One certain factor behind the skyrocketing fame of anime is its unavoidable badass characters.
It’s a considerable beauty of anime, whether you look at the main protagonist or supporting cast, you always find something intriguing about characters.
Characteristics of Most Badass Anime Characters!
Badass anime characters exhibit extraordinary strength, skill, and confidence. They face insurmountable odds with unwavering determination, possessing unique abilities and often sporting a mysterious, cool demeanor. Their indomitable spirit, coldness and fearlessness make them most unforgettable badass anime characters.
Let me clear that these aren’t your run-of-the-mill heroes: they’re the epitome of coolness and power.
So, buckle up, because we’re diving into a world where explosions, epic battles, and unbreakable spirits reign supreme. Get ready to meet the ultimate badasses of the anime universe, where awesomeness knows no limits!
Anime: Demon Slayer
As we are beginning our hunt for the most badass characters in anime history, we already have the most cruel and cold antagonist “Doma of Demon Slayer Anime.”
Yup, I agree that Demon Slayer is already overflowing with op characters such as Sanemi, Kokushibu, and Yorichi but Doma literally fits in the list of badassery.
Despite being less powerful than the upper rank 1 demon, Doma never fears pissing off Demon King Muzan. Therefore he’s the least favorite upper rank of Muzan’s due to his defying personality.
Apart from power levels, Doma would never hesitate to brutally kill anyone, despite he has created his own eternal Paradise where he feasts on beautiful women. With insane power and a cringe personality, Doma is a terrifyingly badass.
Anime: Hell’s Paradise
Scowling under a mop of scraggly white hair, Gabimaru’s ruthless gaze sends a chill through all who meet his steely or dead eyes. Gabimaru has been quite popular with the fearsome nickname “The Hollow“.
He has been raised by an emotionless shinobi clan to accomplish mercenary tasks, and until he marries his wife, he has done his shady work without a single regret.
Apart from being insanely powerful and brutal, Gabimaru The Hollow doesn’t go carnage without having a solid reason. & If he finds a solid reason, there’s no stopping the rampage of this cold MC.
28: Ken Kaneki
Anime: Tokyo Ghoul
If we would have ranked these characters according to the Manga storyline, believe me, Ken Kaneki would have found way higher than this position.
Besides blaming, we have witnessed enough material to determine his level of badassery. From a wholesome boy to becoming the super badass Half Ghoul, Ken has suffered a lot of torture and drama throughout storyline.
For me, the most badass and cold scene of Ken Kaneki was his white hair color transformation after suffering the insane ruthless torture by Jason.
For reference, whenever you witness the protagonist stopping the punch with a still face or change his hair color, the worst time of antagonists destined to begin from there.
27: Mereoleona Vermillion
Anime: Black Clover
Believe me, I really wanted to pick Yami Sukehiro for this list but somehow ended up picking Mereoleona Vermillion, commonly known as the most badass female character of Black Clover anime.
Her short temper, loud voice, aggressiveness, and lack of moral sense of sexuality give her the upper hand on Yami. We have seen even Yami fearing to talk about this troublesome lady.
Recently in the movie “Black Clover; The Sword of the Wizard King,” we have seen the sparkling dual of Mereleona and former Wizard King, which proves she’s a more reliable contender on the list of most badass anime characters than Yami.
Anime: Undead Unluck
This patch-faced freak is insanely reckless that if he didn’t have the unique ability of UNDEAD, he would have died countless times.
Until meeting Fuuko, Andy’s only motive was just to find some new method to get himself killed because his unique ability always doesn’t let him die.
Even a nuclear Missile is not enough to kill this reckless maniac. He would be ranked much higher in this list but as he is quite an honest and righteous person, therefore he’s a little less competent to rank any higher in the list of most badass anime characters.
25: Naofumi Iwatani
Anime: Rising Of The Shield Hero
Apart from his caring nature for his party members, Naofumi Iwatani is the epitome of badassery when it comes to hatred and a self-centered approach.
