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Anime is a wonderful and colorful world thanks to the existence of fantasy, superpowers, and out-of-the-box characters. We cannot deny the fact that an anime is more intense, more suspense, and more exciting when the tough guys are present. However, some anime characters are overpowered because of their superpower abilities and magic which is, in reality, is impossible for a normal human to gain. While other characters are born from different fictional races, like Saiyans, Wizards, Mages, Aliens, Demons, Vampires, or Titans, we are much more impressed when a simple human anime character becomes extraordinary because of his superhuman skills.
Of course, when asked who is the strongest in anime history, some of the characters that goes into mind are Goku from Dragon Ball, Ichigo from Bleach, Luffy from One Piece, Naruto of the same anime name, and many others. However, let's consider those anime characters that are purely human in nature, without any magical or non-existent superpowers, and not born from any fictional race. Based on their strength, human power, and fighting spirit alone, here are the top 5 strongest anime male human characters who are impossible to kill.
I hate violence.
— Shizuo Heiwajima, The Strongest Man in Ikebukuro
- Age: 23 at introduction
- Occupation: Bartender, Bodyguard
- Weapon: His body
- Special Skills: Lifting and throwing refrigerator, kicking cars like kick the can, strong punch, fast and agile, strong resistance to pain, (incredible strength in general) and short temper.
- Likes: Sweets, Milk, Desserts
- Dislikes: Anything bitter, like beer
Shizuo is one of the most remarkable characters in the Durarara!! series, dubbed as 'The Strongest Man in Ikebukuro'. Often described as scary, short-tempered, and the strongest, Shizuo is portrayed as a man of violence, as he is usually involved in brawls and is also capable of throwing refrigerator to Izaya and kicking cars while chasing truck. His incredible strength is explained as a product of his unlimited power and inability to shut down his muscles in response to pain. This results in Shizuo's capable of using his full potential, which Shinra describes as something similar to 'adrenaline power'. He is also known for his short temper and hotheadedness, most especially to Izaya. His dangerous image made him one of the toughest guys in the series in terms of physical strength. But even so, he is also described as the handsome blonde guy in a bartender suit who resembles the actor Yuuhei Hanejima, who is actually his little brother Kasuka.
If one can’t live their life the way they want, they might as well die.
— Guts, The Hundred Man Slayer
- Age: 15 in the beginning of Golden Age Arc
- Occupation: Former raid unit leader of mercenary group, Band of the Hawk.
- Weapon: Dragonslayer, Cannon Arm, Repeater Crossbow, Berserker Armor
- Special skills: Master swordsman, incredible strength, great battlefield skills, well-trained fighter since childhood, high pain resistance, strong endurance, and great willpower, strong determination
- Weakness: Tactics and strategy
- Likes: The two Norse war gods, Odin and Týr.
Also known as The Black Swordsman, Guts is a man with big built. He is tall, with muscular body, black short hair, and fierce eyes, with his left eye intentionally closed. At first glance, he appears to be in his thirties, because of his well-built physique. However, he is actually only in his twenties. He has just been hardened by a lifetime of war. He also bears a scar, crossing the bridge of his nose, which was inflicted to him by his foster father during his childhood. Guts is outfitted with a prosthetic limb fitted with an arm cannon. The palm of the metal limb's hand has a magnet, which allows Guts to grasp, along with his remaining arm, the incredibly massive Dragonslayer – the huge and heavy weapon that is recognizable to him. Guts' incredible strength would make him invincible to human, however, most of his survival was largely coincidental.
I'll protect what I want to protect.
