One of the strongest martial artists taught a lesson?
It can be seen from his portrayal in the hit show One Punch Man that the martial artist Suiryu is not a hero. With countless examples in the show starting from his debut in episode 16 Suiryu is all about living the comfortable life. He would rather spend time with women and bathe in riches than to use his physical prowess to perform acts of heroism, which he openly considers to be menial and quite frankly, beneath him. He has reached the level of strength where he yearns for a formidable and competitive opponent, simply looking for a good fight, much like our over powered protagonist. But unfortunately that is where the similarities end.
Saitama is driven by a strong sense of justice and will not hesitate to reprimand anyone not following the law. Suiryu however is only driven by his greed for money and lust for women. He may be one of the top martial artists but compared to Saitama he doesn’t even come close in regard to drive, power and downright strength. Suiryu lacks one of the most important virtues in a hero, humility and as we see in episode 20 that played a major part in his downfall. In his fight against Goketsu he direly underestimates he opponent and faces the consequences.
He was so used to winning every fight; he didn’t expect his Goketsu to be stronger than him and foolishly charges in. Suiryu is swiftly defeated and thrown away like common trash. He is reminded again of how weak he is when he is pummeled by the freshly monsterized Bakuzan. But most importantly he is reminded of what a hero is when Class A heroes Snek and Lightning Max offer to keep Goketsu at bay while giving Suiryu a chance to run.
He is confused because they both are weaker than he is and they just witnessed him getting absolutely pulverized by Goketsu. We hope this will prove to be a major plot point in Suiryu’s future character development and we hope to see more of him in the future, preferably a more evolved and mature version of him.