30 Strongest Manga Characters of All Time (Ranked)

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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 to give you a relatively valid scale. While you’re at it, check out our list of strongest anime characters; by the way, it’s much longer.

30. Eren Yeager

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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 can command other Titans and manipulate most of Eldia’s memories. The current wielder is Eren Yeager, but he cannot 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.

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29. Korin

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Franchise: Dragon Ball

Korin, a hermit with the appearance of a large white bipedal cat, resides atop the Korin Tower. This towering structure is guarded by an Indian giant and sits above the clouds. Korin holds the sacred elixir that enhances the power of fighters, but obtaining it requires successfully taking it from his agile and fast hands. Master Roshi, in his youth, spent three years climbing the tower to reach Korin and acquire the elixir.

28. Kokushibo

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Franchise: Demon Slayer

Kokushibo, among the Twelve Upper-Moons is considered the second strongest demon after Muzan Kibutsuji, was an exceptionally powerful swordsman with vast combat experience. His proficiency allowed him to easily decipher and defeat Pillars, showcasing remarkable strength and reflexes enhanced by his demon physiology. Kokushibo even held his ground against Gyomei, the most powerful Demon Slayer, and Sanemi, enduring their enhanced abilities with formidable skill.

27. Mahito

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Franchise: Jujutsu Kaisen

Mahito is a high-level Curse, fueled by hatred towards humans, can assume human form and is driven by the goal of exterminating humanity. Possessing a sadistic and immature nature, it takes pleasure in toying with human emotions and holds a nihilistic belief that life is devoid of value. Its ability to perceive and manipulate souls grants it the power to shape and transform bodies, turning victims into monstrous entities in its service.

26. Obanai Iguro

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Franchise: Demon Slayer

Obanai is a powerful Hashira, counted among the elite swordsmen in the organization. Known for his strategic approach, he carefully assesses his opponents, ensuring he attacks when fully understanding their capabilities. His unique sword skills allow him to bend the weapon at various angles, exhibiting a snake-like flexibility. Despite partial blindness in his right eye, Obanai utilizes his Kaburamaru snake companion to read enemy attacks and seamlessly continue fighting even when completely blind due to Muzan’s influence.

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25. Ryomen Sukuna

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Franchise: Jujutsu Kaisen

Sukuna was 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 him, so they stored his 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

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Franchise: Mob Psycho 100

Shigeo, nicknamed Mob, is a high school student with potent psychic abilities. Despite struggling to express emotions, Mob avoids using his powers, believing they are unnecessary. He works at Arataka Reigen’s spiritual counseling service and, initially joining the school’s telepathy club, later opts for the bodybuilding club to impress his crush. Mob’s powers intensify when his accumulated feelings reach 100%, unleashing uncontrollable strength. Additionally, he harbors an unknown, powerful ability that activates during unconscious states.

23. Baraggan Louisenbairn

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Franchise: Bleach

Baraggan Louisenbairn, the second Espada in Sōsuke Aizen’s army, once ruled Las Noches as the God-King of Hueco Mundo. Before Aizen’s ascent, he held the title of the former god-king of Hueco Mundo, exhibiting regal pride and selfish authority. Baraggan doesn’t hesitate to assert himself as a leader in Aizen’s absence, referring to him as “the Boss.”

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22. Naruto Uzumaki

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Franchise: Naruto

Naruto initially struggled as a ninja, but driven by determination, he rapidly improved his skills, defeating powerful opponents like Neji Hyūga and Gaara. Trained by various mentors, Naruto gained recognition from the Sannin and proved himself against Akatsuki members. During the Fourth Shinobi World War, he played a pivotal role, eventually becoming the Seventh Hokage and earning a reputation as the strongest shinobi in history. Teaming up with Sasuke, they demonstrated the ability to face world-threatening adversaries, overpowering even formidable foes like Momoshiki Ōtsutsuki and Isshiki Ōtsutsuki.

21. Byakuya Kuchiki

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Franchise: Bleach

Byakuya Kuchiki is a master swordsman, demonstrating flawless skill and precision in his lethal attacks. His strikes efficiently target critical points, executed with such speed that they are challenging to trace. Byakuya’s swordsmanship rivals other experts, including Kenpachi Zaraki. Additionally, he is renowned for his exceptional mastery of Shunpo, the Flash Step technique, having been taught by Yoruichi Shihōin, the “Goddess of Flash.” Despite severing the muscles and tendons in his left leg, Byakuya remains proficient in using Shunpo.

20. “The Dwarf in the Flask”

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Franchise: Fullmetal Alchemist

The original Homunculus, known as Father, serves as the primary antagonist in the manga Fullmetal Alchemist. As the enigmatic leader of the Homunculi, he bears a striking resemblance to Van Hohenheim, albeit appearing older. Father directs the Homunculi to fulfill his ultimate goal on the “Promised Day.” His origin lies in being the first artificial being created by alchemy, originating from the “Dwarf in the Flask.” This being was formed in the golden age of the Kingdom of Xerxes, using the blood of a slave, who later turns out to be Van Hohenheim.

