The Most Underappreciated Female Characters in Shonen Anime

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Android 18 (Dragon Ball)

Android 18

There are some pretty amazing women in the Dragon Ball series. Android 18 is likely one of the most underrated female characters in the series because she doesn’t get nearly enough screen time.

But Android 18 is a dynamic character who goes through a lot of change despite only being in the story for a short time. Like Vegeta, she goes from being a cruel bad guy to a kind-hearted hero who puts her family first.

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Nico Robin (One Piece)

Nico Robin

During the time that One Piece has been going on, the Straw Hats have added some pretty great people to their group. But not all of them get as much credit as they should. One of them is Nico Robin, who is one of the most forgotten people on the crew.

Even though she doesn’t seem like much of a fighter, Robin is still an important part of the crew and the story as a whole. Most of the characters in One Piece fight with brute force, but Robin saves the day with her brains.

Lucy Heartfilia (Fairy Tail)

Lucy Heartfilia

Fairy Tail fans either love or hate the character Lucy Heartfilia. She has been called nothing but a weak and useless shonen female lead over the years. But Lucy can do a lot more than some of her fans think she can.

Lucy’s magic skills are amazing, especially when you think about how much power and energy it takes to call up spirits. Even so, she is an important part of the team, and her work is what keeps everyone together.

Sakura Haruno (Naruto)

Sakura Haruno

Regardless of the fact that she is widely considered to be the most hated protagonist in the entire Naruto series. Sakura Haruno is undeniably one of the most underappreciated female characters in the anime. Even now, most readers dismiss her as unimportant and gloss over the role she played in the narrative.

Even though Sakura lacks the divine abilities of Naruto and Sasuke, she is no pushover. Sakura is capable of incredible things due to her formidable physical strength and advanced medical ninjutsu skills.

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Orihime Inoue (Bleach)Orihime Inoue (Bleach)

Most Bleach fans will argue that Orihime is one of the weaker characters in the series. And by comparison, that may be true, especially early on in Bleach, where she’s little more than a damsel in distress. However, Orihime proves to be far more than that as the story progresses.

As she slowly begins to develop her abilities, Orihime becomes much more capable in a fight. Even manages to hold her own without the help of Ichigo or anyone else. Many of her accomplishments have been downplayed over the years.