The Best Isekai Protagonists
Every world needs a hero! And if that hero must come from a completely different dimension/planet/universe, then so be it. Whether your selected champion is a fully battle-hardened warrior or a character that could use some (read: a lot) of training, one thing is for sure — their mission is to bring down the evil plaguing the land and save the lives of everyone on it.
With all of this in mind, here are some of the best Isikai heroes that have been thrown into new worlds.
Naofumi Iwatani – The Rising of Shield Hero
Credentials: Wielder of the Legendary Shield. Currently Level 75
Naofumi Iwatani was a simple boy who loved video games, anime, basically everything nerdy you could think of. This was before he found a copy of The Record of the Four Holy Weapons in a library which in turn transported him to another world.
Now, one of the four legendary heroes summoned to the country of Melromarc to rid the world of inter-dimensional monsters. Naofumi Iwatani thinks he’s in way over his head, however, just looking at the powers he has at his disposal makes him one of the most formidable Isekai heroes on this list.
- Alcohol Immunity
- Motion Sickness Immunity
- The Ability to Speak with Animals
- Outstanding Cooking and Negotiating Abilities
- Potion and Accessory Crafting
- A Plethora of Legendary Shield Skills: Attack Support Dart, Sphere of Influence, Alteration, Territory Development
- An Arsenal of Magic Spells Consisting of: First Heal, First Guard, First Grow Heal, First Aura, Zweite Aura, All Liberation Aura, All Sacrifice Aura, Dragon Vein Aqua Seal, Dragon Vein Form is Emptiness
To say Naofumi is equipped for anything this new world throws at him is an understatement. When he was first summoned he was initially enthusiastic about what his new quest line had to offer, but, the world has been cruel and he has become battle-hardened because of it, making him a legendary force within Melromarc and beyond.
Sadao Maou/Satan Jacob –The Devil is a Part-Timer
Credentials: Former Demon King
Back when he was commanding the demon realm, Jacob liked to rule with an iron fist. He declared war on the Ente Isla in a bid to annex the four continents. However, this plan backfired on him and the actions of the Hero, Emilia Justina, forced Jacob to go into hiding and retreat to Earth. Which in turn made him lose most of his powers and almost all contact with the demon realm.
Now, shift manager at MgRonald’s, Sadao Maou is an enthusiastic employee using his intellect and strong drive to make his way up the employment ladder. After spending time with humans he has developed compassion for them and as such, created great friendships along the way. His main goal is to achieve enough wealth on earth so he can afford the tools to return to his true home.
Even though Sadao’s powers are all but gone in the human realm, he can tap into the magical power of negative emotions like fear and despair in order to fuel his powers temporarily.
- Transformation from human to demon
- Disguising Self as Others
- Mind Control
- Combat magic both offensive and defensive including Pain Stare, Forcefield, Sleep, Time Barrier and many more.
- Restoration and Regeneration
- Super Human Strength, Endurance, and Speed
Sadao does enjoy human life and his time on earth, and even though his powers aren’t what they used to be, his newly found compassion for the human race is all the power he needs to reach the top and finally go home.
Tanya Degurechaff – Saga of Tanya the Evil
Credentials: A 13-year-old Lt. Colonel of the Imperial Army 203rd Air Mage Battalion
In 2013 a salaryman was murdered after some choice decisions towards his colleagues. The unnamed businessman was reincarnated into Tanya von Degurechaff, a girl living in an alternate version of Europe which is engulfed in a magical war..
At the age of nine, Tanya entered the Mage Troops of the Empire and was soon promoted to Second Lieutenant. Now Lt. Colonel of the Imperial Army’s 203rd Air Mage Battalion, Tanya will stop at nothing to win this war.
- Magical Enhancement Spells to Boost Abilities
- Expert Level Air Combat
- Gospel, Blessing, and Prayer Magics
- Expert Manipulation Techniques
- Expert Battle Tactics and Planning
There are a lot of facets to Tanya’s personality. But compared to the other protagonists on this list she leans more towards the evil side. She has a sociopathic nature and will do anything in her power to get her job done.
