31+ Best Anime SWORDSMEN (RANKED)

Japan is known for its samurai. Those guys that wield the katana and ride out onto the battlefield to fight for glory and honor. And of course, we get to see this translated in anime as well. But everything’s a little more…extreme!

The swordsmen on this list aren’t your typical hack and slash warriors but some of them can literally solo entire armies without even breaking a sweat. From the hairy Vikings of Vinland Saga to the 4-wielding, moss haired, “I-don’t-know-how-he-yells-with-a-sword-in-his-mouth” pirate of One Piece, I give you the STRONGEST Anime Swordsmen of all time!

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32. Askeladd - Vinland Saga

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Kicking off our list at number 32 is Askeladd from Vinland Saga. Vinland Saga is a Viking adventure anime that follows the story of Thorfinn, who lost his father and went on a killing spree to duel this guy! Askeladd is the main Antagonist of the 1st season of Vinland Saga.

Askeladd may be number 32 but his skills with the sword is no joke. One time he fought he literally swung so hard that he cut a guy’s head in half, and that dude had a metal helmet for god’s sake! Just to add a bit more hype to Askeladd, he sliced off the head of the king while everyone was watching, so yeah! You’re in for a ride going through this list!

31. Mikasa Ackerman - Attack on Titan

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Who says there can’t be any “swordswomen” huh!? Mikasa insta-kills gigantic horrifying Titans and I bet those who don’t want her here can’t even catch a chicken. Mikasa Ackerman is so strong that she can go head-to-head against a lot of titan shifters in the series.

Mikasa just uses the Vertical Maneuvering Equipment and two swords but she takes down titans like they’re nothing. You can get away with cutting a guy’s head in half but you gotta have some guts if you want to take down Titans. And trust me, Mikasa ain’t afraid to whip your butt even if you’re human.

30. Ryuko Matoi - Kill La Kill

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Moving on to the next one. it is Ryuko Matoi from Kill La Kill. Other than her fighting skills as a “swordswoman”, the next best thing is her transformation scene. Just kidding, don’t cancel me! Even if Kill La Kill is not as gritty and brutal as the other two, trust me, Ryuko deserves to be above them.

She’s a literal human Gundam in a skirt. During her fight against Satsuki, Ryuko straight-up turned into a tornado while swinging around with her sword. She’s so strong that when she missed Satsuki, the ground and wall were slashed by the wind. I don’t know if Askeladd and Mikasa can turn into a tornado but Ryuko definitely can!

29. Alucard - Castlevania

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Did you know? Dracula backward is Alucard. Hehe, call me Sensei, peasant! Alucard is a vampire which means he can regenerate wounds unless you got some blessed enchantments. Alucard can also make his sword longer! Well…that was a weird line.

Other than that, Alucard can also cast magic and has super speed which makes him a really strong opponent. He is also half-human so sunlight doesn’t kill him. Alucard basically has the powers of a vampire without its weaknesses. And he’s hot! Not that it makes you a better swordsman, but yeah.

28. Zabuza Momochi - Naruto

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What’s better than vampire? A ninja! But most of us know Zabuza along with Haku in one of the first-ever emotional scenes in Naruto. Let Nostalgia hit you, my child! Zabuza is also called the Demon of the Hidden Mist and was a member of the Seven Ninja Swordsmen of the Hidden Mist. 

His titles alone display just how strong he is as a swordsman, even Kakashi had a hard time beating him. Zabuza is proficient in both Taijutsu and Ninjutsu, as well as assassination and stealth. Of course, his Kenjutsu is among the best in Naruto. He uses the Kubikiribucho which can slice you in half in one go.

27. Akame - Akame Ga Kill

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In every fight, you get wounded but what’s important is that you come out on the end, right? That’s not exactly how the world works when you fight against Akame. Because when you get hit, your name is probably on the Death Note because there’s no way you’re going to survive.

Akame’s sword, Murasame, which is covered in poison so strong that when you’re cut by it, you’ll die painfully. And there’s no antidote! While pairing this with her superhuman capabilities, Akame is one of the deadliest assassins in anime!

26. Nanashi - Sword of Stranger

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The anime is literally called “Sword of Stranger” so there’s bound to be at least one strong swordsman in the show, and lords behold, we have Nanashi! I don’t know how your brain works if you didn’t notice that this guy was a swordsman. Just look at him!

