Comparing the overpowered Saitama, the protagonist of One-Punch Man, with other characters is always fun. Whether it’s a comparison from his own universe, like the ones we’ve done (Blast, Boros, Garou, God), or some other fictional universe (like the ones with Superman, Gojo, or Goku), it’s always fun to see how Saitama would do against some other characters. This time, it’s going to be a comparison from the latter group, as we are going to compare Saitama to Mob, the protagonist of Mob Psycho 100, to determine who would win in a fight between these two very powerful characters.
Saitama would win in a fight against Mob. Mob’s potential is not really known and he is capable of producing monstrous amounts of power, but if we observe Saitama’s powers objectively, he wouldn’t stand a chance. Before Mob could – theoretically – produce enough power to defeat Saitama, Saitama would have enough time to defeat Mob more than once, which is why the One-Punch Man takes this one.
Now that you have the short version of the answer, the rest of the article is going to be divided into three sections, with the first two introducing the characters, their powers, and their abilities. In the end, we’re going to give our final verdict and explanation on why Saitama, a.k.a. the One-Punch Man, would be able to defeat Mob in a direct clash.
Mob and his powers
Shigeo Kageyama is the protagonist of the mob Psycho story. He is a very powerful esper who can easily exorcise demons and ghosts. Nicknamed Mob because his face makes him blend easily in the crowd, he works part-time for 300 yen an hour for Arataka Reigen.
Due to an accident when he was little, he represses his powers to avoid hurting people; in doing so, he also began to repress his emotions, which end up accumulating day by day. Once they reach a peak beyond which he can no longer hold back, explode making him fight at full power. Furthermore, when he loses consciousness, Shigeo no longer has control over his body and his abilities surpass the limit.
Initially, he was weak, uncoordinated, and not at all resistant. After joining the Body Improvement Club, he has increased his physical abilities, although still below average. He has an incredible ability to store psychic power, which he mainly uses to channel his own. Following a childhood accident, he unconsciously closed off most of his powers behind several psychic locks, which can only be opened when the stress of a particular emotion reaches its full 100% and then overflows.
His real potential can only be seen when he is unconscious and is animated by instinct alone, the condition of ???%. So far he has shown 100% anger, sadness, hostility, rejection, gratitude, courage, persistence, friendship, ecstasy, shame, compassion, kindness, and resignation.
He has spiritual awareness, which allows him to sense the psychic energy of ghosts and other espers up to 20 kilometers away. He can telekinetically disassemble and reassemble matter at the molecular level, move extraordinarily massive objects and entire buildings, fly, produce nearly impenetrable force fields, and boost their physical powers. Mob may also take an esper’s energy and use it to supplement its own. In addition, he can fully absorb an esper’s emotions. Mob can also drain the energy of other espers, energy attacks, and even the environment. This is his capacity to absorb psychological energy. In???% mode, Mob has been demonstrated to have this skill subconsciously.
Whether they are espers or not, he can also channel his energy into other people. The latter is temporary and of little utility, although one who knows how to employ them can produce modest effects like force fields. It may transmit energy as well as memories and emotions. Even though he wasn’t operating at 100%, he eventually mastered this approach.
Shigeo can induce someone’s spirit to depart from the physical body using his astral projection talent. It can invade other people’s bodies and minds when in this state. With practice, he has mastered the art of imbuing her psychic energy into plants, directing them with his chlorokinesis power, and allowing them to develop. Last but not least, Mob’s biggest power, known as ???%, is activated when he achieves 100% of a particular emotion, as we’ve already mentioned, and makes Mob exceptionally powerful and much stronger than usual.
Saitama and his powers
Saitama is a young inactive person who’s lost interest in life and who frequently fights mysterious beings to become a powerful hero. His main attack is the famous “One Punch”, a simple punch that can defeat very powerful enemies like the King of the Seas, Ashura Rhino, the King of the Underworld, a gigantic meteorite, and many more.
Saitama is blessed with spectacular speed. A ninja-like Thundering Sonic looks slow next to him. He is able to complete a 1,500-meter course in an instant; even Genos’ computerized targeting systems have a hard time tracking him. He can use his speed to run vertically along a building to save a piece of salmon he intended to eat for lunch.
Even Boros in Meteoric Boost is slower than him. His basic speed is already sufficient to avoid the saber attacks of the famous ninja Flashy Flash. Saitama can take all kinds of impacts or flames without taking a single bruise. When Genos created a huge explosion by his Incineration to kill Mousmétique’s mosquitoes, Saitama stood beside him completely unscathed and unperturbed despite the heat of the flames.
To make him move, as soon as he decides to stay still, even a man as powerful as Suiryû has a hard time managing to make him move back a few meters with his Nebulous Fist of the Rabid Tiger. When he was still a weak human, Saitama was as tough as an ordinary human. As an adult, he was able to get up with a nip from Crabotaur, a Tiger-level monster, and then attack him.
Saitama doesn’t aim better than an ordinary person. In particular, he has been wrong in his estimations, such as when he unintentionally punched Sonic in the genitals instead of only intimidating him. Saitama puts a little more effort into his techniques when using the Worship Streak Series. According to Boros, even so, he only shows a small part of his power. Still, the power at this stage is enough to outsmart a Dragon-level or even God-level scourge very easily.
Shigeo Kageyama (Mob) vs. Saitama: 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.
With our comparison concluded, we can now approach the analytical part of this article. Due to Mob’s quite enigmatic powers, people might think that this was a difficult comparison, but in all honesty, the comparison was more or less clear. Namely, we know that Mob is powerful, but an objective comparison between his and Saitama’s powers reveals that Mob wouldn’t really stand much chance against the One-Punch Man. We shall now elaborate on that answer in more detail.
In terms of raw fighting skills, Saitama defeats Mob easily. Mob is not much of a fighter and relies on his psychic abilities, whereas Saitama is one of the best fighters in the world of anime. He is a skilled martial artist, he is physically strong, his stamina and endurance are impressive, he is agile, and he is very fast. Using simply this, Saitama would be able to defeat Mob with relative ease, as he could approach him quickly, land a few punches and kicks, and Mob would definitely be down, without even knowing what hit him (probably).
But, Mob does have his psychic abilities and these certainly cannot be disregarded. He can use them for both offensive and defensive purposes, and with enough preparation, he could certainly come up with a tactical approach that could hinder Saitama in battle. The thing with Saitama is that he is a relatively predictable foe, in the sense that you know that you’re fighting a superhero without any inherent superpowers. Mob, on the other hand, has a more diverse set of powers and abilities and that could be quite useful in such a fight, as it could give Mob a slight advantage at some point.
But, sadly for him, that would not be enough. Saitama is simply much stronger than Mob and he is on a wholly different level of power. Whatever Mob might throw at him, Saitama would be able to counter and that is why he is the winner here. The good thing for both is that Saitama doesn’t like fighting children, and that Mob does not like fighting humans, so the two would probably never engage in combat but, rather, work as allies. Also, they kind of look the same, don’t they? Just remove Mob’s hair… there you go!