The story focuses on Asta and Yuno, two orphans raised together in the countryside of the Clover Kingdom. The society they live in is extremely stratified between royalty, nobility, the merchant class, and the poor. One of the most important aspects that determine your worth in society is your magical ability. The most powerful wizard in the kingdom is the Wizard King. A position that rivals that of the monarch, the title is handed down to a magical knight that proves himself to be the greatest wizard in the kingdom. Yuno and Asta both aspire to one day be the Wizard King. Yuno is overflowing with magical talent. Asta is an anomaly with zero power in a world where magical talent is evident in almost everyone. The powerless Asta goes to the exam for magical knight with his only weapon: a sword that nullifies magical power. Surprisingly, he is accepted into the magic knights order of the Black Bulls. Asta doesn’t let that deter him, wanting to prove to himself that no matter your station in life you can achieve greatness and even become the Wizard King. Let’s now countdown 10 powerful characters that have appeared in Black Clover over the last year.
10. Yami Sukehiro
Yami is like that bad-ass older brother who smothers you with tough love. He is the leader of the Black Bulls squad of Magic Knights. He uses his position as leader to choose those who are unique or misfits to join his squad, always seeing untapped potential. The way he goes about fostering that potential is by sending the members of his squad on dangerous missions, believing it is the best way to make them surpass their limits and grow stronger. We know that Yami is originally from a land far away called the “land of the rising sun,” making us think is he an Isekai protagonist in his own story. His was also looked down on as a foreigner, yet the current Wizard King gave him a chance to prove himself and rise to be a captain in the Magic Knights.
Yami is a master of Dark Magic, which literally allows him to manipulate the element of darkness. He can draw in or absorb other forms of magic into the darkness. He is also a master swordsman and uses a katana. He has unbelievable strength, speed, and durability. He also, as given for most Magic Knight Captains, has a large amount of magical power. Yami also has an ability so sense “ki,” to perceive and react to unseen attacks and determine a person’s moves and position, giving him an edge in battle. Yami is the ultimate tough guy in Black Clover. He fights hard, plays hard, and trains hard.
Nozel is an arrogant nobleman and wizard who is the captain of the Silver Eagle squad of the magic knights. He looks down on all non-royals feeling he’s superior to them. He takes his position as a magic knight seriously and holds his entire squad to a very high standard. Nozel doesn’t show much affection to anyone, even his own siblings. He particularly doesn’t like his sister and member of the Black Bulls squad Noelle, blaming her for the death of their mother as well as looking down on her for poor magic control.
Nozel uses magic to generate and manipulate mercury, a toxic element. He can transform the shape of the element with precise mana control allowing him to use it to attack and defend. He has enough control to create a giant eagle out of mercury. Nozel, like all the captains, has a lot of magical power. He completely overpowers his opponents. His official weaknesses aren’t known to us yet, but you can be sure that there is something out there. His biggest weakness is his noble arrogance because we all know what happens to those who overestimate their own power and underestimate their enemies’ strength in anime: they lose.
Charlotte is a noblewoman who is the captain of the Clover Kingdom’s Blue Rose squad of magical knights. She is a tall woman with blond hair and is often seen wearing a helmet and armor. She has a detached attitude and no patience toward men. Yet, she has the cutest crush on Yami, the captain of the Black Bulls.
We don’t know a lot about Charlotte’s power. We do know she is powerful and is always a presence on the battlefield. Licht, leader of the Eye of the Midnight Sun (bad guys), himself described her as very powerful. She uses her magic to create an manipulate briars. She can use this power to create cages, brambles and one of her favorite weapons: a whip. Charlotte is on this list not necessary for what she has done so far in the anime but for her predicted impact on the series.
Julius is the current Wizard King of the Clover Kingdom. Despite his position, he seems to have a rather laid-back attitude and bucks the nobility from time to time. Julius is a bit of a magical nerd. He obsesses over magic. He loves to sneak out of the palace and shirk his duties in order to explore the kingdom in search of new magic. Julius gets terribly excited when he comes across a new kind of magic.
Julius has a lot of tricks up his sleeve and being the Wizard King with his massive amount of power, he can cast spells over the whole kingdom. He can manipulate time like using a VCR by fast forwarding, stopping, and reversing it. He uses that power to anticipate his opponents’ moves as well as to restrain them in a time loop as we witnessed in the one episode where we see him actually fight. Julius can also disguise himself as someone else, which is useful when he is sneaking out of the castle to conduct his own research. We understand he is powerful but haven’t seen him use his powers a lot in the anime. That’s why he’s not further up on the list.
Gauche is a young dispossessed noble and magical knight that is a member of the Black Bulls. He doesn’t look like much, being skinny and having shaggy hair that covers one eye, but he has amazing control of his magic. He also has one focus in life: his young sister Marie. Gauche gets extremely jealous of anyone else in her life.
The sister-obsessed wizard is extremely proficient at Mirror Magic. Gauche uses this form of magic to cast mirror-based spells. He uses a mirror to do things like reflecting light, focusing light (like a laser), or creating copies of things like himself or someone else. The reason his hair hangs over his eye is that there is a mirror embedded in his left eye socket. He can use this mirror to create a kind of amplifier to increase the power of his spells.
