Top 10 Most Epic Displays of Strength in Anime

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Top 10 Most Epic Displays of Strength in Anime

VOICE OVER: Ashley Bowman WRITTEN BY: Alex Crilly-Mckean
There are flexes, and then there are these! Join Ashley as we look over the times anime characters showed what they were made of, as seen in series such as "One Piece", "Demon Slayer", "Yu Yu Hakusho", and more!
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Script written by Alex Crilly-Mckean

Top 10 Most Epic Showcases of Strength in Anime

Welcome to WatchMojo, and today we are counting down our picks for the Top 10 Most Epic Showcases of Strength in Anime.

For this list, we’re looking at the times where heroes and villains in anime displayed their superiority to their foes, with most cases resulting in an instant death. Think we skipped over any monstrous flexes? Let us know in the comments!

#10: Squish

“Baki” (2018-21)

Oliva is a man among men, claiming the title of strongest in the world, and with moves like this, we can kind of see where he’s coming from. During his first match in the Raitai Tournament, Oliva is challenged by a foe who trained his abs to become harder than diamond, making him supposedly immune to any punch the Unchained can throw. So, what does Oliva do? He casually squashes him like a bug, that’s what. Guess abs don’t count for much when the rest of your body can be managed with a simple pat on the head.

#9: The Devil Lance

“Kengan Ashura” (2019)

You have to feel bad for Rihito here. The man is a capable fighter, blessed with the Razor’s Edge, and could tear apart most fighters stupid enough to step up to him. Then again, Kuroki Gensai is not most fighters, in fact he’s regarded as the deadliest martial artist alive, which he demonstrates by deconstructing Rihito whilst barely moving from one spot. And that’s when we all learned that the Kratos of anime was not one to be trifled with, especially with that gouging technique of his.

#8: Hao Likes It Hot

“Shaman King” (2021-)

A Shaman of simple taste, Hao prefers to slaughter his enemies hard and fast and be done with them, like how he handled this group of X-Laws who thought they could overcome the might of his Guardian Ghost. They may have all been armed with giant, mechanical angels, but nothing the holy radicals put forward came close to the Spirit of Fire, which Hao used to spear and dispense them all with ease. They might have been jerks, but that’s still a nasty way to go!

#7: Muzan’s Management Skills

“Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba” (2019-)

We had already seen plenty of examples of Muzan’s abject cruelty, which extended to both innocents and his own demonic forces. This is once again put on full display as he admonishes Akaza…by screaming and pointing at him so much that his body starts to profusely bleed out. It’s hard to say what’s more unsettling, such a ferocious display of Muzan’s capabilities, or that someone as strong as Akaza got reduced to a whipping boy. The fact Muzan is in a child form at the time just pushes the humiliation factor up to eleven.

#6: No Parking

“Yu Yu Hakusho” (1992-94)

It’s certainly one way to invite someone to attend a tournament. After revealing himself to still be alive and way more powerful than initially thought, Toguro wastes no time in extending an offering to Yusuke to join the Dark Tournament, where they will be able to settle the score once and for all. He also demolishes an entire parking lot with his bare hands, just to prove that the Spirit Detective hasn’t come close to seeing what he’s capable of dishing out.

#5: Super Saiyan 3

“Dragon Ball Z” (1989-96)

These days, all everyone wants to talk about is the original Super Saiyan transformation and Ultra Instinct. But there was also a time in-between both monumental events where Goku once again changed the power level landscape. In a bid to stall Majin Buu, Goku unveils a third transformation he had kept hidden, one with the craziest hair style to date, whilst also pushing his strength to new heights. While it’s since been made redundant in both canon and filler, for a time this was Goku’s crowning achievement.

#4: Oden Holds Up The Squad

“One Piece” (1999-)

There’s countless reasons to love this guy. From his skill in battle, his friendship with Roger, all the way to how he willingly gave his own life for his countrymen, Oden swiftly endeared himself to all, establishing himself as a power player within Oda’s world whose lore and influence continue to have a profuse impact on the series’ latest shining arc. However, Oden’s boss moment is undoubtedly when he was forced to bathe in boiling oil for a whole hour. Whilst also holding up his retainers over his head. It’s an impossible task, and yet the mad lad pulled it off!

#3: Reversing the Laser

“Fire Force” (2019-20)

We knew Charon took his duties as a protector seriously, but we had no clue that he was capable of a feat like this!As Nataku loses control of his Adolla Burst, he unleashes a nuclear blast, condensed into the form of a laser that could easily wipe out the entire cast…until Charon steps in. Not only does he take the full force of the blast, but he then flips it on its head and sends it flying back into the sky, and all he lost was his shirt! Whatever the Order of the Ashen Flame are paying him, it’s not worth it.

#2: Praise the Sun (or Die)

“The Seven Deadly Sins” (2014-21)

As far as first impressions go, the Lion Sin of Pride knocked all others away. Revealing himself to be the strongest of the Seven Sins, Escanor easily overcame the likes of Galand, a demon that had previously moped the floor with every other main character. Of course, the real treat is that Escanor didn’t just best Galand in combat, he filled him with so much abject terror that he tried to flee the battle…and in doing so activated his own commandment, turning him to stone in the process. Escanor is so beastly he made his foe take themselves out! Now that’s power.

#1: Punching Away the Ocean

“Sengoku Basara: Samurai Kings” (2009-10)

When it comes to feats of strength in anime, there’s the ridiculous, and then there’s Hideyoshi Toyotomi. After declaring himself ruler, the giant of a man set out on a campaign to conquer everything in his path, and wasn’t about to let a little thing like the sea get in the way of his new dominion. So, he does what every great leader does – he punches it with such force that everything becomes barren. He cleared out an entire ocean with just one punch. How did this guy even end up losing in the end when he’s strong enough to reshape the planet?!
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