Here are some of the best anime where the main character is overpowered and shocking everyone.
Protagonists come in all sizes and shapes, and many of them are ridiculously (and sometimes annoyingly) powerful. The main character may appear to be an ordinary person going about their daily activities, but they are capable of wielding enormous power.
Let’s take a look at some of the best anime with strong main characters who have astounded the audience and everyone around them by revealing the extent of their power.
Best Anime Where MC Is OP And Surprises Everyone
23. Sky Wizard Academy
A long time ago, enormous magically armoured insects became too powerful and hostile to handle, nearly eradicating the entire human population. People now live in floating cities rather than on Earth as a result of these enormous bugs. This does not mean that there is no hope, as these monsters are being fought by wizards from illustrious floating wizard institutions.
Kanata Age, dubbed the “Black Master Swordsman,” is now considered a traitor. He has the opportunity to repair his reputation by directing team E601, which appears to be having some difficulties. Misora Whitale, Lecty Eisenach, and Rico Flamel are the three girls in it, and they all have different problems. Because of them, Kanata appears to have gotten herself into a lot of trouble.
22. Cautious Hero: The Hero is Overpowered but Cautious
As the saying goes, “you can never be too careful.” Even if it appears to be a pointless waste of time, being prepared for any situation that may arise is critical. Furthermore, if you want to completely dominate games such as role-playing games, you must outperform your opponents.
These words almost perfectly describe Seiya Ryuuguuin. The hero prepares for his heroic adventure after being summoned by the goddess Ristarte to save the planet Gaeabrande from annihilation. Despite his extremely high stats, he spends a significant amount of time training himself, which could be considered normal. To stay safe, he uses his best weapons against weak opponents and stocks up on supplies and remedies.
Gaeabrande’s demeanour may be disagreeable, but it could be his saving grace in a world where evil powers trump all expectations.
21. Yuuna and the Haunted Hot Springs
Except for a few strange occupants, Yuragi-sou, formerly a hot springs inn and now a boarding house with ridiculously low rent, is nearly deserted. It is said to be haunted by an evil ghost who scares potential occupants away. Fuyuzora Kogarashi, a homeless psychic in need of a cheap place to stay and spirits to exorcise, will thus find it an ideal haven.
When Kogarashi is ready to confront the ghost, he discovers that it is not as he believes. Yuuna, a lovely girl with silver hair whose only memory of her life before death is her name, is the spirit. Even more perplexing is the fact that, in addition to being able to see Yuuna, each of the other Yuragi-sou residents possesses a unique supernatural power.
Kogarashi searches for the sorrow that keeps Yuuna connected to the living world in the midst of the mayhem caused by his eccentric neighbours in order to save her from becoming an evil spirit doomed to spend her afterlife in hell.
20. The Asterisk War
The Invertia, a remarkable disaster that occurred a century ago, fundamentally changed the course of history. The Integrated Empire Foundation rose to power as a result of the sharp decline in power of the world’s current states. More importantly, the Invertia contributed to the evolution of the Genestella, a new race of people born with exceptional physical abilities. Its elite are hand-picked from all over the world to attend the top six schools and compete in shows known as Festas.
Ayato Amagiri is a scholarship transfer student at the prestigious Seidoukan Academy, where performance has recently declined. He unintentionally discovers Julis-Alexia von Riessfeld, the well-known Witch of Resplendent Flames, in her underwear! Julis is furious and challenges him to a duel for invading her privacy. When the duel is cancelled by the student council president, Ayato admits he has no interest in Festas. He instead enrolled in the academy to find his missing older sister. As a more devious plan emerges, Ayato sets out to triumph, surrounded by some of the world’s most talented Genestella.
19. Dr. Stone
Taiju Ooki, a high school student who has harboured romantic feelings for Yuzuriha Ogawa for the past five years, is finally ready to confess his feelings for her. However, just as Taiju begins to confess, the planet is engulfed in a bright green light that terrorises everyone on it and turns them to stone.
