What is it that makes a convincing anime hero, anyway? Their backstory, their motivation, their final form? When it comes down to it, audiences are compelled by protagonists who exude charisma and power – the kind of guys who’d be there for you in a pinch, but you wouldn’t want to be around once they got angry.
Throughout the years, we’ve witnessed anime characters that have far surpassed power levels of over 9,000, whether it be by ki energy, an intangible mystical force, or through their skills with a sword. This truth alone allows it to be highly difficult to measure a character’s power versus another, however the following characters listed are the ones we’ve seen demonstrate the highest levels of capability.
We’ll be taking into account strength feats each character has accomplished in their respective animes and not their mangas. So without further ado, let’s take a look at the most powerful heroes in anime. You won’t need your scouters for this list.
Being born the “Prince of all Saiyans” has destined this hot-headed warrior for some next level stuff.
Being born of the indigenous alien race has allowed Vegeta to surpass the levels of ordinary humans. He also possesses the innate ability to become naturally stronger after falling in combat, along with any of those that share his bloodline. Perhaps the only thing that matches the warrior’s tenacity is his over the top ego, however this trait is also responsible for leading him to where he is today.
14. Kenshin Himura
Kenshin’s skills as an assassin coupled with his Hiten Mitsurugi-ryū sword style has made his name somewhat mythical. His speed and precision are unmatched, and most of his movements are difficult to decipher with the human eye. It’s almost shuddering to think what the swordsman could accomplish if moved back to his former ways, for even with his handicap he’s yet to be rivaled.
Born and hardened into a war torn era has made this swordsman a man amongst men and commonly considered the strongest of his kind. On the battlefield Guts displays a level of fighting skill unseen by mere mortals, and at one time became infamous for disposing of an army of 100 men all by himself. The later version of the character would see him with an even bigger sword and a cannon arm- like he needed to look anymore badass.
The art itself consist of movements that triggers an opponents pressure points, making them likely to explode on impact. Kenshiro is also able to harness full control of his ki energy, bringing him to superhuman levels of strength and speed, allowing him use of projection techniques.
11. Levi Ackerman
With the aptitude to take on a legion of Titans on his own with nothing but his 3D maneuver gear, exemplifies an unreal amount of speed and strength. It is also very possible we’ve yet to see the captain reach his absolute limits, as he’s managed to keep his unflinching facial expression even in the midst of the most high stakes situations.
10. Edward Elric
Apart from being a highly trained martial artist, Edward’s steel right arm and left leg has amplified his natural ability. Due to his exposure to “The Truth,” the young prodigy is also one of the only alchemists in the world that can use the skill without a transmutation circle, allowing him lightning fast reaction time on the battlefield. Along with his surroundings, Edward can make his own body into a lethal weapon, making his imagination his only limiting factor.
9. Jotaro Kujo
Jotaro’s Stand, Star Platinum, boosts his combat capability to incredible levels, as it possesses super strength, speed, durability, and accuracy. Being a close-ranged Stand makes a fist fight with the Star Platinum an almost guaranteed suicide attempt. It also reserves the ability to transform into an evolved version gifted with the ability to stop time.
8. Yusuke Urameshi
After dying and being brought back to life, Yusuke retained the ability to use his spirit energy to not only amplify his physical ability, but summon up some devastating moves. Of these the most iconic would be his Spirit Gun technique, where he emits a huge pellet of energy from his fingers. Towards the end of his anime series, it was also revealed that the character was half demon, giving him access to a Raizen-inspired demon form.
7. Saitama OnePunch-Man
The character has supposedly trained himself to this surreal level of strength and has now found himself in an existential crisis. Unable to acquire an opponent that pushes him to his absolute boundaries (or even close), it is quite possible we’ve yet to even see this superhuman scratch the surface of his true power.
6. Natsu Dragneel
Natsu’s natural ability with Dragon Slayer Magic is nothing short of astounding and makes him a nearly impossible offensive force. Being a fire user allows Natsu to be impervious to the element, as well as reserve the ability to absorb it in order to replenish his energy.
It would also be unwise to underestimate this mage as a hand to hand combatant, as along with being in peak physical condition, Natsu is likely to combine his Dragon Slayer Magic to enhance his blows.
5. Monkey D. Luffy
Upon eating the Gum-Gum Fruit, Luffy has been bestowed with the ability of becoming infinitely stretchy, which he uses to his full advantage on the battlefield. The Straw Hat Pirate’s total body strength is only matched by his unfailing determination, as this is likely to increase when he activates his second or third gear.
4. Ichigo Kurosaki
Ichigo has always been quite adept with his spiritual energy, however after becoming a Shinigami his powers are boosted beyond what was expected. Mastering his Bankai skill in record time has allowed Ichigo to be ranked quite high within Soul Society, and upon earning control of his Hollowification and later his Fullbring mode, he has become one of the most powerful beings in his respective world.
Alucard is an omnipotent entity within his series and has been employed by the Hellsing family to do away with the undead creatures that have made their way into the world of the living. The vampire is extremely cocky and arrogant, as he’s yet to face an opponent that could kill him indefinitely.
While possessing inhumane strength and speed, Alucard’s power is likely to increase if an adversary begins to peak his interest. Being alive for hundreds of years without a worthwhile battle has only made the Night Walker more vicious and bloodthirsty, rendering him not only one of the powerful characters in anime, but most terrifying.
2. Naruto Uzumaki
Naruto’s distinguished bloodline has gained him access to this elite level of strength, giving him arsenal of new forms and modes throughout his series. At this stage in the game, the Seventh Hokage ninja has unlocked the full Nine-Tails Beast Mode. Among this skill, Naruto excels at Ninjutsu skills such as his Shadow Clone Jutsu, or his infamous Rasengan.
Being of the Saiyan race, Goku has access to nearly unlimited levels of strength and possesses the power to ascend to Super. He currently has achieved the title of Super Saiyan God Super Saiyan which would honestly be a headache to accurately measure.
While most anime series have displayed abilities that have perhaps moved mountains or wrecked cities, Goku has taken on threats that have threatened the destruction of planets. Even in times where he may have lost, his perseverance and ability to surpass his unforeseen limits have made him our indisputable hero.
The 15 Most Powerful Anime Heroes