There will be one and only criteria for this list; the main characters on this list must be so strong, so overpowered that none of the other characters in that specific series can even compare to them. It can be argued that making a character so strong can make the story very stale and boring since there wouldn’t be any interesting fights or action combats that are not one-sided, but I assure you that every single characters on this list are intriguing enough for the anime to be worth watching.
Most OP MCs in Anime
1. Saitama (One Punch Man)
One Punch Man’s premise is very simple. It’s about a guy who is just too strong that he can defeat any super villain with just one punch. That’s it. If you haven’t heard of it, you’ve probably been living under a rock.
If we were to put every put all of the strongest Anime characters together to fight in a ring, Saitama would win because he is a gag character that can be as strong as the author wants him to be, and it wouldn’t be nonsense. Saitama is so strong that any villain he faces are bound to get one shot by him, as the title suggests. He has become so powerful that he has lost any sense of fear, excitement, and enthusiasm making him feel like he’s lost a part of his humanity. What happens when you become so good at something and there is no competition? I assume it can feel kind of lonely at the top. For this reason, the story manages to explore something so unique that no other anime can replicate.
2. Alucard (Hellsing / Hellsing Ultimate)
The dormant vampire serving as a slave to the Hellsing family is undoubtedly the strongest vampire in all of anime, and probably the coolest too. Hell, I don’t even know if you can call this vampire the hero of the story. He relishes in violence and cruelty, making his enemies think that they even have a split chance of winning then completely overpowering and degrading them. He knows exactly what his limits are and because they are so high, he can act extremely cocky and proud. Alucard doesn’t even bother defending or dodging his enemies attacks since he knows his enemies cant hurt him. Occasionally while watching this series you’ll end up rooting for the enemy side because of just how one-sided the fights can get.
3. Shigeo Kageyama (Mob Psycho 100)
Mob psycho 100 is another popular anime along with one punch man made by ONE. It follows the story of an 8th grade student with extraordinary psychic abilities. He is very similar to Saitama in the sense that he can defeat evil with very minimal effort. He can use a variety of different abilities and learn new abilities with ease as shown in the series multiple times. He can also sense energy spirits within to 20 km, astral project, and also enter into the minds of others. Shigeo’s telekinesis strengths have shown to be able to lift entire buildings and create impenetrable Force Fields. Oh and did I also forget to mention that he can fly.
Mob Psycho 100 is a comedy action supernatural Anime following the story of an eighth grader who works as a spirit cleanser for the con artist, Teruki Hanazawa. The show is very compact and action packed with some of the most hilarious gags and jokes in anime. All in all, what I’m trying to say is that this anime is very good! Don’t believe me? Just look at the IMDb and MyAnimeList scores on the internet.
4. Eikichi Onizuka (Great Teacher Onizuka)
Eikichi Onizuka is kind of an oddball compared to everyone else on this list. The anime doesn’t contain any Supernatural themes and it isn’t really a fighting anime. Despite that, Onizuka has displayed tremendous physical strength, being able to survive falls from buildings, casually sustaining a gunshot wound while rescuing a student from a kidnapping, challenging 100 people to arm wrestling and winning, and he has a second degree in black belt in karate. Onizuka was a gang leader back in his heyday as a high school student who now wishes to be a great teacher to teaching students about what is truly important in life.
5. Light Yagami (Death Note)
Light Yagami is a handsome and intelligent character that turns out into a very tragic character throughout the course of the series. One day at school, Light sees a notebook labelled Death Note and decide to pick it up and take it home. Initially Light thinks that this notebook is a joke or a prank by someone but after writing a criminal’s name down, that person dies soon after, supposedly from a heart attack. Using this notebook, light sets to revolutionise and bring upon a new world with him as God. What makes Light Yagami so strong isn’t just the fact that he has the most powerful murder weapon in history but also has one of the intelligent mind in the world.
6. Smile & Peco
These two boys are childhood friends that are also geniuses at table tennis. Smile is shy and reserved while Peco is confident and loud, so they make for a dynamic duo. When Smile is backed into a corner, a metaphorical “hero” comes to save him making all his movements precise and efficient like a robot. Peco has immense talent for the sport and aims to become the number one player in the world. His ability to soak knowledge like a sponge makes him a terrifying player. Ping Pong the Animation is an 11 episode sports anime series and can arguably be called the best sports anime series of all time.
Additional Overpowered Anime Characters
1. Levi (Attack On Titan)
Levi is undoubtedly the most competent and powerful user of the vertical manoeuvering equipment. The only person that can probably come close to even touching Levi would be Mikasa but even she would struggle in defeating him because of the numerous years of experience he has over her. Levi has been compare to an entire brigade in terms of strength and because he is an Ackerman, he has awakened power which gives him immense physical strength and instinct.
2. Madara Uchiha (Naruto Shippuden)
Madara has countless feeds to suggest that he is he was top of the food chain in terms of strength in Naruto. He not only has the rinnegan which gives him godly powers but also the Eternal Mangekyou Sharingan, giving him countless other crazy abilities that are impossible to list on this post. He took on the entire ninja Alliance, fought Guy with all 8 gates unlocked, defeated the five Kage, and all nine tailed beasts. He got so strong to the point that it was rumored even the author couldn’t figure out a logical way to defeat him.
3. Gotou (Parasyte)
Gotou is comprised of multiple different parasites making him the strongest parasite in the anime. He’s weird, creepy and downright maniacal.
What makes him extremely terrifying is his emotionless reaction to everything around him, feeling zero remorse for his actions.