Curls are cute. That is a fact which is undeniable; often, in an anime, a curly-haired character will be childlike and possess an aura of sweet charm. However, occasionally, that curly cuteness will be as a distraction used to mask a darker personality or intense strength. Regardless of the case, curly-haired characters are always something special.
The list here contains some of the best curly-haired female characters throughout anime. The girls come from a variety of shows and backgrounds, and sometimes have wildly different personalities, but all share the common feature of having untamable and distinctive curls. These ones are the best of the best, known both for their unique hair and for everything else they offer in an anime. Without further ado, here are the top ten best female characters with curly hair.
10. Elizabeth Medford from Black Butler (Kuroshitsuji)
- Episodes: 24
- Aired: Oct 3, 2008 to Mar 27, 2009
Elizabeth Medford, from the beloved anime Black Butler, is the epitome of high-class grace and charm. The counterpart to Ciel Phantomhive, she always attempts to maintain a cute image of sophistication, and can always be recognized by her blonde, curly hair. Even though she gives off the appearance of only being girly, Elizabeth, or Lizzy, as she is often called in the anime, is actually quite deadly at defending herself.
In a show as morose as Black Butler, Lizzy is often the single ray of sunshine. Her personality is as pure as her cute hair suggests, and she devotes herself entirely to loving Ciel. Although Lizzy is more capable than she initially lets on, Lizzy truly fits her image of a cute and adorable girl. For that genuine nature, and her soft blonde curls, Lizzy starts the list off of the top curly-haired characters in anime.
9. Mami Tomoe from Puella Magi Madoka Magica (Mahou Shoujo Madoka★Magica)
- Episodes: 12
- Aired: Jan 7, 2011 to Apr 22, 2011
A kind and experienced magical girl, Mami Tomoe is easily recognizable by her yellow eyes and two, refined curls. Often seen wearing her school uniform, Mami’s welcoming attitude changes once she begins fighting. As a Magical Girl, it is Mami’s duty to battle, and she utilizes her ribbons as a weapon, as well as guns.
Mami, while seeming sweet, also possesses a mean streak towards Homura. Her life as a magical girl, as she tells Madoka, is lonely and constitutes solely of her magical responsibilities. For the most part, Mami is a serious and kind-hearted girl with curls just as cute as her, and yet she also possesses the ability to kick butt. Because of this, Mami places number 9 on the list of curly female characters.
8. Sadi from One Piece
- Episodes: unknown
- Aired: Currently Airing
The chief guard of Impel Down, Sadi is a powerful antagonist with imposing, curly hair to match her personality. Adorning a hot pink dominatrix-esque devil costume that is as terrifying as it is attractive, Sadi is guaranteed to stand out in a crowd. Sadi to possess four times the strength of the Marines, her physical ability is just as impressive as her appearance.
While curls can normally be thought of as cute, soft, or girlish, on Sadi they are downright terrifying. A true sadist, as her name might suggest, Sadi uses her indomitable strength in order to crush any opposition. Because of her power and her insanely curly hair, Sadi from One Piece places at number 8 on the list of top ten curly-haired female characters.
7. Ymir from Queen’s Blade (Queen's Blade: Rurou no Senshi)
- Episodes: 12
- Aired: Apr 2, 2009 to Jun 18, 2009
The daughter of the Dwarf King, Ymir from the anime Queen’s Blade has a small stature but seriously big curls. She operates her father’s steel mills and is determined to prove the superiority of Dwarven weapons over all others. She can often be seen wielding enormous Dwarven battle axes of her own, which are bigger than her own body.
Although kawaii in appearance, dressing in either a puffy pink dress or a cute black corset, Ymir should not be taken lightly. Highly competive, yet still possessing a few childlike traits, Ymir is dedicated to her business. She is known as being a highly skilled fighter and a dependable person. Due to her motivated personality and seriously curly hair, Ymir is number 7 on the list.
6. Selnia Lori Flameheart from Ladies Versus Butlers!
- Episodes: 12
- Aired: Jan 5, 2010 to Mar 23, 2010
A beautiful girl from a rich family, Selnia from ladies Versus Butlers has curly hair that is infamous. In the anime, it is the source of many jokes, as Selnia is teased and referred to as “Drill Head,” due to the sharp, spiral sharp of her blonde hair. Although originally a kind and sweet girl, her attending Kakureiryo Academy caused a huge change in her behavior. Despite the change, Selnia still remains kind underneath her tough exterior.
Because of the severe competition between Selnia and Tomomi, Selnia is reserved when it comes to letting her true emotions be known. However, once people break down her barriers, her attitude begins to warm up. Therefore, she is actually a girl that is as lovely as her curls make her seem. Selnia is a natural choice for number 6 on the list of top ten curly-haired female characters.
