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  • In Arisa, the titular character is seen as this by the protagonist, her twin sister Tsubasa and her attempted suicide is what kickstarts the plot. She turns out to be a Broken Ace.
  • Assassination Classroom has Karma in regards to class E and Koro-Sensei for the entire series.
  • Attack on Titan has Levi and, to a lesser degree, Mikasa Ackerman, when compared to the rest of the cast. This is ignoring that virtually the entire 104th trainee corps is this compared to the rest of the army, with even Armin being on par with the average soldier physically.
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  • Baccano!'s Claire Stanfield is a deconstruction. On the surface, he's brilliant, handsome, ridiculously athletic, talented and generally so awesome at what he does that one must wonder if the universe revolves around him... Which is exactly the conclusion he's jumped to. This is not the sort of world-view you want someone whose many talents include murder to have.
  • Several characters in Ben-To, but especially "The Wizard", legendary master of violent discount microwaveable dinner acquisition.
  • In Berserk, Griffith seems to awe everyone upon first meeting with his otherworldly beauty and charisma, and has a reputation to match. He is a skilled swordsman, master strategist, and shrewd politician who is seemingly able to accomplish anything he sets his mind to, leaving those in Midland who oppose his rise frustrated—or dead. He is favored by the King of Midland and loved by the common people and his own followers. At the same time his most loyal lieutenants Guts and Casca feel as if he is unreachable to them and suffer from feelings of inferiority. Guts eventually decides that he has to leave and pursue his own dream so that he can one day stand beside Griffith as an equal, which ironically drives Griffith to the breakdown and fatal mistake that turn him into a Broken Ace.
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  • Big Windup! has two: Mihashi, the "official" ace pitcher, and Tajima, the real ace of Nishiura High, with the highest BA, OPS and RBI of the team.
  • Gin Ichimaru from Bleach. According to his stats, he is a Jack-of-All-Trades, and managed to graduate from the Academy in just one year.
    • Yoruichi Shihoin. Very intelligent, and one of, if not the, best hand-to-hand combatants and Flash Step masters in the Soul Society. Her students Byakuya Kuchiki and Soi-Fon were never able to surpass her skills even after a hundred years of trying.
    • Byakuya Kuchiki. An expert in every form of Soul Reaper combat, with a very versatile zanpakuto and a better strategist than most of the other characters. He's even said to be the most famous of the current captains.
    • There seems to be one genius who stands head and shoulders above the rest in every generation. The original one is, of course, Head Captain Genryusai Yamamoto, who claims he's remained in charge because no one in over 1,000 years has ever been stronger than him. Next is Sosuke Aizen, second in power only to Yamamoto, and who's strength gave him one of the worst god complexes ever seen in anime. Then comes Gin Ichimaru, who graduated the six year course in the Soul Reaper Academy in only one year, then became a vice-captain as a child. Finally, there's Toushiro Hitsugaya, who is still very young and has yet to realize his potential. Kyoraku, shortly before he takes down a Vasto Lorde class Arrancar without using his bankai, says that within the next 100 years Hitsugaya will surpass him.
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    • The Zero Division, also known as the Royal Guard, are a squad comprised of these. In fact, their combined combat prowess is said to surpass that of the Gotei 13 itself, and even Sosuke Aizen avoids confronting them head-on without preparation. Too bad they are crushed by Yhwach and his Schutzstaffel, who are monsters far above their level.
    • Hell, even Ichigo can be considered this. Given that most Shinigami take ten years to learn how to manifest Bankai, and another ten to master it, the fact that he learns within two days how to use his effectively enough to match one of the strongest Captains, even with an advantageous matchup, is nothing short of terrifyng. And that's before he starts getting crazy power boosts from mastering his Inner Hollow abilities.
  • Bloom Into You
    • Touko's deceased older sister Mio was also her predecessor as Student Council President, as well as Touko's role model following her death in an accident. According to Ichigaya, who was a schoolmate, Mio was a bit of a slacker who had her fellow student council members do most of the work and even her homework, which calls her reputation into question.
    • Subverted with Touko herself. While she is genuinely talented at school and sports, and is good at her job as Student Council President, it gradually becomes clear that Touko has severe self-esteem problems, revealing that she's more of a Broken Ace. It also turns out that she used to be a mediocre student without many friends when she was young, thus causing her to believe that the only way she could have any worth is to become her sister.
    • The main character of the School Play that the student council puts on is apparently this, according to a classmate. Said classmate said she had amazing grades, was great at sports, and was well-liked among the school. The girl in question finds it a bit hard to believe that someone that perfect exists, and it turns out that her younger brother and girlfriend see her very differently.
  • Break Shot is full of these, and the main character Shinsuke Oda can be considered one himself.
  • Tsubasa Ohzora from Captain Tsubasa constantly walks the thin line between The Ace and Boring Invincible Hero (and The Minnesota Fats, within the story). His Ace qualities are slightly downplayed in World Youth Cup and Road to 2002, but not that much.
    • Also, Genzou Wakabayashi. He's such a good goalkeeper that in one Road to 2002 match he wasn't in his game due wounded hands... And the opposing team still couldn't score. Hence why he was Put on a Bus
  • Stella of Chivalry of a Failed Knight is one of the rare A-ranked Blazers. She possesses fifty times the amount of mana of an average student, is a skilled swordswoman, and has ridiculous brute strength.
  • Choujin Koukousei-tachi wa Isekai demo Yoyuu de Ikinuku you desu! is an isekai story of basically seven Aces. Each of the seven protagonists are the best in their respective fields of interest.
  • Teresa from Claymore is the woman every ace in this trope aspires to be. She's a demon hunter, ranked at the top of her class, the most beautiful woman in her organization by far, and virtually unbeatable even in a group of her best subordinates. For example, after breaking the rules of the Organization by killing a group of bandits that were threatening to kill a child traveling with her, she is sentenced to death by beheading. In a flash of light, her comrades appear to have sliced right through her, only to find all five of them wounded and bleeding from her lightning quick counterattack. It doesn't even appear as though she'd even drawn her sword at all.

    As if they didn't learn the last time, they attempt to bring her to justice again by recruiting members of the top ten ranked warriors in the Organization to seek her out and kill her. After having exhausted their capacity of demonic power, only Priscilla, the second ranked warrior puts up even a decent fight. Even after she pushes herself beyond her limit, Teresa evens the score by using only 10% of her power (a rare occurrence, considering she generally fights without using any power at all) and aptly defeating her. Her death at the hands of one of the most powerful beings in the series is clearly shown to be only possible through a very cheap sucker punch after she had let her guard down.
