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Top 30 Best Anime Snipers Of All Time
Kritika-Updated Jan 15, 2023
Anime, over the years, has produced some legendary fighters. When we think of strength we immediately think of Goku and when we think of stealth we immediately think of the ninjas of Naruto.
Anime snipers have often been quite the underrated category but not anymore. Our favorite anime are filled with highly skilled marksmen who take tactical and strategic fighting to a completely new level.
Given below is a list of the 30 sharpest shooters in anime.
30. Shino Asada (Sword Art Online)
Asada is one of the main characters of the anime Sword Art Online. She is a skilled virtual reality gamer and an excellent marksman.
Initially, Asada was seen suffering from a certain trauma related to guns. To overcome her fear, she started playing an online game called Gun Gale.
In the fictional world of Sword Art Online, Asada is known to hardly ever miss her target. Be it with a firearm or just a simple bow and arrow, Asada can accurately hit targets who are as far as 100 meters away from her.
Unlike her game character, Shino is actually a dark-haired girl. She is often seen wearing a pair of oval glasses. She has a noticeable black spot on her hand from the time when she actually fired a gun in real life.
29. Kino (Kino’s Journey)
Kino from Kino’s Journey is quite a unique anime protagonist. All Kino wants to do is travel around the world on his trusty motorcycle and explore several new nations.
He makes it a rule to not stay in any place longer than 3 days. He is not primarily a fighter as his main focus is honest exploration; he is a true adventurer at heart.
However, even though Kino is not attempting to get into a fight, sometimes he simply does not have a choice. It is the intrusive act of others that corners him into participating in combat. Once Kino does get into a fight, he is quite invincible.
His gunshots rarely miss the mark. He even assassinated a king once with a single shot throwing his entire nation into disarray.
28. Spike Spiegel (Cowboy Bebop)
Spike Spiegel is the lovable rogue that we know from the classic anime series Cowboy Bebop. He is a smart and crafty man who can get away with his antics and sometimes morally ambiguous activities due to his presence of mind and sharp senses.
He is also an extremely skilled gambler and if someone makes the mistake of challenging him, he proceeds to gamble them dry.
Traveling around on his spaceship, Spike is sort of on a vigilante mission across various planets. To do this, he has had to master various forms of combat.
His skills as a martial artist are impeccable but he is also a highly skilled shooter whom you can count on to not miss his target.
27. Vash the Stampede (Trigun)
Vash the Stampede is not as daunting as his name sounds. He is not a regular human being but has been specially engineered, making him a sort of superhuman with skills that are beyond the reach of a regular human being.
He can cause massive destruction if he wants to but he is quite a peace-loving person. He has a goofy and carefree attitude that often makes him appear like a doofus.
But when he is engaged in battle, we see another, more capable side to him. The main aim of Vash is to journey across the planet in peace. He makes it a rule to never kill anyone which is often seen by a lot of people as a waste of his talents.
However, when he is forced, he will not hesitate to pull out his pistol and put his skills to use so that he can maintain the peace that he cherishes.
26. Mista (Jojo’s Bizarre Adventures)
Mista is only a teenager and has quite a laid-back attitude. He is probably the least serious member of Team Bucciarati.
Even in his backstory, he comes off as a carefree individual who is more interested in the simple pleasures of life such as indulging in good food or pretty women.
His nonchalant attitude can sometimes be mistaken for idiocy but he is far from a stupid simpleton. Despite his laid-back nature, Mista is quick to get into fights.
He has a very high battle IQ and likes to take initiative during a fight. His skills as a sniper are unquestionable; whenever he aims, he aims to kill. However, deep in his heart, Mista is a good person.
25. Watari (Death Note)
Watari is like Alfred to L’s Batman in the anime Death Note. He is the calm and collected handler of the important character L.
He handles multiple complicated tasks on behalf of L and is one of L’s most trusted accomplices. He is capable of staying calm and collected even under extreme pressure or in highly pressurizing situations.
