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.
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.
Each member of the Demon Slayer Corps is powerful in their own way, but this is the list when they got ranked altogether.
Most Powerful Demon Slayer Characters in Kimetsu no Yaiba
15. Genya Shinazugawa
Genya is considered to be a weak demon slayer, as Upper Moon 1 thought that he’s 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 have 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 the Zenitsu and Tanjiro did, although he would need some motivation to keep him going. Inosuka is also fiercely competitive, making him able to do whatever he sets out to do, and even survives the battle against Upper Moon 2.
Since he was raised in the mountains, Inosuke has incredible flexibility and sharp senses of a beast, making him fast and powerful.
13. Zenitsu Agatsuma
Zenitsu claims to 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 just so he can quit being a Demon Slayer and live a long life. However, don’t underestimate him.
Zenitsu is incredibly powerful… when he is unconcious. When the stress gets too much, he will fall asleep and his body fights 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 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 on the final selection.
Just like Inosuke, she defeated an Upper Moon 2, although she has 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 seemed 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 in poisons makes her incredibly deadly.
10. Obanai Iguro
While Shinobu is referred as the weakes 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 understand 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 that was taught by his father and can be only 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 was able to withstand attacks that the normal body could not withstand, and even tear 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 makes he 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 a similar strength and speed like the other Pillars to easily outcast the demon he faces, but his breathing technique is the Breath of The Sound Technique, which branches from the Breath of Lighting.
6. Kyojuro Rengoku
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 wings 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, even holding his own against a demon of the Upper Moons, Akaza, for quite some time before the demon takes him out.
5. Muichiro Tokito
Muichiro may seem he always lost in his thoughts, but he’s a dedicated Demon Slayer and one of the most powerful amongst them. As the Mist Pillar, he uses the Breath of Mist, which is from the Breath of Wind style.
Muichiro has completely mastered his breathing style to the point where he can use it to easily fight and overwhelm an Upper Moon demon as well as creating an entirely new form of breathing style. He also unlocked a Demon Slayer Mark that can make him strong enough to kill an Upper Moon demon with ease.
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 had lost so many people he cared about to demons, and also Sanemi’s body is covered in scars from his years fighting demons.
The Wind Pillar’s skill 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 recognizes him as one of the strongest among them. As the Water Pillar, Tomioka is a master of Breath of Water style. His skills are so exceptional that he was able to defeat the Father Spider Demon and Rui, a Lower Moon demon, without breaking a sweat.
Even Akaza, an Upper Moon demon said that 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-ax with a spiked flail attached to the hilt through a long chain. Combined with his Breath of Stone style, Gyomei is undoubtedly the most powerful Demon Slayer.
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 have been trained to the absolute peak, and the demon also admitted that he has not encountered a warrior of Gyomei’s caliber in the last 300 years.
1. Yoriichi Tsugikuni
Yoriichi, without a doubt, is considered to be the strongest demon slayer to ever exist. He is so powerful that the battle doll that was 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.