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Top 20 Fast Anime Characters: You Can't Even See Them!

There's something appealing about characters with lightning speed, and you can be pretty sure that most shounen action anime will feature at least a few guys who can zip around effortlessly. But this list of 20 fast anime characters will show you that there's more to speed than meets the eye!

by shucklejuice
Jan 24, 2016 9:55 PM | 153,571 views

What defines a "fast" anime character?

Lightning reflexes, and the most lithe of movements―these are the qualities fast anime characters must have. While there are athletic characters in any anime, not all of them are fast enough to make the top 20 fastest characters. A character can be be fast in many ways: maybe they run really fast, they drive really fast, or they have really fast reactions!

These characters are ranked for being the fastest in their anime. You'll notice that some characters are ordinary humans, and some are superhumans or not human at all. Because there is no way to compare ordinary people with those with superpowers, we'll only compare these speedy characters to people within their own series, and not with each other.

Minato Namikaze

From Naruto

naruto minato namikaze
The Fourth Hokage, also known as Konoha's Yellow Flash, has rightly earned his nickname. Using space-time ninjutsu, he is able to instantly teleport to any place marked with his seal. His bright yellow hair and super-speed really evoke the feeling of lightning.


From Hellsing

Hellsing Alucard
A powerful vampire and servant to the Hellsing family, Alucard has superhuman strength, speed, agility, and every other ability you could possibly imagine. He's faster than a bullet—fast enough to dodge attacks and appear in completely different places.

Takumi Fujiwara

From Initial D

Initial D Takumi Fujiwara
The fastest on the touge (mountain pass), Takumi has some mad driving chops. What makes his speed and technique especially noteworthy is his ability to outpace some of the newest, most high-tech, and well-tuned cars in his (seemingly) beat-up Toyota AE86 Trueno.

Chihaya Ayase

From Chihayafuru

Chihayafuru Chihaya Ayase
Chihaya has been playing competitive Hyakunin Isshu Karuta since childhood, and she's fast enough to intimidate opponents with her skill. Her ability to quickly find and grab cards comes from a combination of good memory, reflexes, and superior hearing.

Shoutarou Kaneda

From Akira

Akira Shoutarou Kaneda
As the leader of his bike gang, Kaneda is unquestionably the fastest on the road. Of course, his custom red bike with 200 horsepower at 12,000 RPM contributes greatly to his reputation, but as its rightful owner he can claim that speed as his own.

Yoruichi Shihouin

From Bleach

Bleach Yoruichi Shihouin
Speed can be quantified in a number of ways, but with shunpo (flash steps)—a movement-based foot technique—Bleach counts distance over footsteps. Known as the Goddess of Flash, Yoruichi is the fastest shunpo user in Soul Society.

Ryuuko Matoi

From Kill la Kill

Kill la Kill Ryuuko Matoi
Although she has her on moments and off moments with her Kamui, when fully synchronized with Senketsu, Ryuko has no rival in speed. She can move, dodge, and attack fast enough to give even the formidable Satsuki a run for her money.


From Ansatsu Kyoushitsu

Ansatsu Kyoushitsu Koro-sensei
An alien-looking creature and surprisingly good teacher, Koro-sensei moves at speeds up to Mach 20. He frequently drops by China for his lunch break and can move fast enough to create after images, each of which can tutor students independently.

Shoukichi Naruko

From Yowamushi Pedal

Yowamushi Pedal Shoukichi Naruko
Sohoku High Bicycle Club's red-haired, Osaka-born sprinter takes speed seriously. In his hometown, he's known as the Speedster of Naniwa, and in crucial moments, he even goes to the extremes of tucking in his hair and shirt for the sake of aerodynamics.


From InuYasha

InuYasha Kouga
With Shikon no Tama shards in each leg, Kouga is usually stylized as a small tornado when running. Even without the shards, however, he's fast enough to leave his companions (literally and figuratively) in the dust.


From Yuu☆Yuu☆Hakusho (Yu Yu Hakusho: Ghost Files)

Yuu☆Yuu☆Hakusho Hiei
Hiei is a strong fighter and master swordsman, and most of his fighting abilities are enhanced by his super speed. In battle, he can overwhelm opponents and fool them with his afterimages, and when wielding a sword, he can attack up to 16 times in the blink of an eye.

Borsalino (Kizaru)

From One Piece

One Piece Borsalino Kizaru
Harnessing the power of the Pika Pika no Mi (Glint-Glint Fruit), Kizaru gains many qualities of light, such as energy-based attacks, intangibility, and—of course—light speed.

Yamato Akitsuki

From Suzuka

Suzuka Yamato Akitsuki
During the high school physical education tests, Yamato's sprinting ability comes as a surprise to everyone, including himself. He eventually joins his school's track and field team, and he works hard to get faster and gain Suzuka's approval.

Joujirou Takajou

From Charlotte

Charlotte Joujirou Takajou
Speed and hilarity come together in Takajou, whose powers allow him to move at superhuman speeds—beyond his control. He often crashes into things, injuring himself in the process, and he has been hospitalized on several occasions because of his ability.


From Soul Eater

Soul Eater Black☆Star
Known at Shibusen for his physical prowess, Black☆Star is already quite speedy as is, but he can resonate with Tsubaki to use his Speed☆Star technique, which makes him even faster. Unfortunately, he's still quite clumsy and can wind up slipping from lack of traction.

Takeo Gouda

From Ore Monogatari!! (My Love Story!!)

Ore Monogatari!! Takeo Gouda
Takeo defies stereotypes with his speed and agility. One would think his large build would preclude his ability to move quickly, but that isn't the case. Not only can he support steel beams and rescue children from raging currents, but he can also outrun members of the track, basketball, and soccer teams.


From Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood

Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood
Another paradoxical case, Sloth is both huge and fast. The irony is twofold in that his speed directly contrasts with his name. Because he is mentally slow, however, he isn't able to use his speed to its full potential and often misses his target.


From One Punch Man

One Punch Man Speed o' Sound Sonic
Speed o' Sound Sonic is, as made obvious by his name, extremely fast. Ruthless and persistent, he enjoys showing off his speed and agility, and he'll often pick fights with Saitama, the only person who can beat his speed.


From Hamatora the Animation

Hamatora the Animation Nice
Nice can see sound waves and travel through them, effectively moving at the speed of sound. In order to access this ability, however, he must be wearing his headphones and snap, and he can only move as far as the sound of his snap can carry.

The Dash

From Cardcaptor Sakura

Cardcaptor Sakura the Dash
The Dash is represented as a small, fox-like creature, and in its physical form, it can move very quickly over short distances. It can also possess objects or people, granting them its abilities. Since Sakura can tap into the card's power, she can also be considered very fast.

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