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How awesome would it be to have the destructive power of fire at your command? It helped make us who we are as humans, after all. Cook with it, use it as a light source, or burn your enemies to a crisp with a well-placed inferno – it’s no wonder fire has been feared and revered for millennia. If you could snap your fingers and summon flames any time you wanted, you’d be close to unstoppable!
So on that note, today we’re going to explore ten anime characters who can control the primeval power of fire. These pyros range from little girls to hardened criminals, from winners of the genetic lottery to just plain magicians. Let’s get all fired up and count down the top 10 characters to wield the power of fire!
10. Ulysses/Ruth from Mahoutsukai no Yome (The Ancient Magus’ Bride)
- Episodes: 24
- Aired: October 2017 – March 2018
Ulysses is a church grim – an intimidating dog spirit who protects churches – although he initially thinks he’s a human whose sister, Isabelle, has disappeared. After a fateful encounter with main protagonist Chise, he realizes that he used to be just an ordinary dog who belonged to Isabelle, and his grief turned him into the fae he is today. Under the new name Ruth, he serves as Chise’s loyal familiar and protects her from all harm. Oh, and did we mention he can breathe fire?
Besides just being a steadfast friend, Ruth has all kinds of tools in his arsenal to keep Chise safe. He can shapeshift freely between his human and big scary canine forms, has sharp claws and fangs, and uses fire to finish the job. For someone who started life as a normal black lab, Ruth has come pretty far!
9. Akari Taiyou from Genei wo Kakeru Taiyou (Day Break Illusion)
- Episodes: 13
- Aired: July 2013 – September 2013
Akari may look like just an ordinary young girl, but she’s actually a magical warrior who fights the evil Daemonia with the power of her Sun tarot card. While the other girls grow crystals, wings, or furry ears when they transform with their elemental tarots, Akari’s Sun magic gives her flaming hair and a badass rapier sword made of pure fire. Sure is great to be the main character!
Or... maybe it isn’t. Due to mysterious circumstances, Akari can hear the pained voices of the Daemonia she’s been tasked to defeat. But since the only way to kill these monsters is to also kill the innocent humans they’ve infected, her fire powers are more of a curse than a blessing. She tries to reason with the Daemonia without hurting them, but she eventually has to resort to ending their tortured lives with the mercy of cleansing flame.
8. Tomoe from Kamisama Hajimemashita (Kamisama Kiss)
- Episodes: 13
- Aired: October 2012 – December 2012
Before becoming a shrine familiar, Tomoe was a highly destructive kitsune. He used his magical foxfire (which, as a nice touch, looks like ukiyo-e style painted fire) to cause death and chaos in both the human and yokai worlds. He’s mellowed out considerably by the time he’s forced to serve main character/newly appointed Land God Nanami, but he still has quite the mischievous streak.
His favorite way to hunt an opponent is to transform them into some kind of animal and try to cook them alive with his flames, and his legendary “sea of fire” is just as terrifying as it sounds. It’s a good thing he’s on the heroes’ side now, or else he might be too hot for them to handle!
7. Towa Akagi/Cure Scarlet from Go! Princess Precure
- Episodes: 50
- Aired: February 2015 – January 2016
Originally a princess of the Hope Kingdom, Towa spent most of her life as the brainwashed “daughter” of the evil mastermind Dyspear, serving her as Princess Twilight. Surrounded by blue and black flames, she relentlessly hunted the Precure and stood a good chance of eliminating them once and for all. But when Cure Flora plays the violin melody that Towa used to play as a duet with her long-lost brother, Towa snaps out of the spell and joins the team as Cure Scarlet.
Fire powers are already cool, but Scarlet’s phoenix motif and violin weapon make her flames extra fancy. With her Scarlet Violin, she can summon firey tornadoes, massive fireworks, and even a sparkling phoenix made of pure flame! Other characters may have more destructive powers, but they’ll never match Cure Scarlet in effortless style.
6. Muhammad Avdol from JoJo no Kimyou na Bouken: Stardust Crusaders (JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure: Stardust Crusaders)
- Episodes: 24
- Aired: April 2014 – September 2014
Avdol, like Cure Scarlet, also has a phoenix theme. But since this is JoJo, any sense of elegant restraint is thrown right out the window. His Stand, Magician’s Red, manifests itself as a burly phoenix man with chiseled abs and only flames as clothing. Together, they can hurl fireballs at great speeds, manipulate fire into any shape they want, and engulf their opponents in endless infernos.
Despite his limited screentime, Avdol is a nicely well-rounded character. He serves as a mentor to Polnareff, even though they used to be enemies, and even serves as a better father figure to Jotaro than Joseph. He’s also an accomplished fortune teller and is very knowledgeable about Stands and the various places the group travels to. Who knew a flaming muscle-man could be so reliable?
