The world of anime is packed with characters with god-like abilities that defy the very laws of their universe. I am sure you already know several powerful characters from the different shows you’ve watched, but you still want to know more about the strongest anime characters of all time, and that’s what you will see in this article!
In this article, you will find not only the characters from popular anime shows but also characters you didn’t expect to see.
While the strength of any anime character should be a direct measure of his physical abilities, even an average warrior can outwit a powerful opponent with competent planning. So, there are a couple of characters on this list who, while completely human, are some of the strongest and most powerful beings in their universe.
And to keep things interesting, I haven’t included any ‘Gods’ on this list. So characters like Zeno, Beerus, and such aren’t mentioned for obvious reasons.
With that being said, let’s have a look at some of the most powerful anime characters of all time and see if your favorite character made it to the list or not!
The Strongest Anime Characters Of All Time (2023)
45. Levi Ackerman (Attack on Titan)
Levi Ackerman, aka “Humanity’s Strongest Soldier,” is one of the most capable Squad Captains of the Survey Corps. In his long career, he has killed countless Titans, often killing several in a single go.
In the Attack on Titan series, his blade-wielding skills are unrivaled, but he also has no trouble using a different weapon. For instance, Levi accurately targets Kenny Ackerman with a buffalo gun while looking through wine bottles.
However, Levi’s greatest strength is his disciplined and extraordinary discerning abilities. He understands when to fight and when to swallow his pride.
Arguably, Eren Yeager should be considered stronger than Levi. However, Levi can take him down in both human and titan forms. In fact, Eren was allowed to live only because Levi took the responsibility of killing him if he ever turned rogue.
44. Osamu Dazai (Bungou Stray Dogs)
Osamu Dazai from the Bungou Stray Dogs series is a character inspired from a namesake Japanese writer whose famous works include “The Setting Sun” and “No Longer Human.”
Honoring the writer, Osamu Dazai’s unique ability is named “No Longer Human.” This ability of his allows him to nullify or deflect other characters’ abilities through mere touch.
While Dazai has shown excellent combat skills, he also possesses above-average intelligence. He can even predict and manipulate his opponent’s moves. Furthermore, his interrogation and negotiation skills are considered top-notch.
Though the real-life Dazai fulfilled his fantasy of performing a double suicide with a gorgeous woman, the animated Dazai finds it only an ideal fantasy. Still, he attempts suicide several times throughout the series.
43. Koro-Sensei (Assassination Classroom)
Koro-sensei is an octopus-like creature that was created as a result of a failed human experiment. He is so strong that a mere few cells from his body ended up blowing 70% of the Moon.
After this destructive feat, Koro-sensei gave the world one year until he destroyed Earth the same way.
Meanwhile, he started as a homeroom teacher for Class-3E and tasked his students to assassinate him before graduating. But, Koro-sensei is hardly a match for them as he cannot be killed with conventional means.
He has incredible reflexes, sensory skills and can even regenerate his lost body parts. Also, he can liquefy and reform his body. Besides, he can lift large objects like rockets and is so fast that he can even create after-images of himself.
42. Akame (Akame Ga Kill)
Akame, aka “Akame of the Demon Sword Murasame,” is the titular heroine of Akame Ga Kill. She was trained as an assassin by one of the Emperor’s feared warriors Gozuki – a Rakshasa Demon.
Gozuki raised Akame in the Danger Beast Infested Wilderness Mountains to ensure she learned all the survival tactics. This ruthless training transformed Akame from a young child to a badass assassin with commendable reflexes.
So much so that she can even predict her opponent’s moves!
While she dexterously wields her Teigu ‘Murasame,’ she can also achieve a strengthened state by Murasame’s deadly curse. In this form, she was even able to slash Esdeath with a single fatal blow.
41. Shigeo Kageyama (Mob Psycho 100)
Shigeo Kageyama, the protagonist of Mob Psycho 100, may seem like a physically unfit boy, but he is an Esper with a strict set of moral values. Therefore, even with exceptional psychic abilities, he lives an emotionally draining life.
Regardless, Kageyama still experiences heightened emotions and ends up using his powers.
He is considered a unique psychic among espers as he can absorb, store, and even transfer psychic energy at will. He has even survived manipulation through both real and psychic worlds without any formal training.
