YMMV / One-Punch Man

  • Accidental Innuendo:
    • Chapter 57 of the webcomic:
      Genos: What do you want with Sensei's meat?
      Fubuki: Demon Cyborg, Genos... are you truly satisfied under that man?
    • This line from Mosquito Girl, although probably intentional:
    "Come here, little ones. Empty all your stored juices into me."
  • Adaptation Displacement: Most people would be more familiar with the anime than the manga, and there are certainly less people familiar with the webcomic than the former. Doesn't help that the art from the webcomic is crudely drawn, turning off people from reading the original one.
  • Alternative Character Interpretation: Is Saitama's "being a hero is just my hobby" thing him playing off a genuine desire to help as I Was Just Passing Through, or does he genuinely not care about the big picture as long as he gets the immediate gratification of fighting a monster and saving the day? He's clearly a decent person in many respects, but it's possible to read the setting as a Crapsack World and Saitama as someone who genuinely doesn't really think or care about the horrific damage wrecked by the constant monster attacks it faces as long as he gets good fights out of it.
  • Angst? What Angst?: Saitama is pretty unfazed by the unwarranted hate mail he gets.
  • Applicability: Bill Burr mentioned in one of his podcasts that One-Punch Man could be read as a commentary on modern Japan, with Saitama being the everyman who beats up villains that symbolise what's wrong with society.
  • Arc Fatigue: The martial-arts Tournament Arc that lasted from chapters 58 to 71 in the manga ended up being quite fatiguing for some readers, particularly with ONE and Murata's long pauses, not to mention a massive monster breakout occurred while the tournament was going on that resulted in many limelight moments for the heroes (the top S-rank heroes in particular) battling it out against the monsters throughout the city. It also doesn't help that the arc can be seen as "Filler" note  for being smack dab in the middle of the ongoing "Hero Killer Garou Arc", which is a sore spot for the fans that wish to finally see the Garou storyline reach a conclusion.
  • Awesome Art: Both Yusuke Murata's redraw and the anime. Just compare ONE's original drawings (which aren't too bad themselves) to Murata's.
  • Awesomeness Withdrawal:
    • The anime has gained a massive following thanks to affectionate and off-the-wall parodying of shounen tropes, wonderful animation, and crazy cast. This is why the anime's mere 12 episode run (with no confirmed release date for season 2) has left many starved for more. Then season 2 was announced to be launched in the later months of 2016, probably around the same months of the first season's release. Now..... Subversion confirmed!
  • Base-Breaking Character:
    • Puri-Puri-Purisoner. Many fans got turned off by him, due to being a hero who cannot help himself from having his way with men. Some think he redeemed himself by being heroic but others, especially some of the LGBT fanbase, think he should be cut off from the story due to being a Bara Genre caricature on top of the previous issue's unfortunate and offensive stereotype.
    • Saitama himself. As the Fandom Berserk Button item below can testify, there's people who don't like him because they think of him as a plain-jane cookie-cutter "shonen" manga character and his (and thus the plot's) central Running Gag to be uninteresting to the point of Hype Backlash (especially because more militant fans of the series (and Trolls) have pretty much shoved it down people's throats), while others see him as a very interesting Reconstruction (or at least Decon-Recon Switch) of a "shonen" manga character.
  • Broken Base:
    • The fandom is pretty split between preferring ONE's original work and Murata's redrawn version, to say the least.
    • Naturally, the dub is polarizing to some degree. Some people think Saitama's English voice does his perpetual boredom justice, while others think it's missing a certain charm that the original Japanese voice had. In particular Genos' dub voice has garnered a lot of split opinions among viewers. Some think it's a perfect match with Kaito Ishikawa and fits his serious militaristic personality while others find that his voice is incredibly forced and doesn't sound natural at all.
    • Whether Tatsumaki wears underwear or not. No, really. Many fans think that she wears very thin thongs, while others, as seen from many scenes which shows her buttcheeks and buttcrack, insist that she wears nothing down there.
      • Which is just silly as King confirmed she does wear panties in the Monster Association arc. (either they ride-up easily or it's a thong, but they do exist).
  • Cliché Storm: Well, it was created as a parody of shounen and superhero tropes in general. It is part of the charm.
  • Counterpart Comparison: King draws some comparisons to Mr. Satan from Dragon Ball Z, being a Muggle who's mistakenly believed to have taken down powerful alien threats. Both men are also quite skilled, but not in the way the public thinks they are. Unlike Mr. Satan, however, King isn't a Glory Hound at all, and in fact mostly finds his reputation to be a bother; he just doesn't have an easy way out of it.
