12 Anime Like Classroom of The Elite With Overpowered Hero

“Classroom of the Elite” or “Youkoso Jitsuryoku Shijou Shugi no Kyoushitsu e” is an anime that started airing in the Summer Season of 2017. It is animated by the animation Studio “Lerche”, whose other famous anime TV projects include “Assassination Classroom”, “Astra Lost in Space”, “Given” and “Scum’s Wish”.

It is a drama-mystery anime that takes place in a world where students are selected from around Japan for “Koudo Ikusei Senior High School.” This high school provides students with every basic amenity without any work, so it is a utopia for every student. But everything that shines is not gold, as all students are divided into four classes based on their caliber, and the top class out of them all gets to stay at the school.

anime like classroom of the elite

Ayanokoji is a teenager who gets admitted to the lowest ranked class. He meets a girl, who is his classmate, named “Horokita”, who wants to ascend to the top class, just to get her brother’s place, who is the Student Council President of the School.

All classes are given exams and tasks that they have to complete, and by these tasks, they are ranked and given funds. The bizarre factor about this anime is our protagonist Ayanokoji, who, for some reason likes to stay low without making it into the spotlight. Although he has the potential to be a top student, he uses other students as “Tools” to get his work done and also make them happy. This anime series has a pretty good mystery factor, betrayal, hatred, and many other dark aspects.

Here are 15 anime like Classroom of the Elite, where the hero is overpowered. Some of them might contain protagonists who hide their abilities (just like Ayanokoji) and some will contain just your run-of-the-mill overpowered protagonists. And most anime here will be “Isekai” (transported to another world) as overpowered protagonists are mostly present in this genre.

1. Death Note

death note op mc

Death Note is an old-day classic anime that is mostly recommended to beginners because it is slow and easy to digest, but still, a masterpiece nonetheless.

It follows the story of Light Yagami, a teenage boy who lives in a world where crime prevails and is sick of all of it. One day, when he is looking out of his school window, he sees a book dropping from the plain sky. After class, he goes down to look at the book and, it is titled “Death Note.”

Out of curiosity, he takes the book home and writes the name of a random criminal in it. Suddenly, that criminal is shown dead on TV news, and in front of Light emerges Ryuk, the death God, who gave him the Death Note. Light decides to eradicate crime from the world under his nickname “Kira.”

But soon, the famous detective “L” starts to track Kira’s killings and starts the race to find the vigilante Kira as it kills criminals relentlessly. This anime has a pretty unique premise, considering the time it aired. The way Light deals with people shows how overpowered and ruthless he is. Death Note was also one of the breakthrough roles of the voice actor “Mamoru Miyano” (Famous Roles: “Benimaru” from Fire Force, “Tsukiyama” from “Tokyo Ghoul”), who voiced the protagonist “Light.”

  • Number of Episodes: 37 episodes
  • Personal Rating: 10.0.

2. Wiseman’s Grandchild

Wiseman's Grandchild

Wiseman’s Grandchild anime series follows the story of “Shin” who gets reincarnated into another world as a baby. He is picked up by an old man who becomes his grandfather. He teaches Shin everything that he knows and lets him venture into the woods at a very small age.

When Shin reaches the age of a high school student, he becomes so overpowered that even adults can’t hold a candle to him. When he reaches the age of 15, he feels the need of people of his age.

Shin moves to the city (where his grandfather is considered a hero) and enrolls in the Magic Academy of that city. So, starts the life of our overpowered protagonist trying to be modest in front of people his age and trying to act like a normal 15-year-old. Just like Classroom of the Elite, the protagonist of this anime also tries to hide his power. This anime also adds a little romance and magic to its plot, making it engaging to watch.

  • Number of Episodes: 12 episodes
  • Personal Rating: 8.50.

3. One Punch Man

one punch man

Just as the name says, the protagonist of the series, Saitama is so overpowered; that he only requires a single punch. One Punch Man takes place in a world filled with heroes of different ranks who fight evil villains. In this world lives Saitama, an unemployed adult, who wants to be a hero.

