30 Strongest Manga Characters of All Time (RANKED)
The history of manga is rich with different characters. Some of them are cute, some of them evil, some of them powerful, and so forth. In this article, you will find a list of the strongest manga characters we know from various sources, ranking them from 30th to 1st place based on their powers and abilities. This list isn’t going to be fully objective since each franchise has its own set of rules and frames, but we have done our best in giving you a relatively valid scale. While you’re at it, check out our list of strongest anime characters, and by the way, it’s much much longer.
30. Eren Yeager
Franchise: Attack on Titan
The Founding Titan is one of the nine Titans created from the fission of Ymir Fritz’s soul. The first Titan ever, he is capable of commanding other Titans and manipulating the memories of most Eldia. The current wielder is Eren Yeager, but he is unable to use the full range of abilities due to his lack of royal blood.
According to Marley’s Titan Biology Research Society, the Founding Titan is the crossing point of the “paths” connecting all people of Ymir and Titans. For this reason, the Marley sometimes call it the Coordinate.
Franchise: Dragon Ball
Korin is a hermit who lives atop a very high tower that bears his name. He is the keeper of the Almighty’s palace, which sits just above, at the heavenly sanctuary. Korin has the appearance of a large, white, bipedal cat who always carries a walking stick.
To see it, you have to climb on your own to the top of the tower, which is guarded by an Indian giant and rises above the clouds (Son Goku takes more than a whole day to reach the top, the first time).
Korin possesses the sacred elixir which, according to legend, increases the power of fighters. But in order to have the right to drink it, it is necessary to manage to tear it from his hands, which is not easy because the master is very agile and fast. When he was young, Master Roshi took three years to get there
Franchise: Demon Slayer
Kokushibo was an extremely powerful swordsman, considered the strongest of the Twelve Moon Demons and the second strongest Demon in the series, after Muzan Kibutsuji. As one of the oldest demons in the series, he has fought numerous demon hunters and gained immense experience and knowledge in combat.
He was able to easily decipher the methods and skills of at least two Pillars and crush them in battle. As a breath user, he possessed high levels of strength and reflexes, which were further enhanced by his Demon physiology. General abilities and skills allowed Kokushibo to defeat the two Pillars with minimal effort and then fight on par with Gyomei, who was considered the most powerful Demon Slayer in the Corps.
Even when Gyomei and Sanemi awakened their Demon Slayer Marks, which increased his physical abilities far beyond their limit, he was still able to withstand both of them at the same time.
Franchise: Jujutsu Kaisen
A high-level Curse born out of hatred of humans, it is capable of taking human form, its goal is the extermination of humanity. He is sadistic, immature, and enjoys playing with human emotions, even when his life is in danger. He believes that life has no value or meaning and therefore everyone should do what they want with it.
This mentality seems to come from his ability to perceive and manipulate souls, which makes him see souls (and by extension the heart) as nothing more than an object.
His occult power allows him to manipulate his soul and those of others by changing the shape of his body and that of others, thus allowing him to transfigure the bodies of his victims by transforming them into monsters in his service.
26. Obanai Iguro
Franchise: Demon Slayer
As one of the Hashira, he is one of the most powerful swordsmen in the entire organization. Obanai ponders every step he takes and tries not to panic in any situation. He starts an attack when he recognizes what his opponent is capable of. Such a lead often allows him to win.
Iguro is able to bend his sword at all possible angles, although his sword is exactly the same as that of other people. His sword can slide into small slits like a snake.
Obanai, who was always partially blind in his right eye, developed a fighting technique using his Kaburamaru snake. Kaburamaru is able to read enemy attacks and transmit this information to Obanai. This technique is shown in full when Obanai is completely blind due to Muzan, but can still fight as if nothing had happened.
25. Ryomen Sukuna
Franchise: Jujutsu Kaisen
A high-level Curse, unquestionably considered the king of Curses because of his power and malice. According to legend, Sukuna was a human-like four-armed demon that appeared during the time of witchcraft.
The wizards of the time were unable to exorcise her, so they stored her 20 fingers as cursed charms, hoping that one day they would be destroyed. He is currently the “guest” of Yūji Itadori’s body.
