No but seriously Saitama is so good
I didn’t really take full note of it on my first watch becuase I was still not sure how seriously I was supposed to take what and was wary of investing emotionally because you know, comedies
but he’s so so good
it’s the low key good that’s more the absence of bad but like. when you are literally the most powerful peson in existence and you are so low key about it literally nobody knows your name
imagine all the tiny daily frustrations: traffic, grocery lines, rude people
apparently, never even once was Saitama tempted to use his overwhelming might to assert himself as someone you don’t want to fuck with
like really… he just wants to be known as a hero, and at no point does he want to be dangerous in any other way in the eyes of people. He holds back, always, unless he absolutely has to. Sonic tried to kill him, and Saitama apologized for accidentally punching him in the groin (which is to say, putting his fist where Sonic’s groin went -_- because, you know, Sonic was attacking him)
Saitama doesn’t have a burning passion for justice like many heroes do. He doesn’t want to remake the world to look like what he wants it to, and while he kind of cares about being known and thanked, he’s willing to give it up if that seems the right thing to do at the moment.
All the pettiness he might or might not have he absolutely refuses to channel in a physical way. Verbal only, and he’s kinda terrible at that. He asks Genos to tell off Tornado for him, and when she punches him, it’s just kinda it. Conversation over. Saitama lost.
Superheroes in this world are not shy of using their abilities to assert themselves, to show they are not to be trifled with. They show off, they abuse their power in small ways. It’s tolerated, accepted, even encouraged: that’s how you build popularity.
Saitama just… doesn’t. It doesn’t fit in his worldview and view of self. The only way he can see himself showing off is squaring against a formiddable opponent, and even then, it’s the fight itself that’s the display, not anything additional he does to highlight it.
He’s… yeah, he’s ridiculously low key, and the thing about it, when you have this amount of power, not abusing it even in the tiniest way ever, is beyond incredible.
Genos chose his teacher well.