By AZRIEL OLMEDO
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Note: The “One Punch Man” anime will be the main source for Saitama, as well as comic books and films for Deadpool.
The “Merc with a Mouth” has been a fan-favorite superhero since day one, and he is best known for his regenerative abilities that heal any wound imaginable. Whether it’s his use of foul language, his incredible skill with the sword or even his questionable ethics, Deadpool finds a way to capture the hearts of fans (to either sell or keep for display).
On the other side of the ring is a hero who wants nothing more than to be recognized: Saitama, the Caped Baldy. In the anime, Saitama tends to unintentionally scare others into thinking that he’s a villain due to his blank expression and overall blunt personality. Although he tries his hardest to gain recognition as a real hero, Saitama is surprisingly one of the most powerful characters in all of fiction.
Saitama worked himself into shape by doing 100 pushups, 100 sit-ups, 100 squats, and a 10 kilometer run everyday for three years. Besides losing all of his hair, Saitama obtained enhanced speed, strength, agility, endurance and leaping abilities. Those who underestimate him are later left speechless as he defeats powerful opponents with just one punch, hence the title of the anime.
Picking a fight against a powerhouse like Saitama wouldn’t be a good idea, but the Merc with a Mouth seems to have no care in the world.
Round #1: Strengths
After starting his intense workout regimen, Saitama began defeating very powerful villains with little effort. Surprisingly, these victories make him feel miserable and desperate to fight any opponent that could take one of his punches and survive for once. Saitama has turned large mountains to dust and outshined many “S-Rank” heroes, the ranking of top-dog superheroes across all of fiction, although he was accidentally ranked as “C-Rank,” the everyday “helping the elderly cross the street” heroes.
He has also taken numerous attacks from Boros, an overlord antagonist in the anime who could destroy planets without a scratch; Saitama can withstand the crushing force of gravity from one of Boros’ subordinates. Due to his intense and unbearable training, he has surpassed the human limit at the expense of his personality, empathy and hair.
When it comes to raw strength, Deadpool is well below the line of powerhouses like the Hulk and Superman. According to the Marvel Directory, Deadpool’s strength is that of a “man his age who engages in intensive regular exercises.” On the other hand, the Merc with a Mouth still has remarkable hand-to-hand combat strategies and techniques. However, in a hand-to-hand fight, Deadpool would greatly rely on his luck, regenerative healing and objects around him to win.
Round #2: Weapons and Powers
While Saitama has phenomenal strength, speed and endurance, he is actually quite powerless. All of his abilities are just enhanced versions of regular actions such as punching, running and jumping. It is not explained how exactly Saitama has obtained all of these enhancements from just training alone, and it will most likely never be explained.
Deadpool, however, does have a superpower. His ability that allows him to regenerate any part of his body or wound dealt to him is widely known, although he would still be able to feel the intense pain of stubbing a toe on the kitchen counter. He has also gained immunity from diseases and telepathic mind-control.
However, it is not widely known that Deadpool’s powers are derived from Wolverine’s own regenerative ability. In the comics, Wolverine was able to regenerate from a single drop of blood. It’s possible that the Merc with a Mouth can also regenerate from similar and extreme cases, making him a formidable opponent.
Deadpool also has access to teleportation technology which he got a hold of after his interaction with Cable, a cybernetically enhanced mutant who was seen for the first time in live-action film “Deadpool 2.” Although having teleportation technology is not a superpower, it has been very useful for Deadpool in getting out of situations quickly or arriving to a battle before everyone else to just mess with his opponents. On his own, he usually carries two “Desert Eagle” pistols and two katanas.
Round #3: Accomplishments
In a non-canon one-shot story, Deadpool had managed to kill the entire Marvel Universe all because of the supervillain known as Psycho-Man. According to the Marvel Universe Appendix, Psycho-Man used the power of his Control Box, which he uses to “stimulate three negative emotions—fear, doubt and hate—in one or more targets,” to drive the Merc with a Mouth completely insane, causing him to go on a killing-spree, ultimately leading to the demise of every Marvel hero and villain alike.
Obviously, none were killed without a fight, but none were victorious in their efforts. For example, Deadpool actually had his head ripped from his body by the Hulk, but he was able to regrow it back soon after. As soon as the Hulk turned back into Bruce Banner, Deadpool finished him then and there. Other heroes like Vision, Scarlet Witch, Iron Man and Wolverine all banded together to defeat Deadpool, but all were handled quickly and swiftly.
For those who are wondering, Thor also failed in his attempt to stop Deadpool. By using Hank Pym’s “Pym Particles,” which can scale any object or living thing to any size, Deadpool was able to enlarge Mjolnir to about the size of a truck. The crushing force of his own hammer was enough to squash the God of Thunder.
In “One Punch Man, Season One,” Saitama was able to destroy a giant meteor capable of wiping his city off the map, a feat that even “S-Rank” heroes can’t achieve. In addition, training consecutively for three years by doing 100 pushups, 100 sit-ups, 100 squats and a 10 kilometer run every day is an accomplishment within itself.
A normal human could never enter the vast void of space without a suit, let alone leap from the Moon to the Earth without taking serious collateral damage. However, Saitama’s fight with Boros proved otherwise. After Boros blasted him towards the sky and out of the atmosphere during their fight, Saitama simply held his nose and leaped towards the Earth using the Moon as a launchpad.
Now that some statistics have been given, the question can now be answered: Who would win in a fight between Deadpool and Saitama? While Saitama has incredible strength beyond comprehension, Deadpool’s regenerative ability ranks as one of the strongest and most convenient abilities in the Marvel Universe. Even with one punch, Deadpool’s body might be destroyed instantly, but it will regenerate soon after. On the other hand, what if he were to rip Deadpool in half straight through the middle? Which side would grow back? Will he grow back together at all? These questions are left up to the reader.