One Piece, the iconic manga and anime series, is known for its diverse and dynamic cast of characters. There are literally more than 1,150 characters in the series. However, despite the majority of male characters in One Piece, the female characters stand out for their strength, determination, and unique personalities. From the fearless and confident Boa Hancock to the cunning and intelligent Namifrom the Straw Hat Pirates, the women in One Piece leave a lasting impression on fans. In this article, we will take a closer look at some of the best female characters in One Piece and what makes them so memorable.
Spoiler Warning: This article contains spoilers about the female characters in One Piece. We suggest you watch the anime or read the manga first to avoid ruining the intended experience.
We have listed the 25 most popular female characters in One Piece based on their power, characterization, and how they play an important role in making what One Piece is today. With that said, let’s jump right in.
It is only natural that Nami tops our list of the best female characters in One Piece. She is the navigator of the Straw Hat Pirates. She was previously called the “Cat Burglar” for stealing from the pirates. Nami was the first female character to join the Straw Hat Pirates and is a profound ally to Monkey D. Luffy. She is also one of the most beautiful female characters and has a massive fanbase.
Nami was initially considered one of the members of the weakling trio, but she continues to improve her strengths and has even beaten Ulti recently. She maintains the bond of friendship among the Straw Hat Pirates. She shows a striking resemblance to her adoptive mother Bell-mere and receives immense love from fans all over the world.
2. Nico Robin
Nico Robin is the archaeologist of the Straw Hat Pirates. She was first introduced as an adversary when she worked with Crocodile but later turned out to be a surprising addition to Luffy’s crew. Many fans believe it was the best decision made by author Eiichiro Oda as she livens up the show. She completely stole the hearts of the fans with her kindness, her powers, and especially her smile.
Nico Robin went through a horrendous childhood and got the love she deserved from her friends now. She was saved by her friends in the Enies Lobby arc, and that showed the world how much the Straw Hats cared for her (just like us). Thus, Nico Robin is an essential and best female character in One Piece.
3. Boa Hancock
Whenever Boa Hancock was shown on-screen, fans were awestruck and went crazy for her charms. As a result, Boa is considered the most beautiful woman in the One Piece universe. As beautiful as she is, she also possesses one of the best devil fruit powers in the anime series. Along with her devil fruit powers, she can use all three types of Haki, which is an excellent feat.
Moreover, she is the only female to become a Warlord of the seas to this date. Boa leads the Kuja Pirates (check out their One Piece Jolly Roger) and is the Snake Princess of Amazon Lily. She has served as an important ally of the Straw Hat Pirates many times. She is also secretly in love with Luffy, and the adorable moments between these two are so wholesome to watch. Therefore, Boa is also one of the best female characters we have witnessed in One Piece.
4. Big Mom
Charlotte Linlin, also widely known as Big Mom, was the epitome of a great pirate. She ruled the seas with fear, but even in this immoral world of pirates, she strongly believed in humanity and justice. Big Mom is the only female to become an emperor of the seas in the One Piece world. She used to be a member of the legendary Rocks Pirates alongside Kaido, Whitebeard, and Shiki before she started her own Big Mom Pirates.
Although her ways can be cruel, she has always considered her family a top priority and cared for them. She not only had a scary devil fruit power but could also use all three types of haki. Unquestionably, Big Mom was one of the best characters in One Piece, even though she can be annoying at times.
5. Nefertari Vivi
Nefertari Vivi worked as a spy under the Baroque Works organization until it was revealed that she was the “Princess of the Arabasta Kingdom.” Still, she decided to continue her brave acts to rescue her country from Crocodile’s tyrannical rule. And after being caught by the organization, she joined the Straw Hat Pirates as a temporary member. Vivi will always be known for her bravery and benevolence.
She was on the verge of joining the Straw Hat Pirates as an official crew member after kicking Crocodile out of her homeland. But she decided to stay and carry out the princess’s responsibility of assisting her country in returning to normalcy. Fans have long wanted her to join the crew, and she is still regarded as an unofficial member. Vivi was seen following the Straw Hats’ development throughout the One Piece anime.
