15 Most Powerful Demon Slayer Characters

Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba have been a hit of this anime season, and the manga itself has already been very popular only for being a few years old. The manga itself was written and illustrated by Koyoharu Gotouge. Then, a 26 episodes anime series adaptation produced by Ufotable aired in Japan from April to September 2019 and below, you’ll find the strongest Demon Slayer characters of all time.

A sequel movie, Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba: Mugen Train was released in October 2020 and became the highest-grossing anime and Japanese movie of all time. A second season of the anime series, readapting the “Mugen Train” arc seen in the movie and covering the “Entertainment District” arc from the manga premiered in October 2021.

So far, the anime has three seasons, with the fourth season still in production. Another movie, Demon Slayer — To the Swordsmith Village, was released early this year. The manga, on the other hand, is complete.

Each member of the Demon Slayer Corps is powerful in their own way, but this is the list where they get ranked according to how powerful their abilities actually are.

Most Powerful Demon Slayer Characters in Kimetsu No Yaiba

Without further ado, here are the 15 most powerful members of the Demon Corps, ranked from least to most powerful with some spoilers ahead. 

15. Genya Shinazugawa

Genya is considered to be a weak demon slayer. Upper Moon 1 thought that he was the smallest threat during his battle against Genya and multiple Hashira. Genya, however, can absorb a demon's power by eating a part of them, gaining their abilities, and shaping them into his own Blood Demon Art.

Genya also has the ability to regenerate, but his primary weapon is his Nichirin gun. Unlike the other slayers on the list, he wouldn't have lasted against an Upper Moon on his own.

14. Inosuke Hashibira

Inosuke was able to get through the same brutal training that Zenitsu and Tanjiro did, although he needed some motivation to keep him going. Inosuka is also fiercely competitive, making him able to do whatever he sets out to do. He even survives the battle against Upper Moon 2.

Since he was raised in the mountains, Inosuke has incredible flexibility and the sharp senses of a beast, making him fast and powerful.

13. Zenitsu Agatsuma

Zenitsu claims he never wanted to become a Demon Slayer and was forced into it to pay off his debt. He's also always asking girls to marry him so that he can quit being a Demon Slayer and live a long life. However, it's better not to underestimate him.

Zenitsu is incredibly powerful… when he is unconscious. When the stress gets too much, he falls asleep, and his body fights based on his instincts alone, using his Thunder Breathing Style. He also proved that he can be a capable fighter even when he's awake, defeating an Upper Moon 6 all on his own.

12. Kanao Tsuyuri

When Kanao first met Tanjiro, he could already tell that she was the closest in ability to a Hashira. She was trained by both Shinobu Kocho and her sister, Kanae Kocho, making her one of the few survivors that made it out of the final selection.

Just like Inosuke, she defeated an Upper Moon 2, although she had to use a technique that allows her to see the world in slow motion.

11. Shinobu Kocho

The first of the Hashira of the Demon Slayer Corps to make the list, Shinobu might seem laid back with a smile on her face. But that smile is actually just masking the fierceness in her.

Shinobu is a user of Insect Breath Style, a branch of the Flower Breath and Water Breath. She wields a thin sword that doesn't do much damage but infuses her attacks with wisteria poison to make short work of any demon she faces. Her extensive knowledge of poisons makes her incredibly deadly.

10. Obanai Iguro

While Shinobu is referred to as the weakest Hashira, Obanai is known as the second weakest. Unlike Shinobu, who never activated her Demon Slayer mark, Obanai was able to activate his.

This allows him to fight at peak performance, even though he lost his vision. He relies on his snake, Kaburamaru, who tells him everything that he needs to know about his surroundings.

9. Tanjiro Kamado

The series' protagonist and main character, Tanjiro, became a Demon Slayer to hunt down the demon that murdered his family and turned his sister, Nezuko, into a demon. Tanjiro, however, empathizes with demons. Even when he killed them, he also understood that most demons didn't have a choice when they were transformed.