Also, Kageyama seems to mimic any ability by simply observing it once. For instance, he learned Chlorokinesis by simply fighting the Farm Spirit, demonstrated astral projection on his first attempt, and even tracked other espers by entering a 100% obsession state. These achievements are why he is considered one of the strongest anime characters of all time!
40. Ken Kaneki (Tokyo Ghoul)
The world of Tokyo Ghoul is filled with dangerous ghouls hunting humans and powerful humans exterminating ghouls. Among them lives Ken Kaneki, who’s stuck in between these two worlds. Being a human-ghoul hybrid, Ken Kaneki has tremendous growth potential and unique struggles. So, it’s hardly shocking that his budding powers have evolved at unprecedented rates.
Therefore, Kaneki’s Kagune has grown beyond 3-tails from his first fight with Nishiki Nishio to having as many as six extensions. In fact, he can create cages, hands, and even detached tentacles using his kagune.
Constant cannibalism has also allowed Kaneki to produce centipede-tailed Kakuja that can overwhelm several other ghouls. Kaneki can even achieve a dragon state that is capable of expanding throughout Tokyo streets, upturning concrete boulders, and impaling even military tanks.
While Kaneki can produce golems to defend himself, he usually doesn’t have to, as he wields insane superhuman strength, speed, and regeneration capabilities.
39. Mash Burnedead (Mashle: Magic and Muscles)
Mashle: Magic and Muscles is a new anime series that doesn’t take itself seriously, and its main character, Mash Burnedead, is a character unlike anyone you’ve ever seen!
The world of Mashle is a world of magic where everyone is born with some magical abilities, and those with magical powers have a mark on their face. But this world is also ruthless as those with no magical capabilities are exterminated as they are considered lesser beings.
In this world, Mash Burnedead lives with his grandfather deep within the forest because he has no magic whatsoever. Since he doesn’t have magic, Mash’s grandfather asks him to exercise physically so he can take care of himself. Unbeknownst to him, Mash is a unique individual whose physical abilities far surpass even the most powerful mages. He can easily take down even the strongest opponents with his superhuman strength and speed.
And so, when Mash is discovered by a police officer, he somehow ends up attending a magic academy where he’ll have to hide his secret and use his “Muscle Magic” to rise in the ranks and change society’s perception.
38. Sinbad (Magi Series)
When we talk about the most powerful anime characters, we have to talk about Sinbad, who was so strong and badass that he got his own spin-off series!
Sinbad was born as a commoner. However, his exceptional strength and diplomatic skills led him to become the formidable King of Sindria. He is also the Leader of the Seven Seas Alliance – a union of seven extremely powerful nations.
Though he isn’t a formal mage, he can use Magoi manipulation to negate others’ Magoi influence. Furthermore, he is a formidable swordsman.
However, his terrifying powers come mainly from his Djinns – the Powerful spirits. He conquered his first Dungeon to obtain a Djinn by the age of 14.
While most Dungeon conquerors possess only one Djinn, Sinbad owns seven. Through his Djinns, Sinbad can wield lightning, winds, sounds, and even ice, making him an extremely strong anime character.
37. Yujiro Hanma (Baki)
Yujiro Hanma, aka “The Strongest Creature on Earth,” is the primary antagonist of the Baki series. He works as a freelance mercenary and has shown superhuman strength beyond a modern-day army.
For instance, he can push aside 100 police officers, upturn giant objects, break katanas, walk through bulletproof walls, and survive 50-story jumps. He is even shown to be able to stop tectonic activity by punching the ground!
Hanma is familiar with Karate, Jujitsu, Taekwondo, Wrestling, Boxing, and street fighting. Besides, he is a genius that can master any technique by merely witnessing it. Therefore, he exceeds his previous strength levels with each fight.
Furthermore, he is so fast that he seems as if he is teleporting, which means that being his opponent is nothing less than a nightmare!
36. Natsu Dragneel (Fairy Tail)
Natsu Dragneel learned Fire Dragon Slayer magic from his adoptive dragon father, Igneel. Like other Dragon Slayers, Natsu can also replenish his energy by consuming his respective element.
He can sprout fire from any part of his body, even breathe out dragon fire through his lungs. However, the heat of his fire corresponds to his emotional state.
Since Natsu consumed Etherion flame, he can enter the Dragon force at will. In this form, he is strong enough to cut through Zeref’s Black Magic and cast curses.
