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This is getting long. Basically, ONE and Murata are telling a story about "staying human." There are people in the real world who let their obsessions control them: being rude and callous for the sake of "social justice," neglecting others for the sake of hobbies, neglecting themselves for the sake of work, succumbing to addictions, etc. We need to remember we are human and keep things like love, mercy, and selflessness in our lives as we pursue our goals. Having an obsession can lead you to become more powerful: whether you hold onto your humanity or not is what makes the difference between a hero and a monster.

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This is getting long. Basically, ONE and Murata are telling a story about "staying human." There are people in the real world who let their obsessions control them: being rude and callous for the sake of "social justice," neglecting others for the sake of hobbies, neglecting themselves for the sake of work, succumbing to addictions, etc. We need to remember we are human and keep things like love, mercy, and selflessness in our lives as we pursue our goals. Having an obsession can lead you to become more powerful: whether you hold onto your humanity or not is what makes the difference between a hero and a monster.monster.

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However, both heroes and monsters have their obsessions that give them strength. For example, Sweet Mask is obsessed with dishing out justice on evil monsters. He kills with such little discretion that he is a borderline monster himself. [[spoiler: Turns out he actually is lol.]] If they're both driven by their obsessions, what makes the difference between a hero and a monster? Heroes have held onto their humanity and haven't let their obsessions replace it.

Genos is obsessed with becoming stronger so that he can get revenge on the mad cyborg who destroyed his town. He goes to great lengths to achieve this goal, undergoing the change into a cyborg body of his own and often fighting so hard he loses limbs in battle. His obsession is what keeps him going, but it doesn't fully control him like it does with Sweet Mask. Genos realizes Sweet Mask is a reflection of who he could become if he doesn't hold on to his humanity. Before he met Saitama, he was teetering on the edge of losing his humanity and succumbing to his lust for power and revenge - even now he still struggles with it. Dr. Kuseno warns him to not push himself too hard, and with every upgrade, such as his post-Elder Centipede one, he looks less and less like a human.

Garou is another case. He was obsessed with getting back at society for mistreating underdogs and losers such as himself, so he started training under Bang to be stronger. When he attacked the other students at the dojo, he lost some of his humanity. Over the course of the Human Monster saga, he continues to lose his humanity as he brutalizes hero after hero for the sake of his obsession. However, unlike Genos who struggles to ''hold on'' to his humanity and stay a hero, Garou struggles to ''let go'' of his humanity and become a monster. He claims he wants to become the ultimate evil, and yet he can't bring himself to harm a child or side with the brainless violence of other monsters. [[spoiler: Saitama calls him out on this after their battle, describing his goal of becoming the ultimate monster as "half-assed." This is why even until the very end of the fight, even when Garou gains the body of a giant beast, Saitama just breaks it and refuses to kill him.]]

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However, both heroes and monsters have their obsessions that give them strength. For example, Sweet Mask is obsessed with dishing out justice on evil monsters. He kills with such little discretion that he is a borderline monster himself. [[spoiler: Turns out he actually is lol.]] If they're both driven by their obsessions, what makes the difference between a hero and a monster? monster?

Heroes have held onto their humanity humanity, and haven't let their obsessions obsession replace it.

Genos is obsessed with becoming stronger so that he can get revenge on the mad cyborg who destroyed his town. He goes to great lengths to achieve this goal, undergoing the change into a cyborg body of his own and often fighting so hard he loses limbs in battle. His obsession is what keeps him going, but it doesn't fully control him like it does with Sweet Mask.yet. Genos realizes Sweet Mask is a reflection of who he could become if he doesn't hold on to his humanity. Before he met Saitama, he was teetering on the edge of losing his humanity it and succumbing to his lust for power and revenge - even now he still struggles with it.struggles. Dr. Kuseno warns him to not push himself too hard, and with every upgrade, such as his post-Elder Centipede one, he looks appears less and less like a human.

