21+ Anime Characters That Can Beat Goku!
Growing up with television as the only source of entertainment, Dragon Ball Z was my favorite. Didn’t even know it was an anime back then. And much like any other 90s kid, I loved Goku.
The naive sense of justice, the ability to come back from the dead, always leveling up at the time of need, and the innocence as a character make Goku a timeless hero.
My brother and I tried to turn into Super Saiyans by screaming at the top of our lungs. Though we obviously didn’t turn into Super Saiyans, for some reason, there was always this powerful smell afterward. Don’t know why.
Later in my teens, I got introduced to the world of anime and I was fascinated to see so many characters other than Goku carrying the same brand of justice, friendship, and motivation to grow stronger.
Doesn’t matter how many anime I see, the kid in me still doesn’t want to accept the fact that anyone can be stronger than Goku. But let’s face the reality, some characters are stronger than Goku. And it’s a FACT.
So, without wasting any time, let’s begin the list of 22 characters who can beat Goku.
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22. Eri (My Hero Academia)
You might be thinking, what is our harmless Eri doing in the list of characters who can beat Goku.
Though she is yet to master her quirk Rewind, she is capable enough to turn someone’s body into a child or even a state before it. Besides that, she can heal injuries and even do bodily modifications.
Just like in My Hero Academia Manga Chapter 156, we see that when Eri’s father touched her, he vanished into thin air. That shows how touching her can be incredibly dangerous.
If she masters them once, she can instantly turn Goku into a newborn and the match will come to an end. Just imagine Goku sitting with a pacifier in his mouth. Kawaii neeee…
21. Lelouch Lamperouge (Code Geass)
Lelouch is not physically strong, nor did he have superpowers until C.C. bestowed him with the Geass which is also called the “Power of Absolute Obedience” (Code Geass Anime: Episode 1). But we all know how smart and cunning he is. With that intellect of his, all he has to do is smartly use his Geass to command Goku as he pleases.
And it’s more believable because we all know how naive and innocent Goku is. Remember Goku giving Cell a senzu bean? Who does that? I mean, he still does that. Such an unbelievable guy.
Anyway, Lelouch will simply use that naiveness against him because he just needs eye contact to use Geass followed by a verbal command, which Goku is more than happy to hear. Obviously.
There’s a reason why Goku has died so many times and was resurrected time after time.
20. Misogi Kumagawa (Medaka Box)
I don’t know about you, but I definitely don’t like these certain overused words – “Reality is harsh”.
And thank god, someone in some corner of the world has created a power that literally denies reality. And that power that denies reality is called “Minus”. Misogi Kumagawa of Medaka Box uses Minus.
With this, he can undo things, as well as undo those undone things. Not only can he reverse his own death, but he can also reverse the death of others.
While on one hand, we can see Kumagawa blinding Zenkichi using All Fiction, which makes reality become nothing. (Medaka Box Manga: Chapter 69) On the other hand, we see Kumagawa coming back from the dead using All Fiction. (Medaka Box Manga: Chapter 72)
What can Goku’s perfected Ultra Instinct do to someone like Misogi who can rewind or rewrite reality at his will? Yes, Goku can obviously kill Misogi using his perfected Ultra Instinct but Misogi can revive himself and alternate reality.
19. Simon (Gurren Lagann)
Anti Spiral is the antagonist in Gurren Lagann. The Anti Spiral is omniscient, omnipresent and omnipotent. And to think that Simon, our hero, is stronger than Anti Spiral should be enough reason to prove that he is more than capable of beating Goku.
In the last two episodes, Simon absorbs the Anti-Spiral’s Multiverse Labyrinth with infinite multiverses in it to create Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann with his own spiral energy. That proves that Simon’s power is infinite.
He can throw galaxies as baseballs. Simon can literally sneeze Goku away. It is unfair to even keep a match between them.
18. Ryuk (Death Note)
With Saitama or other characters, Goku can at least see them and try to figure out some strategy to win, if there’s any. But with Ryuk the chances are zero.
Firstly, Ryuk is a Shinigami, which means he’s immortal. Secondly, he can only be seen by someone who touches the Death Note (Death Note Manga: Chapter 1). And it is highly unlikely for Ryuk to let Goku touch the Death Note.
