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  • Angel Densetsu:
    • Takes hit after hit and keeps getting up, moves faster than most people can follow, and if pushed, hits hard enough to literally send humans flying. If Kitano wasn't an Actual Pacifist, he'd be this.
    • Kitano's father is tougher, stronger, and even faster than him.
    • Surprisingly, Kuroda of all people becomes this when he's drived by the Power of Love. He can even compete with Kitano's speed.
  • Most of the Titans in Attack on Titan are much faster than their large size would suggest, but two particular examples stand out. The Female Titan is insanely fast, able to keep pace with the Survey Corps' legendary Cool Horses and capable of hardening her skin, which provides a boost to her defense and allows her to hit even harder than a normal Titan. The Armored Titan is one as well, capable of intense bursts of speed without warning. The soldiers watching are horrified, but quickly realize he's shedding the armor at his joints, exposing his Achilles' Heel in order to gain speed.
    • Levi, Humanity's Strongest Soldier, is not only scarily fast at maneuvering and killing Titans, he is also tough enough to take a hit from a Titan Shifter, survive and still win.
  • Guts from Berserk moves as fast as Fragile Speedsters like Casca and Serpico, wields a BFS with which he can do as much damage as a Mighty Glacier like Pippin (more after he adds an Arm Cannon to his arsenal), and can take more punishment than any other unenhanced human in the series bar none. Taken Up to Eleven after he gets the Berserker Armor.
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    • There's also his pseudo-Evil Counterpart, Nosferatu Zodd. Being an Apostle, his strength and speed are both superhuman, and Guts being able fight Zodd on near-equal terms is a sign of how far he's come since their first encounter.
    • Can’t forget The Skull Knight with his lightning fast and near unstoppable Horseback Heroism.
  • The title character of Birdy the Mighty, Birdy Cephon Altera, is super fast and agile, able to outrun cars, run up walls, and leap several stories. She can also destroy Mecha-Mooks with her bare hands and toss steel girders with no effort.
  • Bleach: The captains are supposed to be the pinnacle of power for Gotei 13 shinigami. However, Aizen is strong enough to destroy Komamura's bankai with one sword swing. He can catch even captain-class swords with his bare hands. He's fast enough to make Ichigo (who himself is faster than most captains) think he's teleporting. Aizen once told the captains he had redefined the definition of power, and then demonstrated why by effortlessly defeating every single captain that had ganged up on him.
    • Yamamoto is an absurd example of this as his power is enough to destroy Soul Society, can brutalize an Espada with his bare fists, and keep up with the fastest Shinigami captains with no effort at all.
    • And then there's Ichigo whose Bankai is the personification of this trope and at one point completely outclasses Aizen of all people.
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    • Sui-Feng is the fastest of the current Shinigami captains, but she's close to the level of physical strength as Komamura, and she has a high endurance, proving that she can still fight even when her left arm is cut off (she got better).
    • Not only that Arrancer have Hierro that gives them Super Toughness, some of the Espada are not only extremely strong, but also very fast. These are Starrk, Baraggan, Harribel, Ulquiorra and Grimmjow. Starrk's Sonido is nearly on the same level as Zommari's, Baraggan is surprisingly fast, Harribel could have killed Hitsugaya with her speed if he wasn't prepared for her attack. And Ulquiorra and Grimmjow are as fast as Ichigo, if not even faster.
    • Tenjiro Kirinji, who moves so fast that Sui-Feng (again, the fastest of the captains) couldn't even tell he'd moved behind her until after he'd done it and was restraining her already, meanwhile he can send Ichigo flying with nothing but a smack from a wash cloth (and after doing so, he clarified that if Ichigo hadn't been in good enough health, that wash cloth attack would very likely have killed him).
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  • In Brave10, Jinpachi is a very literal example. He's fast, extremely physically powerful, and has lightning as his element. A villainous example is Hanzo, who hits really hard, can takes a point-blank Shunko attack and survive, and is so fast that even Saizo and Kamanosuke can't keep up with him.
  • A Certain Magical Index has Saints (and similar people such as Valkyries). Any Saint can trivially level buildings, block attacks of this power level (and survive getting hit even if they don't block said attacks) and run faster than the speed of sound. Acqua of the Back takes this beyond other Saints - his unique ability, Divine Mother's Mercy, lets him draw out even more power, to the point that another Saint with 50 normal magicians as backup can't beat him.
