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Light Novels With Insanely Powerful Protagonist

Updated on July 5, 2017
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Eir is a high school student of Philippine Science High School System. He is currently pursuing his dreams of becoming a forensic scientist.

Japanese light novels have been popular nowadays, most especially to middle- and high-school students who have great interests in manga and anime. It has already been considered as a favorite hobby and pastime for many, that highly includes myself as well.

One of the most popular setting in light novels is where the main character (MC) starts off with over powered (OP) abilities. Usually, this type of setting provides as sense of thrill in which the protagonist hides his power and ability, and adventure where protagonist sets on a journey with a primary objective, usually in a form of revenge.

This is my first list of recommendation. If you have not read the other lists, I would recommend you do so. Anyways, have fun and enjoy!

Magi’s Grandson

Magi's Grandson Characters
Magi's Grandson Characters | Source

Genre: [Action] [Adventure] [Fantasy] [Romance] [Shounen]

Personal Rating: 4/5

Plot Summary:

Thanks to various magic, the human race has been saved from calamity many, many times. Retaining his memories from his previous life, a boy, Shin, was picked up by an old man known to the world as a “Magi.”

Shin was brought up by the Magi, who had retired to a secular place, as his own grandson. With the memories of his past life, he absorbed the Magi’s craft and grew to be able to develop his own magic.

Then, the grandfather told him he has to become independent when he reaches the age of 15.

“Ah, I forgot to teach him common sense.”

The grandson who has grown beyond the level of normal people, lacked common sense; the common sense of the world. So to learn how to socialize, he goes to Earlshide Kingdom City to be admitted to Earlshide Advanced Magic Academy.

Source Japtem

Why Read:

One can certainly hint that the protagonist is very powerful, like killing a demonized bear tiger at a tender age that no can accomplish. Also, he very well depth in magic (as you can see from the title itself) that he can enchant a simple clothing or accessory to a national level. It is also very funny at some parts and chapters, though I think there are some parts that left me bore (especially on the character's very long dialogues) and there is a clear hint of romance, not harem, of course. The plot is also well founded, though in some cases the story gets sidetracked. Overall, it's actually a good story for anyone who wants to read novels with a lot of action scenes.

RE:Monster

RE:Monster Characters
RE:Monster Characters | Source

Genre: [Fantasy] [Action] [Shounen] [Harem] [Mature]

Personal Rating: 3/5

Plot Summary:

Tomokui Kanata has been reincarnated into the weakest race, and get a new name, Rou, after having undergone an unfortunate death. However goblin Rou has retained his previous life's memories, gained an unusual evolution, and kept his ability to gain skills from eating his foes.

In this alternate world of the survival of the fittest, events unfold. Will the goblin party become the heroes of this world, in a delightful twist from your usual scenario? will he become a hero of this world, or a dark overlord dominating everyone else?

Source: Japtem

Why Read:

The plot is actually very great as the monster-protagonist fights powerful beasts above his level (from orcs to cyclops). Aside from this, the novel slightly hints at kingdom building as their base slowly improves and the population increases dues to monsters immigrating. However, kingdom building remains unclear as the story is clearly slow build. One of great anticipation in the novel revolves on the evolution of the protagonist - on what monster he is going to evolve into. There is a clear plot, and as for the romance aspect, it sure as well be harem. If you're trying to find a light novel with tags of improvement, upgrades, and evolution, then you've found one right here.

Evil God Average

Evil God Average Volume 1 Cover
Evil God Average Volume 1 Cover | Source

Genre: [Action] [Adventure] [Fantasy] [Comedy] [Supernatural]

Personal Rating: 3/5

Plot Summary:

When she stands, she’s like a white peony. When she sits, she’s like a tree peony. When she walks, she’s like a lily flower. And when you look her in the eyes, she’s like the Great King of Terror.

Despite having the qualities to be a peerless bishoujo, because of the look of her eyes and that atmosphere of hers, she’s feared by others; such a girl is forcefully sent to another world.

