If the anime worlds of Dragon Ball and One Punch combined, would Goku or Saitama win in the inevitable fight?
Goku from Dragon Ball and Saitama from One Punch Man are two of the strongest and most powerful characters in anime. Goku is a Saiyan, which gives him otherworldly alien powers, allowing him to max out his power and then continue training to max out at another level again. Saitama is more down to earth, having gained his immense power through sheer physical training, bringing himself to a level of strength that is unmatched by anyone else in One Punch Man, not that any of them would know it.
But how would they fare in a battle against each other? Here are five reasons Saitama would definitely win a fight against Goku and five reasons Goku would win.
1. Goku: Trains Harder
Saitama has a pretty hard training schedule, which involves a ton of push-ups, crunches, squats, and running. But Goku trains even harder. He often just leaves the planet in order to go find someone to teach him, sometimes even people who have beaten him in battle before. Goku’s attitude that he can always get stronger is a pretty difficult one to beat, especially when his opponent is Saitama, who doesn’t actually need to get stronger.
2. Saitama: One Punch
It’s hard to discuss how strong Saitama is without discussing the quality that gives the name to the series: the fact that he can defeat an enemy in one punch. In the series, he has gone up against countless monsters that have wiped the floor with other heroes and been able to defeat them without breaking a sweat. No matter how hard Goku trains, he has never been able to accomplish that. And it would be hard for Goku to power up enough to take Saitama out if Saitama’s able to beat him in one blow.
3. Goku: Super Saiyan
Goku trains constantly, so he’s able to continuously make himself stronger. But he’s also able to access different levels of power through going Super Saiyan; he doesn’t always have to operate at full power. This lets him conserve energy for when the battle is getting really tough. When other people are starting to get tired and to slow down, Goku can suddenly ramp up again by going to that next level of Super Saiyan.
4. Saitama: Has Hit His Max
Saitama trains incredibly hard. One of the jokes of the series is that he trained so hard and became so strong that his hair fell out; he doesn’t even shave his head to get it so smooth and shiny. His training has been so successful that he has potentially hit his maximum power, and viewers of the series have only seen him in one altercation in which he couldn’t defeat his opponent in one blow. Following that fight, he was back at it with one punch, showing that he can easily stay at that upper limit.
5. Goku: Can Fly
Saitama has a lot of skills at his disposal, but almost all of them are about super strength and speed. It’s easy for him to overpower someone in a battle and, in the rare case that his opponent can land a blow, to survive it in order to get his own punch in.
Goku has the same skill set and abilities with the added ability of being able to fly. This would definitely change the landscape of a battle between these two incredibly strong characters in Goku’s favor.
6. Saitama: Determination
Saitama’s entire attitude is based on the fact that he wanted to be a hero so he worked really, really hard to do it. And now that he is a hero, he wants to find challenges that meet his skill level. Goku is probably up there in regard to an opponent that would give Saitama a run for his money. But that just means Saitama would fight even harder, especially if he has to fight an actual battle, instead of it ending in just one punch.
7. Goku: Doesn’t Give Up
Goku doesn’t actually have the ability to give up on a battle. It’s not in his nature. That means that even when he loses a battle, he ends up coming back even stronger so he can win it. Goku has literally died in battle and still returned to face the opponent that killed him. He finds new people to train with (sometimes old enemies) and just continues to get stronger until he’s able to take out his opponent. Saitama would admire this level of determination, but it might also mean that Goku could defeat him.
8. Saitama: Does It For Fun
Saitama is a “hero for fun,” which means he doesn’t really have any strong moral compass or reasons for being a hero. He’s not a bad guy; he’s just not particularly out to save the world or anything. He’s just looking for a good time. Fighting Goku would probably qualify as a good time.
It would be hard for Saitama to beat him, and that means that he’s exactly the kind of opponent that Saitama’s looking for. For the first time, Saitama would be able to go all out in a fight, which no one has ever really gotten to see. It seems like Goku would have a hard time against that.
9. Goku: Dragon Balls
Goku has often been the recipient of a wish on the collected Dragon Balls, and the wishes are often used to bring someone back to life. When he isn’t the one to collect them, it’s usually because he’s dead and they need to be used to bring him back to life. But having them on his side helps Goku out a lot. He could potentially wish for enough power to beat Saitama or, because Goku believes in fairness and hard work to an incredible degree, at least wish for a trainer who can teach him the right skills to beat Saitama.
10. Saitama: Good Timing
Saitama rarely goes out looking for a fight. He’s usually just going about his daily business, and a monster comes to him. When Garou tries to pick a fight with him while he’s shopping, he literally backhands him into a garbage can, thinking he’s a mugger. Saitama’s great at making these kinds of situations work for him in battle. If he and Goku don’t meet on a traditional battlefield, then Saitama definitely has the leg-up in the battle.