If we ask you about the series that introduced you to the wondrous world of anime, then chances are that the following names might escape your lips — Naruto, Bleach, One Piece, and Dragon Ball Z. Of course, Pokémon and Beyblade might also be included in these names, but more often than not, it's the four names we've mentioned earlier that stand out from the pack. Why is it, you ask? Well, it might just be because of the bevy of powerful characters that these series have featured, providing us with a power fantasy, unlike anything that we'd ever seen before. Our childhood has been graced with over-the-top fights where characters constantly reach new levels of power to combat and successfully overthrow an incredibly powerful threat that seems absolutely impossible to overcome. It's these power fantasies that have shaped the power trope everyone associates with anime.
Of course, we're not saying that anime from other genres would not be interesting, because they surely are. However, the fact of the matter is that it's these powerful characters that have been engraved in our minds due to the sheer display of power that we've been graced with. At this point, you might understandably be thinking that trying to nail down just 30 of the most powerful entities in anime might be a tad too hard, but hey — it's definitely possible. These individuals have truly broken the power ceiling and etched their personas in the minds of hardcore anime fans across the globe. So, let's take a look at these incredibly powerful individuals and the reasons for their inclusion on this list.
30 Shigeo Kageyama A.K.A. Mob
It seems that the stock of ONE has shot up immensely after the runaway success of One Punch Man, and this has translated over to his second series — namely, Mob Psycho 100.
The protagonist of this show — Mob — also powers up if certain conditions are met.
While his power might not match up the other names on this list, this is mainly because of the fact that Mob can't control this outburst. It would be whole different thing entirely if he had absolute control over this power.
29 Yusuke Urameshi
The Spirit Detective whom we all know and love, the story of Yusuke Urameshi is equal parts noble and tragic. A ruffian who decided to sacrifice his life to save a girl, he was brought back to life with a litany of powerful Spirit powers.
While he did have to develop these powers over time, the end result was incredible.
Yusuke slowly transformed from a man still unsure about his powers into someone who could obliterate his foes at the drop of a hat with the greatest of ease.
28 Aizen Sosuke
Once a major part of Gotei 13, Aizen perhaps has the most memorable heel turns of all time in anime history. He definitely earns a spot on this list with his impressive Bankai that not many can overcome.
His role as the antagonist of Bleach was incredibly engrossing.
There are many reasons that people point at while talking about the downfall of Bleach, and perhaps the most telling one has to be the fact that Aizen was disposed of as the primary antagonist of Bleach, which reduced the interest fans had in the series as a whole.
27 Natsu Dragneel
Most people have mixed opinions about Fairy Tail, but the general consensus is that it was a fairly engrossing — albeit somewhat generic — anime series. However, there's one thing that fans can unanimously agree upon — Natsu Dragneel was pretty freaking strong.
His growth throughout the series has been nothing short of commendable, even though most of these power-ups have been powered through raw emotion than sheer training far too many times for the liking of fans.
26 Monkey D. Luffy
The lovable protagonist of One Piece also has a firm spot on the list due to the manner in which his strength has progressed over time in the series. Eiichiro Oda can definitely write strong characters, and Luffy is certainly one of them — from both an emotional and physical perspective.
The fact of the matter is that Luffy can definitely give any person on this list a run for their money, due to his incredibly durable physical nature. Of course, we can't talk about Luffy's powers and not mention his Gears, which have further improved his physical abilities.
A villain so powerful that he couldn't be defeated by normal means, Kars was the antagonist of the Battle Tendency arc in JoJo's Bizarre Adventure and certainly gave Joseph Joestar a run for his money.
A legendary vampire with incredible abilities, these powers are further improved upon once he activates the Red Stone Of Aja, which technically makes him an omnipotent being. It's only through a lot of clever thinking that Joseph is able to take care of this immense threat.
24 Dio Brando
Of course, we simply can't talk about powerful antagonists in JoJo's Bizarre Adventure and not mention the one person who technically cursed the family tree of the Joestars, Dio. Initially starting out as a vile human being who was out to take over the Joestar household, things quickly escalated when he became a vampire after activating the Stone Mask.
People who thought that this threat was taken care of in the first part of JoJo were understandably perplexed when he made a return in Stardust Crusaders — this time with more powers as well!
23 Edward Newgate A.K.A. Whitebeard
Is it any surprise that Whitebeard's name is on this list? Well, I'm pretty sure that anyone who's seen One Piece can attest to the fact that Edward Newgate is the most powerful character in the entire series, and will certainly give anyone in the show a run for their money.
The Battle of Maniford is one of the most epic moments in One Piece, and it's easy to say that Whitebeard is one of the major reasons why this arc was all the more special.