Being told that she would be granted a wish as a special favour, the girl made a wish────

“Make my eyes and atmosphere normal please.”

This is a story recounting the lifestyle in a parallel world of a girl who would be perfect (probably) if just her one weakpoint was overcome.

A fantasy comedy with magic, dungeons, and a hero and demon king(candidate) who she gets tangled up with.

She’s cursed though.

Source: Oniichan Yamete!

Why Read:

Well, what could I say, the protagonist is absolutely feared by every individual to the extent the making an eye contact with a dragon would sent it shivering (see how OP she is?). Moreover, he/she (see what I'm hinting at? yep, it's gender-bender people) does not even realize her true ability. The plot focus mainly on the protagonist's daily life and adventure, so we cannot really expect a clear-tracked plot. Probably, one of my favorites of this novel is the comedy: protagonist's half-wit actions to counter a tense and serious situation. The action scenes in the novel was also depicted to be soft as the novel clearly emphasize more on the comedic aspect. Thus, if you want the laugh-all-you-want light novel, then I hand you this book.

Ultimate Antihero

Ultimate Antihero Characters
Ultimate Antihero Characters | Source

Genre: [Action] [Fantasy] [Harem] [School Life] [Shounen] [Supernatural] [Tragedy]

Personal Rating: 3/5

Plot Summary:

Kamishiro Homura is a hero who once by himself exterminated the another world invader that destroyed the military all over the world. However his extreme strength made the influential people ostracized and exiled him from the society with false accusation of [Traitor] attached to him. A few years after that, for an unspecified reason Homura entered the magician academy and he looked after the girls that were ridiculed as the [burden platoon]…!? This is the raise of the curtain of a fantasy tale of the unrivaled and invincible young man where not a single ally or enemy can keep up with him, the young man who sooner or later will be extolled as the messiah by the whole human race!

Source: Baka Pervert

Why Read:

I can't overly state anything since I have not finish story, but on the first few chapters, the male protagonist is clearly a badass where in there is a need for the world to control his actions. The plot is also fairly simple, protagonist hides his power as he teaches and improves the lowest-rank students in the academy. Action scenes (cheers to the people who love these) are very well described. There is also a slight hint of romance and harem, but was not really delve deep into. As far as I can remember (thought I'm not quite sure), there was an Anime adaptation to his light novel. Anyways, if you want to read more action than ever, might as well try reading this book.

Magi Craft Meister

Magi Craft Meister Volume Cover
Magi Craft Meister Volume Cover | Source

Genre: [Adventure] [Drama] [Fantasy] [Mecha] [Sci-fi] [Shounen] [Slice of Life]

Personal Rating: 4/5

Plot Summary:

There is only one Magi Craft Meister in the world. After the death of the last Meister over one thousand years ago, Jin Nidou was transported to another world in order to succeed her will.

After obtaining the knowledge of the Magi Craft Meister, Jin attempts to use a warp gate but it malfunctions, transporting him to an unknown world. Along with that, an automata he recently restored also uses the warp gate in order to search for her “father”. Thus, the crafting journey of the new Magi Craft Meister begins!

Source: Natsu Translations

Why Read:

The novel interest for anyone who's into invention. The protagonist overpoweredness revolves on his ability to build anything under his capability and knowledge. He also owns an island where he developed the inhabited lands into farms. The plot could be regarded as to associated or interconnected short stories (as each volume involves an entirely new setting and plot). The story is also fast paced, with interactions mostly on the protagonist aiding different characters in each volume. As for romance, there's no clear romantic element in this novel. I guess if you want really into mecha and inventions and improvements, you don't really have to ask what novel to read.

