Top 34 Most Badass Anime Characters Ranked

Badass Anime Characters
Badass Anime Characters

34 Badass Anime Characters Fans Will Remember.

A character can make or break an anime. No matter how good the story is, the characters are what the fans are going to remember most of all. Some of these characters were loved for their beauty, while others were loved because they had some special ability that wowed audiences.

Here are 34 badass Anime characters Fans Love

These characters had made a lasting impression on fans everywhere check them out below.

34: Ciel Phantomhive – Black Butler

Ciel Phantomhive was a nobleman whose parents and younger brother passed away when he was very young. He lost his parents due to a fire and his brother because he drowned. Since then, Ciel’s will has been much stronger than other people around him and he also developed a strong thirst for revenge.

33: Sakata Gintoki – Gintama

Top 34 Most Badass Anime Characters

Gintoki is a samurai in the Edo era. He doesn’t like taking orders and he likes to eat a lot of things, which caused him to grow big. This makes people think that they can bully him but when it comes down to it, he’s able to stop anything and everything in his way when it is necessary.

32: Van Hohenheim – Fullmetal Alchemist

Van is originally an alchemist from another country. However, he would become part of Edward and Alphonse’s life when they were searching for the Philosopher’s Stone, which could be used to allow someone or something destroyed to be restored. Once found by them, this would create a problem because a powerful military leader would be after the same goal.

31: Asuna Yuuki – SAO

Asuna is a strong female lead who would become well-known as the “Lightning Flash” in Sword Art Online for those who play it. In real life, she’s an extremely strong modern-day swordswoman but her true weakness lays within the program itself as she was overpowered by another player and became his slave later on.

30: Hirasawa Yui – K-On!

This one here is such a cheerful and lively girl, which makes many fans feel happy just by watching how she interacts with others outside in school or even in the club itself. She knows how hardworking she must be if she wants to reach her dreams of becoming a world-renowned drummer and is going through a lot of things just to improve in her ways, but she still manages to maintain a friendly demeanor towards everyone because that’s who she really is.

29: D – Vampire Hunter D

D is a mysterious hunter who has an iron will to get things done no matter what the cost may be. He uses his vampire speed and sharp blade to take down any creatures that dare oppose him. The fact that he never lets anything get in the way of his job makes him a character worth mentioning here.

28: Knuckles – Sonic X

Knuckles is a powerful echidna who is full of attitude and has a strong sense of right and wrong. He always tries his best to keep his homeland safe from evil forces without any hesitation, making him a loyal, dedicated fighter that we can all look up to.

27: Junichiro Koizumi – The Prince of Tennis

Junichiro is one of the most popular characters in The Prince Of Tennis franchise even though his playing style doesn’t exactly please everyone, he’s known as “The Rebel”. He’s also seen as something to look up to when it comes down to skill because many people think that they can learn from him.

26: Prince Zuko – Avatar: The Last Airbender

Top 34 Most Badass Anime Characters
Top 34 Most Badass Anime Characters

Zuko is a ruthless, cunning, and obsessive prince who will stop at nothing to capture the avatar who put his father into exile. His cruel yet regal personality didn’t only gain the respect of others but also landed him this spot on here.

25: Sakura Haruno – Naruto series

Sakura made her name known as one of the most beautiful girls in school even though she doesn’t believe herself to be such a thing because she thinks that she can’t compare to her older sister. However, after meeting Sasuke Uchiha, who was sent to destroy Konoha village, she decided to stop him by becoming stronger and capable of facing him.

24: Astolfo – Fate/Apocrypha

Astolfo is a character from the novel called “The Story of Joan Of Arc” which eventually becomes part of The Holy Grail War. He’s seen as someone who won’t back down despite how much he gets hurt and defeated because he believes in himself and his abilities.

23: Sanji – One Piece

Out of all the times, we were shown Fight Club rules, the only rule that wasn’t broken was when it came to protecting your Nakama (companions) and Sanji is one of those who takes that rule to the heart. He would do anything for his companions, even if it meant him getting injured in the process. He was once shown to have scars all over his body due to some fights he has had.

Sanji may come from a royal family but this doesn’t stop him from being one of the funniest in anime history. His determination to find strong opponents is what makes him a memorable character with his own special set of skills. Even though he may be weaker than some of the other members in One Piece, this charismatic fighter never ceases to amaze us when it comes down to each battle he fights in.

22: Kurisu Makise – Steins; Gate


This badass anime girl has a great charm about her which you may probably find difficult to resist once you see her. She is also a very intelligent and diligent person that is the reason why I like this character so much. There’s no kind of negative points that I can think of in her and she always tries to do what’s best for herself and other people close to her, especially when it comes to Okabe Rintarou who saved her life when they were still kids.

