Warning: One-Punch Man Chapter #187 (JP) Content RevealedOne-Punch ManSaitama’s has always insisted that he’s a hero “for fun”, but he doesn’t seem to really have much fun as a hero so far. Chapter 187 places Saitama in a situation where he has to make a decision, and that choice will reveal the real reason he became a hero.
In Chapter 187, Saitama discovered that the Hero Association had gambled on whether heroes were capable of taking down monsters, considering their lives to be unimportant. Saitama is, of course, more upset when the odds on him are so low, so he is initially determined to prove them wrong by taking down a large monster (and betting on himself) to hit the ball. they go to the pain: pocket notebook. However, when Saitama was on his way to a massive monster attack, he saw a purse snatcher stealing a woman’s handbag. Faced with immediate trouble, Saitama must decide which problems to deal with, and he must decide quickly.
Saitama is a hero because it’s the right thing to do
Saitama was initially inclined to chase the monster, but the reason he wanted to do that had more to do with his bet than his desire to stop the monster. As he was thinking, he began to realize that fact and a little disgusted with himself for being a hero for money. So he decided to help the woman and get her wallet back. The woman then tried to give him a ring as compensation, but Saitama unfortunately refused, still feeling a bit guilty for his excessive thoughts about money earlier. Saitama then learns that Tatsumaki defeated the monster he was charging at, meaning he lost his bet.
Saitama is faced with a choice of profit and what will likely be a more interesting encounter for him, or helping a troubled woman in front of him at the cost of that pleasure and potential profit. Saitama chooses to do the right thing and help the woman, even rejecting her efforts to reward him. Saitama personally had no interest in intervening in this situation, but he did it anyway. Saitama may insist that he wants to have fun, but he actually seems to feel an obligation to help people thanks to his powers. His surprisingly selfless act shows his “hero for fun” excuse for what it is: an excuse.
It’s hard to say if that’s a trait Saitama has developed throughout the series or if he felt that way when it started. It’s possible that Genos had a good influence on him, pushing him away from the pleasures of seeking towards the proper motivations for heroes. However, Saitama may have felt that way a long time ago; it would explain why he was willing to give up credit for defeating the monster, as he was more interested in the monster being defeated than who did it. One-Punch Man is giving Saitama a reason to question why he’s a hero, and he’s quick to prove that he’s doing it for the right reasons.