The world of Overlord is OP (Over Powered) as hell. I’m sorry, that’s a bad pun. But it’s still true, all things considered. The world of YGGDRASIL provides a solid backdrop for harboring some of the strongest characters we’ve seen in Isekai. And that’s pretty on-brand for the universe Overlord is set in, with complex power levels and absurd situations adding more facets to a fairly simple power fantasy. But in said power fantasy, is our protagonist, Momonga, the most powerful in the land?
Simple answer? No, Ainz Ooal Gown is not the strongest character in Overlord. Despite his reputation as highest in the hierarchy of the Almighty Forty-One Supreme Beings and being a Sorcerer King, he still falls short of a couple of characters in the series when you compare them by power levels alone. But hey, that doesn’t mean he isn’t an influential character or losing his edge. Ainz is still very much the ‘bone-daddy’ as the internet has regrettably started calling him.
In a series as expanded and diverse as Overlord, you have an entire roster of impressive characters, one stronger than the other. But that’s what makes it fun, especially when you consider just how straightforward Ainz can be compared to others in the Sorcerer Kingdom. And how that plays into how revered he is by the NPCs (Non-Playable Characters) he governs. I mean, there is a reason why Albedo is so devoted to him, strong powers or otherwise. But where does he rank, in the grand scheme of things?
Welcome to Character Analysis! This is a segment where we shine a spotlight on popular characters from various manga, anime, and even light novels, like in the case of Overload. We break down every tidbit of their personality to see just what it takes to make such an iconic character. I mean, if you ever have a question about a certain character, the devil is likely in the details, and we are here to go over them! Today we’ll be taking a look at his highness, Ainz Ooal Gown (Momonga), and just where he ranks amongst the most powerful in Nazarick. So, let’s break him down.
Momonga: From Human To Guild Master!
Before he went on to collect titles like they were Gacha prizes in YGGDRASIL, Momonga was just a normal human being on Earth named Suzuki Satoru. He was your average salary man, left desensitized to most situations after the death of both his parents. He lived an unremarkable life, in an unremarkable job.
So it’s no wonder Satoru found his solace in a DMMO-RPG (Dive Massively Multiplayer Online Role-Playing Games) called YGGDRASIL, dedicating all his free time and devotion to his guild. His time as his character, Ainz, was the only time he could remember being happy and fulfilled, surrounded by friends he cared about. Though at one point the game did get too much for him to continue and he tried quitting entirely. But a fellow player brought him back and introduced him to their guild, the Nine’s Own Goal. It was this guild that would later become Ainz’s own.
When the game is rumored to shut down, Satoru invites everyone for one last swan song of a raid, but only one person shows up. But upon shut down, Nazarick remains the same. Turns out, that Satoru is transported into the game’s world and is stuck in his game avatar (Momonga). And that’s how we start with the undead king.
Ainz Ooal Gown: The Power A Lich King Holds!
Ainz isn’t just the Overlord of the Great Tomb Of Nazarick for nothing. He is one of the most powerful undead sorcerers, the most powerful magic caster, and has an alternate identity as Momon, the leader of an adventurer guild known as Darkness. All of this power comes from a huge disregard for ethics and a ton of grinding.
His dark wisdom ability allows him to expand his maximum capacity of 300 spells to learn a whopping 718 spells. He can raise the dead, from any rank, to serve in his undead army. And that’s not looking at how he can also use a spell called Armageddon, which can raise yet another army but of demons instead.
He’s got a devoted group of high-powered NPCs who are in absolute servitude to him. And we haven’t even touched how his skill, The Goal of All Life is Death, is an instadeath ray of magic!
Who Outranks Ainz In Power?
And yet, Momonga is not the singular strongest character in the series. Which is shocking but not unexpected. Remember that character that brought inspiration back to an unmotivated Satoru? His name is Touch Me (I…don’t even know) and he’s the second person who got transported from the world they knew to the MMO. And yes, he currently ranks above Ainz!
But the ultimate baddie of this entire mess? That’s Rubedo, Albedo’s youngest sibling. Known as The Strongest Entity of Nazarick, she can take both Touch Me and Ainz on if she has full armor employed. Luckily, she is loyal to Ainz.
Are you excited for Rubedo to debut in anime? Would you like to see an all-out brawl between her and Ainz Ooal Gown? Let me know in the comment section below!