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The 15 Most Overpowered Anime Swordsmen, Ranked

December 7, 2020 12.4k votes 2.1k voters 88.1k views15 items

While you were partying, these anime characters studied the blade. Except unlike the guy from the meme, they're actually outrageously strong. In fact, some of these overpowered anime sword users are too strong. 

Some, like Guts from Berserk, wield gigantic swords powered by brute strength alone. Others fight with agility and finesse, like Levi Ackerman who does most of his blade work while catapulting through the air. A few of these guys are slicing through things like tanks and meteorites!

Which of these swordsmanship experts would you be the most excited - or the most afraid - to cross blades with? Vote them up! 

  • Juracule Mihawk is known as the strongest swordsman in the entire One Piece universe, defeating even the absurdly powerful Roanoa Zoro with a tiny dagger. He can cut with great precision or in wide, powerful swings, destroying fleets of ships, icebergs, and even a meteor with relative ease. 

    Mihawk doesn't have a Devil Fruit, but he still kicks butt despite not having that major advantage. He protects his swords from damage using Busoshoku Haki, a technique he taught to Zoro. 

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  • Kenpachi Zaraki is the captain of the 11th Division in the Gotei 13, and he's just about the last person you want to cross swords with. Even as a small child who'd been learning through trial and error, he was strong enough to not just lay waste to multiple adults, but injure Unohana, the first holder of the Kenpachi title. As an adult, he's far more formidable. Typically, he uses one hand, but for moves like Ryōdan which involve slicing his opponent straight down the middle, he'll use two. 

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    Yami Sukehiro - Black Clover

    As the first captain of the Black Bull squad, Yami Sukehiro is one of its strongest members. Hailing from Hino Country (a stand-in for Japan) he uses a katana, a weapon from his home country. He often uses swordplay in combination with his Dark Magic abilities, making him a formidable opponent to even super-strong foes like Patolli. 

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    Ever since he was a child, Guts has been wielding a sword that was way too big for him. Instead of hindering him, this only enhanced his brute strength and gave him the skills to use the enormous Dragon Slayer with the ease one would expect with a much lighter weapon. After being continuously soaked with the blood of his foes, the Dragon Slayer became an even more effective weapon, one that Guts could use to devastate both humans and astral beings. 

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