I didn't give my opinion of them. I wrote what their personalities and personal struggles were, which are facts about the characters. Facts that do indeed prove they have depth to them. Whether or not you find the characters interesting is a completely different discussion.
As for my opinions.
I actually don't care that much for Goku. I was always more interested in Piccolo, Gohan, and Vegeta.
I find Saitama funny and ultimately fairly relatable in that I also know what it is like to feel bored with your life but not have any way to really change it. Additionally he's a hero for entirely selfish reasons but he also demonstrates real appreciation for heroes like Mumen Rider who became heroes to help people, which is another trait I find compelling. He isn't a virtuous hero like Superman but he doesn't look down on those who are. In fact he admires them because they have a passion in their lives he completely lacks.
Superman I enjoy the most of these three because at the end of the day he is just a man from a small town with loving parents that he wants to make proud. Superman himself may be larger than life but Clark Kent? He's just a man trying to do the right thing. He could live a much happier life if he could ignore the suffering of others but he can't. I get that and I feel sympathy for him because of it. He can also become really interesting when he becomes entangled by his own morality.
A prime example being the President Luthor arc in the Justice League cartoon series. Superman knew Luthor was up to no good but could do nothing about it because Luthor was protected by legal barriers and plausible deniability. It was driving him crazy and lead to him making a few pretty severe mistakes along the way. Damaging his own reputation as he came off as paranoid to the public.
In the end it was all a Red Herring. A distraction Lex Luthor used to keep Superman off his trail until he finished his real project.
Ultimately this is why I have to disagree with the Mary Sue assessment for him. Superman fails and makes mistakes that can have massive repercussions. His own morality is frequently used against him yet at the same time it is the only barrier stopping him from crossing the line between hero and tyrant.
Even his actual powers are rivaled by other beings he comes across. Superman isn't the Saitama of the DC universe. He's just the strongest of the Earth-based heroes and still barely on equal footing against most of the high tier villains he has to contend with.
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