A constant question in the anime community is “Who is the strongest character?” The most common answer is Goku from the Dragon Ball series, claimed to be the most powerful by his “boyfriends” (a term used by the internet to poke fun at their obsession with him). The phrase you’ll hear everywhere is “Goku solos,” often with no argument points behind the statement. Here, we’ll end this debate by creating a totally legit and accurate list of everyone we think would “solo Goku.”
Kusuo Saiki, from The Disastrous Life of Saiki K
Kusuo Saiki is a powerful psychic, with nearly every power in the book. His show revolves around how he manages to get into stupid situations all the time, and that his incredible powers are resolved to be used in order to get out of them. Although he’s not technically a fighter, more of a “regular” high school student, he would still solo Goku. Just taking his glasses off and turning Goku into stone would end the fight.
Saitama from One Punch Man
Saitama’s character in One Punch Man is based around the fact that he’s gotten bored with his strength, and that no opponent is interesting enough for him to fight because they’re all defeated in one punch (hence the name). Even if you compare Goku to the crazy powerful alien Saitama fought at the end of season 1, Saitama still beat him with little injuries sustained. Yes, he’s overpowered for comedic purposes, but that doesn’t mean he still wouldn’t beat up Goku.
Kobeni Higashiyama from Chainsaw Man
Chainsaw Man spoilers ahead:
To all Chainsaw Man fans dismay, it seems that death is an inevitable fate to many of our favorite characters. Kobeni, however, is simply built different. Despite working as a literal devil hunter, seeing several of her friends die, getting her poor car destroyed, and arguably the most painful experience of all, working in food service, Kobeni has seen it all and lived to tell the tale. This means one thing and one thing only: Kobeni is the most overpowered character to ever be introduced in modern media, and therefore Goku would never be able to fathom coming close to her. Anyone that can work in a fast food establishment is a force to be reckoned with.
Madoka Kaname from Puella Magi Madoka Magica
From a genuinely objective standpoint, there is no foreseeable outcome in which Goku could beat Madoka. In a very long and complicated process that can only be truly grasped if you watch the anime (please do), Madoka becomes an omnipresent God that exists throughout all eras of time, and thus becomes able to manipulate time, space, reality, and energy. The fabric that makes up her respective universe is literally Madoka, so unless Goku has the capabilities to fight an entire universe, Madoka solos.
Maki Kuwana from Blue Period
“But Maki’s from an art manga, how could she ever beat Goku?” No one ever specified what kind of fight Goku and his opponent were to have. If they were participating in an art competition, Maki could most definitely solo. Also, I think Maki’s great and I’m incredibly biased, which is a very valid reason as to why she would beat Goku.
Honey Senpai from Ouran High School Host Club
Mitsukuni Haninozuka, better known as “Honey Senpai,” is the Host Club’s cutest member, as well as the best martial artist champion in all of Japan. It’s said that if he ever publicly fought all out, he would be viewed as a secret weapon and the United Nations would wage war on Japan. But overall, he looks like a child and is very unsuspecting, so he would definitely be able to pull off a fatal surprise attack. Or at the very least, Goku would be chased after for fighting a “child.”
Usa-chan from Ouran High School Host Club
Usa-chan is Honey Senpai’s stuffed rabbit. When lost or dirty, Honey Senpai gets pissed. When he gets pissed, he’ll beat anyone up. You may argue, “that’s not Usa-chan beating people up, it’s just Honey Senpai again.” It totally is Usa-chan though, don’t worry about it.
Ranpo from Bungo Stray Dogs
In Bungo Stray Dogs, many of the characters, who are based on famous literary figures, wield powers, or “abilities,” that correlate to their corresponding author. A major exception to this however, is Ranpo, whose real-life counterpart is renowned Japanese mystery author, Edogawa Ranpo. Though he does not benefit from the help of any supernatural forces, Ranpo still would beat Goku with sheer intelligence alone. Ranpo has the natural skill of being able to solve any mystery in mere seconds, and has rightfully earned himself the title of “Greatest Detective in the World.” Ranpo would simply uncover the mystique of what makes Goku so unbeatable and go from there.
Tohru Honda from Fruits Basket (2019)
Tohru Honda, a mass emotional healer, is technically just another super kind high school girl with a mission to fix the Sohma family. Because all of the Sohmas are incredibly emotionally scarred, she spends all of her time being patient and understanding with them until they break down crying in her arms and confess all of their troubles. Tohru would absolutely kill Goku with kindness, throwing out even the possibility of fighting.
Miya Chinen from Sk8: the Infinity
Although I’ve technically never seen this show before, I know everything about it anyways. Miya is snarky and sarcastic enough to make Goku cry. He is a 13 year old middle schooler after all.
Misaki Ayuzawa from Maid Sama
The girlboss to end all girlbosses. Misaki Ayuzawa, the love of my life, could 100% beat Goku. With willpower, intelligence, determination, and hard work alone, Misaki was able to become Seika High’s first female school president, and reined the notoriously rowdy male population into submission. Anyone that can control high school boys should definitely be considered as an all-powerful and unbeatable entity. With just one icicle inducing glare from Misaki, Goku would be rendered helpless and unable to fight.
If it wasn’t clear enough by our tone, this article is mostly satirical, so don’t be too unreasonably upset with our answers. A lesson to be taken is that Goku isn’t the “end-all, be-all” of powerful anime characters; there are plenty of different anime out there worth more than the time investment of watching all variations of the Dragon Ball series. Go out and watch something different. Enjoy the media you consume (at a reasonable level).