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.”
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:
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.
His immortality and fighting abilities make him the badass that he is.
2. Revy (Black Lagoon)
Revy is PURE BADASS!
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: