Other Reference: Shinoa Hiiragi (Owari no Seraph)
Scythe is synonymous with shinigami due to the common portrayal of the grim reaper and the weapon of foreshadowing doom. A menacing weapon, their appearances are as rare as they are unique. Their presence in anime often highlights a strong character due to its iconic symbolism of death and doom, as well as the fact that it is overall a big badass weapon that looks and IS fatal. Its arching blade and tall built, makes this orthodox farming tool, unorthodox.
Whenever a new enemy appears and someone wields a scythe, be sure they are either a badass or someone potentially fatal.
Join us as we count the top 10 scythe users in anime today!
10. Lisara from Dakara Boku wa, H ga Dekinai
- Episodes: 12
- Aired: Jul 2012 - Sep 2012
In this installment of an obscure anime, you can think of Lisara as the Rias Gremory in this anime. She's smoking hot and sexy. Similarly, she holds the title of a Shinigami. To survive, however, she feed off "essences" of guys. What kind of essences?, we'll leave that to your imagination.
Despite the steamy premise that sets this anime, once Lisara is transformed, she takes on the appearance of a mini devil, wielding the Carnun Pladur - a black scythe with the ability to manipulate fire and flames. This combination of magical fire and the ominous scythe is win combo as she breezes through her enemies with ease.
9. Kiichi from Karneval
- Episodes: 13
- Aired: Apr 2013 - Jun 2013
Kiichi is a petite girl by comparison to the rest of members in the group. Kiichi doesn't let her size affect her in anyway. Proud as well as being a perfectionist, Kiichi despise the idea of losing, and this mentality allows her to perform her best in battle.
Kiichi wields a large scythe which she wields proficiently despite being small. This along, with her ability to fly, makes her a formidable foe. Kiichi is strong willed which primarily drives her to not lose, which translates to her battle prowess as well.
8. Alice / Oz B Rabbit from Pandora Hearts
- Episodes: 25
- Aired: Apr 2009 - Sep 2009
In released form, both of them harness the power of the B Rabbit, a giant black rabbit with glowing red eyes wielding a giant black and red scythe. B Rabbit is a creature from the void in which they are able to invoke its powers and use it to fight against their enemies.
While Alice has the power of the B Rabbit, she is known as the most powerful character in the anime. Asides from its destructive force and powers of the void, B Rabbit has mastery over the scythe, being able parry and deflect blows with the giant scythe. His mastery over the scythe is so overwhelming that he favours it over a sword.
7. The Fatal Scythe from Sword Art Online
- Episodes: 25
- Aired: Jul 2012 - Dec 2012
Being an NPC character, the fatal scythe is a hidden boss in a hidden dungeon. Incapable of human emotions, its primary goal is simply eliminating any and everybody.
Appearing in a tattered black cloak with a scythe as huge as his hulking figure, he strikingly resembles the Grim Reaper. It also prefers to fight from the shadows, which further gives off the vibe of death
Since it was programmed to fight, the only way to defeat it, is through overwhelming its abilities, which is hard as it is since a single sweep from it, sent both Kirito and Asuna flying.
All in all, this scythe user could be the most dangerous boss that Kirito and Asuna ever fought.
6. Frau from 07-Ghost
- Episodes: 25
- Aired: Apr 2009 - Sep 2009
Hot tempered and rebellious, Frau is quick to start an argument with just about anybody being very blunt at times. An extrovert and outgoing person by nature, Frau takes unnecessary risks, and can be quite reckless. He is quite fond of women, and flirts with just about any women he sees. Beyond all of this, however, he is shown to be gentle and kind as well as being quite good with children.
Through either a strange twist of fate or luck, Frau eventually ends up with the Death God Verloren's Scythe. Whether he likes it or not, these two are made to stay and stick by each other, even though the scythe yearned for its previous master. Even though the scythe has its own volition, Frau can be said to be very talented with a scythe. This is further fuelled by his Ghost abilities.
