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The 14 Greatest Anime Brawlers Of All Time

Updated January 15, 2019 5.4k votes 1.1k voters 20.5k views14 items

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The best anime fighters aren't always the obvious ones. Sure, they may be completely jacked, but they may also have small muscles that are deceptively strong. Either way, their fighting skills are not to be trifled with, as their opponents could attest. 

While there are plenty of anime characters with special abilities, the following brawlers don't rely on supernatural powers to defeat their enemies. Some of them do have incredible magical abilities that they use in battle, but they also have fast hands that can cause as much damage as any mystical power. Goku can use the Kamehameha, but he can also break an opponent's face with his fist. Makunouchi Ippo has no superpowers, but he's a trained boxer who uses a combination of technique and strength to win matches.

These anime fighters get into all types of brawls, and there's no denying how fun they are to watch.

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  • You can't talk about great anime brawlers without including the ultimate Super Saiyan, Goku. Though his strength is certainly enhanced by abilities granted to him by his Saiyan heritage, much of it also comes from his rigorous martial arts training.

    Sure, Goku can blast an opponent with a variety of attacks, but he can also straight-up punch them into next week. The only reason all of his opponents don't die is because he's kind enough to spare their lives.

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  • Saitama - 'One-Punch Man' is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The 14 Greatest Anime Brawlers Of All Time
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    When discussing the greatest scrappers in anime history, you can't forget the hero who can take out any enemy with a single punch. Though it's hard to believe, Saitama got strong enough to knock out any opponent by doing 100 push-ups, 100 sit-ups, 100 squats, and running 10 km (6.2 miles) per day.

    Could it be some kind of latent super power, or is he really just that strong? Who knows, but it's still pretty fun to watch him punch the heck out of people.

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  • Unlike many of the characters in NarutoRock Lee can't use chakra. This means ninjutsu, genjutsu, and other chakra-based techniques are out of his reach. Instead of giving up on his dream of being a great ninja, Lee puts all of his efforts into taijutsu, which is essentially an enhanced version of mixed martial arts.

    Thanks to his focus on improving his strength, Lee is able to use impressive techniques like Front Lotus and Reverse Lotus, which allow him to pile-drive his opponent into the ground. 

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    Kenshiro - 'Fist Of The North Star'

    As the heir to Hokuto Shinken, a martial arts technique that allows the user to harness every ounce of strength in their body, Kenshiro is one guy you don't want to fight. If he hits the right pressure point, the people who go up against him die or suffer near-fatal injuries.

    He's a principled person who is dedicated to protecting the innocent and weak, but he'll destroy anyone unlucky enough to get on his bad side.

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