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Anime and manga is well known for overpowered main characters. At first, many OP characters in anime use to lose, only to grow much stronger and win against their nemesis the second time. Then some MC are nothing but a wimp that can’t even decide on thier own but somehow ends up developed considerably as the plot demands. Lastly, there are some OP main character that seems never to lose a fight making others look completely incompetent. We like to watch anime vicariously through the characters and especially the characters who are perked up with things such as superpowers, magic, intelligence, and high technology, making it more believable.
These overpowered main characters are so impressive that they convincingly garnered our attention to left us awestruck. But what makes a character memorable is their continued growth and rich storytelling potential which improves or complicates their lives. It comes to how they deal with problems, either via bravery or mere calmness. And undoubtedly, these OP main characters cannot be considered as rational beings cause they aren’t, they have what it take to control such power. In short, they are the badasses.
But overpowered main characters are such clichés that they always come as a high action category trope, too loud and unstoppable compared to the conventional power levels in the anime. In most recent times, Isekai genre is heavily using this trope of OP characters as a plot device. Fans are loving the use of OP main characters in Isekai anime so much that it has come to a point where there are too many anime series every season with the same plot. To save you from the trouble of endless scrolling here’s are a list of best anime with an overpowered main character you should watch right now.
Best Anime With An Overpowered Main Character
01. Mahouka Koukou no Rettousei (The Irregular at Magic High School)
Magic, which was once considered part of a fairytale, is now a scientific technology. Students at magic school now learn magic as a technical skill and are divided into two parts based on the scores in entrance exams. Blooms are the students who recive high scores while remaining passing students are called Weeds. Both the group go through different curriculum and treatment.
Tatsuya and Miyuki Shiba are siblings who are the first-year student at a magic school. Miyuki is placed in Blooms while Tatsuya managed to get in weeds. While Tatsuya is inept at using magic but with his technical knowledge and fighting skills, he is above the level of a bloom, which made him the irregular student at Magic High School.
Tatsumi Oga is a first-year student at Ishiyama High, which is known for having delinquents students. The school is mostly lawless, with nonstop violence being part of everyday life. Even the teachers are scared of the delinquents that no one bothers to say anything. Oga, also known as the Demon King, is considered the most strongest student in the school, and no one tries to cross him. One day while beating a gang who attacked him, Oga found a huge man floating in a river.
The man split open up when Oga dragged him out of the river, and a baby pop out of the man’s body. The baby immediately crawled to Oga and got overly attached to him. It is later reavled that the baby is Beelzebub, the son of Demon Lord. Beelzebub is sent to earth to destroy humanity and is always impressed by strong people, especially Oga. Now Oga is given the responsibility to raise a demon baby along with the baby’s maid Hilda while he is in a school filled with notorious students.
03. Youkoso Jitsuryoku Shijou Shugi no Kyoushitsu e (Classroom of the Elite)
Koudo Ikusei Senior High School is a prestigious school known for state-of-the-art facilities and teaching methods. Most of the students at this school go to university or find successful jobs. The school has given complete freedom to the students and are even allowed to skip classes. Every month the students receive a hundred points which are equal to real-life money. Students can spend the points at shopping malls and restaurants in the school facilities.
Kiyotaka Ayanokouji is the first-year student who just enrolled in this paradise-like school. But he ends up in the Class 1-D, which is full of worst-performing students of the school. The fun of using free points lasted for one month when the school revealed the real intention behind giving out free money. The school deploys a class system where monthly points are distributed based on the student’s permanence, and Class 1-D will receive the lowest points. After learning the hard truth, the students who have spent all the points now need to work hard to reach the top and continue living the glorious life.
During a mission on Moon, Humanity discovered an ancient alien technology called Hypergate, which enabled fast traveling between Mars and Moon. Hypergate technology enabled the Mars Colonization, where humans discovered more alien technology, mainly weapons that led the humans on Mars to declare independence from Earth. The settlers of Mars formed the Vers Empire of Mars but later declared war on Earth. The war resulted in Hypergate getting destroyed and explode in the process.
The destruction of Hypergate led to the uneasy ceasefire and fragile peace between Earth and Mars for 15 years. The war began once again after the assassination attempt on the Vers Empire’s Princess Asseylum Vers Allusia, who came to Earth on a diplomatic mission to repair relations between Earth and Mars. Inaho Kaizuka is a high school student who witnesses the terrorist group that tried killing the princess. He has to now find the group behind the assassination to settle the war once and for all.
