And while Son Goku is usually a go-to Dragon Ball character when comparisons are in question, this article’s representative of the Dragon Ball universe is going to be someone else. The character we are going to write about is a very popular feline deity; you’ve guessed it – it’s Beerus, one of the Gods of Destruction. Beerus’ opponent in this article is going to be Saitama from the popular One-Punch Man series, with the reputation of being one of the strongest characters ever. In this article, we are going to compare Saitama and Beerus to determine whether One-Punch Man could defeat Beerus in a direct fight.
Beerus would definitely win in a fight against One-Punch Man. Beerus is not only a skilled martial artist whose skills surpass Saitama’s, he also has numerous other powers that could easily pulverize Saitama. We’ve seen that Saitama cannot defeat everyone with just one punch, he needs more, and Beerus is a character that is so powerful that he could easily withstand any punches if Saitama manages to hit him in the first place.
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 Beerus would win against Saitama, also known as One-Punch Man.
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.
Beerus and his powers
Beerus is best known as the God of Destruction of Universe 7. He first appears as the main antagonist in the film Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Gods and then, subsequently, becomes a major character in the Dragon Ball Super series, although not necessarily as a villain anymore. He physically resembles a large anthropomorphic cat that is purple in color and with bunny ears. With a rather childish temperament, he can easily get angry and become very violent if he does not get what he wants.
As the God of Destruction, he remains neutral in the conflicts of his universe, as is the case during the clash between Golden Frieza and Son Goku, taking sides neither for one nor the other. When Frieza destroys Earth, Beerus points out to Son Goku that all of this is the result of his excessive mercy and that he should have eliminated Frieza when he was at his mercy.
He seems to have a dispute with Quitela, the God of Destruction of Universe 4. The rivalry between the two characters is palpable during the Tournament of Power, the two gods not hesitating to challenge each other following a disagreement over the use of the mafūba by Master Roshi. He is Son Goku’s most powerful opponent, surpassing him on every level and announcing that he was only the second in the universe to stand up to him, another person having already given Beerus a hard time; it is clear that this is his master Whis, the only being in the universe capable of standing up to him.
He can demolish anything he wishes, even a soul, with the help of his major skill, Destruction (Hakai). Even Dr. Mashirito’s ghost, who appears in Dragon Ball Super as a cameo from the manga Dr. Slump, is destroyed by him. Although he doesn’t know why or who, he still thinks Son Goku and Vegeta could pose a threat in the future. Whis is permitted to return back in time by Beerus, who is rather adamant about it, so that Son Goku can correct his error and take out the dictator before he destroys Earth. Beerus is a little perturbed that, in principle, he should be destroying Earth instead of helping to save it.
Despite not being from planet Earth, he and his master Whis both have a curiosity about the diverse cuisine found there, particularly the native sweets like ice cream, flans, puddings, and strawberries. Despite everything, there is still a tolerant person who is willing to pass the sponge to everyone who behaves foolishly. He encourages Goku to prepare for the competition where he will face his twin brother Champa, the God of Destruction from Universe 6. He was only exerting 70% of his power during their battle, according to his master Whis, and other people would be much stronger in worlds other than this one.
He doesn’t hesitate to investigate Zamasu’s true intentions with Whis, and destroys him after discovering that the latter was planning Gowasu’s murder. Although he is a god, he still shows certain respect towards others, he will even congratulate Ten Shin Han and Master Roshi for their combativeness during the Tournament of Power. He is very worried that Son Goku will be appreciated by Zeno, who has the power to destroy entire universes, convinced that Universe 7 risks being wiped out if Son Goku makes an irreparable blunder that could upset Zeno.
Saitama vs. Beerus: 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.
Comparing Saitama and Beerus was no easy task. Namely, while both One-Punch Man and Dragon Ball actually rely on fighting and martial arts, the overall structure of these two worlds is quite different. On the one hand, One-Punch Man is a gimmick work, with lots of irony and exaggeration, whose main point is to play on the tropes of traditional manga such as Dragon Ball. On the other hand, Dragon Ball takes its power balance more seriously and while the cosmic aspect of the show did raise things to a whole new level, it still makes sense in-universe.
This is why it is so difficult to objectively evaluate Saitama’s powers and abilities in comparison with other characters, even if Beerus is an example of a character who is extremely overpowered, to a degree, in fact, that it becomes silly (although not as our pal Zeno). But, Beerus was never a gimmick character, whereas Saitama is, even within the context of his own gimmick-inspired world. But, as usual, we have done our best, and here is what we can say.
From a comparative perspective, it seems quite obvious that Beerus is the stronger one in this duel. Namely, the God of Destruction is better in absolutely every imaginable aspect. He is more skilled in martial arts, he is basically immortal, and he has such enormous powers that Saitama couldn’t even handle them. Sure, Saitama is powerful and his fans will definitely argue that he could beat the God of One-Punch Man, but so could Beerus. The Gods of Destruction of Dragon Ball are so powerful that they surpass even the supposedly strongest entity of One-Punch Man.
What people keep forgetting about Saitama is that he is a regular human. He is overpowered only because his world is a gimmick world, but he has absolutely no superpowers and he has nothing with which he could counter Beerus’ powers. But, even if we entertain the impossible notion that Beerus wouldn’t be able to defeat Saitama in hand-to-hand combat (which he would, but let’s discuss this for the sake of the argument), there’s the fact that Beerus has his Hakai and even Saitama is not immune to divine intervention. Sure, he can withstand punches, energy blasts, and whatnot, but he cannot withstand being deleted from existence, as he is not immortal or immune to death.
And that is why Beerus wins this one. He is more powerful and in an objective analysis of the two characters, there is absolutely no doubt that there would come a point where Beerus would ultimately defeat Saitama.