  • Cowboy Andy in the "Cowboy Funk" episode on Cowboy Bebop. Scenery-chewing, completely-off-his-rocker, the only person in the whole series to have a personal leitmotif that plays whenever he appears (and breaks the fourth wall, considering all the other characters hear it too), and is able to stand up to Spike in a fistfight.
  • One of the few cases where The Ace is fully played for drama is Crying Freeman, where Yoh Hinomura is a handsome, skilled, very aesthetically-sensitive man known as the most talented and famous potter in the world... but he has been forcefully recruited and mind-controlled by the Chinese mafia to become their top assassin, and cries outta regret after each kill.
  • Nago (the cleaned up one) in Daily Lives of High School Boys is Yanagin's rival, who outdid Yanagin in academics, karate, and ramen eating.
  • The Megaplayboy from DNA² is an extremely handsome man who can swoon every woman in the world with a single smile and also has a ridiculous level of fighting skills that lets him defeat the worst enemies. There's a catch, tho: this comes from his DNA... and he will make 100 women pregnant with sons who will become megaplayboys in the future, causing a HUGE superpopulation problem. Therefore, Karin Aoi comes from the future itself to actually kill the DNA of this super special Ace...
  • Mana Aida in DokiDoki! PreCure is very athletic and dependable. She gets good grades, helps out several of the sports clubs, settles conflicts between students peacefully, and is the Student Council President. When she becomes a Precure, she figures out her powers very quickly.
  • Dragon Ball
    • Goku most definitely. He learns techniques just by watching them once or twice, and becomes immune to them since he knows how to counter them. Within a few years, his martial art skills surpasses all his masters, including God/The Guardian of the Earth, and wins the World Martial Arts Tournament when he's still a teenager, becoming the strongest man in the world. He then finds out why he's able to do all these things when it's revealed that he's a Saiyan, who are a race that is born for battle. Even that doesn't fully explain how he's able to defeat members of his race consider to be elites and even royalty, defeats and/or kills seemingly invincible aliens and monsters, and achieves all the available Super Saiyan transformations and even goes beyond godhood. He's so good that everyone defers to him to solve the problem of the current arc, even if he isn't the strongest at the moment. His ace status, however, does get deconstructed after the Frieza Saga. Because he is so powerful and so good at what he do, his friends and family depend on him too much to fix the current problem, which leads to a Bad Future in one alternative timeline. His one true rival, Vegeta, also becomes so sick of being overshadowed by Goku that he sells his soul for power and unleashes Majin Buu upon the world.
    • In a franchise full of genius and prodigy fighters, Frieza may just stand head and shoulders above the rest. Unlike every other villain in the series who were either the embodiment of evil, demonic, or created to be ultimate weapons, Frieza is just a mutant who was born the strongest being in the universe without training a day in his life. He also has an insane amount of durability thanks to his species extreme survivability and was able to remained sentient after Trunks cut him to bits. In Resurrection F, through training for only four months Frieza manages to close the power gap with Goku, who had powers beyond godhood. With that said, his own arrogance in his greatness proves to be his Fatal Flaw. He never bothers to learn to control his full power, which leaves him with very poor endurance. Both times he fights Goku, he loses because he burnt himself out. The mental trauma he suffers after Goku beats him turns him into a Broken Ace.
    • The Nameless Namek, aka Piccolo and Kami. The Elder Namek called him a prodigy among the Namekians and Dragon Clan, which was why they sent him to Earth when the weather changed on Namek. When Krillin tells the Elder Namek that Piccolo was killed by a Saiyan, he asks if it was a Super Saiyan who did it. After reading Krillin's mind and learning that the Nameless Namek split into Piccolo and Kami, he says that if they were whole no ordinary would have been able to kill him. Nail echoes these thoughts, telling Piccolo that if he had came whole he would have been stronger than Frieza. It is not until the Cell Saga that we finally see the power of Nameless Namek, and he doesn't disappoint. He's stronger than a Super Saiyan and Imperfect Cell, and is an even match for Androids 17 and 18. He also combines the battle experience and wit of Piccolo, and the godly knowledge and wisdom of Kami.
    • Pikkon, a Filler character from the Otherworld Tournament, definitely fits this. He's able to beat Frieza, King Cold, the Ginyu Force, and Cell all single-handed with no effort, and go toe-to-toe with Goku without any real problems. He's presented as the West Quadrant's answer to Goku and faces him in the climax of the Otherworld Tournament arc.
    • This is a requirement to be appointed a God of Destruction. Both Beerus and Champa are called the strongest in their universes, although those titles really belongs to Whis and Vados. Them just fighting can destroy the 6th and 7th Universes.
    • From Dragon Ball Super, there is Hit, the strongest fighter from Universe 6. He is a legendary assassin who never fails to kill his target, given him the nickname, The Flawless Hit. He definitely lives up to his reputation since he easily decimates Vegeta who was fighting as a Super Saiyan God Super Saiyan, without Vegeta even touching him once. He is also a Time Master with the ability to pause time for 0.1 seconds, making his movements invisible even to people like Jaco. He also shows that he can improves his time-skip in the middle of a battle.
    • Beerus claims that Monaka is this, citing him as the strongest mortal in Universe 7 who gave him a much better fight than Goku. He tells members of his team to do rock-paper-scissors to chose who will fight in what order, but says that Monaka will go last since is the 'ace'. Beerus also seems to be afraid of him, going out of his way to keep Monaka happy. It's revealed by Whis that Monaka isn't that strong and is actually an amateur fighter who Beerus build up to motivate Goku and Vegeta into becoming stronger.
    • Zamasu went from a lower Kai to being trained to become a Supreme Kai because of his prodigious talent. While the strongest Supreme Kai in Universe 7 was only as strong as Kid Buu, he can take hits from post-God Super Saiyan 2 Goku whose base form surpasses Super Buu. After sparring with him, Goku supposes that he might eventually become as powerful as Beerus. As his future self, Goku Black, and eventually Merged Zamasu show, Goku was right, although that only happened after he went off the deep end.
    • Zen-O tops all of them by being the most powerful being in the entire multiverse, being able to destroy the multiverse easily if he wanted and has destroyed six universes in the past (to the point where the aforementioned God of Destruction is scared of him). Luckily for everyone, he's too chill to want to.