22 Zeref Dragneel
We've already talked about Natsu from Fairy Tail, but the fact of the matter is that the protagonist of this series doesn't even hold a candle to his brother, Zeref Dragneel.
In terms of raw power, Zeref eclipses Natsu in almost all departments. In the world of Fairy Tail, he's considered to be one of the most imposing, powerful, and dangerous Mages in existence. Anyone who even so much so as looked at him in the wrong way would be on the receiving end of something brutal, that's for sure.
21 Ichigo Kurosaki
The protagonist of Bleach who powered up to a level that no one could've dreamt of, it's incredible to think just how weak Ichigo actually was during the beginning of the series. However, it was only through sheer determination and hard work that he reached a level that even the Gotei 13 could admire.
While one might joke about the sheer number of power-ups that he was at the center of — the half-Quincy, half-Shinigami, half-Fullbring, and half-Hollow joke is still strong to this day — one still can't argue that Ichigo was immensely powerful, regardless.
A legendary vampire who has made an appearance in several entertainment mediums, it can be confidently said that his persona in Hellsing is perhaps the most powerful iteration of the lot. After all, there's a reason why he's the most effective member of the Hellsing Organization.
Any vampire being hunted down by Alucard would understandably fear their life since Alucard can easily snuff it out without so much as a second thought. The fact that he actually enjoys dismembering his enemies is proof enough of Alucard's psychotic power.
19 Madara Uchiha
There's a reason why Madara was constantly built up to be one of the most powerful characters in the history of the Naruto universe — his power is incredible in every sense of the word. It's hard to think how even the powered up duo of Naruto and Sasuke would've taken down Madara had it not been for the betrayal of the Black Zetsu.
Madara was already one of the most powerful ninjas of his generation, and that was before he became the Jinchūriki of the Ten Tails and obtained an immense level of power.
While Ichigo might certainly have been one of the most powerful characters in Bleach, don't fool yourself into thinking that he was at the pinnacle of the power rankings. Nope, that title can only go to the Wandereich, Yhwach.
There's a reason why this person was also called The Almighty — his power was simply godlike. The only reason why he's not higher up on the list is because of the disappointing manner in which he was taken care of at the end, and that was mainly because Kubo had to end this arc early and wrap up Bleach once and for all.
17 All For One
My Hero Academia is the newest shōnen anime to have taken over the Western world by storm, and for good reason — the unique spin on the concept of superheroes is equal parts familiar and enticing, making for a highly entertaining show indeed.
One of the major antagonists of the series that gives someone as powerful as All Might a run for his money is All For One, who can absorb other peoples' Quirks (superpowers) and make them his own. Do we really need to state outright why this is such a powerful Quirk?
16 Sasuke Uchiha
It's time to talk about the two people who have served as the centerpiece of Naruto even since the series' inception. The first person that we'll talk about is Sasuke Uchiha, a person who might just be on Naruto's level but just edges out.
The last surviving member of the Uchiha is also one of the most powerful ninjas of all time. His mastery of the Sharingan, along with the added bonus of acquiring the Rinnegan, truly makes him a force to be feared.
15 Naruto Uzumaki
Of course, it's time to talk about the person who has an entire series named after him. Not just any series mind you — Naruto is one of the most popular Japanese exports of all time, and a major reason for this is the eponymous main character itself.
Starting from humble beginnings, Naruto quickly grew over time to become one of the most powerful shinobi of all time. There's a reason why he was chosen to be the Seventh Hokage after all — his incredible powers means that the villagers find themselves safe in the arms of this oddly charismatic character.
14 All Might
It's impossible for us to talk about My Hero Academia and not mention perhaps the most powerful character in the series. While most people might consider it cheating to include this character in the series — especially given the recent events in the series — one simply can't ignore this character.
His entire persona is based on powerful pop culture icons like Goku and Superman, so this should already give you an idea as to how powerful this character really is. His fights in the series are the stuff of legends — and that's after he started weakening as well!
13 Misogi Kumagawa
The only individual to have two Minus powers in the series, Misogi Kumagawa is one of the creepiest antagonists of all time. Powers aside, it's his personality that sends chills down the spine on anyone who witnesses his actions in Medaka Box.
Ending lives with a smile on his face, Misogi's latest Minus power was All Fiction, which allowed him to straight up deny certain aspects of reality to fit his twisted mindset. It's incredibly powerful, to the point where Misogi himself needed to think twice before using this power.
Fist Of The North Star was one of the most popular series that was a mainstay in Weekly Shōnen Jump during the 80s. One of the major reasons why this show was so popular was because of the protagonist, Kenshiro.