Garou is another case. He was obsessed with getting back at society for mistreating underdogs and losers such as himself, so he started training under Bang to be stronger. When he attacked the other students at the dojo, he lost some of his humanity. Over the course of the Human Monster saga, he continues to lose his humanity as he brutalizes hero after hero for the sake of his obsession. However, unlike Genos who struggles to ''hold on'' to his humanity and stay a hero, Garou struggles to ''let go'' of his humanity and become a monster. He claims he wants to become the ultimate evil, and yet he can't bring himself to harm a child or side with the brainless violence of other monsters. [[spoiler: Saitama calls him out on this after their battle, describing his goal of becoming the ultimate monster as "half-assed." This is why even until the very end of the fight, even when Garou gains the body of a giant beast, Saitama just breaks it and refuses to kill him.]]



This is getting long. Basically, ONE and Murata are telling a story about "staying human." There are people in the real world who let their obsessions control them: neglecting others for the sake of their hobbies, neglecting themselves for the sake of work, succumbing to addictions, etc. We need to remember we are human and keep things like love, mercy, and selflessness in our lives as we pursue our goals. Having an obsession can lead you to become more powerful: whether you hold onto your humanity or not is what makes the difference between a hero and a monster.

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This is getting long. Basically, ONE and Murata are telling a story about "staying human." There are people in the real world who let their obsessions control them: being rude and callous for the sake of "social justice," neglecting others for the sake of their hobbies, neglecting themselves for the sake of work, succumbing to addictions, etc. We need to remember we are human and keep things like love, mercy, and selflessness in our lives as we pursue our goals. Having an obsession can lead you to become more powerful: whether you hold onto your humanity or not is what makes the difference between a hero and a monster.


However, both heroes and monsters have their obsessions that give them strength. For example, Sweet Mask is obsessed with dishing out justice on evil monsters. He kills with such little discretion that he is a borderline monster himself. If they're both driven by their obsessions, what makes the difference between a hero and a monster? In short, heroes have held onto their humanity and haven't let their obsessions replace it.

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However, both heroes and monsters have their obsessions that give them strength. For example, Sweet Mask is obsessed with dishing out justice on evil monsters. He kills with such little discretion that he is a borderline monster himself. [[spoiler: Turns out he actually is lol.]] If they're both driven by their obsessions, what makes the difference between a hero and a monster? In short, heroes Heroes have held onto their humanity and haven't let their obsessions replace it.


Garou is another case. He was obsessed with getting back at society for mistreating underdogs and losers such as himself, so he started training under Bang to be stronger. When he attacked the other students at the dojo, he lost some of his humanity. Over the course of the Human Monster saga, he continues to lose his humanity as he brutalizes hero after hero for the sake of his obsession. However, unlike Genos who struggles to ''hold on'' to his humanity and stay a hero, Garou struggles to ''let go'' of his humanity and become a monster. He claims he wants to become the ultimate evil, and yet he can't bring himself to harm a child or side with the brainless violence of other monsters. [[spoiler: Saitama calls him out on this after their battle, describing his goal of becoming the ultimate monster as "half-assed." This is why even until the very end of the fight, even when Garou gains the bodies of a giant beast, Saitama just breaks it and refuses to kill him.]]

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Garou is another case. He was obsessed with getting back at society for mistreating underdogs and losers such as himself, so he started training under Bang to be stronger. When he attacked the other students at the dojo, he lost some of his humanity. Over the course of the Human Monster saga, he continues to lose his humanity as he brutalizes hero after hero for the sake of his obsession. However, unlike Genos who struggles to ''hold on'' to his humanity and stay a hero, Garou struggles to ''let go'' of his humanity and become a monster. He claims he wants to become the ultimate evil, and yet he can't bring himself to harm a child or side with the brainless violence of other monsters. [[spoiler: Saitama calls him out on this after their battle, describing his goal of becoming the ultimate monster as "half-assed." This is why even until the very end of the fight, even when Garou gains the bodies body of a giant beast, Saitama just breaks it and refuses to kill him.]]


However, both heroes and monsters have their obsessions that give them strength. For example, Sweet Mask is obsessed with dishing out justice on the evil monsters of the world. If they're both driven by their obsessions, what makes the difference between a hero and a monster? In short, heroes have held onto their humanity and haven't let their obsessions replace it.

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However, both heroes and monsters have their obsessions that give them strength. For example, Sweet Mask is obsessed with dishing out justice on the evil monsters of the world.monsters. He kills with such little discretion that he is a borderline monster himself. If they're both driven by their obsessions, what makes the difference between a hero and a monster? In short, heroes have held onto their humanity and haven't let their obsessions replace it.


