Top 20 Most Capable Mecha Pilots

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This unusual ranking has sought to determine the most capable anime mecha pilots, with various Gundam characters naturally receiving recognition due to the franchise’s astronomical notoriety, though some cannot help but notice that there is also a significant lack of women on the list…

The ranking:


1. Amuro Ray (Gundam)

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2. Kira Yamato (Gundam SEED)

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3. Master Asia (G Gundam)

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4. Kamille Bidan (Zeta Gundam)

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5. Setsuna F. Seiei (Gundam 00)

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6. Domon Kasshu (G Gundam)

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7. Char Aznable (Gundam)

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8. Gai Shishioh (Gaogaigar)

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9. Heero Yuy (Gundam Wing)

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10. Suzaku Kururugi (Code Geass)

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11. Simon (Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann)

12. Chirico Cuvie (Votoms)

13. Inaho Kaizuka (Aldnoah.Zero)

14. Shinji Ikari (Neon Genesis Evangelion)

15. Mikazuki Augus (Gundam Iron-Blooded Orphans)

16. Athrun Zala (Gundam SEED)

17. Teru Ichijo (Super Dimension Fortress Macross)

18. Banagher Links (Gundam UC)

19. Nagisa Kaworu (Neon Genesis Evangelion)

20. Lelouch Lamperouge (Code Geass)


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    Comment by Anonymous
    16:59 18/09/2016 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Lucrezia Noin from Gundam wing should be on this list as she was able to keep the same white Taurus for much of the series.

    Comment by Anonymous
    05:50 18/09/2016 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Kira Yamato as capable pilot, please stop smoking Japan. Plot armors =/= good pilot.

    Comment by Anonymous
    07:35 18/09/2016 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    agree with i do

    Comment by Anonymous
    07:47 18/09/2016 # ! Neutral (0)

    May the Force be with you.

    Comment by Anonymous
    09:36 18/09/2016 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    He started out pretty well, especially with all the crazy stuff he pulled in the Strike (like re-equipping in mid-combat by basically having them shoot the Launcher Striker at him with a linear accelerator), but then the war broke him, and he had PTSD for all of Destiny, and relied on beamspam because he didn't have enough time to recover before he had to get back in the cockpit.

    Comment by Anonymous
    09:13 18/09/2016 # ! Neutral (0)

    he was genetically engineered to be a super human.

    he's like batman, except not a normal human and it would actually make sense for him to be doing insane shit like that.

    Comment by Anonymous
    09:54 18/09/2016 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Where is Maximilian Jenius?

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    Comment by Anonymous
    17:09 18/09/2016 # ! Neutral (0)

    Where is Sanger Zombolt? XD

    Comment by Anonymous
    22:14 18/09/2016 # ! Neutral (0)

    oh please, #1 spot is made only for daimidaler's koichi madanbashi

    Comment by Anonymous
    21:24 18/09/2016 # ! Neutral (0)

    Where the hell is my beloved Shippon and Kouta?
    I know Stellvia is getting old, but come on, you know you have some capable pilots when they program the software for handling their mecha themselves.

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    Comment by Kohaku
    21:12 18/09/2016 # ! Neutral (0)

    Amuro Ray is a whining little bitch though... Same for Suzaku(oh god I hate this guy) and the main guy from Seed Destiny, forgot his name, hate him too either way.

    Comment by Anonymous
    22:13 18/09/2016 # ! Neutral (0)

    amuro stopped that after getting brightslapped. sure, he's spouting lots of morale speech, but no longer a whiner.

    Comment by Anonymous
    04:08 19/09/2016 # ! Neutral (0)

    Apparently you never heard of a thing call "Character Development".
    And apparently never watched Zeta Gundam and Char's Counterattack.

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    Comment by Kohaku
    06:07 19/09/2016 # ! Neutral (0)

    Nope, never heard of it, such weird words, how can you develop characters anyway?

    Comment by Anonymous
    16:44 18/09/2016 # ! Neutral (0)

    Why don't you people comment more, fucking site is dead most of the time.

    Comment by Anonymous
    Comment by Anonymous
    23:09 19/09/2016 # ! Neutral (0)

    Both Shinji and Lelouch don't belong on this list... Do they even watch the animes before making those lists or just go by the main characters?

