Soon Halloween season will be upon us, so with that in mind, we’re going to be updating our list of anime users who wield scythes! Associated with Death itself, the scythe is an incredible weapon when in the right hands; however, not only is it deadly, it is also an aesthetic marvel! In true Halloween fashion, we will be putting the moonlight on these characters and celebrate their wielding of an iconic weapon!
10. Inasa Kirio – Ushio to Tora
- Episodes: 39
- Aired: July 2015 – December 2015
15-year-old Aotsuki Ushio is the energetic and stubborn son of an eccentric temple priest. His father had often told him stories about the monsters known as youkai, but Ushio took them to be mere fable. However, when Ushio’s father is away on work, Ushio discovers a terrifying youkai impaled by the legendary Beast Spear, pinned to the wall in their basement for the past five centuries. The beast tries to coax Ushio into setting him free and a reluctant Ushio grants that wish but a sudden youkai outbreak threatens the lives of Ushio’s friends. With no one else to rely on for help, Ushio elicits the help of the basement youkai, Tora, with the Beast Spear as his only insurance that Tora won’t get out of hand. Thus, begins the journey of an unlikely duo through the scary supernatural world.
Inasa Kirio is one of the few people on the planet who could have wielded the Beast Spear. He is an experimental human, subject to various experiments and modifications which created a prime youkai-killing machine. He wields a weapon known as the Elzar Scythe; however, he is also deadly when it comes to fighting up close and personal.
9. Haqua – The World God Only Knows
- Episodes: 12
- Aired: October 2010 – December 2010
Katsuragi Keima, known online as the legendary “God of Conquest”, is capable of conquering any girl’s heart – provided they are in dating sim games. His obsession with the two-dimensional world of gaming has rendered him unable to appreciate much else. When he arrogantly accepts an anonymous offer to prove his ability at conquering dating sims, Keima is misled into helping a naïve demon named Elucia “Elsie” de Lute Ima with her mission – to retrieve runaway evil spirits that have escaped into the human world and scattered themselves. The only way for Keima to capture these spirits is to conquer what he hates the most: the unpredictable hearts of three-dimensional girls! Shackled to Elsie with a deadly collar, Keima has no choice but to put his title of “God of Conquest” to the ultimate test, navigating the heats of several real-life girls!
Haqua du Lot Herminium is a demon who is best friends with Elsie (contrary to whatever she says). She was one of the most intelligent students in her grade, graduating top of the class. She wields a scythe dangerously well; in fact, she is capable of making the weapon emit azure flames that could also be used as projectiles! Scythe aside, Haqua is adept at using spells too.
8. Zorin Blitz – Hellsing Ultimate
- Episodes: 10
- Aired: February 2006 – December 2012
Unbeknownst to many, creatures of darkness and evil lurk in the shadows, ready to pounce on unsuspecting humans. The Hellsing organisation is dedicated to getting rid of these unholy forces and at the top of the organisation is Sir Integra Fairbrook Wingates Hellsing, who commands a powerful military dedicated to fighting the undead. Her army; however, is nothing in comparison to her trump card: Alucard, the vampire. With his new vampire servant, Seras Victoria, Alucard battles all that opposes Hellsing in order to ensure the survival of humankind.
First Lieutenant Zorin Blitz is a vampirina with short, spiky hair, a muscular body and a bit of a mean streak! Her sadistic personality seems to be leagues beyond the various emissaries of Hell. She leaps into battle possessing powers of illusion, superhuman speed and strength, mind reading and the ability to wield an incredibly heavy scythe with ease!
7. Ruby Rose – RWBY
- Episodes: 79+
- Aired: July 2013 – Ongoing
The fantasy world of Remnant is filled with dangerous monsters and treacherous terrain that makes living a day-to-day struggle. However, Beacon Academy is an institution dedicated to training Huntsmen and Huntresses for battle against these evils. Ruby, Weiss, Blake and Yang are four students at Beacon Academy preparing to go in for their first day of school – what awaits them at their new place of learning?