The Epic Tale of the Forsaken Hero

Epic Tale of the Forsaken Hero Character
Epic Tale of the Forsaken Hero Character | Source

Genre: [Action] [Adventure] [Comedy] [Ecchi] [Fantasy] [Harem] [Psychological] [Romance] [Seinen]

Personal Rating: 4/5

Plot Summary:

One day, Katsuragi Daichi and his classmates found themselves in a different world. The god who summoned them to another world divided its power and gave it to them, saying that it wanted Daichi and the rest to defeat the Demon King as heroes. However, Daichi alone was given no abilities. And sure enough, Daichi was thrown away and used as a decoy in a demon’s den. Eaten by a demon, Daichi had lost consciousness and thought he had passed away, though when he came to he noticed his statuses had skyrocketed. He had obtained『Revenge of the Resented』. Every time he died, his abnormal ability powered up.

Source: Zirus Musings

Why Read:

Here comes a tale of resentment and revenge. The spice of story starts when the protagonist, who was once very weak, gets killed together with a classmate and was left to die, but fortunately was resurrected and gained magic power stronger higher than the strongest rank of magician. As you would expect, there is a clear plot as the protagonist set for revenge and action scenes are not entirely lacking. Additionally, though the protagonist's personality is indeed reasonable, some sudden change in the character is misleading and confusing, and sometimes not appropriate to some situations. Well, romance could be summarized into a three words: "harem over time". Generally, if revenge and brutality is on your top priorities, then you've come at the right place.

Mahouka Koukou no Rettousei

Mahouka Koukou no Rettousei Light Novel Cover
Mahouka Koukou no Rettousei Light Novel Cover | Source

Genre: [Action] [Martial Arts] [Mystery] [Romance] [School Life] [Sci-fi] [Seinen] [Supernatural]

Personal Rating: 4/5

Plot Summary:

Magic.

It is a product of neither legends nor fairy tales, but instead has become a technology of reality since a time unknown to people.

Supernatural power became a technology systematized through magic, while magic became a technical skill. A “Supernatural Power User” became a “Magic Technician”.

Magic Technicians (in short, Magicians) are nurtured through Magic High Schools and Universities.

This is a story about:

A defective elder brother and low achiever.

A perfect, flawless younger sister and high achiever.

After both siblings entered a Magic High School,

The stage of daily turbulence was unveiled —.

Source: Lydia Im

Why Read:

The beloved brother of many has come. The protagonist is powerful (with his several identities as an inventor, soldier, etc) and calculating, but somewhat hides his power for particular reason.

Plot, which are on shifting perspectives, involves on the protagonist's struggles in his high school and in the society as he tries to solves them without revealing his "true" identity. As for romance, it certainly is equivalent to his sister, though other characters have romantic interests on him as well. The actions scenes are probably one of the most exciting part on this novel aside from the protagonist's "surprises".

Though some parts could not be easily understood due to the heavy and complex discussion on magic and its application, one could still enjoy the flow of the story. Recently, an anime adaptation has already been made based on this light novel.

Death March kara Hajimaru Isekai Kyousoukyoku

Death March kara Hajimaru Isekai Kyousoukyoku Characters
Death March kara Hajimaru Isekai Kyousoukyoku Characters | Source

Genre: [Action] [Adventure] [Comedy] [Fantasy] [Harem] [Romance] [Shounen] [Slice of Life]

Personal Rating: 4/5

Plot Summary:

Suzuki, an adult programmer, suddenly noticed that he was thrown into another world wearing casual clothes at level 1. He gained a high level and many treasures after using the 3-time-use disposable magic, Meteor Shower, once. After that he intends to do another world “sightseeing tour”?

He meets three beast-kin girls, beautiful purple and black-haired sisters and an eccentric blond-haired elf girl, along with various people during his trip. Although occasionally fighting demons and demon lords, this is a heartwarming fantasy story at heart.