For Ryuk, killing Goku is a walk in the park. He has to follow these three easy steps:
- See Goku’s real name with his Shinigami’s eyes.
- Write down his real name on the Death Note.
- And write the scenario of his death.
And that’s how Goku will REST IN PEACE without even knowing what hit him or who hit him. None of the Saiyan stats and powerup matters in this faceoff.
17. Alucard (Hellsing Ultimate)
Alucard is made of dark matter, not of this world. He is immortal, can regenerate from any state, can turn into mist to avoid attacks, can control the mind, and can teleport anywhere (Hellsing: Ultimate X). I think out of all the abilities, just having these powers proves that for Goku, Alucard will be a tough nut to crack.
Goku can attain any form, he can attain strength to the highest level but at the end of the day, if he cannot land a hit, it all becomes meaningless.
I don’t know why Alucard is overlooked so much, instead of him having abilities that far surpass that of Goku.
16. Shigeo “Mob” Kageyama (Mob Psycho 100)
When an anime character can cross the barrier of 100% power and enter the state which is literally called “???%”, there is nothing the opponent can do.
Emotion is Mob’s strength.
Shigeo Kageyama, who is often called Mob, is a rather shy, harmless boy who keeps all of his emotions to himself. And when he is against someone trying to disturb that tranquil state, the accumulated stress bursts out along with the psychic power he possesses, making him violent and lethal enough to kill somebody.
Though Mob definitely lacks in physical strength, his ???% state is enough to put Goku’s Ultra Instinct form to sleep if needed. In his “???%” state, Mob becomes unconscious, he absorbs all energy that surrounds him. (Mob Psycho 100 Manga: Chapter 18) That makes him all the more lethal.
But I don’t think they will be enemies, they will become sparring partners instead. Don’t you think?
15. Broly (Dragon Ball)
In the latest Dragon Ball Super movie, we saw that Goku was unable to defeat Broly even after using all his transformations. He had to fuse with Vegeta to defeat Broly.
But remember, Broly is a wild beast who doesn’t know how to control his powers. With rage fueling his power, Broly might become unbeatable if he’s trained well. And if he attains a power equivalent to Ultra Instinct, Goku is a mere fly waiting to be swatted.
14. Madoka Kaname (Puella Magi Madoka Magica)
Goku’s power might be feared by the likes of Gods of Destruction but to Madoka, he is nothing but a nuisance who can be taken care of in seconds. After all, she has the power to rewrite not only the universe she exists in but the other ones too (Puella Magi Madoka Magica Anime: Episode 8).
Power won’t do much if the existence itself is erased from the universe and Goku obviously isn’t someone who possesses such abilities to counterattack.
Against Madoka, the goddess with all the magic power, Goku has nowhere to hide.
13. Truth (Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood)
How do you defeat someone omnipotent? Truth exists everywhere, he is all-wise. He is there to maintain the balance of existence itself. He doesn’t judge someone by ethics. His duty is to punish the one who tries to be the god and disturb the balance of the universe.
The quote from Chapter 108 perfectly summarises the power of Truth –
I am what you call “The World”, or perhaps “The Universe”, or perhaps “God”, or perhaps “Truth”, or perhaps “Everything”, or perhaps “One”. And I am “You”. – Truth (Fullmetal Alchemist Manga: Chapter 108)
Do you think a mortal being like Goku, who has tons of restrictions with power levels can fight the existence itself? Truth can simply play around with each one of Goku’s atoms for eternity. Just for fun.
12. Haruhi Suzumiya (The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya)
Haruhi is one’s worst nightmare. Thinking about how she could just erase someone’s existence and that too without even knowing it makes my skin crawl (The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya Anime: Episode 6).
Everything depends on her mood. If she is bored or the situation is not to her liking, she will subconsciously trigger an endless time loop or the reality will cease to exist. Goku might be the strongest being in the DragonBall universe but does it matter if he is erased from existence completely?
Haruhi might look cute, but the fact that she can alter reality and trap someone in an infinite time loop is scarier than you can think of. She is literally what you call A NATURAL DISASTER. Unpredictable & Uncontrollable.
