Have you ever wondered how the word ‘waifu’ originated? The word was first used in an anime series called Azumanga Daioh, Episode 15 in 2002.
A character, when prompted by the side characters, chooses a picture of a female and asks Mr. Kimura about who she is and responds, “My wife.”
The same term is now romanticized into the Japanese syllabary (Hiragana/Katakana) as ‘Mai waifu’.
As a result of the Japanese tendency to add vowels to English words, the term became popular among English Otakus after 2006.
As opposed to the word ‘waifu’, the term ‘tsuma’ is used for the actual wife of a man. They would never use the term ‘waifu’ for their actual wife.
It’s no secret that waifuism is very real, and here is the Waifish’s Top 50 Anime Waifus for 2021!
Anime: Re: ZERO
It was impossible to leave Rem off this list of waifus! Rem is easily one of the best waifus out there!
Rem may appear sweet and polite on the surface, but she often acts without thinking.
Rem is sometimes oblivious to her actions and speaks in a superficially polite manner. Respect is both her prerogative and her guilt for the incident she had with her sister in the past.
The difference between Rem and Ram is that Rem doesn’t hide her emotions. Her personality is that of an older sister who is strong and capable on the outside. She tends to keep her emotions under wraps. The character of Rem seems far more emotional than Ram, although she doesn’t seem like the type.
She falls in love with Subaru as a result of Subaru saving her life and supports him at all times.
Rem, like her sister, is a magic user who has healing abilities, and in her Oni state, she can be rather fierce.
In addition to her Morningstar that aids her in distance combat, she carries a weapon for close combat, too.
Anime: Kono Subarashii Sekai ni Shukufuku wo! / Konosuba
In her fantasy world, Megumin is known as Crimson Demon and Arch-Wizard.
Due to her role in the series as well as her affinity towards the Demon Clan, Megumin’s eccentricities are often seen as a little too much.
It often irritates Kazuma to hear her boast about her powers. Despite her great power, she is a bit childlike.
The woman is obsessed with using explosive magic to a point that she uses all of her strength in one particular attack.
With her natural talents, Megumin is a better player on Kazuma’s team than anyone else.
Anime: Sword Art Online
Asuna Yuuki is the love interest of Kirito and a friend in the debatable anime series Sword Art Online.
She is a member of the Knights of Blood as well as a skilled player in the whole of Aincrad.
Her speed makes her one of the most dangerous characters in the game. She possesses rapier mastery, and can also use daggers for close combat.
A tsundere girl, she is very kind and caring with beautiful brown hair and amber eyes, and has a very pretty face.
Anime: Steins; Gate
Kurisu is a research member of Victor Qondria University’s Brain Research Program and the main protagonist of the story.
Although she is the same age as third-year high school students, she skipped a grade in American schooling. Additionally, she is also known in the United States for writing theses papers, part of which is covered by the news.
She was envied by those around her for skipping a grade when she was a girl in America and developed a strong character because of it. Her stern expression always avoids showing weakness to others.
Her curiosity makes her eager to investigate things. In some cases, she holds views different from others. For example, “It is more important to gain experimental data than to gain privacy”.
She’s definitely a tsundere.
It’s not that she has some special magic or power, but just that she’s a very believable, clever, kind, and lovable character.
Anime: KonoSuba: God’s Blessing on this Wonderful World!
Aqua goes by the alias of Goddess of Water and according to Kazuma, Aqua has a beauty no human can surpass, with blue eyes and hair, large breasts, long legs, and wide hips, along with blue waist-long hair tied into a loop with a water-molecule shaped clip.
She wears a dark-blue feathered dress with white trimming (not too revealing, but also not hiding anything). Her miniskirt is extremely short. She also wears sexy thigh-high blue heeled boots over white stockings that have blue trimmings.
Occasionally, Aqua wears a pink translucent relic called a hagoromo, which can disappear and reappear around her as she wishes.
Despite her interesting personality, Aqua can be problematic. She is cheerful, high-spirited, and unattached, but rarely considers the consequences of the decisions she makes.
