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If there is one thing I have a problem with while watching anime, it is how much power and advantages a specific character has. It could be any of them really. The protagonist, secondary characters, or the villain, I don't really care. I just think that it is wrong to portray someone as unbeatable or almost unbeatable. People need to have a chance at winning against these guys or the anime will lose some of its fun. I do understand that some events or circumstances have allowed them to achieve the level of strength that they have. However, it is ridiculous at times and only leaves room for fights that only have one possible outcome.
I have gathered the top 10 most overpowered anime characters I have seen until now. I just think these characters should have their power lowered if we are to enjoy any new episodes.
Top 10 Overpowered Anime Characters
- Ichigo Kurosaki
- The Masters of Ryouzanpaku
- Light Yagami
- Levi Ackerman
- Lelouch vi Britannia
1. Lucy From Elfen Lied
Having experienced many traumatizing moments as a child and growing in strength throughout the years, Lucy, also known as Kaede, is known to be insanely strong. Even when other Diclonius are sent to fight her, she manages to remain just fine. She pretty much just shreds them to bits. The reason why she was so strong and merciless is interesting and unnerving at the same time. However, it does not excuse the fact that she was almost unbeatable. The only time she lost a battle was near the end when she was overwhelmed by Diclonii and soldiers. She still managed quite well though, and it is strongly implied that she got to go back to Kouta's house.
2. Kirito From Sword Art Online
If anyone has seen this anime, they know this main protagonist has a disgusting advantage over everything in the game. Even when faced with death in the first SAO, he simply just took over the game and broke all rules pertaining to it. Now, in that case, he was facing an admin that was cheating, much like what he would later on to save Asuna in Alfheim. For the rest of the time however, Kirito is basically an immortal player, almost never losing a fight and doing things that were considered impossible time and time again. There are some cases where he loses, such as in SAO 2. These events are very rare and we get the feeling that he was not fighting at full force. The only explanation to his strength is that he fought to live and protect the ones he loved.
3. Ichigo Kurosaki From Bleach
Before you say anything, I know he did lose quite a few times. But have you considered the sheer number of times he came back from being dead to serve some more intense damage? This guy was growing in power so much and facing many challenges. He had some progression and the motivation to save the girl. However, that is not enough of an excuse for him being able to beat such powerful fighters like Byakuya that easily. It was entertaining and the fight was great but there were times when I needed to see that Ichigo could break under all the pressure and not surpass everybody else. It was hard to buy that he could beat their extensive training with a few days of practice and a strong will.
4. Alucard From Hellsing and Hellsing Ultimate
Alright, this character was pretty amazing and interesting despite his immense strength. But they should have probably toned down his abilities a little and focused more on his story or something. He beats anyone that stands in his way and smiles devilishly as he does it. To be fair, many of the characters in the series seemed invincible or at least almost impossible to beat.
5. The Entire Group of Masters of Ryouzanpaku From Kenichi
I get it, they are masters. They probably went through a lot to get there. But would it hurt to show that they are afraid of losing or are even capable of being defeated? I will admit that this does add some humor to the show as everyone is afraid of this tight group of masters. But I need people at their power level who could be a threat to them. The only time this was really shown was with Ma Kensei and his brother. He suffered considerable damage yet he still won and walked out of the place with his disciple and daughter next to him.
6. Goku From Dragon Ball Z
I don't care how many times this man lost or sacrificed himself for the sake of others. The truth is he is overpowered and should be powered down. His training can seem extreme at times but I think the one that deserves to have his strength raised is Vegeta, not him. Vegeta clearly spends more time training and honing his skills while Goku is relaxing or having fun. Nevertheless, he is the hero of the story so he has to beat the strongest foes with minimal training and only gets serious after three episodes or so.
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7. Light Yagami From Death Note
This guy had people at his feet for about six years with full control over the situation. He did not hesitate to use a notebook he found to make the world better by destroying any evil in it. I am still amazed that Light lasted as long as he did, defeating L himself! L was a mastermind of far greater intellectual power than Light. But for the sake of the story, anything can happen. He was an entertaining anti-hero, but he was definitely given too much power for his own sake.
8. Levi Ackerman From Attack on Titan
He can't turn into a titan or heal instantly, so he's basically a normal human right? That is where I was wrong. You do not need those powers to be too strong. Levi just needed speed, swords, and determination to make viewers understand that he was the biggest threat to the titans yet. Yes, he did lose his group to the female titan. He then slashed her so many times that she couldn't hold her arms or jaw up. He even rescued Eren and Mikasa from her! I'm honestly more afraid of Levi than any other titan.
