A common theme among many anime movies and TV shows is supernatural abilities beyond anyone’s wildest imagination. Usually, these powers grow progressively. The hero trains and grows to overcome the villain; by the end of struggle, they’re vastly more powerful than they were before. This contrasts to superheroes like Superman, whose powers are inherent to his person. Of course, not all anime characters are like this, and some don’t have super powers at all but are keenly skilled in martial arts and combat, like Batman. But, among all the characters in anime, who are the most powerful? Here are 25 Most Powerful Anime Characters Of All Time.
Even as a young kid, Ash Ketchum had lofty goals of finding all the Pokemon, earning all the gym badges, and becoming the best Pokemon trainer in the world. Though only a human, Ash has a special ability to manipulate an Aura, similar to other heroes in his world. However, he chose not to master this magical power. Instead, he continued focusing on catching, training, and fighting with Pokemon. Despite his youth and size, Ash defeated many trainers in battle and deserves a place in the annals of powerful anime characters.
Cowboy Bebop’s Spike Spiegel has several human abilities, including sharp eyesight, perception, and luck. During his past employment with the Red Dragon syndicate, Spike learned all about weaponry and hand-to-hand combat. He’s also a stellar pilot. His ability to slip out of any problem with his keen intellect and charming wit makes him a force to be reckoned with.
Though he vowed to never kill again, legendary Battosai, Kenshin Himura is an unstoppable force on the battlefield. With great agility, speed, and reflexes, he hacks and slashes through any opponent with ease. Everyone in Meiji-era Japan feared him and his sword techniques.
Major Motoko Kusanagi
Major Motoko Kusanagi, also known as just Major, is a cyborg and leader of Public Security Section 9, a police force in Japan. She has incredible abilities including super strength, speed, and agility. She’s also equipped with a cloaking device, giving her the power of invisibility. With almost near immortality and the ability to complete any mission presented to her, the Major isn’t someone you want to mess with.
Though eventually defeated in the Cell Saga in Dragon Ball Z, Android 18 is arguably one of the most powerful female characters in anime history. She defeated Super Sayain Vegeta and potentially could have defeated Fusion Piccolo if they weren’t interrupted by Cell. Her insane level of strength and speed made her virtually unstoppable at the time. She almost became the World Martial Arts champion…if she hadn’t let Hurcule win, she would have. She eventually settled down with Krillin and took care of her child, Marron.
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