We’re not sure whether the creator of One-Punch Man had any idea how popular the show was going to become, but the whacky Japanese take on superheroes is something that people loved when it debuted. One-Punch Man is, today, one of the most popular anime and manga series and that is exactly what we have decided to write about it in today’s article. In today’s article, you are going to find out who would win in a fight between Garō and Lord Boros, both very powerful characters from the series.
Lord Boros would be able to defeat Garō, even in his Awakened Form, despite it being a very close call. They’re both very powerful and their power levels are quite close, but we think that Lord Boros’ powers are somewhat on a higher level than Garō’s.
Our comparison is going to be divided into three sections. The first is going to bring an overview of the two characters, after which we are going to compare their powers, including their signature weapons. Finally, we’re going to bring you a detailed analysis of the two characters to determine which one would win in a direct clash.
Garō and his powers
Garō is a student dismissed by his master Bang from the Fist of Flowing Water Crushing Rock Dojo. He finds it unfair that the heroes are always victorious, beautiful, and acclaimed by the citizens and considers that the bad guys, too, have the right to succeed.
This is why he decided that he would be the greatest of the monsters and that he would beat all the heroes, especially the S-class ones. After that, he hunted down the heroes to fight against them and came out of every fight a little louder.
Before he started his hero hunt, Garō was Bang’s best student and was able to defeat all of his classmates before being kicked out by Bang. The combination of Garō ‘s ingenious martial arts intelligence and increased physical properties allowed him to defeat many heroes of the Hero Association as well as many die-hard criminals.
During the ambush led by Death Gatling, Garō claimed to have defeated nearly a hundred heroes. He was able to single-handedly defeat the Tank Topper Army at the start of his hero hunt, including the A-class hero Tanktop Vegetarian and even the S-class hero Tanktop Master who was overwhelmed by Garō’s superior engineering.
Garou challenged and later defeated S-class hero Metal Bat, comparing him to an amateur fighter, but privately admitted that he could have lost Metal Bat had just one of his hits found its target. His advanced martial arts, which he learned from his former master Bang, give him an advantage in fighting people.
He can use targeted thrusts to joints and vital areas in order to neutralize bodily functions and counterattack after his opponent’s anticipated movements. However, this makes his fighting style much less effective against animal tactics and non-humanoid forms.
This is proven when he is easily overwhelmed by Watchdog Man, although he has already defeated two other S-class heroes.
Boros and his powers
Boros is an alien, a sort of invincible galactic tyrant, roaming the worlds on the orders of a prophecy promising him that he would one day find an opponent to his size. As soon as he arrived on Earth, he razed City A in a fraction of a second with a barrage of his gigantic warship.
Boros is a being who says he is superior to everything and can destroy a planet if he gets too angry. In his own words, his race is a living species adapted to the most terrible environments in the universe, succeeding in thriving there in spite of everything, and he would be one of the strongest representatives if not the strongest.
As the leader of the alien invading force, Boros had authority over the entire army, with his reign absolute while he himself was extremely powerful. According to Boros, his species developed the greatest regenerative capacity in the entire universe to adapt to life on his home planet, which had a harsh climate.
Boros also seemed to be able to sense the energy of people manifesting as an aura around that person. Boros was the first enemy to survive a normal hit from Saitama, a remarkable feat considering all previous disasters had been wiped out, while Boros simply suffered damage to his armor on the first hit.
In fact, Boros received three normal punches, a Consecutive Normal Punches attack, and the shock wave from a Serious Punch. This takes Boros to a whole new level compared to other enemies Saitama has faced before, with the hero claiming Boros to be the most powerful enemy he has ever faced.
Boros was endowed with superpowers from birth, which greatly increased his powers over time and experience. In particular, he claimed that he possessed regeneration, physical abilities, and latent energy that far surpassed any other member of his race.
Comparing the powers of Garō and Boros
Our second section will contain a comparison of the two characters’ powers. This section will be a direct comparison and not as much as a listing of their powers abilities, as we have done before, and is going to serve as a basis for our analysis in section three of our article. Now, let us begin.
Boros showed extreme strength in his fight against Saitama. He could hit Saitama through several pillars at once. Boros’ punch was so powerful that the mere squeeze of the shock of his fist chased away a huge cloud of smoke created by his burst of energy.
Boros had incredible speed and agility as he could follow a relaxed Saitama. He used the latent energy withdrawn from his body as a means of propulsion, which made him incredibly fast. Boros proved surprisingly resilient.
He was Saitama’s first opponent to survive after being hit directly by his normal hit, despite his full strength sealed by his armor. Even after receiving a direct hit from Saitama in his Meteoric Burst form, he remained intact despite the bleeding and injuries.
