Many anime characters are compelling to watch thanks to their diverse skill sets. Whether relying on reflexes, intelligence, or even special abilities, they are proficient at catching enemies off-guard in creative and unique ways. However, some characters have a far more direct approach to battle.
Instead of hoping to outmaneuver enemies, they rely exclusively on brutal physical strength in order to defeat them. To such characters, things like strategy, speed, and skill don’t matter due to the immense power at their disposal.
10 Vergo Enhanced Himself With Armament Haki (One Piece)
One Piece‘s Vergo was a member of the Donquixote family and a proficient user of Armament Haki. Initially overseeing Caesar Clown’s S.M.I.L.E operations, he soon had a chance to demonstrate his strength against Sanji, Smoker, and Law.
Despite the former’s incredible agility post-time skip, Vergo still cracked his bones in a single punch. He overpowered Smoker and Law similarly, only losing to the incredible power of the Op-Op Fruit. Should Vergo have faced an opponent without a devil fruit, he likely would’ve massacred the heroes.
9 Uvogin Was The Phantom Troupe’s Unstoppable Bruiser (Hunter X Hunter)
In a straightforward fight, Hunter X Hunter‘s Uvogin was nearly unbeatable. As a user of Enhancement Nen, his attacks were fairly telegraphed and predictable. However, considering how difficult they were to dodge, his opponents couldn’t do anything about their impending demise.
With a single blow, Uvogin could create massive craters and shatter the bones of his enemies. Even adversaries who used their own Nen to shield themselves were not completely safe, as demonstrated in his battle against Kurapika. Should the hero have used a typical Nen ability, he would’ve stood no chance against Uvogin.
8 Gigantomachia Was All For One’s Secret Weapon (My Hero Academia)
When All For One was imprisoned, he realized that Shigaraki would need protectors to survive. His ace in the hole was Gigantomachia, My Hero Academia‘s largest and most imposing character to date.
Taller than skyscrapers and impervious to harm, Gigantomachia is capable of taking on even the strongest heroes by himself. What makes the villain completely terrifying is that he can fight for a consecutive month without passing out, which illustrates a superhuman amount of stamina. This made him the perfect training partner for Shigaraki.
7 Biscuit Oliva Was The Strongest Man In America (Baki)
Biscuit Oliva was the strongest man in America. Despite being imprisoned, he had so much power that the wardens were terrified of him and even provided special accommodations.
The respect Oliva receives is entirely warranted. When pitted against Guevara, he defeated him with only a few punches after deciding to take the fight seriously. Oliva’s role in the Baki universe is a poignant reminder that regardless of one’s techniques, no amount of martial arts will be useful without proper muscle to back it up.
6 Jirobo Could Stop Powerful Taijutsu Users In Their Tracks (Naruto)
Jirobo’s immense physical strength made him the defensive wall of Naruto’s Sound Four. Having survived a battle royale of over a hundred experiments, he relies far more on his rugged athleticism than the other members of his group.
When activating his curse mark, Jirobo proved powerful enough to stop Choji’s human boulder with his bare hands. This was an incredibly impressive feat, especially since he was the only character in the entire series to do so. Unfortunately for Jirobo, he failed to anticipate Choji’s red Spinach Pill and died from his chakra-infused punches.
5 Galand’s Critical Over Boosted His Strength (Seven Deadly Sins)
Out of all Seven Deadly Sins villains, Galand of Truth relies the most on his physical strength. Unlike giant characters who work in tandem with the earth, his sole ability, “Critical Over,” simply boosts his raw power past ordinary limits.
To Galand’s credit, he is extremely formidable. The villain took out an entire town with only a few sweeps from his halberd, nearly butchering Meliodas’ crew in the process. Ironically, Galand was ultimately defeated by his own commandment when running away from Escanor.
Fullmetal Alchemist‘s Sloth may have been most useful for creating Father’s transmutation circle, though he proved an equally talented combatant. When pitted against Armstrong and the Northern Brigade, he used raw power and devastating velocity to scatter his enemies.
Armstrong soon realized that, as tough as he was, there was no matching Sloth’s unprecedented might. Fortunately, Izumi Curtis and her husband arrived, providing the reinforcements the alchemists needed to swing the battle back in their favor. As powerful as Sloth was, the heroes managed to use his imprecision against him.
3 Yammy’s Strength Earned Him A Place Among The Espada (Bleach)
Yammy is easily the most underestimated member of Bleach‘s Espada. Although defeated by Ichigo during their first incursion of Earth, he later unleashed his full power when activating his resurrection form. It transformed him into an even more gigantic being whose ceros could not be stopped.
In this state, Yammy defeated Ichigo in a matter of minutes and confronted two of the most powerful captains in the Soul Society. Though Yammy lost, it required more to take him down than any other Espada of the arc.
2 Reiner’s Armored Titan Complemented His Fighting Style (Attack On Titan)
Reiner made full use of his armor in Attack On Titan. It complemented his intrepid fighting spirit, high pain tolerance, and innate physical strength. Marley relied on Reiner for heavy lifting in the nation’s most dangerous missions. For example, he was responsible for breaching the walls during the attack on Shiganshina and slaughtering the resistance at Fort Slava.
Reiner was so powerful that he could even shrug off being dogpiled by several dozen pure titans at once. However, since he lacks Annie’s technique, Eren defeated him every time they fought.
1 Muscular Is As Obsessed With Strength As His Name Suggests (My Hero Academia)
As Muscular’s name suggests, his primary asset is his muscles. He can control and grow the muscles of his body to such an extent that he even survived being punched by One For All at 100% capacity.
Considering that Muscular made a hobby out of killing professional heroes, it follows that his over-reliance on strength had not been a problem up until his match with Deku. Nonetheless, Muscular’s single-minded approach to combat ensures that he will never progress as much as Deku will.
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