Many modern anime with overpowered characters lack the intensity and action-packed fight scenes that you want to see.
What’s even worse is that most of these so-called overpowered characters are bland in personality and their powers don’t make often sense.
You’ll find plenty of overpowered characters who rely on powerful weapons or spam a single spell against tough opponents.
However, a truly overpowered character is tenacious more than anything, it’s their ability to overcome challenges, not because of the plot armor but because of their superior strategies.
So, if you’re truly someone like me, who gets excited by the idea of world domination and who craves anime with overpowered characters, you are in the right place.
I’ve created a list of my favorite power-fantasy anime series that will give you what you’re looking for.
Let me know how much you agree with my top picks and if I missed your favorite power-fantasy series.
43. Goblin Slayer
Genre: Action, Gore, Adventure
I wouldn’t call goblin slayer an overpowered character; however, an overpowered character is always able to outsmart his opponents and crush them without breaking a sweat.
And if that doesn’t prove he’s an overpowered character, I don’t know what will.
And even though there are far worse monsters than mere goblins and orcs, the series only focuses on the goblin slayer’s journey of massacring goblins.
He may not be an overpowered character given the world setting; however, no one can deny that he’s quite badass.
42. World’s Finest Assassin Gets Reincarnated as an Aristocrat
Genre: Action, Fantasy, Romance
The world’s finest assassin is transported to another world after being betrayed by the company he worked for, he regrets that he spent most of his life following orders without thinking for himself.
So when he’s given another chance at life, he makes the most of it by picking the most advanced skills that help him become overpowered.
His magical prowess grows at an accelerating rate and he’s able to master most skills without much effort.
And since he was already an assassin before being reincarnated, his assassination skills are enough to take down even the strongest opponents.
41. The Hero is Overpowered But Overly Cautious
Genre: Comedy, Fantasy, Adventure
Gods are required to clear worlds that are infected with demonic powers and they have to select a hero from the list of candidates who will help them accomplish that goal.
Most Isekai protagonists are gifted with unique and powerful abilities that help them take down monsters, but that isn’t the case here.
The main character is overpowered but that’s because he is always prepared before venturing on an adventure, he trains tirelessly to gain an advantage against even the strongest monsters.
The show is honestly quite entertaining, it has comedy, action, and a little romance. The series is perfect if you want to pass time with a power fantasy.
40. The Rising of the Shield Hero
Genre: Action, Drama, Fantasy
Something is rising and it’s the shield hero, the series is a worldwide hit, additional two seasons were announced before the first season finished airing, that’s how you know it has potential.
The world of Shield Hero is not much different from an MMO RPG game where characters start off by killing low-level enemies and leveling up until they are strong.
There are lots of overpowered characters who use crazy weapons to showcase their skills but never have you ever seen an overpowered character who uses a shield.
The world of Shield Hero is full of crazy monsters who appear throughout the calamities and are strong enough to challenge even the strongest.
39. The Misfit of Demon King Academy
Genre: Action, Fantasy
A demon lord who sacrificed himself to end the war going on between humans and demons is finally reborn to find that people have forgotten about him and his sacrifice.
Anime often portray demons as kind and gentle creatures and quite overpowered, he begins to lead a peaceful life in the academy while investigating the cause of why his subjects have forgotten about him.
While he is the only flashy overpowered character in the series, there are lots of other beings who can give him a challenge and maybe even defeat him.
Every spell he uses is beyond the comprehension of a low-level demon and it is on a different scale.
38. Akashic Records of Bastard Magic Instructor
Genre: Action, Comedy
Magic is quite common in anime, most shows have the element of magic and a character’s power level is determined by their spells and mana.
However, one’s technique also plays a role in casting those spells, Glenn Radars not only understand the fundamentals of magic but he’s mastered the incantations, standing above the most experienced magic users.
However, he is not what you would call an ideal instructor, his methods are unorthodox and his personality is not much to go for either; he’s a bold character and quite overpowered.
37. No Game No Life
Genre: Ecchi, Fantasy, Comedy
Let’s talk about the anime which made gave us the best interesting overpowered main characters of all time, and showed a unique way to determine one’s strength.
In a world where everything is decided through games, the person with superior strategy and luck is likely the most overpowered character, and there are lots of different species with unique special abilities.
