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The popular will win, the hated will lose, it's such a tragedy. Then I won't lose to anyone. I will become the strongest monster ever and change this scenario.
~ Garou
Justice and evil are decided by others. That's how the world is. To oppose the unfair power known as justice, I have to obtain the unfair power known as evil.
~ Garou

Garou (in Japanese: 餓狼) is a major antagonist in the One-Punch Man series, serving as the titular main antagonist of the Human Monster Saga.

He was once a disciple of Bang and his top student, then was later kicked out from his dojo for brutally assaulting many of the students. After that event, he would begin his mission of becoming the ultimate monster by targeting and defeating any hero he came across, resulting in the Hero Association viewing him as an enemy and calling him the Human Monster.

He is voiced by Hikaru Midorikawa in the Japanese version of the anime, and by Greg Chun in the English dub version.


Garou is initially presented as a sinister villain, obsessed with becoming a monster and beating up heroes. He can come off being quite brutal as he is willing to attack those that are weaker than him and demonstrate painful techniques such as twisting their arms and muscles. He can also be very prideful of his strength and skill, which in turn leads him to his eventual downfall.

Because of his past where he was subjected to bullying, Garou despises popularity, believing that those that are popular will always win. In addition to this, he dislikes how villains are always forced to be the ones to lose, while the heroes are the ones that always wins. This has led to him developing his hatred towards heroes and why he goes about beating up heroes.

Despite his ruthless nature, Garou does actually have a sense of morality in him. He does not actually aim to kill heroes or even attack civilians. Instead, he simply wishes to beat up heroes in a punishing state. He has also shown to be quite protective for others, despite being in denial about it. This is noticeably shown in his relationship with Tareo, who looks up to him as a guardian. It's also for this reason too why he dislikes the Monster Association and refuses to affiliate himself with them as the Monster Association truly desire to bring nothing but harm and destruction upon humanity.

As Garou gradually mutates through the course of the series, he slowly becomes more monstrous-like and develops a feral mind. He remains silent but still retains his brutal, merciless nature when fighting monsters. He desires to bring "world peace" in the sense that he wishes to become the absolute evil monster for the heroes to stand and unite against, as everyone will have a common foe for them to face, thus ending any kind of conflicts amongst each other.

Saitama however believes Garou isn't truly a malicious being, that the only reason Garou desires to become a monster is because it is the easiest route for him to follow as all he had to do was fight heroes. Saitama believes that deep down, Garou wants to be a hero but lacks the conviction to follow through it. Due of this, Saitama refuses to kill Garou despite the latter expressing his desire to kill as Saitama believes that he's human at the end of the day. When Garou is told this and defeated by Saitama, he ultimately ends up being left wondering what his purpose really is in his life.


When he was a child, he was unpopular and can be seen reading a book, one day he played heroes with a popular kid named Tacchan and impersonated the role of the monster, when he was kicked in the face by Tacchan he called the teacher but other children defended Tacchan by saying to her that that's how the game worked.

He later watched an episode of the Justice Man TV and was extremely irritated by the fact of all the monsters losing to him, he asked to his father when there would be a villain that could defeat Justice Man but he was denied by saying to him that all the monsters in the end will die because they are monsters.

Unable to accept the fact he decided to become the strongest monster and never lose, and to change the scenario.

He is later seen as an adult training with Bang, but when the training was complete, he disabled many of the students, including Sour Face, leading Bang to beat him and expelling him from the dojo.

He reappeared talking with a defeated martial artist asking him who he was, responding that he's "The Villain".

Powers and Abilities

Garou was once a talented martial artist, under Bang's training. He was Bang's best disciple, as he had shown exceptional strength and skill under his teachings. His ruthless nature got him expelled but Garou continued his training on his own time, eventually learning many of Bang's techniques.

Although he was human, Garou's overall powers and abilities were noticeably superhuman and he could rival with Class S superheroes as a result. He would eventually train himself through various battles and bloodshed, before eventually becoming a powerful monster that could even take on Saitama himself.


