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  • The Key of the Twilight from .hack//SIGN is rumored for being this within the confines of The World. It is said it allows the user to contradict the rules of the system and basically do whatever the hell they feel like doing. The REAL Key of the Twilight is Aura. She herself can do this (as her daughter later demonstrates) and is more or less the world itself.
  • Akame ga Kill!:
    • Akame's Murasame injects a lethal venom into the blood of whomever it cuts, killing them once it reached their heart. There's no known cure for it either. Naturally, most of her important fights are against enemies that can get around it in someway. The two most obvious weaknesses (poison doesn't work on machines or zombies) come up more than once, and of course enemies turn up that are very hard to hit in the first place.
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    • Mine's Pumpkin increases in power the more danger Mine is in, becoming a Wave-Motion Gun at its strongest level. The nature of Pumpkin means that moreso than any other Night Raid member, Mine can punch far above her weight.
    • Chelsea's Gaea Foundation allows her to take on the form of anything from a cat to another human being, voice and all. From what was shown, the only limit is that it doesn't seem to give her the ability to copy the powers of whoever she turns into, because if that were the case she'd just need to turn into Esdeath, and...well, see below.
    • Esdeath's Demon's Extract can create ice from nothing, lots of ice. Because she can create ice without limitation, her powers can be used for all sorts of tasks. She can use ice to create bridges, give her a vantage spot, restrain or kill individuals, and flight, etc. Esdeath even took her power to another level by developing Mahapadma, an ability to freeze time within a certain area once a day. She later shows the ability to created entire armies of ice soldiers. Quite literally, the only things that limit the usage of her Teigu are both her own stamina and imagination.
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    • Zank the Beheader's Spectator, is among the most versatile Teigu in the story. It grants Zank five abilities (Combat Clairvoyance, Master of Illusion, Super Senses, Telepathy, X-Ray Vision) that when properly used in conjunction allows him to fight on par with Akame. In the hands of a much more experienced combatant, it would have made them invincible.
    • Syura's Shambhala can teleport himself or others to fixed locations. In the manga, Syura once mentioned he had a last resort plan to defeating his opponents by teleporting them in the middle of an active volcano. Naturally with such overpowering ability, the story finds ways to prevent Syura from ever doing just that before his death and his teigu destroyed.
  • Aquarion Logos: The titular mecha has the power to erase entire concepts from reality and by extension anything associated with them. Add a wide arsenal of powers from the pilots and an Infinity +1 Sword and you get its final form, the Aquarion Logos Genesis.
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  • In Arachnid, Alice Fujii has a Disability Superpower that lets her see things in slow motion, learn loads of information amazingly fast and make up complex plans in instants. This is coupled with the Kumoito, a Razor Floss weapon that fires a mind-controlled knife that lets out thread traps over a large range. Sooner or later, she gets anyone All Webbed Up to be garroted to death, and oh boy, Alice eats Crazy-Prepared for breakfast and is Made of Iron. It gets to the point Alice no scopes a sniper sitting miles away from her, which causes her to lose the Kumoito for the rest of the story.
  • Attack on Titan:
    • Captain Levi Ackermann is the World's Strongest Man of Paradis Island. He's an expert Titan killer to the point of being a One-Man Army and is one of the only characters who has been shown to take down a Titan Shifter with just blades. He's so powerful that he had to be injured and kept out of action during the Clash of the Titans arc so he didn't immediately kill Reiner and Bertholdt, which happens again During the climax of the War for Paradis, because he probably would've killed Eren immediately.
    • The War-Hammer Titan is a Titan that can use hardening to create complex weapons and structures, in addition to being able to be controlled remotely by a Shifter in an nigh-impenetrable coccoon. Suffice to say that had this Titan been the one to attack the Island, the Survey Corp would've never stood a chance.
    • The Founding Titan as wielded by Eren Yeager has absolute control over the minds and bodies of all Eldians, Titan or Human. The only reason the Alliance is able to even stand against him is because he allows it.
  • Claire Stanfield from Baccano! has a story-breaking Charles Atlas Superpower — despite being ostensibly a normal human, he's strong enough to take on anyone in the series (and a few in other series), including the resident demon/Eldritch Abomination and a vampire. Word of God is that he purposely didn't give Claire his own plotline because there's no one in the series who could possibly challenge him, which generally doesn't make for the most interesting story. He says he is tied for the third strongest character in The 'Verse, alongside a man whose body's natural strength limitations have been removed and a demon, only losing out to an Eldritch Abomination that's a black hole and a character whose defining characteristic is being the strongest man ever.
  • Baki the Grappler: Hanma Yuujiro, the strongest creature on Earth. Able to fight anyone and win, earthquakes and the USA included. Just by Charles Atlas Superpower, because he fights so well.
  • Black Cat invokes this with Leon, a twelve-year-old boy who can manipulate air. As Eve notes, Leon could kill any member of the cast that he wanted to, simply by dispersing the air around them. Luckily, he's too young to think of this, and instead resorts to trying to blow Eve away, enabling her to defeat him.
  • Julius Novachrono in Black Clover. His Time Magic lets him reduce enemies to dust by touch, move at incredible speed, and stop most attacks and restore himself by changing the flow of time. As a result, the Magic Knights face the Third Eye in locations far away from the Royal Capital where Julius could help.
  • Bleach:
    • Aizen's Shikai is complete control over the five senses. Once hypnotized by the Shikai, a person will always be so vulnerable to the illusions they won't even know they're ensnared. Since everyone of note in Soul Society has been hypnotized, it's impossible for them to beat him, even when working together. Ichigo only stood a chance because he had not been ensnared and, by the time they fought, Aizen was so drunk on power that he willfully discarded using his sword's Shikai due to the belief he had gained even better Story-Breaker Powers than ever.
    • Letzt Stil vastly inflated Uryuu Ishida's abilities to such a degree he was capable of one-shotting both a captain and his Bankai at the same time. It gives him complete control over spiritual particles. In a world made entirely out of those, it can destroy the world itself to give him limitless power. The ability is temporary, though, burning out the Quincy who uses it, destroying their power forever. Uryuu later regains his power due to Parent ex Machina and eventually the story introduces a different variant of this technique called Vollständig, which can be used freely because it doesn't burn out the Quincy's power afterwards.
    • Ichigo's Final Getsuga Tenshou easily defeated Aizen when Aizen was at his most powerful. As with Uryuu's Letzt Stil, using this form was temporary and burned out Ichigo's powers quickly. Also like Uryuu, Parent ex Machina ensures that he eventually does regain his powers.
    • Orihime possesses a Reality Warper power that is an in-universe mystery. Characters have speculated that she can do anything if she believes she can and that she's never tapped into her full potential. She is exactly as strong as she believes she is, which is both her greatest strength and her greatest weakness. Her personality is her limitation. She's so gentle, pacifistic, kind and unassuming that she cannot harm others, not even enemies. Later combining her weak offensive powers with her defensive ones does make for a potent technique, however.