However, Aqua’s actions or words are always based on her whims, regardless of whether she forces them on others. In many situations, she will act inappropriately as a consequence.
In addition, taunting Aqua or luring her with praise is not difficult. In addition to her desire for praise and worship points, Aqua performs good deeds but immediately ruins all her own merits by being aggressively and persistently seeking praises.
Aqua’s honesty is one of her biggest assets. She is incapable of lying, or more accurately, she has no concept of lying, and she is so bad at it that her lies are easily discovered.
Anime: Re: ZERO kara Hajimeru Isekai Seikatsu Series
Emilia was overlooked in season one but then in season two, wow! Talk about waifu material.
The anime series revolves around her, making her an integral part of the storyline. Emilia is a sweet and selfish young girl who takes care of everyone around her.
Despite being a loli, she uses words that are associated with the elderly. This might be because she is chronologically 115. Yet still, she has the mentality as young as a teenager.
Her behavior comes across as childish and introverted, but that was before she had lived outside the woods.
She wears a purple and white outfit that includes a white flower in her hair. Her blue eyes and long silver hair make her stand out among others.
Anime: Spice and Wolf
In addition to being one of the most beautiful waifus on the list, Holo is also a wolf harvest deity. She has settled in a village that harvests plentifully thanks to her efforts.
As the villages become more self-sufficient, they no longer require her assistance. After deciding to return home, she meets a merchant named Kraft Lawrence who can help her.
Holo then takes us on this journey and reveals that she is as human as they come.
Her drinking habit is that of an alcoholic. Lawrence doesn’t like how she mocks his manliness, which she does quite often.
Holo is a sweet waifu who cares deeply.
Anime: Darling in the Franxx
A human-klaxo sapiens hybrid, Zero Two is the second main anime character of the series, Darling in the Franxx.
Even though many mistake her for a hybrid and regard her as a monster, she is actually a cheerful and kind girl to those who haven’t treated her as one.
It doesn’t help that Zero Two is a ruthless, unruly, and somewhat smug character.
Even with a limiter headband with two horns sticking out, her eyes get red when she gets angry. The red military uniform she wears with white boots and black leggings is a signature look of hers.
She appears to be adored as a waifu by those who live dangerously.
Anime: Fruits Basket by Natsuki Takaya
Tohru Honda is the only daughter of Kyoko and Katsuya Honda and the main protagonist of the Fruits Basket series.
She enjoys cooking, is a good housekeeper, and works as an office janitor after school to pay her tuition fees so she is not a burden on her family. A highly kind and selfless individual, she is depicted as polite, positive, independent, and optimistic.
With a fair complexion, Tohru is thin, with straight brown hair and a fringe that encircles her round, brown eyes.
Her kind-heartedness, gentleness, optimism, compassion, and cheerfulness make her a person willing to help everyone she comes across, no matter their situation.
Even though Akito has physically and emotionally damaged most of the Zodiacs, she holds no grudges against them.
Though she lost her father at an early age, her mother in her teens, and even lived in a tent for some time, she always smiles, stays positive, is hardworking, and independent.
Anime: My Hero Academia
Tsuyu Asui is a supporting character in My Hero Academia. Her body is relatively slender in comparison to her classmates, and she has large rather hands.
The outside of her is shaped like that of a frog. Her mouth is very wide, and her middle dips down, and her eyes are oval in shape, with a black iris and pronounced lower eyelashes.
As well as showing some characteristics of a frog, she hops on all fours rather than running and holds herself in a manner that is connotative of a frog.
Tsuyu speaks bluntly from the heart, no matter what she feels or what she thinks others are doing. Occasionally, Tsuyu will be called “Tsu,” but only by friends.
Shinobu Oshino has captured the hearts of many fans around the world with her mischievous eyes and adorable fangs.
Her first appearance was as a mysterious, quiet character, but with Nisemonogatari she becomes a much more active character and even has a brighter personality that matches her blonde hair perfectly.
Dustiness Ford Lalatina
The main female protagonist in the KonoSuba series is Darkness, Dustiness Ford Lalatina. Kazuma recruits her as a crusader with masochistic tendencies.