  • Kasuka Heiwajima from Durarara!! is ridiculously pretty, brilliant, talented in everything (his list of hobbies is The Long List), filthy rich, extremely popular, and everything that can possibly make his brother Shizuo look horribly inadequate in comparison (Shizuo himself adores him, but it is killing his self-esteem — he doesn't even like having their names mentioned in the same sentence because he thinks it's insulting to his brother).
  • Nabeshin when he appears in Excel Saga by merit of being a parody of a Marty Stu. He is essentially a living Deus ex Machina.
  • Every American football team in Eyeshield 21 has an ace, with Sena being the ace running back for Deimon. More prominent to this trope, however, is Riku of the Seibu Wild Gunmen, who taught Sena how to run properly. Two more examples who fit this trope are Shin and the villainous version, Agon. Agon especially, since he has God-Speed Impulse, which allows him to react faster than anyone, can catch up with Sena (at his average pace) after being passed by, and also stole the Devilbat Ghost after only seeing it. It is cemented by the fact that he's allowed to do whatever he wants by his school.
  • Fairy Tail:
    • Gildarts Clive is a wise Lightning Bruiser who's also considered pretty fun to be around by his peers and quite the ladies man. As Gildarts is 45, whereas most of the main cast is late teens to early 20s, Gildarts has had over twice as long to learn how to be awesome. Like "destroying black holes" awesome.
    • Erza Scarlet, the leader of Team Natsu, earned the nickname "Titania, the Queen of the Fairies" by being the most active and revered S-Class member and by being the guild's strongest female fighter. And yes, she has a tendency to do the impossible as well (Pandemonium, anyone?). Not to mention, several of the guild's females have a crush on her.
    • Laxus Dreyar, after he stops being an asshole, is the most powerful male member of the guild behind Gildarts and possesses incredible physical and magical abilities even not counting his Dragonslaying powers and mastery of Fairy Law. And like the previous ones, he does the impossible too (defeating Wizard Saints on his lonesome). Not to mention, plenty of women (and some men) outside of the guild think he's hot and have crushes on him.
  • Fate/Zero's Emiya Kiritsugu is built up as one of these. Supremely talented, rich, has a beautiful wife and daughter who love him, wields a vaunted magical bloodline, is an adopted member of one of the most powerful Magus families, owns a massive and customized arsenal of weapons, has a devoted follower and capable assistant in Maya, and is feared and respected as the "Magus Killer". He even gets to summon the most powerful Servant from the most desired class for the Grail War. Horribly deconstructed, sadly. The man has more issues than he does bullets, and he has to sacrifice his family if he wants to achieve his dream, which causes him constant emotional pain. He constantly clashes with Saber because they represent everything the other loathes while being a twisted reflection of each other, which destroys their teamwork and causes them both a lot of suffering. He gets broken down and has to sacrifice everything for his ideals in the end, leaving him a broken shell with almost nothing left other than regrets and an impossible legacy for his adopted son.
    • Kayneth El-Melloi Archibald is purported to be one of these, with a prestigious bloodline, amazing magical talent, a coveted position at the Clock Tower as both a researcher and instructor, a powerful and devoted Servant, and a beautiful fiancé. Unfortunately, between said fiancé's magically induced Yandere crush on his Servant, his overwhelming arrogance, and his hard-on for trying to outdo Kiritsugu in head-to-head confrontations (which Kiritsugu can just use against him), this doesn't hold up nearly as well in practice.
    • Among the Servants, Archer and Rider. Archer is one of the most powerful beings in the entire Nasuverse, owns at least one iteration of nearly everything in existence, and oozes power, intellect, money, and charisma. Rider is so amazing that he routinely performs impossible feats, and is a wise and charismatic leader. He manages to turn his Master into a devotee, and turns him from a cowardly boy into a fine man in the process. Lancer, Saber, and Berserker would all qualify as well, but they are Broken Aces for various reasons.
  • Fullmetal Alchemist:
    • Alex Louis Armstrong, a Hot-Blooded and muscular guy who gives off Bishie Sparkle and is a master of alchemy and martial arts.
    • His sister Olivia Milla Armstrong is one, too.
  • Future GPX Cyber Formula has Shinjyo, Randoll, and Osamu. Shinjyo is a 2-time European F-3 champion, Randoll is incredibly rich and excels at every sport and endeavor he could get his hands on and Osamu had an excellent record in F-3.
  • Genshiken has Makoto Kousaka. Unlike the other socially awkward and mundane otaku in the show, he is an attractive, well dressed, charismatic, all around nice guy who also towers over the rest of the cast in intellect (he landed a job as a programmer after studying for one month). He's also the first member of Genshiken to get a girlfriend.
  • Tatsugoro in Gintama. A cop in Kabukichou, respected by everyone (including his vigilante rival), a good fighter, an upright, honest guy, got the girl and was thereby deemed Too Cool to Live. Two characters (his vigilante rival-turned-yakuza and The Hero) lampshade how awesome he was years later by saying that no matter how much they try to imitate Tatsugoro, they'll never be as good as him.
  • Kintaro from Golden Boy.
  • It's hard to decide if Great Teacher Onizuka is an example of The Ace or a Marty Stu but damn, he's cool. He is also a rare example of an Ace that's also a bona fide Butt-Monkey. Though it's balanced out by his moments of sheer idiocy:
    Onizuka: All right, I'll sell my organs then. No other choice, right?
    Student: Sell the brain first! You never use it!
  • In Haikyuu!!, "Ace" is what a team's best offensive player is called. Their main characteristic is their ability to fight blocks head-on, which usually results in them being the ones spiking if the receive goes awry and the setter can't toss properly.
    • Karasuno High has Azumane Asahi. Although his technique is nothing special and his mentality can be shaky, he's tall and extremely strong. There's also Tanaka Ryuunosuke, who is a year younger and touted to become the team's next ace after Asahi graduates. He isn't as tall or strong, but has an iron mentality.
    • In the events that took place 4 years before the main story, Karasuno's ace was a player nicknamed "Little Giant". Despite being disadvantaged due to his short stature, his high technical ability made him excellent at defeating blocks, mostly by spiking the ball onto blocks in angles that would cause it ricochet off the court.
    • Nekoma High doesn't really have an ace, but Haiba Lev claims to be the one under the reasoning that "the ace is the one who scores the most points". The closest they actually have to one is Yamamoto Taketora.
    • Shiratorizawa Academy has Ushijima Wakatoshi, considered one of the top 3 high school aces in Japan. While his strong point is his physicality (he has immense height, strength, and stamina), he's strong all-around as well, with good spiking technique and rock-solid composure.