    • Yamamoto's Shikai is capable of killing every person for many miles around and he has to erect barriers to protect humans living outside the battlefield before he'll use it. The only way to combat Yamamoto is to seal his power and then fight him physically. Even then, Yamamoto is so overpowering, he can thrash the enemy with his bare fists alone... and if that's not enough, his spiritual power is enormous as well. His Bankai, Zanka no Tachi, is The Power of the Sun. Activating it will destroy the world by accident if switched on for too long.
    • Barragan's Respira invokes Rapid Aging and Make Them Rot on everything it touches, causing any physical defense or offense to crumble before him. This makes it near impossible to even get near him, and the only reason Aizen beat him in the backstory is because he pulled his illusions on him, killed his army, and took him down before he could activate it. It took teleporting a decaying object into Barragan's body to kill him, as he had a secondary power in place to protect his own body from rotting away. Not for nothing with this power he was the undisputed Hollow King and the self-proclaimed God of Hueco Mundo.
    • As the Quincy progenitor, Yhwach possesses all Quincy powers, as well as the ability to give people power by lending them pieces of his soul. He can call back the soul shards at will, depriving the recipient of their power and life, to increase his strength. In battle, Quincies unknowingly infect their opponents with his soul shards, allowing Yhwach to steal life and power from both Quincies and their enemies. He can use this power recall to resurrect fallen Quincies, literally choosing who lives and dies at any moment. Once he understands someone's power, his Schrift ability kicks in, allowing him to see into that person's future, letting him to develop counters to their techniques before they have even been used. It's not for nothing that his Sternritter title is "The Almighty".
      • It's later revealed that the true power of The Almighty is the power to change the entire future. It isn't really well-defined, but he's used it to instantly break Ichigo's Bankai and set up traps in all the places Ichigo steps. In the final battle, it's revealed that when fully activated, Yhwach can see and alter all possible futures. This would've made him completely invincible, except that Yhwach's power ultimately still relies on sight. As such, he's vulnerable to Aizen's illusions, which cause him to see and alter false futures instead of real ones. This allows Uryuu to momentarily seal Ywhach's power and Ichigo to kill him. Thus, Yhwach was so broken that 3 other broken characters, including the previous Big Bad, had to team up to overcome him.
    • If not for Yhwach's even greater power countering him, Ichibē Hyōsube of the Royal Guard would've been this. He has the ability to inherently know the true name of everything, in a universe where names and power are one and the same, and are actually crucial. His ultimate ability is to seal away and alter names, changing or eliminating people's powers and very identity in any way he sees fit. Against Yhwach, he erased his name to take away his powers and memory, then gave him the name of an insect so that he could be effortlessly squashed. Against absolutely anyone else, this would've been an unbeatable attack, and even Yhwach could've been killed by it... if his own "The Almighty" power hadn't kicked in first to preemptively counter Ichibē.
    • Gerard Valkyrie, one of Yhwach's Schutzstaffel, has the Schrift "The Miracle", which transforms all damage inflicted on him, up to lethal injuries, into power-ups, basically making him more powerful the more his enemies kill him.note  To put his power into perspective, each of his fellow Schutzstaffel is taken down by one or two captain-level combatants. Gerard, on the other hand, happily takes on the remaining Gotei 13 squad, which at this point still contains five captains, without breaking a sweat. He only dies after Yhwach executes another Auswahlen after defeating Ichigo, killing Gerard in the process.
  • A Certain Magical Index:
    • There are so many characters that are explicitly so powerful that, if they are put anywhere else, that story will probably end in moments. Accelerator can casually shatter continents and defeat opponents while sleeping. Vento of the Front can make you fall into a coma if you ever think even the slightest negative or confrontational thing about her anywhere in the universe that's impossible to defend against except with a Power Nullifier or Anti-Magic. These are just the human characters that appear in the anime season 1 and 2, and the list increase exponentially (in both numbers and effectiveness) as the novels go on.
    • Even counting all of the magical human characters, almost nobody can really top the angels on the power scale, which have the capability to utterly annihilate all life on Earth within minutes, and that's nowhere near their full strength. Fortunately, angels are not particularly hostile: the two times one has been fought, it was being compelled to fight against its will. The only human character (not counting the Ambiguously Human ones) that can take them on is Fiamma of the Right.
    • Taken Up to Eleven in the second half of the series, New Testament. It introduces a character (One-Eyed Othinus) that can destroy and create universes at will. And she is the Big Bad. The only reason why there is even a plot is because there are people who could do similar things and they either let her be (Aleister Crowley) or are using her (the True Gremlin group).
  • In Charlotte, most superpowers are, as Yuu puts it, "half-assed," since they're either ostensibly great powers with crippling drawbacks, completely useless, dangerous to the user or some combination of the three. One exception, however, is Yuu and Ayumi's older brother, Shunsuke has the ability to use Mental Time Travel to return to the past and change history. The cost of the power is his eyesight, but Shunsuke is able to use his power to predict lottery numbers, undo undesirable outcomes and eventually build up a foundation to shelter kids with superpowers. His power is so broken that he loses it at the start of the story. Yuu is later able to obtain that power, which he uses to prevent Ayumi's death, but then loses an eye along with the power the next time he gets into a situation in which he needs to use it.
  • Code Geass:
    • The Geass of protagonist Lelouch vi Britannia is a mind-control power that forces someone to follow one of his commands without any ability to resist. To combat this, the show gives him a Restraining Bolt in the fact that his Geass can only be used once on any specific person, though there is no specific limit to how complex, long, and detailed that one instruction is, which means that a pre-planned use of the Geass could allow Lelouch to command the actions of a person's entire life over the course of several hours. He also values free will and is The Fettered; once he loses his fetters, he starts ordering people "become my slave", which gives him unlimited control over them.
    • Mao's Geass is a mind-reading power that lets him see the thoughts of multiple people at his choosing. He can even figure out what you're really thinking if you try to think multiple thoughts at once. This makes him Lelouch's worst enemy and Too Powerful to Live, because Mao makes Lelouch's intelligent mind a near-worthless asset and has the power to end the story by exposing all of his secrets. The sole reason he doesn't is because Mao's more interested in toying with Lelouch to get C.C. back. Lelouch loses his first encounter with Mao badly, but learns Mao's weaknesses to defeat him in their subsequent bouts. Mao's Geass has a limited spherical range of 500 meters, concentrating on one person limits his range much further, and because he's had said power for most of his life he's never learned to rely on his own intellect to outmaneuver a foe. It also cannot read thoughts that have been erased from one's mind.
    • Charles zi Britannia's Geass allows him to both alter the memory of others and seal their Geass powers. Charles can make you believe you were an entirely different person all your life, and unlike his son, he can use his power multiple times on the same person. However, it's one of the few Geass powers that can be overcome with Heroic Willpower should its victims find a trigger that reminds them of their true past. Without that weakness, The Bad Guy Wins would have been in full effect after Charles used it on Lelouch.
    • Rolo Lamperouge's Geass freezes time from the perspective of others besides himself, which also freezes them in place. It doesn't need eye contact and has a wide enough radius that Rolo can use his Geass against Knightmare Frame pilots within his own Frame. When viewed by others under his influence, Rolo appears to Flash Step with great frequency. The real reason for that though, is the flaw with Rolo's Geass that causes his heart to stop beating the longer his power is active. Without that, Rolo would be invincible in a one-on-one fight.
