Saitama is the strongest character seen in One Punch Man so far and we have reason enough to believe that he may never be surpassed.
We have never seen him use his complete power even against the most terrifying enemies. Just like Genos, each and every One Punch Man fan would like to know the secret behind his great power. What is it? Is it related to him becoming bald?
1. Quick answer
From the horse’s mouth, lies behind three years of continuous and moderately difficult workouts — 100 push-ups, 100 sit-ups, 100 crouches, all followed up by a 10 km run, every single day.
While this is true, there is more to it than that.
Saitama is inhumanely strong because he broke through the limiter he had on his body. However, breaking this limiter meant that Saitama had to use a lot of effort and this, in turn, led to him becoming bald.
While breaking his limiter made him extremely strong, he cannot be considered completely invulnerable. If a formidable threat appears, his poor technique, intelligence and the fact that he is human, is what hinders him from being completely invincible and immortal.
The passing of time and basic human needs make him someone who cannot shy away from death.
2. Why is Saitama so strong?
Saitama is the protagonist of One Punch Man. He is someone who wants to be a hero just for fun and is also the strongest character we have been introduced to.
The secret behind Saitama’s strength as revealed by himself lies behind three years of continuous but moderately difficult workouts – 100 push-ups, 100 sit-ups, 100 crouches, all followed up by a 10 km run, every single day.
While this itself is true, the real reason lies elsewhere. Saitama is inhumanely strong because he broke through the limiter he had on his body.
I. What is a limiter?
As explained in the manga, every living being has a limit to how much they can grow. Having too much power puts a burden on the body of the wielder. However, Saitama pushed himself so much that he passed through his limits and removed his limiter.
Humans that desire a transformation deeply, become monsters. They do this either through an anomaly in their cells or due to their environments. Others do so using chemicals and monster cells.
All of this, however, has nothing to do with their limiter. Even though they become something else and that in turn grants them powers, they still do have limits.
Saitama on the other hand, had a normal birth, a normal life. Through effort alone, he pried open the doors to his limits and broke his limiter.
3. Why is Saitama bald?
After following his intense regimen of 100 Push-ups, 100 Sit-ups, 100 Squats, and a 10km run every single day for three years, Saitama started losing his hair and became bald.
While his determination and effort towards becoming a hero made him extremely powerful, it also made him lose his hair.
4. Is Saitama invincible? Can he die?
Saitama has defeated all the enemies he has faced in the series till now, almost effortlessly. He can be considered invincible in the sense that no one powerful enough to face him has appeared… yet.
However, Saitama can be defeated if someone that can play against his weaknesses appears. His technique, intelligence and being human itself is what hinders him from being completely invincible.
While we are on the topic of Saitama being a human, it goes without saying that yes, Saitama can die. Since he is human, he needs oxygen, food, and sleep to stay alive.
Even though he can hold his breath for a long time and can live longer than other humans, he cannot live forever. The passage of time will affect him and may lead to his death in old age.
5. About One Punch Man
One-Punch Man is a Japanese superhero webcomic created by the artist One in early 2009. It has a manga adaptation illustrated by Yusuke Murata, as well as an anime adaptation. Following its publication, the webcomic quickly went viral, surpassing 7.9 million hits in June 2012.
On an unnamed Earth-like supercontinent planet, powerful monsters and villains have been wreaking havoc in the cities.
To combat them, the world’s government created a Hero Association that employs superheroes to stop them. The heroes are ranked from Class C to Class S.
Saitama, an unassociated hero, hails from the metropolis of City-Z and performs heroic deeds for his own entertainment. He has trained himself to the point where he broke his “limit” and can effortlessly defeat any opponent with a single punch while slaying monsters the same way. But he is now bored with his omnipotence and frustrated by sensing he lacks a challenge.