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Stinger (スティンガー, Sutingā) is the A-Class Rank 10 professional hero of the Hero Association.

Appearance

Stinger is a tall and lean-built young man with dark hair that for the most part is spiked back, save for a few strands that fall forward over his face. He wears a tight black suit, which appears to be made of bandages. He carries a large spear with him that has a brown handle and a large spearhead at the end.

Personality

Stinger is a rather confident, charismatic individual who takes pride in both his association rank and popularity polls. Stinger seems to overestimate the threat level of monster, thinking he defeated a God level threat, only to be a Tiger level. However, he is not reckless. He did not utilize one of his signature moves against the Sea Folk until the bystanders have vacated from the area. He also stopped his attack from hitting a fellow hero that Garou used as a shield.

He is happy to work together with other heroes, and is unwilling to abandon them when they're in danger; he rushed to Glasses' aid when Garou was beating him up, and also helped Lighting Genji to stand on his feet after he was exhausted. However, he is susceptible to goading, and is quick to react to taunts.

He also seems to challenge monsters who are above his capabilites.[2]

Abilities and Powers

As a high ranking A-Class hero, Stinger is a very skilled and powerful fighter. He is able to defeat monsters of disaster level Tiger on his own, and is also shown being able to severely injure monsters of disaster level Demon with only one thrust of his spear.[3] Together with Lightning Genji, he managed to heavily injure a child Grizzly Nyah, a disaster level Demon monster.[4] This is impressive considering that it takes an S-Class hero to beat a Demon level threat. When he was scanned by Okame-Chan he scored 1600 which makes him physically stronger than Darkness Blade and a bear, but physically weaker than Child Emperor, and Great Philosopher who he outranks. He was able to reach the top ten of the A-Class in only six months after he became a hero.[1]

Physical Abilities

Immense Strength: Stinger's thrusts have enough power behind them to mutilate and kill Tiger and Wolf level threats of the Seafolk in one attack, as well as sever the arm of a child Grizzly Nyah, a demon-level monster, with a single thrust of his spear.
Grizzly Nyah Child Defeated

Stinger defeats a child Grizzly Nyah with one attack.

Immense Speed and Reflexes: Stinger possesses amazing speed and reflexes. He is fast enough to kill multiple Wolf and Tiger-level threats before they were able to react, and was also fast enough to land attacks on a child Grizzly Nyah, although this was while the monster was stunned thanks to the attack of Lighting Genji. He was able to react and stop the mid-air charge from Garou against Gun Gun, and also forced him to use Water Stream Rock Smashing Fist to deflect and defend from his attacks.[5][6]

Immense Endurance and Durability: Stinger showed admirable stamina and durability, as he was able to endure attacks of ten Seafolk on his own in order to buy enough time for the civilians to escape the fight scene, while enduring attacks and killing six of them. It was stated that he held back and purposedly tanked attacks from the Seafolk to allow the civilians escape, as seen when he unleashed his full power and killed 4 of them in an instant. Additionally, he was able to survive a powerful punch from the Deep Sea King, which is imppresive considering that he's a Demon-level monster and Stinger had already been quite injured and is only an A-Class hero. He also survived a beating from Garou, who was using Water Stream Rock Smashing Fist against him,[7] in a similar way like Tanktop Master, which is even more impressive considering that he is an S-Class and Stinger is an A-Class, although the latter wasn't able to remain conscious after the technique.

Fighting Style

Expert Spearman: Stinger is very adept with a spear and has been shown to be able to take down multiple Seafolk, a considerable feat considering their disaster level of Tiger. He was also able to take the limb of a Demon level monster with one attack of his spear, showing that he is able to greatly injure Demon level monsters.[8]

StingerDrill

An injured Stinger killing multiple Tiger and Wolf level threats

  • Gigantic Drill Stinger (ギガンテイシクドリルスティンガー, Gigantikku Doriru Sutingā): Stinger thrusts his spear forward. At this point, the spearhead of his weapon begins to spin and is capable of ripping completely through an enemy. This attack is capable of killing Tiger and Wolf level threats with one hit, and also was shown being able to severely injure Demon level monsters.
    • Quadruple Thrust (四連突き, Shirentsuki): After spinning his spear in a helicopter motion to launch himself in the air, Stinger makes four powerful strikes of his Gigantic Drill Stinger almost instantaneously. This attack was shown able to kill multiple Tiger and Wolf level threats with ease and without giving them time to react to his attack.[9]
  • Spears initial appearance (Manga)
  • Spears initial appearance (Anime)
  • Spears true form (Manga)
  • Spears true form (Anime)

Equipment

Bamboo Shoot: Stinger wields a large spear with a brown handle and a spearhead that (in its initial appearance) has an overlapping pattern on it, similar to the abdomen of a bee, and is later shown to be less decorated and instead being rather wobbly, similar to a bamboo shoot. He changes out the bamboo shoot on his spear when he gets ready to go on missions. The outer layer peels off when he attacks. The bamboo shoots used for his spears are cultivated on his family's farms.[1]

Hero Rating

Stinger's rating determined by the Hero Association[1]:

Ability Type Stamina Intelligence Justice Endurance Power Popularity Effectiveness Fighting Ability Total
Weapons6576776751

Trivia

Stinger difference

Stinger's original design (left) and redesign (right)

  • Stinger was originally designed wearing a vest, sash, and a metal plate, but was redrawn by Murata wearing just the black suit, to resemble the original design in the webcomic.
  • According to the databook:
    • What he likes are his beloved spear, Bamboo Shoot, fan letters, and chop suey.[1]
    • What he dislikes are thugs who just take vegetables from unmanned stalls.[1]
    • His hobbies are digging up bamboo shoots, swimming in the ocean, and taking care of his hair.[1]
    • His family are farmers.
    • The bamboo shoots he uses in his spear are cultivated in his family farms and he changes them for each new mission.[1]
    • When the spear hits the enemy, slowly, the bamboo shoots start to peel themselves. If it's completely skinned it's a sign of a hard fought battle.[1]
  • The origin of his hero name comes from the spear he uses and his straightforward attitude.[1]
  • In the webcomic, Bang and Bomb are in an operation to bait out Garou. Their mark is Stinger and he is briefly seen as a potential target for Garou's hero hunt. But Garou hunts down Death Gatling instead, causing Bang and Bomb to chase him down.

References

  1. 1.00 1.01 1.02 1.03 1.04 1.05 1.06 1.07 1.08 1.09 1.10 1.11 1.12 One-Punch Man Encyclopedia; One-Punch Man: Hero Perfection, page 32
  2. One-Punch Man Manga; Disaster Level, page 6
  3. One-Punch Man Manga; Lost Cat
  4. One-Punch Man Manga; Lost Cat
  5. One-Punch Man Manga; Chapter 81, page 34
  6. One-Punch Man Manga; Chapter 82, page 36
  7. One-Punch Man Manga; Chapter 82, page 37
  8. One-Punch Man Manga; Lost Cat
  9. One-Punch Man Manga; Chapter 23, page 22

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