24. Shigeo Kageyama
Franchise: Mob Psycho 100
Shigeo is the main protagonist of the story. He is an eight-year high school student nicknamed Mob, a psychic with powerful abilities. He is not good at expressing how he feels and since childhood, he has rarely felt or shown any emotion. Mob thinks that his power is not necessary for his life, so he avoids using them.
He suppresses his emotions to keep his power in check, but when the percentage of his accumulated feelings reaches 100%, Mob is overcome by the strongest emotion he is feeling at the moment and unleashes all the extent of his powers. Mob works as an assistant at Arataka Reigen’s spiritual council for 300 yen an hour.
He was initially asked to join his school’s telepathy club to prevent it from being disbanded, but Mob ends up joining the bodybuilding club to be popular and impress the girl he likes. He is also credited as the “urabanchō” of Sal High School, being referred to as “White Poison Shirt”, but this fact remains unknown to many, including Mob also possesses an unknown power, as explained by the narrator during his battle with Teruki, which far exceeds even the height of his abilities, but is uncontrollable and only awakens when unconscious.
23. Baraggan Louisenbairn
Baraggan Louisenbairn is an Arrancar in the army of Sōsuke Aizen and the second Espada. Previously, Baraggan ruled Las Noches as the God-King of Hueco Mundo. Before Aizen’s rise, Baraggan was the former god-king of Hueco Mundo and is regal, selfish, and full of pride. He does not hesitate to impose his perceived authority on others and take on the leadership role after Sōsuke Aizen, whom he calls “the Boss”, is trapped.
22. Naruto Uzumaki
Naruto Uzumaki is a fictional character, the main protagonist of the Naruto manga invented by Masashi Kishimoto. In the universe of the series, Naruto is a young ninja from the village of Konoha. Host to the nine-tailed fox demon, a creature that has attacked the village in the past, he is rejected by the other villagers.
His ambition is to become Hokage, the village chief, in order to gain the respect of the inhabitants. With a cheerful and determined character, he manages over the course of the series to befriend several ninjas of the village and especially with Sasuke Uchiha, whom he considers his brother and rival.
21. Byakuya Kuchiki
Byakuya Kuchiki is the 28th chief of the Kuchiki clan, one of the four great noble clans of the Soul Society. He is also the captain of the 6th Division of the Gotei 13. His former lieutenant was Ginjirō Shirogane and his current lieutenant is Renji Abarai. As the 28th chief of the Kuchiki clan, Byakuya acts aristocratically. He always appears calm and apathetic towards others, even when he gets deeply into conflict.
20. “The Dwarf in the Flask”
Franchise: Fullmetal Alchemist
The original Homonculus (Father) is the main antagonist of the manga Fullmetal Alchemist. The enigmatic leader of the Homonculi, he is a mysterious being who strongly resembles Van Hohenheim, although he looks older. He is the father (hence his nickname “Father”) of the Homonculi, whom he directs in order to accomplish his ultimate goal on the “Promised Day.” Its name is due to its origin.
Indeed, it is the basis of the first artificial being created by Alchemy, the “The Dwarf in the Flask” as Hohenheim nicknames it, because it could not live in the open air or it would dissipate. Specifically, it was created during the golden age of the Kingdom of Xerxes by the alchemists of the time, who used the blood of a slave to give birth to it.
It later turned out that this slave was Van Hohenheim. It was Homonculus who gave him this name, who had hitherto been called Slave No. 23, and who taught him the basics of knowledge which enabled him to become an apprentice to the Alchemists with whom he was in the service.
19. Sōsuke Aizen
Sōsuke Aizen is the former captain of the 5th Division of the Gotei 13. He later left the Soul Society with his followers Gin Ichimaru and Kaname Tōsen. His lieutenant was Momo Hinamori. He was previously a lieutenant in the 5th Division under Shinji Hirako. After Aizen waged war against the Soul Society with an army of Arrancar, he was defeated by Ichigo Kurosaki and sealed by Kisuke Urahara and then imprisoned for his crimes.
