In anime, we get to see an amazing amount of magical girls that are cute and adorable and always save the day. But what about the witches in anime? The powerful magicians who wreak havoc, gain power for themselves, or battle unspeakable odds. We are here to tell you about those kinds of magical girls, the witches in anime.
We have compiled a list of the strongest and most powerful witches seen throughout anime. From earth-shattering, to earth-changing powers, you’d better not get on these witches’ bad sides.
10. Ayaka Kagari from Witch Craft Works
- Episodes: 12
- Aired: Jan 5, 2014 to Mar 23, 2014
When Honoka Takamiya’s life is threatened, he is saved by the most unlikely of heroes. His classmate and “Princess” of the school, Ayaka Kagari, saves his life, and in doing so reveals herself to be a witch. After saving him from a bunch of evil robot bunnies, she explains that it is her duty to protect Takamiya. He is her master and her “princess”. This anime shows quite a reversal of roles as to who is really the damsel in distress.
Kagari is pictured as a traditional style witch. She rides a broomstick and wears a pointed hat and cloak. Her main power is being able to control and use fire. She is an extremely powerful fire witch and is able to incinerate her enemies in just one attack. In this world there is a community of “Workshop Witches” who maintain and monitor the witch community. Kagari is a part of this group and stops other witches from using their powers for evil.
9. Izetta from Izetta: The Last Witch (Shuumatsu no Izetta)
- Episodes: 12
- Aired: Oct 1, 2016 to currently airing
Currently airing this season, Izetta: The Last Witch is really pulling in the fantasy and political intrigue fans. This show follows two main characters, the witch Izetta, and her childhood friend, Ortfine, who just happens to be the ruler of their country. The country of Elystadt is under attack from the invading country, Germania. Germania will do anything in its power to gain control of Elystadt lands. The only way to fight them is with the power of the last known witch, Izetta.
When Izetta was a child, her life was saved by the Archduchess Ortfine, ever since then she has felt indebted to her. Now, with the invasion, it is the perfect opportunity to repay her debt and save the country that Ortfine loves. Izetta’s main powers are based on telekinetic ability. She is able to move things just by touching them briefly. She is seen throughout the show wielding a battalion of swords or javelins that move according to her wishes. Her witch’s broom is also not the standard brush but instead she is often pictured flying on the back of a huge rifle that is strong enough to take down an airplane. While Izetta cannot alter time and space, she is still extremely powerful, and is the one-woman army for the country of Elystadt.
8. Medusa from Soul Eater
- Episodes: 51
- Aired: Apr 7, 2008 to Mar 30, 2009
The world of Soul Eater is one of Shinigami. In a school known as “Death City”, Shinigami scythes are taught how to be the best possible weapon for their wielder. These scythes are human/weapon hybrids that are able to transform into a real weapon for the Shinigami to use. To become a full-fledged Shinigami scythe, battle pairs must fight, defeat, and eat the souls of 99 evil creatures as well as one witch.
Medusa lacks love and empathy and is the main villain against the want-to-be Shinigami, Maka and Soul. Medusa loves to experiment and finds joy in the pain of others. She is able to manipulate anyone and uses snake themed magic as her main power source. Using this kind of magic, she is able to cheat death by putting her soul in a snake body. She is able to summon the snakes hiding within her body and order them to attack at any moment. And last of all, she can curse people by placing an enchanted snake within their body to drive them insane. All-in-all, a truly terrifying, but powerful witch.
7. Kowata Akane from Flying Witch
- Episodes: 12
- Aired: Apr 10, 2016 to Jun 26, 2016
Flying Witch follows a young girl who is in training to become a witch. The main character, Makoto, is a high school student who is sent to live with some extended family out in the countryside. This is a serene and gentle anime about the everyday trials of growing up and learning how to be a witch. Occasionally, her sister Akane will magically appear out of thin air to teach her a few things about magic.
Sister to the main character in Flying Witch, Akane is seen as the slightly eccentric but powerful elder sister. She is well known in the witch community as being very strong and not someone to take lightly. Akane spends her time traveling the world and gathering information on more spells and potions. She loves to experiment, even if it doesn’t always turn out right. But in this world of witches, Akane Kowata is one of the most powerful.
6. Bayonetta from Bayonetta: Bloody Fate
- Episodes: 1
- Aired: Nov 23, 2013
Based on the hugely popular video game, Bayonetta: Bloody Fate follows the story of the witch Bayonetta after she wakes up lost and confused in a coffin. Without her memories, she must search for hints of her past using the demon forces which allow her to be an Umbra Witch. Similar to the game, the anime is full of mystery and intrigue, surrounded by a good dose of magical, witchy powers.
Bayonetta’s main magical ability is shape-shifting. She is able to use her hair and transform it into a variety of weapons. She also able to use her hair to summon demons to accompany her own attacks. Because of these shape-shifting abilities, Bayonetta is nearly unstoppable in a fight. She will do whatever it takes to get her memories back.
