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21+ BEST Kings and Emperors in Anime!

Updated September 20, 2022 by Ernie

Kings and Emperors give off powerful vibes. Whenever we watch an anime based on various kingdoms, we get to see the struggles of its Kings and Emperors. Isn’t that right? The concept of kingdoms in anime is always intense. How? Well, you get to see the monsters, vampires, and even aliens attacking certain kingdoms. So, today, we’re going to take a look at the 22 BEST Kings and Emperors in Anime! Without further ado, let’s get started! 

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22. Arawn (Tears To Tiara)

arawn

INFORMATION
Title
Tears To Tiara
Genre
Action, Adventure, Fantasy 
Type
T.V
Studio
White Fox
Premiered
Spring 2009
Episode Count
26
Duration
24 min per ep

Arawn from Aquaplus is also known as the Terrible Demon King who slept for thousands of years after he got terribly injured on the battlefield. However, Drwc ended up summoning him using a ritual. The scary part of this story is that Drwc was killed by Arawn when he tried to summon him. Arawn is also known as Lucifer. He’s the 13th angel born after the 12 angels. He became the 13th angel after his dad died performing the song of Creation. That’s why he assumed that he will be playing his father’s role which exiled him from heaven. Now, he’s nothing more than a fallen angel. No wonder, he is known as a terrible demon king. All this time he has been unable to play many roles for his kingdom since he’s been so trapped in his own mess. 

 

21. Muzan Kibutsuji (Demon Slayer)

muzan kibutsuji

INFORMATION
Title
Demon Slayer
Genre
Action, Fantasy
Type
T.V
Studio
Ufoable
Premiered
Spring 2019
Episode Count
26
Duration
23 min per ep

Starting off with our demon king, Muzan Kibutsuji. Muzan is the main antagonist in Demon Slayer. He’s the enemy of the Kamado Family and the one who turned Nezuko into a demon. Originally, he was the first ever human who was cursed to become a demon. Just like that, he became evil and more evil as time passed. 

Now, he’s the leader of the Twelve Kizuki. There are many powerful demons under him who listen to him just well. Using many demons, he killed countless humans, to which it ignited  the war between humans and the demons. 

It’s true that every demon under him follows his every commands That’s how much the demons under Muzan fear him. His leadership skills are nice when it comes to ordering demons to devour humans’ souls. However, the drawback to his leadership skills is that he manipulates the demons to get what he wants. That’s not how leadership works, right? 

muzan

As far as his strength and quick-wittedness are concerned, he’s quite strong and has many abilities including changing his appearance. He can also use Blood Demon Art to manipulate blood and do shapeshifting. Muzan has been shown to alter his limbs, organs, and even his flesh. 

Overall, he’s a powerful demon king whom everyone fears. He’s been using the twelve Kizuki to knock out powerful Hashiras and to get Nezuko all for himself since she’s quite strong. Muzan thinks that Nezuko will help her a lot in destroying humans and ending this war between them. 

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20. King Cobra (One Piece)

king cobra

INFORMATION
Title
One Piece 
Genre
Mystery
Type
T.V
Studio
Toei Animation
Premiered
Fall 1999
Episode Count
Unknown
Duration
24 min per ep

King Cobra is the 12th King of Kingdom Arabasta. He’s also the husband of the late Nefertari Titi. As he ruled the whole kingdom of Arabasta, he was an able leader. He also had full authority over the subjects and could attend the Levely. Despite the fact that he’s a king who has authority, he was a very athletic man who survived many hardships on his own in his youth. King Cobra knows so many techniques including King Chop and he used this technique on the people who annoyed him a lot. 

He is a fair man who upholds justice and he also cares deeply about his kingdom. King Cobra is quite loyal to the line of the Arbastan kings and the previous dynasties. Overall his objectiveness is worth appreciating and how he’s able to look into the future. He doesn’t make any kind of impulsive decisions that he might regret later on. That proves just how much he cares for his kingdom and that’s how good leaders are supposed to be. Isn’t that right? 

Despite being a king, he wanted to raise his daughter like an ordinary person. He’s an understanding dad and a leader whom you can rely upon in difficult times. King Cobra should surely be included in the list of the best Kings and Emperors in Anime. What do you guys think about him? 

 

19. Livius (The World is Still Beautiful)

Livius

INFORMATION
Title
The World is Still Beautiful
Genre
Adventure, Fantasy, Romance
Type
T.V
Studio
Pierrot
Premiered
Spring 2014
Episode Count
12
Duration
22 min per ep

Livius is the Emperor of the Sun Kingdom. Livius used to be a child with no interest in having power or fame. The only thing that he’s ever wanted was to live in freedom with his mother outside the Court. However, some misfortunate moments lead to the assassination of his mother. It left a deep scar on Livius. He changed completely. He turned cold and mysterious. That’s when he came up with a plan of facing every situation head-on. 

