In this list, we’ll look at 18 anime in which the main character is overpowered but hides it. In some situations, the MC may be unaware of their own strength and will only use it when pushed to their limits.
In others, the MC is fully aware of their power but chooses to keep it hidden for a variety of reasons. Whatever the case may be, these are all excellent examples of anime in which the main character is far more powerful than they appear!
Anime Where The Main Character is OP But Hides it
MOB PSYCHO 100
Mob Psycho 100 is an anime that follows the story of Shigeo Kageyama, an average middle school boy who hides his powerful esper abilities. To keep from losing control of his powers, Mob constantly lives a life under an emotional shackle. However, as he starts to repress his emotions more and more, his power begins to grow out of control. Will Mob be able to learn to control his abilities before it’s too late?
The Irregular at Magic High School
Tatsuya Shiba, a student who enrolls in First High School, a school that segregates its pupils based on their magical powers, is the protagonist of the anime The Irregular at Magic High School. Tatsuya is seen as magically incompetent and is assigned to the second course. His technical knowledge, combat abilities, and unique magic techniques, on the other hand, make him an outlier in the school’s standardized ranks.
The Devil Is a Part-Timer
Our Demon Lord Satan intends to conquer Ente Isla by colonising its four continents with the help of his demon generals Alciel, Lucifer, Malacoda, and Adramelech. After being faced by the hero Emilia and her allies, and after killing Malacoda and Adramelech, Satan and Alciel flee Ente Isla through a gate to modern Tokyo, Japan.
However, because to the lack of magic in the modern world, both Satan and Alciel transform into shapes that resemble what they would seem like if they were human. To make ends meet, Satan works part-time at MgRonald’s fast-food restaurant, while Alciel acts as his housekeeper.
Strike the Blood
The story follows our MC Kojo Akatsuki, who is suspected of being the Fourth Progenitor, a strong vampire who has the ability to upset the world’s three governing progenitors’ balance of power.
Kojo was a regular high school student before becoming a vampire, and he is hesitant to use the powers that he barely controls. Yukina Himeragi is a new Sword Shaman, and his first duty is to ‘observe’ him.
Kojo quickly becomes the focus of many people who are concerned about the risks he represents. Kojo and Yukina befriend a variety of students and others, some of whom are drawn to Kojo and whose circumstances fuel his libido, which is the source of much of his power.
Nanatsu no Taizai
The series follows Elizabeth, the third princess of the Kingdom of Liones, who is on the hunt for the Seven Deadly Sins, a gang of former Holy Knights who were dissolved after the kingdom was toppled. She enlists the cooperation of Meliodas and Hawk, the commander of the Seven Deadly Sins and the leader of the order of scraps disposal, to unite the remaining members of the Seven Deadly Sins and retake the realm from the Holy Knights.
Ao no Exorcist
The story centres around Rin Okumura, who was raised by an Exorcist, Father Shiro Fujimoto, along with his younger twin Yukio Okumura. Rin discovers one day that he and Yukio are Satan’s sons.
When Rin sees Shiro die to protect him, he draws the demon-slaying sword Kurikara, which controls his demonic powers. Rin obtains demonic traits such as fangs and a tail at that point, as well as the ability to ignite into blue flames that destroy practically anything he touches.
Akashic Record of Bastard Magic Instructor
Glenn Radars, our op mc, is sluggish, pervy, and continuously bored by everything, with his primary concentration being sleeping. After Sistine’s favorite teacher retires, he becomes the substitute teacher in her class. While he may appear inept, he is an expert in magic, albeit not in the typical sense.
One punch man
The Story follows our super op mc Saitama, Saitama, an unassociated hero, hails from City Z and performs heroic deeds for his enjoyment. He has trained himself to the point of being able to defeat any enemy with a single punch, but his unmatched strength has left him with an overwhelming sense of boredom.
Saitama later becomes a reluctant mentor to Genos, a cyborg out for vengeance on another cyborg who murdered his family and ruined his hometown. Saitama and Genos join the Hero Association, but due to a low written entry exam score, Saitama is assigned a low entry rank, and his accomplishments go unacknowledged and unloved by the public.
By the Grace of the god
The plot revolves around Ryoma Takebayashi, a lonely guy who lived a hard life until he died in a terrible event while sleeping. He is visited in the afterlife by three gods who got fond of him and sent him to another world as a child, where he uses his innate knowledge and abilities, paired with the gods’ blessings, to live a new existence full with obstacles and joyous meetings.
Classroom Of The Elite
The story follows the perspective of Kiyotaka Ayanokōji, a quiet and unassuming boy who is not good at making friends and would rather keep his distance. He is a student of D-class, which is where the school dumps its inferior students. After meeting Suzune Horikita and Kikyō Kushida, two other students in his class, Kiyotaka’s situation begins to change.