Shirahoshi, who is popularly known as the Mermaid Princess, is the princess of the Ryugu Kingdom. She is the youngest child of King Neptune and Queen Otohime, and she aims to explore the world just like her mother wanted to. She may look like a giant but has the heart of a child. As a result, she is rather naive and kind, which we see in the One Piece arc where Straw Hats visit Fishman Island.
Shirahoshi is revealed to be one of the Ancient Weapons (Poseidon) and holds the power to destroy the world with the Sea Kings. She has always been a crybaby but promised Luffy to change into a better and stronger person in the future. Shirahoshi is known for her innocent personality and is one of the best female characters in One Piece.
Otohime was the late Ryugu Kingdom queen. She was King Neptune’s wife and mother to Shirahoshi, Fukaboshi, Ryuboshi, and Manboshi. Otohime is unquestionably one of the best-written characters in the One Piece series. She was a political activist from Fishman Island who worked tirelessly to bring Humans and Fish-men together in harmony, including Merfolks. She desired to unify both species and to relocate them from their undersea lands to the higher surface.
Otohime was one of the nicest people we have ever met in the anime. With her advanced form of observation haki, she could also grasp the true emotions of everyone around her (emotion sensing). She worked relentlessly for the benefit of her people before being assassinated by Hody Jones. Even as she was dying, she implored her children not to have any ill will toward Jones, demonstrating her compassion. She is a well-respected woman on Fishman Island and in the One Piece community.
Next on our list of the best female characters in One Piece, we have Carrot. She is a Rabbit Mink who became the leader of the Mink Tribe recently. Before this promotion, she served as an ally of the Straw Hat pirates in the Zou arc and snuck onto their ship to continue her adventures with them during the WCI and Wano Country arc. Throughout these times, Carrot had great character development to the point of leading her tribe now.
Carrot was the sweetest addition to the Straw Hats and worked with them as a temporary member for a long time. Carrot was always caring towards her friends and people, even becoming a devil with her Sulong Form to protect them.
Rebecca is the former crown princess of Dressrosa Island and the only daughter of the mighty warrior Kyros. Just like her father, she also became a fine warrior later in life. But due to unfortunate events in her early life, she decided to live with her father and gave up the crown. She was fierce like her dad but also kind and caring like her mother.
She was known as the Undefeated Woman in the Colosseum, and that shows her fighting prowess. Rebecca wanted to end the tyrannical rule of Doflamingo and stood up during her darkest times. Thus, she is adored by fans across the world.
Tashigi is a Marine Captain and works under Vice Admiral Smoker as usual. Even though she is a Marine Officer, Tashigi ranks high on our list of female characters in One Piece, as she always teamed up with the Straw Hats whenever we see her in the show. She showed her immense knowledge of swords in the One Piece world and is one of the fine swordswomen in the show.
Tashigi looked similar to Zoro’s late friend Kuina to the point that Zoro was shocked and confused when she saw her for the first time back in the Logue Town arc. Tashigi isn’t corrupted like the other Marines and follows the righteous path. She always helps everyone around her and is loved by the community.
11. Charlotte Pudding
Charlotte Pudding is the 35th daughter of Big Mom. Pudding is a hybrid being as she is both a human and a member of the three-eye tribe. She was the fiancee of Sanji, but as everyone knows, their wedding collapsed in the WCI arc. She was bullied for her third eye when she was a kid, so she started hiding the third eye with her hair because of her insecurities. She was controlled like a puppet by her mother Big Mom in the show.
Due to these past experiences, she hid all her insecurities and her true self by acting like a different person. But when Sanji complimented her about her third eye, she went back to her true form. She helped him and the Straw Hats escape from the wrath of her mother. Pudding is one of the most complicated characters with her tsundere personality, but she is one of the best female characters in One Piece.
12. Vinsmoke Reiju
Vinsmoke Reiju is the elder sister of Sanji and the only daughter of the Vinsmoke family. Thus she is the official princess of the Germa Kingdom. She is known as “Poison Pink,” as she possesses superhuman powers like her brothers. Apart from her powers, she resembles her mother Vinsmoke Sora, and has always been a kinder woman.
