For characters to reach many of their accomplishments, they will need strength, derived from a foundation of training or raw ability. A character’s foundation usually varies in power, often depending on the type of power they have. And for those characters blessed with the strength of the earth, they will have raw strength in abundance from a rock solid foundation. Wielding the ability to quite literally change the playing field, characters with the power of earth will be powerful allies or worthy adversaries in their own right!
We have previously touched on some of the best characters in anime to wield the power of earth. However, we thought it was about time we took another look at our list! The characters here bring forth the true strength of earth abilities, though they may not always appear formidable themselves. It is their connection to the earth that allows them to fight for what they believe in, moving actual mountains for those they care about. Though some of them may slip through the cracks, we think each one of these characters deserves their place on our list!
10. Akachi from Arata Kangatari (Arata: The Legend)
- Episodes: 12
- Aired: April 2013 – July 2013
When young Arata Hinohara unwittingly switches universes with another Arata from Amawakuni, he is thrust into a world of assassination and nobility. The Arata originally from this world had been forced to flee after being accused of an assassination attempt on the princess. Now with Hinohara’s own power, or “Sho,” awakened, he must seek to set things right in a world he does not call home!
Akachi relies on his Hayagami, Okoro, for his control over the earth and rocks, making him an important member of the Twelve Shinshou. He makes a formidable foe, being able to create a tornado of rock with his power. Akachi holds a lot of hatred in his heart, which makes him that much more dangerous, though he isn’t a bad person truly.
9. Corona Timil from Mahou Shoujo Lyrical Nanoha (Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha)
- Episodes: 13
- Aired: October 2004 – December 2004
When third grader Takamachi Nanoha finds an injured telepathic ferret, you can bet that her life will never be the same again! The ferret turns out to be a former archaeologist from another world who was searching for the Jewel Seeds but was unable to keep up his search because he lacked the strength. Now joining in a dangerous hunt for the mythical Jewel Seeds, Nanoha and Yuuno must use the strength of the Seed’s magic to protect themselves from all kinds of enemies.
Corona appears to be a timid and gentle girl - but get her into a fight and you’ll see her true strength shine! She has the ability to summon a golem to wreck havoc, which is a stark contrast to her tiny form. Her spells consist of violent melee punches, powerful ground-altering moves and, of course, her ability to create golems to fight for her, giving her the title of Golem Meister.
8. Fate Averruncus from Mahou Sensei Negima! (Negima!)
- Episodes: 26
- Aired: January 2005 – June 2005
Negi Springfield has one final task to complete before he becomes a full-fledged Master Wizard – to become an English teacher at an all-girls boarding school! When he alienates one of students, Asuna Kagurazaka, on the very first day, Negi soon learns he will have to stand beside others in order to protect them, and to achieve his own goals.
Fate Averruncus is Negi’s first real rival and a talented child mage in his own right, much like Negi himself. However, despite Fate’s appearance and naivety at the depth of humanity, he is actually much older than he appears. Fate believes himself to be nothing more than a tool at first, using his earth element magic as just another weapon. With his growth in emotion comes a growth in his strength as well, making him a truly formidable rival for Negi.
7. Garfiel Tinsel from Re:Zero kara Hajimeru Isekai Seikatsu (Re:ZERO – Starting Life in Another World)
- Episodes: 25
- Aired: April 2016 – September 2016
Subaru Natsuki is on his way back from the grocery store when suddenly he finds himself thrust into another world, one where he is weak and immediately set upon by thugs. Luckily for him, a beautiful girl happens to save Subaru, though the two are shortly killed thereafter – all parties in search of a mysterious insignia the girl possesses. When Subaru awakens again to the familiar sight of thugs beating him and the beautiful girl saving him again, he begins to see that everything is not as it seems in this world…
Garfiel Tinsel joins Emilia’s camp later on in the anime, after a timely defeat at the hands of Subaru. The half brother of Frederica Baumann, Garfiel and Frederica were left by their mother at a young age, as she ventured off to search for their father. Garfiel seeks to protect the Sanctuary where he was raised, using his Divine Protection of Earth Spirits to shield himself, destroy the earth under his feet, and even to speed up the recovery of injuries or fatigue after battle.