  • Crosses the Line Twice: Puri-Puri-Purisoner is intended to be this, what with being a gay Bara Genre caricature who engages in regular Prison Rape and yet is still portrayed as a heroic character. The fandom is divided on whether he crosses the line once, twice, or three times.
  • Crowning Music of Awesome: Lots with the 2015 Anime by Studio Madhouse.
  • Draco in Leather Pants: Speed-o'-Sound Sonic certainly counts. Although Sonic is classified as a villain in-series, has made it his life's goal to kill Saitama, and has endangered innocent lives to goad Saitama into a fight, many fans often downplay his villainous actions. Although he does have genuine Pet the Dog moments, they only occurred in an anime-only OVA.
  • Ensemble Darkhorse:
    • Mumen Rider only has a significant role in one of the story's arc but has gained a lot of fans, particularly after standing up to the Sea King (the aforementioned arc).
    • Fubuki/Blizzard, who only appears for a few seconds in the anime's first season, is second only to Saitama himself by a narrow margin in the 2015 character poll, outranking even Sonic, Mumen Rider, and Genos. Keep in mind, Blizzard is a relatively recent addition to the band, especially in the Murata version where she's only been around for a handful of chapters. Her sympathetic motives and Action Girl status no doubt helped, as well as being a drop-dead gorgeous but tasteful Ms. Fanservice. As such, she's also had a number of special chapters centered around her. It's even brought up in the post-poll chapter, the Blizzard Group mentioning how she's had little screen time. She had this to say:
      Blizzard: "But not placing first doesn't feel right after all, which means I have to become the main protagonist."
    • Tatsumaki, for anime-only watchers. While manga readers know that she's a Little Miss Badass, her great design in the anime, and the fact that she's the first female hero introduced on-screen, garnered her an immediate following. For double the irony, unlike her sister Fubuki (who is actually shown to become part of Saitama's circle of acquaintances by regularly visiting his apartment, much like King), Tatsumaki only really gets to interact with Saitama in the webcomic after the Monster Association arc.
    • Mosquito Girl managed to place 9th in the character poll, despite only appearing for two chapters. Much like Blizzard, a lot of popularity is owed to her attractive design (for a woman that's part mosquito) and fanservice factor.
    • Similar to Mosquito Girl above, Zombieman managed to come in at 7th place in the character poll. Despite his only appearance in the series thus far being little more than a cameo.
  • Ear Worm: The semi-title drop of the first season's opening theme can be one for some fans.
  • Epileptic Trees:
    • How Saitama actually achieved his strength. The only explanations we've received in-setting are Saitama's description of his training (which was treated as a ridiculously insufficient explanation even by the other characters) and a fairly vague conversation between Zombieman and the head of the House of Evolution about "surpassing his limiter." As a result, theories have been popping up like mushrooms.
    • Who Blast actually is. Not diminished at all when it was eventually revealed that Tatsumaki knew Blast from her childhood, as his similarities to Saitama have generated even more questions. Also not helped by the fact, depending on how one interprets Tatsumaki's monologue, Blast is not really unreachable, but actually missing.
    • With Word of God saying that Boros is above Dragon but under God, people have been speculating who will be the God-tier monster that will inevitably face Saitama in the future.
  • Evil Is Sexy:
    • Mosquito Girl: Despite being part mosquito, there is no denying that she is certainly attractive, even to a point that her good looks won over enough fans to be place 9th in the character poll.
    • Speed-o'-Sound Sonic: A handsome Bishōnen wearing a very form-fitting ninja suit that shows off his slender, yet muscular, figure. Even though he occasionally plays the role of Anti-Hero, he still counts.
    • Slingshot S (or "Do-S" depending of translation): Another Cute Monster Girl much like Mosquito Girl, but has a more human appearance. Her super revealing BDSM outfit certainly shows off her well toned, voluptuous figure.
    • Bizarrely enough, there is a section of female fans that finds Lord Boros attractive. It probably helps that he's a parody of bishounen villains.
  • Fandom Berserk Button: An interesting one, since it's not about the One Punch Man fandom in general, but for other fandoms:
    • Across all anime fandoms (and comic book fandoms), inserting Saitama into any Versus Discussion is bound to create this reaction. It is one of the primary reasons for the Fandom Rivalries listed below, and why Saitama is banned from a lot of these places.
    • Fans of American comic book superheroes will get annoyed out of the less informed reader of One Punch Man, since while it parodies certain aspects of the Superhero genre, One Punch Man is more of a parody of the Japanese superhero tropes. This gets especially annoying when some fans proclaim that heroes like Superman and similars should be more like Saitama or that the latter is the best example of the former, which will annoy fans.