Taiju awakens a few millennia later to find that the modern era has vanished and that nature has regenerated during the time when people were silent. Taiju only encounters one other living person in the stone world of statues: his science-obsessed friend Senkuu, who has been active for a few months. Taiju discovers Senkuu’s ambitious plan to resurrect civilization through science. Taiju’s strength and Senkuu’s intelligence combine to form a formidable team that quickly identifies a method to resuscitate the petrified.
Senkuu’s grand plan is jeopardised when those who awaken challenge his ideals. The reason for humanity’s petrification is unknown.
18. Tanya the Evil
Tanya Degurechaff, a young soldier, has been dubbed the “Devil of the Rhine” due to her predatory ferocity and incredible tactical prowess. The spirit of a man who challenged Being X, the self-proclaimed God, to a game of wits, resulting in his reincarnation as a young girl into a world of magical conflict, resides beneath her innocent exterior. As the world descends into conflict, Tanya decides to rise through the ranks of her nation’s military, with only Being X standing in her way of returning to the peaceful existence she once knew. The astute moves and fighting initiative of the strong Empire, on the other hand, have an unanticipated side effect that elevates it to one of the most powerful countries.
17. Classroom of The Elite
Koudo Ikusei Senior High School appears to be a utopia from the outside. The level of freedom enjoyed by students is unparalleled, and it is highly regarded in Japan. In reality, however, things are far from ideal. Only the top four classes—A through D—receive preferential treatment after being ranked in order of merit.
Kiyotaka Ayanokouji is in Class D, which houses the worst students at the school. There he meets the awkward Suzune Horikita, who believes she was mistakenly placed in Class D, and the friendly-looking class hero Kikyou Kushida, who wants to make as many friends as possible.
Students in lower-ranked classes can move up if they outperform those in higher-ranked classes. Furthermore, there are no restrictions on how far one can progress in Class D. Is it possible to overcome the challenges and achieve success at this competitive school?
16. Isekai Cheat Magician
Taichi Nishimura, a regular high school student, is riding to school that morning with his childhood friend Rin Azuma. They are unexpectedly enveloped in a bright light, which transports them to a fantastical planet teeming with supernatural beings.
When Taichi and Rin arrive, they are met with a beast. Immediately after their rescue, a group of explorers warns the two that going unarmed and untrained exposes them to the recently on the rise monster attacks. Taichi and Rin are sent to the Guild to register as adventurers and test their magical abilities. However, the test they take yields an unexpected result: Taichi and Rin have extraordinary abilities far exceeding those of a traditional mage, quickly elevating them from ordinary high school students to the pinnacle of cheat magicians.
Taichi and Rin learn about their abilities while also adjusting to their new surroundings. However, an unexpected threat lurks in the shadows as the pair tries to figure out what happened to them and how to get back to their home world.
The abolition of a vampire who is turning Cheddar’s residents into ghouls necessitates the assistance of Hellsing, a supernatural threat-fighting organization. Sir Integra Fairbrook Wingates Hellsing, the organization’s leader, dispatches her most formidable asset, a powerful vampire named Alucard, to put an end to this.
Alucard unleashes hell on the demons that plague Cheddar using only a single firearm. As a result of his involvement in the chaos, Seras Victoria, a young police officer, is killed. Alucard, who genuinely cares for the girl, offers her the choice of remaining a vampire or dying as a human. Seras accepts his invitation and embarks on a new journey as a Hellsing.
Seras struggles with the realisation that, despite her choice, she is no longer human. But, in order to survive on the front lines of the war between humans and the supernatural, she must accept her transformation into a creature of the night as soon as possible.
14. Hunter x Hunter
Hunters spend their lives putting their lives in danger by exploring uncharted areas of the earth in search of rare objects and beasts. To become a Hunter, one must pass the Hunter Examination, a perilous selection process in which the vast majority of candidates end up disabled or, worse, dead.
Candidates who sit for the infamous exam do so for a reason. Gon Freecss, 12, is driven by curiosity about Ging, his father, and another Hunter. Gon begins to follow in his father’s footsteps, believing that by becoming a Hunter, he will eventually meet his father.