Darkness is a stunning, 5’6″ tall young waifu with alabaster skin and graceful features. She also has light blue eyes and straight, long blonde hair, normally kept in a ponytail tied with a braid and red hair clips hooked onto her bangs.
Darkness starts out as a crusader, preaching the virtues of shielding people from harm with an aura of pride. As a result, she often appears very mature and speaks in a very serious tone.
Anime: Boku no Hiro Akademia / My Hero Academia
The main female character of Boku no Hiro Akademia is Ochaco, also known as Gravity.
A Waifu and a funny, cheerful, open-minded person, who does everything she can to support her family, who are her strongest supporters.
She can manipulate gravity, but she cannot use it for a long period of time. If she does she will become nauseous. Luckily, her costume is adapted to allow her to use the power for a longer period.
It was only for the sake of earning enough money to make it through rough times for her family that she wanted to become a hero.
What an amazing waifu!
Anime: Fate Series
Rin Tohsaka, a character in the Fate Series, is a member of the Tohsaka family. Since her father died of mortal injuries in the Fourth Holy Grail War a decade ago, she has become the master archer of the Fifth Holy Grail War.
The students in Rin’s school praise her for being competitive, level-headed, and a model student. The Tohsaka family has a deep sense of honor for the family and the legacy of the Tohsaka family, and she will go to any length to preserve it.
The series allows the audience to see that she can sometimes be aloof and arrogant, but in the end, she is trying to protect her privacy and those around her.
Anime: Miss Kobayashi’s Dragon Maid
The protagonist of Miss Kobayashi’s Dragon Maid is Kanna Kamui, also called Kanna Kobayashi. She was exiled from her world as a result of the pranks she played.
Kanaka has blue eyes and white-lavender hair when she is in her human form. She is very kawaii and wears a style of clothing that has been described as “gothic lolita with a tribal theme” (thanks to Kobayashi).
Usually, she wears a white capelet with a fur collar with a pink blouse, white frilly skirts, white doll shoes, and a white frilly skirt. Her hair is arranged into three pigtails, each adorned with a dark blue bead.
Kanna is a soft-spoken gamer girl who expresses most of her emotions through small gestures.
Although Kanna is technically older than her peers, since she tires easily of routine and enjoys playing games, she behaves no differently from a human child.
Kanna is not without emotion despite her generally unexpressed and implicit demeanor, demonstrated by her sudden outburst and tears when Riko Saikawa views Kanna initially as a rival instead of a friend.
In Tohru’s opinion, she is quite mischievous and enjoys pulling pranks on her parents, although this was an ultimately futile attempt to win their attention.
After arriving in the modern world, Kanna is initially distrustful of most things in the modern world but soon discovers that she can enjoy them.
Anime: Seishun Buta Yarou wa Bunny Girl Senpai no Yume wo Minai
In Seishun Buta Yarou wa Bunny Girl Senpai no Yume wo Minai, Mai is a model, an actress, a student, and someone who can turn invisible.
In addition to being polite, sensitive, and rational, she’s a good waifu candidate. As the owner of a photography agency herself, Mai’s mother used her as a tool for earning more money.
Mai decides to attend high school after taking a break from being in front of the camera. While attending high school, she becomes an instant hit and gets involved with Sakuta Azusagawa.
Although Hitagi is considered to be a “frail” girl in the novels due to her lack of involvement in school activities, she is beautiful with long purple hair (dark brown in the novels), blue eyes, and a glamorous figure.
In addition to wearing the Naoetsu Private High School uniform, as usual, she wears black-thigh-highs as well as dresses and similar clothing that covers her knees.
After a while, her uniform turns into a sleeveless blouse, with her sleeves rolled up. She’s really sexy!
A self-proclaimed tsundere with an understanding of otaku culture, she once mentioned how “moe” Meme’s name was to Araragi.
Mayoi has dark red eyes and long black hair. She wears pigtails with a white headband featuring swirls on the ends.