Sweet Mask is a particularly interesting character when discussing obsessions. Through him we see that heroes and monsters are not so different. He's obsessed with justice, leading him to committing monstrous acts such as mercilessly killing [=POWs=] from the Dark Matter Thieves. [[spoiler: He is also technically a Mysterious Being himself, since his obsession with becoming a beautiful hero eventually transformed him into one. He's like a reverse Ugmon.]]. And despite this, he's still considered a hero. Both heroes and monsters have their obsessions that give them strength. What makes the difference between a hero and a monster? In short, heroes have held onto their humanity and haven't let their obsessions replace it.

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Sweet Mask is a particularly interesting character when discussing obsessions. Through him we see that heroes and monsters are not so different. He's obsessed with justice, leading him to committing monstrous acts such as mercilessly killing [=POWs=] from the Dark Matter Thieves. [[spoiler: He is also technically a Mysterious Being himself, since his obsession with becoming a beautiful hero eventually transformed him into one. He's like a reverse Ugmon.]]. And despite this, he's still considered a hero. Both However, both heroes and monsters have their obsessions that give them strength. What For example, Sweet Mask is obsessed with dishing out justice on the evil monsters of the world. If they're both driven by their obsessions, what makes the difference between a hero and a monster? In short, heroes have held onto their humanity and haven't let their obsessions replace it.


In a way, Saitama himself is a Mysterious Being. [[spoiler: Eat your heart out, Garou.]] His obsession with being a hero strong enough to defeat monsters in one punch led him to his ridiculous training, and he actually achieved his goal. [[spoiler: Just like Sweet Mask with his desire to be beautiful]]. However, after achieving this goal Saitama has found he's lost his humanity, or at least a portion of it.

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In a way, Saitama himself is a Mysterious Being. [[spoiler: Eat your heart out, Garou.]] His obsession with being a hero strong enough to defeat monsters in one punch led him to his ridiculous training, and he actually achieved his goal. [[spoiler: Just like Sweet Mask with his desire to be beautiful]]. However, after achieving this goal Saitama has found he's lost his humanity, or at least a portion of it.
it. [[spoiler: The same happened to Sweet Mask with his desire to be beautiful; he tells Saitama that after becoming popular he now feels his humanity slipping.]]


Garou is another case. He was obsessed with getting back at society for mistreating underdogs and losers such as himself, so he started training under Bang to be stronger. Eventually he became bored of this and lost some of his humanity when he began attacking the other students at the dojo. Over the course of the Human Monster saga, he continues to lose his humanity as he brutalizes hero after hero for the sake of his obsession. However, unlike Genos who struggles to ''hold on'' to his humanity and stay a hero, Garou struggles to ''let go'' of his humanity and become a monster. He claims he wants to become the ultimate evil, and yet he can't bring himself to harm a child or side with the brainless violence of other monsters. [[spoiler: Saitama calls him out on this after their battle, describing his goal of becoming the ultimate monster as "half-assed." This is why even until the very end of the fight, even when Garou gains the bodies of a giant beast, Saitama just breaks it and refuses to kill him.]]

In a way, Saitama himself is a Mysterious Being. [[spoiler: Eat your heart out, Garou.]] His obsession with being strong enough to become a hero who could defeat monsters in one punch led him to his ridiculous training, and he actually achieved his goal. [[spoiler: Just like Sweet Mask with his desire to be beautiful]]. However, after achieving this goal Saitama has found he has nothing left. He's lost his humanity, or at least a portion of it.

This is getting long. Basically, ONE and Murata are telling a story about "staying human." There are people in the real world who let their obsessions control them: neglecting others for the sake of their hobbies, neglecting themselves for the sake of work, succumbing to addictions, etc. Having an obsession can lead you to become more powerful: whether you hold onto your humanity or not is what makes the difference between a hero and a monster.

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Garou is another case. He was obsessed with getting back at society for mistreating underdogs and losers such as himself, so he started training under Bang to be stronger. Eventually When he became bored of this and lost some of his humanity when he began attacking attacked the other students at the dojo.dojo, he lost some of his humanity. Over the course of the Human Monster saga, he continues to lose his humanity as he brutalizes hero after hero for the sake of his obsession. However, unlike Genos who struggles to ''hold on'' to his humanity and stay a hero, Garou struggles to ''let go'' of his humanity and become a monster. He claims he wants to become the ultimate evil, and yet he can't bring himself to harm a child or side with the brainless violence of other monsters. [[spoiler: Saitama calls him out on this after their battle, describing his goal of becoming the ultimate monster as "half-assed." This is why even until the very end of the fight, even when Garou gains the bodies of a giant beast, Saitama just breaks it and refuses to kill him.]]

