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Welcome once again to another exciting list featuring the best anime with badass protagonists who dominate the screen with their overwhelming power. In this compilation, we will showcase characters who are not only overpowered but also possess a cold and emotionless demeanor, making it difficult to discern their thoughts or anticipate their reactions.
The term “badass MC” refers to the main character of an anime who exudes strength, charisma, and an undeniable coolness factor. They are the individuals that everyone looks up to, often revered for their unmatched abilities and unwavering determination.
On the other hand, a “cold MC” is a protagonist who is portrayed as aloof and distant. They exhibit an indifference towards everything and everyone around them, solely focused on their own goals. These characters lack any emotional attachment, often depicted as loners without any friends or family in the anime world.
So, without further ado, let’s dive into the list of the 10 Best Anime With Badass MCs who are overpowered and possess a cold personality that renders them enigmatic and challenging to approach. Prepare to be captivated by their awe-inspiring presence and their ability to leave a lasting impression on viewers.
Speaking of espers, we have yet another one in Shigeo Kageyama — the main character of the series that’s a personal favorite of mine.
Much like his pink-haired esper counterpart, Shigeo Kageyama doesn’t really talk much.
Neither does he care about other people’s affairs, and he only ever interferes when things go so far south that the other characters can’t fix it anymore.
Although he’s also the same as Saiki when it comes to his friends.
Shigeo will do whatever it takes to protect them and their interests — even though he looks uninterested and cold 100% of the time.
Next up, we have an anime that features an MC who can’t feel anything.
Ever since being experimented on, Katsuhira Agata has had it rough.
He became extremely traumatized by the experience that it basically left him in an emotionally vegetative state.
Katsuhira lost a part of himself along with his ability to feel pain in the Kizuna Experiment — so much so that he couldn’t even feel anger towards his classmates who bullied him.
Then again, he’s fortunate enough to have his friends by his side – all of whom broke through his detached mental state and helped to return him to his original, cheerful self.
It doesn’t matter how tough or mature a child is.
There will surely be a mental consequence in seeing a parental figure get killed right before their very eyes.
Don’t believe me?
Well, just ask Batman and Thorfinn!
One became a caped crusader of the night and the other one became a Viking assassin in order to exact revenge upon his father’s killer.
As you can already guess, seeing such a traumatic sight unfold left Thorfinn bitter and detached.
Something that more or less would’ve happened to the Dark Knight if he didn’t have Alfred by his side.
Human emotions are cool and all… but what use are they for someone who’s already dead?
Enter Momonga — the titular undead protagonist of one of the best (if not the best) Isekai anime to ever be released in the past decade.
Simply put, he’s one skeleton-man you wouldn’t want to mess with.
After all, Momonga himself admitted that he has begun to lose any semblance of what human emotions were later on in the series.
Surprise surprise, this makes him extremely dangerous.
Especially to those who’d dare oppose him and his guild.
Eren Jaeger was your typical hot-blooded and optimistic Shounen MC who’d never give up or turn on his friends.
Someone who was not afraid to smile because he always hoped for a brighter tomorrow, no matter how hard things got for him.
Sadly, let’s put an emphasis on the word “was”…
I have to admit, his gradual change to a more cerebral, cold, and calculating character was something I did not expect.
Although in a way, it makes sense.
He did what he thought was right in the end — no matter how drastic the changes in his psyche were.
Here we have a show that features yet another underdog-type MC who’s not much for words and mingling with others.
Except when it’s with his beloved little sister Miyuki, that is.
Shiba Tatsuya is born with very little aptitude as a magician unlike Miyuki and is basically the black sheep of the family.
Not that Tatsuya lets this handicap stop him from doing whatever he puts his mind to though.
After all, he compensates his weakness with his uncanny ability to control magic significantly better than others along with his remarkable intelligence.
Not a bad tradeoff, if I do say so myself.
This show hails one of the most ruthless and ambitious villain-protagonists of all time.
And with how iconic this guy is, I’m pretty sure that most of you already know or at least heard of his name.
I’m talking about Light Yagami — the infamous Kira himself, of course!
Friends and colleagues? That’s rich!
This emotionless psychopath doesn’t even care much about his own family.
It’s arguable whether or not the Death Note had a hand in making him as heartless as he was, but there’s no doubt that Light is indeed one of the coldest mofos in anime.
From one series that features a main character with a serious mental condition onto the next, we have Tokyo Ghoul — one of the greatest psychological/action titles in anime.
In hindsight, Ken Kaneki’s story is all about cause and effect.
By extension, it all boils down to the what-ifs.
What if he didn’t go to the coffee shop that day?
What if he didn’t follow Rize?
What if he hadn’t gotten caught by Jason?
Better yet, what if he didn’t simp on the wrong waifu?
Nevertheless, it’s no use thinking about this since all the terrible things that happened to Kaneki already happened… the same terrible things that made him a detached killer with a fragmented sense of self.
Well, at least until he recovered.
We have Touka and Hide to thank for that, by the way.
Like Kaneki, Guts wasn’t naturally a cold and oft-emotionless main character who would rather die than show vulnerability.
It’s true that Guts was already stoic and reserved ever since he was a child, but it’s pretty obvious that he was happier during his mercenary days with Griffith and Casca.
He talked more, he engaged with others more, heck, he even smiled more back then!
But after that infamous incident in the literal depths of hell, Guts eventually became the Guts we usually see in the media.
You know, the badass lone wolf who always carries that iconic bastard sword with him? The one who likes slaughtering demons more than talking to people?
Yeah, that Guts.
For our top spot we have a show that featured a main character trained to get rid of any emotion, all in order to become an efficient assassin.
To give you an idea of just how emotionless the MC is — Hei’s face even without his iconic mask is equally as unreadable almost 100% of the time.
This guy is the very definition of the words reserved and detached.
He’s a man of few words who cares very little for matters outside the scope of his own goals.
It’s much more noticeable in the first season of the series, as he rarely bothered with anything that doesn’t even remotely relate to his plans.
Frankly he was a bit of an uncaring jerk to everyone around him, despite being a cool character that everyone seems to love.
Although Hei did change for the better as the series got closer to the end.
And man, what an amazing ending it was!