Here’s the greatest list of the best manga with an overpowered main character. These are the characters who can take on entire armies, defeat gods, and still have time for a cup of tea before lunch. Indeed, it’s always a satisfying experience to read mangas about characters that dominate their enemies.
From the iconic protagonists of Dragon Ball and One Punch Man to lesser-known titles like The Faraway Paladin, these mangas with OP MC showcase the thrill of Japanese comics. And with plenty of badassery thrown in for good measure, these OP MCs are worth your time.
I’m always excited to read about characters taking on all kinds of villains, monsters, and dangerous situations. It’s the thrill of reading about seemingly insurmountable challenges and overcoming them with their strength, intelligence, and skill that makes these stories so engaging. Whether it’s a one-on-one showdown or a large-scale battle, the tension and excitement that come with these panels make them some of the most memorable moments in the manga.
Here is my list of the best mangas where the main characters push themselves beyond their limits, and use these newfound abilities to triumph over evil.
Best Manga With OP MC
25. Arifureta: From Commonplace to World’s Strongest
Starting my list of best manga with op mc is Hajime Nagumo and his classmates in their quest to save the world. You probably ask yourself, how do we expect teens to save humanity? They can’t even get out of bed to make it to school, but Hajime Nagumo and his classmates are made from OP material.
This manga follows the adventure of the young OP MC Hajime Nagumo who is suddenly transported into a high school student RPG setting. Hajime is a naive kid that discovers he has some mad skills, such as “Transmutation”, which allows him to create amazing things with his magic. When he is betrayed and is left for dead in a dangerous dungeon full of monsters and Magis, he uses his strength and knowledge of engineering to survive. As he comes out of the dungeon his personality has drastically changed, and now he is much more dangerous than ever.
24. Gun x Clover
Mika is a badass assassin who could take down an entire army with just one bullet. Her partner in crime? Meet Taiga, a high school student who’s more than just a pretty face. These two are the ultimate tag-team, taking on one dangerous mission after another for their employer, the mysterious organization known as Inferno. But when Taiga uncovers Inferno’s dark secret, it’s time to make a choice: stick with the bad guys or go rogue and risk it all. It’s a high-stakes game, but with guns blazing and knives flying, these two aren’t afraid to play rough.
Taiga got some serious fighting power, and he’s not afraid to use them. This dude is not your average manga Op Mc. He’s got a killer instinct. He possesses a unique ability called “Gunkata,” which allows him to use acrobatic maneuvers while shooting. He’s like a cowboy ninja with a trigger finger and a flair for the dramatic entrance.
23. Suppose a Kid from the Last Dungeon Boonies Moved to a Starter Town
Man, those Japanese manga titles are killing me! The story is nothing special, Lloyd (MC) is a super overpowered kid, like really overpowered, but where he comes from, he’s nothing special. One day, the young Lloyd decides to move from his humble small town to a” starting-fresh” town named Kunlun where he hopes to become stronger. As it turns out, everyone in Kunlun thinks they are super strong until they meet wonder kid Lloyd.
Lloyd Belladonna (Not to be confused with Rocky Balboa) can easily lift boulders and destroy walls with a single punch, and eat 7 dragons, literally. Additionally, Lloyd can withstand attacks from powerful monsters and weapons. His regeneration ability allows him to quickly recover from virtually any injury.
Lloyd has an inferiority complex and that is about all of the depth we receive from his character. Honestly, he is so naive and sweet that he doesn’t realize he is so OP.
This manga frustrated me, very tedious read, as Lloyd takes up the majority of the panels with his dense commentary. However, I’m guessing that its target audience is pre-15 years old, so maybe that demographic would enjoy reading this manga.
22. Dengeki Daisy
So we’ve got Dengeki Daisy manga, the story of a high school girl named Teru who’s got a secret texting pal that she only knows as “Daisy.” Oh, and did I mention that Teru’s got some serious hacking skills that come in handy when she’s trying to solve the mystery of her brother’s death? But don’t worry, Daisy’s there to help her out with his mad tech skills and smooth talk.
And let’s not forget about the bad boy Tasuku Kurosaki, who’s got some killer fighting skills and a tough exterior that makes all the girls swoon. But deep down, he’s got a soft spot for Teru that he just can’t hide.
Tasuku may not gave special magic spells, but this guy’s got some serious hacking skills that could make even the most advanced computer systems cry. He’s a master at manipulating technology, using his laptop like it’s his weapon of choice. With a few keystrokes and some code magic, he becomes OP MC, hacking into just about anything, from bank accounts to government databases. His hacking skills are so damn good that he’s practically untouchable by the authorities.