Kazuto “Kirito” Kirigaya – Sword Art Online
Credentials: Original Beta Tester for SAO, known as The Black Swordsman
Selected as one of the original 1,000 beta testers for Virtual Reality Massively Multiplayer Online Role-Playing Game (VRMMORPG) Sword Art Online, Kirito was just a normal school kid before jumping into this virtual world.
When SAO went on general release to the public, Kirito and 9,999 other players found themselves stuck within the video game. Unable to leave Kirito decided to play solo, level up, and help clear boss battles for other players before joining various guilds and making a name for himself.
- Expert Level Swordsmanship with skills that include Vertical Arc, Starburst Stream, and The Eclipse. He can also duel weild.
- Fast Healing
- Super Speed
- Super Strength
- Tracking/Detective Mode
In the real world, Kirito doesn’t have many friends and as such closes himself off a lot from others. He is often calm and collected during battle and he is sure to be a worthy opponent to anyone he comes across.
Rimuru Tempest/Satoru Mikami – That Time I Got Reincarnated As A Slime
Credentials: Deamon Slime and King of the Jura Tempest Federation
Back on earth he was known as Satoru Mikami, until one day he was stabbed protecting a work colleague from a thief. Now reincarnated as one of the most common enemies to any fantasy world, a Slime, Satoru Mikami becomes Rimuru Tempest after making a partnership with a dragon, who bestows him with magical abilities beyond his slime skill set.
Powers include but not limited to:
- Super strength
- Enhanced Senses
- Soul Manipulation
- Energy Manipulation and Projection
- Size Manipulation
- Shadow Manipulation
- Weapon Mastery
- Thread Manipulation
- Poison Manipulation
- Sound Manipulation
- Body Control
- And many more magical abilities
Rimuru is a pretty laid-back soul but is also quite the team player when something needs to be accomplished. He doesn’t let the power that has been bestowed on him go to his head. Even if he is battling alone or has his teammates by his side, Rimuru is a great fighter on the battlefield and will stop at nothing to get justice.
Shimazu Toyohisa – Drifters
Credentials: One of the best Samurai class warriors in Japan’s history
History dictates that Toyohisa died at the battle of Sekigahara in 1600. Even though he was critically injured he didn’t die, he was brought to the magical world as a Drifter. Drifters are historically famous figures that have been picked out of Earth’s timeline to come to the Magical World to coincide with their death on Earth.
Toyohisa was chosen by the wizards of the magical world as his Samurai skills are needed in order to win the war against the ‘Ends’, a powerful army set on killing all humans and ruling the land. It’s up to Toyohisa and some other historical figures to tip the tides of war.
- Excellent sword skills using his nodachi and wakizashi
- Battle knowledge and tactics
You may think as Toyohisa is only a human with no special powers that would pale in comparison to the other in this list, however, his battle tactics have seen him vanquish many foes from giants to high-level magic users throughout his journey in this new world.
Ainz Ooal Gown/Momonga – Overlord
Credentials: Overlord of the Great Tomb of Nazarick, the creator of Pandora’s Actor, and Guildmaster of Ainz Ooal Gown (formerly Nine’s Own Goal)
The second of our Protagonists to get transported to a video game world, Ainz Ooal Gown is known as Momonga and is regarded as the best of the Almighty 41 Supreme Beings by the people of Nazarick.
Before being thrown into this new world, Suzuki Satoru was a gamer obsessed with the Dive Massively Multiplayer Online Role Playing Game (DMMORPG) YGGDRASIL. When the servers shut down Suzuki is left stuck in the world with no way to log out, leaving him with no choice but to use his powers and find out what has happened.
Powers Include but not limited to:
- Acid Immunity
- See Invisibility
- Create Undead
- Dark Soul & Dark Wisdom
- Electric Immunity
- Magic Immunity
- Ice Immunity
- Touch of Undeath
- Negative Protection
- Speak Evil Tongues
- Damage resistance
- Unholy Protection
- Dark Vision
- Death Immunity
- Disease Immunity
- Necromancy Resistance
- Paralysis Immunity
- Poisoning Immunity
- Undead Strengthening
- Various high-level spells and many more magical abilities
Using years of his well earned real money in this game has given Ainz a heck of an advantage in this world. He acts with a degree of nobility to his friends and NPCs and has amassed a group of followers because of it.
So there you have it some of the best protagonists in the Isekai genre.
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