Top 20 Anime Featuring Overpowered Protagonist

Anime encompasses a vast array of genres, each showcasing remarkable creativity. Yet, a prevalent characteristic across many anime is the presence of an unbelievably overpowered protagonist.

There’s a distinct allure in witnessing a formidable hero dominate the battlefield. However, this dominance can sometimes dull the tension and suspense in a series.

Finding the balance between an overpowered main character and one who realistically grows stronger alongside their challenges is crucial.

Saitama (Credits: Viz)

While underdog stories hold their own appeal, there are certain anime where ridiculously strong protagonists still manage to grab audiences in unique ways.

The list has undergone several revisions to align with anime’s current style standards. Each entry now includes ratings and score tables, along with expanded headings and updated links reflecting latest material.

Additionally, the entries have been subtly refined and elaborated upon to provide readers with a more comprehensive overview.

Top 20 Anime Featuring Overpowered Protagonist

20. Spy x Family

Spy x Family
Spy X Family (Credits: Clover Works X Wit Studio)

Spy x Family emerges as a masterclass in blending spy antics with family dynamics, earning acclaim across various platforms. At the forefront is Loid Forger, outwardly a mild-mannered psychiatrist but secretly the esteemed Special Agent Twilight of the WISE agency.

Twilight’s expertise lies in his remarkable ability to seamlessly transform himself, adopting different personas with ease. His skill in disguise extends to embodying diverse personality traits to blend into any scenario.

Beyond his adeptness in espionage, Loid is also a proficient martial artist. His combat prowess allows him to effortlessly subdue multiple adversaries without resorting to lethal force.

However, the sheer breadth of Loid’s capabilities—ranging from espionage to martial arts to nurturing fatherhood—occasionally strains credulity, pushing the boundaries of realism within the narrative.

MyAnimeList Score: 8.29/10
Anime-Planet Score & Rank: 3.34/5 & Rank #27
IMDb Rating: 8.4/10

19. Dr. Stone

Dr. Stone
Dr. Stone: New World Core II (Credits: TMS Entertainment)

“Dr. Stone” stands out as a refreshing addition to the shonen genre, offering an inventive narrative centered around the rebooting of society.

At the heart of “Dr. Stone” is Senku Ishigami, an ardent lover of science whose encyclopedic knowledge spans across all scientific disciplines.

Senku’s exceptional memory enables him to recall the intricate details necessary for crafting various machines aimed at improving life in the Stone World. However, his true strength lies in his strategic acumen.

When confronted with the formidable Shishio Tsukasa, Senku recognizes the need to sway Tsukasa’s followers to his cause. Employing his intellect, Senku devises numerous schemes to demonstrate the advantages of his Kingdom of Science.

Through his persuasive arguments and inventive solutions, Senku champions the importance and wonder of science, effectively catalyzing the revival of civilization and securing a future for humanity.

MyAnimeList Score: 8.26/10
Anime-Planet Score & Rank: 4.30/5 & Rank #116
IMDb Rating: 8.1/10

18. Food Wars!: Shokugeki No Soma

Food Wars (Credits: Crunchyroll)

Food Wars!: Shokugeki No Soma serves up a tantalizing twist on the cooking anime genre, showcasing the culinary prowess of its protagonist, Souma Yukihira.

Souma Yukihira reigns supreme, leaving practically no competitor in his wake. Despite honing his skills in his family’s modest diner, Souma effortlessly applies his knowledge of ingredients and customer service to thrive in the esteemed Totsuki Academy.

Here, where culinary excellence is the norm, Souma consistently proves himself as a standout talent.

While Souma does encounter occasional defeats in Shokugekis, his victories far outweigh his losses. Despite lacking the apparent confidence and culinary pedigree of his peers, Souma’s dishes speak for themselves.

With each bite, his diners are compelled to acknowledge his brilliance as a chef, rendering factors like age and background irrelevant in the face of his undeniable talent.

The satisfaction of witnessing a humble diner chef rival trained culinary experts is undeniable. However, as the series progresses, it becomes apparent that Souma’s abilities get him to the status of an overpowered protagonist, challenging the traditional narrative dynamics of the genre.

