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Gun Specialist Anime Characters

When compared to katana wielding, melee style, and energy blasting anime characters, there are few anime characters that use guns. This list comprises important anime characters that do wield guns. Of course I couldn't include every single anime character that uses a gun (for instance I would not include the "Farmer with gun" from DBZ) but anyone notable I intend to include. Also naturally I have not seen every anime in existence so if you see a character missing from here please comment below or PM me. Also please note that I intend to only include characters who not only wield guns but whose main fighting element lies in a gun not just a character who has other powers but randomly uses a gun from time to time.

Extra Note: There may be spoilers in the descriptions of the characters so please read with caution. I will try not to include too much important information.

Double Extra Note: This list is in development so that is why there are very few characters at the moment.

1. Vash

This guy is a badass gun wielding anime character. He is the main protagonist in the anime/manga Trigun. He is adept with all kinds of guns but usually only uses a pistol. Vash is not human though and actually has his most badass weapon as part of him. When he fires this, the resulting explosion can destroy entire cities. Additionally Vash is very physically adept and has such feats as dodging gunfire. Another thing to remember about Vash is that despite his badass demeanor, he is a pacifist to the extreme and will not kill even a butterfly if he does not have to.

2. Coyote Stark

Coyote Starrk is from the anime Bleach. He is a member of the Espada, the elite group of ten arrancar (hollow spirit with shinigami powers) in the whole arrancar army. Additionally Starrk is the highest ranked out of all the Espada making him the greatest known hollow currently in all of bleach. He possesses super human physical attributes, most notably his speed which is so great that he appears to teleport and he easily outclasses most other speedsters. He possesses a tremendously powerful spiritual aura that reaches the sky and even other hollow die merely from being in his presence. For this reason he split himself into two bodies (yes he is that cool) so that his aura is split between them but when he releases his full power, the two bodies merge again. In this form Starrk wields two guns. 1 can fire a blast known as the cero which all arrancar possess but the difference is that this guy can fire up to 1000 cero blasts at once. His other gun releases wolves comprised of Starrks own energy. If a single wolf touches an opponent an explosion encompassing several city blocks is the result. Additionally Starrk can fly, open dimensional portals, and is exceptionally perceptive. And though he is a gun specialist, Starrk also is a top master at the sword.

3. Reborn!

Reborn is considered the greatest hitman in the world (the Katekyo Hitman Reborn anime world.) He is one of the 7 legendary arcobaleno (meaning strongest "babies") and he becomes the tutor for Tsuna, the main protagonist of the series. Reborn rarely battles himself but when he does he is the best. To prove this he had Tsuna and all six of his guardians battle him at once and the lot of them were easily dispatched by Reborn (albeit the guardians were not quite as powerful as they currently are but they were already elite mafia at the time.) Reborn's gun is actually a special lizard called Leon that can at Reborn's will transform into a gun (among many other things) with many capabilities such as but not only, firing bullets to augment the target's power and fire energy beams. Reborn also has extensive knowledge, including battle strategy, mafia history and even things such as understanding the language of animals.

4. Cross Marian

Cross Marian is one of the 5 generals of the Exorcist army from the D. Gray Man anime. To be a general means that you must have 100% synchronization with your innocence (the power that an exorcist wields.) Only 6 exorcists in the world are known to have this level of synchronization. These 6 are the 5 generals and Cross's own pupil Allen Walker (who is the main protagonist in the anime.) Cross is unique in another way, that being that he is the only exorcist in the world that possesses two innocence weapons. Those weapons are "Judgement" which is his own original weapon, and the "Grave of Maria" an innocence weapon he was able to obtain from another exorcist. Judgement is an innocence weapon in the form of a gun, and it is capable of firing shots comprised of innocence power which can harm even level 4 akuma. The Grave of Maria is an innocence weapon he obtained from his deceased friend Maria. With this he is able to completely conceal the presence of anyone he wishes including himself, and can control the movements of others by emitting special sound waves. Ordinarily the weapon of a dead exorcist is unusable again but through his brilliance, Cross was able to overcome that obstacle and now wields two innocence weapons. In addition to all this, Cross is a magician and an achieved scientist.

5. Death The Kid

Kid is the son of Shinigami, who is one of the most powerful known beings in the Soul Eater anime. Thus Kid Naturally has a fair degree of super human caliber in all areas, as well as strong spiritual powers. His primary weapons though are Liz and Patty Thompson, two sisters he took in and he now lives with them in his mansion (yes he owns a mansion of his own) and they are like siblings. However both Liz and Patty have the uncanny ability to turn into guns! Kid wields both of them at the same time and when he synchronizes his soul with theirs he is capable of firing powerful blasts which result in small explosions rather than the typical spirit bullets that they normally fire. He is also able to summon a rocket skate board at will that is capable of taking to the air.