Tanjiro uses Water Breathing Style and later remembers that he can also use Dance of The Fire God, a breathing technique taught by his father and can only be used by the Kamado family.

8. Mitsuri Kanroji

Mitsuri Kanroji, the Love Pillar of the Demon Slayer Corps, is shy, gentle, often bubbly, and has eight times the muscle density of a normal human, making her insanely strong despite her thin limbs. Her strength is so incredible that she is able to withstand attacks that the normal body could not withstand and even tears off Muzan's arm.

Mitsuri uses the Breath of Love technique and wields a rather unique sword that only she can use. Her sword is thin and soft, making it difficult to use as a traditional sword. So instead, she uses it as a whip. Her strength and unique sword make her possess the fastest techniques of all the Pillars.

7. Tengen Uzui

Just one look, and people will know that Tengen is one of the strongest Demon Slayers. He originally came from a family of Shinobi. He didn't agree with his father's ideology of using people as tools, so he left and joined the Demon Slayer Corps and became the Sound Pillar.

Tengen has strength and speed similar to the other Pillars and can easily outpower the demon he faces. His breathing technique is the Breath of The Sound Technique, which branches from the Breath of Lighting.

6. Kyojuro Rengoku

He is the cheerful Demon Slayer is the Corps' Flame Pillar. His Breath of Flames bathes demons in a sea of flames. Rengoku even agreed to have Tanjiro under his wing and train him.

In the only battle we've seen from him, Rengoku was able to battle demons while simultaneously protecting the 200 passengers of the Mugen Train. He was even holding his own against a demon of the Upper Moons, Akaza, for quite some time before the demon took him out.

5. Muichiro Tokito

Muichiro may seem like he is always lost in his thoughts, but he's a dedicated Demon Slayer and one of the most powerful among them. As the Mist Pillar, he uses the Breath of Mist from the Breath of Wind style.

Muichiro has wholly mastered his breathing style to the point where he can use it to easily fight and overwhelm an Upper Moon demon, as well as create an entirely new form of breathing style. He also unlocked a Demon Slayer Mark that can make him strong enough to easily kill an Upper Moon demon.

4. Sanemi Shinazugawa

Sanemi is a very abrasive person who is quick to lash out, and he harbors a deep hatred for demons for good reason. He has lost so many people he cared about to demons, and Sanemi's body is covered in scars from his years fighting demons.

The Wind Pillar's skills, with the blade and mastery of Breath of Wind style, are so great that even Kokushibo, an Upper Moon One demon, with hundreds of years of skill, was impressed by Sanemi's power.

3. Giyu Tomioka

Giyu Tomioka may not be the best when it comes to social interactions, but his fellow Pillars recognize him as one of the strongest among them. As the Water Pillar, Tomioka is a master of the Breath of Water style. His skills are so exceptional that he defeated the Father Spider Demon and Rui, a Lower Moon demon, without breaking a sweat.

Even Akaza, an Upper Moon demon, said he was the most skilled Water Pillar in 50 years.

2. Gyomei Himejima

Gyomei Himejima, the Stone Pillar of the Demon Slaying Corps, wields a devastatingly strong hand-axe with a spiked flail attached to the hilt through a long chain. Combined with his Breath of Stone style, undoubtedly makes Gyomei one of the most powerful Demon Slayers.

Both Tanjiro and Inosuke consider Gyomei to be the most powerful Demon Slayer in the entire corps and among the other Pillars. Kokushibu, the Upper Moon 1 demon, said that Gyomei's natural physical abilities had been trained to the absolute peak, and the demon also admitted that he had not encountered a warrior of Gyomei's caliber in the last 300 years.

1. Yoriichi Tsugikuni

Yoriichi, without a doubt, is considered the strongest demon slayer ever to exist. He is so powerful that the battle doll crafted in his image needed multiple arms to replicate his movements. He was a prodigy even from childhood and was so powerful that he nearly killed Muzan by himself. The demon was so scared of him that he never appeared before Yoriichi ever again.

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