All anime waifus are great in their own way, but the reality is that not all waifus are created equal.
So anime fans, let’s settle this once and for all.
Who are the best anime waifus? Which are your picks for the greatest anime gals who are worthy of the waifu title?
Here, we’ve gathered 30 of the best anime waifus ever. We’ve done our due diligence and researched and scoured the internet for the best of the best.
Let’s give the spotlight to these wonderful and lovely characters, shall we?
- Best Anime Waifus
- Mitsuri (Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba)
- Yuno (Mirai Nikki)
- Zero Two (Darling in the Franxx)
- Mai Sakurajima (Rascal Does Not Dream of Bunny Girl Senpai)
- Megumin (KonoSuba)
- Rem (Re:Zero)
- Bulma (Dragon Ball Series)
- Boa Hancock (One Piece)
- Celty (Durarara)
- Kanade (Angel Beats)
- Erza (Fairy Tail)
- Komi (Komi Can’t Communicate)
- Kaguya (Kaguya-sama: Love is War)
- Asuna (Sword Art Online Series)
- Marin (My Dress-Up Darling)
- Makima (Chainsaw Man)
- Faye Valentine (Cowboy Bebop)
- Winry (Fullmetal Alchemist Series)
- C.C. (Code Geass)
- Saber (Fate Series)
- Senjougahara (Monogatari Series)
- Hange (Attack on Titan)
- Riza (Fullmetal Alchemist Series)
- Yoruichi (Bleach)
- Taiga (Toradora)
- Hinata (Naruto)
- Kurisu (Steins;Gate)
- Holo (Spice and Wolf)
- Yor (Spy x Family)
- Mikasa (Attack on Titan)
Best Anime Waifus
Mitsuri (Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba)
Let’s start this list with an explosion of love from the Love Hashira herself!
This cutie pink Demon Slayer started out as someone who was self-conscious about herself and her abilities. With her big appetite and impressive strength, she was told no one would love her for being herself.
Thankfully, she had people around her that encouraged her to be herself. This pink waifu teaches us that the right person will come along to love who you truly are, bubbly self and all.
Yuno (Mirai Nikki)
This next waifu is still of the pink variety but leaning on the dangerous side!
Yuno might have scary yandere tendencies, but she is loyal and true to the one she loves. She was willing to do everything for Yukiteru, even attacking others and doing unspeakable things. Yikes!
But her scary side is balanced by her intense love. If this is your jam, Yuno’s the waifu for you! Live your yandere dreams, my friend.
Zero Two (Darling in the Franxx)
The pink waifu train isn’t stopping yet! The heroine and one of Darling in the Franxx’s deuteragonists graces us with her presence.
Due to her history and bloodline, Zero Two always felt like she was destined to be alone. She would distance herself from others and shield her heart from such heartbreak and disappointment.
On the surface, she would act playful and alluring but still aloof and uncaring of others. However, once you become her “darling,” she will then show her caring and devoted side.
Mai Sakurajima (Rascal Does Not Dream of Bunny Girl Senpai)
Due to her acting career and celebrity-level popularity, Mai didn’t really spend a lot of time at school, nor did she bond enough with her peers to make friends.
This has made her seem like a distant and aloof person. Even in the first episode, while wearing such a cute bunny costume, she was cold, withdrawn, and standoffish.
However, this is just due to her not knowing how to open up to others. Her anxiety and worries about being forgotten and ignored also contributed to her being a closed-off person.
Eventually, she opened up to Sakuta and others, although she still had tsundere tendencies!
She might be tiny in size, but Megumin’s explosive personality is absolutely adorable!
The first to join Kazuma’s party, Megumin is a powerful wizard who is obsessed with explosion magic. She even says she has to cast Explosion at least once a day, or she will perish.
All that obsession did lead to her being a great Arch Wizard. Her interest in explosion also matches her firecracker of a personality! There’s not a boring moment with this waifu.
Okay, we’re not here to pit the great waifus of Re:Zero. But if Subaru didn’t pick this cute blue waifu, we will!
Rem is a magic user and a maid at House Roswaal. She’s pretty good at water magic, which she uses to heal wounds.
