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Light Novels with Powerful/Over-Powered Main Character (OP MC)

Updated on February 6, 2017
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Zett is a high school student who loves reading light novels, web novels, and manga. He also loves watching various movies and series.

This is the second list for the light novel recommendations with the theme 'over-powered main character' or simply OP MC. You can also check out the First List to see my previous recommendations.

Even though these are light novel recommendations, a few web novels are also included. Moreover, the list not only contains Japanese light and web novels, but will also include Korean and Chinese novels.

Legendary Moonlight Sculptor

Official Legendary Moonlight Sculptor Korean Light Novel Cover
Official Legendary Moonlight Sculptor Korean Light Novel Cover | Source

Genre: [Action] [Adventure] [Comedy] [Drama] [Fantasy] [Romance] [School Life] [Sci-fi]

Personal Rating: 4/5

Plot Summary:

The main character is a man forsaken by the world and strapped for cash. He is known as the legendary God of War in the highly popular MMORPG Continent of Magic. At his coming of age, he decides to say goodbye. His attempt to earn a little something for his time and effort ripples into an effect none could ever have imagined.

Through a series of coincidences, his legendary avatar is sold for 3.1 billion won. He is briefly elated, only to plunge into despair at losing almost all of it to vicious loan sharks. But now that he knows there's money to be earned through gaming, he rises from the abyss with new found resolve and steps forward into the new age of games led by the first ever Virtual Reality MMORPG, Royal Road.

This is the legend of Lee Hyun on his path to becoming Emperor with only his family-loving heart, his boundless desire for money, his unexpected mind, his diligently forged body and the talent of hard work backing him.

Source: Rainbow Turtle Translations

Why Read:

Aside from the main character being insanely over-powered, he also has a very unique personality. Also, he is very lucky; he can successfully acquire rare skills, encounter important characters, and complete missions with rank S difficulty. The plot can be considered fast-paced, though some parts can get a little boring. The romantic scene with the love interest and some real life and drama scenes can be awkward. The action scenes are excellent, though. Overall, I assure you this is a good novel to read.

Yuusha Isagi no Maou Hanashi

Yuusha Isagi no Maou Hanashi Japanese Light Novel Cover II
Yuusha Isagi no Maou Hanashi Japanese Light Novel Cover II | Source

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

Personal Rating: 3/5

Plot Summary:

"From now on, will you accompany me?"

The moment he confessed his love to the girl walked with, the boy was thrown into the future. The one who summoned him was the Princess of the Demons because he was the one who killed the descendants of the Demon Lord.

"P-Please, Great Demon Lords……please save us demons from the evil hands of the adventurers……!"

To save the demons on the verge of their downfall, and also to meet the girl he loves, he became not the Hero Isagi, but the Demon Lord Candidate Isagi.

Source: Rebirth Online World

Why Read:

The character is quite original in that he had experienced being a hero and will now experience being the enemy of humans. I also like the fact that after he had been summoned back, the world he once knew had changed greatly and sadly, in a way he did not predict. Though there are scenes which were written awkwardly and too few action and fighting scenes, it’s still a good light novel to read for fun.

Lazy Dungeon Master

Lazy Dungeon Master Illustration
Lazy Dungeon Master Illustration | Source

Genre: [Fantasy] [Comedy]

Personal Rating: 2/5

Plot Summary:

“Hey, hurry up and massacre those bandits!”

“No way, I don’t want to work…”

Spending my daily life in leisure, that was my pastime—until I was summoned into another world and met a blonde loli who introduced herself as Dungeon Core No. 695.

“Save my dungeon. By the way, if the dungeon core is destroyed, you’ll also go down with me as the dungeon master.”

A dungeon with a single room. Moreover, one already controlled by bandits. This is a [Checkmate] no matter how you look at it. Guess there’s nothing to do but somehow get out of this situation so that I can [Not Work]!!

Source: Ziru’s Musings

Why Read:

As a dungeon master, the main character is seriously overpowered in that he is capable of beating high-classed dungeon managers. Moreover, the main characters also has the wits and brains to solve difficult situations he is involved in too. Unfortunately, the light novel is a bit fast-paced and some character profile and designs (e.g. behavior and personality) sometimes don't fit the situation.

LV999 Villager

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LV999 Villager Illustration
LV999 Villager Illustration | Source

Genre: [Action] [Adventure] [Comedy] [Drama] [Fantasy] [Shounen]

Personal Rating: 3/5

Plot Summary:

In this world, the concept of levels exist. Besides the people who make their living defeating monsters, most people are only around Level 1 to 5. Not just anyone can go out to hunt monsters; it’s heavily influenced by the role appointed by god. There are eight god-appointed roles. Warriors. Fighters. Clerics. Magicians. Rogues. Merchants. Hunters. Sorcerers. Those blessed with extraordinary power are divided into three types: royalty, heroes, and sages. The majority of the population has no such powers and most live by farming or running shops. Towns are developed by those with the weakest role…villagers. For the powerless villagers, going out to hunt monsters is equivalent to committing suicide. But one day, a certain two-year-old child given the role of villager notices something: defeating a monster lets you earn great wealth.

