Demon Slayer: Kimetsu No Yaiba is the breakout hit of this anime season, and the manga is already very popular for being only three years old. Set during Japan's Taisho Period but with demons running amok, Demon Slayer follows a young boy named Kamado Tannjiro who, after his family is killed and his sister turned into a demon, searches for the monster who destroyed his family and for a way to turn his sister back into a human.
In a world with demons running around, you, of course, need an organization to protect the masses from demonic threats. Enter the Demon Slayer Corps. Tackling the most powerful demons demands powerful demon slayers. Here are the most powerful demon slayers, ranked!
10 Zenitsu Agatsuma
At first glance, you might not think Zenitsu belongs on this list. He claims to have never wanted to become a Demon Slayer and was forced into it to pay off a debt, and he's always asking girls to marry him so he can get out of being a Demon Slayer and live a long life, but don't underestimate him.
Zenitsu is incredibly powerful... when he's unconscious. When the stress gets too much, he falls asleep and his body fights on instinct alone, utilizing his Thunder Breathing Style. He'd probably be higher on the list if not for the fact that he's only mastered the first Thunder Breathing form.
9 Shinobu Kocho
The first of the Hashira (Pillars) of the Demon Slayer Corps to make the list, Shinobu may seem laid back, always with a smile on her face—but that's just to mask the fierce Demon Slayer she really is.
Shinobu is a user of the Insect Breath Style, a branch of the Flower Breath, which itself is branched from Water Breath. She wields a thin sword that doesn't do much damage in and of itself, but she infuses her attacks with wisteria poison to make short work of any demon she faces.
8 Tanjiro Kamado
Next on the list is the series protagonist, Tanjiro. He became a Demon Slayer to hunt down the demon who murdered his family and turned his sister into a demon. A rarity among the other slayers, Tanjiro empathizes with demons. He kills them, yes, but he understands that most demons didn't have a choice when they were transformed.
Tanjiro uses Water Breathing Style and later remembers that he can also use Dance of the Fire God, a breathing technique taught to him by his father and can only be used by the Kamado family. Tanjiro definitely has the potential, but the only reason he isn't higher on the list is because he's a relative newbie, at least as far as the anime is concerned.
7 Mitsuri Kanroji
Demon Slayer has a habit of having Demon Slayers that don't look as dangerous as they actually are. One such Demon Slayer is Mitsuri Kanroji, the Love Pillar of the Demon Slayer Corps. Mitsuri is shy, gentle, often bubbly, and has eight times the muscle density of a normal human, making her insanely strong despite her thin limbs.
Mitsuri uses the Breath of Love technique and wields a rather unique sword that only she can use. Her sword is extremely thin and soft, making it difficult to use as a traditional sword so instead, Mitsuri uses it as a kind of whip. Her strength and unique sword means she possesses the fastest techniques of all the Pillars.
6 Tengen Uzui
Just one look at Tengen Uzui is enough for most people to assume he's one of the strongest Demon Slayers. This flamboyant slayer of demons originally came from a family of shinobi but didn't agree with his father's ideology of using people as tools, so he left and joined the Demon Slayer Corps and became the Sound Pillar.
Tengen has a similar strength and speed to his fellow Pillars to easily outclass the demons he faces, but it's his breathing technique that sets him apart from others. He uses the Breath of Sound technique, which branches from the Breath of Lightning technique, and is a breathing form unique to Tengen.
5 Kyojuro Rengoku
This cheerful Demon Slayer is the Crops' Flame Pillar. His Breath of Flames technique (not to be confused with Tanjiro's Dance of the Fire God) bathes demons in a sea of flames. Rengoku even agreed to take Tanjiro under his wing and train him.
In the only battle we've seen from him, Rengoku was able to battle demons while simultaneously protecting the 200 passengers of the train the battle takes place in, even holding his own against a demon of the Upper Moons named Akaza for a time before the demon takes him out.
4 Muichiro Tokito
Muichiro may seem a bit air-headed, always lost in his thoughts, but he's a dedicated Demon Slayer and one of the most powerful among them. As the Mist Pillar, he utilizes the Breath of Mist style, which is derived from the Breath of Wind style.
Muichiro has completely mastered his breathing style to the point that he can use it to easily fight and overwhelm a demon of the Upper Moon as well as creating an entirely new form for the breath style. He also unlocked a Demon Slayer Mark that gave him enough strength to kill the Upper Moon demon with ease.
3 Sanemi Shinazugawa
Sanemi is a very abrasive person who is quick to lash out and he harbors a deep hatred for demons but for good reason, having lost so many people he cared about to demons. Sanemi's body is also covered in scars, accrued over his years of slaying demons.
The Wind Pillar's skill with the blade and mastery of the Breath of Wind style are so great that even Kokushibo, the Upper Moon One demon with hundreds of years of skill and experience behind him, was impressed by Sanemi's power.
2 Giyu Tomioka
Giyu Tomioka was the first Demon Slayer that Tanjiro ever met. After witnessing a newly transformed Nezuko protect Tanjiro, Tomioka points them to Urokodaki and the Demon Slayer Corps. Tomioka may not be the best with social interactions, but his fellow Pillars recognizes him as one of the strongest among them.
As the Water Pillar, Tomioka is a master of the Breath of Water style. Tomioka's skills are so exceptional that he was able to defeat the Father Spider Demon and Rui, a Lower Moon demon, without breaking a sweat. Even Akaza, an Upper Moon demon, said he was the most skilled Water Pillar in 50 years.
1 Gyomei Himejima
Topping this list is Gyomei Himejima, the Stone Pillar of the Demon Slaying Corps. Instead of the typical Nichirin Blades that Demon Slayers use, Gyomei wields a devastatingly strong hand-ax with a spiked flail attached to the hilt through a long chain. Combined with his Breath of Stone style, Gyomei is undoubtedly the most powerful Demon Slayer, even though he's blind.
Both Tanjiro and Inosuke consider Gyomei to be the most powerful Demon Slayer in the entire corps and among the other Pillars. Kokushibu, the Upper Mone One demon, further supports that claim by saying that Gyomei's natural physical abilities have been trained to the absolute peak, and the demon also admitted that he has not encountered a warrior of Gyomei's caliber in the last 300 years.