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20 Anime Characters Who Are Way Stronger Than They Look

Updated December 12, 2019 25.8k votes 3.7k voters 95.1k views20 items

Looks can be deceiving, and nothing proves that more than anime characters who are stronger than they look. These characters might appear to be cute, weak, or even straight-up ridiculous, but the last thing you want to do is get on their bad side.

Rimuru Tempest of That Time I Got Reincarnated As A Slime might seem like a simple slime, but hardly anybody has faced him in battle and come close to winning. If you catch Escanor of The Seven Deadly Sins at night, you'll probably think that he's a total pushover, but once daytime hits he gets a huge power-up. And of course, there's Nezuko Kamado of Demon Slayer, who spends most of her time sleeping and being generally precious but will absolutely annihilate anybody who threatens her brother or the other humans she's chosen to protect.

There are more high-powered but adorable anime characters where they come from. Which ones are your favorites?

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    Selim Bradley - 'Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood'

    Cute little boy or all-powerful homunculus? When it comes to Selim Bradley, the answer is both! His cute exterior hides the Eldritch abomination that is his true form.

    Are they deceptively strong?
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    Rimuru Tempest - 'That Time I Got Reincarnated As A Slime'

    Photo: 8bit

    Most of the time, Rimuru Tempest either looks like a helpless slime or a delicate, adorable person - as a result, just about everyone underestimates him. But Rimuru has a seriously OP power - the ability to absorb and steal the powers and attributes of anybody or anything he chooses. This makes him nearly unbeatable.

    Are they deceptively strong?
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    Charmy Pappitson - 'Black Clover'

    With her adorable name, small stature, and penchant for sweet treats, Charmy doesn't seem especially intimidating. But when either her food or her friends come under threat, Charmy goes hard, using her incredible cotton magic abilities to lay waste to her opponents. 

    Are they deceptively strong?
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    Koro-sensei might look like a particularly silly alien, but that doesn't mean that he isn't powerful. He can move at Mach 20 speeds, and he's made of nearly indestructable anti-matter. There's a reason why even the most well-trained members of the military are helpless against him.

    Are they deceptively strong?