“Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned.” This saying is outdated for many reasons, but many would probably take on the 9 levels of hell rather than come face-to-face with these women. Though their anger may have different root causes, they generally release their frustrations in extremely similar ways. They trust in violence and the clear message physical abuse sends, so these girls tend to think the best way to vent is through smacking something or someone around. For them it seems to be therapeutic. However, let’s not make them wait any longer and get on with the countdown.
10. Ryuko Matoi from KILL la KILL
- Episodes: 24
- Aired: Oct. 2013 – Mar. 2014
Her father was killed, and she wields one-half of the weapon, a red scissor blade, in search for the person who holds the other half. Obviously, wanting to get revenge demonstrates quite a bit of anger, but using the weapon that was plunged in your father’s chest warps her anger into something slightly terrifying. Admittedly, it seemed like she would have never been able to even find her father’s killer if she didn’t take the sword.
Like any true hothead, she’s been angry about a lot of things from an early age. She was bullied as a child, and, with little guidance, she became quite the scrapper to deal with the issue. This rough exterior is something she’s held onto, and it plays a pretty big part in her attitude. It’s a mixture of her brash and angry determination that she storms the gates of Honnoji Academy and demands that Satsuki Kiryuin answer her questions.
9. Asuka Langley Souryuu from Neon Genesis Evangelion
- Episodes: 26
- Aired: Oct. 1995 – Mar. 1996
As fiery as her red hair, Asuka is one hotheaded girl. She’s been praised as a genius her whole life, and rightfully so as she has earned a university education, can speak three different languages, and is a top Evangelion pilot. However, this constant praise has led to a certain amount of pride that can’t handle being toppled by the rather frail qualities of Shinji.
Upon realizing that this random boy is possibly superior to her piloting, her temper starts to flare up. As they live together during the crisis, Asuka is not at a lack of opportunity to torture Shinji either. Frequently, she’s bullying him in a number of ways and refuses to stop yelling at him or calling him a ‘baka.’ It’s an understandable anger, but come on, the world is on its last leg and you’re mad that you can’t be the one true hero, a ‘Joan of Arc’ type character? Time for some anger management ASAP, Asuka.
8. San from Mononoke Hime
- Episodes: 1
- Aired: Jul. 1997
Imagine, you have been raised as a wolf. You learned intimately the beauty of nature and the natural cycle of life and death within the bounds of a forest, but now people are destroying your home and poisoning its inhabitants. You’d be pretty upset if not outright pissed. Well, that is San’s situation as she consistently faces off with Lady Oishi in order to keep the forest safe.
San’s hatred towards people in general is at a pretty high level, considering she believes them to be corrupted at the core and poison to the natural world. However, her hatred for Lady Oishi in particular is on another level. San decides to invade a fortified town by herself, hoping to assassinate the woman. The sparks of hatred that fly from her eyes and grinding teeth during her quick duel are intense. She clearly would do just about anything to take down Oishi, even if it’s at the cost of her own life. After all, even if she did win the duel, she was still surrounded by an entire city’s garrison.
7. Meiko Shiraki from Prison School
- Episodes: 12
- Aired: Jul. 2015 – Sep. 2015
This girl is 50% strut and 50% anger, which adds up to 100% dominatrix. A good chunk of her screen time is spent giving death stares and disciplining the guys under her watch with her signature horse whip. Her punishments are generally pretty brutal and range from grinding their faces with her boot to suffocating them. One of the most painful to watch is the severe whipping she gives to Gakuto’s groin and Kiyoshi’s arse, while sitting on Gakuto’s face. After that, your body just automatically clenches when she’s on screen.
Considering her position as Vice President of the Underground Student Council and her style of justice, it’s plain to see that she hates men. At the same time, this hatred could make someone wonder why she’s always wearing the most revealing uniform. In the anime it could just act as bait for those who can’t control their fantasies. However, the manga gives a little more backstory that suggests her style choice is to assert her confidence and appreciate her own body image. As a result, a guy’s perversion would exploit her feeling of confidence, and thus her disdain for men. It’s a very realistic thing to be angry about, but still just a hypothesis.
6. Taiga from Toradora!
- Episodes: 25
- Aired: Oct. 2008 – Mar. 2009
One of the loudest and most abrasive characters in anime to deal with, Taiga is the primary female protagonist of Toradora. During her first encounter with Ryuji, the male protagonist, she floors him with a punch to the face, just as he realizes why she’s called the ‘Palm-top Tiger’. She also calls him a ‘dumbass’ and attacks him with her wooden sword within the first episode. Though a lot of characters can be loud and violent, few can match her consistency in causing a scene.
If you couldn’t already tell, this tiger has no problem bearing her fangs, but her violent episodes aren’t just directed at poor Ryuji. She slaps Ami across the face during their first one-on-one meeting. Then, later in the show, she goes on a full-out rampage after learning that the guy she likes was rejected by someone else. She storms the classroom of Sumire (the current school president), accuses her of not being honest, and then charges her wooden sword. For a school show, the fight scene is extremely brutal with the two destroying the classroom.
5. Touka from Tokyo Ghoul
- Episodes: 24
- Aired: Jul. 2014 – Mar. 2015
It’s rough being a ghoul. You’re seen as a monster by the society at large and hunted by them as well. Even within your own society of ghouls there’s issues of gangs, sabotage, and cannibalism. Well, Touka has all of that creating resentment in her as well as a few other specific issues creating tension in her life.
To begin, the first time we truly see her in action is in a minor turf war, where she brutally takes down Nishiki before he can kill Kaneki. She shows very little mercy as the idea of someone feeding on her group’s territory angers her greatly. We then get a glimpse of her breaking her own group’s rules when she decides to track and kill Mado and all the inspectors that played a role in the death of Asaki and Ryouko, two of the gentlest ghouls she’s ever known.
