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(2021) Top 20 Strongest Demon Slayer Characters Ranked

The Demon Slayer second season is most likely releasing in October 2021. And so, to keep the hype high, we bring to you the Top 20 Strongest Demon Slayer Characters Ranked based on the manga.

Thi series has one of the best storylines in terms of reader-character connection. Each arc is crafted to draw out the viewers’ interest and emotions to the extremes. Demon Slayer anime adaptation is also available on Netflix. Fans can directly watch its Season 1 on Netflix

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It also, without a doubt, has beautifully illustrated characters. So without further ado, let’s get into the Top 20 Strongest Demon Slayer Characters Ranked.

Warning, Spoilers Alert. This post contains a ranking based on the manga. Many characters are yet to be introduced in the anime.


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Top 20 Strongest Demon Slayer Characters-

  • 20. Kaigaku (Demon Slayer) –

Kaigaku (Demon Slayer)
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Kaigaku was a replacement of the Upper Rank 6 demon who trained under the former Thunder Hashira. He was a cowardly Demon Slayer who often chose to surrender instead of fighting. 

He gained his powers through Kokushibo and further increased it by eating humans. As a demon, he used the Thunder Breathing style with the Blood Demon Art that allows electrokinesis

Kaigaku had mastered a total of five forms but was not able to master the first form of Thunder Breathing. But overall, his skills pale in comparison to Zenitsu, who only knows a mere two forms of Thunder Breathing.


  • 19. Zenitsu & Inosuke (Demon Slayer) –

Inosuke and Zenitsu (Demon Slayer)
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These two characters are the strongest demon slayer characters. This is because they have risen to the ranks of the Hashira through sheer effort.

Zenitsu was initially displayed as a cowardly character meant for comic relief. However, he has one of the best character development. 

He was trained by the former Thunder Hashira Jigoro Kuwajima but only learned the first form of Thunder Breathing. First Form: Thunderclap and Flash is used best when combined with the extension of Godspeed to produce the fastest output. 

Later on in the manga, he also reveals a newly created form Seventh Form: Flaming Thunder God. Furthermore, he was also able to defeat an Upper Rank 6 demon by himself.

His talents are best showcased with Inosuke’s wild Beast Breathing style. This was especially showcased in the Entertainment District Arc.

Inosuke grew up in the wild and thus has developed abilities like poison resistance, extrasensory perception, and a keen sense from nature. His Beast Breathing style is developed by himself and has a total of eleven forms called fangs. In short, both Inosuke & Zenitsu are on the same level. 


  • 18. Shinobu Kocho (Demon Slayer) –

Shinobu Kocho (Demon Slayer)
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Shinobu Kocho was the Insect Hashira and practiced Insect Breathing style. Since she was not entirely physically strong, she focused on minor movements like sword thrusts and stab speed.

It is important to note that the only aspect she lacked is raw power but otherwise excels in areas of reflex and reaction. She was incredibly smart and talented in pharmaceutical knowledge

Shinobu played a vital role in the final battle against Muzan with her poisons. Ultimately, she made her body poisonous enough to weaken Muzan through a four-stage drug that led to his downfall.


  • 17. Tengen Uzui (Demon Slayer) –

Tengen Uzui (Demon Slayer)
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Tengen is the Sound Hashira and the creator of the Sound Breathing style. He has a sharp sense of hearing and can locate his enemies through vibrations of sound. 

He also wields dual blades that are used in collaboration with bombs to deal a great amount of damage. Being a ninja, he is extremely skilled in combat and uses multiple methods to ensure success. 

However, he mostly uses his blades to produce Sound Breathing Forms that are enhanced by his impressive swordsmanship.


  • 16. Daki & Gyutaro (Demon Slayer) –

Daki and Gyutaro (Demon Slayer)
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Daki and Gyutaro were siblings who shared the Upper Rank 6 demon title. They appeared in the Entertainment District Arc and shared a lifeline that ensures death only when their heads are cut off together. 

Daki’s Blood Demon Art was Sash Manipulation which lets her store people into her sash and uses it as a weapon. She could also control the texture and toughness of the sash. 

Gyutaro’s Blood Demon Art was Blood Manipulation which allows him to harden and condense his blood into a weapon. He could also use it as a poison to coat his sickle. 