Since he dealt with hardships on his own, he was popular for being intelligent from a young age. As he grew up, he discovered his talent and polished his political skills. His political cunningness is no joke! He started manipulating politicians with his intelligence and got whatever he needed. He made sure that nobody goes through the things he has been through.  

 

18. King Vegeta (Dragon Ball Z)

king vegeta

INFORMATION
Title
Dragon Ball Z 
Genre
Martial Arts, Adventure, Comedy
Type
T.V
Studio
Toei Animation
Premiered
Spring 1989
Episode Count
291
Duration
24 min per ep

King Vegeta, also known as Vegeta’s dad, was the king of the Saiyans. After his people were taken over by King Cold’s Army, he had no choice but to ask for loyalty from them. King Vegeta is known to be a bold, boisterous, and prideful king. He’s a ruthless commander who took enjoyment in ending the lives of his opponents. Mainly, he’s popular for his strength. His kingdom listens to him out of fear as well. King Vegetas’ power levels are 100,000 as Great Ape. 

During battles, he was a great strategist who planned everything before battles. He thought of the worst possible situation just so his expectations don’t get hurt. That’s why he’s a powerful leader with much strength. He also uses many techniques like Execution Beam, Orga Blaster, King Blazer, and Explosive Wave. Can you guys believe that he used the Orga Blaster against the whole army of Frieza just so he could rescue Vegeta? That’s how strong he is. So, fear King Vegeta! 

 

17. Andragoras III (The Heroic Legend of Arslan)

Andragoras III_

INFORMATION
Title
The Heroic Legend of Arsalan
Genre
Action, Adventure, Fantasy
Type
T.V
Studio
SANZIGEN, LIDENFILMS
Premiered
Spring 2015
Episode Count
25
Duration
24 min per ep

Andragoras III is the 18th King of Pars. He was supposed to be considered dead by the citizens after he disappeared. He is known for his glory and pride. Andragoras has never been defeated and is hungry for power. Andragoras is so hungry for power that he killed his own brother, Oseroes just so he could take over his throne. That’s not what true kings are like. Isn’t that right? They’re supposed to be brave and righteous. They can’t just kill people because they’re afraid of being defeated by them and unable to achieve their goals. 

He was just 13 when he hunted a lion. Andragoras was just 14 when he officially battled against a lion and became a Mardan. When he was 25 years old, his father had died. His father wanted Oseroes to take over the throne and lead the kingdom. But due to the hunger for fame and power, Andragoras ended up killing his own brother. 

 

16. Sora (No Game, No Life)

sora

INFORMATION
Title
No Game No Life
Genre
Comedy, Fantasy
Type
T.V
Studio
Madhouse
Premiered
Spring 2014
Episode Count
12
Duration
23 min per ep

Sora is also known as the King of the Commonwealth of Elkia. It is a federation that has several races that have lost the game. These races run their own territories in the capital of Elkia City. Sora and Shiro are the representatives of the Immanity and werebeast.

Sora is a smart leader whose strategies are second to none! The way Sora convinces people through his smooth talking is unmatched. He cares deeply about his people and is willing to do literally anything for them!   

 

15. Meruem (Hunter X Hunter)

meruem

INFORMATION
Title
Hunter X Hunter
Genre
Action, Adventure, Mystery
Type
T.V
Studio
Madhouse
Premiered
Fall 2011
Episode Count
148
Duration
23 min per ep

King Mereum is one of the strongest characters and the Kings in Hunter X Hunter. Although he’s a Chimera Ant, his intelligence easily surpasses any human. He’s very smart and quick-witted. On top of all that, he’s strong too. Meruem is strong to the extent of fighting Netero who’s also one of the strongest characters. His strategies to manipulate Gon and his friends were so cool! If you have never watched Hunter X Hunter, you’re missing out on a lot! Like, Mereum and his team might be one of the strongest teams in the whole anime. They can’t be defeated easily and you will always have to come 100x prepared than them. King Mereum had much authority over his team and everyone feared him. He’s a dark antagonist in the anime. 

 

14. King Delzaine (Endride)

king delzaine

INFORMATION
Title
Endride
Genre
Adventure, Fantasy
Type
T.V
Studio
Brain’s base, Lapin Track
Premiered
Spring 2016
Episode Count
24
Duration
23 min per ep

King Delzaine is the King of Endra who took over his brother’s throne after his death. He worked along with his brother back in the day. A man from the surface appeared who started influencing his brother in a negative way. King Delzaine is a hard worker who learned many things from his brother by working with him and is leading the Kingdom just well. Not much is known about this King. So, if you want to know more about him, watch Endride! 