MyAnimeList Score: 7.87/10
Anime-Planet Score & Rank: 4.17/5 & Rank #224
IMDb Rating: 8.1/10

17. Attack on Titan

Attack on Titan
Attack on Titan (Credits: Wit)

Attack on Titan stands as a gripping narrative that delves into the harrowing realities of war, showcasing the tumultuous struggle between humanity and monstrous Titans

Recently concluding its monumental run, “Attack on Titan” defied expectations, delivering a finale that exceeded even the loftiest of anticipations. Throughout its dark and intense final season, the series masterfully redefines its characters in ways that send shivers down viewers’ spines.

While the focus initially centers on mankind’s relentless battle against the colossal Titans, the revelation that protagonist Eren Jaeger possesses the ability to transform into a Titan adds a shocking twist to the narrative.

As the story unfolds, the boundaries between humanity and monstrosity become increasingly blurred. Eren’s acquisition of apocalyptic power through consuming other Titan shifters only serves to intensify this theme.

His transformation into the Founding Titan and subsequent activation of the devastating Rumbling set the stage for global catastrophe.

Despite the revelation of a hidden purpose behind Eren’s actions, the undeniable truth remains: his unchecked ascent to power irrevocably alters the world, resulting in widespread devastation and population decimation.

MyAnimeList Score: 8.70/10
Anime-Planet Score & Rank: 4.43/5 & Rank #10
IMDb Rating: 9.1/10

16. Sword Art Online

Sword Art Online
Sword Art Online Stills from the new Movie (Credits: A-1 Pictures)

Sword Art Online emerges as a standout isekai series, blending elements of modern MMORPGs with classic storytelling tropes.

Despite its polarizing reputation, “Sword Art Online” remains an iconic entry in the isekai anime genre of this era. While its narrative may adhere to familiar good-versus-evil dynamics within a virtual fantasy realm, the series distinguishes itself through its protagonist, Kazuto Kirigaya, known in-game as “Kirito.”

Kirito’s unparalleled dedication to his craft sees him ascend to levels beyond imagination, effortlessly outmatching his peers within Sword Art Online.

While it’s common for MMORPG-themed anime to feature overpowered main characters, “Sword Art Online” embraces this trope while also offering playful subversions. Indeed, the influence of Kirito’s heroic journey extends beyond the series itself, serving as a catalyst for similar narratives such as “Solo Leveling.”

In essence, “Sword Art Online” stands as a top-tier isekai series that has left an indelible mark on the genre, paving the way for future iterations to follow.

15. Assassination Classroom

Assassination Classroom
Assassination Classroom (Credits: Netflix)

“Assassination Classroom” thrusts a motley crew of delinquent students into a high-stakes battle against their otherworldly educator. At the heart of the series is Nagisa Shiota, a student who may not excel academically but possesses an innate talent for the art of assassination.

Despite his unassuming appearance and lack of physical prowess, Nagisa’s keen intellect and ruthless determination make him a formidable adversary. Many adversaries, including some of his own classmates, find themselves intimidated by Nagisa’s hidden bloodlust, underestimating him to their detriment.

Nagisa’s slender frame and unassuming demeanor serve as the perfect camouflage, allowing him to stealthily approach his targets with lethal precision. His ability to strike at precisely the right moment proves to be a game-changer.

As the series unfolds, Nagisa’s evolution from an ordinary middle-schooler to a skilled killer defies expectations, surprising even his enigmatic teacher, Koro-Sensei, with his remarkable abilities.

Despite the initial improbability of such prowess in someone so young, Nagisa’s journey serves as a testament to the unexpected depths within each individual.

14. Kakegurui

Kakegurui (Credits: Crunchyroll)

“Kakegurui” transforms a prestigious boarding school into a high-stakes gambling den, where the thrill of chance reigns supreme.

