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20 Anime Characters Who Are Way Stronger Than They Look

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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    Escanor - 'The Seven Deadly Sins'

    If you meet Escanor at night, you'll encounter a kindly be weak bartender. In the day time, however, he's so powerful that even Meliodias has a hard time with him. As he gains his power from the sun, especially strong around noon when he assumes an invincible form called The One.

    Are they deceptively strong?
  • When most people think of somebody who is so powerful that they could defeat anybody with a single punch, you probably don't think of somebody unassuming like Saitama - they think of somebody who's totally jacked. But despite being ordinary in just about every other sense, Saitama is just about the most powerful person in his world. 

    Are they deceptively strong?
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    Nezuko Kamado - 'Demon Slayer'

    Photo: ufotable

    Nezuko Kamado can look formidable when she undergoes a demonic transformation, but most of the time she's absolutely adorable. It's hard to believe that somebody with such a cute face would be capable of throwing hands in battle, but Nezuko is super strong and fully capable of fighting alongside her demon-slaying brother Tanjiro.

    Are they deceptively strong?
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    Killua Zoldyck - 'Hunter X Hunter'

    Photo: Madhouse

    Killua Zoldyck might look like a cherubic little boy, but he's both powerful and ruthless enough to rip a grown man's heart straight out of his chest. Now that he's mastered Nen, anybody who hopes to defeat him has their work cut out for them.

    Are they deceptively strong?