11. Sasuke Uchiha (Naruto)
It might be a close call or could even be a draw if Sasuke only had Sharingan that is. But with the almighty Rinnegan, Sasuke will defeat Goku in no time. Ultra Instinct? Doesn’t matter. Rinnegan can distort space and time, teleport, and can even reincarnate (Naruto Anime: Episode 424).
Though Sasuke cannot use Rinnegan for too long as it drains a lot of chakra, he doesn’t need that much time to fight against Goku’s Ultra Instinct.
In terms of power, Naruto and Goku might end up in a draw. That’s where Sasuke comes in. With his Rinnegan, he can easily overpower Goku.
10. Lain Iwakura (Serial Experiments Lain)
Lain Iwakura might seem shy and sweet, but her powers rival that of a God. In front of her, Goku is nothing but a mere atom. She is omnipresent. She can manipulate reality, memory, and event information (Serial Experiments Lain Anime: Episode 13).
Goku can rival the Gods in the DragonBall Universe, but against Lain, his existence can be erased within a blink of an eye. She doesn’t even need physical prowess to go one on one against Goku.
9. Julius Novachrono (Black Clover)
Black Clover fans, let’s have a huge round of applause for our beloved Wizard King of Clover Kingdom, Julius Novachrono. With the potential to defeat a devil with his time magic, I don’t think defeating Goku will be a tough job for him.
Julius can either trap Goku in a time loop or use his stored time magic to heal himself as much as wants, doesn’t matter how much Goku attacks. The example of which we can see during his fight against Patolli, he heals his wounds stealing time from his target. (Black Clover Manga: Chapter 143)
Julius can control the flow of time itself. Trying to save the residents of the Clover Kingdom from Patolli’s attack, Julius uses Time Reversal Magic: Chrono Anastasis to stop and rewind time. (Black Clover Manga: Chapter 145)
Goku might give him some trouble initially but eventually, our weird Wizard King will win.
There is a reason why Yuki Tabata killed him and made him use his stored magic to come back to life but as a teenager. Because he’s just that strong to shorten a 20 chapter long battle into a chapter of 3. SMART MOVE.
8. Satoru Gojo (Jujutsu Kaisen)
“daijoubu boku wa saikyou dakara” – Satoru Gojo
When a character says that he is invincible while fighting against the King of the Curses, Sukuna for the first time, and that too in the first episode of an anime. You know he’s not far from being insane.
There’s nothing about this man that says that he can be defeated in terms of technique or power. That’s why Geto used trickery to seal him in the Prison Realm.
Without going into details, Satoru Gojo is the epitome of infinity. The Six Eyes along with the Limitless makes him untouchable. He can never run out of cursed energy, he can turn a moment in reality into a minute in his brain which helps him to strategize the next step.
Honestly, I don’t think Goku can even touch Gojo. During his fight against Jogo, he demonstrated how Jogo cannot touch him due to the presence of Infinity. Gojo adds to that saying that Infinity is natural, it’s just he brings that into reality. (Jujutsu Kaisen Manga: Chapter 14)
However, Gojo can just use his limitless void to trap Goku inside his domain and rip his head off just like Jogo in Chapter 15.
It’s gonna be Bloody Halloween (reminds you of Baji, doesn’t it?)
7. Grand Zeno (Dragon Ball Super)
If you have watched Dragon Ball Super, you know that Grand Zeno is a playful character but also the supreme ruler of all the multiverse.
He is more like a child with a machine gun. WORST NIGHTMARE.
But don’t judge him by his looks. What seems like marble at first, are actually real planets that Zeno is erasing from existence with an innocent smile on his face. That too while playing with them.
The following quote proves how powerful Grand Zeno is –
“Just so you know…The Lord of Everything..could decimate an entire universe in the blink of an eye if he felt like it!” – Beerus (Dragon Ball Super Manga: Chapter 13)
I hope that’s enough to prove who the strongest being in the whole Dragon Ball Universe is. If not for his playfulness and friendly nature, he might be the worst possible opponent for Goku. He’s the Thanos of Dragon Ball Universe, but instead of a snap he will just blink and a whole universe will vanish in thin air.
6. Rimuru Tempest (That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime)
Be it controlling the flow of time, trapping someone in an alternate dimension, consuming one’s soul to distort time and space, there isn’t anything Rimuru can do.
