ONE PUNCH!!!!! Saitama knocks out every threat, no matter how big or small. He is the strongest hero, and I personally think Goku, Superman and the Hulk couldn’t touch him (leave your replies below, I am ready…). He doesn’t even try to fight, and he himself knows it, which makes it boring not to find a challenge.
As the series progresses, Saitama discovers that there’s a Hero Association that he can join to get registered and recognized for his triumphs over evil. After doing so, heroes are placed in various classes, starting at Class C, then B, A and finally S. Even though he broke all the physical fitness records during his exam, Saitama ended up in Class C. This lowered his self-esteem, which in turn drove his competitive side to rise through the ranks.
Heroes that are at a higher class tend to look down on him, or think he’s weaker than them. They have no idea that his average guy appearance doesn’t reflect his power, nor does he care much about what they think. Instead, he saves the day every time they can’t, thus making them jealous or making them think he cheated.
Class isn’t very important to Saitama. In fact, it’s not that great a concern. He just wants recognition for all that he’s doing, since Class C heroes aren’t paid any attention by the media. Going up the ranks is just a means to an end, while for other heroes they just want to be the best of the best. As I continued to analyze the heroes, I noticed that the higher ranked had more pride and ego than the lower ones did. This reminded me of humanity and our pursuit to be at the top of the mountain.
People tend to class themselves as well. From the workplace to the church and school, many times I have seen people who make more money, own a new toy, or attend more church services than others and believe they are better. I am guilty of wanting to be the most knowledgeable during gatherings because I want others to see how wise I am. At times, I have to remind myself to just be quiet and if what I have to say is beneficial, to share it, if not then politely listen instead.
Even children like making fun of their peers that can’t read as well as they can, aren’t as fast on the track or can’t dribble the ball as well. Whatever it is, that competitive spirit gets in the way of our goodwill towards others and we just don’t care anymore, we want to be the best! How humbling is it though, when we see someone who we think isn’t that great yet they are the smartest or most adept in the room.
Rich people like Bill Gates, who looks like a plain geek, or Mark Zuckerberg, the creator of Facebook with an average, college guy face, don’t physically look like anyone special. They don’t have some fancy outfit on, or some cool hair-do, or a tattoo that makes them more noticeable. I am sure you can think of more names, but the point is that we shouldn’t judge a book by its cover. Saitama was constantly being hated on because he looks like someone who was pretending to cosplay, and is out there fighting monsters the size of cities! Yet, if not for him, the world would likely end. How did those heroes survive without him?
Whenever we go about our daily lives, rethink how to interact with others. Don’t look down on other people just because they look different, just starting out on something new, are younger or whatever the case. I encourage you to learn from Saitama, and don’t let ego get to your head. When you are doing good, helping others or just being a friend, even when you don’t get the recognition for it (which will be most of the time) know that God takes notice, and you’re making the world a little better because you decided not to let that be your focus.