  • The Grand Cross from Bodacious Space Pirates can be considered as an example of this. It possesses advanced gravity control technology that not only makes it insanely maneuverable, but also provides it with a shield that can easily shrug off beam attacks. In turn, it is also armed with powerful beam weapons that can destroy spacecraft in seconds, is equipped with a capable electronic warfare system, and can also remotely control up to two similarly-equipped vessels. With that said, the Grand Cross does have a number of key weaknesses: its evasion patterns are very predictable and occasionally, it must power down after attacking. The fact that it is manned by only one human crew member also renders it susceptible to boarding as well.
  • Code:Breaker revealed Takatsu Aoba to be one.
  • Cowboy Bebop:
    • Spike Spiegel, the best fighter in the Bebop crew, is this compared to his crew members and most of the enemies he encounters. Despite Jet's larger build and Faye's leaner figure, Spike is the strongest, fastest, and toughest person in the crew. Throughout the series, Spike demonstrates his Jeet Kune Do skills as well as being able to take on whole groups of armed men all the while enduring staggering amounts of pain.
    • Tongpu a.k.a. Mad Pierrot who, in addition to being stronger and faster than Spike, has some sort of energy shield to protect him from attacks. It is later downplayed however, as Spike, using a knife, manages to get past the shield and land a single attack on Tongpu, who then drops to the ground and starts crying that "it hurts". Justified, since he's also got the mind of a child.
    • Vincent Volaju, the Big Bad of the movie is the best example. In their last battle, Spike throws strike after strike at him, and Vincent hardly flinches. When Vincent hits back, Spike can barely stay on his feet.
  • New antagonist of D.Gray-Man Independant Innocence Apocryphos/unnamed cardinal establishes himself as this. A few minutes after his introduction he easily flashsteps behind expertly trained Crow member Howard Link. He is capable of tanking devastating attacks of Tyki Mikk before standing visibly unhurt due to his insane regeneration abilities. He then proceeds to outspeed Tyki. Later he manages to easily dodge every single hit of top exorcist Kanda before flashstepping behind him beore he even realizes.
  • Many Digimon fit this trope when they evolve. Often a far larger Digimon can be faster than its much smaller pre-evolution form in spite of an often massive size difference.
  • Since specialization doesn't work in the Dragon Ball Z universe, every character is either this or aspires to this. The general formula in any given arc or movie is that a villain appears who is a Lightning Bruiser compared to the heroes, Goku goes through Training from Hell or otherwise gets a power upgrade at which point HE is the Lightning Bruiser compared to the villain, and everyone else Can't Catch Up. Pretty much every character from the Namek Arc and beyond is a Lightning Bruiser. Goku, Vegeta, Gohan, The Ginyu Force, Freeza, Trunks, Goten, Piccolo, Android 17 & 18, Cell, Majin Buu... you name em'.
    • The huge muscle powerhouse villains of the non-canon movies fit the bill, the ones that can move at high speeds despite their bulk such as Super Garlic Junior, Final Form Cooler, Super Android Android 13, Bojack and Broly count as this. They often just use their muscle mass to smash the Z-Fighters (mostly Goku) at high speeds.
      • By the same token some giants characters in DBZ can move like lightning regardless of their humongous size e.g Great Ape Vegeta and Lord Slug.
  • In Fairy Tail, Laxus Dreyar is powerful enough to slap Natsu around, and dodge most of his attacks. As far as toughness, he's at least Natsu's equal. Special mention in that Laxus uses electric magic, making him a literal Lightning Bruiser.
    • Erza as well, even without any magically enhanced armors. The stats given in the Grand Magic Games prove she is this, as well as a Genius Bruiser. Mirajane counts as well, as her stats in the Grand Magic Games match Erza's.
  • In the OVA Last Order: Final Fantasy VII there are the bioaugmented like Sephiroth and Zack, the latter of whom is shown easily dodging machine gun fire from multiple shooters and causing the shooters to hit each other. Then he casually pulls his Buster Sword out of the ground with one hand — the same sword that two troopers working together couldn't even budge. Sephiroth just makes Zack look like slouch in comparison, blitzing him at high speeds in their mid air sword fight and then slashing Zack so hard with the Masamune that he gets blown out of MAKO reactor room.
    • Cloud a Badass Normal at this point can be considered this, given he stabs though Sephiroth like butter and then clashes blades with him so fast sparks fly. Cloud also is tough enough to get impaled twice by the Masamune and yet can still overpower Sephiroth.