  • Danganronpa 3: The End of Hope's Peak High School:
    • Being a robot, Miaya Gekkougahara was completely immune to the drugs and poisons given to the participants of the final killing game. This means that violating her Forbidden Action wouldn't affect her, and she could stay active during the sleep cycles. That being said, once Monaca relinquished control of her, she was quickly destroyed before Komaru, who briefly controlled the robot, or the auto-pilot robot itself, was able to use this ability to their advantage.
    • Izuru Kamakura is easily the most talented character in the entire series. However, due to his Bystander Syndrome, he rarely uses his full potential. When working with Junko, he mostly just observes her actions and rarely acts unless it's to defend himself. His biggest, intended, contribution to Junko's cause is when he gave Nagito a Game-Breaking Injury, if only because Nagito's own Story-Breaker Power would have resulted in him killing Junko. Even when he decided to work against Junko, he still gave Junko a fighting chance to win just to see if her despair was more unpredictable than hope.
    • Between his keen intelligence and overwhelming luck, Nagito was one of the few people that could have actually stopped Junko, in a story that ultimately has to end with Junko winning. In order to prevent Nagito from beating Junko, he was conveniently Put on a Bus when she first arrived at Hope's Peak, and didn't return until Junko was near the final stages of her plans to cause the Tragedy. When he does face off against Junko, he ends up receiving a Game-Breaking Injury from Izuru, who has an even greater Story-Breaker Power than Nagito. His injury ends up putting him out of commission during Class 77-B's attempt to save Chisa, a situation where his classmates needed his help the most.
    • Ryouta Mitarai caries around a brainwashing video in his phone. Naturally, this would handily diffuse almost any conflict he was faced with, so his NG Code prevented him from using his Ultimate Animator talent, which in turn prevented him from brainwashing anyone. Once the NG Codes stop being a problem, he starts brainwashing people liberally.
    • Seiko Kimura turns out to be one, though it's only found out in Side:Hope. Although she is a skilled fighter on her own, her real story breaking power was the fact that she was able to create "Antagonist" a drug capable of slowing down the poison injected by the NG Code for hours, enough for someone else come to the rescue and save the life of the victim of poison, rendering NG Codes useless on the game. She is killed after making the medicine, but before she could tell anyone about it, but it's enough to save Kirigiri's life.
  • Date A Live: Some of the Spirits possess powers that are more useful than others.
    • Kurumi's Zafkiel gives her so many abilities that will allow her to solve most of the plot (threats from most of the Deus Ex Machina Industries, the Mysterious Past and Laser-Guided Amnesia that happen to many characters). From hindsight, it's obvious why Shido hasn't been able to seal her powers yet.
    • Nia's Rasiel is literally omniscient and can render most of the plot threads moot. So it's no wonder the Crystal got split between Nia and Westcott, so their omniscience would be blocking each other's.
    • Mukuro's Michael allows for nearly untraceable teleportation and can lock away traits of anything it touches. Mukuro can even lock information away from someone and stop the Earth's rotation. Surprisingly though, Shido actually does manage to seal Mukuro and gain Michael's powers.
    • The game Date A Live: Rinne Utopia introduces Rinne Sonogami with her Eden. Which can create an entire world, manipulate both the events occuring and the time flowing within it, rewrite memories and One-Hit Kill people with a single touch of the Angel. Needless to say, it's pretty story-breaking if the game is canon to the light novels. So, although Rinne is sealed, her very nature as an Energy Being will make sealing a fatal process for her, and her Eden's destruction will result in her being Ret Goned from existence.
  • Digimon:
    • Omnimon, introduced in the movie Our War Game immediately leapt to being the most powerful Digimon in the anime at the time and remains one of the top 5 strongest Digimon in the animated franchise (his exact spot on the list is debatable, as his opening feat remains probably the most extreme example of power in the series. The other top-class Digimon appeared in 1v1 battles). In his first appearence, he faces off against at least 16,000 (upped to a million in the dub) Mega-level digimon, each one more powerful than either WarGreymon or MetalGarurumon individually, and annihilates them. In his first move, he reflects hundreds of attacks back at them and at no point appears to even try. The only reason the final copy (changed to the original in the dub) lasted as long as it did was that with room to move, it could actually flee in abject terror. Like Angemon, Omnimon was severely nerfed in his 02 appearance, seemingly waylaid by a swarm of baby Digimon, having more trouble with Diaboromon one on one and getting curb-stomped by Armageddamon. The nerfing was spectacularly undone in "Digimon Adventure Tri" when he went up against Alphamon, a Digimon with powers equal to his own in Our War Game. After literally ignoring everything thrown at him (including WarGreymon and MetalGarurumon), he takes one look at Omnimon and powers up to his strongest form. The shockwaves from their first connection leveled the surrounding buildings, and Omnimon goes on to gain the upper hand before Alphamon's tactical retreat. He's later able to fight evenly in a four-way battle with Alphamon, Jesmon and Raguelmon (who took out all the other Megas with just the shockwaves caused by Alphamon attacking Jesmon). It's then taken even further when he gains a mode change by absorbing the other partner Megas, transfoming into the very broken Merciful Mode. He would undergo minor-Worfing again in the final movie in the original continuity, where he is unable to access Merciful Mode and has to fight the incredibly powerful Eosmon one on one. He puts up a much better fight than against Armageddemon but still goes down. Agumon and Gabumon then access their own individual storybreaker powers by evolining into their Bond Mega forms.
    • In Digimon V-Tamer 01, Arkadimon is pretty much the most powerful Digimon period. It can damage a Mega-level Digimon at the in-training stage. Not just any Mega, but the above-mentioned Piedmon (to be fair he was already injured but that is a five level difference for a monster that still had five more levels to evolve to!).
      • The protagonist's very own partner, Zeromaru. As pointed out, it's usually more than just his uncanny strength that gets him by in fights (since many of his opponents are higher leveled) but when he reaches his Mega stage...he unlocks the Ulforce, a Healing Factor so strong that he can recover from instant death attacks! Even Daemon had to negate it before he started whooping ass.
    • Taiki Kudo and Shoutmon serve as an in-story example in Digimon Xros Wars: The Young Hunters Who Leapt Through Time. As the legendary general and the Digimon King respectively who saved the world in the preceding Digimon Xros Wars, the Watch Man is understandably concerned that his very presence will destabilize the balance of the Digimon-hunting game. So far, he's being proven very correct - Taiki and Shoutmon have spent most of the series so far effortlessly curbstomping everything that Tagiru and Yuu have trouble handling.
    • Digimon Xros Wars itself has Shoutmon X7 Superior Mode. He digixrosses with thousands, if not, millions, of Digimon that appeared in the entire Digital World, and one-shots the Big Bad with it in one slash. Consequently, it has NEVER appeared again since.
  • Lucy becomes this by the end of the Elfen Lied manga. Her vectors become so strong that she can single-handedly combat an entire army with little apparent effort. Partially subverted in that she was unable to sustain that level of power for long, and ignoring her limitations caused her to turn to mush.