Both of them also possessed other demon abilities like regeneration and super strength like those of other demons.


  • 15. Gyokko (Demon Slayer) –

Gyokko (Demon Slayer)
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Gyokko was an Upper Rank 5 demon that appears in the Swordsmith Village Arc. He emerged from a pot and used water or fishing-based attacks. 

His fighting style was linked to his past of finding fascination about death as an art. Gyokko’s Blood Demon Art was linked to his pot, where he can summon demonic aquatic creatures. 

He could also manipulate water to use it as a water prison and transform it into a merman form. In this form, he could turn anything he touches into a fish and then stored it in his pot.


  • 14. Kyojuro Rengoku (Demon Slayer) –

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Kyojuro was the Flame Hashira who played a significant role in the Mugen Train Arc. He was an extremely skilled swordsman with a brave heart. 

Along with Flame Breathing style, he was also extremely skilled in Total Concentration Breathing. Despite not awakening his Demon Slayer Mark, he was able to take on an Upper Rank 3 demon, Akaza. 

He also managed to protect 5 train compartments by himself from Enmu and did so with multiple injuries. The only reason why he doesn’t rank higher is that he didn’t survive long enough for the special Hashira Training

If he had been granted a little more time, he would’ve gained the Demon Slayer Mark. This would’ve indeed raised his immense strength to higher levels.


  • 13. Mitsuri Kanroji (Demon Slayer) –

Mitsuri Kanroji (Demon Slayer)
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Mitsuri was the Love Hashira and the creator of the Love Breathing style. She awakened the Demon Slayer Mark during the final chapters of the manga. 

Her body was extremely flexible and durable due to her unique muscle composition. Her muscle composition was eight times the density of a normal human. 

This allows her to maintain body structure even after heavy damage is dealt with. The Love Breathing style used whip-like sword attacks that change paths. When clubbed with her flexibility, it was very difficult to deal with.


  • 12. Obanai Iguro (Demon Slayer) –

Igurro Obanai (Demon Slayer)
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Obanai was the Serpent Hashira and the creator of the Serpent Breathing style. Since he was partially blind, he was guided by a snake called Kaburamaru, who communicated and helped him to locate his opponents. 

In the Sunrise Countdown Arc, he awakened his Demon Slayer Mark and showcased the best stamina and endurance amongst all other Hashira. His attacks and forms were mostly based on the movement of serpents and his serpent-shaped katana.


  • 11. Giyu Tomioka (Demon Slayer) –

Giyu Tomioka (Demon Slayer)
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Giyu is the Water Hashira and specializes in the Water Breathing style. He has defeated multiple demons with his superior swordsmanship, including the Father Spider Demon and the Lower Rank 5. 

After awakening the Demon Slayer Mark, his swordsmanship and skills were praised by even Akaza. And since he learned the water breathing style from the previous water Hashira, he is the most skilled user to exist. 

Furthermore, he also created the Eleventh Form: Dead Calm, and his attacks are mostly based on the fluidity and speed of the water.


  • 10) Hantengu (Demon Slayer) –

Hantengu (Demon Slayer)
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This Upper Rank 4 demon appeared in the Swordsmith Village Arc. He was a cowardly demon that uses the Blood Demon Art that includes Emotion Manifestation

This let him split himself into 7 parts, of which one part is the original form that is tiny and stealthy. The six parts are Sekido (anger), Karaku (relaxed), Aizetsu (sorrow), Urogi (delight), Zohakuten (hate), and Urami (resentment).

His manifestations specialized in lightning, wind, spears, birds and sonic sounds, and wood attacks, respectively. These forms can also merge to form a single manifestation that possesses all the aforementioned abilities.


  • 9. Muichiro Tokito (Demon Slayer) –

Muichiro Tokito (Demon Slayer)
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Muichiro was the Mist Hashira and was also the descendant of Upper Rank 1 demon, Kokushibo. This child prodigy was even younger than Tanjiro and became a Hashira after 2 months of training.

He used the Mist Breathing style and even developed the Seventh Form: Obscuring Clouds. He awakened his Demon Slayer Mark during his fight against the Upper Rank 5 and had also fought against Kokushibo.