He even mastered Igneel’s residual power bequeathed to his body. His magic is so vast that even his friends cannot recognize his signature anymore. Besides, Natsu has also honed his senses, reflexes, and combat skills to the max, making him one of the most powerful characters in anime ever!
35. Big Mom (One Piece)
Charlotte Linlin, aka Big Mom, is the captain of Big Mom Pirates and is one of the Four Emperors of the New World. She is also the matriarch of the Charlotte family, and her current bounty is 4,388,000,000 berries.
Linlin was troublesome since childhood, often going on destructive rampages. Her mythical devil fruit Soru Soru no Mi allows her to cut portions of someone’s lifespan and add that life to inanimate objects called “Homies.”
Her personal homies ‘Zeus’ and ‘Prometheus,’ which she made from her own soul, produce lightning and fire, respectively. Later, she creates ‘Hera’ to replace Zeus, so she can now manipulate the weather too.
Her homie ‘Napolean’ can turn into a Katana, longsword, or Heraldic Seax.
Despite her size, Big Mom can easily climb and fight. She is resistant to bullets, cannon fires, and regular swords. Furthermore, she possesses all three forms of Haki, making her one of the strongest and most invincible anime antagonists ever!
34. Kaido (One Piece)
Kaido, aka the “The Strongest Creature,” is the Governor-General of Beast Pirates, one of the Four Emperors of the New World, one of the strongest villains, and one of the most powerful characters in the One Piece series!
His current bounty, 4,611,100,000 berries, is the highest for any pirate alive. He ate the mythical Zoan devil fruit Uo Uo no Mi, which allows him to transform into an eastern Azure dragon.
Unsurprisingly, Kaido also wields all three forms of Haki and is extremely proficient in wielding advanced conquerors’ haki.
Kaido has been frequently captured and tortured. In fact, he has been executed at least 40 times. However, his body is so strong that each execution weapon ends up snapping. Therefore, Kaido habitually attempts suicide whenever he gets bored.
But he even survived a 30,000 feet jump from Skypiea. Kaido is so strong that a fight with Big Mom ends up splitting the heavens.
33. Alucard (Hellsing Ultimate)
Count Dracula, aka Alucard, is one of the strongest and original vampires. He is often called the ultimate weapon of the Hellsing Organization.
With most of his powers sealed, nobody can fathom the true extent of Alucard’s strength.
Still, Alucard can effortlessly wield cannon-sized guns called Jackal and Casull. Also, his reflexes and senses are incredibly sharp. He is so fast he appears as if teleporting.
Alucard has exceptional pain tolerance, can regenerate himself, walk through solid walls, and even shape-shift to any form, and he can also manipulate blood.
He has an entire legion of souls dwelling within him. He can use their powers to his will but prefers to summon his demon dogs.
Since he is strong enough without having to resort to raising an army of vampires to do his bidding, it would be a shame not to feature Alucard among the strongest anime characters of all time!
32. Gilgamesh (Fate Series)
Being a one-third human and two-thirds God, Gilgamesh is often considered one of the strongest “Servants” with the highest divinity rankings. His spirit is worth hundreds of thousands of souls.
Gilgamesh may only be as physically strong as Saber, but he possesses the originals of all Noble Phantasms, from the Gate of Babylon (allowing access to Gilgamesh’s treasures collected in his lifetime) to Enuma Elish (permitting strong attacks) and Sha Naqba Imuru (for discovering concealed truths).
Therefore, Gilgamesh can take advantage of the weaknesses of all other servants.
Being part of the Archer class, Gilgamesh obtained magic resistance and independent action. And so, he seems capable of defeating all sorts of opponents without breaking a sweat.
31. Tomura Shigaraki (My Hero Academia)
Tomura Shigaraki has shown exceptional strength throughout his complex life and rising through the ranks of the League of Villains in a world of superheroes.
Allegedly, Shigaraki is extremely powerful and now owns several quirks. His signature quirk is “Decay,” where he can disintegrate anything and anyone with a mere touch unless the opponent amputates himself in time.
He also has the “All for One” quirk he inherited from his former master that allows him to do all sorts of things, like stealing quirks from others and making them his own. His other quirks include the ability to search several individuals at a time, regenerate himself, produce rivet tendrils to stab opponents, create illusions, and even produce pressurized air cannons.
