Top 10 Anime Succubus

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Vampires, werewolves, ghosts - you have met them all. But how familiar are you with succubus in the anime universe?

That’s right, today we want to show some respect to a mythical race that is often overlooked. Succubi can be defined as female demons that are known to seduce men and sometimes even kill them if necessary. The girls on our list aren’t that cold-hearted, but they can surely take a punch. No matter whether you’ve been looking for a list like this for a long time or are just curious to see who we came up with, this list has something for everyone.

So what are we waiting for? It is time to introduce our personal Top 10 succubus in anime. Enjoy!

10. Ageha Kurono from Rosario to Vampire Capu2 (Rosario + Vampire 2nd Season)

  • Episodes: 13
  • Aired: October 2008 - December 2008

Let’s start this list off with a character who might have only made a smaller appearance, but who definitely deserves some recognition: Ageha Kurono from the second season of Rosario to Vampire.

Rosario to Vampire is the story of Tsukune Aono who gets sent to a youkai academy, a school for everything and everyone supernatural. Ageha Kurono is the mother of one of the girls attending the academy. She is a succubus and therefore is beautiful, outspoken and at least a little bit eccentric.

Ageha deserves the first spot on our list since she encompasses everything a succubus stands for while still being a mother to her daughter. Of course, their mother-daughter relationship isn’t discussed in much detail, but it is nice to see a succubus who also has a private life and does more than simply seduce men.

9. Succubus from Druaga no Tou: The Aegis of Uruk (Tower of Druaga: The Aegis of Uruk)

  • Episodes: 12
  • Aired: April 2008 - June 2008

We are staying in the year 2008, but moving on to a fantastic adventure with Tower of Druaga: The Aegis of Uruk.

This lesser known show revolves around a tower that is filled with demons, evil spirits and everything in-between. Of course, imminent danger is never a problem for true adventurers and soon the tower also hosts a clan of warriors who are ready to fight their way to the top and kill everything that stands in their way.

Succubus is one of those demons living in the tower. She is - take a guess - a succubus of course and ready to play mind games with the adventurers. Disguised as the goddess Ishtar she tries to guard the Blue Crystal Rod and stop our warriors. Succubus might only play a minor role in the overall storyline of this show, but she is definitely an interesting character. An enchanting succubus that can easily fool others - our second choice on this list.

8. Len from Carnival Phantasm

  • Episodes: 12
  • Aired: August 2011 - December 2011

Have you ever heard of Carnival Phantasm? If not, you should definitely check it out. Not only because of our next succubus Len, but because it is a simply hilarious show.

Carnival Phantasm is an adaption of the gag manga Take-Moon, produced for the 10th anniversary of Japanese game company Type-Moon. The anime consists of a couple of stories that are all based on the company’s previous work like Fate/stay night, Tsukihime or Melty Blood. In the midst of this chaotic storyline you can find Len, a succubus familiar.

Len has one of the more interesting backstories on this list. She was once a human girl, but after she died she was able to transfer her soul into the body of a black cat. Now she can shapeshift between two forms while also having the ability to manipulate the dreams of others. Shapeshifting, dream manipulation, glaring red eyes - Len has a lot to bring to the table and easily made it onto this list.

7. Rias Gremory from High School DxD

  • Episodes: 12
  • Aired: January 2012 - March 2012

Let’s move on from a quiet blue-haired girl to a fierce red-haired princess.

Rias is a beautiful senior student and member of the Occult Research Club. She is also the daughter of the Gremory clan of devils and has the power to resurrect and bind people to her - people such as high school student Issei Hyoudou.

Some of you might start to argue at this point that Rias technically isn’t a succubus. And while it is true that she is described as a devil, you can definitely say that she is a female demon who knows how to play around with people. Rias is fierce and has a hot temper while also being loyal and protective. Rias is the full package when it comes to female demons and that is why we simply had to include her in our Top 10.

6. Artemis from Junketsu no Maria (Maria the Virgin Witch)

  • Episodes: 12
  • Aired: January 2015 - March 2015

Succubus are not a thing of the past and they can also appear in more recent shows. Such as Artemis in Maria the Virgin Witch.

This story is set in France during the Hundred Years' War against England. Maria is a young witch who cannot continue standing still while innocent people die. She sets out to bring peace between the two nations, only assisted by her magical powers and her succubus familiar Artemis.

As a familiar, Artemis is very protective of Maria and is always ready to help her out whenever she is in need. She is a tough girl with a questionable sense of fashion, but she also has a childish side and loves to tease Maria. Artemis shows a different side of succubi with her caring and loving personality. She is a character you shouldn’t miss out on, so give Maria the Virgin Witch a try if you haven’t already.


