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15 Anime Characters With Insane Defensive Abilities

Updated January 21, 2020 15.9k votes 3.7k voters 139.4k views15 items

There's no offense like a good defense - at least, that's probably what the defensive anime characters on this list would say. It's a valid point - no matter how strong they might be, those who can't defend themselves in battle often get crushed before they can unleash an attack. Defensive anime powers may not always be the flashiest or most exciting ones, but they can sometimes be the most useful. 

Who are the anime characters with the best defense? One well-known contender is Greed from Fullmetal Alchemist. Greed can transform his body into graphene, an impenetrable substance that can withstand any attack. Less well-known but equally impressive is the Sun Armor owned by Black Rabbit from Problem Children Are Coming From Another World, Aren't They? This armor not only is impossible to breach, but it also grants immortality and glows with the rays of the sun. Of course, we can't leave out Naofumi Iwatanithe protagonist of The Rising of the Shield Hero.

There are plenty of other awesome anime defenders where that came from, so let's give them some love by voting up the most impressive ones.

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    Koro-sensei - Assassination Classroom

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    Koro-sensei is immune to just about every kind of conventional weapon, including knives, guns, bombs, and more. The only thing that can touch him are anti-matter weapons, but he moves so quickly that few people stand a chance of landing a hit. What's more, if he does get hit, he can quickly regenerate the body part that was damaged. The kids trying to take him out have their work cut out for them.


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    Marco - One Piece

    Marco is a pirate who appears briefly in One Piece, but his defensive capabilities are memorable indeed. Marco once ate the Tori Tori no Mi, Model: Phoenix, a Devil Fruit that allows him to transform into a phoenix. On top of that transformation, he can heal and regenerate any part of his body whenever he wants. Sometimes, he does this through a full-on shift to phoenix form, but he can also simply generate blue flames around the area. While it's possible to hit Marco, actually creating lasting damage is pretty much out of the question.

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  • Sasuke may not be the only character in Naruto to use Susano-o, but he's one of the most noteworthy. Susano-o is a defensive ability that resembles a gigantic flaming skeleton that surrounds the user's body. It's made of chakra and activated through the sharingan, which means except for Kakashi, all of its users are members of the Uchiha clan. As it passes through different developmental phases, it takes on other physical traits such as armor, weaponry, wings, and so on. It's capable of completely shielding the user from any harm, as well as attacking on the user's behalf. 

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  • Shigekuni Yamamoto Genryūsai is actually better known for his offensive capabilities - his bankai allows him to do everything from creating gigantic pillars of fire to summoning souls of the people he's eliminated and compelling them to fight on his behalf. But this old man can also muster one of the best defenses in the world of anime. He took on both Shunsui Kyōraku and Jūshirō Ukitake without sustaining a single injury, and he once survived an explosion that took out an entire town unscathed. You do not want to find yourself in conflict with this man.

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