Watchdog Man (番犬マン Banken-man) is a S-Class Rank 12 professional hero who is in charge of Q-City.
Watchdog Man is a young-looking man with a blank and uninterested look on his face and dresses in a full-body dog suit with a red collar, with his face showing where the dog's mouth should be.
Watchdog Man has been shown to be very blunt and nonchalant. He also has a habit of wearing his costume all the time, even keeping it on when he bathes. His table manners are also bad since he eats like a dog and is never seen using a fork or spoon. He acts like a dog at all times, speaking sparingly, sitting on his haunches while alert or loitering, and curling up in a dog bed while asleep. He takes a stance on all fours while fighting, rather than standing upright to confront enemies.
Like a loyal and well-trained dog, he is solely interested in protecting his territory. Though he solely performs his hero duties there in Q-City, he relentlessly hunts down and dispatches any mysterious beings there, ripping them apart as quickly and savagely as he's able. He often piles up and perches atop the corpses of the mysterious beings that he kills.
Though willing to brutalize human attackers, he notably holds back and does not go for the kill, instead beating Garou down until he escaped Q-City's limits. He can be rather impish when fighting human criminals, as seen when he counters Garou by "shaking" his attacking hands.
His expression is constantly deadpan, making him difficult to read.
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Hero Association SagaEdit
Rumored Monster ArcEdit
As the higher-ups of the Hero Association discuss the status of various cities, Watchdog Man was mentioned, as the hero in charge of Q-City. His report states "All quiet here". The suits are concerned about Watchdog Man's attitude, but admit that he can handle the dangerous city.
Alien Conquerors ArcEdit
Watchdog Man made a brief appearance at the S-Class meeting. At the meeting, he comments that they, the heroes, cannot prevent the prophecy from happening.
Human Monster SagaEdit
Super Fight ArcEdit
Garou finds Watchdog Man relaxing in the Watchdog Man Plaza. Before he can attack, an invasion from the Monster Association arrives at the plaza. Watchdog Man quickly dispatches all of the monsters and rips them apart with great haste, while Garou observes him. Garou then attempts to attack Watchdog Man while the hero is sitting.
Watchdog Man then engages in battle with Garou. Unfortunately for Garou, Watchdog Man is shown to be far superior to him in speed and strength, and because his technique was like that of a wild animal rather than a human being, Garou was unable to properly read his movements and was ultimately defeated, even after Garou used his most powerful technique: the Water Stream Rock Smashing Fist. All the while, his face remained stoic and emotionless.
Appearances in Other MediaEdit
The Murder Case that Is Too ImpossibleEdit
Watchdog Man and the other S-Class heroes were invited to a hot spring resort, after the Dark Matter Thieves failed invasion. While at the hot spring, he was questioned by Metal Bat about his whereabouts, only to state he went to protect his city. When Zombieman was found murdered and Child Emperor was trying to find the culprit, Watchdog Man was asleep and couldn't be woken up.
Abilities and PowersEdit
As an S-Class hero, Watchdog Man is extremely powerful. A testament to his prowess is that he was left in charge of Q-City, which is considered to be the most dangerous city in the country in terms of number and average disaster level of Mysterious Beings. In his early days as a hero, he managed to rip off the head of an enormous monster without incurring an injury. According to the Hero Association, Watchdog Man has taken out Mysterious Beings faster than any other hero. Watchdog Man is also strong enough to defeat Garou effortlessly without using his full strength. However, a contributing factor to this is that Garou at that time lacked experience in fighting against non-humanoids as Watchdog Man fights like an animal rather than a human, and also because Garou underestimated the hero due to the former's lack of techniques.
Immense Strength: Watchdog Man seems to possess an extreme amount of raw physical strength, being able to easily rip apart multiple monsters with his bare hands. Watchdog Man is strong enough to severely wound Garou.
Immense Speed and Reflexes: Watchdog Man is extremely fast, being able to rip apart multiple monsters in a short amount of time. He holds the record for fastest monster elimination. Despite being attacked by around 30 Monster Association monsters at the same time, Watchdog Man managed to come out of the battle without a scratch. He is also able to block multiple attacks from Garou, then retaliate at a speed that Garou could not counter.
Dog Attributes: Watchdog Man possesses characteristics usually associated with dogs. He has an absolute sense of smell and hearing and sharp teeth. His senses allow him to instantly detect any monster who enters his domain. He noticed someone farted during a meeting when none of the other S-class heroes noticed.
Master Hand-to-Hand Combatant: Garou described Watchdog Man's fighting style as that of a beast or a monster rather than a human. Garou also noted that Watchdog Man lacks any special techniques or weapons, relying only on simple hand-to-hand combat. However, Watchdog Man's skills are demonstrated to be rather powerful, being able to counter Garou's martial art techniques, including his Water Stream Rock Smashing Fist. As a result, he can counter all of Garou's movements perfectly, since Garou's techniques are designed to be used against human targets, not monsters, as well as the fact that Bang has yet to teach him how to fight monsters. When he countered Garou's attacks, his blocking resembled the dog-like behavior of giving his paw for a handshake.
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- "Someone just let one rip."
- "As long as I can protect my town, that's enough for me."
- Watchdog Man is ranked 18th in the character popularity poll.
- Watchdog Man appeared in Dr. Genus' computer screen in the House of Evolution.
- The origin of Watchdog Man's hero name comes from Watchdog Man wearing dog costume and his physical abilities and fighting style of a wild dog.
- His activities are strictly limited to Q-City and there seems to be hidden reasons behind it.
- Watchdog Man and the observation platform he sits on seem to be based on Hachikō, and the famous statue of him in Tokyo.