When One-Punch Man first burst into the scene, there was a lot of hype surrounding it. Did it live up to the hype? If critics and audience reception is anything to go by, we'd say it very well did. The show features amazing visuals, an unorthodox hero, and pokes at plenty of popular tropes in the shonen anime genre. One-Punch Man is not a one-man show though and there are plenty of other powerful and compelling characters that get introduced as we go along. We thought it would be cool to check some of them out. So, if you're interested, check our list of some of the strongest One-Punch Man characters below. Feel free to share your thoughts on who your favorite characters from the show are in the comments section as well.
Boros was the leader of the Dark Matter Thieves, an alien race that invaded Earth and was responsible for the destruction of A-City. Boros served as the big baddie of season 1 of the One-Punch Man anime. So, what makes him so special from the rest of the villains in the show? Well, for one, he was the only person who was able to withstand and survive Saitama's "one punch". Like Saitama though, he was also facing an existential crisis, being so powerful that no fight has given him any challenge. He finally found a worthy adversary in Saitama and was subsequently beaten by him in battle. His threat may be over but it showed that there are beings in the universe that are capable of giving even Saitama a challenge.
It really comes as no surprise that Saitama would top this list of the strongest One-Punch Man characters. As we get introduced to him and see his back story, he seemed like your normal everyday dude. Then, just like that. Bam! We slowly understand why the series is called One-Punch Man. You can say that Saitama is the strongest out of all of them and we won't argue with you. The guy's ridiculously strong. It's still unclear how he got the strong and we're not really buying all that daily workout routine stuff. Beyond all that strength though, is a righteous hero with an unyielding sense of justice, which we think is more admirable and makes him more interesting than all his incredible feats of power.
Master Bang, also known as the Silver Fang, is an S-class hero and is considered to be one of the top 3 strongest heroes in his class. Don't let his old age fool you though. Thanks to his lifelong dedication to the martial arts, he has been able to remain in incredible fighting shape deadliness. Along with Saitama, he is one of the select few people powerful enough to face and defeat a Dragon-class villain. Ever heard about how water can either flow or crash? Well, Master Bang's Water Stream Rock Smashing Fist is based on that principle and it's awesome to see used in action. Thanks to his age and experience, Master Bang also brings a lot of wisdom and guidance to the show.
Tatsumaki is a hero that also goes by the name, Tornado of Terror and is ranked number 2 on the S-class hero list. She is a good example of how looks can be deceiving and do not equate to the strength of a hero. What makes her different from other heroes is that her strength is not physical in nature but rather supernatural. She possesses incredible psychic and telekinetic powers and if she is to be believed that she is only using 30 percent of her powers, well, let's just say you wouldn't want to mess with this girl. Tatsumaki also proves that strength can come in other forms apart from physical prowess and we like that about her.
Garou is one of the main villains in season 2 of the One-Punch Man anime and is the self-proclaimed "Hero Hunter", which as the name suggests, has him going around defeating heroes one by one. He actually uses the same martial arts technique as Master Bang and is probably the closest thing to a master after him. It's a bit hard to classify him as just a villain outright since, despite his violent tendencies, he has his own personal moral code. This is apparent in how he never kills his opponents and in making sure that no innocent lives get caught in the wake of his destruction. We think it would be more appropriate to consider an anti-hero of sorts than a villain.
Gouketsu is another main villain that appeared in season 2 of One-Punch Man. He is a member of the Monster Association that made his appearance during the Super Fight Tournament that was held in C-City. In fact, he was strong enough to become the champion of the first Super Fight tournament and he did so in his human form. When he transformed into his monster form though, he is classified as a Dragon-level threat and he easily dealt with Genos and other A-class heroes without much effort. Of course, Saitama swooped in at last second to save the day but everyone else pretty much was no match for Gouketsu's incredible strength. This makes us wonder how powerful the other members of the Monster Association are.
Kamikaze, better known by the hero alias Atomic Samurai is an S-class hero that is ranked 4 and is a member of the Council of Swordmaster. He is renowned in the Hero Association as being the strongest swordsman ever. This is thanks in no small part to his combination of amazing strength, speed, agility, and swordsmanship. He is also a well-respected teacher and mentor to his disciples, always pushing them to become better and welcoming anyone worthy enough to study under his swordsmanship. He also happens to be a prideful warrior and this has gotten him in tough spots on occasion. There's no denying though that he is indeed an amazing warrior and we hope to see more of him in future seasons of the One-Punch anime.
Genos is Saitama's self-appointed disciple after being thoroughly defeated by him in a fight. Genos is basically the world's ultimate cyborg, with all the cybernetic enhancements that have been done on his body. This has endowed him with incredible physical strength, speed, and those cannons of his that can dish out insane amounts of firepower. The crazy thing about him is that every time he is defeated and destroyed, he would come back stronger than he was before. He pretty much gets jacked up with upgrades every time he receives repairs from his maker. He's hot-headed, impulsive, and he still has a lot to learn from Saitama about being a hero but we will be following his progress every step of the way.
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