Densetsu no Yuusha no Densetsu
The story is as follows: Ryner Lute is a slacker at the Roland Empire Royal Magician’s Academy. The Roland Empire declares war on their neighboring country Estabul, and Ryner loses his peers in the fighting. Following the conflict, Ryner sets out on a trip to collect the relics of a “Legendary Hero” at King Sion Astal’s command, only to discover that a fatal plague is spreading across the continent.
Kyoukai no Kanata
Akihito Kanbara, a high school student, goes to stop his classmate Mirai Kuriyama from committing suicide one day. Following his appeals, Mirai unexpectedly stabs Akihito with a sword made of her blood, and is astonished to learn that Akihito is an immortal “half-youmu”—the offspring of a mythical creature known as a youmu and a human.
Their lives get entwined after Akihito learns that Mirai is a Spirit World Warrior specialist who protects humans from being influenced by youmu and the last surviving member of her spirit hunting clan.
Set in a post-apocalyptic society driven by numbers, each human being’s worth is determined by a unique “Count” imprinted someplace on their body, which determines any number connected to a significant part of their lives. If this Count falls below zero, the person is dragged down into “the abyss” and is considered to be dead for all eternity.
Hina’s Count corresponds to the number of hundreds of kilometers she has walked. Since her mother was dragged into the abyss, she has spent the last five years hunting for the Legendary Ace from her mother’s final desire. Hina’s arduous trip takes an unexpected turn when she meets Licht Bach, a mysterious masked knight with a negative-numbered Count.
The Disastrous Life of Saiki K.
The story revolves around Kusuo Saiki, a high school student who was born with supernatural abilities such as psychokinesis and teleportation. He tries to keep it hidden from everyone at school. He is placed in various ostensibly normal situations where he uses it to conceal his oddity.
NURA: RISE OF THE YOKAI CLAN
This anime is one of my favorites; the story follows Rikuo Nura, a half-youkai, half-human boy who grew up to become the Nura Clan’s young master. Rikuo considered the clan, which included youkai of various forms and sizes, like family; nevertheless, he soon discovered that he was the only one among his peers who saw them in this light. To most, they were terrible folkloric animals who ate children and reveled in violence. Taking this to heart, he vowed to live his life like a regular human being.
Normalcy, on the other hand, is difficult to come by for little Rikuo. His youkai attendant, Tsurara Oikawa, who attends school with him; the young onmyouji Yura Keikain; and his close buddy Kiyotsugu, who idolizes youkai and wishes to prove their existence, all complicate his quest. To make matters worse, competing youkai and other creatures threaten Rikuo’s loved ones.
Suppose a Kid from the Last Dungeon Boonies Moved to a Starter Town
Long ago, the ancient saviors of humanity established a town as a safe haven, and their descendants are claimed to aid humanity in times of terrible calamity. Kunlun is located right next to the notorious “Last Dungeon,” which houses monsters of unbelievable strength and serves as a hunting field for Kunlun people.
Despite having grown up beating formidable foes, Lloyd Belladonna considers himself to be the village’s weakest point in terms of magic, strength, and intelligence. Nonetheless, in order to satisfy his goal to become a soldier, he travels to the Kingdom of Azami and enrolls in its military college. However, as someone whose upbringing defies logic, Lloyd’s intrinsic power may well be the key to resolving the kingdom’s troubles!
CHIVALRY OF A FAILED KNIGHT
Few humans in this world have the ability to convert their souls into formidable weapons. These people, dubbed “Blazers,” study and train at the prestigious Hagun Academy to become Mage-Knights; among them is so-called failure Ikki Kurogane, the only F-rated Blazer.
When the academy’s worst student finds Stella Vermillion, an A-ranked Blazer who also happens to be a princess, naked, she challenges him to a duel with severe consequences—the loser becomes the winner’s slave. Stella couldn’t possibly lose, right?
THE ASTERISK WAR
The story revolves around Ayato Amagiri, a scholarship transfer student at the prestigious Seidoukan Academy, which has recently suffered from deteriorating performance. Through a series of events, he unexpectedly meets Julis-Alexia von Riessfeld, the popular Witch of Resplendent Flames, half-dressed! Julis, enraged, challenges him to a duel for invading her privacy. After the student council president cancels the duel, Ayato explains that he has no interest in Festas.
Rather, he has enlisted in the academy in order to find his lost elder sister. When a more nefarious plot emerges, Ayato sets out to win despite being surrounded by some of the most talented Genestella on the globe.