  • Fandom Rivalry:
    • With Dragon Ball. There have been wars over whether Saitama is stronger than Goku or vice versa. Ironically, One Punch Man is an affectionate parody of shounen tropes with characters being expies of Dragon Ball characters(e.g. Boros). Still, that doesn't stop fans from comparing who is stronger of the two. Dragon Ball Super in particular has a huge rivalry with the One Punch Man anime. The animation problems of Super has been a mocking point by fans of One Punch Man, since that series has some of the best animation in the industry thanks to Madhouse. Dragon Ball fans are quick to point out that the anime of One Punch Man should have better animation since the series is only 12 episodes while Super is an on-going series that will continue for an indefinite amount of time.
    • A similar example with Superman, probably as an extension/consequence of the ongoing rivalry with Goku. While this particular rivalry can get nasty since both fans tend to use the no-limit fallacy when discussing who's stronger than who, what really ticks off Supes's fans is when discussing who is the best character in terms of characterization and heroism. It doesn't help that Superman fans have been having some controversial movies where Superman characterization is less than stellar in their eyes.
    • My Hero Academia is also victim to this, due to the Fan Dumb unfairly comparing it to this, and some even going so far as to call it a rip-off, despite the fact that there have been other superhero-themed anime and manga before.
    • A much smaller rivalry has developed with the niche but dedicated fandom for Concrete Revolutio: Choujin Gensou which aired during the same season as One-Punch Man and also revolved around superheroes. While One-Punch Man quickly became a mainstream hit in the anime community, Concrete Revolutio remained very obscure and only got recognition from anime bloggers and critics.
  • Foe Yay:
    • Sonic's obsession with defeating Saitama shows signs of this. The anime furthered this with Sonic jumping towards Saitama for an attack but Saitama's fist ended up touching his genitals, although he apologized that he didn't mean to do that.
    • In Chapter 43, Sonic seeks out Saitama to fight him again in order to show his newfound strength. Predictably, Genos doesn't take too well to that, and the confrontation scene reeks of an ex meeting the new Clingy Jealous Girl girlfriend.
  • Friendly Fandoms:
    • There's been quite a few people that have noticed how much the series has in common with Empowered, what with all the superhero parody, kooky powers and supposed "loser" main protagonist. Not to mention that when it stops being funny, it REALLY stops being funny.
    • Fanarts comparing Saitama and Gudetama are also popular due to their similarities, from being lazy, looking like eggs (one is a literal egg while the other is usually drawn with an egg-like head.), having the same color scheme, and the fact that both their names end in -tama (from "tamago" meaning "egg" in Japanese).
    • With Fallout 4, weirdly enough, thanks to a mod that can customize the player character to look like Saitama and can even one punch all enemies with max stats. Basically, a god-mode mod for players to have fun with.
    • Obviously one with Mob Psycho 100 due to both works sharing the same creator (ONE).
  • Genius Bonus:
    • The Tree of Evolution shown behind Dr. Genus in episode 3 is Ernst Haeckel's Tree of Life.
    • Why is Mosquito Girl a female? Because only female mosquitos drink blood. That being said this applies only when they're pregnant, but still suits her given her reliance on her "babies".
  • Growing the Beard: For fans not entirely sold on the series beforehand, due to seeing little plot to help support the Awesome Art and comedy, the Boros arc and the succeeding chapters act as this since it's where the focus starts shifting from Saitama to other characters to help further flesh out the world, as well as being the point in the series where it became Darker and Edgier.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight:
    • Yuuichi Nakamura's role as Licenseless Rider is pretty hilarious if you take into account he's the Japanese dub voice of Captain America in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
    • The fact that there's a powerless bike-themed superhero constantly getting Overshadowed by Awesome, and it isn't The Bmx Bandit.
    • Kenjiro Tsuda (Atomic Samurai) is the Japanese dub voice of Kylo Ren, another swordsman, except being evil.
    • One for the Dub: Remember the time when some ballsy redditors covered the OP, and someone went full Large Ham screaming "IT'S BARGAIN DAY AT THE SUPERMARKET!!!"? Dub!Saitama says the line word for word in episode 3.
    • Licenseless Rider's main concept was a Kamen Rider parody without a license who rode an ordinary bike that he occasionally attacks with. Thanks to Kamen Rider Ex-Aid, there's now a license-less rider (though it's more like an unlicensed doctor who's a Kamen Rider) and a rider who rides a bike that he pedals and uses for attacks.
