Who are the strongest anime characters?

No one can deny that anime has been a playground for people with galaxy minds. The fantasy worlds created by mangakas are not only extremely unique but are also very fascinating. But what is anime without its equally bizarre characters? These individuals who oftentimes hard carry the shows range from a wide spectrum. We’ve seen the cute ones, the quirky, the funny, the dumb but strong, the ridiculously handsome but strong, the basking-in-protagonist-halo strong, and the I-trained-hard-for-this strong. Do you see a pattern here? Anime is like a blooming garden filled with strong characters. But because of their differences, pinpointing the strongest one among the bunch can be very difficult, similar to being unable to pick which is the most beautiful flower. Okay, that’s a lousy comparison but we hope it gets the message across.

If we were still in the early 2000s, anyone can answer right away when asked who is the most powerful anime character. Well duh, it’s obviously Son Goku. However, competitions have sprouted over the recent years that question Goku’s reign over everyone. There’s Saitama who did 100 pushups, 100 sit-ups, 100 squats and ran 10 km every day. The Strawhat Pirate Luffy who ate the Devil fruit which granted him a rubber body and trained like crazy to defeat his foes is also a strong contender. Like what we’ve said, determining the strongest protagonist—and antagonists, too— is difficult but doable. After a thorough assessment of their skills and powers, we gladly present to you the list of the strongest anime characters ever! Do you agree with our list or not? Let us know who you think is the strongest by voting below.

asked by Devon Luong
  1. #1


    Saitama is the main protagonist of the anime One Punch Man. He is the strongest anime character in his universe for he can defeat whoever he battles with just a single punch. He is an average guy who underwent rigorous training. 

    • Zhao GongWritten on June 11, 2019
      "ONE PUNCH!!!!!! Saitama IS the strongest anime character!!!!! I mean, he has his own existential crisis just because he can defeat anyone with just a single punch!!! And he is clearly indestructible! Speed wise, he's also one of the fastest there is! from moon to earth in less than a second??? THAT IS FAST. "
  2. #2

    Naruto Uzumaki

    Naruto Uzumaki is the protagonist of the eponymous manga and anime series. He is a teen ninja from the village of Konoha, whose dream is to become the Hokage so everyone loves and respects him.

    • Robert GordonWritten on June 11, 2019
      "I think Naruto should be on top. Just because of his kyuubi transformation and his ability to use Kurama. Have you ever seen his fight with the Otsutsuki??? His fight in Boruto with Sasuke against the Otsutsuki clan??? MAN THAT WAS AMAZING! I think that was Boruto episode 65. CHECK THAT OUT IF YOU HAVEN'T!!!! THAT WAS THE BEST BORUTO EPISODE EVER. "
    • Daniel ArukheWritten on February 8, 2020
      "Naruto is the strongest anime ever due to his ability of not giving up no matter the strength of his opponents and his will power supersede all other anime characters very fast and friendly even to his enemies "
    • FireGlenGamer Pro GamingWritten on February 4, 2020
      "But he ain't stronger that goku "
  3. #3

    Son Goku

    Son Goku, is a male Saiyan and the main protagonist of the Dragon Ball. In Dragon Ball FighterZ Goku is an all-rounder with many handy attacks. Kamehameha may wipe out the opponent's Ki Blasts. Finish the opponent with Meteor Smash.

    • Roger FreemanWritten on June 11, 2019
      "SON GOKU IS OBVIOUSLY HERE OF COURSE. And yah know why??? Because HE IS GOKU! I think out of all the characters there is up til now, he is one of the strongest anime characters until today, 2019. "


Did you know that One Punch Man's Saitama's punches are close to the speed of light by 14 percent? This was according to the analysis of an anime fan in his science-oriented YouTube channel. Kyle Hill stated that Saitama's strength is so overwhelming. If calculated in real life, his punches arrive at the rate of about 43,000 kilometers per second. Anime fans know that the One Punch Man protagonist had out-of-this-world strength. But, not all fans have realized the actual implications of his supernatural ability. If you have been able to watch One Punch Man episodes and know it by heart, you know what Saitama's strength is all about. You probably can even compare Saitama to the strongest One Punch Man charactersAt the back of the heads of die-hard fans, strength is indeed vital in anime. How many times would the Earth have been destroyed if not for Son Goku's extraordinary power for instance?

And as playful as anime fans are, it is impossible not to compare their favorite heroes. Admittedly, One Punch Man's illustrator, Yusuke Murata, can't even compare the Saitama and Goku properly. The famed manga artist probably has his highest regards to both anime characters. He also acknowledges how much the entire Dragon Ball Z franchise has inspired him to do his work. Whether it is by a single punch or by an energy ball, our anime heroes will always be well-loved by its fandom. After all, all anime shows have different ways to showcase their characters' strengths and abilities. It is just right that we, the fans. decide on who to crown as the strongest one. To know more about this, you can easily watch the best anime fights ever and decide for yourself.  