  • In Fist of the North Star, the best fighters in the series tend to be both tough-as-nails and lightning fast. Specifically, fighters of Nanto Seiken are much faster and graceful than those of other styles, with Rei, Shu, Yuda and Jyuza being stand-out examples.
  • In Fullmetal Alchemist, the Lightning Bruisers often are so powerful that a Drama-Preserving Handicap is needed to prevent them from being too unbeatable.
    • In terms of physical strength, Sloth is one of the strongest characters in the series. In addition to having extremely tough skin, he can move faster than the eye can see, likely making him the strongest and fastest Homunculus (where Homunculi in general tend to be Lightning Bruisers compared to the average human). Sloth's Drama-Preserving Handicap: his laziness is such that he can't even bother to learn how to control his speed.
    • The Second Greed counts as well. His Ultimate Shield, an extremely hard coating of carbon he can form on top of his skin, easily makes him the most durable character in the series. He also destroys a truck with one arm and easily defeats a squad of Central's soldiers, not to mention being able to fight on almost equal terms with Wrath/Bradley. As for speed, he manages to keep up with and dodge most of Pride's and Wrath's incredibly fast attacks, even at one point showcasing the easy-to-miss speed that Sloth possesses. Greed has a Logical Weakness: some alchemists can transmute his Ultimate Shield into brittle graphite. In addition to that, for some reason, in most of his fights, Greed only shields his arms instead of his whole body. Though the original Greed mentioned that he doesn't like the way his face looks with the Shield, and the Ultimate Shield seems to take a moment to form that can be interrupted, he seems to be quicker to shield his face against some opponents than others, without much regard for how likely he is to lose otherwise.
    • Wrath is easily one of the most (if not the most) badass characters in the series, being both incredibly powerful and fast. His Drama-Preserving Handicap: unlike his Homunculi brethren, Wrath is unable to heal and regenerate meaning he only needs to be killed once. However, the single life that Wrath possesses is extremely tough and can take a huge amount of damage, making him very hard to kill. Overall, Wrath is a downplayed example of this trope.
    • Alex Louis Armstrong is one of the fastest fighters in the show, despite his large, muscular physique. In an early fight with Scar (arguably another Lightning Bruiser, being able to kill with a touch and, with difficulty, dodge gunfire), Scar commented on how Armstrong's combined speed and near-superhuman strength, along with the power of his alchemy, made him a formidable foe, to the point that Scar had to spend a while focused on dodging attacks before he could find an opportunity to strike (and his attack still didn't quite connect). At one point, Armstrong moved even faster than Sloth.
  • Major Motoko Kusanagi, the heroine of Ghost in the Shell. Since she's a cyborg (a human brain in a robot body, to be precise) she's fast, incredibly strong (she tries and almost succeeds at prying the hatch of a tank open in one scene) and agile. In the film we see her chase and take down a Brainwashed and Crazy armed thug by Roof Hopping and using her Invisibility Cloak to sneak up on him and roundhouse-kick him in the face.
  • Larger mobile suits in Gundam series often have numerous boosters and verniers to compensate for their size. The titular ZZ Gundam, for instance, is one of the largest headliner suits for a series, but also incredibly fast. Such suits often function the best in space. However, the Byarlant Custom from Mobile Suit Gundam Unicorn can also move ridiculously quicly for its size while in the atmosphere.
    • For more conventional mobile suits, the Gouf Custom from Mobile Suit Gundam: The 08th MS Team fits the bill. Fast as a thief, as well armored as a tank and armed with a 75mm gatling gun on one arm and a scimitar styled heat sword in the other, it's the ideal ground fighter for any ace pilot, as evidenced by Norris Packard's famous rampage.
    • All five Gundams in Mobile Suit Gundam Wing. Due to the fact that they are made out of from Gundanium Alloy, not only they are agile, they also resistant to most beam weapons.
  • In Heaven's Lost Property, Astraea is considered among the strongest and fastest of the Angeloids. She's even stronger than Ikaros, and while Ikaros is slightly faster, Astraea is more agile. She can stop and turn on a dime when going at super speed.
  • Alucard in Hellsing is fast enough to keep up with Fragile Speedsters like the Dandy Man. He has an insanely quick Healing Factor that renders him impossible to injure for more than a few seconds by any mundane means or most supernatural ones. Even if you get past that, he canonically cannot be killed unless you kill the shades of every person he's ever eaten, an army of millions. An army which he can summon at will on the off chance that he's up against something that can't be taken down by his already-formidable personal bag of offensive tricks.