The two main characters who are notorious for being the best gamers across all servers are Isekai’d into a fantasy world where everything is determined via games.
And as the former world-renowned gamers, the world is at their fingertips.
36. Killing Slimes For 300 Years
Genre: Slice of Life, Comedy, Fantasy
When you think of an overpowered anime character, the first thing that comes to mind is their overwhelming strength, brooding personality, and scary aura that surrounds them.
However, that isn’t the case with this series, Azusa used to be an average office worker before she died due to overworking herself and got Isekai’d into a fantasy world.
And when she is given the opportunity to receive a blessing, she chooses longevity so she never has to worry about time again.
And after hunting low-level monsters such as slime for 300 years, she becomes the strongest living human; capable of taking down dragons with ease.
35. BOFURI: I Don’t Want to Get Hurt
Genre: Adventure, Comedy
I didn’t want to include Bofuri in the list; however, no one can deny the absurd level of defense that makes the character overpowered, it’s as if she found a glitch to never take damage.
Even though she has a pathetic level of attack, her defense is enough to take down any opponent, most monsters hurt themselves trying to get past her defense and end up dying.
Despite being new to the whole game VR game scene, she managed to become a top-tier player with the highest defense by breaking the system.
And after defeating countless monsters and getting the highest gear possible, she has managed to become a member of a strong party.
34. The Saga of Tanya The Evil
Genre: Action, Military
An overpowered character doesn’t necessarily have to be the hero who saves everyone, Tanya is a monarch of evil and an overpowered character, she is ruthless and powerful.
Despite how she looks, she’s able to overpower her opponents with superior magical abilities and advanced strategies, there is hardly anyone who doubts her on the battlefield.
And besides, when god decides to interfere in the matters of humans, you know there is something big going on, we haven’t seen the extent of Tanya’s abilities.
With her battalion of soldiers, she’s going to wreak havoc on anyone who opposes her.
33. Sword Art Online
Genre: Action, Fantasy, Romance
I believe Sword Art Online was the first anime that introduced the most overpowered character of all time, someone who had an advantage from the beginning.
Not only did he have the knowledge about the world, but he was also chosen by the system and granted a unique skill that only he possessed, he was able to dual wield two swords.
The show has beautiful visuals with some of the most incredible animated fight scenes in anime, and it only gets better with each season.
In this show, there are always overpowered characters clashing against each other and high-level bosses.
32. Seven Deadly Sins
Genre: Action, Fantasy
Seven Deadly Sins is among my favorite, the series is action-packed with overpowered characters clashing against each other in every episode.
Demonstrating their destructive powers that surpass human limitations and even among those individuals, there are those who can annihilate entire kingdoms with ease.
However, there is something even big at play; an immense power struggle between the demons and gods which makes this show even more exciting.
The protagonist of the series is initially shown as a mere human with special abilities; however, his true power is far deadlier than anyone can imagine.
Genre: Martial arts, Action, Sports
A show like Baki has a lot to offer if you’re interested in battle among overpowered characters, fighters from all around the world fight in tournaments to determine who is the strongest.
If you’re interested in martial arts anime, then Baki is a good pick; however, I’d recommend that you start from the earlier 90s series before Netflix took over the production.
While the story focuses on the protagonist, Baki who trains since he was a kid to become the strongest grappler in the world, I’m more interested in Demon, Yujiro Hanma.
He is able to shake the core of the world to stop an earthquake, and take down giant beasts with his bare fists as practice.
30. Blood Blockade Battlefront
Genre: Supernatural, Comedy
Blood Blockade Battlefront does an excellent job of showing each character’s overpowering abilities, every character specializes in their own line of work, and they are quite good.
The show has a very relaxing environment, not what you’d expect from an anime about hunting down and fighting against aliens, demons, and monsters but it is what it is.
The overpowered character I love in the series is Klaus Von Rreinhez, the leader of the vigilante organization known as Libra, he’s a calm and collected individual but he’s also a beast.
There is always something sinister going on in Hellsalem’s Lot, you never know when you might run into a demonic being who kills you in an instant.
29. Tokyo Ghoul
Genre: Horror, Fantasy
Tokyo Ghoul is a show known for its earlier hype, I still remember how popular the opening of the show was, and it is iconic even to this day.