18. Kenpachi Zaraki
Kenpachi Zaraki is the current captain of the 11th Division of the Gotei 13. He is the eleventh Kenpachi to hold this position. His first lieutenant was Yachiru Kusajishi and his current lieutenant is Ikkaku Madarame. Although he is known as a violent fighter, Kenpachi’s actions are usually for the best. Kenpachi lives to fight and loves a good fight more than anything.
He even holds back to make a fight last longer. He claims that injury and death are nothing more than the price of a good fight. Despite his tendency to be brutal, Kenpachi usually stops a fight when his opponent is too injured to fight back, and claims he is not interested in “fighting weak people who can no longer fight,” and he does do not feel obliged to deal with a fatal blow to those who can no longer fight.
17. Jūshirō Ukitake
Jūshirō Ukitake is the captain of the 13th Division. He suffers from a serious lung disease (tuberculosis) which bothers him during certain fights and most of his functions are taken over by his subordinates. Her hair turned white three days after the first manifestation of her illness.
He is very involved in the execution of Rukia, as it is part of his division and he watches over his subordinates like a father. Since the command center does not cancel the execution, it will save Rukia by destroying the Sokyoku, the execution spear. Despite his illness, he is a very powerful shinigami, he is one of the few who has a Zanpakutō transforming into twin swords during shikai.
Alucard is one of the first vampires to exist, if not the first. Usually dressed in a rather dilapidated costume probably dating from the 19th century and his famous bright red coat and hat, Alucard has long black hair, and sports a pair of yellow-tinted glasses.
However, depending on whether he has lifted the seals (barriers intended to limit the use of his abilities) or not, his appearance changes. He then finds himself with longer hair escaping down to his lower back and sometimes swaps his eternal coat for a black leather jumpsuit covered with buttons, holding more of the straitjacket than the hero costume.
15. Muzan Kibitsuji
Franchise: Demon Slayer
As the first Demon, Muzan’s powers surpass anything seen before. Muzan is so strong that he was able to withstand the confrontation with five Hashia and Tanjiro at the same time.
So strong is he, that he was able to leave Tanjiro on the brink of death, as well as several Hashira, and had it not been for the timely intervention of Chachamaru and the antidotes he supplied to the Hashira and Tanjiro so that they could survive the effects of the poison present in his blood – they would have died.
After 30 minutes of combat, Muzan manifested whips from his legs, increasing his attack speed exponentially, to a point where he instantly defeated five Hashira who were exhausted: Gyomei, Giyu, Sanemi, and Obanai, as well as Zenitsu and Inosuke at the same time, while leaving Kanao paralyzed with fear and with her sword broken.
14. Coyote Starrk
Coyote Starrk is an Arrancar and the Primera (1st) Espada of Sōsuke Aizen’s army, along with his other half, Lilynette Gingerbuck. Starrk is a lazy, disinterested man who spends a lot of time sleeping, and no one but Lilynette Gingerbuck, his other half, seems to be trying to stop him. Despite being the senior Espada, he is unwilling to take a leadership role, allowing Baraggan Louisenbairn to take on the battle in Mock Karakura Town.
He is not particularly interested in what is going on around him, although he is an observer and a skilled analyst. Unlike many Espada, he is not inherently violent or overly arrogant. Before meeting Aizen, Starrk hated the loneliness he felt in the world, but often couldn’t avoid it, as his mere presence killed others around him. He envied the weak and wanted to be like them because they could travel in groups.
Franchise: Dragon Ball
Piccolo’s grandfather is Katatts, who was a great leader of the Nameks. Around the year 242, he gave birth to a son, The Almighty, who would become God on earth. On the day Katatts passed away in AD 261, massive climate change took place on planet Namek.
However, Katatts manages to save his son by sending him to planet Earth in a Namek spaceship before dying along with almost everyone else on the planet. The only survivor of this situation was Guru, who gradually restored the population.
After his death, Katatts remained in Guru’s memory. Arrived as a child on earth, The Almighty awaits his parents for several months, until adulthood. When he wanted to be the god of planet Earth, the previous God refused because evil was lurking in his heart. Thus The Almighty separates from his evil side, which takes the form of the self-proclaimed king Piccolo Daimaô.
12. Monkey D. Luffy
Franchise: One Piece
Monkey D. Luffy, often referred to as the Straw Hat Luffy, is inducted as a boy with an elastic body, a faculty he developed after eating a Devil Fruit. He is the founder and captain of the Straw Hat crew.