The reason for Naofumi’s coldness and selfishness is the betrayal and humiliation by Kingdom’s Elite and his fellow Hero members. That leads Naofumi to become the most powerful and reliable unsung shield hero.
Featuring power levels, Naofumi was the only one got appraised by the other world Hero “Glass,” who has defeated other 3 cardinal heroes with ease. Talking about boldness and hatred, we have seen even the dreadful dragon considering Naofumi’s hatred more denser than his.
With a cursed shield and blood-sacrificing powers, this zero to hero anime character is really something to be praised for.
24: Tsukasa Shishio
Anime: Dr. Stone
You can consider Tsukasa Shishio physically as the most powerful and badass anime character in the post-apocalyptic world of Dr.Stone anime.
On one side the protagonist is utilizing scientific knowledge to revive the collapsed world while on other side Tsukasa Shishio; a bizarre ideology antagonist is willing to commit every horrible act to see Earth remained in a stone age.
We witnessed a glimpse of his monstrous power when he knocked out a gigantic lion with his single punch.
A horrible act that solidifies his cold nature is when he shatters statues of adults to prevent their revival. As the statues can be revived, his merciless act is well considered as a mass murder.
Anime: Dragon Ball Super
Man, I should really have shown some respect to this quiet-ass dude, who has given the tough time to Goku in its supreme form “Mastered Ultra Instinct.”
Quite from the outside and blazing from the inside, Jiren is the unavoidable character of Dragon Ball Super that even gods were afraid of.
He was quite famous in tournament of power with a title of “Only mortal stronger than gods.” Thanks to his stoic and calm manner as well as his air of invincibility. Jiren was really something else in terms of power and coldness,
Even with the combined efforts of Goku, Vegeta, and other formidable fighters from Universe 7, this dude appeared to be practically invincible.
22: Kiyotaka Ayankoji
Anime: Classroom Of The Elite
This dude is the definition of a badass protagonist! Kiyotaka’s coldness is legendary; it’s like nothing can rattle him.
From the beginning of season 2, the way he used his admirers for his own good has confused fans with his anti-heroic vibe.
Apart from being cold and emotionless protagonist, he unexpectedly excels in athletics, and he possesses a complex strategical mind along with tactical fight skills enough to overthrow triple to his size opponents.
In anime, we have seen Kiyotaka giving tough times to the school council president in a race. Also, we have seen him obliterating Ryuuen and his mighty gang without any trouble.
As a whole, he’s got calm and composed vibe that makes him stand out among the most badass anime characters.
Anime: Beyblade Metal Masters
The Beyblade Metal Saga’s Ryuga is an antagonist who has become an anti-hero. Ryuga wasn’t a villain initially, but the Bey Lightning L-Drago possessed him and corrupted him with its destructive powers.
Ryuga possesses the most important trait of being badass which is working alone in distant and horrifying areas to master his bey blade skills.
To highlight his powers from the perspective of anime, his Beyblade was the only one that can soaked the opponent’s power and spin endlessly.
I bet if anyone would have watched Beyblade anime before, he would definitely know the importance of Ryuga’s entrance.
How he chills the atmosphere with his blazing L Drago powers was a treat to watch in those days.
20: Osamu Dazai
Anime: Bungo Stray Dogs
While most mortal men quake at the thought of death, Osamu Dazai simply shrugs – after all, he can kick the Grim Reaper’s scythe out of his bony hands any day of the angsty week.
This lazy-looking freak is always 10 steps ahead of his foes. Honestly, Dazai is a super mysterious man who was born to rule the Mafia of Bungo Stray Dogs.
I remember his badass quotes send chills down my spine whenever I remember them. Wanna feel! Check out his saying when the gun was pointing at his head from close.
Quote: “I hope you can see the joy in my eyes. With just single press of your finger, you can give me what I desire most.”