In a way, Saitama himself is a Mysterious Being. [[spoiler: Eat your heart out, Garou.]] His obsession with being a hero strong enough to become a hero who could defeat monsters in one punch led him to his ridiculous training, and he actually achieved his goal. [[spoiler: Just like Sweet Mask with his desire to be beautiful]]. However, after achieving this goal Saitama has found he has nothing left. He's he's lost his humanity, or at least a portion of it.

This is getting long. Basically, ONE and Murata are telling a story about "staying human." There are people in the real world who let their obsessions control them: neglecting others for the sake of their hobbies, neglecting themselves for the sake of work, succumbing to addictions, etc. We need to remember we are human and keep things like love, mercy, and selflessness in our lives as we pursue our goals. Having an obsession can lead you to become more powerful: whether you hold onto your humanity or not is what makes the difference between a hero and a monster.


This is getting long. Basically, ONE and Murata are telling a story about "staying human." There are people in the real world who let their obsessions control them: neglecting others for the sake of their hobbies, neglecting themselves for the sake of work, succumbing to addictions, etc. When obsessions Having an obsession can lead you to become more powerful: whether you hold onto your humanity or not is what makes the difference between a hero and a monster.

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This is getting long. Basically, ONE and Murata are telling a story about "staying human." There are people in the real world who let their obsessions control them: neglecting others for the sake of their hobbies, neglecting themselves for the sake of work, succumbing to addictions, etc. When obsessions Having an obsession can lead you to become more powerful: whether you hold onto your humanity or not is what makes the difference between a hero and a monster.


Garou is another case. He was obsessed with getting back at society for mistreating underdogs and losers such as himself, so he started training under Bang to be stronger. Eventually he became bored of this and lost some of his humanity when he began attacking the other students at the dojo. Over the course of the Human Monster saga, he continues to lose his humanity as he brutalizes hero after hero for the sake of his obsession. However, unlike Genos who struggles to ''hold on'' to his humanity and stay a hero, Garou struggles to ''let go'' of his humanity and become a monster. He claims he wants to become the ultimate evil, and yet he can't bring himself to harm a child or side with the brainless violence of other monsters. [[spoiler: Saitama calls him out on this after their battle, describing his goal of becoming the ultimate monster as "half-assed." This is why even until the very end of the fight, even when he gains the shell of a giant beast, Saitama just breaks it and refuses to kill him. Garou failed to let go of his humanity.]]

In a way, Saitama himself is a Mysterious Being. [[spoiler: Eat your heart out, Garou.]] His obsession with being strong enough to become a hero who could defeat monsters in one punch led him to his ridiculous training, which ended up bringing him to his goal, [[spoiler: just like Sweet Mask with his desire to be beautiful]]. However, after achieving this goal Saitama has found he has nothing left. His obsession was achieved, and now he's not sure what to do with himself. He's lost his humanity, or at least a portion of it.

This is getting long, I'm rambling. Basically, having an obsession can lead you to become more powerful: whether you hold onto your humanity or not is what makes the difference between a hero and a monster.

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Garou is another case. He was obsessed with getting back at society for mistreating underdogs and losers such as himself, so he started training under Bang to be stronger. Eventually he became bored of this and lost some of his humanity when he began attacking the other students at the dojo. Over the course of the Human Monster saga, he continues to lose his humanity as he brutalizes hero after hero for the sake of his obsession. However, unlike Genos who struggles to ''hold on'' to his humanity and stay a hero, Garou struggles to ''let go'' of his humanity and become a monster. He claims he wants to become the ultimate evil, and yet he can't bring himself to harm a child or side with the brainless violence of other monsters. [[spoiler: Saitama calls him out on this after their battle, describing his goal of becoming the ultimate monster as "half-assed." This is why even until the very end of the fight, even when he Garou gains the shell bodies of a giant beast, Saitama just breaks it and refuses to kill him. Garou failed to let go of his humanity.him.]]

