One-Punch Man: Why Genos Lost His Fight Against Mosquito Girl

Genos is a powerful cyborg capable of taking down most Demon level monsters, but he owes his success to a formative loss.
One-Punch Man: Why Genos Lost His Fight Against Mosquito Girl

Genos is a powerful cyborg capable of taking down most Demon level monsters, but he owes his success to a formative loss.

The face-off between Genos and Mosquito Girl was one of the earliest big confrontations in One-Punch Man. At first, it seemed as though Genos had a great chance to win considering his fighting style and incineration power but instead, he lost the fight.

As Genos is currently an S-Class Rank 14 hero, he's unquestionably one of the Hero Association's toughest members. So, just where did the powerful cyborg go wrong in this formative battle?

Genos Vs. Mosquito Girl

Genos Vs. Mosquito Girl

Genos was just a normal human boy until his village was attacked and destroyed by a powerful evil cyborg. Luckily for Genos, Dr. Kuseno -- a scientist who was searching for the villain -- passed through the remnants of his home and found him. He begged Dr. Kuseno to turn him into a cyborg so he could exact revenge on the evil one that ravaged his village. The doctor granted him his wish and Genos began his search for his sworn enemy. And it was at the start of this search that he came across the monster, Mosquito Girl.

Mosquito Girl rampaged City Z with her swarm of mosquitoes, killing many of its citizens and collecting their blood through her insect horde. Genos confronted her, beginning a drawn-out battle as she turned her swarm of mosquitoes on him, while Genos incinerated them over and over again. Their stalemate was broken, however, when Mosquito Girl got an upgrade by absorbing the blood collected from her mosquitoes. Facing defeat, Genos almost self-destructed. Thankfully, Saitama’s One-Punch came just in time to save his future disciple and eradicate the villain.

Genos Thought He Was Unbeatable

Genos Thought He Was Unbeatable
After Dr. Kuseno augmented Genos’ body to become a cyborg, Genos believed himself to be almost invincible, something that he's continued to believe in the series even after his fight against Mosquito girl, like in his fight against Sonic in place of Saitama. This is the root of Genos' recklessness in battle. In pursuit of absolute domination of his opponent, he's more than willing to sacrifice everything -- even his own semi-robotic life. Genos never really knows when is the right time to back down.

After Saitama saves Genos from Mosquito Girl, he immediately realizes that Saitama surpasses him in every single way. But his pride still doesn't let him fully accept this fact; not until, that is, he challenges Saitama to a duel and requests that his master takes him seriously. The result? Genos almost dies... again. Thereafter, he gradually learns to be more humble as he gains more experience against other opponents.

Genos Failed To Analyze His Enemy

Genos Failed To Analyze His Enemy
Genos’ pride often makes him go into fights without fully analyzing the odds against him. Since he believes victory is a mere incineration away, he sees no reason to overthink the situation. He fought recklessly with no plan against Mosquito Girl and was defeated. This left him with no choice but to attempt to self-destruct -- almost cutting short his dream to kill his sworn enemy, the evil cyborg. Even Dr. Kuseno had to warn Genos not to rush so recklessly into fights.
However, Genos has now learned to analyze his enemy’s strength before engaging them. He even goes so far as to employ some tricks against his opponent, such as when he fought Garou. The latter ripped off the cyborg’s arm only to be surprised that the arm could fight on his own.
Despite his high ranking, Genos is still trying to improve to this day. With the current upgrades he has received from Dr. Kuseno, he could easily take on Mosquito Girl again and swiftly defeat her. Most enemies that gave him a tough time in the past wouldn’t really be much of a threat to him now. While Saitama rests easy, his loyal cyborg roommate continues his upward climb to one day reach his mentor's level.
Source: cbr.com

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