Unlike her brothers, she genuinely cared for Sanji, with him considering Reiju and Sora as the only people who were kind to him in his tragic childhood. Reiju also served as an ally of the Straw Hat Pirates during the Whole Cake Island arc and became an instant fan-favorite.
Perona was introduced as an antagonist and commander of the zombies back in the Thriller Bark arc. But after the vanquishment of Geko Moria by the Straw Hat Pirates, she turned into a supporting ally character and one of the best female characters in One Piece. She helped Zoro when he was training with Dracule Mihawk. You can read all about Zoro’s sword collection via the linked article.
Although she was not mature at all during the Thriller Bark arc, she showed her thoughtful side when helping Zoro. She is also very strong in battles, as seen when she fought Usopp, thus, she deserves a spot on our list.
14. Jewelry Bonney
Jewelry Bonney belongs to the Worst Generation of Pirates alongside Law, Luffy, Kid, and many others. She also eats heavily like Luffy and is popularly known as the Big Eater. She leads the Bonney Pirates, and in a shocking revelation, we found out that she is the daughter of the renowned Bartholomew Kuma.
Though she’s had little screen time, Bonney came as an instant surprise in the Egghead Island arc. Like many others, she too became an ally of the Straw Hats. Fans are loving her appearance in the show; that too as an ally of our emperor crew. We hope we can see more of her as she plays an important role in this arc.
Every One Piece fan won’t be able to forget the heartbreaking story of the young slave girl that the Fisher Tiger, a Fish-Man, saved. When Koala was a young child, she was kidnapped and sold to the Celestial Dragons as a slave. When Fisher Tiger assaulted Mary Geoise in the past, Koala and several other slaves were set free at that time. The Sun Pirates later assisted her in returning to her house. This was a huge turning point in her life, which led to her becoming one of the best female characters in One Piece.
She was severely traumatized while she was a slave, as was evident when she boarded the ship of the Sun Pirates. Koala made the decision to enlist in the Revolutionary Army at the age of 14 despite her traumatic history. She became a Fish-Man Karate assistant instructor and is now one of the highest-ranking officers in the organization. Koala was teamed with Hack and Sabo. She is a well-written character because, despite her traumas and hardships, she overcame them and is now fighting with the Revolutionary Army against injustice and oppression.
Ulti started to capture the attention of the fans after the Wano Country arc. She is one of the Tobiroppo of the Beast Pirates. She has powerful ancient Zoan-type devil fruit powers, which allow her to transform into a pachycephalosaurus. Ulti is strong and even comes back after Big Mom knocked her out with a devastating attack. She is the elder sister of Page One, who is also a Tobiroppo member.
Ulti doesn’t care about anything (except her brother) and showed her fearless side to everyone, including Kaido and Big Mom. She almost beat Nami but Nami emerged victorious with a little help from Zeus. She has become a fan favorite after the raid on Onigashima and is a recent addition to our best female One Piece characters list.
“The worst thing about betrayal is that it never comes from the enemy,” and we know Kalifa was a CP9 member working as a spy with several other members under the Galley-La company. They were working hard to get the blueprints of the ancient weapon Pluton from Iceburg, and hence, we witnessed a twist in the story with a betrayal. Kalifa has since been promoted to CP0, which speaks volumes about the power upgrades she has now.
As an antagonist, Kalifa shined well and captivated the hearts of the audience. She is the only female member of the CP9 at that time and ate the Awa Awa no Mi, which gave her distinct soap-based abilities. She is also well-versed in Rokushiki techniques and possesses great strength. She is much similar to Sanji as she uses her legs in combat.
18. Kozuki Hiyori
The alluring beauty Kozuki Hiyori is the daughter of the renowned Kozuki Oden and Kozuki Toki. So, this makes Kozuki Momonusuke her elder brother. As many fans are familiar, she was left all alone after her parents were killed and her brother time-traveled forward in time. From her childhood, she had to endure many hardships and struggles to survive in the country. She changed her name to Komurasaki and worked as an oiran to hide her real identity.