She’s a bit distrustful of others at first, which is understandable due to what happened to her and her sister.
But after Subaru saved her, her feelings for him completely changed, and she pledged loyalty to him and his cause.
Bulma (Dragon Ball Series)
Intelligent, a go-getter, an amazing inventor, and scientist, and a fashionista to boot – no wonder Bulma is a classic waifu pick!
In the Dragon Ball series, we’ve seen her inventions help Goku and the rest of the Dragon Team with their adventures.
From the Dragon Radar, a device that can track Dragon Balls, to compressible micro-tech that can be applied on armors or tents, Bulma is one of the most important characters in the series.
To summarize: BBB – Bulma’s beauty and brains!
Boa Hancock (One Piece)
Famed for her beauty and allure, it’s no wonder that Boa Hancock is one of the most popular waifus in anime history.
At the start, she showed arrogance towards her beauty and pride. Due to her beauty and reputation, she can do almost anything and get away with it. That’s how potent she is!
But for some reason, Luffy is completely immune to her charms. This shook her to her core, and she instead fell for him. Now she shows her cute blushing and flustered side whenever Luffy is around.
If you want a bit of mysteriousness and myth with your waifu, Celty is a good candidate for that!
Celty is a Dullahan of Celtic lore. Not only is she great at combat and driving motorcycles, but she is also tenacious about her goals. She just wants to get her head back!
And with her zip-up motorcycle suit? This Irish fairy is definitely easy on the eyes! No wonder Shinra is absolutely smitten.
Kanade (Angel Beats)
She might be a waifu with a few words, who unfortunately gets in misunderstood hijinks with other students, but Kanade is a nice gal who just wants to help others.
Feared by other students as the angel of doom, Kanade is actually just the student council president who’s there to make sure the students are handling their problems well.
She is later shown to have a fondness for mapo tofu – the spicier, the better! What a cute angel.
Erza (Fairy Tail)
This next waifu is as fiery as her red hair!
Erza is one of the mages of the Fairy Tail Guild and part of Team Natsu. Her magic focuses on armor and weapons, such as her Requip and Sword Magic.
With her scary and intimidating aura, Erza can get a bit strict and impatient with others. However, this is just because she’s passionate about what she does.
Despite being scared, her teammates still look up to her and depend on her. Get yourself a waifu that can protect you!
Komi (Komi Can’t Communicate)
Communication might not be her strongest suit, but the tall and beautiful Komi has an eager heart to change herself for the better.
Because of her beauty and grace, Komi is regarded as the Madonna of the school. However, people have noticed that she can be a bit withdrawn from others.
This is, unfortunately due to Komi’s communication disorder. She just can’t easily talk to others!
But even though she has this problem, she is willing to change her situation and work hard to make 100 friends!
We’re cheering for you, Komi!
Kaguya (Kaguya-sama: Love is War)
A silent war waged on love has shown us that the eponymous Kaguya Shinomiya is such a cute anime waifu!
In Kaguya-sama: Love is War, Kaguya goes on a love war with student council president and top student Miyuki. Even though they both like each other, they’re both too proud to admit their feelings!
It’s a battle of wits, and Kaguya definitely dishes out plans that can make your heart squeal!
Deep down, Kaguya has a deep respect for Miyuki’s kindness. She herself has a good heart too, although she thinks that she’s not a good person.
Asuna (Sword Art Online Series)
This popular gamer girl waifu is next in our list! Here’s Asuna, the main heroine of the Sword Art Online Series.
Asuna is a determined player who rushes to her goal with everything she has. This can even be seen when she later became a Berserk Healer.
And it’s not just the battlefield that she rushes to. Asuna will immediately go to anyone in need, to the point where she can’t ignore anyone who needs help.
Kind, helpful, and strong – that’s Asuna!
Marin (My Dress-Up Darling)
Marin immediately rose up in the rankings of waifu popularity among anime communities because of her qualities.
She’s not just a kind and understanding gal, she is also into geeky hobbies and interests!
Yep, Marin is an avid gamer and anime fan. Her love and fondness for her interests even cross to the cosplay side.
But the most impressive thing about Marin is her dislike for people who are judgmental of others.
