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The 22 Greatest Isekai Protagonists, Ranked

Updated June 11, 2021 68.2k votes 8.8k voters 120.2k views22 items

Though isekai has been around for a while, it's recently exploded in popularity. Part of what makes isekai so compelling are the main characters who guide the viewer's journey through a whole new world. With that in mind, let's celebrate the best isekai protagonists out there.

Some of the best isekai heroes come from old school series that helped build the foundation for the isekai genre. These include Inuyasha from the series of the same name, Miaka Yuki from Fushigi Yugi, and Tsukasa from .hack//SIGN. Others are more recent editions to the canon who have made a major impression, including Naofumi Iwatani of The Rising of the Shield Hero, and Rimuru Tempest of That Time I Got Reincarnated As A Slime. 

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    Rimuru Tempest - 'That Time I Got Reincarnated As A Slime'

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    After being reincarnated as a slime instead of an obviously awesome warrior, Rimuru finds out that being a slime is actually a major advantage, and he's one of the strongest people around. He decides to use his strength for community building.

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    Naofumi Iwatani - 'The Rising Of The Shield Hero'

    Naofumi had a bad start to his life as an isekai protagonist. Rather than being able to enjoy his new world, he was caught up in someone else's political games and accused of crimes he didn't commit.

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    Ainz Ooal Gown - 'Overlord'

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    After Momonga is trapped in the video game where he plays an evil overlord, he decides to fully embrace his new role, taking on his new identity as Ainz Ooal Gown.

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    Sadao Maou - 'The Devil Is A Part-Timer!'

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    Sadao Maou is literally the Devil, but when he gets transported to Earth by mistake, his powers mean little. To survive, he's going to have to take on a food service job. 

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