    • Pig God's hero name has been slightly modified in the Italian translation of the manga, since translating it literally results in a quite widespread, but also quite blasphemous, exclamation against the Omnipotent.
    • In the Latin American Spanish dub, Saitama is voiced by Victor Ruiz, who previously voiced Ramsay Bolton, a character who is the complete opposite of everything Saitama represents, and to make the matters more ironic, Ramsay dies by being eaten alive by his own dogs, while Saitama can kill anything on his sight with a single punch, not to mention Ramsay gets his face teared out by the aforementioned dogs, while Saitama's prefered method to finish his opponents is punching them in the face. In the same way, Genos's voice actor in the same version (Jhonny Torres) previously voiced Alphonse Elric, whose main goal in the whole series is bringing his human body back. On the other hand, Genos became more and more robotic in OPM.
  • "Holy Shit!" Quotient: The series as a whole is full of this, from Saitama punching Vaccine Man in one hit, to punching a meteor, fighting an alien leader who can destroy worlds, (and who kicked Saitama to the moon!!!) an enemy who can defeat nearly all S-class heroes, and finally fighting Tatsumaki herself.
  • Hype Backlash: Like every Anime season, there's one show that gets more hype and promotion than others, and OPM was no exception, especially when it was revealed Madhouse were animating it. So of course, lots of potential watchers are turned off by the more overzealous fans claiming it to be "Anime of the Year" and actively refuse to watch the show as a result.
  • I Am Not Shazam: Despite what people may believe, Saitama is not actually called One Punch Man.
  • Internet Backdraft: The fandom exploded when it was announced that JC Staff would be animating season 2 instead of Madhouse, with everybody fearing an inevitable drop in animation quality.
  • Launcher of a Thousand Ships: Saitama. If one looks at fanworks, he's shipped with everyone, with the most popular pairings being with Genos (due to Ho Yay) and the sisters Fubuki and Tatsumaki (due to interpreting their relationship as Belligerent Sexual Tension). Not bad for a bald guy.
  • Love to Hate: Several mysterious villains qualify, but the ones at the top are Boros and Garou. Boros for being the first enemy to survive Saitama's punch and for giving what fans consider one of the best fights in the series. Garou for being a crazy awesome villain that defeated the S-class heroes and would have won if it wasn't for Saitama.
    • Another is that civilian from the Sea King Arc, dubbed Frog Lips by fans. A real jerkass who starts bad mouthing the Hero Association by pointing out a B-Class hero was able to beat the Sea King in one punch while none of the others could, and being quite the Ungrateful Bastard. He may have only ever shown up once, but there are few characters who are so much fun to loathe.
  • Memetic Badass:
    • Saitama. In particular on VS forums where 'one punch' is the answer to many debates involving him. Hilariously, it's not a status he has in-universe. It's gotten to such a point that he rivals even Chuck Norris as the biggest Memetic Badass of all time.
    • King. After all, he's the strongest man in the world. Or not.
    • Watchdog Man. A lethal joke character that wears a dogsuit that is guarding one city declared a hotspot of monster activities and shown ripping a monster head nonchalantly in one panel.
    • After his absolutely insane battle with Saitama, Lord Boros easily reached this status. Exemplified by the fact that he withstood three of Saitama's attacks, and had enough life left to have a final chat with his opponent.
    • Garou, after curb-stomping nearly every S-Class hero.
  • Misblamed: Some people blame Murata for making the story longer by adding fillers (like the Tournament Arc); however, all the things absent in the webcomic are One's ideas and/or are made with his approval. Thus they are canon.
  • One-Scene Wonder: This is bound to happen to every monster of the week thanks to being one punched by Saitama.
  • Periphery Demographic: The show got wider audiences with the announcement of the anime, but the fandom did not explode until it was actually aired on TV. It attracted even casual and non-anime viewers thanks to its newfound popularity and humor.
  • Rooting for the Empire: In a weird sense, in that it's not out of sympathy with the villains, but sympathy with the hero. A few fans have admitted that they couldn't help rooting for villains during a couple of Saitama's "battles", if only for desire to see someone that can be a Worthy Opponent for Saitama. Examples include Sonic, Boros, and Garou.
  • The Scrappy:
    • The Tanktop brothers are widely hated due to Tanktop Tiger being a sore loser and the brothers convincing the populace Saitama was the reason why the town got destroyed, even if he was the reason no one died in the first place. Thankfully Saitama put them in their place with a "Reason You Suck" Speech, and they don't appear to represent all the Tanktops, as Tanktop Master shows.