The main protagonist of the RWBY series, Ruby Rose is also known as “Crescent Rose”, which is the name of her weapon. The Crescent Rose is a High-Calibre Sniper-Scythe that she designed herself and it is capable of transforming from a scythe into a sniper rifle. She uses the recoil from when she fires rounds to aid her movement in combat, allowing her to swiftly deal with scores of enemies while gracefully pirouetting through the chaos.
6. Erigor – Fairy Tail
- Episodes: 175
- Aired: October 2009 – March 2013
In the Kingdom of Fiore, magic is a regular part of everyday life. As a result, like-minded wizards and mages banded together to form magic guilds, where they can take on job requests and find companionship. Fairy Tail is an infamous guild known for its sense of family and strength. 17-year-old Lucy Heartfilia is a young mage dreaming of joining Fairy Tail and sets out to find the guild. On her way, she bumps into Natsu Dragneel and his partner Happy, who are looking for Natsu’s foster father, the dragon Igneel. When Lucy is tricked by a strange man and abducted, Natsu shows up to save the day, revealing himself to be the Salamander… the fabled Salamander of Fairy Tail! Natsu offers to take Lucy back to the Fairy Tail guild, where she meets several interesting characters and becomes one of them. Together with Fairy Tail, Lucy battles the forces of evil and goes on several exciting adventures, adventures that never end.
Erigor is a minor antagonist in the Fairy Tail anime who uses wind magic. He was a member of the Dark Guild known as Eisenwald, and his epithet was “Shinigami” (God of Death), a reference to the fact that he only accepted assassination jobs. His possession of a scythe further pushes this image to the fore. After the time skip, Erigor joined Oracion Seis under the moniker “Grim Reaper”.
5. Zack – Angels of Death
- Episodes: 12
- Aired: July 2018 – September 2018
13-year-old Rachel wakes up and finds herself trapped in the basement of an abandoned building. With her memories missing, she has no idea where she is and wanders the building hoping to figure something out. She comes across a man covered in bandages, who goes by the name Zack and wields a scythe. They form a strange bond, working together to find their way out of this strange building, as well as the reason why they were there in the first place.
Isaac Foster, better known to us as “Zack” is the first person Rachel runs into while stuck in the building. He is a serial killer on the run because of his involvement in several cases. Wrapped in bandages and forever under the “visor” of his hoodie, Zack is a quintessential “bad guy”, using a massive scythe in combat; which only makes him look all the more menacing.
4. L’Arc Berg – Tate no Yuusha no Nariagari (The Rising of the Shield Hero)
- Episodes: 25
- Aired: January 2019 – June 2019
The Four Cardinal Heroes are a group of ordinary guys from modern-day Japan who find themselves summoned to the Kingdom of Melromarc in order to save it from the Waves of Catastrophe. The Waves have repeatedly brought death and destruction in their wake. The heroes are each bestowed a special weapon – one wields a spear, one a sword, one a bow; however, Iwatani Naofumi is not impressed when he realises that he has to wield a measly shield. Lacking the offensive capabilities associated with heroes, Naofumi is ridiculed by the other heroes and the citizens of Melromarc. Each hero is given resources and a party of comrades and Naofumi sets out with just one person – Myne Sophia. Things seem to be going well with Myne until she betrays him and accuses him of taking advantage of her. The entire kingdom turns its back on Naofumi and he is forced to journey on his own, with a terrible reputation following him wherever he goes. Despite his predicament, Naofumi is still a hero and does his best to protect the Kingdom of Melromarc from the Waves.
Just like Melromarc summoned its set of heroes from various alternate versions of Japan, other countries in this fantasy world have their set of heroes as well. That’s where L’arc comes in, being the Scythe Hero who wields a weapon known as the Vassal Scythe. He is an incredibly powerful ally, but an incredibly tough time to have as a foe. He briefly befriends Naofumi because he never once believed that Naofumi was the fabled Shield Hero… or Devil.
