Top 10 Overpowered Anime Characters Who Hide Their Strength



Top 10 Overpowered Anime Characters Who Hide Their Strength

VOICE OVER: Ashley Bowman WRITTEN BY: Jonathan Alexander
They may be monsters, but at least they're modest! Join Ashley as we count down our picks for the strongest anime characters desperate to hide their power, as seen in series such as "Overlord", "Hunter x Hunter", "Code Geass", and more!
Script written by Jonathan Alexander

Top 10 Overpowered Anime Characters Who Hide Their Strength

Welcome to WatchMojo, and today we’re counting down our picks for the Top 10 Overpowered Anime Characters Who Hide Their Strength.

For this list, we’ll be looking at amazingly powerful anime characters that conceal or hold back their true abilities.

Which overpowered anime characters do you think should make the list? Let us know in the comments!

#10: Biscuit Krueger

“Hunter x Hunter” (2011-14)

Don’t let her appearance fool you, this sweet-looking little girl doesn’t even need her Nen to win most fights, and that’s just the tip of her power. In her true form, Biscuit buffs out to the max, and it isn’t just for show. She’s embarrassed of her swole appearance in this form, and so she usually keeps it under wraps, but whoever is unlucky enough to see it is usually in for a good thrashing. Thankfully, she’s a good sport, and will always let the opponent get at least one hit in before proceeding to stomp them into oblivion.

#9: Muzan

“Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba” (2019-)

When Tanjiro runs into the demon who slaughtered his family, he probably didn’t expect to see him with a human wife and child, and neither did we. This all-powerful demon king can (and has) killed everything in his way, but he still has one weakness - like all demons, he can’t survive in sunlight. So, as odd as it looks to those in the know, he’s maintaining appearances alongside humans to learn how they live in the daylight. Of course, he’s still more than a threat to be reckoned with, capable of wreaking havoc unnoticed even in a crowd of people.

#8: Ichiro Inuyashiki

“Inuyashiki” (2017)

This middle-aged anime protagonist wants nothing more than to live a quiet, simple life walking his dog. Even when otherworldly beings turn him into a living weapon, Ichiro hides his powers in an attempt to continue his normal existence. But when he learns how ridiculously powerful his cybernetic enhancements have made him, he can’t turn a blind eye to injustice anymore. He may prefer to walk his dog or go to work, but if the need arises, he isn’t afraid to gun down a group of Yakuza.

#7: Nikaido

“Dorohedoro” (2020)

It may not seem like this feisty brawler is hiding any of her strength, but Nikaido keeps the bulk of her power under wraps. She hides the fact that she is a magic user from her friends, even Caiman, since she possesses a rare ability that would make her a target for En and his lackeys. Since her power would endanger not only herself, but everyone around her, this buffed-out fighter refuses to show her true strength. For what it’s worth, she seems like she can take care of herself just fine without it, though.

#6: Souichirou Kuzuki

“Fate/stay night: Unlimited Blade Works” (2014-15)

Officially, he may be Shirou’s teacher, but this stern instructors' after-school activities go a bit beyond the district’s recommended extra curriculars. In the Unlimited Blade Works route, it’s revealed that Kuzuki is a highly-trained assassin, with skills enough to best even Saber in combat. Don’t think his lack of magic is a detriment, either, since he is also Caster’s master, and together they made a formidable foe for our heroes to overcome. He keeps up the guise of a teacher to cover up his night job, even if it means instructing his own enemies. Talk about an awkward homeroom period.

#5: Yuu Otosaka

“Charlotte” (2015)

If it weren’t enough that his powers are massively busted, this disgruntled teen more than knows how to use them to devastating effect. Yuu can take over the body of anyone at will for five seconds at a time, but you won’t see him confessing his powerset anytime soon. After all, how else will he cheat on exams? But as time goes on, Yuu’s power slowly weakens his grip on sanity until he’s devious enough to take out anyone who stands in his way. Yuu’s body count more than earns his moniker as the One-eyed Grim Reaper.

#4: Lelouch vi Britannia

“Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion” (2006-07)

This all-powerful heir might seem too strong to fail, but his royal bloodline makes starting a revolution kind of a conflict of interest. When he suspects his father’s negligence led to his mother’s death and sister’s crippling, Lelouch vows to reform society and topple the crown. Through the power of Geass, Lelouch can force anyone to follow his orders with just a single look in the eyes. But even this absurdly strong ability can’t hide his lineage, and it’s hard to inspire confidence in a coup d'etat when you’re next in line for the throne. So Lelouch creates Zero, a masked alter ego to lead the rebellious Black Knights against his father.

#3: Ainz Ooal Gown

“Overlord” (2015-)

When he becomes trapped in a sentient video game universe, wannabe adventurer Momonga takes up the mantle of legendary guildmaster Ainz Ooal Gown. In a world of NPC’s, Ainz is as strong as you’d expect a player character to be, but if that weren’t enough, he can also pay to win. But Ainz doesn’t utilize this power all the time, and when he isn’t donning the skull mask, he’s going undercover as a normal adventurer named Momon to gain intel on his enemies. As a result, this all-powerful player character spends a lot of his time acting like a low-level NPC, taking the idea of a new game plus to a different height.

#2: Light Yagami

“Death Note” (2006-07)

Look, discovering you can murder anyone with a quick scribble in a notebook is a lot for anyone to handle, let alone a teenager. But even so, it’s hard to justify Light’s misguided attempts at vigilantism. Instead of jumping off rooftops or wearing spandex to stop robberies, he secretly offs anyone he sees as a threat to his warped perception of justice. Instead of bringing the book to the authorities or, you know, just not killing people, Light’s murder spree steeps him in infamy, and soon the public gives him the name Kira. All-powerful, on an ideological crusade, and under the guise of Kira, it’s a wonder the authorities managed to catch onto Light at all.

#1: Shigeo Kageyama

“Mob Psycho 100” (2016-19)

You really don’t want to pick on this guy; he’s one emotional outburst away from destroying the planet. Shigeo, or Mob, is quite literally one of the strongest beings in all of anime, but you won’t see him flying around the city or fighting monsters very often - he finds his powers unnecessary to daily life. Of course, that becomes harder than it sounds when your emotions can cause your power to surge at any moment. Keeping your feelings in check is hard for anyone, especially when you’re dealing with girl problems, self-esteem issues, and school bullies. Either way, Mob is more than capable of decimating any threat, but for the time being, he’s content being a normal teenage boy.