19. Sōsuke Aizen

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Franchise: Bleach

Aizen possesses a genius intellect, excelling in the knowledge of Soul Society, strategy, and tactics. Over 110 years, he conducted experiments, including the Hollowfication of Shinigami, showcasing his deep understanding of Reiryoku and Reishi. A master manipulator, he deceives those around him, maintaining a facade of kindness while executing nefarious actions. Aizen’s intricate plans span long durations, with his most notable spanning over a century, involving intricate moves on the chessboard of manipulation to achieve his goals, such as kidnapping Orihime and orchestrating an invasion of the Soul King Palace.

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18. Kenpachi Zaraki

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Franchise: Bleach

Kenpachi Zaraki, the current captain of the 11th Division in the Gotei 13, is the eleventh to bear the title of Kenpachi. Known for his violent nature, Kenpachi lives for the thrill of battle and loves a good fight above all else. Despite his brutal reputation, he often holds back in fights to prolong the excitement and claims that injuries and even death are just part of the price for a satisfying battle. Surprisingly, he stops fighting when his opponents are too injured to continue, expressing disinterest in battling those who can no longer fight back.

17. Jūshirō Ukitake

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Franchise: Bleach

Jūshirō Ukitake, the captain of the 13th Division, battles a severe lung disease, tuberculosis, affecting his combat abilities. Despite his illness, he takes on a fatherly role, especially towards his subordinates. When Rukia faces execution, he intervenes to save her by destroying the Sokyoku, displaying considerable strength as one of the powerful shinigami. Notably, his Zanpakutō transforms into twin swords during shikai.

16. Alucard 

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Franchise: HELLSING

Alucard, possibly the first vampire, is typically attired in a worn 19th-century costume featuring a distinctive red coat and hat. His appearance varies based on whether he has removed the seals, limiting his abilities. Unleashing his full power, he dons a black leather jumpsuit adorned with buttons, occasionally opting for this outfit over his iconic coat. Alucard is characterized by long black hair and yellow-tinted glasses, presenting a formidable and adaptable vampire image.

15. Muzan Kibitsuji

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Franchise: Demon Slayer

Muzan, the first Demon, possesses unprecedented powers, effortlessly facing five Hashira and Tanjiro simultaneously. His strength is evident as he leaves Tanjiro and several Hashira on the verge of death. Muzan’s resilience forces Chachamaru’s timely intervention with antidotes to counteract the lethal effects of his blood. In a mere 30 minutes of combat, he unveils leg-whips, exponentially increasing his attack speed, swiftly defeating exhausted Hashira—Gyomei, Giyu, Sanemi, and Obanai—along with Zenitsu and Inosuke, while instilling fear and breaking Kanao’s sword.

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14. Coyote Starrk

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Franchise: Bleach

Coyote Starrk, the Primera Espada, is a laid-back and disinterested Arrancar, often found sleeping. Despite his seniority, he avoids leadership roles, allowing Baraggan to take charge. Starrk, initially lonely due to his lethal aura, envies the weak and their ability to form connections. His indifference, skilled analysis, and aversion to violence set him apart from typical Espada members.

13. Piccolo

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Franchise: Dragon Ball

Piccolo, with his Namekian abilities, exhibits a range of unique skills. His physiology allows for limb regeneration, superhuman strength, and the capacity to become gigantic through Chōkyoshinjutsu. Piccolo can conjure objects, communicate telepathically, and read minds. Flight, demonstrated through Bukū-jutsu, and powerful attacks like Bakuretsumaha and Makankōsappō further showcase his formidable abilities in the Dragon Ball series.

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12. Monkey D. Luffy

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Franchise: One Piece

At just 19 years old, Luffy, as one of the Four Emperors, commands the Straw Hat Pirates, a dangerous crew with diverse and powerful members. Despite his reckless nature, Luffy earns the unwavering trust of his crewmates. As part of the “Worst Generation,” he stands out for bold actions against the World Government, boasting a bounty of over 100,000,000 berries. Additionally, Luffy commands the Straw Hat Grand Fleet, a massive alliance of seven New World crews, showcasing his significant influence and earning him the moniker “Fifth Emperor.” The largest extent of Luffy’s abilities can be attributed to his Devil Fruit.

11. Yoriichi Tsugikuni

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Franchise: Demon Slayer

Yoriichi stands as the most powerful character in the series, recognized as the greatest swordsman and Demon Hunter. Born with innate abilities like the Demon Slayer Mark and the Transparent World, even as an untrained child, he displayed miraculous feats by defeating a trained sword instructor. After intensive Demon Hunter training, Yoriichi confronted and nearly defeated Muzan Kibutsuji, earning the acknowledgment of being a true monster. In his final battle at the age of 85 against his demonized twin brother Kokushibo, Yoriichi demonstrated unparalleled strength and skill, overpowering his opponent with a single move before succumbing to death.

