Top 10 Anime Swordsmen

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1Himura 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.

He has to be the best with a sword in an anime ever he has incredible speed and so strong he can defeat opponents with a reverse blade - Ajp

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2Zoro - 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!

He's destined to be the world's greatest swordsman

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3Erza Scarlet - Fairy Tail

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!

To the person who thinks Zoro can beat Erza. Erza has multiple armors that she can use, and in Edolas arc she cut a small island in half, and during the Laxus arc she destroyed multiple lightning lacrimas, and just destroying one puts your life in danger. She also defeated 100 monster and one of them was an S-class monster.

Zoro says he can cut through anything, but can he REALLY cut through anything? Erza has multiple armors and a new armor was just revealed in the recent chapters. She could literally have an armor that is unbreakable. She has armors for different situations such as her lightning armor, fairy armor, wind armor, etc. She even had an adamantine armor and tanked a hit that was capable of destroying the entire FT guild and the surrounding area.

Zoro fans are becoming more and more ridiculous. Zoro may be the best in HIS VERSE, but when it comes to other verses he doesn't have a chance against certain swordsmen. And Zoro is a jerk of a character anyway. ...more

Erza just uses magic powers. she does not have much sword skills

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4Hiei - Yu Yu Hakusho

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! "

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5Dracule 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!

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 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

Why is he behind Zoro on this list. He nearly killed him with no effort put into it. I understand that this was before the time skip but he was the one who had actually trained Zoro and is the strongest swordsman in the world so he should be 2nd and Zoro should be 5th.

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6Kirito - 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 pretty badass, but he doesn't have skill... He uses the games technics to fight and yes he does add some of his own strategy when he's fighting but he doesn't have his unique own skill:/

Kirito is amazing. First of all he's so fast and completely amazing when it comes to sword fighting he is super strong and can beat anyone he is also very hot and deserves to be number one.

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7Trunks - 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..

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

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

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8Ichigo Kurosaki - Bleach

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 just uses his powers and slashes everywhere. Does not have any skill in using swords

Ichigo is awesome no use denying it

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9Inuyasha - Inuyasha

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

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 :))

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!

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

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11Rin 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

RIN IS THE BEST!

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12Guts - 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.

Swam through a legit river of blood and lost everyone, and everything, and still kicked some serious behind.

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13Dante - 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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14Gintoki Sakata - Gintama

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.

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

Gintoki should be #1, he's the best ever!

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15Mugen - Samurai Champloo

The way he fights is pretty badass and more realistic than most of the people on the list since he doesn't have any powers

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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16Saeko Busujima - Highschool of the Dead

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

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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.

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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...

Don't like series Naruto. But killer bee is actually a good swordsman, excluding the eight tail mode

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20Yoh Asakura - Shaman King
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