Many slice of life, comedy, and isekai anime are based on archetypal characters that develop along planned routes, but some characters hide the odd secret. Some have hidden talents or abilities.
These characters can use their special abilities to save the day, or just to show off and have fun. Just like in real life, it is not convenient to judge a book by its cover, because people hide all kinds of extraordinary talents, skills and hobbies under the surface.
10 Bolin and his acting skills (The Legend of Korra)
At first, everyone saw Bolin as a lovable but dense guy, the « little brother » who had to be cared for. Everyone believed that Bolin was in his sights, but in Book Two: Spirits, the cunning Varrick discovered (and harnessed) a new side to him.
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Bolin is a charismatic and expressive person, which made him the protagonist of several propaganda films based on the civil war of the Water Tribe. Bolin became a movie star, and his brother Mako could hardly believe it.
9 Uryu Ishida is an expert tailor (Bleach)
Uryu Ishida is a Quincy archer and rather studious, being the best student of his course (if not of the entire school). Usually that’s what his friends and colleagues knew about him, but then they saw his hidden talent: sewing.
Uryu is very skilled with a needle and sewing thread, and with a look of great concentration on his face, he can mend any garment in a matter of seconds. She also uses Kon the talking stuffed lion as a practice mannequin for her new tailoring ideas.
8 Jiraiya is a talented novelist (Naruto)
Jiraiya, the wise toad, is known to be one of the three Sannin, a powerful ninja who can compete with Orochimaru himself. He is also known for his hedonistic and womanizing ways, but he is also adept at putting words on paper.
When Nagato, Yahiko and Konan were young, Jiraiya worked on a novel starring a gutsy ninja and also wrote some erotic books that Kakashi Hatake loved to read. In fact, the content of Jiraiya’s original novel helped inspire Nagato to heal the world and side with Naruto, betraying Obito Uchiha in the process.
7 Light Yagami is good at building things (Death Note)
Light Yagami was a young man of many talents, from his cunning plans to his cold acting. He was also adept at carpentry and hardware, and he used those skills to conceal the Death Note in true style. Hiding the notebook was a real concern, so Light visited a hardware store to buy nails, lumber, metal strips, and more, then set up the perfect trap on his desk to hide the notebook.
6 Hanako Koyanagi is a cosplay expert (Wotakoi: Love Is Hard For Otaku)
Hanako Koyanagi takes cosplay to the next level. He often channels his passion for cosplay into the most compelling male cosplay ever seen.
Hanako can use any combination of clothing, makeup, contact lenses, accessories, and more to transform into another character and perform in style. Her good friend Narumi Momose was especially surprised to see how compelling her friend’s male cosplays can be.
5 Cana Alberona can be drunk by almost everyone under the table (Fairy Tail)
From Monkey D. Luffy to Son Goku, there are many big eaters in anime, but what about big drinkers? Cana Alberona, a magician who handles magic cards, is able to swallow alcohol as if it were her job. Cana usually carries a barrel full of alcohol and can finish it without passing out or getting dizzy. Anyone who challenges her to a drinking contest will end up being overwhelmingly defeated, with the sole exception of Bacchus, who uses alcohol-fu in combat.
4 Bruno Bucciarati Can Taste Lies Through Sweat (JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure)
At the beginning of Golden Wind, Bruno Bucciarati confronted Giorno and showed him what he could do, including his natural ability to detect lies.
Bucciarati sidled up to Giorno and licked his cheek to see if Giorno was being honest. Incredibly, Bucciarati can taste lies and deception through sweat. From there, the fight began.
3 Ban, the sin of greed, can cook (the seven deadly sins)
Ban, the fox’s sin of greed, grew up a desperate wanderer with little access to a proper education, training, or even housing. He used to steal what he needed to survive, mainly food, but despite that, he became a good cook.
In his adulthood, Ban was a bad cook, and Falcon and Meliodas agreed that Ban’s cooking was a great help to the Boar Hat tavern. Hawk was always looking forward to Ban’s meals, especially since Meliodas himself was lousy in the kitchen.
2 Gen Asagiri’s ability to imitate voices (Dr. Stone)
Gen Asagiri was a well-known mentalist, who used deceptive words, absentmindedness, and much more to fool his enemies and perform magic tricks. This saved Senku’s life more than once, and in season two, Gen took his tricks to a new level.
The Senku Ishigami needed to convince the Tsukasa empire that the United States had fully revived, and to do so, Gen revealed his ability to imitate voices, imitating the long-deceased Lillian Weinberg through the radio. This talent astonished everyone who witnessed it.
1 Misaki Ayuzawa is a beloved Maid Cafe employee (Maid-Sama!)
In general, there is nothing weird about working in a cafeteria, but in the case of Misaki Ayuzawa, it was a shock to the other Maid-Sama characters. Misaki’s classmates were more used to her stern and tough « big sister » nature at school, and they never saw another side of her.
Misaki really does have a warm and caring side, and she channels it when she works at a lovely waitress cafe where she is quite popular. Misaki strove to keep that hidden talent a secret, until Takumi Usui discovered it.