— Sakata Gintoki, The White Yaksha
- Age: late 20s
- Occupation: President of Yorozuya, Samurai
- Weapon: Wooden Sword
- Special Skills: Immense physical strength, strong physical endurance, speed and agility, skilled swordsmanship, skilled in battlefied tactics, hand-to-hand combat expert, sleeping with both eyes open, cooking and baking
- Weakness: Swimming
- Likes: Sugar, Sweets, Stawberry Milk, Desserts, Red beans on rice
- Dislikes: Clingy woman
If you think Gintama is all about laugh and jokes, you might want to check it out again. While it can crack you for being the most hilarious anime, it can also crack you for being the best action anime. Also, one of the strongest samurais in the anime history is Gintoki, the president and founder of Yorozuya. He is often portrayed as a very lazy man who always slacks off and doesn't pay the house rent. However, when it comes to battles, his resolve to protect what's important to him is strong, and he won't give up until they are safe. He had fought many enemies whose strength and power is no joke. But what's good about Gintoki is his honesty: he doesn't always win the war. He has tasted losses and defeat but it doesn't mean that he's given up. He is always willing to sacrifice himself just to protect his loved ones, especially his so-called family: Kagura, Shinpachi, and their friends in Kabuki District. While we don't have a clear story of Gintoki's past, except for his childhood days with his master Shouyo, he couldn't be an Amanto or a Yato, right? Therefore, he is definitely a strong human with the heart of a samurai.
Whether I believed in my own abilities, or whether I believed in the decisions of my trusted comrades, in the end no one ever knew what the outcome would be. So I guess… you have to do your best to make a decision that you won’t regret.
— Levi Ackerman, Humanity's Strongest Soldier
- Age: early 30s
- Occupation: Soldier (Survey Corps), Former Thug
- Weapon: 3D Maneuver Gear
- Special skills: Expertise in 3DMG, Awakened power (limited to Ackerman bloodline), formidable physical strength despite his small stature, extraordinary battle skill, sword wielding technique, speed and agility, good precision, flexible, highly intelligent, obsession to cleanliness
- Weakness: Teamwork
- Likes: Tea
- Dislikes: Dirt
Living in a world where titans rule and humans are caged in a wall must be so terrifying. The world of Attack on Titan is probably one of the most horrifying anime worlds that humans wouldn't want to experience in real life. If that happens, we can only hope that Captain Levi will be brought to life to save us. Nicknamed as 'Humanity's Strongest Soldier', Levi Ackerman is the not just the strongest soldier but also the strongest human alive in the series. He grew up as an underground thug with an exceptional survival skills until he is scouted to Survey Corps. So far, Levi has the highest record of individual titan kill-33 titan kills, plus one teamwork titan kill, making it 34. Levi is a very skilled fighter, as he is the only soldier who is capable of taking down the female and beast titan. He holds the 'awakened power' from the Ackerman bloodline, which is also recognized by Mikasa as something unexplainable strength that flows inside them. Besides her superhuman strength, Levi is also known for his smart moves, making him capable of battling with the government using wits. However, he told Eren that he himself doesn't know what the perfect decision is, so he advised him to make a decision that he won't regret.
I'm just a guy who's a hero for fun.
— Saitama, The One-Punch Man
- Age: 25
- Occupation: Professional Hero
- Weapon: His body, especially his fist
- Special skills: Immeasurable speed, strength, and stamina, extraordinary power, supernatural senses, can take down anything in just one punch, invulnerability, psychic resistance, immune to heat, strong pain resistance
- Weakness: Intellectual situations
- Likes: Helping people
- Dislikes: Caped Baldy - His hero nickname given by Hero Association
The strongest hero in the anime world is none other than Saitama from One Punch Man. Unlike your usual hero expectations, Saitama is a lot more simpler in physical appearance. He wears yellow body suit and a white cape with red boots and gloves. He is a bald and ordinary-looking man but his height and weight is proportioned and his body is well-built. He hates being called as Caped Baldy, the hero nickname that was given to him by Hero Association. Initally, Saitama is a handsome-looking guy with brown hair. But he was suffering from anxety back then and crimes continue to happen so he decided to become a hero. However, due to intense physical training, he became bald. He trained intensely for a year and half of 100 daily push-ups, sit-ups, and squats, plus 10 km daily running, until he had achieved some level of superhuman strength. According to him, he had those exrercises in a different level that he thought he might die, and it even resulted in him being bald. Despite the hardship, he continued the training for another year and a half before starting his hero career. He gained unexplainable strength that even Genos and himself do not know where it came from. Upon their fight Genos said to himself that he cannot have the same strength as his sensei, because he is on a totally different level.
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escanor on June 02, 2020:
escanor should be 2
plipplop on August 30, 2019:
what about yujiro hanma from baki?