I wrote this post back in 2012, so obviously there are new anime that came out since then hence there are now much more badass anime characters than the ones listed below.


So, I’ve been thinking about who the most badass characters in (mainstream) anime history are. These could either be the most feared or the most awesome anime characters.

These are those characters that make you pause an episode so that you can bask in the moment of awesomeness you just saw.

They could either be ‘good guys’ or ‘bad guys’; doesn’t matter which…but only one word can be used to describe them: “BADASS.”

10. Orochimaru (Naruto/ Naruto Shippuuden)

This slimy bastard is twisted, scary and awesome at the same time.

His techniques are what really make him such a badass. Be it his body shedding technique, temporary paralysis technique, slithering snake mode…the list goes on.

Remember when he was able to fight against Naruto, who was in the four-tails state? Well, Orochimaru’s body was in a weakened state all that time. And he was still able to hold off the four-tailed Naruto.

How badass is that?

Orochimaru may even be immortal since part of his consciousness is in the cursed seals. And how many people did he give the cursed seals? Quite a number. Recently he was revived by Sasuke. Giving credence to the theory that he might be truly immortal.

Also worth mentioning is his curiosity. He’s always carrying out one experiment or the other. This has led to the improvement of the “Summoning: Impure World Reincarnation” technique (commonly know as Edo Tensei)

Here is the fight between Orochimaru and Naruto in four-tails kyuubi mode:

9. Lelouch vi Britannia (Code Geass)

We all know how ruthless Lelouch can be, especially when he’ s being Zero.

His planning abilities and intelligence just leave you in awe.

His hate for Britannia brings out his true badass identity.

How are these for evil laughs?

And how badass is this?

8. King Bradley (Fullmetal Alchemist)

He is the fuhrer of the Amestris State Military and he is also secretly the Homunculus known as Wrath.

King Bradley may seem harmless, but his true nature is the opposite.

His fighting skills and physical abilities are beyond normal, making him a formidable opponent in battle.

Here is King Bradley in action:

7. Yagami Light (Death Note)

Yagami Light aka Kira is one of the most intelligent and confident anime characters out there.

The mental battle between Light and L was one of the most interesting things I have ever seen.

Light is ruthless and he doesn’t hesitate for a moment when killing people by writing down their names in the Death Note.

He almost got away with fooling EVERYONE…and because of that, he’s definitely a badass.

Yagami Light also has a badass laugh:

6. Sōsuke Aizen (Bleach)

Before Aizen’s true identity was revealed, we all thought that he was probably the softest and most useless captain in the Gotei 13. Then suddenly everything changed…

He faked his own death and then went ahead to kill all the members of the Central 46 Chambers.

Undoubtedly, the epitome of his badassness was when he blocked Ichigo’s attack with only one finger!

While ascending into Hueco Mundo, Aizen removes his glasses and sweeps a hand through his hair, revealing his true badass self.

Here’s Aizen defeating Hitsugaya, Renji, Ichigo and Komamura:

5. Luffy (One Piece)

Luffy is the only pirate to have successfully broken into all the 3 most important government facilities: Enies Lobby, Impel Down and Marineford.

He even punched a world noble right in the face, without a care in the world!

Not to forget that his willpower is on a level of its own.

What’s more badass than when he used his Haoshoku Haki to knock out 50,000 of Hody Jones’ men?

Here’s where Luffy defeated Bellamy with one punch:

And even though it was accidental, Luffy using his conqueror’s haki at marineford was just amazing. It even shocked Aokiji, Kizaru, Ace and Whitebeard:

4. Zaraki Kenpachi (Bleach)

Where do I even begin?

Kenpachi LIVES to battle. He is extremely wild and aggressive and he clearly enjoys the thrill of battle.

Despite not having a bankai , he is still able to fight even better than those who posses it. His strength and raw power are off the charts. He has so much reiatsu that he puts on a special eye-patch to keep it in check.

Remember how, in ‘the lost substitute shinigami’ arc, Kenpachi defeated Giriko with only one swing of his sword? JUST ONE SWING! One swing was all it took to cut Giriko in half, signalling the end of one of the shortest battles EVER.

That is the true definition of being badass!

Here are some of Kenpachi’s great moments:

3. Alucard (Hellsing/ Hellsing Ultimate)

Alucard is brought out as the most powerful vampire ever to exist. He simply cannot be killed! He is so bored with being alive that he purposefully wants to be killed, but no one has been able to do it.

He shows no mercy in his fights, rarely shooting to kill until his target has been totally disabled and humiliated. He even killed some SWAT members by impaling them on flagpoles.

