15 Anime Characters With Unconventional Abilities That We Love

While there's nothing wrong with more traditional anime powers like hand to hand combat, fire powers, or mind-reading abilities, sometimes you want something a little bit more creative. With that in mind, let's take some time to appreciate fifteen unconventional anime abilities that we think are pretty cool.

These powers can be found in well-known shows like JoJo's Bizarre Adventure, Naruto, and Fairy Tail. Honestly, big shows like this could have easily provided enough examples to fill out the whole list, but we also wanted to give some love to less well-known series like The Law of Ueki, Hamatori, and Speed Grapher. Whether the anime is big or small, the originality is enormous. 

Which of these weird anime powers are your favorites?


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    Knuckle Bine - 'A.P.R.'

    Knuckle Bine - 'A.P.R.'
    Photo: Madhouse

    Knuckle Bine looks like an old school anime gang leader, which makes his Nen ability, A.P.R. all the more delightfully unexpected. Using A.P.R., Knuckle lends his opponent his aura and attaches an adorable mascot to them that can't be removed. The mascot adds 10% interest every ten seconds. Once the amount exceeds the aura that the target has left, they go 'bankrupt' and A.P.R. transforms into I.R.S, a different mascot that prevents the target from using any Nen at all for a month. Who would have thought that finances would be such a great inspiration source for a Nen ability?

  • Tamaki Amajiki's quirk, Manifest, is the most literal possible interpretation of 'you are what you eat.' He's able to physically manifest anything he eats in his body. This can mean sprouting wings when he eats chicken, tentacles when he eats takoyaki, hard clamshells when he eats clams, and so on. This ability requires him to plan his diet carefully before a fight, and also to carry snacks on hand. So while it might seem flashy and strange, it actually requires some serious strategic thinking to make it work.

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    Tsuru - 'One Piece'

    Most of the techniques in One Piece are awesomely weird to some degree or another. For now, we'll focus on one that's lesser-known - Tsuru's Wash-Wash Fruit. This retired Marine Vice Admiral can transform targets into floppy, flat things that she can spread out like laundry - literally hanging them out to dry. This might come across as just straight-up weird without being awesome, but there's more to it than that: she can do more than just subdue them, she can actually wash some of the evil out of their hearts, transforming them into kinder, better people than they were when the conflict started. If only all fights could be resolved like that!

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    Bruno Bucciarati - 'JoJo's Bizarre Adventure'

    JoJo's Bizarre Adventure is known for having some of the weirdest powers in the world of anime, which means that there are plenty that deserve to be on this list that don't get the spotlight this time. For now, we're going to focus on Bruno Bucciarati's Stand, Sticky Fingers. Contrary to what the name implies, Sticky Fingers isn't about shoplifting - it lets him create a zipper on any solid surface - the human body included. He can use it for a wide range of purposes, including cutting a person into chunks by unzipping them, creating a blade out of zippers, create hiding places for any person or thing that needs safekeeping, and more. 

    Besides the zippers, Bucciarati can also determine whether or not someone is lying by the taste of their sweat. We're not sure if that one is cool or just weird, but hey, at least he's multi-talented.