6. Nicholas D. Wolfwood

Wolfwood is a supporting character in the Trigun anime/manga. He fights alongside Vash on numerous occasions and almost is his equal. He wields a giant gun that resembles a crucifix in both shape and size and it is too heavy for a normal man to even lift on his own yet Wolfwood easily wields it with a single arm. One end of his weapon fires normal bullets in rapid succession but the other end fires mini missiles out of it. Additionally Wolfwood considers himself a priest and is always offering to give people confessions.

7. Xanxus

Xanxus is a character from Katekyo Hitman Reborn. Xanxux along with Tsuna were the final candidates to become the 10th boss of the greatest mafia family the Vongola. After their respective guardians battled each other it was finally Xanxus's turn to engage Tsuna. It was a very harsh and close battle but Xanxus ultimately lost after Tsuna evolved on the spot and imprisoned him with a hax technique. Xanxus possesses two special guns that he channels his own power into. With these guns he is capable of fire blasts strong enough to destroy buildings, and use them to fly.

8. Colonello

Colonello is looks like a joke but is anything but. Colonello like Reborn is one of the 7 arcobaleno (and of course is also from Katekyo Hitman Reborn). He is an elite hitman and trained several of the Vongola guardians. He was able to take on both Tsuna and Gokudera at the same time and almost win. He wields a special sniper gun that is capable of firing energy shots. His marksman skills are nearly unmatched. Additionally, Colonello always is accompanied by a bird that flies him anywhere he chooses (awesome right?)

9. Knives Millions

Knives is the twin brother of Vash. His power is identical to his in nearly all aspects even down to the special city eradicating weapon. There is one huge difference between the two however and that is their outlook on life. While Vash values life down to the last insect, Knives hates it and intends to bring about the death of everyone on the planet except for Vash and himself. You could say that Knives's badass level is equal to Vash's or arguably is even higher.

10. Benn Beckman

Benn Beckman is a member of the Red Hair Pirates under Shanks, one of the four Pirate Kings. Beckman's full powers are unknown but it is known that he uses a gun in combat and he is not to be taken lightly. Admiral Kizaru was so cautious that he was not even willing to battle Beckman despite having fought top elites just before including the Legendary Whitebeard who is considered the strongest man in the world.

11. Spike Spiegel

Spike Spiegel is the main protagonist of the Cowboy Bebop anime. He has a laid-back personality but can be very serious at times. He is an expert gunslinger and hand to hand combatant, regularly defeating dozens of armed men alone.

12. Riza Hawkeye

Colonel Mustang's right hand. Riza is his loyal subordinate and friend. Her goal is to make Mustang the Fuhrer, which is the highest position of authority in the land. She has no alchemical powers like the Colonel, but she is a sure shot with a pistol.

13. Izo

The 16th Commander of the Whitebeard Pirates. Despite being the lowest ranked Commander, Izo still has authority over all the Whitebeard crew outside of the Commanders. He uses a flintlock as his signature weapon.

14. BG9

Stern Ritter K of the Vandenreich organization. One of the highest ranks among them. Among a plethora of abilities including enhanced strength, speed, and durability to the level of surviving a missile comparable to a small atomic warhead, BG9's main form of combat lies in artillery. Including mini missile launchers connected to his body, and a minigun.

15. Van Auger

Van Auger is one of the first 5 members of the Blackbeard Pirates. He operates as the Sniper of the crew. His prowess is at such a level where he can snipe miniature targets miles away, to the point where they are invisible to the average naked eye. Auger is a quiet man but beneath that calm demeanor lies a cold killer.

16. Jasdebi

A member of Noah, the main antagonist group of D. Gray Man. Jasdevi is a gunny at heart but has power so far beyond that. In his normal state he actually has two bodies that operate independently, but in his true form, the two become one and Jasdevi is awakened. His pistol fires various projectiles formed from his own dark energy. But what makes it so dangerous is that Jasdevi can fire whatever he imagines from his gun, the quantity limit being unknown. He also seems to have a sort of psuedo immortality like several Noah. He was seemingly killed by Allaister Crowley but he is later shown to be just fine.

17. Chika Amatori

One of the main characters from the relatively new series World Trigger. While not physically powerful by any standard, Amatori Chika posses an abnormally high amount of energy that is used to power the "trigger" weapons. She has chosen a sniper rifle as her weapon and with only her initial usage of the weapon, accidentally blew a large hole into the side of the huge fortress.

