Top 20 Most Powerful Anime Swordsmen (Ranked)

The swordsmen are the greatest asset to the anime universe. Since they have supernatural speed, ability, and Aesthetic Physique. They have portrayed the slayers or killers in anime, this makes the fans easily fall in love with them.

MyAnimeGuru brings you an article on the Top 20 Most Powerful Anime Swordsmen (Ranked). These characters are usually identified as the strongest and fastest characters.

Swordsmen in anime play the important and unforgettable roles than other characters, who make the anime action, drama, and cultural significance.

Most Powerful Anime Swordsmen

So let’s look at the list of Top 20 Most Powerful Anime Swordsmen (Ranked)

20) Yato (Noragami)

Noragami Yato anime

Yato is a carefree and emotionless guy who has tight money and loses his job but he doesn’t lose hope and belief in becoming a greater god he has teleportation powers and quite impressive sword skills.

Yato can be crude, and unpredictable in his behavior. Sometimes, he is rather childish. He often indulges in the fantasy of becoming an extremely successful god, with a large, luxurious shrine and many Miko falling over him.

19) Kento Nanami (Jujustu Kaisen)

Nanami the swordsmen

Kento Nanami is the supporting character in the Jujutsu Kaisen series. He was a former student of Tokyo Jujutsu High where he was a rookie of Satoru Gojo and Suguru Geto.

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Back he worked as a Jujutsu High sorcerer, he was ranked in grade 1st. He became a swordsman and a close mentor to the main character of the anime named Yuji Itadori. Nanami infuses his powerful cursed technique with a blunt sword that can cut through anything.

18) Hyakkimaru (Dororo)

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Hyakkimaru is a sensitive, curious, and courageous guy. He is a Ronin who is objected to finding his missing body parts which are stolen by the demons.

He has supernatural sword-fighting skills and a sense of finding opponents. His blade allows him to attack from any angle which makes him even faster.

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17) Erza Scarlet (Fairy Tail)

Erza the brave

Erza is a quite strict person and she hates the person who doesn’t answer her question fast as possible, but her heart is filled with kindness and brightness.

She has a deep regret that she couldn’t save anyone she loves and this makes her often disappointed. While she is drunk she can’t even hold a glass of liquor and she becomes aggressive that she even doesn’t know her own guildmates.


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16) Saber (The Fate Series)

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Saber is a strong woman with courageous speech and she doesn’t like to be treated as woman and a servant. She passed gender equality among the people and she had better control over her emotions and she cannot be broken easily.

Other than her sword fighting, she has a tactical and strategical mind which even makes the enemies tremble.

15) Kirito (Sword Art Online)

Kirito the vr player

Kirito was the first tester chosen for an online multiplayer virtual reality game called VRMMORPG. Because of his sword skills, he performs much better than other players and testers.

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Kirito’s appearance is quite a beautiful and handsome boy with good sword skills. He is Young and a good-looking character.

14) Ryuko Matoi (Kill la Kill)

female swordsmen

Ryūko Matoi is the girl with the motive to get revenge for her father. She was transferred to Honnōji Academy in the search of twin of her red Scissor Blade.

Isshin Matoi used the same weapon to murder her father. Ryūko has a relatively simple personality that is fierce and stubborn.

13) Akame (Akame Ga Kill!)

Akame the cute demon

Akame is a beautiful young girl with pretty long hair and her red eyes make her more attractive she is good at sword fighting skills.

She seems like a cold-hearted person but she is not, she was given training in order to become cold while in the death of her comrade. Akame is a big eater and eats like a monster. Akame refuses responsibilities and also refuses promotion.

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12) Aki Hayakawa (Chainsaw Man)

Aki fire

Every swordsman can use their swords without any conditions but in the case of Aki, he can’t use as another swordsman because usage of it reduces their life span.

Aki has the power to summon the Curse devil by simply pointing the nail toward the target and he needs to use the command called “fire”. By using this power he can defeat any devil so easily and he is not that good in sword skills.

11) Afro Samurai (Afro Samurai)

Afro the killer

Afro is the main character in the Afro-Samurai series. In his childhood, his father was killed in front of his eyes and he also suffered most of the pain and this pain changed into the fire in his heart.

By this, he suffered from mental health issues and became more like a psychopath with revenge and vengeance who kills anyone to become top in any situation. Without any guidance, he became a powerful samurai and a swordsman.