In his fight against Kokushibo, he gained access to the Transparent World and even dealt a considerable amount of damage.


  • 8. Sanemi Shinazugawa (Demon Slayer) –

Sanemi (Demon Slayer)
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Sanemi is the Wind Hashira and uses the Wind Breathing style. He awakened his Demon Slayer Mark against Upper Rank 1 demon. 

When he initially joined the Demon Slayer Corps, his acquaintance and he defeated a Lower Rank 1 demon together. In the Sunrise Countdown Arc, he displayed an immense amount of strength and endurance against the demons. 

He also has one of the rarest blood types that have a great effect on the focus of demons. Furthermore, his Wing Breathing style has multiple forms that can be used in long-range attacks.


  • 7. Gyomei Himejima (Demon Slayer) –

Gyomei Himejima (Demon Slayer)
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Gyomei was the Stone Hashira and is most likely the strongest Hashira. Since he was blind, he had polished all other senses to their absolute peak.

He awakened the Demon Slayer Mark during his fight with the Upper Rank 1 demon. This granted access to the transparent world through all other senses.

He also used a different Nichirin weapon in the form of a Spiked Flail and Axe. This weapon ensures long-range changeable trajectory and direct hits of the weapon.

He was also one of the most powerful Demon Slayer characters. This is especially marked by the fact that he was most trusted by Kagaya Ubuyashiki.


  • 6. Doma (Demon Slayer) –

Doma (Demon Slayer)
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Doma was the Upper Rank 2 demon that lives a double life as a cult leader. Through his cult, he had ample access to multiple human bodies, which has contributed greatly to his strength.

He also had high pain tolerance and sadistic tendencies, which ultimately led to his downfall. His Blood Demon Art was Cryokinesis which is cold enough to completely freeze human lungs. Furthermore, he could absorb people without eating them and had a regeneration ability that allows them to diffuse poisons in his body. 

The wisteria poison that Shinobu used to kill him was 700 times the lethal dose.


  • 5. Lord Akaza (Demon Slayer) –

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Akaza was the Upper Rank 3 demon who possesses a high concentration of Muzans blood. He also had one of the best villain arcs in anime with a strong presence. 

Other than regeneration, he also possessed polished combat skills and senses. In the past, he had killed multiple Hashira, including the Flame Hashira, Rengoku. 

His Blood Demon Art was called Destructive Death and was based on a martial arts technique that uses shock waves. He also had a technique that enhances his related techniques and helps in locating his opponent.

Furthermore, his Final Form: Blue Silver Chaotic Afterglow can negate Giyu’s 11th form. He ranks above Doma as he certainly had the potential to grow stronger after his fight with Giyu and Tanjiro.

However, he decided to stop there and end himself, which ultimately and surely saved both Demon Slayers. Thus he ranks 5th as one of the strongest Demon Slayer characters.


  • 4. Kokushibo (Demon Slayer) –

Kokushibo (Demon Slayer)
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Kokushibo was the Upper Rank 1 demon and the oldest demon to exist with the highest concentration of Muzan’s blood. Throughout his human life, he gained the Moon Breathing style under the direct guidance of his brother, Yoriichi Tsugikuni. 

Due to his existence for multiple centuries as a demon, he gained 16 forms of his Moon Breathing style. He possessed abilities similar to that of Muzan in terms of regeneration and strength. 

Impressively, he was able to take on 3 Hashira with awakened Demon Slayer Marks plus another Demon Slayer. He had three pairs of eyes and access to the transparent world in his complete demon form. 

Further, his flesh also extends to his sword, and his Blood Demon Art includes a collaboration of the Breath of Moon and the Crescent Moon Blade. Thus making him the most powerful Demon Slayer character in terms of demonic skill. 


  • 3. Muzan (Demon Slayer) –

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Muzan was the Demon King and progenitor of all other demons. He had multiple forms and ultimately took on 5 Hashira and 4 other Demon Slayers together. 

His human blood converted humans into demons and gave them powers based on its concentration. This also allowed him to access their thoughts, senses, and memories. 

Furthermore, he could also possess other beings and pass on his will. His final form produced whip-like structures from all parts of his body and could also use shock waves. 

