4 One Punch Man characters Garou can defeat (and 4 who can stand up to him) (2023)

No doubt, One Punch Man is in its most exciting phase and fans cannot stop reading the manga chapter. The series is inching towards the conclusion of the Monsters Association arc and Garou seems to be getting stronger as the chapters progress.

Ever since chapter 163 made its debut, fans have been wondering if there are characters in the series who can take on this character who attempts to become an entity representing absolute evil. Let’s look at some of the characters and see how they fare against Garou.

This article contains major spoilers from the One Punch Man manga series.

Characters that Garou can beat in One Punch Man

1) Silver Fang

4 One Punch Man characters Garou can defeat (and 4 who can stand up to him) (1)

Silver Fang is one of the best martial arts practitioners, and Garou was his protege. However, things took a turn and Garou went rogue to become the epitome of evil.

Fans were hyped to see the two duke it out during the Monsters Association arc of One Punch Man. Pre-awakening, Garou was able to beat Silver Fang, and since then, he progressively gained strength and his physical abilities were enhanced drastically. This was a canon fight and Garou was the winner of the matchup.

2) Atomic Samurai

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Atomic Samurai is one of the top S classes heroes and he is extremely skilled with a sword. However, his performance against Black Sperm gave us a bit of an idea with respect to how he scales compared to some of the members of the Monsters Association.

He struggled against Black Sperm and would have died if not for Tatsumaki's intervention. Garou, before awakening, was so strong that he was able to blitz through Platinum Sperm in a blink of an eye. Garou would overwhelm Atomic Samurai and there is no way the latter can win.

3) Tatsumaki

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Tatsumaki is ranked second in the Heroes Association and is one of the strongest espers in One Punch Man. However, in his awakened state, Garou is powerful and has also perfected his God Slayer Fist. Garou was so fast in chapter 163 of the manga series that Saitama missed his punches, which is odd.

Being acknowledged by the Caped Baldy says a lot about his strength and his latest move, God Slayer Ascending Attack, would put Tatsumaki out of commission. Garou’s sheer speed and strength will be too much for her to deal with and she will not have the time to react to his moves.

4) Watchdog Man

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During the second season of One Punch Man, Watchdog Man was able to beat Garou and forced him to flee the battlefield. While the fight was quite brief, Garou was visibly injured and admitted that the hero was far stronger. But given his current state, Garou is highly capable of beating this hero in one shot.

If Garou beat Sage Centipede in one shot, that was a high dragon threat level. Given how he was able to beat Platinum Sperm with ease, Watchdog Man does not stand a chance against him in his current state.

Characters that can beat/stand a chance against Garou in

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1) Saitama

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The Caped Baldy is the strongest character so far and there hasn’t been a single character that was able to challenge him. His strength is so high that the fans have no clue of his true strength simply because no one has been able to push him to an extent where he revealed his true powers.

Even in the current chapter, Garou tried his best to inflict damage on Saitama, but the chapter ended with Garou being on the receiving end of Saitama’s punch. Saitama didn’t look like he was trying and it seemed like he could comfortably beat Garou.

2) Boros

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Boros was the strongest villain introduced in the series and his strength was acknowledged by Saitama as well. He certainly had the strength to bust a planet if he wanted to. During the fight, he also sent Caped Baldy to the moon. Some might argue that Garou has surpassed Boros in One Punch Man. However, Garou might be slightly weaker or just as strong as Boros.

The latter has better offensive abilities, while Garou would outperform Boros in close-range fights, and the creator admitted this in the series ONE. Boros can beat Garou at the moment, but there is no doubt that Garou will be able to surpass him in the future.

3) God

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There is no feat to demonstrate God’s true strength in the One Punch Man series. However, the fact that he could take away Homeless Emperor's life from the moon gave the entire fanbase a glimpse of his strength. Moreover, Blast mentioned that he, along with some of his comrades, had come in contact with it and barely managed to keep up with the entity.

Based on the direction in which the series is heading, God could be one of the main antagonists in another story arc. All signs point towards the entity being stronger than Garou at the moment.

4) Blast

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Blast is the strongest S-class hero in the One Punch Man series. He is so strong that he only intervenes when monsters are at a God-level threat or higher. In chapter 156, fans got a glimpse of Blast’s powers and he was capable of opening portals to other dimensions.