Source: Xant and Minions

Why Read:

If you want a really insanely overpowered character, then this is the light novel that is best for you. The MC is capable of defeating enemies with his combat skills (could be quite comparable to One Punch Man). The comedy is great in most situations, especially scenes with the MC’s macho girl side kick (I’m not kidding). The light novel is written and translated quite well, particularly the fight and drama scenes.

Isekai Canceller

Isekai Canceller Fan Art
Isekai Canceller Fan Art | Source

Genre: [Action] [Adventure] [Drama] [Fantasy] [Mature] [Romance] [Seinen]

Personal Rating: 2/5

Plot Summary:

A giant meteorite fell down to Earth and left it in ruin. But on the last day, “He” was casually playing a video game. The moment the Earth was destroyed he found himself in a world exactly like the game he was just playing. The job he had was the detestable job, “Canceller.” It’s main skill was only to cancel. But instead of falling into despair, with his pathetic skill in hand, the main character decided to live in this other world and begin his adventure.

With enough creativity, could his pathetic skill actually be the strongest? Go and rescue the slave girl! His cancelling tale is about to begin―

Source: Sorachi Daichi (Author)

Why Read:

The main character has a unique skill which is to cancel anything (and it really has a lot of applications). Though the novel is slightly slow-paced and some parts can be boring to read (like too many conversations and redundant thoughts of some characters), the plot has been well laid-out.

Gun-Ota ga Mahou Sekai ni Tensei Shitara

Gun-Ota ga Mahou Sekai ni Tensei Shitara 3rd Volume Cover
Gun-Ota ga Mahou Sekai ni Tensei Shitara 3rd Volume Cover | Source

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

Personal Rating: 3/5

Plot Summary:

Hotta Youta is killed while returning home from work on a cold evening. He wakes up being carried by a bunny-eared woman! Featuring Reincarnation, Guns and Harem, it’s a Gun vs Magic Story that gives Hotta Youta a new life… and an edge!

Source: Novel Update

Why Read:


This is one of the typical light novels where the protagonist retains the memory of his previous life and tries to build new things, in this case guns, from those memories. With his choice of weapon, obviously, he's overpowered in that he can easily kill monsters at a distance. However, the main character has a kind and considerable personality which means he's easily deceived (it happened). Furthermore, there are less fighting scenes in this novel and more conversations and romance.

For My Daughter, I Might Even Be Able To Defeat The Demon King

For My Daughter, I Might Even Be Able To Defeat The Demon King 2nd Volume Cover
For My Daughter, I Might Even Be Able To Defeat The Demon King 2nd Volume Cover | Source

Genre: [Adventure] [Fantasy] [Romance] [Slice of Life]

Personal Rating: 2/5

Plot Summary:

The main character met a girl; a young girl branded with the mark of a criminal. That was the beginning of the story. “Crap, my daughter’s so cute!”-- This is the story of the two who became an overly protective parent and an adopted child, and their changing relationship to one another.

Source: Konobuta

Why Read:

I remembered little about this light novel which is mostly about the main character parenting a child he found in the forest. The MC is certainly skillful and leads a comfortable life from killing monsters in the area before finding his "daughter." One lacking aspect of this light novel is the fighting (again) and almost all situations focus on the daughter. If you're a child/parenting theme lover, then I'd surely recommended this light novel.

Isekai Monster Breeder

Isekai Monster Breeder Illustration
Isekai Monster Breeder Illustration | Source

Genre: [Comedy] [Ecchi] [Fantasy] [Harem] [Mature] [Romance]

Personal Rating: 3/5

Plot Summary:

When sent to a different world, Souta was given the unpopular profession of ‘Monster Tamer.’ However, Souta got the skill “Capsule Ball” which has a 100% chance to capture a companion.

Source: Rumanshi’s Lair

Why Read:

The light novel clearly reminds me of Kono Suba and Pokemon. It's like Pokemon in the sense that the "capsule ball" resembles the obvious pokeball and the profession of 'Monster Tamer' focuses on catching and taming monsters. On the other hand, it also resembles Kono Suba wherein the MC first tested his skill on the Goddess and thus resulting in her being enslaved. The plot is quite good in every chapter.

Mondaiji-tachi ga Isekai Kara Kuru Sou Desu Yo

Mondaiji-tachi ga Isekai Kara Kuru Sou Desu Yo Volume 1 Cover
Mondaiji-tachi ga Isekai Kara Kuru Sou Desu Yo Volume 1 Cover | Source

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

Persona Rating: 3/5

Plot Summary:

Sakamaki Izayoi, Kudou Asuka, and Kasukabe Yō have tremendous powers and are bored with the regular world.