Source: Sousetsuka

Why Read:

The story primarily involves the use of game elements in a fantasy setting. The protagonist is highly powerful, as he managed to fight off a superior dragon and kill a god when he's at level 1. To top it off, he hides his ability and identity to a certain extent. Romance is very harem, though the protagonist himself pursues one lady. Plot is somewhat repetitive which makes it quite boring as the story goes on, with the character gaining a power or ability, fighting up new monsters or enemies, and finally getting rewarded through prizes or a title. Anyways, this novel is great for pastime reading on fantasy and adventure genres.

From Elf Reincarnation to Cheat Kingdom Founding Chronicle

From Elf Reincarnation to Cheat Kingdom Founding Chronicle Volume 2 Cover
From Elf Reincarnation to Cheat Kingdom Founding Chronicle Volume 2 Cover | Source

Genre: [Action] [Adventure] [Comedy] [Ecchi] [Fantasy] [Harem] [Mature] [Romance] [Shounen]

Personal Rating: 3/5

Plot Summary:

A genius magician, to fight against his fate to die a natural death from old age, grasped at the truth of magic to allow himself to reincarnate with a power he created himself.

The cycle of reincarnation is repeated multiple times and in his 31st reincarnation, the magician became a boy named Syril who lives in a village of elves. However, that village is ruled by Humans, and the Elves are treated as livestock.

After becoming 14 years old, Syril, who regained his past knowledge and experience, stands up to help a girl, who is his childhood friend. The story of the creation of an ideal country begins in that one village, a place where all races can coexist. Elves, Fox-girl, and various other Heroines.

Source: Lygar Translations

Why Read:

It's a kingdom-building type of novel (obviously from the title itself). The protagonist certainly is overpowered since he has been reincarnated several times and gained various abilities in the process. This abilities, which he can transform into, makes him the ultimate overpowered character in the novel. The plot is well built, though certainly it is very fast-paced. Action scenes are never missed, and certainly with the protagonist building a country, resistance is to be expected. As for the romance aspect, it's tan-tan-dan-dan: harem with super mature contents (so make sure to watch out from those). Anyways, it's a good novel (ehem...).

In A Different World With a Smartphone

In A Different World With a Smartphone Volume 1 Cover
In A Different World With a Smartphone Volume 1 Cover | Source

Genre: [Action] [Adventure] [Comedy] [Fantasy] [Harem] [Romance] [Shounen]

Personal Rating: 3/5

Plot Summary:

Oh no, the MC is accidentally killed by a god. Because of the mistake, the MC starts a second life in a parallel world. God revives his body and he is allowed to take and use his smartphone. He comes across various people while making important comrades and before the MC is aware of it, he has discovered this world’s secret. He inherits the legacy of an ancient civilization and he goes around the world nonchalantly while having power that matches that of the god in this world.

Source: Manga Updates

Why Read:

The story starts real good with the protagonist getting two companions (yep, it means that). The protagonist's OPness does not really focus on having a smartphone, but rather being a "otherworlder" (but that does not change the fact he's OP). The plot revolves on the MC getting involve in different conflicts, having a pact with a powerful beast and managing to defeat a king. Action scenes are well balanced, but romance seems to be quite vague. I honestly would say that reading a few chapters of the novel feels great, though on the further chapters, it gets quite dull.

Kyuuketsu Hime wa Barairo no Yume o Miru

Kyuuketsu Hime wa Barairo no Yume o Miru Volume 1 Cover
Kyuuketsu Hime wa Barairo no Yume o Miru Volume 1 Cover | Source

Genre: [Action] [Adventure] [Fantasy] [Gender Bender] [Romance] [Shoujo] [Slice of Life]

Personal Rating: 5/5

Plot Summary:

I-, who had suppose to died in an accident, awaken as my vampire princess character of “Eternal Horizon Online”. It turn out that I together with my entire pet, assets, and territory within the game had been transferred into a different world similar with that game.

When fighting around, to be honest, I was in a higher post than my followers who are stronger than me, I also have no choice but to reign as ‘me’ like in the game. Furthermore demon and beast of this world, even demi-human become to following me too, when I noticed I have established a huge empire. Also, trouble from the appearance of mysterious enemies are just endless…!