The series has introduced a lot of overpowered characters, most of which are ghouls; however, there are also some terrifying humans capable of annihilating entire ghoul factions.
While the story focuses on the development of the main character, Ken Kaneki, we can’t forget about the One-Eyed-Ghoul and lots of other SS-rank ghouls who roam free.
And whenever those ghouls clash against humans or even against other ghouls, things get crazier than expected.
28. Assassination Classroom
Genre: Action, Comedy
The series we all love and adore the most, Assassination Classroom brought us the most overpowered teacher of all time, but that’s not the reason why we love it.
It’s because the teacher is Koro-sensei, someone who goes above and beyond for his students, learning about their personalities and using different methods for each of them.
Although he acts as any normal teacher would, his abilities are beyond human comprehension, being able to move at the speed of Mach 20, he can be in multiple places at the same time.
The series has a light-hearted tone, it’s more oriented toward the life of creating sweet memories, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t any fight scenes between these characters.
27. Bungou Stray Dogs
Genre: Supernatural, Mystery
Many humans around the world possess unique abilities, and of course, some abilities are considered more overpowered than others.
However, the strength of an individual is only measured by his skills, strong abilities aren’t enough if you can’t use them properly and expert like Dazai can take advantage of that.
Characters like Akutagawa and Chuuya Nakahara who heavily rely on their abilities to win battles are no match against Dazai who can nullify any ability with a single touch.
And every overpowered character has their own weakness and Dazai is a suicide fanatic who struggles to find a purpose in life.
26. That Time I Got Reincarnated As A Slime
Genre: Adventure, Comedy
We’ve seen overpowered characters in all shapes and forms; however, something we haven’t seen is a lowly slime monster becoming the strongest monster among all.
The fantasy world of slime is full of mysterious beings with immense power, but the adorable slime ball Rimuru Tempest is not behind when it comes to power.
With his arsenal of overpowering magical abilities, he’s able to take on entire nations without breaking a sweat, but he’s more focused on building a peaceful nation.
The reason why I love this series is because of its relaxed environment, you can just sit back and enjoy the peaceful moments.
25. How To Not Summon A Demon Lord
Genre: Ecchi, Fantasy
Here we have another Isekai fantasy series where the main character is transported into a game, and of course, his abilities and items make him the strongest.
The trope of having an isekai protagonist as an overpowered character is getting out of hand, most of these shows have a similar plot and it’s difficult to tell them apart half the time.
The protagonist is summoned into a magical game-like world as a demon lord and he travels with two “expert” mages to learn more about this fantasy world.
However, the real reason why the series is a hit is because of the exciting ecchi elements the series offers, so you better keep the door closed.
24. Black Clover
Genre: Action, Fantasy
There is no denying that Black Clover is an excellent series, the characters and the plot is excellent, some even say that it’s on par with the legendary anime shows such as Naruto and One Piece.
The two main characters of the series are naturally gifted with unique powers; while Yuno is an overall excellent mage, Asta possesses other strange powers within himself.
The series is known for its impeccable storyline, intricate plot that grows deeper with each episode, and the amazing bunch of characters you can’t help but get attached to.
The series also has its fair share of overpowered characters with extraordinary physical and magical abilities.
23. Death Note
Genre: Supernatural, Thriller
It wouldn’t be wrong to say that Death Note is one of the best anime series we have ever seen, every episode keeps you glued to your seat just wondering what will happen next.
The protagonist of the series is a madman driven with overwhelming power to cleanse the world of evil and become its new god.
He’s smart, intelligent, and more cunning than a full-fledged investigator; he can predict the situation instantly and think of ways to outsmart even the world-renowned detectives.
A person’s strength is measured by their ability to win against their opponents without breaking a sweat and that is exactly how Light Yagami plays.
22. Magi: The Labyrinth of Magic
Genre: Action, Adventure
Magi is a fun and exciting series for anyone who is interested in the world of magic, the series offers lots of overpowered characters, each with their own unique abilities.
It is very much the adventure anime that every fan wants to watch, the world-building is amazing and the attention to detail keeps you invested in every episode.
The series is known for having adventure-like settings, characters must conquer massive labyrinths known as dungeons to attain the great power of a Djinn and become the king’s vessel.