She knows how some people love to belittle others due to their hobbies, but Marin won’t stand for it!
Makima (Chainsaw Man)
Makima’s calm, relaxed, and nurturing nature has smitten a lot of anime fans. Her mysterious character adds to her charm, too. So it’s no wonder she’s one of the newest popular waifu in town.
We first see Makima just as Denji, transformed into the eponymous Chainsaw Man, collapses from fighting a lot of demons.
At that point in his life, Denji just really needed someone to care for and comfort him, and Makima shows this in a loving way.
Betcha, a lot of anime fans wanted that same treatment, too!
Faye Valentine (Cowboy Bebop)
Of course, the amazing and alluring Faye Valentine joins our great waifu list!
Although her abrasive nature clashed against her fellow Bebop peers at first, what with her arrogance, laziness, and vices angering others, Faye Valentine did eventually form a bond with them.
It’s because of her troubled past that makes her seem avoidant to relationships, but deep down, she seeks a place to call home.
Faye is quite a complex character, and it’s no wonder she’s always in people’s waifu list.
Winry (Fullmetal Alchemist Series)
Winry Rockbell is a childhood friend of the Elric brothers who eventually became a renowned automail expert.
Her work and expertise on anything automail certainly impressed Edward and the rest of FMA fans!
Despite her cheery personality, Winry experienced heartbreak at a young age when she lost her parents during the Ishval Civil War.
This has made her empathize with the brothers next door and become a great friend to them after they lost their own parents as well.
Winry is kind, hardworking, and eager to extend a helping hand to others. She might bicker with Ed sometimes, but that’s just how they show their unspoken feelings toward each other.
C.C. (Code Geass)
With her green hair, fondness for pizza, and mysterious history, C.C. became one of the most iconic characters from Code Geass. And yep, she’s still one of the most popular waifu picks from fans too.
Throughout the show, C.C. mostly seemed apathetic and unemotional to things, bordering on being uncaring.
However, at times when Lelouch would tease her, she would show her stubborn and headstrong side. She also showed a penchant for eating pizzas from Pizza Hut! She was even nicknamed Pizza Girl.
Maybe pizza is the key to getting a waifu.
Saber (Fate Series)
Courageous, resolute, and willing to do what it takes to win the Holy Grail – that’s our girl Saber from the Fate series!
Saber is one of the spirits summoned to fight in the Holy Grail War. Because she sees herself as nothing more but a sword for her master to fight with, Saber initially doesn’t want to be treated like a person.
But the more she was regarded as a woman by Shirou, the more she opened up herself. There were even times when she adorably blushed and got flustered!
Senjougahara (Monogatari Series)
Witty, sharp-tongued, but closed-off, that’s Hitagi Senjougahara in a nutshell.
Due to her run-in with an oddity that made her weightless, Senjougahara became distant from people. To hide her secret, she even acted sickly and withdrew from socializing.
Her meeting with Araragi changed that. As she slowly opened up to him and others and eventually overcame her issues, she became more cheerful and lively and would even laugh at silly jokes.
The most interesting thing about her is her otaku-ness. She seems to have an inkling of otaku culture and terminology, like calling herself a tsundere or admitting that someone’s name sounds “moe” to her.
A waifu who’s familiar with otaku stuff? Sounds like the perfect waifu for an otaku!
Hange (Attack on Titan)
Scary Titans looming in the distance? Get yourself a waifu that won’t be scared or intimidated by them!
Hange started out as a Titan researcher who eventually became obsessed with the humongous beings.
She wanted to find out where they come from, what makes them a Titan, and all the mysteries involving them. She even calls them her babies!
But as crazy as Hange is sometimes, she is absolutely dedicated and loyal to the cause. She knows how important their roles are in protecting everyone from Titans.
Riza (Fullmetal Alchemist Series)
Riza is the kind of waifu that might not speak a lot and is cool as a cucumber but will not hesitate to knock some sense into you when you need it.
As Roy Mustang’s personal assistant and longtime friend (and maybe something more), she is his anchor whenever things go awry.
At one point, he has even said that she has the authority to execute him if ever he strays from his path!
Such trust from the Flame Alchemist himself is amazing to watch, and it just makes you admire Riza more.
