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

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] He is also one of the few people aware of Saitama's true strength.

Appearance

  • Suiryu's full appearance
  • Suiryu's full appearance in the anime
  • Suiryu's physique

Suiryu is a tall young man with blue eyes, tan skin, and black hair kept in a low ponytail. He wears a Navy Blue traditional uniform used in Chinese martial arts, with white linings, sporting long sleeves and a star shaped decor in front. 

Suiryu is one of the taller characters that are seen throughout the series, as he has been shown to tower over characters like Max, Saitama, and Garou.

After Saitama blows off his clothes from the pressure of his punch, he is shown to have a very muscular body underneath his clothes. Furthermore, he is also shown to wear two armbands under his uniform.

Personality

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 monsters are an abomination. After being overwhelmed by Gouketsu, he is shown to express fear in knowing 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 with little effort, Suiryu becomes grateful to Saitama for saving his life and goes as far as asking him if he can become his disciple. Furthermore, he also aspired to become a hero from Saitama's heroic actions.

Abilities and Powers

Suiryu is 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. 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. After the Super Fight tournament, Suiryu was able to fight and defeat four martial arts contestants who were presumably Tiger to Demon level Mysterious Beings, with Choze being the only one who could give him a difficult fight.

This display of fighting power impressed even Gouketsu, the first champion of the Super Fight Tournament, who had become a Dragon level Mysterious Being sometime since winning the first Super Fight Tournament. 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 comparable to Gouketsu. However, as a human, Suiryu is no match for the likes of Gouketsu and Saitama, who both defeat him with ease. 

Physical Abilities

Immense Strength: During the Super Fight Tournament, Suiryu effortlessly defeated the A-Class heroes Max and Sneck with one kick each. He easily cut the fighting ring in half with one chop and proceeded to flip up half of it with one stomp. His overwhelming strength was enough to terrify most of the audience in the tournament, including the security. He was strong enough to deflect and kick Choze's energy projected attack into the sky. Suiryu was also strong enough to blow off one of The Three Crows heads with a single kick despite being in his weakened state. With his last burst of strength he managed to break the toe of the Dragon level monster Bakuzan. This seems to indicate he could possibly put up a decent fight against Monster Bakuzan when at his full power. Even when he is completely drained of energy, he had enough power to crack the concrete when he smashed it with his fist. When flexing his muscles, he is able to shatter metal bars around his biceps, showing off his incredible muscle power.
Suiryu vs. Choze all out

Suiryu's immense speed.

Immense Speed and Reflexes: Suiryu possesses an extreme amount of speed and reflexes, being able to kick and defeat Max, an A-Class hero, in an instant, as well as being also able to dodge several strikes from another A-Class hero, Sneck with ease. Furthermore, Suiryu is fast enough to keep up with Monster Choze in their duel while the other martial artists, except Gouketsu, couldn't see their movements at all.

Immense Durability: Suiryu 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. Suiryu can take hits from Goukestsu without being knocked out despite being heavily injured.

Immense Endurance: Suiryu possesses great stamina and endurance as he was able to withstand a hip bump from Saitama that sent him flying into the audience and recovered in little time. Even after the fight, a short time later he is able to fight and defeat multiple martial artists who became Mysterious Beings. After defeating the transformed martial artists, he was still able to perform one of his martial arts techniques on the transformed Gouketsu. Despite being heavily injured, Suiryu remained conscious, albeit barely, after being hit by Gouketsu. His great endurance is yet again shown through the fact that he was able to withstand a heavy hit from Monster Bakuzan, despite sustaining heavy injuries from Gouketsu prior and still stay conscious.

Enhanced Senses: Suiryu was able to sense Bakuzan's bloodlust as well as being able to sense Saitama's strength after witnessing him defeating Zakos with one slap.

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 Sky Dragon Fist
  • Void Shivering Tiger Fist
  • Void Phoenix Ascension Fist

Void Fist (冥躰拳, Meitei-ken; Viz: The Dark Body Art[4] or Dark Corporal Fist[5]): This style focuses on maximizing damage output, while keeping a consistent flow of damage.[6][7] 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): 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 midair rotations.[8]
  • Void Shivering Tiger Fist (冥躰震虎拳, Meitei Shin Koken): Suiryu drives his foot into the ground and takes a stand to put more power in his strikes.[9]
  • Void Phoenix Ascension Fist (冥躰鳳昇拳, Meitei Hōshō Ken): A follow-up to Void Shivering 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.[10] He uses this move to defeat Choze and it was powerful enough to break through Choze's heavily armored body.[11]

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.

Major Battles

Participants Chapter(s) Episode(s) Result
Suiryu vs. Lightning Max 62 18 Win
Suiryu vs. Sneck 66 18 Win
Suiryu vs. Volten 69 19 Win
Suiryu vs. Saitama 70, 71 19 Win (as Saitama was disqualified)/Loss
Suiryu vs. Choze, Benpatsu, Volten, and Hamukichi 72 20 Win
Suiryu vs Gouketsu 73 20 Loss
Suiryu, Sneck, and Lightning Max vs. The Three Crows 73 20 Win

Quotes

  • (Suiryu to Max"Sorry for being stronger than you."
  • (To Sneck) "With or without heroes, all the surviving human will continue to survive on their own. With or without monsters, the weak will be weeded out. It's just nature's way."[12]
  • (To Sneck) "In the end, 'we' are going to survive either way. The strong guys."[13]
  • (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 should'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.
  • "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."

Trivia

  • In ONE's first storyboard, Suiryu was Lin Lin’s brother and uses 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.[14]
    Suiryu piccolo
    • The kanjis for “void” and “drunken” are homonyms in Japanese, both are pronounced “meitei”.
  • There is a panel in Chapter 71 during Suiryu's fight with Saitama that is likely a reference to a famous attack in Dragon Ball when Goku punches Piccolo Jr. in the stomach in a similar fashion.
  • In Murata's stream when describing what ethnicity the characters would be in the real world, Murata stated Suiryu looks Italian.[15]

References

  1. One-Punch Man Manga; Chapter 52, page 3
  2. One-Punch Man Manga; Chapter 60
  3. One-Punch Man Manga; Chapter 53, page 3
  4. One-Punch Man Manga; Chapter 60, page 11
  5. One-Punch Man Manga; Chapter 71, page 23
  6. One-Punch Man Manga; Chapter 71, page 20
  7. One-Punch Man Manga; Chapter 71, page 18
  8. One-Punch Man Manga; Chapter 71, page 23
  9. One-Punch Man Manga; Chapter 71, page 25
  10. One-Punch Man Manga; Chapter 72, page 50
  11. One-Punch Man Manga; Chapter 66, page 12
  12. One-Punch Man Manga; Chapter 66, page 15-17
  13. One-Punch Man Stream; 27/1/2018
  14. One-Punch Man Stream; 30/5/2018

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