Nanashi was a former mercenary and now a guardian of Kotaro. In his fight against Lou Lang, Nanashi showed his true prowess when it comes to fighting. The fight was CLEAN! The animation was so good! He is so strong that he won, even the edge of his sword was broken and his arm was wounded.

25. Killer B - Naruto

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Up next is Killer B from Naruto. Okay, I know Killer B can stomp most of the characters in this list, but we’re rating their skills with the sword, not the giant monster that lives inside them. Killer B is one of the Jinchuriki in the world of Naruto. And trust me, his swordsmanship is better than his raps.

Killer B not only has 1, nor 2 swords but has 7 of them! 8 would’ve been perfect but I guess he can’t hold a sword with his butt cheeks. He is so strong that he was able to repel Sasuke when they attacked him. And Sasuke is a bit overpowered as well!

24. Erza Scarlet - Fairy Tail

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The girl power in this list is so strong! Erza Scarlet is one of the strongest mages in the Fairy Tail guild. She uses Requip magic which gives her the ability to change her armor and weapons anytime she wants and also uses Sword Magic where she can embed her attacks with magic!

Erza is not just a strong swordsman! But is honestly an amazing fighter overall. She has so many forms at her disposal that you won’t know what she’ll use against you. Erza is also very proficient in the different fighting techniques that come with her Requip magic which gives her an edge against her opponents.

23. Kirito - Sword Art Online

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Okay, I know, SAO has a really meme-able reputation but there’s no doubt that Kirito is an amazing swordsman. In his fight against the Gleam Eyes, he was able to keep his composure against the gigantic monster and defeat it! Kirito even blocked one of its massive attacks.

Needless to say, Kirito deserves to be on this list. SAO is definitely a meme in its own right but don’t hate Kirito for it. He may be bland but at least he knows how to fight. And character writing isn’t part of becoming a swordsman, right?

22. Jin - Samurai Champloo

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Let’s leave Kirito and move on to number 22. Jin from Samurai Champloo is one of the best swordsmen there is, and he doesn’t have any magic to boost up his skills! The only thing that’s quite out of place is his glasses, I’ve never seen a samurai wear glasses before.

Again, there’s nothing special about Jin. He is just a strong swordsman. Jin survived fighting against the strongest there is in the world of Samurai Champloo and probably has the most technical skill out of all of them.

21. Afro Samurai - Afro Samurai

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You know he’s the main character when he has the exact same name as the title. This guy is probably so strong that a channel on youtube made a video about how he would go against Samurai Jack from Cartoon Network. Now I would love to see that!

Afro Samurai has polished his skills so thoroughly to the point where he can hit crossbow bolts and even deflect bullets with his sword. When a group of samurai decided to gang up on him, it was a massacre, he decimated all 20 of them. I’m just waiting to see his rap video come out because it’ll be KILLER! See what I did there?

20. Miyamoto Musashi - Vagabond

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Miyamoto Musashi is the GOAT! Even in real life as well! Miyamoto Musashi is one of the greatest swordsmen in Japanese history. This may be a bit out of context, but we can never exclude our boy. He looks hot, and he’ll slice you up in one go!

Miyamoto Musashi is so strong that when he moved his sword, the water circled around it. That just goes to show his speed and precision with the blade. It’s as if the sword chose him! If he was in the Star Wars universe, Luke Skywalker better watch his back.

19. Meliodas - Seven Deadly Sins

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Yes, my cultured child, Meliodas was the 7DS meme. Even though his whole body was transformed into something from South Park in that single frame, it’s no doubt that Meliodas is still super powerful.

What makes Meliodas powerful is his iconic skill, Full Counter. Bro, if you smacked him with Susanoo, he’ll slap you back with the force of the Ten-Tails! Even without Full Counter, Meliodas is very proficient with his sword and hand-to-hand combat skills. Full Counter is just an ace up his sleeve.

18. King Bradley - Full Metal Alchemist

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Let’s be honest, “Bradley” isn’t a king’s name, it’s more of a wrestler’s. But King Bradley does look like he’ll smash you to the ground. King Bradley is the main antagonist of the FMA series and he has some amazing tricks when it comes to fighting!

King Bradley is so strong that he can block bullets from a Machine Gun! An arrow is impressive, a pistol is a bit OP, but come on, a Machine Gun is just too much. He also has the Ultimate Eye which gives him superhuman senses and allows him to directly counter his opponents. Basically, he has superhuman everything.