Besides, he even got surgical modifications to become the strongest villain in the My Hero Academia universe!
30. Light Yagami (Death Note)
Light Yagami, aka Kira, meaning “The Killer,” is the main character of the famous series Death Note. In a conventional sense, Light Yagami is a regular guy, a model student.
However, he came across a Death Reaper’s notebook, giving him the power to kill. So, all Light Yagami needs is a full name and a face to kill anyone.
However, Light’s most prominent feature is not the Death Note but his extraordinary intelligence. He single-handedly fools the entire world, the people closest to him, and for some time, even himself, to win the final bet against L.
While he seems inferior in physical abilities compared to most characters on this list, his brains make him a formidable opponent. And so, if Light Yagami were to fight any other anime character, he would certainly find some way to make the best of it and come out on top.
29. Jotaro Kujo (JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure: Stardust Crusaders)
Jotaro Kujo has a Star Platinum Stand, which is one of the strongest Stands as well as the first to be introduced in JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure franchise.
Owing to his Stand, Jotaro possesses superhuman strength, stamina, accuracy, and reflexes. However, like all stands, this too limits to a very narrow space, reducing Jotaro’s attack range.
While he was smart, tough, and strong even before he manifested his Stand, he became insanely more powerful once he gained complete control over his new ability. Jotaro cannot only pummel his opponents within seconds, but he can also stop time and attack anyone in his frozen time area.
And so, he is an exceptionally hard opponent to defeat!
28. Naruto Uzumaki (Naruto Shippuden)
As a character, Naruto represents the face of anime. The gutsy ninja that taught us the value of hard work, humility, and teamwork; displayed remarkable growth in Naruto Shippuden.
He went on from a suppressed child to one of the most powerful shinobis ever, winning a war almost single-handedly. Naruto learned to control the Nine-tails and even manipulate his chakra in new ways.
As a sage, Naruto has excellent sensory skills and boundless chakra at his disposal. He even created several modifications of Rasengan and can use chakra from other Tailed Beasts.
He is not just one of the most popular anime characters, but he is also one of the strongest anime characters of all time, and if I don’t feature him on this list, I won’t be able to sleep properly at night. He is also one of my favorite characters, so here he is!
27. Tatsuya Shiba (The Irregular at Magic High School)
As a young boy, Tatsuya Shiba was put through a magic lobotomy of sorts. While this hindered his regular display of magic, Shiba still enrolled in Magic High School because he is a unique and powerful individual.
He then creates a combination of magic and science, unlike any other anime character. He can catch bullets in his hands, perform systematic magic calculations, cast flash magic, imprint on humans and landscapes, and employ gram demolition with compressed psions to create nuclear-like blasts.
Apart from magic, he has keen senses and excellent reflexes. He learned martial arts from a Ninja and ended up surpassing him. Even going as far as training another soldier, all before he turned 18.
26. Ainz Ooal Gown (Overlord)
Ainz Ooal Gown, aka Momonga, is the guild master of “Ainz Ooal Gown.” He is also the Overlord of the Great Tomb of Nazarick. Throughout the series, Ainz gains several ranks and even new powers.
His detail-oriented plans, cautious nature, and sharpness give him an edge over other characters. And so, he is often sought out as a military advisor for his skills and competence.
While his ranks allowed him to learn only 300 spells, he used his Dark Wisdom to memorize 718 different spells.
He can create Black Halo, raise Undead of different levels each day, possess Dark Soul, has the power to cast Despair Aura, nullify electric & ice spells, use Negative Energy Touch, and even speak Evil languages.
25. Usagi Tsukino (Sailor Moon)
Sailor Moon is a shoujo anime designed for young girls, and it is as famous in its genre as Dragon Ball Z is in the shonen genre!
With all her glamor and beauty, the main character in Sailor Moon, Usagi Tsukino, defies the misconception that you can either be strong and ugly or pretty and dumb.
And so, Sailor Moon is probably the most feminist anime of its time!
Initially, Usagi Tsukino is shown as a young girl who is even scared of her own shadow. Later she grows beyond herself, eventually defeating monsters while delivering the final blows.
Her abilities are equivalent to goddesses. Her attacks range from supersonic waves, sailor moon kicks, and Moon flashes to Rainbow moon Heartaches, Tiara Beams, and Deadly kisses.
