Crimson. The flames of a burning sunset. The color red is one of the colors that is usually associated with passion and a desire. It is a color that signifies man’s emotions, man’s power, and man’s volatility. In a way, it is even a color that has marked itself in numerous civilizations as a color of controlled chaos.
Anime is very notable for the fact that its characters usually feature hair colors as wide as the color spectrum itself. However, characters with red hair have always been a cut apart from the rest, with awesome powers and abilities and a killer persona to boot. Kenshin Himura from Rurouni Kenshin and Hanamichi Sakuragi of Slam Dunk are simply two examples of red-haired characters whose personalities have made them unforgettable.
Today’s list is all about red-haired female characters! The Top 10 Anime Girls with Red Hair! Passionate, volatile, and most of all, memorable, these are the girls in anime are the very definition of fiery girl power.
10. Kyoko Sakura - Puella Magi Madoka Magica
- Episodes: 12
- Aired: January 2011 - April 2011
The stubborn, ferocious Kyoko made a bang when she was introduced to the series, engaging the newly-transformed Sayaka in a life-or-death duel, coming close to killing the new magical girl. Though she opens up eventually as the series progresses, she remains the most vocal and Machiavellian of all the magical girls in the anime.
With a personality as hot as the crimson hair on her head, Kyoko is one red-haired girl that one must never cross!
9. Lina Inverse - Slayers
- Episodes: 26
- Aired: April 1995 - September 1995
Lina is yet another fiery redhead from the classic Slayers franchise. A powerful sorceress with a pretty volatile personality, she actually garnered a reputation for being an evil magician who does not hesitate to use powerful spells to harm people. While she does have a tendency to overdo her destructive magic at times (especially when her temper flares up), she is still a good-natured girl at heart.
As a redhead who has faced off against hundreds of men, monsters, and even mythical dragons, Lina is one girl that is quite impossible to forget.
8. Erica Fontaine - Sakura Wars: Ecole de Paris
- Episodes: 3
- Aired: March 2003 - August 2003
Erica is the definitive face of the Paris Kagekidan. An innocent, somewhat clumsy, sweet-natured girl, she is an apprentice nun-in-training and a dancer to boot. She has a good heart, and she constantly strives to achieve the greater good. Her spiritual power took some time to awaken, but when it did, it was powerful enough to make her the captain of the Paris Kegekidan.
With a head full of red hair, this good-natured, somewhat innocent girl definitely has a powerful side. I mean, come on, how many apprentice nuns can we see wielding a cross-shaped machine gun named after an archangel?
7. Rias Gremory - High School DxD
- Episodes: 12
- Aired: January 2012 - March 2012
Despite being the anime’s poster girl and one of the biggest sources of fanservice, the passionate Rias is one of anime’s most notable redheads. Headlining the popular ecchi anime, she is one powerful demoness who hails from an elite demon family. In fact, she is so powerful, she can easily destroy objects both living and inanimate.
However, she does have a soft side, showing it mainly to her perverted love, Issei. She may be capable of great destruction with the power that she holds within her, but she is also capable of great passion and love. For that, this red-haired beauty makes our list!
6. Hikaru Shidou - Magic Knight Rayearth
- Episodes: 20
- Aired: October 1994 - March 1995
One of the magic knights summoned by Princess Emeraude to the magical land of Cephiro, the red-haired Hikaru is the Knight of Fire. Imbued with flame sorcery and the power to control one of the coolest mechs in anime, Hikaru is not someone you would definitely want to cross. As a girl, however, she is very passionate towards her friends, and she can be fiercely protective when the people she treasures most are put in danger.
Though she becomes a bit shaken by the events of the anime’s first season, Hikaru matures and grows significantly during the second arc, becoming a wise young woman who is headstrong, uncompromising, and still irrevocably pure.
5. Yona - Akatsuki no Yona: Yona of the Dawn
- Episodes: 24
- Aired: October 2014 - March 2015
Among the girls in this list, Yona is arguably the one that grew and matured the most during the course of her story. Originally introduced as the classic example of the spoiled, kept princess, her world as she knew it came crashing down as her father was brutally assassinated by the man she is set to marry.
Thus begins Yona’s journey from a naive princess into a formidable woman who is set to take what is rightfully hers. With her hair as red as the flames of the sun, she becomes of anime’s strongest female leads in a shoujo anime, ever. For this, she definitely is included in our list.
4. Yoko Littner - Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann
- Episodes: 27
- Aired: April 2007 - September 2007
Wielding a huge sniper rifle with deadly accuracy, the scantily-clad Yoko is arguably the most memorable female character in Gurren Lagann. Though quite young (she was 16 when the series started), she is portrayed nonetheless as a woman who is rational and experienced in battling Gunmen. She eventually falls in love with Kamina, who holds the place as one of the coolest male characters in anime in recent years.
Level-headed, deadly, and immensely voluptuous, the alluring Yoko is one of the most notable redheads in anime, and she definitely deserves a spot on this list!
3. Erza Scarlet - Fairy Tail
- Episodes: 175
- Aired: October 2009 - March 2013
With a last name like Scarlet, Erza’s red-headedness is pretty much a given. Despite this pretty humorous connection however, Erza is one of the most powerful mages in the entire Fairy Tail universe. Heralded as an S-Class mage with powerful requip magic, she is one of the mages in Fairy Tail that that very few are willing to cross. Natsu, already a powerful fire mage, challenges her at times, to very little success.
As one of Fairy Tail’s most respected members, she is quite strict, eve showing a tendency to knock people out when they do not provide her with an answer she considers satisfactory. She’s really close to her friends and very loyal to the guild, however, and she will not hesitate to put her life on the line for those she treasures the most.
2. Lucy - Elfen Lied
- Episodes: 13
- Aired: July 2004 - October 2004
Among the diclonii featured in the anime, Lucy is the one who is most notable, being considered as the “mother.” She is quite ruthless and somewhat sadistic, as shown when she tortures her victims before she disposes of them. She wields her vectors with deadly accuracy, and she never hesitates to use them when she feels that she is threatened. However, her deadly nature is mostly a result of the way she was treated by society, as shown when she was depicted to have snapped for the first time after a puppy she bonded with was cruelly murdered in front of her eyes.
Lucy’s red hair is very symbolic to the amount of blood she shed and has shed during her years on Earth. Deadly, ruthless, and extremely intimidating, Lucy is arguably the most dangerous red-haired girl in this list.
1. Asuka Langley Soryu - Neon Genesis Evangelion
- Episodes: 26
- Aired: October 1995 - March 1996
Being the Second Child and the chosen pilot of Evangelion Unit 02, Asuka is the most vocal and most aggressive among the Eva pilots. Though she carries a lot of emotional trauma as a result of her mother committing suicide after experiencing a mental breakdown, Asuka tries her best to keep her fragile emotions in check. In fact, since witnessing her mother’s death, she has promised herself that she will never cry again.
In battle, she is the most aggressive fighter among the Eva pilots, showing no fear when battling angels. In the fight with Zeruel, arguably the series’ most formidable enemy, Asuka kept on attacking the nigh-invincible angel until her head was cut clean off. During her final battle with the Eva series, where Unit 02 was mutilated and feasted upon after it lost power, Asuka never stopped fighting, to the point where Eva 02 reached a true berserker state. Fiery, red-hot, and determined, Asuka takes the place of our list’s Number 1.
So here are our list of the top ten redhead girls in anime! Yes, there are a lot more out there that are very notable (the original Sakura Wars alone had a couple of them), so if you think of anyone, do include them in the comments! Oh, and I have to agree with the adage that if a character in anime has red hair, they will surely be memorable!