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The reason I sought strength was to live an easygoing life one can enjoy.
— Suiryu[1]

Suiryu (スイリュー, Suiryū) is a martial artist and user of the Void Fist. He was a top contender in the 22nd Super Fight and a five-time champion of the tournament.[2]

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Later in the series, he joins the Neo Heroes and becomes a Neo Leader.

Appearance[]

Suiryu is a tall, handsome young man with a lean, muscular build. He has blue eyes, tan skin, and black hair tied in a ponytail reaching his lower back. He wears a navy blue Chinese-style martial art uniform with white linings, long sleeves, and star-shaped buttons. Under the uniform, he wears metal bands around his biceps.

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After he joins the Neo Heroes, he wears a Neo Heroes battle suit.

Personality[]

Suiryu flirting

Suiryu flirting with a girl.

Suiryu is an easygoing and carefree man usually seen smiling and is a notorious playboy, who would rather spend time with women than training. He is also perceptive, realizing Bakuzan's bloodlust and strongly believes in the philosophy of natural selection, in which the strong will always prevail no matter what.

Suiryu is very eager to fight strong opponents and believes the reason for fighting is to live an easy life without worry. Due to the power gap between him and some of the other contestants at the Super Fight tournament, he is described by Sneck, as strong to the point where he finds himself bored, much like Saitama. As a result, he seeks to fight strong opponents to seek thrills in battle, which is a thing that both he and Saitama have in common.

During fights, Suiryu holds back in an effort to make any fight more interesting, only using his legs during his fights and later defeating his opponents with one kick. While fighting he tries to make small talk and after he defeats his opponents, he sarcastically apologizes to them for being too strong. While fighting Saitama, he showed a more serious and cocky side. After Saitama's disguise was uncovered, Suiryu didn't care about Saitama's true identity and only cared about winning at all costs. During this time, he changed into a highly brutal fighter that pummels his opponent without mercy and disregards the rules of the match, only wanting to win with his own fists.

Suiryu admires Saitama once he realizes Saitama only seeks thrills and not fame or glory, but after being defeated by him, he began to fear and respect Saitama and wished to never bump into him and resumes with his carefree lifestyle. Initially, Suiryu disliked heroes, since he perceived them as cocky and fame-craving and thinks all of their heroic actions, benevolent preaching, and their sense of justice are boring and a waste of time. The reason behind this mindset is because he feels that no matter how strong or noble a hero, there is no way he or she can solve all crises or destroy evil completely. As a result, he chooses a carefree and thrill-seeking lifestyle rather than fighting for justice, which Saitama seems to heavily disagree with.

When Gouketsu attacked the stadium, Suiryu defended the other martial artists and refused Gouketsu's offer to join the Monster Association, despite being offered a carefree lifestyle as an executive member, as he believes that monsters are abominations. After being overwhelmed by Gouketsu, he is shown to express fear in knowing that Gouketsu is above him in all aspects. His pride was shown to further break down from his former arrogant attitude when he desperately asks for help from Bakuzan, knowing full well he cannot win with his strength alone.

His former view of heroes changes after being saved by Sneck and Max, revealing gratitude and respect for the two heroes, who returned to the stadium in order to save him. After being beaten to the verge of death by Bakuzan, he finally and truly sees the error of his disdained view against heroes and desperately screams for a hero to come to save him, with tears in his eyes. Despite being in a state of hopelessness and near-death, he still holds pride, since he refuses to lick Bakuzan's foot, and instead breaks his toe, even when it is his only chance to gain mercy from a monster that is tormenting him, proving that he has a strong sense of willpower and pride since he is not willing to lower himself like other fighters who quickly gave up their humanity if it meant they got to survive or become more powerful. Saitama complimented Suiryu on his tenacity to fight the monsters single-handedly until Saitama had arrived.

After witnessing Saitama defeat both Bakuzan and Gouketsu, Suiryu became grateful to Saitama for saving his life and goes as far as asking him if he can become his disciple.

Abilities and Powers[]

Suiryu is a martial arts prodigy. Despite having spent most of his time goofing off or not taking his lessons seriously, he still ultimately became one of the most revered martial artists in the world, considered a legend for winning four Super Fight tournaments in a row. He defeated two A-Class heroes with one kick each and reached the finals of the tournament with little effort. During his fight with Saitama, he was able to display strength and fighting abilities on par with S-Class heroes, able to make Saitama put a little effort into not being eliminated. Bakuzan stated that if he is able to kill Suiryu, that would make him the strongest.[3] Suiryu considers "Wolfman" a worthy opponent, and wished to fight him, and indeed when fighting Garou in a virtual martial arts battle the two proved even with one another, although Garou was unable to unleash his full power due to a system overload.[4] Garou was impressed enough with Suiryu that he wanted to find him after their virtual battle, although he quickly dismissed the idea. After the Super Fight tournament, Suiryu was able to fight and defeat four martial artists transformed into monsters of Tiger, if not Demon-level might.

