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The 15 Most Powerful Male Heroes in Anime

| Anime , Dragon Ball

These are the most powerful male anime heroes as chosen by fans outside of Japan. Who will claim the top spot—and does your favorite make the list?

The list, which was compiled by TheRichest, asked anime otaku around the world to submit their picks for the most powerful heroes, accounting for things like strength, power, skill, and growth potential.

Any of the characters who appear on this list would make a brilliant representative for you in a trial by combat. Let’s see who made the cut!

15. Vegeta (Dragon Ball Z)

Though he started out in Dragon Ball Z as one of the bad guys, he has turned into someone the DBZ warriors can count on to battle the foes of Earth. Whatever other fighters can do, Vegeta will attempt it himself and usually does it better. He continues to think up harder and harder training regimens so that he can become the greatest Saiyan in the universe.

14. Kenshin Himura (Rurouni Kenshin)

Kenshin was already one of the most skilled swordsmen before he decided to give up his “manslaughter-ing” ways in favor of a more peaceful life. But even using his reverse-blade sakaba sword and a strict no-killing policy, Kenshin is able to best all the foes that come after him. His ability to adapt is second to none, and his weird humor is also great for diffusing a tense situation. When push comes to shove, you never want to find yourself on the wrong end of his sword!

13. Guts (Berserk)

His giant muscles aren’t just for show. He’s fought demons, taken on a hundred men at the same time and swings a giant sword as if it was nothing more than a magic wand. He’s been severely beaten and gotten back up, only to be severely beaten again. Demons fear him as much as humans do.

12. Kenshiro (Fist of the North Star)

Practitioner of the Hokuto Shinken style, Kenshiro roams the post-apocalyptic wasteland protecting the weak and needy from the evil beings that would prey upon them. His power lies within, as in within the enemy’s body, as he attacks their pressure points. His catch phrase, “You are already dead” infuriated his foes—but little did they know, it was the truth.

11. Levi (Attack on Titan)

He may have been omitted from the live-action movie, but Levi is a hero to the people he protects from the ravaging titans. A leading soldier in the Survey Corps and given the title of Captain Levi by his squad, it’s suspected he's the strongest soldier in the world and that we haven’t seen him even approach his limits yet.