    • Fukurodani Academy has Bokuto Koutarou, considered one of the top 5 high school aces in Japan. Although he is prone to getting dejected, his technique is top-tier and his physicality is very good as well.
    • Aobajohsai High has Iwaizumi Hajime as their ace.
    • Wakutani Minami High School has Nakashima Takeru, who although short and not particularly strong or intelligent, has incredible spiking technique.
  • Hajime no Ippo: David "Golden" Eagle. The second world champ Takamura faces and the complete opposite of Brian Hawk in both character and boxing style: Friendly, honorable, intelligent, hard-working and dignified and an orthodox "text-book" boxer who's best at the very basics of boxing and a good strategist inside the ring. Ippo mentioned how he looks like a super-hero, contrasted with Takamuras' Jerkass image of a super-villain. And if that isn't enough, he also has the "same eyes as Ippo". Yeah, the ones with the ominous glow that never give up.
  • Haruhi Suzumiya:
    • The title character is ridiculously good at everything she does. She is beautiful, gets top grades in class, was invited to join every club in school (and she abandoned them all one by one when she got bored), and during the sports festival won every single event personally. Subverted in that she's generally known as "that weird chick" instead of The Ace, but she does prove her talents every once in a while. Kyon complains during the Endless Eight arc that the gods weren't being very fair when they divvied out the stats. All of this is perfectly justified, of course, since she's a subconscious Reality Warper.
    • The tenth novel gives us Yasumi Watahashi, a freshman girl looking to enter the SOS Brigade. She's cute, energetic, intelligent, eager to learn, earns everyone's trust instantly, can brew tea as well as Mikuru, and can even keep up with Haruhi in a marathon, a feat which should literally be impossible. In fact, she's too perfect, and a lot of the audience started calling Mary Sue. She is. Specifically, she's Haruhi's Sue, a younger copy of herself Haruhi subconsciously made to be able to use her Reality Warper powers to fend off an attack she sensed coming. Once the crisis is over, Yasumi conveniently disappears.
  • In Hellsing Alucard is the Ace of the Hellsing Organization and Alexander Anderson is the trump card of Iscariot, both of them are extremely good in the jobs because of their powers and skills.
  • The title character of Himouto! Umaru-chan presents this type of persona to the outside world. To everyone at school Umaru is smart, beautiful, helpful and excels at all she does. At home she's an insufferable Lazy Bum who would rather spend all day watching anime and playing games.
  • Played with in Ilegenes - Kokuyou no Kiseki: Fon is ridiculously smart (skipping two grades in high school to graduate early), places first on every exam he takes, excels at virtually everything he's ever tried, and is handsome to boot. Turns out, Fon is an Artificial Human who was created to have all the qualities of a hero so that he could one day rid Ilegenes of corruption, thus making this an Invoked Trope. Everything he's accomplished in his life is the result of the genes he was created with and was planned by the scientists who made him. This revelation sends him into a Heroic BSoD, ending in him becoming a Broken Ace.
  • Both Kaguya and Shirogane from Kaguya-sama: Love Is War are incredibly skilled at a wide range of subjects. That said, there are things that they're really bad at (like Kaguya being Hopeless with Tech and Shirogane being a Dreadful Musician).
  • Similar to Kei is Takumi Usui of Maid-Sama! who excels at anything he does, whether it be athletics, cooking, academics, music, or anything else you can think of. Misaki thinks he's a space alien. It's probably true.
  • Kaze to Ki no Uta: Serge is smart, athletic, good looking and, among other things, a musical prodigy and an excellent equestrian.
  • Kimagure Orange Road has Madoka Ayukawa. She's an Academic Athlete, is extremely smart, particularly musically inclined, and also a very good fighter, with both brains and brawn.
  • Akisame Koetsuji of Kenichi: The Mightiest Disciple is generally known as one of the greatest jujutsu masters in the world, but is also a talented sculptor, calligrapher, philosopher, medical practicioner, Go player... and everything else he puts his mind to. Quoth Kenichi: "Is there a single thing this guy can't do!?"
  • Shuri Komori from Komori-san Can't Decline! can do anything (except beat tough video games), provided that someone is asking her to help them.
  • All of the Generation of Miraclesnote  from Kuroko no Basuke are this for their respective high school teams, but special mention goes to Aomine, who was considered The Ace of the Generation of Miracles.
    • Kagami also counts, since he is capable of going toe-to-toe with and defeating the GoM. And then you have Akashi, who can do pretty much everything outside of basketball as well as being an excellent player...
    • There are also the Uncrowned Kings, 5 players who are on the same level as the GoM but one year older who never got as much famenote . Himuro is also noted as being one of Yousen's "W Aces" (the other half being Murasakibara).
  • Siegfried Kircheis in Legend of Galactic Heroes is the greatest tactician of the galaxy, a good fighter, a better marksman than his best friend Reinhard, and is the only one who was able to make Yang Wenli sweating bullets as the latter has no counter against him. He's also a Nice Guy and he would always call out Reinhard whenever the latter would do something morally questionable. No wonder he's dead at the end of the first season, otherwise the story would have been over. His death is also one of the biggest meme sources in anime: "If only Kircheis were here..."
  • Diana Cavendish from Little Witch Academia. She comes from a very important family of mages who descends from one of the Nine Old Witches (basically the supreme authorities on magic), is extremely intelligent and talented, has always the right answer for everything, knows more than her teachers do, looks always elegant and composed... And after all of this we discover that having her magic drained out of her as a child, so she had to re-learn everything, and having her evil aunt plot to sell her family's artefacts to muggles didn't even affect her that much, making her even more of an Ace.
  • Seta Noriyasu from Love Hina fits this trope, being a comedically impossible benchmark for the This Loser Is You protagonist to reach after. He is better at everything than any of the other main characters are (except anything involving safe operation of a motor vehicle), and about the only thing that fazes him is a Megaton Punch from Haruka or Naru and the fact that he is a high-level Cloudcuckoo Lander. He may start out looking like the ace but in the Manga later we see that he is way more like Keitaro then should be humanly possible, he failed to get into Tokyo U. 3 times, also was in a Love Triangle that ended badly (Sarah's Mom, Haruka and Seta)note . He is good at martial arts, acts cool around anyone but his Love Interest. Keitaro takes these traits too.