    • Seras Victoria despite a Friendly Neighbourhood Vampire can paint the halls with foes’s blood in a matter of minutes as well and shrug off grevious injuries with her Healing Factor. Seras becomes even more of a Lightning Bruiser when she drinks Pip’s blood and becomes a true “Draculina” i.e turning into a whirlwind of death and reducing Dark Chuck Zorin Blitz into a scrap of skin.
    • Alexander Anderson, as well. On top of being incredibly fast, Anderson's physical strength is immense, being able to stagger an immortal being such as Alucard with a single punch; especially considering Alucard takes high caliber bullets to the chest standing up and is unfazed. It's taken Up to Eleven once he becomes God's Monster, Anderson can literally speedblitz the likes of Alucard faster than the vampire can react.
  • In Hunter × Hunter, Gon Freeccs is very fast, you can beat the shit out of him, but he will not give up, and even before he learnt his Megaton Punch, he had enourmous strength.
    • Hiei's Expy Killua Zoldyck is not only strong and fast like him, but he has also a very high endurance, and he will not fall down that easily like his Fragile Speedster counterpart.
    • Hisoka is not only stronger and faster than our heroes, he's also tends to ignore pain.
    • Knuckle is also stronger than Gon and Killua, and he runs fast since his childhood. And he is definitely tough.
    • The Chimera Ant Royal Guards as well. We don't see much of Shaiapouf's fighting ability, but Menthuthuyoupi is a lot faster than he looks, especially when he extrudes tentacles from his back. Neferpitou is fast enough to surprise Kite and take his arm off, but was also able to survive at least one of Gon's mentioned Megaton Punches while he was in Limit Break transformation (stated to be almost as powerful as Meruem), and rip his arm off while he was in this state.
  • In Jojos Bizarre Adventure, Jotaro's and Dio's Stands, Star Platinum and The World, are two of the strongest, most durable, and fastest Stands in the series. The World and eventually Star Platinum too is so fast that Time Stands Still because it can't keep up with The World.
  • Pretty much anyone wearing a Kamui in Kill la Kill. They're stupid strong, strong enough to make craters behind hits, make shockwaves from pure willpower, and defeat multiple enemies with one strike. They're ridiculously durable, able to take devastating hits without flinching, and survive what would be a finishing move for any other uniform. And to top it all off, they rocket around the battlefield at blinding speeds. Definite Lightning Bruiser.
    • Kill la Kill actually has tiers of Lightning Bruisers. Compared to a normal human, anyone in a Goku Uniform is a Lightning Bruiser, and each Goku Uniform gets progressively more powerful depending on the number of stars the uniform has. The first fight of the series demonstrates this by pitting an unnamed student in a One Star Uniform against Three Star student council member Ira Gamagoori. It doesn't end well. A Kamui is the equivalent of a Ten Star Uniform. A Life Fiber hybrid is even more powerful, capable of soundly defeating even a Kamui wearer. And then we have Life Fiber hybrids who are also Kamui wearers.
    • Ragyo Kiryuin even more than anyone else. Even without a Kamui she kicked Satsuki's ass, and outmatches both Ryuko and Satsuki at the same time using their full power.
  • In Lyrical Nanoha, we have several examples.
    • The knights Signum and Zest Grangaitz are extremely strong, they can keep up with the fastest people, and they have strong defenses.
    • The ground mages Subaru Nakajima and Ginga Nakajima are not as fast as the fastest Fragile Speedster, but they are much faster than most people and they have the advantage that they can move in buildings better and faster than any aerial mage; they are also very strong and their main strategy is a One-Hit Kill, and unlike the other Combat Cyborgs, they are neither Fragile Speedsters nor Glass Cannons.
    • Einhard Stratos, Miura Rinaldi and Sieglinde Jeremiah hit hard, are very fast, and they don't go down easily. This becomes more obvious when Vivio fought the former two, dealing much less damage than them. And Sieglinde is even better than them in terms of strength, speed and defense.