Vetto is a villain. He is one of the members of the group the Eye of the Midnight Sun. He is a very tall and muscular man. Vetto isn’t human, his roots are most likely that of some sort of elf. Yes, we understand his origins are clear in the manga, but they haven’t been made clear in the anime so we won’t be spoiling them. Vetto wants to instill the same hopelessness and despair he has felt in his life into his opponents. He feels a true connection with other members of the Midnight Sun, especially Licht. He is willing to come to their aid and mercilessly fight for them.
We won’t mince words; Vetto is extremely powerful. He is the most powerful villain we’ve seen in the anime thus far. He uses his magic to generate a beast-shaped aura that boosts his physical prowess. Vetto is also a tank when it comes to durability. He seems almost invulnerable to short-range and long-range attacks. The giant of a man uses his overflowing mana reserves to form a dense shield around himself, protecting him from spells.
Licht is a villain and member of the group the Eye of the Midnight Sun. He is a tall slender fellow with white hair braided into strands. He has two red dots where his eyebrows should be.
Licht shows great compassion for his followers. He can’t abide to see one of them hurt. On the flip side of that coin he deeply despises humanity and his ultimate goal in his war with the Clover Kingdom can’t be good.
Licht uses light magic to generate and manipulate light. He can use his skills to speed recovery. Licht can also move incredibly fast. He often seems to appear out of nowhere into his opponents’ blind spots. The light he generates can also be hardened to create swords and blades and spears in almost infinite numbers. He seems to have a massive mana reserve that he can barely control. We see this when he is fighting with Asta in the cave and his self-imposed seal is removed by Asta’s ability to negate magic. He has a lot of power. But at this point in the anime he has been defeated at least once by Asta and Yami.
Noelle is a young Clover Kingdom noble in a country where one's status is greatly determined by birth. She often portrays the arrogance that comes with being raised as one of the entitled elite. Noelle is also an example of the importance that is placed on one’s magical power in that society as well. She was rejected by her own family because of her lack of ability to control her magical power. Noelle is always trying to make up for her rejection by attempting to prove them wrong. The inferiority complex in combination with her royal attitude makes her a total tsundere as well as a perfect foil for Asta.
The young noble and potential love interest for our hero Asta has almost overwhelming magical power. She can create a water dragon as a major offensive spell. Her main magic consists of shooting spears of compressed water, water spouts, and defensive shields or bubbles made of water. Noelle is still working on her control but if the magical reservoir she pulls from is any indication she could go toe to toe with some of the most powerful magical knights. You should also always watch out for a woman who thinks she has something to prove.
Yuno, like Asta, was raised in an orphanage in a poor area of the Clover Kingdom. When Yuno was a child he was a bit of a crybaby and depended on Asta defending him. The determination Asta showed with his dream of becoming the Wizard King inspired him to have the same goal. The magic knight Yuno is a calm, stoic individual with a massive amount of magical power. He seems a little aloof as a peasant and is considered an upstart for some of the nobility in his magic knight squad. But they respect his magical talent and he simply ignores the superiority complex many of the nobles have toward him.
Yuno has lots of magical power. He can use magic to generate wind and use it as a tool. Yuno had this ability even before he received his grimoire. He typically uses this magic in the form of tornados that can knock out his opponents. Yuno also uses his control of the air to fly and lift others through the air. He even has the unique ability to summon a Sylph, the fairy-like wind spirit that serves as a multiplier to his magic. Yuno’s control of wind magic could one day be unrivaled but that isn’t what makes him extremely powerful. He has respect for others and that in turn draws other mages to him. Yuno is calm and thinks through situations whereas Asta rushes. His style may be different but his execution is often flawless and his care for the people around him makes him a leader and a great magical knight.
Asta, as we mentioned, was raised in an orphanage in a poor rural area of the Clover Kingdom. He doesn’t have any innate magical power in a world where that power can be defining of your worth to society. He is friendly and doesn’t pass judgment on anyone. He is also stubborn a part of his personality backed up by his iron will not to ever give into anything or anyone. His forthright and determined nature seems to win the respect of even the Wizard King. He also, probably for his kind nature, has turned the head of many young girls in his direction.
Considering all of the more powerful wizards out there, you might ask why Asta is at the top of this list. We base that determination on the idea of that in a world filled with magic, he has the unique ability to negate magic. It doesn’t matter how strong the magic is, he can block or nullify it making him an extremely strong opponent. Asta is like the only one in a kingdom of gunslingers that has body armor. You can shoot at him, but he can take the hit and get close to you and shoot you -- or whack you with his sword in his case. Besides, Asta is the first one to join a fight and fights harder than anyone as part of his team. As he said, “I wasn’t blessed with magical power, but sure was blessed with amazing friends.”
The story of Black Clover is the story of an underdog; an underdog that doesn’t let his disability or lack of magical power in a magical world deter him from his dreams. Asta is an analog for other people living in our world who have special challenges to overcome. He is the athlete who can’t walk but plays sled hockey, the blind person who does judo, the deaf person who dances ballet or the millionaire playboy that become a ninja to become a hero and save Gotham City. He trains his body and mind, just like these other heroes, to rise to the level of his completion and surpass it.