  • Chrono Harlaown from Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha is a less over-the-top variant of this, since he does prove consistently more effective than both Nanoha and Fate through being Weak, but Skilled. Instead of Hot Blood, we have The Stoic one. Nanoha herself is known as the "Ace of Aces", while her partner Fate, being one of the top Enforcers of the TSAB, is known as the "Ace of the Navy". Subaru is also known by her coworkers at the Gulf Special Rescue Unit as the "Silver Ace".
  • Kazuki, the protagonist of Magika no Kenshi to Shoukan Maou, completely averts the normal portrayal of male harem leads. Good with swords, magic, and the ladies, he's also a genuinely Nice Guy who will tear himself to shreds for those he loves. In other circumstances, this would lead to accusations of Mary Suedom, but the story manages to dodge that bullet by never getting in the reader's face about it, and focusing more on developing the actual plot of the series than touting Kazuki's awesomeness.
    • This is actually brought up by Leme, Kazuki's Summon. She chose him precisely because he was both incredibly strong and fundamentally selfless person. His power was necessary to defend their country, and his attitude keeps him from abusing that power.
  • Mahou Sensei Negima!:
    • Chao Lingshen. Mentally, she's a genius inventor, engineer, and studies robotics, medicine, bio-engineering and quantum physics at university level. In talents, she's an expert at Chinese cooking. Financially, she's a wealthy entrepreneur thanks to these cooking abilities and her business management skills. Athletically, she's a specialist in Shaolin Kung Fu. Supernaturally, she's a fire-using, device-based Time Master. She also happens to be fifteen years of age and the most intelligent student in the school (this school happens to hold over 30,000 residents).
    • She may act like an ace but she is also a time-traveling descendent of Negi, whose true objective is to avert the collapse of the Magical World, a scheme which ultimately joins a Gambit Pileup with the Magical World arc.
    • Jack Rakan could probably also count. He's obscenely powerful, capable of beating down the Quirky Miniboss Squad in their most powerful forms without taking a scratch. He can do almost anything (like reading minds, for some reason), and spends most of his fights goofing off because only about a dozen beings can seriously threaten him.
    • Nagi is almost as hammy as Rakan, and is somehow still incredibly badass even without his magical powers.
    • By the end of the manga, Negi certainly qualifies, having taken all the training he's received from Evangeline and Jack to essentially become the most powerful being in the universe.
  • Kanna is considered to be this by her classmates in Miss Kobayashi's Dragon Maid, both academically and physically. It helps that she's a centuries old dragon from another world.
  • Char Aznable and the vast majority of his Expies in the Mobile Suit Gundam multiverse. Usually, they're The Hero's Rival or Evil Counterpart, making them less sympathetic (but no less badass).
    • The most blatant example is Mu La Flaga from Mobile Suit Gundam SEED, otherwise known as the "man who makes the impossible possible", who seduces the insanely hot Murrue TWICE! He's also arguably a better pilot than the actual main character Kira, without being a Super Soldier. Apparently he's actually a Newtype, even though SEED already has Newtype equivalents.
    • George Glenn, in the backstory, was The Ace Up to Eleven. He was a Nobel Prize winner, a star athlete, an Ace Pilot, a literal rocket scientist, and the creator of the space colonies. Shortly after becoming a celebrity he revealed to the world that he was a Designer Baby and released the means by which others could be like him; 40 years later he was assassinated.
    • In Gundam Build Fighters and Gundam Build Fighters Try, there's Tatsuya Yuuki, who uses the prestigious name "Meijin Kawaguchi III". The man is an amazing Gunpla Builder and Gunpla Fighter and the only loss we see him get was because he was Brainwashed and Crazy.
      • In Gundam Build Divers, we have his contemporary, Kyoya Kujo of Force Avalon, who is known far and wide as "Champion" and for good reason, too. He's defeated players playing both the right way and by illegally modifying their Gunpla and his losses is only through running out of time or being tag-teamed by two people giving it all they got to win.
  • Speaking of Char Clones (although not strictly in the Gundam multiverse), Lelouch and Suzaku come across to each other as this. Lelouch constantly felt cheated each time the mysterious white Knightmare showed up to ruin his plans with over-the-top acrobatics, whilst Suzaku felt that Zero was dirty terrorist who stole the "Good Guys'" thunder. It only got worse when they discovered each others' identities.
  • All Might of My Hero Academia is the greatest hero in the world, and took to the One For All quirk far easier than his successor Midoriya did, becoming a natural. His attributes are rated 6 out of 5 in every category. Katsuki Bakugo is the epitome of this for the main cast and both a full and deconstructing example, Shoto Todoroki is the second resident Ace of Class 1-A being very talented with two powerful quirks (though he refuses to use his flames).
  • Quite a few characters in Naruto are called "genius" or "natural prodigy", they often do live up to expectations but also often they not as perfect as they seem at first sight.
    • The first four Hokage were each hailed as the strongest warriors of their time and managed to surpass every other shinobi in the art of asskicking, to the point where their strength and skill were considered absurdly unnatural. Special mentoin goes to Hashirama Senju also known as "the God of Shinobi". In terms of raw power, even the other three Hokage are not on his level and had to compensate by developing/refining unique, extremely broken jutsu. His power is described as being so vast that no other ninja has come close to matching him. Even Madara, who wiped the floor with five Kage, used the Sharingan to bring Kurama under his control and Hashirama still beat him ( be it narrowly, and Hashirama's Wood-style did give him a natural edge over Kurama). And this is not to mention what it exactly is he created the entire system of hidden ninja villages and drastically reduced the Crapsackiness of the world.
    • This is a total trait of the clan Uchiha whose members as a rule are talented since birth and are also unsurpassed geniuses in everything. But there are several examples of prominent even in this clan:
      • Sasuke Uchiha was introduced as this in contrast to Naruto, being extremely skilled, popular, wanted by all the girls. He's extremely gifted, able to use some of the strongest attacks seen yet at the ripe age of about seventeen, and elite shinobi of the entire world admit he's a genius with potential beyond theirs. At the end of the series, he is one of the strongest people walking on the ground.
      • His older brother Itachi Uchiha is one of the best ninjas the Leaf has ever produced. He was the third strongest shinobi in the Akatsuki Organization (right under Nagato and Tobi). He also understands the essence of what it means to be a true shinobi. Hiruzen Sarutobi, the third God of Shinobi, even claimed he had the mindset of a Hokage when he was just seven years old and the man who set up the current shinobi system even stated that Itachi was a far better shinobi than he ever was.
