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!

Most Badass characters in OP

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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.

When it comes down to swordsman, we find a single strike can be fatal. the ultimate technique for kenshin is basically the manifested will to live. with this will to live, he will with a speed surpassing the gods, never be killed. assuming he were to have the will to kill, which I certainly believe if it came down to it he would kill, there is no one better. he can dodge absolutely any attack while simultaneously striking with speed faster than the gods. on top of all this, his technique is impeccable in all standards. speed, agility, timing, intelligence, experience, all are on his side. I truly don't see and anime swordsman that could surpass him

'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.

I think Kenshin is the best anime swordsman in the universe. Yes I Do

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3Trunks - Dragon Ball ZTrunks is a fictional character created by Akira Toriyama appearing in Dragon Ball Z, and Dragon Ball GT, and Dragon Ball Super.

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..

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

He doesn't even need the sword. One flick of his finger and YOU DEAD.

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4Ichigo Kurosaki - BleachIchigo Kurosaki is a fictional character in the Bleach manga series and its adaptations created by Tite Kubo.

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

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

Ichigo litteralt cannot be killed! I mean come on one guy blasted a huge hole in his chest and he just went berserk and ripped the guys arm off!

He deserves to be known as the best swordsmen ever

Ichigo could take Zoro for sure. 8? Lame.

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5Hiei - Yu Yu Hakusho

Hiei can take out any of these wimps :P

Hiring is by far a strong swordsman. Being able to teleport alone with strong slicing accuracy is enough to kill anybody he goes against. However, you'd have to downplay that a lot to keep him from being invincible. When he uses his sword on occasion, he's skilled. I wouldn't rank him any higher because of that

I can accept Hiei because he's badass

6Dracule Mihawk - One Piece

Though personally I like Zoro I cannot deny the fact that"Hawk Eyes" Mihawk is the most skilled and powerful swordsman in the anime universe. He inflicts enormous damage to his enemies without himself or his sword getting a scratch. He is the only one to have not received any injury. During the great war between navy and White beard pirates( Strongest pirate Crew) many of the big timers were wounded badly/dead, Mihawk was the only one without a scratch on him or on his sword.

Not to mention he defeated, #2 ranked Zoro in this list with a pocket knife once, So..He SShould be at the TOP OF THIS STUPID LIST!

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

Though personally I like zoro, I cannot deny the fact that "Hawk eyes"(mihawk) is the most skilled and powerful swordsman there is in the anime world. He is the only character to have inflicted enormous damage to his enemies without himself or his sword getting a scratch even once in the entire series. In the war b/w navy and white beard pirates( the strongest pirate crew) many of the big names were wounded badly, mihawk was the only one without as much as a scratch. So,... Yes He Should Be At The TOP OF THE LOST!

I see why zoro on top but this guy is on another level, he even trained him

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7Erza Scarlet - Fairy TailErza Scarlet is an S-Class Mage from the infamous magic guild Fairy Tail . Erza starts off as a lone wolf and stays loyal to following the rules. As the story develops Erza changes into loving mage strong and independent. As her terrible past haunts her she ignores her Nakama's calls that they want ...read more.

I'm sorry all those erza fans but just because she can wield 200 swords doesn't mean she's the greatest there's a lot of people who could take Erza out with no problem for example zoro can cut through anything so 200 swords and armor won't protect her from three sword style so just saying she isn't the greatest swords man/woman

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!

This is stupid. There are far better and more skilled swordmen than Erza.

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8Kirito - Sword Art OnlineKazuto Kirigaya is a fictional character who appears in the Sword Art Online series of light novels by Reki Kawahara.

Yes, I agree that Kirito himself possesses so much skill and power but for a sensible reason. He is much like Kenshin who has the will to live AND the will to protect others. I could understand why some people hate SAO because of Kirito's OPness. To those people, his abilities and power is not in a impossible degree and he may show some weaknesses and losses in the series BUT will battle his opponents at full extent if someone's life is on the line.

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.

Also Kirito got the fastest reflex time than other people in SAO, sometime I thinking if she can practise with her wife (Asuna ) in game how it would look like? I mean Asuna been called as Lightning Flash right?

He is the best ever!

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9Guts - 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.