We see his skills as a sniper during the pursuit of Higuchi. He was able to accurately aim for the tire of a moving car while he was himself on a mobile helicopter.
He also knocked the gun off Higuchi’s hands with amazing precision. Even though he usually does not participate in pursuits or footwork, his amazing sniping skills make him a great asset.
24. Daisuke Jigen (Lupin III)
Jigen’s character is sort of like the big brother of the group. He is the voice of reason that contrasts and balances Lupin’s impulsiveness.
He often tries to advise Lupin out of feelings of friendship and also because of his professionalism. However, he often has to just give in to Lupin’s impulsive stances.
He is somewhat short-tempered and does not have a lot of tolerance for humor that makes him feel insulted in some way. Jigen’s skills as a marksman are almost superhuman. He has a quick-draw time of 0.3 seconds which is insanely fast.
Even his accuracy is simply off the charts. He is the principal shooter in the group and is extremely reliable as far as shot accuracy is concerned.
23. Isami Toma (World Trigger)
Isami Toma is a high-ranking agent from the Fuyushima Squad. He is highly skilled and the best sniper on the Border. Initially, he acted in a way that would make people think of him as an anti-hero but he gradually evolved into a supporting character.
He tends to have a goofy attitude but his skills are unquestionably brilliant. He is so familiar with sniper triggers that he can accurately calculate their trajectory even when the gun is being used by someone else.
Apart from this, he is extremely skilled in stealth combat and proves to be an invaluable asset in battle. Because of his high skill levels, he can stand firmly against even with a Black Trigger.
22. Tooru Yukimura (Aoharu X Machine gun)
Yukimura is the typical withdrawn and aloof anime character whom everyone perceives as unsocial and unfriendly. He is the team sniper of the Toy Gun squad and prefers everything ‘adult’.
He is the group’s residential pervert. He also has a habit of speaking his mind and can often be rude in the way he expresses himself.
Initially, he does not approve of Hotaru at all. He tries his best to get Hotaru to quit. However, as more and more time went by and they spend more time together, they develop a better relationship with each other. Tooru’s usual weapon of choice is the Dragunov sniper rifle.
21. K.K. (Blood Blockade Battlefront)
K. K. is an important member of the Libra organization. She usually acts as the marksman in the group and is very adept at handling a gun.
She is a tall, blonde woman who has a bright and cheerful personality. She can be usually seen sporting a long red trench coat and a black crop top. She is extremely close to her sons and cares deeply for them. K. K. is extremely protective of her children.
She usually has a brave and confident appearance but can get very emotional at times. Sometimes, she even tends to feel somewhat insecure about her age and appearance but that does not take away from her strength and skill as a marksman. Like a typical, conventional woman, K. K. too enjoys gossip and weekly soap operas.
20. Suou Pavlichenko (Darker Than Black)
Suou is the primary female protagonist of the anime Darker than Black. She hails from Russia and somehow ends up getting mixed up in a war between contractors and various other groups.
After she comes across the anime’s main protagonist, Hei, her life takes a drastic turn. She is of Eurasian descent and has a physically impaired brother in a wheelchair.
Even though the exact extent of her abilities as a contractor is unknown, her primary ability remains to be able to manifest a giant PTRD-14 rifle out of the meteor fragment that she carries with herself.
Despite her small stature, she is extremely adept at handling this rifle. Her shots are highly accurate making her a great asset in battle. Her remuneration as a contractor is quite simple – she has to fold paper origami.
19. Usopp (One Piece)
Usopp is a member of a group of pirates called the Straw Hat Pirates in the anime One Piece. He is shown as quite emotionally unstable. He can be seen crying and having a mental breakdown often and is also prone to a lot of anxiety.
He is also frightened quite easily and has a habit of lying compulsively at times. But this does not take away from his high battle IQ.
