Not every anime characters needs otherworldly capabilities to defeat opponents; others can make the most of their limited abilities.
The majority of anime features characters with otherworldly powers (often in an unearthly setting as well) using their skills to repeatedly defeat the opponent. It’s a tried-and-true cycle that has grown significantly over the years while retaining the essence of what made such power so appealing in the first place. However, there are occasions when characters do not have the best abilities available, requiring them to improvise.
That being said, these characters don’t require superhuman abilities to save the day. By increasing the efficiency of their rather weak abilities, they can put together something truly fascinating capable of defeating adversaries that should be far more powerful. The best examples of this are provided here.
Rock Lee (Naruto)
Rock Lee is one of the best anime characters in Naruto, yet he is largely ignored during the events of Shippuden. It’s a shame, because his progress as a shinobi was fascinating to see.
To discover that Rock Lee possessed no ninjutsu abilities and compensated for them entirely with his taijutsu is just great, with the duel against Gaara being the best combat in the whole Chunin Exams arc. It’s a bad he never achieved these heights throughout the series, save for one instance of drinking sake and then engaging in some interesting combat.
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Maki Zenin (Jujutsu Kaisen)
The Zenin family is one of the most powerful families in Jujutsu Kaisen’s universe, therefore it’s strange that two of their daughters have acquired so little cursed power. This is especially true for Maki, who was born as a non-sorcerer.
To her credit, she never let her disability prevent her from becoming a Jujutsu Sorcerer. Her physical talents are extraordinary, allowing her to cast curses that should be far beyond her reach.
Master Roshi (Dragon Ball)
Master Roshi is a well-known Dragon Ball character whose lessons assisted Goku in mastering the trademarked Kamehameha technique. While he was largely absent from the events that followed Dragon Ball Z, he still had a few tricks up his sleeve.
This was shown during the Tournament of Power, when Roshi expended all of his energy on defeating a large number of opponents. He may not have had the greatest influence, but seeing Goku’s sensei back in action was a thrill to witness.
Hitoshi Shinso (My Hero Academia)
Hitoshi Shinso is a fascinating character that has a unique Quirk that allows him to hypnotize his opponent. However, this Quirk is particularly beneficial in one-on-one battles where he wants to trick the target into responding to what he says.
He appeared to be little more than a gimmick adversary that Midoriya had to defeat during the Summer Festival tournament. However, in Season 5, he truly comes into his own as a fascinating character, employing Aizawa’s Binding Cloth to boost his combat talents while also employing his Brainwashing Quirk to great use.
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Mumen Rider (One-Punch Man)
One-Punch Man is one of the most amusing and fun manga series out there, and fans can’t wait for the third season to arrive. While Saitama is unquestionably the best part of the program, the other characters also have their moments to shine.
This is especially true in the instance of Mumen Rider, who risks his life to save civilians while being fatally outmatched in his fight against the Deep Sea King. His valiant attempts alone demonstrate that Mumen Rider is a formidable character despite lacking any abilities that would allow him to excel as a superhero.
Berserk is one of the most well-known seinen mangas of all time. Guts’ journey through treachery, sorrow, rejection, and every other tragedy is a joy to watch. While wandering around the countryside, he meets a variety of fascinating personalities who become his comrades over time.
Isidro is one such pipsqueak that proves to be surprisingly effective in battle. Isidro compensates for his small stature and lack of power with smart weaponry and precise throws.
Kazuma Kuwabara (Yu Yu Hakusho)
Yu Yu Hakusho is a classic series that should be read by any fan of old-school shonen awesomeness. The story of Yusuke and his friends as they battle demonic threats over and over again is truly captivating.
Kuwabara, Yusuke’s best buddy, serves as comic relief for the majority of the series. Even his abilities aren’t particularly impressive, however the way he utilizes his Spirit Sword allows him to defeat someone as powerful as the elder Toguro brother despite the odds being stacked against him.
Zenitsu Agatsuma (Demon Slayer)
This is an entry that will likely enrage many fans. After all, Zenitsu is far from a weak guy, with incredible powers after he loses consciousness.
Rather, his “weakness” stems from the fact that he has only learned the first type of Lightning Breathing. Instead of allowing this to hold him back, Zenitsu perfects this stance to a T and employs his own unique variations to annihilate every opponent who gets in his path.
Reigen Arataka (Mob Psycho 100)
Reigen Arataka is one of the coolest anime characters ever, and the only one on this list that lacks any exceptional abilities. Instead, it is his self-assurance that enables him to deal with the majority of the difficulties that arise.
Reigen makes an appearance in the program when Mob’s powers are unintentionally transferred into him for a short period of time, allowing him to wreak havoc on the members of Claw. It’s a fantastic sequence in the show… and it’s also the reason for his demise.
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