It is a common knowledge that the strong will always prevail over the weak. Although, when it comes to strength, not everything is based solely on one’s appearance. In anime, the last thing anyone should do is judge a person's power too hastily, on those terms.
After all, there is a chance that somebody who initially appears to be a small fry may actually be an extremely powerful being. In that case, anyone that makes the mistake of looking down on them or making them mad had better watch out. Here are some of the most deceptively powerful anime characters around.
10 Tony Tony Chopper (One Piece)
Because of his adorable appearance, Chopper is often mistaken as the Straw Hat Pirates' pet. After eating a devil fruit, Chopper gained the power to transform between human, animal or hybrid forms. His intelligence also increased, allowing him to learn medicine and develop the rumble ball, which increases his abilities (giving him five additional transformations).
After the two-year time skip, Chopper developed new transformations that he can access at will. Presently, Chopper only needs the rumble ball to access his most powerful transformation “Monster Point” for three minutes. Regardless of his size or appearance, there is no denying that Chopper is incredibly powerful.
9 Charmy Pappitson (Black Clover)
Considering that she mostly appears as a chibi version of herself, it is not surprising that people often underestimate Charmy Pappitson. Although mostly carefree and constantly stuffing her face, her attitude changes when her food or her comrades are threatened. From a lazy glutton, she becomes a fearsome mage with impressive magical power.
With her cotton creation magic, Charmy can restrain her opponents, as well as create sheep cooks that produce mana-restoring dishes. For offensive purposes, she can summon a giant ram powerful enough to knock out her opponents in less than three blows. Recently, she developed an ability that allows her to devour her opponents' magical energy and make it her own.
8 Killua Zoldyck (Hunter x Hunter)
As a member of the Zoldyck family, Killua is a talented assassin with incredible potential. For most of his childhood, his family trained and tortured him with the intent of making him the ultimate assassin.
As a result, despite his young age, his body is virtually superhuman. Before he learned Nen, Killua was able to move fast enough to create after-images, lift at least 16-tons, sharpen his nails into claws, as well as rip a man’s heart from his chest. Since mastering Nen, Killua’s physical powers have increased. He also learned to transmute his aura into electricity. With the power of his Godspeed ability, he is one of the fastest characters in Hunter x Hunter.
7 Kanna Kamui (Miss Kobayashi's Dragon Maid)
While Kanna Kamui seems like a cute little girl, her true form is that of a dragon. While her personality is like that of a child, Kana’s physical abilities far exceed anything you might imagine.
Even in human form, Kana possesses superhuman strength and agility, allowing her to move faster than the human eye or jump high enough to touch the clouds. She can also discharge electricity in the form of a concentrated beam. When low on power, she can recharge her energy by plugging her tail into an outlet.
6 Rimuru Tempest (That time I Got Reincarnated As A Slime)
Following his death, Satoru Mikami is reincarnated into a new world as a slime named Rimuru Tempest. However, unlike the average slime, he possesses a unique set of skills. With the power of Gluttony, he can consume organic and inorganic materials, and store them inside himself, as well as replicate the appearance of living beings he's absorbed.
He then analyzes their properties and skills and absorbs them, increasing his own power in the process. Thanks to Great Sage, he can store and learn information on almost every type of magic at an accelerated rate. With his powers, Rimuru evolved into a demon slime and became the ruler of the Jura Tempest Federation.
5 Shigeo Kageyama (Mob Psycho 100)
Although he looks like your average middle school student, Shigeo Kageyama, also known as Mob, is actually a powerful esper. However, while powerful, his kind-hearted personality leads him to seal away most of his power.
Under certain situations where his emotions are pushed to the maximum, Mob’s restraints over his powers disappear. When fully unleashed, Mob can use his powers to fly at superhuman speeds, lift entire buildings out of the ground, as well as absorb the energy of other espers.He can also achieve a state of ??? percent, where his powers manifest as a subconscious entity. In this state, Mob’s already destructive powers become even stronger.
4 Escanor (The Seven Deadly Sins)
Known as the Lion Sin of Pride, Escanor is one of the strongest members of the legendary knights known as the Seven Deadly Sins. At night, Escanor appears as a weak, yet compassionate, bartender. During the day, he turns into a taller and more muscular version of himself, overflowing with the power of a literal sun.
In this state, Escanor’s strength far exceeds the power of one of the Ten Commandments. At high noon, his powers reach their peak and he becomes "The One," making him practically invincible. Even Meliodas using the full power of his "Assault Mode" is unable to defeat Escanor.
3 Krebskulm (How Not To Summon A Demon Lord)
When you think of a demon lord, you’d probably imagine something along the lines of a monstrous and all-powerful evil being intent on mass destruction.However, Krebskulm is the exact opposite of that.
Despite being a demon lord, she appears in the form of a little girl and is more interested in satisfying her sweet tooth than inflicting destruction upon other races. However, if the people she cares for are in danger, she will awaken into her true form. In this state, she possesses unlimited magic power and can bypass any defense. Even Diablo's defensive spells are useless against her overwhelming strength.
2 Arale (Dr. Slump/Dragon Ball)
Although she is the protagonist of Akira Toriyama's Dr. Slump, Arale has also made frequent appearances throughout the Dragon Ball franchise.
Arale is an android built by Senbei Norimaki, created in the form of a little girl. In terms of personality, Arale is a friendly, excitable girl who enjoys playing with others. With her deceptive, absurd strength, however, Arale can defy the laws of physics and reality. Her feats include destroying the moon with a small rock, puncturing the sun, as well as shattering the earth with a single punch. In Dragon Ball Super, Arale easily defeats Vegeta and even fights Goku in his Super Saiyan Blue form to a draw.
1 Grand Zeno (Dragon Ball Super)
Dragon Ball Super introduces some of the most powerful characters in all of anime. However, it also reveals the identity of the most powerful being in the entire multiverse: Grand Zeno. Appearance-wise, Zeno is an adorable looking alien about the size of a small child, with a mindset to match.
However, according to both Beerus and the Supreme Kai, even though he is not a fighter, it is impossible to defeat Zeno. With a single thought, Zeno has the power to completely erase an entire universe. Essentially, Zeno is so powerful, he makes the Infinity Gauntlet look like a child's toy by comparison.