Gon befriends Leorio Paladiknight, a medical student, the vengeful Kurapika, and Killua Zoldyck, a former assassin, while taking the Hunter Examination. Despite their disparate motivations, they band together for a common goal and venture into a perilous environment.
Toyohisa Shimazu is the rearguard for his retreated troops during the Battle of Sekigahara in 1600, and he is badly wounded when he unexpectedly finds himself in a modern, sparkling white hallway. When confronted with only a stoic man named Murasaki and hundreds of doors on both sides, Toyohisa is drawn into the next door and into a world unlike his own.
The strange continent is home to long-dead soldiers from various eras of Toyohisa’s history, as well as a variety of fantastic creatures. When Toyohisa meets the notorious warlord Nobunaga Oda and the legendary archer Yoichi Suketaka Nasu, he learns about the continent’s political strife. In order to combat the “Ends,” those who created the Orte Empire and are attempting to wipe out the Drifters, they have also been dubbed “Drifters.” As the Ends grow in power, so does the Empire’s persecution of elves and other demihumans.
Toyohisa and his band of outlandish warriors must fight in a new world conflict to aid the people of the Empire while also defending the territory they intend to take and confronting the Ends.
12. How NOT to Summon a Demon Lord
Nobody can match the power of the Demon King Diablo in the fantasy MMORPG Cross Reverie. He easily defeats anyone who dares to challenge him, thanks to the game’s rarest artefacts and unrivalled player level. Takuma Sakamoto, despite his intimidating reputation, is Diablo, a reclusive gamer with limited social skills. Takuma is only concerned with his virtual existence as he defeats hopeless opponents day after day—that is, until an unexpected summoning spell transports him to another dimension and transforms him into Diablo!
Takuma is greeted by the two females who summoned him, Rem Galeu, a little Pantherian adventurer, and Shera L. Greenwood, a busty Elf summoner, in this new realm that resembles his favourite video game. In an attempt to control him, they perform an enslavement ritual, but the ritual backfires, turning them into his slaves. As the situation worsens, Takuma decides to help the girls break their contract as he adjusts to his new role as the terrifying Demon King.
11. World Trigger
Mikado City is besieged by mysterious entities known as “Neighbors,” evil monsters resistant to conventional weapons, after an unexpected portal to another realm opens on Earth. The Border Defense Agency was formed in response to their arrival to confront the neighbour threat with specialised weaponry known as “Triggers.” Even though the gate has been open for several years, neighbours continue to pose a threat, and border agents are still on duty to protect the planet.
Despite the sensitive situation, Osamu Mikumo and other members-in-training are not permitted to use their Triggers outside of the headquarters. When the mysterious new kid in his class is coerced by bullies into going to a forbidden location, they are attacked by Neighbors, forcing Osamu to act on his moral convictions. Yuuma Kuga, a transfer student, surprises him by quickly dispatching the aliens after revealing himself to be a humanoid Neighbor.
10. Death March to the Parallel World Rhapsody
Ichirou Suzuki, a late-twenties programmer, is overworked. After being exhausted, he finally falls asleep, only to awaken in a fantasy RPG world that is a mashup of the games he was actually debugging. He discovers in this new location that not only has his appearance changed to resemble a younger version of himself, but his name has also changed to Satou, a pen name he used when conducting game beta tests.
Before Satou can fully comprehend his situation, a lizardman army attacks him. Satou destroys them completely as a result of being forced to cast a powerful spell in retaliation, and his level is increased to 310, maximising his stats. Satou is now a high-leveled adventurer with a diverse set of skills and no way back to the real world.
9. In Another World With My Smartphone
Touya Mochizuki is killed by lightning due to God’s carelessness! God grants him one wish and the chance to start over in a fantastical fantasy realm as an apology. Touya gladly accepts the position and has only one request before embarking on his journey through this mysterious world: he be allowed to keep his smartphone.
