As a child, Goku's strength was enough t0 destroy an entire army. As an adult, he is strong enough to take on a god of destruction. His desire to fight strong opponents keeps him on his toes and drives him to become even stronger. There is no question that he is one of the most powerful characters in anime.
However, even with all that power, he is not invincible. In fact, there are plenty of anime characters whose power far surpasses his own. Some are so powerful, that Goku can never hope to reach their level. Here is a list featuring 10 anime characters more powerful than Goku.
10 Broly – Dragon Ball Super: Broly
Similarly to Goku and Vegeta, Broly is a Saiyan who survived the destruction of their homeworld. Unlike either of them, Broly has not had the opportunity to fight against powerful opponents. Despite this, he has no trouble keeping up with them.
In his base form, he’s strong enough to keep up with a Super Saiyan God. As a Legendary Super Saiyan, his power far exceeds that of both Goku and Vegeta. Even if he doesn’t have the same 40 plus years worth of fighting experience, Broly is a fighting prodigy. Although he is mostly a pacifist, if he puts in the effort to train, even Goku won't be able to surpass him.
9 Saitama – One Punch Man
Goku has taken on some of the worst and strongest opponents that the 12 universes have to offer. Unfortunately, Saitama is not one of them. As his name suggests, Saitama — aka One Punch Man — can defeat any foe with a single punch.
Goku is always striving to become stronger, but Saitama has become so strong that fighting no longer brings him joy. Even the alien warlord Boros, who is strong enough to destroy a planet, failed to get Saitama to use his full strength. With Ultra Instinct, Goku could probably keep up with him. However, if Saitama ever got truly serious, he could easily incapacitate or kill Goku.
8 Baragann Louisenbairn – Bleach
Even though Goku's mastered the power of a Super Saiyan God, he’s still mortal. For a powerful martial artist like him, an opponent like Baragann Louisenbairn is his worst nightmare. Baragann's power Senescencia allows him to create a time dilation field, reducing the speed of anything that gets close to him.
With a single touch, he can forcibly age a person's body. This power is further enhanced once he releases his Ressurreccion. In this state, even attacks like a Kamehameha wave would explode before reaching him. Along with the power of his Respira, Goku would never be able to lay a hand on him.
7 Misogi Kumagawa – Medaka Box
At first glance Misogi Kumagawa doesn’t look like he'd be a threat to someone as strong as Goku. When he is serious, Misogi is one of the most dangerous people in the multiverse. Thanks to his power All Fiction, Misogi can pretty much alter reality as he pleases. For example, even if by some miracle Goku manages to kill him, he can simply undo his death.
Likewise, he could also alter reality and undo Goku’s very existence. In the face of a power like that, Goku's superhuman abilities and even his Ultra Instinct are nothing more than a joke to him.
6 Truth – Fullmetal Alchemist Brotherhood
As the embodiment of all living things in the universe, Truth is an existence that far surpasses Goku’s. If he were ever to confront Truth, it would be impossible for him to truly defeat it. If anything, he is more likely to harm himself by trying to understand the concept behind Truth.
In the end, if he ever tried to fight Truth he would be at its complete mercy. It could just break him down and reassemble him while forcing down the knowledge of the universe into his brain. This experience is enough to terrify anyone, even someone like Goku.
5 Nono/ Buster Machine #7 – Diebuster
To the average person, Nono looks just like a regular girl with dreams of becoming a space pilot. However, her true identity is Buster Machine no. 7. While Goku is no stronger to fighting mechas, none of them come close to her level of strength.
At her full power, she practically defies the laws of physics. In addition to controlling thousands of nanomachines, she also has a laser that can slice a planet in half. One of her greatest feats was being able to stop a moving planet after becoming a Diebuster. Goku may be strong, but even he isn’t strong enough to stop a planet.
4 The Lord of Nightmares – Slayers
The Lord of Nightmares is an omniscient existence and the embodiment of the Sea of Chaos. As a result of her divine nature, she does not have her own physical form. Instead she temporarily takes over the body of Lina Inverse when she draws on her power. Even if by some miracle Goku overpowers her host, he can never truly defeat her.
When using her power, Lina can perform incredibly destructive spells with power that far surpasses any of Goku's techniques. The Giga Slave is one such powerful spell. With the power to potentially destroy the whole world, even Goku’s Spirit bomb seems minor in comparison.
3 Haruhi Suzumiya – The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya
If anyone's more powerful than Goku, it's the inspiration behind "Haruhiism", Haruhi Suzumiya. As a god in the form of a high schooler, it is frightening to know that this girl can easily create or destroy a universe. This is even more terrifying considering that she does this without ever knowing how powerful she is.
If ever she got bored of something or the universe in general, even subconsciously, she could erase its very existence. Thus, if she ever grew bored of martial artists or Goku's antics, then she can pretty much erase him without having to lift a finger.
2 Madoka Kaname - Puella Magi Madoka Magica
In one timeline of the Puella Magi Madoka Magica franchise, Madoka Kaname wishes for Kyubey to get rid of all witches. As a result, Madoka basically goes from a magical girl to an omnipotent deity. After doing so, she changes not just her universe, but all of them.
In her ultimate form, her magical power makes her one of the most powerful godlike beings in all of anime. Even with the power of his Ultra Instinct, Goku wouldn't be able to do much against her. After all, what can he do against a girl who basically rewrote every existence in her multiverse?
1 Super Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann – Gurren Lagann
Against this powerful mecha, Goku would barely register under its very large shadow. Super Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann is about the size of a universe, making it one of the biggest entities in all of anime. In addition to its incredible size, it also has the power to warp reality, create energy, as well as control space-time and probability.
Once it gets serious, it releases a gigantic drill that's about a few hundred billion light years tall. Even with his strongest attack, Goku would barely make a dent in this mecha's cosmic armor. Its presence alone would be enough to crush him.