A man who fights with a sword (typically with his level of skill specified): “an expert swordsman”.
I guess anyone who fights with a sword can be classified as a swordsman, but our list only talks about “EXPERT” swordsmen.

Continue reading to see who is the best of the best:

 

 

5) Roronoa Zoro

is a pirate, former bounty hunter, and one of the main protagonists of One Piece. He is the first member to join the Straw Hat Pirates and to date is considered the largest threat and most dangerous member in the crew after Luffy. He is famed as a master swordsman, user of the Santoryu style, and his great strength, along with the actions of his captain, sometimes leads others to believe that he must be the true captain. He is also one of the top three fighters in the crew. His dream is to become the greatest swordsman in the world. Zoro is labeled as one of “The Eleven Supernovas”, the eleven rookie pirates with bounties over 100,000,000 to have reached the Red Line, with a current bounty of 120,000,000.

 

 

4) Mugen


Orphaned as a kid, Mugen happened to grow up in the roughest, toughest part of old Japan you could think of: Ryukyu (present-day Okinawa). It was the bowery of its day, a combination seaport/prison camp where survival really was order #1. With so many and so diverse people arriving daily, Mugen picked up a lot and learned how to survive in the rough-and-tumble environment. Eventually, Mugen develops his own one-of-a-kind fighting style: Champloo Kendo (the term “champloo” comes from music, meaning a mixture of multiple styles). Much like the modern style known as capoeira, it’s a hodgepodge of fighting moves he picked up along the way along with things he cooked up himself, all mixed together with breakdancing moves to keep things interesting.

Most of the time, Mugen’s a simple, sensible man who always takes the pragmatic approach to things–his way of living can boil down to just two words: “whatever works”. His sword is a Tsurugi (which is a sword that curves as it ascends, and is bladed on both sides), and his sandals have steel plates nailed to the undersides–unusual, yes, but damn good ideas. He’ll whoop you for your money or defend a distressed damsel if the situation suits him. But the fire’s always burning in him, and once it’s set off, he can become damn wild.

Mugen is a suspicious and slippery guy who’s shrewd and sharp-eyed at the same time. An opportunist like no other, he lives for one thing: to keep on living life on his terms. He’s anti-authoritarian, anti-traditionalist, whatever else you want to name him. The tattoos on his wrists and ankles indicate he’s spent time in prison on the mainland, so it’s easy to see he’s not a model citizen. Basically, he’ll break a rule if he wants to–simply because it’s a rule (and you wonder why he can almost never agree with the prim-and-proper Jin; the first time they met it was an instant sword fight). This is a man who’s out to shape his own destiny. In the process, he begins to see things around him and come to believe that it’s a philosophy that the world could use a little.

The name “Mugen” can come to mean several things, depending on how you look at it. It could mean “without illusions” (alluding to his pragmatic philosophy), “not an illusion” (like “the real thing”, alluding to his skill and ability to survive), or even (if you use the alternate Kanji) “without limits” (perhaps alluding to his potential).

 

3) Nanashi (means No name or Nameless)


A ronin haunted by his terrible past, he has sworn to keep his sword sheathed. However, upon meeting a young boy in distress, he finds himself re-evaluating his life. While traveling with the young child, Nanashi finds himself acting as a bodyguard for the boy. This in turn leads to his prolonged struggle against those that wish to harm the young child.

 

 

2) Himura Kenshin


Probably my favorite character on this list, Kenshin Himura, formerly known as “Hitokiri Battousai” the man slayer, is a wanderer with a dark past and sunny disposition. Not a ronin but a rurouni, he was never a samurai, but a well known assassin of utmost skill in the Meiji restoration, who in the turning point of the war simply walked away, and took an oath to never kill again as an act of retribution for the many men he murdered during the revolution. He then begins to carry a reversed-blade sword (Sakabatou) and protect the innocent/oppressed people of Japan. His travels lead him to Tokyo in the 11th year of the Meiji era, where he befriends a female Kendo master (Kaoru Kamiya), a former thief from a family of Samurai (Yahiko Myojin), a brawler/former Sekihotai member (Sanosuke Sagara) and a doctor (Megumi Takani) all with their own secrets. Together they fight off the enemies surfacing from the dark past that Kenshin cannot escape.

 

 

1) Hiko Sejuro


#1  on our list is none other than Kenshin’s master: Hiko Sejuro.  He is a very muscular man whose long hair is gathered in a ponytail. He often wears the coat which is the symbol of the successor of Hiten Mitsurugi Ryuu. He is the 13th successor of the Hiten Mitsurugi style. His weapon is the Nihontou, and his technique is Hitenmitsurugiryu.

He is a very powerful person, and is proud of himself. For instance, he says to Kenshin that it is his fortune to have him as his master. He always calls Kenshin “my stupid student”, and likes to tease Kenshin with his childhood incidents.

 

 

Thats it for our list!!  Did we miss anyone?? What do you think?