The 20 Strongest Elderly Anime Characters Of All Time, Ranked

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Vote up the most powerful oldies in anime who could totally kick your butt.

The strongest and most skilled fighters in anime are oftentimes the oldest. In fact, there are plenty of powerful elderly anime characters who blow their younger competition out of the water.

From classic characters like Master Roshi from Dragon Ball to new additions like Yoshinobu Gakuganji from Jujutsu Kaisen, there's a wide range of older anime characters who prove that age has no limit on the battlefield.


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    Genryusai Yamamoto - 'Bleach'

    Genryusai Yamamoto - 'Bleach'
    Photo: Bleach: Thousand-Year Blood War / Pierrot

    Genryusai Yamamoto served as the captain of the 1st Division in the Gotei 13 and also as the captain-commander of the whole Gotei 13. The man isn't just elderly - he's over 2,000 years old. This has given him ample time to refine his swordsmanship. His Zanpakuto and Bankai both grant him fire-based abilities - some techniques allow his body to reach 15,000,000 degrees.

    One of his scariest moves is Zanka no Tachi, Minami: Kaka Jūmanokushi Daisojin, which allows him to reanimate the ashes of the deceased and have them fight on his behalf. 

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    Isaac Netero - 'Hunter x Hunter'

    Isaac Netero - 'Hunter x Hunter'
    Photo: Hunter x Hunter / Madhouse

    As the chairman of the Hunter Association, Isaac Netero is one of the strongest hunters out there. All that strength didn't come easily - he literally trained for 50 years to get to where he was by the time we meet him.

    He's incredibly quick and clever, and his Nen abilities are second to none. His most impressive move is 100-Type Guanyin Bodhisattva, which allows him to summon a giant golden Buddha that can wreak havoc on his opponents. He was the only person who could even come close to damaging Meruem, and while he wasn't able to survive the fight, he did manage to defeat him in the end.

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    Whitebeard - 'One Piece'

    Whitebeard - 'One Piece'
    Photo: One Piece / Toei Animation

    Whitebeard's health started flagging in his later years, but his strength remained immense. He is the only pirate to ever be a match for Gol D. Roger, the pirate king.

    Whether he was fighting with his enormously strong and sturdy body or invoking the power of his Quake-Quake Fruit, he was a force to be reckoned with up until the moment of his tragic demise. 

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    Bang - 'One Punch Man'

    Bang - 'One Punch Man'
    Photo: One Punch Man / Madhouse

    Also known by his hero name Silver Fang, Bang is an S-Class hero who is among the most powerful in the series. He's a martial arts master who is far stronger, faster, and more durable than the average human.

    He specializes in Water Stream Rock Smashing Fist, a form of martial arts that combines offense and defense and loosely resembles the real art of tai chi. Before developing that practice, he specialized in Explosion Release Fist, which was more offense-focused.

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    Master Roshi - 'Dragon Ball'

    Master Roshi - 'Dragon Ball'
    Photo: Dragon Ball Super / Toei Animation

    No list on powerful older people would be complete without Master Roshi. Despite being over 300 years old, he can still throw down in a fight. He's a champion of the World Martial Arts Tournament who bests his opponents through a combination of strategy and raw strength. At full power, he was easily strong enough to take on 170 of Frieza's soldiers, although he couldn't quite manage his elite forces.

    His power level has been stated to be somewhere between 139 and 350 depending on the source, but his acctual strength can exceed that if he's passionate enough. He can perform many of the same moves that Goku can, such as ki blasts or Kamehameha.

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    Makarov Dreyar - 'Fairy Tail'

    Makarov Dreyar - 'Fairy Tail'
    Photo: Fairy Tail / A-1 Pictures

    Just because Makarov is tiny doesn't mean he's not strong. As the Guild Master of the Fairy Tail Guild and also one of the Ten Wizard Saints, he has to be pretty darn strong.

    Like most characters in Fairy Tail, he has a long list of impressive abilities. His most notable is Giant, which allows him to enlarge himself to the size of an island. But his strongest power is Fairy Law, which involves emitting a bright white light that destroys his enemies and leaves his allies unscathed.