  • Fairy Tail:
    • Most of the Spriggan Twelve fall into this concept, with abilities like Time Stands Still, the ability to bring the strongest people that someone's faced Back from the Dead, and a combination of Power Copying and Anti-Magic. As a result, most of them require teamwork to defeat, needing some of the most powerful heroes (including those with tailor-made weaknesses for the Spriggans' powers) to work together in order to win since even with those weaknesses, they can't win on their own.
      • Brandish μ is the end result of What Kind of Lame Power Is Heart, Anyway? taken Up to Eleven, possessing Sizeshifter magic so potent she can shrink landmasses as large as an island into tiny rocks for her to stand on. Her Red Baron is "Nation Destroyer" for a reason, but unfortunately she may as well be called the "Interesting Fight Destroyer" too; The issue with Brandish's magic is that there's no stated limitation on what she can grow or shrink, since we've seen her use it on people without thier consent without suffering any ill effects, and according to DiMaria she can easily kill people by enlarging their organs into exploding, so it doesn't possess anything like a line of sight or physical contact condition. All of this results in Brandish getting 2 fights ever; The first ends due to a random bout of allergies leaving her open for a sucker punch and the latter was the same fight where we learned how easily she'd have killed Lucy if she wasn't holding back.
      • DiMaria Yestia is the Time Stands Still wizard mentioned earlier, and like Brandish she's what happens when you fail to give decent limitations on someone's powers. DiMaria doesn't seem to exhaust herself at all when she freezes time using Age Seal, nor is there an explicit limit to how long she can maintain her time stop. She herself brings up that all she'd need to do afterwards is behead her opponents with her sword. And that's just her basic spell; DiMaria is actually a God Take Over wizard who can use Chronos to assume even more ridiculous spells, like an attack that makes you feel every bit of pain you ever felt in life all at once. In practice, the only real way anyone managed to defeat her is with time magic of their own, or anti-God magic they happened to have at the time. In execution, the story had to resort to a grand total of 3 Deus ex Machina in a row to enable DiMaria's defeat over two separate fights.
    • Acnologia has the most broken ability of anyone in the series bar none, above even the actual immortals in the series: the ability to devour and negate any magic in existence, no matter what kind. About the only things truly capable of threatening him are creatures with the physical strength of dragons and above, and he's had plenty of experience killing those kinds of beasts over the past 400 years. The only reason the heroes were able to defeat him was because they were able to stop him from negating and absorbing Natsu's ultimate Dragon-Slayer attack through a complicated series of events.
  • Fist of the North Star has the eponymous Hokuto Shinken. Every move it has is essentially a fight ender, and it has a technique for everything. Everything. Kenshiro is very rarely ever really challenged, and his fights tend to end after he gets his first hit in. Only a selective few ever give him a true challenge, or even last for more than a couple of chapters, once they seriously begin fighting. At least some readers can still enjoy the series for its Catharsis Factor.
  • Roy Mustang from Fullmetal Alchemist is a perfect example of Stock Superpowers taken Up to Eleven. His power is just stock elemental fire but he uses it to singlehandedly kill 2 near immortal homunculi and he's the only alchemist Pride is worried about. He's given a Drama-Preserving Handicap in the finale and still kicks his fair share of ass.
    • Not to mention Van Hohenheim, who's distaste for fighting and tendency to work alone, away from the heroes, and the fact that he has gotten to know every single soul in his body, which he burns whenever he uses alchemy, are partially in place to keep him from solving the plot by himself, considering he's just as powerful and immortal as Father and thus far more powerful than the 7 homunculi who the heroes struggle with throughout the story as well as the aforementioned Roy Mustang. Just as an example, he founded Xingese alkahestry just like Father founded Amestrian alchemy.
  • Gundam:
    • In Mobile Suit Gundam: Char's Counterattack, we're introduced to the Psychoframe. In theory, it was designed just to be a more advanced psycommu device for Newtypes. In practice, the technology ended up making the laws of physics its bitch. By the time of Mobile Suit Gundam Narrative, the Earth Federation is so spooked by its power, they've tried to cover it all up.
    • In Mobile Suit Gundam SEED Destiny, there's the Freedom Gundam and its upgrade, the Strike Freedom Gundam. The Freedom was designed for high-speed mass destruction with its multi-targeting system and the weapons to pull off mass casualties. Under the command of Kira and his more advanced Coordinator genes, he's disarming people left and right. It wasn't so bad in Mobile Suit Gundam SEED, but Destiny went nuts with it, especially once Kira lost the Freedom and got the Strike Freedom in its stead.
    • In Gundam Evolve 7, Wing Zero custom's twin buster rifle is damaged, so he has to fight his way to disable the colony laser.
  • Fans often describe Yuki from Haruhi Suzumiya as the strongest character ever made. Although this is probably an exaggeration, she does demonstrate Nigh-Invulnerability, Super Strength, Super Speed, and Reality Warper powers. Her crowning achievement would be hijacking Haruhi's full power to retroactively de-power everyone and rewrite the universe to her liking. Her job is only to observe, however, so her overt actions are limited.
  • High School D×D:
    • In a world where everybody is extremely powerful, we have Ophis, a dragon who is also known as The Infinite One. She's fully capable of wiping out anybody in this series, and No Selling the strongest weapon in existence. She has a few quirks of her own such as not really being interested in any fighting as long as someone can kick out Great Red from the Dimensional Boundary so she can "attain silence". Then when she joins the protagonists group, she gets hit with the Nerf stick twice; first from Samael the dragon eater, and by using up half of her already reduced powers to create a body suitable for Issei seeing as he died trying to save her.
    • Great Red, the strongest character of the series bar none, capable of wiping out a gigantic monster who has an instant regeneration power, something that ultimate devils even have a hard time scratching. Issei's combined form with Great Red was specifically stated by the author as a one-time form only. Fortunately, he prefers chilling in the Dimensional Boundary.
    • Sun Wukong, who's just as powerful here as he is in the original story. To clarify, he stopped True Longinus, the single most powerful weapon in the entire series, with one finger!
  • Inuyasha:
    • Bakusaiga was introduced towards the end of the story just before the Final Battle, and was said that the Big Bad didn't stand a chance against it, since it's capable of killing anything that merely comes into contact with anything it's cut and it can kill thousands with a single swing. As a result, the Big Bad immediately steals the sword owner's Morality Pet and traps her inside his body for most of the rest of the story. When Sesshoumaru does finally rescue Rin and use the sword, Naraku's body starts being destroyed.
    • Miroku's Wind Tunnel, what amounts to his own personal black hole in his hand, which he can use to suck any foe into oblivion. As a result, Naraku constantly manages to find a way to stop him from using it, such as the Saimyosho, whose poison spreads to Miroku should he suck them in.