18. Revy

Revy is the rowdy, somewhat obnoxious, and rather bloodthirsty main protagonist of Black Lagoon. She's an expert at many firearms with incredible athletic ability that borders superhuman. She will kidnap, steal and kill for profit. Nevertheless she can form close relationships.

19. Jo

The main character from Burst Angel, although her best friend Meg arguably has an equally large role. Jo was artificially engineered to have physical and reactionary prowess slightly exceeding human levels. Her typical weapons are two powerful handguns that when used at her level of skill, have managed to even take down mechs.

20. Roberta

Arguably the best killer in Black Lagoon. Her skill with firearms is on par with Revy's and her her physical ability is even greater. She can keep up with automobiles inside the city and she can easily overpower muscle bound men like Dutch, as well as narrowly win against Revy in a fist fight.

21. Rushuna Tendo
22. Ryo Saeba
23. Yukio Okumura
24. Chiaki Tanimura

Part of Aoi Kuneida's Redtails female gang. She is the gun specialist of the group.

25. Roberto

Arguably the #1 pawn of Johan Liebert. He's a well trained Hitman and sniper and will do nearly anything to have Johan's goals of carnage fulfilled.

26. Mr. 5

One of the high ranking members of the Baroque Works organization led by Mr. 0, aka Crocodile. Mr. 5 has the power turn his own body parts into explosives. He normally uses a gun to fire his explosives but he can presumably do it with anything, even his boogers. His partner is Ms. Valentine, who has the ability to alter her mass. They are an effective duo together.

27. Yolanda

A nun who is a shooter on the side. She is an acquaintance of Revy and close comrade to Eda, both of whom are on this list. She uses a large ornate golden flintlock as her firearm of choice.

28. Dutch

One of the main characters in Black Lagoon and arguably Revy's closest acquaintance. He is the leader of their group and is skilled in all types of firearms as well as piloting ships and battle strategizing. Dutch seems to have a number of connections in the underworld, not the least of whom is Balalaika. He also became friends with Rock, who he had initially kidnapped for a ransom but later allowed him to join their ship.

29. Eda

Eda one of the few people you could say is a friend to Revy. They've fought together several times and she is the only person outside Revy's crew that Revy hangs out with just for fun. She's also an expert shot, perhaps not as good as Revy, but effective nonetheless. She also works under Sister Yolanda as a nun.

30. Hansel and Gretel

A child twin duo of sadistic killers, made that way by enduring severe abuse. Hansel the boy wields a large axe. Gretel the girl wields a machine gun and both are practically indistinguishable from one another. Despite being close to the point of incestuous tendencies, they are cold to the point of not showing even slight remorse over the misfortune of the other.

31. Alucard

The near immortal Vampire Gunny and main character of Hellsing. He has so many abilities it's not funny. He is arguably the most powerful entry on this list.

32. Luke Valentine
33. Jan Valentine
34. Togusa
35. Motoko Kusanagi
36. Kaneda Shotaro

Kaneda's expertise lies more in his motorcycle and vulgar flirting, but he can use a laser rifle well enough and certainly has had to on several occasions. It's probably more his luck than skill but he managed to survive multiple encounters with both Tetsuo and Akira, both of whom are world threats. Despite the title, Kaneda is the most prominent character in the series Akira.

37. Madlax

Think Revy but not vulgar. Instead she rather quiet and sometimes cheerful. She has a clouded past of trauma and mystery. She will kill as casually as striking up a conversation with no remorse whatsoever but has a soft spot for anyone who is her client and she will go above and beyond to assist them.

38. Belle-mère

The adoptive mother of Nami, one of the main characters from One Piece. She was a former marine and while her combat prowess wasn't shown to any noteworthy extent, she was skilled in the trademark Marine rifle.

39. Monev the Gale

One of the earliest antagonists in Trigun. He deals with heavy artillery, but his skill is not on par with the likes of Vash.

40. Dominique the Cyclops

Dominique is a member of the Gun ho Gun organization led by Knives Millions and co- led by Legato. While she is a gunslinger, her best ability lies elsewhere. Using her special eye, Dominique temporarily stops the senses of her victim and it gives the illusion that she can teleport. It's a very advantageous ability and she was only barely beaten by Vash (at the top of this list) by stimulating his wound to feel pain in order to distract himself from her sensory hijacking ability.

