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!
Hands down the best swordsman in any animeV 93 Comments
Rurouni kenshin is the best swordsmen ever he can clearly kill zoro
Human & non-fatal victories over the best. Enough said.
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.V 42 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
There's limit to his abilities, simply unbeatable
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
Kirito as the Black Swordsman? I'm sure that WAS supposed to be a nod to Berserk (I hope so). THIS is the OG Black Swordsman!
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.
The Real Black SwordsmanV 25 Comments
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 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.V 24 Comments
My most favorite Fairy Tail character which is followed by Wendy and Mavis
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
Not even close to 3rd, hell out of the characters on this list I'd say... Damn she has a long way to go. Also who's the idiot who said she could beat Sephiroth? Or Dante? Or Trunks TRUNKS as in Spirit Bomb Sword SSJ2 Trunks? Or you know what, let's give her someone fair... Uh Orochimaru's 23rd? Dude this list is hella skewedV 58 Comments
Let's not forget that Hiei was an A-class demon when he was about 5, and sacrificed this power to get the third eye implanted in his head. His third eye lets him use telepathy and see things far away. Also, in his first round in the Dark Tournament he sliced a guy's arm off, and no one saw him move at all! Basically, he has super speed, but he doesn't use magic for it or anything. He's just that fast! And he has experience, as he fought in Demon World his whole life before coming to the Human World.
And he swallowed and became the Dragon of the Darkness Flames, which is a dragon made of the hottest fire from the deepest part of Demon World, so there's that.
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 badassV 1 Comment
When kenpachi learned his zanpakuto's name he became 150 stronger and I think even zoro would find him extremely strong even before that
I voted for ichigo, but I would have agreed here. Even zoro couldn't cut down Kenpachi - wren6
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
Why isn't kirito on top?
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.V 53 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
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 fastV 1 Comment
Swords abilities don't make them great swordsman it makes them great weapons
A sword that can trick your eyes into seeing stuff
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.
He's brilliantly awesome with his kickass butt popping sword he pops demons heads off faster than popcorn can pop!V 6 Comments
How is he 15? I mean Sesshomaru is way more powerful then him. - JamesHenry
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 aboutV 6 Comments
Should be number one way better then anyone of them.Especially Iyushua I mean Sesshomaru got a new sword more powerful then his father.He became more powerful then his father.He fought Iyushua and the other villians with one arm and still beat them - JamesHenry
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 - biebergasmV 2 Comments
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.
Deserves top 25
Who don't want a sword that turn into a ice dragon. cool
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.
Probably the strongest samurai in the anime and the best protagonistV 18 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!
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 is the son of Satan, of course he's an amazing swordsmanV 10 Comments
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 style
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!V 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.
Can any other swordsmen accomplish these feats without super strength. Nope only MugenV 4 Comments
Amazing headband of justice in place, amazing armor of justice protect me! Love Urahara, not to mention he's the reason Ichigo saved Ruikia - TheDarkOne_221b
His bleaches kakashi
He is bleaches kakashi I ment
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?
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!
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.
Are you forgetting that this man took down a TANK using a SWORD!V 3 Comments
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!
No he should not the one on top of him can wreck him really hardV 5 Comments
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)
WHAT IS HE DOING HERE?! this guys gootta be at least 50 places higher
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.
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
Akame is not a swordsman. All members of the Night Raid are assassins
She's too good she should be number one
SHE HAS A 1 HIT KILL BLADE!
Baseball guy should be way higher
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 fighterV 3 Comments
Meliodas could easily overpower kirito or ichigo. If he uses his full power he could almost match with and most probably defeat trunks.
He should deserve 15 or 20th position in strongest Anime characters of all time.
Is the greatest of them all
Man afro cool with a blade loved the episode with cyborg afro samurai for me best anime sword fight every.
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 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
I am the undefeated captain of this school's kendo club. The rising new star of the high school fencing world. The sound of my voice strikes fear into the hearts of my enemies. My peers call me the Blue Thunder of Furinkan High.
Blue Thunder of Furinkan High
How the hell is mifune number 53 I can personally guarantee that Mifune can Kick Zoro ass any day the week!
An absolute badass with magical police tape!
He should have a higher spot
Bruh mifune needs a better spot lol as well as a few on here
Cut a plane in half
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