His body was only affected by foreign complex poisons, and his other weaknesses include sunlight and the swordsmanship of Yoriichi Tsugikuni.

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  • 2. Demon Tanjiro Kamado (Demon Slayer) –

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Tanjiro is the protagonist of the show that has naturally huge growth potential. He learned the Water Breathing style and only progress further from there.

Later, when he awakened the Demon Slayer Mark, he gained access to the Transparent World, which was enhanced by his Sun Breathing. Since his style is the closest to the original Sun Breathing style, he can access any of its derivative breathing styles. 

Finally, when Tanjiro became the Demon King through possession, he overcame the weakness of the sun. Further, he possessed all the abilities of Muzan and was one of the strongest beings in the series.

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  • 1. Yoriichi Tsugikini (Demon Slayer) –

Yoriichi Tsugikuni (Demon Slayer)
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Yoriichi was the original creator of the Sun Breathing style. Since childhood, he had had access to the Transparent World and even obtained swordsmanship through visual training. 

He was so skilled that he helped create the derivatives of the Sun Breathing style to be used by others. His brilliant swordsmanship damaged Muzan to the point that he was forced into a cowardly retreat. 

Furthermore, his slashing speed exceeded that of Muzans regeneration. The only reason why Muzan wasn’t killed earlier was that he went into hiding and placed a death curse on demons that revealed his identity.

This cements his place as the most powerful character in Demon Slayer.


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With this, we conclude with our listing of the Top 20 Strongest Demon Slayer Characters Ranked. We hope you found your favorites among the ranks of the Top 20 Strongest Demon Slayer Characters Ranked.


Special Mentions-

  • Nezuko (Demon Slayer) –

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Nezuko is the demon sister of Tanjiro, who gained her powers after surviving an attack from Muzan. Much like her brother, she’s strong-headed and protective of others. 

As a demon, she can manipulate her body size and transform into a stronger and complete demon form. Furthermore, she also has regeneration and ultimately developed resistance to sunlight. 

Her Blood Demon Art is pyrokinesis which manifests in the form of an engulfing flame. This flame is only fatal to demons, can explode, and can also burn demon poisons from humans.


  • Tanjuro Kamado (Demon Slayer) –

Tanjuro Kamado (Demon Slayer)
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Tanjuro was the father of Tanjiro and Nezuko. He was the descendant of Sumiyoshi, who passed on the Hinokami Kagura

Despite his illness that made him frail, he was incredibly strong and could perform the dance from nightfall to sunrise. Furthermore, he had complete control over his breathing and was incredibly perceptive of his surroundings through the Transparent World

Other than this, he also used the Sun Breathing style through the Hinokami Kagura and thus possessed the Demon Slayer Mark. We can estimate him as one of the strongest characters in Demon Slayer. 

  • Nakime ( Upper Moon 4 ) –

Top 15 Strongest Demons In Demon Slayer
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We haven’t mentioned Nakime because her blood demon art was not used in combat. She could manipulate space and create many portals in the infinity castle. She was chosen for Upper Moon 4 after Hantengu’s death.

She was also a very powerful demon; however, she ended up being controlled by Yushiro. For that reason, Muzan killed her. It is challenging to rank her as we haven’t seen her true potential. That’s why we placed her in the Special Mention.


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Frequently Asked Questions-

Q1. Who is the strongest character in Demon Slayer?

Ans- Yoriichi Tsugikuni is the strongest character in Demon Slayer.

Q2. Who is the strongest Hashira in Demon Slayer?

Ans- Gyomei Himejima, the Stone Hashira is the strongest Hashira.

Q3. Who is the strongest corp in Demon Slayer?

Ans- Yoriichi Tsugikuni is the strongest Demon Slayer Corp.

Q4. What is the strongest attack in Demon Slayer?

Ans- The Sun Breathing Thirteenth Form is the strongest attack as it involves a continuous flow of all 12 forms before it.

Q5. Can Tanjiro use all breaths?

Ans- Yes, since Tanjiro can use the original Sun Breathing style, we can assume that he can easily produce its derivatives.

Q6. Who are Tanjiro’s Ancestors?

Ans- Tanjiro’s ancestors are Sumiyoshi and Suyako, who were closely acquainted with Yoriichi Tsugikuni.

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