In anime, the “ojou-sama” character type refers to a woman who carries herself with the air of a princess. She may or may not actually be high class, but she commands attention wherever she goes with the strength of her personality alone. Expect these kinds of characters to wear exquisite clothing, seem aloof to the concerns of normal people, and perpetually surround themselves with an entourage, but even more down-to-earth girls can be ojou-samas as long as they can attract respect and adoration with little more than a knowing glance. Let’s check out the top 10 ojou-sama characters in anime!
10. Trish Una from JoJo no Kimyou na Bouken Part 5: Ougon no Kaze (JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure: Golden Wind)
- Episodes: 39
- Aired: October 2018 – July 2019
Trish is the daughter of a powerful and mysterious mafia boss, so it seems natural that she would act superior to the mob members charged to look after her. As soon as she meets Bucciarati’s team, she gives them a shopping list of trinkets to buy for her, insists on only drinking French mineral water, and even uses Fugo’s jacket as a handkerchief. But really, she’s only behaving like this because she’s scared to go on a dangerous mission and be handed over to her estranged father who she’s never met. Gradually Trish’s confidence grows and she becomes a capable fighter in her own right, but she remains an ojou-sama at heart.
9. Satsuki Kiryuuin from Kill la Kill
- Episodes: 24
- Aired: October 2013 - March 2014
The undisputed head honcho of Honnouji Academy and heir of the Kiryuuin Conglomerate is student council president Satsuki Kiryuuin, who holds a bitter disdain for the weak and uses fascist leadership techniques to mold the student body into her own personal army. She can bring Ryuko to her knees with just a sword, and once she gets her own Life Fiber uniform (one that’s even harder to control than Senketsu), she’s practically unstoppable. She’s a bit harsher than the average ojou-sama, but certainly no less respected!
8. Minami Kaidou (Cure Mermaid) from Go! Princess Precure
- Episodes: 50
- Aired: February 2015 – January 2016
Almost all of the girls in Go! Princess Precure are ojou-samas to some extent, since they go to a high-class prep school and transform into princesses to fight, but Minami (aka Cure Mermaid) fits the mold the best. She’s referred to as the academy’s princess, takes care of everyone like a dutiful older sister, and her family runs an international business. She does break from tradition somewhat by striving to become a marine biologist instead of obeying her father’s orders to take over the company, but even as she swims in a wetsuit with her favorite dolphin Tina, Minami is the very picture of elegance.
7. Reina Kousaka from Hibike! Euphonium (Sound! Euphonium)
- Episodes: 13
- Aired: April 2015 – July 2015
Reina is only a first year, but she’s the greatest trumpet prodigy that Kitauji High School has ever seen. She takes private lessons outside of school and dedicates herself fully to her craft, so she easily lands the trumpet solo part for the band’s competition performance. This angers the seniors, who’ve waited three years to get this one opportunity to shine, but Reina doesn’t see the problem since she’s simply a better musician than they are. She shows her softer side to one person only – her old friend Kumiko – and that’s only after months of Kumiko trying to make up with her for an argument they had the previous year. Reina may not be the easiest person to get along with, but her heart is in the right place.
6. Mami Tomoe from Mahou Shoujo Madoka★Magica (Puella Magi Madoka Magica)
- Episodes: 12
- Aired: January 2011 – April 2011
Mami serves as the group’s flawless senpai early on in the series, teaching Madoka and Sayaka the ins and outs of magical girl life. She dances around witches with graceful ballet movements and eviscerates them with elegant ribbons and fancy filigreed rifles, drinking in the praise from her juniors at every opportunity. Mami is actually a very lonely girl deep down, so Madoka and Sayaka’s friendship is the only thing that’s keeping her going besides the day-to-day toil of keeping the city safe. Can she live up to the perfect image that she’s created for herself, or will she crack under the pressure?
5. Sylphynford Tachibana from Himouto! Umaru-chan
- Episodes: 12
- Aired: July 2015 – September 2015
Umaru’s self-proclaimed rival is a German-Japanese rich girl named Sylphynford who followed her beloved older brother to Japan to make new friends. This fashionable lady is desperate to impress Umaru by beating her at any kind of competition she can think of, but always comes up short in the end. She’s also an active gamer, dropping her intense attitude to have fun with other players, all while being blissfully unaware that her favorite gamer UMR is actually Umaru... Why Sylphynford spends so much of her time competing with that little gremlin, we’ll never know.
4. Shinobu Kochou from Kimetsu no Yaiba (Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba)
- Episodes: 26
- Aired: April 2019 – September 2019
The Insect Pillar of the Demon Slayer Corps is difficult to read, since she does everything from concocting medicines to fatally poisoning demons with the same serene smile on her face. Shinobu is an expert swordswoman who flits around the battlefield like a butterfly, injecting venoms of her own design into her enemies with nary a pause for breath. She also commands a squad of combat-trained medics who help other demon slayers rehabilitate from injuries, and just about every man she meets treats her like a goddess. But what is she really hiding behind that unmoving smile...?
3. Kaguya Shinomiya from Kaguya-sama wa Kokurasetai: Tensai-tachi no Renai Zunousen (Kaguya-sama: Love is War)
- Episodes: 12
- Aired: January 2019 – March 2019
Kaguya is the very model of a proper young Japanese lady – she’s the vice president of the student council, a member of the archery club, effortlessly beautiful, and is practically swimming in money. She’s actually based on Princess Kaguya from “The Tale of the Bamboo Cutter”, who sent her suitors on impossible missions to get them out of her hair. She can be cold and calculating, particularly when it comes to playing mind games with her crush Miyuki, but she’s actually more naïve in the ways of love than she lets on. It’s just too cute to watch!
2. Kirari Momobami from Kakegurui (Kakegurui: Compulsive Gambler)
- Episodes: 12
- Aired: July 2017 – September 2017
Standing up to the all-powerful Student Council President Kirari Momobami is an exercise in futility and may even spell the end of your free will for good. Kirari views the school as one big aquarium – a self-contained ecosystem with its own conflicts that she can observe and study from far above. Anyone who dares oppose her will end up in so much debt that they have no hope of ever recovering, and they must follow the “life plan” that she sets out for them (including their future marriage partner, jobs, and number of children) or else risk her ruining their lives even further. Only Jabami, the charismatic gambler with complete disregard for social norms, stands a chance of knocking Kirari off her high horse.
1. Erina Nakiri from Shokugeki no Souma (Food Wars! Shokugeki no Soma)
- Episodes: 24
April 2015 - September 2015
Erina is the most iconic ojou-sama of the modern anime landscape because, simply put, she has it all – flawless good looks, an entourage of followers who worship her cooking and critiquing talent, an aloof attitude toward the peons she has to deal with, and more money than she could ever hope to spend. Nevertheless, our smartass hero Souma cuts right through her icy shell with an egg dish that leaves her moaning in pleasure despite herself. She does get better at making friends later on, which serves her well when her abusive father appears out of the woodwork to bring her back home. Just that little bit of kindness makes this ojou-sama so much sweeter!
We would also proudly bow down to Minerva from Fairy Tail, Quitterie from Kanata no Astra, and Endorsi from Tower of God. But who are your favorite ojou-sama characters in anime? Let us know in the comments, and thanks so much for reading!