The 64th successor of the Hokuto Shinten style, the fact that he's considered to be the greatest practitioner of this technique in its 1,800-year-old history should prove beyond a shadow of a doubt as to how powerful Kenshiro actually is. Enemies that face him don't even know he's already done with him until he utters his iconic catchphrase.
Let us warn you beforehand that omnipotence will become somewhat of a running theme near the end of this list, for obvious reasons. So, let's kickstart this by talking about Father, the antagonist of the series who boasts immense power.
The Alchemy system of Fullmetal Alchemist works on the basic principle of Equivalent Exchange — to obtain something, a thing of equal value must be lost. However, after achieving omnipotence, Father is not bound by these rules, allowing him to conjure anything he wants.
10 Kaguya Ōtsutsuki
Staying on the topic of gods, it's time to talk about the hidden antagonist of Naruto that left a lot of fans fuming for understandable reasons. The person who brought chakra into existence by eating the fruit of the God Tree, the ninja world wouldn't have existed had it not been for Kaguya Ōtsutsuki.
However, regardless of her prominence as a god, she is still easily taken care of by Naruto, Sasuke, and Sakura. This hurts her placement on this list, placing her a few pegs down that where she should've been.
9 Hagoromo Ōtsutsuki
The most powerful character in Naruto is none other than the Sage of the Six Paths himself. Yep, we're talking about none other than Hagoromo Ōtsutsuki, who brought the entire concept of ninjutsu itself to the modern world.
His teachings that were passed down to Indra and Asura shaped the modern ninja world, making his existence pivotal to shape the age of the shinobi and develop the entire Naruto universe from the ground up.
You might see a large proportion of Dragon Ball characters pop up from now on, and for good reason. After all, when one talks about the most powerful anime characters, the first series that people think about is none other than Dragon Ball Z.
Keeping this in mind, it must be said that Vegeta certainly deserves to be among the elite when it comes to the discussion of power. Achieving the Super Saiyan Blue transformation also allowed him to tap into divine energy and become even more powerful.
The Tournament of Power introduced us to a number of powerful characters in the Dragon Ball universe that put any of the villains mentioned before to shame. Perhaps the most powerful of the lot that deserves to be mentioned is none other than Jiren, who seriously pushed the warriors of Universe 7 to their very limits.
His incredibly perseverance and the drive to succeed pushed his opponents to reach new heights... which brings us to another character in this series.
You knew this was coming at some point or the other. After all, there was no way that we could talk about powerful characters and not mention perhaps the go-to name that everyone thinks of when this topic comes up.
Goku was already incredibly powerful as is by the time Dragon Ball Z ended, but this power reached new heights in Dragon Ball Super, culminating with the incredible Ultra Instinct form that has stuck with us ever since it was displayed in the fight against Jiren.
We talked about Mob at the very start of this list, now its time to talk about the series for which ONE became famous in the first place — One Punch Man. Specifically, the character we need to talk about is none other than Saitama.
His training regimen has become the stuff of legends, and one can only wonder if there's a single person present in the anime that can actually give him an entertaining fight, let alone surpass his incredible power level.
Most people might understandably be fuming that anyone can actually be more powerful than Saitama. However, until Saitama is actually shown to have a duel with a God, we have to give the benefit of the doubt to omnipotent beings like Beerus.
The God of Destruction has showcased just a whiff of his immense power in Dragon Ball Super, but that's more than enough to help us understand that his power level is on a completely different level.
However, if the God of Destruction is really that powerful, then one can only wonder as to what the power level of his mentor is. While Whis hasn't exactly participated in a single fight in the series, the fact that Angels in the series keep a check on a Destroyer God's behavior should be proof enough of Whis' gargantuan power level.
He's the strongest being of Universe 7.
Honestly, at this point, it'll take incredibly powerful beings to surpass this power level.
2 Tetsuo Shima
The 1988 movie Akira made waves in the West, becoming a runaway success due to the unorthodox subject matter that enticed many film goers to check out this odd masterpiece.
At the center of this film was one Tetsuo Shima.
After receiving the powers of the esper who had destroyed Tokyo earlier — conveniently called Akira — Tetsua reached such an incredible power level that he initiated a Big Bang and created a parallel universe where he became God.
Just look at that cute face. Can you assume someone so incredibly innocent to be the most powerful being ever in the history of anime? Well, don't be fooled by his appearance — Zeno is the ruler of all multiverses in the Dragon Ball Universe.
He can wipe out an entire universe with one simple move, if he wishes.
The sheer level of power that resides in his arms is nothing short of immense, and easily gives him the title of being one of the most powerful characters of all time.