24. Meruem (Hunter x Hunter)
Meruem, aka the “King of Chimera Ants,” is the strongest offspring of the Chimera Ant Queen. Though born premature, Meruem was able to kill several Squadron Leaders. He can even use his tails to impale others or launch himself at great heights.
He has shown incredible learning capacity and physical strength throughout the series. His speed, reflexes, and analytical skills are top-notch. Besides, he often consumes Nen-users to increase his powers.
Since Meruem is half-human and half-insect, he can procreate with females of various species. And so, he can even create a hybrid army of his own.
It is estimated several times that only a strong military of Nen-users can take him down, and it took Netero, one of the strongest characters in the show, everything he had to make Meruem go all out in their fight!
23. Acnologia (Fairy Tail)
Acnologia, aka “The Dragon King,” is the most powerful Dragon Slayer in the show. Since he overused his dragon slayer magic and frequently took baths in the slain dragon’s blood, he gained the capability of transforming into a dragon at any time.
Acnologia can cast several spells ranging from a distinctive dragon roar, eternal flare, and power of the end to Time, healing, and shapeshifting magic. In his dragon form, Acnologia has shown enhanced pain tolerance, strength, speed, and the ability to fly.
Furthermore, he is adept in hand-to-hand combat, manipulation immunity, sensitive reflexes as well as senses.
He is, without a doubt, one of the strongest anime characters of all time who was able to dispatch several powerful characters in the show without even breaking a sweat!
22. Ichigo Kurosaki (Bleach)
The main character of the Bleach anime series, Ichigo, is a human who can see spirits. After a series of events, he ends up absorbing powers from a Shinigami, Rukia Kuchiki, and ends up becoming a substitute Shinigami!
Despite having no formal training, Ichigo proves to be a great Shunpo expert. Also, his spiritual energy potential keeps overpowering and overshadowing several characters throughout the series.
While Ichigo has always been naturally strong with great reflexes, speed, and hand-to-hand combat, he also displays commendable swordsmanship while wielding Zangestsu in both hands.
All of this makes Ichigo one of the strongest characters in all anime!
21. Muzan Kibutsuji (Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba)
Muzan Kibutsuji, the progenitor of all demons, is the strongest demon in the Demon Slayer series, and he has shown us several supernatural abilities throughout the series.
While he can manipulate organic matter, he can also absorb biological material and even transfer himself to new bodies. In his combat form, Muzan can create body extensions from his arms, legs, and spine.
He can obtain memories by sucking blood and can even create new demons by making them ingest his own blood. He can control his demons and kill them if they ever defy him.
Apart from his demonic strength, Muzan has extraordinary intellectual abilities and reflexes. He has honed his hand-to-hand combat skills making him a far superior warrior than your average expert!
20. Jin Mori (The God of High School)
Jin Mori seemed like an arrogant and carefree high-schooler at the show’s beginning, but it turns out that he is the Monkey King, the leader of Mount Hwagwa, and one of the Nine Kings from Sage Realm.
In his godly form, Jin Mori shows enhanced skills, from great vision and agility to shapeshifting and endurance. He can also borrow powers from his clone, Mo-Ri Hui.
Apart from his godly abilities, he is also an expert in martial arts, which makes him probably the most powerful character in the God of High School Franchise. More precisely, he has the best abilities from all three realms- The Heavens, the Sage, and the Human realm.
19. Anos Voldigoad (The Misfit Of Demon King Academy)
Anos Voldigoad, aka Demon King of Tyranny, is the first and the most powerful Demon King. His bloodline possesses a source of destruction that is so potent that the whole family struggles with fertility and healthy birth.
Voldigoad himself possesses top-notch military intellect and combat skills. He is immune to several spells and also has knowledge of spell theory. His magical eyes can cause the disintegration of different objects with mere sight.
As to befitting his fame, Voldigoad can annihilate his victims with hell flame magic and thunder. He can even control celestial objects, as he once caused Lunar Eclipse before its schedule.
18. Tetsuo Shima (Akira)
Tetsuo Shima is one of the few Espers featured in this list of strongest anime characters of all time. However, he may be the most devastating one yet, mainly because he has little control over his psychic abilities.
Tetsuo’s psychic abilities tremendously increase when he first collides with another esper. The awakening of his powers with an unstable emotional state presents a constant risk of rifts in the entire universe.
