Top 10 Anime Swordsmen
The Top Ten
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!
Personally I think his three swords style makes him look silly.V 92 Comments
What's wrong with you people. Kenshin is the best even better than the cheater's who need powered swords or demon powers. Those are nothing but cheats. To the degree he wields his sword and it's with a reversed blade sword. He is human and nobody can stand before him.
No one has his gift for using a sword, and he does it with a reverse blade sword. Zoro doesn't have a chance no one does to kenshin.
His ability to use one sword to the degree he does and not kill makes him the best swordsman ever.
If Samurai Jack were an anime character, he would be this dudeV 39 Comments
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
Erza's my favorite fairy tail character and I watched both one piece and fairy tail and she is undoubtedly an amazing swordswomen but to be honest I do think she should be number four because she wouldn't be able to beat zoro and considering the fact one piece still hasn't ended while fairy tail has (the manga ended it's run) but I have 100% respect for her for being the highest ranking women on the list and for being one of the greatest swordsmen in all of anime
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!
The real question is,can Zoro survive a Nakagami blast? And better yet,are his swords magic? Its not like he can cut threw magic so Erza stomps on this one.V 57 Comments
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.
Killed an immortal in the future who also had the power to grow infinitely stronger, and who was able to beat vegito blue, the strongest fighter in the history of fiction.V 14 Comments
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
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! "
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!
He should be above zoro, I agree that zoro is strong after timeskip but he is not stronger than zoro. he should be 1stV 24 Comments
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.
Kirito, also known as the black swordsman, the beater and also a solo player in SAO are very skilled person not just because he is a beta tester but he also got strategies to fight bosses or someone.
His speed is unbeatable. Only one person beat him in ALO. His skill are awesome. He is also known as the Back swordsman. Plus he is also a solo player. His skills in fighting are just incredible.V 52 Comments
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
There's limit to his abilities, simply unbeatableV 29 Comments
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.
Having her when there zombies around will be helpful
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.
Dante shouldn't be on this list. Yes he is an amazing swordsman, and he had an anime series, but he originated from a video game, so he is a video game swordsman, not an anime swordsman.
Yeah yeah!V 6 Comments
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
CoolV 5 Comments
Guts is not number 1 and that's a problem. Sao and bleach are beating the most brutal hardcore awe inspiring genre defining man on the earth. Everything under the sun takes cues from berserk. Everything you've ever loved owes some portion of itself to this series and this character. Anyone who doesn't agree either hasn't read the series. Doesn't know the history or is just too young to get it. He's the last person in the manga/anime universe you ever want to meet in a dark alley with a sword in his hands. Even if you can't call it a sword. Because it's too massive and crude. No argument. And seriously if you don't get it. Do yourself the biggest favor you could ever do yourself and read the series. I even highly recommend the newer movies. Especially the 2nd and third arcs of the golden age. Hope the new anime gets better. Because that's when his powers really start to grow. But come on. Tenth. Under sissy video game boy who doesn't even exist in anything other than a video game ...more - Charlemagne
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.
Guts is a badassV 22 Comments
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.
How come Gintoki is in 13 and Trunks and Kirito is in the Top 10? Gintoki can do anything with a Wooden Sword! He destroyed a Benizakura. Made a hole in a hand, cut through, all the time with just a wooden sword. Dude this is not facts, they're just voting for fanbase. Oh did I forget to mention he's one of the characters that survived in Joui War against a thousand Amantos in that war? He's a monster probably stronger than Erza. Gintoki has a strong and long durability, keen sense, can outsmart opponents and survive with a gun shot in his body and get slashed in back. And just a few days he's healthy as hell and ready to kick ass. This guy can't be killed easily. Oh in his younger days when he was a kid he killed hundred to thousand peoples with a just an ordinary sword. HE'S JUST A KID AT THAT TIME! He's a God Tier Swordsman. He can give Zoro a hard time, probably he can beat him too. IDIOT Fans voting just for popularity. He should be at least in the Top 3 or 5. Dude This guy can ...more - Joszen
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.
He is unkillableV 18 Comments
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.
Not only his character is amazing, his skills in sword combat are as well.
Rin for the win!V 10 Comments
He has the speed and lightning style which make his sword skills extra beautiful to watch.
His skill with swords are so cool and extreme
Sasuke is the best Naruto character EVER!
What is sasuke doing here I can admit he is a very good swordman but no naruto swordsman should be above killer b who is the best swordman in naruto like someone said this is based on popularity and what id that girl in high school of the dead doing in top ten manyy other better swordmen without powers I can even say shin and ei sei in kingdom are far better than her just because kingdom is not that popular and this has to do with sword skill and styleV 4 Comments
Mugen does not have any powers or super human strength, and is still amazingly strong. He's probably the most badass guy on this list. He should be number 6-8 on this list.