  • Kiryuin Ragyo from Kill la Kill is already by far the most powerful fighter in the series with a ridiculous Healing Factor, but when she dons her ultimate weapon Shinra-Koketsu, it truly becomes ridiculous. Shinra-Koketsu grants her the ability to completely subjugate Life Fibers, which means that nobody using Life Fibers to power themselves up can even lift a finger to harm Ragyo. Since the only real way to fight Life Fibers is more Life Fibers (nothing else packs the necessary power), Ragyo is basically invincible. The only saving grace is that Fiber-human hybrids like Ryuko and Senketsu can resist it, but even that is a moot point because Shinra-Koketsu cannot be harmed by Life Fibers at all, which makes it completely immune to the Scissor Blade... it's to the point that it takes what some viewers considered a Deus ex Machina to actually beat her.
  • Lyrical Nanoha:
  • The Hero of Maoyu is this in a nutshell. If he ever got in a fight, any fight, he's guaranteed to win. The only thing that's stopping him is that he's not trying to cause a war, but instead have world peace by working alongside Demon Queen. He is however vulnerable to an entire rifle using army firing enchanted bullets at him.
  • My Hero Academia:
    • The Big Bad All for One's quirk is able to take, steal, mix, give, amplify and force others to use their quirks, virtually making him almost invincible besides the implications that he is also immortal. Among that, there are the side effects of stocking all quirks he ever stole, being able to use various quirks at the same time to enhance their effects, including if he has more than one of the same quirk, and forcing others to activate their quirks which seems to make people fall in a state similar to a coma.
    • All Might was this before his injury. His Quirk pretty much put him on the same level as Superman. Izuku will be even worse when he finally masters his Quirk, because not only will he be physically stronger than All Might ever was, he'll also have all six Quirks of his predecessors at his disposal, and those Quirks will also be further empowered by One For All.
    • Eri's Quirk Rewind counts, as it gives her the ability to warp living creatures to a previous state of existence. When it first activated, she was able to erase her own father from existence. Her power, when effectively controlled, can take all the tension out of the story - she could restore All Might's power, Mirio's quirk, etc. For this reason her Quirk is currently unstable and much weaker as a result of the harmful quirk enhancing drugs used on her. Plus, she's about 6 years old, so she lacks comprehension of how her quirk operates or how to turn it off. Even uncontrolled, her power was able to allow Midoriya to constantly use One For All at full power (albeit partially to prevent himself from being rewound out of existence), enabling him to easily defeat Overhaul.
    • Shinso's unassuming mind-control power was so unhelpful in the robot-battle entrance exams that he didn't even get into the hero course, but against any human opponent, it's unbelievably powerful. He has to trick the enemy into talking back to him to activate it, but once that happens, they're completely unable to do anything except what Shinso tells them to do, for as long as he likes. Izuku was only able to break out of his control using his own story-breaker power, calling on the spirits of previous One For All users to help... and Shinso still casually incapacitated him a couple more times after their tournament match was over. Even the toughest villains could potentially be neutralized with almost no effort by a power like that, which is probably why he's not in Class 1-A.
    • Twice's Quirk, Double, allows him to create a perfect copy of up to two different objects at a time. Copies of people also maintain their Quirk, meaning that if he uses Double on himself, he would be able to create an entire army of himself in seconds through rapid exponential growth. The only thing that prevents him from doing that is psychological trauma he underwent when he was younger that makes him unwilling to clone himself. When he does get over that trauma by confirming that he is, in fact, the original Twice, his threat level skyrockets from C- to S-Class, on par with Shigaraki himself. He's considered so dangerous that Hawks, upon failing to convince Twice to abandon the path of villainy, decides that Twice is too great of an asset to leave in the hands of the villains and cuts him down immediately.
    • Shota Aizawa, homeroom teacher of Class 1-A, has the ability to prevent people from using their Quirks just by looking at them, and the only exceptions are mutation-style Quirks. Most of the major villains do not possess Quirks of that nature, so Aizawa would have the ability to render them powerless if he's present and not subject to interference. For example, during the fight with Overhaul, one of Overhaul's lackeys manages to hit Aizawa with his own Quirk, forcing Midoriya to fight Overhaul by himself with some help from Eri, as mentioned above.
  • Naruto:
    • Itachi Uchiha. His genjutsu was so powerful he could Mind Control others without making eye contact with them. An exaggerated portion of the anime is spent detailing how the main character learned how to counter this kind of technique, only for it to be revealed that Itachi's version can't be countered the normal way. That's before he brings out his trump card which just happens to be equipped with a shield that can counter almost any attack, and a sword which can trap the victim in a world of eternal drunken dreams!
    • Pain. His Rinnegan gives him ridiculous amounts of chakra that rivals the Nine-Tails, a virtually unlimited number of summons, and the ability to use all five elements (in addition to another two), level entire cities, create miniature moons, read minds, rip souls from peoples' bodies, and revive the dead all while being in a wheelchair.
    • Minato has the ability to create one of his Flying Thunder God seals on anything he touches. He can teleport to those seals from any distance as well as sense what's in the immediate vicinity of the marked object. Such seals cannot be erased and can be placed on people, including his enemies. One of the last things Minato did before his death was to plant a seal on the Big Bad, meaning that he had to be killed off to prevent him from eliminating them with ease.
    • Madara Uchiha. His Eternal Mangekyo Sharingan gives him access to the most convenient abilities in the series, and this at some point evolved into the Rinnegan, the most powerful and exalted eye power in the shinobi world, allowing him to resist a Rasenshuriken. His fire-based jutsu, an element notorious for being ineffective, would have killed many shinobi had it not been for a number of skilled Water users, including a Kage. He can summon meteors, and if the first one fails, he can summon another to crash into another one, killing many people, and they question whether it can even be compared to ninjutsu, and Gaara believed it to be a power comparable to a god's. He can also use Wood Release, an element that Uchiha shouldn't be able to use (due to stealing the 1st Hokage's DNA). Oh, and let's not forget that he's an immortal zombie with unlimited chakra that will regenerate from any damage done to him. He hijacked the resurrection jutsu controlling him, meaning no one can control him anymore. Then he's truly resurrected in a living body and becomes the Ten-Tails' jinchuriki.
    • The Sage of the Six Paths. Not only did he create the techniques that descended to the series's present day, he also saved the world from the original Eldritch Abomination and split the beast in half, creating nine beasts that threatened the world on their own. With his own power, the Sage also created Earth's moon as a prison for the original beast's corpse. On his deathbed.
    • Obito, as host of the Ten-Tails, has a working facsimile of the Sage of the Six Paths' powers, and has shown the ability to negate aforementioned zombie regeneration, fire Tailed Beast Bombs and erect impassable barriers, as well as use a new element that is as malleable as the Kazekage's sand (although in a more fluid and highly cohesive fashion) and is as destructive as the Tsuchikage's Dust Release or beyond it (essentially meaning liquid black holes that violate the Law of Conservation by erasing all matter not protected by natural energy); Naruto's Sage Mode is just about the only thing shown to be capable of hurting him, but his regeneration is on par with Tsunade's.
    • Kaguya ate the forbidden fruit of the Shinju, which gave her godlike powers. She was singlehandedly able to end wars and destroy opposition, so much so that she was worshiped as a goddess. When we see her fight she is virtually indestructible, with the only thing that can truly stop her being a sealing jutsu her sons created to stop her.