Anime: Chainsaw Man
Well, it’s easy to pick Makima or our boy Denji for this rank, but remember; sometimes supporting characters exude a much more monstrous aura than the main cast within less screen time.
The same happens here with Kishibe, the dead-cold strongest member of special division 4 according to Makima herself.
For instance, the way Kishibe chopped Denji and Power on the first day of their training was horrifying, and all thanks go to Mappa for such showcasing of Kishibe’s dominance.
You can judge the level of his badassery by such quote; “You know, the devil hunters that devils are scared of are the ones with the most screws loose.”
18: L Lawliet
Anime: Death Note
No doubt! L is a genius detective with this quirky and mysterious vibe that just hooks you in. L’s got this poker-faced coolness that makes you wonder what’s going on in his head all the time.
He consistently stays one step ahead of everyone else because to his exceptional deductive abilities.
While playing mental dual with the main protagonist “Light Yagami,” L stays calm and collected throughout, playing mind games like a boss, leaving you on the edge of your seat. Total badassery right there!
After the unique storyline of Death Note Anime, the second most remarkable thing about Death Note anime was the rivalry between both badass geniuses.
17: Zoro Roronoa
Anime: One Piece
Let’s praise the swordsman with mad skills and scars Zoro Roronoa of One Piece anime, who has been giving us top-tier fights with a no-nonsense attitude for almost a decade now.
Zoro’s dream is to become the world’s greatest swordsman, and he’ll cut down anyone who stands in his way without boasting about his abilities.
His loyalty to the crew and Captain Luffy is unwavering, and he’s always ready to lay down his life for them as the most reliable crew member.
When Zoro’s party was ambushed by a swarm of adversaries, he simply took on an entire army by himself, slicing through them like butter, Yup I am quoting an entire army!
As a skilled swordsman, when his third sword comes out, audiences stand on their toes to witness the sparkling action of Zoro’s skills.
16: Cid Kagenou
Anime: The Eminence In Shadow
Beneath his seemingly lame exterior dwells the soul of a true shadow mastermind. I am talking about the badass and OP anime protagonist, Cid Kagenou, who possesses an incalculable hunger for power.
On the surface, he looks and acts like a dumb sidekick, but from the shadows he pulls the strings, guiding nations to dance to his sinister tune.
This cold freak has built a whole organization of hot chicks named Shadow Garden, yet he’s quite an unromantic and emotionless character who gets lusty only to show off.
15: Koro Sensei
Anime: Assassination Classroom
Koro Sensei from Assassination Classroom is hands down one of the most badass anime characters.
He is a strong and mysterious creature with superhuman strength and speed, making him nearly invincible despite his goofy appearance.
He is a cold-hearted and calculating teacher who does not show pity to those who attempt to kill him, well he’s one who has tasked his students to assassinate him.
You may have remembered the event when government sent an elite team to take him down, but Koro Sensei effortlessly parried each of their blows, leaving them dazed.
Apart from most badass anime mentor, Koro Sensei is well known for his profound life lessons.
Anime: One Punch Man
Garao is one heck of an antagonist in One Punch Man. It’s not odd to call him a total powerhouse packed with mad martial arts skills.
But what’s really nuts is how he faced Saitama, the unbeatable hero, and made him sweat for real. Jokes apart, Saitama have a hard time dealing with this guy.
Garao took on a whole bunch of Class-A heroes; he thrashed ’em like they were beginners. That event cemented his reputation as the baddest dude around.
Frankly speaking, Garao’s cold character was the only good thing that audiences still root for.
Anime: Darker Than Black
Hei is known as the Black Reaper, a gifted man with electric-based abilities who works as a Contractor.
Just don’t let his unassuming appearance fool you; as he got some epic combat skills and powers that can fry anyone who gets in his way.
He’s quite complex character who might seem like a self-centered protagonist but there’s more to his story. His icy exterior hides a conflicted and caring heart.