6. Pica from One Piece
- Episodes: 844+
- Aired: October 1999 – currently airing
Gol D. Roger was the most infamous and strongest pirate in all of history, known as the “Pirate King.” Even though he was eventually captured and executed, his last words hinted at the existence of the greatest treasure in the world, One Piece – and with his death began the Grand Age of Pirates, with plenty of pirates striving to find the One Piece and become the next Pirate King. 17-year-old Monkey D. Luffy is one of these pirates, full of wonder and hope at the adventures in store for him and his crew!
One of the antagonists in One Piece, Pica is one of the high-ranking members of the Donquixote Pirates. You can see Pica’s strength in his giant form, and also in his ability to assimilate into any type of stone he touches. Though he has a rather quiet personality, he is fierce in battle and one of the most formidable members of the Donquixote Pirates.
5. Groudon from Pokémon Advanced Generation (Pokémon: Advanced)
- Episodes: 192
- Aired: November 2002 – September 2003
Ash and Pikachu are beginning another adventure, this time in the land of Hoenn with plenty of new Pokémon to discover. With both new and old friends by their side, they set out to go on adventures, battle with Gym Leaders, and move their way up in the Pokémon League, all so Ash can become a Pokémon master!
Groudon is a legendary Pokémon in Hoenn, being both the earth and fire part of the weather trio. With the power to expand continents and change the earth itself, Groudon is immensely powerful, especially when it is in its Primal form. It seems to be associated with the power of a volcano, erupting out of the ground with fire and rock, and changing the landscape of the world in the process.
4. Diane from Nanatsu no Taizai (The Seven Deadly Sins)
- Episodes: 24
- Aired: October 2014 – March 2015
The Holy Knights of Britannia are the driving force of the kingdom, though its most infamous group is actually well-known for their supposed betrayal. This group, known as the “Seven Deadly Sins,” were scattered throughout the kingdom after the pivotal event, lost in the large country. After ten years, the rest of the Holy Knights staged their own overthrow of the king. Princess Elizabeth Liones sets out on her own to find help, and seeks for it from the very group that was supposed to have betrayed the kingdom all those years ago – the Seven Deadly Sins!
An important member of the Seven Deadly Sins, Diane is the Serpent Sin of Envy and a member of the Giant clan, using her large War Hammer to cause mass destruction. Diane may seem a bit silly at times, fawning over their captain Meliodas, but she is actually fierce in battle, especially when defending her friends. She struggles emotionally, due to a lonely childhood and having been abandoned in her past, making fights stressful for her when her friends are hurt. She finds acceptance with Meliodas in the Seven Deadly Sins, fighting for them no matter the cost.
3. Ryuko Tsuchikawa from Boku no Hero Academia 3rd Season (My Hero Academia 3)
- Episodes: 18+
- Aired: April 2018 – currently airing
In this most recent season of Boku no Hero Academia, Izuku Midoriya and his classmates are set with even more tests and tribulations on their way to becoming true professional heroes. As even more heroes and villains are introduced, our main characters continue to grow more powerful, both in their powers and in their emotional capacity. Midoriya and his friends go through all this in order to learn what it means to be a true hero!
Ryuko Tsuchikawa is a Pro-Hero, called Pixie-Bob as a pivotal member of the Wild Wild Pussycats. She comes off as a little ditzy, hyper and loud at first, but her Quirk Earth Flow allows her to manipulate the earth in a variety of ways, and makes her actually quite powerful. She can even use her Quirk to create Earth golem creatures to fight for her, which is especially useful since they aren’t affected by Quirks targeting animals. It is no wonder she became such a formidable Pro-Hero, working with the other members of her team to fight off villains.
2. Alex Louis Armstrong from Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood
- Episodes: 64
- Aired: April 2009 – July 2010
As brothers Edward and Alphonse Elric begin their journey to find the mysterious Philosopher’s Stone and regain their bodies after a failed forbidden transmutation, these young alchemists encounter a sea of nationwide turmoil. They will discover the true nature of the Stone, their nation’s dark past, and an evil force underlying it all, controlling the government behind the scenes… Will the Elrics be able to become fully human again, or will they lose their humanity altogether?