He is the resident sniper of the Straw Hat Pirates. However, instead of a rifle, he uses a slingshot. This slingshot has a very long range and is no less than a gun when it comes to destructive power.
He wields his weapon with absolute skill and confidence. Despite his personality drawbacks, Usopp’s skill set makes him a valuable member of the Straw Hat Pirates.
18. Kurz Weber (Full Metal Panic)
Kurz, in the Full Metal Panic, anime is shown as a bright and extroverted character. One of his biggest personality traits is his attraction toward women.
He is often seen hitting on the ladies even though his affections are usually not reciprocated. Due to this nature of his, Melissa Mao is constantly bickering with him.
He is also quite vulgar in his use of language but his friendly and cheery personality allows him to befriend people easily. Even though Kurz looks like a non-serious and goofy person, his personality changes when actually in the face of danger.
He is the Sergeant of the Special Response Team and is known to be very efficient with rifles. His amazing sniping skills make him formidable in long-range attacks.
17. Bisca and Alzack Connell (Fairy Tail)
Next on our list, we have a duo; this is because Bisca and Alzack from the Fairy Tail Guild are always seen fighting together.
This husband and wife duo are master snipers who are formidable in long-range battles. Their use of magic coupled with their aiming accuracy makes sure that they do not miss a target.
Sometimes they even use magic to fuse their weapons and enhance their shooting power. Like most other members of Fairy Tail, these two also have strong yet fun-loving personalities.
However, they know when to switch to the serious mode in the face of danger. They are extremely loyal to the guild and will not hesitate to lay down their lives for the guild and their comrades.
16. Chaika (Hitsugi no Chaika)
Chaika from Hitsugi no Chaika is a young, 14-year-old sorceress who is on a mission to collect all the remnants of Emperor Gaz. Her weapon of choice is a rifle that she carries along within a coffin. However, her rifle does not suit regular rifles.
Given the fact that she is a sorceress, her rifle has magical abilities. It is able to create magical explosions and also open up random magical portals.
The supernatural nature of her weapon makes it a whole lot deadlier than a regular rifle. She is often seen speaking in broken grammar and using sloppy sentences but this does not imply that she can be taken lightly.
If anyone dares underestimate her because of her appearance and demeanor, they will be making a grave mistake.
15. Kohta Hirano (Highschool of the Dead)
Highschool of the Dead received massive success soon after its release. It takes us to a zombie apocalypse-like situation where the zombie virus is running rampant and no civilian is safe.
Kohta Hirano is an avid otaku and has a strong interest in firearms. Usually, Kohta just behaves like a regular geek but the moment you put a sniper rifle in his hand, his demeanor completely changes.
He develops a sudden hunger for violence when wielding his weapon and is known to usually never miss a target when he takes a shot.
Kohta’s character also adds much-needed comic relief to this sinister anime. He can use numerous different types of firearms but his favorite is an AR-10 rifle that he carries.
14. Reki (Aria the Scarlet Ammo)
Reki is another aloof character who often appears robotic due because of her cold nature and behavior. She is an S-rank shooter in the Butei Snipe Department.
This only goes to show how formidable she can be when she is holding a rifle. She has an air of mystery around her and no one even knows her real name. she does not participate too much in conversations and is usually seen wearing a pair of headphones around her ears.
However, through her interactions with Kinji, she begins to develop a more human and emotional side. As for her appearance, she is very small and petite. She is not someone you would expect to wield a massive rifle but you best believe that she is a master at it.
13. Jonathan Mar (Jormungand)
Jormungand is dark anime filled with violence and thrilling action. Jonathan is an essential character in this anime and an accomplice to the protagonist, Koko.
He was an ex-child soldier who is skilled enough to have obliterated an entire army base single-handedly. He is a new addition to Koko’s gang.
He harbors a deep hatred for arms dealers but decides to follow Koko on her ventures. Jonathan is supposed to be really young but he is wise beyond his years.