An envelope arrives for each person, and when each open their envelopes, they are stunned to see the scenery around them change to a world they had never encountered before. They’ve been summoned by the Black Rabbit to help the community “No Name” to overthrow the Demon Lords.

Source: Novel Updates

Why Read:

Anyone who has watched the anime adaptation would certainly be encouraged to read the light novel version. Though some parts have been changed, the anime still follows the same story as the light novel. Three main protagonists are depicted, each with their own unique abilities that give the light novel a sense of color. Moreover, the light novels deal with one perspective on several scenes (especially the action-fighting scenes) which gives a new experience for the readers. The main character Izayoi's story and power help make each chapter exciting.

No Game No Life

No Game No Life Volume 1 Cover
No Game No Life Volume 1 Cover | Source

Genre: [Adventure] [Comedy] [Ecchi] [Fantasy] [Harem] [Romance] [Shounen] [Supernatural]

Personal Rating: 4/5

Plot Summary:

Meet Sora and Shiro, a brother and sister who are loser shut-ins by normal standards. But these siblings don’t play by the rules of the “crappy game” that is average society. In the world of gaming, this genius pair reigns supreme, their invincible avatar so famous that it’s the stuff of urban legend. So when a young boy calling himself God summons the siblings to a fantastic alternate world where war is forbidden and all conflicts–even those involving national borders–are decided by the outcome of games, Sora and Shiro have pretty much hit the jackpot. But they soon learn that in this world, humanity, cornered and outnumbered by other species, survives within the confines of one city. Will Sora and Shiro, two failures at life, turn out to be the saviors of mankind? Let the games begin…

Source: Novel Updates

Why Read:

Many people are hyped to read the light novel version after watching the anime. With the two MCs' unique personalities, each serious scene lighthearted and comical. Moreover, the MCs overpowered intelligence makes them super strong protagonists (I'm sure you've guessed that they've never lost any game except to each other, right?). Additionally, this is such a great series because each volume is progressive in that they conquer a new race.

Seirei Gensouki

Seirei Gensouki Volume 3 Cover
Seirei Gensouki Volume 3 Cover | Source

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

Personal Rating: 3/5

Plot Summary:

Amakawa Haruto has someone he always cherished and loved: his childhood friend. Even though they were separated in during childhood, he always thought about her, and continued making efforts to fulfill the promise they made. Haruto learned martial arts so he could protect her. He learned to cook in order to spend time with her in the kitchen. He did house chores, worked on a farm, and studied diligently. He did everything, even though it was uncertain if his dream would ever be fulfilled. Yet he kept believing in that future. Acknowledging Haruto’s effort, his father gave in and allowed Haruto to enter a high school near his childhood friend’s residence. That high school would be the stage for Haruto’s highly anticipated reunion with his childhood friend, who, unexpectedly, also attends. Thump, he could feel his heart throb; that’s right, there’s no way he could mistake her for anyone else, It was her, the most important person who was so far, yet so close to him. Haruto was filled with joy of another meeting with her, but at the same time, cursed fate...

Walking by her side was an unknown guy.

Haruto felt scared; what if they were going out? With that thought in mind, he no longer had the courage to call out to her. Watching from faraway, troubled by his fears, he continued like this until she suddenly vanished.

From that day on, Haruto’s worries changed into never-ending regret. The first day he knew she disappeared, he realized the big mistake he'd made. His heart felt like it was going to break, screams of grief, sorrow, bitterness, all stirred throughout his entire body. However, he wouldn’t give up. He couldn’t give up. There wasn’t a chance that he’d give up. He still hadn’t confessed his feelings. With a slight hope that he may be able to find her in Tokyo, Haruto moved out of his house and attended the University there.

Seirei Gensouki Volume 1 Illustration
Seirei Gensouki Volume 1 Illustration | Source

Three years have passed since Haruto entered University. Not even once did he forget about her. Between his studies and part-time jobs, he would ask the police to investigate, even going as far as to search for her by himself, on foot if he must. But her disappearance was total and mysterious. One day Haruto was taking the bus home. It was just before evening, and at the time there were only a few people on the bus. Haruto sat there, silently gazing at the passing scenery outside the window. Suddenly his view shook, the bus received an impact, and Haruto’s consciousness became blank in an instant. The next time he woke up, he was no longer himself. He was a 7 year old boy named, “Rio.” His surroundings were dirty and foul… slums. Haruto soon found himself in a different world than his, harsher and unforgiving. In his mind, were the wish to see his beloved one more time, and the wish, to exact revenge on the bastard who killed his mother in front of him…

Source: Roxism HQ

Why Read:

The first thing you'll notice after reading this light novel is the fast-paced progression of story, which often skips time-frames (such that it will be stated that three years have passed without even describing what happened during those years). On the other hand, no one can really deny that the MC is seriously overpowered and additionally, he is of royal descent. What I really like about this novel is that it does not focus on romantic interests but on the goal of the MC for revenge, and the technological advancement of the MC's empire due to his teachings.