A defining event that showcases his badass nature is when he infiltrates the Syndicate, a powerful organization behind the Contractors. In this intense arc, Hei faces off against other formidable Contractors, showcasing his incredible combat prowess.
12: Toji Fushiguro
Anime: Jujutsu Kaisen
Calling Toji Fushiguro a total beast would be fair enough regarding how he chopped fans’ beloved Satoru Gojo in Jujutsu Kaisen season 2 episode 3.
He’s got insane cursed energy and combat skills. He was the ultimate challenge for Satoru Gojo, the unbeatable sorcerer. They clashed in an short but intense battle that shook the ground and the entire jujutsu world.
Everyone was in awe of Toji’s strength and persistence as he pushed Gojo to the edge. Toji is unquestionably a creepy badass in the Jujutsu Kaisen world.
Bluntly speaking, Sukuna could be a better antagonist from the Jujutsu world regarding power level and screen time, but Toji my boy was a heck of a beast who even die while standing with a smiling face.
11: Lelouch V Britannia
Anime: Code Geass
Lelouch V Britannia from Code Geass is one epic protagonist, and he’s got some serious badass vibes going on.
What makes him stand out is his unique Geass power – he can command anyone to obey him without question. But such Op powers become handy as our protagonist is not all goody-two-shoes.
Lelouch is incredibly egotistical and motivated by retaliation against Britannia for mistreating him and his sister.
He becomes the masked vigilante “Zero” to lead the rebellion against Britannia in order to build a better world for his dear ones.
He stops at nothing to achieve his goals, even if it means sacrificing everything. He’s ready to bear the burden of his actions, making him an badass anti-hero like no other.
10: Hisoka Morrow
Anime: Hunter X Hunter
Well, how come a skilled and sadistic magician with a twisted love for fighting strong opponents should not be included in the list of most badass characters anime characters?
We are talking about the creepy cool and crazy powerful Bungee Gum ability possessor “Hisoka Morow.”
Mark my words; he’s not your typical hero looking to save the day. No, Hisoka is all about personal gain and satisfaction.
He’s willing to do whatever it takes to achieve his desires even if it means betraying or manipulating others.
Hisoka is a fan favorite despite having a twisted personality because of his magnetism and mystique.
Hunter x Hunter’s insanely powerful and conceited protagonist keeps us on our toes since you never know what he’ll do next.
9: Light Yagami
Anime: Death Note
You can surely say, within anime, people begin to root for anti-heroes because of Light Yagami’s sensational character.
He finds the Death Note, a book that gives him the power to kill anyone whose name he writes in it, and he immediately assumes the roles of judge, jury, and executioner without showing any reluctance.
You got to admit that his god complex is off the charts, and he stops at nothing to achieve his vision of a crime-free world, even if it means sacrificing innocent lives.
As a overpowered protagonist, he sees himself as the savior of humanity, but the lines between justice and tyranny blur as he becomes a merciless villain or the most complex antagonist of anime history.
8: Youjiro Hanma
Youjiro Hanma from Baki is an absolute beast of an antagonist, renowned as the most powerful creature on Earth.
This dude is on a whole other level of power and badassery as he can crush bones and take on multiple opponents without breaking a sweat.
His historic fight with his own son Baki is one of the highlights that shows Yujiro’s unrelenting quest for strength, even at the expense of his family.
In the manga series, it was once defined that “Yujiro Hanma was good enough to defeat the entire United States of America.” Even though it is distant from reality, it still sends chills down listeners’ spines.
If you’re looking for a protagonist specifically tailored to be look alike most badass anime character, Alucard is probably the top recommendation.
I bet you can watch this whole series with ease as he ruled every scene of the anime like a creepy looking Superman with glowing eyes.
Alucard has superhuman strength, uncontrollable regeneration, and the ability to control and shape shadows into weapons.