Even at his age, Jonathan has excellent tactical skills and knows how to handle a plethora of firearms efficiently. Despite his small appearance, handling weapon is no trouble for him. He also makes use of blades from time to time.
12. Tanya (Saga of Tanya the Evil)
Tanya is the primary protagonist of the anime Saga of Tanya the Evil. In her initial life, she was a man. As a man, she had been a part of the man and had learned to use numerous different kinds of weapons and firearms.
When she is reincarnated as a woman during a war-torn era, her previously learned military skills come in handy. She can handle several different types of weapons but the one she is best at wielding is an old sniper rifle called PTRD-14.
Her character can be quite controversial because she often tends to behave like a sociopath. Some people would even call her a monster for her ruthlessness but Tanya is more amoral than villainous.
11. Tina Sprout (Black Bullet)
In the world of the anime Black Bullet, humanity has been threatened by the spread of a deadly virus by the name of Gastrea. This virus slowly takes eats away at the human cells and turns regular human beings into deadly, bloodthirsty monsters.
The main protagonist duo – Enju and Satomi – have made it their mission to eliminate the Gastrea. On their noble quest, they meet multiple important side characters and Tina Sprout is one of them.
Tina has a very deceptive appearance. She appears small, petite, and adorable when in reality she is a deadly sniper.
She wields her rifle like a pro and can shatter someone’s head to shreds with a single shot. The only thing she leaves behind after combat is the pile of red-stained clothes of her enemies.
10. Mey-Rin (Black Butler)
Mey-Rin, in the anime Black Butler, is initially introduced as just a clumsy maid in the Phantomhive manor who is terrible at her job.
She is often seen falling and breaking things around the house. She usually wears a pair of glasses and seems to have really bad eyesight; not something you would expect from a sniper.
However, what the audience does not initially realize is that Mey-Rin is often tripping and needs her glasses because she is far-sighted and not near-sighted.
While the things around her might seem blurry to her, everything at a distance is crystal clear. It is only when the Phantomhive manor is in great danger that we see her in action. She is a deadly sniper who shoots to kill.
9. Lockon Stratos (Mobile Gundam 00)
The world of Gundam is filled with exciting mech battles and the plot line is interesting a fast-paced. One of the most formidable fighters in Gundam is Lockon Stratos.
He is one of the main characters in the Gundam anime. His specialty is long-range fighting, like any good sniper. He holds profound knowledge about numerous different types of firearms. As a sniper, he is extremely capable and dangerous.
He is a master of stealth tactics; he will get you before you can even realize it. As for his personality, he is the most easygoing member of the Gundam Meisters. He is kind by nature and always nice to the people around him. However, there is a deep darkness that he harbors in his heart.
8. Shuichi Akai (Detective Conan)
Shuichi Akai is a sniper working for the FBI. Even though he is not the main character in Detective Conan, he is quite popular in the fandom.
He is a stoic and serious agent who takes his job very seriously. His most redeeming quality is perhaps his sense of loyalty. He is a man of strong moral principles and is someone you can depend on in times of grave crisis.
His skills as a detective and a sniper have earned him the nickname “Silver Bullet”. In the anime, Shuichi is seen relentlessly pursuing the criminal organization named Black Organization.
He is not one to follow the rules; he often acts against the FBI’s orders and even his boss has a hard time keeping him under control.
7. Mine (Akame Ga Kill)
Mine is one of the most important characters in the anime Akame Ga Kill. She is loud-mouthed and confident. She considers herself a sniping genius although she often is unable to meet the expectations she has set for herself.
She is an important member of the assassination group called Night Raid. She is usually quite quick-witted making her an asset in battle.
Throughout the anime, we see her gradually develop chemistry with Tasumi with whom she eventually falls in love and ends up marrying.
Mine can often be sharp-tongued and is quick to anger but despite all this, her skills as a sniper are indeed commendable. She is initially seen teasing Tatsumi a lot but behind her cold exterior, she is actually a warm and kind-hearted girl.
