Just like every superhero doesn’t wear a cape, not every protagonist hones superpowers, either. While most of your doted-on anime characters like Goku, Vegeta, Luffy, or Naruto have impressed the fandom with their supernatural abilities, there are some anime heroes who don’t depend on any powers to take down their enemies and rather, they believe in their raw strengths.
Be it the gifted strength, the abilities of these characters to use a particular weapon, or the sweat-breaking hard work they have done to reach their limits, these characters don’t just dominate the anime world they live in but could easily overpower some of your most potent anime characters with superpowers too.
10 Spike Spiegel – Cowboy Bebop
Cowboy Bebop has a long list of vigorous characters, and Spike Spiegel is easily the strongest one of them. He is a bounty hunter who can mostly be found dozing off or watching TV on the Bebop. Spike is a cheerful and sarcastic guy but also short-tempered, although he never agrees to it.
Spike is a huge Bruce Lee fan; therefore, he is skilled in Jeet Kune Do, a type of martial art. We have seen his marksman skills multiple times in the series, but his sharp eyesight and deep understanding of things make him stand out from the crowd. Not to forget, Spike Spiegal has incredible luck, which helps him get through any dire situation.
9 Shizuo Heiwajima – Durarara
In the anime series Durarara, we have Shizuo Heiwajima, the strongest guy from the fictional town of Ikebukuro. He is introduced in the series as a tough guy who usually maintains silence and keeps his distance from violence. That said, he is a short-tempered guy whose body acts on its own when he loses his cool.
Shizuo is slim and unmuscular, but his strength speaks for itself. While lifting a fridge to crush his brother, he unknowingly removed his mental limiters, which made him incredibly strong. Shizuo can easily lift cars, trucks, or things of equal weight. The same can be said for his endurance, as being hit with baseball bats, being shot several times, or getting hit by a truck, don’t cause him significant harm.
8 Gintoki Sakata – Gintama
Gintoki loves dozing off and reading Shonen Jump. From his personality and appearance, Gintoki doesn’t seem like someone with unbelievable strength. He loves hanging out with his friends, although he finds himself unattached to everyone. The fans can notice a change in his personality from arc to arc. While sometimes he is portrayed as a coward and fragile guy, he can die for his friends when he finds them in a serious situation.
Gintoki is the greatest swordsman in the series who is feared to such an extent that taking his mere name can instill fear in the heart of every Amanto. You can well imagine his strength by the fact that he was easily able to break a car into two pieces with a kick, and even broke the steel cables and brought down a helicopter.
7 Kenshin Himura – Rurouni Kenshin
Kenshin is so serene and humble that his presence feels like a calm lake. He always puts others before himself and never backs off when someone needs assistance. He is the greatest swordsman ever, but Kenshin avoids violence at all costs. Within the series, he finally decides to live peacefully with no place for violence in his life.
Kenshin wields his sword so accurately that his enemies don’t realize at what instance his sword cut them. At the tender age of 14, he was so talented that even without his sword, Kenshin could easily fend off multiple enemies in hand-to-hand combat.
6 Manjiro Sano – Tokyo Revengers
Better known as Mikey, Manjiro Sano is a teenage guy with a slim body. Tokyo Revengers introduces us to many mighty characters who look stronger than Mikey from time to time, but most of them are just a kick away from tasting dust while facing him. Although he’s a cheerful guy who loves to spend time with friends, no one messes with him when Mikey loses his cool.
Mikey is feared among the other gangs for his unparalleled strength. There are very few characters in the series who can retain consciousness after facing his signature kick. While fighting Valhalla, Mikey was hit several times on his head with a metal rod, but he still took down enemies by lifting an entire person holding his leg, and then kicking another enemy with the same leg.
5 Levi Ackerman – Attack on Titan
Levi is known as “Humanity’s strongest soldier,” and he stands true to this title several times in the series. Levi is short in height, fearless, short-tempered, and only speaks when necessary, even with his friends. He’s a boogeyman among the Marley soldiers and could take down Titans with ease.
While most soldiers fear Titans and avert coming their way, Levi confronts them fearlessly. Even Zeke, who holds the power of one of the strongest known Titans, the Beast Titan, feared Levi, and soon after, he had to face his wrath. There have been several events where Levi saved the day for his companions as well.
4 Guts – Berserk
Guts lived a harsh childhood and a revengeful youth. Throughout his life, Guts has seen betrayals — his mother died after his birth, his adoptive father treated him poorly, he watched his loved ones die, and he was even haunted by evil spirits. However, there was still something that kept him motivated to survive.
His biggest strength is his will, which helps him overcome every obstacle. Besides that, he is a master swordsman who can easily wield the largest swords. Although he has no superpowers, the intense training helped Guts in honing superhuman abilities.
3 Thors – Vinland Saga
Thors’ natural strength matches his name, as he is the most legendary fighter in Vinland Saga’s universe. He was a Jomsviking warrior of such caliber that his tales were sung in the farthest of lands. However, he got tired of fighting and finally decided to settle in Iceland after the birth of his daughter.
Thors single-handily crushed several of Askeladd’s crew members, including Bjorn, who was a beast himself. Askeladd also lost to Thors in a one-on-one battle. Another strongest known character of the series, Thorkell, also admitted that Thors was far superior to him in strength and wished to defeat him one day.
2 Yuujiro Hanma – Baki
The anime shows are made better by putting the protagonist against the strongest of opponents — it has always been this way. Yuujiro Hanma is the primary antagonist of the Baki franchise and the father of the series’ main character, Baki Hanma. He is often called “The strongest creature on Earth,” and his overwhelming strength is enough to prove that he deserves that title.
How strong is Yuujiro Hanma? Well, he is more or at least equally stronger than an entire nation’s military. He was able to push back 100 policemen on his own during a riot, and once, he stopped the tectonic movement of an earthquake by punching the ground. Defeating an elephant, cutting glass with his fingers, and breaking knives and katanas by merely grabbing them are some of his other unbelievable feats.
1 Saitama – One-Punch Man
This might be debatable for some, but if we think clearly, Saitama is a complete package of raw strength, including extraordinary punches, lightning speed, and phenomenal durability.
Saitama is so strong that all he wants in his life is a worthy opponent whom he can fight without holding back. But unfortunately, no one can bare him more than a punch, which is not even a serious one. In the manga, Saitama is able to destroy Jupiter by sneezing at full force. He is known to have endless strength, and even he doesn’t know how far he can go in terms of power.
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