      • We also have the legendary Uchiha clan head, Madara Uchiha. He was born with exceptional chakra even by the standards of the battle-oriented and highly gifted Uchiha Clan. Having been raised in war and combat, he made a name for himself as one of the world's strongest, always fighting to protect the Uchiha. Also Madara was the first to unlock the Mangekyo Sharingan and the only one (until Sasuke obtained it) to have the Eternal Mangekyo Sharingan. He was also the first person since the Sage of Six Paths to awaken the Rinnegan.
    • Kakashi Hatake was a child prodigy who became a jounin before he even entered his teens, is one of the only non-Uchiha to have mastered the Sharingan and Mangekyo Sharingan, is a skilled elemental user and has over 1000 jutsu at his disposal. It is not surprising that he became a Hokage in the end.
    • The Legendary Sannin are a trinity very powerful ninjas on par with the Kages (in fact, they were all offered the role of Hokage, which Tsunade eventually accepted). They all get various moments to show just how badass they are throughout the series.
      • Jiraiya was one of the strongest ninjas in the world (a giant leap from his Genin days) and a world-renown author. His students are among the strongest people on earth (and two of them became Hokage). Many shinobi respect and fear him and even members of Akatsuki like Kisame and Itachi both considered him a too great of a threat for both of them (this is huge since despite Itachi's allegiance, he would kill Konoha shinobi to keep his cover), with Kisame even saying he was on an entirely other level.
      • Orochimaru is talented shinobi since he was a child, with his skills growing ever since. Developed into an amazing scientist who knows a humongous amount of techniques, killed the Third Hokage and is functionally immortal. When Orochimaru fought (a drugged) Jiraiya and (a freaked out) Tsunade without his arms, this ended in a stalemate that speaks volumes.
      • Tsunade is widely considered the most well-regarded and the greatest medical ninja in the world, and can hit vital points with precision or completely heal herself in midfight. She also сame up with a bunch of the rules for Medic Ninja which are used to this day and has been dubbed, "The World's Most Beautiful and Strongest Woman".
    • Naruto himself grows into one. By the time the Fourth Shinobi World War starts up, he is the only living person capable of fighting the undead, constantly regenerating, and nigh-unbeatable Madara Uchiha on equal terms. Not only that, a number of people have claimed him to have surpassed the Fourth Hokage several times over and Tobirama directly compares Naruto to Hashirama upon witnessing his mastery of Sage Mode, and later admits that Naruto may eventually become a greater Hokage than his brother was. After obtaining Six Paths Sage Mode, Kakashi states he surpassed all Hokage and is matching and overwhelming Kaguya Otsutsuki blow for blow. In the finale, he becomes the Seventh Hokage, making him both the strongest Hokage in the Leaf's history, and the single strongest person in the world.
  • Neon Genesis Evangelion:
    • Kaworu Nagisa is a nice subversion. He synchronizes at a higher level than any other pilot and is probably the only sane person. He's also a Humanoid Abomination sent here to destroy humanity. He chooses not to, though.
    • This is yet another trope that NGE deconstructs, in regards to Misato Katsuragi. She's initially introduced as a beautiful, hard-drinking, hard-fighting and improbably young elite officer of NERV sent to mentor and guide Shinji. However, the cracks start showing throughout the series and by the end she is barely holding it together following serious injuries, the resurfacing memories of Second Impact, and the death of Kaji. In the finale, having failed to motivate Shinji as a friend and as a substitute mother, all she can do is offer herself and she dies asking if she did the right thing.
  • Okusama Ga Seito Kaichou: Wakana Ui is top of the school in both sports and studies, is beautiful and incredibly charismatic. This of coruse allows her to easily win the election by a landslide.
  • One Piece:
    • The admirals from the Marine/Navy are the most powerful marine soldiers the World Government has and apparently, there can only be three of them. Above them is the Fleet Admiral.
    • Among all pirates, the Four now five Emperors are the most powerful and most feared ones. A single Emperor is much stronger than one of the Seven Warlords of the Sea. When the Marines challenged an Emperor to a war, they gathered nearly all of their forces (including their three admirals) and even called in all Seven Warlords just to fight a single Emperor and his crew.
  • Paranoia Agent 's Yuichi "Ichi" Taira, who is extremely popular, good at sports, and intelligent. It later turns into a rather dark deconstruction, however. And it's debatable whether he was ever as great as he thought he was, since we only have his word on that and he's very narcissistic (and later, insane).
  • Currently more or less of an Informed Attribute, Ojou of Please Tell Me! Galko-chan is said to be at the top of the class and aces many extra-curricular activities.
  • Pokémon
    • Gary at the start of the series. He'd show up in a convertible (complete with cheerleaders) every so often and completely degrade Ash with just how better than him he was.
    • A lot of the rivals after him follow suit, especially the ones that beat him at the regional conference. Harrison had Mons from a region he didn't even hear about before meeting him (as a bonus he beat Ash just after Ash beat Gary), Tyson had a nearly fully evolved team of his and Morrison's team, and Vergil has a job on top off being a trainer. Doesn't even have to be his rival either, Soledad anyone? Alain would count as well beating Malva of the Elite Four which is a feat that had never been accomplished by anyone outside of other Elite Four Members and Champions beforehand, even more impressive considering that anime portrays Elite Four Members as being invincible. On top of that, Alain has beaten Ash in almost everyone of their encounters which is even more impressive considering how Ash is depicted in the XY Series
    • If an Elite Four member or champion appears they usually are this or subvert it. Lance is a Dragon Rider who takes on Legendaries, Cynthia is a Lady of War who deals out Curb-Stomp Battle after battle and Flint completely shows up Ash. On the flip side Bruno looks like a bum, Drake appears to be a Arrogant Kung-Fu Guy and Alder is a Casanova Wannabe but all show a level of understanding with Pokemon that Ash and co. can only look up to. Diantha being the Kalos Champion qualifies for the simple reason that she's a champion....as well as dishing out Curb Stomp battles like it's her day job and would casually one shot her opponents.
    • The Shaymin from Pokémon: Giratina and the Sky Warrior likes to think of itself as one.
    • In Diamond & Pearl Ash did show shades of this where he proved FAR more competent than he was before then. However it wasn't until the XY series of Pokémon were Ash would fall squarely into this trope where he was borderline uncharacteristically smart and competent, was undefeated in battle for over 70 episodes (half of the XY series), narrowly coming in 2nd place of the Lumiose Conference which is a personal best for him, and the fact that all of his rivals and companions looking up to him and were using him as a measuring stick to live up to.