05. Magi: Sinbad no Bouken (Magi: Adventure of Sinbad)
Sinbad was born to the Badra, a war veteran and Esra in the Parthevia Empire. Sinbad spent a happy life even though his country was suffering from wars and economic problems. Even after losing his father in the battle, he spent his youth helping villagers and taking care of his ill mother. But it all changes when he provides shelter to a mysterious person named Yunan. Sinbad observed the war-torn world closely and dreamed about changing it for better. After hearing Sinbad’s dream, Yunan offers to guide Sinbad at the Dungeon that appeared between the borders of Partevia and Reim.
Dungeons are a bizarre labyrinth that holds incredible treasures. It is rumored that Magi, rare magicians created dungeons to find the king that will lead the world. Thousands of adventurers and armies have entered the Dungeons but have never returned. Unknown to Sinbad, Yunan is a magi who is impressed by Sinbad’s ambitions. Yunan also reveals that Sinbad must conquer the Dungeon to get the most significant treasure, which are the supernatural beings called Djinns that grant immense power and select the potential king candidates to rule the world.
06. Tensei shitara Slime Datta Ken (That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime)
Satoru Mikami is a working adult in his late thirties who died while saving his colleague from a random attacker on the streets. While taking his last breath after being stabbed to death, Satoru started hearing a strange voice that echoed in his mind. The stranged voice recited a bunch of commands and Satoru just wished to have a body which was prone to any physical attacks.
When he opened his eyes, he found himself in the body of small slime. It seemed like he got reincarnated in a different realm and time. While exploring, he stumbled upon a dragon named Veldora, who soon became his friend after talking for a while. The dragon bestowed the Rimuru Tempest as the new name for Satoru in this new world. After being released from the restraints of his old life, Rimuru ventured onto a new journey with no goals in his mind.
07. Zankyou no Terror (Terror in Resonance)
A nuclear facility was attacked by a terrorist group which only left thier name VON painted in red colour. After six months of silence, the terrorist group once again came out of the shadow, but this time they left a strange video on the internet. The video footage contained two teenage boys wearing masks who called themselves Spinx. The boys challenged the Tokyo police with a riddle, and if the police is unable to answer, then they would cause mayhem across Tokyo.
After the police fail to answer the riddles, it seems like the two boys were not bluffing as they bomb the police department and shopping mall. Kenjirou Shibazaki is a detective at the Tokyo Police department who got caught in this ridiculous game created by two kids who could destroy the city. As Kenjirou starts to research more about this case, he soon ventures into a rabbit hole of secret government experiments and tragic past about the two boys, which led to current events.
Yggdrasil is popular multiplayer virtual reality game which is shutting down its server after its twelve-year of the long run. Ainz Ooal Gown is the most strongest guild in the game with powerful wizard Momonga as their leader. After hearing the news about the game being shutdown, Momonga decides to spend the last few moments inside the game. Strangely Momonga is still able to operate his character even after sheduled shutdown but is unable to logout.
It seems like Momonga is now trapped inside the game or the virtual world got recreated because, for some reason, the game NPCs have developed personalities. After talking with his servant NPCs, he was able to figure out that they still have the programmed personality but are also adapting newer persona. Now Momonga has to figure out what caused this abnormal development and explore this new world to find other players who are in this same situation.
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09. Mondaiji-tachi ga Isekai kara Kuru Sou Desu yo? (Problem Children are Coming from Another World, aren’t they?)
Izayoi Sakamaki, Asuka Kudou, and You Kasukabe are teenagers with extraordinary supernatural powers. They live a pretty dull life for someone blessed with unmatched psychic ablilties. But it all changes when three of them receive a strange envelope containing an invitation that transports them to a mysterious place called Little Garden. At the Little Garden, the Trio is greeted by Kurousagi, a rabbit-eared girl who has invited them to join her community.
Little Garden is a world where it’s residents participate in high stake games know as gift games to earn wealth and fame for thier communities. Kurousagi’s community is currently No Name, which means they have lost thier official status, and that’s why she is seeking help from this Trio. After being presented with an opportunity to enjoy in the world using thier full capabilities, the Trio happily agrees.
10. Rokudenashi Majutsu Koushi to Akashic Records (Akashic Records of Bastard Magic Instructor)
Alzano Imperial Magic Academy is the most prestigious magic school in the world. The aspiring student in this academy can learn the highest forms of magic after going through rigorous training and can become skilled magicians. Sistine Fibel and Rumia Tingel are such students who are attending the Academy to develop thier magical abilities.
One day out of nowhere, Sistine’s favorite teacher retired and got replaced by eccentric Glenn Radars. Just looking at Gleen made her mad for some reason. Glenn was also incompetent at magic for someone who is a magic instructor. It all changes when the school got attacked by a nefarious group, and luckily, Glenn’s unorthodox magical technique saved her. It seems like she has a lot to learn, and this new instructor might teach her something new.