    • Vivio used to be this in StrikerS. When in her Sankt Kaiser Mode, she punched so hard, the whole Cradle, including the air, shook. She is damn fast, but what makes it really difficult to fight her is her Anti-Magic Field armor, which weakened incoming magical attacks. After losing that mode, she became a Fragile Speedster who lacks the AMF armor and her power, the only remaining strength that is left is her speed and reflexes. This is until Nanoha trained her; Vivio has become a Lightning Bruiser again, now completing her Sacred Defense to maximize her defense and attacking power.
    • Deville of Hückebein is The Brute who teleports in battle. Unfortunately for him, Fate Testarossa-Harlaown is still faster than him. If it wasn't for his regeneration and Anti-Magic abilities, he would be rather easy for her to take him down.
  • In My Hero Academia, All Might is the fastest, strongest, and toughest hero in the world. The downside is that ever since he suffered a Game-Breaking Injury fighting the Big Bad of the series, he can only maintain this level of strength for a gradually decreasing length of time.
  • A, the Fourth Raikage from Naruto, is a literal example of this trope. Normally, he's an enormous Scary Black Man who is capable of breaking down walls by punching them. Once in battle, he can use lightning chakra to boost his speed and reflexes to ludicrously high levels as well as shield himself. He's able to keep up with the extremely fast Sasuke, even blitz him a few times, dodge Jugo's Beam Spam at point-blank range, and dodge Sasuke's Amaterasu, a devastating fire attack that ignites whatever the user is looking at. Defensively, it can also block a sword that can easily cut through steel weapons and severely weaken an attack that could blow straight through stone. He was the fastest character in the manga since Minato Namikaze, who used deliberate Teleport Spam. The Tsuchikage, Onoki, can make him even faster by casting a jutsu on him that lightens him, and then increases his weight at the exact moment of impact for stopping power.
    • His father, the Third Raikage is also a Lightning Bruiser. He can move as fast as A's initial level of speed, and even dodged the Futon: Rasenshuriken twice despite being blinded and the attack coming from behind him. Note, the Futon: Rasenshuriken is so fast it can cross an entire mountain range in less than a second, making it at mach 70 speeds.
    • Naruto Uzumaki himself is quite the Lightning Bruiser when he's in his Sage Mode, Kurama Chakra Mode, and Tailed Beast Mode. In Sage Mode, he's strong enough to toss 10,000 ton 91 meter tall rhinos into the stratosphere and fast enough to blitz a rocket propelled Asura Path without any Pain being able to react AND keep up with the aforementioned Third Raikage. Kurama Chakra Mode is strong enough to lift massive, incredibly dense Bijudama's with one arm and is faster than the Fourth Raikage A. And in Biju Mode he's fast enough to save Kakashi and Gai from being blasted off the face of the earth from five Bijudama's-and he sends all five flying to the next zip code just by tapping and moving past them!
    • Tobirama Senju is becoming a Lightning Bruiser. He's fast enough to tag the newly empowered Obito without even knowing it and can crater a wall just by pushing his hand against it.
    • Not to be outdone, Hashirama Senju is also a Lightning Bruiser. He has the Senju lifeforce which means he has a massive amount of physical strength like his granddaughter Tsunade, and he's fast enough to outrun a Bijudama launched by Susanoo Kurama. Note, the Bijudama clocks at Mach 143 in sheer speed.
    • Rock Lee moves faster than sound and can tank getting smashed into stone, ironically subverted when he uses the Eight Gates which turns Lee into a Glass Cannon thanks to the Deadly Upgrade.
    • Sakura Haruno becomes one after completing her Yin Seal. She uses her Super Strength to punch a target, despite it moving at a fast speed, easily keeps pace with it...then smashes it with a tremendous impact.
    • Tobi/Obito was already an intangible tough man who consistently tanked fatal injuries yet survived, and was a strong One-Man Army who was fast enough to keep up with a Chakra Mode Naruto. But after becoming the Jinchuriki of the Jubi, Tobi has literally become the World's Strongest Man who easily withstands and breaks all the Four Hokages' seal and then proceeds to destroy the First and Second Hokages with terrifying power and speed in just a few seconds.
    • Possibly surpassing A or even Naruto when it comes to being a Lightning Bruiser is Might Gai when opening the Eighth Gate. Since when he did Gai moved so goddamn fast that he warped space around him and Gai’s attacks were so strong that he destroyed most of Big Bad Madara’s body. On the downside Gai almost died as result of Opening the Eighth Gate and was crippled for life afterwards.
    • Any ninja using Chidori might count for an instant; the attack is both super-fast and overwhelming. And it could be a lightning bruiser because Kakashi later named the jutsu "Lightning Blade" when it cut a bolt of lightning in half.