Ruthless indeed!

His immortality and fighting abilities make him the badass that he is.

2. Revy (Black Lagoon)

Revy from Black Lagoon



Just watch the video below and see for yourself…

(In this video we see that she has made approximately 128 kills in Black Lagoon Season 1, Season 2 and in Robertas Blood Trail OVA)

1. Hollow Ichigo (Bleach)

Hollow Ichigo represents the dark side of Ichigo’s soul.

Although Hollow Ichigo takes on several forms, he is generally brutal, sadistic and arrogant.

Without Hollow Ichigo, the real Ichigo would be long dead.

Hollow Ichigo’s swordsmanship skills are exceptional. Of interest is his ‘Deadly Darts’ technique; where he uses Zangetsu’s cloth to swing his zanpakuto and toss it at his opponents.

It was Hollow Ichigo who was able to defeat Ulquiorra. His high-speed regeneration and cero even shocked the ever-unmoved Ulquiorra.

Hollow Ichigo is at the top of the Badass List because he has always been superior to everyone he has ever fought. Strength, speed, stamina…he has it all!

Here is the epic battle between Hollow Ichigo and Ulquiorra:

And Hollow Ichigo vs Muramasa:



  1. This is an amazing list, which i agree too, esp the rank uve put Kenpachi n hollow Ichigo! 😀 if it would be possible to make a list of like the top 40, that would be beta coz 10 jus aint enof to classify these amazing anime characters! But Major props on this one!! 😀

  2. A nice list but its missing one amazing character the badass of badasses, he defeated two shichibukai,the awesome punch to one of the nobilities,causing havok in Ernies Lobby, defeating a sharkman, entering and escaping the most guarded of prisons ‘Impel Down’ and at the War of the Greats Battle at Marineford he showed the marines, the three admirals and the whitebeards what a badass he is. Now he has mastered Haki and going to the New World. Monkey D.Luffy is the ultimate badass.

  3. um i never considered luffy “badass” orochimarus not badass hes just.. crooked, revy is the most badass chick there is in anime, but not nearly as badass kenpachi zeraki, kenpachi should be one of the top 3, hollow ichigo is badass but not quite like kenpachi, sousuke aizen, etc, iv watched around 300 episodes of bleach so far so im rating aizen on that. if i was to put these 10 in order it would be;
    10: orochimaru
    9: luffy
    8: king bradley
    7: lelouch
    6: light yagami
    5: revy
    4: sosuke aizen
    3: alucard
    2: kenpachi zeraki
    1: hollow ichigo

    • forgot to mention theres other badass anime characters that could beat all these, like hei from darker then black and not to mention sabastian michaelis from kuroshitsuji/black butler (hollow ichigo would be 3rd, hei would be 2nd and sabastian would be 1st) theres a lot of ultra badass characters out there, so ignore the animes that are on tv, you named off mostly characters from anime that have been on tv.

      • I appreciate your comments but I have to disagree with you.
        I have watched Kuroshitsuji and Darker than Black, but I do not think that Sebastian and Hei deserve to be on the Top 10 list. Sure they are badass, but not as much as the others on the list.
        And you do have to put popularity of the anime into consideration. How many people know Sebastian and Hei? How many people have watched Kuroshitsuji and Darker than Black? Not that many, well at least in comparison to Bleach, Naruto and other popular anime.
        But then again, this list of ‘Top 10 Most Badass Anime Characters’ is based on my own views.

    • I’d say (after seeing all of the listed), through my opinion Guts is undoubtedly the most badass by far- in fact his whole essence screams it. Due to awarding hollow ichigo as first, clearly our ideas of “Badass” are substantially different (mine not including the character of a maniac). Most people (including the guy who made this list) obviously havn’t watched Beserk, a true classic. People watch so much mainstream thesedays they miss out on the real hidden gems. Sorry, just somewhat saddened that he wasn’t even on the list.

    • Man you missed the best clip guts vs the demons(old anime) bust the best one was vs the hornet_fairy(manga) and for me on this list only ones deserving are revy , bradley and lelouch the rest just look like looney tunes characters

  4. I think that Johan Liebert from Monster should have at least made this list, he is the scariest and most most bad-ass person i have ever seen because unlike the rest of the people on this list he can ACTUALLY EXIST!!! He is the anime world most dangerous villain.

    • Nice list, but I agree with OP Powaa!!!! Zoro is way more badass than luffy, in my opinion he is the most badass character. I think he deserves a spot in at least the top 3.

