Have you ever heard of the term accidental hero? Well, Accidental Hero stands for the celebrated heroism of a character who is not as powerful as he is perceived by people around. Mangakas have brilliantly used the concept of a blundered or mistaken hero to feature in their works. This very idea is used by creators to present the fact that some things might not be the way they look like. This list of the TOP 10+ BEST manga where the MC is weak but everyone thinks he is OP, proves how looks can be deceptive.
These stories make use of the case of confusion where the main character might just exist the way he is but circumstances or misunderstandings make him look like he saved the day. These reads are interesting and fun because as the story progresses the layered characters start to shed off.
Heikku High students start to tremble even with the name of Seiichirou Kitano. This man has the toughest scream and the fiercest look anyone could have ever seen. His eyes and swift movements say aloud to the world that he is invincible. He is known for his extreme brutality in fights and is seen coming out of every fight like a winner. But what if we say, Angel Densetsu is a manga where the MC is weak but everyone thinks he is OP? Yes, the overpowering image of Seiichirou is merely the result of many rumors and misunderstandings built around his demon-like features. Unlike his monstrous appearance, the man has a heart of gold. He just hilariously wins all the fights making people all the more scared of him.
But one thing that the main character fears the most is that his looks would never let him live a normal life and have friends.
Ocha Nigosu/ A Bad Boy Drinks Tea!
Next up we have another delinquent manga where the MC is weak but everyone thinks he is overpowered. Ocha Nigosu also identified by its English translation name A Bad Boy Drinks Tea! is a school-life story. Masaya the protagonist of the manga is feared by everyone in high school. He is identified as a delinquent with the toughest looks and a devilish smile. Everyone has even tagged him with the name “Devil Ma-Kun”. But this boy with a good heart wants to change his image and turn things around. So Masaya joins the tea ceremony club at school that would begin his journey of lifestyle change and may win him the friends he deserves.
Kyou kara Ore wa!!
Manga Kyou kara Ore wa!! Is the story of two high school students who want to be delinquents. On the very first day of class, Takashi Mitsuhashi and Shinji Itou begin to bond on their aspirations of creating fear among every student in the school. These boys who have the dream of dominating everyone at school are not the kind, who can. Surviving through a journey of friendship and admiration these two overrule the definition of delinquents because they prefer saving the weak people around and earning respect rather than using it for self-satisfaction. This manga was published and serialized by the magazine Shounen Sunday back in the era of late 90s.
Weak 5000 – Year Old Vegan Dragon
Originally Weak 5000–Year–Old Vegan Dragon began as a manga where the MC is weak but everyone thinks that he is op. The 5000-year-old dragon who lived peacefully in a den isolated from human civilization is fated to be reawakened by a little girl. Initially, the great dragon pretended to be the demon army’s powerful leader. He tried to get rid of the girl but the incident slowly unlocks the hidden powers within him add his dream of living a peaceful life is shunned. Whereas everyone fears the rumored troublesome dragon of the den but in reality, the protagonist is the lazy and carefree one.
Sentou Jousai Masurawo
Sentou Jousai Masurawo is another manga where the MC is weak but everyone thinks that he is strong and overpowered. Hideo Kawamura is an ordinary guy in search of a job. After being rejected 34 times he turns into a hardcore hikikomori. He is not a handsome hero to look at and not a powerful one. But he finds his way to the martial arts tournament ‘Holy Devil Cup’ where he can use the winning power to rule the world. As you flip through the pages of the manga you will realize that Hideo isn’t that strong the hero after all. His soft heart cannot be hidden for long under his devilish looks.
Modokidomo is a story that captures the dilemma of school life of individuals who are transfer students. The main characteristic of the manga is that one of the main characters is weak but pretends to be strong and the stronger one pretends to be an honor student. The restricted life of these two high school students built within the manga is engaging and fun to read. This duo helps each other in fitting in well with the character they have taken up in the new setting. The sweet bond and delinquent madness within the manga make it feature this list.
This is the story of the lone-wolf Handa. Seishu Handa is the protagonist of Handa-kun a manga in which the main character is a weakling but everyone thinks he is the boss. This high school boy is an intellectual, add good-looking calligraphy genius who just wants to have a quiet school life. Although he stays quiet and invisible most of the time he is unaware of his popularity among the school students. Every time this guy tries to avoid getting bullied by people (if anyone dares), he comes out to be the model delinquent that everyone admires. Let alone a peaceful life in school Handa has to deal with the immense and ever-growing fanbase that he never wanted.
Hikikomari Kyuuketsuki no Monmon
Hikikomari Kyuuketsuki no Monmon is a manga story that revolves around the life of a shut-in weakling vampire. Komari who hails from a line of powerful vampires and a prestigious family is appointed as the mutiny leader of the Mulnite Imperial Army. Komari who is not interested in drinking the blood even after being a vampire has to solely handle the rebellious ruffians, who can revolt any moment if they get to know about the weakness of the female lead. The weak vampire main character is considered to be the overpowered commander of the army.
Manabizaki Kyou the transfer student and a swot. The main character spends too much time studying and has the dream to make it to the Tokyo university and later work for NASA. He is transferred to a high school, the most prestigious one in the city. The school is full of delinquents, gang fights, and violence. Manabizaki has little sense of fighting spirit in him and wants peace to study. He brings together some weaklings and some friendly delinquents to achieve his goal. However, the main character himself is weak but everybody thinks that he is all-powerful with his group of friends around.
A Delinquent’s Life Hacks
Sakurai-san has an intimidating appearance that can make people believe that he is a hardcore delinquent. However, this main character is a weak hero but everyone considers him to be overpowered. Initially, Sakurai looks tough on the outside but as people get closer to him they realize he has a warm heart and isn’t that big of a douche. The protagonist rather has the best advice to give and there is a huge gap between his personality and delinquent looks. There is a lot of comic and slice of life moments in this manga.