Which of the Big Three/Forbidden Four Animes (AKA the ones huge in 00s) Had The Best Female Characters?

Which of the BIG 2000s Animes Had The Best Female Characters?

  • One Piece

    Votes: 164 49.1%
  • Dragon Ball Z

    Votes: 33 9.9%
  • Bleach

    Votes: 93 27.8%
  • Naruto

    Votes: 44 13.2%

  • Total voters
    334

Kegels

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Jan 24, 2019
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Big 3 - One Piece, Bleach, Naruto

Forbidden Four - Same list + Dragon Ball Z










 
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BossAttack

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Oct 27, 2017
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Never watched any of them others, but I really liked Android 18 growing up. Her arc was great and yah boy Krillin ended up with her in the end.
 

Aizō

The Fallen
Oct 25, 2017
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None of them have great representations of women, but Naruto is probably the worst out of those.
One Piece probably has the most objectified designs, but it ironically has the best written characters. Nico Olvia is a top tier badass.
I also agree with this. Sadly, the women are often either lusted after by Sanji or someone for their good looks, or they're made super ugly as a joke.
 

Silfer

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Oct 27, 2017
17,296
(Never heard of this "Forbidden Four" concept? What's "forbidden" about it?)

One Piece, putting aside the designs, has my favorite female characters among these series and by quite a fair margin. Nami and Robin are both very cool and have some of the most interesting stories among the main character.
 

robot

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Oct 27, 2017
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I mean, they all put out a pretty poor showing, but I guess either pre-timeskip One Piece or ... Bleach?
 

Fulminator

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Oct 25, 2017
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why is it the forbidden four? Lol

One Piece would be my pick.

Naruto has nearly no women who do anything, same with DBZ except replace nearly with none

Bleach is actually quite a bit better, but also heavily sexualizes certain characters sooo...

e: I guess one piece does this too, but the characters in one piece are way more fleshed out
 

StrmSrg

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Oct 26, 2017
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I don't think I feel too good choosing any of them

Picked Bleach tho because Rukia might be the best character in the show and just all around cool
 

Gentlemen

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Oct 25, 2017
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The correct answer, given both the character posters selected and after a quick examination of the ultimate fate or current tasks given to those cast members, is "none of the above."
 

Tabaxi

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Nov 18, 2018
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One Piece basically wins by default.

Which is bonkers considering how godawful and sexist the female designs are.
 

tsampikos

The Fallen
Oct 27, 2017
2,534
One Piece had actual characterization

The other two, over time, kept theirs relegated to set decorations most of the time

I'm excluding dragon ball because bro what it's not part of the big 3

That being said it's a low bar Shonen isn't typically kind or interesting with female characters
 

Lunar Wolf

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Nov 6, 2017
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why is it the forbidden four? Lol

One Piece would be my pick.

Naruto has nearly no women who do anything, same with DBZ except replace nearly with none

Bleach is actually quite a bit better, but also heavily sexualizes certain characters sooo...

e: I guess one piece does this too, but the characters in one piece are way more fleshed out
One Piece's characters are super-sexualized way worse than Bleach.

 

Lunar Wolf

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Nov 6, 2017
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DBZ's females are nonexistent. They amount to Android 18, Bulma, Chichi and Videl.

Naruto's females are underutilized and they're all satellite characters outside Tsunade. But it objectively sexualizes its females the least from these four and most of the female characters are characters that I'd want to know more about and would be interested seeing them under a different writer.

One Piece has the best written females but also the most objectified. On paper, it's the best. In practice, Oda's drawings hurt his representation of females a lot.

Bleach probably has the best middle ground between having the second-best written females and the second-least sexualized.

So...I'll give it to Bleach.

One Piece and Naruto fighting for the next spot.

DBZ at the bottom.
 

Silfer

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Oct 27, 2017
17,296
when i googled the big three DBZ kept popping up and i saw it one of the links as forbidden four. i’m not too attached to whether or not it’s in this poll
Just googled it and saw it lol.
I like the idea of the "Big 3" as these manga/anime that were both extremely popular and came after Dragon Ball ended while being influenced by it so I'm kinda ehh on putting DB with them as one group. Not a big deal though obviously lol, just something I was curious about from the title.
 

Jotakori

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Oct 25, 2017
693
Bleach I think had some decent female characters but outside of Orihime and Rukia all I really remember are like... variations of big, overly exposed boobs lol. For the most part none of the gals on that show left any kind of lasting impression for me outside of the main two. And I recall an entire ass long arc dedicated to rescuing Orihime so, again, lol.
I only ever watched a little bit of One Piece and I recall Nami being pretty great early on but I don't think I ever met any of the other girls and I've seen how they're drawn later in the series...;;;
DBZ I haven't seen since I was, like, 10. I remember liking Bulma and Launch during what I saw of DB, and Android 18 was p cool but... thinking back on it, outside of those three and Chi-chi I literally cannot remember any other female characters? I watched quite a large portion of the show, too. The girls were like negative important most of the time.

Naruto has pretty shittily written female characters, but by far the best designs overall and the least amount of sexualization. I'd take poorly written over boobie armor any day, so it wins for me. Also cuz I legitimately loved Temari, that girl was hella bamf! :D