21. The Wrong Way to Use Healing Magic
Usato is a regular high-school student, who finds himself amid an isekai adventure with the school council’s president, Suzune Inukami, and vice president Kazuki Ryusen. But hold your horses, Usato is not the chosen hero the kingdom summoned. He was just in the wrong place at the wrong time, caught in the magic circle meant for the true heroes. And now, he’s stuck in a fantasy kingdom with no way back home. Tough luck, buddy.
Usato discovers that he’s a pretty good healer, much to the surprise of everyone around him. That sounds like a great asset, right? Well, not so fast. Turns out, not everyone is thrilled about it, including the king himself. And to make matters worse, Rose, the leader of the rescue team, is a total nightmare. When she finds out about Usato’s healing abilities, she drags him off to a grueling training regime that’s even more brutal than what the chosen op heroes are going through.
Finally, we get a good manga with OP MC where the accidental summon gets a cool ability, even if it’s not exactly an offensive powerhouse. And bonus points for the fact that he befriends the popular kids, who just so happen to be fantasy world heroes. Talk about unexpected friendships!
20. The Unwanted Undead Adventurer
This is a story that’s got an overpowered MC monster and some pretty decent support characters. It’s like Beauty and the Beast, except the Beast is the hero and Gaston is nowhere to be seen. Plus, it’s written from the monster’s perspective, which is a refreshing change from all those generic hero POV stories out there. I appreciate the fact that it’s not your typical angsty teenager mc with an overpowered ability, instead, our hero is a seasoned adventurer who’s been around the block and has the scars to prove it. He’s worked his butt off to get where he is and now, thanks to some magical mumbo-jumbo, he’s got the chance to take it to the next level.
The writing style is a bit long-winded at times, which might make it hard for some folks with short attention spans, but it’s well-crafted and kept me interested.
19. Death March to the Parallel World Rhapsody
Ichirou Suzuki: The Chuck Norris of the OP MC Manga world! He’s got more hacks and cheats than a preteen gamer with unlimited access to the internet. Seriously, Ichirou got the ability to analyze his opponents that would make Columbo blush, and he can create spells on the fly like some kind of magical DJ. And let’s not forget his crafting and enchantment skills, which are so OP that they make the entire fantasy world look like a preschool playground. He’s a walking armory, except he’s not walking, he’s more like gliding on a cloud of his awesomeness.
Oh, and did I mention his knowledge of game mechanics? This guy knows more about video game glitches than a basement-dwelling YouTuber with a neckbeard. He can exploit bugs and glitches, and he can navigate the fantasy world easily.
The manga with OP MC proves even a hitman can have a heart. Taro Sakamotoonce lived a life of stone-cold murder, but now he’s turned it around and is just a convenience store owner trying to live a peaceful life with his family. Taro Sakamoto is so OP, he could take on the entire Yakuza with one hand tied behind his back. He’s got skills and moves that would make Jackie Chan jealous. And let’s not forget his trademark move – the Sakamoto Spin. This guy can spin so fast, it’s like he’s a human tornado. He can take out bad guys left and right with a single spin, and he makes it look effortless.
But his past is always lurking around every corner, constantly threatening to drag him back into the world of crime. “Just when I think I’m out they pull me back in?” Still, he isn’t going down without a fight – He gets to beat up the bad guys while stocking the shelves with snacks and beverages.
The New Gate
Now kids, sit back and I’ll share a tale of a hardcore gamer who finds himself trapped in a virtual reality game world, where he must fight to survive and level up to escape. But unlike most gamers, our hero Shin doesn’t whine about being stuck in a video game – he takes it in stride and starts kicking some serious monster butt.
Armed with his trusty sword and an endless supply of determination, Shin battles his way through a world filled with powerful monsters and dangerous adversaries. He never loses sight of his ultimate goal – to beat the game and get back to the real world.
Of course, being stuck in a virtual reality game isn’t all bad. Shin gets to live out his dreams of being a manga OP MC celeb and using his gaming skills to save the day. He’s not just a mindless killing machine – he has a heart and a sense of humor that make him a joy to read.
“In ancient times a goblin led the way. But no one seemed to understand. In his heart, he knew the MC OP must be true”. Say hello to reincarnated Tomokui Kanata. Don’t let his size fool you – Tomokui is determined to make the most of his new life and climb the ranks of the monster kingdom.