When Touya first enters this new world, he finds it full of beautiful girls competing for his attention as well as magic, a subject he is interested in. These girls—Yumina Urnea Belfast, Leen, Yae Kokonoe, the twins Linze and Elze Silhoueska, Leen, and Yae Kokonoe—provide Touya with a never-ending supply of love problems as well as company as he learns the complexities of this new society.
8. Arifureta: From Commonplace To World’s Strongest
Hajime Nagumo, a 17-year-old otaku, has his routine thrown off when he and his classmates are summoned to a fantasy realm and given the task of saving humanity. Hajime is ridiculed for learning only a mediocre transmutation skill with no actual attacking power, while his peers are given spectacular battle abilities.
Hajime is duped by one of his classmates while visiting the Great Orcus Labyrinth, sending him hurtling to the bottom of an abyss. Even if he avoids the fall, Hajime is met with terrifying monsters and unfortunate events that plunge him into a terrifying nightmare. He decides to fight for his life in order to survive and return home one day, only to meet Yue, a vampire who is also attempting to escape the maze. Yue and a few other people join Hajime on his quest to return home while gradually becoming the strongest person in the world by falling in love with him.
7. The Rising Of The Shield Hero
The Four Cardinal Heroes are a group of ordinary Japanese men sent to save Melromarc’s kingdom. Melromarc is a nation that has been repeatedly destroyed by the Catastrophic Waves, which have wreaked havoc on its people for centuries. Each of the four heroes is given a sword, spear, bow, and shield to help them defeat the Waves. Otaku Naofumi Iwatani bears the curse of being the “Shield Hero.” Because of his meagre shield and limited attacking prowess, Naofumi is mocked and disparaged by both his fellow heroes and the kingdom’s populace.
When the heroes are given supplies and allies to practise with, Naofumi leaves with Malty Melromarc, the only one eager to train with him. She soon betrays him, and he is falsely accused of taking advantage of her. Melromarc’s citizens begin to despise and discriminate against Naofumi for something he did not do. Naofumi embarks on his quest to build himself and his reputation while harbouring a raging storm of hurt and mistrust in his heart. However, as the loneliness of being alone grows, Naofumi hires Raphtalia, a demi-human slave on the verge of death, to accompany him on his journey.
As the Waves approach the realm, Naofumi and Raphtalia are forced to fight for the kingdom’s survival and to save the Melromarc residents from a bleak future.
6. My Hero Academia
“Quirks,” or newly discovered superpowers, have become more common over time, with 80 percent of humanity now possessing abilities ranging from elemental manipulation to shapeshifting. As a result, like the rest of the world, Izuku Midoriya is rendered completely powerless.
The aspirant middle schooler has wanted to be a hero since he was a child. Because of his unfortunate circumstances, Izuku spends his time admiring heroes and taking notes on them. But Izuku’s perseverance appears to have paid off: he meets All Might, the world’s greatest hero and his personal hero. Might’s quirk is a unique talent that can be passed down through the generations, and he has chosen Izuku as his heir!
After months of rigorous training, Izuku enrols in UA High; this prestigious high school is known for its excellent hero training program, and this year’s freshmen appear especially promising. Izuku will soon discover what it means to be a hero as he encounters strange but gifted classmates and the looming threat of an evil organization.
5. Black Clover
On the same day, Asta and Yuno were abandoned at the same church. As they grew older, they learned about the “Wizard King,” the name given to the most powerful mage in the realm, and made a pact to compete for the title. However, as they grew older, it became clear how much they differed. In contrast to Yuno, who can use magic with incredible power and control, Asta is completely incapable of using magic and is desperately attempting to develop his abilities through physical training.
Asta receives nothing when they reach the age of 15, whereas Yuno receives a magnificent Grimoire adorned with a four-leaf clover. Soon after, however, a man named Lebuty attacks Yuno in order to steal his Grimoire. Lebuty is stronger than Asta, who tries to fight him. Even though he is defeated and without hope, Yuno’s voice gives him the strength to continue. When Lebuty vents his rage, Asta receives a five-leaf clover grimoire, a “Black Clover,” which gives him the strength to defeat him. A few days later, the two friends left for the outside world, both with the same ambition: to become the Wizard King.