Source: Manga Updates

Why Read:

The mixture of comedy, especially when the protagonist was a boy inside a girl's body, and action compliments well with each other. The protagonist rules a kingdom filled with many powerful beings he or she had first made contract. Not to mention the extra chapters wherein the story is on the protagonist's subordinate's perspective.

Sendai Yuusha wa Inkyou Shitai

Sendai Yuusha wa Inkyou Shitai Volume 3 Images
Sendai Yuusha wa Inkyou Shitai Volume 3 Images | Source

Genre: [Action] [Adventure] [Comedy] [Ecchi] [Fantasy] [Harem] [Martial Arts] [Seinen] [Shounen]

Personal Rating: 4/5

Plot Summary:

Three years ago, in the land of Reinbulk, a Legendary Hero was summoned in the Kindom of Leezalion and he succeeded in repelling the Demon King. Now, five students are summoned back into Reinbulk by the Kingdom of Luxeria to fight against the Demon King and the demon army. Unlike the other heroes, Yashiro Yuu has no magical affinity and the Luxeria Kingdom has no intention on acknowledging his existence or returning him to his world.

However, Yuu is actually the previous Hero that had fought the Demon King. Moreover, he is perplexed at the situation since he knows the Demon King has not returned since he sealed him. If the seal was ever broken then he would be automatically summoned instead of normal summoned. Since he already saved the world once and the Demon King hasn’t been unsealed, Yuu decides to leave the demons to the new heroes and retire from the Hero business. So he decides to become an adventurer.

Source: Novel Updates

Why Read:

The protagonist is definitely strong, as describe by many people, but clearly he's also a pervert. this creates different situations that would surely make you laugh. Another thing, no one clearly knows that he was the hero who sealed the Demon King.

Tensei Shitara Slime Datta Ken

Tensei Shitara Slime Datta Ken Characters
Tensei Shitara Slime Datta Ken Characters | Source

Genre: [Action] [Adventure] [Comedy] [Fantasy] [Romance] [Seinen]

Personal Rating: 4/5

Plot Summary:

A man is stabbed by a robber on the run after pushing his coworker and his coworker’s new fiance out of the way. As he lays dying, bleeding on the ground, he hears a voice. This voice is strange and interprets his dying regret of being a virgin by giving him the [Great Sage] unique skill! Is he being made fun of !?!

Source: Novel Updates

Why Read:

Also a kingdom-building type of novel. Though the protagonist might be a slime, he has a powerful skill that lets him be the strongest being. Additionally, his companions, that had evolve through him, are all strong.

The Lazy King

The Lazy King Volume 1 Cover
The Lazy King Volume 1 Cover | Source

Genre: [Action] [Comedy] [Fantasy] [Seinen] [Supernatural]

Personal Rating: 3/5

Plot Summary:

By the time I realized it, I had reincarnated into another world.
I kept sleeping, and at some point I became a Demon Lord.
Even though I never wished for it.
But for me to not have to work, this world is the best. It must be true that good things happen to good people.
The flavor of Sloth is as sweet as honey. Glory, diligence, virtue, or honor. I have no interest in anything like that.
What’s there to hide? The Lazy king is… none other than me.

Source: Inlitify OA

Why Read:

He definitely would be termed the strongest and the most lazy person alive. As said, he might be lazy but he certainly is very strong, especially when he have known he'd gotten a new title. Other than that, there also are some points are absolutely boring to the core (though it can't be help since the protagonist would be useless if the whole story would be in his perspective)

The Man Picked Up By the Gods

Slimes
Slimes | Source

Genre: [Action] [Adventure] [Fantasy] [Martial Arts] [Romance] [Shounen] [Slice of Life]

Personal Rating: 5/5

Plot Summary:

Ryouma Takuma, 39 years old man with hidden past, found himself in a strange white room. The gods tell him that he has died and they are sending his soul to a different world, a world where magic exists. Living alone for 3 years his gamer soul just lose common sense and start toward crazy routes.