In terms of clothes, she wears an elementary styled school uniform: a white blouse and two short straps that connect to a dark blue skirt; white socks; and pink shoes.
The large pink backpack Mayoi always carries on her back is one of the key aspects of her overall look.
This suitcase looks like a large chick and contains various objects, including a large paw and many small plush toys. As Araragi once remarked, Mayoi looks different when she takes off the backpack, as if she were a slug turned into a snail. Wow!
Mayoi has the energy and curiosity of someone her age. Often on purpose, she misspells Koyomi’s family name and mispronounces her name as well.
She, however, is not easily trusting of strangers, and, if they become too nosy, will even fight back at them.
Anime: Oh! My Goddess
Keiichi first encounters Belldandy (the Goddess from Heaven), after accidentally dialing the “Goddess Relief Agency” while ordering food.
In the series, the plot revolves around his wish to bind her to earth.
The majority of waifus in the series are teenagers, but Belldandy is a charming and mature anime character.
She has a kind nature and can sense the emotion of people around her pretty well, and she is very patient.
Her affinity with wind forms the basis of most of her spells and she can summon tornadoes and alter the weather as she pleases.
Anime: One Punch Man
Tatsumaki a.k.a. the Tornado of Terror is the third most important character of One Punch Man, a webcomic turned manga/anime series. He is an S Class Rank 2 Esper and a professional hero from the Hero Association.
Petite and often mistaken for someone younger, she gives off an impression of being hot-headed and brash from her looks. Despite her small frame, she packs a lot of power.
With emerald green eyes paired with green hair naturally curled at the ends, she looks stunning.
Incompetent people have no place in her heart, and she does not like to be ignored. Her duty as a Hero Association member is to protect those around her whenever the Association asks her to defeat monsters.
In contrast, Tatsumaki shows a softer side toward her little sister, Fubuki, and can also be seen to be overly controlling of her.
Anime: Food Wars
Alice Nakiri is one of the amazingly talented chefs and cooks on the show. A chef whose ancestry can be traced to the Nakiri family.
Due to Alice’s focus, determination, and ambition, she is excellent at molecular gastronomy.
She developed a wide range of skills growing up with her cousin Erina Nakiri, which they have honed over time. When compared with Erina Nakiri, Alice is calmer and more grounded.
Her beauty is something she inherited from her mother. In comparison with the other female characters on this list, she has distinctly defined eyes and a noticeable iris.
Anime: Full Metal Panic / Furumetaru Panikku!
During much of her life, Teletha Testarossa worked on submarines and warships.
As a mere 16-year-old, she rose up the ranks to become a Captain!
Tessa, with her grey hair and eyes, is a young woman with a ditzy personality. Despite being a busy woman, she takes care of her subordinates.
Tessa is an expert strategist who demonstrates exemplary military tactical prowess during challenging times.
Tessa knows she has a responsibility to fulfill her responsibilities and though she displays irritation, she knows there are ups and downs to being such a high-ranking official.
As the Captain of the Tuatha de Danaan, a submarine also designed by Tessa, she designed the artificial intelligence onboard known as Dana.
If you like a smart sexy waifus, Tessa is your girl!
Anime: Food Wars / Shokugeki no Soma
Megumi the timid and nervous chef from the Totsuki Generation graduates continues our list with more cute clumsy girls.
Despite being a talented chef, she cracks under pressure, making her look unsteady and vulnerable.
Also very anxious, she is overly cautious about what she says and does.
Eventually, a fellow classmate encourages her and she unlocks the “Sports Shojo Manga Mode” within.
Despite all that, she is an excellent cook and can make some pretty good food when she’s feeling good.
Anime: Owari No Seraph / Seraph of the End / Vampire Reign
Shinoa Hiiragi is the sarcastic and dry-humored protagonist of Owari No Seraph. Her family is very wealthy.
Before getting possessed by Shikama Doji, she was a sergeant of the Japanese Imperial Demon Army.
Her apathetic and strong personality made it difficult for her to work with others. Later on, it becomes evident that she had a difficult childhood and is prone to showing vulnerability.
