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15 Ridiculously Overpowered Anime Protagonists Who Almost Never Lose

April 1, 2020 24.5k votes 4.2k voters 145.3k 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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    Ainz Ooal Gown - 'Overlord'

    Ainz Ooal Gown - 'Overlord'
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    Once a human playing a video game that suddenly became his real life, Ainz Ooal Gown is now a gigantic skeleton guild master who is one of the strongest people in his universe. While most Level 100 players can only learn 300 spells, Ainz knows a whopping 718. Amongst these skills are absolutely world-bending ones like Meteor Fall, which sends literal meteors hurtling from the sky, and The Goal of All Life is Death, which instantly destroys every living thing within range. There's also one of Ainz's personal favorites, Grasp Heart, which allows him to take hold of his enemy's actual heart and crush it in his hands. 

    Unlike most of the characters on this list, Ainz is a villain protagonist, so he isn't necessarily using these outlandish powers for good. 

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

    Rimuru Tempest - 'That Time I Got Reincarnated As A Slime'
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    Though he's constantly underestimated because of his slime form, Rimuru Tempest of That Time I Got Reincarnated As A Slime is totally OP. His main ability, Predator, allows him to absorb any organic or inorganic material, analyze it, and replicate its powers. This gives him a nearly unlimited number of potential abilities, all of which culminate into one of the strongest characters the world of anime has ever seen.

    Rimuru doesn't just have OP powers, though - he's also a great negotiator whose emotions almost never get the better of him. That's why everyone in his world has so much respect for him once they get to know him. 

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  • Saitama - 'One Punch Man'
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    As many fans know, Saitama can defeat anyone, no matter how outlandishly strong, with a single punch. But unlike a lot of shows, One Punch Man isn't really about Saitama's pursuit of strength - it's about the problems that arise from being too strong. In Saitama's case, the problems are twofold.

    The first is that no one seems to give him any credit for his strength - since it's so extreme and has no real explanation, his feats are usually pinned on someone else, and he gets blamed for the problems. The second, larger problem is that it's hard to feel satisfied with his victories when they come too easily. That's actually why some of the villains come to fight him - he's the only worthy opponent they've ever come across, and they're bored out of their minds on victories that mean nothing. 

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  • Tatsuya Shiba - 'The Irregular at Magic High School'
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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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