She remained strong despite all the struggles thrown at her, thus, making her one of the best female characters we have seen in the anime so far. She wanted to avenge Orochi and got her revenge with the help of Denjiro in the end. But she is a very kind and caring woman who deserves all the happiness in the world.
19. Kurozumi Tama
Kurzomi O-Tama is the adorable little girl who has been stealing the show in the latest Wano Country arc (one of the best new One Piece arcs). She is training to become a Kunoichi under Shinobu right now. As everyone might know, she became a friend of Ace when he visited Wano and considered Ace to be an elder brother, just like how she sees Luffy now. She wishes to become a great ninja and wants to join the Straw Hats one day.
O-Tama is just 8 years old and is already a brave child, as seen in the show. She bravely joined the Raid on Onigashima as her powers were able to turn the tables during the war. She possesses the devil fruit powers of Kibi Kibi no Mi, which is a subtly great power that enables any animal who ate her dango to become loyal to her and obey her orders. While this effect will wear off after a month, it luckily helped turn the tides during the raid. This little girl stole the show and became one of the best female characters in One Piece fans’ hearts.
Viola is the crown princess of Dressrosa island. She is the second daughter of King Riku and the younger sister of the late Scarlett. Viola was able to sneak in as a spy into the Donquixote Pirates and had an amazing devil fruit power. She served as a major supporting character and an important ally of the Straw Hats for the rest of the arc.
Viola is a very brave woman and an extremely loyal character. She went to the lengths of losing her own freedom to save her dad’s life. And after all that, she strived to free her country from the tyrannical rule of Donquixote Doflamingo. And so, Viola is one of the most fierce and bold women we have ever seen in One Piece.
21. Baby 5
FYI, Baby 5 is not this character’s real name but her code name when she worked as an assassin in the Donquixote Pirates. Her real name hasn’t been revealed in the show and now lives a happy life with her husband Sai. Despite being introduced as a minor antagonist, after a turn of events, she became one of the allies of the Straw Hat Pirates.
Like many of the other best female characters on this list, Baby 5 also has gone through a dark phase in her life. She was called useless by her own mother who abandoned her. This incident played a major role in her life, which is why she won’t reject them if anyone asks her a favor. She is happy to help people around her but is misused by many for that same reason. In One Piece, Baby 5 is a complex character and an emotional person, but luckily, she is now in good hands with Sai. Hope we can see her again sometime!
22. Vinsmoke Sora
Sora was the wife of Vinsmoke Judge, i.e. the queen of the Germa Kingdom. She is the mother of Sanji, Reiju, Ichiji, Yonji, and Niji. She had a deep love for her children and was protective of them. Thus, when Judge tried to enhance the genetics of his children, she tried her best to put an end to it. She went to great lengths, sacrificing her own life to see her kids grow up as normal human beings with human emotions.
Her kind and compassionate side were thoroughly seen in her scenes with Sanji. If it wasn’t for her, we wouldn’t have got the beloved Sanji. The mother characters in One Piece always have been magical, and she is undoubtedly one of them.
Bell-mère was an Ex-Marine and lived in the Conomi Islands. She rescued and adopted Nami and Nojiko, so she was their adoptive mother. Bell-mère was a brave and courageous woman who took up the responsibility to raise two kids on her own and succeeded. She was well-respected by her fellow villagers.
Unfortunately, she was killed by Arlong when he infiltrated their village. But before dying, she made sure to keep the girls safe and did all she could to survive. She passed away like a warrior and the fans consider her one of the best female characters in One Piece.
Curly Dadan is the boss of the Dadan Family and the whole family is called Mountain Bandits. She is a friend of Monkey D. Garp and that’s one of the reasons why Ace and Luffy were left with her by Garp. Despite being a harsh caregiver at first, she took the two boys in and raised them well. She also took in Sabo when the trio used to hang out together as kids.
Curly Dadan refused to show her caring side to the boys but loved and cared for them as her own children. She filled the hole of the missing mother figure in not only Luffy’s life but also in Ace and Sabo’s life. She even beat up Garp when he visited the village after the Marineford Incident for not saving Ace. That showed her true love for her children and made fans appreciate her even more.