  • Negima! Magister Negi Magi:
    • Jack Rakan is referred to as a "real-life broken video game character" in canon. Through skill alone he tosses around skyscraper-sized swords with ease, copies physics-defying sword techniques with a glance, and destroys pocket dimensions by flexing, explicitly defying the laws of magic with sheer awesomeness.
    • Thousand Master Nagi is established to somehow be even worse, though the effect is mitigated by his reliance on a cheatsheet to cast spells and his greatest feats taking place off-camera. His "power"? Being invincible.
    • Fate also has a game-breaking ability: access to the power of the mage who created the Magic World, effectively making him a Reality Warper as long as he remains there.
    • Evangeline AK McDowell, whose implied power level is so high that Fate ran away from her, stating that he would be at a disadvantage fighting against her. When she loses any fight, most of the time it's suggested that she wanted to lose.
    • Negi had his own Pactio card for a short while, which gave him access to every single one of his harem's pactio cards for his own use, and their additional powers. He only used it to fight Rakan, and even then, it took a ridiculous amount of additional planning to just scrape a de-facto draw; after that, he had it cancelled immediately.
    • The Lifemaker, who goes beyond mere Reality Warper to Reality Maker: within the realm of the Magical World, he's practically omnipotent (logical enough, since he created said Magical World). He's vulnerable to "real" mages, from the physical world, but even compared with them he's tremendously strong.
  • Eva Unit-01 from Neon Genesis Evangelion, which effectively becomes a particularly power unit after absorbing Zeruel's S2 Engine. She's kept in stasis or on standby for most of the remaining episodes, and Shinji spends much of End of Evangelion too distraught to pilot her. The same holds true in the third Rebuild of Evangelion movie, where Eva Unit-01 is used to power Misato's Cool Airship, while Shinji is forced to pilot Eva Unit-13 as a replacement.
  • One Piece:
    • Whitebeard can cause tsunamis with his earthquake-causing Devil Fruit, in a world consisting almost entirely of small islands. Specifically referred to in-universe as the power that can destroy the world. No wonder he's been in the background so much.
    • The Logia fruits as a whole have the potential to be this, as one characteristic that almost all of them share is the ability to allow their user to become the element on which they are based, albeit with the element's weaknesses (for example, Crocodile, the user of the Sand Sand fruit, cannot turn into sand if he is wet), thus rendering them virtually immune to physical attacks. Eneru can turn into electricity, and would've just effortlessly steamrolled over everyone in the Skypeia arc if Luffy's powers didn't just happen to make him a living insulator. While Blackbeard's Devil Fruit lacks that ability, it has the ability to cancel all other Devil Fruit powers if it hits the target. He also has access to a (currently unknown) method to give himself a secondary Devil Fruit power (something that would normally kill the user), which he uses to steal Whitebeard's power after his death.
      • Eneru, in particular, was so ridiculously powerful that the story had to let him get away with his master plan to travel to the moon just so he could be Put on a Bus (though, fortunately, his secondary goal to destroy Skypeia on his way out was ultimately foiled.) It was later confirmed via Word of God that if he did manage to make it onto the mainland, he would have a bounty of over 500,000,000 Berries, which would be impressive even in the New World. Furthermore, between his Devil Fruit (which is still easily one of the most broken in the series almost eighteen years later), Mantra (aka Observation Haki), and innate physical prowess, Eneru is so stupidly overpowered that, as long as he didn't piss off an Emperor, start fights with powerful Haki users, get an Admiral or Vice Admiral sent out to deal with him (and even then, it's a gamble whether any of the Vice Admirals aside from maybe Smoker could win a fight with him without outside aid), or run into Luffy again, he would probably survive just fine in the New World.
      • This is deconstructed a bit after the Time Skip. As it turns out the most powerful characters, including many of those who reside in the New World, have access to Ki Manipulation that can bypass the Nigh-Invulnerability that Logia fruits grant. One New World-based character even states that Logia users tend to not last long in the New World, since they're so used to their powers being an example of this trope that they tend to find out the hard way that they aren't anymore. True to that, three villainous characters with Logia powers have been introduced since the Time Skip, every one of them taken down with very little effort.
    • Apart from being a Pacifista with Frickin' Laser Beams, Nigh-Invulnerability and Super Strength, Kuma can use his Devil Fruit power to essentially teleport anything anywhere he wants to by 'pushing' whatever he touches. He can defeat absolutely anyone in a single hit by teleporting a fruit user into, say, the ocean or anyone else into an active volcano. He can also "push" things that aren't even physical, like pushing the fatigue out of somebody and into somebody else, and pushed the pain out of Luffy's wounds. Luckily, he seems to be a mostly decent fellow, or at least to have no pressing reason to kill the Straw Hat crew, considering he beat them all at once easily. He also was once on the Revolutionary Army's side, and thus willing to help Dragon's son, but now that he's been roboticized, he is now the Straw Hats' enemy.
    • Sugar, who serves Doflamingo, has the Hobby-Hobby power. She can turn anything she touches into a toy. From great big animals, to people, to giants, there seems little she can't turn into a toy with a single touch of her body, though she has to touch you. A person restraining her won't be affected. Once a toy, she can place a geas on the person to make them loyal to the crew, so the toy cannot fight back no matter how much it wants to. As for rescuing the cursed people it likely wouldn't happen because once you become a toy all of history forgets you even existed. Friends, family, loved ones, and enemies will no longer remember you or even that there really was a person with your name. Even worse, when she was eventually beaten, a perfect way to foil her power was implemented (which proved a foil in her attempt to gain revenge) and spoiled most ways to expand on any other confrontation.
    • Robin's Devil Fruit allows her to sprout limbs on any surface. She almost never gets into fights post-Time Skip, because then, fights went two ways for her: she immediately sprouts two arms on the enemy's shoulders and snaps their neck, or she gets nullified before she can do exactly that. Although, after the Time Skip, having trained herself in its use and discovered several unique ways to use it, she's involved in quite a few fight scenes; just not against individuals.
    • Trafalgar Law's Devil Fruit allows him to generate "Rooms" where he can control anything inside. He can cut people to bits and rearrange them as he likes with the person still alive, swap around people and objects instantly, cut through whatever he wants including armored Haki and whole mountains, rip out organs, swap souls, and inflict an unhealing wound. Unlike most Devil Fruit users, there is one special check on this power: unlike all other fruits, any use saps his stamina. But even with this drawback, it requires specific targets and situations for him to not instantly win fights.
    • Magellan, the warden of Impel Down, has the Toxin-Toxin Devil Fruit, one of the most effective Devil Fruits in the series. Everything about him, from his sweat, to his skin, to even his breath are all poisonous and he has different varieties from poison that acts like tear gas to poison that can make your skin melt. He can also generate massive waves of poison out of himself, create hydra heads of pure poison to attack people, and any contact with him or his attacks instantly poisons the target. His poison is so powerful that it can kill a person within minutes unless an antidote is administered. However, if you get hit by too many poisons, you're too far gone to be cured and are sentenced to a slow and painful death. The worst part is even if you have some sort of ability that could block the poison, such as Mr. 3's Wax-Wax Fruit, he can just make his poison so strong that it melts steel and rock. Plus, he isn't even a Logia type, so he doesn't have any of the usual weaknesses of a Logia Devil Fruit user (such as extra vulnerability to Armament Haki and falling prey to Elemental Rock–Paper–Scissors).
