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15 Ridiculously Overpowered Anime Protagonists Who Almost Never Lose

April 1, 2020 25.1k votes 4.3k voters 151.1k views15 items

Super smart, capable of controlling multiple kinds of magic, and practically invulnerable? If a main character checks off all those boxes, they're probably one of many overpowered anime protagonists.

Being overpowered is a double-edged sword. Some characters who are nearly unbeatable are beloved for it, either because they're a refreshing subversion of the concept like Saitama from One Punch Man, or because it's actually really fun to watch them consistently win, like Rimuru Tempest from That Time I Got Reincarnated As A Slime. But it doesn't always work out that way. Characters like Kirito from Sword Art Online suffer in the public eye because everything comes too easily for them, which drains the series of its tension. 

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    Because Tatsuya Shiba scores poorly on his entrance exam into First High School, he's initially sorted into the 'Second Class.' This leads others to underestimate him, and it also leads him to underestimate himself. That said, no one should be underestimating Tatsuya, because he's stupidly strong. He can't do systemic magic especially well, but he has unique magic skills that surpass just about everyone elses. He has the highest recorded Psion count, which means that he can perform Gram Demolition counter magic, as well as other powerful spells. He can use Decomposition, a spell that breaks apart matter at its most basic structure, which he can percieve using Elemental Sight. He can also reform destroyed things using Regrowth. He can also use his extreme intelligence to create new forms of magic.

    This guy is so powerful that the idea that anyone thought for even one second that he wasn't good enough to make it in the 'First Class' is laughable. 

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    Hajime Nagumo - 'Arifureta: From Commonplace to World's Strongest' 

    Given the title Arifureta: From Commonplace to World's Strongest, you can expect that the protagonist is going to end up being pretty OP. Hajime Nagumo begins his life in a fantasy world with one relatively useless transmutation skill. But when he falls to the bottom of an abyss, things change dramatically. While there, he eats the flesh of just about every monster he comes across, and goes through a painful physical and mental transformation.

    While he does lose an eye and an arm, he gains super strength, super speed, super endurance, and super intelligence. Besides these standard powerups, he also gets some crazy unique abilities such as 108 Harassment Demon King-style - "The Demon King is So Red Like", which allows him to send metal dust inside of people's blood cells, which cause immense pain when they shed those cells. There's also Deny All Existences, which allows him to totally erase a being or concept or object from existence.

    These are only a few examples of an absurdly long list of abilities. Basically, this boy can do anything.

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    Sora & Shiro - 'No Game No Life'

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    Sora and Shiro are the sibling duo who make up Blank, a team of gamers who can easily wipe the floor with any opponent. In their own world, this skill has limited use. Sure, they're amazing gamers, but that doesn't really matter when Shiro is too afraid of people to go to school and Sora can't bring himself to get a job or go to college. 

    It's when they're transported to Disboard, a world in which everything is determined by games, that they can truly shine. In fact, they rapidly gain so much power through a series of strategic wins that they've basically taken political control over the entire world. 

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    Mob Kageyama - 'Mob Psycho 100'

    On the outside, Mob Kageyama appears to be an ordinary middle schooler. Despite his appearances, he actually has some pretty extreme psychic powers. While the full extent of his abilities have yet to be revealed, they're already super impressive. He has telekinesis, the ability to unleash bursts of psychic energy, the ability to temporarily bestow his powers on others, the ability to astrally project his spirit, the ability to manipulate plantlife, and more. 

    These powers are typically held back by his powerful emotions. However, when faced with stress, he starts making progress toward a psychic explosion. Extreme stress can make the progress escalate. Once he's unlocked his full power, it's difficult for him to control, but he has very few limits as to what he's capable of. 

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