    Comment by Anonymous
    15:23 18/09/2016 # ! Neutral (0)

    No Eureka this list is invalid .

    Comment by Anonymous
    23:50 18/09/2016 # ! Neutral (0)

    What about Shirogane Takeru and rest of the Valkyries?

    Comment by Anonymous
    00:47 19/09/2016 # ! Neutral (0)

    Also, Amami Haruka from Xenoglossia could use her pink mech key very well.

    Comment by Anonymous
    16:07 19/09/2016 # ! Neutral (0)

    The most capable mecha pilot in anime history is Shiro Amada.
    Anyone can be a badass when they have the most powerful machine and/or superhuman abilities, Shiro had neither and still set him self apart as an ace pilot. Shiro, a normal human took out a Zaku with a goddamed Ball.

    Shiro Amada has more piloting skill in his left testicle than this entire list combined. Oh and unlike the majority of this list Shiro also got the girl at the end.

    Comment by Anonymous
    00:54 19/09/2016 # ! Neutral (0)

    Why did you say Char Aznable is in 7th place but posted a picture of Quattro Bajeena?

    Comment by Anonymous
    01:00 19/09/2016 # ! Neutral (0)

    nice try, u need to troll harder so your post is actually amusing instead of making yourself look like a dumbass.

    Comment by Anonymous
    19:50 20/09/2016 # ! Neutral (0)

    Like yours?

    Comment by Anonymous
    00:53 19/09/2016 # ! Neutral (0)

    pls... suzaku beats all of these bitches :3

    Comment by Anonymous
    13:03 19/09/2016 # ! Neutral (0)

    nice trolling.

    Comment by Anonymous
    04:46 19/09/2016 # ! Neutral (0)

    Asuka proves in End of Evangelion that she is the best mecha pilot ever

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    04:22 19/09/2016 # ! Neutral (0)

    Heine Westenfluss

    He didn't have any plot armor, but could have been a decent pilot. That and he piloted a custom Zaku.

    Comment by Anonymous
    14:01 19/09/2016 # ! Neutral (0)

    but he piloted a Gouf...

    Comment by Anonymous
    04:20 19/09/2016 # ! Neutral (0)

    Shinji, you suck. Get in the robot.

    Comment by Anonymous
    10:20 19/09/2016 # ! Neutral (0)

    Get in that robot you epic homo!

    http://img01.deviantart.net/4988/i/2015/035/0/5/get_in_the_fcking_robot__shinji_ikari_by_butt_prince_ike-d8go6be.png

    Comment by Anonymous
    00:45 19/09/2016 # ! Neutral (0)

    Char was godly.

    Comment by Anonymous
    03:04 19/09/2016 # ! Neutral (0)

    He had his ass handed to him at the end of Zeta.

    Comment by Anonymous
    12:41 18/09/2016 # ! Neutral (0)

    Shinji please XDDDDDDDDDDDDD

    Comment by Anonymous

    Shinji was ok.

    http://static.fjcdn.com/pictures/Sorry+source+neon+genesis+evangelion_3705be_5081455.jpg [http://static.fjcdn.com/pictures/Sorry source neon genesis evangelion_3705be_5081455.jpg]

    Comment by Anonymous

    Sigh......conditioned reflex.

    http://static.fjcdn.com/pictures/Sorry+source+neon+genesis+evangelion_3705be_5081455.jpg [http://static.fjcdn.com/pictures/Sorry source neon genesis evangelion_3705be_5081455.jpg]

    Comment by Anonymous
    07:26 18/09/2016 # ! Neutral (0)

    Clearly a popularity contest to some extent considering that at least two of these characters(Shinji Ikari and Lelouch) are specifically meant to NOT be ace pilots . . .

    Comment by Anonymous
    14:34 18/09/2016 # ! Neutral (0)

    shinji is actually pretty capable as a pilot.

    eva's superpowers antiques aside, boy can control his units to do some serious acrobatics (remember that episode where they're all stuck in a hole?), shoot a high-power railgun pretty well and hold off some angels at bay for a time.

    only that his tendency of being an insecure pussy is his downfall.