His lifelong dream is to become the Pirate King by finding the legendary treasure, the One Piece, left behind by the late Pirate King, Gol D. Roger. According to him, the pirate king is the freest man in the world. After his actions on Totto Land and against Emperor Big Mom, he is currently considered by the world press as the 5th Emperor.
11. Yoriichi Tsugikuni
Franchise: Demon Slayer
Yoriichi is the most powerful known character in the history of the series and the most powerful swordsman and Demon Hunter, born with the Demon Slayer Mark and the Transparent World. As a kid not trained in sword skills, he was able to defeat a trained sword instructor and was called a miracle.
After training as a Demon Hunter, Yoriichi was able to defeat several Demons. He single-handedly managed to corner Muzan Kibutsuji and left him on the brink of death until he managed to escape. Muzan considered Yoriichi to be a real monster. Shortly before his death, at the age of 85, he fought with his older twin brother Kokushibo, who had turned into a demon.
Despite his extreme age and apparent blindness, he quickly gained the upper hand in battle in one move, even cutting his brother’s throat before he died on his feet. Kokushibo himself admits that if Yoriichi had fired a second blow before dying, he would have killed him, commenting that Yoriichi’s strength had not yet been matched.
10. Kaguya Ōtsutsuki
Kaguya Ōtsutsuki is a member of the main family of the Ōtsutsuki Clan who is the central underlying antagonist of the Naruto series. Unlike her relatives, Kaguya decided to keep the world to herself after eating a fruit from the Divine Tree in that world, becoming a part of the tree while using it and Rinnesharigan to subject the world to the Infinite Tsukuyomi to end everything.
While Kaguya was revered as the “Rabbit Goddess”, Kaguya was consumed by her power and eventually lost faith in humanity by turning the humans assimilated by the Divine Tree into her personal army of White Zetsus as a defense against her Eastern kin and the other gruesome acts that Kaguya caused the then powerless people to denounce her as “Demon”.
9. Satoru Gojō
Franchise: Jujutsu Kaisen
A sorcerer who works as a teacher at the Tokyo Institute of Occult Arts. He is the teacher of Itadori, Megumi and Nobara. He convinces his superiors to keep Yuji alive until he has consumed all of Sukuna’s fingers. He is a complex individual, as he is usually easygoing and playful towards people like his students and colleagues, but rude to his superiors.
Although he has never been mentioned, he has a strong relationship with the young witch Maggie. He has chosen to teach young sorcerers to raise a new generation that can change the ruling class of witchcraft from within, which he considers too closed and conservative. He is very confident in his abilities and reputation as a powerful sorcerer.
Although he has given himself the nickname “The Strongest”, most allies and enemies agree that he is one of the most dangerous people alive. As a result, he is widely respected and revered by sorcerers, even those of the sister school in Kyoto, and has a high influence in the world of witchcraft.
Use his magical power to control the space around him in countless ways. He also possesses the “Six Eyes” power, which gives him semi-clairvoyance. He is able to detect the presence of other people, perceive dangers and know the abilities of his adversaries. During the events of Shibuya, he is sealed by Kenjaku.
8. Shunsui Kyōraku
Shunsui Sakuranosuke Jirō Kyōraku is the captain of the 1st Division and Captain-Commander of the Gotei 13. His lieutenants are his niece, Nanao Ise and Genshirō Okikiba. He is the former captain of the 8th Division. Shunsui Kyōraku is a tall, light-skinned Shinigami with high cheekbones, gray eyes, and long wavy brown hair. His hair is tied in a long ponytail and has long bangs that frame the left side of his face. He also has a noticeable amount of body hair on his chest, feet, and arms.
Franchise: Dragon Ball
Beerus is the god of destruction of the seventh universe. He first appears as the main antagonist in the film Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Gods and then, subsequently, becomes a major character in the Dragon Ball Super series. He physically resembles a purple-colored cat with bunny ears.
With a rather childish temperament, he can easily get angry and become very violent if he does not get what he wants. He was the one who locked the oldest of the gods Kaios in the Z-Sword. He comes out of a very long nap after having a dream in which he sees himself facing a powerful warrior without knowing who it is.