One day, he saves a little boy from a villain and decides to enroll as a hero. During the exams, he realizes that he is too overpowered, and this will make him the center of attention. So, he decides to hold back a little and gets appointed as a low-rank hero.

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One Punch Man follows the story of our protagonist who tries his best to live a normal life. Just like Classroom of the Elite, the main protagonist tries to hide his abilities, not because he wants to get something, but because he wants to be normal in life. Adding a hero system, with great animation and character designs, this is a pretty good watch.

  • Number of Episodes: 24 episodes + 1 OVA
  • Personal Rating: 8.90.

4. Sword Art Online

anime like classroom of the elite with op mc

Sword Art Online takes place in modern-day Japan when virtual reality games i.e. MMORPGs are really popular among the youth. One particular game called Sword Art Online gets popular on its release, and the majority of the people enter the game.

“Kazuto” (alias Kirito) also enters the game alongside others through his Nerve-Gear (equipment used for entering virtual reality). Everything is good and all until all of them realize that they cannot leave the game and now they all have to fight through the levels of the game and win the game to leave.

Our protagonist Kirito, on the other hand, has played the beta version of this game, so, he knows how everything works in the game. So, he stays alone, separate from everyone, and gets overpowered enough to be the highest-level player in the game. The protagonist hides his power in the start but, later on, shows off his power to keep everyone away.

  • Number of Episodes: 96 episodes + 2 movies
  • Personal Rating: 8.90

5. Irregular at Magic High School

Irregular at Magic High School

The irregular at Magic High School anime series takes place in the 21st century, where magic is quite common. It follows the story of “Tatsuya”, a teenage boy, who takes an exam to enroll in the “First High School”, where they teach magic.

Unfortunately, Tatsuya has been weak in magic since childhood, so, he is labeled as “Irregular” after the exam. He joins a separate class from his sister, who has a good aptitude for magic. But soon, people learn that Tatsuya is pretty good with technology and other things which makes his bad aptitude for magic not very important. And Tatsuya is secretly the world-famous weapon designer “Taurus Silver,” and is pretty overpowered.

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The series follows the story of our protagonist who tries to hide his power in school as not to create any difficulties for her sister and live as a normal high school boy. Hiding his overpowered-ness just like Classroom of the Elite and this series also follows the high school theme of Classroom of the Elite, with a touch of the magic genre!

  • Number of Episodes: 39 episodes + 1 special + 1 movie
  • Personal Rating: 8.50.

6. Cautious Hero

Cautious hero

Cautious Hero follows the story of “Seiya,” a hero who is summoned by the Goddess “Ristarte.” He is pretty strong to the point of being overpowered. But, he is extremely over-cautious about battles, so, he takes days to prepare for battles, and this causes a lot of inconvenience for Ristarte, who just wants the missions done.

So, we see our protagonist being over-cautious throughout the anime, while Ristarte tries to change him. The same theme of the overpowered protagonist as Classroom of the Elite but with a bit of a twist. This anime also has a time-skip past story, which links characters.

  • Number of Episodes: 12 episodes.
  • Personal Rating: 8.00.

7. Akashic Records of Bastard Magic Instructor

Akashic Records of Bastard Magic Instructor

Taking place in the same “high school” premise as Classroom of the Elite, it takes place in the most prestigious magic school in the world “Alzano Imperial Magic Academy”. The series follows the story of “Glenn,” a mischievous teenager who is appointed as a substitute teacher in this academy. He encounters two girls, “Sistine” and “Rumia,” who always get into his pranks.

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But sometimes, they are saved by Glenn, and he is more than just a mischievous teenager. Compared to Classroom of the Elite, this anime follows the story of an overpowered teacher instead of an overpowered student.

  • Number of Episodes: 12 episodes
  • Personal Rating: 7.00

8. BOFURI: I Don’t Want to Get Hurt, so I’ll Max Out My Defense.

8. BOFURI: I Don't Want to Get Hurt, so I'll Max Out My Defense.

The series follows the story of “Kaeda,” a high school girl who is invited by her classmate “Sally” to play a VRMMO (a virtual reality game). Kaeda dislikes games and also hates getting hurt. But at the request of Sally, she decides to give this game a go.

