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The 21 Strongest Shonen Anime Protagonists of All Time, Ranked

Updated June 2, 2021 22.7k votes 3k voters 49.9k views21 items

Most shonen protagonists are pretty strong, although there are some exceptions. But which one is really the strongest? Is it a muscle-bound warrior like Goku from DBZ, or Kenshiro from Fist of the North Star? Is it someone with a wide range of supernatural powers like Natsu from Fairy Tail, or Giorno Giovanna from JoJo's Bizarre Adventure? Is it a psychic like Mob from Mob Psycho 100, or Saiki from The Disastrous Life of Saiki K? 

The answer is up to you. Vote up the characters that you think deserve to be recognized as the strongest shonen protagonists, and vote down the ones you think have a long way to go. 

  • Goku is so strong that many fans doubt that anyone could possibly defeat him. With multiple transformations that boost his already exceptional strength, his Ultra Instinct technique, and Kamehamehas for days, it's obvious why he's a top contender. 

    Powerful shonen MC?
  • After obtaining the powers of a Shinigami, Ichigo Kurosaki didn't just get new abilities - he also unlocked the potential that had always been inside of him. Using his Zampakuto, his inner Hollow and Quincy powers, and his general ability to throw down in combat, he's able to take on even the toughest of enemies.

    Powerful shonen MC?
  • Naruto gets a major chakra boost from the Nine Tailed Fox that lives inside of him, but he's still darn strong on his own. Through relentless training, he's mastered various forms of Rasengan, clone jutsu, sage jutsu, and more. Ultimately, he's strong enough to go toe-to-toe with Kaguya Otsutsuki, an actual god - and clash with his super-strong rival and best friend, Sasuke Uchiha. 

    Powerful shonen MC?
  • After eating the Gum-Gum Fruit, Monkey D. Luffy turned into a Rubber Human - that is, a person who can stretch his body to massive lengths and absorb most physical strikes. But Luffy isn't content with just that. He also learns Haki, an ability that lets him harness his own spiritual energy for a wide range of combat purposes. 

    Powerful shonen MC?