She is quite merciless after becoming possessed by Shikama Doji and attacks anyone who crosses her path.
Don’t get on the wrong side of this waifu.
In the Charlotte series, the main character is Nao. The student council president of Hoshinoumi Academy and a first-year student.
Her strengths may be hard work and intelligence, but she also can be narcissistic and hot-headed.
Playing with children is also something Nao enjoys. In addition to her other abilities, she can disappear and reappear at the will of only one person at a time.
If you like sexy waifus in a school uniform then be sure to check out Nao in the Charlotte anime series.
Anime: Boku no Hiro Akademia / My Hero Academia
Kyoka Jiro is a character from the popular anime series My Hero Academia. In the series, she is a quirky character who is an efficient swordsman, is very smart, and scores high marks in school exams.
In addition to that, she plays the bass guitar and the guitar really well.
She presents herself as a laid-back and no-nonsense character, but she can seem a little irritating because she loves to tease others.
As part of her quirk, she carries around these earphones that when connected with surfaces can create violent vibrations just from her heartbeat!
I love that! Among the other super moves she has are the Counter Balance, Heartbeat Distortion, and Heartbeat Surround.
The look on her face always seems to be that of being lazy with triangular, onyx eyes.
There are reflections in both of her eyes shaped like heartbeat monitors, and her short dark purple hair matches this.
The costume she wears for her hero role includes a black leather jacket, a long t-shirt, and black trousers.
A cute, hard-working, and idealistic character, Minori may be one of the coolest on the list.
Despite working at least four jobs, she hopes to be able to one day join the national softball league.
Her motivation for working so much is to avoid becoming a burden to anyone.
In addition to being athletic and always positive, she is also capable of turning a bad situation around and still remaining positive.
Although she claims to be on a diet all the time, she is an absolute foodie.
It may seem like she’s a bit of an airhead, but she is a very perceptive individual who can help others.
This woman hides the sadness underneath all of her actions, which is what makes her a strong character.
A pretty young teen who wears a school uniform is normally depicted as having amaranth hair and eyes.
Anime: Mirai Nikki / Future Diary
Minene, the owner of the Ninth Diary, is also referred to as the Escape Diary.
It’s no secret that she’s an excellent tactician and makes deductions pretty quickly. As a result of being alone most of her life, Minene feels that she doesn’t need anyone in her life, and ends up feeling self-loathing.
C4 bombs and anything explosive is part of her expertise as a terrorist. She is excellent at concealing herself as whoever she needs to be to carry out her attacks.
Her beautiful purple eyes are covered with a patch after she loses them during a battle.
Her hair is purple and she wears a sleeveless jacket, jeans, and a tank top.
Kyou Fujibayashi is the main protagonist from Clannad. Despite the show’s depressive elements, Kyou is a fierce, aggressive character.
She is always talking, and there is literally nothing she cannot say. In addition to being Tsundere, she is also very popular amongst the anime guys.
Even Kyou, who is highly aggressive and difficult to approach, has a calmer side when she is romantically involved with Tomoya.
She is a great student and very athletic. She takes her school responsibilities seriously.
Also, she’s a fantastic cook. This is waifu perfection, is it not?
What Is A Waifu?
Several misconceptions surround the subject of Waifus. The stories mostly concern its origins, but sometimes they also revolve around its culture, the Waifu meaning, and Japan’s cultural influences.
Even though it is commonly known that the term Waifu originates from Japan, its origins within the Japanese culture are frequently misreported.
This article will have a look at Waifus in its original form, its origin, and the culture surrounding it.
The Origin Of The Word Waifu
Waifus are fictional female characters in Anime/Cartoon/Video-game franchises that one has affection and even sexual attraction for.
Several different meanings can and do apply to waifu, appropriately pronounced “why-foo.”.
As a matter of convenience, this definition is widely accepted by all Otaku/Anime fans. It is simply a term used to describe an imaginary (video game, anime, and manga) character that you aspire to be your significant other.
Furthermore, Waifu is a term used to describe female anime, manga, or video game characters affectionately.