3. Hiiragi Shinoa – Owari no Seraph (Seraph of the End)
- Episodes: 12
- Aired: April 2015 – June 2015
A mysterious virus kills off everyone older than 13 years. After that, mankind is enslaved by a race of vampires that had remained hidden until that point. In exchange for blood, they control and “protect” what remains of human society. Hyakuya Yuuichirou and Mikaela are taken along with other children from their orphanage and are treated like livestock. Unhappy with their situation, the children plot an escape; however, they are quickly caught and slaughtered, with Yuuichirou being the only survivor. He escapes and is found by the Moon Demon Company, a sect devoted to exterminating the vampires in Japan. Years later, Yuuichirou vows to take revenge against the beings who murdered his family and friends, but vengeance isn’t that easy to obtain in a world that has long been ruined.
One of the sergeants and squad leaders of the Moon Demon Company, Shinoa is a sarcastic teenage girl who wields an incredible weapon. Her Demon Weapon is Shikama Douji, a scythe which she can condense into the shape of a mere pen. She is capable of inciting the demon which resides in her weapon to attack her enemies and she can detect anything that comes into the attack radius of her scythe.
2. Celty Sturluson – Durarara!!
- Episodes: 24
- Aired: January 2010 – June 2010
Tokyo’s district of Ikebukuro is characterised by strange occurrences, rumours and even anonymous gangs and shady characters, but in the mix, the legend that stands above the rest is that of the headless “Black Rider”, who can be seen cruising the streets on a jet-black motorcycle. Ryuugamine Mikado has always wanted to live in the city, and his childhood friend, Kida Masaomi, convinces him to move to Tokyo. On his first day, Mikado witnesses the Black Rider, kicking off the first of several supernatural events to happen in Ikebukuro.
The Headless Rider of Ikebukuro. Celty is perhaps one of the most interesting characters on this list for several reasons. We’ll start with the fact that she is actually a type of Irish faerie – a Dullahan, to be precise. Despite her otherworldly being, Celty is one of the more normal characters in the Durarara cast. Her clothing, bike and pretty much the various parts of her body seem to be made up of, and connected by a shadow-like substance. Sometimes, Celty moulds this substance into a black scythe, which is quite fitting given the fact that scythes are tools used to behead and Celty… well, Celty is trying to find her own head. Literally.
1. Dark Rukia – BLEACH Movie 3: Fade to Black
- Episodes: 1 (movie)
- Aired: December 2008
A strange duo appears in Soul Society and attacks Kuchiki Rukia. Memories of Rukia disappear, but Ichigo is reminded of Rukia when Kon asks about her. He decides to head over to the Seireitei but to his horror, everyone in Soul Society no longer knows who Ichigo is. Ichigo and Kon are forced to hop into combat against their friends in Soul Society in order to get to the bottom of the strange circumstances and return everyone’s memories to normal, but will it be that easy?
Rukia loses her own memories and her very form changes after being forcibly merged with Homura and Shizuku. Her hair and eyes lean towards a lavender colour, her kimono becomes white and tattered, and her fighting ability is greatly augmented. This particular appearance of Rukia lends itself towards the first ever design of Rukia that Tite Kubo envisioned: she wields a large scythe. This malicious, Hollowfied form of Rukia is a treat for Rukia fans and BLEACH fans in general; however, there is something oddly heart-warming about seeing character concepts that were once scrapped come to life in other ways.
Commonly associated with Death and the Grim Reaper, scythes are incredibly ominous weapons and the same can be said about many of the anime characters who wield one. That being said; however, scythe combat is usually an awesome sight in anime and the nimbleness of scythe-wielders despite the nature of their weapon gives even more credence to the ominous vibes that scythes carry. There’s just something dark and alluring about them! Who is your favourite anime scythe user? Drop a comment below and tell us all about them!
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!