And climb he does – using his intelligence and cunning, Tomokui quickly rises through the goblin ranks and gains the ability to absorb the powers of his enemies.
With each new power he absorbs, Tomokui becomes OP and more feared by his enemies. But he’s not just in it for the power – he also has a mission to protect his goblins pals, making the world a better place through cross-platform where monsters can thrive.
Of course, being a goblin comes with labeling, Tomokui is constantly underestimated and looked down upon by other races, and he has to deal with the occasional bout of goblin-sized drama. When it comes to climbing the ranks of the monster kingdom, Tomokui Kanata is the ultimate underdog Op Mc- or should I say, under-goblin.
Kaiju No. 8
Next on my list of best manga with OP MC is Kafka Hibino, he might look like your average soldier, but don’t be fooled – he’s got a secret op weapon that would make Godzilla quake in his boots. That’s right, MC can transform into a giant Kaiju himself, complete with all the scaly skin and fiery breath you could ever want.
And I’m only getting started: Kafka is fast, agile, and has the strength to take down any manga monster that crosses his path. He’s a ninja mixed with a kaiju, which is a combo you never knew you needed until now.
But with great power comes great responsibility, and Kafka’s transformation isn’t always under his control. Sometimes he morphs into a Kaiju without warning, causing all sorts of chaos and destruction. And with his witty one-liners and devil-may-care attitude, he’s a hero we can all get behind.
Campfire Cooking in Another World with My Absurd Skill
The best part of Campfire Cooking in Another World with My Absurd Skill? The food, of course! Every chapter features some mouth-watering dish that’ll make you want to lick the pages. And Kouhei’s reactions to his cooking are priceless – he gets so pumped up about it, you’d think he just won the lottery.
Kouhei is a master chef with some serious cooking power that would make Gordon Ramsay blush. But not everyone’s impressed with his culinary mode – especially when he gets whisked away to another world in the middle of a camping trip. And it’s not just about whipping up some tasty grub – OP main character got to survive in a dangerous wilderness, fend off monsters, and figure out how to get back home. But hey, at least he’s got some handy helpers in the form of a cute elf girl and a stoic knight.
Mashle: Magic and Muscles
Mash Burnedead, is a young man who was born without any magical abilities but makes up for it with his incredibly toned physique and incredible strength. He is the kind of mc op that makes “magic great again!” Mash doesn’t need magic to fight his way through life, he just flexes his way out of any sticky situation. And let’s not forget his magical broomstick, which he uses as a handy weapon and mode of transportation, very Harry Potter-ish. Of course, he’s not without his allies. There’s the adorable and resourceful Finn, who helps Mash navigate the world of magic. And then there’s the bumbling and somewhat clueless Lance, who provides some comedic relief and occasional assistance.
Whether he’s facing off against powerful magic users or participating in wacky competitions, he is a manga OP MC that always finds a way to flex his op to victory.
The Hero is Overpowered but Overly Cautious
Seiya Ryuuguuin’s powers can be summed up in one word: caution. He got all the standard manga RPG hero powers – super strength, agility, magic spells, you name it. But what sets him apart is his extreme caution. It’s like he’s got a sixth sense of danger and always knows the perfect strategy for any situation.
For example, Seiya’s got a spell that creates a protective bubble around himself and his allies. And when it comes to fighting monsters, Seiya’s always got the perfect counter.
But what’s funny about this overpowered main character is how he uses them. He’s so cautious, he’ll spend hours preparing for a battle that turns out to be a complete breeze. In the end, Seiya’s powers may seem a bit over the top, but they’re also what makes him such a unique and entertaining MC.
Wise Man’s Grandchild
Shin Wolford is just a regular figure from modern-day Japan, but after a tragic accident, he gets reincarnated in a fantasy world. But things get interesting: he’s reincarnated as a baby in this new world, and he’s found and adopted by Merlin, the manga’s best OP MC around.
Shin eventually grows up to be a total boss. He’s a magic prodigy, and he’s got skills for days. He’s so OP that he’s unbeatable in battle. Oh, and did I mention that he’s clueless when it comes to social situations? Yeah, he’s a walking meme.
Shin’s got a group of friends who are just as powerful as he is. They’ve all got their special quirks, and they’re all super loyal to Shin.
