A character whose power seems to far exceed most of the other characters, or at least, a group they belong too. Don't mistake them for The Big Guy, because they're not necessarily physically strong, they just have a lot of power. This can translate to simply having a great deal of endurance or a lot of Chi (possibly both). Their strengths are durability, being able to use techniques that are dangerous for most (likely because of the first strength), and endurance. Common weaknesses are arrogance, unnecessary risk taking, having to eat a lot to provide all the energy they need, and gravitating towards the Idiot Ball. Powerhouses aren't known for strategy, preferring to charge in without thinking even after that gets them smacked around a few times (although there are exceptions). However, this does not always make them a burden, as they will often pull a Deliberate Injury Gambit and can outlast anyone in one-on-one combat (aside from the Evil Counterpart, of course). They're also likely to be Unskilled, but Strong, but they often grow in skill as the series progresses, mitigating this weakness. If anyone tries to get a read on their Power Level, expect them to say that the Readings Are Off the Scale...or over nine thousand. Bonus points if it makes the reading device blow up.
Examples:Anime and Manga
- Ichigo from Bleach is rare example of an intelligent powerhouse. Doesn't stop him from grabbing the Idiot Ball anyway.
- And Kenpachi. If he's not this trope, no one is!
- Naruto from...er...Naruto. Mostly because of the giant nine-tailed fox sealed inside him.
- He's not the only one, Kisame is an evil example of this trope. Oddly, he isn't Naruto's Evil Counterpart.
- Black Star from Soul Eater is probably the quintessential example.
- Goku from Dragon Ball and especially Dragonball Z.
- The Ancient God Cards from Yu-Gi-Oh, and three sacred beasts from Yu-Gi-Oh GX.
- Hayate Yagami from the Lyrical Nanoha franchise can pump out magical energy that dwarfs the rest of the persons of mass destruction in the shows, including the title character. Comes with being the successor to all the power of a planet-crunching Tome of Eldritch Lore.
- Kalia from El Hazard.
- She deliberately tanked the combined power of the three priestesses... laughed it off and one shots them. Makoto's attempts to access her core... were useless. She was just toying with him. Ifurita, who could level entire cities with her keystaff, COULD. NOT. HURT. HER. Kalia didn't even bother to defend herself. And when she decides to end it? She put Ifurita down in three simple moves. No showy display, not even a spark of energy to hint she was even trying.
- In case you didn't get that last bit: she made one of the powerful beings in El Hazard her bitch, and made it look easy. At one point, it's even implied that Kalia may have responsible for wiping out several (if not dozens of) Ifuritas!
- Did we mention this chick exists to wipe out existence? Yeah, that too. Total Pint-Sized Powerhouse right there.
- Jack Rakan from Mahou Sensei Negima!. Negi and Fate come close.
- Xelloss in The Slayers. He is one of the most powerful demons, easily overpowering everyone in the party.
- The Hulk is a mixture of this and The Big Guy.
- Superman is an example of a non-stupid version... most of the time.
- Darth Vader/Anikin Skywalker from the Star Wars movies, especially the prequels.
- Godzilla is both this and The Big Guy. Especially during the Showa era where he is shown using cunning and strategy alongside his brute strength.
- The Player Character in Persona 3 is implied to be this because he is able to have more than one persona at a time.
- Starkiller in The Force Unleashed. At one point Word of God claimed he was more powerful than Luke and Vader.
- Kid Radd has a code bug that sets limit to his weapon charging damage to 2 to power to whatever number of bits system uses. For example if system is 32 bit, his max damage is at billions, and then if it was 64 bits system...
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