Seiun wo Kakeru

Seiun wo Kakeru Volume 3 Cover
Seiun wo Kakeru Volume 3 Cover | Source

Genre: [Adventure] [Comedy] [Romance] [Shounen] [Slice of Life] [Supernatural]

Personal Rating: 2/5

Plot Summary:

There was once an ordinary and remote village where a man who had no relatives appeared. Since then, everything has changed. Labor became pleasant, people stopped starving and became healthier, the population increased. On top of that, the village started to flourish in trade. A time of huge change and considerable turmoil was about to begin, a revolution that no man could turn a blind eye to.

In the ancient bronze era, even more distant than medieval times, a certain blacksmith was yet to make his greatest effort.

Source: koreyorihachidori

Why Read:

Most readers, including me, would say this light novel is indeed very light, meaning it does not really include heavy conflict or problems in the story. The novel focuses mainly on the improvement of the transported MC's village with the MC making upgraded tools and weapons for the village. Moreover, the life of the MC is certainly peaceful, as he already has a wife and newborn child. Other than that, if technological advancement and kingdom building is your hype, then here's the light novel for you.

Skeleton Knight, in Another World

Skeleton Knight, in Another World Novel Poster
Skeleton Knight, in Another World Novel Poster | Source

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

Personal Rating: 3/5

Plot Summary:

The protagonist fell asleep while playing an online game. He then awoke in a strange world with his game character's appearance. In a state of shock, he noticed that he was equipped with nothing but his strongest weapon and armor. To make matters worse, our hero’s appearance was changed by the special avatar skin, "Skeleton," when he entered this new world. The protagonist wanted to live without drawing attention, but he got acquainted with the dark elf Ariane and listened to her request.

Source: uselessno4

Why Read:

The prologue and character profile of the protagonist does resembles the MC of Overlord at a glance. However, this light novel's MC is a holy undead and is cursed, and thus could certainly gain back his human body (though personality-wise, it does resemble Overlord's MC). Moreover, unlike Overlord, the MC does not have a companion in this novel. On the other hand, though the fighting scenes are clearly described, the plot does not really follow a definite path. Moreover, the MC's go-with-the-flow personality is a little distasteful, in my opinion.

Tales of Gods and Demon

Tales of Gods and Demon Light Novel Cover
Tales of Gods and Demon Light Novel Cover | Source

Genre: [Action] [Comedy] [Fantasy] [Harem] [Martial] [Arts] [Romance] [Xuanhuan]

Personal Rating: 4/5

Plot Summary:

Killed by a Sage Emperor and reborn as his 13-year-old self, Nie Li was given a second chance at life. A second chance to change everything, save his loved ones and his beloved city. He shall once again battle with the Sage Emperor to avenge his death. With the vast knowledge he accumulated in his previous life, he has a better starting point. Although he started as the weakest, without a doubt, he will climb the steps towards the strongest. Mastering the strongest cultivation technique, wielding the strongest demon spirits, he shall reach the pinnacle of Martial Arts. Enmities of the past will be settled in this new lifetime.

“Since I’m back, then in this lifetime, I shall become the King of Gods that dominates everything. Let everything else tremble beneath my feet!”

Why Read:

One of the best novels I'm currently reading. The protagonist has a determined spirit, and with his knowledge of his previous life (since he was transported back in time), he is so very very over-powered that he is comparable to his elders and seniors. Moreover, the plot is fast progressive and I don't think the fighting scenes are lacking either. Much more, the way that the author describe the situation is simply excellent.

Adamantine Dragon in the Crystal World

Adamantine Dragon in the Crystal World Cover
Adamantine Dragon in the Crystal World Cover | Source

Genre: [Action] [Adventure] [Comedy]

Personal Rating: 2/5

Plot Summary:

In a fantasy world known as [Flow] there was a Demon Emperor whose power was so ridiculous that gods couldn't even compare to him. Then one day he got hit by a powerful curse and got banished to a completely different world. That's roughly how it happened. Roughly…

After entering the New World our protagonist found his body being disintegrated and most of his magical powers useless...

Source: Royal Road

Why Read:

Mecha and magic together is an unusual combination. The MC is over-powered based on his previous life and body that fused with his current body. It's also a bit mature-themed and he has a harem with girls who are also very overpowered. In addition, what I certainly like most about this light novel is how the MC conceals much of his power,

That ends the list for now. I hope you've enjoyed the recommendations which I've listed.

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