While devoid of physical violence, Hyakkaou Private Academy operates under a rigid hierarchy fueled by the power dynamics of gambling. Here, the majority of students are consumed by the exhilaration of risking it all in games of chance, forsaking their own well-being in pursuit of dominance.

Enter Yumeko Jabami, a newcomer to Hyakkaou who swiftly immerses herself in the school’s rigged competitions.

In a genre known for its death games, “Kakegurui” pushes the boundaries to terrifying new heights, with Yumeko standing as an unwavering force against the odds. Despite facing rigged challenges designed to defeat her, Yumeko emerges victorious time and again, showcasing an unwavering resolve that grabs viewers.

It’s in these moments of heightened tension that Yumeko’s exaggerated persona shines brightest, elevating “Kakegurui” to its peak. As she finds the treacherous world of high-stakes gambling, Yumeko’s indomitable spirit serves as the driving force behind the series’ exhilarating narrative.

13. Code Geass

Code Geass (Credits: Crunchyroll)

“Code Geass” seamlessly blends mecha action with intricate political maneuvering, resembling a high-stakes game of chess more than a conventional battle for freedom.

At its core, the series revolves around Lelouch Lamperouge, a protagonist who straddles the line between hero and anti-hero as he harnesses the formidable “power of absolute obedience.” While this ability may seem straightforward, Lelouch demonstrates the devastating potential of manipulation when wielded with cunning precision.

Utilizing his charisma and strategic prowess, Lelouch orchestrates a rebellion against the oppressive Britannia Empire, commanding a formidable army of mechas. His power remains unquestionable throughout, instilling a sense of dread as viewers witness the extent of his influence.

However, the true tension of “Code Geass” lies not in Lelouch’s abilities, but in the moral quandaries he faces. As the series progresses, the looming question becomes whether Lelouch will succumb to corruption and lose himself in his quest for vengeance.

It’s this gripping uncertainty that propels the narrative forward, keeping viewers on the edge of their seats until the somber conclusion of this mecha epic.

12. Hunter x Hunter

Kurapika, Gon, Killua, and Leorio (Credits: MadHouse)

“Hunter x Hunter” stands out as a remarkable shonen series that defies the conventions of repetitive storytelling.

Despite not always receiving the same level of recognition as its counterparts like Dragon Ball, Naruto, or One Piece, “Hunter x Hunter” boasts a consistency that sets it apart. Unlike many lengthy anime, it finds its narrative without succumbing to extraneous filler, maintaining a focused and engaging storyline throughout.

At the center of the series is Gon Freecss, a character with modest aspirations of finding his missing hunter father. However, his journey leads him into encounters with both allies and adversaries, each more formidable than the last.

Gon’s initially juvenile innocence belies his true potential, and as the series progresses, he evolves into a character capable of extraordinary feats. What sets “Hunter x Hunter” apart is the organic nature of Gon’s development into an overpowered main character; his achievements feel earned rather than contrived, ensuring that the narrative retains its integrity and fairness.

11. Mob Psycho 100

Mob Psycho 100 (Credits: Crunchyroll)

“Mob Psycho 100” showcases extraordinary displays of ESP power through its protagonist, Shigeo Kageyama, affectionately known as Mob.

What sets Mob apart is his reluctance to embrace his immense psychic abilities. He views his powers not as a gift, but as a burden, and only resorts to using them when pushed beyond his limits.

Despite being a natural esper with the potential to unleash devastating psychic forces capable of leveling entire surface, Mob consciously suppresses these urges.

Throughout the series, Mob’s internal struggle with his powers unfolds, as reflected by a running counter that measures his escalating psychic potential. Across three seasons, “Mob Psycho 100” intricately deconstructs Mob’s complex relationship with his abilities, highlighting his desire for a normal life and meaningful connections over the allure of power.

What truly defines Mob is his humility and modesty in the face of overwhelming strength. Despite possessing the potential to reshape the world, all Mob desires is a simple existence and genuine friendships.

It’s this innate humility that makes Mob a compelling and endearing character, elevating “Mob Psycho 100” beyond mere displays of supernatural prowess.

