she is quite a rival too. Many people tried to relate her with the ‘tsundere’ archetype but she is more reasonable than most typical tsundere although she may become extremely unreasonable at times. Hinagiku is sexy by herself and she does not need to wear bikinis to give any anime-crazy guys a turn-on. She is not the heroin of the series yet her popularity is on par with Nagi Sanzenin (the heroine) if not exceeding Nagi. Given all this, Hinagiku is one of the most influential anime girls of all time.

6. Aisaka Taiga (Toradora)

If there’s another one anime girl that can be used as a tsundere benchmark, Taiga is the right person for that. She has what it’s required to become a tsundere; harmful, dangerous and ‘hazardous’. To top it all, she is small, flat-chested and has this “little sister” (a.k.a. ‘imouto’) feeling on her that would easily turn many anime-crazy guys into a masochists just so that they will be able to be with her. And the most important thing is, she is damn cute. Total all that qualities and there you get it, Taiga as one of the most influential anime girls of all time.

7. Saber/Arthuria (Fate/Stay-Night)

The existence of many derivations of Saber is enough to prove that she has what it takes to become one of the most influential anime girls of all time. She may be obedient but she has pride and she lived up to that. She knows exactly where to act manly and where to act womanly, as well as where to act bossy whenever it is necessary. She can a good companion, a good teacher, a good ‘servant’, a good girlfriend and a good knight or whatever it is if that’s what you asked her for. With a combination of strength and beauty she will remain in many anime-crazy guys’ heart for a very long time.

8. Miku Hatsune (VOCALOID series)

It may be unfair for Miku to become one of the most influential anime girls of all time since she is not really from an actual anime but let’s face it, she got the influence. She doesn’t need to be an actual anime girl to get the title because even without proper characteristics, personalities and stories to tell about, she has her own fanbase, big enough to support her all the way. She is a proof that a good character design is really needed when it comes to attracting people to a character. Furthermore, she has an ‘open’ and flexible personality that allows people to create many variations of her without discarding parts that make her ‘Miku’. Whether there will be an actual anime about her or not, she will remain here to stay.

9. Cirno (Touhou series)

‘Baka’ or ‘stupid’ or ‘fool’ or ‘dummy’ or ‘9’ or even “The strongest”, that’s what people have been calling her. It may be unfair too for Cirno to be here for she is yet another anime girl that is not from an actual anime (for those who don’ know, she is from the game “Touhou Project”). At least she has the ‘personality’ which is why she got the names as mentioned earlier, and despite the fact that she is actually an antagonist in the game (she is one of the many bosses to beat in the game) many people worship her for what she has; the looks, the characteristics, and many more. The most interesting part about her is, despite being “the strongest” she may be defenseless, vulnerable and could be easily taken advantage of at times (why may explain why she has to rely solely on her ‘strength’). Summed it all, Cirno gotta be one of the most influential anime girls of all time.

10. Kanade ‘Tenshi’ Tachibana (Angel Beats!)

The most recent “emotionless anime girl”. She is dangerous but she may be obedient when the condition is right. She has the ‘imouto’ a.k.a. “little sister” aura, which is seemingly the current trend for many emotionless girl in many anime in the recent years. She is friendly but she is not a girl you wanna mess with but don’t get it wrong, she is not a tsundere to begin with. It may be still too early for Kanade to be deemed as having the strong influence but she has the potential so after all that assessment Kanade is one of the most influential anime girls of all time.


The above judgment are made unbiased and on “without prejudice” basis. That explains why characters that I hate (like Senjougahara and Taiga) or characters from anime I’m not a fan of (K-ON! and Suzumiya Haruhi no Yuutsu) are there in the list. There are more anime girls I’d like to add (like Konata Izumii from Lucky Star and Kuroko Shirai from To Aru Kagaku no Railgun) but assessing the quality of the most influential anime girls of all time is not an easy task as it seems to be because I there are times I have to torture myself by going through characters and series that I don’t really like. Anyways I’ll post the part 2 of the above article after I’ve made enough assessment and I’ll can guarantee you there will be many unexpected results. Until then, stay tuned.

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8 thoughts on “Halfey’s Most Influential Anime Girls of All Time”

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  2. …Bwu?

    Okay, okay. Big fanbases, the “idol” quality, I *guess* I can understand that. But you are clearly working with a different definition of “influential” from mine.

    To be influential, you have to have had influence. *Measurable* influence. As in, things are different now than they would have been otherwise. As in, they *changed* things. About the only girl on this list that actually fits that is Rei Ayanami, whose series is also by far the *oldest* on this list. And Eva’s from *1995*.

    Where’s Sayaka Yumi, reportedly the first love interest with an actual temper? Where’s Princess Sapphire, the prototype shojo heroine? Sally Yumeno? Lady Oscar? Usagi Tsukino? Belldandy? Countless others I’m not informed enough about older anime and fandom to name?