While he warps himself before that can happen, the explosion eventually happens, giving birth to an entirely new universe.
Since only a few anime characters have ever shown the ability to create or destroy a new reality, Tetsuo Shima certainly deserves a spot in the list of anime’s most powerful characters!
17. Benimaru Shinmon (Fire Force)
Benimaru Shinmon, aka Asakusa’s King of Destruction, is a hybrid of 2nd and 3rd generation pyrokinetic who is also the Captain of Special Fire Force Company 7.
Since he can ignite himself and even control external fires, he is considered the most powerful pyrokinetic alive. He can also wield powers from the Sun and the Moon, making him have no boundaries in Pyrokinetic potential.
Furthermore, his combat skills, intellectual abilities, and senses are incredibly sharp. There’s probably only one or two people in the world of Fire Force who can rival him in a fight, and even then, their chances of actually defeating Benimaru aren’t that high!
16. Escanor (The Seven Deadly Sins)
Escanor, aka The Lion’s Sin of Pride, is a member of the band of knights named “The Seven Deadly Sins.” While he becomes frail and weak at night, he is the strongest Sin during the day, whose strength increases with increasing sunlight.
At noon, when the sun is at its peak, Escanor becomes the manifestation of power itself for 1 minute earning him the name – The One. During this state, Escanor can cut his opponents with his hands and strike spears with his fingers.
While his speed and powers start diminishing with the setting Sun, Escanor can use his life energy to prolong the one-minute power as his last resort.
15. Mereoleona Vermillion (Black Clover)
Mereoleona, aka “Uncrowned Undefeated Lioness,” is the first daughter of the royal family, House Vermillion, from the Clover Kingdom. She is considered one of the strongest mages from the Black Clover Universe.
Like others from her family, Mereoleona can also wield fire magic. Her attacks include an unnamed fire paw spell, Hell incarnate, and several forms of Calidus Brachium, and she can also perform reinforcement magic.
Mereoleona is infamous for her fierce behavior and enhanced sensory skills. She has also trained herself to become a master of hand-to-hand combat and is strong enough to send Asta flying while he was in his Black Asta form.
Since she can control all the mana in any given area, she may have an unlimited supply of mana, making her one of the strongest anime characters right now!
14. Wang Ling (The Daily Life of Immortal King)
The Daily Life of Immortal King is technically not an anime but a Donghua as it was created by a Chinese Animation Company, Haoliners Animation League.
Then, why include Wang Ling on this list?
Since this show is regarded as an anime and Wang Ling perfectly fits the description of a strong character, it seemed only fair to be given a spot on this list.
While the true potential of Wang Ling is still unknown, he has already manifested increasing god-like characteristics while still a teenager. He can travel through the multiverse, cast several spells, and see and change fates and memories.
He can read minds and see beyond himself. His physical powers are top-notch, his intelligence seems beyond human understanding, and his knowledge is authentic and detailed.
13. Giorno Giovanna (JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure: Golden Wind)
Giorno Giovanna is the illegitimate son of Dio Brando, conceived with Jonathan Joestar’s stolen body. While bullied throughout childhood, Giorno still overcomes all his insecurities.
His “Gold Experience” is one of the iconic Stands in the series where he can create life itself. He can throw a short-range but rapid barrage of punches. Besides, he also possesses a fit body with sharp reflexes and elite-class hand-to-hand combat.
Giorno’s Gold Experience Requiem Stand can control an opponent’s willpower and motivation to fight. He can also revert action and uncreate things. In fact, if he gets wounded, his Stand can even bring him back to life.
This makes him an exceptionally hard nut to crack, thereby earning Giorno the title of one of the strongest anime characters at the moment.
12. Eucliwood Hellscythe (Is This a Zombie?)
Eucliwood Hellscythe may seem like a cute white-haired anime girl, but she is a necromancer that can cast resurrection spells – essentially creating zombies. She can also kill anyone by merely saying “die,” making her one of the most powerful anime characters ever.
She can cast transformation, transfiguration, and healing spells, and she can even warp time and change the reality and memories of other people.
Despite her timid appearance, she is capable of easily wielding a scythe while wearing heavy armor.
11. Genryūsai Shigekuni Yamamoto (Bleach)
Genryūsai Shigekuni Yamamoto, aka the “Founder of the Gotei,” is often considered the strongest Shinigami of the Bleach Universe.