10. Trigun

Trigun (Credits: Crunchyroll)

“Trigun” plunges viewers into a vibrant world teeming with bold and relentless bounty hunters, all within the realm of ’90s action anime.

At its core is Vash the Stampede, a protagonist who exudes both incredible coolness and overwhelming power. As a legendary outlaw and gunslinger, Vash carries a bounty on his head so absurdly large it borders on comical. Despite his unparalleled skills, Vash harbors a deep-seated desire for pacifism, rejecting violence at every turn.

However, when pushed to his limits, Vash’s latent powers emerge, revealing the formidable weapons suppressed within his body. Among these, his Angel Arms stand out as the most devastating, often spelling doom for those unfortunate enough to face him.

In the 2023 reboot “Trigun Stampede,” Vash’s powers take a new direction. Though lacking his original series’ Angel Arms, he gains the ability to summon a black hole, a force even more cataclysmic in its destructive potential.

This shift in Vash’s abilities adds a fresh dynamic to the series, offering audiences a renewed perspective on his character and the world he inhabits.

Whether wielding Angel Arms or conjuring black holes, Vash remains an iconic figure in the annals of anime, grabbing viewers with his enigmatic demeanor and unwavering commitment to peace in a world rife with chaos.

9. The God of High School

The God of High School (Credits: Crunchyroll)

“The God of High School” anime offers fans a thrilling sneak peek into the martial arts mastery of Jin Mori, albeit with only a single season currently available. For those who get into the source material manhwa, Jin Mori’s journey extends further as he ascends to godhood, claiming his birthright as Sun Wukong, the Supreme God.

At the onset, “The God of High School” introduces Jin Mori as an exuberant teenager, blissfully unaware of the potent legacy of power coursing within him. The central tournament of the series gathers a diverse array of formidable fighters, each proficient in their own unique martial arts styles, and all lethal in their own right.

Even in his nascent state, Jin Mori effortlessly dominates his opponents in the titular God of High School tournament, showcasing his innate strength and resilience. It becomes evident that Jin Mori is forged from sterner stuff, his victory foreshadowing his inevitable ascent to greatness.

With a palpable sense of destiny surrounding him, Jin Mori stands poised to emerge victorious and claim his rightful place at the pinnacle of martial arts mastery. As the series unfolds, viewers are left eagerly anticipating the thrilling heights to which Jin Mori’s journey will ultimately lead.

8. Haven’t You Heard? I’m Sakamoto

Haven’t You Heard? I’m Sakamoto (Credits: Crunchyroll)

“Haven’t You Heard? I’m Sakamoto” offers a refreshing twist on absurdist comedy, diverging from the typical battle shonen genre prevalent in anime featuring overpowered protagonists.

In this uproarious series, Sakamoto’s arrival at a new high school introduces a level of perfection that defies conventional norms.

Gifted with unparalleled prowess in every imaginable area, Sakamoto becomes the envy of his peers, who continually attempt to undermine him. Despite their efforts, Sakamoto effortlessly finds every challenge, transforming adversaries into allies along the way.

Sakamoto’s ability to consistently emerge unscathed only adds to his mystique, drawing others into his orbit and cultivating an ever-expanding circle of admirers. While the final episode provides some insight into Sakamoto’s infallible success, the true allure of his character lies in the enigmatic charm that grab audiences from start to finish.

Whether it’s through his unmatched skills or his unwavering charisma, Sakamoto stands as an entertaining and unbeatable main character, ensuring that “Haven’t You Heard? I’m Sakamoto” remains a delightful and unforgettable comedy experience.

7.  Jujutsu Kaisen

Jujutsu Kaisen
Sukuna from Jujutsu Kaisen Season 2 Episode 17 (Credits: Mappa)

“Jujutsu Kaisen” unfolds an epic conflict between sorcerers and curses, with protagonist Yuji Itadori at the forefront. Yuji’s impulsive nature lends him a unique edge in combat, as he fearlessly plunges into danger without hesitation.