Major Alex Louis Armstrong is one of the most physically strong alchemists in the land, often bulging through his uniform so much that he rips it completely! This also happens because he believes strength to be a thing of beauty, and shows his form off as often as he can. Despite his fearsome appearance, Armstrong is actually a kind of gentle giant, fierce in battle but caring outside of it. His alchemy is channeled through two massive steel gauntlets that he uses to push the earth and stone around him into different forms.
1. Gaara from Naruto
- Episodes: 220
- Aired: October 2002 – February 2007
Naruto has been shunned by his village of Konohagakure all his life since a nine-tailed demon fox was sealed inside him at birth. Despite this, Naruto has big dreams – to one day become the village leader, known as the Hokage. Learning to find his own strengths along the way, Naruto must work hard to win over each person he meets in order to achieve his goals!
Gaara is one of the most interesting characters in the Naruto universe, and easily deserving of our top spot among earth-powered characters! Once a shunned member of his own village, Gaara’s strength and feared reputation stem from the one-tailed beast sealed within him, allowing him to manipulate sand and earth to his will. During the Chunin Exam arc, his bloodthirsty nature stands out among the other, more easygoing contestants, and he nearly ends Rock Lee’s career as a ninja with a crushing sand attack. However, after Naruto shows him that he is not alone, Gaara does some growing up of his own, eventually becoming the Fifth Kazekage in a village that once hated and feared him!
Whether heroes or villains, these characters show their solid connections with the earth in many different ways. We love them for their deep-rooted strength and the way they continue to fight on for what they believe, making them memorable in our eyes!
Do you agree with our updated list? Tell us who you would have placed as number one among earth-powered characters, especially if we have missed them on our list so far! And for more entertaining and informative articles about gaming and anime, keep it tuned in here at Honey’s Anime!
Most superpowers and abilities in anime tend to be very specific or come with a unique condition or cost in order for them to be used. However, despite these types of abilities, there’s always a solid chance to see someone who has a classic and recognizable ability of some sort, whether it’s super strength, the ability to fly, etc. Often, many characters will have some sort of variation on an elemental power, such as fire or wind. However, there aren’t that many characters that have an earth power.
People tend to think of characters that can control earth as being strong, muscular, and having the ability to control rocks or cause earthquakes. While this can be true to a certain extent, there’s more to earth than just the ground beneath your feet. You’ve got characters that can control certain types of earth, such as sand and wood. You’ve also got characters that are vastly different in terms of appearance and motivation, as well as subtle differences in their earth-based abilities. That being said, here are the top 10 characters to possess an Earth power.
10. Sherry Cromwell (A Certain Magical Index)
- Episodes: 24
- Aired: Oct 2008 - Mar 2009
Sherry Cromwell is a powerful magician and talented decoder that works for Necessarius, the 0th parish of the Anglican Church. First seen as an antagonistic character in the series, Sherry eventually grows to become a critical ally for the main character, Touma. Of the select characters that can control earth, very few are females. However, Sherry is certainly qualified enough to stand out. With the ability to control her own stone golem thanks to her earth-based magic, Sherry can literally create the strong earthlike being most people associate with earth-based powers. She can even have it self-destruct at will or have it take in surrounding materials to regenerate itself. In addition, Sherry has another earthlike technique that involves creating multiple mud eyes in order to perform acts of espionage as well as prevent any hidden attacks on her in battle. All in all, when it comes to fighting with earth, Sherry is certainly a tough opponent.
9. Wolf Haruto (Saint Seiya Omega)
- Episodes: 97
- Aired: Apr 2012 - Mar 2014
Wolf Haruto is one of six Bronze Saints chosen to defend both Athena and the world by the use of Cloths, or special suits of armor that aid in their special abilities. Haruto is a pretty stoic character to say the least, as he tends to be a loner at times and doesn’t get along with Koga and the other Bronze Saints at first. Even though he fights on the side of good, rarely do we the audience get to see him so much as smile, which is understandable considering his tragic past. However, despite his young age, Haruto possesses many earth techniques that make him a formidable opponent. From creating shurikens out of ground-up rocks to forming a rocklike shield around his arm to even manipulating the earth to rise from the ground, Haruto uses his earth techniques both offensively and defensively in conjunction with his Cosmos to defeat his opponents. Without a doubt, Haruto has certainly achieved a balance in regards to the techniques he wields.