 

13. Canute (Vinland Saga)

canute

INFORMATION
Title
Vinland Saga
Genre
Action, Adventure, Drama
Type
T.V
Studio
Nippon Animation, Production Reed
Premiered
Summer 2019
Episode Count
24
Duration
24 min per ep

Canute is the king of England and Denmark. He took over his father’s throne and his brother, Harald. At first, he was a weak and fragile being who was always hiding from dangers. He always wanted to take revenge for his father. As the story progresses, we get to see the more commanding side of Canute. The good boy turns into a serious adult who’s responsible and active. Life did him bad thus, he became more clever, manipulative and didn’t hesitate to get rid of anyone who comes in his way. 

 

12. Anos Voldigoad (The Misfit of the Demon King Academy) 

Anos Voldigoad

INFORMATION
Title
The Misfit of the Demon King Academy
Genre
Action, Fantasy
Type
T.V
Studio
SILVER INK
Premiered
Summer 2020
Episode Count
13
Duration
23 min per ep

We again have the Demon King, Anos Voldigoad. He’s a powerful demon who used to be called “The Demon King of Tyranny”. He’s known for his immense power and cruelty towards his opponents. After he was reincarnated into the Magical Age and started attending the Demon King Academy, his life took a 180-degree turn. He’s truly a misfit in such an academy. Anos Voldigoad loses his cool quickly and turns cruel. That’s the only drawback he has as a demon king. Otherwise, his strength is unmatched! 

 

11. Lordgenome (Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann)

lordgenome

INFORMATION
Title
Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann
Genre
Action, Adventure, Comedy
Type
T.V
Studio
Gainax
Premiered
Spring 2007
Episode Count
27
Duration
24 min per ep

Lordgenome is one of the main antagonists in Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann. He’s also known as the Spiral King. He created Beastmen who were cruel enough to destroy mankind. Lordgenome is always commanding his people from the castle of Teppelin. Due to his commanding personality, he’s always oppressing humans using his men. Lordgenome is a powerful king who has strength, quick-wittedness, and authority over his men as well. So, overall, he’s quite a powerful king. If you want to know more about him, watch Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann! 

10. King (The Seven Deadly Sins)

king

INFORMATION
Title
The Seven Deadly Sins
Genre
Action, Adventure, Fantasy
Type
T.V
Studio
A-1 Pictures
Premiered
Fall 2014
Episode Count
24
Duration
24 min per ep

Now, we have a king who’s definitely exactly the opposite of Lordgenome. He’s the king of fairies and unlike other rulers on the list, the King has made many mistakes as a leader or a king, but he never stopped trying. He doesn’t like taking revenge, that’s why he gets upset and makes mistakes. But I am sure if he keeps trying, he’s going to become a powerful king someday. What do you guys think about the King? 

 

9. Sadao Maou (The Devil is a Part-Timer)

sadao maou

INFORMATION
Title
The Devil is a Part-Timer
Genre
Comedy, Fantasy, Romance
Type
T.V
Studio
White Fox
Premiered
Spring 2013
Episode Count
13
Duration
24 min per ep

Who hasn’t heard of Sadao Maou from The Devil is a Part-Timer? Sadao Maou was known as the Devil King before he got isekai’d and made his way through the human world with little to no power left. It took him a lot of effort to become a good employee, not a King since he became an ordinary human. But as a king in his days, he was quite powerful and badass. Isn’t that right? We all love demon kings! 

 

8. Julius Novachrono (Black Clover)

julius novachrono

INFORMATION
Title
Black Clover
Genre
Action, Comedy, Fantasy
Type
T.V
Studio
Pierrot
Premiered
Fall 2017
Episode Count
170
Duration
23 min per ep

Now, we have Julius Novachrono who is the noble king from Black Clover. He’s the 28th Magic Emperorwho possesses endless charisma and leadership skills. We all were really curious to see how the wizard king looks in Black Clover and this man didn’t disappoint us. With his charismatic personality and magical strength, he can knock out his opponents in a jiff. So, it wouldn’t be wrong to say that Julius Novachrono is one of the most powerful kings in anime history. If you want to know more about him, watch Black Clover! 