This display of fighting power impressed even Gouketsu, the first champion of the Super Fight Tournament, who had become a Dragon-level Mysterious Being. At one point, Gouketsu offered Suiryu an executive position in the Monster Association if he chose to become a monster, implying that if he ate a monster cell, he could become an extremely powerful monster, further proving his great strength since the stronger the human the stronger the monster transformation will be. However, as a human, Suiryu is no match for the likes of Gouketsu and Saitama, who both can defeat him with ease.

Physical Abilities[]

Suiryu lifts half of the ring

Suiryu lifting half of a stadium with only one leg

Immense Strength: Suiryu possesses superhuman strength far surpassing that of average heroes. During the Super Fight Tournament, he effortlessly defeated two A-Class heroes, Max and Sneck, with one kick each.[5][6] He could split the fighting ring in half with a single hand chop and flip up half of it with one stomp.[7] His overwhelming strength was enough to terrify most of the audience in the tournament, including the security. He was strong enough to hold back and kick Choze's energy orb into the sky.[8] Despite being in his weakened state, Suiryu could still blow off one of The Three Crows' head with a single kick.[9] With his last burst of strength, he managed to break a toe of the Dragon-level monster Bakuzan.[10] Even when he is completely drained of energy, he had enough power to crack concrete when he smashed it with his fist.[11] When flexing his muscles, Suiryu was able to shatter metal bars around his biceps, showing off his incredible muscle power.[12]

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Suiryu's immense speed

Immense Speed and Reflexes: Suiryu possesses an extreme amount of speed and reflexes, being able to kick faster than normal humans can perceive.[13] He also defeated Max, an A-Class hero, in an instant, with a single kick that the hero was unable to react, as well as being able to effortlessly dodge several strikes from and defeat another A-Class hero, Sneck, with another kick that the latter was also unable to react.[14][15] After kicking Saitama into the air, Suiryu was able to quickly appear next to him, moving so fast as if he "vanished" from sight.[16] His amazing speed was once again shown when engaging in combat with Choze, that the other martial artists, except Gouketsu, could not see their blinding movements at all.[17]

Suiryu stopping Choze with his muscle

Suiryu stopping Choze, who is unable to penetrate his body with his sharp horns

Immense Durability: Suiryu possesses a very tough body. He was able to come out of his fight with Saitama without any lasting injuries though the hero wasn't serious at all. He didn't sustain any visible damage on his person despite having been launched out of the fighting ring by Saitama's hip bump that used Suiryu's own momentum against himself even when the impact shattered part of the concrete audience stand.[18] His chest muscles could stop Choze's sharp horns from penetrating his body.[19] Additionally, Suiryu also managed to take hits from Gouketsu, a Dragon-level Mysterious Being, without being knocked out, albeit the latter was just toying with him.[20]

Immense Stamina and Endurance: Suiryu possesses great stamina and endurance. Soon after his fight with Saitama, Suiryu was able to fight and defeat multiple martial artists who had become Mysterious Beings before engaging Gouketsu, a Dragon-level threat, while being injured.[21] During his one-sided fight with Gouketsu where he took a savage beatdown from the latter, Suiryu could remain conscious while enduring a lot of pain from his injuries.[22] His great endurance is yet again shown through the fact that he still managed to not pass out from being physically abused by Bakuzan, who had turned into a Dragon-level monster, despite sustaining heavy injuries from Gouketsu prior.[23][24]

Enhanced Senses: Suiryu was able to sense Bakuzan's bloodlust as well as being able to sense Saitama's strength, considering him as a worthy opponent after witnessing him defeating Zakos with one slap.[25][26]

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Equipment[]

Neo Heroes Battle Suit: Suiryu wears a Neo Heroes Battle Suit, which provides him with a variety of functions.

  • Mobility Analysis: The suit analyzes Suiryu's nervous system and body, with its synthetic muscle reacting accordingly and enhancing his physical abilities.
  • Life Support System: The suit contains a life support system, although it can be damaged beyond function.