Guts may not have magic, video game powers, ki etc but there one thing he has more of than any of these other fighters, determination. If you compare Guts story to the others on this list I doubt that many would be able to come out of it as well as Guts did and he's a broken Badass. Guts is a hardened soldier who has lived his entire life fighting, whether it's humans, monsters or apostles Guts has always had some form of challenge that he has overcome. He has survived wounds that would make a shonen protagonist cringe and has fought monsters that would normally be considered big bads all their own as if they were nothing but mooks. When he was just a man he could cleave through walls of demon flesh and with his berserker armor he can destroy anything in his way.

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.

This guy is the definition of badass and one of the best wielders of an exaggeratedly large broad sword.

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10Inuyasha - Inuyasha

I am basing my comment on what would happen if there is an actual fight between my number one favourite Zorro and inuyasha.
If you've seen inuyasha his wind scar and backlash wave after huge moves and analysing his fights with sesshomaru can be easily avoided if you're not bound. I mean really in the latest series his powers get taken away and the way he fights with that sword without powers is really sad

Inuyasha should not be in the top ten.. So many better swordsmen

Inuyasha actually stinking developed and we got to see it and see that it's not strong enough and the battle is epic and if you've finished the or watched a quaternary of it u know what I'm talking about

Wind Scar and Backlash wave, enough said

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The Newcomers

?Lucina - Fire Emblem

Lucina is someone who honestly had a hard life, she lost her family, had to travel back in time and somehow retrieved her father's sacred family heirloom; Falchion. She then took on the guise of one of the most known heroes in their universe, Marth. After that she had some badass duels and took down a dragon, though that's really it. She has no amazing feats and has a rather cliche backstory. The only difference is she's female.

?Roy - Fire Emblem

The Contenders

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!

Dante has a wickedly sword that will cut anything you can throw at it to pieces.

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12Sosuke Aizen - Bleach

Swords abilities don't make them great swordsman it makes them great weapons

A sword that can trick your eyes into seeing stuff

13Sesshomaru - 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

This guy should be higher in this dumb list than inuyasha

14Saber - Fate/stay NightSaber is a fictional character from the Japanese visual novel and anime series Fate/stay night by Type-Moon and its prequel, Fate/Zero, by Type-Moon and nitroplus. She is the the Saber-class Servant of Kiritsugu Emiya during the Fourth Holy Grail War in Fate/Zero and the Saber-class Servant of Shirou ...read more.

She is a great swordsman. She gives the meaning of the word Badass female swordsman. She's also hot and sexy. She doesn't take any crap!

15Gintoki Sakata - GintamaGintoki Sakata is a fictional character in the manga and anime franchise Gin Tama created by Hideaki Sorachi.

He is a very strong samurai, capable of defeating or outright killing opponents with just a wooden sword. He has been shown to be highly charismatic, capable of drawing people just by his words alone. He also has a very humorous side which most anime swordsmen don't have which sets him apart entirely from everyone. While acting stupid and idiotic for most of the time, he has shown to have a loving and care side for which he doesn't show very often.

Gintoki is simly amazing. Not just for his swordsmanship and originality for a main protagonist, but for for his morals. Though he acts like an idiot a lot of the time he really does know what he is doing and what needs to be fought for. Selfless, brave, skilled, and strong are just a few words to describe this samurai with a soul of silver.

Probably the strongest samurai in the anime and the best protagonist

He may be 2nd he is better than all of swordsmen up here

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16Byakuya Kuchiki - Bleach

I don't think any other of these characters can practically fight as well without a sword as Byakuya can. Nor can anyone else on this list keep up with his flash step (apart from other Bleach characters).

Come on the name says itself he can turn his blade into almost infinate number of small blades and the only way to see these blades is by the light of the sun and moon making the blades look like petals and before his opponent relises it he/she is dead come on he is a complete badass

His swords ability doesn't make him a great swordsman however he is skilled in wielding the sword sealed

You can hardly see his strikes because they're so fast

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17Kenpachi Zaraki - Bleach

After know is zanpakuto name he upgrades his power x150, so with even shikai he can easily kills ichigo the protagonist of bleach, so maybe he is the strongest swordsmen of bleach. - Neandertal17

18Shigure Kosaka - Kenichi (History's Strongest Disciple)
19Rin Okumura - Blue ExorcistRin Okumura is a fictional character in the manga and anime series Blue Exorcist created by Kazue Kato.

Rin may be very powerful but is very immature in a fight, he can be out witted very easily and only uses brute force.

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

Best Demon Ever

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20Orochimaru - Naruto

Not a swordsman ninja who uses a sword there is a differences you people need to understand that just because they use a sword does not make them swordsman

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