In a way, Saitama himself is a Mysterious Being. [[spoiler: Eat your heart out, Garou.]] His obsession with being strong enough to become a hero who could defeat monsters in one punch led him to his ridiculous training, which ended up bringing him to and he actually achieved his goal, goal. [[spoiler: just Just like Sweet Mask with his desire to be beautiful]]. However, after achieving this goal Saitama has found he has nothing left. His obsession was achieved, and now he's not sure what to do with himself. He's lost his humanity, or at least a portion of it.

This is getting long, I'm rambling. long. Basically, having ONE and Murata are telling a story about "staying human." There are people in the real world who let their obsessions control them: neglecting others for the sake of their hobbies, neglecting themselves for the sake of work, succumbing to addictions, etc. When obsessions Having an obsession can lead you to become more powerful: whether you hold onto your humanity or not is what makes the difference between a hero and a monster.


Garou is another case. He was obsessed with getting back at society for mistreating underdogs and losers such as himself, so he started training under Bang to be stronger. Eventually he became bored of this and lost some of his humanity when he began attacking the other students at the dojo. Over the course of the Human Monster saga, he continues to lose his humanity as he brutalizes hero after hero for the sake of his obsession. His obsession lies outside the law. However, unlike Genos who struggles to hold onto his humanity and stay a hero, Garou struggles to let go of his humanity and become a monster. He claims he wants to become the ultimate evil, and yet he can't bring himself to harm a child or side with the brainless violence of other monsters. [[spoiler: Saitama calls him out on this after their battle, describing his goal of becoming the ultimate monster as "half-assed." This is why even until the very end of the fight, even when he gains the shell of a giant beast, Saitama just breaks it and refuses to kill him. Garou failed to let go of his humanity.]]

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Garou is another case. He was obsessed with getting back at society for mistreating underdogs and losers such as himself, so he started training under Bang to be stronger. Eventually he became bored of this and lost some of his humanity when he began attacking the other students at the dojo. Over the course of the Human Monster saga, he continues to lose his humanity as he brutalizes hero after hero for the sake of his obsession. His obsession lies outside the law. However, unlike Genos who struggles to hold onto ''hold on'' to his humanity and stay a hero, Garou struggles to let go ''let go'' of his humanity and become a monster. He claims he wants to become the ultimate evil, and yet he can't bring himself to harm a child or side with the brainless violence of other monsters. [[spoiler: Saitama calls him out on this after their battle, describing his goal of becoming the ultimate monster as "half-assed." This is why even until the very end of the fight, even when he gains the shell of a giant beast, Saitama just breaks it and refuses to kill him. Garou failed to let go of his humanity.]]


!Webcomic/OnePunchMan and Obsessions

There's a pretty strong theme in One-Punch Man regarding people's obsessions and desires. Many characters in the series have a certain strong desire they are trying to satiate. One of the ways normal people turn into Mysterious Beings is by succumbing to their obsessions: Crablante, for example, was so obsessed with eating crabs that he turned into one. Phoenix Man was obsessed with grief and with his role in his cancelled TV show, so much that he merged with his bird costume. Ugmons are a particular type of Mysterious Being whose jealousy and hatred for more attractive people turn them into monsters, such as Fuhrer Ugly.

Sweet Mask is a particularly interesting character when discussing obsessions. Through him we see that heroes and monsters are not so different. He's obsessed with justice, leading him to committing monstrous acts such as mercilessly killing [=POWs=] from the Dark Matter Thieves. [[spoiler: He is also technically a Mysterious Being himself, since his obsession with becoming a beautiful hero eventually transformed him into one. He's like a reverse Ugmon.]]. And despite all this, he's still considered a hero. One way you could see it is that heroes are beings whose obsessions lie within the law, while monsters are beings whose obsessions lie outside the law. And why do (most) heroes have obsessions that lie within the law? It's because they have held onto their humanity and haven't let their obsessions replace them.

Genos is obsessed with becoming stronger so that he can get revenge on the mad cyborg who destroyed his town. He goes to great lengths to achieve this goal, undergoing the change into a cyborg body of his own and consistently fighting so hard he loses limbs in battle. His obsession is what keeps him going, but it doesn't fully control him like it does with Sweet Mask. Genos realizes Sweet Mask is a reflection of who he could become if he doesn't hold on to his humanity. Before he met Saitama, he was teetering on the edge of losing his humanity and succumbing to his lust for power and revenge - even now he still struggles with it. Dr. Kuseno warns him to not push himself too hard, and with every upgrade, such as his post-Elder Centipede one, he looks less and less like a human.