5. Masane Amaha from Witchblade
- Episodes: 24
- Aired: Apr 6, 2006 to Sep 21, 2006
The Witchblade is a powerful weapon given to one woman at a time and bestows upon them unthinkable combat power. After waking up with no memories six years ago, Masane Amaha and her daughter Rihoko only have each other. Now, the government threatens to take her daughter away. After being separated, she has a strange run-in with a dangerous criminal. Luckily for her, she is the bearer of the Witchblade, which allows her to transform into a powerful fighting machine.
After being thrown in the middle of a turf war, she is assigned by the Doji Group to battle and destroy X-cons. These X-cons are a group of supernaturally strong mutants that cause trouble wherever they go. Amaha is able to use the power of the Witchblade to transform not only her body, but also her strength and personality. With a variety of bladed weapons to choose from, she is not someone you want to get into a fight with.
4. Yuuko Ichihara from Tsubasa/xxxHolic
- Episodes: 24
- Aired: Apr 7, 2006 to Sep 29, 2006
Yuuko Ichihara is a powerful time and space witch who can be seen within two different series; in the Clamp universe story of Tsubasa, and also within her own anime, xxxHolic. In both of these stories, she is a strong force to be reckoned with. In the story of xxxHolic she acts as the overseer for the main character, Watanuki, and helps him gain control of his ability to see demons and teaches him the importance of their spiritual awareness. She is eccentric but kind and really cares for Watanuki.
In the story of Tsubasa, we can really see how powerful Yuuko is. She has the ability to send people to multiple worlds. Because of this, she has been given the title, The Dimensional Witch. She demonstrates this ability when she sends Syaoran, Fay, Kurogane and Sakura all from their respective worlds in the Clamp universe to retrieve Sakura’s lost memories. Yuuko Ichihara is really one of a kind, and has no equal when it comes to world jumping witches.
3. Beatrice from Umineko: When They Cry (Umineko no Naku Koro ni)
- Episodes: 26
- Aired: Jul 2, 2009 to Dec 24, 2009
After introducing the whole family, we see them gather on a private island to discuss the distribution of their late father’s inheritance. While this is going on, a more sinister plot unfurls. This family has an ancient story about the Golden Witch Beatrice, who blessed their father with his fortune and riches. In an attempt to meet this witch for himself, one of the family member summons her to the island where they are residing. This is when chaos ensues.
She will grant your wish, but beware of the consequences. The Golden Witch Beatrice has many titles, such as The Endless Witch. The family is at a loss when Beatrice demands all of the money that she gave their father returned to her, but gives them one chance. If they can solve her riddle, or her game, they can keep all of the money. Beatrice is on this list not only for her evil nature, but also for her level of power. She is able to summon demons to aid her, has been alive for thousands of years, and can change the world according to her will. We think it would be best to just let her keep the money.
2. Walpurgisnacht from Puella Magi Madoka Magica (Mahou Shoujo Madoka★Magica)
- Episodes: 12
- Aired: Jan 7, 2011 to Apr 22, 2011
One of the most iconic magical girl anime in recent years. Madoka has reinvigorated the magical girl and witch genre with its moe characteristics and dark themes. The show follows a young girl as she decides to become a magical girl with a group of her friends so she can protect people. These magical girls risk their lives to fight creatures known as witches that bring despair and death to those around them, they can also cause mass suicides and illness in people that are close to them. There is a deceptively happy start to this show that then makes a complete 180 in tone and theme.
At the end of the series (SPOILER ALERT!) Madoka has to fight the strongest known witch, Walpurgisnacht. There was a legend that the strongest witch would come and destroy the world. It is theorized to be an amalgamation of many witches put together. Madoka’s friend Homera goes back in time dozens of times but is still unable to defeat the witch. Dozens of time lines and earths are lost to the Walpurgisnacht. Walpurgisnacht definitely makes the top 10 strongest witch list because it has destroyed the world several times and yet nothing can stop it. Not until Madoka makes her wish, that it never existed in the first place.
1.Satella from Re:ZERO -Starting Life in Another World
A world where you cannot die sounds pretty good, right? But Subaru Natsuki would definitely tell you otherwise. Subaru wakes up one day to find himself in a strange land of magic, knights, and witches. After an unfortunate incident, he realizes that every time he dies, he gets reset back to an earlier point in time. He is essentially immortal. This is because he has been cursed by the great witch Satella.
Although, never seen throughout the anime, Satella has been the overarching enemy of this realm for hundreds of years, even mention of her name brings bystanders’ rage down upon you. So being cursed by her to die in many horrible and tragic ways over and over is not something to be happy about. With a horde of followers, deadly demons, and her own near-omnipotent magic, Satella has been controlling this world without much trouble over the centuries, and it looks like she will continue to do so for many centuries to come. She is number one on our list because she was able to transport Subaru from his own world, bring him back from the dead many times, change timelines when doing so, and is just a total, all-powerful and unstoppable being.
This list contains some truly terrifying witches. These are our selections for the most powerful witches found in anime. Did we leave anyone out? Is there a horrifying witch we forgot just waiting to melt a main character’s face off? Let us know what you think! But from incredible telekinetic powers to time-altering abilities, you don’t want to mess with any of the ladies on this list.