Top 10 Most Badass Moments in Anime History

If you’ve ever seen anime, you know that most have their most amazing moments.

Those times that just embed themselves in your memory like a welcomed guest in your home.
The moments that give you chills from the sheer amount of awesome they’re throwing to your ever eager retinas. Without further ado, let’s get into my list of the 10 moments that still leave goose bumps on my skin to this day.

10. Dragonball Z: Goku Goes Super Saiyan

  • Episodes: 291
  • Aired: Apr, 1989 - Jan, 1996

The fans of the long standing anime Dragonball Z can rejoice, as the number 10 spot to the biggest of Billy-badass moments goes to none other than our hero, Goku.

We can all remember the Frieza fight, everyone getting dominated (let’s be clear, no one stood a chance at all) until Goku arrives.

With the failure of the Spirit Bomb and the death of his best friend, it’s safely concluded that no more can be tolerated from the evil galactic overlord.


9. Cowboy Bebop: Spike vs Vicious

  • Episodes: 26
  • Aired: Apr, 1998 - Apr, 1999

For those of us who haven’t seen the space classic Cowboy Bebop, the finale has one of the most defining moments in the show.

It’s the full combination of the culmination of the story, the “Real Folk Blues” playing in the background and the nonstop action of an entire criminal syndicate against one man.

Spike guns his way through their home base and on to fight their leader: an old friend named Vicious.


8. Bleach: Ichigo vs Aizen

  • Episodes: 366
  • Aired: Oct, 2004 - Mar, 2012

Anyone who is anyone that has seen Bleach knows about the Aizen fight, the defining moment of the show that brings about the full scope of Ichigo’s Shinigami powers and the defeat of the most influential antagonist of the entire series.

The only reason this moment is not higher on the list is because for the fans of the show, it doesn’t make sense in a way. With the use of the Final Getsugatensho… I’ll let you decide.


7. Guilty Crown: Prison Escape

  • Episodes: 22
  • Aired: Oct, 2011 - Mar, 2012

Episode 3. That’s as far as you need to make it in this show in order to find a chilling moment in the show. Believe me, there’s more, this just happens to be a fan favorite. In the show, the protagonist is captured.

The rebels of the GHQ help to free him, but he does the main part of the destruction of a skyscraper on his own. Take a look for yourself and tell me it’s not incredible.


6. Death Note: The Death of “L”

  • Episodes: 37
  • Aired: Oct, 2006 - Jun, 2007

The death of L. One of the best psychological anime to come out (ask a fan, any fan, you’ll see), the death of the (protagonist?) leading investigator was one of the defining characteristics of this show.

Bad guys don’t always have to lose. Light proves this time and time again; leading police astray; continually emptying prisons and being an all-around very good bad guy.



5. Psycho-Pass: Shougo vs Shinya

  • Episodes: 22
  • Aired: Oct, 2012 - Mar, 2013

Shougo Makishima versus Shinya Kougami, arguably the best scene in the show due to the desire, nay, the need to see Makishima get his ass handed to him.

After so long watching him continually ruin the lives of so many people, a good old fashioned bullet in the head is the remedy to the hatred and animosity you gain towards this antagonist.


4. Fate/Zero: Alexander the Great vs Gilgamesh

  • Episodes: 25
  • Aired: Oct, 2011 - Jun, 2012

Quite possibly the most over-powered antagonist, Gilgamesh sets the stage for the end of Rider.

His use of the world destroying Noble Phantasm that completely eradicates the world Rider put them in, as well as an armory of thousands upon thousands of weapons that he can call out and use like arrows at any point in time really shows the prowess of the Archer class. “But we loved Rider,” I know, believe me I did too.

But I cannot let my hatred for a character get in the way of how truly incredible they are. Case in point, Gilgamesh’s World Destruction.


3. Naruto Shippuden: Naruto vs Pain

  • Episodes: 392 (Continuing as of Dec 18, 2014 )
  • Aired: Feb, 2007 - ?

Naruto versus Pain, the hour and a half long fight of pure epicness that shows how badass Naruto really is.

With some additions to the Nine Tails look (that skeletal beast!) this is one of my personal favorite fights in the entire show itself. If you have yet to see it, I highly suggest it, if you have seen it and want to reminisce, here you go:


2. Attack on Titan (Shingeki no Kyojin): Titan Fight

  • Episodes: 25
  • Aired: Apr, 2013 - Sep, 2013

Come on, who in their right mind could ever deny that a titan fight to the death would be boring? Making it in as the number 2 spot on the list, comes the fight Attack on Titan fans had been waiting for all season.

A little help from Mikasa right at the end with the line “Annie, fall,” just wrapped the whole scene together and makes it one of the most badass scenes in recent history.


1. Aldnoah.Zero: New Orleans vs Landing Castle

  • Episodes: 12
  • Aired: Jul, 2014 - Sep, 2014

The top spot on our list of most badass moments in anime history goes to a brand new one, Aldnoah.Zero.

With the complete distruction of the entirety of New Orleans, the people turned to ash in a mere instant, the glass of skyscrapers shattering and the all-around intensity of the moment pulls it in for me personally. Episode 1, that’s all it took for this show to completely enthrall an entire audience.

If you haven’t seen it or are on the verge, check out this fan made video:


That does it for our top 10 list of Badass moments, if you feel we missed one or you’d like to tell us your own put it in the comments section below, we’d love to hear from you!

by Nathaniel Loomis