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15 Anime Characters With Unconventional Abilities That We Love

August 31, 2020 3.2k votes 758 voters 60.7k views15 items

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.'

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    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?

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    Tamaki Amajiki - 'My Hero Academia'

    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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    Shūkurō Tsukishima - 'Bleach'

    Shūkurō Tsukishima is a Fullbringer, and his signature ability is one of the most disturbing and bizarre in all of Bleach - and it's also extremely cool. Using a sword called the Book of the End, he can do two things. First, he can use it for more conventional purposes - slicing and slashing his opponents. But he can also use it to cut apart the history of their lives. Using this technique, he can insert himself into his target's past, and alter it as he sees fit. If they realize that their new histories don't match reality, they can lose their sanity. He can do the same thing to objects, which lets him change their history to give them a different structure, or even implant traps. 

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