Goku, a name that needs no introduction. Goku is the protagonist of the Dragon Ball series, created by Akiya Toriyama. He trains and trains hard with gods to become the strongest warrior in the universe. In the general anime fandom, Goku is already regarded as one of the strongest of all time. In fact, many would argue that no one can really beat Goku when he fights seriously. We, however, think otherwise.
The truth is, whether fans like it or not, anime is such a wide spectrum that it cannot be easily measured. In this array of stories and arcs, there are numerous characters who are capable of shaking up entire universes. And if such characters exist in anime, then without a doubt, they can beat Goku. Here is a list of 10 anime characters who can take down Goku for good.
Saitama is a parody character from the anime One Punch Man. The debate of Saitama Vs Goku has gone on forever. Some claim that a serious punch from the baldy would end Goku’s life swiftly. While others argue that Saitama can’t come close to Goku because of his sheer speed. In any case, Saitama is a parody character after all. He was created as the strongest character in his universe. And that says a lot. We are sure that an official showdown between these two would attract a lot of attention. Fans would literally pay to see these two go up against each other. So to say the least, Saitama would finally get his worthy opponent, and Goku will finally get the chance to become stronger. Because defeating Saitama would not be a small feat.
That is if he can defeat him.
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From the anime The Misfit of Demon King Academy, we have the Demon King himself. Anos is simply too powerful for Goku to rival. True, if he lets Goku play around a little, it’ll probably make a more interesting fight. But one has to remember, Anos is basically immortal. With his ability to regenerate himself from the dead, there’s no way for Goku to actually kill him. Anos killed all the Gods of his universe 2000 years prior to the current timeline in his story. He also has a sword that can destroy all reality. And against a weapon like that Goku has no chance.
At number 8 we have Broly. Broly is from the Dragon Ball universe itself and has already made Goku sweat in battle. Takao Koyama, a screenwriter for Dragon Ball Z has himself admitted that Broly is, in fact, the strongest warrior in the universe. Legendary Super Saiyan Brolly is more powerful than Goku in his most powerful Super Saiyan form. Goku might be able to do some damage with his Hakai. But his Hakai isn’t all that perfect. A point-blank range Kamehameha from Goku wasn’t able to even scratch Broly. And with so much power, Broly can defeat Goku. There’s a reason even Vegeta fears the villain.
Lain Iwakura from Serial Experiments Lain. Lain is not exactly human, she is officially described as a sentient computer program who bridges the wired world to reality. Without trying to exaggerate much, Lain is basically a god. She can manipulate and alter the whole universe and reality. She can manipulate minds. She can manipulate time. She is omnipresent and is immortal. We hardly need to expand on her abilities to show how she can easily beat Goku. She can effectively remove his existence as a whole if she wants to. That is unless she decides to use less lethal methods before that. Against literal gods like Lain, Goku stands no chance.
6. Kami Tenchi
From the series Tenchi Muyo! We have Kami Tenchi. Tenchi is a God who lost all his memories and became the unassuming protagonist of the story. He comes across all sorts of people who teach him the ways of the universe. All these people are simply trying to make him remember his true origin. As it turns out, Tenchi was the creator of his own entire universe. And against someone who can create and destroy universes at a thought, Goku pales in comparison. So Kami Tenchi wins with little to no effort.
At number 5, we have the Shinigami from Death Note. Ryuk is a god of death. He lives for the sake of living. He can add more and more years to his age by writing names in his Death Note. The law is simple. The person whose name is written in the Death Note shall die. Ryuk steals a new Death Note and drops it to Earth just so he could have some entertainment. As he is a Shinigami, Goku cannot quite see him. All Ryuk has to do is write Goku’s name in his note and see him die in under a minute. The only way to kill a Shinigami is to make them expand a human life at the cost of their own. And there’s no way Goku would ever be able to do that. Ryuk gets an easy win here though he might not be entertained by it.
From the famous series Fullmetal Alchemist, we have Truth. Truth is the manifestation of the universe itself. So he cannot be erased nor defeated. He is intangible and it would take Goku some extraordinary alchemy skills just to come face to face with this being. Even if that technical limitation was removed, Truth is simply too powerful to be killed. Physical attacks would have no effect on him since he’s literally the universe itself. Truth would probably give Goku a good lesson and disassemble him atomically in no time.
3. Haruhi Suzumiya
Getting closer to our number 1, we have Haruhi Suzumiya from the series The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya. This list does include a lot of gods and goddesses. Haruhi is just one of them. We must admit. Goku is too strong when it comes to the physical and spiritual realm. But what if he were to be permanently erased from the universe?
Enter Haruhi Suzumiya. A Goddess who does not quite know who she is. Haruhi is clueless about her powers of altering reality on a whim. In fact, she does so all the time with mere thoughts without realizing it. Goku could go and challenge her to a fight but if she is in a bad mood, Haruhi could just think about it and erase Goku’s very existence. He may be unbelievably strong, but against such basic omnipotent powers, Goku stands no chance.
At number 2 we have the god of universes from the Dragon Ball series itself, Zeno. Zeno is the childlike ruler of so many universes. He likes to have fun and play games and is not someone who appears to have so much power. But beware, if in a bad mood Zeno can destroy an entire universe with little to no effort. Goku might be a great fighter, but Zeno could destroy his entire universe if he declines a game with Zeno. With such frightening powers at his disposal, Zeno easily beats Goku and returns to his boardgame in no time.
And finally, at number 1, we have the Anti-Spiral. From the series Tengan Toppa Gurren Lagann, Anti-Spiral is a species of beings who are basically omnipotent, omniscient, and omnipresent. They were able to cease their own evolution and can appear anywhere in time and space. They’re strong enough to destroy entire Multiverses! And they exist as a single collected consciousness. So to cover it up in short. The Anti-Spiral are all-powerful, they know everything and they exist everywhere. Little needs to be said about what they can and cannot do against Goku.
For someone so as powerful as the Anti-Spiral, Goku is not even a tiny little bug. They are on number one because of their striking abilities. While the others on the list like Zeno and Haruhi can shake and break apart entire universes, the Anti-Spiral can basically destroy all of existence in all of the universes. That is a frightening amount of power. And that makes them the ultimate gods on this list.
And these were the top ten anime characters who can defeat Goku. Do you agree with this list? Let us know in the comments.