9. Lelouch vi Britannia From Code Geass
Not only did he achieve total control over the world, but he understood how to unite the people and create a new period of peace while doing so. Let's remember, this is a high school kid we are talking about. Aside from having the power to make anyone do his bidding or controlling their desires, he can work a battlefield, make elaborate plans, and use a Knightmare Frame in battle effortlessly. He is truly the definition of an overpowered teen.
10. Simon From Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagan
This kid basically led a battalion and achieved his ultimate goal of freeing humans from living underground and allowing them to thrive. Even when threats came to destroy all that had been built, Simon and his friends just fought them and won on sheer willpower. There is no skill, or at the very least I did not see it. I enjoyed the anime. Heck, I loved the characters and how hard they fought for everything. But I can't let go of the idea that Simon was the best fighter. To be honest, his screaming was what did most of the work since the spiral energy worked with that. It went well with the high stakes of the anime, but I would have liked to see a character that put some effort and training into his skill like Viral. However, I accept the lovable Simon.
These characters were not bad or in any way boring. If anything, they carried their series pretty well with their personalities and strengths. Nonetheless, it is undeniable that their strength was unparalleled to anyone else. Going into a fight with them was basically asking to lose. The characters and their anime are very enjoyable and should be seen by any fan for a good time and amazing battles. Just don't go expecting to see anyone beat these guys easily.
Fucking Weeb on May 27, 2020:
Soo far Hellsing is the best overpowered anime character, just like overlord but Hellsing is overkill anime to op don't give a damn. supervillian hahahaha
Headpatslut on March 19, 2020:
Yeah girl...imma be wondering where saitama is at..is he too overpowered that he surpassed even your list?
SakataGintoki on December 01, 2019:
Where’s Saitama at?
Goku UI White on October 11, 2019:
Some person on August 04, 2019:
WHat about Zeno from dragon ball super
someone that watches jojo on August 04, 2019:
how about Saitama? or Goldern experience requiem? its literally a no u
[ ] on May 16, 2019:
I think Saitama, Accelerator, Saiki , Mob and Goku are the strongest anime characters.
Goku UI White on May 09, 2019:
I just remembered an op'ed dragon ball z character! SSJ4 Gogeta when he uses his 100x Big Bang Kamehameha! Look it up on YouTube! It's Awesome!!! And please reply.
Shaggy on April 22, 2019:
Why am i not in here
Goku UI White on April 02, 2019:
Can you please send a comment back to my last comment?
Goku UI White on March 19, 2019:
Just because Goku is OP'ed doesn't mean you need to judge him. He's so OP'ed because he trains whether it's a lot or a little, he does his best, also in fights.And so with all that care in him, when friends or family are dead or almost dead which gets him super angry so he gets stronger. And when he's almost beat, he knows he can't be defeated or else every body he cares about might die. And a saiyan's defeat also get's them stronger because the don't want to and they know they can't be beat or else.
K on February 11, 2019:
Just wondering, I know that the characters are pretty strong but, where is Madara Uchiha?
Guy Person on January 20, 2019:
Where is Saitama? What about Shigeo? Accelerator? Not even Saiki? This list is pretty BS.
Jack on November 14, 2018:
Tbh Saitama isn't a human too, as you could see if you watched the anime he was Blasted into the moon wouldn't is body explode? No, because he's a mortal
None of your business on November 04, 2018:
One punch man can literally obliterate all these characters in less than a second, and not be even touched
Nobody on August 04, 2018:
Where is Accelerator?
Kirito isn't overpowered by any standard.
Ian on June 11, 2018:
First off, Light wouldn't be able to kill Goku, because the rules of the death note say the name of any HUMAN, and as we know, Goku is not human so yeah.
Camiel Garuu on May 16, 2018:
The only person on this list that is overly powered is Goku and that's that.