10) Tanjiro Kamado (Demon Slayer)

komodo tanjiro demon slayer corps

Tanjiro Kamado is a kid with an unstoppable spirit and braveness. He joined the demon slayer corps to find a way to turn his sister Nezuko back into a human and to take revenge against the demon who killed his family.

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After he came to know about Muzan Kibutsuji, his motive is to defeat him and release every demon suffering the same fate as Muzan.

09) Sakata Gintoki (Gintama)

sakata the mc of gitama

Gintoki is a hero who defends himself from anyone who cannot fight themselves. He owns his business agency “Yorozuya” with his two friends.

During a war, he changed his appearance to a state called Shiroyasha (literally meaning “White Yaksha”, a kind of demon in Buddhism and Hinduism) through his powerful swordsmanship, demonic appearance, white clothing, and silver hair.

08) Clare (Claymore)

powerful claymore

Clare is a girl with enormous willpower she and her friend Teresa have done so many services and saved many people from danger, but she is very emotional and she can be broken easily it is her biggest weakness in her.

She has greater and more extreme strength than other claymores and she is the first to become the Awaken Beings.

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07) Levi Ackerman (Attack On Titan)

Levi the swordsman

Levi has straight long flowy hair with a youthful face which shows him as handsome in the series. He is good at using swords to kill the Titans. In the anime he is mostly seen in his uniform it is rare to see him in another costume.

He is obsessed with cleanliness and he rarely shows emotions and acts cold around the people around him.

06) Mugen (Samurai Champloo)

savage style mugen

Mugen is better known for his savage style which is great at evading enemies by making his own unpredictable moves and he is one of the main protagonists in the Samurai Champloo.

He constantly uses his move which is a fuse of martial arts and hip-hop dance and he is one of the dangerous swordsmen in the anime.

05) Stain (My Hero Academia)

Stain powerful swordsmen

Stain is the killer hero of the My Hero Academia Anime series he has killed numerous powerful heroes with his paralyzing technique.

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Stain’s paralyzing ability requires someone’s blood by cutting them and then take a lick of their blood to paralyze them. It lasts longer according to the type of blood in the heroes.

04) Ichigo Kurosaki (Bleach)

fan favorite ichigo

Ichigo is the main character of the Bleach series. And he has the power of Soul Reaper which is given by Rukia and He had the greatest responsibility to save his city.

His main weakness he is always concerned about others instead of himself but he is quite popular around Kachiki. His charming orange hair and his swordsmen skills make him more attractive and make the fans easily fall in love with him.

03) Dracule Mihawk (One Piece)

Strongest Swordsman in the World

Dracule “Hawk Eyes” Mihawk is a very serious guy and named the”strongest swordsman in the world” He is well deserved to hold the title because of his extraordinary sword skills and tactics.

He doesn’t need a big sword to take on the enemies, a simple dagger is enough for him.It is clear why Zoro wants to steal his title so badly.

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02) Himura Kenshin (Rurouni Kenshin)

iconic himura

Himura Kenshin, originally called Himura Shinta and known as the legendary Hitokiri of the Meiji Revolution, Hitokiri Battōsai, is the main protagonist and titular character of the Rurouni Kenshin series.

Kenshin has passed samurai levels even at his younger age, this makes him more iconic than other characters. His special abilities make him even more unique.

01) Guts (Berserk)

the dangerous swordsman

Guts, renowned as the “Black Swordsman”, is a former mercenary and branded wanderer who travels the world in a constant internal struggle between pursuing his own ends and upholding his attachments to those dear to him.

Guts yield his gigantic broadsword all time, he swings it even a fly crosses him. His sword makes even the god tremble against him.


With this, we have concluded our list of the Top 20 Most Powerful Anime Swordsmen (Ranked). All these characters show us how much their sword skills tactics etc. Every character is Iconic and their skills also differ and this makes the fans easily fall in love with them.

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FAQ Questions

Who is the 3 strongest swordsman in One Piece?

3. Shanks.
2. Dracule Mihawk.
1. Kozuki Oden.

Who is the greatest swordsman?

 Miyamoto Musashi

Who can beat Zoro?

Dracule Mihawk is Zoro’s biggest rival, being the man who holds the title of the World’s Strongest Swordsman

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