Don’t Mess With These Anime Assassins
There are many reasons to want a man dead. Political advantage, influencing the direction of war, or even something as simple as revenge. Whether a death should look like an accident or be open and public, there are professionals who excel at carrying out these assignments.
Some assassins kill for loyalty, others for wealth, and some for personal reasons. But when you need an anime assassin to do your bidding, these are the people to call.
You’ll never see it coming with our top 15 anime assassins
Koro-sensei, whose name is a Japanese pun for “Unkillable Teacher”, was an assassin known as the God of Death prior to becoming the teacher of Class 3-E. He began his first day by stating that in 1 year he would destroy the Earth. Seeing as he previously destroyed 70% of the moon, it’s safe to assume this guy is not bluffing. Despite making this grave, looming threat, Koro-sensei is an intelligent and caring individual who is genuinely concerned for the well-being of his students.
One day the players of the video game Elder Tale wake up to find themselves re-incarnated inside the game as their avatars. As bad as this is on its own, Akatsuki was additionally burdened by being trapped inside her male avatar’s body. After Shiroe helps her find a gender-changing potion she swore fealty to him. Akatsuki is in every way a true ninja, from her calm and collected demeanor to being able to swiftly strike and kill from the dark. This skilled assassin can take down a single person or an entire group of targets before the enemy ever knows they are in danger.
Kurome is one of the younger anime assassins audiences have seen, but that does not mean she is not deadly. While she is normally a fairly awkward, candy-loving girl, her dark side comes out in battle. Cold and ruthless, she can quickly end the lives of many enemies with a magic sword that turns her targets into undead servants. As the second strongest Jaeger behind General Esdeath, she can single-handedly wipe out entire groups of enemies without being scratched.
Since his introduction in 1968, and for almost a decade, Duke Togo has been one of the deadliest assassins to ever grace our presence. A man of mystery who has worked for and against intelligence agencies the world over, Togo has never taken a contract and failed. Any man or woman who enters the crosshairs of this man of mystery is as good as dead.
Hei (or whatever alias he happens to be going by at the time) is publicly known as Chinese foreign exchange student Li Shengshun, but authorities know this anime assassin as The Black Reaper. Along with the ability to emit electricity Hei uses wires to both reach his targets and end their lives, although he is not shy about using whatever other equipment is needed to get the job done.
The organization Inferno is the most prominent mafia group in America thanks to their ultimate weapon, codenamed Phantom. Her real name is Ein and she knows nothing of her own past. As a talented actress, a skill that allows her to get close to her targets and sets her apart from many other anime assassins, Ein’s true self is cold and harsh with few, if any, true expressions of emotion.
Kenshin was once known as Battousai the Manslayer for the speed at which he dispatched enemy soldiers during the Japanese Revolution. Although his skill tipped the scales of the war, the horrors of those conflicts made Kenshin vow to never take life again. Despite many years of living a civilian life, Kenshin’s skill as a swordsman has in no way diminished. Whereas some other assassins work only by striking suddenly, Kenshin has no problem with taking out enemies in a direct fight as well.
Alphard Alusha leads the terrorist organization Snake and is more than willing to kill anyone in order to achieve her objectives. Calm and collected while killing, Alphard is emotionally damaged by her past and has extreme difficulty feeling anything other than hate. Her hate and suffering have become the focus of Alphard’s life as she uses them to fuel her resolve, making her perhaps the most ice-hearted anime assassin of all.
Noir was once the codename used by a legendary, unstoppable assassin. Now the title has been taken by a pair of women, one of whom is Mireille. She is not the top assassin in her line of work but her skill with the Walter P99 pistol brings her pretty close. As one-half of the new Noir, Mireille is also unusual for being one of the handful of anime assassins to regularly work with a partner.
Train Heartnet is the protagonist of Black Cat and a sweeper (government-sponsored bounty hunter). He is known by the moniker Black Cat because of the misfortune that will befall anyone he goes after. His weapon of choice is Hades, a custom-made 6-shot revolver capable of rapid firing special bullets with near-magical properties.
Tokaku Azuma attends a school for budding assassins where the current class project is to assassinate a specific classmate, the catch being that each student gets only one shot at it. Despite her cold and distant demeanor, Tokaku soon befriends her would-be target and decides to defend the girl from her rival assassins.
Rei Oogami is first seen as he’s burning people alive in the middle of a park! After that heck of an introduction, he is revealed to be a Code:Breaker; government sponsored killers who punish criminals that have wormed their way around the law. A strict believer in the Code of Hammurabi (an eye for an eye), he is a seemingly uncaring person who only wishes to punish individuals he views as evil and is not too concerned with what other people think about his opinions or his methods.
While Claire initially appears to be a happy-go-lucky train conductor, his true identity is Vino, an assassin said to be the best in the world. Using his role as a conductor to travel to his targets easily, Claire dispenses his own twisted sense of justice. Claire believes that only he is real and that the rest of the world is a figment of his imagination. Despite his insanity he will go out of his way to protect the innocent, making him the rare assassin who is nuts yet not heartless.
Kanamoto (known as Johnny Black in the Sword Art Online game) was a high-ranking member of Laughing Coffin, a guild that profited through murdering other players trapped in Sword Art Online. Sadistic and depraved, he enjoys nothing more than tormenting his victims before executing them for their loot. Eventually, he and the rest of Laughing Coffin were captured and imprisoned but Kanamoto never forgot his taste for murder.
The Arcobaleno were the 7 deadliest assassins in the world until they were all cursed and transformed into toddlers. Despite being reduced to teeny tiny toddlers, the Arcobaleno are still among the most skilled of assassins. Reborn is the strongest member of the Arcobaleno and said to be the world’s #1 assassin. Known for his straight face and partnered with a bullet spitting, shapeshifting chameleon named Leon, Reborn’s job is to train Tsuna and mold him into the next boss of the Vongola Famiglia.