Anime has a lot of shows that have a fantastic display of fighting scenes with the characters showcasing their abilities. In most cases, the show how powerful they are with the given ability they have either acquired or trained hard to achieve. A lot of the characters we came across while deciding the selection of this segment were based off of lightning users or electricity manipulators.
The selection is something we feel are the choices for lightning users, but of course, we can’t please everyone. We hope this list meets the needs of those who are interested in knowing who is the best/popular lightning user in anime. This is in no particular order of any kind, due to the fact that every character is equally great.
So, without further ado, here are our choices for “Top 10 Anime Characters to Wield the Power of Lightning”.
10. Sailor Jupiter (Sailor Moon)
- Episodes: 46
- Aired: Mar. 7th, 1992 – Feb. 27th, 1993
Sailor Jupiter’s real name is Makoto Kino, and she is a teenager who lives alone due to her parent death from an airplane accident at a young age. This makes her afraid of airplanes and never wanting to get on one.
Having multiple alias in the series, Makoto’s personality never really changes from being a civilian to a Sailor fighting evil. Most of her attacks are lightning powers, and are actually her secondary power. But nonetheless, she is by far one of the strongest Sailor Soldiers in the series.
9. Mikoto Misaka (Toaru Kagaku no Railgun)
- Episodes: 24
- Aired: Oct. 3rd, 2009 – Mar. 20th, 2010
Misaka Mikoto is the protagonist in the Toaru Kagaku no Railgun series and a psychic user of the Academy City. Her powers are known to be ranked at level 5, which is the highest rank of most psychic users in the series. Attending the Tokiwadai Middle School for rich elite students of psychics, she is considered a proper girl who is in fact a short tempered, prideful, and improper girl with an attitude and tomboyish tendencies an insecurities.
Being a sucker for cute and girly things, she has a strong sense of morals and justice with the ability to regenerate electricity. Her power is so strong, she can cause a blackout in a city, form railguns by using a coin as a projectile, and utilize her electricity to attract iron particles around her to create a chain-like sword.
My kind of girl!
8. Yoruichi Shihoin (Bleach)
- Episodes: 366
- Aired: Oct. 5th, 2004 – MAr. 27th, 2012
As one of the most attractive female characters in Bleach, Yoruichi is also very powerful and intimidating. She can transform into a black cat at will and is very intelligent and witty, for she was a former leader of he special forces of Soul Society.
Even though she tries to avoid confrontations of battles and helping those who suffered from such battles, she will step in if she has to. And when she does, it is definitely something you don’t want to experience. Her lightning ability is one to not be recon with.
AS beautiful and agile as she seems, she is a killing machine.
7.Suzaku (Yu Yu Hakusho)
- Episodes: 112
- Aired: Oct. 10th, 1992 – Jan 7th, 1995
Suzaku from Yu Yu Hakusho is one badass character. He is a phoenix like demon with hair that acts like an antennae and is the final member of the Four Beast. His powers are lightning based and he has the ability to duplicate seven life like forms of himself which places him as a foe not to be messed with.
He is an upper class demon with a C rank, and he kind of looks like Jareth, the Goblin King from the popular 1980’s movie Labyrinth.
6. Zatch Bell (Zatch Bell!)
- Episodes: 150
- Aired: Apr. 6th, 2003 – Mar 26th, 2006
Zatch Bell, also known as Gash Bell, is the son of the current Mamodo King who has a power sealed within him called the Bao. Zatch Bell is an overly cheerful boy who is amnesic, and has the ability to create spells that revolve around lightning.
One of his most powerful spells allows him to create a huge dragon made of electricity. As you watch the series, the truth behind Gash’s memory loss unfolds and takes a crazy turn for the worse. But it’s really great.
I recommend watching the series.
5. Hei (Darker Than Black)
- Episodes: 25
- Aired: Apr. 6th, 2007 – Sept. 28th, 2007
Hei is a contractor who is very good at what he does, and because of his talents, he is a Molecular/Electricity manipulator. Hei’s abilities allow him to generate and discharge electricity through conductive materials with enough power to kill a grown man, or even shorting out a building’s electrical systems.
His powers are classified as the most powerful among the other contractors, especially when he’s in possession of the Meteor Fragment. We all know what happened in South America!
4. A – Third Raikage (Naruto: Shippuden)
- Episodes: 401 and Counting
- Aired: Feb. 15th, 2007 – Ongoing
A, is known as the strongest and most powerful Shinobi in the village. His skills in Lightning Release have placed him on the map in the entire Naruto series. Known for using his unique Black Lightning, A has fought against the Eight Tails beast, Gyuki who notes that A was very tough and challenging in battle.
Not only was he a powerful Shinobi, he was also an excellent teacher who passed on his knowledge to the one that could possess its power, Darui.
3. Enel (One Piece)
- Episodes: 383 and Counting
- Aired: Oct. 20th, 1999 – Ongoing
Enel is a very power character in the One Piece series. He is a Devil Fruit user of the Goro Goro no Mi, a logia-classed power. By striking the drums on his back, which are named after thunder gods from different cultures, it produces lightning abilities for attacking his foes.
Enel’s lightning attacks have enough power, around 200,000,000 volts, and can create temperatures over 10,000°C. That’s enough power to destroy an entire island, which he does with ease.
One Enel’s strongest attack so far is El Thor, which can melt an entire rock wall. Crazy!
2. Laxus Dreyar (Fairy Tail)
- Episodes: 175
- Aired: Oct. 12th, 2009 – Mar. 30th, 2013
Laxus is one of the most powerful Mages in the series and is the grandson of Makarov, head Mage of Fairy Tail. Laxus is a Lightning Dragon Slayer and uses his abilities to create many form of attacks that are almost near impossible to defeat.
He possesses a larger amount of strength, endurance, reflexes, magic, and durability. Anyone that goes against him can expect a very difficult challenge trying to beat him, for example, Natsu fought against Laxus in the first arc of the show and almost defeating him.
The only thing is, when it came to near defeat, Laxus will do anything to ensure that no one leaves alive, even if it means using Fairy Law!
1. Killua Zoldyck (Hunter x Hunter)
- Episodes: 148
- Aired: Oct. 2nd, 2011 – Sept. 24th, 2014
Killua is a trained assassin from birth who comes from a family of deadly assassins known around the world. He may look like an innocent 12 year old boy, but he is in fact intelligent and extremely strong for his size.
When he uses his Nen powers, he can transmute his aura to develop a Hatsu, an electricity generated aura. This is due to his training as a young boy, being able to withstand large amounts of electric shocks. Some of his attacks range from the Lightning Palm, Thunderbolt, and Godspeed.
That’s it for this segment of “The Top 10 Anime Characters to Wield the Power of Lightning”. It was pretty hard trying to pick the characters and rank them accordingly for all of them are unique in their own way.
As a fun question to answer about this selection, which two characters in the list would you choose to have a one-on-one battle? Who would win?
Depending on the collective answers in the comments below, will decide who deserves the #1 spot as the strongest character to wield the power of lightning!