41. Gray the Ninelives
42. Tetsuro Hoshino
43. Yoko Littner
44. Irina Jelavic
45. Captain Harlock
46. Yasopp
47. Jin Hazuki
48. Tsumugu Kinagase

Part of the Nudist Beach Organization. Tsumugu specializes is artillery, most notably his anti Goku Uniform Guns.

49. Mami Tomoe
50. Mireille Bouquet
DBZ_universeon May 18, 2012 at 8:36 p.m.

Hey where is Riza Hawkeye?? But still great list...

Dahlia_Magentaon May 19, 2012 at 9:25 a.m.
You definitely have to put Rushuna Tendo on the list she takes out mechs with her revolverXD
taichokageon Sept. 12, 2012 at 11:20 p.m.
Got it! Sorry for the late reply.
taichokageon Dec. 29, 2013 at 2 p.m.
Massive Updating is necessary. Since i made this list I've come across so many more gunslinger characters.
takashichea moderator on Jan. 30, 2014 at 9:29 a.m.

Hmm, you gave me a good idea for a blog. I was wondering if there were more male gun users than female gun users. I'll do a follow up blog for sword users.

Thanks Taichokage, it's good to do some fun blogs just to relax once in a while. I had fun with the Dudes in Distress and Damsels in Distress project because of you guys.

takashichea moderator on April 15, 2014 at 2:08 p.m.

Oh, I know another gun specialist: Jin Hazuki. In episode 2, there was a gun vs sword fight at the end. I didn't upload a lot of screenshots. Her bullets will chase her enemy. It can ricochet off rocky pillars.

taichokageon April 15, 2014 at 2:13 p.m.
Oh yes thank you. Recommendations are both needed and wanted.
takashichea moderator on May 15, 2014 at 6:41 p.m.

I see you added Tsumugu.

  • Kohta Hirano - Has nice sniping skills in a zombie show
  • Chaika Travant - Your first character from Spring 2014 season! She's a wizard armed with a magical gun that makes flashes for distraction, boils stuff, and blast stuff.

I was going to add these guys, but I don't think they fit. They don't rely mainly on guns.

  • Tatsuya Shiba - In addition to his hand to hand combatant, he uses a gun often.
  • Shinya Kōgami - A cop who is good with hand to hand, but he's a good shot. Those Psycho Pass guns he carries kills suspects with Psycho Pass that are cloudy. Can't use it on the innocent or criminals with white Psycho Pass.
taichokageon May 15, 2014 at 6:46 p.m.
Thanks a lot. I'll add them once i get back to a computer. Because of the glitches, even google chrome which has been the most compatible for my mobile device isn't working. I used to at least be able to edit lists through a phone. Not so much now.
takashichea moderator on July 19, 2014 at 3:28 p.m.

Here's a new character I made today, Sinon, the ice cold sniper of Gun Gale Online. For feats, you can check her image gallery. I updated up to episode 2.

taichokageon July 19, 2014 at 3:29 p.m.

Oh she looks cool. Must add!

Kobra678on July 19, 2014 at 4:06 p.m.

When i saw the valentine bros and alucard, I was surprised that you forgot rip van winkle lol.

taichokageon July 19, 2014 at 4:25 p.m.
Oh yeah. I left out a lot from Trigun too. Have to get my stuff together.
takashichea moderator on July 27, 2014 at 3:10 p.m.

From the new summer 2014 anime, Mine of Akame ga Kill, uses Pumpkin, an Imperial Arm (also known as Teigu). Her weapon shoots spirit particles. Its power increases when the user is in danger.

taichokageon July 27, 2014 at 3:15 p.m.
Thank you. Akame Ga Kill is next on my list to catch up to.
Kobra678on Nov. 3, 2014 at 8:21 p.m.
Have you seen Blue Exorcist? Yukio Okumura is a type of exorcist that specializes in fighting with guns.
taichokageon Nov. 3, 2014 at 9:04 p.m.

@Kobra678: Yes I read the manga. He's already on the list.

Kobra678on Nov. 4, 2014 at 6:34 a.m.
Oops, completely missed him in there my bad.
takashichea moderator on Dec. 31, 2014 at 8:12 p.m.

I never did get a character from Fall 2014 anime season. The only character I can think of is this weird girl, Erina Shindō who is Tail Yellow. She's from a Sentai like/Power Ranger show where monsters have fetishes from Twin Tails to all sorts of things. Erina Shindo becomes bigger and endowed when she transforms into Tail Yellow. In her Tail Yellow state, she uses machine guns and rockets. She might not count since she is over the top.

AgentFakkuon Jan. 22, 2015 at 12:17 p.m.

Great list! Here's Isuzu Sento!

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