5. Julis Alexia van Riessfeld from Gakusen Toshi Asterisk (The Asterisk War)
- Episodes: 12
- Aired: October 2015 – December 2015
If you’re looking for a character whose personality fits perfectly with their powers, look no further than Julis. She’s a feisty tsundere princess with flower-themed fire magic, which she uses in combination with a glowing pink sword to wreak havoc on friends and enemies alike. Always the first to rush into battle, Julis sometimes gets in over her head when she’s not fighting alongside her partner (and love interest), Ayato.
Her control over fire shows that she’s a “Strega”, a rare form of advanced human that possesses magical abilities. This doesn’t help her with her goal of funding a struggling orphanage, though, as she’s been frozen out by her own government and has to fight in order to raise money. So despite her prickly exterior, Julis is really a sweet girl who will do anything for the ones she loves. Just as long as they don’t anger her, in which case she’ll literally burst into flames.
4. Shouto Todoroki from Boku no Hero Academia (My Hero Academia)
- Episodes: 13
- Aired: April 2016 – June 2016
Todoroki’s entire existence is the result of toying around with nature – he’s the son of a hero with incredible fire powers and the ice quirk woman he forced into marriage so that he could create the perfect superpowered child. Todoroki has been rebelling against his father for his entire life, even refusing to use his fire quirk out of spite. It isn’t until Deku faces off against him in the school sports festival that he realizes what he can really do with both fire and ice.
When he finally unleashed his fire, Todoroki nearly filled the entire stadium with flames. He can also use it to restore his frozen body after using too much ice, and therefore stay in a fight much longer. He still has to deal with his overbearing father, but by using everything that he was born with, he can finally grow as a person and show everyone that he’s more than just a science experiment.
3. Starjun from Toriko
- Episodes: 147
- Aired: April 2011 – March 2014
Any good chef knows that blue flames are hotter than red ones, and should be handled with the utmost care. Starjun, one of the most dreaded members of the Gourmet Corp, takes this to heart by wielding exclusively blue fire both in cooking and in battle. His kitchen knife is wreathed in flames, and is so hot that it can even melt Toriko’s fork shield and knife attack!
Even though he’s not the main villain of the series, Starjun is one of the few people who Toriko considers to be a worthy opponent. He can survive repeated beatings and still stomp Toriko into the ground, making him almost impossible to defeat. And as for his cooking prowess, he can roast animals alive just by touching them and has a clairvoyant sense that allows him to track ingredients even if they’re in space. Now that’s who you want as a rival!
2. Tsunayoshi Sawada from Katekyo Hitman Reborn! (Reborn!)
- Episodes: 203
- Aired: October 2006 – September 2010
The dying will flames from Katekyo Hitman Reborn are way more complex than your average fire. They have a wide variety of colors and abilities, from purple flames that create illusions to yellow ones with healing properties. But nobody wields them better than main character Tsuna, whose sky flames signify him as the future boss of the Vongola mafia family.
Tsuna, unlike most shonen protagonists, hates fighting and only does it so he can protect his friends and family. But due to Reborn’s brutal tutelage and his own growing confidence, Tsuna eventually becomes one of the most powerful characters in the series. He takes advantage of the dying will flames’ versatility by using them as ballast for larger blasts, converting them to ice for counterattacks, and using them as propulsion so he can fly at sensational speeds. This anime shows that if you’re just using fire to burn things, you’re clearly doing it wrong.
1. Colonel Roy Mustang from Hagane no Renkinjutsushi (Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood)
- Episodes: 64
- Aired: April 2009 – July 2010
On the subject of burning things, Colonel Mustang is certainly the leading expert. His unique flame alchemy allows him to transmute sparks (which he creates by snapping his fingers while wearing special gloves) into full-blown fireballs that can turn a body into ash in seconds. He can aim with pinpoint accuracy even when he can’t see what he’s doing, and he single-handedly killed two nigh-immortal homunculi by relentlessly burning them until their philosopher’s stones ran dry.
Mustang is the best fire user in anime because he combines creativity with raw destruction in a way never seen before or since. His stoic demeanor, which is occasionally broken up by immature jokes or unbridled rage, fits thematically with the unpredictable nature of fire. Even when you’re controlling it, it still has the power to consume you.
Characters associated with fire tend to be hotheaded, passionate people. But as we’ve seen with this list, flame wielders come in all shapes, sizes, and personality types – from the shy Tsuna to the sly Tomoe to the serious Todoroki and more. So make sure not to judge an anime character by their attitude; they might be packing some heat that you never expected!
What did you think of our list? Be sure to let us know in the comments, and feel free to gush about your favorite firey anime character, too! And check out our previous list on this topic below!
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In anime, there are a lot of powerful characters who have unique special abilities. Anime characters with fire powers have to be one of our favorites in anime.