  • In One Piece:
    • Luffy, Zoro and Sanji, known as "The Monster Trio", are the three strongest crew members of the Straw Hat Pirates. They're also the fastest people in the crew who can take severe amounts of damage note .
    • Admiral Kizaru, whose light powers not only inflict MASSIVE damage but also allow him to be intangible and travel at the speed of light.
    • While everyone of the CP9 who mastered the Six Forms is a Lightning Bruiser, thanks to the abilities Soru and Tekkai and their enormous strength, Jabra is the most notable one because he's the only member who can move while using Tekkai.
    • Oars the undead Giant is one, thanks to having Luffy’s Shadow which allows Oars to move swiftly and hit with enough force to crush foes to paste. Zoro expresses his frustration over the fact Oars’s size and strength + Luffy’s agility and skill is an incredibly dangerous mix.
    • The fishman Jinbei, while a Lightning Bruiser on land, is especially formidable underwater. Moria lampshades it: "You're fast for a big fellow!" And post-timeskip, he kept up with Luffy.
    • Whitebeard, full stop. This guy isn't called "The World's Strongest Man" for shits and giggles. He's been thought of as more of a freaking force of nature. As of his last battle, Whitebeard was already an elderly man in his 70's (WELL out of his prime) stricken with terminal illness, of which he was in a highly advanced stage no less. During his final fight, he was taking breaks because his heart was giving out on him. Even then, Whitebeard flash stepped Akainu, an Admiral who didn't even notice until he was warned of Whitebeard's ambush, and promptly knocked him unconscious with a single hit. On top of that, Whitebeard had HALF HIS FACE burned off and still went on to split an island in HALF.
    • Doflamingo. He's fast as hell, hits like an out-of-control dump truck, and can shrug off just about anything.
    • Charlotte Linlin aka Big Mom one of the Yonko of the Seas, sure she's built like a blimp but she has the force of wrecking ball and is 10x as durable; Big Mom can even break open a iron just by charging though it like a stiff breeze. Her sheer unstoppable terror is shown in all it's glory at the end of the Whole Cake Island Arc when she chases the Strawhats down to very borders of her country and only stops when she gets the cake she wants.
      • Her second son Charlotte Kakakuri is twice as much a Lightning Bruiser as his mother being built like a hunky tank with the speed of a bullet train. Katakuri is strong enough to effortlessly defeat Ichiji (Sanji's eldest brother), out-speed the very fast Carrot and gave Luffy the beating of a life time all while tanking attack after attack. Add master Observation Haki to the pot and Katakuri is so strong that half the fandom honestly believes Luffy only won against him thanks to a high degree of Plot Armour.
    • Kaido is shown to be superior to Luffy's Gear 4th in any way. He no-sells all of the latter's attack despite said Super Mode, and after Kaido had enough, he took Luffy out with one swing of his mace within a blink of an eye.
  • One-Punch Man's Saitama can take city-destroying attacks head-on without receiving a single scratch, is strong enough to effortlessly kill said city-destroying monsters/villains with one single punch and has lightning-fast movements that leave solid Speed Echoes from the sheer speed, with reflexes and senses to match. Several characters note how out this world his power seems and he is at one point described as a Physical God. Him being this has Saitama bored because the whole hero business got too easy for his tastes and longs for a Worthy Opponent with whom he can give his all.
    • Other heros, villains und monsters also fall into this category but to a lesser extent:
      • Genos is ridiculously fast, particularly when using his flames to boost his speed, powerful enough to level five story buildings with ease, and as a cyborg can ignore any damage that doesn't physically prevent him from moving. He still loses more battles
      • Lord Boros was so fast he melted his surroundings just by moving around, was strong enough to rip of a huge chunk of his own spacecraft and was the first character shown to actually survive a single punch from Saitama.
      • "Hero Killer" Garou at his peak is a Lightning Bruiser giftet in martial arts. He curbstomps several S-class heroes and threat-level demon Monsters. He then fights Saitama who is happy to have found someone for (from his perspective) a semi-serious sparring match.
  • Outlaw Star has the resident Cat Girl Aisha, who is not only super strong but also incredibly durable and very agile, which could apply to her entire species, the Ctarl-Ctarl. The only other crew member who comes close is Suzuka, who outclasses Aisha in speed and has very deadly sword techniques, but is otherwise a normal human.