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.
Because INFINITY that's whyV 4 Comments
He fought guy and killer bee and still came back alive and he has the most badass sword in all of naruto
These people know nothing about kisame he's to powerful to be here!
Kisame is much more power full an kirito
Samehada was the best sword in any anime but then Misashi Kishimoto had to make it alive and give it teeth but surprisingly that's not the worst thing he did to it. the worst thing he did is he made it betray Kisame and no I am not making this up. - SunGoku
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
Uh, when did final fantasy became an anime?
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
He has the best sword "Bakusaiga", how isn't the number one?V 1 Comment
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
His Snake Sword is awesome - SunGoku
Swords abilities don't make them great swordsman it makes them great weapons
A sword that can trick your eyes into seeing stuff
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
His sword turn into flower peddles. he don't even have to do anything besides keeping an eye on the enemy.
A badass dude who go crazy and never back out off a fight. cool
Haaah...this means war.
Ichigo can never take him down in a sword fight.
She really is a good swordsman with that weird ancient sword given to her by Isumi ( and which she has forgotten to return o_O)
Vergil is a true and blue badass swordsman.
He refuses to touch guns, and if he should need a projectile, instead launches phantasmal swords.
Though he rarely needs them considering his sheer overwhelming speed and elegance allows him to perfectly catch multiple bullets fired at him along his blade, lie them on the ground, and slice them back without damaging them.
One of the most badass and coolest swordsman.
I you took away all the special powers of the top ten Bradley could tak them out faster than he took out that tank.
In my option king Bradley should be on the to 5 list he a badass and very strong
His swordsmanship is simply the best among all the anime characters. He could take down just about anyone in one on one sword fight. Also this guy is the definition of BADASS.
This is the best character here by far! he is simply the bestV 3 Comments
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!
I voted for ichigo, but I would have agreed here. Even zoro couldn't cut down Kenpachi - wren6
When kenpachi learned his zanpakuto's name he became 150 stronger and I think even zoro would find him extremely strong even before that
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
My favorite swords man in anime
Another majorly underrated swordsman. Yamamoto is an excellent swordsman, even utilizing two katanas, which for those who don't know are rather top heavy leading to clumsy movement without excellent control, without trouble.
He can also devise skills on the spot, allowing him to overcome more strategic foes.
He is good and a great fighter
Baseball guy should be way higherV 3 Comments
He should deserve 15 or 20th position in strongest Anime characters of all time.
Is the greatest of them all
She's too good she should be number one
SHE HAS A 1 HIT KILL BLADE!
She should be number one for several reasons.
lets start with that she has a blade that can kill any person with a pulse, blood, or flesh in one slash
she can poison herself with her enchanted blade that makes her hella fast and over-powered strength.
she 1v1 a general that killed whole nations with ease.
she has incredible battle instincts that can predict freezing of time. OK...
DUDE DID YOU SEE HER KILL STUFF?
His bleaches kakashi
He is bleaches kakashi I ment
Definitely can't take down the top ten but at least he should be in the top fifteen! For a human he's really strong!
I can't believe Levi is ranked so low! He invented a new way to handle swords and once speed blitst a 14 meter titan (one of the strongest) while his foot was injured. So fast you could barely see him. And that's just the tip of the iceberg.
Levi should be at least in the top ten. Just that one moment when he spins up the female titan's arm!
Why is he ranked so low. Should be at least in the top fifteen. Didn't you saw how he cut the titan that ate Farlan and Isabel.V 5 Comments
Maker of the "Two Swords as One" style
Known as the legendary swordsman.
Sasaki kojiro from fate/stay night should be in TOP 5
He is one of the best and most powerful in Gintama, he is amazing with a sword and cut a ball in half when bloodlusted!
Man afro cool with a blade loved the episode with cyborg afro samurai for me best anime sword fight every.
He is cool, calm and collected, almost robotic. His way of fighting shows devotion and concentration, a difficult thing to produce
Mugin should not be ahead of him he is far more skilled.
He killed kariya and the master of his dojo Enshiro mariya. He was taught lessons by miyamoto musahi. He proved to be a the top of his school.
He has many SWORDS IN ONE GREAT BLADE!
Nice big sword that can spilt anything with no problems
Should be in top 20
He is because he is caring enough to get his friend back to normal
Yato's regalias strength is based off of his friendship with his friend, and friendship has no end of power.
He fights with the sword Seki once some one threatens some one he cares about he's for sure to kill them
Not only he can fight with Sekki, but he's even awesome without him! - funnyuser
Cut a plane in half
Can solo pretty much everyone from his show (except for Kazama's crew)
He is not a swords man he is a ninja who knows how to fight with a sword that does not make him a swords man
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