Fighting Style[]

Master Martial Artist: Suiryu is an extremely accomplished martial artist, having won four Super Fight Tournaments in a row. He can easily defeat A-Class heroes and has shown fighting abilities possibly on par with S-Class heroes.

  • Void Fist (冥躰拳, Meitei-ken; Viz: The Dark Body Art[27] or Dark Corporal Fist[28]): This style focuses on maximizing damage output, while keeping a consistent flow of damage.[29][30] His kicks are strong enough to launch Saitama high into the air and pin him deep into the ground. After Saitama blows off his clothes, he is shown using hand techniques with moves that involve spinning in a tornado movement accompanied by multiple hand thrusting attacks and punches, as well as a twisting punch that is strong enough to launch Saitama in mid-air. The style also contains defensive techniques, such as concentrating to harden a body part to withstand an attack from an opponent.
    • Void Sky Dragon Fist (冥躰空龍拳, Meitei Kūryū Ken; Viz: Dark Body Flying Dragon Fist): Suiryu attacks his opponents rapidly with a barrage of punches to the point of creating tremendous momentum that makes him twist like a tornado in mid-air. The momentum he creates from his repeating blows preserves his mid-air rotations.[31]
    • Void Shaking Tiger Fist (冥躰震虎拳, Meitei Shin Koken; Viz: Dark Body Quake Tiger Fist): Suiryu drives his foot into the ground and takes a stand to put more power in his strikes.[32]
    • Void Ascending Phoenix Fist (冥躰鳳昇拳, Meitei Hōshō Ken; Viz: Dark Body Phoenix Rising Fist): A follow-up to Void Shaking Tiger Fist in which Suiryu initiates a twisting punch that is launched into his opponent's body. The twisting motion further increases the power of his punch. Suiryu states that he can pulverize a truck with this attack.[33] He uses this move to defeat Choze and it was powerful enough to break through Choze's heavily armored body.[34]

Miscellaneous Abilities[]

Keen Perception: Suiryu is very perceptive as, through mere glances at the eyes of another, he's able to deduce their nature and their strength levels. He managed to quickly figure out that most heroes in the Hero Association do their jobs for fame, glory, and self-satisfaction and realized that Saitama was very strong and only seeks thrills in battle, not fame or glory, just by looking through his eyes, when most people are blinded towards the hero's true characteristics.

Quotes[]

  • (To Max) "Sorry for being stronger than you."[35]
  • (To Sneck) "With or without heroes, all the surviving humans will continue to survive on their own. With or without monsters, the weak will be weeded out. It's just nature's way."[36]
  • (To Sneck) "In the end, 'we' are going to survive either way. The strong guys."[37]
  • (To Saitama) "So you're one of those guys. The way I see it that industry is just no good. I fought some A-class heroes in this tournament, but they were so weak... it's not even worth talking about. The so-called "hero" is just a name. In reality, heroes don't exist. It's just a job, but they pretend to be some kind of benefactor doing good and bringing justice. I think people on their level can't save the world no matter how hard they try. Their effort is useless. Great ambitions. High and mighty ideals. An inflated sense of morality. A heroic sense of justice. The fun life I'm looking for doesn't require any of these. They're just impurities that would lead to boredom. You're strong so you shouldn't restrict yourself with these lame things either. Why don't you choose the fun way of living freely? Just join a tournament from time to time to earn some price money. Huh? Are you feeling down? I'm telling you my real thoughts because I've acknowledged you. Just see it as advice coming from someone who is living happily.[38]
  • "When people are beaten down into a dark place, they seek the light. No matter how frail or small that light may be, in that light there is still... hope."[39]
  • (To Sour Face, Lin Lin, and Zakos) "I... want to become a hero."[40]

Trivia[]