    Comment by Anonymous
    07:53 18/09/2016 # ! Neutral (0)

    Well Lelouch actually had aspects as a pilot he excelled in which others could not compare to, remember he was the son of the supposedly best pilot ever.
    The defense capabilities of his mech accoridng to what was mentioned invers would not have been possible without him.

    Comment by Anonymous
    14:18 18/09/2016 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Lelouch only ever did calculations to allow his mechs to cause/prevent disastrous damage, CC handled most of the actual piloting. He wasn't ever, or even intended to be, skilled at regular piloting.

    Comment by Anonymous
    13:44 19/09/2016 # ! Neutral (0)

    Besides, you mainly see him chicken out in his mechs. Direct combat was always a no-go. Doubt that qualifies him as one of the best pilots.

    Comment by Anonymous
    14:42 19/09/2016 # ! Neutral (0)

    Why pilot when you can just let them hang themselves? All zones are ours.

    Comment by Anonymous
    07:26 18/09/2016 # ! Neutral (0)

    Hikaru but not Max?

    Whatever Japan is smoking they need to share it.

    Comment by Anonymous
    07:20 18/09/2016 # ! Neutral (0)

    Amuro cheated, he was a super human. Domon should be higher.

    Comment by Anonymous
    14:34 18/09/2016 # ! Neutral (0)

    because robots shooting fist beams is a super robot

    Comment by Anonymous
    17:05 18/09/2016 # ! Neutral (0)

    He's the best cause of his shiney fingers

    Comment by Anonymous
    07:08 18/09/2016 # ! Neutral (0)

    Who the fuck puts HEERO, KIRA, SHINJI, BANAGHER and the fucker from aldnoa zero in a good pilots list? Deargod...

    Comment by Anonymous
    07:49 18/09/2016 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    People that care about what it means to be a 'good' pilot and not someone that shits over popular character's because it's 'cool.'

    Comment by Anonymous

    Oh yeah,becouse KIRA/SHINJI/HEERO are awesome pilots,sure....they not there becose of they're "cool" nice one shithead

    Comment by Anonymous
    10:32 18/09/2016 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Heero is a ridiculously good pilot, he was able to pilot three different Gundams at high level including Epyon which should have been completely foreign to him considering OZ built it, and he was the first pilot with the mental control to master the Zero System. Not only that, he's more than capable fighting hand to hand or with a gun outside his Gundam as he repeatedly demonstrates.

    Comment by Anonymous
    15:08 18/09/2016 # ! Neutral (0)

    @14:49

    This is true. Yui does what he took an oath not to. In a way she is his own guardian angel, and he is hers.

    Comment by Anonymous
    14:49 18/09/2016 # ! Neutral (0)

    Shinji is pure garbage, he can barely move the fucking robot, he can only control berserk mode because his mommy does all the shit for him.

    Comment by Anonymous
    16:31 18/09/2016 # ! Neutral (0)

    @15:39
    I guess so.

    http://vignette2.wikia.nocookie.net/evangelion/images/e/ee/Yui.png/revision/latest?cb=20120707173802

    Comment by Anonymous
    15:39 18/09/2016 # ! Neutral (0)

    @14:49
    I guess you're right.

    http://d-comic.com/gallery_i.php?idb=19697

    Comment by Anonymous
    08:39 18/09/2016 # ! Neutral (0)

    Canonically Kira ia an amazing pilot because of his super reflexes and intellect. Heero is a good pilot too but having a mecha whose main attack method is beamspam doesn't show it well. He does however put up good CQC fights against Zechs who's basically the best pilot in Wing.

    As for Shinji, well, not a great pilot but his Rebuild version is definitely a good pilot especially since he can basicaly end the world by sheer hotblood and control the berserk unit 01. I think Bright Noa's slap echoed across dimensions there.

    Comment by Anonymous
    11:40 18/09/2016 # ! Neutral (0)

    Technically the guy from aldnoah qualifies as he pilots a shit mecha. Much as I despise his plot armour.

    Comment by Anonymous
    10:41 18/09/2016 # ! Neutral (0)

    Inaho deserves to be up there, but no higher than he is. In his series he was the only one who could contend with the Martian mechs without losing too much. Just an eye

    Comment by Anonymous

    You're just jealous, ha! Get over with it.

    Comment by Anonymous

    seriously, why is heero up here instead of zechs?





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