Top 10 Anime Swordsmen

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1Zoro - One Piece

He presents something the manga world has lacked. Ever since Vegeta from DBZ, every badass charachter has been following his steps and scenario that Toriyama had made so original. Zoro was someone that finally brought some originality: he didn't need any dark past of immense pain, he doesn't need to be the rival of the main protagonist. He does what he wants when he wants and still he has an equal footing with the main character, still is considered the number 2 of the series and is still considered the reincarnation of... Badass.

One Piece is the most famous Manga/Anime of all time, so its obvious that the most bad-ass swordsman in One Piece is going to be the number one swordsman of all time. His tough guy character, his 3 sword trademark, the first mate of the most famous Manga/Anime team, His legendary moment of risking his life to save his captain. All hail, the soon to be Strongest Swordsman of all time. Zoro. - Revlex14

Zoro is destined to be the best swords man he also contains a demon and also has 3 swords so Zoro is the best one he also can have 9 swords style with de demon but he also trained with Mihawk Vote!

Has the most unique fighting style! Character design is so cool!

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2Himura Kenshin - Rurouni Kenshin

In my opinion Kenshin is the best anime swordsman ever. I could say many things to support my opinion but what really makes him the best is that against his opponents he was using a reverse blade sword to beat them but with no intention to kill them. In proportionality I cannot see other anime swordsmen doing that with their opponents. Other fact that makes him the best is that he is trying to beat his opponents both physically and mentally by applying psychological war at the same time {e.G. the fight with Sojiro}. According to me these facts added to the complexity of his character and his past make him the most skillful, complete and badass swordsman ever.

'Battousai the manslayer', the name says it all. Considered to be the best swordsman that ever existed, a title he still holds even after deciding he would never kill again. His flawless swordmanship and his ability to evaluate every battle he ends up in in to create a plan in almost an instant is why he is the best anime swordsman. He holds expert skill in every aspect of being a swordsman; he has the speed, the skill, the power, the evaluation skills, the mentality, and not to mention a vast array of techniques which ensures that no matter who or what he finds himself up against, he has a trump card for them all. Truly the best anime swordsman, hands down.

Hitokiri Battousai, these new people who has just watched the recent animes wouldn't understand why we would choose kenshin.. Its epic no super power, great story and personality.. And also god like technique that guarantee him 100% of victory.. An entire life samurai

Kenshin is the man

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3Hiei - Yu Yu Hakusho

Hiei can take out any of these wimps :P

He sliced his opponent 16 times in a BLINK of an EYE... when he was lower C class... and now he is upper S class!

And... and... and!

"Sword of the Darkness Flames! "

4Erza Scarlet - Fairy Tail

She fights for her friends not because she is strong, even if she has armor it's awesome as she is always there! Never underestimate TITANIA, THE QUEEN OF FAIRIES!

In my opinion, Erza may be one of the strongest swordsman in anime/manga right now.. I mean she has countless number of swords and different styles! She's the best!

She has so many armors and can conjure over one hundred swords, she needs to be higher on this list.

Mira is stronger than Erza

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5Dracule Mihawk - One Piece

Mihawk one of the most Badass charcters in one piece he walk around like a boss with a sword that shape like a "cross" also before one piece time skip he had defeated zoro with a pocket knife not to mention after time skip he trained zoro as the badass he is now

He is better than Zoro. Plus his title is that of the best swordsman in the world. He can definitely kick everybody out of the league with one fine slash of his sword.

Mihawk should be easily in the top 10, same goes for Guts. How is it even possible that this kirito and renji is placed higher than mihawk? In terms of feats and swordmanship mihawk is better!

I can't see how Erza is above mihawk or anyone at all Erza is an Extremely overrated character and can't beat mihawk no matter what armor or friendship power she uses

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6Trunks - Dragon Ball Z

He is epic, and has awesome Super Saiyan powers. Trunks can move at supersonic speed, and teleport. He can even hold his own without a sword.

He should be at the top of the list.. those who know him don't need an explanation why.. those who don't know him wont believe his strength and that he can kill zoro or mihawk with a toothpick if he wants..

He maybe number 6 on this list but he could possibly smash everyone else on this list by himself.

Trunks is strong enough to kill everyone on this list without his sword.

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7Kirito - Sword Art Online

First of all Kirito is amazingly hot. Kirito is a great swordsman he is un describable when it comes to sword fighting. Kirito is amazing.

With awesome reaction time and a rare skill to Dual Wield, plus the fact that Kirito is one of the top players in SAO, No doubt that Kirito should be considered one of the best swordsman.

Kirito is the kind of guy that most girls out there and he fights for the people who is important to him! When it comes to fighting with swords I think kirito is the best swordsman out in the world of anime!

Did somebody just wrote that kirito is most badass/realistic swordsman.. What an idiot.. KIRITO IS NOT A SWORDSMAN CAUSE HE IS IN A GAME!