    • Every series, Ash tends to catch one Pokémon that gets to outshine the rest of the cast, being his "ace mon" of that series. The original series, being divided into Kanto, the Orange Islands, and Johto, gave Ash no less than three powerhouse mons (Pikachu, Charizard, and Snorlax), whereas all later regions have stuck to one. Discounting Pikachu, the list goes as follows: Charizard, Snorlax, Sceptile, Infernape, Krookodile, and Greninja.
  • Keigo "Ore-sama" Atobe from The Prince of Tennis is the incarnation of this trope. He's the Student Council President, captain of the tennis club as well as their best player, insanely rich, multilingual, and an extremely Large Ham. He even has a horde of fangirls. Did we mention that Atobe loves the attention?
  • Problem Children Are Coming from Another World, Aren't They?: All three of the so-called problem children. All of them are attractive, intelligent and justifiably confident in themselves. Izayoi has incredible Super Strength and Super Speed, and can negate magic. Yo can communicate with animals and use the abilities of any animal she befriends, giving her superhuman physical ability (if not nearly on Izayoi's level) and Super Senses. Asuka can control people with her words, and enhance the properties of objects.
  • Mami Tomoe of Puella Magi Madoka Magica is a veteran Magical Girl, as skilled, powerful and overall badass as she is nice and kind, and it seems like she's all set to play the role of The Mentor to the main characters. Madoka Magica being the Deconstructor Fleet it is, it is quickly shown that Mami is actually a lonely Broken Ace, and episode 3 shows that, yes, she is quite good at dying, too.
    • She is played straight in the Rebellion Story movie as part of the "perfect world" that is Homura's Barrier.
  • Ranma Saotome of Ranma ½ is always the best at whatever fighting style, non-violent or semi-violent, feminine or masculine competition his opponents challenge him to. From coordinated team ice skating to the Tea Ceremony. All women want him, all men envy him (and sometimes want her).
  • Rental Magica has a deconstruction. The Association's investigator Kagezaki, who is apparently powerful and knows a lot, just stands nearby with a confident smile and interferes only when he absolutely must, however dire the case is. He's also royal pain in Astral's butt as their curator and seems to enjoy constantly keeping the cast on their guard.
  • Max Sterling in Robotech. He's made a nice guy and a hopeless romantic (who almost gets in a Starcrossed Lovers romance at some point, but manages to make his rival pull a Heel–Face Turn) to make him more of a sympathetic character, though, and the heroes want to have him for a friend both on and off duty. For instance, Rick Hunter, one of the lead characters who was a cocky pilot himself, is more than ready to acknowledge that Max is far better than himself, which makes him a great wingmate to have with you in battle.
    • Max is considered undefeatable in the Robotech novelizations in either mecha-to-mecha or hand-to-hand combat, to the point that in the final battle of the first-generation novels engaging his blue-trimmed fighter is described as an instant death sentence.
    • He's even better in his original Super Dimension Fortress Macross appearance as Max Jenius, and in Macross 7, where he becomes the Cool Old Guy. Just look at his name!
      • In the later stages of Macross 7 Max is ordered to sacrifice the entire million+ population of the Macross 7 fleet to bide time against the Protodevilin. Dismayed but not swayed, the Genius takes the battle to the enemy, even stealing the spotlight from main character Gamlin's 'death'. In the final battle, despite being a secondary character, Max outflys everyone, having the distinction of fighting closest to the Big Bad without having his VF explode.
      • In Super Robot Wars Alpha 3, Macross 7 is included, and Max is mostly used as the pilot of the Battle 7. And he still dodges attacks and shoots down enemies with the best of them.
  • Rosario + Vampire has Inner Moka. Not only is she one of the most badass characters in the series (which is saying something), but she's also very intelligent and analytical, her only flaws being her complete inability to cook and her aggressive, withdrawn personality.
  • Hiko Seijuro in Rurouni Kenshin. He is so ridiculously powerful that the story never pits him against anyone important, as there would be no dramatic tension involved. In the OAV prequel to the show ("Trust and Beatrayal"), Seijuro is introduced by essentially causing a man to evaporate into nothing by hitting him so quickly with his sword. In the show's proper run, main character Kenshin (himself already famous as a savant of swordsmanship) struggles for months trying to learn how to fight as well as his master, and only gains the right to inherit his master's mantle after a very, very hard struggle—at which point his master reveals that the cape he wears is lined with a large amount of metal weights, meaning that he was still probably twice as strong as his student.
  • The title character of Sakamoto desu ga? (Haven't you heard? I'm Sakamoto) is this, taken to eleven. Handsome, brilliant, and accomplished, he can literally do anything (even things that are physically impossible) without failing or even getting flustered, and he never loses his cool temper or casual, relaxed demeanor. Girls flock around him (but never manage to get to him), and most guys hate him and want to take him down a peg (but fail miserably at it) unless they instead befriend him (in which case he'll be a perfectly loyal and great friend). His only real flaw is that his impossibly impossible perfectness can weird out his more normal schoolmates.
  • In The Pet Girl of Sakurasou, Misaki and Mashiro are absurdly talented artists with No Social Skills (caused by Cloud Cuckoo Lander Syndrome and an Ambiguous Disorder, respectively). Difficulties caused by their Min-Maxing, and the other characters' attempts to overcome Overshadowed by Awesome, is one of the main themes of the story.
  • Yutaka in Servant × Service is excellent at academics, sports, housecleaning, cooking and everything else he tries without effort. On the other hand, nothing really interests him.
  • In The Seven Deadly Sins, Meliodas, the leader of the Seven Deadly Sins, is the strongest among them.
  • Sonic the Hedgehog in Sonic X. Nearly always defeats the bad guys with little effort, so everyone turns to him whenever there's trouble. The only other characters as skilled and powerful as him are his rivals Knuckles the Echidna and Shadow the Hedgehog, but since they're both antisocial loners with little interest of getting involved with others' affairs, people rarely seek their aid.note 
  • Humorously deconstructed in Spy X Family: Twilight is probably one of the world's best spies...which becomes a problem for him when superiors in his organization don't appear to seriously think of solving the understaffing issue in the agency and just dump more work on him because, you know, he's just that good, resulting in a seriously overworked spy that has to do a lot of jobs on top of his major operation, giving him more than a few burnouts. Even when he attempts to take a break at the aquarium with his "family" in chapter EX of volume 2, he still gets a job forced onto him.
