Iconic heroes, malevolent villains, even the occasional ordinary man trying to make a living, literally anyone can have a cool power in anime. And while some of these abilities do make our jaws collectively drop, there are also some abilities so disturbing that we can’t help but break into a cold sweat. So we’ve compiled a list of some of the Freakiest Supernatural Abilities in Anime!
6. Eren Jaegar’s Founding Titan from Shingeki no Kyojin
Enhanced endurance, superior strength and agility, the Titans of Attack on Titan are already threatening enough. However, Eren Jaegar’s Founding Titan really takes the horrifying reality of titans to a whole new level. The Coordinate, as it’s called, is supposedly the intersection where all paths meet. As the Progenitor of the Titan race, the Founding Titan’s power is unparalleled in its strength and in how downright frightening it is.
What makes the Founding Titan especially freaky in our opinions is that it has special abilities. Titan Control which forces pure titans to obey any commands from the Coordinate, memory manipulation and modification at any scale even an entire population, and Anatomical Manipulation of the body composition of any subject of Ymir. And the most disturbing part (terrifying titan army and violation of the individual self aside) is that this is all accomplished through screams. Yes, as if the consequences of these powers weren’t alarming enough, the means of execution is eardrum-bursting, horrifying titan screams.
5. Perona’s Horo Horo no Mi from One Piece
Any list about freaky powers would be incomplete without at least one Devil Fruit. This Devil Fruit might’ve slipped under your radar, but is just as fearsome as the rest. Perona and her Hollow Hollow Fruit don’t seem too bad at first, but look again and you’ll definitely see why they made the list.
The Hollow Hollow Fruit allows its user to control ghosts or ‘Hollows.’ Some of these are semi-tangible and can trap you, some are Mini Hollows which latch on and explode like little bombs, but the most deadly in our opinion, are the Negative Hollows which float through you and sap away your ambition, drive, and will to live. Yep, they will render you completely useless and often suicidal, making it oh-so-easy for Perona to take you out. Talk about kicking a dog when it’s down! On top of this, the Hollow Hollow Fruit also allows Perona to astrally project. So with no risk to herself, she can take you down with her ghostly self and her army of Hollows (which are immune to physical attacks ) while you lay on the floor curled in the fetal position, lamenting your entire existence. Imagine that, she takes your will to live and then your ability to as well, if necessary.
4. Mahito’s Idle Transfiguration from Jujutsu Kaisen
At No.4 we have nobody’s favourite psychopath from Jujutsu Kaisen. Until now, we thought we’d seen the worst of sadistic villains, but we were wrong because then came Mahito. If his warped personality wasn’t creepy enough, this curse has the most twisted (literally) innate jujutsu technique to complement his special brand of sadism. Idle Transfiguration is undoubtedly one of the most horrifying abilities we’ve ever seen.
Like the name suggests, Idle Transfiguration involves a type of disfiguring transformation. While that’s awful as is, the manner in which he makes his ‘Transfigured Humans’ is so much worse. The shape of the body depends on the shape of the soul, so yes, Mahito essentially distorts his subjects’ souls to shape their bodies into grotesque forms with a single touch (so gross). This warping is extremely painful, psychologically devastating, and eventually fatal. Quite a horrifying end and since Mahito likes to experiment on anyone he comes across (RIP Junpei), not to mention save them as tools for future use and mash them together to create more grotesque creatures, we really don’t want to run into him on a dark, lonely night. Or ever, really.
3. Edgar Allen Poe’s Black Cat in the Rue Morgue from Bungou Stray Dogs
For all you bookworms out there, Edgar Allen Poe’s Black Cat in the Rue Morgue may sound more like a boon than a bane. We’ve all dreamt of getting lost in our favourite fictional worlds, so who wouldn’t want the full immersive experience?
Well, this ability literally traps you in the book you’re currently reading—and if it’s one of Poe’s, odds are it’ll be a complicated murder mystery. The only way to escape Poe’s trap (if he isn’t giving you a hand) is to solve the mystery. And while you do, there’s no telling what may unfold. Just keep in mind that if you die in the novel, you won’t be able to return to reality. Basically, you’ll be trapped in a fictional world shaped by whatever horrors Poe can fathom (note: he wrote a book with a 1000 character cast, half of which were murderers) and the only way out is to solve his increasingly complicated storylines. Bet that’s got you thinking twice, huh?
2. Lelouch Lamperouge’s Power of Absolute Obedience from Code Geass: Hangyaku no Lelouch (Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion)
There’s nothing freakier than not having command over your own body and Code Geass has done an exemplary job in bringing that lovely, little, irrational fear to our screens (and minds). Lelouch Lamperouge’s Geass that is, his Power of Absolute Obedience is literally as its name suggests. Just by catching the eye of his target and holding it, he is able to plant an unlimited number of commands that said target (or targets since numbers aren’t an issue) is forced to execute as directed. He doesn’t even have to make direct eye contact, a reflected line of sight works just as well so there’s really no escape. In fact, to ensure that these commands are executed to the best of the target’s ability, memory manipulation and hallucinations are just par for the course.
Absolute Obedience can basically force you to do anything no matter how unwilling you are or how terrible the order is. And what’s worse, you may not even know it’s happening! The command and execution happen to be sealed in the target’s memories so you would have no idea you were being manipulated! Free will? Who needs it?! Cue existential fear of whether individual agency is even real.
1. Ban Midou’s Jagan from GetBackers
And that brings us to GetBackers main man Ban Midou and his Evil Eye. Jagan allows its user to induce a one-minute-long illusion in a target’s mind upon making direct eye contact. Though’s it's only a minute, the illusion can warp time so it can feel like hours to the person under its spell. Imagine experiencing an entire day’s worth of events only to find not even a minute has passed, your grip on reality is totally lost and you’re left questioning what’s real and what Ban makes you think is real.
If this wasn’t overpowered enough, Jagan even lets Ban see and enter his opponent’s minds and dimensional and virtual space. He can make someone believe they’re dead (till it even becomes a reality), leave them in a vegetative state, and can even make the immaterial materialise. That is, the illusion if strong enough can physically manifest, if someone believes they’re burning strongly enough, they can experience burn marks in reality. And if all of this isn’t unsettling (read: terrifying) enough, apparently Jagan can even manipulate the fate of the target. Thank goodness Ban is one of the good guys!
And that brings us to a wrap on our list! From mind-melding mental abilities, to reality altering powers, to staggering brute force, we haven’t even begun to scratch the surface of all the freaky supernatural anime abilities out there, but there’s only so much space on our list. What abilities freak you guys out and keep you up at night? Let us know in the comments below!