8. Kosuke Ueki (The Law of Ueki)
- Episodes: 51
- Aired: Apr 2004 - Mar 2005
You have your characters that are gifted with the ability to control the elements themselves as their style of fighting. Then you have characters like Kosuke Ueki, an extremely nice middle school student who is granted the ability to turn trash into trees by his homeroom teacher, Mr. K. Not exactly the type of ability people picture when they think of fighting with earth power. Kosuke’s ability, however, reminds us that there’s more than to just the element than the element itself. Even though trees themselves are mostly associated with wood, Kosuke’s ability to create them from trash and make them stronger using the surrounding earth highlights the concept of using the natural elements around you. As Kosuke gets stronger, he’s even able to take pieces of his trees and turn them into trash in order to grow even more trees, reflecting the natural life cycle that takes place all the time. Kosuke’s earth power serves as a good example of using the environment around you as opposed to just the element itself.
7. Ganju Shiba (Bleach)
- Episodes: 366
- Aired: Oct 2004 - March 2012
Formerly of the Siba Clan, Ganju Shiba is a resident of Rukongai in Soul Society. Ganju has a deep prejudice for a long time against all Shinigami due to Rukia killing his older brother Kaien. Ganju’s personality also would be more suited for fire, as he has a huge ego and quite a short temper. As a result, Ganju doesn’t get along with Ichigo at all when they first meet, as they immediately begin to fight until his older sister Kukaku stops them, starting a chain of events that would eventually lead to thei friendship. Despite what Ganju’s volatile nature may suggest, he does possess some impressive earthlike techniques in his fighting arsenal. Ganju’s most impressive ability is being able to reduce anything he touches to sand, another popular form of earth besides wood. What makes this technique even more dangerous is the fact that Ganju can perform it using his feet in addition to his hands. Even though it’s mainly used as an escape or delaying tactic, Ganju is able to use it on more than one occasion to get Ichigo and himself out of a tight spot.
6. Eshros (Zatch Bell)
- Episodes: 150
- Aired: Apr 2003 - Mar 2006
The standard definition of a villain, Eshros is the Mamodo that utilizes an earth power in the tournament to determine the Mamodo King. Manipulative, hungry for power, and completely selfish, Eshros can see nothing else in front of him but the path to power in order to win the tournament, and bends Shin, his human partner, to his will in order to achieve this. Thus, Eshros’ training with Shin allowed 8 spells to be unlocked in Eshros’ spell book, far above most of the rest of Zatch and Kio’s opponents’ levels at the time of their match. Eshros’ earth abilities are quite impressive; in addition to the standard abilities of creating rocks to ensnare his opponent and throwing up an earth shield for defense, Eshros can also create stone cannons and even a stone snake to attack for him. Although he eventually loses his battle with Zatch, Eshro’s wide variety of earth techniques in his short appearance were enough to earn him a spot on this list.
5. Iggy (JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure)
- Episodes: 26
- Aired: Oct 2012 - Apr 2013
Most anime can’t say that they have a talking super powered dog that can fight, but then again, Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure has characters that are exactly what the title suggests: bizarre. A dog that grew up in the streets of Ney York City, Iggy is pretty antisocial and doesn’t get along with Jotaro’s gang at first. However, we eventually get to see a change in him as the group makes their way to Egypt to take down Dio once and for all. Iggy’s stand, known as The Fool, allows Iggy to manipulate sand in a (albeit limited) number of ways: shapeshifting, strength, and speed. Despite these limits, Iggy can use The Fool to shapeshift into anyone or anything he wants, making it the most useful in terms of practicality. However, its strength in combat and being able to move at speeds most people can’t see give it an edge against Iggy’s opponents, making him one of Jotaro’s key allies.