She names her in-game character Maple and decides to boost all of her defensive stats to feel as less pain as possible. She does this to the point that she can now feel no pain and has become somewhat overpowered. Same overpowered theme, but in a game just like Sword Art Online.

  • Number of Episodes: 12 episodes.
  • Personal Rating: 8.80

9. The World’s Finest Assassin Gets Reincarnated in Another World as an Aristocrat

The World's Finest Assassin Gets Reincarnated in Another World as an Aristocrat

Another Isekai anime follows the story of a world-renown assassin who gets killed after getting betrayed and gets reincarnated into another world.

Before reincarnation in this new world, the assassin is given a condition by the Goddess who reincarnated him that he has to kill the hero in this new world. So, our protagonist gets born as a baby boy named “Lugh” in the family of aristocrats.

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But these aristocrats have the background of assassins, which makes the life of our protagonist easy. So, he is so good at this assassin business that he surpasses his father at a very young age.  Now, he wants to collect talented people and defeat the hero. Just like Classroom of the Elite, the anime is about MC using other people as tools, and yes, the protagonist is overpowered!

  • Number of Episodes: 12 episodes.
  • Personal Rating: 9.00.

10. The Misfit of Demon King Academy

The Misfit of Demon King Academy

Can you be so overpowered that even your heartbeat is enough to kill the person in front of you? This anime series takes place in the world of demons. It follows the story of “Anos,” a reincarnated demon king who starts speaking immediately after he is born.

He is as big as a high school boy at the age of 1 month, and when he goes to school, he is even stronger than his teachers and seniors. His only aim is to find the hero who died with him and must have reincarnated with him as well.

If you only liked the overpowered theme of Classroom of the Elite, then this anime is definitely for you. And yes! The voice actor of Anos is the famous “Suzuki Tatsuhisa,” who is famous for voicing overpowered characters like “Draken” from Tokyo revengers, “Bam” from Seven Deadly Sins, and “Zenon” from Black Clover.

  • Number of Episodes: 13 episodes.
  • Personal Rating:

11. Tsukimichi -Moonlit Fantasy-

Tsukimichi -Moonlit Fantasy-

You might get overpowered by the grace of God, but what will you do about your ugly face? It follows the story of “Makoto,” who is about to be reincarnated into another world, but his face is so ugly that the Goddess considers it a disgrace to reincarnate him as a hero.

So the goddess sends him off to a planet where humans despise Makoto because of his ugly face and only gives Makoto the ability to understand every language except human language.

As soon as he gets into the new world, his physical and mental abilities awaken and he becomes overpowered. Now, his only aim is to interact with humans as they despise his face and create a society where there is no differentiation. Makoto meets a spider girl “Mio,” who becomes his close companion.

Mio is voiced by Akira Kitou, who is also voicing Horikita from Classroom of the Elite, so these anime share the same main lead voice actor and the overpowered protagonist.

  • Number of Episodes: 12 episodes.
  • Personal Rating: 8.00.

12. 86- Eighty-Six

86- Eighty-Six

Having the same voice actor for the protagonist as Classroom of the Elite i.e. Chiba Shouya, Eighty Six anime follows the story of “Lena,” a handler of a group of drones known as 86. Lena belongs to the Republic of San Magnolia, which is at war with its neighboring republic, the Empire of Glad. Both of these empires fight with unmanned drones, or it just looks like that to the public.

On the inside, the drones of the San Magnolia are operated by real humans known as Juggernauts. In these Juggernauts, there is a teenager “Shin” who is named the “Death Reaper” because he is always left behind alive whenever they are attacked by the Empire of Glad. So, he is considered overpowered.

The anime follows the story of these Juggernauts as Lena handles them as they fight their enemies. Will Lena be able to help them fight the enemies without them dying? Or will Shin follow the same route as Death reaper? This anime is a modern-day mecha masterpiece and has a pretty good story with an overpowered protagonist who does not enjoy an easy life.

  • Number of Episodes: 23 episodes
  • Personal Rating: 10.0.

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