The Faraway Paladin
Our protagonist Will is a kind and gentle young boy, who has been raised by three loving undead – his “mom” a priest named Mary, his “dad” Vlad, a skeleton warrior, and his “crazy grandpa” Gus the wizard. They all live happily ever after in a secluded tomb. Much of the focus of the manga is on raising Will. As he grows up, he becomes OP and learns a range of special abilities from each of them. Being that they are the most powerful people from their era, with their training Will becomes extremely powerful.
Will is like a living mummy, able to resist physical attacks and powerful magic alike. He is impervious to poisons and disease and has powerful healing and regeneration capacities. He is a master at using Holy Magic, which can only be learned by someone with a truly pure heart and soul. It’s powerful and versatile magic that can be used for both healing and protecting the user.
Skeleton Knight in Another World
From one skeleton manga with OP MC to the next. Arc’s powers are pretty bone-tastic, considering he’s a skeleton knight and all. I’m talking super-fast bone regeneration, bone weapons that’ll leave your enemies quaking in their boots, and a sense of humor so dry, that it makes the Sahara look like a Slip ‘N Slide. He’s the world’s most bone-afide stand-up comedian.
Seriously, an overpowered MC can get hacked to bits in battle, and then just stitch himself back together like it’s no biggie. And don’t even get me started on his bone weapons. Arc can summon swords, spears, and all sorts of other pointy things made out of bone.
But what sets him apart from other knights? He may have seen better days (or centuries, for that matter), but don’t underestimate Arc’s nurturing side. When he comes across a helpless baby dragon, does he turn the other way and let nature take its course? Heck no! He takes that dragon under his bony wing and raises it as if it’s his child.
Psyren is an apocalypse manga that’s like Back to the Future on steroids! You got psychic powers, time travel, monsters, and a group of high school kids trying to save the world – what more could you ask for?
Our Op Mc Ageha Yoshina may get some seriously badass op powers up his sleeve. He can move stuff with his mind, see into the future, and probably even do your taxes if you ask him nicely. But he’s not alone – all the other players in the game have their unique abilities, super strength, elemental powers, and more.
And speaking of the game, it’s not just some fun little diversion – it’s life or death, folks. You gotta fight monsters and survive against all odds if you wanna make it out alive. And oh yeah, there’s a little thing called time travel involved too. No big deal.
But don’t worry, it’s not all doom and gloom – there’s plenty of humor and heart to be found in Psyren as well. The characters are all lovable in their weird ways, and the art is so good it’ll make your eyeballs do a little dance. Psyren is a rollercoaster for your brain.
Shana Ou Yoshitsune
A manga OP MC tale of samurais, battles, and political intrigue set in feudal Japan. Yoshitsune is a legendary warrior with extraordinary skills in the art of swordsmanship and strategy. With his loyal followers by his side, Yoshitsune sets out to take on his enemies and protect his land from those who seek to destroy it.
Well, let me tell you about Yoshitsune. This guy is an absolute beast on the battlefield, with fast reflexes. He’s got more fighting styles than there are flavors of ramen, and he can take down an entire army without breaking a sweat.
But that’s not all – Yoshitsune’s got a mind made of a steel trap. He’s a master strategist, always one step ahead of his opponents. He could outwit a fox and outmaneuver a chess grandmaster, all while sipping on his tea and looking cool as a cucumber.
Some might say Yoshitsune is overpowered, but I say he’s just plain ridiculous. No wonder everyone’s afraid to mess with him – he’s got the skills, the brains, and the attitude to back it all up.
Spy x Family
This op mc manga has a spy who is tasked with creating a family to complete his next high-profile mission. His only chance to get close to his target is by getting close to his son in an elite school. So, he needs to quickly find himself his fake elite school son and hopefully get close to his target. His son needs a fake sister, enter Anya, (My favorite character in this story), she’s an orphan girl, who just wants a family so badly. She’s also a telepath. However, each member of the family has their secrets, and they soon discover that, despite being a matter of convenience, they’ve become a matter of the heart for each other.
Because MC needs to get close to the kid’s parents, he needs a wife, enter Yor, the best (fake) wife ever. In this world, there is a kind of cold war, a dark comedy setting where there a secret police look with suspicion at unmarried women. Yor is an incredible female assassin, so it’s the perfect deal to join a fake family.
This is one badass OP family! Not only does it feature a spy, but also an Esper and a hitman. Each of them is impressive, but when they all come together, they form an unstoppable OP team! “Spy X Family” is a perfect setting manga that has everything, action, humor, and intense feelings. The kids are responding to the world in a mature way, which is unusual to find in novels. Also, the action in this manga is so high stakes, “Omg how will we handle this situation?” fun that made me cry out in laughter!
