Stronger Than They Look

Characters that are stronger than they seem. Compare Super-Strong Child and Glacier Waif.


  • The title character from Atom Ant
  • Jo McCormick from Beetleborgs.
  • Fairy Tail's Mirajane Strauss, who's strong enough to be noted by Azuma as a demon, even when not using her powers, with just one kick.
  • Buttercup from The Powerpuff Girls, who has been considered the toughest fighter.
  • Ashley Spinelli from Recess.
  • Vul Panther, Go Yellow, and Gosei Yellow from Super Sentai. They're all Kid Appeal Characters that double as The Big Guy.
    • Gokai Yellow also plays this trope for developing acute reflexes in combat.
  • Starfire in Teen Titans: build of a willowy teenager, strength of a Flying Brick
  • Megabyte from Reboot, and that's saying something. You know he's tough, but then he chases down a speeding A.B.C. (a huge tank), leaps over it, stops it, picks it up, and destroys it. With his bare hands.
  • Karen Ichijou from School Rumble.
  • In Super Mario 64, Mario can grab Bowser by the tail, giving him a chance to do a giant swing.
    • Toad in Super Mario Bros. 2 specializes at lifting up hard stuff.
    • The Mario Bros in general. They look like fairly average plumbers, but go toe-to-toe with godlike beings (and win) frequently.
  • Momo from Project Justice has the Giant Swing special throw, per se.
  • Kirin from Koufuku Graffiti, who is seen carrying several boxes of charcoal, which Shiina comments is more than enough to cook for several dozen people.