In front of Rimuru, Goku is a tiny sand particle on a beach. Rimuru Tempest can easily overpower Goku at any given moment. Doesn’t matter how much Goku levels up, Rimuru is and will be the winner every time they face off.
5. Tenchi Masaki (Tenchi Muyo)
Tenchi Masaki is the creator of the universe himself. He is THE GOD. Unfortunately, he has lost his memories of being one, but in terms of raw strength, he is the most powerful being in the universe. His original god form can cause the destruction of the universe (Tenchi Muyo: OVA 3).
Goku pales in comparison in terms of raw power in front of Tenchi Masaki. Though Goku has perfected Ultra Instinct, he is far away from being the strongest being in the universe. And when facing Tenchi Masaki, he will be welcoming his defeat.
4. Saitama (One Punch Man)
It’s impossible to leave out Saitama – aka One Punch Man – from anything related to strength. Only one punch and the enemy is minced meat.
While for Goku, looking for a tougher opponent is a means to get stronger, for Saitama, it is a means to get a kick out of it. That’s how strong he is.
When you look at baldy, he is bored of defeating his enemies with a single punch, he just wants someone who can fight back after that one punch. But it seems nearly impossible (One Punch Man Anime: Episode 12).
Goku is strong with multiple levels of transformations and also has Ultra Instinct, but every form has limits. But if you look at Saitama, he doesn’t have any kind of restriction like that and can use his maximum strength at any given moment.
In conclusion, in one on one against Saitama, our beloved Saiyan will be utterly defeated.
3. Anos Voldigoad (The Misfit of Demon Academy)
Moving the moon with sheer strength to cause a solar eclipse, destroying a universe with bare fists, transcending space-time, and moving faster than the speed of light. This is just Anos Voldigoad’s physical prowess (The Misfit Of Demon Academy Web Novel: Arc 6, Chapter 18). Tip of the Iceberg, you can say.
Being the Demon King, the amount of magic he possesses surpasses every other being. Just name it and he is capable of making that into reality with his magic. From destroying a person’s mind to taking control of everything, Anos Voldigoad can easily obliterate Goku without a second thought.
If there is any further doubt in Anos’s might, you are just a biased fangirl of Goku.
2. Grand Priest (Dragon Ball Super)
Whis and all other angels are in Ultra Instinct form all the time, which indicates they are stronger than the Gods of Destructions. Except that they can live in the vacuum of space and can travel through universes within minutes, that’s how strong they are.
From the following quotes, Grand Priest’s might is proved –
“You have a sharp eye, Goku. The Grand Priest, as far as I know, is the mightiest of all beings in the universe.” – Whis (Dragon Ball Super Manga: Chapter 18)
“Let’s just say that even I don’t stand the slightest chance against him.” – Whis (Dragon Ball Super Manga: Chapter 18)
And the Grand Priest is literally the father of five of those angels including Whis. Should I say it or have you got your answer loud and clear?
Goku cannot defeat Whis, let alone the Grand Priest. Just standing one on one against him for a few milliseconds is nothing but a dream.
1. Chi-Chi (Dragon Ball)
You can be the strongest in the world, or the universe, or even the solar system, but when it comes to the love of your life you are just a scaredy-cat trying to keep her from going berserk and destroying you.
And Goku isn’t any different. He might be the strongest fighter in multiple universes, he might have many Saiyan levels, but in front of Chi-Chi, even his Ultra Instinct cannot save him.
Don’t underestimate the power of a housewife. Toriyama’s real-life experiences might have influenced Chi-Chi’s character development.
One might be a fierce tiger outside of his house, but in his house, he’s just a mere cat waiting to be fed by the tigress.
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And with that, I present to you the list of 22 Characters who can beat Goku. While the characters like Sasuke, Julius, or Satoru Gojo’s strength can be measured with stats, characters like Truth, Chi-Chi, or Madoka’s strengths are immeasurable as they are the ultimate form of existence.
In the list, some points can sound absurd, but the truth is most of these characters will never face each other. Do you see Goku fighting against Chi-Chi in a death match? Obviously not.
The whole purpose of the list is to not let your creative juices run dry. It’s all fun and let’s just keep it at that. And, if you think I might have missed some characters, please comment down below, I’ll be waiting for your reply.
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