While this approach may not always be strategic, Yuji’s willingness to confront adversity head-on showcases his prowess as a fighter. Despite his impulsive tendencies, Yuji surprisingly adapts quickly to the world of Jujutsu Sorcery, emerging as a prophetic figure in the process.

Even after consuming one of the evil Ryomen Sukuna’s fingers, Yuji not only survives but also demonstrates exceptional strength by containing Sukuna within his own body.

His possession of one of the most potent Cursed Techniques, the Divergent Fist and Black Flash, further cements his status as a formidable combatant. As Yuji gains battle experience and forms alliances, his already overpowered abilities become even more formidable.

Throughout “Jujutsu Kaisen,” Yuji’s journey is marked by growth and development, as he finds the treacherous world of sorcery while forging powerful bonds with his allies.

With each victory, Yuji’s strength and resolve are further reinforced, propelling him toward greater heights of power and significance in the ongoing war against curses.

6. My Hero Academia

My Hero Academia
UA 1-A Students as seen in My Hero Academia Season 7 trailer (Credits: Studio Bones)

“My Hero Academia” delves into a vibrant world of heightened heroism, showcasing a society where individuals possess creative and diverse Quirks.

In the anime’s opening episode, protagonist Izuku Midoriya boldly declares his ambition to become the world’s greatest hero, setting the stage for an epic journey of self-discovery and growth.

Beginning as a Quirkless child, Midoriya faces numerous challenges on his path to greatness. However, under the guidance of his mentor, All Might, he gradually evolves into the successor of the revered One For All Quirk.

One For All, a game-changing Quirk in its own right, grants Midoriya incredible power. As the series progresses, he gains access to additional Quirks from past One For All vestiges, further enhancing his abilities.

With each new power, Midoriya becomes increasingly formidable, ultimately positioning himself as the only hero capable of confronting the villainous All For One.

In the sixth season of “My Hero Academia,” Midoriya’s evolution reaches new heights as he seamlessly cycles through a diverse array of powers, each uniquely suited to the challenges he faces. By harnessing the strength of past One For All bearers, Midoriya not only honors their legacy but also demonstrates the boundless potential of heroism in society.

As Midoriya continues to inspire hope and courage, “My Hero Academia” underscores the message that with determination and perseverance, anything is possible.

5. One-Punch Man

One-Punch Man
One Punch-Man (Credits: Viz)

“One-Punch Man” stands out as a brilliant satire of both the superhero and shonen genres, boasting one of anime’s most overpowered protagonists.

At the heart of the series is Saitama, a superhero who has grown disillusioned with his own immense power. With the ability to defeat any enemy with a single punch, Saitama finds himself endlessly bored and yearning for a worthy challenge.

The humor of “One-Punch Man” stems from Saitama’s ennui and his quest for excitement in a world where he effortlessly outmatches all adversaries.

Set in a world plagued by apocalyptic monster attacks and populated by superheroes, Saitama remains a cut above the rest. His sheer, Disaster-Rank Monster-ending strength is juxtaposed with his unassuming and minimalist character design, adding an extra layer of humor to his overpowering presence.

Indeed, no discussion of overpowered anime protagonists would be complete without acknowledging Saitama and the unique brand of comedy he brings to “One-Punch Man.”

As the series playfully subverts expectations and revels in its absurd premise, Saitama’s character continues to amuze audiences with his unmatched strength and unassuming demeanor.

4. Black Clover

Black Clover
Black Clover manga cover (Credits: Yuki Tabata)

“Black Clover” unfolds within a magnificent world steeped in magic, where its narrative matures into a blend of shonen and fantasy across its 170 episodes.

As the series progresses, viewers witness a notable improvement not only in its storytelling but also in the development of its main character, Asta. Initially perceived as one of the show’s greatest hurdles due to his intense personality, Asta undergoes a significant transformation over time.

Like many shonen protagonists, Asta’s journey towards self-discovery and growth is a central theme of the series, and the payoff is undeniably worth the wait.

In the fantastical realm of “Black Clover,” where magic is a prevalent force, Asta emerges as a unique figure thanks to his possession of anti-magic.