Itachi from BARDADOS on May 11, 2018:
This list is CRAP and it dosen't even have saitama
TJ on April 26, 2018:
I see Goku, I call this list shit. Get your definition of Overpowered straight first. An overpowered character seemingly dominates just about everyone with little effort, and you rant about Goku, Light, Simon, Lelouch and Ichigo?? High-level/multiversal Power and overpowered ain't the same shit. Utter crap of a list.
asd on April 02, 2018:
saitama is not here. EXCUSE ME?!!!!??!??!?!? WHAT IS GOING ON HERE! His punch is as strong as over 700000 Saturn 5 rockets blasting off into your face!!!! And Obviously he can beat anything just using the air from his punches!!!!!
Ainz Ooal Gown on February 24, 2018:
THE TRUTH on February 01, 2018:
WHERE IS SAITAMA!!!
anime fan 82 on January 30, 2018:
Light would just have to see them once and ask for their name
anime fan 82 on January 30, 2018:
I think Light(with his death note) would be the strongest if he were to fight any of them.
Vincent Dakwa on January 23, 2018:
Saitama (One Punch man). Extremely overpowered.
Naomi Starlight from Illinois on December 18, 2017:
I think 'One Punch Man' is intentionally over-the-top in an attempt to make an exaggerated genre parody of action/shounen anime.
Kalyn Gold on December 18, 2017:
I do think these characters are overpowered but you are missing some characters. What about Saitama from One Punch Man? He can destroy anything in One punch even known to obliterate a meteor. He might even be a man known to remove his 'limiter'. Another guy is Mob (aka Shigeo Kageyama) He's only an eighth grader and he is known to be a powerful physic boy known to destroy a city if his powers go out of hand. I do respect your list but there are some characters you should also look out for
Asuna on November 26, 2017:
I don't think that Kirito was overpowered. I do get that people would think that, I am a huge fan of that anime. But I will understand what other people think as well, Kirito might have cheated, but he was one of the best characters, he was going for the top, when he did so everyone would be free, so really he was helping everyone around him! he wasn't the most honest character but he really did play a huge roll...
Milady González (author) on December 25, 2016:
I agree Rachael, I have no idea how he does it but he seems to pull it off an awful lot. At least he doesn't win every major battle, evening the playing field a little.
Naomi Starlight from Illinois on December 23, 2016:
Might also add Ash from Pokemon. He never remembers basic Pokemon strategy but he often wins his battles through sheer luck.
Milady González (author) on December 23, 2016:
Hey Malini! I do think Vegeta could have been a great character but has not had the proper character development, especially in newer additions to the series. Thank you for your comment!
Naomi Starlight from Illinois on November 02, 2016:
I would add Vash from Trigun. He's likeable, but even after just a few episodes you get a feeling of "Vash isn't in real danger". They solve that problem well though because he can still be manipulated psychologically and the enemies find a way to use his "no kill" policy against him. But it seemed unrealistic that bullets were basically ping-pong balls to him.
Malini on April 10, 2016:
Actually Vegeta is a bloody fool of dbz and fans are sick and idiots of telling that he shouls get a chance
Milady González (author) on March 16, 2016:
Yes Anonymous, I agree that Mikasa can be totally amazing but I will still stand by my point saying Levi saved her from becoming a chewing stick for the female titan. I believe he will be the best fighter yet again in season two. Here's hoping! Thank you for your comment.
Hey OPM! Finally finished One Punch Man and I have to say I can't wait to see season two! Ranks or not, he's the reason the hero association exists too! So, double the awesome for Saitama! Thank you for the comment
OPM on March 15, 2016:
Lol...hahaha he's on class B already and this anime has only 12 episodes... considering that he only joined the hero association at 5th episode, isn't he amazing??
Anonymous on March 07, 2016:
I couldn't agree about AoT. I dont honestly think he is overpowered in any way. Yes, he is definetely strong, but not too strong. For example, take Mikasa, then she just finished being a cadet she sliced about 10 titans, imagine what she will be capable of doing in season 2? I think that is Overpowered...
P.S I dont think that Levi could defeat neither Colosus or Armored Titan, so you should be afraid of Titans more :D
Milady González (author) on December 13, 2015:
OPM and thegecko, I just started watching One Punch Man and I don't care what rank Saitama is in, he's basically unbeatable right now. I have had one too many debates on if he would win a fight against Goku or Monkey D Luffy, what do you guys think?
thegecko on November 16, 2015:
Dude, that guy is only a Class C Hero! Give me a break!
OPM on November 11, 2015:
Saitama is now the most over powered anime character. Right??
