Were it not for the protagonist, Saitama, One-Punch Man would probably not be as popular. And while Saitama might, objectively, be a gag character, he is still special enough for us to actually discuss his powers and abilities seriously. Known as the One-Punch Man, Saitama decided to become the strongest person on the planet at one point in his life, and currently, it seems that he is exactly that. Saitama seems invincible, with a very solid theory that he cannot be defeated. But what is the reason behind that? Could it be that Saitama has infinite power? In this article, we are going to analyze that possibility and tell you whether it is possible that Saitama has infinite power.
The question of whether Saitama has infinite power in One-Punch Man is one of the most complex ones in the series. From what we could infer from the many hints scattered throughout the series and some (un)official information and fact sheets, Saitama indeed has infinite power. Although he has, according to the author, started at his peak, he keeps growing constantly, and there doesn’t seem to be a limit to his powers.
The rest of this article will further elaborate on the above-given answer, as we are going to tell you about Saitama’s powers and abilities in more detail. We will give you a complete list of all of Saitama’s powers and elaborate a bit on whether his powers and abilities have any limits. This article might contain spoilers if you don’t know everything about One-Punch Man.
What are Saitama’s powers and abilities?
Saitama is an inactive young 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 can complete a 1,500-meter course instantly; 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. Saitama was as tough as an ordinary human when he was still a weak human. As an adult, he could 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.
Does Saitama have infinite power?
Now that we’ve gone over Saitama’s powers and abilities, we have to see whether there is any limit to these powers and abilities. Namely, Saitama is the strongest character in his universe, and there hasn’t been an opponent who could defeat him in his current state. But, regardless of these powers and abilities, it isn’t clear whether Saitama is simply overpowered or whether he has a limitless growth factor that makes his powers infinite.
The author has given contradictory statements as to this fact. Initially, he stated that Saitama was at the height of his powers at the very beginning, claiming that he wanted to create a manga in which the protagonist did not grow to his peak but rather started at his peak. This means that Saitama cannot grow in terms of his powers and abilities. Yet, there were several scenes in the manga where it was confirmed that Saitama’s powers actually did evolve and that he became stronger during the fight itself.
Now, this could mean two things. Firstly, the author is not very good at keeping up with his own continuity, which wouldn’t be all that surprising and would account for the continuity errors. Secondly, the author could be correct, and it would mean that Saitama did start at his peak but that he did not need to use the maximum of his powers, which would allow for “growth space,” but only within the already-set framework.
Now, this is the basic issue and why so many people wondered whether Saitama had infinite power. Namely, if the first theory is true, then Saitama does not have infinite power; he is overpowered, but the power does have its limitations. If the second theory is true, then it could really be that Saitama’s powers have no limits and that he can grow infinitely and, thus, defeat any opponent. So, which is it?
Well, based on the running theory and the evidence provided in the manga, Saitama, a.k.a. One-Punch Man, really does have infinite power. This has been evidenced by numerous examples in the manga, but also some out-of-universe comments which seem to confirm that there is actually no limit to Saitama’s powers and abilities. And that is why we believe that Saitama is actually limitless and that he does have infinite power.