This extraordinary ability sets him apart from other warriors, as anti-magic proves to be technically superior to all other forms encountered in the series. With the potential for a world-ending skill at his disposal, Asta’s journey to master his abilities becomes a thrilling focal point of the narrative.

As “Black Clover” unfolds, viewers are treated to the magical battles and epic adventures, with Asta’s growth as a character paralleling the series’ evolution into a compelling and immersive fantasy experience.

With anti-magic as his trump card, Asta emerges as a formidable force in “Black Clover,” poised to leave a lasting impact on both fans and adversaries alike.

3. The Disastrous Life of Saiki K

The Disastrous Life of Saiki K (Credits: Crunchyroll)

“The Disastrous Life of Saiki K.” offers a comedic take on the life of Saiki Kusuo, a prolific psychic who values peace and quiet above all else.

Despite possessing powers that rival those of Charles Xavier, Saiki prefers to keep a low profile and avoid the spotlight. In this shonen gag series, his psychic abilities are often used to maintain anonymity rather than seek fame or fortune.

For Saiki, the true pleasures in life are found in the simple things. Despite his immeasurable ESP skills, he finds happiness in mundane activities like enjoying a cup of coffee jelly. This juxtaposition of immense power and humble desires serves as a source of humor throughout the series.

In “The Disastrous Life of Saiki K.,” the comedy arises from Saiki’s reluctance to embrace his extraordinary abilities and his desire for a quiet, normal life. It’s this unique blend of powerful psychic abilities and down-to-earth simplicity that makes Saiki Kusuo such a compelling and endearing character in anime comedy.

2. Overlord

Overlord
Overlord (Credits: Studio MadHouse)

“Overlord” revolutionizes the isekai genre by offering a unique perspective through the eyes of a formidable tyrant, Ainz Ooal Gown.

As the central character of this self-aware MMORPG anime, Ainz embodies an almost parodic level of power. Within the world of “Overlord,” he holds absolute dominion, capable of summoning angels, demons, and wielding an array of elemental skills that seem limitless. It’s akin to find a video game with “God Mode” activated.

In traditional MMORPGs, reaching Level 100 allows players to master around 300 spells, an achievement that would impress most.

However, Ainz shatters these boundaries by leveraging “Dark Wisdom,” enabling him to acquire an astonishing total of 718 spells. This unparalleled mastery underscores the near-impossibility of challenging this powerhouse.

Ainz’s overwhelming strength and authority grab audiences, who eagerly follow his reign with a mix of awe and fascination.

With each display of his unmatched power, viewers are drawn deeper into Ainz’s story, hoping that his rule remains unchallenged. In “Overlord,” Ainz Ooal Gown emerges as a figure of both fear and admiration, reshaping the surface of the isekai genre with his indomitable presence.

1. Dragon Ball

Dragon Ball Super
Dragon Ball Super (Credits: Toei Animation)

“Dragon Ball” stands as a quintessential shonen series where awe-inspiring transformations are an integral part of the narrative fabric. At the heart of the series is Goku, the perennial protagonist whose journey embodies a fascinating power scaling.

Despite facing adversaries who surpass him in strength, Goku’s unwavering determination and indomitable spirit propel him to break through his limits and unlock unprecedented transformations of power.

From his humble Saiyan beginnings, Goku has evolved into a figure of incredible strength, with his Super Saiyan forms merely scratching the surface of his potential.

Throughout the series, audiences have witnessed Goku’s growth from a precocious, overpowered child to an incomparable adult whose abilities transcend mortal limitations.

Even in “Dragon Ball Super,” Goku continues to push the boundaries of his power, achieving milestones that surpass even the gods themselves. In the face of seemingly insurmountable challenges, there is never any doubt — particularly from Goku himself — that he will rise to the occasion and overcome the odds.

As “Dragon Ball” unfolds, Goku’s journey serves as a testament to the power of determination and the limitless potential of the human spirit. With each transformation, Goku reaffirms his status as an iconic symbol of resilience and perseverance, grabbing audiences and inspiring generations of fans worldwide.