Created By: Forlong on June 7, 2011 Last Edited By: Ekuran on September 17, 2011

The Powerhouse

Someone whose power exceeds most of the other characters.

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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.
    • Goku's son, Gohan, was probably the most powerful (individual) character by the end of the series.
  • 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.

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Web Comics
  • 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...
Community Feedback Replies: 15
  • June 7, 2011
    Ekuran
    Compare Physical God.

    • Goku's son, Gohan, was probably the most powerful (individual) character by the end of the series.
  • June 7, 2011
    Rolf
    Webcomics
    • Kidd 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...
  • June 30, 2011
    Koveras
    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.
  • June 30, 2011
    fluffything
    • 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.
  • June 30, 2011
    hevendor717
    Needs a better Laconic. Also seems like it could be a little more specific.

  • June 30, 2011
    MiinU

    Anime

    • 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 most powerful beings in El Hazard her bitch, and made it look easy. At one point, it's even implied that Kalia may have been responsible for wiping out several (if not dozens of) Ifuritas!

      • Did I mention this chick exists to wipe out existence? Yeah, that too. Total pint sized powerhouse right there.
  • June 30, 2011
    Valentine
    There are a couple of characterisation tropes mentioned that make this sound like Person Of Mass Destruction Idiot Hero, but then it says that exceptions such as Genius Bruiser are fine... so is this just Person Of Mass Destruction?
  • June 30, 2011
    OneMore
    Anime:
  • September 3, 2011
    Ekuran
    ^^I think this is mostly for characters with large power reserves, which needn't be used for destructive purposes, although it often is.
  • September 3, 2011
    CommanderPanda
    Starkiller. At one point Word Of God claimed he was more powerful than Luke and Vader.
  • September 6, 2011
    aurora369
    Xelloss in The Slayers. He is one of the most powerful demons, easily overpowering everyone in the party.
  • September 6, 2011
    Twentydragon
    It sounds like this is Pintsized Powerhouse, scaled up to gallon-size, right?

    Proofreading check: the third word should be whose, not who's.
  • September 6, 2011
    lars_h
    I find this a bit confusing and possibly inconsistent. Let's examine the claims made about such a Powerhouse:
    1. A character who's Power Level is Up To Eleven. Don't mistake this for The Big Guy, because The Powerhouse is not necessarily physically strong, he's just got a lot of power.
    2. This can translate to simply having a great deal of endurance or a lot of Chi (possibly both).
    3. The strengths of The Powerhouse are durability, being able to use techniques that are dangerous for most (likely because of the first strength), and endurance.
    4. 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.
    How much of this are conditions in the definition, and what is rather consequences that follow from it?

    It is claimed Superman would fit the definition, but Superman is (in-universe, not in real life) not a being with Power Level Up To Eleven; he's more of a ten or nine: at the top end of the scale, but still on it. The same goes for the Hulk and Darth Vader. Powers Up To Eleven is more "OMG, I didn't think anything could be that powerful!"

    Nor can I see that durability/endurance should be primary traits of someone very powerful, except possibly in a video game context. In comics there are plenty of characters which score very high in these areas without being powerful overall; Unus the Untouchable and Blob are two that come to mind. The overly powerful are more often difficult to harm because they can effortlessly deflect all attacks.

    "arrogance, unnecessary risk taking, having to eat a lot to provide all the energy they need, and gravitating towards the Idiot Ball" — this makes me think about the DCAU Flash, but he's more of a medium-weight power-vise.
  • September 8, 2011
    Damr1990
    @Rolf i think Radd would rather fall on the Glass Cannon cathergory, seeing as he is a Four Hit-points Wonder
  • September 10, 2011
    Koveras
    Dr. Manhattan from the Watchmen?
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