Top 5 Strongest Characters in Demon Slayer: Who is the Demon King?

Demon Slayer has taken the anime world by storm with its amazing story, stunning animation, and memorable characters. Among these characters, some stand out for their sheer strength and power. So, this is our look at the Top 5 Strongest Characters in Demon Slayer that have extraordinary abilities making them truly formidable.

Throughout Tanjiro’s unwavering quest to become a strong Demon Slayer, the anime introduces us to various slayers who have proven their mettle and prowess in the series. So, without any further ado, let’s head into the list!

Top 5 Strongest Characters in Demon Slayer – 2023

5. Sanemi Shinazugawa

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Sanemi Shinazugawa is Hashira who practices the Wind Breathing technique. With unparalleled mastery in swordsmanship that leaves even Kokushibo, who boasts a century of experience, in awe of his skill.

  • His rare blood possesses an intoxicating effect that disrupts the focus of powerful demons like Kokushibo.
  • Although Sanemi struggles to land a significant blow on Kokushibo without help but puts up a valiant fight against Upper Moon 1. Like his comrades, he briefly accessed the Crimson Red Nichirin Blade.

4. Giyu Tomioka

Giyu, the first Hashira Tanjiro meets, practices the Breath of Water and is a masterful swordsman. He dispatches strong demons with ease, as seen by his swift defeat of Rui and Spider Demon Father.

He even innovates by creating the 11th form of the Breath of Water, and during his battle with Akaza. Similar to Kyojuro, Akaza also sees Giyu as a worthy opponent and offers to turn him into a demon.

3. Gyomei Himejima

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Gyomei Himejima, the Stone Hashira, was the Demon Slayer Corps’ most powerful member. However, later on, Tanjiro surpassed him after mastering the Breath of the Sun.

  • Kokushibo himself admits that he hasn’t faced anyone of Gyomei’s caliber in the past 300 years.
  • Gyomei displayed superhuman strength through the Total Concentration technique, reaching never-seen levels.

Despite awakening the Demon Slayer Mark and accessing the Transparent World, Gyomei still fought Kokushibo without the mark. Thanks to his heightened sense of hearing, allows him to swiftly respond to his opponents in seconds.

2. Tanjiro Kamado

Tanjiro Kamado, the main protagonist, is renowned as the most powerful Demon Slayer of his era, and his character undergoes the most dynamic transformation throughout the series.

Naturally gifted with immense strength, endurance, sharp reflexes, and an enhanced sense of smell, Tanjiro displays remarkable powers. During Giyu’s battle with Akaza, Tanjiro was able to match Akaza with his speed, ultimately rescuing Giyu.

  • Before facing Muzan, Tanjiro masters the Sun Breathing technique, unlocking the 13th form.
  • This allows him to prolong his peak abilities, including the Selfless State, Transparent World, and Crimson Blade.

1. Yoriichi Tsugikuni

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Yoriichi Tsugikuni, the all-time strongest demon slayer, created the Breath of the Sun, the first and most powerful breathing style. He was the only Demon Slayer feared by the Demon King, Kibutsuji Muzan.

Yoriichi’s name instills fear in Muzan. He was born with the Demon Slayer Mark and Transparent World, a prodigious prodigy who defeated multiple demons at a young age with remarkable speed and strength that left Kokushibo and Muzan in awe.


While we have highlighted the top five strongest Demon Slayers, the world of Kimetsu no Yaiba is filled with strong warriors beyond this list. Therefore, some of the honorary mentions we would like to share are:

  • Shibou Kocho
  • Rengoku Kyojuro
  • Muichiro Tokito
  • Inousuke Hashibara
  • Zenitsu Agatsuma

That was our list of the Top 5 Strongest Characters in Demon Slayer. Which one is your favorite? Do let us know in the comments down below.

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