5. Ravel Phoenix from High School DxD
- Episodes: 12
- Aired: Jan 6, 2012 to Mar 23, 2012
The youngest child in her family, Ravel possesses both unimaginable powers and impressive hair. Her curly, blonde hair is tied into twintails which are kept in place by ribbons. Ravel often wears a long, frilly pink dress, giving her an overall adorable appearance. However, her looks should not fool anyone, as she inherited the powers of fire, wind, and immortality.
Though occasionally childish, Ravel is generally well-mannered and reserved. She is intensely loyal to the people she cares about and dedicated to to helping them out. Ravel devotes her intelligence and ability to Issei and accomplishes a great deal. Despite her cute, child-like looks, Ravel is actually capable of amazing things, and places number 5 on the list of top ten curly-haired characters.
4. Suzuka Dairenji from Tokyo Ravens
- Episodes: 24
- Aired: Oct 9, 2013 to Mar 26, 2014
The youngest of the Twelve Divine Generals, Suzuka Dairenji is a curly-haired, lolita genius. With wavy blonde twin-tails and sharp blue eyes, her appearance is striking. Suzuka often uses her young age and innocent looks to her advantage, and, like many of the other characters on this list, can be quite sadistic as well.
First class in both power and looks, Suzuka is a force to be reckoned with. Known as “The Prodigy,” part of the reason for her impressive power is a result of dangerous experimentation that actually killed her brother. Her enrollment in the Onmyo Academy was a by-product of her attempts to reverse death, and her ambition and power, along with her killer curly hair, put Suzuka at number 4 on the list.
3. Biscuit Krueger from Hunter x Hunter
- Episodes: 148
- Aired: Oct 2, 2011 to Sep 24, 2014
Another example of a character using a kawaii, lolita appearance in order to mask their true power, Biscuit Krueger, from Hunter X Hunter, can usually be seen wearing a childish pink dress, and has long, curly blonde hair. In actuality, Biscuit is muscular and nearly four times the size compared to her child-like form. She utilizes her cute looks in order to take advantage of opponents.
Serious when it comes to training and fighting, Biscuit’s hairstyle is also not to be taken lightly. While her abilities and physical prowess are undoubtedly key to her influence in the anime, Biscuit’s capability also stems from the deception her appearance causes as well. For both her impressive hairstyle and impressive abilities, Biscuit Krueger places number 3 on the list of top ten curly-haired female characters.
2. Tamamonomae from The Hat, the Darkness, and the Travelers of the Books (FINISH)
- Episodes: 13
- Aired: October 2 , 2003 to December 25, 2003
Based off of a classic Japanese folktale, Tamamonomae is a foxy fox spirit with a head of curly hair (and 9 tails). Her character is complicated; although promiscuous and wild in nature, Tamamonomae possesses redeeming qualities, such as her sympathy towards others. Thought to be the reincarnation of Meirin in another dimension, Tamamonomae is a complex, and enigmatic, curly-haired character.
Her curls are otherworldly. As a kitsune woman, Tamamonomae’s hair is not just curly, but also has foxtails in it as well. Her appearance is striking, and unique from other characters with similar hairstyles, because of this fantasy element. Despite her flaws, Tamamonomae’s intentions appear good. With an aura as intriguing and fantastic as Tamamanomae’s, it was impossible not to place her at number 2 on the list.
1. Nui Harime from Kill La Kill
- Episodes: 24
- Aired: Oct 4, 2013 to Mar 28, 2014
While Nui Harime’s appearance are the perfect embodiment of lolita sweetness, with her cotton-candy pink dress and cascade of blonde curls, her personality is completely opposite to her looks. Partial to heart patterns, Nui’s outfit is adorned with them, from her necklace to the details on her dress.
On the surface, Nui gives off childish charm but in actuality, she is petulant, and downright lethal. Her childlike looks are marred only be her eyepatch, a leftover wound from a battle with Isshin Matoi. Nui’s powers are seemingly innumerable, from regeneration to piloting, and regardless of her nature, her abilities are impressive. Her hair is unreal, with curls so sharp they can be used as a weapon, and her skill is unbelievable, and so it is only natural that Nui Harime comes in at number one on the list of top ten curly-haired female characters.
In anime, a character with distinctive curls will undeniably be stand-out —whether good or bad. Usually, a curly-haired character will either be genuinely good-natured, or hiding their true nature beneath a layer of fake charms. The characters listed here are some of the best of the best, known specifically for their curly hair and their unique abilities and capabilities. Are there other curly-haired characters that deserve to be on this list? Write what you think in the comments below!