Suiryu by ONE

ONE's original design of Suiryu in the Super Fight Arc's storyboards

  • In ONE's first storyboard, Suiryu was Lin Lin's brother and used Drunken Fist (酩酊拳) instead of Void Fist (冥躰拳). During the finale of the tournament, he gets drunk, goes all out against Saitama, but loses. Afterwards, Lin Lin comforts him, telling him to work harder in the future. This setting was scrapped because a drunkard vs Gouketsu was deemed too comical and they wanted to show despair. Murata didn’t say who changed the setting.[41]
    • The kanji for “void” and “drunken” are homonyms in Japanese, both are pronounced “meitei”.
  • As a result of being first introduced in the manga, Suiryu doesn't meet Saitama and change his worldview in the webcomic.
  • During a stream when describing what the characters look like in the real world, Yusuke Murata stated that Suiryu looks Italian.[42]
  • Suiryu's name means "Water Current" (水流).
  • Suiryu and Son Goku from the Dragon Ball series share similarities:
    • Excluding the long ponytail, his hair is reminiscent of Goku's unique haircut.
    • Both are strong martial artists who want to fight strong opponents.
    • Goku's design and powers were both based on Chinese mythological figure Sun Wukong (孫悟空), also known as Monkey King. In a Halloween special cover, Suiryu was depicted cosplaying Sun Wukong with a bo staff and riding a yellow cloud.[43]
    • Suiryu's Void Shaking Tiger Fist used against Saitama is a homage to a punch that Goku once used against King Piccolo.
    • Suiryu's Void Sky Dragon Fist resembles Goku's Human Tornado (Ningen Tatsumaki) used against Tien Shinhan in Dragon Ball.
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    • Suiryu used to live with his grandfather and sister in the mountains, similarly to how Goku was raised by his adoptive grandfather Gohan, on Mount Paozu. Suiryu's sister also knows a technique called Revolving Turtle Fist, similar to the Turtle Style of Grandpa Gohan.
  • The idea of Lin Lin being Suiryu's sister was later repurposed into the character of Suiko, who was given the Drunken Fist fighting style, originally intended for Suiryu.
  • The event of the Super Fight Tournament never exists in the Webcomic, which results in Suiko, his sister, to be the first one to know Saitama and acknowledge his strength.

References[]

  1. One-Punch Man Manga; Chapter 53, page 3
  2. One-Punch Man Manga; Chapter 60
  3. One-Punch Man OVA; Games and Rivals
  4. One-Punch Man Manga; Chapter 62, page 13-14
  5. One-Punch Man Manga; Chapter 66, page 17-18
  6. One-Punch Man Manga; Chapter 71, page 10-13
  7. One-Punch Man Manga and Anime; Chapter 72, page 38-41, and Episode 20
  8. One-Punch Man Manga and Anime; Chapter 73, page 34, and Episode 20
  9. One-Punch Man Manga and Anime; Chapter 74, page 27, and Episode 20
  10. One-Punch Man Manga and Anime; Chapter 75, page 29, and Episode 20
  11. One-Punch Man Manga and Anime; Chapter 71, page 25, and Episode 19
  12. One-Punch Man Manga; Chapter 70, page 9 & 11
  13. One-Punch Man Manga; Chapter 62, page 13-14
  14. One-Punch Man Manga; Chapter 66, page 5-7 & 17-18
  15. One-Punch Man Manga; Chapter 70, page 26-27
  16. One-Punch Man Manga and Anime; Chapter 72, page 45-47, and Episode 20
  17. One-Punch Man Manga; Chapter 71, page 30-34
  18. One-Punch Man Manga and Anime; Chapter 72, and Episode 20
  19. One-Punch Man Manga and Anime; Chapter 73, page 16-19, and Episode 20
  20. One-Punch Man Manga; Chapter 72
  21. One-Punch Man Manga; Chapter 73, page 17-20
  22. One-Punch Man Manga and Anime; Chapter 73, page 43, and Episode 20
  23. One-Punch Man Manga and Anime; Chapter 74, page 20, and Episode 20
  24. One-Punch Man Manga; Chapter 60, page 12
  25. One-Punch Man Manga; Chapter 61, page 29
  26. One-Punch Man Manga; Chapter 53, page 3
  27. One-Punch Man Manga; Chapter 60, page 11
  28. One-Punch Man Manga; Chapter 71, page 23
  29. One-Punch Man Manga; Chapter 71, page 20
  30. One-Punch Man Manga; Chapter 71, page 18
  31. One-Punch Man Manga; Chapter 71, page 23
  32. One-Punch Man Manga; Chapter 71, page 25
  33. One-Punch Man Manga; Chapter 72, page 50
  34. One-Punch Man Manga; Chapter 62, page 17
  35. One-Punch Man Manga; Chapter 66, page 12
  36. One-Punch Man Manga; Chapter 66, page 15-17
  37. One-Punch Man Manga; Chapter 70, page 42-43 & 48-49
  38. One-Punch Man Manga; Chapter 74, page 16-17
  39. One-Punch Man Manga; Chapter 131 (Online), page 17
  40. One-Punch Man Stream; 27/1/2018
  41. One-Punch Man Stream; 30/5/2018
  42. tonarinoyj.hatenablog.com

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