His cold and unyielding nature complements his powers perfectly, making him a fearsome and enigmatic vampire, feared by enemies and allies alike in the dark and violent world of Hellsing.
“Guts” from Berserk is an absolute legend in the anime world, besides how CGI animation has ruined his image.
He is a vengeful character, holding a huge sword and dispatching demons and creatures with ease.
His journey to accomplish his mission is downright terrifying, but that’s what makes Guts so loved by manga readers.
His character development is top-notch, and the way readers connect with his struggles makes him one of the most relatable and iconic protagonists in manga anime history.
5: Levi Ackerman
Anime: Attack On Titan
Being an only anime fan, i was amazed how the hell Levi is not only surviving but dominating the whole show when other characters were struggling to even survive a season.
He’s a one-man wrecking crew, slicing through titans with unmatched skill and precision. His lightning-fast moves and cold, calculated demeanor are downright legendary.
On many events like slicing through beast titan and escorting his whole squad from the dreadful trap of Kenny Ackerman “a badass gunner, Levi’s badassery shines like a supernova.
In short, Levi is the embodiment of a badass anime characters. His mentorship, fearlessness, and icy demeanor set him apart, making him the undisputed king of cool in the Attack on Titan universe.
4: Saturo Gojo
Anime: Jujutsu Kaisen
A boy whose presence on Earth is much like a guardian angel is called Satoru Gojo, a little dumb character with insane capabilities.
If you have readen manga, you definitely know what It takes to mock the mighty Sukuna, and my goofy lad Gojo even has this honor.
Apart from being overpowered magical user blessed with sheer talent, Gojo reflects an unavoidable charisma that captivates everyone who lays eyes on him.
Without mentioning his powers and capabilities, this single line is enough to prove the solidifying badassery of Gojo, “Everyone and literally everyone afraid of being caught in the cursed domain of Gojo.”
in honor of Gojo’s prideful badassness, I want to deliver you goosebumps with his quote. “Through-out Heaven and Earth… I alone am the Honored one.”
3: Madara Uchiha
Anime: Naruto Series
It was surely a tough competition for me to choose between Madara Uchiha and Itachi Uchiha for this rank.
What gives Madara the upper hand is the power level to Itachi. In battles, Madara is like a juggernaut who can take on multiple powerful opponents with ease.
As an Uchiha, he’s got the Sharingan and later awakens the Rinnegan, which means he can control minds, cast illusions, and unleash some god-like abilities.
Overall, Madara Uchiha’s unrivaled skills and desire to transform the world make him a top-tier badass antagonist in the anime world, and he’s made an indelible impression on Naruto fans everywhere.
Anime: Jujutsu Kaisen
In a world of curses and sorcerers, none instill more primordial fear than the dread king of curses himself. I am talking about the honorable father of all badass anime characters “Sukuna“.
Even now, shackled and minimized, Sukuna toys with lesser beings as an eternal emperor might deign to amuse himself with mere playthings.
I am honestly forced to put this badass antagonist in this list after witnessing his manga fight another prodigy Satoru Gojo.
I don’t wanna spoil it but if you know, you know what I meant here.
1: Eren Yaeger
Anime: Attack On Titan
To consider Eren Yeager anime history’s most badass anime character, you need just one line to satisfy yourself that my boy initiates mass genocide just to bring peace to his loved ones.
Attack on Titan, renowned as history’s most depressing anime has blessed us with the proper character development of an Anti-hero.
Just picture Eren’s approach in Marley’s arc, and you’ll find the undisputed king of badassery.
Eren’s journey to achieve power was one of constant struggle and growth but we have witnessed a whole new version of Eren Yeager in Marley act, a version of Eren who can commit any horrible act just to obtain so-called freedom.
On our way to wrapping this list of most badass anime characters, I really want you to feel the badassery of Eren Yeager with a quote.
“I don’t have time to worry if it’s right or wrong, you can’t hope for horror story with a happy ending.”