We did mention in another article that characters who wield the power of the elements, are probably some of the best in anime. This includes the four elements, Wind, Water, Fire, and Earth. Or sometimes five elements depending on the show you're watching like Naruto, which could include the Lightning Element. There are even more too!
Fire and Ice elements compliment each other very well when it comes to fights or battles. Some good examples of anime characters with fire powers vs anime characters with ice powers battles would be Aokiji and Ace or Natsu and Gray. Below is a list of the Top 10 anime characters with fire powers who we feel are the best at wielding it.
These characters were chosen based on manipulation of fire. The characters bodies were altered or mutated in order to wield fire or having complete control to create fire at will because of intense training to master the technique. This may also include individuals of both good and evil and those in between.
We hope you enjoy this article of the Top 10 Anime Characters with Fire Powers! Let us begin with one note, it was pretty difficult ranking the top five characters for the list, and we hope no one takes offense to the decisions made below! Having said that, let's begin!
10. Shana from Shakugan no Shana
Shana is first up on our list of anime characters with fire powers. She is a young girl who is a Flame Haze, a former human being whose made a contract with a Crimson Lord in order to gain powers.
Gaining these fire powers leads her to be one of the most powerful characters in this anime series as she strikes fear in those who challenge her. Some of these abilities allow her to manipulate the power of existence, retain extrasensory traits and even the ability to wield fire that she can also use as wings to take flight.
Her fire powers can be used to attack and defend herself against enemies with a hand shaped flame used to push back or even defeat her opponents, creating waves of flames that radiate, and even propelling flames so intense and strong that they can break through obstacles like doors, walls, structures, and shields from Flame Haze users.
9. Hao Asakura from Shaman King
Hao is the main antagonist and one of the most powerful shaman in the series and is the Shaman King. Hao has in fact died and been reincarnated twice in the series while being able to retain the knowledge of his past life in his new life.
Having the knowledge of both lives combined, he can control various elements at will while using the Spirit of Fire the most. Capable of amplifying his fire attributes, he uses them mostly for combat and has a special attack called, Ring of Fire that is ver powerful and destructive.
If all else fails, which it hardly does, he can actually convert these elements to another and can control oni and demigods at will. He isn't the Shaman King for nothing, and it's all because he died twice and was brought back to life. He makes an interesting anime character with fire powers!
8. Roy Mustang from Fullmetal Alchemist
Also known as the Flame Alchemist, Roy Mustang has several roles in the Fullmetal Alchemist series. A Colonel in the Amestrian Military, he has proven himself to be very capable of being the next Fuher of Amestris, as well as, marking his position as an elite user of alchemy and a hero of war.
Very skilled in the arts, he is quite knowledgable with physical transmutation, experimental theory and biological alchemy. He is a fire-based user of alchemy and has a unique style of combat that is perfected with the design of a custom made glove. This glove creates a spark when he rubs his fingers together, usually snapping his fingers, and has an embroidered alchemy symbol on them that allows him to manipulate the concentration of oxygen in the air to perform fire attacks in various ways.
With this ability, he can incinerate a huge number of enemies with explosions of fire or attack a specific area with pinpoint accuracy. You would think that water would be a way to stop him, not really, he is still able to separate the oxygen within the water and use it to his advantage. He can do this as long as he's in a closed space to have control of the oxygen, if the fight is outside in the rain with open air, that's a different story for this anime character with fire powers!
7. Rei Ogami from Code: Breaker
Next up on our list of anime characters with fire powers has an alias, Code:06, and is the main protagonist in the show, Code Breaker. Trained by Shibuya, who is student council president and Principal of the high school, he gains high levels of strength and acquires a special power known as Transformation.
With this power, he can use the Flames of Purgatory which represent the seven deadly sins and are known to destroy everything in its path. His Flame Away ability is so powerful that the intense heat can incinerate anything to the point of producing no smoke or leaving any ashes behind. Using his left arm which later becomes known as the Code: Emperor's arm, he can defeat enemies with the Azure Flame, Belphegor, Mammon, Beelzebub, Leviathan, and Asmodeus.
One ability that is pretty interesting and crazy, is his Flame of Rebuke, which has the ability to pass judgement on a person once he inserts a special flame in their bodies that will burn them to death if they ever decide to commit another crime again.
6. Tsuna Sawada from Katekyo Hitman Reborn!
This character is shown as a weak and cowardly individual that becomes an impressive Boss of the Vongola Famiglia in the mafia, and is later battling for survival to save the world. Welcome to our sixth place on this list of anime characters with fire powers!
Using the power of a ring and a glove that contain special powers, Tsuna is capable of using the Dying Will Flame (when using pills or boosters) which is a form of high pressure energy that has destructive powers and can purify evil auras. Tsuna can also use the Oath Flame, which is a combination of the Earth Flame and the Sky Flame to form one extremely powerful attack. As his ring and glove evolve, so do his powers and abilities. He then is able to control his powers without the help of pills and boosters and develops new techniques of absorbing other opponents' flames and using them to increase his own power.