The series follows an adorable-looking young Magi by the name of Aladdin as he comes across Alibaba and starts his adventures as the representative of his country.
21. Mob Psycho 100
Genre: Supernatural, Action, Comedy
A series like Mob Psycho 100 is a perfect entryway for people who want a taste of the genre of the overpowered character, the excitement you feel from watching each episode is indescribable.
The series is known for having a very unique and gorgeous abstract art style, it’s as if you can feel the emotions of the characters in each scene.
The series does start off slow with a normal high school setting but it soon evolves into something far beyond any expectations, the incredible fight scenes, and phenomenal music really makes this series one of a kind.
The protagonist of the series is quite relatable, despite his overwhelming psychic powers, he’s just a lonely high school student who struggles to fit in with others, and is always by himself.
20. My Hero Academia
Genre: Action, Comedy
A modern-day superhero anime like My Hero Academia needs no introduction, the series has been a massive hit in the shounen genre due to its action-packed fight scenes.
The series is popular among teen fans due to the high school setting and some of the most relatable characters that make the series more fun and enjoyable.
There are lots of evil characters with unique and overpowering abilities that pose a great threat to the heroes and it is exciting to see these two sides battle it out.
The power struggle doesn’t end with heroes and villains, there are different factions in the underworld wanting to come out on top.
19. Hunter x Hunter
Genre: Adventure, Fantasy
The Hunter x Hunter series is extremely fun to watch, the adventure-type setting with some of the most memorable characters makes you excited for each episode.
The series is filled with overpowered characters with unique abilities and personalities, some of which are good and others are evil; but it’s difficult to hate any one of them.
Hunters x Hunter is a story about a young boy who wishes to become a hunter and find his father. And In his journey to become a hunter, he comes across many strong and overpowered opponents who help him become even stronger.
18. One Punch Man
Genre: Action, Comedy
This list wouldn’t be complete without the notorious One Punch Man himself, he can demolish mountains with the force of his punches and defeat beings from different universes in a single serious punch.
Not to mention his terrifying aura is enough to terrorize even the strongest monsters, monsters who are powerful enough to destroy entire cities are no match against the might of Saitama.
The only misfortune in his life is that he can’t grow hair which doesn’t make sense since most anime characters get longer hair after each power-up.
I personally find Saitama to be a laid-back character who just wants to enjoy life and who is a hero for fun.
17. Tokyo Revengers
Genre: Action, Supernatural
Watching a series like Tokyo Revengers makes me feel like a man, it makes me want to go outside and start blasting street thugs just like Draken.
The show is all about different gangs fighting among themselves to maintain their influence over the domain and things get rough every time there is a clash between these gangs.
And even though the protagonist of the series is a bitter disappointment, the show is still amazing because of the other main characters.
Sano Manjiro or rather, Mikey may not look it but he is the strongest character among all characters and the leader of one of Tokyo’s largest gangs.
16. To Your Eternity
Genre: Supernatural, Drama
The series is the biggest tear-jerker I’ve ever seen, it makes you learn about the lives of each new character only for them to become a memory later on.
To Your Eternity makes you what truly matters in life, and the only way to the most of it is to always look ahead and believe that things will eventually get better.
The truly sad thing about the series is that there is only one main character, he can never stay in one place because the Nokkers always chase after him and kill people he cares about.
Fushi is an unknown entity created for the sole purpose of keeping the world’s knowledge, he is immortal and has the ability to transform into any living being that happens to die in his presence.
15. Mushoku Tensei
Genre: Fantasy, Drama
Jobless Reincarnation is a series that definitely lives up to its reputation as the god of isekai anime, everything about the show is extraordinary, from the plot to the overall story.
The series is much more than a generic isekai anime, it is about learning new things and accepting the changes that come along with it, it’s almost inspirational.
The world of Jobless Reincarnation is vast and more than that, its attention to detail is mind-blowing, you can dive deep into the world and continue exploring as much as you want.
There are characters who far beyond reach human limitations, there are gods who walk this planet and are capable of destroying entire kingdoms.
14. Demon Slayer
Genre: Action, Fantasy
Demon Slayer has been the most phenomenal series ever, fans from all across the world are obsessed with the level of animation and the incredible storyline.