That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime
Satoru Mikami was living his boring office worker life, and then he got stabbed by a random dude on the street. Talk about a bad day, right? But, plot twist, he gets reincarnated as a slime in a whole new world! But this ain’t no ordinary slime, my friends. This slime can absorb pretty much anything and gain its powers. Now Mikami, or should I say Rimuru, is on a quest to build his slime nation and make some friends along the way.
In the grand scheme of isekai things, Rimuru the lowly slime wins big with the ultimate cheat skill, Predator. He finds himself respawning in a dank cave, where he meets the impressive Veldora Tempest, a dragon who’s been locked up like a bad puppy.
Rimuru and Veldora hit it off and become buddies, with Rimuru even chowing down on Veldora’s dragon body (thanks, Predator) to unlock some serious power-ups. With newfound abilities to synthesize, evolve, and even think, OP MC Rimuru rounds up an entourage of formidable homies, all while climbing the ranks to become the top slime in town.
Mob Psycho 100
This OP MC manga has got it all – psychic powers, epic battles, and some seriously wacky characters.
But let’s focus on the main character, Mob. He’s a typical high school kid – kinda quiet, kinda nerdy, and kinda socially awkward. But when his emotions reach 100%, he becomes an unstoppable force of nature, obliterating anything and everything in his path.
So, what’s the deal with Mob’s powers? Well, it turns out that his psychic ability is tied to his emotions – the more emotional he gets, the stronger he becomes. Which, let’s be real, is pretty relatable. Who among us hasn’t wanted to level a city block?
But Mob’s not just some mindless op wrecking ball – he’s got a heart of gold and a desire to help others. And with Reigen by his side, he’s taking on all kinds of supernatural threats, from rogue psychics to creepy ghosts.
Mushoku Tensei: Jobless Reincarnation
A loser named Rudeus gets reincarnated into a world of magic and fantasy after dying as an unemployed 34-year-old shut-in.
But here’s the kicker: he’s got all his memories and knowledge of modern-day Japan, so he’s a genius in this new world. And not only that but he’s got this magical ability that lets him learn any kind of magic or skill crazy fast. So he’s an OP MC prodigy at everything he does.
The manga follows Rudeus as he grows up quickly in this new world, he goes from zero to ten years old, or something like that in just a few chapters. Ain’t Nobody has time for drawn-out filler arcs or training montages. It’s a straight shot to the good stuff. This ain’t your regular isekai. Rudeus knows what’s important in life – his family and his bae. You can expect to see some really heavy stuff going down there.
To sum it up, if you’re into family and romance themes, this manga takes itself seriously, which is refreshing in a sea of mindless OP MC manga tropes. The fact that Rudeus is a reformed scumbag ain’t just a cheap gimmick to get him into a new world – it’s used to explore some deep themes, like depression.
Dragon Ball Z
From the moment the creators of the DBZ found out that what fans love the most, is not the story, but men screaming their souls out while twenty new abs grow out of nowhere – it became less “manga/anime” and more “purposeful display of OP beatings”. Some like it. Some don’t.
So, let’s ditch the part where I come up with an excuse to include the obvious and allow me to fast forward and shortlog it: A Saiyan baby named Kal Al Kakarot is sent to Earth and grows countless ab cubes, and becomes what can be described as a Goku the living MC OP god on earth.
Great, this one is out of the way, now let’s go for our next list entry with something truly unexpected – One Punch Man!
One Punch Man
You didn’t see this one coming, I know, Is Punch Man on this list of best manga with OP MC? Yes! The undisputed king of overpowered MCs! Seriously, this guy makes other heroes look like weak sauce. The manga version of One Punch Man is widely considered to be one of the best out there.
For those who just woke up from a long winter sleep, the basic premise is that Saitama, the main character, has become so op that he can defeat any enemy with just one punch. The name of the manga is also its synopsis: The Lonely Boxer, a superhero who defeats his enemies with the help of a single jab – be it a thug from the street or a monster at the height of Optimus Prime.
To ask why Saitama is OP MC is stating the 2023 captain obvious of all time. Every fight, no matter how brutal and hopeless it seems, ends when Saitama comes in at the final minute and ends it all with a knockout. And it’s not that the show tries to keep it a secret; Saitama’s arrival in battle is not a question of “if” but “when”. And when the battle drags on – the “when” turns into “good god damn it, where is he?”