17. Ichigo Kurosaki - Bleach

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For the Bleach fans out there, I have answered your prayers! The man, the myth, the legend, Ichigo is here! Ichigo is the main protagonist of the Bleach series and let’s just say that he can one-shot Titans. He has both Quincy and Hollow abilities and on top of that, his natural abilities are through the roof!

Ichigo even upgraded his Zangetsu and achieved its true Shikai form. And by using his blade, he can use abilities such as Getsuga Tensho which can decimate entire cities. If he goes into his most powerful Hollow form, King Bradley might have trouble.

16. Hiei - Yu Yu Hakusho

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Hiei is so fast that his hair won’t go down because of the intense whiplash. His attitude when it comes to fighting is to just massacre the entire enemy team and try to achieve this with pure strength and god-like speed. Hiei fights so fast that he cuts his opponent over 15 times in a second. Minced-meat everyone?

You know what comes with being fast right? He’s a master swordsman! Hiei uses his own unique style of swordsmanship which he makes compatible with his Jagan Eye and super speed. No doubt that you won’t know how you died when you come across him.

15. Clare - Claymore

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Clare isn’t born overpowered like the other characters on this list. She had to train through blood and sweat just to reach where she is right now. That needs some damn respect! Clare is the main protagonist of the Claymore series.

Because of her intense training, Clare even stood up against Miria, who defeated an entire generation of Claymores! She also uses a technique called Quicksword which if you have a peanut for a brain, means she attacks at superhuman speeds. Swordswomen are definitely not pushovers!

14. Mugen - Samurai Champloo

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Do you remember Jin from earlier? They’re from the same anime but they’re the complete opposites. Mugen is the main character of Samurai Champloo and let’s just say, he looks more of a thug than a samurai. Mugen hates following rules and always decides to improvise.

That is what exactly makes him a master swordsman. He doesn’t stick to one style and constantly makes his own and improves them, to the point where he became the strongest swordsman in the series. He may look like someone who’ll rob you but…yeah, he’ll definitely do that.

13. Hyakkimaru - Dororo

Hyakkimaru
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Bro, this guy couldn’t see and never had a real body but he still defeated demons like it was nothing. And when he had his body back, Hyakkimaru became an absolute beast! Hyakkimaru is the main protagonist of the show and it is one of the best revenge stories ever.

Hyakkimaru is so strong to the point where he even rode a flaming horse that could shoot flames from its mouth. I know it’s got nothing to do with swordsmanship but it was so cool! As a swordsman, he only has two blades coming out from his arms, and was able to defeat his twin brother who even had the powers of a demon!

12. Levi Ackerman - Attack On Titan

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We all know who this guy is. Levi is Mikasa Ackerman’s husband! Just kidding, AOT fans don’t kill me. Levi Ackerman is the strongest non-titan shifter character in the entirety of the Attack on Titan series. His total confirmed solo kills are 89 Titans, which is just incredible!

Levi is so strong that even titan shifters don’t stand a chance against him. Zeke had the balls to go up against this guy twice but as we all know, he didn’t stand a chance. Levi isn’t called humanity’s strongest soldier for nothing.

11. Hakurou - The Time I Got Reincarnated As A Slime

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With age comes wisdom they say, but Hakurou brought power along with him! Hakurou is the master swordsman of the Jura Tempest Federation and even the main character, Rimuru, can’t beat him when they only use swords.

Hakurou is so strong that he was able to defeat a guy who could move through space and time. What’s faster than that? Hakurou possesses the unique skill, Martial Master which allows him to be in his prime despite his age. Everyone is overpowered in the Slime Universe so it makes sense he’s super powerful too!

10. Yami Sukehiro - Black Clover

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Now we’re in the Top 10! The chads, the best, The GOATS! First at the top 10 is Yami Sukehiro. Yami is the captain of the Black Bulls and probably has one of the strongest magic in the Black Clover series. Yami has Dark Magic which he pairs with his amazing swordsmanship.

Yami’s abilities are through the roof, to the point where can cut through dimensions! He cloaks his blade with Dark Magic and can release several powerful spells. Even when he’s not using magic and just a plain sword, he can fight against the leader of the Midnight Sun!

9. Sakata Gintoki - Gintama

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Our favorite Samurai, Gintoki, is finally here! We all knew he was going to end up on this list. He is the main character of Gintama and let’s just say even though he always looks like a joke, his swordsmanship is on point! Even mentioning his name made swordsmen tremble.