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10. Kaguya Ōtsutsuki 

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Franchise: Naruto

Kaguya Ōtsutsuki, a central antagonist in Naruto, hails from the Ōtsutsuki Clan. Consumed by power after consuming fruit from the Divine Tree, Kaguya isolated the world within herself. Using the Rinnesharigan, she aimed to impose the Infinite Tsukuyomi, leading to a loss of faith in humanity. Despite being revered as the “Rabbit Goddess,” Kaguya’s actions, including creating a personal army of White Zetsus, caused her to be denounced as a “Demon” by the powerless people.

9. Satoru Gojō

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Franchise: Jujutsu Kaisen

Satoru Gojo is a highly skilled sorcerer in Jujutsu Kaisen known for his exceptional combat abilities and unique techniques. Possessing the rare Six Eyes ability, he gains semi-clairvoyance, allowing him to perceive threats and understand his adversaries’ capabilities. Gojo’s expertise in the Limitless Cursed Technique, along with his techniques like Cursed Technique Reversal and Infinity, make him an overwhelmingly powerful and influential figure in the world of sorcery.

8. Shunsui Kyōraku 

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Franchise: Bleach

Shunsui Kyoraku is a highly skilled swordsman in Soul Society, proficient in wielding both his tachi and wakizashi. As an ambidextrous combatant, he can seamlessly switch between hands, adapting his strength and surprising opponents. Shunsui employs an evasive fighting style, utilizing the element of surprise to overwhelm adversaries, and he can fight on par with formidable opponents, even the 1st Espada Starrk, using only his sealed Zanpakutō. His dual-sword technique involves exploiting the different pacing of his swords, often catching enemies off guard for a decisive strike.

7. Beerus

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Franchise: Dragon Ball

Beerus is the god of destruction in the seventh universe, which means he is extremely strong; introduced as the main antagonist in Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Gods, and later became a major character in Dragon Ball Super. Physically resembling a purple cat with bunny ears, Beerus has a childish temperament and easily becomes violent when frustrated. He awakens from a long nap after a dream foreshadowing a battle against a powerful warrior, prompted by the oracle fish’s premonition of a formidable opponent. Beerus is known for locking the oldest of the gods, Kaios, in the Z-Sword.

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6. Genryūsai Shigekuni Yamamoto

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Franchise: Bleach

Yamamoto is an unparalleled swordsman, demonstrating his skill by effortlessly facing two of the strongest captain-level Shinigami simultaneously. His technique, Hitotsume: Nadegiri, delivers an incredibly precise and swift slash capable of instantly defeating large opponents without them realizing it. Using Onibi, he thrusts his sealed cane Zanpakutō to create a hole in his opponent’s body. Additionally, Yamamoto excels in hand-to-hand combat, showcasing his mastery by catching strikes from fast adversaries and delivering powerful blows that can smash through Espada-level Hierro.

5. ZeedMillenniummon

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Franchise: Digimon

ZeedMillenniummon, the Mega-level Evil God Digimon, is the final evolution of Moon=Millenniummon, appearing in Digimon Adventure and Digimon Xros Wars tie-in materials. This entity of evil traverses space and time with the sole goal of destroying all eras and worlds. There’s a rare occurrence where, instead of reverting to a Digi-Egg after defeat, it is reborn within the corpse of its data. The bands around ZeedMillenniummon are speculated to be suppressive chains, limiting its abilities, and if released, it is prophesied to unleash unimaginable destruction upon the Digital World and every known reality.

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4. Yhwach

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Franchise: Bleach

Yhwach possesses the Soul Distribution Power, enabling him to share a piece of his soul by touch and later reclaim it to absorb the gained abilities. Through this ability, he flawlessly heals physical, mental, and spiritual wounds, with the recipient’s knowledge and talents becoming engraved in the shared fragment. Yhwach’s Power Bestowal involves engraving a letter onto another’s soul, granting potent abilities known as Schrift. He can forcefully absorb the distributed soul fragments, and during his sleep, he can return to his original state by absorbing more souls, maintaining his strength.

3. Saitama

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Franchise: One-Punch Man

Saitama, the One-Punch Man, stands as the unrivaled and strongest character in the series, effortlessly defeating foes with a single punch. His overwhelming strength extends beyond any challenge faced so far, making him virtually invulnerable and unmatched. Saitama’s power surpasses even specially designed superhuman combatants, and no adversary has posed a genuine threat to him. While his abilities are limited to heightened human traits, his unparalleled strength compensates for the lack of variety in his powers, leaving him unscathed and unchallenged.

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2. Son Goku

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Franchise: Dragon Ball

Son Goku possesses superhuman strength, speed, and durability, enhanced by his Saiyan heritage. He can manipulate and utilize powerful energy attacks, such as the iconic Kamehameha wave. Goku can also transform into more potent forms, each granting him increased power, and he has the ability to sense and amplify his energy through techniques like the Spirit Bomb.

1. Zeno

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Franchise: Dragon Ball

King Zeno is the supreme god overseeing all universes, holding the power of life and death over them. Despite his omnipotent abilities, he maintains a childlike and cheerful demeanor, instilling fear with his extraordinary powers. His occasional cold and expressionless gaze signals displeasure, immediately affecting those around him.

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