  1. #4

    Grand Zeno

    Grand Zeno, the Omni-King from Dragon Ball Super and his future, Future Zeno, is considered to be the strongest in the Dragon Ball universe. He has the ability to use Erase, which would literally erase anything from existence. 

    • Dorothy HendersonWritten on June 11, 2019
      "is zeno the strongest anime character??? I think so. I mean, he is technically omnipresent??? If he doesn't like you, he would literally remove you from the face of this earth!"
  2. #5

    Monkey D. Luffy

    Monkey D. Luffy is the main protagonist of the One Piece manga series. He sails from the East Blue Sea to the Grand Line in search of the legendary treasure, One Piece, to succeed Gol D. Roger as King of the Pirates.

    • Rosario ArmentaWritten on June 11, 2019
      "Luffy's improvement from the first ever episode to the present makes him part of the top 100 strongest anime characters there is. And I really think Luffy deserves to be on this list. He's a very good leader too!"
  3. #6


    Vegeta is the prince of Saiyans and the deuteragonist of the Dragon Ball series. He is a member of an extraterrestrial race of warriors known as the Saiyans.

    • Iris BaiWritten on June 11, 2019
      "Of course vegeta should be in this list of the strongest anime characters!!! He was able to defeat Goku! But he died after that. ALTHOUGH, he's one of the most persistent characters ever! "
  4. #7

    Izuku Midoriya

    Izuku Midoriya is the main protagonist of My Hero Academia. Though born without a Quirk, he manages to get to fulfill his superhero dream via the blessing of All Might, the greatest hero of them all. Throughout the series, you will see him upgrade his costumes and sills alike.

    • Amy HayesWritten on February 5, 2020
      "Deku!!! I'm excited to see Heroes Rising. He gonna display his strength again for sure"
  5. #8


    Beerus is the God of Destruction of Universe 7 from Dragon Ball Super. He destroys planets at a time in order to make room for the appearance of new ones and to grow and maintain the balance in the universe. 

    • Linda HopkinsWritten on June 11, 2019
      "Out of all the characters listed here, I definitely identify with Beerus. If he's not doing his job of keeping the universe in balance, he's just sleeping. I guess you could call him my spirit anime animal or something. Plus, he has such tremendous power! Nothing less from the god of destruction!"
  6. #9

    Light Yagami

    Light Yagami is a fictional character and the protagonist of the series Death Note. He is portrayed as a popular young man and model student with a very charming personality. Light's facial features include light brown hair and brown eyes.

    • Samantha GonzalezWritten on February 5, 2020
      "His strength can't be measured by what you see. He is just so witty and scary. Definitely a strong anime character. Death Note is just nothing without him"
  7. #10

    Ichigo Kurosaki

    Ichigo Kurosaki is a protagonist of the Bleach manga series. He receives Soul Reaper powers after being friends with Rukia Kuchiki, the Soul Reaper assigned to patrol around the fictional city of Karakura Town.

    • He ZhangWritten on February 5, 2020
      "One of the strongest anime characters ever, at least in my opinion!"
  8. #11

    Yusuke Urameshi

    Yusuke Urameshi is the main protagonist of the manga and anime series YuYu Hakusho. He is a Spirit Detective who is tasked with protecting Human World from various supernatural threats over the course of the series.

    • Peter ZhuWritten on February 5, 2020
      "Raygun!!! His raygun is unstoppable. That's simply what makes him one of the strongest guys you'll find in all of anime shows"
  9. #12

    Tetsuo Shima

    Tesuo Shima from the anime Akira, has immeasurable psychic powers enough to destroy the entire universe. He can also warp himself outside of reality and create a psychic explosion enough to give birth to a new universe.

    • George CastroWritten on June 11, 2019
      "Can I just say, Tetsuo is one of the scariest there is. Who the eff can create a whole new universe??? Just him! The art is cool too, reminiscent of the olden days. Has this little nostalgic feel to it. "


Best Who are the strongest anime characters
1SaitamaCharacters 5 Free
2Naruto UzumakiCharacters 3 Free
3Son GokuCharacters 3 Paid
4Grand ZenoCharacters 2 Free
5Monkey D. LuffyCharacters 1 Free
6VegetaCharacters 1 Paid
7Izuku MidoriyaCharacters 0 Paid
8BeerusCharacters 0 Free
9Light YagamiCharacters -1 Free
10Ichigo KurosakiCharacters -2 Free

This action requires you to be logged in

Quickly sign in with your social media account:


Join These Inquisitive Minds

Engage, learn and share with a friendly community versed in a massive range of trending topics.