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8Ichigo Kurosaki - Bleach

I believe ichigo should be at the top there is hardly any one that would match his speed,attacks not to mention his bankai and those who read manga would see that ichigo strength wasnt even at full power in all his fights + his hollow

Moron even mihawk's sword is as long as his body mihawk can kick ichigo's ass any time

If it was before the thousand year blood war I wouldn't have agreed but now since I've seen a little bit of what Ichigo could do I think he might be able to match Zoro

Ichigo supposed to be the strongest swordsman ever

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9Inuyasha - Inuyasha

Inuyasha has one sword with different powers. That's it, his tessaiga able to get power from its opponent because it is the power of his sword :))

Wind Scar and Backlash wave, enough said

Inu Yasha Evolved with Tessaiga, He not only forged it with is his own fang but also mastered and attacks that could unleash diamond barrage or wind scars to Meidou blackholes till the end.
He not only wields it like a badass but can virtually defeat anyone with it!

10Shigure Kosaka - Kenichi (History's Strongest Disciple)

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11Dante - Devil May Cry

Not only does his sword look wickedly magnificent, but with Dante holding and wielding the sword he's practically invincible! He slains demons constantly not with his guns only, but with the help of "Rebellion", the name of his sword. His sword shows perspective, and details on how the sword helps the character win battles!

He's got some very nice moves and slices the demons as they were nothing. And the rebellion blade is just too awesome.

He's brilliantly awesome with his kickass butt popping sword he pops demons heads off faster than popcorn can pop!

Dantes free flowing makes him a formidable opponent and the fact that he has demon form

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12Rin Okumura - Blue Exorcist

Rin is Just amazingly awesome. Probably one of the best anime characters I've seen.

Rin is the son of Satan, of course he's an amazing swordsman

Rin should at least be In the top 10 for this come on PEOPLE


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13Guts - Berserk

His skills in battle are truly unmatched. Even when struck down and all seems hopeless, he'll find a way to fight back against the tendrils of fate. If a demon stands ready to finish Guts off, he'll take his daughter hostage and use that to his advantage. He may not be some knight of valor and honor, but his dirty swordplay is what makes him akin to even the most powerful of celestial beings. He dares to strike back against fate and presumes to kill a god who was once his friend. Add that to a magical suit of armor which transforms him into a relentless beast of the night and you have possibly the most powerful man in any lore.

I have looked at this list over and over and I have this to say. Not only are many of the better actual swordsmen on this list underrated, but this right here is ridiculous.
I have not yet watched Berserk, but even I know that Guts should be higher than a number of the people above on this list, mostly because when compare what I do know about Guts to these other characters, they don't even come close.

If you are on his way than you should step aside even if you are god because he will find a way to kill you whatever it takes. I think he is toughest human you could see.

If you've read all of Berserk you know that Guts is one of the most skilled and bad ass swordsman in anime history.

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14Saeko Busujima - Highschool of the Dead

Having her on your team during a zombie apocalypse what greatly increase your chances for survival.

Definitely one of the most badass swords men I've seen to date.

15Mugen - Samurai Champloo

Can Zorro break dance whilst cutting foes to shreds. I think not.

Can any other swordsmen accomplish these feats without super strength. Nope only Mugen

Can mugen risk his life for his ambition I think not

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16Gintoki Sakata - Gintama

Wins fights with a bokuto. He's known for his past as the Shiroyasha and he's most likely the best samurai in the series. Favourite anime character of all time!

Probably the strongest samurai in the anime and the best protagonist

Gintoki is the white demon. He is very durable. He is the best without superhuman abilities

No other swordsman can use wooden sword to fight against a real sword and win it

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17Sephiroth - Final Fantasy

To me Sephiroth is way stronger than Cloud and could kill him in an instant. I think he is holding back and preparing Cloud for something stronger to come...or maybe even just playing with Cloud cause there's nothing better to do. He will definitely come back to life even if he dies just as he did in the movie Advent Children. Honestly there is no beating Sephiroth if he fought seriously.

Not saying anything about just how strong Sephiroth is, he's most refined swordsman in all anime I've seen. He delivers swift and extremely strong slashes. He could take on any and even several extremely strong opponents at once

18Sesshomaru - Inuyahsa

The guy grew back his arm along with a sword that can kill thousands of demons in one big chain reaction. That there is a devotion to swords if you ask me...

He really strong and he never panic. He's a great swordmen unbeatable. Except dante will beat the crap out of him but other than that the best.

He is the strongest on the anime and he has the best sword ever - biebergasm

19Killer Bee - Naruto

Killer B is the best! How many other swordsmen can use 8 swords at once, As well as do it flawlessly, While Rapping! Episode 143 of Naruto Shippuden (The Eight Tails Vs Sasuke) Is his highlight Episode, where Sasuke is working for the Akatsuki And his team of 4 Take on Killer B, And B whoops all of them, to a point where half of Sasukes Team have to sacrifce themselves just to try and beat him. I Would recommend you watch the episode, and re write this statement.

Who is killer bee? I wonder who? Anyone answer me? I watched a little about Naruto but I've never heard of his name but I've heard Sasuke, Sakura, Hinata and so on...

20Yoh Asakura - Shaman King
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1. Erza Scarlet - Fairy Tail
2. Himura Kenshin - Rurouni Kenshin
3. Dracule Mihawk - One Piece
1. Vergil - Devil May Cry
2. Dante - Devil May Cry
3. Himura Kenshin - Rurouni Kenshin
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