Top 10 Anime Swordsmen

The Top Ten

1 Zoro - 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.

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!

Zoro is the most determined, hard working and focused swordsman so that for me he is the best swordsman of all anime character

2 Trunks - Dragon Ball Z Trunks is an anime fictional character from the anime series, Dragon Ball Z, created by Akira Toriyama.

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.

3 Himura Kenshin - Rurouni Kenshin Himura Kenshin, known as Kenshin Himura in the English-language anime dubs, is a fictional character and protagonist of the Rurouni Kenshin manga created by Nobuhiro Watsuki.

He's one of the only characters on this list who doesn't posses some kind of super power. And he's still ranked this high. This tells you something. Take away everyone's powers and have a pure sword fight and Kenshin will come out on top I guarantee it.

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.

4 Ichigo Kurosaki - Bleach Ichigo 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

Dude, his sword is as big as HE is. Nothing more to say.

5 Dracule Mihawk - One Piece Dracule "Hawk Eyes" Mihawk is a fictional character of the One Piece manga franchise created by Eiichiro Oda. Mihawk is a member of the Shichibukai and the first one to be revealed in the series.

He has like pretty much the strongest sword in anime, as he can easily destroy mountains and HUGE icebergs with just the air of his slash, and his a master at wielding not just his blade, but every blade, so much so that he could DESTROY Zoro with a tiny kitchen knife, I do agree that by the end of the series Zoro will be stronger, currently Mihawk is the strongest

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!

6 Hiei - Yu Yu Hakusho

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 badass

7 Guts - Berserk

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

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.

A one man army who can slay armies of monsters single handedly. That's Guts for you.

8 Erza Scarlet - Fairy Tail Erza 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 help. more.

Erza is the best female swordsman defeating 100 monsters in such a short time. Those monsters are no joke even the other contestants are surprised about Erza like the wizard saint Jura and etc. Also she slice a big meteor with using 1 sword only even she is in pain and broke her one arm. That is why she os the best and hottt. May other situations tested her that she is the best!

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

Kirito: I can dial wield!
Erza: Oh that's nice. I can summon hundreds of magical swords.

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

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

Is SWORD art online. Kirito is the strongest player in sao. Put 2 and 2 together and you get strongest swordsman. Yeah I mean Erza is strong but I think kirito is stronger. If the two were to fight than I think Erza would win because of her requip. If it were down to pure sword skills than kirito would win.

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.

10 Kenpachi Zaraki - Bleach Kenpachi Zaraki is a fictional character and an antihero in the anime and manga series Bleach created by Tite Kubo.

Now that he has bankai, find me a better swordsman. No one has cutting power like him. He can literally cut through time and space. He sliced one of Yhwach's elite guards, Gerard, in half. It was only thanks to Gerard's power "the miracle" that he survived. Anyone else gets killed.

I voted for ichigo, but I would have agreed here. Even zoro couldn't cut down Kenpachi

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.

The Contenders

11 Saeko 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.

Having her when there zombies around will be helpful

12 Sosuke Aizen - Bleach Sosuke Aizen is a fictional character in the Bleach manga series and its adaptations created by Tite Kubo.

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

A sword that can trick your eyes into seeing stuff

13 Byakuya 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

14 Sesshomaru - 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

This guy should be higher in this dumb list than inuyasha

15 Dante - Devil May Cry Dante is a fictional character and the primary protagonist of the Devil May Cry series, created and published by Capcom.

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 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.

16 Inuyasha - 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

How is he 15? I mean Sesshomaru is way more powerful then him.

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

17 Toshiro Hitsugaya - Bleach Toshiro Hitsugaya is a fictional character in the Bleach manga series and its adaptations created by Tite Kubo.

Deserves top 25

Who don't want a sword that turn into a ice dragon. cool

18 Zaraki Kenpachi - Bleach

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.

19 Sasuke Uchiha - Naruto Sasuke Uchiha is a fictional character from the manga and anime franchise Naruto, created by Masashi Kishimoto.

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!

He is awesome and he is best!

20 Gintoki Sakata - Gintama Gintoki 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.

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

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

21 Saber - Fate/stay Night Saber 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 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!

22 Shigure Kosaka - Kenichi (History's Strongest Disciple)
23 Rin Okumura - Blue Exorcist Rin Okumura is a fictional character in the manga and anime series Blue Exorcist created by Kazue Kato. He's known for being the son of satan and trying to kill him. He is the main Protagonist in Blue Exorcist. His notable feature is the blue sword in which he draws when in trouble

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 swordsman

24 Mugen - Samurai Champloo

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 Mugen

25 Orochimaru - Naruto Orochimaru is a fictional character from the Naruto universe created by Masashi Kishimoto and developed into a media franchise, which consists of a series of manga, anime, soundtracks, OVAs, movies, video games, and other collectibles.

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

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