Let’s not forget about her family issues that add to her angst. Her own brother abandoned her to become part of an extreme group of ghouls that are causing chaos. It doesn’t help that when he finally stops by to see her, he knocks her out (still debating if that was for her own good though). Finally, pushing her past anger and into depression is when Kaneki leaves her and the people at Anteiku to join her brother’s group. Her depression doesn’t stop her from giving him an earnest punch to the face when she gets the chance.
4. Revy from Black Lagoon
- Episodes: 24
- Aired: Apr. 2006 – Dec. 2006
“God is emotional bullshit.” This line from Revy sums up so much of her character in just four words. You can easily tell from this that she is abrasive, angry, and faithless. Basically, she doesn’t care about morality, justice or any idealistic notion as she’s seen the worst of the world and got sick of it really quickly. In her eyes, everyone is already grasping for some sort of power, so at least money and guns make the world a bit more interesting.
With this type of view towards the world, it’s not hard to understand why she basically does anything she can to spice things up, which generally revolves around making things go ‘boom’. It’s also why this woman doesn’t take anything lying down. If anyone offers up a snide comment, she is quick with her tongue, fist, foot or gun. It doesn’t hurt that working as a mercenary provides her with countless opportunities to act in such ways either.
The moments are scarce when Revy isn’t charging into action, cursing, or bullying Rock. She has one of the shortest fuses and will just about challenge any person who stands before her with whatever means necessary. It’s true that her brashness is more of an outlet for her cynicism and disgust with the world, but that’s just a pretty way of describing pure rage.
3. Yuno from Mirai Nikki
- Episodes: 26
- Aired: Oct. 2011 – Apr. 2012
Yuno isn’t the type whose face expresses anger, per say, often. In fact, crazy, or perhaps passionate if you feel like being kind, might be the more appropriate term to describe her and her facial expression. However, it’s exactly this aspect of over-the-top, insane passion that pushes her anger to monumental levels as well as leaves you terrified at what she might do next. That’s why she’s so high on this list.
For most characters, it’s pretty easy to read what their next move might be. You can tell what will set them off, and you generally can guess correctly whether or not they’ll yell or perhaps throw a punch. However, with Yuno, you can never tell what form of brutality her actions might take. All you know is that anyone who steps between her and Yuki is receiving one of the most terrifying stares of their life and death. A death that might take the form of an explosion, such as when she purposefully causes several classrooms to detonate after the school gives up Yuki, or perhaps an axe to the face.
It’s plain and simple. If it’s just her and Yuki there’s at least a possibility that no one will die. Enter a third party, and Yuno’s anger and mistrust will get the better of her.
2. Lucy from Elfen Lied
- Episodes: 13
- Aired: Jul. 2004 – Oct. 2004
Lucy/Kaede/Nyu easily has the most reasons to be pissed off, as she is one of the most tortured characters in anime. Her father left her in the woods, her schoolmates murdered her dog, and she was heavily tortured and experimented on. All of this happened between her birth and her eighteenth birthday, so her mental instability and willingness to torture and kill should not come as a surprise. People, after all, tend to develop according to what they know, and for most of her life Lucy has only experienced pain and anger.
This is exactly why her escape is one of the goriest scenes in anime. She wants to make sure that each and every person who played a role in her imprisonment experiences fear and pain that matches her own. This is most poignantly done with Kurama, who she lets live, as she wants him to watch in helplessness as she tears apart his world. In her own words, with tears pouring down her face: “One day, I'll be sure to make you feel the same suffering.”
What makes Lucy’s killing spree all the more terrifying, is that she seems to be completely emotionless. She no longer cares who dies and in what ways they die as long as she gets her revenge and freedom. Her animosity has simply hardened into something much more terrifying.
1. Sachiko from Corpse Party: Tortured Souls - Bougyakusareta Tamashii no Jukyou
- Episodes: 4
- Aired: Jul. 2013
This is not a show for the faint of heart. It’s gruesome and does not turn away from the gore at all. In fact, it seems to take a rather particular joy in depicting terrifying scenes *cue the Sachiko’s made laughter. *
To begin, Sachiko’s rage was enough to essentially separate itself from her upon death and become its own vengeful spirit. That’s essentially why there’s the terrifying version of her in the red dress that looks like a zombie and then the more normal appearing Sachiko in the white dress. Now, what’s special about her anger is how it manifests itself.
Unlike Revy or Taiga, you won’t see Sachiko screaming her head off, arms and feet flailing at the closest person. Instead, having quite a bit of time on her hands, she infuses her ire into a sort of mad-house maze within an alternate dimension. Rather than just finish people off, she toys with them mentally.
Oh yeah, she also doesn’t mind getting her hands dirty either. The amount of hard-boiled rage that gives a person, even a ghost, the will to cut a young girl’s head in half (everything from the jaw up lopped off) with scissors is something beyond comprehension. Debatably, what was just described was the most disturbing murder, but definitely not the only. There were also torn out guts, cut out tongues, and stabbed out eyeballs. Considering every action this ghost performs is essentially the personification of
Sachiko’s fury, there was only one true spot for her on this list.
Angry girls are some of the most fun to watch as they tend to break the rules and defy expectations. They are the type who both create conflict and solve it, and will never leave you bored. It is always sad to admit though, that this type of personality generally forms from a very tortured past. Most of the girls on this list experienced a personal trauma, which deeply affected their psyche and acts as a source of their resentment and anger. Be sure to shine some light for any angry girls that were missed.