  • She's Just Hiding: Mosquito Girl, by virtue of having merely been sent flying by Saitama's swat, when the monsters he hits usually end up in Ludicrous Gibs (even the bloody smear she leaves on a building in the anime can be explained away as the result of her bloodsack rupturing on impact). It doesn't hurt that Murata has published artwork of her as a worker in Genus' takoyaki stand, complete with prosthetic limbs and a bandage above her buttocks, where her abdomen used to be.
  • Signature Scene:
  • Spiritual Antithesis: To Irredeemable. While both series decosntruct the classic overpowered super-hero giving them existencial crisis regardng their own powers, One Punch Man is more comedic and deals with a super-hero that doesn't care about heroism and is just bored about wining all his battles, while Irredeemable is more cynical and the super-hero in question gets tired of always having to save ungrateful people and then snaps, turning into a Omnicidal Maniac.
  • They Changed It, Now It Sucks: Many were disappointed when the anime did not show the flip-book like scenes from the digital manga the series is famous for, instead using the tankobon version of the scenes.
  • Unpopular Popular Character: In-universe, Saitama is hated by nearly all citizens, save for a chosen few, for thinking he cheated on ranks and took credit from others' work. It's not helping that he is encouraging this mindset to let the others look good. Yet this is exactly the reason why fans love him outside the show, to the point where he's at the top of the character polls.
  • Viewer Gender Confusion:
    • Sonic. None of the characters have difficulty telling that he's a guy, which is likely due to his voice.
    • Lightspeed Flash. Same reason as Sonic. The fandom has joked that the two are related 'cause of their similarities.
  • Vanilla Protagonist: Invoked with Saitama. In his own words, he's just "a hero for fun" and his backstory is nothing more fantastic than "former salaryman does strength training until his hair falls out". He is a plain guy, his ungodly strength aside, he had no other defining features in contrast to the more colorful side characters like Genos. In the webcomic, even his art style feeds into this trope because he looks like a stick figure instead of a more detailed form like the other characters. As we find out, the webcomic explained that he truly is an unremarkable person that was able to break his limiter through sheer determination in exchange of becoming bald and being alienated from humanity.
  • What an Idiot: Who in the Hero Assocation thought it would be a good idea to release a Hero Catalogue to the public that not only reveals the locations of where the heroes are but also where they are usually seen? Why would they have entries about their "secret" moves? Did it ever occur to them that villains, like Garou, might also look through the catalogue?
  • The Woobie:
    • Saitama himself. He doesn't really act like one, but it's clear that his story-breaking powers have taken their toll. It's first evidenced in earlier chapters when he reflects on how every fight is boring and how even with his deeds, no one recognizes him. Later on, during his fight with Boros, Boros has a Not So Different moment with Saitama, claiming how he himself was the strongest person on his own planet, to the point he searched the universe for a worthy opponent because he wasn't able to take any pleasure in fighting any more. His final words to Saitama hit home, when he acknowledges the pain that comes with it and how they couldn't have a proper fight with our hero holding back. Saitama simply walks away without any words and a sad look. Later still, after the manga's tournament arc, comes a conversation with King where Saitama finally talks about his growing emotional detachment with someone, his lack of interest in virtually everything except the thrill of combat, but also showing that he may not be completely emotionally numb yet.
    • Blizzard, a woman whose innate talents made her believe she was destined for great things. But her sister is Tornado, who is the second strongest hero on the planet and crushed Blizzard's self-esteem, making her believe she could never be anything more than second best. Furthermore, she was picked on as a kid for having her powers in the first place and her sister protecting her only alienated her further, leading Blizzard to resent her sister.
    • In terms of Jerkass Woobie, Tornado, who was taken from her family at a young age and used as a guinea pig for years because of her psychic powers. She was even isolated from the outside and denied any contact with her parents or sister. Eventually she stopped using her powers out of spite, but it only led to her being thrown in a cell until she started using them again. Even when an experimental creature went on a rampage, Tornado still didn't use them and was only saved by Blast stepping in to kill the monster, after which he told her not to expect someone to come save her every time. It led to Tornado's current worldview, being bitter at the world and believing that she can only rely on herself and that connection to others and coexistence are pointless. It also led to her being overprotective of Blizzard which of course has led to their strained relationship, Tornado being a meddlesome, stifling control freak in Blizzard's life who thinks she knows what's best for Blizzard. All in all, Tornado is a giant bag of issues due to severely traumatic experiences as a child which could have been avoided if someone had shown her basic decency.


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