  • Pokémon has Ash's Pikachu. Strong enough to beat a Mega Gyrados, extremely fast as well.
  • In Rurouni Kenshin, Hiko Seijuro, stated by the writer to be THE most powerful and skilled character in the series, is stronger, faster, and most importantly, tougher than Kenshin (and everyone else).
  • Sailor Moon has Minako Aino. The manga shows her tolerating good amounts of pain, perform a Flash Step and take down Makoto (that has explicit Super Strength) with a single kick, but the anime brought her Up to Eleven: having someone look in your Dream Mirror is so painful to make people faint and stay out for a while, yet Minako resisted more than anyone else in spite of having two villains looking through it (and was apparently excited by the experience) and recovered in a couple minutes; right after her painful experience, she broke through metal manacles (Artemis was scared when she did this, but considering he had just told her to do it it's probable he was scared by her being beyond furious) before single-handedly utterly kicking the ass of Hawk's Eye, Tiger's Eye and two Lemures; and she can outrun cars after having her Pure Heart Crystal extracted (anyone else just fainted due the extreme weakness).
  • Cosmo users in Saint Seiya. They can hit as hard as tanks, take a few of those hits (and even more when wearing their armor) and move at the speed of sound... And those are the weak ones, the typical Bronze Saints and equivalents. Silver Saints (and equivalents) are far stronger (one once demolished a mountain. With one hit) and move between mach 2 and 5, and those on the level of Gold Saints move at the speed of light, can hit far harder than the usual Silver Saint, and take a few of their own attacks without armor-or just ignore the mightiest attacks of anyone who is not on their level.
  • Super Dimension Fortress Macross features the Variable Fighter Transforming Mecha, which are generally fast but thinly armored due to their alternate mode being aircraft. The addition of the Super Pack turns it into one of these, retaining the high speed and transforming ability, but providing additional protection in the form of applique armor and additional missile and gun racks. The related Armor Pack is more of a Mighty Glacier situation, as the VF loses the ability to transform into a fast fighter craft in favor of slab-sided defense and lots of missiles. Notably, the Zentraedi Glaug Officer Pod is not this in spite of its fearsome appearance: it has quick handling and powerful weaponry, but like all Zentraedi units its armor is quite poor against human weapons, making it more of a Glass Cannon.
  • Sword Art Online has Kirito, who exhibits a preference for heavy swords throughout the series and has in-game reflexes so lightning-fast that, in SAO, it granted him the ability to use Dual Wielding skills. Later on in the series, he crosses swords with Yuuki, who is just as powerful a sword fighter as him and even faster.
  • Tokyo Ghoul has several notable examples, separating themselves from the usual balanced approach of most types of Ghouls.
    • Ken Kaneki becomes one over the course of the story, developing from a Glass Cannon into a faster, tougher opponent that can run circles around most foes, hit with incredible force, and capable of healing almost instantly from most damage.
    • Retired Badass Yoshimura turns out to be one, with Instant Armor that can tank all but the strongest attacks and an Ukaku's natural speed. His Flechette Storm is stated to hit with the force of a shotgun blast, demolishing most things in his path.
    • The legendary One-Eyed Owl is one under normal circumstances, noted for having speed, strength, and endurance beyond any other Ghoul in the series. It loses some of this speed when it takes on a larger armored form, but is still quick enough to dodge a lightning-based attack.
    • Shachi hits devastatingly hard, moves faster than even fellow example Kaneki can follow, and is tough enough to endure his attacks without trouble. To top it all, he barely uses his kagune, relying mostly on kicks and strikes.
    • Koutarou Amon is a more realistic version of the trope, due to only being human. Even so, other Investigators are shown to react in awe to his combination of strength, agility, and endurance. He's one of the few characters capable of taking on Kaneki.
    • Kishou Arima takes this up to eleven considering he is just a normal human. His most notable feats include overwhelming and defeating the legendary One-Eyed Owl twice and also effortlessly subduing Kaneki. He's not called the CCG's Death God for nothing.
    • The sequel adds another one: After being Reforged into a Minion, Seidou Takizawa is shown to be incredibly strong even by Ghoul standards, incredibly fast, and able to shrug off injuries without missing a beat. Little surprise, when one considers he was made a Half-Human Hybrid through the use of Yoshimura's organs.
  • Yusuke Urameshi from YuYu Hakusho is fast, strong and tough like hell.

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