The series is action-packed with some of the most gruesome anime fights we’ve ever seen, and the level of animation is top-notch; however, the emotions you feel during these fights are indescribable.
There are some extremely overpowered demons who can take on hundreds of demon slayers and give a challenge to even the strongest Hashira.
Demon Slayer is an overall decent series, the premise of the series is easy to understand and everything is fairly simple which makes it a good starting show for a new fan.
13. Kuroko’s Basketball
Genre: Sports, Action
Kuroko’s Basketball is more than just a sports anime, it may not be as wholesome as Haikyuu but the action far exceeds any other sports anime.
The shounen elements of the series are what make this show entertaining, the badass dunks, spectacular blocks and flashy moves as the players go through power-up are like a shot of adrenaline.
There are overpowered characters who far exceed the skill that any normal human can achieve, the Generation Of Miracles possess special powers, it’s almost as if they’re not even human.
Almost every sports anime is unique and fun in a way but Kuroko’s Basketball is pure hype, it gets you excited at every scene.
12. The God of High School
Genre: Action, Fantasy
The initial hype of the series was too much and I started watching the show with high hopes; the truth is that it didn’t live up to the expectations but that doesn’t make this a bad show.
The idea of an overpowered character with unimaginable powers seems exciting on the surface; however, there should be other likable qualities about the character otherwise it’s just your generic anime with an op character.
The reason why this show is so high up in this list is that despite the lacking character development, the series is a lot of fun to watch.
The characters are overpowered, the abilities are extremely cool, and the animation is flawless.
11. Vinland Saga
Genre: Action, Adventure
A series like Vinland Saga doesn’t hold anything back. Right off the bat, you are introduced you one of the strongest characters in the series and see the might of The Troll of Jom as he fights off against a band of mercenaries.
Vinland Saga shows you the cruel reality of war and even the aftermath, the life of a mercenary, and the persistence of never giving up on your goal.
Set in the era of Vikings, the series is filled with overpowered characters who can take on even a hundred soldiers at a time.
The protagonist of the series has nothing to talk about, the portrayed as the life of a bandit overlord who dreams to have his own kingdom.
10. Jujutsu Kaisen
Genre: Action, Fantasy
Is there even a need to introduce this series? Jujutsu Kaisen is without a doubt the most popular modern shounen anime there is, it blew up in popularity even before its initial release.
The series is amazing no matter how you look at it, the impeccable story, the amazing characters, and Gojo’s beautiful eyes are all the things that make this exciting.
Jujutsu Kaisen shows you how to create a properly overpowered character who is equally badass as he is likable, he doesn’t use his powers for personal.
And Despite his shallow exterior, Gojo Satoru is a man who is driven by his desire to achieve something great, he helps those around him to become better.
9. Hellsing Ultimate
Genre: Horror, Supernatural
The protagonist of this series loves to take very enthusiastic walks through the woods, and hunt blood-sucking vampires because he can do whatever he wants.
The series is fantastic in all matters of things; the characters are fun, the plot is decent and the violence is off the roof. What is there to not love about this show?
Not to mention the comedy in this show is top-notch, the laid-back environment even in the most serious moments is what makes this show one of a kind.
And The overpowered characters are just amazing, every interaction between Alucard and Alexander Anderson is comedy gold.
Genre: Action, Comedy
There are so many isekai anime with an almost similar plot that it’s become repetitive, you really need something different if you want to stand out and Drifters deliver exactly what you’re after.
Most characters in this show are historical figures taken from different countries and that’s what makes this show unique, and the vibe of the show is quite similar to Hellsing.
It’s dark, and there is gore but it’s extremely fun and enjoyable mainly because of the characters.
The show is loved mainly because it is a dark fantasy tale, after watching the first few episodes, you soon realize that this series is different from any other anime you’ve seen.
I wouldn’t say the characters are extremely overpowered; however, these historical figures are known for their superior skills and abilities so you’re in for a surprise.
7. Attack on Titan
Genre: Military, Action
Attack on Titan has managed to become the most hyped anime series of all time, and that is to be expected because it is phenomenal on all levels.
Calling this show overrated is an insult, the series is on par with some of the most legendary anime series like Naruto and One Piece with the only difference being that Attack on Titan is relatively short.
