demon slayer is a hit shonen action anime series starring Tanjiro Kamado, a brave and compassionate boy who became a sword-wielding demon slayer so he could restore his sister Nezuko’s humanity at any cost. Tanjiro is known for his sweet personality, which sets him apart from his fierce friend, Inosuke Hashibira.
Inosuke is a talented and tough demon slayer in his own right. After a messy first encounter, he and Tanjiro became friends and partners in the battle against evil, along with Zenitsu Agatsuma. Tanjiro and Inosuke are friendly rivals, but given their rather different personalities and methods, it would be best if these shonen heroes each had new rivals to compete against.
ten Izuku Midoriya is a main rival material (My Hero Academia)
A handful of shonen protagonists would make great rivals for Tanjiro Kamado because they have so much in common. Tanjiro is a hardworking, kind, and enthusiastic shonen hero, which means the likes of my hero academiaIzuku Midoriya would fully understand this and compete with him in a healthy way.
Like Tanjiro, Izuku has trained hard and made up for lost time as a brand new hero and he is determined to succeed the invincible All Might as the new Symbol of Peace. He and Tanjiro would be best friends and push each other to new heights on their journey.
9 Natsu Dragneel believes in friendship (Fairy Tail)
Natsu Dragneel is a Fairy Tail wizard and proud to be part of this wonderful guild. Wizards of Fairy Tail believe in truth, honor, integrity, and above all, the power of friendship. Tanjiro would surely approve.
In particular, Tanjiro would have fun competing against fire dragon slayer Natsu Dragneel, who can be a bit intense but also very reliable. Natsu likes to compete and push himself to new heights, but he will never put anyone else down in the process. In his eyes, everyone should be a winner.
8 Kirito watches over his fellow swordsmen (Sword Art Online)
Tanjiro has never played an MMORPG before and he doesn’t even know what a computer is. But if he somehow found himself in the world of Aincrad, he would need friends and allies. He could form a strong alliance with Sword Art Online“the black swordsman”, Kirito.
Tanjiro and Kirito can train to hone each other’s swordplay, which could prepare them for Aincrad’s 100 levels, boss battles and all. Kirito is a remarkably talented swordsman in this virtual world that would definitely motivate Tanjiro to follow along and find a way to prove himself to this legendary swordsman.
seven Gon Freecss has friendly rivalries (Hunter X Hunter)
Gon Freecss is the hero of Hunter X Hunter, and his best friend/rival is the deadly assassin Killua Zoldyck. The two boys have had many adventures together, and all the time they constantly compete to see who can master the art of Nen the fastest.
Fortunately, their rivalry is friendly. Sometimes it feels more like a partnership than a rivalry. Gon has a healthy attitude towards competition and is a graceful loser for his age, so he would have all kinds of fun competing against Tanjiro while encouraging Tanjiro to do his best.
6 Yuji Itadori will accept any challenge (Jujutsu Kaisen)
Jujutsu KaisenYuji Itadori is another shonen protagonist who would make a good rival for Tanjiro. In fact, Yuji, Tanjiro, and Izuku could be considered the unofficial big three classic shonen heroes of the current era, especially in light of Eren Jaeger becoming a supervillain. The three characters would be good rivals for each other.
Yuji has a bit more in common with Izuku than Tanjiro, but still, Yuji would easily befriend Tanjiro and watch in awe as Tanjiro demonstrates his water breathing techniques. Yuji will also show what he can do, which will inspire Tanjiro to get even stronger and not fall behind.
5 Shinra Kusakabe is not afraid to compete (Fire Force)
fire forceShinra Kusakabe is a fire soldier who uses the devil’s footprint ignition ability. This technique would remind Tanjiro of Kyojuro Rengoku’s own flame breathing, but with kicks instead of swords. More importantly, Shinra is a passionate hero who is determined to save the world from monsters.
Tanjiro and Shinra would totally understand each other if they met and they could push each other to the next level by taking turns showing what they can do. Aquatic Breathing and Devil Footprints are a bit like apples and oranges, but that won’t be a problem.
4 Renji Abarai has room to grow (Bleach)
Protagonist Ichigo Kurosaki isn’t exactly the best rival, as he’s somewhat self-centered and has a punk attitude in Bleach which Tanjiro wouldn’t like very much. Instead, Ichigo would suggest Tanjiro go train with one of his Soul Reaper friends, Lieutenant Renji Abarai.
Renji is like a shonen protagonist himself – a brave and tough hero who will push his limits to fight for what is right. He also has a growth mindset and doesn’t mind competing with others during training. He and Tanjiro would learn a lot from each other.
3 Raphtalia can’t wait to train (The Rising Of The Shield Hero)
Raphtalia is the shield hero’s best ally in The Rise of the Shield Hero, a demi-human who was redeemed from slavery to become an adventurer who will help save the kingdom of Melromarc from deadly waves of monsters. In the original story, Raphtalia doesn’t have many suitable rivals to compete against.
Now Raphtalia met fellow sword user Tanjiro, and the two would become instant friends while training together and challenging each other to become stronger. Naofumi and Filo would have fun watching Raphtalia train with her new partner.
2 Homura Kogetsu is tough but fair (Edens Zero)
Homura Kogetsu follows the path of the sword, having learned from his beloved mentor, Valkyrie of the Four Shining Stars. She is among Rebecca Bluegarden’s strongest and most trusted allies, and she would benefit greatly from taking on Tanjiro Kamado as a new rival.
Homura is more tense than Tanjiro and she’s also not prone to mischief. Still, she has the heart of a noble hero and that’s what Tanjiro needs in a rival. Both can train all day in Edens Zero’s lower decks. They will learn a lot from each other.
1 Benimaru the ogre could teach Tanjiro a few tricks (that time I got reincarnated as a slime)
Benimaru and Hakuro are powerful sword ogres who both loyally follow Rimuru Tempest in Reincarnated as Slime. While Hakuro would be a mentor to Tanjiro, Benimaru would be a real rival to him. Overall, Benimaru is stronger and more experienced than Tanjiro, but there is room for Tanjiro to catch up.
Benimaru is a tough, confident, and honorable warrior who would encourage Tanjiro to keep pushing himself harder, so Tanjiro can give Benimaru a good fight. This rivalry would be a bit one-sided, but both sides would benefit greatly.
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