6. Caine the Longshot (Trigun)
The character of Caine did not appear in the original manga story, it was specially made for the anime. However, that doesn’t mean you can take this character lightly. He is the most intimidating member of the Gung Ho Guns in the Trigun anime.
His main battle skill is sniping. He carries a huge rifle that is many meters long. With this rifle, he can take accurate shots from even a few miles away.
He also has the unique ability to cloak his body. This ability coupled with long-distance shooting makes him a master in stealth.
As for his personality, he is shown as aloof and cold-blooded. You will hardly ever catch him speaking. Most of his body is covered; it’s almost like he is a walking mystery.
5. Yoko Littner (Gurren Lagann)
Yoko is a fiery redhead from the anime Gurren Lagann whose skills in battle are exemplary. She lives in a world filled with villainous Gunmen and must use her combat skills on a daily basis to survive and fulfill her goals.
Yoko carries a lot of important knowledge about the curious world of Gurren Lagann. She is a mature and caring woman who cares for the well-being of those around her.
Her primary skillset is that of a marksman or a sniper. She uses it to defend herself and fight against the robotic Gunmen who frequent the surface.
She is the type to think before taking an action which proves her high battle IQ. She can handle tricky situations calmly and does not make the mistake of charging head-on into dangerous situations.
4. Alucard (Hellsing)
Alucard is the main protagonist of Hellsing. He is Count Dracula himself. Fun fact: If you spell the name ‘Alucard’ backward, you will come across the word ‘Dracula’.
He is the deadliest, most powerful weapon of the Hellsing Organization. He is a ruthless murderer who does not give any second thoughts to the life he is taking to comply with his orders.
Despite his nature, he is extremely loyal to the Hellsing family that he serves. Even though he is a vampire himself, he has been modified to take the lives of others of his kind.
He does not have any qualms about killing the innocent either. He is an anti-hero character whose weapon of choice is two long silver guns. He is a highly skilled marksman with accuracy that never fails.
3. Saito (Ghost in the Shell)
Saito is the resident sniper of Section 9 in the anime Ghost in the Shell. He is an excellent tactical shooter and has certain cyberized implants to improve and enhance his skills.
He is extremely skilled in wielding any type of automatic firearm and is known for his deadly precision and accuracy as a marksman.
He has an artificial Hawkeye planted that connects him to certain satellites; this greatly improves his vision and therefore also his precision as a sniper.
Saito is not only a skilled sniper but also a good strategist. He is can think along the lines of the enemy sniper which gives him a tactical advantage in battle. His decisions and opinions have great importance in Section 9.
2. Duke Togo (Golgo 13)
Duke Togo from Golgo 13 is a man of numerous talents. Most people know him as Duke Togo which is only a pseudonym and not his real name.
Multiple intelligence organizations around the world are looking for him but he is very difficult to catch. He is absolutely ruthless when it comes to doing his job. When he takes on a job you can trust him to finish it. He is not a man of many words and is often seen as keeping silent.
Despite his intimidating demeanor, he has admitted to being a coward; but we, the audience, find it quite hard to believe. His primary skill is his unmatched marksmanship. He is a very sharp shooter with commendable accuracy.
1. Riza Hawkeye (Fullmetal Alchemist Brotherhood)
Riza is a state alchemist for the country of Amestris and is a close acquaintance and underling of Colonel Roy Mustang.
She is calm, collected, and mature. Even though she does not play too big a role in the show, she is certainly an important side character.
She is the only one who can best handle Mustang’s antics and work well with him. Riza’s primary job in the military is that of a sniper. As seen in the war of Ishval and several other battles, Riza’s skills as a marksman is absolutely unparalleled.
If she shoots, you can expect to see someone hit; she is simply that good. She, along with Mustang, acts as a helpful guide for Edward and Alphonse and helps them out multiple times when they are stuck in a dire situation.
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