  • Superhuman Strength: Garou has shown to display strength on par with the Class S heroes. He has shown to take out various demon leveled monsters with relative ease as well as inflict serious wounds and injuries to heroes, ranging from Class C to Class S. When Garou transforms into a monster, his strength becomes that above a Dragon level monster and can take on a casual Saitama.

Garou evading Golden Ball's bullets.

  • Superhuman Speed: While not in the same league as someone like Flashy Flash, Garou has shown that his movements are incredible to the point where he can effortlessly dodge around bullets and reflect them back. He has later shown in his half transformation that he can evade Orochi's attacks for a good amount of time. In his fully awakened state, his speed is beyond that of Flashy Flash and can take out Golden Sperm in a very short amount of time.
  • Superhuman Durability: Garou is capable of taking heavy hits from various Class S heroes, as well as monsters that are above him, including Dragon level threats. In his monster form, the only thing that is capable of hurting him is one of Saitama's punches, which even then he has shown he can survive.
  • Accelerated Growth: Garou's main power is his accelerated growth, in which the more battles he engages in and either wins or loses, the greater his physical capabilities become. As he continues to fight with no resistance, Garou has been able to increase his strength, speed and durability to that a monstrous state and has gained new abilities.
    • Regenerative Healing Factor: As part of his accelerated growth, Garou has gained the ability to regenerate severe wounds and damaged/torn limbs from his body. This ability is noticeably well shown during his battle with Saitama once he fully evolved into a monster.


  • Martial Arts: Due to Bang's teaching, Garou is exceptionally skilled in martial arts. He has developed and perfected Bang's techniques such as the Water Stream Rock Smashing Fist. He can also pick up techniques from other fighters as well and mimic their fighting stances, such as Tanktop Master's Tanktop Tackle and Bomb's Whirlwind Iron Cutting Fist.






  • The name "Garou" in the Japanese language means "hungry wolf".
    • Ironically, Garou posed himself as "the Wolfman" in the Super Fight Tournament where he wore a wolf mask.
  • Garou is one of the two villains to survive long in a battle against Saitama, giving him a rather challenging battle. The other being Boros.
  • Although the Hero Association suggests that Garou is a Dragon level threat, he claims to be a God level threat. If this is true, then this would make him the first God level threat shown in the series, although this is never confirmed by ONE or Murata.
  • When asked whether Boros or Garou would win in a fight against each other, ONE stated that Garou would lose in his human form, but in his Awakened form, it would be "one hell of a battle". He also added that Garou is stronger when it comes to close combat.
  • Garou is a complete foil to Saitama in many ways:
    • When he was a kid, Saitama wanted to become a hero due to admire superheroes from tv shows and movies. Garou on the other hand, wanted to become a villain out of frustration because of the heroes always defeating and ruining the villain's plan, no matter how hard they tried to defeat the hero.
    • Garou is not above the average power on One Punch Man's world, but make up for it with being a highly skilled and proficient martial artist with the ability to predict and adapt to his enemy's abilities. Saitama is an ordinary person with no skill on martial arts whatsoever and who's techniques are basic and improvised fighting moves, but possess the highest physical prowess of the universe, therefore making him invincible just by pure power alone.
    • Notably, Saitama contrast with the typical shonen Protagonist in many senses (like not having pointy hair or supermodes) whereas Garou plays straight the most notorious shonen traits, like having martial arts prowess, high appetite, sharp hair and possessing multiple transformations.
    • Saitama's main strategy is punching his enemy until the foe is killed/defeated, whereas Garou is a highly tactical and analytical martial artist who can predict and adapt to his enemy's skills and fighting style.
    • Saitama never had formal training and had to self-train himself with his workout routine in order to become stronger, which granted him unparalleled power. Garou was ruthlessly trained in martial arts by Bang for years before deciding to start fighting heroes, and this didn't grant him immense power but rather amazing fighting skills.
    • While Saitama is "a hero who destroys monsters", Garou can be considered a "monster who destroys heroes".


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