5. Elucia “Elsie” de Lute Ima from Kami nomi zo Shiru Sekai (The World God Only Knows)

  • Episodes: 12
  • Aired: October 2010 - December 2010

Some demons want to harm humans while others just want to play around with them. Just like Elucia “Elsie” de Lute Ima in The World God Only Knows.

Keima Katsuragi is an otaku who is much more popular with digital girls than with girls in real life. Ready to take on any challenge he meets Elsie, a demon from hell who challenges him to date and retrieve demon girls who have escaped from her realm - a challenge that might be a little bit bigger than Keima had expected.

Even though Elsie is called a shinigami, we want to include her since she has all the qualities of a succubus. Namely, she is able to easily attract the opposite gender while still remaining powerful and in control. At the same time she is also sweet and pure. With Elsie you get evil and innocence combined in one character and that is why she could not be left out from this Top 10.

4. Astarotte Ygvar from Astarotte no Omocha! (Astarotte's Toy)

  • Episodes: 12
  • Aired: April 2011 - June 2011

Only four girls are left on this list and the first one is Astarotte Ygvar from the comedy show Astarotte’s Toy.

The story begins with kind-hearted Naoya Touhara being kidnapped into a magical world ruled by Astarotte. She might look like a little girl, but is actually a succubus princess who needs to build a harem in order to survive in her world. Nothing should be easier than that if it wasn’t for one problem: Astarotte hates men.

Astarotte’s Toy is a lesser known anime even though it is a great combination of ecchi, comedy and fantasy elements. Besides, the idea of a 10-year-old succubus who hates men is simply too hilarious to miss out on. Astarotte is a full-blown succubus, but adds her own spin to the well-known characteristics of her race.


3. Maria Naruse from Shinmai Maou no Testament (The Testament of Sister New Devil)

  • Episodes: 12
  • Aired: January 2015 - March 2015

We are back again in the year 2015 and diving head first into the story of Shinmai Maou no Testament.

Everything suddenly starts going down for high school boy Toujo Basara. First, his father decides to remarry. Then he tells Basara he will have two new stepsisters. Finally, he decides to go on a trip and leave Basara behind with his new siblings. That alone would have already been bad enough, but there is also the fact that his sisters are actually a demon lord and a succubus.

Maria looks like your typical little sister with her pigtails and cute little dress, but there is more to her than that. As a succubus it is her job to guard her sister. She takes her role seriously and is loyal and protective, always ready to do what her sister tells her to do. Maria is your childish yet trustworthy succubus on this list.


2. Mayu Tsukimura from Goshuushou-sama Ninomiya-kun (Good Luck! Ninomiya-kun)

  • Episodes: 12
  • Aired: October 2007 - December 2007

We are slowly getting to the end of this Top 10, but there are still two girls left we need to introduce to you. The first one is Mayu Tsukimura from the Ecchi show Good Luck! Ninomiya-kun.

Shungo Ninomiya’s life could be easy: he is good-looking, popular and lives in a big house. But everything changes when two siblings move in with him and ask him for a favor. He has to help innocent Mayu overcome her fear of men by staying close to her all day long. Shungo isn’t thrilled and to make matters worse he also has to find out that Mayu is actually a succubus.

This anime doesn’t take itself too serious and jokes around with the succubus stereotype. Mayu is a highly popular girl and since she cannot control the powers she has over the opposite sex, she is often chased around by guys. Of course, she isn’t aware of the way she acts and constantly gets into hilariously awkward situations. Fans of Harem and Ecchi should give this show a try.


1. Kurumu Kurono from Rosario to Vampire (Rosario + Vampire)

  • Episodes: 13
  • Aired: January 2008 - March 2008

Last but not least, we want to finish this list right where we started, with Rosario to Vampire. Did you really think we would leave out Kurumu Kurono herself?

As we already mentioned earlier, Rosario to Vampire revolves around mythical beings studying together at a youkai academy. Student Kurume is a succubus girl who loves seducing guys with her good looks and succubus charm. Who would have thought that she would develop actual feelings for hero Tsukune and insist on winning him over?

Kurumu is exactly how a succubus should be: charming, outgoing, flirtatious and yet kind-hearted. She actually cares about the people around her, but that does not mean that she isn’t a force to be reckoned with. Combining all of that with the personality and life of a typical high school girl brings a new twist to being a succubus. Kurumu is probably the most well-known succubus in anime and deserves the last spot on our Top 10.


Final Thoughts

We have to admit that succubi aren’t nearly as popular as they deserve to be when it comes to anime. Sure, you have your female demons and witches, but there is something special about succubus that makes them unique. It might be their background that reaches way back to ancient folklore, or maybe it’s their charming personalities that makes them irresistible.

What do you think of succubi in anime and who are your favorite characters? Share your recommendations in the comment section down below.

Cornelia Wagner

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Author: Cornelia Wagner

Coffee enthusiast, world traveler and writer at heart. Left Europe to live and study in the insanity called Tokyo.

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