    And the single most egregious omission on this list, even more so than the above, even by the standards you seem to be using:


    1. Honestly upon reading your comment it feels to me like you’re trying to tell me your definition of ‘influence’ is better than mine but I’m still unclear of what your definition is.

      It’s not about the difference between our definitions that matters here. My definition works for me so that’s all I need. Measurable? Different? Change? I don’t really need those as with why I don’t have to include characters that you suggested there when I think they’re not that ‘influential’ enough. Besides, ‘influence’ is rather subjective and relative which I don’t have to strictly follow certain definition to do the assessment. Not just that, if you read my article carefully, you should be able to notice that one of my criteria is the “memorable factor” each characters have, although I did not clearly stated them in the article. On top of that this article of mine has only 10 allocated place at one time for the candidates so to enlist all characters that you suggested is IMPOSSIBLE. Besides have you not read at the end of the article that there will be a Part II of which I’m currently working on right now? That means there will be more.

      It’s not like I just pick randomly whatever I like. I have to go through rewatching old series, watching series that I hate, etc. in order to be able to come up with such list. And the list is intended for people who are going to appreciate it rather than criticize it. That being said, whatever negative things people gonna say about my assessment here, I’ll stand corrected.

      1. Okay, let’s look at Wiktionary. INFLUENTIAL: With great influence. INFLUENCE: 1) The power to affect, control or manipulate something or someone ; the ability to change the development of fluctuating things such as conduct, thoughts or decisions. 2) An action exerted by a person or thing with such power on another to cause change.

        Are you seriously telling me that Cirno has had more influence than Lum? That Taiga, herself very derivative of existing tsundere trends and scarcely affecting them at all, was more influential than Sayaka, the prototypical tsundere? That Hatsune Miku had greater influence as a mascot than Dejiko? That Hitagi has had a greater impact on the landscape of anime than Usagi Tsukino, revolutionizer of a whole shojo genre? I’m sorry, but I can’t see this as anything other than cultural and historical myopia. It’s like saying that Silly Bands were more influential than contraception or the printing press.

        Let’s hear your definition of “influence,” then. Check any dictionary and see how it compares. When you talk about influential historical figures, you don’t choose just based on fame or popularity — you choose based on what they caused. How influential a musician is has nothing to do with the crowds they draw and everything to do with how many people imitated them.

        1. You have answered most of my questions yourself and your effort to doubt the validity of my assessment have contradicted yourself in the process. Let me point them out to you one by one.

          INFLUENTIAL: With great influence.

          This is pretty much self explanatory.

          INFLUENCE: 1) The power to affect, control or manipulate something or someone ; the ability to change the development of fluctuating things such as conduct, thoughts or decisions.

          This is one of it. The characters in my list DO HAVE the power to affect, control and manipulate people, including myself into BELIEVING of them as influential, thus I decided to choose them. And also what do you think would draw the crowds into something if not INFLUENCE? This is where you are contradicting the so-called your definition of influence.

          2) An action exerted by a person or thing with such power on another to cause change.

          This is another one. You’re questioning why Cirno and Taiga were there over your preferred characters right? Because they DO CAUSE the change of how people see and think about characters with influence, greatly overwhelming those that you think are supposed to be there.

          Do I need to explain more? What I can say is you ARE most probably at the wrong place for all this talking about influence. Imitation? Well, the least I could tell is in terms of ‘imitating’ anime characters, more people are cosplaying Hitagi Senjougahara today compared to Usagi Tsukino. History? Yeah, for you the first to set a certain standard should be crowned as the most influential but let me tell you, being the first to do so doesn’t always mean they’re influential enough, which means having high historical value does not directly translates into being highly influential. For example, everybody knows Final Fantasy is not the first RPG but it is undeniably one of the most influential RPG titles of all time. Those characters that you suggested may have set the standards but when I said “All Time”, they have failed due to the fact that not many people remember them anymore.

          Of course when I do the assessment, one thing that I have in mind is, to enlist characters that people would know right at the first time they see them without the need of any further detailed introduction. That also justified how much influential the character is. Do you think people would know instantly who is Sayaka and Dejiko? Chances are most people would ask “Who is Dejiko?” or “Which Sayaka?”. Sure, many of them would not mind Googling for it but then again, that would tell how much influence those characters have that not many people know them today. If you disagree then you’re at the wrong place.

          And why must those who are in my “most influential” list matter to you? Instead of arguing with me over the ‘correct’ definition of influence and about who should be inside the list, why not you stop wasting time and write your own article about it and let people compare and decide? I’m not being selfish or what but I think it’d be better for both of us if you could back-off right now because if you keep it like this, it feels as if you’re trying to tell me what I should like and what I should hate merely based on your own thinking. Most likely, your comments are due to the fact that either you’re disagree with my assessment or because your preferred characters didn’t make it to the list but I have to tell you, how do I do it does not concern anybody.

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