Having warrior expertise for two millennia, Yamamoto is an exceptional swordsman. He beat two of the strongest Captain-level Shinigamis, Shunsui Kyoraku and Jushiro Ukitake, without even breaking a sweat.
He is a master in Shunpo, Kido, and even Hakuda. He can create barriers without saying full incantations and also has immense spiritual powers. He has displayed proficient military planning, twisted strategies, and excellent knowledge.
And he also possesses one of the strongest Zanpakutō, named Ryūjin Jakka, the oldest and most powerful Zanpakutō ever.
10. Meliodas (The Seven Deadly Sins)
Meliodas, aka the Dragon’s Sin of Wrath, is the son of the Demon King. His monstrous strength and command over Hellblaze make him the strongest Sin ever, even more powerful than Escanor.
He has shown great swordsmanship with numerous different weapons and techniques throughout The Seven Deadly Sins series. His commanding and leading skills are also commendable.
Furthermore, Meliodas can deflect spells and even use combined sword-spell attacks. Since Meliodas has cursed immortality, he can only be detained but not killed.
9. Cid Kagenou (The Eminence in Shadow)
The most recent addition among the strongest anime characters ever is Cid Kagenou, aka Shadow, from The Eminence in Shadow!
Like most isekai protagonists, Cid Kagenou met his end after getting hit by a truck, and he soon found himself reincarnated in another world, a world filled with magic. However, unlike most isekai protagonists, Cid had goals in his previous life that he carried forward into his new life.
Cid always wanted to become the strongest person in the world, who could control everything from the shadows, but he knew his limits. However, after reincarnating in a new world and being blessed with immense magical powers, he finally achieves his goal of becoming the strongest person, so strong that his mere presence can completely change the world’s fate.
Although Cid lives in his own dream world and doesn’t understand that the world really is at stake, his strength is real, and he is worthy of being among the most powerful anime characters of all time!
8. Tatsumaki (One Punch Man)
Tatsumaki, aka Tornado of Terror, is often considered the finest psychic in the entire anime universe and is without a doubt one of the strongest too.
She is classified as an S-Class rank-2 hero within the Hero Association. She is not as physically strong as some other heroes, but she doesn’t have to be, as she doesn’t need to use hand-on-hand combat when she can just destroy her opponents with a single thought.
She can lift large objects and can even manipulate them to her liking. The extent of her power is truly observed when she fights against the fusion of mysterious beings, Pyskos and Orochi; her psychic abilities twist and distort the entire city Z.
Apart from this, she possesses excellent reflexes, speed, and endurance.
7. Madara Uchiha (Naruto Shippuden)
Madara Uchiha from Naruto Shippuden is the legendary ninja from the Uchiha clan that made peace with the Senju clan. He trained to become more powerful than his archenemy, Hashirama Senju, eventually absorbing part of Hashirama’s chakra.
Furthermore, his Sharingan allowed him to copy and learn infinite techniques. He could also wield Susanoo, Mangekyo Sharingan, Rinnegan, and several fire-based attacks.
His powers became god-like when he reincarnated and had a limitless supply of chakra. He even nearly killed all the great Kages from different Ninja Nations, going as far as attracting meteors to the Earth’s surface.
At one point, Madara also becomes the Jinchuruki, the host of the ten-tailed beast. He isn’t just a truly terrifying character but undoubtedly one of the strongest anime characters ever!
6. Saiki Kusuo (The Disastrous Life of Saiki K.)
Unlike other espers, Saiki was aware of his powers since birth. He transformed himself several times within the womb, eventually being born as a girl and then becoming a boy an hour later. A few weeks after being born, Saiki uses telepathy to communicate with his parents.
While several espers struggle to learn new techniques like astral projection, Saiki can do that quite easily, and he can even possess people, duplicate himself, hear thoughts, talk to spirits, curse others, and even see the future.
In fact, he can even travel through time, shape-shift, and change reality. He can also change his size, fly, teleport, wield water & electricity, create ice, and even become invisible.
He is the very definition of an overpowered character, but despite his godly powers, Saiki always tries to act responsibly and regularly uses technology to suppress his powers.