Garou is another example. He was obsessed with getting back at society for mistreating underdogs and losers such as himself, so he started training under Bang to be stronger. Eventually he became bored of this and lost some of his humanity when he began attacking the other students at the dojo. Over the course of the Human Monster saga, he continues to lose his humanity as he brutalizes hero after hero for the sake of his obsession. His obsession lies outside the law. However, unlike Genos who struggles to hold onto his humanity and stay a hero, Garou struggles to let go of his humanity and become a monster. He claims he wants to become the ultimate evil, and yet he can't bring himself to harm a child or side with the brainless violence of other monsters. [[spoiler: Saitama calls him out on this after their battle, describing his goal of becoming the ultimate monster as "half-assed." This is why even until the very end of the fight, even when he gains the shell of a giant beast, Saitama just breaks it and refuses to kill him. Garou failed to let go of his humanity.]]

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!Webcomic/OnePunchMan !Webcomic/OnePunchMan, Obsessions, and Obsessions

Humanity

There's a pretty strong theme in One-Punch Man regarding people's obsessions and desires. Many characters in the series have a certain strong desire they are trying to satiate. One of the ways normal people turn into Mysterious Beings is by succumbing to their obsessions: Crablante, for example, was so obsessed with eating crabs that he turned into one. Phoenix Man was obsessed with grief and with his role in his cancelled TV show, so much that he merged with his bird costume. Ugmons are a particular type of Mysterious Being whose jealousy and hatred for more attractive people turn them into monsters, such as Fuhrer Ugly.

Sweet Mask is a particularly interesting character when discussing obsessions. Through him we see that heroes and monsters are not so different. He's obsessed with justice, leading him to committing monstrous acts such as mercilessly killing [=POWs=] from the Dark Matter Thieves. [[spoiler: He is also technically a Mysterious Being himself, since his obsession with becoming a beautiful hero eventually transformed him into one. He's like a reverse Ugmon.]]. And despite all this, he's still considered a hero. One way you could see it is that Both heroes are beings whose obsessions lie within the law, while and monsters are beings whose obsessions lie outside the law. And why do (most) heroes have their obsessions that lie within give them strength. What makes the law? It's because they difference between a hero and a monster? In short, heroes have held onto their humanity and haven't let their obsessions replace them.

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Genos is obsessed with becoming stronger so that he can get revenge on the mad cyborg who destroyed his town. He goes to great lengths to achieve this goal, undergoing the change into a cyborg body of his own and consistently often fighting so hard he loses limbs in battle. His obsession is what keeps him going, but it doesn't fully control him like it does with Sweet Mask. Genos realizes Sweet Mask is a reflection of who he could become if he doesn't hold on to his humanity. Before he met Saitama, he was teetering on the edge of losing his humanity and succumbing to his lust for power and revenge - even now he still struggles with it. Dr. Kuseno warns him to not push himself too hard, and with every upgrade, such as his post-Elder Centipede one, he looks less and less like a human.

Garou is another example.case. He was obsessed with getting back at society for mistreating underdogs and losers such as himself, so he started training under Bang to be stronger. Eventually he became bored of this and lost some of his humanity when he began attacking the other students at the dojo. Over the course of the Human Monster saga, he continues to lose his humanity as he brutalizes hero after hero for the sake of his obsession. His obsession lies outside the law. However, unlike Genos who struggles to hold onto his humanity and stay a hero, Garou struggles to let go of his humanity and become a monster. He claims he wants to become the ultimate evil, and yet he can't bring himself to harm a child or side with the brainless violence of other monsters. [[spoiler: Saitama calls him out on this after their battle, describing his goal of becoming the ultimate monster as "half-assed." This is why even until the very end of the fight, even when he gains the shell of a giant beast, Saitama just breaks it and refuses to kill him. Garou failed to let go of his humanity.]]