21: Levi Ackerman – Attack On Titan

Levi started as someone who didn’t care about anyone but himself until he ended up meeting Eren Jaeger. Since then, Levi has been known as a caring person who will do anything to make sure his friends are safe and by their sides at all times.

20: L Lawliet – Death Note

L is seen as a mysterious character, which would make him seem like a bad guy but the truth is that he’s always doing things for the sake of making sure that those with powers don’t end up causing trouble or doing something wrong because they think it’s right to do so.

L’s intelligence helped him deduce the fact that Light was Kira in no time. His love for apples and candy also added a certain weird charm to his personality. Although he never wanted to take part in the battle against Kira, his detective skills were second to none.

L is a highly intelligent young man with extraordinary powers. He is widely known for his idiosyncrasies, anti-social behavior, disregard for personal space, near-superhuman deduction skills, etc. With over 300 rules he created to keep Kira at bay, it is no surprise that fans saw him as one of the most badass anime characters ever made.

19: Goku – Dragon Ball Z

If you thought Krillin was an integral part of team epicness then wait until you see Goku join the party. The reason behind it all? His sheer determination, power, and heart are second to none. Even though he may not be the strongest fighter around, this courageous warrior always finds a way to bring balance back to the world.

Goku is the definition of power. Described as pure-hearted, determined, and competitive, Goku has literally made fans go nuts over his various moves that are conjured up at rapid speed. He is known to be kind-hearted but when he’s fighting he becomes a true warrior. His most famous techniques include the Kamehameha wave, dragon fist, planetary nuke, super Saiyan 3 form, etc.

18: Saitama – One Punch Man

Saitama didn’t always have strong abilities but he kept training himself until he finally ended up getting very muscular, he showed that by taking off his shirt, and then defeating monsters with just one punch because that’s all it took for them to fall on their knees.

17: Erza Scarlet – Fairy Tail

Erza is known as the Titania, Queen Of Fairies, so you could say she deserves this spot on our list. She’s seen as someone who has many different abilities, each one more powerful than the other.

Erza isn’t someone whom others see as the most beautiful girl out there because she doesn’t exactly act like one at first glance. However, after seeing her battle skills, people would realize just how great she really is when it comes down to strength and abilities.

16: Kirito – Sword Art Online

Kirito is the most popular character in SAO even though he isn’t seen that much when it comes to action scenes. He appears less often because of his main goal of clearing the game but despite that, many fans are still fascinated by what they see which makes him one of the most popular anime characters out there.

15: Tohsaka Rin – Fate/Stay Night

She may seem like an emotionless girl at first glance, but no man will ever dare to make fun of or underestimate her when it comes to fighting skills. Her abilities are badass which makes me believe that she should be named as one of the top 34 badass anime characters fans will remember for years to come.

14: Akame – Akame Ga Kill!

Akame is seen as one of the deadliest assassins in all of Tatsumi Village and she’s also someone whom others would call a devil. However, her main goal isn’t to kill people but rather to find the ones responsible for killing her family and friends when she was just a young girl so she can get her revenge on them.

13: Naruto Uzamaki – Naruto

Naruto has been known as someone who wants to be stronger than he already is even though there are many people out there who see that as something that won’t be possible until they realize how great of a ninja he really is.

12: Sasuke Uchiha – Naruto

Sasuke is seen as someone who wants to become stronger than anyone else out there even though he doesn’t have that much of a back story when it comes down to what happened in his past. However, people are still fascinated by how great of an opponent he can be whenever they see him fight against any given enemy.

11: Natsu Dragneel – Fairy Tail

Natsu has been known as someone who’s sometimes reckless but despite all the trouble he gets himself into, he still ends up managing to make things happen which makes him one of the most popular anime characters out there.

Natsu is fearless and childish at times but when it comes down to it he can get serious with anybody who dares challenge him or his friends. His strength lies not only within himself but rather through the bonds he shares with others. The mere fact that he doesn’t give up easily even in the worst of times makes him a character worth remembering.

10: Tatsumi – Akame Ga Kill!

Tatsumi was once just a young boy who wanted to become stronger to stand up against the Empire, not knowing that he would end up doing more than just fighting them.

9: Alucard – Hellsing

Alucard is known as someone who doesn’t mind getting his hands dirty when it comes down to protecting people from vampires and other forces of evil. However, many people like him because he’s seen as a very powerful vampire who can stop any enemy on its track even though they’re much stronger than him.