Tsuna also has other deadly and powerful techniques he uses such as a powerful blaster, condenser to maximize his attacks, spiraling flames that surround his enemies, fire canons, axe shaped fire attacks, and intense flame punches. He can do all of this while using each hand as a weapon allowing him to attack in different directions.
5. Hiei from Yu Yu Hakusho
This character is pretty unique, a demon from an all female ice demon race, he was born a male fire demon because his father was a fire demon from another race. He makes a pretty cool anime character with fire powers too!
Hiei is a powerful individual who is a master swordsman and can produce huge amounts of energy to overpower his opponents with brute force, speed and manipulate black flames if his enemy is worthy of it. He is resistant to extreme heat and severe cold temperatures, he can use his demon energy to summon the Dragon of the Darkness Flames.
He is the only demon able to contain the dragon in his body and use its elemental power of rushing flames and the evil power from the demon world. Hiei is also able to use the Fist of the Mortal Flame, Sword of the Darkness Flame and the Black Dragon Wave.
4. Itachi Uchiha from Naruto
Killing his entire clan and joining the Akatsuki, Itachi is one of the most powerful ninjas in Naruto. He is extremely intelligent and possesses powerful knowledge in various skills such as, Chakra, Ninjutsu, Genjutsu, and Dojutsu that includes his Sharingan that develops into Mangekyo Sharingan.
By unlocking this ability and being able to use his Great Fireball Technique, he mastered the art of using Amaterasu. A very powerful black flame that burns anything in its path, including fire itself and never goes out until the wielder extinguishes it.
This technique comes with a price though, his eye activates the Amaterasu but it is so intense that it strains his to the point of bleeding and going blind. A good example of this power would be when he fought his little brother Sasuke.
3. Natsu Dragneel from Fairy Tail
This characters is as powerful as they come. Raised by a dragon and gaining Dragon Slayer Magic, he makes great use of his powers in several ways, such examples are consuming the element of fire, not being able to consume his own, which gives him immense amounts of strength and increases his chances of victory over an opponent.
Depending on his emotional situation his attacks can be very destructive if he's enraged. The use of his magic can have fire seeping out from any part of his body, and when he consumes fire, he loves blowing it out his lungs like a dragon.
His fire breathing technique is so strong and powerful that it is similar to that of a real dragon and can melt metal almost instantly. He's best know for using his special attacks in defeating the most troublesome foes in the series like, Crimson Lotus: Exploding Flame Blade, Dragon God's Brilliant Flame, and using the various attacks with his Lightning Flame Dragon Mode! That is why he belongs on our list of anime characters with fire powers!
2. Portgas D. Ace from One Piece
Also know as Fire Fist Ace, is the son of the late Pirate King, Gol D. Roger, a member of the Whitebeard Pirates as 2nd division commander and former captain of the Spade Pirates.
His reputation precedes him as one of the most wanted pirates in the series and feared by all those who oppose him. Ace possessed not only great physical strength and high intelligence, he consumed the Mare Mare no Mi Devil Fruit that gave him the ability to become the element of fire and control it at will throughout his body. His favorite attack is propelling huge columns of fire created by punching which could easily destroy huge Baroque Works ships without breaking a sweat. He can turn his body into fire as a defense by having physical attacks go right through him.
It was shown on one specific episode where he visited an island that snowed constantly for one day, and during his stay, it never snowed. And his powers were shown fully when he went against Blackbeard on another island that they both pretty much annihilated.
1. Genryusai Yamamoto from Bleach
Welcome to number one on our list of anime characters with fire powers!!! The oldest captain in the Bleach series, despite his appearance, is probably one of the strongest and most powerful Shinigami in the series.
If anyone were to fight him, they would definitely hope they come out alive. One of his most powerful and intimidating abilities was using his Ryujin Jakka, a wooden staff that would transform into a katana of great energy. The technique it possessed were creating a huge wall of flames that nothing could get through, an intense fire attack that turned anything in contact to ashes, and forming seven or more pillars of fire intended to trap enemies in a cage and destroy them.
His most feared technique was so powerful it created heat known to be hotter than the sun. In fact, I don't believe he used it in the anime but in the manga, it nearly destroyed the Earth. At that point, nothing could touch him!
That's the selection of anime characters who are fire users. These characters are some of the most powerful in anime as far as this category. I hope you all enjoyed reading the Top 10 Anime Characters with Fire Powers! Was there a character we missed that you feel should have made the list? Let us know in the comments below! And also, who would you choose in a one-on-one battle to see who is the best fire user? We are curious to know who you pick!