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The Best Anime Swordsman of All Time 

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Updated March 25, 2020 697.7k votes 66.8k voters 401.1k views 116 items
Here is our list of the best swordsman in anime, including samurai, demons, shinobi, and anyone in general who wields a blade. Who is your favorite anime character that uses a sword? Is it the pirate hunter Roronoa Zoro? What about substitute soul reaper Ichigo Kurosaki, or the medieval swordsman Guts? No matter who you love, we want you to vote for your top anime character that fights using a sword. They don't have to exclusively be a sword fighter- we have characters like Sasuke on this list that don't always fight with a blade. If one of your favorites is missing, then definitely add them to the list! That way other people can vote for your pick, and that character might even make it to the top. We intentionally didn't include every character from Bleach since there are so many, but feel free to add as many of the soul reapers as you want.
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Guts is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Anime Swordsman of All Time
Berserk Golden Age Arc II: The Battle for Doldrey, Berserk Golden Age Arc I: The Egg of the King
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Shanks is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Anime Swordsman of All Time
Pedro B. Fortes added 100 Feet
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Levi Ackerman is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Anime Swordsman of All Time
Janiel127 added

Attack on Titan

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Himura Kenshin is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Anime Swordsman of All Time
Rurouni Kenshin
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Saber is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Anime Swordsman of All Time
laïn-raïn added Fate/Zero, Fate/Stay Night: Unlimited Blade Works, Fate/Zero
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Kenpachi Zaraki is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Anime Swordsman of All Time
Bleach, Bleach: The DiamondDust Rebellion, Bleach: Fade to Black
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Silvers Rayleigh is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Anime Swordsman of All Time
MacyLee added
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Kisuke Urahara is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Anime Swordsman of All Time
shaurya-kapoor added Bleach, Bleach: Fade to Black, Bleach: The DiamondDust Rebellion
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Jin is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Anime Swordsman of All Time
Samurai Champloo
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Byakuya Kuchiki is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Anime Swordsman of All Time
mohammad-syafiq added Bleach, Bleach: Fade to Black, Bleach: The DiamondDust Rebellion
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Ichigo Kurosaki is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Anime Swordsman of All Time
Bleach, Bleach: Vol. 17: The Bount, Bleach: Vol. 1: The Substitute
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Zabuza Momochi is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Anime Swordsman of All Time
Naruto, Naruto Shippūden
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Mugen is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Anime Swordsman of All Time
Samurai Champloo
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Hiei is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Anime Swordsman of All Time
Yu Yu Hakusho
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Afro Samurai is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Anime Swordsman of All Time
Afro Samurai, Afro Samurai: Resurrection
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Gin Ichimaru is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Anime Swordsman of All Time
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Sesshomaru is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Anime Swordsman of All Time
Inu Yasha, InuYasha the Movie: Affections Touching Across Time
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Akame is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Anime Swordsman of All Time
JasonZKam added
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Roronoa Zoro is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Anime Swordsman of All Time
One Piece (JP), Dream Soccer King!, One Piece Movie: The Desert Princess and the Pirates: Adventures in Alabasta
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Samurai Jack is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Anime Swordsman of All Time
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King Bradley is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Anime Swordsman of All Time
WilliamTeohW added Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood
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Trafalgar Law is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Anime Swordsman of All Time
RaphMatta added
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Kirito is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Anime Swordsman of All Time
Sword Art Online, Sword Art Online
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Sasuke Uchiha is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Anime Swordsman of All Time
Naruto, Naruto Shippūden, Naruto Shippuden the Movie: The Will of Fire
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Juracule Mihawk is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Anime Swordsman of All Time
Utkan Aktaş added