Milady González (author) on October 07, 2015:
I do agree with you in some points here Ph1l3 but please consider these are opinion based articles from things I have seen and have a grasp on. I also see their personal attributes and ways of handling themselves as power and only compare them to other characters in their universe, never against any othef anime. In their seperate series they pulled ahead and defeated many with cunning plans and incredible power, at the very least in my eyes, way too much so, making the viewer believe at a point that they can do anything. I do like your opinion though and am currently trying to finish Naruto to see what it is you are talking about because I do have the general idea but haven't quite seen it all. Thank you for your comment!
Ph1l on October 04, 2015:
P.s. I believe that Rikodou Naruto deserves a place too, he's not that much different from a dbz character at that point of the story as he can fly, create hundreds of huge energy blasts at the same time, turn into a giant monsters, regenerate missing body parts and heal others. Actually every Rikodou/Rinnegan character is pretty Op if compared to the rest of the ninjas.
Ph1l on October 04, 2015:
Lelouch and Light are not overpowered, Lelouch power is a double edge sword, as he can only use it once per person, and sometimes can't even control it, he's just really smart and good at using it. Same for Light, he's very clever and stuff, but considering his "powers" he's weaker than misa(who has the shimigami eyes, and the protection of a shimigami). They're clever characters, not op. And not even that smart, as they [spoiler alert] both died without even finishing their plans. (Lelouch united the world and defeated the empire, just to create a new massive empire ruled by an iconic terrorist that is actually just a really dumb kid)
Levi is OP as hell if considered in his universe, while he couldn't stand a chance against other universe characters. [spoiler warning] Anyway i don't consider him normal, as he's a member of the ackermann clan (an ancient noble clan that was immune to the king's powers), and that gives him an incredible speed and the strenght of hundreds men.
Milady González (author) on September 24, 2015:
I would like to remind you though that Levi only got injured trying to save Mikasa, who was going to attack the Titan thinking she was helpless at the moment. I do agree with the rest of the things you said but to say he does not have an amazing amount of skill and power would be lying, at least for me. Thank you for your feedback thegecko !
thegecko on September 24, 2015:
So, I just finished Attack on Titan again. I have to disagree, Levi does not belong on this list. Yes, maybe he's the best at fighting Titans and lucky not to die, but he makes mistakes. He still needs an army of hundreds to back him up. He could only temporarily disable the female Titan, but not come close to defeating her. He even got himself injured. If anything, Mikasa is more skilled. Someone has to be the top fighter, it happens to be Levi. The show though does a good job reminding us he's mortal.
Milady González (author) on September 07, 2015:
I swore he was going to beat him though! He seemed like a strong adversary. He was still a great foe though, at the very least.
thegecko on September 07, 2015:
Anderson was not enough! But I know what you mean, you never feel he can lose.
Milady González (author) on September 07, 2015:
True thegecko, he did have that going for him but I felt the world he lived in would have some more to it, stronger adversaries, something even the first vampire would fear, you know?
thegecko on September 06, 2015:
I thought Alucard made sense, he's Dracula, the first vampire :)
Milady González (author) on September 06, 2015:
I agree thegecko, even though they are OP I love them all and can't imagine them being any different. I just wish they would have more fitting enemies at the very least.
The characters that you mentioned though are not in the list since I haven't gotten to finish all those series and the little I have seen of each one gives an explanation as to why the characters are so strong in their respective worlds. For example, Staz is an elite vampire and Chise is a human weapon, which sort of makes their sources of strength understandable in their respective worlds. Either way, they are unbelievably strong and I consider them to be OP as well.
Milady González (author) on September 06, 2015:
That is definitely a list I plan to make David Trujillo, considering the Nuclear Man, Superman and many more. Stay Tuned for more!
Thank you for your comment!
thegecko on September 05, 2015:
Kirito. Alucard, and Lucy might be OP, but they're also some of my favorite characters! I like Levi too. As for Light, L died in such a lame way... ruined the rest of the series for me =\
Speaking about OP characters though... how about...
Gilgamesh from Fate/Zero and Fate/Stay Night? Or many of the characters in that series including Archer/Emiya?
Vash the Stampede (Trigun)
Brandon Heat (Gungrave)
Staz (Blood Lad)
Casshern (Casshern Sins)
Vincent (Ergo Proxy)
Shiroe (Log Horizon)
David Trujillo Uribe from Medellin, Colombia on September 05, 2015:
In super heroes, you should consider the Nuclear Man. he just blows up and thats it