Source: Neo Translations

Why Read:

One of the best novels I've read in a while. There's no need to describe the protagonist since could even casually talk to the gods and goddesses in their realms and even have their blessings. What make's it fascinating is the protagonist actually collects different kinds slimes as his familiars. He even manage to build a business at a young age, using slimes as the idea component.

The New Gate

The New Gate
The New Gate | Source

Genre: [Action] [Adventure] [Comedy] [Fantasy] [Romance]

Personal Rating: 5/5

Plot Summary:

“THE NEW GATE”, an online game that trapped its players and turned into a death game, was now releasing the thousands of players that had been dragged into it, thanks to the efforts of Shin, one of the most powerful players.

But after having defeated the last boss and freed everyone, he was swallowed up by a strange light and found himself inside the game world 500 years in the future and unable to leave.

Source: Shin Translations

Why Read:

Though the setting is very typical, getting trapped inside a game, it still is very interesting. To add that, the protagonist is a master blacksmith and also known to be very popular since he is one of the famous persons who have thought to have disappeared. Also, his race makes his more important.

Tilea's Worries

Tilea's Worries Volume 1 Cover
Tilea's Worries Volume 1 Cover | Source

Genre: [Action] [Comedy] [Fantasy] [Gender Bender]

Personal Rating: 4/5

Plot Summary:

With the progression of his Chuuni Disease, Shioda Tetsuya is shunned by his family, and dies in despair, a thirty three year old jobless virgin. He vowed that if he was born again, this time he would stay away from delusions and live life seriously. Fortunately, he reincarnated in another world as a girl named Tilea, and lived a happy life with her kind parents and adorable little sister, but…

Lately, she’d been troubled. Her beloved sister had begun talking about how she was actually one of the Six Demon Generals, serving directly under Demon King Zorg, a descendant of the Three Great Demons. The situation was looking bad. She had to do something before this Chuuni Disease got any worse!

This is a fantasy “misunderstanding story” about a protagonist who has not noticed in the slightest that she’s a “cheat”-like existence, and how in her efforts to heal her sister’s Chuuni Disease (except that she really is one of the Six Demon Generals), she somehow or other ended up setting out to defeat the Demon King.

Source: Oniichan Yamete!

Why Read:

This is certainly one of the funniest novels I've read. The main character is absolutely very powerful, though she never had realize it (until now, I guess). She could even kill a demon general at one punch or a simple kick. Not to mention her sister is one of the demon general who became her follower and the trusted butler who she thought to be jobless.

Overlord

Overlord Characters
Overlord Characters | Source

Genre: [Action] [Adventure] [Comedy] [Fantasy] [Martial Arts] [Supernatural]

Personal Rating: 4/5

Plot Summary:

After announcing it will be discontinuing all service, the internet game ‘Yggdrasil’ shut downs -. .. That was the plan But for some reasons, the player character did not log out some time after the server was closed NPC starts to become sentient A normal youth who loves gaming in the real world seemed to have been transported into an alternate world along with his guild, becoming the strongest mage with the appearance of a skeleton, Momonga. He leads his guild ‘Ainz Ooal Gown’ towards an unprecedented legendary fantasy adventure!

Source: Skythewood Translations

Why Read:

Since the main protagonist is a powerful mage-villain, it's a refreshing site. He even owns a tomb that is greatly more majestic than a castle and has strong servants that guides the area as well as to protect him.

Conclusion

That ends the list for now. I hope you've enjoyed reading a few of my recommendations (and learned to try them as well).

See you again for my next installments.

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      Dhayan Srivastav 2 weeks ago from Kolkata

      It was a pleasant read.

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      Zett Noir Cromwell 12 days ago from Cebu City, Cebu, Philippines

      Good to hear that.

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