5. Shuhei Hisagi/Kazeshini from Bleach
- Episodes: 336
- Aired: Oct 2004 - Mar 2012
Zanpakuto are the main weapons of a Shinigami, with zanjutsu being the name given to the art of wielding such weapons. Each of these weapons embodies the power and soul a Shinigami has.
With that, we have Shusei and his Zanpakuto counterpart, Kazeshini. Since the Zanpakuto is the embodiment of a Shinigami's power and soul, the weapon itself is the spirit of the Shinigami.
While in its sealed form, it maintains the appearance of a katana. Since he fears his Zanpakuto and hesitates to unseal it, Hisagi is very proficient in the art of the katana. This only goes to show how devastating he can be once he unleashes his Zanpakuto, two sickles like weapons with scythe blades that can be thrown. Thrown scythes? That's just a whole new level completely.
4. Hidan from Naruto Shippuden
- Episodes: 448+
- Aired: Feb 2007 - Ongoing
The iconic Hidan wields a three bladed scythe. Hidan even said that the weapon was not so much to kill but for the purpose of drawing blood such that he can engage in his demonic ritual.
In his Jashin-form, he takes on a deathly appearance which is identical in looks with the Grim Reaper. Since his purpose is to kill, it's not that far off then.
Despite the size and obvious weight of the weapon, Hidan is able to swing it around using a cable, greatly increasing the weapon's range.
This peculiar way of wielding the scythe makes both, owner and scythe, a hot favourite!
3. Maka and Soul from Soul Eater
- Episodes: 51
- Aired: Apr 2008 - Mar 2009
Soul Eater revolves around the idea of making a Death Scythe - the highest title of a human taking the form of a weapon. The status of Death Scythe is so high that they are fit to be used by Shinigamis - the original wielders of the scythe.
Maka's weapon is the titular Soul Eater in this series. There is nothing better than finding out the battle dynamics of the duo than their thoughts as well!
Part of the reason why Maka is on this list is that the weapon takes a human form and that interactions could happen between them. The only way to be better in their fight dynamics is through the mutual cooperation with each other and understanding each other.
2. Rory Mercury from GATE: Jieitai Kanochi nite, Kaku Tatakaeri
- Episodes: 12
- Aired: Jul 2015 - Sep 2015
Despite looking very young, Rory is actually from ancient times and holds the position of a war goddess. Known throughout as Rory the Reaper, this loli-goth is quite merciless to her enemies. This doesn't mean that she is at all a psychopathic killing machine, as Rory has been shown to be compassionate to the common people while maintaining a strong disdain towards thieves and bandits.
It has been noted that the scythe which Rory possess is not only bigger than her, it is equally as heavy as well. Yet she is still able to swing it around in ease and perform somersaults to get out of a pinch. She was also shown to have fended off multiple enemies at once which shows her status as a war goddess.
1. Celty from Durarara!!
- Episodes: 24
- Aired: Jan 2010 - Jun 2010
The city of Ikebukuro is very mysterious. Numerous street gangs, the reputed strongest bartender and the scheming information broker are amongst many of the figures in this part of the city.
One stands out however, the Black Rider who cruises the highways on a bike with a yellow cat helmet.
Celty Sturluson is a notable character in the community and the anime itself. One of her ability is to materialize a scythe from the dark energy emanating from her neck.
Celty expertly wields the scythe and is able to hold her own in a fight with numerous people. Her all black dressing and her weapon made her synonymous with death and instils fear in her enemies.
If dangerous looking antagonists and characters wielding an ominous scythe is not your kind of thing, we will like to give special mentions to some of our more beloved scythe wielding characters such as Haqua from The World God Only Knows, and even Shinoa Hiiragi from Owari No Seraph. Don't let their appearance fool you, they mean business once it comes to battle as well!
So what do you think? Are scythes one of your favourite weapons? Are we missing out any scythe users in your opinion that deserves to be on this list? Leave a comment and we will see you next time!