When his planet-destroying attack was repelled by Saitama’s Serious Punch, he was strong enough to remain conscious for a brief period. Like the rest of his race, Boros had an incredible regeneration rate, with Boros himself surpassing all others of his race, as previously mentioned.
Boros was able to use the latent energy his body was producing to shoot great bursts of energy from the eye into his chest with great destructive power.
Boros wore ornate armor designed to control his immense powers. When the armor was removed, his body turned black and spiky and began to glow with the energy released. Boros praised Saitama for being the first to oppose his power in this state for so long, suggesting that Boros, even in this form, was immensely powerful compared to other enemies.
Garō’s strength is superhuman, and at the level of an S-class hero, he is able to defeat A-class heroes with little to no effort. Even in his weakened state, Garō was still able to defeat a group of Class A and B heroes with a brief drum shot or a single hit. Garō also possesses immense durability and has endured extremely powerful blows and attacks.
Garō has extreme speed and reflexes that far exceed that of the average hero. He was able to react and dodge a short Golden Ball bullet, although it surprised him, while also being able to quickly dodge a large number of bullets from the latter in multiple directions and redirect them towards each other at the same time, without any problem, after adapting to the weak environment.
Garō has an inhuman tolerance to pain. He’s able to keep fighting after sustaining injuries that would incapacitate normal people, like a Tanktop Master hit or when Spring stabbed Mustachio’s sword through his hand, without even flinching.
Also, having been weakened by several fights the day before and having a fever, he managed to fight multiple heroes at the same time and defeat them all with smart tactics and to endure all the lingering pain.
Even when he was beaten to death by Bang and Bomb, arguably the most powerful martial artists in the world, while constantly regaining and losing consciousness during the fight, and having lost the feeling in his arms, he was still able to hold on and to shiver in the ground, uproot a tree and spin it at incredible speed, completely surprising both Bang and Bomb.
Boros was an extremely skilled fighter with decades of experience and not a single battle loss, which made him an extremely dangerous and powerful fighter. As such, he tried to end the fighting quickly and didn’t hesitate or hold back, possibly as a strategy to avoid giving his enemies a chance.
Boros had several techniques that he used when he wanted to end a fight quickly or completely destroy an opponent. These include the Meteoric Burst, which augments his strength, speed, and durability but also severely burdens his body and even decreases his lifespan; he uses the technique to end fights quickly.
While in that form, he was able to use the Collapsing Star Roaring Cannon, which creates an immense burst of energy he fires at his opponents.
Garō is an extremely skilled fighter who adapts to combat, taking advantage of an opponent’s weak points to gain the advantage in combat. His exceptional ability to learn allows him to learn countermeasures for the fighting styles of others while making their fighting style his own.
He shows this ability against Tanktop Master, where he attacks his weak spots and quickly reverses roles in the fight, easily gaining the upper hand. He also shows off this unique ability in his battle with Metal Bat, where he notices that Metal Bat’s attacks become predictable and weird, which allowed him to win in the end.
While fighting his opponents, Garō accesses their fighting styles and techniques by simply looking at them once, which is enough for him. Additionally, Garō targets vital points and joints in combat so that his opponents lose the ability to defend themselves very quickly.
Additionally, by analyzing his opponent’s gaze direction, posture, muscle tension, breathing, energy, movement patterns, and center of gravity, he can almost perfectly predict his opponent’s next move. His prediction accuracy only improves as Garō gets stronger.
Now that we’ve compared the two, we can continue with the analysis and tell you who would win.
Garō vs Boros: Who would win?
And now for the most important and interesting section of our article – the analysis. Here, we are going to use what we have found out about these two characters and analyze how all these facts would (or would not) help them in a fight against each other. Let us continue.
After reading everything we’ve written, it is not overly difficult to determine the winner, even if we consider that Garō would fight Boros in his Awakened Form. Okay, Garō’s Awakened Form is truly powerful, but Boros is, as we’ve established, on a completely different level.
Boros comes from a superior alien race and the best proof of his power is the fact that he survived several of Saitama’s punches in quick succession and even managed to kick Saitama to the Moon, which is an impressive feat in itself. Sure, he couldn’t actually kill Saitama, but he survived, which is impressive (although it happened only once, since Saitama killed him in the end).
On the other hand, Garō, even in his Awakened Form, remains a human (or half-human) and is still inferior to Boros’ amazing powers and abilities.
This is why we think that Boros would be able to defeat Garō. It certainly wouldn’t be easy, especially considering Garō’s Awakened Form, but Boros would still manage to do it, which is why we declare him today’s winner.
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