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The 15 Most Powerful Anime Heroes


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.

15. Vegeta

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via salvamakoto.deviantart.com

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

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via zerochan.net

Despite casting away his manslayer title, Kenshin’s swordsmanship is rivaled by nearly no one, and that’s saying a lot for a man that carries a reverse blade sword.

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.

13. Guts

via berserk.wikia.com

via berserk.wikia.com

There are men that fear demons, and then there are the men that those demons fear. Meet Guts, a spry mercenary leader that brandishes a steel sword nearly the size of his body.

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.

12. Kenshiro

via comicvine.com

via comicvine.com