It’s hard to imagine a series that isn’t shounen to be this popular but that’s the beauty of the realism that Attack on Titan offers, the survival setting makes the world environment feel so impactful.
And there are absolutely some crazy overpowered characters in the series, with the ability to transform into Titans and take on armies. And even among those few with powers even greater.
Genre: Action, Adventure, Martial arts
No one will deny Naruto has some of the most iconic characters in anime history, while some are known for their amazing personalities, most of them are extremely overpowered compared to others.
Every arc in Naruto is filled with these overpowered anti-heroes who want to wreak havoc over the peaceful land.
While Naruto is mainly popular for having an amazing storyline, and creating excellent backstories for every character, it makes sure that you get attached to every character on some level.
And the music in this series is legendary, it stirs up emotions inside you that you never know existed before. Every soundtrack has memories attached to it and it hits differently.
5. Dragon Ball Z
Genre: Action, Fantasy
You would be crazy to assume that I wouldn’t add Dragon Ball Z to this list, the only thing more awesome than an overpowered character is a character who gets you pumped.
I still remember lifting my arms up to help Goku charge his spirit bomb, there hasn’t been a more phenomenal series like that and I don’t think there ever will.
Not to mention the loud screaming, every DBZ fan knows that in order to power up, you have to focus all your energy on a single point and scream as you have never before.
The series is riddled with overpowered characters, gods, and aliens who can wipe out entire planets in an instant.
Genre: Fantasy, Supernatural, Adventure
There is nothing that you haven’t seen before in hundreds of other isekai anime series, the protagonist is an overpowered character with immense power who takes his time conquering the entire world.
So the reason why this is so high up on this list is because of the sheer excitement you feel when watching this.
The characters are incredibly amazing and memorable, and the opening and ending songs by Myth & Roid are excellent.
If you’re someone who wants a truly overpowered character and if the idea of world domination excites, this series is perfect for you.
3. Code Geass
Genre: Military, Action, Drama
Code Geass is a phenomenal mecha anime series with one of the most badass overpowered characters of all time, talking about orchestrating a war between two nations only for revenge.
Lelouch Vi Britannia is among the most intelligent character to ever exist in anime, his superior strategies allow him to win against any odds.
The story is about an ordinary high school student who is caught in the crossfire between the Japanese soldiers and Britannian armed forces and ends up attaining one of the most overpowered abilities.
And with this newfound power, his hatred for the Britannian empire resurfaces and he decides to take revenge against the royal family for abandoning them.
Genre: Horror, Supernatural, Fantasy
There will hardly ever be a more badass overpowered character such as Guts, with the title of the Black Swordsman, he’s enough to go against hundreds if not thousands of human soldiers.
And while he may be the strongest soldier, Griffith’s desire to build his own kingdom was even greater, he was a madman chasing after a dream and willing to give up everything for it.
Berserk is a dark and terrifying series, nothing how it seems on the surface, the tragic world is governed by demon sovereigns and their apostles who commit evil deeds in the name of god.
Berserk starts off normally with a group of bandits making their living by working as mercenaries for kingdoms, slowly making their way to being elected as a kingdom’s royal army.
1. Solo Leveling
Genre: Action,Adventure, Fantasy
Since the anime series is already in production by A-1 Pictures, I think this is the right time to include this show for any future readers.
I recently finished reading the Manhwa and I am more than excited to hear that a proper anime is in production and by one of the most amazing animation studios.
Solo Leveling has everything a true fan of the overpowered anime genre desires, an action-packed plot, truly fantastic character development, and crazy overpowered characters.
The protagonist of the series is initially known as the “world’s weakest hunter” because he lacks basically everything; however, his life takes a drastic turn when he steps foot inside the double dungeons.
After barely surviving through dungeons and risking his life at every turn, he is chosen to become the strongest hunter to ever live and protect humanity against evil Monarchs who want to take control over it.
Emotions go wild when you go through these impactful scenes, the difference in power, the desire to live, and the passion to keep getting strong are the things that make this show the true overpowered fantasy that every fan craves.
The world of Solo Leveling is cruel and unforgiving, there is no easy way to do things, and you will lose your life in even the weakest of dungeons if you’re not careful.
Solo Leveling is the power fantasy that every fan will immediately fall in love with, given that A-1 Pictures do a great job with the animation.