Stable Diffusion Anime Prompts (A Detailed Guide)

So you want to generate some awesome anime waifu/husbando with Stable Diffusion, only to discover that prompts like “cute anime girl” or “cool anime guy” don’t produce good results? Well, here is a quick sharing of my experiments with various models, poses, and styles – Hope it helps to save you some time.






Before we touch on the prompts, here are a couple of things that need to be addressed – Especially for absolute beginners.



The “original” Stable Diffusion model is cool, but it is not specialized for anime. So here’s a quick disclaimer – All the images in this guide are generated with a model called “Blood Orange Mix”. I will leave the links below.

P.S. While this guide is based on the flat 2D anime style – The generic prompts in this guide will still apply if you are looking at 3D, cel-shaded, or realistic styles.




The prompts can differ wildly depending on the model that you are using. For example:

  • In “Stock Stable Diffusion”, an anime prompt looks something like this – an angry anime girl eating a book, messy blue hair, red eyes, wearing an oriental dress, in a messy room with many books, trending on artstation, SOME ANIME STUDIO, in XYZ style
  • In Waifu Diffusion, Anything, and most anime-trained models, it is a lot more straightforward like this – 1girl, angry, eating a book, messy blue hair, red eyes, oriental dress, indoor, books

To keep things simple, I like to “engineer” my prompts in the following order – SUBJECT (BOY/GIRL/IT/THEM), ACTION-POSE-EXPRESSION, HAIR-EYES-DRESS-ACCESSORIES, BACKGROUND, STYLES-HINTS.

P.S. The order does matter, which is why the subject and action come first.



Negative prompts make a whole world of difference, don’t skip them… No need to write confusing negative prompts, I usually start with just this – 3D, realistic, (worst quality, low quality:1.4). That’s all. Add more only as required.



All right, let us now get into the details and examples of anime prompts in stable diffusion.



The order of the prompt matters, so I always start with the main subject(s) and action/story.

  • Age – I have seen some people define exact ages like 16 years old girl and 30 years old man… I think the text inversion pretty much only understood girl and man. So yep, don’t bother to give exact ages.
    • Male – shota, boy, teen boy, man, elderly man
    • Female – loli, girl, teen girl, woman, elderly woman
  • Physique – scrawny body, slim body, thin body, big body, large body, muscular, buff, sexy, gorgeous, elegant
  • Emotions & Expressions – smile, expressionless, sad, cry, angry, embarrassed, maniac, scared, shocked, ominous, ahegao. Nope, no luck with aqua crying face.




Poses are a bottomless pit… Having some experience with photography definitely helped. I will just give a few “common examples” here:

  • Arms/Hands – hand on face, hand on hip, hand in pocket, hand over head, arms crossed, finger on lip
  • Looking – looking over back/shoulder, looking into distance, looking to at the viewer
  • Sitting – sit with arched back, sit with legs crossed, sit with hand on chin

Just do a “portrait poses” search on the Internet and you will get a ton more… But Stable Diffusion may not understand all of them.



  • bald – No hair. shaved – May sometimes give “buzzcut”. It is possible to get a bald girl, but you will need to increase the weight like (bald:1.3) and add hair in the negative prompt.
  • Better than the generic “short hair” – mohawk, bowl cut, messy hair, curly hair, spiky hair.
  • dreadlocks – Applicable to both boys/girls.
  • Hairstyles of the ladies – pixiecut, bob hair, short hair with long locks, hair bun, braided hair, braided bun, hair drill, pigtail, twin tails, ponytail.
  • Bangs and “extras” – bangs, blunt bangs, crossed bangs, hair over one eye, forehead, ahoge.

Some “specific” hairstyles such as undercut, wolf cut, hime cut, and crew cut don’t really work… I guess it depends on the model that you are working with.




  • For the guys… I guess girls can wear all “guy clothes”, so unisex – t shirt, long sleeve shirt, sleeveless shirt, tank top, jacket, trench coat, high neck top, turtle neck, blazer, overall, coverall, jersey, suit.
  • Tops for the girls – tube top, halter top, crop top, corset top, sports bra, bralette.
  • Dresses – halter dress, babydoll dress, corset dress, gothic dress, victorian dress, kimono, yukata, hanfu, qipao, hanbok.



  • Bottoms – shorts, pants, jeans, skirt, mini skirt
  • “Modifiers” – leather, denim, lace, frills, pleated, layered, mesh, cutout, embroidery. These will fundamentally change the “original clothes”, for example, leather jacket, denim skirt, mesh shirt.
  • Accessories – necktie, bowtie, ribbon, choker, necklace, socks, stocking, garters, glasses, headress.

There are a lot more, but I will leave this as it is – crown, laurel, circlet, watch, armband, hair clip, hair band, ring, piercing, bunny ears, cat ears, dog ears, headphones, smartphone




  • Works – top down view, side view, back view. Can’t seem to get it right, no matter the model – bottom up view.
  • Zoom & Angle – close up, extreme close up, cowboy shot, mid shot, dutch angle shot, fisheye shot. For those who are not into photography and videography –
    • “Cowboy shot” is pretty much from hip to head.
    • “Mid shot” for “midrange”.
    • “Dutch angle” is the fancy way of saying “tilted angle”.
    • “Fisheye” is an ultra-wide angle shot, with a very distinct circular distortion.
    • bird's eye view, tilt shift seems to work for landscape, for certain models only.
  • Self-explanatory – bokeh, blurred background.
  • Gotchas –
    • body shot seems to center on the chest area, excluding the head. Good for “aesthetic shots”, but no good if you are doing a “head shot”.
    • head shot sometimes mistaken to be THE HEADSHOT.
    • upside down is weird. Just plain weird.



Lastly, we have “style hints” sitting at the end of the prompt. While these are completely optional, I will not recommend sleeping on them… As you can see, they can totally transform “normal anime” into “more like artwork”.

  • abstract art, graffiti, splatter, pop art, line art, pixel art, limited palette, flat color, polaroid, papercut, outline, film noir, monochrome, ukiyoe, watercolor, pastel color, chinese ink painting, traditional art style.
  • There are a lot more, but I shall leave it once again – cyberpunk, steampunk, atompunk, arcane, dystopian, sci-fi, apocalyptic.




  • masterpiece, key visual Seems to have some effect on the overall image quality.
  • best quality, sharp image, professional artwork Seemingly has “little effect”.
  • intricate, highly detailed Adds more details. But kind of a double-edged sword when the image becomes too busy.



That’s all for the guide, and here is a small section on some extras and links that may be useful to you.



So, how do we “put everything together” to create awesome anime pics? Here is an example.

  • Prompt : gorgeous woman, long black hair, blunt bangs, ponytail, red eyes, smile, (peace sign:1.2), intricate oriental dress, clouds, trees, (chinese ink painting, traditional art style:1.4), (limited palette:1.1), masterpiece, best quality, highly detailed
  • Negative Prompt : 3D, realistic, (worst quality, low quality:1.4), mutated, missing fingers, extra fingers

Yep, that’s the fun part of AI image generation. Mix and match different styles and see what it creates – “monochrome with red splatters”, “traditional Ukiyoe with watercolor”, and “line art film noir”.





Thank you for reading. We have come to the end of this guide, and I hope that it has helped you to level up. If you want to share anything with this guide, please feel free to comment below. Good luck and happy creating!

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