The final few minutes of Yggdrasil, the popular virtual reality game, have arrived. Momonga, a formidable wizard and the leader of the evil guild Ainz Ooal Gown, decides to spend his final moments playing the game when the servers fail. Even though the clock has struck midnight, Momonga is still fully awake as his character, and the non-player characters appear to have developed identities of their own!
When confronted with this unusual situation, Momonga instructs his obedient followers to help him explore and gain control of this new universe in order to learn what has caused this development and whether there are any other people experiencing a similar condition.
3. The Misfit of Demon King Academy
An ancient conflict between humans and demons wreaked havoc and bloodshed. Anos Voldigoad, the Demon King, willingly gave his life to end this seemingly endless struggle, hoping to be resurrected in a time of peace.
The Demon King Academy was established by the demon race to identify Anos when he reawakens in preparation for the return of their king. When he reincarnates two millennia later, he is shocked to discover that the amount of magic in the world has significantly decreased. When he enrols in the academy to reclaim his rightful rank, he discovers that demonkind remembers him differently. His personality, actions, and even legacy are all fabrications concealed behind a false identity. He is the academy’s outlier—a misfit never seen before in history—due to his “lack” of common knowledge.
Despite these concerns, Anos remains unconcerned. He takes it upon himself to persuade his descendants that their monarch has finally returned as he sets out to find those responsible for changing his magnificent past.
2. That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime
Satoru Mikami, 37, is a routine corporate employee who is content with his monotonous Tokyo lifestyle. He has never been able to commit to a woman in his life. While casually conversing with a coworker, he is stabbed and becomes the victim of an unprovoked street attack. As he dies from his wounds, a strange voice echoes in his head, repeating a series of instructions that the dying man does not understand.
When Satoru regains consciousness, he discovers that he has been reincarnated as a glob of slime in another realm. As a result, he acquires new abilities, the most notable of which is the ability to swallow anything and duplicate its features and prowess. Later, he discovers the Catastrophe-level monster “Storm Dragon” Veldora, who had been imprisoned for 300 years after destroying a village to ashes. After recognising his plight, Satoru befriends him and promises to help him break through the barrier. In exchange, Veldora bestows the name Rimuru Tempest on him as divine defense.
Rimuru, free of the monotony of his previous existence, sets out on a new journey with a specific goal in mind. As he adjusts to his new body, his silly antics spread throughout the world, gradually changing his fate.
1. One Punch Man
The average Saitama has an unusual hobby: he pretends to be a hero. Saitama worked tirelessly for three years, losing all of his hair in the process, to fulfil his childhood ambition. Saitama’s power has grown to the point where he can defeat any foe with a single punch. However, because no one can match his strength, Saitama has encountered an unexpected problem: he is no longer able to enjoy the thrill of battle and has grown extremely bored.
Genos, a 19-year-old cyborg, is captivated by Saitama’s strength and asks to be his student. Genos suggests that the two join the Hero Association in order to be recognised as heroes and honoured for their societal contributions. Saitama accepts right away, surprised that no one knows who he is. In order to relive the thrill of war, Saitama embarks on a new adventure as a member of the Hero Association. He meets new friends and faces new foes along the way.
BONUS: Mob Psycho 100
Shigeo “Mob” Kageyama, an eighth-grader, has discovered an inner wellspring of psychic ability at such a young age. However, when he realises the potential danger in his abilities, the power quickly becomes a liability. Mob’s ability is currently only used to impress his longtime crush, Tsubomi, who quickly grows tired of the same tricks.
Arataka Reigen, a con artist who poses as a psychic and profits from Mob’s abilities, adopts Mob in order to gain control of his abilities. Mob’s mundane daily life has become a routine part of exorcising evil spirits on demand. The psychological energy he generates is just the tip of the iceberg; if his limitless potential and unbridled emotions go insane, a cataclysmic event will occur, rendering him completely unrecognisable. It’s pointless to try to keep Mob from exploding because it’s already on its way.
That concludes the list; let us know in the comments what your favourite anime is where the MC is op and surprises everyone!