This dream follows the oracle fish’s premonition that revealed to Beerus shortly before he fell asleep that he would be called upon to fight a powerful opponent.
6. Genryūsai Shigekuni Yamamoto
Genryūsai Shigekuni Yamamoto was the captain of the 1st division of the Gotei 13 and also the captain of all the Gotei 13. His lieutenant was Chōjirō Sasakibe. As the captain-commander of Gotei 13, Yamamoto is held in high regard by most of the Shinigami, particularly Sajin Komamura, who regards Yamamoto as a benefactor who saved his life.
An embodiment of belief, Yamamoto closely follows Soul Society’s laws and regulations and expects the same from others. He is not a man who tolerates disobedience and speaks to those who try to act that way. He gets angry quickly at possible betrayal and can be quite aggressive in combat. He referred to those he faced in battle as “young” and he referred to the battle as “beating” or “punishment”.
ZeedMillenniummon is a Mega-level Evil God Digimon that appeared as a foe in the Digimon Adventure and Digimon Xros Wars tie-in materials. He is the final form of Moon=Millenniummon. Flying freely between space and time, he is an entity of evil that is still trying to destroy all eras and worlds, the destruction being his only real goal. Although a Digimon will become a Digi-Egg if defeated in battle, there are very rare occasions when it has instead been reborn from within the corpse of its data.
According to one theory, when Millenniummon died in a furious battle, the dark soul he possessed was reborn as ZeedMillenniummon, the ultimate evil of the Digital World. Also, as for the bands which wrap around ZeedMillenniummon, it is said that they are like chains that suppress his abilities, but it is unknown who could cast such a spell on ZeedMillenniummon since there is no known Digimon stronger than him. However, it is foretold that if it is released from this spell, it will rain unfathomable destruction upon the Digital World and every known reality.
Yhwach, often referred to simply as “Your Majesty” by his subordinates, is the father of the Quincy and the Emperor of Wandenreich with the designation “A” – “The Almighty”. He is the son of the Soul King. Yhwach is a self-proclaimed lover of peace who hates conflict and believes that painful battles should be over as soon as possible.
He holds the first generation of Gotei 13 in high respect, as they were Shinigami who could sow fear into his heart. He particularly admired Genryūsai Shigekuni Yamamoto, whom he called a demon because he treated his subordinates like waste ashes. Yhwach despises values like justice and honor, which is why he hates how the Gotei 13 has become “weak” in the 1000 years of his absence.
Franchise: One-Punch Man
Saitama is a young man who has lost his taste for life and frequently fights mysterious beings to help him to become a powerful hero. His training involves ten kilometers of running, a hundred push-ups, a hundred sit-ups, a hundred squats, every day.
After “intensive” training, Saitama notices two changes: he has grown terribly strong, to the point of defeating his enemies in one fell swoop, and has lost all of his hair.
Its main attack is the famous “One Punch”, a simple punch that can defeat very powerful enemies like the King of the Seas, Ashura Rhino, the King of the Underworld, a gigantic meteorite, and many more.
2. Son Goku
Franchise: Dragon Ball
Son Goku, whose real name is Kakarot, is the main hero of the Dragon Ball manga. Living alone in the mountains far from the city, he inherits a four-star ball known as the Dragon Ball, which he keeps as a memento of his grandfather Son Gohan.
He befriends a teenage girl named Bulma. Together, they embark on the quest for the Seven Dragon Balls which, when gathered, summon the wish-granting dragon Shenron. During his adventures, he finds new friends who follow him on his journey. As Goku grows, he saves the Earth and the universe safe from the bad guys.
Franchise: Dragon Ball
King Zeno is the supreme god who dominates all the universes and supervises the Kaio, the Kaio gods, the gods of destruction, and the angels. He is the one who has the right of life or death over the twelve universes that make up the whole world, which does not fail to frustrate Frieza in the process.
He is feared by all, by his extraordinary and omnipotent power. Despite everything, he has a very childish and very happy character. He is a fairly impartial character who can sport a cold, expressionless gaze at times when something displeases him, which does not fail to immediately cool his interlocutors.