  5. This is such a bad list, seriously looks like a 10 year old made it, do you think that TRULY all 10 most badasses characters are from mainstream animes? all 10 are from mayor hits? from recent mayor hits, To me it looks like the author is just trying to be appealing, Ikki the phoenix, Spike spiegel, any character from hakuto no ken, the main guy from berzerker(yeah he is kinda homosexual but in imho that kinda makes him more of a badass he just truly doesnt believe hetero makes you manly(even tho he has a romance wiht a woman, he is the most homosexual main guy i have seen ever, You mentioned a character from fma, but what about Scar?(ultimate sacrifice and selflessness is the most mtherfkign baddss thing ever) what about the snake girl(she doesnt give a sht about being weak she is just a knucklehea, plus very unique design)in my opinion snake girl form FMA more badass than revy from black lagoon, because revy suffers from being to exagerated, Being mega strong doesnt make you badass, your ability to intimidate, your fearlessness, your imprudence, your torque your style, and not giving up makes you badass,in my opinion a TRUE badass always loses but goes down swinging like a motherf*cker.

    • you know guts (the main guy from berserk) isnt homo at all… he is homophobic if anything… he shuns direct contact with males ecxept for griffith (who is kinda weird)

  6. “By all means come up with a better list.”
    10.Martel: fullmetal alchemist(knife, lips, snake, tomboy, design)
    9. Spike Spiegel;CowboyBebop (kung fu, lazy, smokes, detective)
    8,Kei Kurono; Gantz (pervert,from hated to loved, fails at love)
    7. Scar ; Full Metal Alchemist (Glasses, ,defecates on the police)
    6. Ikki the phoenix;saint seiya( redemption, nightmarish, resurects)
    5.Yasutora Sado;Bleach(Latin,Tough,fights with fists, selfless)
    4.Bunshichi;Tenjho Tenge(Chills,paciFIST, the strongest in the series but didnt care about that kind of stuff, also he is a pervert xD)
    3.Hollow Ichigo;Bleach(everything has been said, but generally cause he is fun to watch)
    2.Charizard;Pokemon ( he is the Typical big bad dog, Fire, Ash)
    1.Naruto Uzumaki , the lone dog, the underdog, the guy that lost everything he could have, to receive a curse/blessing/burden, an innocent soul unfairly put into an undesirable situation without an say in it, the poor soul who would stop at nothing to be loved by everyone.

    Honorable mentions: Kenpachi, Sanosuke, Ryoga ,Onizuka, Alucard, Mr.0 Crocodile

    other thoughts: Revy from black lagoon, her design was so unimaginative, its basically tomb raider with a tattoo,

    Power does not make a character a baddass, its all about the design the attitude and the background, with the occasional demonstration, sayin a character is badass because he blocked an attack with a finger, thats just sad.

    • Is this what you think about Revy?This “her design…a tattoo” is Untrue.There are so many elements that coexist in Revy that make her very Interesting:The child that was tortured by her violent father,beaten near to death by Evil policemen too.The child who had been denied a happy upbringing..that’s why she became “two hands”. She’s something Superhuman!The Deadly,Too Hard To Die Fighter for her Survival,the one Selfexiled to move in Roanapur.From the other hand she detests this place,wondering about her Real Value as person…The very beautiful with out ever resorting to makeup.
      Due to a strange twist of events she found this Japaneseman,Rock,whom she admires,and loves him as well.He’s the Only Light she has.
      *You call her “unimaginative”?How come in the manga Black Lagoon we see such very Strong Fighting women(and military story arks as well) but not at all in US comics?What’s the matter with american comics writers and they can’t bring us something new-without anymore usage of old characters? **What do you think about Eda the “nun” from the Rip-Off Church?

      • I completely agree. The women characters in US comics are the ones who are actually unimaginative. Revy is a good example of a deviation from the mainstream female characters.

  7. Three characters from bleach really? Pretty fucking stupid. Might think about removing two of them and adding in Kamina or Vegeta.

  8. *sighs* you cant possibly have a complete list of anime badasses without including Sebastian from black butler

  9. I respect your opinion, I really do, but please convince me how is ichigo more baddss than luffy or revy or even alucard. ichigo is not even half baddass as Ace. not to mention you didn’t even mention the most baddass character of all time Spike from cowboy bebbo. I still respect your opinion but you really blow it with ichigo.

    my regards my friend

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  11. I comend the revy and bradley but a list without kenshiro(hokuto) kenshin(rurouni kenshin) gutz jube(from the movie) is just lame even levy is better than these guys the mc from gungrave those are just from the top of my head ane poorly writen (so much injustice) why dont you put peppa on the list as well? that way you would keep the childsh theme

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