This next anime waifu is absolutely meow-tastic.
Puns aside, Yoruichi is a top-tier waifu due to her amazing combat skills using Shunpo, witty retorts, and confidence in herself.
The first time she showed up, she also had an air of mysteriousness about her, too.
What is her connection to the Shinigami? What does she know about the inner machinations of Soul Society? And why can she transform into a cat?
It seems like she’s the only one who can do it, too. And although it’s not clear why and how we’re thankful for her cute cattiness.
Everyone’s favorite “Palm-top Tiger” is, of course an entry to our waifu list!
Just like her namesake and school reputation, Taiga is one angry (but teeny tiny) gal! She might be cute and small, but she’s not afraid to show her rage at anyone.
But once you get past all that grumpiness, Taiga shows her adorable dere side. Yep, she’s a true-blue tsundere, alright!
The interesting thing about her tsundere qualities is that it stems from her being awkward at expressing her emotions. It’s not because she doesn’t want you to know her feelings. She just doesn’t know how at first!
She easily gets flustered and blushes a lot, which is quite a cute sight. As the youngsters would say, “meccha kawaii!”
Hinata started out as a shy flower who didn’t speak much and would just gaze at Naruto from afar.
She also went through a difficult time as the heir of the Hyuuga clan. People didn’t believe she had what it takes, and she was constantly belittled and put down.
But Hinata eventually grew to be a respectable shinobi and a wonderful person. There is a lot to admire here – from her resiliency, gentle heart, and courage despite the odds stacked against her.
At one point, she even had to defend Naruto with all her might! We’re glad this waifu eventually won Naruto’s heart.
She’s smart, cute, and willing to research about jellied bananas with you. Yep, Kurisu is a top-tier waifu, too!
Kurisu graduated from university at a young age due to her impressive intelligence. Among the Future Gadget Lab team, she’s usually the mature and level-headed one.
However, she can get sarcastic when faced with the silliness of her co-members. And when teased? She retorts back in her cute tsundere ways, full of flustering and blushing.
Kurisu also displays gap-moe tendencies. Okabe and the team find out that she actually uses online text boards for discussions. With her internet persona, she likes to use a lot of netspeak and emotes!
Holo (Spice and Wolf)
Care to discuss economics with this next waifu?
Spice and Wolf are about how a traveling merchant named Lawrence meets the best partner he could ask for – both in business and in his personal life.
Holo is a wolf spirit tied up to a village for centuries. After she notices that the village doesn’t seem to need her blessings anymore, she longs to go home.
Enter Lawrence, whose work takes him to where Holo is. He ends up freeing her spirit, and she herself shows her shrewd and cunning side when it comes to business.
Cue the witty talks about economics while traveling in a carriage!
Seriously, a cute anime waifu who talks to you about business, tariffs, currency manipulation, and more? Business bros, here’s your perfect waifu.
Yor (Spy x Family)
Calm, calculated, dedicated to her job and family, and pretty to boot – here’s “Thorn Princess” Yor gracing us with her waifu presence!
As an assassin, Yor can get quite straightforward and aloof, to the point that some people think she’s being robotic.
But this behavior is just due to her assassin upbringing. She is focused and dedicated to the assassin’s ways, to the point that her way of thinking can get quite odd.
Killing everyone in a party because she didn’t attend with a date? Sounds plausible in Yor’s head! This is all played for laughs, of course.
Despite her weird ways, she later realizes she wants to be a great mom and wife to her found family. Seeing her sweet moments with Anya and Loid has secured her as a top-tier waifu, indeed!
Mikasa (Attack on Titan)
And our best pick for anime waifu? Why, it’s the cool and strong Mikasa Ackerman from Attack on Titan!
Unlike other shounen anime series, it’s not the main guy here who’s great at combat. Nope, it’s the main girl, and she absolutely decimates enemies way larger than her.
Yep, Mikasa is a terror in the air as she whizzes and flies past Titans with her omni-directional mobility gear.
And despite her tough persona, she has a softness in her whenever she shows concern and care for Eren.
Get yourself a waifu that cares for you and protects you like Mikasa, Titans be damned!