    • Donquixote Doflamingo's Devil Fruit is another strong contender for "most broken Paramecia". At its most basic, it's Razor Floss that can also be used to control people like puppets. However, its cutting power is almost unparalleled - even giant stone buildings were easily reduced to rubble. His control abilities, meanwhile, are almost completely irresistible, and could extend to hundreds of people across an entire island, without causing him any visible strain. Furthermore, it also grants him a Healing Factor, as he could simply use his strings to sew up what would be fatal injuries. That's also not even getting into his abilities as an Awakened Devil Fruit user, which allows him to literally transmute objects into more string. Combine that with his absurd Charles Atlas Superpowers and strong Haki, and you have one of the most broken Warlords.
  • One-Punch Man
    • Saitama can, as the title suggests, beat anything in one punch. ANYTHING. In a world where kaiju make regular appearances. He also has Super Speed and Super Reflexes greater than characters who specialize in speed, allowing him to dodge any attack and essentially making him invincible. The manga usually parodies this concept, as the main character is a total Invincible Hero who is bored out of his mind because no one is strong enough to make him use even a third of his true strength and whose backstory is disappointingly simple to the point of boring (he literally just does push-ups, sit-ups, and squats every day). Most stories boil down to "other heroes keep the villain busy until Saitama wanders up" (as he's always getting lost or neglecting to check his messages), but do so entertainingly enough that it doesn't get stale (that, and the other heroes are entertainingly dysfunctional).
    • Terrible Tornado of Terror is a Psychic superhero who is essentially as far beyond the other S-class heroes as Saitama is beyond her. Very, very few monsters survive encounters with her and her victory in any battle she's a part of is treated as a Foregone Conclusion. Her feats include pulling a meteor down from deep space to kill a Godzilla expy, stopping an innumerable amount of jumbo-sized artillery shells from a spaceship and then turning them back, and pulling an entire complex underground headquarters out from the ground, all without breaking a sweat. Similarly to Saitama, her status of Invincible Hero is deconstructed: She's exceedingly arrogant and causes a lot of collateral damage, everyone's afraid of her and her bosses are actively planning to fire her from the Hero Organization and consider her a threat to be neutralized if she doesn't improve her behavior.
  • Overlord. The name alone says it all.
    • Our main protagonist finds himself "trapped" in the body of his video game character, a premise which is common enough, but he also happens to be max level, outfitted with legendary artifacts, specialized in one-hit kill spells (which are not Useless Useful Spells in the setting), and has a massive dungeon's worth of devoted followers to do his bidding. On top of that, the world where he winds up is actually significantly lower "level" than the game of origin, with beings that can pose much of a threat to even a level 40-50 foe being virtually unheard of. Thankfully, the series seems pretty self-aware about how overpowered he is, with most of the audience's enjoyment being derived from the myriad of ways he can administer an awesome Curb-Stomp Battle to his foes, or from watching him deal with the daily problems that come with administering a dungeon full of monsters and the emotionlessness that comes with becoming an undead lich. It helps that he quickly becomes a Villain Protagonist, and villains are usually given a free pass with being far more powerful than anyone else. Tellingly, he's had a single battle where he was in any danger...and that was against one of his own (brainwashed) minions who was possibly designed to beat him.
    • His own minions are similarly overpowered to a ridiculous degree. During a massive battle, only one of them was seriously injured, and that was due to a very high-level (for the new world, still nothing compared to the rest of Nazarick) character who just happened to have a super-effective spell against her type of monster.
    • One character is hinted at being powerful enough to challenge Ainz (the author calls her the Overlord of the new world)... and naturally, hasn't fought him yet.
  • Pokémon:
    • During the final climatic battle of the Yellow chapter in Pokémon Adventures, it turns out that Yellow apparently has the ability to absorb energy directly into her body as to amplify her other ability, Super Empowering. Giovanni states that the attack she and Pika unleashed, "Megavolt", is 10x stronger than a regular Thunderbolt, an attack with the base power of 95. Thankfully, with the constantly rotating cast, she has never really had the chance since to try this again.
    • Most Legendary and Mythical Pokémon are portrayed as very strong demigod-like beings in the anime. Naturally, this means that Ash will never have the chance to actually capture and own them in the same way player characters can in the games. He can befriend them (and has done so many times, especially in the movies), and has beaten a few that do belong to other trainers, but actually capturing them would not only be disastrous for the world, but it would also make Ash almost invincible. Tobias, a trainer who happens to have two such Pokémon under his command (a Darkrai and a Latios) happens to prove just how absurdly strong they can be under the command of a Trainer, as it is mentioned that he only needed Darkrai to win all his badges and that him resorting to use Latios was seen as a commendable feat for Ash.
    • Many of Ash's Pokémon from previous regions such as Charizard, or Sceptile. He could have easily won most of his gym battles in the new regions, and might give him a higher chance of winning in the Pokémon Leagues. But that would remove the need to catch and train newer Pokémon, which is kind of bad for a Merchandise-Driven show.
    • Mega Evolution. In the games, Mega Evolution is powerful, but only a select few Pokémon benefit enough from it to be a Game-Breaker. The mechanic as a whole is balanced out by the fact all Mega Evolved Pokémon (except Rayquaza) have to give up their held item to hold a Mega Stone. In the anime, where held items are nonexistent, Mega Evolutions are a free powerup, and the only Pokémon qualified to fight them are other Mega Evolved Pokémon, the above-mentioned Legendaries, and Ash's Pikachu. As a result of this, and the need to have Ash to showcase the newest generation (none of whom initially had Mega Evolutions), Ash was never given his own Key Stone or any corresponding Mega Stones. To keep up with the general Power Creep of opponents who do have Mega Evolutions, the writers had to resort to...
    • Ash-Greninja, the unique Mega Evolution-like transformation exclusive to Ash's Greninja. It provides a power boost on par with a Mega Evolution, perhaps even stronger, and allows Ash to see the battle from Greninja's POV, which is an immense tactical advantage. At first, Ash and Greninja still had some trouble with it and tended to pass out from fighting too hard. However, as their proficiency with the form improved, they were able to challenge Diantha to a close fight, and upon completing the form, not even Wulfric's Mega Abomasnow, which had a massive type advantage, had much of a chance. The only real drawback is that Ash shares Greninja's pain, but even this becomes manageable after mastering the form. By the very end of the XY series, Ash releases Greninja so it can protect Kalos alongside Squishy and Z2, so don't expect a comeback any time soon.
    • During Sun and Moon, it is revealed that both Brock and Misty were given Mega Stones and Key Stones for their Pokémon Steelix and Gyarados, respectively. This could have been used to signify that they won't be returning as regular cast members.