This guy straight-up got the nickname “White Demon” because of his lethality with the sword. But he is not like your honorable samurai. Gintoki isn’t afraid to use cheap tricks to win and it works! So whenever you’re in a fight don’t hesitate to kick them down below.

8. Atomic Samurai - One Punch Man

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He literally is called Atomic Samurai. He is ranked 4 of all of the S-Class heroes and has an insane level of swordsmanship. Try to picture this. A man has so much force put in his thrust that he sends a blade of compressed air at you. That isn’t even possible and this guy did it. Well, I guess it is anime, but who cares!

Atomic Samurai is so strong that he uses a technique called Atomic Slash where he can slice his opponents 100 times in 1 second. Hiei could do 16 but this guy makes that look like a breeze. Plus, he looks like Miyamoto from Vagabond! It’s as if Miyamoto was trained by Goku or something.

7. Himura Kenshin - Rurouni Kenshin

Himura Kenshin
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X marks the spot, am I right? Okay, sorry for the puns. Himura Kenshin is the main character of Rurouni Kenshin and has a legendary status in the series. He single-handedly could end an entire war and start a new era for Japan. Dude, this guy didn’t even have any special abilities and he’s that strong already!

Himura Kenshin also became an elite assassin at 14 years old. And I was here picking my nose and collecting Pokemon cards! He proves that not every strong character needs an insane magical ability.

6. Saber - Fate

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Saber is probably one of the strongest female characters in all of anime. Artoria Pendragon or more commonly known as Saber is a major character in several parts of the Fate Series. The Fate Series is already confusing as it is but the amount of variations Saber has is just as mind-boggling.

The strongest version of Saber is probably Alter Saber. She is so powerful that she can blast beams of black and red magic into her opponents. When she fought against Berserker, Saber literally lit up the night with her godly slash!

5. Zoro - One Piece

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Starting off our top 5 is our favorite green-haired swordsman Zoro. This time he didn’t get lost because he definitely deserves this spot! Zoro is the 4-wielding, moss-haired, “I-don’t-know-how-he-yells-with-a-sword-in-his-mouth” pirate of One Piece, I mentioned earlier.

In the current chapter of the series, Zoro is so strong to the point where he can go against Kaido, and make him bleed! He also isn’t born overpowered like the other swordsmen. He had to work his butt off and let’s just say that he could probably become Number 1 in the future.

4. Yoriichi Tsugikuni - Demon Slayer

Yoriichi Tsugikuni
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Even though he wasn’t alive in the current era of Demon Slayer, there’s no doubt that he can smash all of the characters there. Yoriichi Tsugikuni was the only one who could make Muzan tremble and with his unique breathing technique, he could defeat him again!

3. Guts - Berserk

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Would it be a list without Guts? Our favorite bloodthirsty swordsman? Let’s pay our respects to the late author, Kentaro Miura. Guts is the main protagonist of the Berserk series. He can probably kick your butt with a flick of his finger. Look at just how much chad energy he radiates!

Guts is so strong to the point where he could lift his massive sword with a single hand and kill even the most terrifying creatures! Those things could make me have nightmares before I sleep. And Guts just looks at them like they’re nothing!

2. Kenpachi Zaraki - Bleach

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Kenpachi Zaraki is the leader of the Whitebeard pirates. Or at the very least he looks like the part. Kenpachi Zaraki is the head of the 11th Division. He is the most powerful swordsman in Bleach so far and he definitely has Guts running for his money when it comes to muscles.

Kenpachi is Number 2 because of his Zanpakuto, his superhuman characteristics, and his Godly skills when using his sword. His blade even has two forms and on top of that he has the Bankai. If he just had a bit more power he could be Number 1.

1. Dracule Mihawk - One Piece

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We have the strongest swordsman in all of anime folks! Dracule Mihawk or also known as Hawk Eyes. We all know why he’s so strong. When he doesn’t fight seriously he uses a small knife but can slice an entire fleet in half! He is the man Zoro is trying to reach!

Hawk Eyes is the strongest swordsman there is because he doesn’t even have a Devil Fruit! All of this is just pure skill and immense practice of the blade. With the Yuro, the Black Sword, as his weapon he can easily take out any of these characters!

Conclusion

So that was it, my beautiful weebs! The STRONGEST Swordsmen and Swordswomen in all of anime! If you enjoyed our list or if you have any thoughts leave a comment down below. Your opinions also matter and you might even have your own ranking! 

And the most important question here is…”Can they beat Goku tho?”. With that, I hope you have a good day!

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