4. Diane (The Seven Deadly Sins)
- Episodes: 24
- Aired: Oct 2014 - Mar 2015
A member of the Seven Deadly Sins and known specifically as the Sin of Envy, Diane is a giant who’s introduced as having a mysterious past and chooses to assist her new friend Melodias by fighting for him. Diane’s super strength, immense endurance, and powerful durability are mainly due to her being a giant. However, Gideon, the incredibly powerful war hammer that Diane wields, allows her to be able to draw out the full potential of her Creation ability, something that can only be done by giants due to their profound connection to nature. In Diane’s case, she can manipulate the earth around her, making her a tricky opponent both in close combat as well as from a distance. A good example of this would be her battle with Melodias when they’re both under Ruin’s illusion. Just as Melodias is able to destroy some of the rock formations Diane creates and get up close and attack her, Diane sends him flying with a powerful punch into the rocks he didn’t destroy. Thus, Diane’s size and battle strategy makes her one of the strongest earth power users on this list.
3. Gaara (Naruto)
- Episodes: 220
- Aired: Oct 2002 - Feb 2007
A shinobi of Sunagakure, Gaara enters the series as being among if not the most powerful of Naruto’s peers, and has much more in common with Naruto than Naruto could’ve ever expected. After some time has passed after their epic battle, Gaara’s skills are officially recognized by his village when he becomes the 5th Kazekage, Gaara’s extraordinary earthlike abilities at a young age are what place him high on the list. Even though his main abilities involve the manipulation of sand, Gaara possesses enough of it to almost make it seem as if he’s using solid earth itself during his fights, especially for defense. Even if his opponents are able to get past the crushing sand techniques Gaara uses, the automatic sand defense that acts outside Gaara’s consciousness to block surprise attacks earned him a reputation of never being wounded in any of his fights. Combining this with the sand armor he wears marks Gaara as having one of the strongest defenses if not the strongest defense of any earth power user. Even despite this defensive strength early on, it only grows stronger later in the series. Gaara’s defense combined with his fighting strategy potentially makes him the most powerful characters on this list.
2. Crocodile (One Piece)
- Episodes: Currently Airing
- Aired: Oct 1999 - Currently Airing
Without a doubt, Sir Crocodile is one of the most powerful anime characters to use an earth power of some sort. Crocodile is one of the longest running villains that Luffy and the Straw Hats go up against, and he certainly proves his strength by being a member of a very small group of characters to not only defeat Luffy, but to do so more than once. Crocodile is known to the Star Hats as Mr. 0 for quite some time; as the leader of Baroque Works, it is eventually revealed that his goal is to take over the Alabasta Kingdom in order to use its Poneglyph to find the ancient weapon Pluton. Because Crocodile ate the Sand Sand Fruit, he can control, generate, and even become sand. Combine this earth power with his mastery of the ability, his callousness for others, his ambition for power, and his tactical intelligence, and you have yourselves Luffy’s first true opponent. Crocodile is even more powerful when he’s in the desert, as he’s able to create quicksand and multiple sand storms. It’s safe to say that despite his weakness regarding water, Crocodile is certainly a very powerful earth character.
1. Jura Neekis (Fairy Tail)
- Episodes: 175
- Aired: Oct 2009 - Mar 2013
One of the Ten Wizard Saints and recognized throughout the land for his accomplished use of Earth Magic, Jura Neekis is immensely strong when it comes to wielding earth. Jura actually fits the mold in terms of what an earth power user is typically thought to look like: very tall, muscular, and even bald. Jura’s personality, however, is the opposite of what someone with those physical characteristics might have: he is humble and down-to-earth, very modest about his incredible power, and holds great respect for his opponents, even so far as commending them for his abilities. Furthermore, Jura’s techniques are perfectly balanced in terms of variety and power. There’s a reason why the other characters refer to him as Iron Rock Jura, as he is able to make the ground incredibly solid and manipulate it however he wishes. Jura can control all the rocks surrounding him and launch them at his opponent in a variety of different techniques while at the same time create an iron wall out of multiple rock formations to defend himself. Combined with his strength, reflexes, magic power, and hand to hand combat skills, Jura is truly the most powerful earth power user.
The ability to use earth as a superpower isn’t as common as some of the other elemental techniques, such as fire or lightning. Even a number of characters on this list use earth in a variety of forms, such as sand. However, the characters that do use earth-based attacks demonstrate a lot of different uses, and some of them are even regarded as being some of the strongest characters in their respective series. As a result, there’s a lot of potential for more characters to appear in the future with earth as their superpower. Is there any anime character with an earth power that you think should’ve made the list? Should Gaara or Crocodile have been number one despite using a different form of earth? Let us know in the comments!