    • In a similar vein to Mega Evolutions, Z-Moves are extremely powerful techniques that (unlike Mega Evolution) any Pokémon can perform if its trainer has the appropriate Z-Crystal. Z-Moves can very easily turn the tide of a battle if done correctly, but using the powered-up move leaves the Pokémon exhausted. Like Mega Evolution, the limits in the anime aren't the same as the game — the only limit appears to be how much energy the Pokémon has, while in the games Z-Moves can only be used once per battle and require it to be holding a Z-Crystal.
    • Lampshaded in Team Rocket's final battle in XY series, where they are handily outmatched by the twerp squad at every turn. As they are sent blasting off, the bumbling villains glumly acknowledge they didn't really have a chance against two League finalists with the aforementioned abilities, marking a case of the trope so extreme it made for one of very few times the trio got the point to retire, working in the background until the following series when the twerps had disbanded.
    • Just on an average basis, Ash and the other heroes often have a whole team of Pokémon with them by the end of each series, with a lot of plots involving them battling villains reliant on them using either only one member at a time or even just one trainer at a time rather than taking out their whole teams to ambush them in a flash. Only for the finale of the Black and White series did Ash consider sending his whole team at once against Team Rocket, naturally defeating them instantly.
  • Reborn! (2004):
    • The Ten-Year Bazooka has the ability to swap you with a version of oneself from 10 years in the future for 5 minutes. Before the Genre Shift. it was just a gag weapon used by a hell raising 5-year-old to become a teenager, but afterwards the implications of its use in a Fighting Series were discovered. Difficult fights could be won by replacing weaker ones for stronger versions of themselves in the heat of battle and as shown during the events regarding the Varia, one can be shot by the weapon more than once to summon older and older versions of themselves as long as they were still in the 5 minute limit. Which is why after the Future Arc, which is where the Bazooka was most important to the plot, it never shows up again.
    • While Time Travel is as easy as getting yourself shot by a bazooka, Byakuran's ability is to sync with all his selves in different Alternate Universes, with at least 8 tetratrillion worlds where he successfully takes over. Later, a potential weakpoint of his was revealed: none of his alternate selves encountered the Vongola Boxes, leaving him unaware of their powers, and killing him in one timeline kills him in all of them.
  • Hiko Seijuro XIII of Rurouni Kenshin has been described by the author as a "Joker in the Card Deck", being the the very best in the world. The fact that the author realizes this is also the reason why he rarely appears.
  • Sailor Moon:
    • Sailor Saturn can end the world simply by bringing her glaive down. She uses her power a grand total of once - to essentially kill everything on Earth in a Batman Gambit to chase away Master Pharaoh 90. The anime dodges it by showing people stopping Saturn from ending the world.
    • Sailor Pluto controls time itself and is aware of the future. The manga depicts her stopping time a grand total of once at the cost of her life. In the anime, she only pretends to die instead of actually dying, though whatever foreknowledge she has, she refuses to divulge and she has a strict code of honor about not interfering with the flow of time. She largely spends the series as a background character except when needed to move the plot, and largely falls out of the series entirely after Sailor Moon S.
    • The title character explicitly has the power of resurrection and in the present revives everyone on Earth, while her future self reincarnates Sailor Pluto as a human in the present day. In the anime, she does not explicitly have resurrection as a power and reviving people after death is nearly impossible (only twice in the series do the main characters recover from death, and largely only because of the way they died in the second instance). Beyond this, Sailor Moon's final power has her getting the combined power of the other eight Sailor Senshi poured into her, including the above-mentioned Saturn. By the final story arc, this renders the rest of the cast canon fodder.
  • Shakugan no Shana:
    • Alastor is the God of Atonement. Manifesting physically is his "I Win" card. In the novels (and movie), he plays this to incinerate the first villain. The anime saves this for the climax of the first season, in which he blows up everything, sends the Big Bads fleeing, and saves the city from an impending overload of energy all by just showing up. He doesn't even have to fight at all—he's just that powerful. However it's supposed to kill the Flame Haze that does it (Shana thankfully is capable of surviving it) and the manifestation requires a truly MASSIVE amount of Power of Existence. Unless there's an external source nearby, his mere presence in the human world would create a reality-killing distortion.
    • The Snake of the Festival is the God of Creation, and is just as powerful as Alastor is. What makes him even more this trope is because of his host, the main character. With the host's own power, who possesses an amulet that grants immunity to flame, and a sword that causes anyone who tries blocking it to sustain heavy injuries (Blutsager).
  • Shinzo: The Mushrambo upgrade makes the trio (Mushra, Saago, and Kutall) unstoppable when they fuse together. His first appearance is bad enough and further alterations make him even stronger. The villains recognize they can't beat him and so their plans involve exploiting the transformation somehow. At the end of the first season, all they can do is summon an evil Mushrambo because nothing else is up to the task.
  • Soul Eater:
    • Shinigami started Shibusen to have humans fight kishin because he could not. If he had been freed from Death City when Asura was, the main cast would have had nothing to do because he was strong enough to defeat him on his on. As it is, he's kept effectively useless (combat-wise at the very least) within Death City while the students and his beleaguered staff do the dirty work for him. Aside from the one fight when Asura was inside the city, all we get is tantalising hints via flashbacks and his son, of what this grim reaper's capable of.
    • Deconstructed with Excalibur; it is the most powerful sword in existence, but he is too annoying to be tolerated by anyone.
    • Asura himself. Only Shingami was strong enough to defeat it, and even by the end of the series the protagonists are no match for him. And he's got Complete Immortality, explaining why Shinigami didn't kill him.
  • Sword Art Online The Movie: Ordinal Scale: Suguha/Leafa is sidelined for most of the film, attending a kendo training camp. Since she's a top-four national-level kendo practitioner and the film takes place in the real world using Augmented Reality, Suguha would have resolved the plot by herself within the first 30 minutes.
  • Tenchi Muyo Ryo-Ohki: Tenchi and Z, who is introduced later, possess powers from something that's even more powerful than the Choushin that made the multiverse. Even before the feats of the 3rd OVA, the 2nd not only has Tenchi effortlessly escaping from inside the event horizon of a black hole, he did this not by moving faster than light or teleportation, but by sheer brute force, as he destroyed the black hole in the process.
  • That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime: Played with. Rimiru is essentially reincarnated into a Dragon Quest-like RPG world where he has a massive advantage due to a few unique skills. In particular, with his Predator ability, he becomes the most powerful entity within a hundred miles by the second chapter. The series solves this problem by transitioning from an RPG to a 4X game. Rimiru's ability to fight armies quickly becomes overshadowed by his ability to build a town.
  • In YuYu Hakusho Raizen is stated to have once been the most powerful demon in existence. His power was so great that the other Two Kings of Demon World could be easily defeated if he was currently in his prime. What is preventing Raizen from using this power? He's starving. Raizen's power comes from eating human flesh and he gave up the practice hundreds of years ago. Notably on his death bed Raizen still has S class demon power on par with Yusuke's current powers who as far as S class demons are concerned is a runt in the litter. Raizen is said by everyone who knew him in his prime as the most powerful demon that had ever lived and that his power was so great that his enemies would "piss their pants" if they saw him in action.
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