Sweet Mask is a particularly interesting character when discussing obsessions. Through him we see that heroes and monsters are not so different. He's obsessed with justice, leading him to committing monstrous acts such as mercilessly killing [=POWs=] from the Dark Matter Thieves. [[spoiler: He is also technically a Mysterious Being himself, since his obsession with becoming a beautiful hero eventually transformed him into one. He's like a reverse Ugmon.]]. And despite all this, he's still considered a hero. One way you could see it is that heroes are beings who are obsessed with goals that lie within the law, while monsters are beings who are obsessed with goals that lie outside the law. And why do (most) heroes have obsessions that lie within the law? It's because they have held onto their humanity and haven't let their obsessions replace them.

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Sweet Mask is a particularly interesting character when discussing obsessions. Through him we see that heroes and monsters are not so different. He's obsessed with justice, leading him to committing monstrous acts such as mercilessly killing [=POWs=] from the Dark Matter Thieves. [[spoiler: He is also technically a Mysterious Being himself, since his obsession with becoming a beautiful hero eventually transformed him into one. He's like a reverse Ugmon.]]. And despite all this, he's still considered a hero. One way you could see it is that heroes are beings who are obsessed with goals that whose obsessions lie within the law, while monsters are beings who are obsessed with goals that whose obsessions lie outside the law. And why do (most) heroes have obsessions that lie within the law? It's because they have held onto their humanity and haven't let their obsessions replace them.


Genos is obsessed with becoming stronger so that he can get revenge on the mad cyborg who destroyed his town. He goes to great lengths to achieve this goal, undergoing the change into a cyborg body of his own and consistently fighting so hard he loses limbs in battle. His obsession is what keeps him going, but it doesn't fully control him like it does with Sweet Mask. Genos realizes Sweet Mask is a reflection of who he could become if he doesn't hold on to his humanity. Before he met Saitama, he was teetering on the edge of losing his humanity and succumbing to his lust for power and revenge - even now he still struggles with it, and Dr. Kuseno warns him to not push himself too hard.

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Genos is obsessed with becoming stronger so that he can get revenge on the mad cyborg who destroyed his town. He goes to great lengths to achieve this goal, undergoing the change into a cyborg body of his own and consistently fighting so hard he loses limbs in battle. His obsession is what keeps him going, but it doesn't fully control him like it does with Sweet Mask. Genos realizes Sweet Mask is a reflection of who he could become if he doesn't hold on to his humanity. Before he met Saitama, he was teetering on the edge of losing his humanity and succumbing to his lust for power and revenge - even now he still struggles with it, and it. Dr. Kuseno warns him to not push himself too hard.
hard, and with every upgrade, such as his post-Elder Centipede one, he looks less and less like a human.


Garou is another example. He was obsessed with getting back at society for mistreating underdogs and losers such as himself, so he started training under Bang to be stronger. Eventually he became bored of this and lost some of his humanity when he began attacking the other students at the dojo. Over the course of the Human Monster saga, he continues to lose his humanity as he brutalizes hero after hero for the sake of his obsession. However, unlike Genos who struggles to hold onto his humanity and stay a hero, Garou struggles to let go of his humanity and become a monster. He claims he wants to become the ultimate evil, and yet he can't bring himself to harm a child or side with the brainless violence of other monsters. [[spoiler: Saitama calls him out on this after their battle, describing his goal of becoming the ultimate monster as "half-assed." This is why even until the very end of the fight, even when he gains the shell of a giant beast, Saitama just breaks it and refuses to kill him. Garou failed to let go of his humanity.]]

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Garou is another example. He was obsessed with getting back at society for mistreating underdogs and losers such as himself, so he started training under Bang to be stronger. Eventually he became bored of this and lost some of his humanity when he began attacking the other students at the dojo. Over the course of the Human Monster saga, he continues to lose his humanity as he brutalizes hero after hero for the sake of his obsession. His obsession lies outside the law. However, unlike Genos who struggles to hold onto his humanity and stay a hero, Garou struggles to let go of his humanity and become a monster. He claims he wants to become the ultimate evil, and yet he can't bring himself to harm a child or side with the brainless violence of other monsters. [[spoiler: Saitama calls him out on this after their battle, describing his goal of becoming the ultimate monster as "half-assed." This is why even until the very end of the fight, even when he gains the shell of a giant beast, Saitama just breaks it and refuses to kill him. Garou failed to let go of his humanity.]]

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