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16 Anime Characters With Uncontrollable Powers

Updated September 30, 2020 21.8k votes 5.2k voters 180.3k views16 items

Even the coolest superpowers in the world have a downside if the user can't control them. In fact, many anime characters who can't control their power would rather be weaker than they actually are, because then at least they wouldn't be a danger to themselves and others. For many of these characters, gaining control over their abilities is the most important thing in their lives. 

Who are some of the best anime characters with uncontrollable powers? One particularly interesting one is Shizu from That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime. Shizu's body hosts Ifrit, a fire demon who occasionally takes over her body and forces her to commit atrocities. As she grows older, she loses more and more control. There's also Izuku Midoriya from My Hero Academia, whose incredible energy storing power One For All destroys his body every time he tries to use it - at least, that is, until he masters his abilities. 

Who is your favorite character with unbridled power? Vote them up to let the world know what you think.

  • 5. Shigeo Kageyama - 'Mob Psycho 100'

    Shigeo Kageyama, also known as Mob, is one of the most powerful psychics in the world of Mob Psycho 100. While he's typically able to manage his abilities, they flare out of control when he's overwhelmed by negative emotions. When that happens, he not only becomes significantly more powerful, he also uses his abilities against people who he otherwise would morally oppose harming. Mob isn't easily moved to rage - one example of a time when he did was when someone was attacking his younger brother - but when it happens - watch out.

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  • 6. Eri - 'My Hero Academia'

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    Eri has one of the most powerful quirks in the series but it comes with a high price. Her quirk, Rewind, allows her to reverse any living being back to its previous state. For example, she can undo bodily injuries. But her powers are so strong that she can even reverse someone to a point before they existed, essentially erasing them forever. This tragically happened to her father when Eri was just a little girl. She has no control over her quirk as she's unable to activate or deactivate it on her own.

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  • 7. Saiki Kusuo - 'The Disastrous Life of Saiki K.'

    Saiki Kusuo is one of the most OP characters in the anime universe, but he doesn't want to be. That's because he has to be constantly on his guard unless he wants to destroy th entire planet with them. He accidentally sends himself backwards in time while he sleeps, he can't stop reading people's minds, he has to wear special gloves if he doesn't want to know the past of everything he touches, he turns people into stone unless he wears special glasses, and random objects explode when he sneezes. These are just a few examples of what Saiki has to deal with on a daily basis. Meanwhile, all he wants is to live a peaceful life. Poor kid.

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  • 8. Kyo Sohma - 'Fruits Basket'

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    Kyo Sohma is a member of the cursed Sohma family, which means that he transforms into an animal from the Chinese Zodiac. In his case, it's an animal that was included in the myth, but not the cycle itself - the cat. This transformation is largely out of his control - it happens if he makes torso contact with a woman, including accidentally bumping into them, he'll transform. But even worse is the fact that he instantly transforms into a demonic beast unless he's wearing a string of black and white prayer beads on his wrist. As a cat, he retains his own thoughts and feelings, but when he turns into a beast, he becomes violent and loses his sense of self. 

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