5. Satoru Gojo (Jujutsu Kaisen)
Satoru Goju is undoubtedly the strongest sorcerer, not just in the world of Jujutsu Kaisen but in the entire anime universe. It’s not just because he deals with cursed energy and objects on a daily basis but also because of the abilities he possesses.
His techniques are so dangerously unique and powerful that even Suguru Geto admitted that Satoru could annihilate entire human existence. He can also manipulate curse energy to reverse the curses, create barriers, and cause the Black Flash.
The most impressive example of his strength is when he was born. The moment he was born, the balance of the world changed. The only reason why the cursed spirits got more powerful is because of Satoru Gojo. The balance of the world had to be maintained, so the strength of the cursed spirits increased in response to the birth of Satoru Gojo, and even then, Satoru remained the strongest by a considerable margin!
Apart from magic, Satoru has also trained to become an expert in hand-to-hand combat. His immense strength, speed, and reflexes make him stand out even without his sorcery.
4. Rimuru Tempest (That Time I Got Reincarnated as A Slime)
Rimuru Tempest, aka “The Great Demon Lord,” is a human incarnated as a slime in another world and is the protagonist of the hugely popular isekai anime series, That Time I Got Reincarnated As A Slime!
He can take the shape of anyone, duplicate his body, and obtain powers from anything he eats. He can also imitate techniques and mutate his body particles on a molecular level.
Furthermore, he can manipulate weather, elements, and even gravity. He can regenerate, grow in size, absorb anyone, and teleport anywhere; he is also an expert swordsman.
Most importantly, Rimuru is immortal with high pain tolerance. All these abilities make him worthy to be counted as one of the strongest anime characters of all time!
3. Vegeta (Dragon Ball Series)
Vegeta is the Prince of the Saiyan Race from the planet Vegeta, and one of the main characters in the Dragon Ball series. He is first introduced as an antagonist that completely annihilates Son Goku, but after a series of events, Vegeta does become part of Planet Earth’s community.
But his wounded pride still drives him to train and surpass Goku!
While that doesn’t quite happen, Vegeta surpasses his Super Saiyan 2 form to become Super Saiyan Blue and even exceeds this divine form when he gains the powers of the God of Destruction. He has also mastered the Forced Spirit Fission technique and also learned Advanced Spiritual Control after a brief training stint on Planet Yardrat.
His notable techniques include Lucora Gun, Gallick Gun, Big Bang Attack, Final Flash, Gamma Burst Flash, and even Hakai!
2. Son Goku (Dragon Ball Series)
Son Goku, aka Kakarrot, is the protagonist of the iconic shonen series and one of the most popular anime characters ever. Therefore, Goku’s fame, style, and tactics are not unfamiliar to anyone.
Goku is a member of the Saiyan race who grows on Earth while becoming its greatest defender. Like all Saiyans, Goku’s powers increase following every fight that he’s been in. He rises from grade-one Saiyan to the strongest a Saiyan has ever grown, even mastering the techniques of the Gods known as “Ultra Instinct.”
At this point, Goku has the power of gods at his disposal.
Since Goku has died several times during the series, he can’t be granted the title of the undefeated, but he is without a doubt one of the strongest anime characters of all time!
1. Saitama (One Punch Man)
Saitama, aka One Punch Man, is a hero who underwent intensive self-training for three years before becoming a hero. Now, his strength is beyond human imagination to the point where he can finish off his opponents with a single punch.
In fact, Saitama seems unfazed and frequently bored with dull and unchallenging villains. But Saitama is the only character to have achieved such a status.
Nearly all anime universes have at least one antagonist with superior powers. And so, heroes must train or form alliances to beat that one mighty villain.
Such stupid rules don’t bind Saitama because he can dispatch any and every character with relative ease. That’s why he sits so comfortably on the top spot among the most powerful characters in anime!
He may not be the most handsome or the most glamorous hero, but he is extremely strong. He is strong enough to survive space pressure, jump from the moon to earth, break holes through meteors, break swords using his teeth, and even produce shockwaves through mere punches.
This brings us to the end of our list, and I am pretty sure that you were able to satisfy your curiosity after going through all the characters mentioned.
Now, I think I did a pretty good job at featuring the strongest anime characters of all time, but there’s a chance that I missed or overlooked a particular character that deserved to be here. If you think I made a mistake, and if that character isn’t a “God,” then do let me know and I’ll probably add them to the list in the next update!