 

7. Sinbad  (Magi: The Labyrinth of Magic)

sinbad

INFORMATION
Title
Magi: The Labyrinth of Magic
Genre
Action, Adventure, Fantasy
Type
T.V
Studio
A-1 Pictures 
Premiered
Fall 2012
Episode Count
25
Duration
24 min per ep

If a character is known as “High King of the Seven Seas” he must not be a joke, right? Well, we have Sinbad from Magi and he’s the king of the Seven Seas. Sinbad is the most powerful person in his own universe. He’s not powerful just because he has a bunch of Djinns, he’s powerful because he is a political diplomat and everyone fears his leadership skills. Sinbad is truly one of the most powerful kings! 

 

6. Ri Shin (Kingdom)

ri shin

INFORMATION
Title
Kingdom
Genre
Military, Historical
Type
T.V
Studio
Pierrot
Premiered
Summer 2012
Episode Count
38
Duration
25 min per ep

Ri Shin is also one of the most powerful kings of all time who started out low-key. Yes, he went through huge character development to become commanding. He is a man with goals. Whenever he has a goal, he makes sure to go all in. His goal is to become one of the greatest generals along with his friend, Ri Hyou. These two boys rock the world! If you are interested in watching Kingdom, check out: Kingdom Watch Order

 

5. Lelouch Lamperouge (Code Geass)

lelouch

INFORMATION
Title
Code Geass
Genre
Action, Drama, Sci-Fi
Type
T.V
Studio
Sunrise
Premiered
Fall 2006
Episode Count
25
Duration
24 min per ep

Lelouch from Code Geass is quite a popular character worldwide. Even though he couldn’t stay as an emperor for a long time, he did a great job leading people and guiding them on the right path. This man created peace and used money where it was actually needed. He gave up his life just to maintain peace and unite the world. If these aren’t the good qualities of a leader then I don’t know what good qualities a leader is supposed to have. What do you guys think about Lelouch? 

 

4. Gol D. Roger (One Piece)

GOL D ROGER

INFORMATION
Title
One Piece 
Genre
Mystery
Type
T.V
Studio
Toei Animation
Premiered
Fall 1999
Episode Count
Unknown
Duration
24 min per ep

Gol D Roger wasn’t any diplomat. He was a warlord. Through his own power and the powers of his team, he became famous as a Pirate King. He’s the type of king who would not tolerate if someone messes with his comrades. The loyalty of his team is beyond words. They’re so strong and united. Even though he might not be the best king who fought for peace yet his presence can still be felt. He’s legendary and powerful! 

 

3.  Su-won (Yona of the Dawn)

su won

INFORMATION
Title
Yona of the Dawn
Genre
Action, Adventure, Comedy
Type
T.V
Studio
Pierrot
Premiered
Fall 2014
Episode Count
24
Duration
24 min per ep

Yona is for sure one of the best kings ever. He knew what the term “king” means and how he is supposed to carry the weight of his kingdom. That’s what kings are supposed to do, right? Just like that, he carried the weight of his kingdom and made sure to keep everyone safe and sound despite the danger they faced every now and then. He keeps on trying to make his country prosper and never gives up. So, Su-won is surely one of the most amazing kings! 

 

2. Ainz Ooal Gown (Overlord)

ainz

INFORMATION
Title
Overlord
Genre
Action, Adventure, Fantasy
Type
T.V
Studio
Madhouse
Premiered
Summer 2015
Episode Count
13
Duration
24 min per ep

Now, we have Ainz Ooal Gown from Overlord who’s definitely one of the strongest kings. He is also known as the “Overlord”. Even though he wants to take over the world, he’s so nice about it. As a leader, he’s really nice and understanding. Ainz tends to understand the reason why his team members do the things that they do. He could’ve taken over the world using his amazing abilities yet he chose diplomatic skills. Isn’t that so cool? That surely makes Ainz Ooal Gown one of the most powerful kings of all time. 

 

1. Rimuru Tempest (The Time I Got Reincarnated As A Slime)

rimuru tempest

INFORMATION
Title
The Time I Got Reincarnated As A Slime
Genre
Action, Adventure, Fantasy
Type
T.V
Studio
8bit
Premiered
Fall 2018
Episode Count
24
Duration
23 min per ep

Lastly, we have Rimuru Tempest. He acts as everyone’s friend and I’ll choose him as a leader for every day since he’s just so nice and jolly. He’s fun and understanding. He’s always looking for ways to improve his country by listening to its people. So, that approach is really nice. These are some things that make Rimuru Tempest one of the best kings of all time! 

 

Conclusion

Ainz Ooal Gown

That brings us to the conclusion of Best Kings and Emperors in Anime. I hope you guys enjoyed reading the blog! Do let us know which King or Emperor is your favorite from our list! Don’t forget to comment and share this list with your friends! See you guys on the next blog! 

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