Tsuru is a Vice Admiral in the Marines. One should note that she was considered a powerful character as she was working with Sengoku, and Garp during their primes. She was confirmed to train along with these mighty characters. Fast forward to today, she is a rather wise character and possesses immense knowledge about everything.
She follows the Clean Justice principle and is respected by Marines all over the world. Even the brash Doflamingo showed respect for her when she arrested him. We may have not seen her prime, but she definitely is one of the best female characters in One Piece.
Uta is a famous diva in the world of One Piece. But before that, she is the adoptive daughter of the legendary red-haired pirate Shanks. Like the past repeating itself, she was found in a treasure chest by Shanks and his crew. Shanks raised Uta and her whole life story was conveyed in the blockbuster One Piece Film: Red. You can check out the complete list of One Piece movies in order here. She served as a musician for the Red Hair Pirates before she left to become a singer.
She ate the Uta Uta no Mi devil fruit, which is a suitable one for her singing prowesses. Her character has been confirmed as canon while the events shown in the One Piece filler episodes and the movie are not. Uta was a great addition to the show, and we hope to see her again and possibly get reunited with Shanks.
27. Nico Olvia
Nico Olvia is the late mother of Nico Robin. We learned about her character in Robin’s tragic flashback of the Ohara incident. Olvia was a brave woman who wanted to learn the real truth behind the Void Century. She wanted to tell the truth to the world and unbind them from the shackles set by the World Government. You can clearly see how much of a brave character she is to go against the vile World Government to research the poneglyphs.
She is definitely one of the best female characters and one of the best mom characters in One Piece. And just like her, her daughter was inspired to be a brilliant character like her. Nico Olvia will be always remembered for her efforts to uncover the truth and for being the best mom to protect her daughter.
28. Charlotte Smoothie
One of the three sweet commanders of the Big Mom pirates, Charlotte Smoothie, is the 35th child of Big Mom. She is also the 14th daughter and a descendant of the long-leg tribe. Smoothie is regarded to be the second strongest after Katakuri, as evidenced by her astounding bounty amount. While we haven’t seen or heard much from her recently, her bounty is a testament that she is one of the strongest female characters in One Piece. She is one of the dominating members of the Big Momfamily and pirates. Her character has made her a huge hit with her followers as well.
Makino-san is one of the first characters introduced in the show (debuted in chapter 1). She owns a bar known as Partys Bar and serves as the bartender in the Foosha Village. And for those who forgot, Foosha Village is the hometown of our Luffy. She was seen as a close friend of Shanks and was a mother/ sister-like figure in Luffy’s life. Makino may not have a lot of screen time in the anime, but she is one of the best female characters in One Piece.
Makino is a well-known character around her village and is a kind woman by nature. As mentioned earlier, she was very fond of Luffy and always supported his dreams. She also gave Luffy food when he was a kid, thus, she served as the Ichiraku ramen guy namely Teuchi from Naruto for him. Even Ace turned to her in order to learn some manners before he could give his thanks to Shanks. She has a child now and we got a few glimpses of her during Luffy’s bounty reveals in One Piece. Hopefully, we can see her reunion with Luffy one day.
Kaya is a wealthy girl from Syrup Village (Hometown of Usopp). Although she hasn’t made any appearances lately, OG fans still remember her and miss her calm demeanor. She was a very close friend of Usopp and many fans believe in the Kaya x Usopp ship, which is beautiful. Kaya was a frail woman but she has since improved a lot and working hard to become a doctor in the show. The memorable moment of her giving the Going Merry as a gift to Luffy and Straw Hat Pirates for protecting her village from Kuro and the Black Cat Pirates will always be remembered by fans.
Frequently Asked Questions
It all comes down to personal preference at the end of the day for the best characters. So, that said Nico Robin is the best female character in One Piece for us.
It’s a no-brainer that Boa Hancock is the prettiest female character in One Piece. Also, One Piece has voted her as the most beautiful female in the anime.
There are a lot of female characters in One Piece. So if we are going to talk about the main girls, then it has to be Nami and Nico Robin as they have the most screen time as the supporting characters to our lead Luffy.