  • Kei Takishima from Special A is consistently ranked #1 in the school, filthy rich, handsome, and athletic to the point that it borders on Charles Atlas Superpower. About the only thing he can't do is get Hikari to realize that he likes her.
  • Hibari from Stop Hibari Kun is the School Idol, an amazing athlete, a top student, and is the lead to her own band.
  • Kirito, the protagonist of Sword Art Online, definitely fits this trope. He's probably the best of the 10,000 SAO players, and only loses duels when he isn't really trying... or his foe is a Game Master. And even then, he sometimes wins. Even after dying, he still wins. The leader of the Blood Knights is also an Ace; his health has never dropped below about 70%, and he beats Kirito in a duel. Subverted, since he's the Game Master mentioned above and has God Mode on.
    • Asuna counts too, at least in the first arc. In the subsequent arcs, she gets hit with a bit of Badass Decay as a result of being Demoted to Satellite Love Interest.
    • There's also Yuuki from the Mother's Rosario arc. Kirito even admits that she's a better swordsman than him, pointing that she can't have been one of the SAO victims because, if she was, she would have gotten the Dual Wielding special skill instead of him.
  • Kamina from Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann invokes this trope and intentionally cultivates this sort of image when in public to inspire Simon and the rest of his allies, even though he's far more restrained in private and admits he's as dependent on Simon as Simon is on him. The Worf Effect aside it works out fairly well for him, all things considered, until his untimely death.
  • Kenshi Masaki of of Tenchi Muyo: War on Geminar. He was raised as a Badass Normal by a family full of Physical Gods and avatars of cosmic powers. Whether it be combat, cooking, house keeping, wilderness skills, or stimulating massage, Kenshi is unmatched in the world he has been sent to. It becomes something of a running gag the way he steamrolls over the best and brightest of Geminar and yet still thinks of himself as nothing special.
  • Keith Goodman, aka "Sky High", from Tiger & Bunny. A ridiculously handsome, humble, adorkable, camp and well-meaning Cape with the title of "King of Heroes": he is the number one hero on Sternbild's HeroTV and is just as nice on-camera as off it. When an escaping criminal ends up being rescued by Kotetsu in episode 1, the criminal starts resisting and complaining because he would rather be rescued by Sky High.
  • In Touch, Kazuya Uesugi is kind, polite, hard-working, a sports star, makes good grades, and is popular with girls. Akio Nitta is cut from the same mold. Minami Asakura seems to be a female version.
  • Jin of World Trigger. He's not quite the best at anything, rather, he combines personal fighting skill, diplomacy and Chess Master tendencies into a general talent for getting things done. Be it resolving a rough patch of internal politics, de-escalating a fight or stopping a massive invasion.
  • Yuuji Yugami from Yugami-kun ni wa Tomodachi ga Inai is a diligent student with good grades, can do just about anything on his own, and is The Ace of the baseball club. In a twist, he's actually a deliberate loner who doesn't want friends and is ignored by all but one of his classmates — the friendless New Transfer Student Chihiro who ends up sitting next to him in class — and his teammates can't stand him, only tolerating him out of a necessity to win. Mind you, Yugami isn't grumpy or dour; he's just very particular about things and is brutally honest, which drives everyone away from him — not that he cares, because he seems rather happy despite being alone.
  • Judai of Yu-Gi-Oh! GX: played with, lampshaded, and deconstructed every which way in Season 3 when he begins to feel that he's not a real hero without anything to burden him and success always coming too easily for him. As the Big Bad convinces him, his greatest weakness is that he has no weakness.
    • Ryou "Kaiser" Marufuji is another deconstruction. He was initially the top student at Duel Academy in Season One and had never lost a match (the only time he lost on-screen is when he forfeited to save his brother). When he goes to the Pro Leagues in Season Two, he suffers his first loss and has his confidence completely shattered, going into a losing streak that drives a Freak Out! and eventually a Face–Heel Turn.
  • Yami Yugi of Yu-Gi-Oh!. Not exactly the protagonist, which is technically Yugi, but is the King of Games, to the point of being near unbeatable at them. He inspires both Yugi and Kaiba to try and better themselves in different ways. In terms of the anime, he is also good at fighting whilst on horseback in the fifth season and has several feats of general badass-ery.
  • Yusei Fudo of Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D's takes this to the extreme. Out of all five Yu-Gi-Oh protagonists, you think he'd be least intelligent of all them due to having no type of formal education whatsoever unlike the others but despite having no formal education he's more than capable of building functional D-Wheels and D-Boards from nothing (The latter of which he'd never seen before), create functioning D-Wheel programs that could enhance the capabilities of multiple D-Wheels, a mechanic in his free time, and create a computer program that would ensure a future global genocide would never happen showing he's far from being Book Dumb like Yugi, Judai, and Yuma (Yuya comes off as more as having average level intelligence). In dueling he's the only one of the protagonist who's technically never lost a duel. Like Yugi and Yami Yugi, Yusei also obtained the title King of Games defeating his rival/then champion JACK ATLAS early in the series. Later for an upcoming Duel Team Tournament, people from all over the world were coming to Japan specifically to duel him or ask him to be apart of their team and went as far as kidnapping and trying to brainwash him to do so. In the final arc the final Big Bad Z-ONE said in his timeline (200 years after Yusei's time) Yusei was a legendary hero and renown duelist with many duelist who proceeded his generation being inspired by him and trying to emulate him.
  • Yuya from Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V could qualify being the best Duelist from his entertaining duel school (Despite only having at the most 6 students). As the series progressed he wins the Friendship Cup and becomes another King of Games defeating JACK ATLAS and later defeating his rival Reiji Akaba in the series finale.
    • Also from the same series, the aforementioned Reiji is the best Duelist of LDS. He even bested Yuya twice, even though he let Yuya win in their first Duel because he had other things to do involving Marco's disappearance. For bonus points, he doesn't have any losses in his Dueling record, at least until he faces Zarc (who is Purposely Overpowered) and Yuya (who smartened up since their second Duel).
  • Yusaku, the main character of Yu-Gi-Oh! VRAINS, is arguably the first Yugi archetype who acts like a Kaiba archetype. Not only he's just as cunning as Yami Yugi and Yusei (as shown when he bested Revolver in their second Duel despite his first time summoning Firewall Dragon), but is also as ruthless as Kaiba himself. That being said, he's also a Broken Ace, mainly due to Knight of Hanoi's involvement with his childhood.
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