It’s safe to assume that Blast harnesses his abilities to open interdimensional portals and incorporates them into his combat style. It’s hard to say since we haven’t witnessed this character’s true potential, but given that he only responds to God threat level beings, he would be able to beat Garou at the moment.

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Who can defeat Garou in one punch man? ›

Even if Garou overwhelms him in a battle, Saiki Kusuo can travel back in time and kill the character way before the monsterification process. Saiki would be able to beat him easily and the One Punch Man Hero Hunter would not last long in this 1v1 fight.

Who can beat awakened Garou? ›

Only Saitama can defeat Awakened Garou.

How many heroes has Garou defeated? ›

During the ambush led by Death Gatling, Garou claimed to have defeated nearly a hundred heroes. He was able to defeat the Tank Topper Army single-handedly early in his hero hunt, including the A-Class hero Tanktop Vegetarian and even the S-Class hero Tanktop Master, who was overwhelmed by Garou's superior technique.

What is the strongest version of Garou? ›

In the manga, Garou is seen to evolve into a monster where he gets even stronger when he surpasses his limiter. His final form is even more powerful and that is when he becomes unstoppable.

Who wins God Garou or Saitama? ›

Because of this, Garou charges at Saitama with a punch, refusing to lose to him. However, Saitama punches Garou, sending him flying away, destroying Garou's monster form and exposing his true human form buried inside of his monster body.

Who is Garou stronger than? ›

One-Punch Man's Garou finally surpassed the protagonist Saitama, and his new powers are the perfect evolution of his character based on his past.

Who is God in one punch man? ›

God is the overarching antagonist of the Monster Association arc in the manga One Punch Man and possibly the entire series. It is a mysterious entity that desires the eradication of all humanity. However, it chooses to remain hidden for the time being and instead grants powers to others who share its thoughts.

What power level is Garou? ›

Although the Hero Association suggests that Garou is a Dragon level threat, he claims to be a God level threat. If this is true, then this would make him the first God level threat shown in the series, although this is never confirmed by ONE or Murata.

Is Garou the God level Threat? ›

God level just means you threaten all of humanity. So cosmic fear Garou lost his powers from a punch that removed them so he never debuted his god level threat though he was before time was weird.

Who was killed by Garou? ›

Despite being stabbed in the gut by the monster, Garou punched Royal Ripper's head off with one blow, killing him in the process, before using the Whirlwind Iron Cutting Fist to shred the monster to pieces.

Who did Garou lose to? ›

Saitama perfected the time-traveling ability and went back in time to defeat Garou. By doing so, he saved all the heroes that died from radiation in the other timeline where Genos was alive.

Why did God give Garou power? ›

Both characters (Garou & God), driven by a similar desire to defeat Saitama, then entered into an agreement, allowing Garou to gain immense powers that far surpassed any he ever had. RELATED: One-Punch Man: Why is Saitama So Strong?

Who is Saitama's hardest opponent? ›

Lord Boros

The first character to survive not one, not two, but multiple hits from Saitama is the Dark Matter Thieves' leader, the extraterrestrial being named Boros.

Who was Saitama's toughest opponent? ›

Boros is the strongest villain in the One Punch Man series so far. He was one of the few characters acknowledged by the Caped Baldy as a strong fighter. Boros' latent energy is so high that he can blow away planets. During this fight, he sent Saitama to the moon, showing just how strong he was.

Can Saitama still beat Garou? ›

Saitama could have at any point, no matter how powerful Garou became… but he didn't want to kill Garou because he was human. If you're talking about their fight after the Monster Association raid, Saitama could've totally one-punched Garou if he wanted.

Can Saitama win against Garou? ›

Saitama Wins. No question there, in the manga, Garou actually ends up becoming a monster through sheer will as he was on deaths door, he went through an awakened change drastically changing his appearance and strength.

Is Garou strongest enemy of Saitama? ›

After going through monsterfication, Garou's physical attributes increased enormously, but he didn't hit his peak until God granted him new abilities, which made him arguably the strongest villain in the series to date.

Can Garou survive Saitama punch? ›

Garou. After defeating Sage Centipede, Garou encountered Saitama. At first, it appeared Garou had been defeated in one punch, but he was able to recover and fight the bald hero soon later.


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