Alucard is a powerful vampire who was once human but decided to take his existence to the next level by becoming what he truly is when it comes down to dealing with supernatural creatures. He is not only mysterious but also has one of the best fighting styles when compared to any other characters out there. Even though he may seem dark, this legendary vampire knows how to have fun now and then. That makes him one worth mentioning here.

8: Mikasa Ackerman – Attack On Titan

Mikasa might be someone that was influenced by Eren’s desire to fight against anyone that gets in their way but she still managed to gain her freedom whenever she wanted so she could protect him as well as Reiner and Armin.

7: Gon Freecs – Hunter x Hunter

Gon is seen as someone very determined to become stronger than anyone else out there and because of that, he managed to make things happen whenever he wanted like when he was fighting against Hisoka. He may not be the strongest around but his potential is still something that many people admire.

Gon was born to an explorer father and a mother who started to become overprotective of him. She didn’t want her son involved in any sort of danger so she made sure he had a normal life, but after his father died and the well-respected Hunter Association requested someone strong enough to join their ranks, Gon decided that it would be best for him.

6: Nana – Seven Deadly Sins

Nana doesn’t get into fights often since she’s more of a support-type character, and also feels nervous whenever she needs to fight, but even though she doesn’t do all that much, her role within the group is vital because, without her, they’d have no medic which means they’d have to fight without having their wounds healed.

5: Android 18 – Dragon Ball Z

Android 18 is one of the few people out there who managed to go toe-to-toe with Vegeta, someone who is considered as one of the best warriors on Earth, without even breaking a sweat which shows just how strong she is.

4: Lelouch Lamperouge – Code Geass

Badass Anime Characters
Badass Anime Characters

Lelouch was once an average high school student until he met Suzaku Kururugi, but everything changed after that since he had more information on him than most people. However, it wasn’t until after he got his hands on Geass did things change for good for him not only due to his leadership skills but because of what happened after he died.

Lelouch is seen as a kind and polite young man at the beginning of the series. However, he would reveal himself later on as someone known as Zero, who leads a rebellion against Britain. One thing that makes Lelouch stand out from other anime characters is that he was granted Geass powers by an exiled girl after accidentally killing her father in self-defense.

This is an alternate persona that has made its way to this list due to its vast potential. His cunningness, intellect, and charisma were outmatched only by one other anime character on this list, which is why I could not leave this badass fighter out here.

3: Edward Elric – Fullmetal Alchemist

Edward may not be someone who is physically strong but he never backs down whenever he feels like something is wrong, or whenever someone needs help. However, his determination has always been what has made this character so great because he’s seen as the underdog who managed to find a way around his problem which was taking his brother Alphonse to get their bodies back together again after losing one of them during an experiment that went wrong.

Edward was introduced as someone who would be able to help out those in need with his ability to bring things back to normal. However, he would also realize that he didn’t have any alchemy skills and that his brother Alphonse had sacrificed himself so that their bodies could be brought back to normal. He is seen as a kind and caring person but he can become extremely violent when needed to be and this causes others around him not to trust him whenever it happens for the first time.

2: Monkey D. Luffy – One Piece

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Badass Anime Characters

Luffy has been seen as someone who wants the best for his friends just like how it was when he first met Zoro, he didn’t want him to die since they were only starting at that point. And even though no one expects him to be a good leader, he was able to pull it off along with Nami, Usopp, and Chopper which made him have a great team.

Luffy may seem like an idiot at first glance but when it comes down to fighting, he can be quite a badass if he gets serious enough without letting his desire for meat control him. He is not only a powerful fighter but he is also caring and kindhearted when needed, which is why Luffy deserves this spot.

1: Light Yagami – Death Note

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Badass Anime Characters

Light is someone who has been seen as someone that’s always in control. He likes having people do what he wants out of respect towards him, but everything changed when he lost his memories thanks to Ryuk. This caused the original Kira persona to die and allowed for another side of him to come into existence thanks to his love for his father, which resulted in things working out for everyone, for the most part.

Light started as a normal high school student until he met Ryuk, a shinigami (death god) who gave him a notebook known as Death Note. Once he got hold of it, Light decided to use that to kill criminals for the sake of making his world a better place.

Anyway, these are the Top 34 Most Badass Anime Characters Ranked and beloved by many fans. Each character is unique in their own way and has their own badass moments.

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Written by Gregory Warmington

Hello, My name is Gregory and I love all types of anime and entertainment shows however dragon Ball Naturo, and One Punch man are some of my favorites. If you want to reach out, contact me via email. Cheer!

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