Top 10 Light Novels With Op MC That’ll Keep You Hooked From Start To Finish
Light novels or web novels have carved a niche in the literary world, offering readers engaging stories often accompanied by illustrations. To be honest, light novels with op MC-centric plots are usually the best selling point in the reader’s market which is why it has become a popular trope within this genre.
Whether you’re drawn to the magical setting of “Irregular at Magic High School”, the immersive virtual world of “Overlord”, or the thrilling dungeon crawling of “Moonlight Sculptor”, these light novels promise an exciting journey alongside protagonists. In this article, we’ll take a look at some of the best light novels with op MC. So, without further ado, let’s get started.
10. Skeleton Knight In Another World
Call it a ripoff of “Overlord” or whatever, Skeleton Knight may come out as an original work of isekai but it certainly does leave behind a trail of adventure filled with surprises and wonders. The series follows a boy who falls asleep in the middle of playing a video game and wakes up to find himself in the game’s universe.
Equipped with the powerful weapons and armor of his custom avatar but stuck with its spooky skeletal appearance, Arc sets on a journey full of conflict and adventure to find a place for himself in this fantastical land while also searching for a way to get his original body back.
9. Legendary Moonlight Sculptor
Legendary Moonlight Sculptor is a Korean light novel that has also inspired a dungeon system manhwa adaptation. The series centers on Hyun Lee, an orphan, and debt-ridden high school dropout who is a talented gamer. He uses his skills to earn money and one day, he discovers a new virtual reality game called Royal Road.
Despite starting with nothing, Hyun quickly proves to be a highly skilled player in Royal Road and earns fame as a master sculptor. As he explores the vast world of the game, Hyun eventually becomes embroiled in political intrigue leading him on a thrilling journey of self-discovery.
8. So I’m a Spider, So What?
To already burned-out light novels with op MC genre, So I’m a Spider So What? brings a whole new light to the trope through its “non-human isekai’d” protagonist. The story begins with a great catastrophic event striking a school that kills almost everyone hit by it.
Fortunately, they all get reincarnated to a fantasy realm including our heroine Kumoko who is reborn as a fragile spider in a scary dungeon full of dangers. To not get devoured by the horrors of the labyrinth, Kumoko embarks on a mission to acquire new skills and get stronger in the process.
7. The Righteous Player
The Righteous Player is a popular Chinese web novel that delivers superbly with its over-the-top action and excellent character development. The series is about an ordinary high school student named Annan who gets transported to the Land of Dense Fog, a free-roaming fantasy world akin to an RPG.
In this new universe, Annan becomes a rare elite NPC who possesses a leveling-up system and the heart of a player, allowing him to be not bound by the same rules as the other NPCs. Thus, he decides to use his powers to help others and punish the players who want to exploit the player’s system for their own gain.
6. Eminence In Shadow
Eminence in Shadow is one of the best dark fantasy light novels with op MC that has made quite a name since its debut. Praised for its over-the-top comedy and action, the story follows an ordinary high school student Cid Kagenou who is the incarnation of the strongest vampire to ever live, Cadis Etrama Di Raizel.
Reborn in a fantasy world with magic, he sets up a secret organization called Shadow Garden and begins to work from the shadows to influence the course of events in the world. Along the way, a harem of beautiful and busty girls join him to fight evil and protect the innocent.
5. Tales Of Demons And Gods
Based on the wildly popular Chinese anime, Tales of Demons and Gods follows the adventures of Nie Li, a young man who was once the strongest demon spiritualist and stood at the pinnacle of the martial world but lost his life in a battle against the Sage Emperor and his minions.
However, his soul is brought back in time to when he was just 13 years old. Starting again as the weakest in his class with the lowest talent, Nie Li determined to change his hard fate this time in order to protect his city from the devastating future lying ahead.
4. Nano Machine
Technology meets martial arts – Nano Machine capitalizes on a similar premise involving thrilling action and drama. The series is about Cheon Yeo-Woon, an orphan from the Demonic Cult who is despised by his half-siblings. One day, he is visited by his descendant from the future who injects a nanomachine into his body.
The nanomachine drastically changes Cheon Yeo-Woon’s life, giving him superhuman strength, speed, and healing abilities. With his new powers, he sets out to rise through the ranks of the Demonic Cult and become the strongest martial artist in the world.
3. Leveling With The Gods
Leveling system light novels with op MC are always a treat to read and Leveling With the Gods is a great series to start with. The story follows Kim Yuwon, a high-ranking warrior who is one of the last survivors of the tower. However, after a bitter defeat at the hands of the Outer Gods, he is sent back in time to the past.
Facing a battle of extinction, Yuwon’s defeat marks the beginning of a new journey as a time traveler. With renewed determination, Yuwon starts back from where he began, smashing monster after monster and relearning his skills before taking on the tower once again.
2. Irregular At Magic High School
Featuring an overpowered protagonist in a magic school setting, Irregular at Magic High School takes place in an alternate history where magic is polished through technology. The series revolves around sibling duo Tatsuya and Miyuki who are enrolled in the prestigious First High School.
While Miyuki is classified as a prodigy, Tatsuya is labeled as an “inferior student” who’s magically inept. Sooner or later, Tatsuya proves everyone wrong by demonstrating his technical knowledge, combat abilities, and unique magic techniques, making him an irregular to the school’s standardized rankings.
Overlord is arguably the most popular transferred to game world anime inspired by a light novel. The series chronicles Momonga, a powerful wizard who is trapped in the world of the popular virtual reality game “Yggdrasil” after the servers shut down.
With the magic at his disposal and cosmic items under his control, Momonga decides to take on the role of his character, Ainz Ooal Gown, and begins exploring the world in an attempt to figure out the befallen catastrophe while ensuring the safety of his loyal NPCs.
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